OLLI Observer
November 5, 2017  
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In This Issue
Farewell Celebration for
OLLI Program Manager 
Laurel Jerrnigan
Wednesday, November 8, 4:30 p.m.
Reuter Center Atrium

We apologize for the incorrect date on the Google Form, but this event will take place this Wednesday, November 8.  
We will be scooping up ice cream from The Hop and offering the opportunity to say good-bye to Laurel as she leaves OLLI to focus on her family.
All OLLI members are welcome.

Autum Players Readers Theatre
Sunday, November 5, 2:30 p.m.
Reuter Center Manheimer Room 
We're Not Done Yet:   
Fearless Folk Beyond 55 
 (Some Way Beyond!)

A lively review of skits, laugh out loud poetry and monologues

See Walter Goodrich and RoseLynn Katz as Ralph and Alice Kramden of  The Honey-Mooners battle it out for a nostalgic look back to the 1950s; see Minnie Pearl come back to life with Betty Boyte.; chuckle at poems that laugh at wrinkles, medical issues and other joys of later life with Theo Sable and RoseLynn Katz; enjoy the story of two same sex brides as they plan their wedding with RoseLynn Katz and Janet Weinberger
FREE and open to everyone. 
Sunday, November 5, 3:30 p.m.
UNC Asheville's Lipinsky Auditorium
 The ninety piece Asheville Community Band will present a fall concert at Lipinsky Auditorium; the concert band originated in 1979 as the UNC Asheville Community Band and played for many years at Lipinsky, moved venues several times, finally playing for the last twenty years at Asheville High School.  This concert will put the band full circle 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 and 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. More information, Marilyn Campbell 828.254.2234  
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.
  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! 
Transit Master Plan 
Community Workshops
Monday, November 6, 6-9 p.m.
Eddington Center, 133 Livingston Street, 
Monday, November 13, 6-9 p.m.
Kairos West Community Center
610 Haywood Road
The City of Asheville Transit Master Plan is the guiding document for the City's transit system. It provides specific routing recommendations to improve service in the short-term and serves as a long-term vision plan for future expansion and improvements. Asheville city staff members are working with consultants from Tindale Oliver to develop an updated plan over the course of fall 2017 and spring 2018. The final plan is expected to be complete in late spring or early summer of 2018.

There are two upcoming Community Workshops where the public can meet with the Project Team to provide feedback on the transit system and discuss ideas on how to improve service.  These are drop-in style charrettes, so people don't need to come to both or stay for the entire evening. Current bus riders and potential bus riders to attend. 

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. 

f/32 Photography Group Meeting
Wednesday, November 8, 6:30 p.m.
Reuter Center Room 206

f/32 is a diverse group that shares an appreciation and love of photography.  Members range from amateurs who like to take point-and-shoot snapshots to working professional photographers. At monthly meetings, they share their work learn new methods and keep abreast of the latest industry news and equipment.  OLLI members are offered free membership in f/32. 

Reuter Cafe Closing 
for the term break
Thursday, November 9   
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 "fare well" to Karen until we see her again next year when she reopens the Reuter Cafe 
on Monday, January 8, 2018!, when Winter 2018 College for Seniors courses begin.
  Special Interest Group: 
The Forum 
Friday, November 10, 1 p.m., Room 205
 Topic: "The Budget and the Republican Tax Plan"
  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 
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.

MANNA Foodbank Team
Providing tens of thousands of meals a day to the hungry
Habitat for Humanity's ReStore
Changing lives one house at a time

Using music to teach social skills, boost academics and build confidence
VOLUNTEER ... It Makes a Difference!
Basketball and Barbecue!!      
Wednesday, January 24, 6 p.m.
Sherrill Center, Kimmel Arena

  For the first time ever, fans of the UNC Asheville Bulldogs men's b UNCA Bulldogasketball team and friends of the Asheville Symphony will have an opportunity to support both organizations at a
Musical Feast on Wednesday, January 24, 2018 in Kimmel Arena.  A barbecue dinner with all the trimmings, including beer, will be served at   6 p.m.   Janet R. Cone, Director of
Janet Cone
Athletics at UNC Asheville will speak on her unique career as one of only four women to serve as athletics director at the university level in the country. Then, the UNC Asheville Bulldogs will play Gardner- Webb in the Kimmel Arena at  7 p.m.  Participants will have a special section to enjoy the game.  Tickets for the game are included in the price of the event.  The UNC Asheville Bulldogs have been named the most likely to win the Big South Conference this year, and the game should be very exciting to watch.

Proceeds from the feast will go to the Asheville Symphony Orchestra.  Feast tickets are limited.  You will find more information at the Symphony Guild website,   ashevillesyphonyguild.org.  When you enter the site, click on Musical Feasts on the top bar, then scroll down the list of feasts to January 2018, Musical Feast: Basketball and Barbecue for more information and tickets.
This feast will be hosted by Sam and Robin Harben, members of OLLI and the Symphony Guild.  They are hoping for a good turnout of interested OLLI members to support both of these organizations and UNC Asheville. 

Special Thanks 
OLLI would like to thank Creative Retirement Exploration Weekend 
Major Sponsor, Living Stone Construction for their generous support!
Phone 828.669.4343 

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,
This newsletter reminds us of the talents of OLLI members and the benefits of exercising artistic and creative talent to keep us active and engaged.  This afternoon you can enjoy a performance by The Autumn Players titled "We're Not Done Yet: Fearless Folks Beyond 55" celebrating the spirit of older adults we see every day at OLLI.  On Friday and Saturday, November 10 and 11 this week, plan to attend the OLLI Art Bazaar with the work of OLLI members on display and for sale. On Sunday, November 19 you can enjoy a performance by the Reuter Center Singers and other vocal groups led by Chuck Taft titled "While I Still Have Breath," with a variety of music that models the importance of embracing aging.  We understand the value and possibility of continuing creative work as we age and applaud these expressions of OLLI members who model this form of successful aging.  

We all experience the change and loss that comes with aging, and we are sorry that we are losing one of our talented, dedicated OLLI staff members Laurel Jernigan. There have been a couple of problems with the invitation, but we hope that you will join us Wednesday, November 8, 4:30 p.m. in the atrium of the Reuter Center to wish Laurel well as she takes some time to focus on her family.  We will have ice cream from The Hop and invite everyone to attend.

We will begin registration for our Winter 2018 College for Seniors courses this Wednesday, November 8, 10 a.m. We will send detailed instructions tomorrow afternoon. Meanwhile, you may  click here to read the Winter 2018 catalog or stop by the Reuter Center during OLLI business hours (8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday) to pick up a print copy of the catalog. Many thanks to our dedicated curriculum committees for putting together a great variety of intriguing courses and to the instructors who volunteer their time and talent to keep us thinking and learning. 

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 
Tuesday, November 7, 7 p.m.
, Volleyball UNC Asheville vs. Presbyterian
Justice Gym

Thursday, November 9, 7 p.m.,
Volleyball UNC Asheville vs. Liberty
Justice Gym
Monday, November 13, 7 p.m.  
Men's Basketball UNC Asheville vs. Lees McCrae
Kimmel Arena

Saturday, November 18, 2 p.m.
Women's Basketball UNC Asheville vs. UNC Charlotte
Kimmel Arena

Go Bulldogs!
Die Wise Discussion
Tuesday, November 7, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m, 
Reuter Center Room 206

Stephen Jenkinson
Join us for 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 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-Universität 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.  Click here for more information about membership.

For further information, contact George Peery, gpeery@mhu.edu
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 and 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!
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.
Meditation Special Interest Group (SIG)
Monday,  November 13, 4:15-5:45 p.m.
 Reuter Center Room 120

Sally Ekaireb
Sally Ekaireb will will introduce the group to breath work and mantra practices from NAAM Yoga. Chanting seed sounds has many therapeutic benefits and challenges your brain as well.  Sally, instructor at College for Seniors, has been a student of NAAM Yoga for many years.  She works as a healer and counselor in Weaverville and NYC.

On   Monday, Nov. 27th  Peggy Moore will be our guest speaker and lead the meditation.

All OLLI members are welcome at the Meditation SIG events.

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!
Bonus World Affairs Council Program
 Dr. Aman M. Hingorani Reviews Kashmir Conflict 
and Potential Responses
Thursday, Nov ember 16, 7:30 p.m. 
Reuter Center Manheimer Room

Dr. Aman M. Hingorani, Supreme Court lawyer, mediator and
Aman Hingorani
historian in India,in his new book Unravelling the Kashmir Knot, explores the origin of the conflict between India and Pakistan and proposes a fresh, legal, and pragmatic solution.  
The World Affairs Council of Western North Carolina is pleased to co-host this presentation with OLLI and the Department of Political Science at UNC Asheville. This is a bonus WAC event. An audience question and answer period will follow Dr. Hingorani's talk.  

Everyone is welcome.  No admission will be charged.  
Individual Medicare Counseling Appointments
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday,
November 14, 15 and 16 at the Reuter Center
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 of Buncombe County 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
 Tuesday, 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 complement 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
The Reuter Center Singers to Join in 120-Voice Choir
Sunday, November 19, 3 p.m.
First Presbyterian Church, 40 Church Street, 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.
The performance is open to everyone and admission is free. Donations are welcome. There will be a 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 at UNC Asheville. The choirs will be accompanied by brass, flute, cello, percussion, and Nora Vetro playing piano and Jeremy Roberts playing the pipe organ. 

NC Stage Performance
Wednesday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.
 now through November 19, 2017
 Additional Matinees on Saturday, November 11 and 18, 2017.

Rapture, Blister, Burn

The show focuses on three generation of women facing the challenges of creating careers and families in the 21st century. For more information visit:   www.ncstage.org

Thomas Wolfe Book Club
Beginning January, 2018

Beginning in January of 2018 and continuing through April, a monthly Thomas Wolfe Book Club will meet in downtown Asheville at the Thomas Wolfe Memorial State Historic Site.  Each month a different local educator will lead the club in discussion of a pre-selected short story written by Thomas Wolfe. 

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute | 828-251-6140 | olli@unca.edu | http://www.olliasheville.com
Reuter Center, CPO #5000
UNC Asheville
One University Heights
Asheville, NC 28804