OLLI Observer
September 8, 2019    
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In This Issue
Parking Decals and Help Available Beginning Monday, 
September 9, 1 p.m.

We know this is a complex system, but we worked with our campus transportation office to make the best use of all of our time.

By distributing decals here at OLLI, rather than having the entire process managed through the online system, we hope to be able to offer support to our members in a familiar location and to relieve our colleagues in the university police and transportation office from adding this support task to their many duties. 

By taking on payment for decals through our system, OLLI is using revenue reserves to subsidize OLLI decals so that the cost is as low as we can make it. Parking decals for students cost $200 this year and are even more for many faculty and staff members. We cannot sustain this kind of subsidy forever, but we feel the current system meets our university's need to pay for parking lots, shuttles and security and OLLI members' needs to have access to parking near the Reuter Center.

If you break down the cost, parking under the current system costs $12.50 per month. If OLLI had to pay for the many services paid for by our university (security, housekeeping, utilities, IT and accounting support), our costs would much likely be much higher.

Remember that your $25 OLLI membership allows you to obtain a OneCard photo ID and a Passport sticker from our campus police that allows you to use Asheville transit at no cost.
Be a Class Rep
Want to be a Class Rep in a College for Seniors classroom?

The upcoming fall term would be a great time to volunteer.

Just sign up once in the Class Reps database, and you will be contacted the day your course schedule arrives (August 30).
See the informational flyer  HERE, and then Click here for access to a form to sign up to be a class rep.

Smoky Blue 
Literary and Arts Magazine

About six years ago, OLLI members, including College for Seniors writing instructor John Himmelheber, started the Smoky Blue Literary and Arts Magazine.  The publication is still going strong.  

OLLI Fall 2019 Registration 
Continues through the Second Class Meeting

Although many classes are filled, add/drop continues through the second meeting of most classes.  Please remember to drop a class if you find it is not what you wanted or you are unable to attend. 

If you are on the waitlist for a course you will receive an email or can check your account to see whether you have been added to a course. 

Remember that the last date to request a full refund is Friday, September 13, 3 p.m.

Click here for access to an online PDF of the Fall 2019 catalog.   You may come to the Reuter Center to pick up a print copy.

Important Dates for College for Seniors (CFS)

Fall 2019
  • Last day to request a full refund for Fall 2019 CFS tuition: Friday, September 13, 3 p.m.
  • Fall term dates: September 16 - November 8, 2019
Winter 2020
  • Winter catalog available: November 1, 2019
  • Winter registration: November 6 -13, 2019
  • Winter term dates: January 13 - February 24, 2020

Special Interest Group (SIG)
Tuesday September 10, 4:15 - 5:30 p.m. 
Reuter Center, Room 230

Meet and Learn from Fellow Gardeners

wheelbarrow-garden-woman.jpg Unlike other garden SIG meetings which are devoted to specialized topics, this meeting is devoted to meeting and learning from fellow members. Bring plants to share. Bring a thumb drive with up to five photos and share your garden story. New to Western North Carolina? This could be of special interest to you. We will have a handout of local resources to get you started. 

Questions? Contact Marilyn Dishaw at ncdishaw@gmail.com or 828-215-3838.
Living Solo Member  Meeting
Thursday, September 12, 9:30 a .m.
Reuter Center, Manheimer Room

There will be a full membership meeting of the Living Solo group on Thursday, September 11th in Room 102, starting at 9:30 and running to 11:00 (if/as time is needed).  The organizers wish to get feedback on what is and isn't working and whether or not we, as a group, should continue with the Meetup mechanism now that our 6-month trial is nearly up and the renewal fee ($120) will be due soon.  Please come with constructive  criticism and ideas for how to enhance or improve the group.

For more information, please contact Jan Griffen at: jan.griffen@gmail.com or Barbara Rapchack at beinthemomentyoga@gmail.com

New Member Welcome
Friday, September 13, 10 a.m.
Reuter Center Manheimer Room

Are you new to OLLI at UNC Asheville and the Reuter Center? Are you returning after being gone awhile? Come to the New Member Welcome to learn about all that OLLI has to offer and about ways to get involved. Meet other members and learn what it means to "grow through life."

This event is free and open to everyone.
  The Forum
Special Interest Group (SIG)
Friday, September 13, 1 - 3 p.m.
Reuter Center Room 205

The weekly Forum encourages a free-flowing dialogue designed to enrich and expand participants' thinking on a wide variety of topics; the group frequently focuses on current events. All OLLI members are welcome to attend.

SIG Contact: Beth Johnson johnson1ea@earthlink.net
NC Stage Behind the Scenes
Friday, September 13, 1:30 p.m.
Reuter Center Manheimer Room

Abraham H. Galloway (1837-1870) was a rebellious young slave, radical abolitionist, and Union spy who rose out of bondge to become one of the most significant and stirring black leaders in the South during the Civil War.  He stood at the forefront of an African American political movement and led a historic delegation of black Southerners to the White House to meet with President Lincoln and dmand full rights of citizenship.  He later becamse one of the first black men elected to the North Carolina legislature.  Long hidden from history, Galloway's story reveals a war unfamiliar to most of us.

Go behind the scenes of professional theatre with NC Stage Artistic Director and co-founder Charlie Flynn-McIver.  Explore the themes of this season's plays, talk with the actors, directors and designers about production choices and the rehearsal process, and experience a scene or two performed live.  Join us for an insider's view of how theatre happens!

Better Angels Debate
Saturday, September 28, 10 a.m.
Reuter Center Manheimer Room

A message from Better Angels organizer Del Kimbler: 

For those who enjoyed the Better Angels debate in July (and those who missed it) here comes another chance. We are planning a debate on Saturday, September 28, 2019 on the general topic of gun control. While all are welcome at the debate, we especially welcome people who help us define the resolution. This is done using a Google poll, and you can participate in this at https://forms.gle/NQR2xnCNtqHix7aT8

I encourage ALL participants in the debate to help us via this Google poll. We use this polling method to choose the specific debate resolution that has the most adherents on both sides of the issue. You help us do this by completing the poll, where you will record, for each resolution, how strongly you feel about it and which side of the issue you are on.

After the polling is done, you will get a link (by email) to the Eventbrite registration website for the debate. Please use this link to register your participation, so we can make adequate arrangements for the number of people who will be there. I am looking forward to another great debate in Asheville.

Del Kimbler
Better Angels Debate Chair

LAF Leadership Asheville Forum
Critical Issues Forums Schedule
Leadership Asheville Forum (LAF) encourages its members to become active in the network of community leaders by offering a neutral and focused discussion of important local issues, and by promoting camaraderie and networking among the its members.

The Forum's Critical Issues Luncheons take place 11:45 a.m.-1:30 p.m.   (food service begins at 11:45; program begins at 12:15) at  The  Country Club of Asheville .

The cost is $25 for LAF members, $30 for all others, payable at the door.  Check or cash only.

Please RSVP to Nancy Williams, 828-250-2353
or events@leadershipashevilleforum.com (email preferred), and specify which event you will be attending.

2019 Critical Issues Events

September 18 Meet the New Symphony Music Director  Darko Butorac

October 23 Dogwood Health Trust
Janice Brumit, Lakesha McDay

November 20 Meet the New County Manager
Avril Pender
December 4 Annual Gala Holiday Party
Biltmore Lake Clubhouse
Fall Theme Term on Appalachia
Special Programs
Author Silas House

OLLI's theme term on Appalachia includes more than 20 courses that examine Appalachia from a variety of perspectives. To supplement these conversations, we have also planned a number of special presentations, two films and two author talks. All presentations are scheduled for the Reuter Center Manheimer Room.  Events are free and open to everyone, and seating is first-come, first served.

Wednesday, September 18, 7 p.m.: Filmmaker David Weintraub will present and discuss his documentary "Guardians of Our Troubled Waters."

Wednesday, October 9, 7 p.m.: Ethnobotanist David Cozzo will discuss the revitalization of traditional Cherokee artisan resources, particularly river cane.

Wednesday, October 16, 7 p.m.: Affrilachian writer Crystal Wilkinson will discuss her work.

Friday, October 25, 7 p.m.: Kentucky writer and activist Silas House will discuss his work

Monday, October 28, 6 p.m.: As part of our Fall Member Social, Rodney Sutton will call a square dance, with live music from the Stoney Creek Boys.

Thursday, November  7, 9-11 a.m. OLLI Community Conversation on the theme term.
Whether you took classes, taught one or participated in other Appalachia programs of OLLI, come and share your experience.

Please mark your calendars to attend these wonderful programs. All programs are free and open to everyone and are funded by our Osher Foundation Endowment.
Meditation Special Interest Group
Monday, September 23, 4:15 - 5:45 pm
Reuter Center, Room 120

The Meditation SIG meets on the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month, 4:15-5:45 p.m. starting Monday, September 23.  

September 23:  Jacquie Wollins, Functional Meditation

October 14:  Steve Stevens, T'ai Chi Chih

October 28: Peggy Moore, Meditation and Universal Energy

All OLLI members are welcome and one does not need to have previous meditation experience to enjoy and benefit from these programs.

Meditation SIG contact:  Sally Ekaireb

Volunteer with RiverLink

RiverLink is looking for some volunteer educators to help lead lessons as part of the RiverRATS Education Program. This program works with schools throughout the watershed to teach students about aquatic ecosystems and inspire an appreciation of the river. There will be five training sessions during the school year. Details for the first one are as follows.  

Location: RiverLink Office | 170 Lyman St. Asheville, NC
Date: Friday September 13 
Time: 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. 
Cost: Free, registration required

In this training RiverLink staff will teach attendees all about stream ecology, including physical structures of streams, the various creatures that live there, and water chemistry. They'll learn a bit about our strategies for sharing this information with the public and have opportunities to play with some interactive models. 

It's Showtime
New OLLI Special Interest Group (SIG)
Friday, September 27, 11:30 a.m.
Reuter Center 120
Calling all writers, poets, singers, musicians, dancers, actors for the new SIG in town: It's Showtime!
Here is your opportunity to create, perform and have fun with other fun-loving OLLI members. Do you love to write but are too shy to perform? No problem. Plenty of show-offs will love to hog the limelight. The topic of this year's show is aging. We'll make 'em laugh. We'll make 'em cry.
If you play an instrument, we want you!
This new SIG starts with an organizational meeting, Friday, September 27, 11:30 a.m. in Room 120. Can't make that time but want to be included? Not a problem. We can arrange other times and places after the initial meeting.  
SIG contact: Lindsay Leghorn 773-332-3327 ljleghorn@gmail.com

History Book Lovers SIG 
Friday, September 27*, 1 p.m.
Reuter Center, Room 120

The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court
By Jeffrey Toobin
Join fellow history lovers in a discussion of The Nine. Acclaimed journalist Jeffrey Toobin takes us into the chambers of the most important-and secret-legal body in our country, the Supreme Court. Based on exclusive interviews with the justices and with a keen sense of the Court's history and the trajectory of its future, Toobin creates a riveting story of one of the most important forces in American life today.

History Book Lovers is an OLLI Special Interest Group (SIG) open to all OLLI members. Members of the group share beloved books, engage in discussion, and connect with other people who love history. 

(*Please note date change)


Restoring the lives of homeless vets

Changing Lives One House at a Time

Literacy Council ESOL Program
Empowering lives through literacy

Make A Difference!

The Autumn Players  Readers Theatre
Tom Griffin's
Einstein  and the Polar Bear
Sunday, September 29, 2:30 p.m.
Reuter Center Manheimer Room

A renowned writer has it all, fortune, fame, women, and adoration, when one excruciating miscalculation causes him to lose everything. As penance he hides away in a small New England town where he runs a bookstore in a shambling farmhouse. Then comes a knock on his door. Can the lost be found? Can the sinner gain redemption?

The Autumn Players (affiliated with Asheville Community Theatre) is a troupe of seasoned actors dedicated to taking the theatre experience into the community. Their words jump from the page with conviction and emotion, and stories come to life.

Dear OLLI Members,
Distribution of parking decals begins Monday, September 9, 1 p.m. on the upper level of the Reuter Center. We appreciate your patience as we work our way through a new system. We know the system is complex, but we have worked to find ways to meet the needs of our colleagues in the UNC Asheville transportation office and the ability to offer support to our members.    

We are all looking forward to the start of College for Seniors classes next week and are excited that we had 1189 members sign up for College for Seniors courses, about 50 more people than we had enrolled last fall.  Many thanks to our curriculum committee and to our instructors for such an exciting variety of offerings.  The theme term on Appalachia has proven very popular.  In addition to great courses, we hope you will mark your calendars to attend the lectures on "Appalachia: Tradition and Change," a supplement and complement to the courses on offer. 

If you wish to drop your College for Seniors courses, the deadline is Friday, September 13, 3 p.m.

If you are new to OLLI or have been away for a while or simply want a refresher, please plan to attend our New Member Welcome on Friday, September 13, 10 a.m. 

Throughout the year we work to offer a rich variety of programs both through the work of OLLI members and special interest groups and organized by community partners that include great organizations like The World Affairs Council and the Astronomy Club of Asheville.  We are also hosting another Better Angels debate on September 28; please see links to register in this newsletter. And don't forget that you can enjoy UNC Asheville Bulldog athletics and great lectures like David Isay, founder of NPR's StoryCorps throughout the year. 

Remember that this is your community. If you have questions or suggestions or would like to serve on a committee or volunteer, please let us know by responding to this email,
Catherine Frank
Executive Director

Calendar Reminders

UNCA Bulldog UNC Asheville Bulldog Athletics

Tuesday, September 10, 6 p.m., Justice Center
Volleyball:  UNC Asheville vs. South Carolina State  
Wednesday, September 11, 6 p.m., Greenwood Soccer Field
Women's Soccer: UNC Asheville vs. Mars Hill

Sunday, September 15, 2 p.m., Greenwood Soccer Field
Women's Soccer:  UNC Asheville vs. Davidson

Wednesday, September 18, 3:30 p.m., Greenwood Soccer Field
Women's Soccer:  UNC Asheville vs. Western Carolina University

Wednesday, September 18, 6 p.m., Greenwood Soccer Field
Men's Soccer:  UNC Asheville vs. UNC-Greensboro

Saturday, September 21, noon, Buncombe County Schools Aquatic Center
Women's Swimming  Intersquad & Alumni Meet

Saturday, September 21, 6 p.m., Greenwood Soccer Field
Men's Soccer: UNC Asheville vs. Wofford

Carolinas' Nature 
Photographers Association
Sunday, September 8, 5:30 p.m. Meet and Greet
6 p.m. program
Reuter Center Room 206

Barry Spruce, a professional photographer from Townsend, TN, will offer tips and techniques for shooting images of birds.

The Carolinas' Nature Photographers Association (CNPA)--Asheville Region helps members more fully experience the beauty of Western North Carolina through photography. The group offers monthly meetings, photo outings, seminars, workshops, exhibits, photo contests, and image critiques. 

To find our more visit http://asheville.cnpa-regions.org/

This meeting is free and open to everyone.
Your Chance to Help with OLLI's New Online Community,  OLLIChat
A small group of volunteers is making progress on a successor online forum to OLLITalk. Can you help us?  We are looking for 


Volunteer moderators who are:

  • Committed to building our OLLI community  
  • Computer literate - for example: you posted messages to the old OLLITalk site; you know how to copy and paste elements in a document; you are comfortable using multiple tabs on a PC or Mac; you are familiar with Gmail
  • Comfortable writing responses
  • Available an hour a day for a few days/week

An expert in free Google Groups who can advise us on what we can and cannot do in Google Groups.


Someone to lead our membership drive efforts who is:  

  • Committed to building community
  • Organized, a quick learner and a self-starter
  • Experienced with online forums, ideally OLLITalk
  • Computer literate - as described above in volunteer moderators
  • Available several hours/week, especially over the next month or two
If any of these describe you, please contact us at  OLLIChatAvl@gmail.com , providing your phone number and which role interests you. We'll call you back to fill in details.

    World Affairs Council
Tuesday, September 10, 
7:30 p.m.     
Reuter Center Manheimer Room

"Cold War Redux: Cuba in the Trump Era"
Speaker: Jon Elliston

Jon Elliston is an Asheville-based journalist and historian. The former managing editor of the Mountain Xpress, he's currently the senior editor at WNC Magazine. He's visited Cuba frequently since the 1990s, most recently in May, and has written extensively about U.S.-Cuban relations.

World Affairs Council (WAC) lectures and discussions aim to advance international awareness and foster Western North Carolina's global ties. Meetings offer a lively line up of topics and compelling presenters. OLLI members receive a discount on WAC annual membership fee. Lectures are free to WAC members and UNC Asheville undergraduate students. All others are $10 at the door. 

For more details about programs, consult the WAC website, www.main.nc.us/wac/

This year's fall series at the Reuter Center includes the following 
Tuesday, October 1, 7:30 p.m. Dr. Katherine Grenier on "Britain, Brexit, and Beyond"

Tuesday, November 5, 7:30 p.m. Consul General Nadia Theodore of Canada's South-Eastern Consulate in Atlanta will speak on "Canada-U.S. Trade Relationship: A 21st Century Partnership"

Tuesday, December 3, 7:30 p.m. UNC Asheville Philosophy Department Chair and Associate Professor Dr. Keya Maitra will speak on  "India: Modi Begins His Second Term"

You Have to Start a Thing: 
North Carolina Women Breaking Barriers 
Thursday and Friday, September 12-13
Lord Auditorium, Pack Memorial Library
67 Haywood Street, Downtown Asheville      

UNC Asheville's Department of History, the Vance Birthplace State Historic Site, the Thomas Wolfe Memorial State Historic Site, and the North Carolina Room at Pack Memorial Library will present a two-day symposium, "You Have to Start a Thing: North Carolina Women Breaking Barriers," Thursday and Friday, September 12-13.

The symposium will celebrate the achievements of women in Western North Carolina and examine their impact on breaking down barriers in North Carolina and the nation.

Events are free and open to everyone. Advanced registration is strongly encouraged. Seating capacity is limited.  Click here to register for all events associated with "You Have to Start a Thing."

Wilma Dykeman Legacy 
Lecture and Book Discussion Series
Four Great WNC Memoirs 
and Their Authors!

First Reading
September 12  
7-8 p.m.
West Asheville Public Library
942 Haywood Road

Everyone has a story. Many of us attempt to put our story in writing. Some of
us get published. An even smaller number can take credit for having written something of  lasting value.

On eight evenings from September to December, in the West Asheville Public Library  meeting room at 942 Haywood Road just off Patton Avenue, the Wilma Dykeman Legacy  will celebrate four memoirs of lasting value from the mountains of Western North Carolina.

Up from These Hills
Thursday, September 12:   Talk by Michael Lambert, member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and a ssociate professor of African studies and anthropology, UNC Chapel Hill, featuring  Up From These Hills, by Leonard Carson Lambert as told to his son Michael Lambert

Wednesday, September 18:  Book discussion of Up From These Hills
New to Medicare 
Friday, September 13, 2-4 p.m.
Reuter Center Manheimer Room

Are you new to Medicare? Are you confused by the many choices? Unbiased and accurate information is available from trained volunteers from the NC Seniors' Health Insurance Information Program.  The class will provide important information to assist you in understanding how Medicare works and what you need to do to obtain benefits and save money.  Spaces are limited, so reserve your space by registering online at www.coabc.org.
In addition, beginning at noon, representatives from the Social Security Administration will be available to answer questions about Social Security benefits and Medicare enrollment.  They will also provide detailed instructions for gaining access to the Agency's online services.
Elisha Mitchell Audubon Society
"The Mysteries of Chimney Swifts"
Tuesday, September 17, 7:30 - 9 p.m.
Reuter Center Manheimer Room

As one of the great urban bird spectacles, Chimney Swifts entering their fall roosts capture our imagination in unique ways. Seeing the swifts swirling in the sky on fall nights is one of nature's most amazing sights. Curtis Smalling will share some fascinating insights about Chimney Swifts at this presentation by the Elisha Mitchell Audubon Society. His presentation will cover the biology of swifts and answer some questions that people have long pondered about swifts. 

Curtis Smalling is Director of Conservation for Audubon North Carolina where his work includes overseeing the Working Lands, Coastal Sanctuaries, and Bird Friendly Communities programs. Curtis is also an integral member of bird conservation working groups including the International Wood Thrush Conservation Alliance and the International Golden-Winged Warbler Working Group. 

All EMAS programs are free and open to everyone.

The mission of the Elisha Mitchell chapter of the National Audubon Society is to protect birds and their habitats and to promote an awareness and appreciation of nature.  EMAS schedules educational programs on the third Tuesday of the month.  To learn more about EMAS, click here to visit their website.
Talk by  StoryCorps Founder Dave Isay
Thursday, September 19, 7:30 - 9 p.m.
UNC Asheville Campus, Lipinsky Auditorium

Dave Isay, founder of StoryCorps and author of five books, will give a free public talk on Thursday, September 19, in Lipinsky Auditorium. 
Isay's most recent book based on StoryCorps interviews, Callings: The Purpose and Passion of Work, is summer reading for first-year UNC Asheville students. 

Isay, a radio producer, began what grew into StoryCorps in 2003 with a story recording booth in New York City. StoryCorps, with a mission "to preserve and share humanity's stories in order to build connections between people and create a more just and compassionate world," now has story booths in different cities, and mobile story booths that travel the country.

Fab Friday
"The Opioid Crisis in Older Adults"  with Blake Fagan
Friday, September 20, 11:30 a.m.-1:15 p.m.
Reuter Center Manheimer Room

This presentation includes an overview of the opioid crisis on both a national and local level, paying special attention to why and how the crisis has had an impact on older adults. We will also address how to safely treat acute and chronic pain and substance use disorders. 

Blake Fagan is the chief education officer and a family physician at the Mountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC) in Asheville. He is also a clinical consultant for the opioid crisis at the CDC Foundation in North Carolina. This lecture is part of the Health Education Series.

OLLI offers Fab Fridays every Friday from 11:30 a.m.-1:15 p.m. in the Reuter Center Manheimer Room, during our fall, winter, and spring terms. Members and guests are invited to socialize and then listen to presentations and question and answer sessions.  Purchase lunch in our reuter Cafe, or bring your own brown bag. These programs are free and open to everyone.


STEM Lecture
" Science vs. Science Denial"  by Howard Jaslow
Monday, September 23, 4:30 p.m.
Reuter Center Manheimer Room

This is the first in a series of lectures on "Science vs. Science Denial". This series is especially  important today in light of the current state of science denial, which is having a detrimental  effect on health, the environment and the progress of science.  Covered in this lecture will be the sciences denied, denial factors, and the organizations  denying science and their denial strategy. Then, those advocating for science and their  approaches will be presented. Finally, for the sciences and technologies that are accepted as  valid, there will be a discussion on science constraints with respect to long term concerns,
ethics and dangerous consequences if pursued.

Subsequent lectures will go into more detail on the value and importance of science, climate  change, vaccination, evolution, and ethics.

UNC Asheville Farm-to-Table Dinner on the Quad
"Home Sweet Home"
Monday, September 23, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
UNC Asheville Main Quad

UNC Asheville's fifth annual Farm-to-Table Dinner will be guest-hosted by MkoMosé (Andrew Judge), with the theme of "Home Sweet Home," and a menu featuring wild and indigenous foods, complemented by our annual array of campus-grown produce and locally produced delicacies. The dinner takes place at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 23 on the UNC Asheville Quad. MkoMose will also offer the keynote lecture for Greenfest on Tuesday, September 24. Click here for more information about the Farm-to-Table Dinner, including information about how to purchase tickets. The cost for OLLI members is $28.

The theme for the 2019 dinner and Fall Greenfest is HOME SWEET HOME. How do we come to understand what "home" is to each of us? Who belongs and who doesn't? What would it look it to re-inhabit the places we live in ways that connect us to each other, this land, and the living world that surrounds and includes us?

MkoMosé is a professor and coordinator of Indigenous Studies at Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning in Ontario, Canada. He specializes in traditional indigenous knowledge and works with Elders across North America to support "the conscious awakening of his students and himself." Judge is an initiated Mayan day-count keeper and regularly participates in the ancient ceremonial practices of his Anishinaabe ancestors.
He is currently developing programming in Indigenous land-based practices and invites his students to work with traditional medicines and foods to learn the ways of the ancestors. 

Presented by UNC Asheville's Office of Sustainability and the American Indian and Indigenous Studies Program, the Farm-to-Table Dinner is part of Fall Greenfest, the university's semi-annual celebration of environment and sustainability. 

Greater Asheville Science for All Book Club
Inheritors of the Earth: 
How Nature is Thriving in an Age of Extinction and
Kingdom of Rarities

Wednesday, September 25, 6:30 - 9 p.m.
Reuter Center Room 206

The principal selection for the Greater Asheville Science-For-All Bookclub, (GASFAB), for September is Inheritors of the Earth: How Nature is Thriving in An Age of Extinction by Chris D. Thomas. 

The "deeper dive" selection is the Kingdom of Rarities by Eric Dinerstein. Both are available at Malaprops Bookstore and Café at a 10% discount for GASFAB participants.

GASFAB meets every other month and our next gathering is Wednesday, September 18th, 2019, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.  Refreshments will we served, and new members are welcome. For more information, visit Facebook, (Greater Asheville Science-For-All), or contact our Acting Coordinator, Rachel Muir at dr.nature@gmail.com.

Law Enforcement Forum
Friday, September 27, 4-6 p.m.
 Reuter Center Manheimer Room, the 

OLLI's Inclusion Committee will host a Law Enforcement Forum with Asheville Police Department Chief Chris Bailey, UNC Asheville Vice Chancellor for Public Safety Eric Boyce, and Buncombe County Sheriff Quentin Miller. The panel will address the continuing evolution and challenges of policing and the ways that their departments work together to promote public safety throughout our community. The panel will be moderated by OLLI member Allen Brailsford and there will be time for questions from the audience.

OLLI's Inclusion Committee promotes inclusion of people from diverse backgrounds in all OLLI programs and partners with people from diverse backgrounds to offer culturally rich programs, activities and events in hopes of positioning OLLI and its members as allies in supporting local efforts to create a more equitable and inclusive community.

This event is free and open to everyone.

Asheville Choral Society  Speaker Event
Friday, September 27, 1:30 p.m.
 Reuter Center Manheimer Room

You know that music can make you feel happier.  Did you know it can also make you healthier? Melodie Galloway, professor of music at UNC Asheville and Artistic Director for the Asheville Choral Society (ACS), will explore the psychological, mental, and physical advantages of music, specifically how singing can contribute to overall well-being.  Galloway helps singers improve their technique by concentrating on their posture and breathing, which are essential, especially as we age.  She will be joined by ACS members who will help demonstrate some of these techniques, and the audience will be encouraged to try these exercises that promote well-being.  

See ashevillechoralsociety.org for information about ACS performances.
This event is free and open to everyone.
Astronomy Club of Asheville 
Bernard Arghiere presents
"November 11, 2019's Transit of Mercury"
Thursday, October 3, 7 p.m.
 Reuter Center Manheimer Room

On November 11, 2019, Mercury will transit across the disk of the Sun, providing a great opportunity to view it easily during daylight with a safely, filtered telescope. 

Mr. Arghiere, who teaches at OLLI's College for Seniors, will explain how, when and why planetary transits occur, as well as a brief history of Mercury transit observations, dating back to the year 1631, only 22 years after Galileo pointed a telescope for the first time toward the heavens above. He will also share some other amazing facts about our solar system's innermost and smallest planet, including how Einstein's general relativity theory finally accounted for a long-known peculiarity with Mercury's orbit that Newtonian laws of motion and gravity failed to explain.

Lastly, Mr. Arghiere will share just how, when and where you may safely observe this rare 5½ hour, Mercury transit event in the Asheville area on November 11.

The Astronomy Club of Asheville meets the first Thursday of each month (except January and July) from 7-9 p.m., with an interesting lineup of speakers and topics. OLLI members may attend club meetings and star gazes, with club members on hand to advise and assist them in the basics of astronomy and
the techniques of observing celestial phenomena. For specific information about programs, visit www.astroasheville.org

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