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, February 18, 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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Annual Art Bazaar

Mark your calendar for Friday, November 13, 12-6 p.m. and Saturday, November 14, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. for the Third Annual OLLI Art Bazaar, where you will discover a showcase of members’ talents in painting, photography, jewelry, textiles, and much more. Member exhibitors will have a wide variety of handcrafted items on display and for sale. This is a perfect event to find one of a kind items and to begin holiday shopping!

Asheville Living Treasures Program

Asheville Living Treasures’ (ALT) is an organization whose mission is to honor elders of Asheville and Buncombe County who have devoted their lives to making our communities a better place to live. ALT publicly honors selected older adults and their achievements and records their stories for future generations. Any person, age 70 or older, residing in Asheville/Buncombe County is eligible for nomination. The fall recognition ceremony honoring the Treasures is scheduled for Sunday, October 25, 1:30 p.m. For more information visit ashevillelivingtreasures.com or contact ALT Chair, Carmen Ramos-Kennedy: ashevillelivingtreasures@gmail.com or 828-423-6476.

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, November 1, 2015:  The Winslow Boy by Terence Rattigan, directed by Anital Chapman.

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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.  Meetings scheduled as follows:

  • November 5: Stephen Danford, UNC Greensboro, "The Search for LIfe in the Solar System"
  • December 3: Annual Club Social and Auction.

Blue Ridge Orchestra

The Blue Ridge Orchestra is dedicated to making fine orchestral music more accessible to more audiences. Led by Milton Crotts, this orchestra is “community” only in the sense that its musicians reside in WNC. There is plenty of talent in these mountains and this orchestra’s sound is truly symphonic. Rehearsals begin at 7 p.m. on Wednesdays, October 28; November 11 and 18; and December 2. For more information on the Blue Ridge Orchestra, visit their website at http://www.blueridgeorchestra.org

Brevard Music Center Sunday Concerts

The Brevard Music Center presents Brevard Music Center Sunday Concerts on Sundays, November 1, and December 6, 3 p.m. The program on October 4 will feature Brevard Music Center artist faculty member Donna Lee with cellist Keith Robinson performing works by Bach, Debussy, Piazzola, and Brahms.

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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 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.
For more information please go to: www.cnpa-asheville.org

  • Sunday, November 8: Member Portfolio Challenge Presentations

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, November 20, 1:15-2:30 p.m.: Flutist Kate Steinbeck and clarinetist Fred Lemmons

Elegy Holocaust Remembrance Concert

On Sunday, November 8, 5 p.m., Pan Harmonia presents Elegy, an annual Holocaust Remembrance Concert celebrating the power of the human spirit to triumph over adversity through music. The concert is presented in commemoration of Kristallnacht or the Night of Broken Glass, a coordinated attack on Jewish people and their property in Nazi Germany and Austria throughout the night of November 9, 1938. Elegy is a production of Pan Harmonia and is made possible through the generosity of the Weiner Family. 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!  Upcoming meetings as follows:  

  • November 17: Emilie Travis and Katherine Caldwell, Wildlife Resources Commission, “Bats of North Carolina”

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, November 11, December 9, 2015, 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.

  • September 25:  Black Mountain College.    Black Mountain College (1933-1957) existed for a mere twenty-four years, but in that short time this small experimental college in the Appalachian Mountains just outside of Asheville produced a legacy that makes it central to American culture in multiple ways. While often thought of as an art school, in actuality the arts were just one important aspect of an overarching liberal arts. Black Mountain College influenced American culture through advances in educational practice, the visual and performing arts as well as literature. Alice Sebrell, the Program Director for the Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center, will offer an overview of the people who had such an impact and the legacy they have left behind.
  • October 2: Chronic Pain Management: Pitfalls and Proper Use of Medications. In this talk, Carriedelle Wilson Fusco, FNP,  will explore the advantages and disadvantages of using controlled substances, short vs. long acting preparations, use of random drug screens, pain "agreements," and protecting your medications from diversion. Fusco holds a master’s degree in nursing from Vanderbilt University and is board certified as a family nurse practitioner. She has worked at the Mission Emergency Department and has been with the MAHEC Family Health Center for the past few years. Carriedelle manages the pain clinic there and provides both medication management and group visits for patients with chronic and acute pain issues. She also teaches residents, other learners and community physicians in the management of pain. This lecture is part of the Health Education Series.
  • October 9: The Theatre Scene in Asheville.   Asheville has a robust offering of cultural activities for the resident and visitor alike, and theatre is no exception. Artistic director and co-founder of North Carolina Stage Company Charlie Flynn-McIver will host a panel discussion with the different theatre groups in the area ranging from larger more established companies like Asheville Community Theatre, Southern Appalachian Repertory Theatre, and Flat Rock Playhouse, to the smaller, newer organizations like Different Strokes Theatre Collective and The Magnetic Theatre. There’s something for everyone when it comes to theatre in Asheville, so come join the conversation and see what’s here!

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  • October 16: Health Policy and Humor - The Road to Affordable Care Act   The Road to The Affordable Care Act (ACA) culminated a more than fifty year effort to achieve universal health insurance coverage for all Americans. Prior to the ACA, the U.S. was the only major industrialized country in the world that did not have coverage for all of its citizens. The ACA has been one of the most controversial pieces of legislation in modern American History, but it is not without its humor. The presentation will cover the major elements of the ACA and its limited application to seniors. The presentation will also include humorous responses by noted late night commentators as the process of attaining the ACA evolved. Fuller holds MPA and MA degrees from Kutztown University.  During his career, he served as CEO of various non-profit Health & Human Service organizations serving: ethnic and racial minorities, mental health / mental retardation, troubled youth and elderly populations (last 35 years, retired in 2014.) This lecture is part of the Health Education Series.
  • October 23: The Mountains-to-Sea Trail Across North Carolina.  Walking through our state is a study in contrast: Fraser fir trees and pelicans, old grist and textile mills, working cotton and tobacco farms, Revolutionary War sites and two British cemeteries with flying Union Jacks. Danny Bernstein will recount the highlights, challenges, and people of the Mountains to Sea Trail (MST). Her slide presentation and stories will captivate the curious and adventurous, the hiker and biker, and the history and culture buff. Danny's mission is to get people out of their cars and hiking. She’s a hike leader and outdoor writer, working on her fourth book. A committed hiker for over forty years, she completed the Appalachian Trail, all the trails in the Smokies, and, of course, the Mountains-to-Sea Trail. In her previous life, she was a software developer and college professor. Her motto is “No place is too far to walk if you have the time.” Her books will be available for sale.
  • October 30: The Healing Power of Pets: Fact, Fiction, or Somewhere in Between?
    Two thirds of American homes include a pet, and some of our deepest relationships are with companion animals. In recent years many claims have been made about the medical benefits of pet ownership and the benefits of animals in clinical settings such as hospitals and nursing homes.  Dr. Hal Herzog, professor of psychology at Western Carolina University, will address the impact of pets on human health and happiness, the current state of research on the effectiveness of animal assisted therapies, and the question of why humans keep pets.  This lecture is part of the Health Education Series.
  • November 6: Canceled

Free Heart Health Screenings

Love your Heart for the sake of your loved ones!  Are you between the ages of 40-75 and interested in getting your blood pressure and cholesterol checked for FREE? For more info and to schedule an appointment, call the MAHEC Community Screening Nurse for Healthy Heart Buncombe: 828-257-4471; it is helpful if you call several days in advance to schedule a screening. Screenings take about 15 minutes and are scheduled at the Reuter Center, Room 205 for the following dates and times: Tuesday, Friday, October 30, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 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 Council on Aging of Buncombe County and OLLI, a free class will be held on Friday, October 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 Council on Aging of Buncombe County, 828-277-8288.  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.

NC Stage Behind the Scenes

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, Asheville’s downtown professional theatre. We’ll look into the themes of the plays, the rehearsal process, the design process, talk to actors, directors and designers and even see a scene or two from an upcoming show. Get an insider’s view of the workings of a professional theatre.  Lectures are scheduled for Friday, November 6, 1:30 p.m. For more information about NC Stage, visit http://www.ncstage.org

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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 on Fridays at 3 p.m.:

  • October 23: "Barber of Seville Preview," ALO will present a lecture and special highlights from its production of Barber of Seville
  • December 4: "2016 Sneak Peek Show," a preview of ALO's 2016 season, with a special concert featuring highlights of upcoming productions.

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

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 the Holiday Concert on Monday, December 7, 7 p.m.  Donations to support the group are welcome.

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STEM Series Lecture

The theme of the STEM lecture series for the academic year 2015-2016 is “Multidisciplinary Programs.”  Each lecture will highlight how different STEM disciplines interact in a unified program to achieve mutually beneficial success.

  • Tuesday, October 27, 4:30 p.m.: Richard, Weiner, OLLI instructor, “Hydraulic Fracturing (Fracking)”
  • Tuesday, November 10, 4:30 p.m.: Daniel Frayne and Black Fagan, Mountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC) Division of Family Medicine, “The US Health Care System—The Only Developed Country Where Maternal Deaths Are On The Rise”

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. 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. On Friday at 3 p.m., come early to get a seat; this popular series is very well attended. 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

  • November 20: Franz Joseph Haydn’s Sinfonia Concertante, op. 84 and Gustav Holst’s The Planets.

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., here is the fall's line up:

  • November 3: “Israeli-Palestinian Borders – Issues and Dilemmas” by Harvey Starr, retired University of South Carolina faculty who has research and teaching interests in theories and methods in the study of international relations, war and international conflict, geopolitics and diffusion analyses, and domestic influences on foreign policy (revolution; democracy)
  • December 1: "ISIS/DEAS and the Regional Struggle for Hegemony: Iran, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Qatar as US involvement lessens" by Ali Demirdas.  On the International Studies faculty at the College of Charleston --  Demirdas is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the University of South Carolina.

For more information visit the World Affairs Council website at http://www.main.nc.us/wac/

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