OLLI Observer
July 22, 2018   
 
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In This Issue

 Interested in becoming a 
College for Seniors class rep?  
Assignments for the fall term coming soon.  Click here for more information.



Barbara Rapchak     
 
I love volunteering at OLLI because I am meeting new people and learning new things, which keeps my mind sharp.    
 
Barbara teaches yoga and participates on the Life Transitions Committee.

  OLLI VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

Energy Savers Network (ESN)
Help homeowners reduce energy losses
  
Homeward Bound's 
Welcome Home Center
A key to ending homelessness

Habitat for Humanity's ReStore
Changing lives one house at a time
Click here for details

 
VOLUNTEER NOW ... 
You can make a 
difference!
Email for more information: 
  Tere Shelton: learning for the love of it
by Judy LaMée
 
Tere (Teresa) Shelton has found a new home at OLLI. Since joining in August 2016, Tere has taken 31 College for Seniors courses, typically 6-9 each term. This spring it was seven! That's dedication! It has been, for her, the best way to make new friends in her new hometown. Tere believes friends are the "flowers of life."


Astronomy Club of Asheville 
Thursday, August 2, 7 p.m.
Reuter Center's Manheimer Room

"The Dark Side of the Universe: Dark Matter in the Galaxy and Cosmos" 
presented by Shane L. Larson, CIERA,  Northwestern University

The cosmos abounds with matter that emits copious amounts of light, both in the spectrum of visible colors we perceive with our eyes as well as in invisible light, such as x-rays and radio waves.

But in the last 50 years astronomers have discovered that a significant part of the universe is filled with matter that doesn't emit ANY light at all.  In the last ten years, we have discovered an even more mysterious material that appears to be driving changes in the scale of the Universe.

These dark influences are known as dark matter and dark energy, and can only be perceived by their gravitational influence on all the bright, shining matter we know and love.  In this talk, Dr. Larson will discuss why astronomers think the dark matter and dark energy are out there, and explore some of the ideas that may lead to discovering just what it might be.

The Astronomy Club of Asheville meets the first Thursday of most months at 7 p.m., with an interesting lineup of speakers and topics.  Participation at club meetings and events is free to OLLI members.  
UNCA Theatre Department Auditions
Wednesday, August 22 
and Thursday, August 23, 6-10 p.m.
Belk Theatre on the 
UNC Asheville Campus 
 
  theatre  
Auditions for "War of the Worlds"  are in Belk Theatre on   August 22 and 23 , 6-10 p.m.  Callbacks will be  August 24 .  A sign up sheet will be posted in Belk Theatre on  August 20 . Scripts are on reserve for two-hour check out at Ramsey Library. For more information, call Suzie Morris at 828.251.6610. 

"War of the Worlds the 1938 Radio Script" by Howard E. Koch will be performed live at the Belk Theatre on   September 28th and 29th  at   7:30 p.m . (doors will open at   7 p.m.), and again at   midnight  on   September 29th  (doors will open at   11:30 p.m.)


Dear OLLI Members,
We hope you will enjoy Judy LaMee's story about OLLI member Tere Shelton, who exemplifies the joy of "learning for the love of it." If you are interested in contributing to College for Seniors, remember that the deadline for course proposals for Winter 2019 is August 1. CFS SkillTalks will be held Tuesday, August 21, if you are interested in meeting with fellow and potential instructors and learning more about great CFS teaching. Fall 2018 catalogs will be available on August 3, and we encourage you to sign up to be a class rep.  

Thanks to all of our SIG leaders for continuing to lead their groups and provide programming throughout the summer. Our community partners like the Astronomy Club of Asheville and the Western North Carolina Historical Association also offer ways to learn outside the CFS classroom. 

Thanks so much to all of you who give your time, talent and treasure to make OLLI a vibrant community of teachers and learners.
Catherine Frank
Executive Director


 Check the links here to see OLLI and UNC Asheville current events:
 
calendar
Meditation Special Interest Group
Monday, July 23, 4:15 p.m., Reuter Center Room 120

Jacquie Wollins
Functional Meditation 
"We are fortunate to have the Meditation SIG.  I have attended many, as I suggest for all.  Besides enlightening me into the realm of multiple paths towards meditation it has reinforced for me how the Silva Method resonates most keenly with my psyche. I will be offering in this next SIG meeting a guided meditation and an informative approach to you using his work for your own quest towards functional meditative."  Jacquie  
 
After the summer break,  meetings will resume on Monday, September 24 with a program that will complement a new Sanskrit course at OLLI,  Sacred Sounds of Sanskrit Meditation Practice with Linda Go.
 
Yoga teacher and Sanskrit instructor Linda Go will introduce you to the ancient language of yoga and its role in the development of human potential.  Linda offers an intro to Sanskrit Sound Meditation with guided breath, visualization, and recitation of Sanskrit sounds and simple melodic mantras.    
 For more information, contact  Sally Ekaireb  skekaireb@gmail.com
Ready to Teach with College for Seniors

School starts The deadline for course proposals for the winter term ( January 14 - February 22, 2019) is   August 1.

Save The Date 
College for Seniors will offer the bi-annual SKILLTALKS on Tuesday, August 21,  8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.   Come for the Teaching Tips and Stay for the Camaraderie. 
Watch for registration soon!
The Proper Use of Antibiotics
A Talk by Bindu Mayi
Wednesday, July 25, 2 p.m.,Reuter Center Manheimer Room

Bindi Mayi 
Each year in the United States, more than 2 million people become infected with antibiotic resistant bacteria and at least 23,000 people die as a direct result of these infections. In this backdrop of antibiotic resistance, there is a tremendous
 need for Antimicrobial Stewardship  
(AMS), which, in a nutshell, is the proper and judicious use of antibiotics, the benefits of which include reducing incidence of antibiotic induced toxicities, reducing the cost of treatment as well as minimizing antibiotic resistance. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), if healthcare providers, hospital administrators, policy makers and patients work together to employ effective AMS programs, patient care can be dramatically improved and more patient lives can be ultimately saved. Come to learn more about theories of the proper use of antibiotics.

  Bindu Mayi, M.Sc., Ph.D., is an associate professor of microbiology in the College of Medical Sciences at Nova Southeastern University (NSU). Dr. Mayi teaches courses in virology and bacteriology, with emphasis on the medical aspects of infectious disease, for students in the medical, public health and other allied health fields.

The Forum Special Interest Group
Friday, July 27, 1-3 p.m., Reuter Center Room 120
 
  Meeting Topic: "The Threat From Russia"

   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
Blue Ridge Orchestra Concerts
Friday and Saturday, July 27 and 28
Friday and Saturday, August 3 and 4
Music at 8 p.m.; Light Show at 9 p.m.


Summer Lights Concerts at the North Carolina Arboretum

The North Carolina Arboretum welcomes guests to enjoy an outdoor concert and light show in its beautiful amphitheater. This year's program features the Symphonic Winds of the Blue Ridge Orchestra performing an array of pop and show tunes, including highlights from West Side Story and Les Miserables, big band favorites and a tribute to American composer Aaron Copland.

 Rain date August 5. 
Tickets $10-$30; For tickets and information, see 

Ben Steere
 Archaeology of Mounds and Towns in the Cherokee Heartland of Western North Carolina  
presented by Ben Steere, PhD, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Director of the Cherokee Studies Program, Western Carolina University.   
 
Join Dr. Steere as he discusses the location and evolution of Cherokee towns in WNC as well as developing the trade patterns, household construction and lifestyles of the Cherokee nation.  Dr. Steere has been honored with the Principal Chief Leon D. Jones Award for Archaeological Excellence for his years of research on the Cherokee.  Dr. Steere believes that archaeological field work, while respecting traditional Cherokee beliefs and treatment of sacred places, leads to a better understanding and preservation of the Cherokee culture.  In addition to his teaching and research, Dr. Steer serves on the Southeastern Archaeological Conference Public Outreach Committee.
   
Scheduled in the Manheimer Room, tickets sold at the door.  General Public - $5 donation requested.  Western North Carolina Historical Association (WNCHA) members free.  These lectures are sponsored by the WNCHA and OLLI For more information www.wnchistory.org
Financial Strategies in Retirement Special Interest Group
     Friday, August 3, 1:30 p.m., Reuter Center Room 205
 
Guest speaker: Paul Donohue, Reverse Mortgage and Retirement Specialist
Topic:  "Demystifying and Clarifying the New Reverse Mortgage" 

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Paul Donohue has a 40-year career helps people over the age of  62 leverage home ownership to navigate the challenges of income planning and asset preservation, through all the phases of retirement. He has built three successful companies in his career and has also been the President of the North Carolina Association of Mortgage Professionals. As founder of Abacus Mortgage Training and Education, Paul has trained over 40,00 mortgage professionals nationwide.  Come and bring your questions to this interactive session.
 
The meeting is open to all OLLI members.  Contact Kate Beatty for further information at kkbmom@yahoo.com or 828-231-7710. 
Save the Date
Farm to Table Dinner on the Quad
     Tuesday, September 4, 5:30 p.m.
UNC Asheville Main Quad

Free Public Lecture by Michael Twitty
Thursday, September 6, 7 p.m.
UNC Asheville's Lipinsky Auditorium

 
This fourth annual Farm-to-Table on the Quad will be guest-hosted by Michael Twitty, with the theme "One Southern Family" and Twitty will also give a free public lecture at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 6, in Lipinsky Auditorium.
More details and dinner tickets will be  Click here for the website for Farm to Table Dinner Tickets
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

2018 OLLI Art Bazaar      

R egistration is open for the 2018 OLLI Art Bazaar.  The Bazaar is s cheduled for Friday, November 9, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. and Saturday, November 10, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.  This year's bazaar will again be a two day format and the registration fee is $35/for a single table; $70/for a double table. 

Exhibitor registrations are coming in quickly, and space is limited. Don't wait to get your registration sent in.  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. 

We are looking forward to an exciting bazaar and hope you  plan to be a part.  And if you can't exhibit this year, be sure to mark your calendar to attend and get a jump-start on your holiday shopping.  Click here to download an event flier to post in your community center, place on your Facebook page, hand out to friends....you get the idea!

Questions, contact Leanna Preston lpreston@unca.edu 
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