Most events are free and open to the public • Call 828.251.6140 for additional details.
Advance Care Planning
The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UNC Asheville will hold an advance care planning workshop Thursday, February 13, 2014, 7-9 p.m. at the Reuter Center.
The workshop will feature a panel whose members are experienced in addressing end-of-life issues. Discussion will include communicating your treatment wishes to loved ones and to medical personnel, ethical and legal issues, and the uses of advance directives. Ample time will be reserved for questions. Assistance will be provided for anyone wishing to complete a legally valid advance directive, including the notarization required in North Carolina, using the Five Wishes format.
Click here to view a sample of the Five Wishes brochure. Preparation for you to do before the workshop: Talk to your possible "power of attorney for healthcare", the person who would make health care decisions if you are unable. Click here for a video of a sample conversation, starring OLLI member Mary Campbell and Aruna Josyula, one of our panelists. If you have internet-access, print the sample Five Wishes brochure and study it and write down any questions you might have for the panel. This workshop is free and open to the public. For more information, call OLLI at 828-251-6140 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Click here to view an event flier.
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Asheville Community Theatre’s Readers Theater
The Autumn Players is a troupe of seasoned actors dedicated to taking the theatre experience into the community. Readings of great literature by experienced performers can spark deep understanding and kindle lasting interest. As words jump from the page with conviction and emotion, stories come to life. On Sunday, March 30, 2014, 2:30 p.m., plan to attend Come Back, Little Sheba by William Inge, directed by RoseLynn Katz. Set in a small Midwestern town in the days of double features at the movies, this play focuses on Doc and Lola, a married couple who seem to live a placid, contented existence. But when their sexy young boarder plays temptress to two men at the same time, an alcohol fueled explosion rips through a marriage too long based on frustration and broken dreams. Open to the public, $5 suggested donation at the door.. For more information on the Autumn Players, click here.
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Asheville Living Treasures
Asheville Living Treasures (ALT) is an organization whose mission is to honor the elders of Asheville and Buncombe County, who have devoted their lives to making our communities a better place to live, by publicly honoring them and their achievements and recording their stories for future generations. Any senior, age 70 and above, and resides in Asheville/Buncombe County is eligible for nomination. There are two sessions per year- Spring and Fall. The Spring recognition ceremony honoring the Treasures will be held at the Reuter Center on June 8, 2014, 1-4 p.m. and the public is invited to attend. The oral histories of each Treasure are archived at the UNC Asheville Ramsey Library, Special Collections department. For more information visit ashevillelivingtreasures.com or contact ALT Chair, Marnie Walsh: 828-298-2231, email@example.com, or Committee Member, Carmen Ramos-Kennedy: 828-423-6476.
Astronomy Club of Asheville
The Astronomy Club of Asheville meets the 1st Thursday of each month 7-9 pm, at the Reuter Center with an interesting line-up of speakers and topics. Upcoming meetings and speakers are scheduled as follows: January 2, 2014, "Astrobiology: The search for alien life" presented by Michael J. Malaska, PhD, Senior Postdoctoral Fellow at NASA/JPL, February 6, 2014, -speaker TBA, and March 6, 2014 "Observatories in Chile" presented by Judy Beck, Lecturer in the UNC Asheville Physics Department. Club membership is free. For more information on Astronomy Club of Asheville, click here.
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Blue Ridge Orchestra
The Blue Ridge Orchestra is comprised of over 70 volunteers, nearly half of whom trained for a profession in music. Their passion for performing symphonic music of a high caliber at a high level brings them together at the Reuter Center’s Manheimer Room most Wednesday evenings at7:00 pm. OLLI members are encouraged to drop by rehearsals -- especially the last in a sequence. Rehearsals for our March Concerts: January 15, 22, 29; February 5, 12, 19, 26. Rehearsals for May concerts: March 5, 26; April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, 2014. For more information on Blue Ridge Orchestra.
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Elisha Mitchell Audubon Society
The mission of the Elisha Mitchell Audubon Society (EMAS) is to promote an awareness and appreciation of nature, to preserve and protect wildlife and natural ecosystems, and to encourage responsible environmental stewardship. EMAS next general meetings at the Reuter Center are on March 18, and April 15, 2014 at 7pm. For more information Elisha Mitchell Audubon Society, click here.
Fab Fridays Lunch & Learn Lectures
Members and guests are invited to enjoy stimulating presentations and dynamic question-and-answer sessions from local experts, about everything from music to travel and medications to wellness. Purchase lunch in the Reuter Cafe or bring your own brown bag to enjoy during the talk. End your week and start your weekend with Fab Fridays! This series is organized by the Health Education Series Committee and the Lunch and Learn Committee. Fridays, 11:30 a.m. - 1:15 p.m., Reuter Center Manheimer Room. Free and open to the public.
January 17, 2014 Moonshine and more by Dan Pierce Moonshine:A word that paints a thousand pictures. In fact, according to author and University of North Carolina at Asheville history professor Dan Pierce, life in the Smoky Mountain region for many often brings to mind a vivid image of the lowly moonshiner holding his XXX-labeled stoneware jug, passed out beside his cooper pot still. Pierce, the son of a Southern Baptist preacher and teetotaling mother, came upon the world of illegal liquor when researching is 2010 book "Real NASCAR: White Lightning, Red Clay, and Big Bill France." "For me the story of moonshine is a story of how people of little, and often worsening, means tried to find ways to cope with the difficulties of life," he said. "For many individuals and families, making moonshine, for at least part of their lives, was a logical act."
January 24, 2014 What is a Physiatrist? By Margaret Burke, MD. Dr. Burke, of the Carolina Spine and Neurosurgery Center, will explain the specialty of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Physiatrists are experts in nerve, muscle and bone. We help restore function, whether lost from a sore back, an arthritic knee, or a stroke. Physiatrists work with a team including physical and occupational therapists, anesthesiologists, neurologists, and orthopedists. We aim to get people back to doing what they want to do and what they need to do - without surgery. We do a thorough exam, and explain your medical problems and treatment/prevention plans to let you stay as active as possible at any age. This lecture is part of the Health Education Series.
January 31, 2014 Going Giddly with Nels Arnold Going Giddily is an interactive performance, providing an honest and light hearted reflection of a full life, including its lemons and lemonade. In this part of our lives we face our own mortality and we can explore new possibilities, discover something new about ourselves and celebrate our true, creative nature. Nels Arnold is a Northwestern University graduate, earned a masters in education at Georgia State, and studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London. She has performed with the Asheville Community Theatre and Asheville Playback Theatre and The Autumn Players. NC Arts Council artist-in-residence in clay/drama, 15 years; potter, sculptor and taught College for Seniors classes.
February 7, 2014 Adult Immunizations by David McClain, MD. Dr. McClain, of Asheville Infectious Disease, will explain that we vaccinate older adults because of greater risk of morbidity and mortality from specific infectious diseases, such as influenza and pneumococcal pneumonia. In addition, “herd immunity” is an important concept within families and residential communities. However, there are challenges in vaccinating older adults who have immune responses that decline with age. Furthermore, there are barriers to vaccination including myths and misperceptions (e.g., “I got the flu from my influenza vaccination”), vaccine shortages, and medical system issues (e.g., cost reimbursement, fragmented health records). This presentation will explore these problems in addition to specific characteristics of vaccines recommended for adult administration. This lecture is part of the Health Education Series.
February 14, 2014 The Presidents’ Sweethearts by Melinda Stuart With the exception of a handful of bachelors or widowers, few men have gone through the presidency alone. Most have had a wife to share the responsibility of leading the nation, performing social protocols, and acting as world ambassador. Unelected and unpaid, first ladies have brought varying talents, backgrounds, and desires to an unscripted job at America’s First House; some have loved it, others couldn’t wait to leave. This Valentine’s Day we’ll take a fond look at some love stories covering the 214 years that presidents and their sweethearts have called the White House home. During 35 years as a museum historian and educator, Melinda Stuart worked with the Smithsonian Institution, the White House, and other museums. In 1980 she organized an exhibit on White House history and art visited by First Lady Rosalynn Carter. At OLLI, Melinda teaches about museums, first ladies, and women’s history.
February 21, 2014 Overview of Sleep Medicine: from insomnia to snoring by Jim McCarrick, MD.
Dr. McCarrick , of Asheville Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, will cover the concept of normal sleep and the effects of aging on our sleep as well as several sleep problems such as leg movements sleep disordered breathing like snoring and sleep apnea, narcolepsy, insomnia and things that go bump or scream out at night. Bring your questions for expert on the cuff advice. This lecture is part of the Health Education Series.
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f/32 is a diverse group that shares an appreciation and love of photography. Members range from the amateur to the advanced, from those that like to just take pictures to professional photographers. At monthly meetings, they share their work learn new methods, and keep abreast of the latest industry news and equipment. OLLI members are offered free membership in f/32. Attend on Wednesdays, January 8, February 12, March 12, 2014; all meetings begin at 7pm For more information on f/32 Photography Group, click here.
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Medicare Choices Made Easy!
Are you new to Medicare? Are you confused by the many choices? Unbiased and accurate information is available from trained volunteers from the North Carolina Seniors’ Health Insurance Information Program. In partnership with the Community Education and Outreach Committee of OLLI, free classes will be held on January 31, 2014 from 2-4 p.m. in the Reuter Center. Spaces are limited so reserve your space by calling the Council on Aging, 277-8288.
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Member Appreciation Social
“Meet Me at the Drive-in!” Mark your calendar to attend this 50s-inspired social complete with bobbi soxers, poodle skirts and music of the times. Eat, dance (or tap your toes), and share some smiles with fellow members. There will be great food, wine, and song. See you there! Friday, February 14, 2014, 5:30 pm.
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 on Friday, January 10, 2014, 10 a.m., to learn about all that OLLI has to offer and about ways to get involved. Meet other members and get answers.
Asheville Lyric Opera brings to life the greatest stories and music to Asheville's premiere theatrical stage, the Diana Wortham Theatre. Come enjoy a behind the scenes journey as ALO General Director, David Craig Starkey, and a cast of industry professionals guide you through their operatic world. On January 17, 2014, 3pm, the Opera Talk Lecture Series begins with Opera 101, a crash course in all things opera. Then on February 21, 2014, 3 pm, the series continues with The Voice, a discussion on how the human voice operates. On March 21, 2014, 3pm, ALO provides a Special Class featuring a lecture with guest artists from their spring opera, Mozart's Don Giovanni.
Reuter Center Singers Special Events
The Reuter Center Singers, OLLI's in-house choral group directed by Chuck Taft, study and perform classical, popular and show tunes. Mark your calendar to attend Monday, December 9, 2013 at 7 p.m. at the Reuter Center, the Reuter Center Singers annual holiday concert. Free and open to the public.
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The STEM Lecture Series is interdisciplinary with a focus on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. This series of lectures is designed to highlight STEM concepts and connect them to issues of personal behavior and public policy. On February 4, 2014, Dr. Amy Lanou, will present "Sifting Through the Hype: Miracle Meal or Dietary Disaster?" This will be followed on March 4, 2014, by Dr. Kevin Moorhead presenting "The Science of Gardening." These lectures are held in the Reuter Center, Room 206, from 4:30-6 p.m. and are free and open to the public.
Symphony Talk with Daniel Meyer
The best way to enjoy the Asheville Symphony Orchestra’s masterworks concerts is to come to the Symphony Talk for the inside scoop on the music, composers and soloists. For more information about the Asheville Symphony Orchestra, click here On select Friday afternoons at 3 p.m., Asheville Symphony Orchestra’s Music Director and Conductor Daniel Meyer will speak about the performances of the next evening concerts and local music aficionado Chip Kaufmann will speak about the composers. Symphony Talks this winter will be on February 7 and March 14, 2014.
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World Affairs Council
Come to the Reuter Center for these fascinating lectures and panel 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. WAC will offer their popular Great Decisions Series in February and March with topics that range from political Islam in Africa to China's foreign policy, from energy independence to economic statecraft and trade, and the defense and the rise of new technologies to food security and climate change. Meetings are scheduled for Tuesdays, February 4, 11, 18, 25, March 4, 11, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. For more details about programs, consult the WAC website.
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