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.

Summer 2022

Course Catalog and Calendar

The summer 2022 course catalog and program calendar are 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 Summer 2022 Catalog

Program Calendar

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

June

Wednesday, June 1
CFS winter 2023 course proposals open
Visit our Forms page to access the CFS Winter 2023 Course Proposal form and a sample form.

Thursday, June 2, 6 p.m. | Western North Carolina Historical Association
Partner Program: “WNC History Hour: Queer Voices of the Past and Present: Documenting, Remembering and Celebrating LGBTQ Lives in Western North Carolina” (online)
Travis Rountree, Western Carolina University
Read more and register.

Thursday, June 2, 7 p.m. | Astronomy Club of Asheville
Partner Program: “Letting the Universe Erupt into the Classroom” (in-person + online)
Enrique Alberto Gomez, PhD, associate professor of physics and astronomy, Western Carolina University
Attend online via Zoom.

Thursday, June 2, 7 p.m. | Sierra Club
Partner Program: “WNC’s Beautiful Hiking Trails: How Carolina Mountain Clun Creates and Maintains Them” (online)
Tom Weaver, president and trails facilities manager, Carolina Mountain Club; Paul Curtin, Appalachian Trail supervisor, Carolina Mountain Club
Read more about this program, and register to attend online via Zoom.

Friday, June 3, 1 p.m.
OLLI Member Memoir Presentation: “How and Why I Wrote the Story of My Tumultuous Life”
Long-time OLLI member and College for Seniors instructor RoseLynn Katz has written her memoir, Two Hearts on a Rocky Road. RoseLynn shares her story of life in Detroit, New York and Asheville, her struggles with her Jewish identity, the McCarthy era and her search for love. Her life story includes acting and directing, writing romance novels, financial disaster, gratifying work as a children’s librarian and raising a family with unexpected results, all accompanied by a joyful love affair that has lasted for 60 years. In this presentation RoseLynn will read excerpts from her memoir, examine historic events she has lived through and share humorous anecdotes. There will be time for questions and discussion.

Friday, June 3, 1 p.m.
OLLI Shared Interest Group/The Forum: “The Resurgence of White Supremacy in the U.S.” (online)
Email Beth Johnson, coordinator, for more information and a link to the meeting.

Friday, June 3, 3 p.m. | Asheville Symphony Orchestra
Partner Program: Symphony Talk: “Ode to Joy”
Ludwig von Beethoven’s most magnificent work closes the 2021-2022 season—a much-needed celebration following a year marked by turmoil, creativity and resilience. Coupled with Aaron Copland’s rousing Fanfare for the Common Man and Joan Tower’s feminist answer Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman, we close the season together, unified by our love for live music. With conductor Darko Butorac.
For more information about the ASO or to find out how to purchase tickets for performances at the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium, visit visit the Asheville Symphony’s website.

Friday, June 10
Last day to drop all CFS summer 2022 courses and request full refund
Visit our Forms page to access the CFS Summer 2022 Drop Request form.

Friday, June 10, 1 p.m.
OLLI Shared Interest Group/The Forum (online)
See a list of topics for June 3-July 1. Email Beth Johnson, coordinator, for more information and a link to the meeting.

Sunday, June 12, 5:30 p.m. | Carolinas’ Nature Photographers Association
Partner Program: “Members’ Portfolio Challenge”
For more information, visit the CNPA-Asheville Region’s website.

Monday, June 13
First day of CFS summer 2022 term

Monday, June 13, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
OLLI Shared Interest Group/Meditation: “Meditation as a Means to Improve Relationships” (online)
Jacquie Wollins
Read more, and access the link to participate online via Zoom.

Tuesday, June 14, 5 p.m.
OLLI Shared Interest Group/Aging in Place (online)
Join online via Zoom, or contact Meridith Miller for more information.

Tuesday, June 14-Saturday, June 18
University Program: Asheville Ideas Fest
For more information, visit the Asheville Ideas Fest website.

Thursday, June 16, 6 p.m. | Western North Carolina Historical Association
Partner Program: “WNC History Hour: Stories from the LGBTQIA+ Archive of Western NC” (online)
Travis Rountree, Western Carolina University and Amanda Wray, UNC Asheville
Read more and register.

Friday, June 17, 1 p.m.
OLLI Shared Interest Group/The Forum: “The Tyranny of the Minority Rule and Domestic Extremism: Is There a Solution?” (online)
See a list of topics for June 3-July 1. Email Beth Johnson, coordinator, for more information and a link to the meeting.

Friday, June 17, 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.

Tuesday, June 21, 7-8:30 p.m. | Blue Ridge Audubon Chapter
Partner Program: “Pink Birds: Spoonbills vs. Flamingos” (in-person + streaming)
Cherie Pittillo
Read more about this program, or stream live on the Blue Ridge Audubon’s Facebook page. Visit the Blue Ridge Audubon Chapter’s website to learn more about free monthly programs and bird walks.

Thursday, June 23, 4:45 p.m.
OLLI Authors (in-person + online)
Bill Swarts and Elizabeth Wallace
Attend online via Zoom, or read more about the program.

Friday, June 24, 1 p.m.
OLLI Shared Interest Group/The Forum: “The Supreme Court Ruling on Roe v. Wade: What Are the Immediate and Long-Term Implications?” (online)
See a list of topics for June 3-July 1. Email Beth Johnson, coordinator, for more information and a link to the meeting.

Sunday, June 26, 3 p.m. | Western North Carolina Historical Association
Partner Program: “Outstanding Achievement Awards” (in-person + online)
The Western North Carolina Historical Association’s (WNCHA) 2021 Outstanding Achievement Award will be presented to the Railroad and Incarcerated Laborer (RAIL) Memorial Project for their work telling the story and memorializing the work and sacrifice of the thousands of incarcerated laborers who were forced to build the railroad through our region under brutal conditions.
The in-person ceremony and live-streamed webinar are free to attend and will include brief remarks from the awards committee chair, Catherine Frank; WNCHA’s executive director, Anne Chesky Smith; and WNCHA’s president, Ralph Simpson. The ceremony will also include a program highlighting the stories of the incarcerated laborers who worked and died to build the railroad into Western North Carolina alongside the achievements of the RAIL Project and the group’s plans for the future. The program will conclude with the presentation of the Outstanding Achievement Award trophy and a $1000 monetary award to further the mission of the RAIL Project.
Register to attend online via Zoom, or read the press release.

Monday, June 27, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
OLLI Shared Interest Group/Meditation: “Meditation as a Means to Improving Relationships” (online)
Jacquie Wollins
Read more, and access the link to participate online via Zoom.

July

Friday, July 1, 1 p.m.
OLLI Shared Interest Group/The Forum: “Current Events and Selection of Topics for July” (online)
See a list of topics for June 3-July 1. Email Beth Johnson, coordinator, for more information and a link to the meeting.

Monday, July 4
UNC Asheville and OLLI offices closed (no classes or programs)

Thursday, July 7, 6 p.m. | Western North Carolina Historical Association
Partner Program: “WNC History Hour: Musical Instruments in WNC” (online)
John Martin
Read more and register.

Sunday, July 10, 5:30 p.m. | Carolinas’ Nature Photographers Association
Partner Program
For more information, visit the CNPA-Asheville Region’s website.

Tuesday, July 12, 5 p.m.
OLLI Shared Interest Group/Aging in Place (online)
Attend online via Zoom.

Monday, July 25
Last day of CFS summer 2022 term

Friday, July 29, 2-4 p.m. | Council on Aging of Buncombe County
Partner Program: “Introduction to Medicare: Understanding the Puzzle”
Space is limited; register online or call 828.277.8288.

Sunday, July 31
Last valid day for 2021-2022 UNC Asheville parking decal
Purchase a 2022-2023 decal through our online registration system.

August

Monday, August 1
New OLLI membership year begins
Read more about the benefits of OLLI membership.

Monday, August 1
CFS winter 2023 course proposals deadline
Visit our Forms page to access the CFS Winter 2023 Course Proposal form and a sample form.

Thursday, August 4, 7-9 p.m. | Astronomy Club of Asheville
Partner Program
For more information, visit the Astronomy Club of Asheville’s website.

Monday, August 8-Monday, August 15
CFS fall 2022 priority registration
Visit our online registration system or the OLLI office to register.

Tuesdays and Thursdays, August 9, 11, 16, 18, 23 and 25
Life Transitions Program: “Exploring Continuing Care Retirement Communities”
Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRCs) are an attractive residential option for active older adults. CCRCs offer a full continuum of independent housing, assisted living, and skilled nursing care within a single campus setting.
In the Asheville area there are a variety of these kinds of communities, each with a different financial model, various health and wellness options and services, and varied amenities. Navigating your way through all of the choices to find a community that is right for you can be a challenge. Members of the OLLI Life Transitions Committee have designed a course to help you assemble the relevant information and ask the right questions to see whether the CCRC is a living option that meets your needs and to help you choose among the options available to you.
The cost is $150 and the course is open to everyone (OLLI membership is not required).
Register through OLLI’s online registration system, and read more about this life transitions program.