OLLI Observer
May 13, 2018   
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In This Issue
  We Remember
Candle burning
Hooker Wood
May 5, 2018
Carolinas' Nature Photographers Association Meeting 
  Sunday, May 13, 5:30 p.m., 
Reuter Center Room 206 
Weather in the mountains   
 The Cariolinas' Nature Photographers Association-Asheville Region's goal is to develop a group that will more fully experience the beauty of Western  North Carolina through photography. Activities in the Asheville Region include monthly meetings, photo outings, seminars, workshops, exhibits, photo contests, and image critiques. The monthly meetings are held at the Reuter Center on the second Sunday of each month. Click here for more information.
The History and Legacy of Lynching in North Carolina 
Part 2: 
A Game Called Salisbury & 
Dr. Dwight Mullen on the 
Legacy of Lynching

 Tuesday, May 15, 11:30 a.m
Manheimer Room
In 1906, after a local murder, Jack Dillingham, Nease Gillespie and teenager John Gillespie were taken from a jail cell in Salisbury, North Carolina, and were lynched and mutilated. But what's the truth behind this relatively unknown chapter in North Carolina's history?  Susan Barringer Wells, author of A Game Called Salisbury, weaves century-old news reports and oral history into a family
 saga of tragic proportion.

As part of Race in Black and  White, we will also consider the lasting legacy of lynching with special guest speaker Dr. Dwight Mullen, professor of political science at UNC Asheville.

Open to everyone.

Be a Class Rep

  Volunteer for the College for Seniors courses in the Summer and Fall terms -- and future terms.

Click here to sign up on the NEW Class Rep Volunteer list.

 Easy French Special Interest Group
Friday, May 18, 1-3 p.m.
Reuter Center Room 120 

This SIG is open to any OLLI member who wants to practice their French conversation at whatever level.  It is not a "class," but a strong French speaker will lead the group in discussions or readings and games depending on the people who attend.

Contact Renee Raffini  raffinir@gmail.com for more information or with any questions.

Asheville City Schools 
A Call for Proctors    
Give your time and make a difference    

Veteran Restoration Quarters' (VRQ) Cooking Team
Prepare and serve dinner for our veterans on Thursday, May 17, 2018

Habitat for Humanity's ReStore
Changing lives one house at a time
Click here for details
VOLUNTEER NOW ... You can make a

Email for more information:  volunteerolliwnc@gmail.com
League of Women Voters Candidate Forum   
What:   Meet the Candidates: Learn where
             candidates stand on topics
      that have an impact on older adults        in Buncombe  County
When:  Tuesday, June 5, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Where: Manheimer Room

Leadership Asheville Seniors
Registration Open
Leadership Asheville Seniors (LAS) is now open for registration to OLLI members. 
LAS is a ten-week program that runs Tuesdays from September 11 through November 6, 2018 and offers an insider's view of topics concerning our community, including history, environment, government, food insecurity, the arts, the economy, education, health and poverty. Through discussions with community leaders in distinctive venues, newcomers and longtime residents can gain new perspectives and consider ways to contribute their diverse experiences and talents for the good of the community. 
for more information  or contact program manager Hannah Furgiuele at 
828.250.3871 or hfurgiue@unca.edu 
Meals on Wheels
Volunteer Opportunity
Meals on Wheels of Asheville and Buncombe County is looking for volunteer meal delivery drivers.  Please consider signing up for a weekly route and help homebound older adults remain nourished and independent. 
 Meals are delivered by 12:30 p.m. each day.  It typically takes 90 minutes to deliver a route.  Call us for more details at 828.253.5286.  We can schedule a "Ride Along" with a current volunteer to give you an idea of what a delivery route is like and how rewarding it is to deliver a warm smile and meal to a homebound older adult.

Dear OLLI Members,
Plan to join us for the final events in our Theme Term on Race in Black and White: the second presentation in the "History and Legacy of Lynching in North Carolina" and the Community Conversation on Race. You will also have an opportunity to hear more about developments at the Asheville Museum of Art from College for Seniors instructor Kristi McMillan. 

Registration for our Summer 2018 term begins this week. We will send an email a little later today with complete registration details. Print catalogs are available at the Reuter Center during our business hours, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. 

We also encourage you to take advantage of the volunteer opportunities in this newsletter, which range from being a Class Rep for College for Seniors to working with other OLLI members in the Asheville City Schools, at the Veterans Restoration Quarters or Habitat for Humanity's ReStore or independently through Meals on Wheels.  Don't forget that learning can continue even when our College for Seniors courses are not in session, with Special Interest Groups, presentations from community partners like the Elisha Mitchell Audubon Society and The Autumn Players.  

It seems we have gone from winiter to summer, so we know you will enjoy the beauty and culture of Western North Carolina at this beautiful time of year.

Thanks so much to all of you who give your time, talent and treasure to make OLLI a vibrant community of teachers and learners,
Catherine Frank
Executive Director

 Check the links here to see OLLI and UNC Asheville current events:
Upcoming UNC Asheville Athletic Events
May 2018 UNCA Bulldog
Sunday, May 13, 1 p.m.   Baseball  UNC Asheville vs. High Point  
Greenwood Baseball Field
Tuesday, May 15, 6 p.m. Baseball  UNC Asheville vs. ETSU 
Greenwood Baseball Field

Lost and Found

  Can't find your re ading glasses?  Favorite sweater or jacket?  Class notebook?  We may just have your missing item in OLLI lost & found!  Please drop by the OLLI office and see if your lost item can be found.  After May 18, any unclaimed items will be donated to charity.
Meditation Special Interest Group
Monday, May 14, 4:15 p.m., Reuter Center Room 120

Jacquie Wollins
Jacquie Wollins, College for Seniors instructor, will introduce us to Jose Silva's method for improving the use of your mind.  If you have not had the pleasure of experiencing this method of meditation, Jacquie will invite you to the meditative level of your mind with guided imagery. There will be time after the meditation for Q & A.
Please bring an exercise mat or blanket and layered clothing.  We cannot control the temperature of the room, and your comfort ls paramount.

All OLLI members are welcome at our events.

Meditation SIG contact:  Sally Ekaireb, skekaireb@gmail.com
College for Seniors Hot Topics Event
Tuesday, May 15, 9 a.m., Manheimer Room

A World Class Art Museum for Asheville

The Asheville Art Museum is in the midst of expansion. The $24 million building project will provide new landmark architecture in downtown Asheville's Pack Square and larger, state-of-the-art galleries to showcase traveling exhibitions and the museum's collection.
Kristi McMillan

Kristi McMillan, Adult Programs Manager at the Asheville Art Museum and College for Seniors instructor, will be joined by other members of the museum's staff to offer a presentation on the mission and history of the Asheville Art Museum, some highlights from the museum's ever-growing collection of 20th- and 21st-century American art and offer a sneak-peek at the changes underway at the museum.
Elisha Mitchell Audubon Society 
Tuesday, May 15, 7 p.m., Reuter Center Manheimer Room
EMAS logo

What would springtime in the Southern Appalachians be without the arrival of the beautiful migratory species that nest or refuel here?  Think of the Black-Throated Blue, Chestnut-Sided, Magnolia, and Blackburnian Warblers to name a few.  These populations of cool-adapted species are essentially northern birds that are at the southern edge of their range in our mountains and, unfortunately, they are vulnerable to the impacts of climate change.

Since 2003, scientists at the University of Georgia (UGA) have been surveying Black-Throated Blue Warbler populations in the Southern Appalachians to begin to answer these important questions about the impacts of climate change on our birds.  One research focus has been the study of the effects of caterpillar abundance on breeding birds at different elevations.  At our program, UGA doctoral candidate Ryan Chitwood will discuss the results of this research and explain factors impacting the breeding success of the Black-Throated Blue Warbler.

All EMAS programs are free and open to everyone.

Fab Friday Lunch and Lecture
Friday, May 18, 11:30 a.m., Reuter Center  Manheimer Room 

"Back Pain" by Chris Taylor 

Back pain is an all too common occurrence in our society,
Chris Taylor 
and there are many potential causes. We will review the anatomy of the back (bones, muscles, ligaments and nerves) that can give rise to back pain and will discuss effective treatments that can be used to relieve pain and also build strength and get you back moving with ease. Attendees will learn common causes of lower back pain, what to avoid and how to get better quickly if back pain does occur. Chris Taylor is the founder of Physio Physical Therapy and Wellness. He and his team determine the source of their client's pain or problem in order to provide the proper treatment for them to minimize their pain and maximize their function. This lecture is part of the  Health Education Series.
This is the final "Fab Friday" lunch and learn lecture for our Spring 2018 session.  Fab Friday lectures will resume in Fall 2018. 
This program is free and open to everyone.  
The Forum Special Interest Group
Friday, May 18, 1-3 p.m., Reuter Center Room 120

Meeting Topic: "Trump's Pull Out of the Iran Deal and the Ramifications"   

   The Forum encourages a free-flowing dialogue designed to enrich and expand participants' thinking on topics ranging from changing demographics of retirees to nuclear disarmament.

SIG contact: Beth Johnson, johnson1ea@earthlink.com
Community Conversation on Race
Friday, May 18, 5 p.m., Manheimer Room

College for Seniors invites you to attend an end-of-term Community  Conversation on Race, moderated by CFS instructor Jim Lenburg. Please join the instructors of two dozen courses that touched on this special theme and the scores of OLLI members who took at least one course. Come share your experience of the course and the term. We think reflecting on this experience has value as part of a continuing  conversation on race in American history and culture.
We also invite you, between now and the end of the term, to take special note of insights, remarks and thoughts you and others share. Write them down and send them with the subject line COMMENTS to Herb Gunn, CFS Program Manager, at hgunn@unca.edu. 
He is collecting images and words that have been part of the  conversation and will share them on  May 18 to help recall the courses. 

Death Cafe
Friday, May 18, 5 p.m., Reuter Center Atrium, Lower Level

Death Café is an engaging gathering with storytelling and conversation about a topic that too often alienates people in our death phobic culture. A new movement, a shift, is at play in recovering the ritual of being with death through personal storytelling of fears and loss. At Death Café, we break into small groups of five to six people and discuss our personal stories related to death of loved ones, loss of jobs, relationships or marriages or loss or death of parts of ourselves. Join us at Death Café, the new common ground, to explore the wonders of being with dying, facilitated by Karen Sanders, Greg Lathrop and Sa'id Osio. Learn more about Death Café at http://deathcafe.com/ 
Word Story Slammers
Saturday, June 2, 7 p.m.
Habitat Tavern and Commons
174 Broadway, Asheville
This event produced by David Joe Miller Productions, will feature Raymond Christian, David Joe Miller, Scott Whitehair, Alison Fields, Chuck Fink, Lee Lindsey, and Pete Koschnick. 

The Autumn Players Present
"The Perfect Murder" 
Sunday, June 3, 4 p.m., Reuter Center Manheimer Room

Wanting nothing more than to settle down with his mistress, a husband plans to kill his wife. Imagine his surprise when he discovers that he's not the only one with murder on his mind! A dark and sometimes bloody comedy! 

The Autumn Players is a troupe of seasoned actors sponsored by the Asheville Community Theatre and dedicated to taking the theater experience into the community. Readings of great literature by experienced performers can spark deep understanding and kindle lasting interest. As words jump from the page with conviction and emotion, stories come to life.
Tickets are $7 at the door.
College for Seniors Instructor Workshops
June 2018, Reuter Center

Take a workshop on skills development! 
Three two-day workshops are offered in June....
  • Beginning PowerPoint: Monday, June 4 & Thursday, June 7, 9 a.m.-noon: Instructors-Marty Stickle & Judith Bliss
  • Google Slides for Presentations: Tuesday, June 5 & Thursday, June 7, 9-11 a.m.: Instructor-Dennis Murphy
  • Presentation Skills Development: Tuesday, June 5 & Wednesday, June 6, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.: Instructor-Judith Bliss
To register, click here College for Seniors Training
2018 OLLI Art Bazaar 
R egistration is now open for the 2018 OLLI Art Bazaar.  The Bazaar is s cheduled for Friday, November 9, 2018, 11-4pm and Saturday, November 10, 2018, 11am-3pm.  This year's bazaar will again be a two day format and the  registration fee is $35/for a single table; $70/for a double table. 

Exhibitor registrations are coming in quickly and space is limited...so don't wait to get your registration sent in.  If you are interested in participating or know of an OLLI member who would like to join the fun, let us hear from you!

Click here to download and print an Exhibitor Registration form  or you may drop by the OLLI office to pick up a registration form. 

We are looking forward to an exciting bazaar and hope you  plan to be a part.  And if you can't exhibit this year, be sure to mark your calendar to attend and get a jump-start on your holiday shopping.

Click here to download an event flier
to post in your community center, place on your Facebook page, hand out to friends....you get the idea!

Questions, contact Leanna Preston lpreston@unca.edu 
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