OLLI Observer
March 31, 2019    
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In This Issue
The Autumn Players Readers Theatre
Sunday, March 31,  2:30 p.m.
Reuter Center Manheimer Room

Awake and Sing 
by Clifford Odets, directed by Arnold Sgan
A Jewish family of three generations lives crammed together in a Bronx apartment during the Great Depression. In language both street-tough and poetic, the characters widely disagree about whether to hold onto their ideals or act in their own best interests as each one struggles to survive.

The Autumn Players (affiliated with Asheville Community Theatre) is a troupe of seasoned actors dedicated to taking the theatre experience into the community. Tickets are $7 at the door.


Asheville Terrace Apartments Food Pantry
Provide On-Site Food Pantry Support

Veterans Restoration Quarters
Help Restore the Lives of Homeless Vets

Energy Savers Network
Help Homeowners Reduce Energy Loss

Make A Difference!

We Remember

burning candle
Celebration of Life For Janet Barratt
Saturday, April 13,
3:30 p.m.
Brooks-Howell Chapel
266 Merrimon Avenue
Asheville, NC 

Janet Barratt passed away in January at home in the United Kingdom.  She and her husband David were OLLI members and taught at College for Seniors.  David and the couple's daughter Claire  are organizing a Celebration of Life event for her and would like to invite all who knew her to attend.


Rotarians Against Hunger

On Saturday, April 6, you can come to help out at the Reuter YMCA in Biltmore Town Square. Three different two-hour shifts are available for sign-up with a variety of jobs: packaging meals, weighing meals, taping boxes, helping with the volunteer desk, etc.  

Go to the Rotarians Against Hunger website to find out more and sign up!  
For additional information you can email Deborah at deborah@dhfrancis.com

Asheville Middle School Reality Store
Reality Store at Asheville Middle School is a financial literacy simulation for 6th grade students.  

We're looking for volunteers to work "stores" by helping students make their purchase decisions, and properly balance their household budgets.  

For more information please click here .
 To sign-up, please visit this website. 


Green Opportunities' mission is to train, support, and connect people from marginalized communities to sustainable employment pathways.

Green Opportunities also seeks an interim executive director.   Click here for the job announcement for this interim opportunity.

OLLI Authors
Thursday, April 4, 5 - 6:30 p.m.
Reuter Center, Room 206

For more information about the Authors, Click Here
Astronomy Club of Asheville
Thursday, April 4, 7 p.m.
Reuter Center Manheimer Room

"The Lambda Bootis Star System: A 75-Year-Old Mystery"
Presented by  Richard Gray

The Lambda Boötis stars (Lambda Boo for short) were discovered 75 years ago by one of the founders of the MK Spectral classification system (the system that astronomers use for classifying stars by their spectra), W.W. Morgan.  Modern digital spectra show that metals and other elements are present in the spectra of Lambda Boötis stars, but at very low levels. This is very curious, because for all other stars, metal abundance is correlated with age. Old stars have low abundance of metals, whereas young stars have high abundance.  So, that must mean Lambda Boo stars are really old?  No!  Interestingly, all known Lambda Boo stars are much younger than our Sun, and a few have "just" started fusing hydrogen in their cores.
So this is a 75 year-old mystery.  Scientists now think they know why the Lambda Boo stars are metal poor, and their discoveries may help form a clearer understanding of planet formation.

Richard Gray teaches in the department of physics and astronomy at Appalachian State University; his research focuses on stellar spectroscopy.

The Astronomy Club of Asheville meets the first Thursday of each month, from 7-9 p.m., (except January and July), with an interesting lineup of speakers and topics. OLLI members may attend the club meetings and stargazes, 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, visit www.astroasheville.org

Spoken Word Performance
"Healing the Soul of Appalachia"
Friday, April 12, 7 p.m.
Attic Salt Theatre Company
2002 Riverside Drive, Woodfin, NC

DeWayne Barton
In association with Asheville WordFest 2019, WORD is presenting three dynamic wordsmiths: former staff storyteller for the National Storytelling Association, David Joe Miller, along with Asheville native and community building poet, DeWayne Barton and Moth Slam Champion, Lee Lindsey

Elisha Mitchell Audubon Society Program
Recent Changes in Bird Distribution and Diversity in the Smokies
with Dr. Andrew Laughlin

Tuesday April 16, 7 p.m.
Reuter Center, Manheimer Room

UNC Asheville professor Dr. Andrew Laughlin and his team are re-surveying portions of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park that were first surveyed 20 years ago by researchers from NC State. The current research concerns how bird communities have changed in response to Eastern Hemlock decline and whether any bird species are moving up or down the mountains as a result of climatic changes. Understanding how birds have reacted to these changes in terms of distribution and diversity is an important step in predicting how future changes may alter bird communities.
Dr. Andrew Laughlin

Dr. Andrew Laughlin is an assistant professor of environmental studies at UNC Asheville. His research interests include movement and migration ecology and animal responses to environmental change, with a focus on birds. His research has included studies of hermit thrush and veery habitat associations and tree swallow ecology.

All EMAS programs are free and open to the public

For more information, Click Here
  Faith and Conscience Convocation: 
A Call for Accountability for Torture 
Sunday, April 28, 2-5 p.m. 
The Blue Ridge Room South (Room 203) 
UNC Asheville's Highsmith Student Union

Second Section Offered for Fall 2019

A second section of Exploring CCRCs (Continuing Care Retirement Communities) will be offered in Fall 2019 to accommodate the many OLLI members with an interest in learning more about continuing care retirement communities. A combination of lectures and tours to CCRCs in our region, the class is a great option for those considering CCRCs now or in the future. It will fall during the inter-term break from July 31-September 13, 2019 and will run alongside the current class being offered.

Please note: The first class is mandatory for this course. 

For more information on the course contact Hannah at hfurgiue@unca.edu or 828-250-3871

What past participants are saying about 
Exploring CCRCs:

"Moving into a CCRC is a major decision, I feel more confident that I fully understand the implications and things to consider. I have the information I need to make the best choice possible."

"Tina presented this course in an organized manner that made everything for me easy to understand. I now can make a conscious decision feeling I have all the factors in dealing with this life change."

'Tina is an exceptional instructor by providing 'fact sheets' prior to our visits as well as having preliminary discussion. This workshop was a great crash course on CCRCs."
An MWW Gathering
Men's Wisdom Works
Special Interest Group 

Each of MWW's 16 groups is comprised of 8-12 men.  Groups meet at various times and places twice a month for 2 hours to discuss issues of personal importance. Groups socialize over breakfast, lunch, happy hour, & other social activities.

Men on the waiting list will either be added to existing groups, or we will form a new group if numbers suffice.

To learn more or to sign up on our wait list contact: Patrick Irwin at  jobshoppat@aol.com
Volunteers Needed for Cheesefest!

Attention Cheese Enthusiasts! Volunteers needed for Cheesefest on Sunday, April 28th at Highland Brewing

Questions? Please email: Katie Moore katie@csasheville.com
Dear OLLI Members,
We had a successful first week of Spring 2019 courses and want to thank the College for Seniors Curriculum Committees and all of our instructors who give so generously of their time and talent.  If you know anyone who would like to teach in Fall 2019, especially anyone who might be interested in our theme term on Appalachia, the deadline for course proposals is May 1.  Click here for a link to the Fall 2019 course proposal form.

You may notice that in addition to information about wonderful programs offered by Special Interest Groups (SIGs) and our community partners (including The World Affairs Council and the Astronomy Club of Asheville) there are many volunteer opportunities featured in today's newsletter.  Volunteering can be a way to stay active and engaged, meet new people and make a difference in our community.  Many thanks to the Civic Engagement Committee under the leadership of Kathleen Mainardi for all of their efforts to foster relationships across the community and develop the talents of our OLLI volunteers. 

Finally, we want to thank the people who attended our Town Hall Meeting this past week and to encourage more of you to become involved in the operations of our organization.  If you have any questions, please contact me at 828.251.6188.
We will be sending out the slate of officers for members to affirm early next week and also will be sending out the Annual Member Survey.

Thanks to all of you for contributing to the success of our vibrant community of teachers and learners,
Catherine Frank
Executive Director

 Check the links here to see OLLI and UNC Asheville current events:
Need tech help? 
Check out  The Geek Bar
Wednesdays, 8 - 9 a.m
Reuter Center, The Atrium

Are you having technical problems or questions regarding your smart phone, tablet or laptop? 
OLLI is happy to announce The Geek Bar, offered on Wednesday mornings from 8-9 a.m. in the Reuter Center Atrium. This is a great excuse to get good parking, a cup of coffee or tea and advice -- all before your first class!
Bring your device and question, and one of the Geek Bar Experts will try to address your issue. 

All platforms welcome (Android, Apple, Windows, etc.).  The Geek Bar is on a first-come, first-served basis.  We offer no guarantees, but our Geeks will do our best to be of help.  Note : This is not software instruction and is generally meant for specific, quick-answer issues.

If you have questions, or if you are a Geek who would like to work at the Geek Bar, feel free to contact Julia Loughran at:  julia@thoughtlink.com

Living Solo

The Solo Aging Group is now called "Living Solo."  The group is comprised of OLLI members living independently and seeking connections. This is not a dating group, but individuals who want to do activities and make connections here in Asheville with OLLI members. Please come join us and meet new people!  

Any questions? Contact Barbara Rapchak at  beinthemomentyoga@gmail.com
Stitch in Time
 Special Interest Group
Monday, April 1, 2 - 4 p.m.
Reuter Center, Atrium

Stitch in Time meets the first Monday of the month, 2-4 p.m. This 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.  
All skill levels are welcome! 

SIG contact: Gay Lambirth,    gaylambirth@yahoo.com  

World Affairs Council (WAC)
Tuesday, April 2, 7:30 p.m.
Reuter Center Manheimer Roo m

 Populism, Illiberalism and the Retreat from Democracy in Central Europe
Dr. William Crowther, UNC-Greensboro

Expanding on the themes and ideas in our final Great Decisions presentation by John Plant on demography and political change, our April presentation focuses on the political regimes and shifts that have taken place recently in Central Europe. Dr. William Crowther is a professor in the Department of Political Science at UNC-Greensboro. His work and teaching focus on general comparative politics, Russian and Central European politics and ethnic conflict. He has served as a consultant on democratization for governmental and non-governmental organizations, and for the past two years, he authored the Freedom House Nations in Transit Reports on Moldova.

These lectures are free to WAC members and undergraduate students, and $10 at the door for all other participants.  OLLI members receive a discount on WAC membership. 

Premiere Screening of Ken Burns's New Country Music Documentary
Tuesday, April 2, 7:30 - 9:30 pm
Highsmith Student Union - Blue Ridge Room

Country Music, Ken Burns's new PBS documentary series, won't premiere nationally until September, but Burns's co-producers Dayton Duncan and Julie Dunfey will host a special preview screening and discussion at UNC Asheville.  UNC Asheville is one of only 10 sites nationally to host advance premiere screenings of Country Music!
The film, which chronicles the history of the uniquely American art form, features many North Carolina artists and their stories, from early spiritual music, Celtic mountain music through notable stars like Rhiannon Giddens, Kathy Mattea, Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, among many others. 

The screening is free and open to everyone but space is limited, so tickets are required. For tickets and more information, Please Click  HERE

For more information please go to:  nchearingloss.org
Call David Nelson: 828-505-1874
Email at: HLAsheville@gmail.com
Fab Friday
" Balance Improvement Strategies to Avoid Falls" 
Presented by Dr. Jason Wingert
Friday, April 5, 11:30 a.m
Reuter Center Manheimer Room

  Almost 25% of people over the age of 65 will have a fall over the course of a year. Falls are the leading cause of both fatal and nonfatal injuries for older Americans, resulting in expensive medical bills and a diminished quality of life. There are, however, a few practical changes to lifestyle, available in evidence-based programs, that can reduce the risk of falls. Jason Wingert, UNC Asheville associate professor of health and wellness promotion, will discuss risk factors for falling, discuss lab findings related to proprioception and offer specific prevention strategies. This lecture is part of the Health Education Series.

Fab Fridays happen every Friday during our Fall, Winter and Spring terms in the Reuter Center's Manheimer Room.  Members and guests are invited to socialize and then enjoy presentations on a wide range of topics.  Purchase lunch in our Reuter Café or bring your own brown bag.  These programs are free and open to everyone.
The Forum Special Interest Group
Friday, April 5, 1 - 3 p.m.
Reuter Center, Room 205

 Topic: "Current Events" and Selection of Topics for April

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 
Financial Strategies in Retirement Special Interest Group
Friday, April 5, 1:30 p.m.
Reuter Center Room 205 

Investment Round Table
Join a discussion with our member Investment Round-table on the topic:

What is an inverted yield curve and can it predict a recession? 

Feel free to bring your questions to the group.
The meeting is open to all OLLI members. 

Email/call Kate Beatty for
further information at kkbmom@yahoo.com or 828-231-7710
Whole Foods/Plant-Based Living 
Special Interest Group 
Friday, April 5, 3:15 p.m.
Reuter Center Manheimer Roo m

This group meets on varied Fridays at 3:15 p.m. to provide information and support for anyone interested in following a more plant based diet along the lines of Dean Ornish, Caldwell Esselstyn, Joel Fuhrman, Neal Barnard, John McDougall, Michael Greger and T. Colin Campbell. 

This group is open to all OLLI members.
Contact Bonnie Wheeler, 330.321.1360, 
Thomas Wolfe Short Story Book Club
Thursday, April 11, 5:30 p.m.
Thomas Wolfe State Historic Site
52 North Market Street, Asheville, NC

Ellen Brown, Author of John Apperson's Lake George  will lead a discussion of Thomas Wolfe's story "The Hollyhock Savers." 

This is the last in this year's series of discussions sponsored by the Wilma Dykeman Legacy,  a tax-exempt non-profit organization founded in 2012 to sustain and promote Wilma Dykeman's values by sponsoring workshops, events, and other programs. The core values of this extraordinary woman from Buncombe County included environmental integrity, social justice, and the power of the written and spoken word. For more information, visit wilmadykemanlegacy.org/

Carolinas' Nature Photographers Association  Special Meeting
Sunday, April 14, 5:30 p.m.
Reuter Center, Manheimer Room

"Understanding Creative Exposure, Learning to See Creatively and Understanding Color"
Bryan Peterson

B ryan Peterson is an internationally known photographer, speaker, workshop leader and website instruction host (with his well-known www.bpsop.com site)

The group anticipates a large turnout of members and nonmembers of Carolinas' Nature Photographers Association and has reserved some seating for members, and seating is limited to 150 members.

If you have questions, please contact Susanna Euston and Ken Smith,  Co-Coordinators, CNPA-Asheville,  coordinator@CNPA-asheville.org

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 others interested in nature and wildlife photography. The association is divided into regions for more close-at-hand activities. The CNPA-Asheville Region's goal is to develop a group that will more fully experience the beauty of Western  North Carolina through 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 visit:  www.cnpa-asheville.org
To RSVP please email:  coordinator@CNPA-asheville.org
History Book Lovers
Special Interest Group (SIG)
The Path Between the Seas: 
The Creation of the Panama Canal, 1870-1914
by David McCullough

Friday, April 19, 1 p.m.
Reuter Center Room 120

History Book Lovers SIG meets on the third Friday of each month to share books, engage in discussion and connect with other OLLI members who love history. In upcoming months they will read

May: The Wright Brothers by David McCullough
June: A discussion of Kublai Khan 1215-1294, Emperor of China

All OLLI members are welcome.  SIG contact: Mike Wang, 267-243-3011,  mbwhome@gmail.com
Travel SIG 
Friday, April 19, 2 p.m.
Reuter Center, Manheimer Room

2 - 3 p.m. Safaris in S. Africa, Kenya/Tanzania  with Chuck Baer                

3 - 4 p.m. -  Switzerland  with Daniel Beerman

Please contact one of the following Travel SIG members if you have any questions or want to share 
your travel adventures:
Madan  Joshi ( madanmj1947@gmail.com)
Kathy  Gainey ( kathleen.m. gainey@ outlook.com  )
Kathleen  Buehner ( kbuehner@ hotmail.com
Lauren  Azoulai ( lazoulai@ gmail.com)
Death Café  
Friday, April 19, 5 p.m.
Reuter Center Lower Atrium

Death C afé  is an engaging gathering with 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 Greg Lathrop, Said Osio and Karen Sanders from Third Messenger.  Click here to find out more about this month's Death Cafe conversation.

Spring Member Social
Thursday, April 25, 4:30 p.m.
Reuter Center Lower Atrium

Join your OLLI friends for a chance to socialize, enjoy ice cream from The Hop (including vegan options) and other light snacks and cheering beverages.  This is an opportunity to celebrate spring and our OLLI community.  Come for this event and stay for Bryan Stevenson's lecture!

Free and open to OLLI members.
Bryan Stevenson Lecture
Thursday, April 25, 7 p.m.
Doors open at 6 p.m.
Kimmel Arena, 
UNC Asheville Campus

Bryan Stevenson, the attorney, activist and best-selling author of Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption who led the team that created the first national memorial to victims of lynching, will speak at UNC Asheville's Kimmel Arena at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 25. Doors will open at 6 p.m. The talk is free and open to everyone, with support from The David and Lin Brown Visionary Lecture Series and The Van Winkle Law Firm Public Policy Lectures.

(ASL interpreters will be present in addition to an auditory loop system in the auditorium.)

Verdi Comes to Terezín
Thursday, May 2, 2 p.m.
Reuter Center Manheimer Room
Composer Murry Sidlin
Murry Sidlin, President and Creative Director of The Defiant Requiem Foundation, and creator and conductor of the multimedia concert drama 
Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezín, will speak about this work to be performed June 1, 2019, at the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium.

When he first learned the story of Rafael Schächter and the 150-person Jewish choir that performed Verdi's Requiem 16 times while imprisoned in the ghetto/concentration camp Terezín, why he was compelled to uncover how and why these Jewish prisoners, who faced death every day, chose to learn and perform a Latin, Catholic mass during their darkest hours. Ultimately it became his personal and professional mission to show the world how Schächter and his fellow Jewish prisoners demonstrated that it is possible to respond to the worst of mankind with the best of mankind.


A question and answer session with Maestro Sidlin will follow the talk. The event at the Reuter Center on May 2 is free and open to everyone.

UNC Asheville STEAM Studio Summer Classes

UNC Asheville's STEAM Studio is excited to announce their summer class series for adults. They have 3 classes available and they are suitable for beginner to advanced wood workers. 

**For information of Wood Sculpture, Click Here

***For information on Wood Bending, Click Here

**For information on Bowl Turning, Click Here


For more information, or to register, please email: steamstudio@unca.edu

OLLI would like to thank its Creative Retirement Exploration Weekend (CREW) Major Sponsor, Beverly-Hanks and Associates for their longtime support of our programming.

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