OLLI Observer
August 13, 2017 
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In This Issue
The Reuter Center is closed to all other activities
Friday, August 18
during the Paths to Creative Retirement Workshop.
Thank you!
Les Saucier on 
"Creative Landscapes Made Easy"
The Carolinas' Nature Photographers Association 
Sunday, August 12, 5:30 p.m.
Reuter Center
 The Carolinas' Nature Photographers Association (CNPA) was founded in 1992 to promote nature photography in the Carolinas, to help conserve and preserve the diverse natural ecosystems in the Carolinas and to educate others interested in nature and wildlife 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, with a 5:30 p.m. meet and greet, and a meeting beginning at 6 p.m.

The Français facile 
Special Interest Group
Monday, August 14, 2 p.m.
Reuter Center Room 206
  This group is for those at the beginning and intermediate levels of French who would like to practice their conversation skills.  We divide into small groups to chat about various topics. No instruction is given, but some help/ grammar correction may be provided.
For more information contact:  Renee Raffini, 828.684.6371, raffinir@gmail.com
  Special Interest Group: 
The Forum
 Friday, August 25, 1 p.m.
(No Meeting on August 18) 
Reuter Center, Room 205 
  The Forum offers a free-flowing dialogue designed to enrich and expand participants' thinking on topics ranging from changing demographics of retirees to nuclear disarmament.

SIG contact: Eugene Jaroslaw, 828.255.9925, ejwestwood@gmail.com 
Saturday, August 19, 10:15 am
Care Partners Campus
Seymour Auditorium
68 Sweeten Creek Road

Ann Karson and Carl Cochrane,  HLAA members, together with Beth Fountain of Cochlear Americas will present key aspects of the HLAA National Convention that was held in late June in Salt Lake City. There are indeed new developments on the horizon. Come and hear the latest from these three, who attended.

Click here for more information.

Free and open to the public.  
OLLI Art Bazaar Registration Open   
R egistration is open for the 2017 OLLI Art Bazaar.  The Bazaar is s cheduled for Friday, November 10, 2017, 11 .a.m.- 4 p.m and Saturday, November 11,11 a.m.-3 p.m.  The r egistration fee is $35 for a single table; $70 for a double. 

Exhibitor registrations are coming in and space is limited.  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.  If you can't exhibit this year, be sure to mark your calendar to attend.  

More info, contact Leanna Preston, 
828.232.5181, lpreston@unca.edu 

Special Thanks 
OLLI would like to thank Creative Retirement Exploration Weekend 
  Major Sponsor, Beverly-Hanks and Associates for their longtime support of our programming.

Beverly-Hanks and Associates: "The Choice is Black and White: Unsurpassed Local Knowledge, Global Reach"

CREW helps those considering relocation in retirement examine all their options carefully and make an informed decision about this major life transition.

The Council on Aging of Buncombe County is getting 'geared up' for a unique, new, and exciting event coming to downtown Asheville on Saturday, September 23, 2017, the last
day of the annual Active Aging Week. Rappelling down 29 N. Market Street, a 100-foot (7 story) building to the cheers of friends and onlookers, ninety-two (92) individuals will be given the unique opportunity to go Over the Edge
for the Council on Aging of Buncombe County.

To secure a place in the rappel line, each participant must raise a minimum of $1,000. Participants create their own unique fundraising page, and then rally friends, family, and colleagues to "sponsor" their rappel. Costumes are encouraged, and you are sure to see some local celebrities making their way down.
Over The Edge is the perfect opportunity to have fun - and the only event of its kind in WNC. Earn your bragging rights and maybe even face your fear of heights.

"The Crowin' Hen" Opens in September at the Folk Art Center

  "The Crowin' Hen" is a mountain comedy with mountain music written by Tom Godleski.

         "A whistlin' girl, and a crowin' hen will never come to any good end," is an old mountain saying, that inspired Tom to write the play.
"The Crowin' Hen" made its world premier in May of 2015, at The Folk Art Center in Asheville. That first staging was very well attended and got rave reviews.

The Folk Art Center will also host the 2017 performances of the play as follows:

Friday September 8, 7:30 p.m.;  
Saturday, September 9, 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, September 10, 2:30 p.m.   
Tickets and additional information can be found at buncombeturnpike.com or text/call 828 778 9534

Click here to read more about the play.

Asheville Organicfest
Volunteers Needed
Sunday, August 27
Pack Square Park
Volunteers are needed to help present Asheville's 16th Organicfest in Pack Square Park on Sunday, August 27, 2017. Help with prefest tasks is also needed: parade costume making, poster distribution, social media promos.
For more information email:  celebrate@organicfest.org
or click "Volunteer" registration button on website:   www.Organicfest.org

Volunteers Needed

Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont seeks volunteers to work with kindergarten through eighth grade girls through their Asheville Outreach program.  They are currently looking for individuals for the school year, 
October 2017- June 2018
For more information contact
Kristen Kirby
Outreach Program Manager 828-210-9043 kkirby@girlscoutsp2p.org 

Dear OLLI Members,
As we hear about the crisis in Charlottesville, Virginia, this weekend, we recognize the ways that our history of racism continues to shape and challenge our fundamental values as a country. We hope that all OLLI members will commit themselves to making sure that our organization strives for a more diverse and inclusive community and that we debate and express complex ideas in respectful ways. 

Please remember that registration for our Fall 2017 College for Seniors courses will continue until Thursday, August 17, noon.  We will have helpers at the Reuter Center every day during that time to help with the process.  Many thanks to the members of the College for Seniors curriculum committee for putting together such a varied and challenging schedule of courses.   Courses will begin on Monday, September 18. We will let you know as soon as we have more information about parking decals for the coming year.

Volunteers are the heart of our organization, and we appreciate the ways that our communication and marketing committee captures the stories of our OLLI members. We know you will enjoy John Hammond's story about Sherry Lubic, one of our excellent College for Seniors instructors and volunteers. 

We feel fortunate to be able to participate in exciting activities on the UNC Asheville campus.  You have another chance to learn more about the Great Solar Eclipse of 2017 when UNC Asheville professor Judy Beck gives a talk on Tuesday, August 15, 7 p.m. in Humanities Lecture Hall.  We hope you will be able to attend the David Brooks lecture on September 12 in Kimmel Arena and the Farm-to-Table Dinner on the quad on September 14, 2017. 

Please remember that the Reuter Center and the OLLI office will be closed on Friday, August 18 as we hold the Paths to Creative Retirement weekend. 

With respect for all that you do to model creative retirement,
Catherine Frank
Executive Director

Check calendarthe links here to see OLLI and UNC Asheville current events:
The College for Seniors Visual Art 
Curriculum Committee
Seeks Volunteers
The Visual Art curriculum Committee is looking for new members.
Please contact Sheila Murphy at  murphy.sheila.a@gmail.com

"The 2017 Solar Eclipse:
Coming Soon to a Sky Near You!"
Tuesday, August 15, 7 p.m.
UNC Asheville's Humanities Lecture Hall
UNC Asheville Senior Lecturer in Physics and Astronomy Judy Beck will present a lecture on the upcoming Great American Eclipse,
 The event is free and open to everyone.
Beck's talk comes in advance of the Great American Eclipse, a total solar eclipse which will cross the continental United States on Monday, Aug. 21. Asheville will experience a 99 percent partial eclipse. Beck will discuss the science and geometry of solar eclipses and give an overview of some important historical eclipses. She also will cover facts and features of the Great American Eclipse, and provide tips for viewing, including what to look for and how to observe safely.
UNC Asheville has partnered with the Asheville Museum of Science, Asheville City School and Buncombe County Schools to host the Asheville Solar Eclipse Festival from noon - 3 p.m. on Aug. 21. The community is invited to join in the festivities at Pack Square Park in downtown Asheville with music, food, and fun hands-on eclipse related activities led by local organizations. Visit  ashevillescience.org/solar-eclipse for more details and satellite locations.
For more information about Beck's lecture, contact Brian Hart, manager of UNC Asheville's Lookout Observatory, at  rbhart@unca.edu or 828.251.6442.

UNCA Bulldog unca
August 13-29, 2017 Athletic Events 

    Thursday,  August 17, 6 p.m. 
Greenwood Soccer Field, Men's Soccer  
    UNC Asheville vs. Wright State (Exhibition)

Saturday, August 19, 7 p.m.
 Greenwood Soccer Field, Men's Soccer
     UNC Asheville vs. ETSU

Sunday, A ugust 20 , 1 p.m. 
Greenwood Soccer Field, Women's Soccer
     UNC Asheville vs. Wofford

Friday, August 25, 7 p.m.
 Greenwood Soccer Field, Women's Soccer
     UNC Asheville vs. North Florida

Monday and Tuesday, August 28-29
 Bulldog Athletic Association Scholarship 
Golf Classic, Country Club of Asheville

(Click here to view Golf Classic flier)
Volunteer Opportunity
The  OLLI Civic Engagement Committee hopes that you will join them to participate in this unique  opportunity to partner with United Way, MANNA and the Housing Authority of the City of Asheville to improve the lives of those living at the Asheville Terrace Apartments by helping to create an on-site food pantry.

NY Times Columnist David Brooks
Founders Day Lecture
Tuesday, September 12, 7 p.m.
Kimmel Arena
This Founders Day lecture is sponsored by the generosity of the David and Lin Brown Visionary Lecture Series and the Van Winkle Law Firm Public Policy Lectures.

Advance tickets are now available. Please  click here to register online to reserve your free tickets to the lecture. A password is required to access the online registration. Simply type DavidBrooks (one word with two capitalized letters) to access the online registration. If you have an Eventbrite password you should type it in when prompted.  Otherwise, you may set a new password.

Please contact the Conferences and Events Office at  events@unca.edu or  828-251-6853 for more information.

UNC Asheville's Farm-to-Table Dinner
Thursday September 14, 6 - 9 p.m.

Building Bridges
Tuesdays, 7-9 pm
September 12 - November 14
Rainbow Community School
574 Haywood Road, Asheville
Building Bridges is a  nine-week program that offers an introduction to the dynamics of racism and is an opportunity to explore how race has impacted our relationships, communities, and institutions.
All Instructors:
Seasoned Instructors, Fall Instructors, Pondering Being an Instructor -
Last Day to Register!

College for Seniors Instructor Support will offer a SkillTalks workshop day on
  Tuesday, August 22, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Lunch is provided.
Setting a Climate for Learning

Download workshop topics HERE
and access the registration form HERE.

With any questions about SkillTalks, email Herb Gunn, hgunn@unca.edu  828-251-6873
Sherry Lubic, OLLI's Dancing Diva
by John Hammond

At the young age of 40, Sherry Lubic left a successful career with a St. Louis Fortune 500 company and turned her focus to nature and wildlife photography. For the next 15 years she and her husband Bill traveled from Alaska to Florida, writing articles and taking photos for magazine, calendar and greeting card publishers.

The Autumn Players
Sunday, August 20, 2:30 p.m.
Reuter Center Manheimer Room
The Autumn Players is a troupe of seasoned actors dedicated to taking the theatre 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

 Mark your calendar for Sunday, August 20, 2:30 p.m.
The Hollow by Agatha Christie, directed by Marianne Lyon.  These performances ares open to the public, tickets are $6 at the door.  To learn more about The Autumn Players, click here to visit their website.

FREE CLASS for families/caregivers of individuals living with a serious mental illness.

NAMI Family-to-Family Class in Asheville

6:30 - 9pm; Mondays,  Aug. 28-Nov. 13, 2017

Please contact Terri Harris

828-595-3293; terri@scoharris.com

Sierra Club Meeting
Wednesday, September 6,  7 pm
  Location Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Asheville, 1 Edwin Place, corner of Charlotte  and Edwin

"Electric Vehicles, 
Local Movement, Global Impact"
Presented by Dave Erb, automotive engineer at the University of North Carolina Asheville, and Pana Columbus, film director.  The discussion will focus on transforming transportation in Western North Carolina and beyond.
Contact: Judy Mattox, 828-683-2716 judymattox@sbcglobal.net   
 Free and open to the public.
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute | 828-251-6140 | olli@unca.edu | http://www.olliasheville.com
Reuter Center, CPO #5000
UNC Asheville
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Asheville, NC 28804