OLLI Observer
March 3, 2019    
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In This Issue
World Affairs Council
Tuesday, March 5, 7:30 p.m.

 "Nuclear Negotiations: 
Back to the Future?"

Retired UNC Asheville faculty member Dot Sulock will look at the Trump administration's approach to nuclear talks, including the summit with North Korea's leader, meetings with Russia about the Start Treaty and withdrawing from the agreement with Iran. Sulock, a former lecturer in mathematics, also taught international studies courses at UNC Asheville focusing on nuclear weapons policy.

The Great Decisions Program is the oldest and largest grassroots world affairs educational program of its kind in the country. Begun in 1954, it is the flagship program of the Foreign Policy Association, a non-partisan, non-governmental organization.  The Great Decisions Program's goal is to discuss, debate and learn about international affairs, national security and U.S. foreign policy.

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. 

Click here to visit the World Affairs Council website, including information about how to purchase WAC annual membership.


Habitat for Humanity ReStore
Changing Lives One House at a Time

Asheville City Schools
Give Your Time and Make a Difference

Make A Difference!

Skill Talks Workshops for 
College for Seniors Instructors
Prospective, New and Experienced

Theme: Shaking It Up: 
Building Community 
through Involvement
Thursday, March 14, 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.

J oin us for this excellent opportunity to enhance your current skills or learn a new one ... and to spend time with other College for Seniors instructors. Coffee in the morning and lunch is included at Skill Talks and the networking is fabulous!
Sessions include
Sessions include discussions of varied ways to organize classes and ways to manage and stimulate classroom discussion, PowerPoint and more.
Read more and submit your RSVP HERE.
Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA)  Talk
Living and Working with a
 Hearing Assistance Dog
Dr. Danielle Rose
Pediatrician and Ambassador for 
Dogs for Better Living

Wednesday, March 6, 2019 , 10:15 a.m.
Seymour Auditorium, Care Partners Campus
68 Sweeten Creek Road, Asheville  
Top of the Hill, (Building 22, at the Covered Walkway)

For more information, please call  
David Nelson 828.505.1874
Astronomy Club of Asheville
Thursday, March 7, 7 p.m.
Reuter Center Manheimer Room

The  MaNGA Survey
Dissecting 10,000 Galaxies in 3D 
by  David Wake, PhD, University of North Carolina Asheville

In this talk, Dr. Wake will present an overview of our current understanding of how the varied array of different galaxies formed, from the almost smooth gas of hydrogen and helium in the early universe, along with the many questions we still have to answer.
Finally, Dr. Wake will introduce the ongoing  MaNGA project in which spectroscopic maps of 10,000 galaxies, using the 2.5 meter Sloan Telescope in New Mexico, are being made. His aim is to give us an idea of how such a project is conceived, designed and executed and how we analyze the almost 4 million individual spectra spread over those 10,000 galaxies, and measuring the properties and motions of their stars, gas and even dark matter. Finally he'll talk about some of the scientific insights that have come from the MaNGA data that are answering some of those outstanding questions about how such a dizzying array of galaxies came to be. 

The Astronomy Club of Asheville meets the first Thursday of most months at 7 p.m. and offers an interesting lineup of speakers and topics.  OLLI members may attend club meetings and star gazes, with club members on hand to advise and assist them in the basics of astronomy and the techniques of observing celestial phenomena. 

Astronomy Club of Asheville lectures are free and open to everyone.

Sierra Club Meeting
"WNC Spring  Wildflowers & Their Pollinators."
Presentation by Tim Spira

Tim Spira is a botanist and author of "Wildflowers and Plant Communities of the Southern Appalachian."
Learn how our flowers & pollinators help each other in our beautiful mountains here in  the Blue Ridge.

Free and open to everyone. 

 T'ai Chi Chih:  Joy Through Movement
 Special Interest Group
Monday, March 11, 4:15 - 5:45 p.m.
Reuter Center, 102B

Established by Justin Stone in the 1970s, t'ai chi chih is a moving meditation.  Steve Stevens will discuss the origins and principles of t'ai chi chih.  Then we will learn several of the 19 movements that circulate and balance the body's life force energy (chi).  In closing, Steve will lead us in a sitting meditation practice as taught by Justin Stone. 

Steve Stevens took his first t'ai chi chih class at OLLI in 2010.  He then went on to become accredited in t'ai chi chih instruction in 2013 at the Franciscan Spiritual Center in Aston, Pennsylvania.  He currently teaches classes at OLLI and at Harvest House, an Asheville Parks and Recreation facility.

SIG  contact: Sally Ekaireb, skekaireb@gmail.com
Thomas Wolfe Short Story Book Club
Thursday, March 14, 5:30 p.m.
Thomas Wolfe Memorial State Historic Site
52 North Market Street in Downtown Asheville

Thomas Wolfe

Dan Clare, Teacher at A.C. Reynolds High School, and Ana Clare of the Thomas Wolfe Memorial Advisory Board 
Lead a Discussion of Thomas Wolfe's 
"Circus at Dawn"

Thomas Wolfe Book Club meetings will take place every month through April, 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Refreshments will be served from 5:30 to 5:45 p.m.; the discussion will take place from 5:45 p.m. to 7 p.m. The text is The Complete Short Stories of Thomas Wolfe, edited by Francis E. Skipp with a Foreword by James Dickey (New York: Scribner's, 1987). This book is on sale at the Thomas Wolfe Memorial and at local bookstores.
Click here for more details about the entire series.
OLLI at UNC Asheville would like to thank Connestee Falls for its generous support of CREW (Creative Retirement Exploration Weekend)
NC Stage Behind the Scenes
Friday March 15, 1:30 p.m.
Reuter Center Manheimer Room

The true story of 19th-century astronomer Henrietta Leavitt explores a woman's place in society during a time when women's ideas were dismissed until men claimed credit for them. Henrietta Leavitt and her female peers dedicated themselves to social and scientific progress, and their dedication changed the way we understand both the heavens and Earth.

Join NC Stage Artistic Director and co-founder Charlie Flynn-McIver as he takes you behind the scenes of the professional productions of NC Stage.  We will look into the themes of the play, the rehearsal and design process, talk to actors, directors and designers and even view a scene or two from the upcoming show.  Get an insider's view of a professional theatre.  Click here or more information about NC Stage, including information about how to purchase tickets for performances. 

NC Stage Behind the Scenes is free and open to everyone. 

New Member Welcome
Friday, March 22, 
10 a.m.
Reuter Center Manheimer Room

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 learn what it means to "grow through life." This event is open to all OLLI members.

Want more information? Contact OLLI staff at 828.251.6188 or olli@unca.edu
Chuck Fink
A Patchwork of Stories
Sunday, March 24, 
2 p.m.
Folk Art Center on the Blue Ridge Parkway
Milepost 382

Presented by Stories on Asheville's Front Porch  and sponsored by the Wilma Dykeman Legacy and the Southern Highlands Craft Guild,  with storytellers Christine Westfeldt, Ronnie Pepper, Chuck Fink and Barbara McBride Smith

Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door

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.

Dear OLLI Members,
We were pleased to have almost 1100 people sign up for Spring 2019 courses.  We will send out schedules late in the afternoon on Friday, March 8.  Expect detailed information about how to check your schedule on Thursday, March 7.

We hope that anyone interested in teaching at College for Seniors will sign up for our Skill Talks to be held on March 14. We will have sign ups beginning next Sunday for the Just Economics Poverty Simulation to be held at the Reuter Center on Saturday, March 30.

If you are a new OLLI member, please plan to attend the New Member Welcome on Friday, March 22. OLLI members are encouraged to attend the Town Hall Meeting on Thursday, March 28, as a way to meet volunteer leadership, review the past year at OLLI and look forward to our expectations for the coming year.

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:
  Schedule for Registration for Spring 2019 Classes 

The online registration system is currently closed as we manage requests submitted during our initial allocation registration.  Everyone who submitted requests during the initial allocation process will receive a schedule on Friday, March 8 in the late afternoon. We will re-open the system on Monday, March 11, 10 a.m. for our first-come, first-served add/drop registration. We will send more detailed instructions on Thursday, March 7.

Important Dates
  • The registration system for College for Seniors courses will be closed from Friday, March 1, noon through Monday, March 11, 10 a.m.  
  • Schedules will be sent late in the afternoon on Friday, March 8.  
  • The registration system will re-open for add/drop and new, first come, first served registration on Monday, March 11, 10 a.m.
  • Spring 2019 College for Seniors courses begin on Monday, March 25 and run through May 17. 
Want to Volunteer to 
Be a  Class Rep 
in a College for Seniors Course?

Class Reps
  • Welcome people to class
  • Manage attendance
  • Establish a friendly classroom climate
Read more HERE  and then
enter yourself in the Class Reps database

We will be in touch when Spring 2019 schedules are sent
Stitch in Time
 Special Interest Group
Monday, March 4, 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  
STEM Lecture
"Community Resilience Related to Climate"
Wednesday, March 6, 4:30 p.m.
Reuter Center Manheimer Room
Jim Fox

James Fox, 
Director for UNC Asheville's National Environmental Modeling 
and Analysis Center
Wednesday, March 6, 4:30 p.m. 
Reuter Center Manheimer Room

The STEM Lecture Series is interdisciplinary, with a focus on science, technology, engineering and math.

These lectures are free and open to everyone.
The Forum Special Interest Group
Friday, March 8, 1 - 3 p.m.
Reuter Center, Room 205

 Elective Declaration of Emergency Powers: A Constitutional Crisis

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 

Carolinas' Nature Photographers Association
Member Critique
Sunday, March 10, 5:30 p.m.
Reuter Center Room 206

Members are asked to submit up to three images each for critique by our judge's panel.  Take advantage of this excellent learning tool to take your photographs to the next level.  Do you have that photo that is good but you feel it could be great?  Hear our judge's review on what they feel could take it up a notch to the next level.

The Carolinas' Nature Photographers Association Asheville Region meets the second Sunday of each month.  The group's Meet-and-Greet is a great chance to meet fellow members and starts at  5:30 p.mThe meeting begins at  6 p.m.  and will conclude around  at 8 p.m .

Men's Wisdom Works (MWW)
 Special Interest Groups
Seek Members

Each of MWW's 16 groups is comprised of 8-12 men.  Groups meet at various times & places twice a month for two 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 a wait list contact: Patrick Irwin at jobshoppat@aol.com
History Book Lovers
Special Interest Group (SIG)
Andrew Jackson and The Miracle of New Orleans: The Battle that Shaped America's Destiny

Friday, March 15, 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
April: The Path Between the Seas by David McCullough
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
Death Cafe
Friday, March 15, 5 p.m.
Reuter Center Lower Atrium

Death Cafe is an engaging gathering with storytelling and conversation about a topic that too often alienates people in our death-phobi culture.  At Death Cafe, participants break into small gtroups 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 Karen Sanders, Gret Lathrop and Said Osio from Third Messenger.  Find out more at deathcafe.com.  

Aimee Tomcho
Elisha Mitchell Audubon Society Meeting
Tuesday, March 19, 7 pm.
Reuter Center Manheimer Room

"Conserving Birds on North Carolina's Working Lands"
presented by Aimee Tomcho

Click here to find out more about EMAS programs and about free monthly Beaver Lake Bird Sanctuary walks.

Town Hall Meeting
Thursday, March 28, 4:15 p.m
Reuter Center Manheimer Room

During our annual Town Hall meeting we will review the accomplishments from our OLLI programs and activities.  The Nominating Committee will introduce the 2019-20 slate of candidates.  Our focus will be on your questions for our staff and Steering Council members. 

And remember that any time you have questions or concerns you may contact OLLI director Catherine Frank at cfrank@unca.edu or 828.251.6188
Fab Friday
"The Grove Park Inn: A Place for Presidents, Celebrities and Gingerbread Houses"
Friday, March 29, 11:30 a.m
Reuter Center Manheimer Room

For over 105 years The Grove Park Inn has welcomed guests from all over the world. The Inn was built by Edwin Wiley Grove, a pharmacist who amassed a fortune making "Grove's Tasteless Chill Tonic." Attracted to Asheville for its mountain air, Grove wanted to develop a lodge that reflected the grandeur of the surrounding mountain.  Built from native granite in less than a year, the Inn has hosted some of the world's most brilliant minds and endured some of America's greatest hardships since its opening in 1913.  It has been named to the National Register of Historic Places and Historic Hotels of America. 

Becky Blenkitni, the PR and Special Events Coordinator for the Omni Grove Park Inn, will provide an overview of the Inn's history and explain how it came to be such an iconic hotel.

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 Cafe or bring your own brown bag.  These programs are free and open to everyone.
LAS 2013 Participants experience a Just Economics Poverty Simulation
Just Economics Poverty Simulation
Saturday, March 30, 
10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Reuter Center Manheimer Room

OLLI's Inclusion Committee is hosting this experiential learning tool created by local nonprofit Just Economics that exposes participants to the real life struggle of the working poor in our community.  Participants are assigned identities based on real low-income people and must complete the everyday activities of their families, like going to work, paying bills, applying for public benefits, etc.  The simulation involves moving between stations, which represent the institutions and businesses individuals typically interact with each month.  After the exercise there will be time for reflection.  

We have offered this poverty simulation for a number of years as part of our Leadership Asheville Seniors program and wanted to make this experiential learning opportunity available to more of our members.

Registration is free and open to everyone, but we want everyone who signs up to make a commitment to attend.  We must meet a minimum of 20 participants and a maximum of 45. Next week's announcement will include a link to sign up.

For more information call us at 828.251.6188 or olli@unca.edu

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