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, June 16, 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 1, 2:30 p.m.: My Name is Asher Lev by Aaron Posner, adapted from the novel by Chaim Potok, directed by Arnie Sgan.

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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

And on April 19, 2016, the Astronomy Club of Asheville will host a special presentation on The May 9, 2016 Transit of Mercury:  How and why it occurs and where and how to observe it.  On May 9, 2016, a Monday, our solar  system’s smallest and innermost planet will transit across the disk of the Sun, as seen from Earth, for the first time in nearly a decade, and here in the Asheville, North Carolina region, with clear skies, the entire 7½ hour event will be visible.  This Mercury transit may be thought of as a special type of partial (very partial) eclipse of the Sun by a planet! Find out all you want to know about this rare event on Tuesday, April 19th, 2-4 p.m., in Room 206 of the Reuter Center.  Bernard Arghiere, long-time OLLI astronomy instructor, will present a fascinating explanation of this unique event, discuss where and how to observe it safely, and answer your questions.  This event is free and open to the public.

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 May 8, June 12, 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 April 19, 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.

  • April 29: Dietary Modification to Decrease Inflammation and Improve Healthy Living by Marilyn Haas-Gassman PhD, RN. Are you looking for ways to improve your health by starting in the kitchen? Marilyn Haas-Gassman will increase your understanding of food labels and measurements to help individuals have a healthy kitchen for healthy living. Learn how to integrate plant protein into meals and select healthy vegetables, fruits and carbohydrates. Also learn how to select healthy herbs and spices that can help serve as protective, disease-fighting compounds. Guidelines from Dr. Andrew Weil’s anti-inflammatory diet will be shared to maximize vitamin-and-mineral-containing food and phytonutrients needed for bodies to maintain health. This lecture is part of the Health Education Series.
  • CANCELLED May 6: Climate Change: Some Inconvenient Technological and Economic Truths. While there is widespread agreement that human-induced climate change is the most serious long-term environmental problem the world faces, there is little understanding of how drastic a change is necessary to eliminate the human impact on the climate system. Much of the world’s attention has focused on limiting temperature change in this century to 2 degrees centigrade. The agreement negotiated in Paris in December 2015 did not meet this goal. Even if it had, it would have been only a small step toward the ultimate goal of stabilizing the climate system. Lenny Bernstein was a member of the writing team of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which, along with Al Gore, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007. In his talk, Dr. Bernstein will explain why stabilization of climate system requires that net emission of long-lived greenhouse gases, particularly carbon dioxide (CO2), be reduced to essentially zero. He will explore some of the available non-CO2 technology options and briefly speculate on others that might become available. He will also discuss the policy options for driving the needed technological change.

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  • May 13: Living in the Moment: Mindfulness in Health and Wellbeing. We all share an innate human capacity to live in the present moment with clarity and kindness. However, we so often get distracted and miss the wonder of life right now—really connecting with loved ones, watching a beautiful sunset or savoring a meal. This is not a personal flaw. Rather, it has more to do with how our brains are wired and the culture we inhabit. Public interest and scientific research on mindfulness has exploded in the past five years in areas like health, education and business. This presentation will explore what mindfulness is and how cultivating it serves to reduce stress, and improve resilience and quality of life. Attendees will participate in mindfulness practices and learn how mindfulness might be beneficial. Scott MacGregor, MS, LPCA, CFLE, is a licensed clinical therapist and stress reduction educator with over twelve years of meditation practice including retreats for mindfulness, meditation in medicine and research, insight meditation and spiritual reflection. This lecture is part of the Health Education Series.

Inside the Music

On Friday, April 15, 1:30 pm, plan to attend this presentation on the powerful voices of the Asheville Choral Society (ACS). "Inside the Music" is a conversation with ACS artistic director and conductor Melodie Galloway (also UNC Asheville music department chair and director of choral activities) and also a performance by soloists from the upcoming ACS event, “The Music of the Living: A Celebration of the Human Spirit.” For more information about ACS, including information about how to purchase tickets for the performance Saturday, May 7, 7:30 pm, click here to visit the ACS website.

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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.

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, the rehearsal process, and the design process of each production. Flynn-McIver brings in the actors, directors, and designers to share their perspective (you may even see a live scene or two from the production). Get an insider’s look at the workings of a professional theatre. The upcoming lectures are as follows:

  • Friday, May 6, 2016, 1:30 p.m: NCStage’s production of Theresa Rebeck’s play Bad Dates

For more information about NC Stage, visit 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:

  • 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

Peace Corps Information Session

Throughout its history, the Peace Corps has adapted and responded to the issues of the times.  In an ever-changing world, Peace Corps Volunteers have met new challenges with innovation, creativity, determination, and compassion. From AIDS education to emerging technologies to environmental preservation to new market economies, Peace Corps Volunteers have helped people build better lives for themselves. Their work in villages, towns, and cities around the globe represents a legacy of service that has become a significant part of America’s history and positive image abroad.   On Wednesday, May 4, 2016, 9-10:30am, join local area Peace Corps Representative and returned 50+ Volunteer, Deborah Buckley (Romania 2009 – 2011, Environment; 2013, Roma youth), for a presentation about the Agency as well as shared stories, photos, and artifacts from returned Volunteers / OLLI members who also served later in life.  For more information about the Peace Corps please visit: www.peacecorps.gov or you may contact Deborah directly at 704.905.3074.

Reuter Center Singers Concert

The Reuter Center Singers, OLLI’s in-house choral group directed by Chuck Taft, study and perform classical, popular, show tunes and other favorites.  Mark your calendar and plan to attend their popular Spring Concerts on Friday, April 29 or Saturday, April 30, 2016, 7 p.m. for a program featuring the music of John Denver and The Carpenters as we relive the hits of the 1970s.   These concerts are free and open to the public. Donations at the door are welcome.

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Smart Driver Class

The four-hour AARP Smart Driver Class offers numerous tips for coping with inevitable changes in perception and reaction time, as well as increased hazards on the roads with faster cars and busier traffic. Participants can expect to review the rules of the road, tips on dealing with aggressive drivers and general safety tips such as how to make left turns into heavy traffic. The course, offered nationwide, is designed to help participants avoid crashes and remain safely behind the wheel. Scheduled at the Reuter Center on the following two dates, the cost is the $20 or $15 for AARP members. 

  • Friday, April 29, noon-4 p.m., Contact instructor Jan Stephanides, 828-443-1051 to register.

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.  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

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

  • Friday, May 13, 3 p.m.: Weber’s Der Freischütz Overture, Michael Daugherty’s Tales of Hemingway with cellist Zuill Bailey, and Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9, “From the New World”

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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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