OLLI Observer
October 14, 2018    
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In This Issue
We Remember

Candle burning
Nancy E. Mathewson
 October 9, 2018
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. 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 the  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.

Kelly McKibben

"I love teaching at OLLI because my wonderful students and I inspire each other to remain vitally 
engaged in body,  heart, mind and spirit."

Kelly teaches  Good Yoga for the Elder Being, which is a synthesis of adaptive yoga postures,
breathing techniques and self awareness to revitalize optimal functionality and affirm a healthy
body-mind perspective.


On-Site Food Pantry Support

Restoring the Lives of Homeless Vets  
Changing Lives One House at a Time

Make a difference

Email for more information: 
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

Storyteller Adam Booth
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

Astronomy Club of Asheville 
Thursday, November 1, 7 p.m.
Reuter Center Manheimer Room
How Big is a Black Hole?
presented by  Stephen Danford
UNC Greensboro
Dr. Danford will talk about the observable characteristics of black holes and their exceedingly strange nature. He'll discuss how they fit in with our various theories of gravity, paying some attention to those gravitational theories proposed by Isaac Newton and Albert Einstein. He'll end by looking at some fascinating questions: If black holes exist somewhere in our universe, how big are they and can we see them?  Are they useful to us in any way, or are they merely theoretical possibilities, forever undetectable because of their small size and dark nature?

The Astronomy Club of Asheville meets at the Reuter Center the first Thursday of each month (except January and July) at 7 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 more information on the Astronomy Club of Asheville and for complete information about upcoming programs, visit astroasheville.org.
Sierra Club 
Thursday, November 1, 7 p.m.
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Asheville
1 Edwin Place
Corner of Charlotte and Edwin Streets

"Citizen Science:
 What You Can Do to Help Our Water, Urban Trees, and Have an Impact on 
Other Environmental Protections"
Alison Ormsby, UNC Asheville professor of environmental studies, along with a panel from Environmental Qualitly Institute and the Treasured Trees program for Asheville/Buncombe County, will discuss how you can help.

Contact: Judy Mattox,  judymattox@sbcglobal.net , (828) 683-2176
 Free and open to everyone.
OLLI Art Bazaar 
Friday, November 9, 11 a.m.- 4 p.m.
Saturday, November 10, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Reuter Center Lower Level

The OLLI Art Bazaar offers a chance to get a head start on holiday shopping, with painting, fiber arts, photography, jewelry, scarves, handmade soaps and lotions, cards and paper art, pottery, stained and fused glass, wood art, turned wood bowls and more, presented for display and sale by more than 40 members of OLLI.
The bazaar will be sweetened with home-baked cookies available for sale, along with snacks and beverages.
Entrance to the OLLI Art Bazaar at UNC Asheville's Reuter Center is free and open to everyone 

Dear OLLI Members,

Please be aware that UNC Asheville police now require anyone who attends an event on campus to register for a temporary parking permit that can be printed at home and placed on one's dashboard.   Click here for a link to the site where you can register for the pass. As our campus continues to adjust to new protocols, balancing the hope for community engagement with the concern for safety, we will continue to keep you posted as information becomes available to us.  

This is a busy week on campus, with many opportunities to be engaged with OLLI programs, OLLI's community partners and with various university initiatives. Today, we hope you will attend Chris Highland's reading and book signing.  On Monday, you can be part of the opening of college basketball season with Bulldog Madness.  On Tuesday, the Elisha Mitchell Audubon Society will present Rachel Muir speaking about her experience of the John Muir Trail.  Wednesday, come to the Reuter Center for a talk by Dr. Sharon Lynette Jones on the legacy of Angela Davis. On Thursday, we will hold our quarterly Advance Care Planning Workshop and on Friday, you can end the week with a Fab Friday program on broadband access in WNC.  And don't forget the African Americans in Western North Carolina and Southern Appalachia Conference that will take place on campus October 18-20. All of these events are free and open to everyone.

As we enjoy the change of seasons and the many changes in our community and on campus, we so appreciate the constant and inclusive ways that our OLLI members create a community of teachers and learners.
Catherine Frank
Executive Director

 Check the links here to see OLLI and UNC Asheville current events:
Join "Bulldog Madness" on Monday, October 15, 6-7:30 p.m.
for Sports, Fun and Prizes!
by Kirk Borland
This special event to welcome Bulldog fans back to college basketball season, officially sponsored by Great Beginnings Great Smiles, Ingles, Lakeview Putt & Play, Pizza Hut, Rocky's Doghouse and Zaxby's will be held from Monday, October 15, 6-7:30 p.m. at Kimmel Arena inside the Sherrill Center.

The best part is that "Bulldog Madness" is completely FREE! 

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

The mission of the Food Equity Initiative is to deliver healthy 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 and 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 them in the barrel that is located in the upper lobby.  

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 pu blic. 
Advance registration is requested online (use the link above)
 or by calling 828.255.7216.

Fab Friday Lecture
Friday, October 19, 11:30 a.m.-1:15 p.m.
Reuter Center Manheimer Room

Our Connected Future

The future of Western North Carolina depends on access to high speed internet (broadband) to improve education, health care and public safety.  The West Next Generation Network (WNGN) initiative was created by six cities and four counties to encourage private sector providers to deliver ultra-fast bandwidth at highly affordable prices to ensure our region remains competitive in all sectors of the economy.  Dr. William Sederburg, Chair of WNGN, will provide an overview of current broadband coverage in WNC, define future needs, and explain current strategies.  Dr. Mike Dempsey of Lenoir-Rhyne University and Hunter Goosmann, Executive Director of ERC Broadband will provide commentary on the area's future needs and 5G wireless and respond to member's questions about  internet services.


The Forum Special Interest Group
Friday, October 19, 1-3 p.m., Reuter Center Room 205   
  Immigration Issues: Children Separated from Parents, 
Sanctuary Cities and More

   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
Travel Special Interest Group (SIG)  
Travel Apps by Wiley and Julia Loughran
Friday, October 19, 2-3 p.m.
Travel in Croatia and Slovenia
 by Kathleen Topolka-Jorissen and Karla Topolka 
Friday, October 19, 3-4 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

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. 

STEM Lecture
"Math Partnership with Asheville Public Housing"
UNC Asheville's Dr. Sam Kaplan
Wednesday, October 24, 4:30 p.m., Reuter Center Room 206
Sam Kaplan
Marvelous Math Club is a partnership between UNC Asheville's Math Department, Asheville Housing Authority and Asheville City Schools. Weekly club meetings are held at Pisgah View Apartments after school on Mondays. Why do students from 20 elementary schools voluntarily meet each week to celebrate math? What impact does it have on the students? In the classroom? We will look at the first year of data to assess outcomes of this partnership as well as the viability for expansion and replication of this model.

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. 
Midday Music with Pan Harmonia  
The Art of It
Friday, November 2, 1:30 p.m.
Reuter Center Manheimer Room

Discover the visual artists who inspired Johannes Brahms, and his influence on Czech composer Bohuslave Martinu, with flutist Kate Steinbeck.
This event is free and open to everyone

To find out more about Pan Harmonia, including information about how to purchase tickets for performances, visit  https://panharmonia.org
World Affairs Council
Tuesday , November 6, 7:30 p.m.   
Reuter Center Manheimer Room     

 "The New Silk Road: China's Influence 
& Expansion into Africa" 

Lina Benabdallah, assistant professor of politics and international affairs at Wake Forest University.  Her research and observations have been featured in the Washington Post, New York Times, Atlantic, New Republic, as well as in academic journals.  She recently joined the Chinese in Africa/Africans in China network as an executive board member.   At Wake Forest she teaches courses in international relations and African Studies. 
The World Affairs Council (WAC) presents lectures and discussions to advance international awareness and foster Western North Carolin'as global ties.  Meetings offer a lively line up of topics and compelling presenters.  OLLI members receive a dsicount on WAC annual membership fee.  These lectures are freee to WAC membes and students and $10 at the door for all other participants.  For more details about programs click here to consult the WAC website.

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