Area Events

Henderson County Community Health Assessment

Every three years, Henderson County conducts a Community Health Assessment (CHA) to identify the county’s health concerns and to prioritize action plans to address them.  You may participate in this process by completing an online survey.  Information collected is anonymous.  Take the survey.

When All God's Children Get Together: Part 2 - Fostering Racial Justice

Book Club with Ann Woodford.  Thursdays, March 11 and 25, April 8 and 22, 1:00pm-2:00pm.
Guided by the Book, When All God’s Children Get Together: A Celebration of the Music and Lives of the African American People in Far Western North Carolina, participants will discuss the topics listed below in discussion groups with facilitators and the author. Learn more about Ann Woodford at her website:  Register at:

Regional Transit Connectivity Feasibility Study

The French Broad River MPO is conducting a Regional Transit Feasibility Study that aims to create a cohesive vision that reflects the region’s preferences for transit connectivity. Throughout the course of the study, the FBRMPO’s consultant team will be researching the opportunities and constraints facing regional transit, devising an implementation plan for how to best achieve regional connectivity, and recommending a governance structure for regional transit service.

The second round of public engagement for this study will be open from March 22-April 22. This includes a static, virtual meeting as well as a public survey. Visit: to view materials and complete the ongoing survey. If you have any questions, please contact Emily Scott-Cruz with the FBRMPO ([email protected]). See attached flyer for more details.

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.

  • April 24
  • May 8
  • May 29
  • June 12
  • June 26
  • July 17
  • July 31

Alzheimer's Association Education Programs

See the flyer with the full list of April virtual education programs for the Alzheimer’s Association.

Free Virtual Workshops

NC Baptist Aging Ministries is hosting free virtual workshops. More info and registration information is here: Click on the workshop(s) you want to attend and then scroll to the bottom of the page to register. You will receive connection information a few days before the workshop.

  • Home Invasion Prevention, May 11, 10-11am

Vaya Training Schedule for April

Vaya Health is providing web-based trainings on Microsoft Teams. Attached is the schedule for April. Email [email protected] to register.

  • Crisis Prevention: Keeping Your Cool Under Pressure- “If you can predict it, you can avoid it!” Though avoidance is not always possible, planning for how to prevent and/or manage a crisis can help both caregivers and individuals experiencing a crisis. This course is designed to increase one’s skill level in working with individuals who experience increased behavioral challenges. Focus is placed on causation and de-escalation techniques.
  • I’m Covered Up: What You Need to Know About Hoarding- “I’m covered up” is not just about the physical retention of things. More importantly, it’s about emotional components that won’t allow release. This presentation examines causes, symptoms and adaptive treatment and care methods for those dealing with hoarding behavior. A focus is placed on the aged population.
  • Person(RE)ality: Why Mine is Different Part 1- The reality of personality disorders is that they involve long-term patterns of thoughts and behaviors that are unhealthy and inflexible and, though similar, no two ever look exactly the same. This course defines personality disorders, explores different types and examines challenges associated with providing care for individuals who are diagnosed with one.
  • The Many Faces of Antipsychotic Medications- As we age, the use of antipsychotic medications may become a challenge in itself. Course participants will learn the importance of decreasing the use of antipsychotics (especially in dementia) and focus on other possible techniques to manage psychosis. As always, we include the action, use and side effects of this classification of medication.

Coffee Chat Technology Series

Saturdays, April 10 – May 1, 10:30 – 11:30 am.  Come chat with Michael Friedman, AARP volunteer and a college sophomore at Washington University in St. Louis about the ways that technology can support physical, emotional and psychological well-being.  Register at:

April 24 – Powerpoint, Word, OneNote, and More
May 1 – The Internet of Things

Assistive Technology Program

Free weekly 30 minute Zoom demonstrations hosted by NC Assistive Technology Program, part of NC Department of Health and Human Services, will start April 15 to help you learn how technology can connect you to people and activities in your community.  See flyer for more details.

Demystifying Hearing Aid Technology

Hearing Loss Associaiton of America Asheville Chapter is hosting a virtual meeting on Demystifying Hearing Aid Technology, Thursday, April 22, 6:30-7:30PM, via Zoom. See attached flyer for details.

All the Lonely People: Easing loneliness and isolation for those we serve and the people we love

April 27th, 6:30 – 8:00 pm.  Join AARP and Blue Ridge Pride as they explore how isolation and loneliness impact our own experiences. We will also focus on specific challenges of how this impacts people in the LGBTQ community. Through the critically-acclaimed filmmaking of Stu Maddux & Joe Applebaum, select scenes from their latest documentary, “All The Lonely People” will set the stage for a discussion about the latest research on this emerging public health crisis.  Register at:

Asheville Art Museum: LET'S LAUGH!

Wednesday, April 28, 1:00pm, free. Connections is a new arts-based program serving community-dwelling adults with mild to moderate memory loss and their care partners. Led by specially trained Museum staff, contractors, and volunteers, each monthly Connections program includes a guided art conversation. Learn more and register here:

Caregiver College

April 15th – May 20th, Thursdays, 2:00-5:00 pm. Caregiver College is a quarterly series of 6 three-hour lectures for caregivers of people with memory disorders. Sessions are designed to improve caregiver understanding of different aspects of dementia care. The course is free and open to the public. Those interested need to register by calling MemoryCare at 828-771-2219 or emailing [email protected].  See flier for more details.

NC Cancer Survivorship Summit

Friday, April 30, 2:00 – 6:00 pm, Saturday, May 1, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm.  The NC Cancer Survivorship Summit purpose is to bring together cancer survivors, cancer patients and caregivers to share their experiences, learn the latest cancer treatments, research, and psychosocial issues, learn self-advocacy skills, and enhance the empowerment of survivors throughout their lives. The NC Cancer Survivorship Summit is only for cancer survivors, patients and their caregivers/family members.  This year’s summit is FREE and will be 100% virtual.  To register, go to:

Vaya Training Schedule for May

Vaya Health is providing web-based trainings on Microsoft Teams. Attached is the schedule for May. Email [email protected] to register.

  • Bipolar Disorder and Extreme Mood Variation: Is there Stability?Whether you are the caregiver of someone with bipolar disorder or an individual living with the inability to maintain a consistent mood, feeling “stable” is often an infrequent reality. This class examines features and symptoms of the different types of the disorder. It also addresses causes, risk factors and, most importantly, treatment. Specific focus is placed on the impact for the geriatric population.
  • Keeping the Balance: Mood-Stabilizing Medications. Managing mood disorders can be a balancing act. This course provides information about the role of medication in keeping a healthy equilibrium and the importance of observing medication responses, as well as signs and symptoms to report to a physician.
  • Overcoming Communication Barriers. Communication is the string that ties us all together. If that string isn’t strong enough or is broken, our relationships tend to unravel. This curriculum is designed to look at common communication problems and methods to make it an easier and more efficient process. We’ll look at examples of communication to use and those not to use.
  • Person(RE)ality: Why Mine is Different Part 2. The reality of personality disorders is that they involve long-term patterns of thoughts and behaviors that are unhealthy and inflexible and, though similar, no two ever look exactly the same. This course defines personality disorders, explores different types and examines challenges associated with providing care for individuals who are diagnosed with one. We will be focusing on Cluster B.

Online Fitness Classes

May 3-28.  The Arthritis Foundation is offering online TherHab Fitness Classes.  TherHab Fitness is a fun program of specialized fitness classes designed and led by physical therapists to keep you fit and active, as well as prevent and manage joint pain.  See flyer for more details.

"Embracing Aging!"

Southwestern Commission Area Agency on Aging invites you to their 2021 Spring Aging Conference, “Embracing Aging!” to celebrate Older Americans Month. The four events are free and each event will focus on a different topic. More info here:

• May 4 – 2:00 to 3:00 pm – “Embracing Emotional Changes: Reengaging as we Age”
• May 11 – 2:00 to 3:00 pm – “Mindful Movement”
• May 18 – 2:00 to 3:00 pm – “Heads Up: Combating Ageism”
• May 25 – 2:00 to 3:00 pm – “Disrupt Aging”

Sparking Joy: Exploring New Possibilities

Wednesday, May 5, 12, 19, 10:00 am.  Feeling down? You are not the only one. The last year has brought loneliness and loss to many. Research indicates that focusing on our present moment and trying something new can help increase a sense of self-confidence and improve brain health. Join AARP, Healing Solutions Counseling at Jewish Family Services, and the Area Agency on Aging at Land of Sky Regional Council for this series of joy-sparking virtual events.  Register at:

May 5: Spice it Up
May 12: Digging the Dirt
May 19: Game On!

Home Fit

Wednesday, May 12 at 10:30 am.  AARP surveys consistently find that older adults want to remain in their current homes and communities for as long as possible. Yet barely one percent of the nation’s housing supply contains any “universal design” elements — such as single story living or a sink that can be reached from a wheelchair. Based on the free AARP HomeFit Guide, this presentation can help individuals and families make their current or future residence – or that of a loved one – their “lifelong home.” Using visuals, this webinar looks at a house both outside and in, going room by room to identify many simple things people can do themselves to make their homes safer.  Register at:

Nursing Homes and Long Term Care

The League of Women Voters of Henderson County will host a discussion on nursing homes and long-term care on May 12 from 2:00-3:30pm on Zoom. Speakers will be Bill Lamb, president of the Board of Directors of FOR (Friends of Residents in Long Term Care), a statewide citizens advocacy group; and Don Streb, Chairman of Henderson County’s Community Advisory Committee, our local branch of the Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program. The event is free and open to the public. Register for this program at  The event is free and open to the public.

Manna Food Distribution

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

  • Tuesday, May 18, 10:30-11:30
  • Tuesday, June 15, 10:30-11:30

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.

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.

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.