Special Programs

Most events are scheduled here at the Reuter Center, and 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 (ACP) workshop Thursday, October 13, 2016, 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.  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, adults of all ages.  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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Asheville Living Treasures Program

Asheville Living Treasures  (ALT) is an all-volunteer organization whose mission is to honor elders of Asheville and Buncombe County who are 70 years of age or older. Honorees have devoted much of their time and energy to making our community a better place to live. ALT honors those selected at a public ceremony to recognize their achievements and record their stories for future generations. For more information contact ALT at ashevillelivingtreasures@gmail.com (preferred) or call 828.423.6476. Family, friends and the greater community are invited to join us as ALT honors the Spring 2016 Treasures on Sunday, May 22, 1:30 pm.

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, May 29, 2:30 p.m.: Good People by David Lindsay Abbaire, directed by RoseLynn Katz.

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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. 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 Upcoming meetings are scheduled on June 2 and August 4, 2016.

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 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 photo outings, seminars, workshops, exhibits, photo contests, image critiques, and monthly meetings at the Reuter Center, held the second Sunday of each month, with a social beginning at 5:30 p.m., meeting 6-8 p.m.; meeting dates are June 12, July 10, and August 14, 2016.  For more information please go to: www.cnpa-asheville.org

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Chamber Music Chat

Offered by Pan Harmonia, Chamber Music Chat is a new lecture series sure to delight!  Pan Harmonia is an independent repertory company based in Asheville and directed by flutist Kate Steinbeck. Now in its sixteenth season, Pan Harmonia has been nationally recognized for its unique work and superb artistry. Meet the musicians of Pan Harmonia in these informal sessions. Learn about their process, inspiration, the music they love and more!

  • Friday, May 20, 2016, 3 p.m., enjoy Barbara Weiss’ discussion of Baroque music with a twist.

For more information, visit the Pan Harmonia website: www.pan-harmonia.org

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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 p.m. and leads bird walks at the Sanctuary on the first Saturday of the month. Please mark your calendars and plan to join us!  General meetings scheduled at the Reuter Center are May 17, and June 21 2016.

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 Wednesday, April 13, and May 11, 2016, 7 p.m.  For more information: www.f32nc.com

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Fab Fridays Lunch & Learn Lectures

Fab Fridays Lunch and Learn Lectures offer an exciting line up of lectures, 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.  Fab Fridays Lunch and Learn Lectures are on hiatus during the summer months.  Watch for announcement of an exciting fall line-up soon!

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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 Council on Aging of Buncombe County and OLLI, a free class will be held on Friday, July 15, 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 visiting the Council on Aging of Buncombe County website (you may click here.)   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 @ www.socialsecurity.gov.

Member Summer Social

On Friday, July 15, 4:30 p.m. join your OLLI friends for our fourth annual summer social! Take this opportunity to socialize, enjoy refreshments, and sign up for your 2016-17 OLLI membership.

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:

  • May 20 - David Starkey hosts Dr. Jon Truitt from Ball State University on "Auditions from Behind the Scenes", 11:30 a.m. (note special time)
  • June 24 - Asheville Lyric Opera Young Artist Program Performance and "Talk Back", 3 p.m.
  • July 8 - Summer Opera Cast Performance Highlights, 3 p.m.
  • August 12 - Asheville Lyric Opera Local Troupe Performance and Discussion, 3 p.m.

For more information about ALO or to purchase tickets for a performance, visit http://ashevillelyric.org

STEM Series Lecture

This series is on hiatus during the summer and will return in the fall.

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Storytelling Event

Mark your calendar for Friday, August 12, 7 p.m. to attend this Tim Lowry storytelling event!  Whether slipping into the colorful lexicon of Gullah or anecdotes about his Great Nina Gwynn, or Harper Lee, Tim Lowry is ready with fascinating stories of culture and history. He is a time traveler who takes us with him wherever he chooses to go. He has been telling stories of the People, by the People, and for the People for 15 years. Tim has been invited several times to the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesboro, TN. This free event is cosponsored by OLLI and the Weaverville Library.

Sundays with Brevard Music Center

Sundays with Brevard Music Center will feature performances on Sunday, May 1, 1 p.m. by artist faculty members from the world-renowned Brevard Music Center, including harpist Ina Zdorovetchi, flutist Dilshad Posnock, and pianist Craig Nies, among many others.

Symphony Talk with Daniel Meyer

Symphony Talk is on hiatus during the summer months.  Watch for an exciting line up announced for fall. 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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Appalachian Summer Theater Series

This Appalachian Summer Theater Series is a joint project of OLLI and The Autumn Players of Asheville Community Theater. Plan to attend all three of these special performances!  Click here to view a news story about this series.

  • June 19, 2016, 2 p.m.   Ivy Rowe  Monodrama by Barbara Bates Smith Adapted from Lee Smith’s novel Fair and Tender Ladies by Mark Hunter and Barbara Bates Smith. Believing “Though you make your own bed, you do not have to sleep in it forever” this spunky mountain woman makes a life of “livin’ on love.”  
  • July 31, 2016, 2 p.m.  Outlander  Written by Gary Carden, presented by The Autumn Players with music by Joe Penland.  The story of Horace Kephart’s troubled and complex relationship with his southern highland neighbors and with his own demons. Kephart was a key figure in the creation of Great Smoky Mountain National Park and a controversial interpreter of Appalachian culture.  Q & A with playwright Gary Carden following the performance. Tickets at the door $6.00.
  • August 7, 2016, 2 p.m.  Patchwork Perspectives  Written and acted by Barbara Bates Smith.  Based on characters from Lee Smith’s stories, Devil’s Dream and Saving Grace this will be the premiere of Barbara’s newest monodrama. Expect memorable and poignant moments from the lives of Appalachian women. 

All shows will be presented in the Reuter Center's Manheimer Room.

WNC History Center Event: Taking Another Look: New Views of the Blue Ridge Parkway

On Saturday, June 25, 2 p.m., come to hear Taking Another Look: New Views of the Blue Ridge Parkway by Anne Mitchell Whisnant of UNC-Chapel Hill. Dr. Whisnant will explore the complicated and often contentious processes that brought the Blue Ridge Parkway into being from the 1930s to the 1980s. Looking at stories of Asheville, Little Switzerland, Ashe County, Cherokee and Grandfather Mountain, she reveals historical conflicts over land purchases, routing, and Parkway access and use. From Dr. Whisnant's experience as the scholarly adviser to the online portal "Driving Through Time: The Digital Blue Ridge Parkway," we will discover how new technologies (especially the ability to overlay historic and present-day maps) are changing how we can learn about the Parkway's past and help create a vision for its future.  Questions form the audience will be encouraged. This program is sponsored by the Western North Carolina Historical Association (WNCHA). There is a requested $5 donation at the door.  For more information www.wnchistory.org

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.  Scheduled in the Reuter Center's Manheimer Room on Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m.  These meetings return in the fall.  For more information visit the World Affairs Council website at http://www.main.nc.us/wac/

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