Calendar

Please note that we are no longer able to require that participants wear masks for events at the Reuter Center. We respectfully request that masks are worn to protect the health and safety of our seasoned members. We encourage you to call us at 828.251.6140 or email us at olli@unca.edu if you have any questions. We request your patience as we manage this new phase of the pandemic.

Fall 2022

Course Catalog and Calendar

The fall 2022 course catalog is available by clicking the button below. Please be aware that there have been updates to the schedule that are not reflected in the catalog; the online registration system will always include the most accurate locations and other information about our courses, and this page will always include the most accurate information about programs and events.

View Fall 2022 Catalog

Program Calendar

Unless otherwise noted, programs take place at the Reuter Center and are free and open to everyone.

October

Tuesday, October 4, 6 p.m. | Western North Carolina Historical Association
Partner Program: “Read WNC: Author Sharyn McCrumb Discusses the Fact Behind the Fiction in The Ballad of Frankie Silver” (online)
Read more and register to attend.

Tuesday, October 4, 7 p.m. | World Affairs Council
Partner Program: “The NATO-Russia-Ukraine Triangle at 30: Was War Inevitable? Is Peace Possible?” (in-person + online)
James Greene is a former NATO diplomat, U.S. naval officer and expert on national-security cooperation and transformation in democratizing societies. He is senior nonresident fellow at the Ukrainian Center for Economic and Political Studies (Razumkov Center) in Kyiv.
The World Affairs Council of Western North Carolina (a chapter of the World Affairs Council of America) offers lectures and discussions that educate, inspire and engage the WNC community in international affairs and critical global issues. These lectures are sponsored by the WNC chapter of the World Affairs Council, OLLI at UNC Asheville and the UNC Asheville Department of Political Science.
With generous donations from WAC-WNC members and supporters, the 2022-2023 WAC-WNC speaker series will, once again this year, be free and open to the public.
Read more, and attend online via Zoom.

Thursday, October 6, 4:30 p.m.
OLLI Authors (in-person + online)
Poets Fran Ross and Karen Depew
Attend online via Zoom.

Thursday, October 6, 7-9 p.m. | Astronomy Club of Asheville
Partner Program: “The Unusual Galactic Orbit of the Methuselah Star” (in-person + online)
Michael Castelaz, Brevard College
Register to attend online via Zoom. For more information, visit the Astronomy Club of Asheville’s website.

Thursday, October 6, 7 p.m. | WNC Sierra Club
Partner Program: “Why This Fall’s Election Matters for the Environment” (online)
Ken Brame, political chair, WNC Sierra Club
Register to attend online via Zoom, and read more about the program.

Friday, October 7, 1 p.m.
OLLI Shared Interest Group/The Forum: “Evaluating the Biden Presidency: Combatting COVID-19, Ukraine/NATO, Legislation on Infrastructure, Climate Change and Healthcare Costs” (online)
See a list of topics for October 7-December 2. Email Beth Johnson, coordinator, for more information and a link to the meeting.

Sunday, October 9, 5:30 p.m. | Carolinas’ Nature Photographers Association
Partner Program
For more information, visit the CNPA-Asheville Region’s website.

Monday, October 10, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
OLLI Shared Interest Group/Meditation: “Releasing Inhibiting Factors in Your Life to Make Space for New Opportunities” (online)
Jacquie Wollins
Read more, and join online via Zoom.

Tuesday, October 11, 7 p.m. | Blue Ridge Audubon Society
Partner Program: “Breeding Ecology of the Snowy Owl”
Denver Holt
For more information, visit the Blue Ridge Audubon Society’s website.

Tuesday, October 11, 5 pm.
OLLI Shared Interest Group/Aging in Place (online)
Attend online via Zoom.

Wednesday, October 12, 5:30 p.m. | Leadership Asheville Forum
Partner Program: “Climate Change and Environmental Resiliency: Making a Difference”
During this forum, participants will hear presentations then meet in small groups to construct action plans on what can be done “In their home/backyard,” “In the community” and “Beyond Buncombe County.”
Registration required; complete this form to register.

Friday, October 14, 11:30 a.m.-1:15 p.m.
Fab Friday: “Appalachian Wild Urgent Care” (in-person + online)
Winslow Umberger is a dedicated Appalachian Wildlife Refuge volunteer who enjoys spending her retirement years making a difference and helping save orphaned and injured wildlife. We will learn about Appalachian Wildlife Refuge, a local nonprofit that has saved 4000+ orphaned and injured wildlife since opening its doors in 2018; learn tips on how to coexist peacefully with our wild neighbors; and hear ways we can support the Appalachian Wildlife Refuge, including volunteer opportunities. Register to attend online via Zoom.

Friday, October 14, 1:30-2:30 p.m.
OLLI Shared Interest Group/Finance: “Short-Term Investing and Cash Management in an Environment of Unpredictable Interest Rates and Inflation” (online)
David Hunter, certified financial planner, Horizons Wealth Management
Attend online via Zoom. For more information, email the Financial SIG.

Fridays, October 14, 28 and November 11, 2-4 p.m. (section A)
Saturdays, October 15, 29 and November 12, 10 a.m.-noon. (section B)
Creativity Workshop
A number of major neuroscience research projects show that biological changes in the brains of people 55+ invite a major creative renewal. Another round of social scientists’ research indicates that long life and daily joy are closely associated with engaging in creative behaviors.
In this three-part series of fast-paced, interactive 90-minute workshops, we will discuss encouraging research and share a variety of perspectives, practices and activities that will help you grow your creative—and entrepreneurial—qualities so that you can leverage this good news. Along with a review of the research, workshop topics include developing a creative mindset (the sort associated with long joyful lives); four creative behaviors; your very best story; and the creative subconscious. There will be exercises designed to help you imagine and begin your creative future. It is recommended that you bring a journal with unlined pages and either colored pencils or crayons along with a pencil or pen. A stack of unlined paper will work in lieu of the journal.
Instructor Carl Nordgren is an entrepreneur, former Duke University professor, novelist and creativity guide. He wrote Becoming a Creative Genius {Again} (2016).
Cost: $30. Please note that you will register for section A or section B; both sessions take place at the Reuter Center. You will benefit most if you can attend all three sessions. These workshops here have always filled to capacity, so please register early!
Reserve your spot via OLLI’s online registration system.

Friday, October 14, 4-6 p.m.
Fall 2022 Member Social
Join your OLLI friends at the Reuter Center, lower level to socialize and enjoy a casual cookout-style supper, drinks and music from one of our UNC Asheville student performance groups! Celebrate our community as we begin this new chapter.
Register to attend.

Tuesday, October 18, 7 p.m. | Blue Ridge Audubon Chapter
Partner Program
Visit the Blue Ridge Audubon Chapter’s website to learn more about free monthly programs and bird walks.

Tuesday, October 18, 7 pm. | Common Word Community Read
University Program: “Keeping Our Children Safe: Contextualizing the Racial Socialization Practices of Black and White Families”
Dr. Megan Underhill, assistant professor of psychology, UNC Asheville

Friday, October 21, 11:30 a.m.-1:15 p.m.
Fab Friday: “Palliative Care vs. Hospice Care: Differences and Benefits” (in-person + online)
Greg Lathrop is a registered nurse, Death Café facilitator and College for Seniors instructor. Dr. Aditi Sethi-Brown is the executive director and founder of the Center for Conscious Living and Dying. We will learn more about these different forms of care as a way to understand our options when faced with a serious or terminal illness.
Register to attend online via Zoom.

Friday, October 21, 2-4 p.m. | Council on Aging of Buncombe County
Partner Program: “Introduction to Medicare: Understanding the Puzzle”
In this workshop presented by the Council on Aging in Buncombe County in conjunction with the North Carolina Department of Insurance Seniors’ Health Insurance Information Program, learn how Medicare works, about the enrollment process, how to avoid penalties and ways to save money. Anyone who is ready to join Medicare or is a caregiver or family member helping older adults with their Medicare insurance may want to attend this informative session.
Register to attend, or call 828.277.8288 for more information.

Friday, October 21, 3 p.m. | Asheville Symphony Orchestra
Partner Program: “Symphony Talk: Masterworks 2: Scheherazade
Borodin’s In the Steppes of Central Asia, Manuel De Falla’s Nights in the Gardens of Spain, Fazil Say’s Piano Concerto No. 2 “Silk Road” and Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade. From Rimsky-Korsakov comes the lavish Scheherazade, a vibrant musical illustration of sandy dunes stretching across the horizon. Explore the vast, wandering Silk Road and central Asia with Say and Borodin. From De Falla, visit a moonlit oasis with his iconic work for piano and orchestra. With pianist Adam Golka.
For more information about the ASO or to find out how to purchase tickets for performances at the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium, visit the Asheville Symphony’s website.

Friday, October 21, 5 p.m. | Death Café
Partner Program (online)
Register to participate online via Zoom. For more information visit the Third Messenger website or visit the Death Cafe of Asheville and Hendersonville Facebook page.

Monday, October 24, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
OLLI Shared Interest Group/Meditation: “Releasing Inhibiting Factors in Your Life to Make Space for New Opportunities” (online)
Jacquie Wollins
Read more, and join online via Zoom.

Wednesday, October 26, 7 p.m. | Malaprop’s Bookstore and Café
Partner Program: Reading from Demon Copperhead with Barbara Kingsolver
Demon Copperhead is set in the mountains of southern Appalachia. It is the story of a boy born to a teenaged single mother in a single-wide trailer, with no assets beyond his dead father’s good looks and copper-colored hair, a caustic wit and a fierce talent for survival. In a plot that never pauses for breath, relayed in his own unsparing voice, he braves the modern perils of foster care, child labor, derelict schools, athletic success, addiction, disastrous loves and crushing losses. Through all of it, he reckons with his own invisibility in a popular culture where even the superheroes have abandoned rural people in favor of cities.
Many generations ago, Charles Dickens wrote David Copperfield from his experience as a survivor of institutional poverty and its damages to children in his society. Those problems have yet to be solved in ours. Dickens is not a prerequisite for readers of this novel, but he provided its inspiration. In transposing a Victorian epic novel to the contemporary American South, Barbara Kingsolver enlists Dickens’ anger and compassion, and above all, his faith in the transformative powers of a good story. Demon Copperhead speaks for a new generation of lost boys, and all those born into beautiful, cursed places they can not imagine leaving behind.
Barbara Kingsolver is the author of 10 bestselling works of fiction, including the novels Unsheltered, Flight Behavior, The Lacuna, The Poisonwood Bible, Animal Dreams and The Bean Trees, as well as books of poetry, essays and creative nonfiction. Her work of narrative nonfiction is the influential bestseller Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life. Kingsolver’s work has been translated into more than 20 languages and has earned literary awards and a devoted readership at home and abroad. She was awarded the National Humanities Medal, our country’s highest honor for service through the arts, as well as the Dayton Literary Peace Prize for the body of her work. She lives with her family on a farm in southern Appalachia.
OLLI is co-sponsoring this event with Malaprop’s Bookstore. This event will take place in the Blue Ridge Room at UNC Asheville’s Highsmith University Union.
Registration to attend and for the waitlist are full. Reserve your copy of Demon Copperhead at Malaprop’s.

Thursday, October 27, 4:30 p.m.
Get to Know UNC Asheville Women’s Basketball, Part 1: Tipoff and UNC Asheville Bulldogs Women’s Basketball History
Women’s college basketball is an exciting, fast-moving game. In this three-part program exclusively for OLLI members, we will learn the special history of the game at UNC Asheville, meet this season’s team and get a good seat for the season-opening home game. Feel free to attend any or all sessions.
This program takes place in Reuter 102.

Friday, October 28, 11:30 a.m.-1:15 p.m.
Fab Friday lecture/recital: “Musical Composition, Arranging and Improvisation”
Dr. Michael Ruiz is professor emeritus in UNC Asheville’s Department of Physics and Astronomy and an instructor at CFS. He studied classical piano with Stewart Gordon and jazz piano with Ron Elliston at the University of Maryland during his days of graduate studies in physics, and has composed and orchestrated three piano concertos that were performed by the Winston-Salem Symphony in the 1990s. Dr. Ruiz will demonstrate classical, jazz and popular musical styles and discuss the characteristics essential in composing, arranging and improvising in each style, using illustrations from his own music.

Sunday, October 30, 2:30 p.m. | The Autumn Players
Partner Program: “John Patrick Shanley’s Outside Mullingar
Anthony and Rosemary have been friends since childhood, but she has always wanted something more. When a land feud begins to brew between the two friends’ families, Rosemary worries they will never be together. In this poignant and funny journey to happiness, Anthony and Rosemary both learn it is never too late to take a chance on love.
The Autumn Players is Asheville Community Theatre (ACT)’s volunteer outreach group consisting of 100+ seasoned actors, writers and educators dedicated to taking theatre into the community. Since 1992, the company has provided entertainment, enrichment and instruction for thousands of students, seniors and in-betweens at venues in the Asheville area. The Autumn Players’ Friday and Saturday performances take place at ACT, with Sunday performances in the Manheimer Room at the Reuter Center. For more information, a full schedule of the 2022-2023 Readers Theatre Showcase series, or to learn more about upcoming meetings and how to join, visit the Autumn Players’ website. Purchase tickets online for $8; any remaining tickets will be sold for $8 by cash only at the door beginning at 2 p.m. prior to each performance.

November

Tuesday, November 1
CFS spring 2023 course proposals deadline
Visit our Forms page to access the CFS Spring 2023 Course Proposal form and a sample form.

Tuesday, November 1, 7 p.m. | World Affairs Council
Partner Program (in-person + online)
The World Affairs Council of Western North Carolina (a chapter of the World Affairs Council of America) offers lectures and discussions that educate, inspire and engage the WNC community in international affairs and critical global issues. These lectures are sponsored by the WNC chapter of the World Affairs Council, OLLI at UNC Asheville and the UNC Asheville Department of Political Science.
With generous donations from WAC-WNC members and supporters, the 2022-2023 WAC-WNC speaker series will, once again this year, be free and open to the public.

Wednesday, November 2, 4 p.m.
Get to Know UNC Asheville Women’s Basketball, Part 2: Meet the Coaches and Players at a Team Practice
Women’s college basketball is an exciting, fast-moving game. In this three-part program exclusively for OLLI members, we will learn the special history of the game at UNC Asheville, meet this season’s team and get a good seat for the season-opening home game. Feel free to attend any or all sessions.
This program takes place in the Kimmel Arena at the Sherrill Center.

Thursday, November 3, 7-9 p.m. | Astronomy Club of Asheville
Partner Program
To register, email the Astronomy Club of Asheville. For more information, visit the Astronomy Club of Asheville’s website.

Friday, November 4, 11:30 a.m.-1:15 p.m.
Fab Friday: “Orthopedic Issues for Seniors” (in-person + online)
Dr. Philip Fontenot is an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in adult reconstruction and joint replacement with an emphasis on robotics and navigation. We all know that as we age, our bones and muscles change; as a result, many of us feel slower and less flexible, and we may become more prone to fall and injuries. We will learn more about orthopedic issues so that we can make ourselves less susceptible to orthopedic pain and injuries.
Register to attend online via Zoom.

Monday, November 7-Monday, November 14
CFS winter 2023 priority registration
Visit our online registration system or the OLLI office to register.

Monday, November 7, 6:30 p.m.
Get to Know UNC Asheville Women’s Basketball, Part 3: Attend the Home Opener Against the Converse University Valkyries
Women’s college basketball is an exciting, fast-moving game. In this three-part program exclusively for OLLI members, we will learn the special history of the game at UNC Asheville, meet this season’s team and get a good seat for the season-opening home game. Feel free to attend any or all sessions.
This program takes place in the Kimmel Arena at the Sherrill Center.

Friday, November 11
Last day of CFS fall 2022 classes

Friday, November 11, 11:30 a.m.-1:15 p.m.
Fab Friday: “The National Popular Vote” (in-person + online)
For all but one of the 500,000+ elected offices in the U.S., the winner is the candidate with the most votes. The exceptions are the president and vice president of the U.S. Suzanne Fisher, president of the League of Women Voters Asheville-Buncombe County, will discuss issues created by the “winner take all” method of voting, the effects of battleground-states campaigning and how a national popular vote both would retain the Electoral College and ensure that every vote in every state would be relevant in every presidential election.
Register to attend online via Zoom.

Sunday, November 13, 5:30 p.m. | Carolinas’ Nature Photographers Association
Partner Program
For more information, visit the CNPA-Asheville Region’s website.

Friday, November 18, 3 p.m. | Asheville Symphony Orchestra
Partner Program: “Symphony Talk: Masterworks 3: Night at the Opera”
“The language of music is understood by everybody,” according to Rossini, “since it is understood with the heart.” We bring that notion to life with this program filled with operatic classics. A curated selection of operatic works (including beloved masterpieces by Italian masters Puccini and Verdi) explore the experiences and emotions that all of humankind shares through the combined power of the stage, voice, and orchestra. Featuring three fantastic guest vocal soloists and the voices of the Asheville Symphony Chorus. With Cecilia Violetta López, soprano; Ben Gulley, tenor; Jeff Mattsey, baritone; and the Asheville Symphony Chorus.
For more information about the ASO or to find out how to purchase tickets for performances at the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium, visit the Asheville Symphony’s website.

Friday, November 18, 5 p.m. | Death Café
Partner Program (online)
Register to participate online via Zoom. For more information visit the Third Messenger website or visit the Death Cafe of Asheville and Hendersonville Facebook page.

December

Thursday, December 1, 7-9 p.m. | Astronomy Club of Asheville
Partner Program
To register, email the Astronomy Club of Asheville. For more information, visit the Astronomy Club of Asheville’s website.

Monday, December 5
CFS winter 2023 add/drop opens
Visit our online registration system or the OLLI office to register.

Tuesday, December 6, 7 p.m. | World Affairs Council
Partner Program (in-person + online)
The World Affairs Council of Western North Carolina (a chapter of the World Affairs Council of America) offers lectures and discussions that educate, inspire and engage the WNC community in international affairs and critical global issues. These lectures are sponsored by the WNC chapter of the World Affairs Council, OLLI at UNC Asheville and the UNC Asheville Department of Political Science.
With generous donations from WAC-WNC members and supporters, the 2022-2023 WAC-WNC speaker series will, once again this year, be free and open to the public.

Thursday, December 8, 7-9 p.m.
Original Stand-Up Comedy
Join us for an evening of original stand-up comedy performed by your fellow OLLI members! Watch the OLLI Observer e-newsletter or check back here for more information.