OLLI Observer
September 3, 2017  
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In This Issue
The Reuter Center is closed on 
Monday, September 4  
for Labor Day.   
We will reopen Tuesday, Sept. 5, 8 a.m.   Thank you!
  We Remember
Candle burning 
William "Bill" Hart Higgins
Monday, July 31, 2017
  Astronomy Club of Asheville
Thursday, September 7, 7 p.m.
Reuter Center Manheimer Room

"Interstellar Travel: 
Science Fiction vs. Science Fact"
Jack Howard,
NASA Solar System Ambassador
Not so long ago, in a galaxy not so far away, "Star Trek" and "Star Wars" stirred our imaginations with tales of travel to other star systems.  At the beginning of the 21st century, we are now discovering planetary systems around nearby stars at a staggering pace.  Once again, our minds start thinking about actually visiting our galactic neighbors.  Can we actually do that?  How would we achieve that goal?  And how long will it take?  We'll look at what the challenges are, what we can and cannot do, and how we might be able to take that first step beyond our solar system

Free and open to the public.

  Special Interest Group: 
The Forum
The Urban/Suburban/Rural Divide
Friday, September 8, 1 p.m.
Reuter Center, Room 205
  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 
"The Crowin' Hen" Opens in September at the Folk Art Center

  "The Crowin' Hen" is a mountain comedy with mountain music written by Tom Godleski.
         "A whistlin' girl, and a crowin' hen will never come to any good end," is an old mountain saying, that inspired Tom to write the play.
      "The Crowin' Hen" made its world premier in May 2015 at The Folk Art Center in Asheville. That first staging was very well attended and got rave reviews.

The Folk Art Center will also host the 2017 performances of the play as follows:

Friday September 8, 7:30 p.m.;  
Saturday, September 9, 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, September 10, 2:30 p.m.   
Tickets and additional information can be found at buncombeturnpike.com or text/call 828 778 9534

Click here to read more about the play.
Midday Music with Pan Harmonia
Saturday, September 9, Noon 
Open Rehearsal
Reuter Center Manheimer Room
Classical guitarists Amy Brucksch and Andy Jurik join flutist Kate Steinbeck as they shape the music of J.S. Bach, Manuel de Falla, and Astor Piazzolla from early sounds to polished beauty for Pan Harmonia 's 18 th season opener,
 " The Gallant Guitar."
This open rehearsal is guaranteed to be interesting, insightful and humorous. Feel free to bring friends and your lunch.
Free and open to everyone.  
Women in STEM
Wednesday, September 13, 4:30 p.m.
Reuter Center Manheimer Room
Free and open to everyone

Dr. Molly Darr, Entomologist; Pamela Silvers, Instructor AB-Tech; Dr. Joan Kaplan, Biochemist, OLLI

Although we are in an "advanced age" where equal opportunity is becoming more accepted, women in STEM careers still experience barriers and stereotypes. This series of lectures will address strategies to overcome obstacles; show where support is needed (family and mentors), note those women who have made major achievements (some ignored, some minimized, some recognized), past and present notable women, real life experiences and what is currently being done.

Even today, in an enlightened era, women still face many challenges which are not only discouraging to them, but represent a great loss to America.
Following this opening session, nine subsequent sessions will cover women in astronomy, biology, chemistry, computer science, forestry, mathematics, medicine, nursing, physics.
New Member Welcome
Friday, September 15, 10 a.m.
Reuter Center Manheimer Room
New member welcome
Are you new to OLLI at UNC Asheville and the Reuter Center? Are you returning after being gone awhile? Come to the New Member Welcome on Friday, September 15, 10 a.m. , to learn about all that OLLI has to offer and about ways to get involved. Meet other members and get answers.
Southern Appalachian Dance
Presented by Phil Jamison
Saturday, September 16, 2:00-3:30 p.m.
Reuter Center Manheimer Room

The Western North Carolina Historical Association (WNCHA) presents nationally known dance caller, musician and flatfoot dancer Phil Jamison of Warren Wilson College as he explores the development of Appalachian dance traditions that evolved from colonial times to the present.  From his recent book, Hoedowns, Reels and Frolics: Roots and Branches of Southern Dance, Phil will illustrate how the square and step dances of Appalachia are a blend of the European, African and Native American dance traditions which reflect the cultural diversity of t he WNC region.  In addition, the presentation will include a demonstration of Appalachian flatfoot dancing.
Tickets sold at the door:  
$5 donation requested, 
WNCHA members free.
Program sponsored by the Western North Carolina Historical Association and made possible in part by a grant from the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area Partnership
Volunteer Opportunity
Volunteers needed for 
Asheville City Schools

Give your time and make a difference!

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,

Please remember that the Reuter Center and the OLLI office will be closed on Monday, September 4 to observe Labor Day. 

Because we have to do some work behind the scenes to update forms and spreadsheets, we ask that you pick up parking decals only between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Click here to find a form that you must fill out online to obtain your parking decal (we cannot accept paper forms but are glad to help you fill out the form online at the Reuter Center). Please remember that you must have a driver's license and your vehicle registration to pick up your decal. We are only distributing decals to members for their own cars. We are required to follow these protocols by the university's office of transportation and parking.  Please remember that we will have challenges with parking this term and most likely for the rest of this year. Remember that you may obtain a refund of your membership and term fees if you send a request to chan@unca.edu by Friday, September 15, 3 p.m. 

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:
Volunteer Opportunity
Volunteers needed for MusicWorks! using music to teach social skills, boost academics and build confidence
Why It Matters:   Music is a natural teacher for many of the life skills and habits of mind that make children successful in life.  


When: 2:30-5:30 p.m., Monday to Friday

Volunteer Role:   Assist with homework, music classes or give children extra attention


Your Commitment: You are welcome to volunteer weekly, monthly, quarterly or just once.


Qualification: You must enjoy children!


For Additional Information: Click here to visit the MusicWorks website or contact : Sarah Reincke, OLLI member and OLLI Civic Engagement Committee chair, sarahreincke@gmail.com

 Annual Successful Aging Event 
Wednesday, September 6, opens at 9 a.m.
 Reuter Center
  Click here to register online  
Brochures are mailed to past attendees; to request a mailed brochure, contact Zoe Trout at the Council on Aging at   (828) 277-8288  or email ZoeT@COAbc.org. 
The day kicks off with keynote speaker, Dr. Shannon South, "Ignite! Turn off the Chaos ~ Turn on the Joy"
Registration is $20/person and includes morning coffee and tea and a boxed lunch. The Major Sponsor for Successful Aging 2017 is Elder Law Carolina. Supporting Sponsors include Moore Funeral Home at Forest Lawn, SanStone Health & Rehabilitation and Four Seasons. Multiple nonprofits and businesses who serve older adults will have information tables at the event.

Sierra Club Meeting
Wednesday, September 6,  7 pm
Location Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Asheville, 1 Edwin Place, Charlotte  and Edwin St.

"Electric Vehicles, 
Local Movement, Global Impact"
Presented by Dave Erb, automotive engineer at the University of North Carolina Asheville, and Pana Columbus, film director.  The discussion will focus on transforming transportation in Western North Carolina and beyond.  Contact: Judy Mattox, 828-683-2716 judymattox@sbcglobal.net   
 Free and open to the public.
New Gardening SIG Forming
First Meeting Tuesday, Sept. 12, 4:15 p.m.
Reuter Center Room 230

Discussion Topic: 
Gardening SIG Plans

We plan to  get together to learn about gardening in North Carolina, visit gardens, both private and public, share/exchange plants, help each other solve garden problems, meet friends with similar interests and socialize.  We plan to conclude each meeting with an optional "tea with friends."  All OLLI members are welcome to take part.  We plan to meet twice a month during the growing season (April-October) and once a month during the rest of the year.  
For more information contact 
Patricia Grace at   pegrace@vt.edu or
 call   828-505-0046
"Zebulon B. Vance Reconsidered"
Talk by Historian David Blight
Thursday, August 14, 7 p.m.
Lipinsky Auditorium

Historian Panel with Gordon McKinney, Steve Nash, Joe Mobley and Darin Waters
Friday, August 15, 10-11 a.m.
Sherrill Center, Mountain View Room 417

Talk by Novelist Sharyn McCrumb
Friday, August 15, 2 p.m.
Sherrill Center, Mountain View Room 417

All events are free and open to everyone, 
but tickets are required because seating is limited in all venues.
Note that you must provide a ticket (either printed or on a smart phone) for admission and that backpacks are not allowed and bags will be searched at the door.
Thriving in Community Special Interest Group  
Friday, September 15,  2:30 p.m. 
Reuter Center Room 206 
J oin Us For The New & Improved SIG - "Thriving in Community"

Our SIG seeks to build capacity to sustain independence within neighborhoods through community connections.  We will explore creative options to live as we choose throughout life transitions.
...Building Individual Resilience...Creating Community Support... Aging in Place...Facing our Future
Are you ready for the roll-out of 
OLLI's 5-Year Strategic Plan?

The Planning Committee seeks five additional members.  Working with one of ten OLLI committees and a team of planners, you will focus on
Implementing Year One objectives
Focusing on improvements
Prioritizing objectives and resources
Implementing action plans
Conducting an annual assessment of objectives
For further information, please contact  
Barbara von Hauzen,  vonhauzen@gmail.com  
World Affairs Council
"Conflicting Headlines:
The Politics of Foreign Policy and Diplomacy in the News"
by Elizabeth Colton, PhD
Tuesday, September 19, 7 p.m.
Reuter Center Manheimer Room
Colton is an award-winning journalist, dipllomat, educator, author, adventurer and anthropologist who grew up in Asheville and later covered diplomacy, politics and conflict worldwide.  
 A visiting research scholar at UNC-Asheville currently completing several books, she lectures worldwide and serves as a moderator/trainer for diplomacy courses by the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR). Colton is a retired U.S. Foreign Service officer, United Nations development planner and Peace Corps volunteer.

Come to the Reuter Center for fascinating lectures and discussions presented by the World Affairs Council (WAC) that aim to advance international awareness and foster Western North Carolina's global ties. OLLI members receive a discount on WAC annual membership fee. The fee to attend individual lectures is $10.  The World Affairs Council meetings offer a lively line up of topics and compelling presenters. 

Volunteer Opportunity
2017 Americans Who Tell The Truth Exhibit 
Call for Volunteer Docents
Volunteer docents are needed for the  2017 Americans Who Tell the Truth exhibit to be on display in Asheville at the YMI Cultural Center, October 1st - November 19, Tuesday - Saturday, 11:00-4:00 and Sundays, 1:00-4:00, with an opening on September 30th, 4:30-6:30.

The Council on Aging of Buncombe County is getting "geared up" for a unique, new, and exciting event coming to downtown Asheville on
Saturday, September 23, 2017, the last day of the annual Active Aging Week. Rappelling down 29 N. Market Street, a 100-foot (7 story) building to the cheers of friends and onlookers, ninety-two individuals will be given the unique opportunity to go Over the Edge for the Council on Aging of Buncombe County.

To secure a place in the rappel line, each participant must raise a minimum of $1,000. Participants create their own unique fundraising page, and then rally friends, family, and colleagues to "sponsor" their rappel. Costumes are encouraged, and you are sure to see some local celebrities making their way down. Over The Edge is the perfect opportunity to have fun - and the only event of its kind in WNC. Earn your bragging rights and maybe even face your fear of heights.

The Power of Telling Our Stories
Friday, October 13 2017, 4 p.m.
Reuter Center Manheimer Room

William Finger
  William Finger will talk about the important of stories, why they need to told and be heard and how they add understanding to our place on earth. "There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you," says Maya Angelou. Mr. Finger draws on the experience in writing his memoir,
The Crane Dance: Taking Flight in Midlife, focusing on the process of reflection and selection of what to include in our story helps us derive meaning.  In his talk, Mr. Finger illustrates the power of the "ever-morphing past" with selections from
The Crane Dance.  A writer living in Raleigh since 1977, Mr. Finger retired in 2013 from writing for an international public health company for many years. For more on his background and writing, go to: http://journeycakespirit.com/. His book will available for sale following his talk.  Free and open to everyone.

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