OLLI Observer
July 2, 2017 
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In This Issue

OLLI and the Reuter Center 
will be
closed on 
Tuesday, July 4th
 in observation of Independence Day.  We will reopen Wednesday, July 5, 8 a.m.


  Special Interest Group: The Forum
 Friday, July 7, 1 p.m. 
Reuter Center, Room 205 
Topic: "The Privatization of Public Services"

  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 
Special Interest Group Whole Foods/Plant Based Living 
Friday, July 7, 3 p.m. 
Reuter Center, Room 206 

We will talk about summer survival on a whole foods/plant based diet and focus on easy recipes. 

All OLLI members are invited to attend.
Shindig on the Green 
Saturday, July 8, 2017 
Come to Shindig on the Green!  Musicians and dancers from across Western North Carolina gather to share the region's stirring Southern Appalachian mountain culture and traditions in downtown Asheville in Pack Square Park. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and stake out a spot on the "green."  Free and open to the public. 
Meditation Special Interest Group  
Monday, July 10, 4:15 p.m.  
Reuter Center Room 120 
The Meditation SIG will have a Feldenkrais lesson on   Monday, July 10th at 4:15 - 5:45  in room 120 of the Reuter Center
There are many routes to entering a meditative state and achieving mental and physical relaxation or achieving a  meditative state. Jacquie Wollins, College for Seniors instructor, will take us there, not via  mind over body BUT Body Over Mind.  She will lead us through a Feldenkrais lesson that will be easy to follow while sitting in a chair, and your results could be remarkable!  Come join this adventure into MIND/BODY work.
All OLLI members are invited to attend. 

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 table. 

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.  

More info, contact Leanna Preston, 232-5181, lpreston@unca.edu 
Do you ponder teaching a course for College for Seniors?
College for Seniors Instructor Support will offer a SkillTalks workshop day on  
Tuesday, August 22., 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Mark your calendars now and plan to get all your questions answered. Teaching for College for Seniors is a blast. Contact Herb Gunn
hgunn@unca.edu  for additional information.

Children's Book Drive
Congregations 4 Children, a NC United Methodist Church initiative, is collecting books to give to children during the federally funded free lunch program this summer. Both picture and chapter books are needed for grades K-12.

Please consider donating any children's books you may have and are no longer using. There will be a drop box outside the OLLI administrative office. For more information, Jane Callis 828-215- 2950.  
Volunteer Opportunity
It takes ...
One Mom, One Kid &
One You
Volunteer at Steadfast House which provides  a fresh start and a place to heal surrounded and supported by love, trust, education and companionship for single women, mothers with children and female veterans.  
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
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,
Remember that we will be closed on Tuesday, July 4, in observance of Independence Day. Also remember that on July 12, 13 and 14 the UNC system Board of Governors and chancellors from all of UNC system schools will be meeting in the Reuter Center and on the UNC Asheville campus.  College for Seniors summer courses were built with this schedule in mind.

Take some time to read Larry Hamilton's story on John Himmelheber, who contributes to OLLI and Asheville in many impressive ways.  

Note that the College for Seniors is planning sessions to introduce people to the joys of teaching in College for Seniors and also wants to know about your expertise using various presentation software.

We hope you are enjoying what is turning out to be a beautiful summer here in the mountains of Western North Carolina. One of the great joys of summer is the opportunity to hear a variety of music.  Please see information about Concerts on the Quad, Shindig on the Green and late night jazz.  You can also enjoy Stories on Asheville's Front Porch and a trip to the Cataloochee Valley led by author Wayne Caldwell.  During our recent Creative Retirement Exploration Weekend, I noted that all of our panelists who talk about their relocation choices talked about "pinching themselves" to see if life in Western North Carolina were more than a dream.  While we know that our community is undergoing growing pains and has unique economic challenges, there are indeed many reasons to celebrate life in our mountains. 

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:

 Special Interest Group Financial Strategies in Retirement 
Friday, July 7, at 1:30 PM 
Reuter Center Room 206 
Special Guest: Matthew Allen, Of Counsel, Elder Law Carolina, will be discussing 
"Common Estate Planning Mistakes to Avoid."

 Matthew will review recent changes in North Carolina law that could have an impact your current will.  Matt Allen joined Elder Law Carolina in October 2016. Previously, after graduating from Hofstra University School of Law, he practiced at a preeminent employment law firm on Long Island, New York, and coached the International Moot Arbitration Team at his alma mater. Matt is a member of the North Carolina Bar, the New York State Bar, 2 nd  Dept., the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York, and the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.
The meeting is open to all OLLI members.  
Email/call Kate Beatty for further information at kkbmom@yahoo.com or 828-231-7710. 
A trio featuring keyboard artist Brian Felix, assistant professor of music, with adjunct instructors Jacob Rodriguez (sax) and Zack Page (bass), will perform at Jargon, a new restaurant in West Asheville. The music goes from 10:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. and admission is free; optional food and beverages are not.
College for Seniors is starting a data base of OLLI members who are particularly well-versed in the use of four types of audio-visual media formats when making presentations.

Do you use:
> Powerpoint
  > Keynote

> Prezi

  > Google Slides 


Please contact Paula Withrow paula66vw@gmail.com if you have skills in the use of these platforms.
Buncombe County Aging Survey

Every five years Buncombe County's Commissioners adopt a plan for improvement of older adult services in our community. Several OLLI members serve on the Aging Coordinating Consortium, which makes recommendations for this plan. At the outset of this process they ask you to spend a few minutes giving your advice about issues you believe need attention in this next plan. Certainly you have opinions about this subject; now is the time to share them! Please click on this link for access to the survey 
or copy and paste the following link into your browser 

Concerts on the Quad
Monday, July 10, 7 p.m.
Flood: Electric Herbie Hancock Tribute
 UNC Asheville Main Quad
UNC Asheville's Concerts on the Quad wil present a group of some of Asheville's finest jazz musicians performing Herbie Hancock's electric funk of the early '70s, including the big hit Headhunters, an album that heralded a new era of jazz fusion.

 Attendees are invited to bring chairs, blankets and picnics to enjoy along with the music. Meals, treats and drinks will be available from concession stands on the Quad.  
Click here to learn more.
John Himmelheber: writer, teacher, guitarist, friend
by Larry L. Hamilton
It is not a cliche that Baltimore native John Himmelheber was born to write, teach writing, and occasionally  play a little guitar among friends for charitable causes. He and his wife Virginia are usually found on Sundays helping feed the homeless at Pritchard Park in downtown Asheville.  His compulsion to read, write, and tell stories became obvious around age 12. The fire still burns.

Click here to read the rest of the story. 

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. 

The Senior Opportunity Center 
Summer Classes 
The Senior Opportunity Center is a City of Asheville recreation center located in downtown that offers programs for adults and senior adults, is a congregate dining site with the Buncombe County Council on Aging, serving meals daily to approximately 60 people and offers recreation and wellness opportunities. We are open from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., Monday to Friday.

WNC History Association Event
Saturday, August 5, 2017
Historic Cataloochee Valley Revisited
A Bus Tour with Wayne Caldwell

On   Saturday, August 5, 2017,  join award-winning local author Wayne Caldwell for a day trip to the Cataloochee Valley Historic Area.  Caldwell based his best selling fiction series ( Cataloochee  and   Requiem by Fire) on life in the valley before and during the creation of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  The tour includes several historical exhibits and buildings as well as reflections and readings from Dr. Caldwell.  Tour participants will walk throughout the historic area including a one mile round trip walk to visit one of the sites.  Transportation by motor coach to and from the valley and a catered box lunch are included in your registration.  The tour departs from the Smith McDowell House (on the AB Tech campus) at   10 a.m.  and returns at approximately   4 p.m.

Space is limited and advance registration and payment is required.  Tickets are $75.  Please contact the Smith-McDowell House at   smh@wnchistory.org  or by calling   828-253-9231  to reserve your seat.  The tour is sponsored by the Western North Carolina Historical Association and is a light rain or shine event.
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