OLLI Observer
October 7, 2018    
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In This Issue
Thank You, Leanna!
When you are at the Reuter Center, we hope you will check out the tree planted right outside the atrium in honor of Leanna Preston, OLLI's longtime Facilities and Communications Manager, in recognition of her distinguished service to the university and to OLLI.  

We will miss Leanna's warm and welcoming spirit, technical expertise and creative ideas. We know, however, that she will enjoy her family and pursue her many interests in retirement. We all hope to see her back at the Reuter Center!
(Thanks to Herb Gunn for the photos)

Leanna Preston, center, with Sheila and Dennis Murphy, during the celebration to send her off on a happy retirement.

Kenneth Zamkoff      
I love teaching at OLLI because it provides me an opportunity to expand my knowledge by researching historical topics of interest to me and, more importantly, to present what is hopefully a new and exciting narrative and information to a group of like-minded people eager to learn.          
Kenneth teaches "Demagogues and Demagoguery in U.S. History."


Special Interest Group (SIG)
Monday, October 8, 4:15 p.m. 
Reuter Center Room 120

"Awakening Your Deepest Self Meditation" 
Bill Walz, retired clinical psychologist and UNC Asheville adjunct faculty, fifteen years an OLLI teacher, twenty years teaching meditation and awakening into deeper levels of consciousness as a path to sanity and spirituality,will present a Zen inspired meditation for awakening into your deepest self.

All OLLI members are welcome to attend our programs.

Meditation SIG contact: Sally Ekaireb

Special Interest Group (SIG)
Tuesday, October 9, 4:15 p.m. 
Reuter Center Room 207

Fall Gardening for 
Winter Interest & Spring Color

Ruth Gonzalez and Tanya LaCorte from Reems Creek Nursery, Weaverville, will share tips on being strategic with fall and winter accent plants, creating a parade of spring-blooming bulbs, and the importance of completing fall cleanup chores. Includes time for Q & A. 

Garden SIG contact is: Marilyn Dishaw, 828-215-3838,  ncdishaw@gmail.com.

STEM Lecture
Wednesday, October 10, 4:30 p.m., Reuter Center Room 206
Continuing in the fall 2018 term theme, "STEM Activities on Campus", this presentation will be offered by Stan Schmidt, OLLI College for Seniors instructor, on  "The Fermi Plague"

Give your time and make a difference!  

The Key to Ending Homelessness

Changing Lives One House at a Time

Make a difference

Email for more information: 
Book Talk with Chris Highland
Sunday, October 14, 4 p.m.
Reuter Center Manheimer Room 
Chris Highland
Chris Highland, OLLI instructor and author of ten books, will be reading from his new book, A Freethinker's Gospel:  Essays for a Sacred Secular World. Published by Pisgah Press, the book is a collection of his weekly "Highland Views" columns in the Asheville Citizen-Times. Books will be available to purchase. Refreshments and booksigning to follow. For more information visit
Carolinas' Nature Photographers Association Meeting
Photo Critique
Sunday, October 14, 5:30 p.m.
Reuter Center Room 206  
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 those  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 from 5:30-8 p.m. For more information please go to: www.cnpa-asheville.org

Navigating a Dementia Diagnosis
Part 1: Understanding Alzheimer's and Dementia
Monday, October 15, 2-4 p.m.
Reuter Center 102B

Alzheimer's disease is not a normal part of aging. Join representatives of the Alzheimer's Association of WNC to learn about the impact of Alzheimer's, the difference between Alzheimer's and dementia, stages and risk factors,current research and treatments available for some symptoms, and Alzheimer's Association resources.

Sponsored by the Alzheimer's Association of WNC (www.alz.org/northcarolina), this series of lectures will offer insight into this illness. Denise Young, regional manager of the Alzheimer's Association of Western Carolina, will present, along with area experts. 
This lecture is part of a series, with other lectures planned for
 Mondays, October 22 and 29

Poetry Lovers #2 
Special Interest Group Organizational Meeting
Tuesday, October 16, 4:15 p.m.
Reuter Center Room 205
poetry 2
A second Poetry Lover's SIG   is starting to accommodate all the poets who want to share a poem and get constructive feedback from the group. This SIG will also meet monthly on a separate day and time   than the current Friday group.
If you would like to help pick the day/time for the second SIG, or just want to check out what we do, please attend our organizational meeting and help us get figure out how and when we will do this second SIG. 
Any questions email Jim Carillon at   jimcarillon@gmail.com   

Legacies of Engagement: 
Civil Rights Movements and Angela Davis 
Dr. Sharon Lynette Jones
Wednesday, October 17, 7 p.m.
Reuter Center Manheimer Room

Dr. Sharon Lynette Jones, Professor, Department of English Language and Literatures, Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio, will offer a presentation that will explore the life of Angela Davis in connection with social movements in the twentieth century and the twenty-first century in the United States and abroad. The time period covered will include 1940s -2018.  Topics explored will include the childhood/adolescence of Angela Davis, Angela Davis's years as an undergraduate and graduate student, Angela Davis's role as a participant in civil rights organizations, the "Free Angela Davis" movements  and Angela Davis's  influence as a scholar/professor. The presentation will draw upon a variety of source materials and research relevant to the past and to the present to provide a context for understanding  the legacies of Angela Davis. 

This  presentation will include  an interdisciplinary approach to evaluating and assessing the life of Angela Davis and the connections between Angela Davis and civil rights movements from earlier and more recent times. 
 This event is free and open to everyone.

New to Medicare 
Friday, October 26, 2 p.m.
Reuter Center Room 206

Are you new to Medicare? Are you confused by the many choices? Unbiased and accurate information is available from trained volunteers from the North Carolina 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 using the Agency's online services at www.socialsecurity.gov.

Storytelling by Adam Booth
Friday, October 26, 7 p.m.
Reuter Center Manheimer Room

OLLI is delighted to partner with Friends of the Weaverville Library to offer a festive storytelling event featuring well-known storyteller Adam Booth.  Adam Booth's original stories blend traditional mountain folklore, music and awareness of contemporary Appalachia. He will present a program from his Appalachian 20th Century Series, a cycle of original neo-traditional stories about "our people and their situations." 
This event is free and open to everyone.
Safe Driving Program 
Tuesday, October 30, 11:45 a.m.-4 p.m.
Reuter Center Room 205
aarp Safe Drving 
AARP will offer a driver safety refresher course designed to help mature drivers remain safely on today's faster highways with a myriad of challenges. The four-hour course teaches valuable defensive driving techniques, highlights hazards particular to seniors and provides a refresher about the rules of the road and tips for avoiding crashes. The course is offered as a nationwide effort to keep drivers behind the wheel safely. The cost of the course is $15 for AARP members and $20 for non-members. To register, contact instructor Celeste Selwyn, 828.708.7404 or email csel@mindspring.com

Dear OLLI Members,

Please remember that Monday and Tuesday, October 8 and 9, will be UNC Asheville's Fall Break.  There will be no shuttles running, but parking near the Reuter Center should be more plentiful than usual.

Please remember that when the newsletter is long, that you can click on the llink at the bottom of the newsletter and see the entire document.  Also, don't forget that to the left of this message there are links that will take you to every article in the newsletter.

This is an exciting week, with meetings of the Meditation and Gardening SIGs, a STEM lecture, Fab Friday, Behind the Scenes with NC Stage and a Symphony Talk.  Please remember that this Wednesday, October 10, is our Fall Member Social. There will be cookout fare, including hamburgers and hotdogs (and veggie burgers for those who prefer a meatless option), wine, beer, iced tea and infused water and lots of fellowship with OLLI members.  

Many of us at OLLI are lucky to have had advantages in our lives, but it's important to remember that there are members of the UNC Asheville community who are food insecure.  For the next month, there will be a food barrel (see the information below on most needed items) sponsored by the Food Equity Initiative of UNC Asheville where you can share a little of what you have for students and staff members who are food insecure. 

Finally, we hope that you will take some time to view the slideshow of Leanna Preston's farewell celebration.  It is hard to know how best to celebrate someone who has made such a positive difference in the lives of so many people, but we know that Leanna will spend time in all of her creative pursuits and with her beloved family. 

Catherine Frank
Executive Director

 Check the links here to see OLLI and UNC Asheville current events:
Fall Member Social
Wednesday, October 10, 4:30-6 p.m., Reuter Center Lower Lobby    
Join your OLLI friends for our Fall Member Social. Take this opportunity to socialize, enjoy great food & drink and celebrate the autumn season.  
(This is an OLLI member only event.) 

CFS Instructor
Mary Lasher

College for Seniors 
Deadline for Proposals for Spring 2019
Thursday, November 1 
At the heart of the College for Seniors program are dedicated volunteer instructors. While many instructors are retired academics, others with no formal teaching background have successfully facilitated learning experiences centered on their areas of passion, interest or expertise. 

The Food Equity Initiative of 
UNC Asheville
Food Drive
October 9 - November 9, 2018
Reuter Center Upper Lobby

 The mission of the Food Equity Initiative is to deliver health food to students, faculty and staff who are food insecure.All food that is collected at OLLI will be distributed via pop up pantries located on campus, in an effort to alleviate the strong presence of food insecurity on the UNC Asheville campus. 

All non-perishable food items are welcome, but staples like flour and sugar aand protein-rich items like peanut butter, canned tuna and beans are especially welcome. Nutrient fortified cereals and granola bars are also handy for college students on the go.  Please bring donations to the Reuter Center and place in the barrel that is located in the upper lobby.  
UNC Asheville Athletics
UNCA Bulldog
Women's Soccer vs. Winthrop
Wednesday, October 10, 6 p.m.
  Women's Soccer vs. Hampton
Saturday, October 13, 2 p.m.
Women's Soccer vs. Radford
Saturday, October 20, 3:30 p.m.
All Women's Soccer games at Greenwood Soccer Field

Women's Swimming vs. Campbell
Saturday, October 13, 10:30 a.m.
Justice Center Pool

Volleyball vs. Charleston Southern
Friday, October 19, 6 p.m.
Volleyball vs. Presbyterian College
Saturday, October 20, 1 p.m.
All volleyball games at Justice Gym

Men's Soccer vs. VMI 
Saturday, October 20, 6 p.m.
Greenwood Soccer Field
Fab Friday Lecture
Friday, October 12, 11:30 a.m., Reuter Center Manheimer Room

 Your Precious Eyesight: 

Strategies to Preserve, Protect and Enhance    


This presentation will enhance your knowledge of prevention, management and treatments of macular degeneration, cataracts, glaucoma, diabetic eye disease, dry eyes and much more.  We will look at daily lifestyle and nutritional changes that make an impact on many eye conditions and preventative measures that will reduce eye health risks.  New and existing treatments will be discussed and participants will walk away with a better understanding of maintaining eye health, preservation and current management strategies.  Time for questions and answers for any ocular related concerns and inquiries will be addressed at the end of the presentation. 

Dr. Bryant graduated magna cum laude from optometry school in 2002 and practices at Envision Eyecare in Asheville. He actively participates in volunteer programs to provide eye care for the underprivileged at ABCCM and mission trips to Honduras and Costa Rica. He is an active Rotarian, past Lions Club board member, and founder of a an eye clinic for diabetics at New Hope Volunteer Health Center.  This lecture is a part of the Health Education Series.

Members and guests are invited to enjoy stimulating presentations and dynamic question and answer sessions.  Purchase lunch from the Reuter Cafe or bring your own brown bag.  Programs are free and open to everyone.
The Forum Special Interest Group
Friday, October 12, 1-3 p.m., Reuter Center Room 205   
  Meeting Topic: "Trump: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly" 

   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.net
Walk with Ease
Monday, October 22 - Friday, November 30
Register by Wednesday, October 17 
Would you like to get back into a workout plan before the holidays begin? Do you want relief from arthritis or joint discomfort? Join "Walk With Ease"-- a 6-week self-directed program designed to increase physical activity and reduce joint pain and stiffness . As a participant, you walk on your own, with the support of information and techniques shared in a guidebook and weekly emails. You will learn ways to develop a walking plan, stay motivated, manage pain, and exercise safely. There is no cost to join the program, but registration is required. Please contact the NC Center for Health & Wellness at healthyagingncinfo@gmail.com or 828. 258.7712 for more information and to register. 
Feel free to sign up with a friend or family member!
"Walk With Ease" kicks off Monday Oct. 22 and continues through Friday Nov. 30.   Walking is on-your-own, with optional walking days on Wednesdays at noon on the Sherrill Arena Concourse. 
Each participant receives a "Walk With Ease" book, pedometer and weekly informational emails. Participants are eligible for up to two free health coach sessions.

Whether you need relief from arthritis pain or just want to be active, the Arthritis Foundation's 6-week "Walk With Ease" program can teach you how to safely make physical activity part of your everyday life!

Click here for a poster with information about the Walk with Ease program.
NC Stage Behind the Scenes
Friday, October 12, 1:30-2:30 p.m., Reuter Center Manheimer Room

British talk-show host David Frost has become a lowbrow laughingstock. Richard M. Nixon has just resigned the United States presidency in total disgrace over Vietnam and the Watergate scandal. Determined to resurrect his career, Frost risks everything on a series of in-depth interviews in order to extract an apology from Nixon. The cagey Nixon, however, is equally bent on redeeming himself in his nation's eyes. In the television age, image is king, and both men are desperate to out-talk and upstage each other as the cameras roll. The result is the interview that sealed a president's legacy.
"Structured as a prize fight between two starkly ambitious men in professional crisis, FROST/NIXON makes it clear that the competitor who controls the camera reaps the spoils." -NY Times.

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 design concepts and the rehearsal process and experience a scene or two performed live. Join us for an insider's view of how theatre happens!  
Click here for more information about the play, including how to purchase tickets for the performances at NC Stage's downtown theatre.

Behind the Scenes with NC Stage is free and open to everyone.  
Symphony Talk
Friday, October 12, 3 p.m., Reuter Center Manheimer Room
Beethoven's Egmont Overture, Mozart's Violin Concerto No. 5, "Turkish" and Schumann's Symphony No. 4 with Adele Anthony, violin soloist  

Darko Butorac 
Symphony Talks are an entertaining and educational way to hear about the music to be performed at upcoming Asheville Symphony Orchestra (ASO) Masterworks Concerts.  The program begins with a presentation by Chip Kaufmann, who talks about the life and times of the featured composers. ASO has just selected Darko Butorac as music director, and he will appear with the soloist for upcoming concerts to talk about how the orchestra prepares and to offer ways to listen to the performance. For more information about the Asheville Symphony Orchestra, or to find out how to purchase tickets for performances at the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium, visit ashevillesymphony.org 
Elisha Mitchell Audubon Society Meeting
Tuesday, October 16, 7 p.m., Reuter Center Manheimer Room  
Hiking the Range of Light: Exploring the John Muir Trail
presented by Rachel Muir 
Remote, challenging and so remarkably beautiful that its poetic namesake often found himself at a loss for words, the John Muir Trail is considered among the great hikes in North America. Extending 224 miles from Yosemite National Park southward to the lower 48's highest peak, Mount Whitney, the trail crosses through towering mountain passes and through rich alpine valleys filled with a diverse array of wildflowers, uncounted montane lakes and streams, glaciers and complex geology and landforms. Rachel Muir will take us through the heart of this landscape, into the iconic Evolution Valley, up Muir Pass, and will explore other landmarks, as well as the ecology of the High Sierras and the history of the John Muir Trail.
Rachel Muir is a scientist emeritus with the United States Department of the Interior.  An environmental scientist and ecologist by training, Rachel worked for a variety of federal agencies and private firms over her 40-year career, including the EPA and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. She focused primarily on aquatic ecology, wetlands ecology, conservation of imperiled species and impact of environmental contaminants on wildlife and human health. Rachel resides in Arden and is an avid outdoors woman, hiker, triathlete and gardener.  She is currently working on her second book, Across the Heartland; in the Footsteps of John Muir.
Making the Invisible Visible
The Fifth Annual African Americans in Western North Carolina and Southern Appalachia Conference
October 18-20, 2018

The conference is free and open to the public; Advance registration is requested online or by calling 828.255.7216.

Advance Care Planning Workshop
Thursday, October 18, 7-9 p.m.
Reuter Center Manheimer Room

To help people think through end-of-life medical treatment decisions in advance, OLLI will hold a free workshop, open to everyone, from 7-9 p.m. on Thursday, October 18, in the Manheimer Room. Assistance will be provided so that attendees can leave with legally executed, notarized advance directive documents - the Health Care Power of Attorney and Living Will. 

Volunteer opportunities:
  • These Advance Care Planning workshops, held three times yearly at OLLI, need qualified notary public services, as well as four adult witnesses.
  • Please contact David Mouw (davidmouw@charter.net) by email if you are a qualified notary and can help, or if you are willing to be a witness.
Travel Special Interest Group (SIG)  
Travel Apps by Wiley and Julia Loughran
Friday, October 19, 2-3 p.m.
Croatia by Susan Stewart
Friday, October 19, 2-3 p.m.

Italy by Mark Smith
Friday, November 16, 2-3 p.m.
Namibia by Woody Eisenberg
Friday, November 16, 3-4 p.m.

OLLI's Travel SIG meets the third Friday of the month, 2-4 p.m.  

Contact for the October presentations: Kathy Gainey, kathleen.m.gainey@outlook.com or 703.298.8203.
Contact for the November presentations: 
Kathleen Buehner, kbuehner@hotmail.com

The aim of this group is to share and solicit information on travel; to share past experiences of travel; to assist individual members' efforts in planning for independent travel, joining a tour group or using the services of a travel agent. Also, the group hopes to reach out for travel companions and to discuss pros and cons of traveling alone or with a companion.

Death Café
Friday, October 19, 5 p.m.
Reuter Center Lower Atrium

"Death Café" is an engaging gathering that includes storytelling and conversation about a topic that too often alienates people in our death phobic culture. At Death Café, participants break into small groups of five or six people and discuss personal stories related to the death of loved ones, loss of jobs, relationships or marriages or loss or death of parts of ourselves. These programs are facilitated by Karen Sanders, Greg Lathrop and Sa'id Osio from Third Messenger. Find out more at deathcafe.com 
Death Café will also meet November 16, and December 7, 5-6:30 p.m, 
Reuter Center Lower Atrium

OLLI Authors Reading
Thursday, October 25, 5 p.m., Reuter Center Room 206 
  Mark your calendar to attend the next reading in the OLLI Authors series as Ann
Ann Karson's Bio 
Karson and Joan Weiner will read from their
Joan Weiner's Bio 
 OLL I Authors is a quarterly reading featuring two poets or prose authors. The purpose of OLLI Authors is to provide a forum for OLLI member and community writers to show case their creative efforts. It's also an opportunity for OLLI and community members to hear, appreciate and purchase readers' published work.  Readings are usually in January, April, June and October.

The Autumn Players Readers Theater 
Love, Loss and What I Wore
by Delia and Nora Ephron, Directed by Martin May 
Sunday, October 28, 2:30 p.m.

Composed of a unique medley of stories, some bittersweet, others poignant and laugh out loud funny, this play presents a psychological look at women - their often fraught relationships with their mothers, the men who did them wrong and the clothes that mattered to them in key moments of their lives.

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. 
 Tickets are $7 at the door. 
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