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Free Basic Computer Classes at Pack Library

Monday, August 20th, 2012

Woman using computerASHEVILLE NC – Pack Library resumes our popular series of basic computer classes on Saturdays in August and September. Free computer classes for beginners will be offered in the computer lab on the lower level of the library. You can take all the classes in the series or just the ones you need.

Space is limited, so registration is required for all classes. To register, or for more information, contact Cheryl Middleton at 250-4754 or email [email protected].

The schedule for our August/September classes is:

INTERNET FOR BEGINNERS, PART 1
Saturday, August 25: 10:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Basic introduction to the Internet; get online using web addresses; become familiar with Internet Explorer.
Prerequisites: Mousing/Computer Basics class – or familiarity with keyboard and mouse.

INTERNET FOR BEGINNERS, PART 2
Saturday, September 1: 10:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Expand on the information from Internet Part 1; learn to use search engines to find the information you need (Google); learn to evaluate websites and online information.
Prerequisites: Internet for Beginners, Part 1

MICROSOFT WORD – THE BASICS
Saturday, September 8: 10:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Learn how to create, save and print a word processing document; includes using spelling and grammar check and the word toolbar.
Prerequisites: Completion of preceding classes in this series – or familiarity with mouse/keyboard and basic elements of Windows.

If Saturday classes don’t fit your schedule, stay tuned. A weekday series of free classes will be announced in September.

Super Saturday Classes for Grades 3-8 Begin October 6

Monday, August 20th, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – Registration is now open for UNC Asheville’s Super Saturday program for creative, highly motivated and/or academically gifted students in grades 3-8. Classes begin on October 6, with topics including chess, photography, wildlife exploration, engineering, foreign language, theatre, and martial arts. More than 12,000 children from across Western North Carolina have explored their special interests through hands-on learning at Super Saturdays on the UNC Asheville campus.

The 16 courses offered range from “Chess Adventures” and “Hands on Geometry with Zome,” to “Painting Like the Modern Masters” and “Improv for the Theatre.” Budding biologists can choose between “Water Based Wildlife” and “Icky Sticky Fun Biology,” while other young scientists explore lasers and holograms in “Physics is Phun.” “Greek Mythology & Percy Jackson” and “Movie Making and Animation” are also likely to be popular.

Super Saturday classes are taught by experienced artists and crafters, local school teachers, UNC Asheville faculty members and upper-level students.

Super Saturday classes meet from 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays from October 6-November 10. The mail-in registration deadline is September 28 and online registration closes September 30. Tuition is $69 for each six-week course. A limited number of need-based scholarships are available.

For more information or to register, call UNC Asheville’s Cultural Events and Special Academic Programs at 828.251.6558 or visit the Super Saturday web page.

UNC Asheville Offers Substitute Teacher Training

Monday, June 18th, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – Effective Teacher Training, a series of classes recommended for those interested in substitute teaching, will be offered on four consecutive Saturdays beginning July 21, by the Asheville Graduate Center at UNC Asheville.

Effective Teacher Training is required for those substituting in the Buncombe County and Asheville City Schools. This course also qualifies for three continuing education credits for already certified teachers.

The four-session course will cover behavior management, developing teaching packets with suitable materials, age appropriate instruction strategies, effective strategies for students with learning disabilities, emergency procedures, legal issues and more.

Sessions will be held from 9 a.m.-4:15 p.m. Saturdays, July 21-August 11, at UNC Asheville. Cost is $95, plus textbook, for all four sessions. Participants completing the four sessions will receive a certificate of completion and will be eligible for three continuing education units.

For more information or to register, visit the Asheville Graduate Center website or call 828.251.6099.

Freedom from Smoking Classes Start May 8

Monday, May 7th, 2012

This series of classes is open to anyone who is interested in living tobacco free.

ASHEVILLE NC – This series of classes is open to anyone who is interested in living tobacco free! A trained facilitator will conduct the American Lung Association’s “Freedom From Smoking” program, one of the most successful group cessation programs based on years of research and experience.

  • May 8 – June 19 from 11:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.
    Weekly Tuesday classes throughout the course (on Week 4, there will be a Tuesday and Thursday class)
  • YWCA of Asheville (Gathering Room), 185 South French Broad Avenue, Asheville, NC

The program is FREE!!! To enroll, contact Sean Geran at (828) 254-7206 ext. 101 or [email protected].

Park Ridge Health Announces This Week’s Health Events

Monday, April 23rd, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – Park Ridge Health announces this week’s health events and classes.

“Living Healthy With a Chronic Disease” Course

Wednesdays, April 4 – May 9 (12:30 – 2:30 p.m.)

At The Health Adventure in Biltmore Square Mall
FREE

Designed by Stanford University and led by certified Park Ridge Wellness course leaders, this six-week course teaches you how to lead a healthier, more enjoyable life while coping with a chronic condition.

Smoking Cessation Course

Wednesdays, April 18 – May 30, and Friday, May 11 (extra day for Quit Week), from 10:30 a.m. – noon

At The Health Adventure in Biltmore Square Mall
FREE

“Families Eating Smarter and Moving More” Series

Thursdays, April 19 – May 10, from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

At The Health Adventure in Biltmore Square Mall
FREE

Free Support Groups

MemoryCaregivers Network support Groups

Weaverville Group

Tuesday, April 24 (1:00 – 3:00 p.m.)
Weaverville First Baptist Church in the Lower Fellowship Hall
Main St., Weaverville (N. Buncombe County)

The Baby Place Events

Sleep Solutions: Prenatal to 12 Months – $25

Tuesday,  April 24 (6:00 – 7:00 p.m.)

At The Health Adventure in Biltmore Square Mall

800 Brevard Rd., Ste 620, Asheville, NC 28806

This in-depth workshop led by Sleep Expert Meggan Hartman will help parents understand how to establish good sleep habits and a healthy schedule for their babies and for themselves.

WOW Health Screenings for 4/23 – 4/29

Free Cholesterol Screenings
Tuesday, April 24 (8:00 – 11:00 a.m.)
Grace Lutheran Church
1245 6th Ave. W., Hendersonville
Lipid and glucose profiles by finger stick, along with blood pressure and body mass index screening.  For best results, fast overnight.
Friday, April 27 (8:00 – 11:00 a.m.)
CVS

2001 Spartanburg Hwy., Hendersonville
Lipid and glucose profiles by finger stick, along with blood pressure and body mass index screening.  For best results, fast overnight.

Free Glucose and Blood Pressure
Sunday, April 29 (noon – 6:00 p.m.)

El Centro Children’s Festival

Jackson Park, Hendersonville

Free EKG, Glucose and Blood Pressure

Thursday, April 26 (10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.)

Hendersonville Co-Op

715 S. Grove St., Hendersonville

*Wellness on Wheels will follow the Henderson  County Public Schools inclement weather policy.  If Henderson County Public Schools are closed the WOW screening will be cancelled for that day.

For additional classes and presentations, visit us online at parkridgehealth.org or call 855.PRH.LIFE

Park Ridge Wellness Presents Family-Focused Nutrition and Exercise Class

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – The whole family is invited to an upcoming free course offered by Park Ridge Health called “Families Eating Smarter and Moving More.” Bring the kids to this free course and enjoy learning simple solutions for eating better and moving more – together. You can choose to come to just one or all of the classes in this series:

April 19, Session 1:  “Eating Smart at Home”

April 26, Session 2:  “Moving More, Everyday, Everywhere”

May 3, Session 3: “Eating Smart on the Run”

May 10, Session 4: “Moving More Watching Less”

The classes will take place on Thursday mornings, April 19 through May 10, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at The Health Adventure, located in the Biltmore Square Mall. Children are welcome to stay and experience The Health Adventure at no cost following the class. Healthy snacks will be served.

Space is limited for this event, so please call 855.PRH.LIFE to pre-register by April 17, 2012.

About Park Ridge Health:

Park Ridge Health was built by Henderson County residents, and more than 100 years later, they are still a beloved piece of the growing community’s health care network – providing quality, compassionate care in a Christian environment. In 1986, Park Ridge partnered with Adventist Health System, joining more than 43 exceptional not-for-profit community hospitals in the U.S., and leading the way in many medical firsts for the region.  For more information about Park Ridge Health or to find a physician, please visit parkridgehealth.org or call 855.PRH.LIFE (774-5433).

Health Adventure Offers Tai Chi for Seniors

Tuesday, December 27th, 2011

ASHEVILLE NC – A group of Hendersonville-area seniors are moving their way to better health through a free class offered at the Edneyville Community Center.  Jenny Mercer, a health and science educator at The Health Adventure, has been teaching “Tai Chi for Arthritis” since November.

“This group is so dedicated,” Mercer said. “They practice on their own time, and they come every week. Their dedication is really evidenced by their improvement.”

Such improvements include better posture, improved flexibility and less pain. The Arthritis Foundation recommends Tai Chi as a “safe, easy to learn and suitable” exercise for arthritis sufferers. The gentle exercises involved in Tai Chi have been shown to reduce risk of falling in older adults, improve muscle strength, and help calm and focus the brain.

“Tai Chi for Arthritis” is taking place at the Edneyville Community Center on Wednesday and Friday mornings at 9:30 a.m. through January 6.

Ongoing classes for seniors offered by The Health Adventure include “Tai Chi Tuesdays,” “Fit Fridays” and “Mmm Good Mondays.” To find out more, please contact Jenny Mercer at 828.665.2217, ext. 325.

About The Health Adventure:

Since 1968, The Health Adventure has been an important part of the community and has provided much needed health and science education to children and families. The Health Adventure is accredited by the American Association of Museums and is a member of the Association of Science and Technology Centers.  For more information visit thehealthadventure.org, and visit them at their new location in The Biltmore Square Mall – I-26, Exit 33, in Asheville.

About Park Ridge Health:

Park Ridge Health was built by Henderson County residents, and more than 100 years later, they are still a beloved piece of the growing community’s health care network – providing quality, compassionate care in a Christian environment. In 1986, Park Ridge partnered with Adventist Health System, joining more than 43 exceptional not-for-profit community hospitals in the U.S., and leading the way in many medical firsts for the region.  For more information about Park Ridge Health or to find a physician, please visit parkridgehealth.org or call 855.PRH.LIFE (774-5433).

Internet Workshops for Seniors Nov. 29-30

Saturday, November 26th, 2011

CULLOWHEE NC – Western Carolina University’s Department of Communication is collaborating with the Jackson County Department on Aging to offer Internet communication workshops for seniors from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 29, and from 3 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30.

Transportation for seniors will be provided to and from the Jackson County Senior Center.

The workshops, led by WCU students, will offer one-on-one instruction in WCU’s state-of-the-art electronic classrooms and will focus on getting seniors familiar with communication tools such as Facebook, Twitter and Skype, and with the process of setting up free e-mail accounts and managing online music and video accounts such as iTunes.

Seniors can call 828-586-4944 for more information and to reserve a workshop time and date.

Classes on Medicare for Start TODAY

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – Don’t miss these classes!

Free of charge and open to the public, the classes will focus on bringing Medicare beneficiaries up-to-date information for 2012, review Medicare Medicare beneficiaries, care givers and others who help those with their Medicare insurance should consider attending this informative class.options, suggest ways that beneficiaries might save money and answer any questions they may have regarding the program.

Medicare beneficiaries, care givers and others who help those with their Medicare insurance should consider attending this informative class. The information presented is unbiased and accurate. No products are sold, recommended or endorsed.

Call the Council on Aging at 277-8288 for information about times and locations of the classes and to reserve your place.

The Council on Aging in conjunction with the Buncombe County Library and Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) is presenting this series of classes on Medicare for 2012 to be held throughout Buncombe County during the month of October:

  1. Leicester Library – October 4 from 3 – 5 p.m.
  2. West Asheville Library – October 6 from  3 – 5 p.m.
  3. Weaverville Library – October 11 from 4 – 6 p.m.
  4. Pack Library – October 14 from 2 – 4 p.m.
  5. South Buncombe Library – October 15 from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  6. Fairview Library – October 18 from 6 – 8 p.m.
  7. Black Mountain Library – October 24 from 1 – 3 p.m.
  8. Pack Library Computer Lab – October 29 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. (for people wishing to enroll or change their Part D Drug plans)

The Council on Aging, serving Buncombe County since 1964, provides services to residents of Buncombe County age 60+ years.

One-Day Internet Courses to be Offered Aug. 25-26 at WCU

Sunday, August 7th, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – Western Carolina University‘s Division of Educational Outreach will offer two one-day Internet courses in late August.

“Using Google Docs,” set for Thursday, Aug. 25, from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m., is designed to familiarize participants with the free Google Docs program.  Participants will learn to produce, create, modify and organize text documents, slideshow presentations, spreadsheets, drawings, surveys and more.

Only an Internet connection, a browser (such as Internet Explorer) and a bit of time are necessary to access the program.  Participants will learn how to share their Google Docs files so they can collaborate on mutual projects with others.

“The One-Day Website” will be offered Friday, Aug. 26, from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. The course will cover how to create, design and publish personal websites to the Internet for free, as well as how to maintain website files.

Participants will learn to use the features, options, templates and tools available through an account on Tripod.com, for which they will register at the beginning of the course. To conclude the course, participants will publish their web pages to the Internet.

Instructor Gordon Pike worked as a senior technical writer for General Electric Co. for 33 years before retiring in 1995. While at General Electric, he wrote both military and commercial technical manuals for complex special-purpose electronic systems such as the Apollo Program, the F-16 Pilot Training Simulator and the Trident Missile Program.  He holds a master’s degree in computer-based learning and currently teaches computer courses at Haywood Community College.

The fee for each course is $49 until Friday, Aug. 19, and $59 after that day.  No book or program purchases are required and no special computer skills are needed.

Participants may register for one or both courses, each of which will be held in Room 137 of the Cordelia Camp Building on WCU’s campus.

To register or for more information, call 828-227-7379 or go online to http://learn.wcu.edu.