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Your vote counts!

Make sure your vote counts!Monday, October 3, 10 amhttps://events.aarp.org/d/k9q3bd/  Elections are coming and your vote matters. Learn more about North Carolina voting regulations and changes for the upcoming election. Join AARP and Blue Ridge Pride, Generation Plus for this special segment with Corrine Duncan, Buncombe County Director of Elections, and Bob Tomasulo, AARP NC volunteer, to learn more about absentee …

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Generation Plus Prom-So much love

The kick off to Blue Ridge Pride Festival week always starts with our senior prom. This year the Generation Plus committee choose the theme ‘The Love Boat’ and there certainly was a lot of love in the room. Dancing, laughter, conversations and hugs were abundant and we had a great deal of fun. Thanks to everyone who came out and …

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From Mountain to the Sea

The U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree 2022 is coming from our regional forest. Blue Ridge Pride was asked to help create ornaments for the tree promoting diversity and inclusion. Last night some of our volunteers gathered at Revolve Gallery in the River Arts District to decorate ornaments. The room was full of laughter and holiday music as we painted, bedazzled, glittered …

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Tai Chi with Generation Plus

Join Generations on August 18th from 11:30-1:30 at Land of Sky Regional Council for a Lunch and Learn Experience. During this time, we will introduce our team, provide volunteer opportunities, enjoy lunch, and explore improving health and wellness in the community through Tai Chi. Tai chi for arthritis and falls prevention has been shown to relieve pain, improve physical function, …

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Stay Informed- Anyone can get Monkey Pox

Monkeypox is transmitted person to person through direct skin-to-skin contact, having contact with an infectious rash, through body fluids or through respiratory secretions. Such contact often occurs during prolonged, face-to-face contact or during intimate physical contact, such as kissing, cuddling or sex. While anyone can get monkeypox, in the current outbreak, many of the cases are in individuals who have …

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Livable Appalachia

Many 50+ adults struggle to access the affordable, quality health coverage and care they need. AARP and community collaborators in North Carolina, Virginia, and Tennessee invite you to join us for an informational and networking opportunity to explore the unique challenges and opportunities of access to health care in the South Central Appalachian Region. This event will be moderated by Rose …

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What do you know about the term “third gender”?

Third gender is a concept in which individuals are categorized, either by themselves or by society, as neither man nor woman. It is also a social category present in societies that recognize three or more genders. This article discussed third gender in a variety of cultures and more. Stay informed and help educate others. https://www.lgbtqnation.com/2022/07/what-is-third-gender/?utm_source=LGBTQ%20Nation%20Subscribers&utm_campaign=5af4476e52-20220720_LGBTQ_Nation_Daily_Brief&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_c4eab596bd-5af4476e52-430768677&fbclid=IwAR2ulhWoHZgrU0sQlJRak2X3kqMAoqqslwkXsZQOvxj9Fx00fyYOFBhVceI

Needed- Jewish LGBTQ+ elder (55+) community input

Community Assessment for an Aging in Place Program – a new project being led by the Jewish Family Services of WNC Jewish Family Services of WNC is excited to share that we are conducting an Aging in Place Community Assessment, with the goal of providing data and a potential scalable or replicable model for an Aging in Place program. We …

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Information for our LGBTQ+ 55+ community

COVID-19 cases are on the rise in WNC. Be sure to stay aware of your own risk levels. If you are in need of a rapid at home Covid test, check out this website to find out where you can receive free testing kits. COVID-19 Test Finder Map | NC COVID-19 (ncdhhs.gov). Land of Sky Regional Council (339 New Leicester …

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The 24th International AIDS Conference

The 24th International AIDS Conference- July 29 – August 2 For the first time, the world’s largest conference on HIV and AIDS will be hosted in person in Montreal, Canada, as well as virtually, to make it accessible to as many people as possible. Founded in 1988, the IAS is the world’s largest association of HIV professionals, with members in …

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Mental Health Providers

Eric Davis  MS, LCPA, NCC, Counselor

Willow Wellness and Recovery, PC 9 All Souls Crescent  Suite B, Asheville, North Carolina 28803  Phone: (828) 490-4137 | Website I am a firm believer in empowerment and self-determination. In the past, I have worked well with folks experiencing a range of issues, such as anxiety, depression, substance-use, sleep disturbances, relationship issues, and issues unique to the LGBT community.

Scott Thomas,  Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, LCAS

Silver Lining Therapy 70 Woodfin Place  STE 21, Asheville, North Carolina 28801  Phone: (828) 705-3084 | Website I believe humor can be a powerful tool for healing and seek to incorporate this into our time together. Unique to my practice is an approach that truly puts you at the center of the counseling experience, and I draw from a wide variety of techniques to help you see and experience real change in your life. To see if therapy might be a good fit, I offer free phone consultations.

James Harrison, PhD Psychologist

12 Westridge Dr , Asheville, North Carolina 28803  Phone: (828) 348-6300 | Website I enjoy helping people achieve physical and emotional intimacy whether they are young or old, straight or gay, in healthy, responsible, and mutually affirming ways. I also enjoy helping people improve their earning and manage their assets. And I like working with older people. I offer free phone consultations.

Judy Maris, Counselor, LPC, LCPC, MA, MS

Maris Psychotherapy 41 Clayton St, Suite 301, Asheville, North Carolina 28801  Phone: (828) 537-4489 | Website We can explore troublesome patterns that tend to repeat themselves in your life or look at new issues that have just come up. The important thing is for us to work together to get to the bottom of your difficulties and resolve them. I will assist you in becoming more aware of what you are feeling and thinking in the present moment. The untapped wisdom within you is a powerful healing force. Let me help you gain access to your full inner resources. I offer free phone consultations.

Elizabeth Heaney, Counselor, MA, LPC 

166 E Chestnut Street, Asheville, North Carolina 28801  Phone: (520) 447-3319 | Website I work with individual adults with concerns like: family history issues, relationship concerns, life satisfaction issues (related to jobs, living situations or relationships), anxiety and depression. I’ve had a particular focus on working with couples, addressing every aspect of relationship challenges – relationship dissatisfaction/boredom, affairs, sexual/intimacy issues, etc. And I was a civilian counselor on military bases for several years, so I have a clear understanding of the unique pressures and challenges facing service members and families. I offer free phone consultations.

Siljoy Maurer

Holistic Perspectives P.O. Box 333, Enka, NC 2872  Phone: (828) 333-0103  | siljoy@me.com or  www.HolisticPerspectives.com For many years now I have been mentoring men and women from all walks of life. It continues to be my greatest joy to accompany someone from “just being ok” into thriving! As a Mentor & Healer I partner with my clients in creating authenticity, wellness and deep contentment, in whatever area of their lives they are seeking change. The combination of giving very practical, livable tools for direct “next steps” while “holding the big picture” and then manifesting that big picture often feels like this: a new client brings me their life or life situation in a jigsaw puzzle box, they lost the lid and forgot what the picture on it looked like. I am good at knowing that picture and then guiding my clients/mentees to put all the puzzle pieces together.  

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