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 Wednesday, June 21, 2017, 7-9 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".  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) 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 will be selected and publicly honored at a Recongition Ceremony in the spring. Each honoree’s oral history is recorded for future posterity and archived at the UNCA Ramsey Library Special Collections.  The nomination period is from January 15-March 15, 2017.  Send nomination letters via USPS to: Asheville Living Treasures, 34 Turnberry Dr., Arden, NC  28704 Attn: Carmen Ramos-Kennedy, via email at: ashevillelivingtreasures@gmail.com. or online: ashevillelivingtreasures.com Do you enjoy history and wonderful stories of people's lives? ALT has an opportunity for you to be a part of its committee recognizing the treasures among us. Contact ALT Chair, Carmen Ramos-Kennedy,  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 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 February 2, March 2, April 6, May 4, 2017, Speaker and program to be announced. 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,  February 12, March 12, April 9, and May 14, 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, February 24 and March 31, 2017, 1:30 pm.  These events are 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, 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.  The next EMAS general meetings at the Reuter Center is scheduled at 7 p.m. March 21, April 18, May 16, 2017.  There are no meetings in December, January, or February.  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 Wednesday, February 8, and March 8, 2017; 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

  • March 24: Get Outside! Come learn about exciting ways to enjoy the outdoors in Western North Carolina with family and all those visitors who come to see why you love this area so much. You may have hiked the mountain trails, driven on the Blue Ridge Parkway or spent an afternoon at the NC Arboretum. Why not think about an adventure with a little more adrenaline rush? Imagine a view from the sky in a hot air balloon piloted by someone from Asheville Hot Air Balloons. Energetic excitement awaits you rafting the rapids in the Nantahala River with an experienced guide from the Nantahala Outdoor Center west of Asheville. Think of the thrill of zip lining through the trees at Navitat Canopy Adventures just north of Asheville. Beautiful mountain vistas await you on a train ride with Great Smoky Mountain Railroad. Relax in a float down the French Broad River with French Broad Outfitters. A representative from the Asheville Convention and Visitors Bureaus will share even more ideas, and there will be lots of brochures to pique your interest. Each of these organizations have much more to offer than could be listed here; this is just the “appetizer” of ways to have more fun in the mountains. The next time that visitor asks what they should do, you will have a great list of options that will create great memories.
  • March 31: The Emotion Project: Mental Illness and the Rocky Journey to Recovery.  The Emotion Project has a mission to connect the mentally ill with the general public through the common denominator of feelings. Tracey Turner is a 71-year-old woman with manic-depression and anxiety disorders who went undiagnosed and untreated for 40 years. The creator of The Emotion Project, she weaves a tale of her life and its maze, including alcoholism and the sometimes dangerous outcomes of the impulsivity that is a symptom of her bipolar disorder. In her story, Tracey tells how she has been an award winning corporate communications writer yet lost almost every job she ever had. She embellishes stuffed bears to express her individual emotions. The depression bear is unable to move with granite pressing it to the ground; sadness is a bear with weights sewn into its chest. Using bears to express emotions, Turner’s mental health advocacy project moves the audience to reflect on the truth that the mentally ill and the mentally well share the same emotions, however differently they might be expressed.T his lecture is part of the Health Education Series.
  • April 7:  Horse Therapy for Humans.  Heart of Horse Sense (HOHS) is a local nonprofit based in Marshall, NC, founded to support quality, professional equine therapy services for veterans, their families and at-risk youth in Western North Carolina. HOHS Executive Director Shannon Knapp will speak on the theory and practice of Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) and how horses heal the invisible wounds of combat-related and developmental trauma. Since its inception in 2014, HOHS has supported hundreds of veterans, families, and youth in more than 1000 hours of EAP, Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) and Therapeutic Horsemanship. Shannon is an internationally recognized leader in the field and has published many books and curricula in the field of EAP/EAL, including More Than a Mirror: Horses, Humans and Therapeutic Practices. She'll speak specifically on how EAP uses the physiology and the psychology of horses to heal the effects of trauma in humans.
  • April 14:  Podiatry: Foot Problems. Podiatrist Doug Milch, will speak about everything you wanted to know about feet. He will cover foot function, the etiology and treatment of common foot problems, diabetes and the feet, how to buy shoes and how to keep feet healthy to last a lifetime. This lecture is part of the Health Education Series.
  • April 28: Wild Edibles. Have you wondered about whether you can eat those pretty yellow mushrooms growing in your back yard? Or wondered if jewelweed really treats poison ivy and where you can find it? These are just a couple of questions that naturalist, ethnobotanist, writer and guide Roger Klinger will explore during this presentation on wild edibles. Roger has a contagious passion for the exciting and wondrous world of wild edible and medicinal plants and mushrooms found in the mountains of Western NC and our own backyards. He will explore the history and folklore of some of the most delicious and most easily identifiable wild plants. A former naturalist/educator with the Audubon Society, the National Park Service and the Smithsonian Institution, Roger is passionately devoted to the earth and celebrating the wonders of nature.  He served as Curator of Natural History for the St. Mary’s City Commission. Also, for many years, he has written a monthly column for a variety of newspapers on wild edible and medicinal plants.
  • May 5: Vitamins and Supplements for Health: Hype or Helpful?  Join Danna Park, MD, Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and Fellow of the American College of Physicians, for an evidence-based look at some commonly used supplements, vitamins and herbs. Learn the top five questions to ask before considering any natural supplement, and discover some reputable internet sources for reliable information.  We’ll review some selected vitamins and antioxidants, talk about selected supplements used for heart and brain health, explore the controversy over calcium and more! This lecture is part of the Health Education Series.

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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. In partnership with OLLI, a free class will be held on Friday, March 24, 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.


More Than A Month Event- Scott Ellsworth to Discuss The Secret Game

Join us on Wednesday, February 22, 3:30 p.m. when award-winning author Scott Ellsworth will talk about The Secret Game. This well-researched work focuses on a ground-breaking but little known basketball game that took place in Durham, North Carolina, in 1944, when players from the historically black NC College (now NC Central University) and Duke’s  medical school basketball team decided to play one another to see who had the best team in Durham. More than that, however, this is a story of how societies change when ordinary citizens defied Jim Crow regulations. Scott Ellsworth, who teaches at the University of Michigan, has written about race relations in the US for the New York Times, the Washington Post and the Los Angeles Times, has been a historian at the Smithsonian Institution and is the author of the first comprehensive history of the Tulsa Race Riot of 1921. This event,  which is free and open to the public, is the first in OLLI’s More Than a Month series of lectures and discussions. Every month for the next year we will plan lectures, discussions and conversations that explore the issue of race locally and nationally.

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, March 17, 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:  Friday, March 10, 2017, 1:30 p.m.: NC Stage’s production of Stephen Temperly’s play Souvenir: A Fantasia on the Life of Florence Foster Jenkins; and Friday, May 5, 2017, 1:30 p.m: NC Stage’s production TBA.   For more about NC Stage, click here to visit their website.

OLLI Town Hall Meeting 

Please join us Thursday, March 30, 4:30 p.m., in the Manheimer Room for our annual Town Hall meeting. We'll review the highlights of the past year, including member survey results and accomplishments from our OLLI programs and activities. The Nominating Committee will introduce the 2017-2018 slate of candidates. Our focus, however, will be on your questions for our staff and Steering Council members. Call 828.251.6188 for more

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 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”; May 5, 2017, 3 p.m., "Behind the Scenes of Auditions". For more information about ALO or to purchase tickets for a performance, visit http://ashevillelyric.org

Reuter Center Singers Spring 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, May 5 or Saturday, May 6, 2017, 7 p.m.   These concerts are free and open to the public. Donations at the door are welcome.

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.

  • February 1, 2017, 'The National Centers for Environmental Information and Climate Change', David Easterling, NCEI
  • February 8, 2017, 'Climate Resilience in Asheville, NC - Moving from 'Did you know?' to 'What can we do about it?', James Fox, NEMAC
  • March 1, 2017, 'Accelerating Climate Innovation', 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., Mayt 12, 2017, Mahler's Titan featuring Mozart's Violin Concerto No. 3 with violinist Yevgeny Kutik and Mahler's Symphony No. 1 "Titan."  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

The Secret Game

Join us on Wednesday, February 22, 3:30 p.m. when award-winning author Scott Ellsworth will talk about The Secret Game. This well-researched work focuses on a ground-breaking but little known basketball game that took place in Durham, North Carolina, in 1944, when players from the historically black NC College (now NC Central University) and Duke’s medical school basketball team decided to play one another to see who had the best team in Durham. More than that, however, this is a story of how societies change when ordinary citizens defied Jim Crow regulations. Scott Ellsworth, who teaches at the University of Michigan, has written about race relations in the US for the New York Times, the Washington Post and the Los Angeles Times, has been a historian at the Smithsonian Institution and is the author of the first comprehensive history of the Tulsa Race Riot of 1921.

This event, which is free and open to the public, is the first in OLLI’s More Than a Month series of lectures and discussions. Every month for the next year we will plan lectures, discussions and conversations that explore the issue of race locally and nationally.

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WNC History Center Lectures at OLLI

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? 

On April 29, 2017, 2 p.m.,  join Grammy Award winning Bruce Nemerov for a performance of 17th and 18th century Scottish social music along with 19th and early 20th century American music.  Throughout the performance, Bruce will discuss how the music of Western North Carolina's early settlers evolved into today's "old-time" mountain music.  The program will highlight Bruce Nemerov and Friends as they perform on guitar, fiddle, flute and Celtic whistle.

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.  The Great Decision Lecture series is scheduled for the winter and spring terms on Tuesdays, 7:30 p.m.:

  • February 7 - Maria Moreno on Latin America
  • February 14 - Jim Lenburg on South China Sea
  • February 21 - Rick Devereaux on Nuclear Security
  • February 28 - Larry Wilson on Saudi Arabia in Transition
  • March 7 - Jenn Schiff on Petroleum and Foreign Policy
  • March 14 - Julie Snyder on Trade & Politics

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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