OLLI Observer
October 29, 2017  
 
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In This Issue
TODAY
Autumn Players Readers Theatre
Sunday, October 29, 2:30 pm
Reuter Center Manheimer Room

"Pack of Lies" by Hugh Whitemore
Directed by RoseLynn Katz
Two married couples form a warm, close friendship with each other, but when one of the couples is suspected of spying for the Russians their friendship is turned upside down. Although set in 1961, this play takes on fresh relevance in our world today. 
The Autumn Players, sponsored by the Asheville Community Theatre, is a troupe of seasoned actors dedicated to taking the theatre experience into the community.
  These performances are open to everyone.
Tickets are $7 at the door. 
 Special Interest Group Financial Strategies in Retirement
Friday, November 3, 1:30 p.m, Room 205
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"Investor Roundtable"
  • Where to keep cash and get the best return
  • How to select an Exchange Traded Fund (ETF)
  • What sectors will offer growth over the next 5 years
  • What parameters to use when calculating a sensible withdrawal strategy to meet annual financial needs.
Join us to hear these and other questions discussed; 
bring your own questions for our informed member panel.
 
The meeting is open to all OLLI members; more info contact Kate Beatty kkbmom@yahoo.com 828.231.7710
Special Interest Group Whole Foods/Plant-based Living
Friday, November 3, 3 p.m., Room 206

 
In this group we provide information and support for anyone interested in following a more plant based diet along the lines of Drs. Dean Ornish, Caldwell Esselstyn, Joel Fuhrman, Neal Barnard, John McDougall, Michael Greger, etc. and T. Colin Campbell, PhD.

Contact Bonnie Wheeler, bonniewhee@gmail.com  or phone 330.321.1360
Healthy Campus Initiative
OLLI members are invited to contribute to a campus-wide culture of health by serving as part of UNC Asheville's new Healthy Campus Coalition. This coalition consists of campus community members invested in promoting health and wellness at UNC Asheville. 
Retired health professionals may be particularly interested, but all are welcome. 
Time commitment to this initiative can vary based on availability. 
For more information, contact Jordan Perry, Healthy Campus Liaison, at  jperry2@unca.edu  or  828.250.3991 .

   
New
Traveling for Fun and Enrichment Special Interest Group (SIG)
Friday, November 3, 3:30 p.m.
Reuter Center Manheimer Room

The mission of the Traveling for Fun and Enrichment SIG 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
  •  To reach out for travel companions
  •  To discuss pros and cons of traveling alone or with a companion
The meeting will cover preliminary questions and projected organization of future meetings.  

All OLLI members are invited to attend. 
  Special Interest Group: 
The Forum 
Friday, November 3, 1 p.m., Room 205
 
 Topic: "What is Happening with Our Two Party System? Will It Move Left, Right or Center?"
 
  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.
 
More info, contact Beth Johnson, johnson1ea@earthlink.com 
Contemplate College for Seniors

Are you a College for Seniors instructor who wants to brush up on your class room skills?

College for Seniors Instructor Support plans an array of workshops between the terms. Check out what is coming up in the next few months and register now.
 
Click Here and scroll to Workshops and Skills Development.

Space Still Available!
Google Chrome and the Chromebook: Exploring Alternative Laptop Options Workshop
Instructor: Marc Czarnecki
Date:  Saturday, November 4, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Fee: $70
 
Replacing a Windows or Mac computer? Google Chrome and Chromebook provide an ideal solution for email and online surfing. Don't own a Chromebook, but are considering the purchase of a low-cost, no-maintenance computer? Come learn about the Chromebook and Chrome and how it may be a great fit.  
 
Participants should have Gmail and may bring their own Chromebook or borrow an OLLI laptop to learn Google Chrome email and web browsing.
 
ASHEVILLE COMMUNITY CONCERT BAND
Sunday, Nov. 5, 3:30 p.m.
UNC Asheville's Lipinsky Auditorium
 
 The 90-piece concert band originated in 1979 as the UNC Asheville Community Band and played for many years at Lipinsky Auditorium, moved venues several times, finally playing for the last twenty years at Asheville High School.  This concert will put the band back at UNC Asheville.
 
The concert will be a tribute to Leonard Bernstein, in celebration of his 100th birthday, playing some of Bernstein's most powerful compositions including George Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue. Piano soloist for this concert is Hwa-Jin Kim, with Steve Loew on the clarinet.
 
Plan to attend for an afternoon of wonderful concert band music. 
For more information contact Marilyn Campbell 828.254.2234  
  Travel Presentation
Monday, November 6, 8-8:45 a.m.
Reuter Center Manheimer Room 
 
Join OLLI instructor Mark Gordon Smith as he presents information about the March 2018 Art and History Tour of Tuscany ( March 7-17, 2018) . The tour, based in Florence at a lovely city center hotel, includes round trip airfare from Charlotte to Florence, bus transfers from Asheville to and from the Charlotte Airport, daily breakfasts, guided visits to various sites in Florence with local expert guides as well as excursions with guides to Siena and Lucca.  
 
This is the third year for this incredible tour. Enjoy light refreshments and learn more about this delightful travel opportunity! 
New Special Interest Group
Stitch 'N Time Organizational Meeting
 
 Wednesday, November 8, 4:15 p.m.
Reuter Center Room 206 
 
Stitch 'N Time is a fellowship group for stitchers of all types (knitting, crochet, quilting, needlepoint, embroidery, cross stitch, sewing, etc.) to help, encourage, inspire and support each other. The Stitch 'N Time SIG meetings will be an opportunity for members to meet others who share their interest in fiber projects, provide a forum for stitchers, and offer help beyond classes to finish projects or start new ones!
 
All OLLI members are invited to attend. 

Reuter Cafe Closing Date!  
The Reuter Cafe will close for the year the afternoon of November 9. 
Stop by for a final cafe cup of coffee, slice of pie or hot soup and say farewell to Karen until we see her again next year when she reopens the Reuter Cafe on Monday, January 8, 2018!


OLLI Lost and Found
 
Have you lost your glasses?  Favorite jacket?  Yoga mat?  Your lost item may have ended up in the  OLLI Lost and Found!   If you believe you left/lost something at the Reuter Center, stop by the office next week to look into the lost/found before all is donated to charity.
OLLI VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

MANNA Foodbank Team
Providing tens of thousands of meals a day to the hungry
The Asheville Terrace Appartments Food Pantry
On-site food pantry support

Discover UNC Asheville
A new program for K-12 students residing in Asheville public housing communities
 
 
VOLUNTEER ... It Makes a Difference!
Special Thanks 
OLLI would like to thank Creative Retirement Exploration Weekend 
sponsor Gillespie Dentistry for their support!

Timothy E. Gillespie, DMD, FAGD
Cosmetic Implant, & General Dentistry
36 Orange Street,  Asheville, NC 28801
(828) 252-9351  www.drtimgillespie.com   
  
CREW helps those considering relocation in retirement examine all their options carefully and make an informed decision about this major life transition.
Dear OLLI Members,
We are sad to announce that Laurel Jernigan, the program manager for our life transitions, civic engagement and Workshops programs will be leaving OLLI to focus on family issues.  We have planned a farewell event for her, Wednesday, November 8, 4-6 p.m. and will send out an invitation early next week. We are reminded that change is a constant in our lives, as we look for new volunteer leaders, for new instructors and volunteers for all of our strategic plan projects, for someone to fill Laurel's position, and for a new university chancellor.  Change is challenging and can sometimes feel like loss.  It is the value of community that we all work to be part of something whose whole is greater than the sum of its parts.  We can continue to change and evolve with a firm sense of the value of mission to find opportunities to thrive in life's second half. 

This issue of the newsletter reminds us of the many special interest groups (SIGs) that build on the sense of community that arises from shared interests.  Over the next couple of weeks members can take part in learning more about financial strategies in retirement, whole foods / plant-based living, political issues and gardening. New SIGs are forming to share information about travel and to gather people outside the classroom for hiking and stitching.  Many thanks to the leaders of these groups and all OLLI SIGs for bringing people together for learning and fellowship in a environment very much driven by the interests and talents of our members.Don't forget our annual celebration of member talent, the OLLI Art Bazaar, November 10 and 11.

Our special programs are another way we come together to share wisdom and fellowship.  As our term winds down you might attend a performance by The Autumn Players, a presentation on the evolution of Blue Ridge Public Radio, which will include appearances by on air personalities Helen Chickering and Chip Kaufmann (who is also a treasured College for Seniors instructor). You might attend a lecture on the place of women in medicine through our STEM lecture series and a lecture on poster art for the National Parks through our Fab Friday lecture series. Don't miss Midday Music with Pan Harmonia, a lecture on German politics through the World Affairs Council or on the Big Bang theory through the Astronomy Club of Asheville! What a rich learning environment we create through the work and relationships OLLI inspires us to build!

We invite you to be part of all of this, whether you are in the audience or behind the scenes. With respect for all that you do to model creative retirement,
Catherine Frank
Executive Director


Check the links here to see OLLI and UNC Asheville current events:
 
UNCA Bulldog unca 
              
Sunday, October 29, 3 p.m.,
Men's Soccer UNC Asheville vs. Campbell, Greenwood Soccer Field

Wednesday, November 1, 7 p.m.,
Men's Soccer UNC Asheville vs. Presbyterian, Greenwood Soccer Field
    
Friday, November 3, 7 p.m.,
Women's Basketball UNC Asheville vs. Mars Hill (Exhibition Game), 
Kimmel Arena

Tuesday, November 7, 7 p.m.
Volleyball  UNC Asheville vs. Presbyterian, Justice Center
             
Thursday, November 9, 7 p.m.
Volleyball UNC Asheville vs. Liberty, Justice Center

Go Bulldogs!
Blue Ridge Public Radio: The New Home for WCQS and 
BPR News Presentation
Wednesday, November 1, 9 a.m., Reuter Center Manheimer Room

Thanks to ongoing support from its listeners, NPR for Western North Carolina, expanded its news coverage and listening options last March. To better serve Asheville and WNC, additional news staff were hired to provide deeper,  more insightful coverage of local and national stories. As the station grew, its name needed to grow, too, to make room for all the entertainment and classical music its listeners came to love, combined with additional news and  information programming. WCQS, with its classical music and news format, is now part of Blue Ridge Public Radio (BPR) and welcomed the launch of its sister station, all-news BPR News, last spring. There's now more news, more insight, and more choice for public radio listeners in WNC.
On  Wednesday, November 1, 2017, at 9 a.m., BPR's General Manager and CEO David Feingold will explain why BPR is now the #1 radio station in the Asheville Metro Market and will introduce you to an on-air staff  member or two. Refreshments will be served and there will be plenty of time for questions.
  Free and open to everyone.
Sierra Club Meeting
Wednesday, November 1, 7 p.m.
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Asheville, 
1 Edwin Place, corner of Charlotte  and Edwin.

"Methane, Pipelines, and Climate Change"
We will discuss Sierra Club's efforts to curb methane pollution by keeping fossil fuels in the ground, stopping fracked gas pipelines and enacting public health safeguards.

For more information, contact: Judy Mattox, 828.683.2176 judymattox@sbcglobal.net. Free and open to everyone.
STEM Lecture
Thursday, November 2, 4:30 p.m. Reuter Center, Room 102A

Women in MEDICINE
Speakers: Dr. Amanda Rollins Maxwell, Adjunct Professor, Chemistry Dept. and Health and Wellness Promotion Dept.
Dr. Laura Jones, Assistant Professor, Health and Wellness Promotion Department

This presentation will highlight the pioneers and historical contributions of women in medicine as well as profiles of contemporary women healthcare leaders. In addition to successes, the presenters will discuss barriers that women face in the healthcare field, including traditional and present-day values and biases inherent to medical research, the medical field, models for providing care and medical training programs. Lastly, the presenters will explore the growing number of women in the medical field and ways that women can further be supported in entering and excelling in their medical careers.

Free and open to everyone.  Click here to view an event flier.
Astronomy Club of Asheville
Thursday, November 2, 7 p.m. Reuter Center, Room 102A
"The Day Without Yesterday: Cosmology and the Big Bang" 
 
In the 20th century astronomers discovered more about how our universe began and about the nature of time and space than in any other epoch in human history. This amazing growth in our knowledge of the overall structure of our universe is unlikely to abate in the 21st century.
We will discuss the four great discoveries of cosmology that have formed our picture of how time and space began.  How did we learn that the universe began in a Big Bang, and what are the consequences of this view of cosmology?

The Astronomy Club of Asheville meets at the Reuter Center the first Thursday of each month, from 7-9 pm , with an interesting lineup of speakers and topics. OLLI members may attend the 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. 
  Fab Friday Lunch & Learn Lecture
Friday, November 3, 11:30 a.m., Reuter Center's Manheimer Room

 "Great Smokies Poster Art" by Dan Pierce  
 
Dan Pierce
Dan Pierce 
Dr. Daniel S. Pierce, UNC Asheville history professor, will present a program on "Poster Art and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park." Poster art has a long and (literally) colorful connection to America's national parks. In the early years of the 20th century the railroads produced beautiful posters encouraging elites to "See America First" and visit Yellowstone, Yosemite, Glacier and the Grand Canyon. In the 1930s anonymous artists with the WPA also produced colorful posters advertising the wonders of the national parks, including the Great Smoky Mountains. In recent years the genre has been revived, most notably in connection with the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service.  
 
Dr. Pierce's talk will focus on this history and on his recent work with acclaimed Nashville, TN, poster artist Joel Anderson to produce An Illustrated Guide to Great Smoky Mountains National Park which features 40 original posters produced by the Anderson Design Group. During October and November, 2017, art produced for the book will be on display at the Mel Blowers Gallery in UNC Asheville's Ramsey Library.
Midday Music with Pan Harmonia
 Friday, November 3, 1:30 p.m.,  Reuter Center Manheimer Room  
Hwa-Jin Kim, Kate Steinbeck, and Fred Lemmons.  Photo courtesy of Micah MacKenzie 
Hwa-Jin Kim, piano * Kate Steinbeck, flute * Fred Lemmons, clarinet
 
The three musicians will explore "Portraits of Langston," a trio inspired by Harlem Renaissance poet, Langston Hughes, in an interactive session.
Guaranteed to be interesting, insightful and humorous. Feel free to bring friends and your lunch. Free and open to the public.  
Die Wise Discussion
Tuesday, November 7, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Reuter Center Room 206

Stephen Jenkinson
Join us for a discussion of the Die Wise Presentation by Stephen Jenkinson. This will be a facilitated discussion of the Die Wise philosophy as presented by Stephen Jenkinson on November 6 at the Masonic Temple.  You do not need a ticket to attend, but please be familiar with Jenkinson's work.


Sponsored by OLLI's Life Transition Committee
World Affairs Council
Tuesday, November 7, 7:30 p.m., Reuter Center Manheimer Room

"Germany, Europe and the Future of Transatlantic Relations" 
by Dr. Helga Welsh of Wake Forest University

 
Helga Welsh
Welsh is the co-author of the forthcoming book, Remapping Germany: Politics and Policies in a Changed World and is a professor of political science at Wake Forest University, where she received the Jon Reinhardt Award for Distinguished Teaching. Welsh earned her graduate degrees at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universit√§t in Munich and has focused her research and writing on the history and politics of the former East Germany, German unification and democratization processes in Central and Eastern Europe. She is co-editor of the online journal, German Politics.

This program is co sponsored by the Department of Political Science at UNC Asheville, in cooperation with OLLI.  WAC members and UNC Asheville students are admitted without charge.  Single admissions: $10.
OLLI members receive a discount on WAC Annual Membership.  
For further information, contact George Peery, gpeery@mhu.edu, 828-242-6380
Thomas Wolfe Memorial Literary Award
Saturday, November 11, 4-6 p.m.,Top of the Plaza, Asheville Renaissance Hotel, 31 Woodfin Street, Asheville

The Western North Carolina Historical Association and the Thomas Wolfe Memorial Site are pleased to announce the 62nd annual presentation of the Thomas Wolfe Memorial Literary Award honoring the author Julia Franks for her work Over the Plain Houses.  After the presentation, Ms. Franks will provide comments and read excerpts from her award winning novel.

The program will also feature excerpts from the four finalists' works:  Jim Stokely reading from Wilma Dykeman's  Family of Earth;  Daniel Pierce reading from his book  Hazel Creek , Ron Rash's The Risen and Stephanie Powell Watts'
No One Is Coming To Save Us.

A reception hosted by the Renaissance Hotel will follow the program.  Reservations are required.  Event tickets are $5 for WNCHA members and $10 for the general public; click here to purchase tickets on-line or   call the Smith-McDowell House 828.253.9231 Wednesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Hiking Special Interest Group (SIG)
Wednesday, November 15, 10:30 a.m., Reuter Center Room 230

Dear Hiking Enthusiasts:

We have had numerous requests to consider a hiking SIG at OLLI and circulated a sign-up sheet at the recent "Tips for Successful  Hiking" session.  Thanks to the 50 of you who indicated your interest!

A very small group of us have spent some time evaluating the SIG guidelines, discussing the feasibility of such a group and how it could work and have come up with some thoughts around operations. 

One challenge will be filling certain operational roles (coordination, communication and scheduling) along with a plan for keeping those positions filled over time.   

Another significant challenge will be having an adequate number of OLLI hike leaders willing to participate.  

We are planning an organizational meeting for interested hike leaders on 
Wednesday, November 15,10:30 a.m. - noon, in Reuter Center Room 230. If you are attending, please come with an idea for one hike including the distance, elevation and technical difficulty.  There is no obligation on your part; this is an exploratory meeting.

So that we can anticipate the number of potential leaders, please RSVP to Rebecca Banner  beccabanner@gmail.com  
 
See you on the trail!
Individual Medicare Counseling Appointments
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday,
November 14, 15, 16 at the Reuter Center
Medicare
The Council on Aging of Buncombe County will be providing on-site appointments for OLLI members who want to review their Medicare drug plans or make changes to their Advantage plans, etc.  Call the Council on Aging  at 828.277.8288 to make an appointment and remember to mention you are an OLLI member.  There are a limited number of appointments; the counseling is by appointment only.
Gardening Special Interest Group
 Saturday, November 14,  2 p.m.,  Reems Creek Nursery
 
"Joyous Winter Garden"   by Ruth Gonzalez
 
At this meeting we will explore the special beauty of the winter garden. Your garden's "bones" are especially important in winter, and these are the very same "bones" that compliment your summer garden. We will discuss using evergreen trees, shrubs, and perennials along with deciduous winter-interest plants that add different shapes, sizes, textures and foliage softness to the winter garden. Discover how to make the most of your winter landscape - whether viewed from the outdoors or from your favorite indoor coffee-drinking spot - with careful siting of plants, strategies to attract birds and wildlife, sculptural elements, and a dose of creative thinking that will bring you and your guests pleasure and delight all winter long.

Space is limited, RSVP requested to Sharon Wilson.  Her email and phone number (she prefers email) are swvetpath@gmail.com, 801 243-9149
OLLI Art Bazaar, 
Friday, November 10, 11 a.m.- 4 p.m.
Saturday, November 11, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. 
Reuter Center Lower Level

 
Tom Harbaugh watercolor
You will discover a delightful selection of paintings, fiber arts, photography, jewelry, scarves, assemblage (mixed media), handcrafted soaps and lotions, cards and paper art, pottery, wood art and so much more!

The beautiful artwork on offer
Laura Greeley beaded necklace with pendant 
includes stained & fused glass, watercolor and oil paintings, cross stitched gift items, one of a kind wood
  -turned bowls and art pieces, unique jewelry items from precious metals to vintage button necklaces. 


Home baked cookies, snacks and beverages will be on  sale. Don't miss this festive annual event and a chance to kick start your holiday shopping!
The Reuter Center Singers to Join in 120-Voice Choir
Sunday, November 19, 3 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, downtown Asheville

The Reuter Center Singers will join with the Givens Estates Vesper Choir and the Biltmore United Methodist Church Choir to perform together as a 120-voice chorus for a performance at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 19. The concert will take place at First Presbyterian Church, 40 Church St. in Asheville, and is free and open to everyone. Donations are welcome. Reception following the performance.
This concert, called
While I Still Have Breath, celebrates the embrace of aging with heads held high. Included in the program will be
All Shall Be Amen and
Alleluia, a musical arrangement of the text by St. Augustine; the civil rights movement ballad
We Shall Overcome; the 20th century hymnal
Borning Cry, composed by John Ylvisaker; and
Fanfare for a Festival by contemporary composer Ron Nelson.
The three choirs are all directed by Chuck Taft, who is celebrating his 20th year as director of the Reuter Center Singers, the community chorus based at OLLI. The choirs will be accompanied by brass, flute, cello, percussion, and Nora Vetro playing piano and Jeremy Roberts playing the pipe organ. 
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