Area Events

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COVID-19 Listening Sessions

Your input is needed to help shape regional COVID-19 communications.

  • Did you get your first COVID-19 vaccine in the past two months?
  • Are you trying to decide whether to get your child vaccinated?

If either of these describes you, you’re invited to join a 75-minute virtual group listening session hosted by the WNC Health Network to share your thoughts, questions, and concerns related to COVID-19 vaccines.  See flyer for more details and link to register.  Space is limited!

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Food Stamp Benefits to Increase by More Than 25% in October

President Biden’s administration has approved a significant and permanent increase in the levels of food aid available to needy families — the largest single increase in the program’s history. Starting in October, average benefits for food stamps — officially known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP — will rise more than 25 percent above pre-pandemic levels. The increased assistance will be available indefinitely to all 42 million SNAP beneficiaries. For more information click here.

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At Home COVID-19 Vaccinations

COVID-19 vaccinations are now available across NC for those who cannot leave their homes.  Call 866-303-0026 to schedule.  See attached update for more information.

Tai Chi for Arthritis and Falls Prevention

These classes will be held via Zoom on Mondays and Thursdays, September 16 through November 22, 9:00am-10:00am. Register for this FREE program by contacting Brea: 828-251-7438 or [email protected].  See flyer attached.

Powerful Tools for Family Caregivers

Mondays, Sept 27 – Nov 1, from 2:00-3:30 pm.  This interactive workshop is designed to empower family caregivers to take care of themselves while caring for a relative or friend. You will benefit from this class if you need to find more time for yourself while caring for someone who lives at home, in a nursing home, or across the country. Participants must commit to attending a minimum of four out of the six sessions. Register at https://aarp.cvent.com/PowerfulToolsSept2021 by September 20 for receipt of program materials.

Diabetes Prevention Program

From the YMCA of Western North Carolina: The Diabetes Prevention Program is a 12-month, group-based program that encourages participants at risk of Diabetes Type II to eat healthier, increase physical activity, and lose a modest amount of weight in a supportive, virtual environment.  Diabetes has no cure, but prediabetes can be reversed. To register for a class or to receive more information, please contact: Diabetes Prevention Programming, Jordan Owenby – Community Health Coordinator, [email protected], (828)-652-5903. See flyer for more information. The following class options are currently available for registration:

  • Virtual MDPP – Starts September 30 – Thursday evenings from 6:00 – 7:00 pm – Instructor: Anika Williams
  • Virtual DPP – Starts October 5 – Tuesday evenings from 6:00 – 7:00 pm – Instructor: Ellen O’Conner
  • Virtual MDPP – Starts October 13 – Wednesday evenings from 6:00 – 7:00 pm – Instructor: Anika Williams
  • Virtual DPP – Starts October 19 – Tuesday mornings from 10:00 – 11:00 am – Instructor: Mike Hanlon

AARP Getting to Know You Events

  • Getting to Know You: New Members – October 14, 1:00 pm.  Learn about AARP and meet others like yourself who are part of the AARP NC family (1.1 million strong)! Register at: https://aarp.cvent.com/d/wmq4fm/
  • Getting to Know You: Long-Term Members – October 21, 1:00 pm.  Learn the ways that AARP is active in your community. Bonus: meet others like yourself who are part of the AARP NC family. Register at: https://aarp.cvent.com/d/fmq4fd/
  • Getting to Know You: Non-Members – October 28, 1:00 pm.  AARP wants to know more about your first impressions, your interests, and needs. Learn the ways that AARP is active in our community. Register at: https://aarp.cvent.com/d/xmq4ff/
  • Getting to Know You: We hope we haven’t missed out. – November 4, 1:00 pm.  You recently chose to end your membership or not renew it. AARP would like to meet you and learn more about your experience.  Register at:  https://aarp.cvent.com/d/6mq4vj/

Duke Caregiver Community Event

Tuesday, October 26.  Duke is hosting a free caregiver community event or patients and families living with memory loss.  See flyer for more information and registration link.