Special Interest Groups
Special Interest Groups (SIGs) offer a way to pursue interests with like-minded members of the North Carolina Center for Creative Retirement. Special Interest Groups meet on a regular schedule, weekly to monthly, according to the needs of the group.
To propose a new Special Interest Group:
Review the guidelines and the SIG proposal process, then complete a Special Interest Group proposal form and return the completed proposal form to the Reuter Center office.
Current Special Interest Groups (SIGs)
To join a Special Interest Group: please contact the person listed as the SIG contact.
- Apple SIG—second Fridays, 1:30-3:30 p.m. SIG contact: Paula Withrow, 828.350.8406, email@example.com or Bob Mellor, 828.253.5031, BM.OLLI@Charter.net Provides a community for continued learning, problem solving and information sharing pertaining to Mac, its applications and hardware, useful websites, and associated mobile devices. All experience levels are welcome.
- Backgammon—Tuesdays, 2 p.m. SIG contact: Bruce Jones, 828.338.0265, firstname.lastname@example.org Backgammon enthusiasts play to enhance skills and have fun.
- Bridge Buddies—Tuesdays, 2:15-5 p.m. SIG contact: Debra Benjamin, 828.650.0311, Debrabenjamin100@gmail.com Laid-back bridge players at intermediate to advanced levels. No partner is required; the group plays with tallies and move around the tables as the tally indicates.
- Bridge Grads—Thursdays, 2-5 p.m. SIG contact: Nina Hansen, 828.299.7711, email@example.com or Kay Harrold, 828.257.4027, firstname.lastname@example.org This SIG provides weekly playing opportunities for graduates of Bob Evans’ bridge classes at the College for Seniors (Beginning Bridge, Intermediate Bridge, and Play of the Hand). Participants should be able to play at the intermediate level, expect to play in a relaxed atmosphere and to share in the management of the group (organizing materials, setting-up, and dismantling at the end of the group session).
- Creative Singles—first Wednesdays, 5:30 p.m., potluck at the Reuter Center; third Wednesdays, 5:30 p.m. at a restaurant. SIG contact: Linda Lewandowski, 828.665.1787, email@example.com A large and active group of singles enjoy sharing movies, potlucks, restaurant lunches, and more!
- Financial Strategies in Retirement—first Fridays, 1:30 p.m. SIG contact: Kate Beatty, 828.231-7710, firstname.lastname@example.org This group is geared towards people who already have a basic knowledge of investment strategies and wish to help research and evaluate ideas arising from its members and guests. We will not be investing any funds as a group, but hope to inform members of opportunities that may interest them.
- The Forum: Dialogue to Challenge Our Thinking. Fridays, 1 p.m. SIG contact: Lou Millin, 828.298.3863, email@example.com A free-flowing dialogue designed to enrich and expand participants’ thinking on topics ranging from Changing Demographics of Retirees to Nuclear Disarmament.
- Intermediate Bridge—Fridays, 1-4 p.m. SIG contact: Catherine Alter, 828.253.2342, firstname.lastname@example.org Bridge for fun and camaraderie in a non-competitive setting at the intermediate level.
- Making Art Together - Fridays, 1-4pm. SIG contact: Barbara Brennan, 828-505-1544, email@example.com A group of almost 20 artists of all disciplines who meet once a week in the Reuter Center art studio-Room 230- to produce their art. The purpose is to inspire each other, help with new ideas and to keep us from being isolated while doing our artwork.
- Men’s Wisdom Works—Call or email for meeting times. SIG contact: Chuck Fink, 828.713.2112, firstname.lastname@example.org Men hold frank, open, and confidential discussions about issues that impact men during life’s transitions in order to bond and build a social network. Topics include retirement, aging, career change, moving, and many more.
- Poetry Lovers—third Fridays, 3-5 p.m. SIG contact: Perien Gray, 828.254.2872, email@example.com
An informal group of poetry lovers committed to helping one another in developing poetry writing skills. Members are encouraged to present their own poems, or include works by others, to facilitate constructive, supportive critiquing. Meetings are also open to more general topics of poetry, including discussion of new books, publishing opportunities, trends and other subjects. All are welcome to join, whether novice or pro. The main criterion is love of poetry.
- Reuter Center Bowlers (Lane Bowling)—Mondays, 1 p.m. SIG contact: Jan Guichard, 828.253.8776, firstname.lastname@example.org Monday afternoons at AMF Bowling Center. No commitment, formal league, or pressure to bowl a certain score—just fun and friendship.
- Spiritual Inquirers—second and fourth Fridays, 2-4 p.m. SIG contact: T. S. Pennington,828.338.0407, email@example.com A forum to provide a safe, open environment for OLLI members to dialogue with each other about their spiritual lives across the diversity of belief systems in order to share our life experiences, insights and wisdom.
- Stories for the Third Act—third Tuesday, 4:30-6 p.m. SIG contact: Debbie Gurriere, 828.505.7453, Funtale@aol.com or Sarah Larson 828.450-5462, firstname.lastname@example.org What's your story? Are you a teller? A listener? Afficianado? A teller waiting to be born? Stories for the Third Act is a garden where stories can grow. Come be a part of an art form as old as time itself.
- Texas Hold'Em Poker—Mondays, 4:15-6 p.m. SIG contact: Bruce Jones, 828.338.0265, email@example.com Texas Hold'Em is an exciting fast paced game that is simple to learn and difficult to master. The group welcomes all levels of players from expert to absolute beginner. Beginners will be able to work with an experienced player who is well-versed in training new players.
- Tile Clickers (Mah Jongg)—Wednesdays, 2-5 p.m. SIG contact: Rosemary Walton, 828.667.8979, firstname.lastname@example.org Mah Jongg is a game that involves skill, strategy, and calculation, as well as a certain degree of luck. Members play at the Reuter Center with a large set of attractive tiles based on Chinese characters and symbols using the book of Wright-Patterson rules and hands.
- We're Not Kidding – Call or email for get together times and upcoming events. SIG contact: Dennis Desimone, (828) 683-1454, email@example.com We provide understanding, support and fun for singles and couples who have never had children or grandchildren. Although our main focus is providing social opportunities and friendship we occasionally also address other unique concerns we share as child free individuals including legal, estate, and elder care issues.
- The Wild Bunch—meeting times are announced. SIG contact: Mary Scott, firstname.lastname@example.org The Wild Bunch is a group of OLLI members who are interested in the natural world in general and the WNC environment in particular. Activities may include hikes, visits to local, scientific and nature organizations, guest speakers and presentations.
- Wine Tasting—second Sundays, 7 p.m. at a member’s home. SIG contact: Ulana Mellor, 828.253.5031, Ulana.Mellor@charter.net Small groups meet monthly in members’ homes to sample and critique several wines, enjoy hors d’oeuvres, and finish with coffee and dessert. Cost: $15 per person per wine tasting event.
- Women's Group—Call or email for meeting times. SIG contact: Bobbie Bowen, 828.693.1523, email@example.com or Virginia Curl, 828.633.0888, firstname.lastname@example.org Women participate in non-judgmental sharing, for pleasure, friendship, and mutual enrichment. Topics may include such subjects as: grace; humor; guilt; joy; exploring beliefs about aging; how to say “no”; health; death of loved ones; retirement; working retirement; parenting “old” children; parenting our aging parents; sex in the second fifty years, in-lawing, grand parenting, etc.
A Writers' Gathering—second and fourth Thursdays, 4:15 p.m. SIG contact: John Himmelheber, email@example.com Bobbie Rockwell, firstname.lastname@example.org This group will offer in-depth discussion and feedback among participants about their creative writing, including short fiction, poetry, drama, memoir, and creative non-fiction.
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