Things to Do

Membership Organizations

Pisgah Valley Retirement Community

Pisgah Valley Retirement Community is known for its charming neighborhoods, serene country lifestyle and foundational philosophy of wellness. Its not-for- profit, faith-based community has a distinguished history of providing a lifestyle centered on physical, mental and spiritual well-being. Pisgah Valley is committed to warm, personal attention and creating programs and services that keep seniors feeling their best and striving for new goals in strength and wellness.

95 Holcombe Cove Rd, Candler, NC 28715 Directions

828-761-1446

Pisgah Climbers Assoc.

A nonprofit group of climbers,camps, commercial outfitters, and guides who work with the U.S. Forest Service to preserve an protect climbing areas and trails.

Astronomy Club of Asheville

Astronomy Club of Asheville is a club dedicated to helping people at all levels of interest in astronomy, regardless of age or experience. Indoor meetings are the first Thursday of the month from 6-8pm.

828-251-2025

Western North Carolina Sierra Club

Western North Carolina Sierra Club has monthly meetings offering educational speakers. They also have planned some awesome hikes in our beautiful mountains. The club meets Jan. to Nov. at 6:30PMon the second Tues. of the month at the Paine-Webber building on Charlotte Street.

828-645-8917

Wilderness Network of the Mountains

Wilderness Network of the Mountains provides gay men
who enjoy hiking, biking, camping, canoeing, and other outdoor activities opportunities to meet other men with similar interests. Meet great people while enjoying the great outdoors. For more information,e-mail Dave

American Business Women’s Association (ABWA)

Our mission “Bringing together businesswomen of diverse occupations and to provide opportunities for them to help themselves and others grow personally and professionally through leadership,education, networking support and national recognition.”

ABWA meets the first Thursday of each month, 6:00 p.m. for networking, dinner, business meeting, and fellowship. Visit our website for more information.

828-777-4231

Carolina Convertible Car Club

For anyone with a convertible who enjoys motoring with the top down – come join us for weekend rides, no memberships dues, few formalities, just driving and social fun.

828-684-3187

Asheville RPG Player Finder

This is a Yahoo group for RPG players in Asheville, NC. Whether you’re an RPG player looking for a group to join, or a group who wants to bring in new members to your campaign, this is the place for you!

Asheville Jaycees

The Asheville Chapter of the Junior Chamber of Commerce is a group of compassionate young professionals between the ages of 21 and 39 dedicated to making Asheville a better place to live. Jaycees help members by providing opportunities for business, networking, personal growth, leadership development and social interaction. They help our local Asheville community by volunteering their time in various different projects. Asheville Jaycees are involved with the ABCCM Men’s Shelter and Quality Forward organizations on a regular basis and have many social functions throughout the year. Meetings and activities are usually held at least twice a month.

Mountain True

Mountain True, previously called WNC Alliance, is a grassroots environmental organization that works to promote a sense of stewardship and caring for the natural environment. Citizens and chapters protect and preserve our natural land, water and air resources through education and public participation in policy decisions at all levels of business and government. They have chapters in Haywood, Buncombe, Macon, Jackson, Clay, Cherokee and Watauga Counties, as well as task forces dedicated to forests and public parks.

29 N Market St #610, Asheville, NC 28801 Directions

(828) 258-8737

The Preservation Society of Asheville and Buncombe County

If you want to get involved in helping to preserve Asheville and Buncombe County’s heritage, then get involved with this organization.You will enjoy the people and the projects on which you will have an opportunity to work.

828-254-2343

Asheville Stamp Club

Asheville Stamp Club meets the 3rd Sunday of the month at 2pm at the Trillium Room of the main building of Deerfield Retirement Community, 1617 Hendersonville Rd. All stamp collectors are welcome.

828-627-3039 or 828-274-3804

Asheville Lightning Junior Olympics Team

This is the premier youth track and field program in the mountains for kids 6-18 and has been in existence since 1990. They have over 20 volunteer coaches and each year host a major track meet for kids at UNCA.

International Association of Administrative Professionals – Land Of The Sky Chapter

Administrative Professionals in the Asheville area are invited to network with other professionals during the monthly dinner meetings of IAAP. LOTS Chapter meets every 4th Thursday of the month at 5:15 p.m.

Carolina Mountain Club

The Carolina Mountain Club was organized to foster the enjoyment of the mountains through hiking and to encourage the conservation of our natural resources. This purpose is achieved primarily through an extensive schedule of hikes and a program of trail building and maintenance. Please choose from the following pages to find out more about the CMC.

The Century Club

The Century Club is recruiting volunteers to help recognize centenarians. The club was established in 1994 to honor and celebrate 100th birthdays of residents in the communities.

828-251-6622*143

The Apple Country Woodcrafters

This group was formed in 1985 to promote the art and craft of woodworking, and through its fellowship promote communication and exchange of knowledge and techniques among area woodworkers. Meets monthly, on the third Monday.

call 696-9546 or 697-4395

MINI Motoring Club of the Carolinas

A unique car club for all MINI Cooper owners fainthearted area. If you love your MINI as much as we do ours, come out for our monthly Meet ‘n’ Eats. We also participate in Car Shows, Road Rallies, and Modification Days all across the Carolinas. Let’s Motor! Call Ben Wadhams for more information.

828-450-3280

Optimist International

Optimist International have been “Bringing Out the Best in Kids” since 1919. Optimist Clubs conduct positive service projects aimed at providing a helping hand to youth.

Asheville
Asheville-Erwin
Weaverville-North Buncombe

Earth First!

Earth First! meets the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month at 7pm. All are welcome to attend the meetings at the Fortune Building in West Asheville.

828-285-0631

Asheville Track Club

For those who like to run around, all ages and abilities welcome. Visit the site for more info on the exciting First Annual Mount Mitchell to Black Mountain Marathon Challenge!

Asheville Ultimate Club

Asheville Ultimate Club meets three times weekly to have fun and ultimately throw their discs around. Visit their site for more on scheduling and to view lots of ultimate action shots.

Kiwanis International

Kiwanis International is a thriving organization of service- and community-minded individuals who support children and young adults around the world. More than 600,000 Kiwanis-family members in 96 countries make their mark by responding to the needs of their communities and pooling their resources to address worldwide issues.

Asheville
Asheville-Sunrise
Black Mountain-Swannanoa
Canton-Pigeon River Valley
Hickory Nut Gorge
Golden K, Asheville
Madison County
Marion
North Buncombe – Weaverville
Waynesville
West Asheville

Asheville Scrabble Club

Come play your favorite word game with us! We meet Sunday afternoons at 2pm-6pm at Atlanta Bread Company-North. We have all the gear, just bring your vocabulary.

633 Merrimon Avenue, Asheville, NC Directions

828-252-8154

WNC Pilots Association

WNC Pilots Association meets at 6pm the third Tuesday of each month. Aviators host their monthly meeting at Basil’s Restaurant across from the Asheville Regional airport.

828-891-8233

Pisgah Chapter of Trout Unlimited

The Pisgah chapter of Trout Unlimited is located in Hendersonville,N.C. nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains. The Chapter was founded in June of 1969. They are now celebrating our 32nd year of cold water conservation.

The Mountains of Asheville Flute Association

The Mountains of Asheville Flute Association is a club for flute players of all ages and abilities. We have a flute choir that rehearses regularly and plays concerts and we sponsor events for flute players.

Asheville Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society

Our performances include hilarious segues characterized by G-rated humor reminiscent of Vaudeville days. Though centered in Asheville, our membership includes men from five western North Carolina counties. We enjoy a variety of vocal music activities throughout the area and take pride in our affiliation with the world’s largest singing fraternity—the Barbershop Harmony Society.

American Association of University Women

American Association of University Women (AAUW-Asheville) meets the 3rd Wednesdays of the month. This group is a 150 year old national organization promoting equity for all women and girls, lifelong education and positive societal change. The Asheville branch, North Carolina’s largest branch, and celebrated their 100th anniversary in 2014. Call Molly Keeney for more information.

828-337-5044

Blue Ridge Bicycle Club

Whether you ride the parkway or the trails, this club has numerous planned rides with experienced leaders. Asheville has some great places to ride – come learn some new routes with the BRBC.

Asheville Chess Club

Asheville Chess Club meets6:30-10:30PM Wednesdays at the North Asheville Community Center, 37 E. Larchmont Drive. Children’s chess club/instruction session meets from5:15 to 6:30PM Wednesdays and is $5 per session.

828-299-3715

Card and Board Games

Card and Board Games are offered at 1:30 and 4pm every Thursday at the Sammy Williams Senior Center. This is free and open to all seniors.

828-697-4884 or 828-692-3320

Asheville Affiliates

We are a group of diverse and energetic young professionals dedicated to making Buncombe County a better place to live. By creating synergies with Buncombe County non-profit organizations, we strive to increase awareness of, and assist in fundraising for, deserving non-profits that share our vision of a better Buncombe County.

Women’s Rugby Club

Women’s Rugby Club needs approximately 20 women for Asheville’s First Women’s Rugby Club. No experience necessary to be part of the team. Call Jessica Maddox for more information.

828-683-8739

Asheville Rowing Club

The Asheville Rowing Club is an athletic and social organization dedicated to promoting health, fitness, and fun through the sport of rowing. For more information, please contact Dion.

828-225-9469

Song O’Sky Chorus (Sweet Adelines International)

Invites all women 18 and over to join the fun of singing 4 part barbershop harmony every Tuesday at Covenant Community Church. We sing many different genres–gospel, blues, Broadway show tunes, folk songs–just to mention a few. No previous musical instruction is required; you don’t have to be able to read music. A good ear, a love of harmony, and the desire for instant friends and fellowship are all that’s necessary. Please visit our website www.songosky.org or call toll free. Better yet–plan to visit a rehearsal and see what we are all about: REAL women-REAL harmony–REAL fun!

1-866-824-9547

British Car Club of Western North Carolina

This club began in 1994 and has grown to over 60 members who like to share their enthusiasm and favorite car wax formula for their British sports cars.

Toastmasters International

Toastmasters members learn to speak simply by speaking, and they learn leadership by leading.

Arise and Shine Toastmasters
Asheville Toastmasters
Blue Ridge Toastmasters
Gateway to the Smokies Toastmasters
meets Mondays at 5:30PM at the Haywood County Public Library, 402 S. Haywood Street, Waynesville. Call (828) 456-9159for more information.
Land of Sky Toastmasters

Society of Women Engineers, Greater Asheville Section

The Society of Women Engineers (SWE), is a non-profit, educational and service organization driven to establish engineering as a highly desirable career aspiration for women. SWE empowers women to succeed and advance in those aspirations and be recognized for their life-changing contributions and achievements as engineers and leaders. We meet on the 2nd Wednesday of each month. Please visit our website to learn more or contact us.

828-551-4364

Blue Ridge UFO Research Society

Blue Ridge UFO Research Society holds meetings on the third Wednesday of every other month at 7pm. This is open to the public at the Forum Hall of Unitarian-Universalist Fellowship in Hendersonville.

828-692-8937

Young Professionals of Asheville

The Young Professionals of Asheville (YPA) is a group of compassionate young professionals between the ages of 21 and 40 dedicated to making Asheville a better place to live. YPA helps members by providing opportunities for business networking, personal growth, leadership development and social interaction. They help our local Asheville community by volunteering their time in various different projects. YPA members are involved with the ABCCM Mn’s Shelter and various other civic organizations on a regular basis and have many social functions throughout the year. Meetings and activities are usually held at least twice a month. Please email for more information.

Asheville-Buncombe PC User’s Group

Asheville-Buncombe PC User’s Group From engineers to homemakers, the A/B PC User’s Group join monthly to share ideas. . . and there’s a door prize at each meeting!

Grandview Peaks

Grandview Peaks is a private gated community offering dramatic views and natural seclusion in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Homesites range from 1 to 17 acres, starting at just $29,900. Located close to Asheville, and surrounded by great small towns. Properties have access to community lake & beach, large timber-frame pavilion, and hiking trails all in a peaceful natural setting.

102 N. Sterling Street, Morganton, NC 28655 Directions

(828) 475-4844

Carolina Nature Photography Association

The CNPA sponsors an outing from 8:00 to 11:00am the third Saturday of odd numbered months at the Botanical Gardens at Asheville. Free. Monthly meetings are from 7:00 to 9:00pm the first Sunday at the Botanical Gardens in Asheville.

828-252-4849

MOPS (Mother’s of Preschoolers)

MOPS (Mother’s of Preschoolers) has a meeting every First Thursday of the month at 9:15 at Trinity Presbyterian Church -17 Shawnee Trl, Asheville. Childcare is available. We have discussion on being a parent, refreshments, games, playgroups,Moms night out, guest speakers and help with everything. Please join us.

828-552-0861

Western Carolina Botanical Club

The Western Carolina Botanical Club (WCBC) was founded in 1973 by a small group of residents in Western North Carolina who wanted to learn about the plants of the Southern Appalachian Mountains. The mission of the Club is to identify and study native plants and their habitats and to advocate the protection of biodiversity in our natural world.

f/32

f/32 meets the 2nd Wednesday of the month at 7pm. All levels of photography experience are welcome to bring prints or slides to share in Carmike Hall on the UNCA campus. Anyone interested in joining a photography club is welcome.

828-281-2098

Writers’ Group

Writers’ Group Seeks New Members
The Appalachian Round Table, a small group of writers (mostly Great Smokies Writing Program enrollees) is seeking up to four new members.. The group meets every other Tuesday, 6 to 9 PM, at the UNCA library, to workshop previously distributed literary fiction manuscripts. Interested persons please contact Jeanne Howe.

Zero Population Growth of Asheville

Zero Population Growth of Asheville meets the 3rd Monday of the month at 7pm. Rampant population growth is causing urban sprawl and record numbers of bad air days. Can it be stopped? Yes!

828-665-7531

Valley Nature Club

Valley Nature Club meets for monthly walks to look at birds, flora, insects and other natural wonders in and around Black Mountain. Walks are open to all ages, including children when accompanied with an adult. Bring binoculars, notepad and pen.

828-669-8610 or 828-669-2052

Southern Appalachian Mineral Society

Join other mineralogy & geology enthusiasts for a monthly program fields and other related activities. Meet at 7:00pm the first Monday of each month at the Murphy-Oakley Community Center on Fairview Rd. in Asheville.

828-298-7264

Western Carolina Darts Association

Originally formed in 1989 by a small group of darters out of Mack Kells Pub, this Asheville based steel-tip league spans most of Western North Carolina from Black Mountain to Hendersonville. Tuesday league nights.

Blue Ridge Living History Society of North Carolina

The Blue Ridge Living History Society of North Carolina, a family-oriented, non-profit Civil War re-enacting organization, is seeking recruits in the area. Members will have an opportunity to attend re-enactments all over the eastern United States.

800-295-6411

Trout Unlimited Land-of-Sky

Trout Unlimited Land-of-Sky is an organization of anglers and conservationists dedicated to the protection of trout and their habitat. Visit their site to learn more about those trout streams within casting distance of Asheville.

Attachment Parenting Internationa

Attachment Parenting International is a nonprofit, nonsectarian organization which offers emotional,educational, and practical support to parents who practice attachment style parenting or wish to learn more about this style of parenting.

828-285-0105

League of Women Voters

League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan organization dedicated to encouraging political involvement by increasing the public’s knowledge of and participation in the electoral process.

828-258-8223

Lions Clubs International

Nearly 1.4 million Lions members in 194countries and geographic areas answer the needs that challenge the communities of the world. Lions tackle tough problems like blindness,drug abuse prevention and diabetes awareness.

Asheville

Asheville Breakfast
Call 684-7744 for times and locations.

Barnardsville
Call 645-3840 for times and locations.

Biltmore
Call 274-2766 for times and locations.

Black Mountain
Call 686-4693 for times and locations.

Candler
Call 665-2320 for times and locations.

Enka
Call 670-5918 for information. Meets at noon, first and third Wed. at the Masonic Lodge, Old Pisgah Highway,Candler.

Erwin Hills
Call 683-1668 for information. Meets at7PM, first and third Thurs. at the clubhouse on Erwin Hills Drive.

Greater Reynolds

Riceville

Swannanoa Valley
Call 298-9699 for times and locations.

West Asheville
Call 253-9598 for times and locations.

Child Advocacy and Prevention Services,Inc. of WNC

Our mission is to reduce/prevent child abuse and neglect, assist victims, and strengthen families through prevention, education, and treatment. We offer child abuse prevention education to children age three through the fourth grade, parenting education to the public,counseling for abused children and their families as well as adolescent and parent support groups, and information and referral. Finally, we coordinate medical examinations of physically and sexually abused children in 22 western counties through the Mission Children’s Clinic.

828-254-2000

Compassion for Animals

Compassion for Animals meets the 2nd and 4th Mondays at 7:30pm at Friends Meeting Place at 227 Edgewood Street. This active animal rights group believes in granting basic rights to sentient non-human animals and ending institutionalized animal exploitation.

828-253-6176 or 828-281-1693

Rotary Club

ROTARY is an organization of business and professional leaders united worldwide, who provide humanitarian services, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world.

Arden Rotary Club meets Thursdays at 7:30AM at the Broadmoor golf club. 828-684-3455.
Asheville Rotary Club meets Thursdays at 12:30PM at the Renaissance Hotel. 828-254-3035.
Asheville-Biltmore Rotary Club meets Wednesdays at 7:30AM at the Deerfield Epis. Retirement Community.828-274-1531.
Asheville Breakfast Rotary Club meets Wednesdays at 7:30AM at the Asheville Country Club. 828-209-2000.
Asheville West Rotary Club meets at 12:30pm on Wednesdays at Shoney’s of Enka. 828-281-2002.
Black Mountain Rotary Club meets Tuesdays at 12:00PM at the Highland Farms Retirement Community.828-686-1010.
Haywood County (Canton) Rotary Club meets Thursdays at 12:30PM at the Haywood Community College.828-926-8764 .
Madison County Rotary Club meets Thursdays at 7:30AM at Mars Hill College (Pittman Hall).
Marion Rotary Club meets Thursdays at 12:00PM at Marion Community Bldg. 828-652-8104.
McDowell County Rotary Club meets Tuesdays at 12:00PM at Countryside BBQ, Marion. 828-652-7414.
Pisgah Forest Rotary Club meets Wednesdays at 8:00AM at Glen Cannon Country Club. 828-884-2324.
Waynesville Rotary Club meets Fridays at 1:00PM at the Waynesville Country Club. 828-456-9224.
Waynesville-Sunrise Rotary Club meets Tuesdays at 7:00AM at Waynesville Comm. College. 828-452-5520.
Weaverville Rotary Club meets Wednesdays at 7:30AM at Weaverville United Methodist Aux. Bldg.828-452-5520.

The Asheville Marine Aquarium Society

The Asheville Marine Aquarium Society is a group of marine (saltwater) and reef aquarium enthusiasts whose goal is to educate new aquariasts and to preserve our reefs and ocean through breeding and coral propagation.

American Singles Golf Association

American Singles Golf Association meets 2nd Tuesday night of each month at 5:30 pm at Rezaz Restaurant at 28 Hendersonville Road. The group meets for golf outings and social events for singles. Call Kathie Alonso for more information.

828-254-6896

Asheville Rugby Football Club

Play Hard! Play Rugby! Asheville Rugby is a member of USA Rugby and USA Rugby South. We play a competitive fall, spring and summer season. We encourage new players to join us and learn the game and traditions of rugby. No experience is necessary.

Coalition of Asheville Neighborhoods

If you’re interested in starting a neighborhood organization or improving the one you’re involved in, contact these folks for info and resources.

Asheville GreenWorks

Asheville GreenWorks is a volunteer-based organization working to achieve a clean and green Asheville and Buncombe County through community organizing, educating and environmental stewardship.

Asheville Bicycle Racing Club

Asheville Bicycle Racing Club is a competitive biking club open to men and women of all ages,offering weekly rides and training.

828-684-1085

Western North Carolina Disc Golf Club

Western North Carolina Disc Golf Club meets at 7pm on the last Monday of each month.

828-296-8775

Jus’ Running

Jus’ Running has weekly runs departing from the store at 523 Merrimon Avenue. Track workouts for advanced runners at 6pm. Call for more information.

YMCA

YMCA works hard to keep families involved in the community and involved with each other. The YMCA has activities for all ages.

Asheville Mushroom Club

Have some fun with fungus on a fantastic foray!

Knitting Guild

This group meets 2nd Monday of every month at New Hope Presbyterian Church, 3070 Sweeten Creek Rd., Asheville. Contact Martha Baird for more information.

828-687-1125

Southern Lights Square Dance Club

This group meets the first and third Saturdays at Whitmire Activity Building in Hendersonville. Early rounds at 7pm.

828-693-0115

Western Square, Line, and Circle Dance

Beginners’ dancing will be taught every second Sunday of the month from 2-4pm at the Stoney Mountain Activity Center in Hendersonville. Casual Dress.

828-697-4884 or 828-697-6231

The Macintosh Asheville Computer Society

The Macintosh Asheville Computer Society meets on the 2nd Thursday of each month from 7-9pm. All are welcome.

Red Cross Classes

The American Red Cross Asheville-Mountain Area Chapter is offering several health and safety courses.

828-258-3888 x. 230

Elisha Mitchell Audubon Society

Join these folks for their monthly bird walks and learn more about preservation of our environment.

Smoke Free Bingo

Smoke Free Bingo is at 7pm on Tuesdays at the Opportunity House in Hendersonville.

828-692-0575

Asheville Quilt Guild

Gather up those fabric scraps and join other area quilters for fellowship and inspiration.

WNC Singles Club

WNC Singles Club has weekly meetings on Thursdays at 7pm at the Calvary Baptist Fellowship Hall in West Asheville.

828-254-0540

Asheville Splash

Asheville Splash is a member of the National Women’s Soccer League. Visit our web site to get schedules and stats.

Asheville Amblers Walking Club

This group holds free monthly non-competitive walking events that are sponsored by the American Volkssport Association. All ages are invited.

828-299-3975

Asheville Assault

Asheville Assault is a member of the National Women’s Football Association. Visit our website to get schedules and stats.

The American Adventure Service Corps

Is a year round, non-profit organization for ages 8-18, using outdoor adventure education, service to others and environmental education.

248-346-3902

Find-A-Pet Society

Find-A-Pet Society people helping pets, pets helping people one at a time.

828-254-9155.

Triathlon Club of Asheville

Triathlon Club of Asheville is a nonprofit club for local triathletes of all skill levels. Check the website for upcoming meetings and locations.

West Asheville Lions Club

West Asheville Lions Club provides support to people in the community that have visual impairments, diabetes support, and hearing loss.

828-236-3668

Asheville Ski and Outing Club

The Asheville Ski and Outing Club will meet the second Tuesday of each month.

828-255-8196

Black Mountain Canoe Club

Call David at the Black Mountain Canoe Works for information on this club.

828-664-9405

Mom’s Adventure Club

A Club for moms to get together in the outdoors. Call Elizabeth Daniels for more information.

828-628-1815

Mustangers of WNC

This club for Mustang owners and enthusiasts meets monthly at Ryans Steakhouse in Hendersonville. Visitors are Welcome.

828-697-6633

Asheville Lacrosse Team

Asheville Lacrosse Team plays in the Southeastern Lacrosse League. For schedules and practice locations visit our web site or call.

828-665-0303

Buncombe County Detention Center

828-250-4550

Welcome Newcomers Welcoming Service

828-274-7870

Western North Carolina Racing Pigeon Club

Western North Carolina Racing Pigeon Club meets monthly and has two pigeon racing seasons each year.