Wellness Wednesday: try something new!

Although the terms “wellness” and “fitness” are often used interchangeably, fitness is only one component of general well-being. Other aspects may include the development of your intellectual, emotional, professional, environmental, financial, spiritual and social well-being. If you’re determined to try something new, learn a new skill or hobby, and soak up the culture in 2022, Asheville Parks and Recreation offers many free and inexpensive lifelong learning opportunities.

Coloring books for adults are one of the latest trends in the fight against stress and anxiety. Through a collaboration between the City of Asheville, area nonprofits and agencies, and local artists, residents can connect with food resources and learn more about community gardens through the beautifully pages. illustrated with a new coloring book for adults, In the garden. Get a free copy at any community Center Where print it at home.

Seniors and retirees

If you want to share your acquired experience, channel your literary skills on Harvest House Community Center‘s Life writing workshop the first Wednesday of each month. Other opportunities at Harvest House include weaving, carving, woodworking, ceramics, billiards, line dancing, knitting and crochet, music, card games, dominoes and day trips to nearby attractions like the Asheville Art Museum, Little Switzerland and local breweries.

Variety is the spice of life and the Seniors Opportunity Center features board games, crossword puzzles, crafts, book clubs, gardening, and more on weekdays. Through a partnership with the Council on Aging of Buncombe County, elderly dining room Noon meals are offered each day of the week with guest educational speakers. Breakfast is also available on Linwood Crump Shiloh Community Center From Wednesday to Friday with innovative chair exercises to increase mobility and strength.

Burton Street Senior Elite Club meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays for camaraderie, games, movies, meals, day trips and other fun activities. To discover the local culinary scene, join the Lunch Meal at a different local restaurant each month with upcoming visits scheduled to Buxton Hall and Sunset Terrace at the Omni Grove Park Inn. The time of our life while we were traveling as a senior and Senior travelers are monthly clubs with trips to bowling, restaurants and cinemas.

For a full list of programs for seniors, click here.

For Harvest House’s weekly program, including exercise, arts, crafts, games, and clubs, click here.


adult woman with plate of tamalesThe Burton Street Community Center is your place to learn basic vehicle maintenance, to create healthy latin dishes, and play bingo. For those who have a musical ear (and those who don’t), community jams offer the opportunity to play, sing, dance or watch neighbors and friends join together in a rainbow. musical. Later in the year, team members organize movies and hikes.

Robotics 101 provides an introduction to designing, building, and engineering your own robotic creation, while community access artistic evenings provide another opportunity for creative expression. Tempie Avery Montford Community Center also offers introductory and advanced courses in indoor climbing.

If you are a beginner, intermediate, or professional card player, check out the Ultimate Bid Whist / Spades Party Tuesday evening at Linwood Crump Shiloh Community Center. The center also offers tai chi class, bingo, Puzzles with Paul, Just a Dash Recipe Club, talent shows, and By myself for myself, a DIY program that teaches you how to create soaps, candles, body scrubs and more.

Opportunities to learn something new at the Stephens-Lee Community Center include indoor pickleball, bingo, line dancing, bid whist, Scrabble, Uno, and basketball.

For a full list of adult programs, click here.


the Stephens-Lee Youth Leadership Program is comprised of a variety of activities, rewarding projects, field trips, and more. When school is over for the teachers working days, Teen outing offers games, special events, and field trips to bowling and volunteer locally or visit the Charlotte Science Museum and Escape Room in Greenville.

For a full list of programs for teens, click here.

Children and toddlers

child in dramatic playWhen there is no school for the scheduled working days, community centers welcome Fun day with games, crafts and unique activities. Boyz 2 Men and All on me are boys ‘and girls’ clubs, respectively, that meet monthly to go on trips, host afterparties, host sleepovers, play games, volunteer, etc.

Community centers across town offer after-school programs, rock climbing and paddling camps, open gym hours and more.

For a full list of programs for kids and toddlers, click here.

Download the new AVL Rec app for iPhone, search online programs, or browse our programming guide for the latest opportunities and updates.

See previous articles in this series at become active and ways to meet new people and spend more time with friends and family.

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