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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.UNCA Physics Professor Mike Ruiz at piano

Advance Care Planning

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UNC Asheville will hold an advance care planning (ACP) workshop Wednesday, June 17, 2015, 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 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:  or call OLLI at 828-251-6140 or email olli@unca.eduClick here to view an event flier.   

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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, June 28, 2015: The Vanishing Point by Nedra Roberts, directed by Beth Ely.  Troiupble aplenty brews in southern Louisiana just befor Huriccane Katrina.  Not only is the coastline at grave environmental risk, bu the St. Pe family is at risk of falling apart.  The ending takes us to new possibilities, both for the environment, and for easing inter-generational conflict in a tumultuously changing world. 

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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 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  Meetings scheduled as follows:   Thursday, June 4, 7 pm: Dan Reichart, UNC Chapel Hill, Bowman and Gordon Gray Professor of Physics and Astronomy and director of Morehead Observatory, “Discovery of the Solar System: A Brief History of the Past 400 Years of Discovery”; Thursday, August 6, 7 pm: Topic and speaker to be announced.

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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:  Meetings are scheduled as follows Sunday, June 14, 5:30 pm: Clay Bolt, national history and conservation photographer, “The Dance: A Look at the Interwoven Lives of Pollinators, Plants, and Predators.” Co-sponsored by Bee City USA; Sunday, July 12, 5:30 pm: Kate Silvia, CNPA-Asheville coordinator, on various post processing plug-ins to Lightroom and Photoshop; Sunday, August 9, 5:30 pm: Speaker and subject to be announced.

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Elisha Mitchell Audubon Society

The Elisha Mitchell chapter of the Audubon Society (EMAS) was formed in 1986 with a mission to promote birding and an appreciation of all nature, and to preserve wildlife and natural ecosystems. The chapter spearheaded an effort to preserve a  lakefront property and now owns and manages it as the Beaver Lake Bird Sanctuary. EMAS offers free educational programs on the third Tuesday of the month at 7 pm and leads bird walks at the Sanctuary on the first Saturday of the month. Please mark your calendars and plan to join us!  Upcoming meetings are scheduled as follows:  Tuesday, May 19, 7 pm: Speaker TBA; Tuesday, June 16, 7 pm: Nina Veteto, founder of Monarch Rescue, “Bring Back the Monarch Butterfly”

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Fab Fridays Lunch & Learn Lectures

Fab Fridays Lunch and Learn Lectures are on hiatus during the summer!  This fall term an exciting line up of lectures return and 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. 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.

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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,  May 13, June 10, July 8, 2015; meet and greet at 6:30 p.m., meetings begin at 7 p.m.

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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 (SHIIP). In this partnership between the Buncombe County Council on Aging and OLLI, a free class will be held on Friday, July 24,
2 p.m.
This session will be an overview (plans, parts, and policies) of Medicare. Spaces are limited, and registration is required. Reserve your space by calling the Buncombe County Council Aging, 828-277-8288.

Membership Roundup Barbecue Social

Join your OLLI friends for our fourth annual summer barbecue on Wednesday, July 15, 4:30 p.m. Bandanas and cowboy hats are optional. Take this opportunity to socialize, enjoy great food, and sign up for your 2015-16 OLLI membership.

Montford Park Players Perform!

On Wednesday, June 17, 9 a.m., come enjoy a behind the scenes look at “A Midsummer’s Night Dream” as MPP’s 2015 Outdoor Season begins. You will have a front row seat! Meet the director and some actors who will present Shakespeare’s most beloved and fanciful romantic comedy. Peek in on a rehearsal and see the fairies cavort, the lovers squabble, and the rude mechanicals plot their hilarious charade! Come support Asheville’s own iconic cultural treasure, North Carolina’s longest running Shakespeare festival, The Montford Park Players. The presentation will include a look at the MPP’s upcoming season, and is free and open to the public.

NC Stage Behind the Scenes

On Wednesday July 8, 9 a.m., 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’ll look into the themes of the plays, the rehearsal process, the design process, talk to actors, directors and designers and even have a scene or two from the upcoming show. Get an insiders view of the workings of a professional theatre

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Opera Talk

Come enjoy a behind the scenes journey as Asheville Lyric Opera (ALO) general and artistic director David Craig Starkey and a cast of industry professionals guide you through their operatic world. Mark your calendar to attend these lively musical presentations on Friday afternoons, May 15, June 19, July 24, and August 21 at 3pm in the Manheimer Room. See page 34 for more details about individual programs. For more information about ALO programs and performances, visit their website 

Storytelling Event

The theme for this evening of storytelling is “Courage and Fortitude,” and the sponsor is Stories on Asheville’s Front Porch. Tellers include local tellers, members of OLLI’s Special Interest Group (SIG) Stories for the Third Act, and a few surprise guests. Recommended donation: $10 at the door. Find your resolve and join “Stories on Asheville’s Front Porch,” Thursday August 20, 7 p.m. in the Manheimer Room.

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Symphony Talk with Daniel Meyer

Symphony Talk is on hiatus during the summer and return during the fall term.  Plan to attend these great presentations and discover the best way to enjoy the Asheville Symphony Orchestra’s Masterworks Concerts!  The Symphony Talk offers 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. Scheduled on select Fridays at 3 p.m., Symphony Talks are free and open to the public.   Visit the Asheville Symphony Orchestra website for more information or for tickets. 

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