ABBE Community Calendar – January 2024

Community Markets and fun social events and classes for families and seniors.

Asheville/Buncombe Black Elders Engagement Project Activities and Events

Community Engagement Markets

Note: Grove Street Community Center will be closed for up to four weeks for HVAC system replacement. APR staff will provide round-trip shuttle transportation for Senior Congregate Dining from Grove Street to Stephens-Lee each Monday-Friday from 11:30 a.m to 12:45 p.m. Visit ashevillenc.gov for updates on the Grove Street Community Center.

Special Events

Winter Day Trip: Dobra Tea – Thursday, January 11 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Enjoy a flavorful outing at Dobra Tea for a delightful tea experience. Transportation is Free. Ages 18+. Please register at www.avlREC.com. Free. Harvest House, 205 Kenilworth Road.

MLK Day of Service – Monday, January 15 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Join us for a day of service for MLK Day! Partner with Riverlink, Hood Huggers, the Burton Street Community Association, and more to help beautify the Burton Street community. Free. Burton Street Community Center, 134 Burton Street.

Winter Day Trip: Lunch and Escape Room – Thursday, January 25 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. We will eat lunch at the Asheville Mall food court and make our way over to Fox N Otter for a one hour escape room experience. Transportation is free. Participants are responsible for their meal and the $29 escape room fee. Ages 18+. Register at www.avlREC.com. Harvest House, 205 Kenilworth Road.

Family Trivia Night – Saturday, January 27 from 5-6:30 p.m. The whole family is invited to an evening of trivia with questions that span the ages. Prizes will be awarded and refreshments will be served. Registration is required; go to www.avlREC.com or call 828-254-1942. Free. Burton Street Community Center, 134 Burton Street.

Community Engagement Markets

Big Ivy Community Center – Tuesday, January 16 at 8 a.m. 540 Dillingham Road, Barnardsville.

Asheville Middle School – Tuesday, January 16 at 5 p.m. 211 S French Broad Avenue, Asheville. Drive through Market in front of the school.

Shiloh Community Market – Wednesday, January 17 at 3 p.m. 486 Caribou Road, Asheville.

Deaverview Apts. – Thursday, January 18 at 3 p.m. 275 Deaverview Road, Asheville.

Klondyke Homes – Friday, January 19 at 3 p.m. 500 Montford Avenue, Asheville.

Edington Center – Monday, January 22 at 3 p.m. 133 Livingston Street, Asheville.

Big Ivy Community Center – Tuesday, January 23 at 8 a.m. 540 Dillingham Road, Barnardsville.

Bartlett Arms Apts. – Tuesday, January 23 at 3 p.m. 121 Bartlett Street, Asheville.

Pisgah View Apts. – Wednesday, January 24 at 3 p.m. 1 Granada Street, Asheville.

ABCCM West – Friday, January 26 at 2 p.m. 1914 Smoky Park Highway, Candler.

Council on Aging Senior Dining and Wellness Programs

Offered to older adults, age 60+, who are registered with the Council on Aging of Buncombe County Senior Dining and Wellness Program. While there is no charge to participate, individuals are given the opportunity to expand services through consumer contributions.

Senior Congregate Dining at Stephens-Lee Community Center – Monday-Friday, 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. This program offers a variety of educational guest speakers, a nutritious lunch, and more. For more information, please call (828) 350-2062. Stephens-Lee Community Center, 30 George Washington Carver Avenue.

Senior Dining and Wellness at the Linwood Crump Shiloh Community Center – Wednesday-Friday, 12-1 p.m. Eligible adults can enjoy nutritious hot lunches from Moose Café along with weekly fresh produce in a fun, safe, and social setting. Call (828) 277-8288 to register. Linwood Crump Shiloh Community Center, 121 Shiloh Road.

View the full list of Community Engagement Markets at www.buncombecounty.org

Monthly Activities

A Capella Alive – Every Thursday from 6-9 p.m. A Capella Alive is a small non-profit chorus group looking for a few new members to join in as they bring joy to others by singing. Free. Stephens-Lee Community Center, 30 George Washington Carver Avenue.

A Matter of Balance – Every Monday until February 26 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. Designed to help older adults reduce their fear of falling. Older adults who are interested in improving flexibility, balance, and strength, and are aged 60 and older, community-dwelling, and able to problem solve are invited. Contact Brea Kuykendall, [email protected], or call 828-251-7438 for more details or to register. Free. Asheville Community Yoga. 8 Brookdale Road, Asheville, 28804.

All Together Art – Every Tuesday until February 27 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. An 8-week art program created for seniors. Registration is required; go to www.avlREC.com. Free. Linwood Crump Shiloh Community Center, 121 Shiloh Road.

Balance, Agility, Strength, Stretch – Every Tuesday from 12-1 p.m. Work on flexibility, balance, stretching and strength. Taught by Liz Atkinson. Walk-in class; no pre-registration required. Bring your own exercise mat. Free. Harvest House, 205 Kenilworth Road.

Beginner Line Dancing with Denna – Every Monday from 12-1 p.m. Taught by Denna Yockey. Free. Harvest House, 205 Kenilworth Road.

Beginner/Improver Line Dancing with Denna – Every Monday from 1-2 p.m. A more challenging line dancing experience with Denna Yockey. Free. Harvest House, 205 Kenilworth Road.

Beginning Line Dancing – Every Thursday until May 30 from 12-12:50 p.m. Fun, drop-in class. Try it once and you’ll be hooked. Ages 40 and over. Free. Stephens-Lee Community Center, 30 George Washington Carver Avenue.

Bid Whist – Every Saturday until May 25 from 1-4:30 p.m. Follow suit, make your bids, call your trump, and win the tricks! Fun, free competition. Dr. Wesley Grant Sr., Southside Community Center, 285 Livingston Street.

Bid Whist – Every Monday until May 20 from 5:30-8 p.m. Teams are based on drop-in attendance. Light refreshments are served. Ages 18 and up. Free. Stephens-Lee Community Center, 30 George Washington Carver Avenue.

Bid Whist and Spades – Every Tuesday from 6-8 p.m. Competitive card games with family and friends. Free. Linwood Crump Shiloh Community Center, 121 Shiloh Road.

BINGO – Fridays, January 12, February 2 & 9, March 1 & 8, April 5 & 12, and May 3 & 10 from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Held on the 1st and 2nd Fridays of the month. Snack will be served. Purchase a second BINGO card for $1. Prizes will be awarded. Free and open to all. Stephens-Lee Community Center, 30 George Washington Carver Avenue.

Burton Street Senior Elite Club – Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fun activities, planned trips, movie days, chair exercise classes, fellowship days, game days, and special meals prepared by different seniors from the group. Burton Street Community Center, 134 Burton Street.

Circle 8 Square Dancing – Every Tuesday from 6-9 p.m. Come out and meet some new people and have a good time square dancing. Free. Stephens-Lee Community Center, 30 George Washington Carver Avenue.

Community Bingo – Saturdays, January 20, February 17, March 16, April 20 & May 18 from 1-2:30 p.m. Small prizes will be awarded. Ages 12+; youth 16 and under with adult. Free. Stephens-Lee Community Center, 30 George Washington Carver Avenue.

Edible Park Workday – Fridays, January 19, February 16, March 15, April 19, & May 17 from 2:30-5:30 p.m. Sponsored by Bountiful Cities and the EEVS Neighborhood Association. Free. Stephens-Lee Community Center, 30 George Washington Carver Avenue.

Family Style Cooking Class – Every Thursday, January 18 until February 1 from 5-6 p.m. Classes will teach fundamental skills to kids aged 7-10 alongside an adult. All ingredients provided. Cost: $20/family for all three sessions. Register at www.avlREC.com or call 828-254-1942. Burton Street Community Center, 134 Burton Street.

Family Paint Nights – Friday, January 26, and Friday, February 23 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Everything needed to create some masterpieces is provided. Not instruction-led. Refreshments provided. Cost: $5 per family. All ages; registration required. Go to www.avlREC.com or call 828-254-1942. Burton Street Community Center, 134 Burton Street.

Friday Exercise with Delia – Every Friday from 10-11 a.m. Work on strengthening, stretching, and aerobics. No registration required. Free. Harvest House, 205 Kenilworth Road.

Folk Dancing – Every Monday from 2:15-4:15 p.m. Gentle circle dancing; no partner needed. Newcomers and beginners welcome. Drop-in. Free. Harvest House, 205 Kenilworth Road.

Game Night – Every 1st and 2nd Friday from 6-7:30 p.m. Trivia and Game show fun. Themes change monthly. Free. Linwood Crump Shiloh Community Center, 121 Shiloh Road.

Grove Street Card Sharks – Wednesdays from 2-5 p.m. Play a variety of games such as Bid Whist, Spades, Tunk, and more. Bring a partner and join the fun! Free. Stephens-Lee Community Center, 30 George Washington Carver Avenue.

Gym BINGO – Thursday, January 18, 1-2 p.m. Winners will receive prizes. Free. Linwood Crump Shiloh Community Center, 121 Shiloh Road.

Health Education Leading to Prevention (HELP) Program – Held on the third and fourth Wednesdays, 12-1 p.m. Led by Kathey Avery, these classes focus on the self-management of chronic disease and diabetes as well as maintaining a healthy and well-balanced lifestyle. No registration required. Free. Linwood Crump Shiloh Community Center, 121 Shiloh Road.

Healthy Living ABIPA – Held on the 1st and 2nd Wednesdays from 12-1 p.m. ABIPA (Asheville Buncombe Institute of Parity Achievement) focuses on promoting healthy living through advocacy, education, and research for African Americans and other unserved populations. Free. Linwood Crump Shiloh Community Center, 121 Shiloh Road.

Intro to Line Dancing – Every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m. For those who are new to line dance, join this beginners course. Taught by Liz. Free. Harvest House, 205 Kenilworth Road.

Line Dancing – Every Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.; and Every Thursday from 1-2 p.m. Designed to help you learn the latest line dances step by step. Free. Linwood Crump Shiloh Community Center, 121 Shiloh Road.

Pottery – Tuesdays from 2-4 p.m. beginning January 23 for 6 weeks. Free. You must pre-register at www.avlREC.com. Grove Street Community Center, 36 Grove Street.

Power Hour Exercise – Every Tuesday from 10-11 a.m. Gentle based chair exercise is fun and upbeat. All are welcome. Free. Stephens-Lee Community Center, 30 George Washington Carver Avenue.

Qigong – Tuesdays, 1:15-1:45 p.m. A gentle form of exercise composed of movement, posture, breathing, and meditation used to promote health and spirituality. Free. Harvest House, 205 Kenilworth Road.

Scrabble – Every Sunday until May 26 from 1:30-5:45 p.m. Hosted by the Asheville Scrabble Club, come play this popular game with new friends. Ages 16 and over. Free. Stephens-Lee Community Center, 30 George Washington Carver Avenue.

Shiloh Community Association – Meets the first Monday of the month from 6-8 p.m. Free and open to the public. Focus on events for the community as well as pressing issues that affect the community. Linwood Crump Shiloh Community Center, 121 Shiloh Road.

Social Seniors – Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. A variety of programs that include socializing and meeting new people, table games, trivia, cornhole, crafts, and more. We also offer an independent exercise area. Free. Stephens-Lee Community Center, 30 George Washington Carver Avenue.

Southside Family Game Night – Fridays, January 12, February 9, March 8, April 12, & May 10 from 6-8 p.m. Family friendly. Your favorite board and card games will be available, or feel free to bring your own. Light refreshments available. Ages 5-99. Free. Dr. Wesley Grant Sr., Southside Community Center, 285 Livingston Street.

Southside Family Movie Night – Fridays, January 5, March 15, & May 10 from 6-8 p.m. Family-friendly blockbusters in the auditorium. Freshly popped popcorn and drinks will be available. All ages. Registration not required. Free. Dr. Wesley Grant Sr., Southside Community Center, 285 Livingston Street.

Southside Walking Club – Tuesdays and Thursdays until February 8 from 10:30-11:45 a.m. Walk inside our gym or outside if it’s nice. There will be great music that you can dance to while you walk. Ages 18 and up, but younger kids with can also walk with you. Free. Dr. Wesley Grant Sr., Southside Community Center, 285 Livingston Street.

Strength & Exercise with Delia – Every Monday from 9:30-10:15 a.m. Work on strengthening, stretching and fitness. No registration required. Free. Harvest House, 205 Kenilworth Road.

Tai Chi – Every Friday until May 31 from 1:15-2 p.m. for beginners, and 2-3 p.m. for intermediate/advanced. Improve your movement and flexibility and practice relaxation techniques. Free. Stephens-Lee Community Center, 30 George Washington Carver Avenue.

Walking Club – Every Wednesday and Friday from 1-2:15 p.m. Come walk to the beat of your favorite jams to get your steps in. Walk at your own pace. Free. Linwood Crump Shiloh Community Center, 121 Shiloh Road.

Yoga – Every Monday from 10-11 a.m. For beginners and those experienced in Yoga. Simple flowing sequences to warm up the body and slower paced movements that focus on alignment, strength, balance, and flexibility. Free. Linwood Crump Shiloh Community Center, 121 Shiloh Road.

Zumba – Every Thursday from 11 a.m. to 12 noon. Fun, Latin inspired exercise. Exhilarating and easy to follow. All levels are welcome. Free. Stephens-Lee Community Center, 30 George Washington Carver Avenue.

Zumba Gold – Every Wednesday and Friday from 11 a.m. to 12 noon. Work on your mobility while grooving and moving to the beat to burn off those calories. A fun dance exercise that focuses on cardio, flexibility, strength, and balance. Free. Linwood Crump Shiloh Community Center, 121 Shiloh Road.

Zumba Gold – Every Wednesday until May 29 from 12-12:50 p.m. Interval-style dance fitness party that combines low-intensity and high-intensity moves. Ages 40 and over. Free. Stephens-Lee Community Center, 30 George Washington Carver Avenue.

Zumba Gold with Liz – Every Monday from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Spicy, fun, and a great workout. Walk-in program. No registration required. Ages 50+. Free. Harvest House, 205 Kenilworth Road.

 


Asheville Buncombe Black Elders Engagement (ABBE) Project is an initiative of Age-Friendly Buncombe County. The mission of ABBE is “Outreach and engagement with Asheville/Buncombe Black Elders to promote wellness and prevent isolation.”

The ABBE calendar is compiled from many sources, including City of Asheville Parks and Recreation, Buncombe County Community and Public Engagement, Land of Sky Area Agency on Aging, and Age-Friendly Buncombe County. If you would like to be part of ABBE or you know of someone who could benefit from the ABBE calendar, please contact Billie Breeden at [email protected]

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