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 on Thursday, February 9, 2017, 4:30-6:30 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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Art Bazaar

Mark your calendar for Friday, November 11, 2016, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. and Saturday, November 12, 2016, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. for the 4th 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.  A perfect event to find a one of a kind and to begin holiday shopping! This event is free and open to the public.

Asheville Living Treasures Program

Asheville Living Treasures’ (ALT) mission is to honor elders of Asheville and Buncombe County who have greatly contributed to making our community a better place to live. Seniors from all walks of life, age 70 or older, residing in Asheville/Buncombe County are eligible for nomination. Living Treasures are selected twice a year and are publicly honored at a Recognition Ceremony in the Spring and Fall. Each honoree’s oral history is recorded for future posterity and archived at the UNCA Ramsey Library Special Collections. The Fall Recognition ceremony will be held at 1:30 p.m. on October 23, 2016--THE ASHEVILLE LIVING TREASURES COMMITTEE REGRET THAT THE OCTOBER CEREMONY HAS TO BE CANCELLED. PLEASE STAY TUNED FOR THE SPRING 2017 EVENT. The public is invited to attend. Is there an elder in your life that’s an Asheville Living Treasure? The nomination period for Fall 2016 opens July 15th and closes August 30th. Send nomination letters via USPS to: Asheville Living Treasures, 24 Curve St, Asheville NC 28801, Attn: Carmen Ramos-Kennedy, via email at: ashevillelivingtreasures@gmail.com. or online:ashevillelivingtreasures.com Questions? Contact ALT Chair, Carmen Ramos-Kennedy: ashevillelivingtreasures@gmail.com, 828-423-6476.

Asheville Community Theatre’s Readers Theater

The Autumn Players 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. Come to the Reuter Center on Sundays at 2:30 p.m. to enjoy these unique performances.  Mark your calendar for October 30, 2016,  The Young Man from Atlanta by Horton Foote, directed by Jim Reid.  The haunting secrets of a Texas family come to light after 64 year old Will Kidder gets fired from a company where he’s been working for many years.  And a look at next term, Readers Theater is scheduled for Sunday, February 26, 2017,  Bus Stop by William Inge, directed by RoseLynn Katz and Sunday, March 26, 2017, Outlander by Gary Carden, directed by Marianne Lyons.  These performances are open to the public, begin at 2:30pm and tickets are $6 (inc. sales tax) at the door.  To learn more about Asheville Community Theatre's Autumn Players, click here to visit their website.

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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.   Upcoming meetings are scheduled for November 3, Stephen Danford, Ph.D., University of North Carolina – Greensboro; “The Day Without Yesterday: Cosmology and the Big Bang”; and December 1, Annual Club Holiday Social and Auction. For more information on the Astronomy Club of Asheville, visit their website at www.astroasheville.org.

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,  November 13, 2016 and January 8 and February 12, 2017.  For more information please go to: www.cnpa-asheville.org

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Chamber Music Chat

As Asheville’s own chamber music company, Pan Harmonia presents many of the area’s finest musicians performing its signature mix of compelling masterpieces and sensational new music during its 17th season. Chamber Music Chats offer “up close and personal” talks with the musicians. Learn about their process, inspiration, the music they love and more! Scheduled in the Reuter Center’s Manheimer Room on Friday, November 4, 2016, 3 p.m.: Kate Steinbeck and composer Michael Hosford and on Friday, February 24, 2017, 1:30 pm.: Musicians Talking About Music.  This series is free and open to the public. For more information, visit the Pan Harmonia website: www.pan-harmonia.org

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 Fridays, October 28, and November 18, 2016, January 20, February 17, and March 17, 2017 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

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Elisha Mitchell Audubon Society

The mission of the Elisha Mitchell chapter of the Audubon Society (EMAS) is to promote an awareness and appreciation of nature, to preserve and protect wildlife and natural ecosystems, and to encourage responsible environmental stewardship.  EMAS general meetings at the Reuter Center are scheduled for October 18, and November 15, 2016, at 7 p.m.  Meetings are free and open to the public.  For more information, visit their website www.emasnc.org

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 9, December 14 2016; all meetings begin at 7 p.m.  For more information: www.f32nc.com

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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 the public.  Members and guests are   invited to socialize while they enjoy stimulating presentations and dynamic questions/answer sessions. 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.

September 23, 2016 The 2016 Election and The Future of Our Country. Speakers will be George Peery, Emeritus Professor of Political Science at Mars Hill University and World Affairs Council Member, Asheley Moraguez, Assistant Professor of Political Science at UNC Asheville, and Asheville Citizen-Times political reporters Mark Barrett  and Joel Burgess. Dr. Peery and Dr. Moraguez will focus on the national election, which is unique relative to past races. Mr. Barrett and Mr. Burgess will focus on North Carolina and local elections. This is an opportunity to learn more about why candidate rhetoric has become so divisive and what the predicted outcomes will be this year. What is the future for the major political parties? What are the prospects for governing in the future of the United States? This matters to anyone who cares about what our country, our state, and our community will become.

September 30, 2016  Senior Brain Health- Cognition or Perspiration? Dr. Patrick Foo, UNCA Associate Professor of Psychology and a leader in its highly regarded Neuroscience Minor, will help us thread through the contradictory claims about what you can do to improve your brain health. How much value can you expect from “brain training” games vs. seeking neurological health from physical exercise? This presentation is part of the Health Education Series.

October 7, 2016 Beer City USA. Who knew that a Jamaican born retired engineer would land in Asheville in 1994 and give birth to what arguably is Beer City, USA! Highland Brewing founder Oscar Wong and his daughter Leah, now President, will join Tim Schaller, owner of The Wedge Brewing Company and Alex Dwoinen, Brewing Manager of New Belgium Brewery to bring answers to everything we wanted to know about beer in Asheville, but didn’t know who to ask! And while we won’t be able to enjoy any of their tasty brews, we will leave knowing a lot more about the history and sociology of beer drinking and what makes Asheville microbrew beer, and not so microbrew, so special.

October 14, 2016 Macular Degeneration & the Blue Light Danger by Dr. Kim Walters.   Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of vision loss in the US. With an estimated 11 million individuals in the US suffering from AMD, a figure that is expected to grow to 22 million by 2050, we are facing a coming epidemic of AMD. In addition to the increase in our aging population, we are using our eyes like never before in history. Join Dr. Kim Walters, owner of Optix Eye Care, as she discusses AMD, and our newest threat to our health, blue light which is emitted in high concentration from our smartphones, tablets, computers, TVs, fluorescent lights, and LED lighting. With 18 years of experience practicing optometry in Weaverville, NC, Dr. Walters is an expert on the prevention, early detection and management of ocular disease.  This presentation is part of the Health Education Series

October 21, 2016 The Black Potter by Jim McDowell “The pot is the man: his virtues and his vices are shown therein—no disguise is possible.” ~Bernard Leach, potter. Jim McDowell, self-called “The Black Potter,”may well be the only black potter who creates face jugs based on both his family traditions and the sacred ancestral tradition of using face jugs as grave markers. Jim made his first ugly face jug in 1983 after seeing one created by a Southern white potter familiar with the art form. Jim made his with black features to honor his ancestors who used the jugs in spiritual rituals. Like the literate slave potter Dave from Edgefield, SC, he inscribes messages on his face jugs. Jim pours his stored-up emotions about slavery, his share-cropper ancestors, Civil Rights, discrimination he experienced, as well as his religious beliefs into his pottery. Jim, essentially a self-taught potter, will bring samples of his pottery and present a historical perspective on face jugs from African traditions. He’ll include material about the illegal slave ship, The Wanderer, whose human cargo mostly went to Edgefield in 1858, where some became potters.

October 28, 2016 Bone Health, Osteoporosis, and Why Gravity is Good! by Dr. David F. Ward, MD. The human endoskeleton is regulated by a complex array of factors including hormonal interactions, nutritional requirements, and gravitational forces. Explore these factors and learn more about the ways the presence (or absence) of the specific components lead to the overall health and function of this often surprising but multifaceted organ system. David F Ward, MD is a former NASA flight surgeon with experience caring for astronauts who develop physiologic changes after both short and long duration spaceflights. As a private practice physician at General Preventive Medicine in Brevard and Hendersonville, NC, he often counsels patients on the changes related to normal aging and bone health. This presentation is part of the Health Education Series.

November 4, 2016 The Answer World by John Boyle and Casey Blake Who tracks down the answers to your burning questions about all things happening in and around Asheville?  The Answer Man and Answer Woman do.  This presentation will bring you the people behind the popular columns in the Asheville Citizen-Times: John Boyle and Casey Blake.  John and Casey will talk about their backgrounds and how they came to answer questions for a  living.  They will discuss their experiences in the “Answer World” – where the questionscome from, how many they receive, what are some of the odder queries they’ve had, and how they divide their work. (Casey claims she gets all the whimsical questions, while John fields the burning questions about potholes.)

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Forget Me Not Series

Sponsored by the Alzheimer's Association, Western North Carolina Chapter, this series of lectures will offer insight into this illness. Shirley Koehler, Ph.D., ABPP who is a volunteer and Ambassador with the Alzheimer's Association, and has over 23 yrs of experience as a Clinical Neuropsychologist will present.  This series is scheduled at 1:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

  • September 30, Know the 10 Signs: Early Detection Matters-gain a better understanding of the difference between age-related memory loss and dementia and what to do if you have signs of Alzheimer's disease.
  • October 14, Effective Communication Strategies - Learn to decode the verbal and behavioral messages delivered by someone with dementia and respond in ways that are helpful and reduce stress for everyone.
  • October 28, Healthy Living for Your Brain and Body: Tips from the latest research - Learn how to adopt healthy habits to help keep our brains healthy as we age and possibly delay the onset of cognitive decline.

For more information about the Alzheimer's Association of WNC, click here to visit their website.

Inside the Music with Melody Galloway

Plan to attend this presentation on the powerful voices of the Asheville Choral Society (ACS). Inside the Music is a conversation with the conductor and also a performance by soloists from upcoming ACS events. Artistic director and conductor Dr. Melodie Galloway (UNC Asheville music department chair and director of choral activities) will be sharing insights about the music and gifted singers and instrumentalists that will be performing. Free and open to the public.

  • September 16, Annelies by James Whitbourn is the featured topic. James Whitbourn’s Annelies is the first major choral setting of the diary of Anne Frank, which has inspired millions since it was published in 1947. Premiered in London in 2005, Annelies was praised for its “woundingly beautiful” music and an extraordinary and moving libretto that captures Anne’s keen observations and indomitable spirit. It brings the story to life with echoes of church bells, popular music, andwith music from Frank’s Jewish and German heritage. ACS performance of Annelies October 8, 2016, location TBA.
  • November 18, The Yuletide Candlelight Concert is the featured topic. This will be the 2nd Annual Yuletide concert following our smashing success last year at Trinity. The music will be festive and beautiful with Christmas, Hanukkah, and Solstice songs and children’s voices and handbells! Selections will include: Ave Maria by Franz Biebl, Cherubim Song by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Carol of the Bells, Pat-a-Pan, and a Procession and Carols for women’s chorus and harp. The ACS Yuletide Candlelight Concert will be on December 2, 2016, location TBA

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. In partnership with OLLI, a free class will be held on Friday, January 27, 2017, 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.

New Member Welcome

Are you new to OLLI at UNC Asheville and the Reuter Center? Are you returning after being gone awhile? Come to the New Member Welcome on Friday, January 6, 2017, at 10 a.m., to learn about all that OLLI has to offer and about ways to get involved. Meet other members and get answers.

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. 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 insider’s view of the workings of a professional theatre.  Free and open to the public, this series is scheduled at 1:30 p.m. in the Manheimer Room as follows: November 4, 1:30 p.m.,  Curvy Widow, book by Bobby Goldman, music and lyrics by Drew Brody and Friday, January 20, 2017, 1:30 p.m., Jeeves Intervenes by Margaret Raether, adapted from the stories by P.G. Wodehouse.  For more about NC Stage, click here to visit their website.

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.  Upcoming Opera Talks are scheduled on December 9, 2016, 3 p.m. Program to be announced; January 27, 2017,3 p.m., “How to Work an Opera!”; February 24, 2017, 3 p.m., “Gala Preview”; March 10, 2017, 3 p.m.,  “Chamber Opera Preview”. 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 very special Holiday Concert on Monday, December 5, 7 p.m.  Enjoy and sing along with traditional carols.  Light refreshments following.  Scheduled in the Reuter Center’s Manheimer Room, this concert is free and open to the public; donations welcome.

Safe Driving Program

On Friday, October 7 and 21, noon-4 pm, OLLI, in partnership with AARP, will offer a Driver Safety refresher course designed to help mature drivers remain safely on today's faster highways with a myriad of challenges The four-hour AARP Driver Safety course teaches valuable defensive driving techniques, highlights hazards particular to seniors, and provides a refresher about the rules of the road and tips for avoiding crashes.  The course is offered as a nationwide effort to keep drivers behind the wheel safely.  The cost of the course is $15 for AARP members and $20 for non-members. To register for either session, contact instructor Celeste Selwyn, 828-708-7404 or email csel@mindspring.com

STEM Lecture Series

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.  The lectures are all scheduled in the Reuter Center, 4:30-6pm and are free and open to the public.

  • October 25, ‘Forest Roads:The Ecological Imprint from their Presence and Use' by Hermann Gucinski, OLLI faculty
  • November 15,  ‘A Changing Paradigm: Cancer Metastasis as the Target’ by Jon Wiener, AB Tech faculty
  • February 1, 2017, topic TBA, David Easterling, NCEI
  • February 8, 2017, topic TBA, James Fox, NEMAC
  • March 1, 2017, topic TBA, James McMahon, The Collider

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. Come early to get a seat; this popular series is very well attended. Free and open to the public. 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. Upcoming Symphony Talks are scheduled at 3 p.m., November 18, 2016, Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue with Conrad Tao, pianist; January 13, 2017, Eine Kleine Rhine Musik: Brahms, Haydn, Schumann; February 10, 2017, Music from Fantasia with Inon Barnatan, pianist. 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

Triad Crime Prevention Series

These informative presentations are designed to prevent crimes against the mature population. This Triad program is a partnership involving law enforcement, social services, elder law attorneys and representatives of the financial community.

  • Monday, January 23, 2 p.m.: “Investment Fraud: Guarding Your Assets in a Scary World.” Presented by John Maron, Director of the Investor Protection and Education Services Division of the North Carolina Department of the Secretary of State.
  • Monday, January 23, 3 p.m.: “The History of Scams and Fraud.” Presented by Larry Pierson from the Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office
  • Monday, January 30, 2 p.m.: “How NOT to Become a Fraud Victim. Presented by Caroline Farmer, Deputy Director, Victims and Citizens Section, North Carolina Department of Justice. Farmer also serves as the co-chair of the NC Senior Fraud Taskforce, as commissioner for NC Crimes Victims Compensation, and as board member of NC Wheels for Hope.

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WNC History Center Lecture at OLLI After Coal:  The Future of Appalachia and Wales

On Saturday, March 4, 2017, 2 p.m., please join accomplished Professor Emeritus Pat Beaver and Mr. Tom Hansell from the Center for Appalachian Studies at Appalachian State University as they present After Coal:  The Future of Appalachia and Wales.  The program will open with the showing of Tom Hansell's noted documentary film After Coal (50 minutes) which tells the story of individuals attempting to build a new future in the coalfields of eastern Kentucky and South Wales.  With these coal mining regions each losing over 20,000 jobs during recent years, residents are exploring strategies for remembering the past while looking to the future.  Following the film, Dr. Beaver will discuss the similarities and differences between the Appalachian and Welsh coalfields.  The regions share a history of resource-based exploitation, migration patterns, a dwindling agricultural base, and attempts to reinvent their economies.  The ultimate question: How will these communities and cultures survive?  Scheduled in the Reuter Center's Manheimer Room, tickets will be sold at the door.  General Public: $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. 

  • November 1, 7:30 p.m., "Pirates, Anarchists, and Cowboys."  Dr. Don Puchala, will be the presenter.  He is Byrnes Professor of International Studies, Emeritus, at the University of South Carolina in Columbia.
  • December 6, 7:30 p.m., "International Human Rights: At what cost to the rest of international law?"–  Ingrid Wuerth, Helen Strong Curry Chair in International Law, and Director of the International LegalStudies Program at Vanderbilt Law School will discuss the impact of the “responsibility to protect” – the global political commitment endorsed by all U.N. member states.

The Great Decision Lecture series is scheduled for the winter and spring terms on Tuesdays, February 7, 14, 21, 28, March 7, 14, 2017, 7:30 p.m. 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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