News Of Organizations




The Laurel Chapter of the Embroiderers’ Guild America will hold it next monthly meeting on Thursday, Feb. 4.

Sandy Washington, a chapter member and owner of Sandy’s Cross Stitch To Go in Hendersonville, will teach the needle work techniques to create a hardanger biscornu. A biscornu is a small, 8-sided, stuffed ornamental pincushion to be decorated with hardanger embroidery.

The meeting will be held at Cummings United Methodist Church, 3 Banner Farm Road in Etowah/Horse Shoe. Reg-istration is 9:30 to 10 a.m. followed by a short business meeting and the program until noon.

If interested, contact Carol Foster at (828) 686-8298 or Janet Stewart at (828) 575-9195.

Hearing Loss


The Brevard Chapter of the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) will hold its first monthly meeting of 2016 Saturday, Jan. 9, at 1 p.m. in the Carlson Conference Room of the Transylvania Regional Hospital in Brevard.

The program topic is “Advocacy for People With Hearing Loss” which will be moderated by Kathy Borzell, founding member and chapter secretary. Join us to learn, interact and share experiences and ideas regarding advocating for our own personal hearing needs as well as advocating for family and friends who have hearing loss. As an expanding percent of the local and national population, those of us with hearing loss may also find ways to make our voices heard in advocacy for the broader community whose hearing needs may not yet be served.

All local and area residents experiencing any level of hearing loss and those who may be seeking information for friends and family are invited to join us. There is no charge for participating in the Brevard Chapter of HLAA. The conference room is equipped with magnetic looping hearing assistance for those using hearing aids with T-coils. In- addition real time captioning of presentations is provided on screens so that everyone can participate. For further information, contact Kathy Borzell, chapter secretary, at (828) 743-0150 or

Knitters And


The Western North Carolina Knitters and Crocheters for Others will meet Monday, Feb. 8, at New Hope Presbyterian Church at 3070 Sweeten Creek Road in Asheville.

They create and donate handmade items to numerous local charities. Over the past year they have given out hats, scarves, mittens, dishcloths, sweaters, baby booties, baby sleep sacks, and Aghans.

The meeting is from 7 until 9 p.m. All skill levels are welcome. If interested, contact Janet Stewart at (828) 575-9195.


Support Group

The Brevard-Hendersonville Parkinson’s Support Group will begin the New Year with a Sharing and Caring program. The meeting will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 12, in the Fellowship Hall of Brevard-Davidson River Presbyterian Church, 249 E. Main St. in downtown Brevard.

There will be time to socialize with light refreshments while enjoying the piano music with Gina Whaley. Carol Gerson will lead the group in her Ageless Grace chair exercises before a short business meeting.

The People With Parkinson’s (PWP) group will breakaway with Lucy Butler leading their discussion. Lucy, retired LSVT trainer at Pardee Rehab, is very knowledgeable in all that is related to Parkinson’s. The Caregiver group will be self-led with many caregiving ideas discussed. If you are unable to attend this meeting, the Sept. 13 meeting will be another Caring and Sharing session led by Lucy Butler, as well as Renay Knapp, Hendersonville Home Extension Agent, who teaches Caregiver classes.

The public is always invited to attend the support group meetings. As Dr. Abrahan Lieberman, National Parkinson’s Foundation, said, “Find, join and attend PD support groups, which offer camaraderie with other folks who have gone down the same path as you.”

The Brevard-Hendersonville Parkinson’s Disease Support Group, in Western North Carolina, is a beacon of support and knowledge in this fight for a better life.

Contact the Edens at 862-8820 if you have any questions.

Project Linus

The local chapter of Project Linus, a national non-profit organization which donates handmade blankets to children in crisis, is seeking volunteers to create blankets. The new “blanketeers” can contribute knitted, crocheted, quilted, no-sew fleece or flannel blankets.

During the past 16 years our local chapter has distributed more than 56,000 hand-made blankets to 12 counties in Western North Carolina and there is still a need for additional blankets.

If interested contact, Ellen Knoefel, chapter coordinator, at (828) 645-8800.

Rotary Club Of Pisgah Forest

For the month of January 2016 the speaker chair is club treasurer, Bob Coffin and the Rotary International theme for the month is “Rotary Awareness.”

The featured speakers for the Jan. 13 meeting are Duncan Wheale and Ron Freeman, directors with the Blue Ridge Free Dental Clinic — The Tooth Fairies!

The main objective of the Order of the Tooth Fairies is to increase the public’s awareness of the Blue Ridge Free Dental Clinic in Jackson, Macon and Transylvania counties and to do it in a funloving manner.

The public is welcome to attend the breakfast meetings, listen to the guest speakers and share a friendly and delicious buffet breakfast at the Pisgah Fish Camp every Wednesday at 8 a.m.

For information on Rotary service, contact Don Mozley at or (828) 877-5820 or visit


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