Partnership Programs

Although some of our community partners will hold in-person events, some have canceled, and some have moved events online. Please note that the information here is updated and more accurate than the information in our catalog; watch the OLLI at UNC Asheville Observer or contact us at for more information. Anyone who attends a face-to-face event at the Reuter Center attests to being vaccinated and agrees to wear a mask at all times.

Astronomy Club of Asheville

The Astronomy Club of Asheville meets the first Thursday of each month from 7 to 9 p.m. (except for January and July), with an interesting lineup of speakers and topics. OLLI members may attend the club meetings and stargazes, with club members on hand to advise and assist them in the basics of astronomy and the techniques of observing celestial phenomena. Visit their website to find out more about upcoming meetings and to find out how to join virtually.

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Autumn Players/Readers Theatre Showcase

The Autumn Players is Asheville Community Theatre’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. Autumn Players’ Friday and Saturday performances take place at ACT, with Sunday performances at the Reuter Center. For more information, a full schedule of the Readers Theatre Showcase series, or to learn more about upcoming meetings and how to join, visit their website.

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Behind the Scenes at NC Stage

Go behind the scenes of professional theatre with NC Stage artistic director and co-founder Charlie Flynn-McIver. Explore the themes of this season’s plays; talk with actors, directors and designers about design concepts and the rehearsal process; and experience a scene or two performed live. Join us for an insider’s view of how theatre happens! Programs are free and open to the public, and scheduled in the Reuter Center. For more information on NC Stage, visit their website.

This ongoing series is currently postponed until further notice.

Blue Ridge Audubon

The Blue Ridge Chapter of the National Audubon Society has a mission to protect birds and their habitats, and to promote an awareness and appreciation of nature. Blue Ridge Audubon schedules educational programs on the third Tuesdays of the month at the Reuter Center which are also available for streaming. Programs are free and open to everyone. Find out more at their website.

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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 usually held at the Reuter Center on the second Sunday of each month from 5:30 to 8 p.m. For more information visit the CNPA website.

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Council on Aging of Buncombe County

The Council on Aging of Buncombe County, in conjunction with the N.C. Department of Insurance’s Seniors’ Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP), is hosting classes on Introduction to Medicare: Understanding the Puzzle. The series will explain how Medicare works, the enrollment process, how to avoid penalties, and ways to save money. The classes are held via Zoom and are free and open to the public. Residents who are new to Medicare, caregivers and others who help senior citizens with their Medicare insurance should consider attending this informative class. The information presented is unbiased and accurate; no products are sold, recommended, or endorsed. For more information, visit their website or call 828.277.8288.

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Death Café

Death Café is an engaging gathering with storytelling and conversation about a topic that too often alienates people in our death-phobic culture. At Death Café, participants break into small groups of five or six people and discuss personal stories related to the death of loved ones; loss of jobs, relationships or marriages; or loss or death of parts of ourselves. These programs are facilitated by Karen Sanders, Greg Lathrop and Said Osio from Third Messenger. Learn more about Death Café by visiting or

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Symphony Talks

Symphony Talks are an entertaining and educational way to hear about music to be performed at the upcoming Asheville Symphony Orchestra (ASO) Masterworks Concerts. ASO music director Darko Butorac and guest conductors appear with the soloist for upcoming concerts to talk about how the orchestra prepares and to offer ways to listen to the performance. For more information about the ASO or to find out how to purchase tickets for performances at the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium, visit their website.

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Western North Carolina Historical Association

The Western North Carolina Historical Association (WNCHA) is excited to bring you a new virtual lecture series. Each month, WNCHA will feature an expert on various topics in WNC history and culture. Visit their website for more info.

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World Affairs Council

The World Affairs Council (WAC) organizes fascinating lectures and discussions that aim to advance international awareness and foster Western North Carolina’s global ties. These lectures are sponsored by the WNC chapter of the World Affairs Council, OLLI at UNC Asheville and UNC Asheville Department of Political Science. Unless otherwise noted, WAC members and UNCA students are admitted free; single admission is $10.

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