Upcoming events and things to do in Asheville, NC. Below is a list of events for festivals, concerts, art exhibitions, group meetups and more.

Wednesday, July 6, 2022
Tai Chi Ten Form: Eight Sessions
Jul 6 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am
The North Carolina Arboretum

 

This elegant short form introduces the signature movements of Tai Chi Chuan in a simplified and compact sequence. A wonderful practice for beginners, participants will learn the basic principles of each movement as well as modifications to accommodate individual needs. Tai chi is a safe and effective form of meditative exercise consisting of relaxed and focused movements that clear the mind and relax the nervous system while improving balance, strength, flexibility, stability, coordination, joint health, memory and attentional skills.

Experience Your Healing and Divinity – Dwight Dale Miller
Jul 6 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
online
Experience Your Healing and Divinity - Dwight Dale Miller

Dwight Dale Miller invites you to explore and experience your ability to heal, access your divinity, and live a life without limits. He will present some powerful yet simple concepts, then guide the group through a live healing session.

Dwight is a healer, numerologist, abstract painter, and author of The Formula For Lasting Happiness: For Teens, Kids, Parents, and Everyone Else, and A Soul’s Perspective: How to Finally Heal and Transform Your Life. Dwight is launching a brand new healing modality, the Wildlight Healing System, that is so simple even children can use it to send positive energy and release negative energy from themselves, other people, pets and other animals, plants, bodies of water, land, or any other part of Mother Earth.

For those wanting to unlock their potential, Dwight has upcoming programs called Empowerment – Foundation and Empowerment – Unlimited, as well as brand new classes for those who want to learn more about the Wildlight Healing System.

Monday, July 11, 2022
Connection Practice: Art
Jul 11 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
SeekHealing

Connection Practice: Art

ou will be provided with your sanitized supplies, or feel free to bring your own colored pencils, markers, or other art supplies to express yourself during this Connection Practice Meeting.

A Connection Practice is a meeting to practice your skills in listening and connecting with others. No conversation topic is off limits. The only objective of the meeting is to feel a genuine sense of connection by the time it’s over, and the only rule is that we promise to not give each other advice.

One seeker always facilitates the meeting (to guide the conversation, manage time, and introduce different exercises to help the group feel connected), and another always volunteers as Space Owl (to step aside with anyone who has a big emotional experience and needs 1-on-1 connection).

There is no hierarchy in Connection Practice meetings, and everyone is encouraged to share equally and freely, including the person who facilitates. All connection practices are free of charge.

Tuesday, July 12, 2022
Lunch and Learn: PTSD Invisible Scars with Vaya Health
Jul 12 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Enka-Candler Library

Lunch and Learn: PTSD Invisible Scars with Vaya Health

This presentation explores information related to traumatic events and experiences. Through classroom conversation and exercises, participants learn ways to support individuals who may have experienced a traumatic event, which may lead to posttraumatic stress disorder. Resiliency methods will be employed as methods to treat and heal the invisible scars.

Class is free and registration is required.
To Register (required): Go to VayaHealth.com/Calendar or Call Enka-Candler Public Library at 828- 250-4758.

Hosted by the Enka-Candler Public Library in partnership with the Vaya Health Geriatric & Adult Mental Health Specialty Team. All Vaya Health trainings are free and accredited through the NC Division of Health Service Regulation which awards one contact hour for each hour of training.

Wednesday, July 13, 2022
Tai Chi Ten Form: Eight Sessions
Jul 13 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am
The North Carolina Arboretum

 

This elegant short form introduces the signature movements of Tai Chi Chuan in a simplified and compact sequence. A wonderful practice for beginners, participants will learn the basic principles of each movement as well as modifications to accommodate individual needs. Tai chi is a safe and effective form of meditative exercise consisting of relaxed and focused movements that clear the mind and relax the nervous system while improving balance, strength, flexibility, stability, coordination, joint health, memory and attentional skills.

Thursday, July 14, 2022
Farm Fresh for Health Regional Symposiums
Jul 14 @ 3:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Perry's Berry's Vineyard and Winery

Throughout the summer of 2022, ASAP will present a series of on-farm symposiums for healthcare professionals in Western North Carolina to highlight the principles of Farm Fresh for Health. Farm Fresh for Health addresses the real and perceived barriers that influence what we eat and determine health outcomes. ASAP and community partners are using strategies and initiatives built around:

  • Produce Prescriptions
  • Nutrition Security
  • Workplace Wellness
  • Wrap-Around Clinical Health Services
  • Cooking Classes
  • Farm to School
  • Social Determinants of Health

Each symposium will introduce key strategies and highlight examples from ASAP and the community, including projects from ASAP’s Community in Action initiative. Attendees will take part in farm tours, hands-on activities, and facilitated discussion about how they can use Farm Fresh for Health tools in their own practices to improve health outcomes. A seasonally focused farm-to-table meal (lunch or dinner) will be provided by a local food partner. Space is limited at each symposium. A $20 registration fee offsets the cost of meals and materials.


DINNER

Catered by Singlewyde, wood-fired sourdough pizza with local ingredients.

TOPICS

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) programs as part of workplace wellness, creating social healthy food environments in the community (including recreational activities and community and school gardens), youth engagement, social determinants of health

PRESENTERS

Terry and Debbie Perry are both registered nurses and have worked in the healthcare field for more than 40 years. They started Perry’s Berry’s Vineyard & Winery in 2009 as a way to bring their family closer together. They love teaching other families about the health benefits of farming and blueberries through farm tours, classes, and classroom visits. With more than 3,500 blueberry bushes, the farm offers u-pick opportunities and supplies blueberries to local breweries, grocery stores, bakeries, ice cream shops, and their very own blueberry wine.

West Marion Community Forum is using a community-centered health approach to drive systemic changes and address childhood obesity and the underlying factors that contribute to this health disparity in McDowell County, NC. West Marion works with historically excluded residents in African-American, Latinx, and white communities and is focusing on food access, physical activity, transportation, and youth engagement.

Todd Boera is the head brewer at Fonta Flora Brewery, integrating the soul of agriculture with the artisanship of zymurgy. Fonta Flora utilizes local artists to help conceptualize the notion that fermentation is yet another medium for creating art. This uniquely artisan approach to beer yields a sustainable product filled with culture from our very own community.

Jennifer Trippe, director of ASAP’s Growing Minds Farm to School program, is a Registered Dietitian with nearly two decades of experience working to improve the health and well-being of the Western North Carolina community. She has worked at MANNA FoodBank, Food Connections, and as a WIC Nutritionist and Diabetes Educator.

Larissa Lopez is a program coordinator for ASAP’s Local Food Campaign. She is the lead on several of ASAP’s Farm Fresh for Health programs, including expanding workplace CSAs and wellness programs and the Farm Fresh Produce Prescription program.

Amy Marion is associate director of ASAP and helps to shape and implement the organization’s strategy, program development, and administration. Additionally, she leads the Local Food Research Center, which evaluates ASAP’s programs and assesses the impact of local food system development across the region.

Farm Fresh for Health Regional Symposiums for healthcare professionals
Jul 14 @ 3:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Perry’s Berry’s Vineyard and Winery and Fonta Flora Brewery in Morganton, NC

Throughout the summer of 2022, ASAP will present a series of on-farm symposiums for healthcare professionals in Western North Carolina to highlight the principles of Farm Fresh for Health. Farm Fresh for Health addresses the real and perceived barriers that influence what we eat and determine health outcomes. ASAP and community partners are using strategies and initiatives built around:

  • Produce Prescriptions
  • Nutrition Security
  • Workplace Wellness
  • Wrap-Around Clinical Health Services
  • Cooking Classes
  • Farm to School
  • Social Determinants of Health

Each symposium will introduce key strategies and highlight examples from ASAP and the community, including projects from ASAP’s Community in Action initiative. Attendees will take part in farm tours, hands-on activities, and facilitated discussion about how they can use Farm Fresh for Health tools in their own practices to improve health outcomes. A seasonally focused farm-to-table meal (lunch or dinner) will be provided by a local food partner. Space is limited at each symposium. A $20 registration fee offsets the cost of meals and materials.

DINNER

Catered by Singlewyde, wood-fired sourdough pizza with local ingredients.

TOPICS

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) programs as part of workplace wellness, creating social healthy food environments in the community (including recreational activities and community and school gardens), social determinants of health

PRESENTERS

Terry and Debbie Perry are both registered nurses and have worked in the healthcare field for more than 40 years. They started Perry’s Berry’s Vineyard & Winery in 2009 as a way to bring their family closer together. They love teaching other families about the health benefits of farming and blueberries through farm tours, classes, and classroom visits. With more than 3,500 blueberry bushes, the farm offers u-pick opportunities and supplies blueberries to local breweries, grocery stores, bakeries, ice cream shops, and their very own blueberry wine.

Jennifer Trippe, director of ASAP’s Growing Minds Farm to School program, is a Registered Dietitian with nearly two decades of experience working to improve the health and well-being of the Western North Carolina community. She has worked at MANNA FoodBank, Food Connections, and as a WIC Nutritionist and Diabetes Educator.

Larissa Lopez is a program coordinator for ASAP’s Local Food Campaign. She is the lead on several of ASAP’s Farm Fresh for Health programs, including expanding workplace CSAs and wellness programs and the Farm Fresh Produce Prescription program.

Amy Marion is associate director of ASAP and helps to shape and implement the organization’s strategy, program development, and administration. Additionally, she leads the Local Food Research Center, which evaluates ASAP’s programs and assesses the impact of local food system development across the region.

Additional presenters will be added. Check back for updates.

Friday, July 15, 2022
Yoga for Artists
Jul 15 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Center for Craft

Are you an artist? Do you work with you hands or with repetitive motions? An artist and educator in her own right, Anna Helgeson brings with her 20 years of experience in yoga. By opening channels showing how to feel one’s own rhythm and center, Anna helps other find connection and calm on the mat. $35, email [email protected] to register. Please BYO mat. Masks are encouraged.

Coffee + Conversation: Exercise + the Brain: Healthy Aging and Movement
Jul 15 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Reuter Family YMCA

We’ll explore how exercise impacts physical and cognitive function and emotional wellbeing in older adults that will motivate and inspire you to get moving and continue to move throughout the years. We’ll also spend 10-15 minutes performing moderate, rhythmic movement patterns to music designed to energize and stimulate the body, brain and heart. Please wear comfortable clothing and shoes, bring a water bottle.

YMCA

Wednesday, July 20, 2022
Tai Chi Ten Form: Eight Sessions
Jul 20 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am
The North Carolina Arboretum

 

This elegant short form introduces the signature movements of Tai Chi Chuan in a simplified and compact sequence. A wonderful practice for beginners, participants will learn the basic principles of each movement as well as modifications to accommodate individual needs. Tai chi is a safe and effective form of meditative exercise consisting of relaxed and focused movements that clear the mind and relax the nervous system while improving balance, strength, flexibility, stability, coordination, joint health, memory and attentional skills.

Thursday, July 21, 2022
Asheville Healthcare Financial Assistance and Medical Advocacy Fair
Jul 21 @ 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Virtual

The last thing you need when you’re not feeling well is figuring out how to pay to get better.

Even if you feel better now, trying to figure out how to pay for the healthcare you previously received could literally make you ill again.

Skip the complicated maze of the American healthcare system by signing-up for the Blue Cube Medical Asheville Healthcare Debt Elimination and Financial Advocacy Fair.

Make organizing and paying for your current and previous medical bills painless by obtaining the following services:

• a dedicated, single point-of-contact to guide you through the process (Patient Advocate),

• evaluation of outstanding medical debt (as applicable),

• high- level insurance benefits review (as applicable),

• review of insurance claims in order to best assist in negotiating and resubmitting denied or pending claims, obtaining preauthorization(s) for need care, and subsequent support in completing any required forms and related documentation,

• locate and complete diagnosis-based medical, service, prescription, and other healthcare financial assistance programs and grant applications,

• find in-network inpatient and outpatient medical providers to achieve care,

• provide access to direct financial assistance, reimbursement, and vouchers to help defray travel and transportation costs associated with long-distance and local medical services,

• help manage settlement of outstanding medical debt with medical providers using the resources listed above,

• and much more.

We are serious about flat-fee pricing. No hourly rates. Just quality medical debt elimination and financial advocacy services you can trust and afford. Results guaranteed.

Sign up for the Asheville Fair and achieve a new dimension of your health, July 21 – 24, 2022. Immediate, one-on-one aid options available for those who need support prior to July 21.

Friday, July 22, 2022
Asheville Healthcare Financial Assistance and Medical Advocacy Fair
Jul 22 @ 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Virtual

The last thing you need when you’re not feeling well is figuring out how to pay to get better.

Even if you feel better now, trying to figure out how to pay for the healthcare you previously received could literally make you ill again.

Skip the complicated maze of the American healthcare system by signing-up for the Blue Cube Medical Asheville Healthcare Debt Elimination and Financial Advocacy Fair.

Make organizing and paying for your current and previous medical bills painless by obtaining the following services:

• a dedicated, single point-of-contact to guide you through the process (Patient Advocate),

• evaluation of outstanding medical debt (as applicable),

• high- level insurance benefits review (as applicable),

• review of insurance claims in order to best assist in negotiating and resubmitting denied or pending claims, obtaining preauthorization(s) for need care, and subsequent support in completing any required forms and related documentation,

• locate and complete diagnosis-based medical, service, prescription, and other healthcare financial assistance programs and grant applications,

• find in-network inpatient and outpatient medical providers to achieve care,

• provide access to direct financial assistance, reimbursement, and vouchers to help defray travel and transportation costs associated with long-distance and local medical services,

• help manage settlement of outstanding medical debt with medical providers using the resources listed above,

• and much more.

We are serious about flat-fee pricing. No hourly rates. Just quality medical debt elimination and financial advocacy services you can trust and afford. Results guaranteed.

Sign up for the Asheville Fair and achieve a new dimension of your health, July 21 – 24, 2022. Immediate, one-on-one aid options available for those who need support prior to July 21.

Saturday, July 23, 2022
Asheville Healthcare Financial Assistance and Medical Advocacy Fair
Jul 23 @ 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Virtual

The last thing you need when you’re not feeling well is figuring out how to pay to get better.

Even if you feel better now, trying to figure out how to pay for the healthcare you previously received could literally make you ill again.

Skip the complicated maze of the American healthcare system by signing-up for the Blue Cube Medical Asheville Healthcare Debt Elimination and Financial Advocacy Fair.

Make organizing and paying for your current and previous medical bills painless by obtaining the following services:

• a dedicated, single point-of-contact to guide you through the process (Patient Advocate),

• evaluation of outstanding medical debt (as applicable),

• high- level insurance benefits review (as applicable),

• review of insurance claims in order to best assist in negotiating and resubmitting denied or pending claims, obtaining preauthorization(s) for need care, and subsequent support in completing any required forms and related documentation,

• locate and complete diagnosis-based medical, service, prescription, and other healthcare financial assistance programs and grant applications,

• find in-network inpatient and outpatient medical providers to achieve care,

• provide access to direct financial assistance, reimbursement, and vouchers to help defray travel and transportation costs associated with long-distance and local medical services,

• help manage settlement of outstanding medical debt with medical providers using the resources listed above,

• and much more.

We are serious about flat-fee pricing. No hourly rates. Just quality medical debt elimination and financial advocacy services you can trust and afford. Results guaranteed.

Sign up for the Asheville Fair and achieve a new dimension of your health, July 21 – 24, 2022. Immediate, one-on-one aid options available for those who need support prior to July 21.

Sunday, July 24, 2022
Asheville Healthcare Financial Assistance and Medical Advocacy Fair
Jul 24 @ 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Virtual

The last thing you need when you’re not feeling well is figuring out how to pay to get better.

Even if you feel better now, trying to figure out how to pay for the healthcare you previously received could literally make you ill again.

Skip the complicated maze of the American healthcare system by signing-up for the Blue Cube Medical Asheville Healthcare Debt Elimination and Financial Advocacy Fair.

Make organizing and paying for your current and previous medical bills painless by obtaining the following services:

• a dedicated, single point-of-contact to guide you through the process (Patient Advocate),

• evaluation of outstanding medical debt (as applicable),

• high- level insurance benefits review (as applicable),

• review of insurance claims in order to best assist in negotiating and resubmitting denied or pending claims, obtaining preauthorization(s) for need care, and subsequent support in completing any required forms and related documentation,

• locate and complete diagnosis-based medical, service, prescription, and other healthcare financial assistance programs and grant applications,

• find in-network inpatient and outpatient medical providers to achieve care,

• provide access to direct financial assistance, reimbursement, and vouchers to help defray travel and transportation costs associated with long-distance and local medical services,

• help manage settlement of outstanding medical debt with medical providers using the resources listed above,

• and much more.

We are serious about flat-fee pricing. No hourly rates. Just quality medical debt elimination and financial advocacy services you can trust and afford. Results guaranteed.

Sign up for the Asheville Fair and achieve a new dimension of your health, July 21 – 24, 2022. Immediate, one-on-one aid options available for those who need support prior to July 21.

Tuesday, July 26, 2022
Lunch and Learn: Substance Use, Misuse, and the Opioid Crisis with Vaya Health
Jul 26 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Enka-Candler Library

Lunch and Learn: Substance Use, Misuse, and the Opioid Crisis with Vaya Health

Adults of any age can encounter problems with substance use. This class details common substance use issues and tips for those caring for those individuals.

Class is free and registration is required.
To Register (required): Go to VayaHealth.com/Calendar or Call Enka-Candler Public Library at 828- 250-4758.

Hosted by the Enka-Candler Public Library in partnership with the Vaya Health Geriatric & Adult Mental Health Specialty Team. All Vaya Health trainings are free and accredited through the NC Division of Health Service Regulation which awards one contact hour for each hour of training.

Wednesday, July 27, 2022
Tai Chi Ten Form: Eight Sessions
Jul 27 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am
The North Carolina Arboretum

 

This elegant short form introduces the signature movements of Tai Chi Chuan in a simplified and compact sequence. A wonderful practice for beginners, participants will learn the basic principles of each movement as well as modifications to accommodate individual needs. Tai chi is a safe and effective form of meditative exercise consisting of relaxed and focused movements that clear the mind and relax the nervous system while improving balance, strength, flexibility, stability, coordination, joint health, memory and attentional skills.

“Get to Know Your Local YMCA”
Jul 27 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Enka-Candler Library

"Get to Know Enka-Candler" series presents "Get to Know Your Local YMCA"

Gyms can be intimidating, scary, frustrating, or all of the above, but that’s not every gym. Join us in the community room to Get to Know the Ferguson Family YMCA! Located around the corner from our branch and next to the Food Lion. Meet the Youth and Family Director to learn about classes offered, equipment made available, and the mobile market.

Is there childcare? What is the sliding scale of payment or do they have one, are there scholarships? What’s happening there this summer and into fall? Learn all about it at this next program of our “Get to Know Enka-Candler” series.

This program is free and no registration is necessary.

Thursday, July 28, 2022
Love♡Shine♡Play Festival
Jul 28 @ 8:00 am – Jul 31 @ 4:00 pm
Asheville, NC

Love♡Shine♡Play Festival

Please join us for the 5th annual Love♡Shine♡Play Festival, July 28-31, 2022 (tentative date) taking place against the breathtaking backdrop of the world’s oldest mountains in gorgeous Asheville, NC. The festival classes take place in beautiful venues throughout downtown Asheville as well as our gorgeous & famous Pack Square Park. You will be able to choose from a variety of offerings including yoga classes, meditation, talks, hikes, and more. The pedestrian friendly festival will allow you to immerse yourself in the vibrant life of a city brimming with cultural arts, culinary delights, and many independent shops.

Once you have purchased your tickets, you will receive an order confirmation email from Eventbrite, our ticketing partner. Your e-ticket(s) will be attached to your order confirmation email. Important: if you do not see your order confirmation in your inbox, make sure to check your junk/spam folder. If you are still unable to find them, contact the Eventbrite help center here.

Event is rain or shine, and ALL TICKET SALES ARE FINAL.

We look forward to seeing you in Asheville!

 Farm Fresh for Health Regional Symposiums for healthcare professionals
Jul 28 @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
KT’s Orchard and Apiary

Throughout the summer of 2022, ASAP will present a series of on-farm symposiums for healthcare professionals in Western North Carolina to highlight the principles of Farm Fresh for Health. Farm Fresh for Health addresses the real and perceived barriers that influence what we eat and determine health outcomes. ASAP and community partners are using strategies and initiatives built around:

  • Produce Prescriptions
  • Nutrition Security
  • Workplace Wellness
  • Wrap-Around Clinical Health Services
  • Cooking Classes
  • Farm to School
  • Social Determinants of Health

Each symposium will introduce key strategies and highlight examples from ASAP and the community, including projects from ASAP’s Community in Action initiative. Attendees will take part in farm tours, hands-on activities, and facilitated discussion about how they can use Farm Fresh for Health tools in their own practices to improve health outcomes. A seasonally focused farm-to-table meal (lunch or dinner) will be provided by a local food partner. Space is limited at each symposium. A $20 registration fee offsets the cost of meals and materials.

DINNER

Catered by Luis Martinez of Tequio Foods.

KEY STRATEGIES

Wrap-around clinical health services, local food and nutrition security programs, cooking classes in the community, social determinants of health

PRESENTERS

KT Taylor is a nurse at Mission Hospital and the farmer and owner of KT’s Orchard and Apiary, where she grows a variety of apples, peaches, nectarines, raspberries, pears, and local honey.

Marianne Martinez is the executive director of VecinosValeria Barrera Vizcarra manages the organization’s Farmworker Health Program. Vecinos is on a mission to provide culturally appropriate health and wellness services for the uninsured Latinx community​. Agricultural work is one of the most dangerous jobs in the country and workers face many barriers when it comes to accessing care. Vecinos aims to break down health care barriers by bringing services directly to the community through out-patient clinics and mobile medical clinics.

Jenna Kranz is the founder and executive director of Uncomplicated Kitchen. Uncomplicated Kitchen teaches community members how to plan meals, shop for ingredients, and cook healthy, simple, and affordable recipes. The organization seeks to bridge the gap between the food people have access to and the tools and knowledge they have to prepare nutritious meals for themselves and their families.

Nilofer Couture is a Registered Dietician and the Clinical Nutrition Manager at Cherokee Indian Hospital in Cherokee, NC. She also serves on the board for both Uncomplicated Kitchen and ASAP. She’s dedicated her career to helping people make better food choices and her work with Uncomplicated Kitchen fits right in with her passion for nutritious eating.

David Smiley is the program manager of ASAP’s Local Food Campaign. During the pandemic, he developed and implemented ASAP’s Appalachian Farms Feeding Families program, which connected farms with feeding sites across the region.

Mike McCreary is ASAP’s farmers market program manager and has developed ASAP’s SNAP incentive programs. Under Mike’s management, in 2009 Asheville City Market was the first market in Western North Carolina to accept SNAP/EBT.

Sarah Hart is ASAP’s communications manager. She coordinated Healthy Eating in Practice, a national conference for physicians and healthcare professionals to better support healthy eating, presented by ASAP in 2018.

Farm Fresh for Health Regional Symposiums
Jul 28 @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
KT’s Orchard and Apiary

 

Throughout the summer of 2022, ASAP will present a series of on-farm symposiums for healthcare professionals in Western North Carolina to highlight the principles of Farm Fresh for Health. Farm Fresh for Health addresses the real and perceived barriers that influence what we eat and determine health outcomes. ASAP and community partners are using strategies and initiatives built around:

  • Produce Prescriptions
  • Nutrition Security
  • Workplace Wellness
  • Wrap-Around Clinical Health Services
  • Cooking Classes
  • Farm to School
  • Social Determinants of Health

Each symposium will introduce key strategies and highlight examples from ASAP and the community, including projects from ASAP’s Community in Action initiative. Attendees will take part in farm tours, hands-on activities, and facilitated discussion about how they can use Farm Fresh for Health tools in their own practices to improve health outcomes. A seasonally focused farm-to-table meal (lunch or dinner) will be provided by a local food partner. Space is limited at each symposium. A $20 registration fee offsets the cost of meals and materials.


DINNER

Catered by Luis Martinez of Tequio Foods.

KEY STRATEGIES

Wrap-around clinical health services, local food and nutrition security programs, cooking classes in the community, social determinants of health

PRESENTERS

KT Taylor is a nurse at Mission Hospital and the farmer and owner of KT’s Orchard and Apiary, where she grows a variety of apples, peaches, nectarines, raspberries, pears, and local honey.

Marianne Martinez is the executive director of VecinosValeria Barrera Vizcarra manages the organization’s Farmworker Health Program. Vecinos is on a mission to provide culturally appropriate health and wellness services for the uninsured Latinx community​. Agricultural work is one of the most dangerous jobs in the country and workers face many barriers when it comes to accessing care. Vecinos aims to break down health care barriers by bringing services directly to the community through out-patient clinics and mobile medical clinics.

Jenna Kranz is the founder and executive director of Uncomplicated Kitchen. Uncomplicated Kitchen teaches community members how to plan meals, shop for ingredients, and cook healthy, simple, and affordable recipes. The organization seeks to bridge the gap between the food people have access to and the tools and knowledge they have to prepare nutritious meals for themselves and their families.

Nilofer Couture is a Registered Dietician and the Clinical Nutrition Manager at Cherokee Indian Hospital in Cherokee, NC. She also serves on the board for both Uncomplicated Kitchen and ASAP. She’s dedicated her career to helping people make better food choices and her work with Uncomplicated Kitchen fits right in with her passion for nutritious eating.

David Smiley is the program manager of ASAP’s Local Food Campaign. During the pandemic, he developed and implemented ASAP’s Appalachian Farms Feeding Families program, which connected farms with feeding sites across the region.

Mike McCreary is ASAP’s farmers market program manager and has developed ASAP’s SNAP incentive programs. Under Mike’s management, in 2009 Asheville City Market was the first market in Western North Carolina to accept SNAP/EBT.

Sarah Hart is ASAP’s communications manager. She coordinated Healthy Eating in Practice, a national conference for physicians and healthcare professionals to better support healthy eating, presented by ASAP in 2018.

Wednesday, August 3, 2022
Tai Chi Ten Form: Eight Sessions
Aug 3 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am
The North Carolina Arboretum

 

This elegant short form introduces the signature movements of Tai Chi Chuan in a simplified and compact sequence. A wonderful practice for beginners, participants will learn the basic principles of each movement as well as modifications to accommodate individual needs. Tai chi is a safe and effective form of meditative exercise consisting of relaxed and focused movements that clear the mind and relax the nervous system while improving balance, strength, flexibility, stability, coordination, joint health, memory and attentional skills.

Friday, August 5, 2022
Light Up the Night 5k
Aug 5 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Carrier Park

Western Carolina Rescue Ministries and iDaph Events present the 4th Annual Light Up the Night 5k! This event is a fundraising, nighttime walk/run event that welcomes all people regardless of ability, race, color, ethnicity, gender, or faith. All the proceeds from this event will directly benefit the continuous work of recovery, rescue, and restoration to individuals throughout WNC.

The first 200 people to register will also receive a FREE glow-in-the-dark commemorative finisher medal!

Each 5k registration will include a FREE t-shirt until July 10th at midnight. After that date, shirts will be available for purchase, in limited quantities and sizes, for $10. Glow sticks, necklaces and bracelets will be available for our in-person participants!

The event will take place at Carrier Park in Asheville, NC on Friday, August 5th. This is your time to shine! Runners will have a rolling start between 7:30 PM to 7:45 PM and take to the greenway to run or walk this fun and unique event.

In addition to the in-person event, there is also a virtual offering for participants who aren’t comfortable coming to an in-person event. The Virtual 5k event experience gives participants an opportunity to participate in this fundraising event ANYWHERE! Walk/Run/Hike 5k and submit your results online!

Western Carolina Rescue Ministries (WCRM) exists to serve the homeless, poor and addicted populations of Western North Carolina. They meet people in crisis, focus on helping them at the point of their need, invest in their future, and help them until they can move forward.

Saturday, August 6, 2022
Myofascial Release Monthly Course
Aug 6 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
YWCA
Wednesday, August 10, 2022
Tai Chi Ten Form: Eight Sessions
Aug 10 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am
The North Carolina Arboretum

 

This elegant short form introduces the signature movements of Tai Chi Chuan in a simplified and compact sequence. A wonderful practice for beginners, participants will learn the basic principles of each movement as well as modifications to accommodate individual needs. Tai chi is a safe and effective form of meditative exercise consisting of relaxed and focused movements that clear the mind and relax the nervous system while improving balance, strength, flexibility, stability, coordination, joint health, memory and attentional skills.

Wednesday, August 17, 2022
Tai Chi Ten Form: Eight Sessions
Aug 17 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am
The North Carolina Arboretum

 

This elegant short form introduces the signature movements of Tai Chi Chuan in a simplified and compact sequence. A wonderful practice for beginners, participants will learn the basic principles of each movement as well as modifications to accommodate individual needs. Tai chi is a safe and effective form of meditative exercise consisting of relaxed and focused movements that clear the mind and relax the nervous system while improving balance, strength, flexibility, stability, coordination, joint health, memory and attentional skills.

Saturday, August 27, 2022
Farm Fresh for Health Regional Symposiums
Aug 27 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Hendersonville Farmers Market and Homemade Pasta Noodles

Throughout the summer of 2022, ASAP will present a series of on-farm symposiums for healthcare professionals in Western North Carolina to highlight the principles of Farm Fresh for Health. Farm Fresh for Health addresses the real and perceived barriers that influence what we eat and determine health outcomes. ASAP and community partners are using strategies and initiatives built around:

  • Produce Prescriptions
  • Nutrition Security
  • Workplace Wellness
  • Wrap-Around Clinical Health Services
  • Cooking Classes
  • Farm to School
  • Social Determinants of Health

Each symposium will introduce key strategies and highlight examples from ASAP and the community, including projects from ASAP’s Community in Action initiative. Attendees will take part in farm tours, hands-on activities, and facilitated discussion about how they can use Farm Fresh for Health tools in their own practices to improve health outcomes. A seasonally focused farm-to-table meal (lunch or dinner) will be provided by a local food partner. Space is limited at each symposium. A $20 registration fee offsets the cost of meals and materials.

LUNCH

Catered by Launa Marie of Homemade Pasta Noodles.

KEY STRATEGIES

Produce prescription programs, farmers market SNAP incentives, farmers markets as social healthy eating environments

PRESENTERS

Meredith Friedheim is the downtown events and Hendersonville Famers Market coordinator for the City of Hendersonville. Hendersonville Farmers Market aims to be a world-class market that contributes to the success of local producers and growers, expands access to farm fresh foods, and creates a vibrant community gathering space.

Sonya Jones is the founder of Caja Solidaria, which offers a produce prescription program, and the coordinator of Henderson County Committee for Action and Nutrition (CAN). Prior to that, Sonya was a professor of public health for 19 years.

Stephanie Stewart, Manager of Population Health and Team-Cased for Mountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC). MAHEC is dedicated to excellence in clinical care, health professions education, and innovative practices that can be replicated nationally. MAHEC serves as a partner for ASAP’s Farm Fresh Produce Prescription program.

Amy Lazarus Yaroch, PhD , is the executive director of the Gretchen Swanson Center for Nutrition and project director for the the GusNIP Nutrition Incentive Program Training, Technical Assistance, Evaluation, and Information Center (NTAE). Her areas of expertise include dietary assessment, obesity prevention and intervention, and food insecurity and investigating its coexistence with obesity and other related factors.

Jennifer Trippe, director of ASAP’s Growing Minds Farm to School program, is a Registered Dietitian with nearly two decades of experience working to improve the health and well-being of the Western North Carolina community. She has worked at MANNA FoodBank, Food Connections, and as a WIC Nutritionist and Diabetes Educator.

Larissa Lopez is a program coordinator for ASAP’s Local Food Campaign. She is the lead on several of ASAP’s Farm Fresh for Health programs, including expanding workplace CSAs and wellness programs and the Farm Fresh Produce Prescription program.

Mike McCreary is ASAP’s farmers market program manager and has developed ASAP’s SNAP incentive programs. Under Mike’s management, in 2009 Asheville City Market was the first market in Western North Carolina to accept SNAP/EBT.

Additional presenters will be added. Check back for updates.

Farm Fresh for Health Regional Symposiums for healthcare professionals
Aug 27 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
 Hendersonville Farmers Market and Homemade Pasta Noodles

Throughout the summer of 2022, ASAP will present a series of on-farm symposiums for healthcare professionals in Western North Carolina to highlight the principles of Farm Fresh for Health. Farm Fresh for Health addresses the real and perceived barriers that influence what we eat and determine health outcomes. ASAP and community partners are using strategies and initiatives built around:

  • Produce Prescriptions
  • Nutrition Security
  • Workplace Wellness
  • Wrap-Around Clinical Health Services
  • Cooking Classes
  • Farm to School
  • Social Determinants of Health

Each symposium will introduce key strategies and highlight examples from ASAP and the community, including projects from ASAP’s Community in Action initiative. Attendees will take part in farm tours, hands-on activities, and facilitated discussion about how they can use Farm Fresh for Health tools in their own practices to improve health outcomes. A seasonally focused farm-to-table meal (lunch or dinner) will be provided by a local food partner. Space is limited at each symposium. A $20 registration fee offsets the cost of meals and materials.

LUNCH

Catered by Launa Marie of Homemade Pasta Noodles.

KEY STRATEGIES

Produce prescription programs, farmers market SNAP incentives, farmers markets as social healthy eating environments

PRESENTERS

Meredith Friedheim is the downtown events and Hendersonville Famers Market coordinator for the City of Hendersonville. Hendersonville Farmers Market aims to be a world-class market that contributes to the success of local producers and growers, expands access to farm fresh foods, and creates a vibrant community gathering space.

Sonya Jones is the founder of Caja Solidaria, which offers a produce prescription program, and the coordinator of Henderson County Committee for Action and Nutrition (CAN). Prior to that, Sonya was a professor of public health for 19 years.

Stephanie Stewart, Manager of Population Health and Team-Cased for Mountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC). MAHEC is dedicated to excellence in clinical care, health professions education, and innovative practices that can be replicated nationally. MAHEC serves as a partner for ASAP’s Farm Fresh Produce Prescription program.

Jennifer Trippe, director of ASAP’s Growing Minds Farm to School program, is a Registered Dietitian with nearly two decades of experience working to improve the health and well-being of the Western North Carolina community. She has worked at MANNA FoodBank, Food Connections, and as a WIC Nutritionist and Diabetes Educator.

Larissa Lopez is a program coordinator for ASAP’s Local Food Campaign. She is the lead on several of ASAP’s Farm Fresh for Health programs, including expanding workplace CSAs and wellness programs and the Farm Fresh Produce Prescription program.

Mike McCreary is ASAP’s farmers market program manager and has developed ASAP’s SNAP incentive programs. Under Mike’s management, in 2009 Asheville City Market was the first market in Western North Carolina to accept SNAP/EBT.

Additional presenters will be added. Check back for updates.

Sunday, August 28, 2022
The Free Clinics’s 20th Anniversary Homecoming
Aug 28 @ 12:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Camp Tekoa

The Free Clinics invites you to join us at this unforgettable lakeside bash, as we remember our humble beginnings and look forward to our future! Come ring in 20 years of caring for our neighbors in need…with a splash!

Wear your swimsuit for a dip in the lake, or simply enjoy the spacious covered pavilion and indoor dining hall to sit with friends old and new to look back on your collective memories of TFC over the years.

A boxed lunch and beverages are included for all guests, with a later sweet treat of cupcakes as we all wish ‘Happy Birthday!” to the Clinics!

Saturday, September 3, 2022
Myofascial Release Monthly Course
Sep 3 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
YWCA
Saturday, October 1, 2022
Myofascial Release Monthly Course
Oct 1 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
YWCA