Area Events

Emergency Broadband Benefit Program

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced that the Emergency Broadband Benefit program will be available to participants beginning May 12, 2021. FCC created a website for participants to apply: Alternatively, individuals may access the program through a participating internet services provider. For more information about the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program, please visit:

Rental and Utility Assistance

The HOPE Program is once again taking applications for rental and utility assistance. Visit or call 888-927-5467 to apply.  This application round is limited to applicants who are 50% of area median income (AMI) or below.  This round of applications will cover 12 months of rental payments (9 months of arrears, 3 months of rent).

Alzheimer's Association June Events

See flyer attached for upcoming events for June’s Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month.

MemoryCare Spring 2021 Educational Series

June 3 through June 24, 2:00-3:30pm on Thursdays via Zoom. A series of lectures on “deep dive” topics that are often requested by caregivers of persons with cognitive impairment. See attached flyer for more details.

Power of Animal-Human Relationships

Thursdays, June 10, 17, and 24 and July 1, 12:00 – 1:00 pm.  According to a recent AARP survey, three in four older Americans want to stay in their homes and age in place. Animals can help build the perceived social support and social networks needed to age in the community.
This virtual series focuses on the animal-human bond, and how our relationships with animals can reinforce good health while strengthening and expanding the social networks of older adults. This 4-part virtual series will reflect different facets of the animal-human relationship. This series is for both people who currently own a pet and those who do not.

Virtual Coffee Tech Chat: Clap for Apps

June 12, 10:30 am.  Using apps can help us improve healthy habits, learn new things, and safely age in place. This Coffee Chat is designed to teach you more about downloading applications onto your phone, computer, or tablet. Learn about different apps that can enhance your well-being, productivity, and engagement with technology. All levels of background with technology are welcome and encouraged to attend. Session will be led by Michael Friedman, an AARP volunteer and a college sophomore at Washington University in St. Louis.  Register at:

Free Food

The Olive Branch food pantry is providing free food on the following dates.  Pick up at 2185 Old US 25 Hwy, Zirconia.  See flyer for more details.

  • June 12
  • June 26
  • July 17
  • July 31

Manna Food Distribution

First Baptist Church of East Flat Rock (2227 Spartanburg Hwy, East Flat Rock).

  • Tuesday, June 15, 10:30-11:30

Elder Abuse Awareness

Tuesday, June 15, is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. On that day, communities across the country and all over the world will sponsor events to highlight solutions to this universal social challenge. NC Division of Aging and Adult Services will host a virtual presentation on Elder Abuse Awareness- Building Strong Support for Elders from 10:00am-12:00pm to participate in the national conversation. Sign language interpreters will be available during the event. See attached flyer for more details.

2021 Fall Prevention Conference: Virtually Adapting to the “New Normal”

Wednesday, June 16, 8:30 am – 12:30 pm.  According to the CDC, falls are the leading cause of fatal and nonfatal injuries among older adults. Join with other healthcare providers and aging services providers to learn the latest ways to address this “other epidemic”. This educational activity is a collaboration of UNC Health Science at MAHEC Continuing Professional Development and the WNC Falls Prevention Coalition.  Session is being planned as an in person and virtual event.  Fee involved.  See for more information and registration.

Virtual Coffee Tech Chat: Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning

June 19, 10:30 am.  What are artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning, and how will they impact the future of technology?  Will AI affect my possibilities to age in place and/or healthcare delivery? Come to this Coffee Chat to learn more about different forms of AI and Machine Learning in modern technology and what the future of technology may look like.  All levels of background with technology are welcome and encouraged to attend. Session will be led by Michael Friedman, an AARP volunteer and a college sophomore at Washington University in St. Louis.  Register at:

Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) Training for Kinship Caregivers

June 22, 24, 29 and July 1, 6:30 – 8:30 pm.  This virtual training is an attachment-based, trauma-informed intervention that is designed to meet the complex needs of vulnerable children. TBRI uses Empowering Principles to address physical needs, Connecting Principles for attachment needs, and Correcting Principles to disarm fear-based behaviors. While the intervention is based on years of attachment, sensory processing, and neuroscience research, the heartbeat of TBRI is connection. See attached flyer for details and registration information.

Elder Abuse in the time of COVID-19: Where are we Now?

Friday, June 25, 10:00 – 11:45 am.  Learn how the pandemic has impacted elder abuse and hear from a panel of local experts how we are combatting elder abuse on a local level. Featuring: Paul Greenwood, Former San Diego District Attorney and Expert on Elder Abuse.  Register here: 

Virtual Coffee Tech Chat: Technology Workshop/Open House

June 26, 10:30 am.  Technology can open up our world. It can help us connect with family, friends, healthcare and other services that allow us to age well. Do you have lingering questions about technology that you are hoping to get answered? Come to this Coffee Chat to ask your questions and we will work together as a group to resolve them. All levels of background with technology are welcome and encouraged to attend. Session will be led by Michael Friedman, an AARP volunteer and a college sophomore at Washington University in St. Louis.  Register at:

Virtual Coffee with a Transportation Planner

Wednesday, July 7, 11:00 am.  AARP’s Livable Communities initiative supports the efforts of neighborhoods, towns, cities and rural areas to be great places for people of all ages.  Join Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) staff to discuss ongoing initiatives in transportation development throughout the region.  Register at:

Summer 2021 Caregiver College

July 15 through August 19, 2:00-5:00pm on Thursdays via Zoom. A series of six modules provided for caregivers of persons with memory disorders. Sessions are designed to improve caregiver understanding of different aspects of dementia care. See flyer attached.

Powerful Tools for Family Caregivers

Mondays, July 19 – August 23, 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 4 out of the 6 sessions. Registration is required by July 12 for receipt of program materials.  Register at: