OLLI Observer
August 26, 2018    
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Mark Labinov
 
I love volunteering at OLLI because it gives me a chance to realize some very old dreams of mine to disseminate knowledge.       
 
Mark teaches 'Wonders of Chess.'

  OLLI VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

Asheville City Schools
Give your time and make a difference
 
The Asheville Terrace Appartments Food Pantry
On-site food pantry support

Veteran Restoration Quarters' (VRQ) Cooking Team
Restoring the lives of homeless vets
 
VOLUNTEER NOW ... 
Make a difference

Email for more information: 
The Autumn Players Readers Theatre
Sunday, September 2, 2:30 p.m.

God's Favorite by Neil Simon, 
directed by Jim Reid
There will be a Talk Back immediately following the performance with the director and cast.

The Book of Job as a comedy? Joe Benjamin is a God-fearing tycoon with a Long Island mansion and a prodigal son and two kooky twins among other family members. After Joe is visited by Sidney Lipton - God's messenger (and Joe's tempter) - his life is never the same. 

The Autumn Players (affiliated with Asheville Community Theatre) is a troupe of seasoned actors dedicated to taking the theatre experience into the community. Their words jump from the page with conviction and emotion, and these actors make their stories come to life. Scheduled in the Reuter Center's Manheimer Room, tickets are $7 at the door.
Putting Out The Welcome Mat!  
Come Join Us   
 
  Welcome First Impressions are often lasting ones, and the Hospitality Committee is committed to helping generate a warm and welcoming atmosphere as we greet new members this fall.   
 
Join us for a planning meeting on  Thursday, September 6 from 2 - 4 p.m.
 in Reuter Center Room 207.  
We invite you to join our "positive energy" Hospitality Team!  Paula Massey, Hospitality Chair  

The Astronomy Club of Asheville
Thursday, September 6, 7 p.m.
Reuter Center Manheimer Room

"The Lambda Boötis Stars: 
A 75-Year-Old Mystery" 
presented by Richard Gray
Appalachian State University 

 
Dr. Richard Gray
 
The Lambda Boötis stars (Lambda Boo for short) were discovered 75 years ago by W.W. Morgan, one of the founders of the MK Spectral classification system (the system that astronomers use for classifying stars by their spectra). Compared with other stars of the same temperature and age, the Lambda Boötis stars, at least in Morgan's photographic record, showed no signs of metals or any  other element other than  hydrogen.
Modern digital spectra show that metals and other elements are present in the spectra of Lambda Boötis stars, but at very low levels. Come learn more about this  75-year-old mystery and its importance in understanding the formation of planets.
 

Sierra Club Meeting
Thursday, September 6 , 7 p.m. 
(Note the Thursday date)
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Asheville, 
1 Edwin Place, corner of Charlotte  and Edwin.  
 
   " Protecting Our Environment --
Who We Elect Matters"
 
Come hear what you can do to help elect an environmental majority to the NC State House & Buncombe Ct Commission.
For more information, contact Judy Mattox, 828.683.2186  judymattox@sbcglobal.net     Free and open to everyone. 
Tuesday September 11, 7:30 p.m.
Reuter Center's Manheimer Room

"Crisis in Venezuela" 
presented by  Russell Crandall

Russell Crandall, a Davidson College Latin American specialist who has published several books on the politics of the region, has served as principal director for the western hemisphere at the Defense Department, director for Andean affairs & security aide at the NSC. He's been a special assistant to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and has consulted for the World Bank, where he's a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Come to the Reuter Center for these fascinating lectures and discussions 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 World Affairs Council meetings begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Reuter Center's Manheimer Room and offer a lively line up of topics and compelling presenters:  All lectures are free to WAC members and students, all others $10 at the door.  For more details about programs, consult the WAC website.
Behind the Scenes at NC Stage
Friday, September 14, 12:30 p.m. 
Reuter Center Manheimer Room
 
  DAR HE: The Storry of Emmett Till
 
Performed and created by award winning actor a nd playwright  Mike Wiley .
"I'd like my work to not only enlighten minds but to inspire hearts."- Mike Wiley
In 1955, a 14-year-old black Chicago youth traveled to the Mississippi Delta with country kinfolk and southern cooking on his mind. He walked off the train and into a world he could never understand - a world of thick color lines, of hard-held class systems and unspeakable taboos. Young Emmett crossed that line and stepped into his gruesome fate by whistling at a white woman. Through conversations with a Look magazine journalist, Emmett's mother and others caught up in the events that led to Till's devastating fate, this riveting play chronicles the murder, trial and unbelievable confessions of the men accused of Till's murder.

Go behind the scenes of professional theatre with NC Stage Artistic Director and co-founder Charlie Flynn-McIver. Explore the themes of this season's plays, talk with the actors, directors and designers about design concepts and the rehearsal process and experience a scene or two performed live. Join us for an insider's view of how theatre happens!
   
History Book Lovers Special Interest Group Meeting 
Friday, September 21, 1 p.m., 
Reuter Center, Room 206
  
David Grann's Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI

The group will be discussing  Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann. This book has been on the New York Times bestseller list for over 57 weeks, so it should provide tons of material for conversation.
 
For more information, please contact Mike Wang at   mbwhome@gmail.com  
 
Meditation Special Interest Group
Monday, September 24, 4:15 p.m., 
Reuter Center, Room 120

Sacred Sounds of Sanskrit  Meditation Practice with Linda Go, RYT

Yoga teacher and Sanskrit instructor Linda Go, introduces you to Sanskrit Sound Meditation, the ancient language of yoga   with guided breath, visualization of spanda  
and with recitation of Sanskrit sounds and simple melodic mantras.   Sanskrit is a living technology of sacred sound for awakening higher states of consciousness. 
The ancient Vedas used sound to move energy and distract the mind from the world of form.  According  to an article recently published in  Scientific American,the repetition of certain mantras in Sanskrit   creates new neuro - pathways, activates our DNA to heightened states of consciousness and brings balance to brain hemispheres.
 
Come experience how the precise pronunciation of the Sanskrit alphabet cultivates the nervous system in preparation for profound meditation.   All OLLI members are welcome at our programs.  Meditation SIG Contact: Sally Ekaireb   skekaireb@gmail.com
Work for the Buncombe County 
Board of Elections
  • Completely non-partisan position
  • Short-term commitment: Training, set up and Election Day
  • One day of training, one day of work and a lifetime of experiences
  • Paid positions from $175 to $260
  • You must be a registered voter in Buncombe County
  • Team effort with lots of support from experienced people
Apply at buncombecounty,org/vote
Call 828.250.4200 or emailjohn.noce@buncombecounty.org
Dear OLLI Members,
A little earlier today you should have received an email with detailed instructions for Fall 2018 Add/Drop, which begins Monday, August 27, 10 a.m.  Please be aware that you can check your schedule online by signing into your registration account using the OLLI system.

Remember that the system is now open to purchase your decal for parking on campus. Click here for detailed instructions on the use of the online parking system.

We are finished another session of our Paths to Creative Retirement workshop and wish to offer special thanks to our OLLI facilitators for the program:  Bill Carpenter,  Ken Macfarlane,  Marc Miller,  Lori Postal and  Arnold Willen, to our members who share their retirement story, Peter Landis, Jim Lenburg and Chris Skoczynski and our Life Transitions Program Manager Hannah Furgiuele. This program brings people from all over the country to study the transition from work to retirement and develop some good questions and plans for making this stage of life as energizing and fulfilling as possible.

We continue to be inspired by the curiosity, intelligence and generosity of our members as they create our community of teachers and learners.

Catherine Frank
Executive Director


 Check the links here to see OLLI and UNC Asheville current events:
 
calendar
Interested in Being a College for Seniors Class Rep?

The role is vital to the success of large classes and courses with new instructors and a great way to offer hospitality to OLLI members each day of the fall term.

Enroll in the Class Reps database, and we will contact you 



The Forum Special Interest Group
Friday, August 31, 1-3 p.m., Reuter Center Room 205   
 
  Meeting Topic: "Ethical Consideration on the Use of Preemptive Force as a Tool in Foreign Policy" 

   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

The Food Pantry at Asheville Terrace Apartments - 
A Recipe for Success
by Hope Warshaw
 
Asheville Terrace Apartments (ATA) is home of a highly successful food pantry, a collaborative effort between ATA residents and a dedicated core of OLLI volunteers.
ATA resident and Community Health Worker (CHW) Suseela Steers pointed out the need: "We observed that, particularly at the end of each month, many of our residents had a hard time supplying themselves with sufficient food." In addition, they lacked access to nutritious fresh fruits and vegetables. In her CHW role, Steers aims to better determine resident needs.
 
 
League of Women Voters Meet the Candidates: 
Tuesday, August 28th,  5:30 - 7:30 p.m.  
 
    Learn Where Candidates Stand on Topics That Have an Impact on Older Adults 
in Buncombe County
 
 
For more information, email:  
Website:  www.aarp.org/nc 
 

Free Public Lecture by Michael Twitty
Culinary Justice: 
Defining a Theory of Gastronomic Sovereignity
Thursday, September 6, 7 p.m.
UNC Asheville's Lipinsky Auditorium
 
Michael Twitty is a culinary historian, living history interpreter, and Judaica teacher from the Washington, D.C. area. He is the creator of  Afroculinaria, the first blog devoted to African American historic foodways and their legacy. Twitty's 2017 book,  The Cooking Gene, was recently honored with two James Beard Foundation awards for writing and for book of the year. 

UNC Asheville departmental sponsors for Twitty's visit: Student Environmental Center, the Office of Outreach and Engagement, OLLI, the Office of Sustainability, Chartwells/UNC Asheville Dining Services, the Healthy Campus Initiative, Study Abroad, the Center for Jewish Studies, and Multicultural Affairs

"I dare to believe that all Southerners are a family. We are not merely Native, European, and African. We are Middle Eastern and South Asian and East Asian and Latin American, now. We are a dysfunctional family, but we are a family. We are unwitting inheritors of a story with many sins that bears the fruit of the possibility of ten times the redemption. One way is through reconnection with the culinary culture of the enslaved, our common ancestors, and restoring their names on the roots of the Southern tree and the table those roots support." 
- Michael Twitty,   The Cooking Gene
Click here for more information about Michael Twitty's appearance at UNC Asheville.
Hearing Loss Association Meeting
Wednesday, September 5, 2018, 10:15 am
Location: Seymour Auditorium, Care Partners Campus, Top of the Hill, (Building 22, at the Covered Walkway), 68 Sweeten Creek Road, Asheville

Peter Dallos

How the Ear's Machinery Works: The Intricate Mechanisms of the Inner Ear and How They Can Affect Hearing and Hearing Loss

We invite you to join us as we learn more about living with hearing loss from
Dr. Peter Dallos, Emeritus Professor of Neuroscience and Audiology,
Northwestern University
 
 For more information, contact Ann Karson. 828-665-8699, Akarson57@gmail.com
Midday Music with Pan Harmonia
Friday, September 7, 1:30 p.m.,Reuter Center Manheimer Room
 
"It Doesn't Fit in a Box!" 

Pan Harmonia
The members of Pan Harmonia
Explore Pan Harmonia's 19th season of chamber concerts of contemporary, Celtic and Baroque music with flutist Kate Steinbeck, Baroque master Barbara Weiss and Celtic bagpiper and bassoonist Rosalind Buda
 
Now in its 19th season, Asheville's Pan Harmonia enjoys taking its music out of the concert hall and into unlikely spaces all around our community. Learn about the music and meet the musicians in informal conversation. Feel free to bring friends and your lunch. To learn more, visit panharmonia.org
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Special Interest Group Meeting
Financial Strategies in Retirement
Friday, September 7, 1:30 p.m., Room 205
 
Topic: "Asheville On The Cheap - Highlights"  
Guest speaker: College for Seniors Instructor Linda Orowitz.
 
  
Linda, whose OLLI class, "Asheville on the Cheap" has been a long-time favorite, is a volunteer in the Asheville Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center. She also leads walking tours of the River Arts District and Asheville's Historic Downtown. Her goals are to do everything that she wishes and leave money to her sons and grandchildren.
There are many ways to do things for free or almost in Asheville, and she loves telling people about them, so don't miss this informative session which will improve your bottom line!
 
The meeting is open to all OLLI members.  Email/call Kate Beatty for further information at kkbmom@yahoo.com or 828-231-7710.     
 
New Member Welcome
Friday, September 14, 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 to learn about all that OLLI has to offer and about ways to get involved. Meet other members and find out how to get the most out of your OLLI experience. 
 
For more information contact us at 828.251.6188 or olli@unca.edu
   
Symphony Talk
Friday, September 14, 3 p.m.,Reuter Center Manheimer Room
ASO's new conductor and music director Darko Butorac  
 
Wagner's Tristan und Isolde, Prelude and "Liebestod," 
Liszt's Piano Concert No. 1, 
Shostakovich's Symphony No. 5, with George Li, piano soloist  
 
 
Symphony Talks are an entertaining and educational way to hear about the music to be performed at upcoming Asheville Symphony Orchestra (ASO) Masterworks Concerts. The program begins with a presentation by Chip Kaufmann, who talks about the life and times of the featured composers. ASO has just selected Darko Butorac as music director, and at Symphony Talks he will appear with the soloist for upcoming concerts to talk about how the orchestra prepares and to offer ways to listen to the performance. For more information about the Asheville Symphony Orchestra or to find out how to purchase tickets for performances at the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium, visit ashevillesymphony.org 
 
 
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UNC Asheville
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Asheville, NC 28804