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Osher Lifelong Learning Institute  

Special Programs

Most events are free and open to the public • Call 828.251.6140 for additional details.Bob and Dottie Davis arrive at Center

Advance Care Planning

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UNC Asheville will hold an advance care planning (ACP) workshop Thursday, February 19, 2015, 3-5 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 NC ACP "Short Form".  Click here to access a copy of the form.

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 NC ACP "Short Form", 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, email the workshop coordinators, David Mouw MD,PhD and  Mary Campbell  BSN, COHN-S  at:  olli.acp@gmail.com  or call OLLI at 828-251-6140 or email olli@unca.eduClick here to view an event flier.   

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Alexander Book Talk and Signing

Did you attend high school in the 1950s, 60s or 70s? The Fall of Summer, a novel by Citizen-Times' columnist Ted M. Alexander, is a leap back in time, a coming-of-age thriller laced with a touch of tabloid sizzle. In small-town America, murder intrudes, but sex binds. In a heartbreaking and humorous testament to the enduring power of friendship and youth, The Fall of Summer is a bittersweet glance back to a simpler time, when the Beatles had just hit American shores, the Yankees couldn’t lose a pennant, and life’s promise was still within reach. Join author Ted M. Alexander on February 3, 2015, 11:30 a.m. in the Manheimer Room for a reading/signing of the book that former HarperCollins editor Gabe Robinson calls, “A fantastic story that transcends time while also managing to so beautifully evoke days gone by.”

Asheville Community Theatre’s Readers Theater

The Autumn Players (part of Asheville Community Theatre) 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. Tickets are $6 at the door.  For more information on the Autumn Players, click here. 

  • Sunday, March 1, 2015: Any Wednesday by Muriel Resnick, directedby Walter Goodrich. One reviewer describes the play as a “happy comedy with the giddy bubble of champagne.” The play presents a quartet of contentious characters: a wealthy businessman who cheats on his wife, his loyal wife who’s kept in the dark, the husband’s young mistress who longs to get married, and a client who first assumes that the mistress must be a general offering for all those who do business with the firm. All characters get their just rewards as the plot rolls merrily to its end.

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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. ALT publicly honors older adults, celebrates their achievements, and records their stories for future generations. Any senior, age 70 and above, who resides in Asheville or Buncombe County is eligible for nomination. ALT will hold a recognition ceremony honoring the Treasures at the Reuter Center on Sunday, May 31, 2015, 1:30 p.m., and the public is invited to attend. For more information visit ashevillelivingtreasures.com or contact, Carmen Ramos-Kennedy: 828-423-6476.

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Astronomy Club of Asheville

The Astronomy Club of Asheville meets the first Thursday of most months from 7 p.m., with an interesting lineup of speakers and topics. Please note that there will be no meeting in January. OLLI members may attend the club meetings and star gazes; club members will be on hand to advise and assist in the basics of astronomy and the techniques of observing celestial phenomena. Participation at club meetings and events is free to OLLI members. For more information on the Astronomy Club of Asheville, visit their website at www.astroasheville.org

  • February 5, 2015: “The Path to Mars: The Challenges Getting Humans to Mars”
  • March 5, 2015: “NASA’s Mercury Messenger Mission”  

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Blue Ridge Orchestra

The Blue Ridge Orchestra is dedicated to making fine orchestral music more accessible to more audiences. Led by Music Director Milton Crotts, this orchestra is composed of more than seventy musicians who reside in Western North Carolina. There is plenty of talent in these mountains, and this orchestra’s sound is truly symphonic. Wednesday rehearsals in the Manheimer Room are open to OLLI members, who are particularly encouraged to drop by rehearsals immediately before concert dates. Rehearsals will take place Wednesdays, January 14, 21, 28 and February 4, 11, 18, and 25, 2015, 7 p.m. Details at http://www.blueridgeorchestra.org

Book Talk and Signing

Dr. Ronald Manheimer, author of A Map to the End of Time, is celebrating the publication of his new book Mirrors of the Mind with a Book Talk and Signing at the Reuter Center. On February 22, 2015, 3 p.m., meet the author and discover the fascinating way Mirrors of the Mind looks into the private lives, made public in narratives by important thinkers who have changed the world or, at least, how we perceive it. The focus is not highbrow gossip or sordid revelations about a philosopher’s life, but rather a search for the creative embodiment of thinking and being – the architecture of the soul.  Delving into the newly identified genre of the philosophical autobiography, Mirrors of the Mind takes both the neophyte and the initiated on a unique literary and philosophical journey through the works of important thinkers.The book will be available for purchase at this event, as well as area bookstores, independent retailers, online retailers, and through the publisher Jorvik Press.

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Brevard Music Center Sunday Concerts

OLLI now has a partnership with historic Brevard Music Center, a longstanding summer training program and festival. The “Sundays with Brevard Music Center” series will include free hour-long solo and chamber recitals by members of the Brevard Music Center’s faculty, held at the Reuter Center. All performances will be held on Sunday, 3 pm. On February 1, 2015: mark your calendar to attend the performance featuring percussionist Gwendolyn Dease.  Concerts are free and open to the public. For more information visit the Brevard Music Center website at www.brevardmusic.org

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The Carolinas’ Nature Photographers Association

The Carolinas’ Nature Photographers Association (CNPA) was founded in 1992 to promote nature photography in the Carolinas, to help conserve and preserve the diverse natural ecosystems in the Carolinas, and to educate others interested in nature and wildlife photography. The association is divided into regions for more closeat-hand activities. The CNPA-Asheville Region’s goal is to develop a group that will more fully experience the beauty of Western North Carolina through photography. Activities in the Asheville region include monthly meetings, photo outings, seminars, workshops, exhibits, photo contests, and image critiques. The monthly meetings are held at the Reuter Center on the second Sunday of each month. Sessions begin at 5:30 p.m. with a meet and greet; meetings begin at 6 p.m. For more information please go to: www.cnpaasheville.org

  • January 11, 2015: Bill Campbell, former president of the North American Nature Photographers Association, will be speaking about using multiple exposures both in-camera an  using postprocessing software as a creative technique
  • February 8, 2015: Image Critique session on CNPA member photos.
  • March 8, 2015:  Everette Robinson will speak about Waterfall Photography.  It will coincide with a waterfall workshop in April.

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Fab Fridays Lunch & Learn Lectures

You 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., Reuter Center Manheimer Room.  Free and open to the public.

  • January 16, 2015   CT, MRI, US – Which Exam is Right for You? by Dr. Bryon Dickerson.  In the ever-changing healthcare environment of higher and higher insurance deductibles, the onus to contain costs is now on the healthcare consumer (patients) . It is becoming increasingly more important that physicians and patients make well-informed decisions about usage of these health care dollars. Careful evaluation of imaging exam appropriateness not only helps cut costs, but improves quality of care for the patient. The reasons for doing the different types of radiology exams will be reviewed. Different types of exams yield different information and can be useful in formulating the diagnosis; much like pieces of the puzzle being needed to view the full picture.  Dr. Bryon Dickerson earned his medical degree in Diagnostic Radiology at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He is fellowship trained in Musculoskeletal Radiology. Dr. Dickerson is President and CEO of Asheville Radiology Associates and has been with the practice since 2002.  This presentation is part of the Health Education Series.
  • January 23, 2015 Pet Nutrition: How to Make Sense of All the Hype by Dr. Carnohan.  The pet goods and services industry is one of the fastest growing industries in America. Every day a new company appears promising to care for your pet as   if it were part of its own family. The products they sell are “all natural”, “human-grade”, “better and healthier than the poisons the big pet food conglomerates are trying to sell you”. Since the pet food and supplement industry is minimally regulated, how can you tell if products, and the companies’ claims about them, are real? And how do you sort through all that information on the internet? Who should you trust? Dr. Carnohan, the Cat Care Clinic of Asheville, will give you valuable information about pet nutrition, how to read a pet food label and how to use some common sense to do the right thing when taking care of your pet. She will bust some myths and help you make good decisions.
  • January 30, 2015   Protecting Yourself and Your Loved Ones From Elder Abuse by Julie Klipp-Nicholson and Parker Sloan.  Elder Abuse is a significant health concern for our aging population. Elder abuse includes many forms of mistreatment by caretakers including physical abuse, emotional abuse, exploitation and withholding necessary  care. Pisgah Legal Services Attorneys Julie Klipp-Nicholson and Parker Sloan will present on the risk  factors and warning signs of elder abuse, what legal  protections are available for victims and their families  and how to access services if you or someone you love is being abused. You will leave with a better understanding of the legal remedies and protections for individuals and  families facing physical and financial elder abuse.  This presentation is part of the Health Education Series.
  • February 6, 2015   Black History Month at UNC Asheville by Dr. Dee James.  Black History Month, also known as African-American History Month in America, is an annual observance in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom for remembrance of important people and events in the history of the African diaspora. Dr. James will share her journey at UNC Asheville as an African-American student then faculty member.  Dr. James is a tenured professor in the UNC Asheville Literature department.
  • February 13, 2015   Neurology of Aging by Dr. James Patton.  This presentation will focus on the age-related changes in the nervous system such as a decline in cognitive function, changes in cranial nerve function, changes in the motor system and much more. And then more specifically neurological diseases that are common inwith aging such as Alzheimer's Disease, Frontotemporal Dementia, Parkinsonism, sleep disorders and more.  Dr. Patton, a graduate of Emory School of Medicine, is board certified with the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He is a founding member of Asheville Neurology Specialists and speaks regularly at the local Parkinson’s support group.  This presentation is part of the Health Education Series.
  • February 20, 2015   The New Renaissance in Florence, Italy by Mark Smith.  From food to sustainable tourism, Florence is in the midst of remarkable changes. The core culture of the city is confronted with challenges as basic as graffiti and as complex as managing the crush of thousands of tourists the city is ill prepared to manage. Mark Smith has explored different regions of Italy for over thirty-five years and is the author of three books about Italy. He is fluent in spoken Italian and has led many small groups in exploration of Italy. Smith is a popular instructor at OLLI’s College for Seniors. 

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f/32 Photography

f/32 is a diverse group that shares an appreciation and love of photography. Members range from amateurs who like to take point-and-shoot snapshots to working 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, December 10, 2014, January 14, February 11, and March 11, 2015; meet and greet at 6:30 p.m., meetings begin at 7 p.m.

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Manheimer Book Talk and Signing

Dr. Ronald Manheimer, author of A Map to the End of Time, is celebrating the publication of his new book Mirrors of the Mind with a Book Talk and Signing at the Reuter Center. On February 22, 2015, 3 p.m., meet the author and discover the fascinating way Mirrors of the Mind looks into the private lives, made public in narratives by important thinkers who have changed the world or, at least, how we perceive it. The focus is not highbrow gossip or sordid revelations about a philosopher’s life, but rather a search for the creative embodiment of thinking and being – the architecture of the soul.  Delving into the newly identified genre of the philosophical autobiography, Mirrors of the Mind takes both the neophyte and the initiated on a unique literary and philosophical journey through the works of important thinkers.The book will be available for purchase at this event, as well as area bookstores, independent retailers, online retailers, and through the publisher Jorvik Press.

Member Appreciation Social

On Thursday, February 12, 4:30 p.m., share an afternoon of fellowship at our annual Member Appreciation Social. It’s a casual affair organized by the OLLI Membership Committee’s Party Planners. Share food, wine, and music while spending an afternoon with the most delightful folks in Western North Carolina 

New to Medicare?

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 (SHIIP). In partnership with OLLI, a free class will be held on Friday, January 23, 2015, 2 p.m. in the Reuter Center. The class will provide important information to assist you in understanding how Medicare works and what you need to do to obtain benefits and save money. Spaces are limited, so reserve your space by registering online at www.coabc.org or calling the Council on Aging, 828-277-8288. 

Opera Talk

Asheville Lyric Opera (ALO) brings great stories and music to life on 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. Mark your calendar to attend these lively and informative musical presentations. Scheduled in the Manheimer Room to begin at 3 p.m., these lectures are free and open to the public.

  • Friday, December 5, 2014: “How to Design an Opera Set.” Learn how the visual components for Asheville Lyric Opera’s productions come together. General and artistic director David Starkey will be joined by guests to talk about designing and creating the set, costumes, and choosing the right hair and makeup. •
  • Friday, January 23, 2015: “Survey of Opera History.” David Starkey will offer a history of opera based on his work as a professor over the last fifteen years. Highlights will include the beginning roots of opera and discussion about the  ransition of opera from the 16th through the 20th century.
  • Friday, February 20, 2015: “Food, Wine, and Opera.” Performers will join David Craig Starkey as they highlight Asheville Lyric Opera’s season. Guest chefs from around the Asheville region will explain the importance of food and wine in opera. 

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Reuter Center Singers Concert

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 on Monday, December 8, 2014, 7 p.m., and add a little sparkle to your holiday celebrations with the ever-popular Reuter Center Singers Holiday Concert.  Bring the whole family and plan to arrive early to get a seat at this wonderful annual event. 

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STEM Lecture Series

The STEM Lecture Series is interdisciplinary, with a focus on science,technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). The upcoming lectures for winter term are designed around the theme of new developments in STEM disciplines. These lectures are scheduled from 4:30 p.m. and are free and open to the public. Upcoming lectures are scheduled as follows:

  • Thursday, January 29, 2015,  “New Developments in Medicine” by Dr. David Mouw, physician and OLLI member.
  • Tuesday, February 17, 2015,  “New Developments in Digital Dentistry” by Dr. Mark Knollman, dentist.  

 

Symphony Talk with Daniel Meyer

The best way to enjoy the Asheville Symphony Orchestra’s Masterworks Concerts is to come on Fridays at 3 p.m. to the Symphony Talk for the inside scoop on the music, composers, and soloists. Come early to get a seat; this popular series is very well attended. Asheville Symphony Orchestra’s music director and conductor Daniel Meyer will speak about the performance for the next evening’s concert and local music aficionado Chip Kaufmann will speak about the composers. 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. Symphony Talks are free and open to the public. Upcoming talks include:

  • January 16, 2015: Violinist Kyung Ah Oh to talk about Sibelius’ Violin Concerto, Verdi’s Overture to I vespri siciliani and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5
  • February 13, 2015: Pianist Jeremy Denk to talk about Bartok’s Piano Concerto No. 3, Zhou Tian’s A Thousand Years of Good Prayers, and Dvorak’s Symphony No. 8.

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. Symphony Talks are free and open to the public.

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World Affairs Council

Come to the Reuter Center for fascinating lectures and discussions presented by the World Affairs Council (WAC) 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 at 7:30 p.m., as follows, February 10, 2015:  “Brazil's Metamorphosis”  by  Liliana Castro, Buncombe County School System; February 17, 2015: “Privacy in the Digital Age” by Jagdeep Bhandari,  Mars Hill University; February 24, 2015:  “Russia and the Near Abroad”  by Steve Solnick, Warren Wilson College; March 3, 2015:  “ India Changes Course” by , Keya Maitra, UNC Asheville; March 10, 2015: “Sectarianism in the Middle East” by  David Hudleson, National Security Agency.   For more details about programs, consult the WAC website.

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Last edited by lpreston@unca.edu on December 15, 2014