Asheville Area Events

November 29, 2018, 8:30 am – 1:30 pm   Just Press Play: Awakening the Mind through Music; workshop to be held at Land of Sky Regional Council, 339 New Leicester Highway, Ste 140, Asheville.  This workshop will show caregivers the value of individualized music for themselves and the loved ones they care for.  Caregivers who attend are eligible for headphones, iTunes gift certificates, and MP3 players if they complete a simple application for a grant. This workshop is sponsored by the Family Caregiver Program and the Ombudsman Program of the Area Agency on Aging. For information and registration: Ruth Price 828-251-7441 or Julia Gibson 828-251-7439. 

January 20, 2019  – 4:30 p.m. – Introduction to Screen Door Cohousing, Asheville. Michael and Sharon Willen, together with a core group of active adults 55 and older who share a common dream of aging independently, but not alone are  designing an intentional neighborhood in a beautiful spot right on the edge of downtown. Our unifying desire is to grow and manage the community such that each of us has privacy, a meaningful role, and mutual support. Come for a Q&A session and a look at our plans, meet others interested in aging in community. (Approximately 1 hour)

OSHER LIFELONG LEARNING CENTER-SPECIAL EVENTS: Something for everyone, art, music, sports, lifestyle, health, science, politics, philosophy, and more. Most events are free and open to the public or very low cost. OLLI is a great local asset – discover it now and consider becoming a member to join a true community of active older adults.

SAVE THE DATE: Thursday, June 14, 2018, 9 am-4 pm, at the Reuter Center (Home of OLLI) at UNC Asheville, Aging in Place: Making the Dream a Reality; Buncombe County Council on Aging’s annual Successful Aging Conference. This conference will feature a keynote speaker followed by a variety of sessions throughout the day.

SAVE THE DATE: Thursday, September 13th, 2018 from 9 am – 12 noon, at the Reuter Family YMCA at Biltmore Park The YMCA’s Annual HEALTHY AGING DAY – This event is the kickoff event for the many Active Aging Activities celebrating Falls Awareness Month and Active Aging Week 2018.

Well over 3,000 organizations nationally support Active Aging Week every year by presenting a variety of activities – making the point that life’s full measure of enjoyment is available to everyone, regardless of age.  At the Y, reducing social isolation among older adults and strengthening community is our cause.

The Y recognizes the important role that older adults play in all sorts of communities – vocational, geographical or cultural – and celebrates their full participation in diverse areas of life. This free event will provide a fun intellectually, socially and activity –packed day specifically designed for our active aging community.

♦ Silver to Gold Transportation 4 Seniors Hackathon: Improve WNC seniors’ quality of life through access to transportation by developing tech solution specifications.

WhenSaturday, January 13, 2018, 12:30 PM to 4:30 PM

WhereLand-Of Sky Regional Council, 339 New Leicester Highway · Asheville

Who – Meet the Geeks, Code for Asheville, and UniteWNC are calling on a range of technical experts (from front-end developers, to UI/UX, to database developers, to marketers, to project managers, to solutions architects, to security experts, etc) to join end-users (Seniors), non-profits (AARP, DayStay Adult Care Care Partners Adult Care), and governments (Asheville City, Buncombe County Council on Aging, Madison County) for an afternoon of creative solutioning. What – The goal of the hackathon is to create epic user stories, initial specifications and high-level design for at least 5 Minimum Viable Products (MVP) which will bring greater transportation access to seniors across our region. UniteWNC will seek funding after the hackathon to develop at least one of the MVPs pitched at the end of the hackathon. You can chose to continue to be involved in creating the solution or you can lend your expertise during the three hours and then step back. The main thing is to come with a collaborative and creative mindset.
How – Facilitators will help set the stage for attendees to self-organize into at least five teams with a good mix of technical experts, senior end users, and subject matter experts to design their solutions to pitch.
Sign me up! – Registration is limited to 50, with an equal mix of techies, seniors, and non-profits/government. Please complete the Registration Form here ( as well as sign up on the Meet the Geeks or Code for Asheville’s Meetup sites.

Attendees are encouraged to pre-read the Proceedings from the Hackathon Planning Meeting ( as a springboard to the thinking and collaboration at the hackathon. The planning meeting generated multiple user voices and five areas of emphasis for the potential solutions:
1. Education and PR
2. Coordinating Services / Connecting Systems
3. Using Available Idle Resources
4. Creating Zones of Service
5. Creating Volunteer Voucher System

♦ Volunteer Expo: The Junior League of Asheville, one of Buncombe County’s oldest women-led volunteer organizations, will host a Volunteer Expo on February 3, 2018.

When – February 3 @ 10:00 am4:00 pm, Crowne Plaza Expo Center

Where – 1 Resort Drive, Asheville, NC 28806

What – Modeled after a job fair, the Volunteer Expo is an opportunity for residents of Western North Carolina to learn about local nonprofits, their volunteer needs, and other ways to support these organizations. To make this event a success, the League is pleased to partner with over 50 local nonprofits, including organizations that specialize in addressing health, poverty, legal aid, environmental stewardship, women’s issues, arts, civic leadership, technology, education, and animal welfare.

Why – In addition to learning about local nonprofit organizations and exploring volunteer opportunities with these organizations, Volunteer Expo attendees can attend four educational panels centered around the theme, “How Do You Serve?” Panelists will address direct, government and board service, as well as financial management of nonprofits.

Local nonprofits are an incredible asset to our community and are responsible for much of Buncombe County’s progress. We believe that the Volunteer Expo will be a great opportunity for Western North Carolina residents to connect with outstanding nonprofit organizations, learn about what they are doing, and how they can contribute (time, talent, or treasure).

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♦ What: Wiser-Together World Cafe – Transportation for All
When:  from 9:00 – Noon, Wednesday, October 11
Why: Part of making our community age-friendly is ensuring that as people age they can still get to where they need to go and connect with people that make life meaningful. On January 13, 2018, UniteWNC’s Silver to Gold Team and Code for Asheville will sponsor an event to “hack” our current transportation options to design possible approaches that are more age-friendly. We need you, your best ideas, and your creativity on October 11 to make that January event most productive!
In preparation for the January 13th Hackathon; on October 11, you are invited to help clarify the user’s voice, the best aspects of what now exists, and the desired outcomes from new approaches we will begin to flesh out at the January 13 Hackathon.  On October 11, we’ll use the highly-effective and pleasant World Cafe process to imagine transportation that works for all people as they age and identify what needs to be included and addressed.
Also, please read these 2 articles before coming.
If you have other relevant articles, books or links, please share them ahead of time.  They will be posted on our website below.


♦Marianne Kilkenny – Fall Workshops for Women Interested in Living in Community -“Your Quest for Home”   Fall sessions starting soon!  The organizing meeting is September 13th 6:30pm at Earthfare West Community Room in Asheville to get a feel for the book, the author and others. Or email Marianne and sign up by Sept 24th, class size is limited.  Details: Dates and times and fees:

If you’re not in Asheville or surrounding area, or thinking it’s going to be cold out there to drive this winter?  The plan for future programs on the Guidebook will be to use of Zoom or some techie thing on the horizon.


Buncombe County Successful Aging Day