Special Programs

In addition to classes and workshops, OLLI offers community programs, special events, lectures and more.

Most events are scheduled here at the Reuter Center, and are free and open to everyone • Call 828.251.6140 for additional details.

Advance Care Planning

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UNC Asheville will hold an advance care planning (ACP) workshop on Thursday, June 21, 2018, 5:30 p.m.  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". 

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.  If you have internet-access and a printer, click here to access a copy of the ACP Short form.  Please print the form, study it, and bring it to the workshop along with any questions you might have for the panel. 

If you have never been admitted to Mission Hospital, but want your advanced directives added into the Mission Medical Record, click here for an “Advance Directive Permission form” to fill out. Also, if you have existing advance directives, you may mail the “Permission Form” along with a copy of your existing Advance Directive to Mission for addition to the Mission medical record (or you can get help doing this at the next ACP workshop).

This workshop is free and open to everyone, adults of all ages.  For more information, call OLLI, 828.251.6140 or email  olli@unca.eduClick here to view an event flier.   

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Astronomy Club of Asheville

The Astronomy Club of Asheville meets the first Thursday of each month, from 7-9 pm, with an interesting lineup of speakers and topics. OLLI members may attend the 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.   Meetings are scheduled for April 5, and May 3, 2018. For more information on the Astronomy Club of Asheville, visit their website at www.astroasheville.org.

The Autumn Players

The Autumn Players (affiliated with Asheville Community Theatre) is a troupe of seasoned actors dedicated to taking the theatre experience into the community. Their words jump from the page with conviction and emotion, and these actors make their stories come to life. Tickets are $7 at the door.
Sunday, June 3, 2:30 p.m. The Perfect Murder by Shaun McKenna, directed by Walter Goodrich

Behind the Scenes at NC Stage

Go behind the scenes of professional theatre with NC Stage Artistic Director and co-founder Charlie Flynn-McIver. Explore the themes of this season’s plays, talk with the actors, directors and designers about design concepts and the rehearsal process and experience a scene or two performed live. Join us for an insider’s view of how theatre happens!  This series returns Fall 2018.  For more information on NC Stage, click here to visit their website.

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 close-at- 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 from 5:30-8pm,  June 10, July 8, August 12, 2018.  For more information please go to: www.cnpa-asheville.org

The Confident Caregiver Series

Offered through the Alzheimer's Association Western Carolina Chapter, the Confident Caregiver is a series of three presentations that provide  answers to the questions that arise in the middle stages of the disease. Hear from those directly affected and learn what you need to know, what you need to plan and what you can do at each point along the way to maintain quality of life for both the caregiver and the person with the disease.. Here are the topics that will be covered in each presentation:

  • Friday, March 23, 2 p.m., Is this Normal Aging? Know the 10 Signs.
  • Friday, April 6, 2 p.m., The Basics: Facts About Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer's.
  • Friday, May 25, 2 p.m., Finding Moments of Joy with Dementia.

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Death Cafe'

“Death Café” is an engaging gathering a storytelling experience holding as conversation. A conversation that too often alienates one in our death phobic culture. A new movement, a shift, is at play in recovering the ritual of being with death through personal storytelling of fears, loss and death; a deepening ritual emerges and we build a culture of dying wisely. Join us at our next Death Cafe, the new holy ground or common ground and the wonders of being with dying, presented on Friday, June 15 and July 20, 2018, 5-6:30 p.m. facilitated  by Thirdmessenger’s Karen Sanders, Greg Lathrop and Sa’id Osio. You can learn more about death cafe at http://deathcafe.com/   thirdmessenger.com and https://www.facebook.com/deathcafeasheville

Elisha Mitchell Audubon Society

The Elisha Mitchell Audubon Society (EMAS) promotes birding and an appreciation of all nature and helps to preserve wildlife and natural ecosystems. EMAS offers free educational programs starting in spring on the third Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. at the Reuter Center and leads free bird walks at the Beaver Lake Bird Sanctuary on the first Saturday of every month. The next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, June 18, featuring Phyllis Stiles speaking on "The Birds and the Bees: Why Pollinators Matter."  Find out more at their website, www.emasnc.org, and plan to join them for the walks and talks. 
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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, June 13, 2018; all meetings begin at 6:30 p.m.

Fab Fridays Lunch & Learn Lectures

On  Fridays, 11:30 a.m. - 1:15 p.m. during the term, this series of lunch and learn lectures continues to delight and inform. Held in the Manheimer Room, Fab Fridays are free and open to everyone. Purchase lunch in our Reuter Café or bring your own brown bag. End your week and start your weekend with Fab Fridays. Don’t miss these great programs. This series returns Fall 2018.

Midday Music with Pan Harmonia

Pan Harmonia, Asheville’s own chamber music company, enjoys bringing its signature mix of masterpieces and new works to as many listeners as possible with its adventurous and informal events. Peek behind-the-scenes into the experience of music-making. Meet the musicians and learn about their process, inspiration, favorite music and more!   This session of Midday Music with Pan Harmonia will be an open rehearsal as professional players join flutist and director Kate Steinbeck to shape the music for an upcoming performance. This series returns Fall 2018.

New to Medicare Class

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 OLLI, a free class will be held on Friday, July 13, 2018, 2-4 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.   In addition, beginning at 12 p.m., representatives from the Social Security Administration will be available to answer questions about Social Security benefits and Medicare enrollment. They will also provide detailed instructions for accessing the Agency’s online services at www.socialsecurity.gov.

OLLI Authors Reading

OLLI Authors is a quarterly reading featuring two poets or prose authors and providing a forum for OLLI members and community writers to showcase their creative efforts. It’s also an opportunity for OLLI and community members to hear, appreciate and purchase readers’ published work.  Readings are usually in January, April, June and October. The next in the series is scheduled for Tuesday, June 28, 5 p.m. Click here to view the OLLI Authors List that reflects books written by OLLI members while members of the OLLI community.

 STEM Lectures

The STEM series of lectures is an interdisciplinary program that covers a wide range of  science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines.  Each lecture provides the lecturer with the opportunity to share his/her work, present new ideas for feedback, learn new ideas that participants can use, and introduce students to exciting areas to explore.   This series returns Fall 2018.

Successful Aging Day

The Council on Aging of Buncombe County offers a daylong event for older adults, caregivers and anyone interested in aging successfully. Keynote speaker and breakout sessions will focus on topics such as movement, health and wellness, financial well-being, and staying active. Lunch will be provided. Cost is $25 per person. For additional information and registration details, visit www.coabc.org/successful-aging, call 828.277.8288 or email info@coabc.org.
Thursday, June 14, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Symphony Talk

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. Come early to get a seat; this popular series is very well attended. Free and open to the public. Asheville Symphony Orchestra folks will speak about the performance for the next evening’s concert and local music aficionado Chip Kaufmann will speak about the composers. The Symphony Talks return Fall 2018. 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

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WNC History Association Events

• Saturday, June 16, 2 p.m. Dr. Dennis Branch: An African American Physician in the Jim Crow South, 1914-1964 presented by Marc McClure, PhD, of Walters State Community College (TN) and Jim Stokely of Asheville
• Saturday, August 11, 2 p.m., Program on Cherokee Heritage
$5 donation at the door. WNCHA members are admitted at no cost. Program sponsored by the Western North Carolina Historical Association.

Scheduled in the Reuter Center's Manheimer Room, tickets sold at the door: $5.00 donation, WNCHA members free. Program sponsored by the Western North Carolina Historical Association.  For more information www.wnchistory.org

World Affairs Council

World Affairs Council
Come to the Reuter Center for these fascinating lectures and 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.  The World Affairs Council meetings offer a lively line up of topics and compelling presenters.  The Great Decision Lecture series returns Fall 2018. For more details about programs, consult the WAC website, www.main.nc.us/wac  All lectures are scheduled in the Reuter Center's Manheimer Room, free to WAC members and students, all others $10 at the door. For more details about programs, consult the WAC website.

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