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Health and Fitness

Ageless Grace

Every Wednesday at 1:30pm-2:30pm
Every Thursday at 9:00am-10:00am

Next Meeting: Thursday, December 8, 2016 at 9:00am

Details:

A new and fun way to move that includes a chair (seated dancing; standing is optional)! great music from 40’s big bands to today’s music, creativity and a sense of humor!

A mind-body program designed by fitness specialists to stimulate the whole body-head to toe- as you listen, recall, move and sing along with hit tunes, promoting a sense of well-being and joy.  What makes this program more interesting and enriching is that Ageless Grace® is both a body and brain exercise.  Ageless Grace® is based on the science of neuroplasticity: the ability of the brain and nervous system to change its structure and function, and to continue to change it throughout our lives, to keep us youthful and vital. 

Each of the 21 exercise tools emphasizes a different technique, such as joint mobility, spinal flexibility, right-left brain coordination, kinesthetic learning, cognitive function, systemic health, balance, self-esteem, confidence and playfulness.

These classes are led by Sheila Queen, Certified Educator.  Open to the Public

Open to all.

Location: Senior Center

Contact: Margaret Fitch, Program Coordinator .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), 434.974.7756

Pay for this event online

Ageless Grace

Members per month $30.00
Guests per month $40.00


Aerobic Dance-YMCA Partner Program

Every Monday, Friday at 10:00am-11:00am
Every Thursday at 10:15am-11:15am

Next Meeting: Thursday, December 8, 2016 at 10:15am

Details:

Offsite at the YMCA, Carver Center, Jefferson School Fitness Room. 233 4th Street, NW,  Charlottesville, VA 22903   (434) 970-3053

Fee $30/month, regardless of YMCA membership status, is collected by the 15th of the month by instructor to cover costs (Checks to Y.M.C.A.)

Location: Senior Center


Arthritis Foundation Land Exercise

Every Tuesday, Thursday at 10:30am-11:30am

Next Meeting: Thursday, December 8, 2016 at 10:30am

Details:

Exercise is important for joint motion and muscle strength. Maggie Schmidt leads this entry-level class, following the Arthritis Foundation Program, to help those with arthritis get moving again. A chair is used for balance.  Come to class in comfortable clothing and athletic shoes with stability.

Open to all.

Location: Senior Center

Contact: Senior Center 434.974.7756

Pay for this event online

Arthritis Foundation Land Exercise

Members (per month) $28.00
Guests (per month) $35.00


Ballroom Dance Lessons

Every Tuesday at 2:00pm-3:00pm
Every Tuesday at 3:00pm-4:00pm

Next Meeting: Tuesday, December 13, 2016 at 2:00pm

Details:

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New classes!
Cathleen is teaching classes in both Beginning Ballroom and Intermediate Ballroom Dance. The Intermediate class will have more of an emphasis on technique and you will learn more dance patterns. If you decide to take both classes , there is a discount.  Register and pay at the front desk or online.  NOTE: Calling all ladies!  The 1st Tuesday of every month is “Ladies’ Tuesday” and the ladies do NOT have to pay. 

Dance Schedule:
April 2016:  Tango/Cha Cha
May 2016:  Fox Trot/Swing
June 2016:  Waltz/Rumba

November 2016:  Fox Trot/Swing
December 2016:  Waltz/Rumba
January 2017: Tango/Cha Cha
February 2017: Fox Trot/Swing
March 2017:  Waltz/Rumba

Open to all.

Location: Senior Center

Contact: Senior Center 434.974.7756

Pay for this event online

Ballroom Dance Lessons

Member per Month - One Class $28.00
Member Per Month Both Classes $40.00
Guest per Month - One Class $40.00
Guest per Month - Both Classes $60.00


BeMoved®

Every Monday at 9:00am-10:00am
Every Wednesday at 9:00am-10:00am

Next Meeting: Monday, December 12, 2016 at 9:00am

Details:

BeMoved® is a dance-fitness experience, designed by Sherry Zunker a well-known choreographer, a professional with over 30 years of training. Classes begin with easy to follow movements that integrate the upper and lower body. The warm up flows into dance styles inspired by a wide variety of dance genres such as Rat Pack, Bollywood, Disco, Gospel, Pop and Latin. BeMoved® is designed to inspire participants to experience dance as a means to health, joy, and fulfillment. This Wednesday morning class is offered by Elly Tucker, certified instructor and Center member.  The new Monday morning class (starts November 7) will be taught by Jean Marie Badar, certified instructor.

Chicago Tribune “Numerous studies and experts have touted the health benefits of dance for seniors, including the National Institute of Aging, which counts dance among the activities that can prevent or reduce afflictions like arthritis, osteoporosis and Alzheimer’s”.

Click here to view BeMoved® video

Open to all.

Location: Senior Center

Contact: Margaret Fitch .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Pay for this event online

BeMoved®

Members per month $20.00
Guests per month $35.00


Bowling Club

Every Wednesday at 10:00am-11:30am
Every Tuesday at 9:00am-11:30am

Next Meeting: Tuesday, December 13, 2016 at 9:00am

Details:

Senior Center members are invited to join a team and bowl weekly during the bowling seasons scheduled at Kegler’s.  If you are interested in joining or being a substitute, call Howard Ellis, League President at 434-361-1954.  Fee:  Kegler’s Lane fees apply.  Must be age 50 or better.

Location: Offsite at Kegler's Lanes, Charlottesville


Chair Yoga

Every Monday at 10:30am-11:30am
Every Thursday at 3:15pm-4:15pm

Next Meeting: Thursday, December 8, 2016 at 3:15pm

Details:

Chair Yoga is a gentle form of yoga that is practiced sitting on a chair, or standing using a chair for support.  Chair Yoga is one of the gentlest forms of yoga available.  Complicated maneuvers and complex movements are not present in a chair yoga class.  Within this type of yoga class, you can cover standing, seated and prone postures.  Students can learn many kinds of yoga postures, breathing techniques, meditation, and ways of relaxation, with the aid of a chair.  This class is taught by member Julie Horne.

Members only.

Location: Senior Center

Fee: free


Charlottesville International Folk Dance

Every Wednesday at 6:30pm-8:30pm

Next Meeting: Wednesday, December 14, 2016 at 6:30pm

Details:

Beginning dances are taught by experienced teachers.  Community dances from Eastern Europe are primarily the focus.  Please join us for these communal village dances and enjoy the friendship of a small group.  For information, please call Susan Roberts at (434)409-0264 or go to the web site:  seniorcenter.org/calendar/events/54/ or charlottesvilleinternationalfolkdance.com/.

Open to all.

Location: Senior Center

Fee: free


Fashion Square Walking Group

Every Monday, Wednesday, Thursday at 9:15am-10:30am

Next Meeting: Thursday, December 8, 2016 at 9:15am

Details:

Join our new group of walkers who want to socialize and get moving in a climate controlled atmosphere.  Join us at 9:15 a.m. in the mall entrance between Belk and Penney’s in front of the Lenscrafter’s doors. 

Members only.

Location: Fashion Square Shopping Mall

Contact: Marion Turk, (434)973-9242

Fee: free


Full Life Fitness

Every Tuesday, Friday at 9:00am-10:00am

Next Meeting: Friday, December 9, 2016 at 9:00am

Details:

This is a member-led group that consists primarily of stretching and light weightlifting following instructions from an audiotape. Bands and hand weights of 1, 2, or 3 pounds are furnished; you may also bring your own equipment. Our program has no upper age limit and works with most physical challenges. This friendly bunch welcomes new participants.

Members only.

Location: Senior Center

Fee: free


Hearing Health

Every 3rd Wednesday at 10:00am-11:00pm

Next Meeting: Wednesday, December 21, 2016 at 10:00am

Details:


Help Your Balance and Prevent Falls- It’s a startling fact that falls are the leading cause of injuries in older adults.  You may not realize that part of your balance system is in your ears!  Join Dr. Kristin Koch, Audiologist at Evolution Hearing, for simple exercises and tips that can help anyone who is worried about falling and their balance. Free and Open to the Public

Open to all.

Location: Senior Center

Contact: Margaret Fitch, Program Coordinator .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


Hiking - Mondays

Every Monday at 9:00am-3:00pm

Next Meeting: Monday, December 12, 2016 at 9:00am

Details:

hiking_group Senior Center volunteers plan and lead the hikes.

Hiking Protocol:

Monday hikers meet in the Senior Center parking lot and leave at 9 am. Driving time to the trailhead varies between 1/2h to 1 ½ hour. Return time is generally between 3 pm and 4 pm. We hike roughly 6 miles with an elevation change between 1,200 ft to 2,500 ft. Bring lunch, water, a change of shoes with a bag for muddy boots, plus $5.00 for the carpool driver. Wear appropriate clothing. Sneakers are not adequate. For wintry weather we require traction devices. Trekking poles are also quite helpful. We encourage a spirit of camaraderie and welcome new hikers, but bear in mind that rambling about the Blue Ridge can be a rigorous enterprise Please contact Elisabeth de Maynadier if you would like to receive hiking e-mails with updates on our schedule at 295-9805 or: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

For more information you may also contact the hike leaders:

Monday leaders:     
Chuck Hughes - 434.823.1797
Elisabeth de Maynadier - 434.295.9805
Marylu Barker - 434.977.5680
Dennis Burget - 540 447 4609

Schedule for Monday Hikes:

2016 SCHEDULED HIKES

DEC 12th: fr Browns Gap / map 11 /  MP 82.9 /  Rockytop trl via AT N, Big Run Loop trl, Rockytop trl, /  6 m / 1,400 ft /  in/out

DEC 19th:  special hike

DEC 26th: no hike

2017 SCHEDULED HIKES

JAN 2nd: fr Rte 56/BRP /  map 12 / MP 29 /  Whetstone Ridge trl /  6 m / 800 ft /  in/out

JAN 9th: fr Braley Pond , Ramsey’s Draft area / Baldridge trl to Bridge Hollow trl /  6 m / 1,700 ft /  in/out.

JAN 16th : Patricia Byron Forest Reserve / special map off rte 810 /  5. 35 m / 1,500ft / 2 loops.

JAN 23rd : fr Rte 600 / map 10 /  Whiteoak Canyon trl to bridge /  6 m / 1,800 ft, / in/out.

JAN 30th : fr Reeds Gap / map 12 / MP 13.8 / AT S to hanging rock / 6 m / 1,700 ft, / in/out.

FEB 6th: fr Rte 340/663 /  map 11 /  Austin Mtn trl fr bottom /  6.4 m /  1,400 ft /  in/out.

FEB 13th: fr Torry Furnace /  map 12 /  Torry Ridge trl to 1rst Blue Loop / 5.6 m / 1,500 ft /  in/out.

FEB 20th: fr bottom /  map 11 / Browns Gap FR to Doyles Riv trl /  7.4 m /  1,600 ft, / in/out.

FEB 27th: Fortune’s Cove, off Rte 29 S / special map, 5.1 m / 1,500 ft /  loop.

MAR 6th: fr Fishers Gap Ovrlk / map 10 / MP 49.4 /  to Lewis Spring Falls /  5.9 m / 1,500 ft / lollipop / via AT S, past Big Meadows amphi, to falls / return on Lewis Spring Falls trl +  AT N.

MAR 13th: fr Browns Gap prkg /  map 11 / MP 83 / Doyles Riv + Jones Riv trls /  6.2 m / 1,800 ft,/ loop, via Browns Gap FR / down Doyles Riv trl, up Jones Riv trl / AT N to Browns gap.

MAR 20th: fr Dark Hollow Falls prkg / map 10 / MP 50.6 / Rose Riv Loop trl / 5.3 m / 1,800 ft, loop /  Return on AT S to amphi /  Story of the Forest trl /  to cars.

MAR 27th : fr Blackrock prkg, map 11, MP 84.9, Furnace Mtn trl to summit, 6.8 m, 1,500 ft,         in/out

APR 3rd:  fr Simmons Gap / map 11/  MP 73.1 / AT N to Powell Gap / 6.6 m / 1,600 ft, / in/out.

APR 10th: fr Meadow Spring prkg /  map 11 /  MP 33.8 / Hazel Mtn /  Catlett Mtn / Hannah Run trls to The Pinnacles /  MP 36.5 /  5.8 m /  1,700 ft /  shuttle.

APR 17th: fr Towmile Run Ovrlk / map 11 / MP 76.2 / Rocky Mount trl to summit / 6.8 m / 1,500 ft / in/out.

APR 24th: fr Rte 56 / map 12/13 / Crabtree Falls trl to Upper Meadows / 5.2 m /1,500 ft / in/out.

MAY 1st:fr Bootens Gap / map 10 / MP 55.1 / Rapidan Camp to Milam Gap /  MP 52.8 / 5.6 m / 1,300 ft / via Laurel Prong + Mill Prong trls / shuttle.

MAY 8th: fr Pocossin Cabin prkg / map 10 / MP 59.8 / to S Riv picnic area /  MP 62.8 / 6.2 m / 1,100 ft / shuttle /  via Pocossin FR / Pocossin trl / S Riv FR to bottom of falls and back on S Riv trl to picnic area.

MAY 15th: fr Brown Mtn Ovrlk / map 11 / MP 76.9 / Brown Mtn trl to summit / 6.2 m / 1,800 ft / in/out.

MAY 22nd: fr Berry Hollow trl /  map 10 /  Old Rag Mtn / 5.6 m / 1,800 ft / via Berry Hollow + Saddle trls to summit / in/out.
 
MAY 29th: fr Fork Mtn Ovrlk / map 12 / MP 23 / Mine Bank + St Mary’s trls / 4.8 m / 1,200 ft, / in/out.

JUN 5th: fr The Slacks Ovlk /  map 12 / MP 19.9 / White Rock Falls / 4.9 m / 860 ft, / loop / via The Slacks trl / White Rocks Gap trl to White Rocks Gap / cross BRP White Rocks Fall trl / lunch at Cove Falls /  back to The Slacks Ovrlk.

JUN 12th: fr Wildcat Ridge prkg / map 11 /  MP 92.1 /  Turk Mtn summit to Sawmill Ovrlk /  MP 94.5 / 5.7 m / 1,500 ft / shuttle / via AT S / Turk Mtn trl to and back / AT S to Sawmill Run Ovrlk.

JUN 19th: fr Turk Gap / map 11 / MP 94.2 / Turk Br trl / S Fork Moormans Riv FR / AT N to Sawmill Run Ovrlk / MP 95.4 /  6 m / 1,500 ft / shuttle.

JUN 26th: fr Riprap prkg /  map 11 /  MP 89.9 /  Riprap + Wildcat Ridge trls to Wildcat Ridge prkg /  MP 92.1 / 6.3 m /  1,500 ft /  via AT N / Riprap trl / Wildcat Ridge trl / shuttle.


Please visit the Hiking-Wednesdays page for information on Wednesday hikes.

Members only.

Location: Varies; check schedule

Fee: free


Hiking - Wednesdays

Every Wednesday at 9:00am-3:00pm

Next Meeting: Wednesday, December 14, 2016 at 9:00am

Details:

  Return is usually by 4 p.m. Senior Center volunteers plan and lead the hikes.

Welcome Wednesday hikers!

We meet at the Center parking lot, leaving promptly at 9AM: in the summer (June-September), 8AM. Return times vary: 2-6PM depending on distance from Charlottesville & hike length. Notify the hike leader when you plan to meet the group at the trailhead or a convenient waypoint. Arrange any shortened version of these hikes in advance with the hike leader.

Elevation changes range from 1200’-3000’ with an average of 1500’-2500’; distances, about 8 miles with some at 10.

Bring lunch, snacks, ample water, change of shoes with a bag for muddy boots & $5 for the carpool driver.

Wear & bring appropriate clothing: hiking boots or shoes, rain-gear, & spare socks. Traction devices like Stabilicer ice cleats are mandatory for wintery conditions. Consider trekking poles for stream crossings & steep descents.

Rambling about the Blue Ridge can be a vigorous & taxing enterprise even for the experienced. We gladly welcome new hikers & encourage a spirit of camaraderie with a touch of laughter & much joy.

Dogs are not allowed.

Contact Irene Burke .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or telephone (434) 964-6418 for inclusion on the email list for final updates or changes; before a hike, check your email the previous night & early morning.

Hike leaders
Irene Burke .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Anne Colgate .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Maynard Davis .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Pete Fink .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

SCHEDULE FOR WEDNESDAY HIKES

2016 SCHEDULED HIKES

December 7—Broad Hollow, Sam’s Ridge, Hazel Mt., Pine Hill Gap, 7-mile loop, 1800’, tucked among Old Rag, Catlett, and Hazel Mountains pass by tumbling cascades, 19th century cabin ruins, healthy hemlock & tangled masses of mountain laurel, park-trailhead, Rte.681 Rolling Rd., Leader-Pete Fink

December 14—Buck Hollow, Hazel Mt., Buck Ridge, 6.3-mile loop, 1800’, ascend .3-miles of rock & timber stairs through a narrowing hollow for a short 400’ beside 19th century cabin foundations, homestead walls, a plummeting Thornton River tributary with a hidden view of Oven Top Mt. on the Buck Ridge descent, park-Meadow Springs, US211 between Sperryville & Thornton Gap, Leader-Anne Colgate

December 21—Graves Mill, Staunton River, McDaniel Hollow, Jones Mt. to Bear Church Rock, 8.6-mile O&B, 2200’, Rapidan & Staunton Rivers, falls and pools, arching mountain laurel tunnels, thick club moss groundcovers & 19th century walled homesteads line both sides of this walk in the woods, park-Graves Mill trailhead, Rte.662, Leader-Lance Lauerhass

December 28—Annual New Year’s Hike, Berry Hollow fire road, Old Rage Saddle, Old Rag summit, 5.6-mile O&B, 2415’ little-known ascent of Old Rag avoids the crowds & dicey rock scramble for the incomparable 360º view, park-Berry Hollow cul-de sac, Leader-Irene Burke


Date TBD—Three Ridges Overlook, Bushwhack through Wintergreen trail onto Old AT, to Dripping Rock, to Overlook on New AT south, 9-mile loop, 1000’ elevation, PATC Map12 park-Three Ridges Overlook, Blue Ridge Parkway MP13.3, Leader-Pete Fink

2017 SCHEDULED HIKES:

JANUARY                                                                            January 4—Buck Hollow, Mtn. Spring, AT north + Mary’s Rock, Pass Mtn. AT hut, 10-mile shuttle, 2600’; from Buck Hollow trailhead east of Thornton Gap, climb this narrow cleft to Skyline Drive; pass an old homestead ruin on your way to the spectacular westward scene from Mary’s Rock before descending along the AT to Pass Mt. hut, offering its own wide views, possible only with the spare winter foliage; end at the Pass Mt. terminus VA211 just north of Buck Hollow’s trailhead, PATC map10. Leader-Lance Lauerhass

January 11—Reeds Gap, AT south, ascend Meadow Mt., Bee Mt, then the northern knoll of Three Ridges (best view at 3970’) at Hanging Rock, & then the peak itself, 9-mile, O&B, 2650’, rocky & rough but rewarding east/west scenes of blue-green ridge after ridge after ridge, park-Reeds Gap, VA664, BRP MP13.5, PATC map12. Leader-Anne Colgate

January 18—Mint Springs Valley Park, ascend Fire Trail, Big Survey Trail, return to Fire Trail, Little Survey trail for a 3-mile loop; 700’; pleasant hike with southwest views of King Family Winery polo grounds. Gather for a BYOL with dessert & refreshments provided at Maynard & Joanne’s home in Crozet; park-6659 Mint Springs Park, Crozet. Leader-Maynard Davis

January 25—Graves Mill, Staunton River Trail to Fork Mt. 9.6-mile, O&B, 2200’. Rapidan & Staunton Rivers, falls & pools, arching mountain laurel tunnels, thick club moss groundcovers & 19th century walled homesteads line both sides of this walk in the woods; park-Graves Mill trailhead, VA662, PATC map10. Leader-Irene Burke

FEBRUARY                                                                          February 1—Sherando Lake, White Rock Gap, Slacks, Torry Ridge, East Blue trails a, 9.4-mile loop, 1900’. For those days when the Blue Ridge Parkway is closed, access this spectacular loop from its base, ascending the more gradual slopes of White Rock Gap climbing further to the rocky Torry Ridge with its far ranging east-west views now opened by fallen leaves; park-Sherando Lake winter gate, VA664, PATC map12. Leader-Lance Lauerhass

February 8—Swift Run Gap, Bald Face Mtn., AT north, 10-mile, O&B, 2400’. Take this AT section past an ancient yet still maintained ridgeline cemetery, to Saddleback Mtn. Peak thence to Bald Mountain for lunch; retrace your steps but take in the vast Shenandoah Valley from the southwest perspective; park-Swift Run Gap, north, PATC map10. Leader-Anne Colgate

February 15—Furnace Mt. & Trayfoot Peaks, 10-mile, O&B, 2400’. At 200 yards from VA663, Grottoes fire road gate, ford Madison Run on massive boulders then ascend Furnace Mt. first through a tunnel of mountain laurel then along a westward exposed trail of a sandy, whitened, uplifted seabed. In about two miles reach the saddle then ascend further to Furnace Mt’s. peak & overlook. From there, return to the saddle then the intersection with Trayfoot Mt. trail for a welcome lunch & final descent to Madison Run, PATC map11. Leader-Maynard Davis

February 22—Chimney Rock-Three Ridges Wilderness Area, AT north, 10-mile, O&B, 2200’. Take on Three Ridges from the southern terminus at route 56. For an additional two miles O & B, bag the Three Ridges summit. On your way up, pass the Mau Har trail intersection just above a saddle leading to Harpers Creek shelter then assault the heavily wooded (now bare) southern flank of the mighty Three Ridges. Often deep with snowdrifts, take along your traction devices, gaiters & trekking poles; park VA56 trailhead, PATC map12. Leader-Irene Burke

MARCH                                                                              March 1—Thornton Gap to The Pinnacle Mtn. AT south, 8.8-mile, O&B, 2200’. From Thornton Gap climb the AT along a fern studded trail walled to the west & clear to the east with 50-mile views across Virginia’s Piedmont. Pass the cut-off to Mary’s Rock, a 180° breathtaking scene west to the Alleghenies you’ll take-in on your decent. Pass Byrd’s Nest Hut #3; hike on, to capture a pleasant lunch spot atop The Pinnacle Mtn. The rocky path back is all down hill, except for a brief trek to Mary’s Rock, PATC map10. Leader-Lance Lauerhass

March 8—Mount Torry Furnace, Torry Mtn. ridge, Blue Loop Trail west, lollipop loop with an O&B, 2000’; weave among ancient telegraph poles through blueberry thickets, with east-west aspects along the ridge then descend to the lake at the west Blue Loop Trail & return via the east Blue Loop, the ridge & the furnace; park-Torry Furnace, VA664, PATC map12. Leader-Anne Colgate

March 15—Hazel Mtn., White Rocks, 10.1-mile loop, 2575’. Ascend Buck Ridge’s .3-mile of rock & timber stairs through a narrowing hollow to Hazel Mtn. territory; circle White Rocks to the Hazel River returning to Hazel Mtn. descending Buck Ridge to the trailhead; park VA211 just east of Thornton Gap, PATC map10. Leader-Maynard Davis

March 22—Humpback Rocks, 8.4-mile loop, 2100’. From Humpback Gap parking advance along the AT south on multiple switchbacks heading to Humpback Peak, where the westward cliffs provide a narrow perch for lunch. On your easy descent, loop away from the AT south as you approach The Rocks, Humpback’s main attraction; continue the west loop descent to the gap parking PATC map12. Leader-Irene Burke

March 29—Nicholson Hollow to Hot/Short, Hazel Mt., Catlett, Hannah, Nicholson Hollow, 11.3-mile loop, 2100’. The Catlett Mt.—Short Mt. circuit will pass several sites of stone wall hog enclosures, settlement foundations & chimney remains; park at Nethers Rd., same as for Old Rag Ridge scramble, PATC map10. Leader-Lance Lauerhass

APRIL                                                                                April 5—Shenandoah Mt., 10-mile O&B, 1000’, section-hike one of the premier, long-distance (>50 miles) ridge-top trails in Virginia, clear views of the West Virginia Alleghenies, park VA250, historic Confederate Breast Works site, Natl. Geo. map791. Leader-Anne Colgate

April 12—Braley Pond to Bald Mt. Peak 9-mile O&B, 2000’, ascend Shenandoah Mt. to the edge of Ramsey’s Draft Wilderness Area dense with wildlife: great-horned owls, pileated woodpeckers, eastern box turtles, newts, efts, crimson & indigo berried shrubs; park-Braley Pond recreation area, 1.1 miles left from a right turn off VA715, from VA250W, Natl. Geo. map791. Leader-Maynard Davis

April 19—Little Devils Stairs, Pole Bridge Link, Piney Branch Upper, Hull School, Keyser Run fire road, 7.7-mile loop, 2200’, hidden, narrow, drippy, mossy gorge; park-Little Devils Stairs trailhead, PATC Map 9. Leader-Irene Burke

April 26—White Rock Gap, Torry Ridge, 9.5-mile loop, 2200’; from the trailhead descend, then climb to the 30’ White Rock Falls, heavy with spring rains, climb further to the BRP & connect with the Slacks trail to Torry Ridge. Purple Iris should be nodding trailside as you head toward the Blue loop, descending to Sherando Lake then up the White Rock Gap trail along a pink Mountain Laurel & fern encrusted trail to conclusion; park BRP, mile post 18.5, PATC map12. Leader-Lance Lauerhass

MAY                                                                                  May 3—The Devils Marbleyard, 11.3-mile lollipop loop, 2280’; a 90-minute drive south from C’ville to just west of Lynchburg. The name is apt as it presents a Dantean tour of massive granite boulders. Here, a spur off the AT, known as the Helicopter Pad, features what is billed as ‘one of the most spectacular 360° views in Virginia’ http://www.hikingupward.com/. Leader-Anne Colgate

May 10—Robertson Mtn. 6.8-mile lollipop loop, 2130’. This hike makes up for distance with difficulty. The 1700’ elevation gain in slightly more than 1.5 miles, confers significant bragging rights with a restful fire road approach & conclusion to your exhilarating climb. From the peak, look down on Old Rag to the west; park at entrance to Berry Hollow Fire Road, PATC map10. Leader-Maynard Davis

May 17—The 3 Falls: Lewis, Rose, & Dark: a 9.3-mile loop, 2205’. This elegant circuit captures the magical three at their springtime best with banks of pink & burgundy lady slippers, violets, trillium, Dutchman’s breeches, red-budding maples; park beside the Big Meadows amphitheater at the Lewis Falls/AT trailhead, PATC map10. Leader-Irene Burke

May 24—This is it! The Old Rag Ridge Trail, return Old Rag Saddle Trail, Weakley Hollow Fire Road: a 9.4-mile looping, rock scramble, 2,415’. Pack light; collapse your trekking poles & save for the descent; one of the most popular Mid-Atlantic rambles; park SR600/Nethers Rd, PATC map10. Leader-Lance Lauerhass

May 31—Ramsey’s Draft, Jerry’s Run: 8-mile, O&B, 1200’. May, the perfect time to hike the Ramsey’s Draft Wilderness area when American Pieris is draped with ivory blooms, thickly covering the slopes along the hike. Violets, trillium & lady slipper emerge now, somewhat later at this elevation than in the valley; park Mountain House picnic area, VA250 west of Staunton, Natl. Geo. map791. Leader-Anne Colgate

JUNE                                                                                  June 7—Wildcat, Riprap: 9.5-mile loop, 2300’; descend Wildcat to the hollow then up Riprap past Chimney Rock to the AT & back to the Wildcat trailhead. Along the way feel the forest hushed, primeval with ferny growth, hidden pools & gentle cascades, Park MP 92.1, Skyline Drive, PATC map11. Leader-Maynard Davis

June 14—Mine Bank, Mary’s River, 9.7-mile loop, 2200’. Oh to be in St. Mary’s Wilderness now; lush rhododendrons’ deep purple blooms cascading beside every path, dappled with oaken light, their favorite haunt; The parking area is receded on a gravel road 70 yards from the Blue Ridge Parkway, MP23, PATC map12. Leader-Pete Fink

June 21—Graves Mill, Bear Church Rock, 8.6-mile loop, 2200’; Rapidan & Staunton Rivers: falls & pools, low-hanging, mountain laurel tunnels, thick club moss groundcovers & 19th century walled homesteads line both sides of this trail before you lunch at the Bear Church Rock overlook with its unobstructed 360º views of the Appalachian folded, green-forested mountains; park at end of VA662 in the Graves Mill Parking area, PATC map10. Leader-Pete Fink

June 28—Stony Mountain circuit, 10.1-mile loop, 1840’. This secluded hike passes through the Rapidan State Wildlife Management Area offering rock-topped views, a cemetery abandoned since the 1920’s, hidden swimming holes & a trek that climbs at the beginning, ending with a cooling descent; park where VA670/Old Blue Ridge Tpke ends, at the Rose River, PATC map10. Leader-Anne Colgate

Members only.

Location: Varies; check schedule

Fee: free


Ivy Creek Walking Group

Every Thursday at 9:00am-10:00am

Next Meeting: Thursday, December 8, 2016 at 9:00am

Details:

ivy_creekIf you enjoy a brisk walk in nature, and stimulating conversation, join us!  We meet in the Ivy Creek Natural Area parking lot and walk the trails for approximately one hour. This is an ideal transition group for those who want to begin hiking.

Members only.

Location: Ivy Creek Natural Area Parking Lot

Contact: Nora Loukides 434.293.7157

Fee: free


Jazzercise Lite - Program Partner

Every Monday, Wednesday, Friday at 10:45am-11:45am

Next Meeting: Friday, December 9, 2016 at 10:45am

Details:

Senior Center, Inc. and Jazzercise, Inc. team up to bring you a variety of fitness classes geared to those over 50 to meet your needs! Registration fee is discounted for Senior Center Members to $50, then $38/month.  (Fees are collected by instructor to cover facility and instruction)

Location: Offsite at Jazzercise, Inc., Center, 2123 Berkmar Drive, Charlottesville


Line Dancing

Every Wednesday at 6:30pm-7:30pm
Every Friday at 2:30pm-3:30pm
Every Wednesday at 7:30pm-8:30pm
Every Friday at 1:00pm-2:30pm

Next Meeting: Friday, December 9, 2016 at 1:00pm

Details:

FUN-TIME LINE DANCING


If you love to dance and want to have fun and exercise physically and mentally, this is for you. This group cares more about having fun than the accuracy of steps.

Beginners Classes:  Fridays at 1:00 pm and Wednesdays at 6:30 pm
Advanced Classes:  Fridays at 2:30 pm and Wednesdays at 7:30 pm

Open to all.

Location: Senior Center

Pay for this event online

Line Dancing

Guests $4.00
Members $0.00


Northside Walking Group

Every Friday at 9:45am-11:30am

Next Meeting: Friday, December 9, 2016 at 9:45am

Details:

A slow-paced walk of about 2.5 miles with some short hills. Meet in the lobby at the Center.  For more info, call Chuck St Clair, 434-978-2057.

Members only.

Location: Senior Center

Fee: free


Parkinson's Exercise

Every Monday at 11:00am-12:00pm
Every Thursday at 10:45am-11:45am

Next Meeting: Thursday, December 8, 2016 at 10:45am

Details:

parkinsons_yogaCertified instructor Sharon Honeycutt leads participants through various exercises designed to promote ways of moving and speaking to better cope with the many symptoms of Parkinson’s and other neurological diseases. Bring an exercise mat and wear comfortable clothing. Offered in partnership with UVa’s Adult Neurology Department.

Open to all.

Location: Senior Center

Contact: Senior Center 434.974.7756

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Parkinson's Exercise

Per month $65.00


Pickleball

Every Monday at 6:15pm-9:00pm
Every Tuesday at 2:00pm-4:30pm
Every Wednesday at 12:00pm-4:30pm
Every Thursday at 12:00am-12:00am
Every Friday at 2:15pm-4:15pm
Every Saturday at 1:00pm-4:30pm

Next Meeting: Friday, December 9, 2016 at 2:15pm

Details:

Combine a bit of tennis, a touch of badminton, and a helping of ping pong and what do you get? Pickleball, the fastest growing sport in the country! Although it appears very similar to tennis, key differences (the slower speed of the ball and a smaller court size) make it accessible to a wider range of players, particularly seniors. Pickleball has great health benefits: it lowers blood pressure, burns body fat, improves balance and hand-eye coordination, and is great for your social life. Warning—Pickleball can be extremely addictive! We are thrilled to be partnering with the Central Virginia Pickleball Club for this program!

The times listed take place at the Key Recreation Center and the cost is $2 (payable at the Key Rec. Center). If you are interested in playing, please contact program leader Gene Rabois at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Open to all.

Location: Key Recreation Center


Primetime Fitness

Every Monday, Wednesday, Friday at 9:45am-10:45am
Every Tuesday, Thursday at 9:30am-10:30am

Next Meeting: Thursday, December 8, 2016 at 9:30am

Details:

“primetime-fitness” 

Marcy Parminter, Instructor (M-W), Maggie Schmidt, Instructor (T-TH)
Faith Minyard, Instructor (F)

Taught by certified instructors and featuring three class styles each week.  The Monday, Wednesday series is geared toward active people who want to build cardio-vascular strength, tone body, and improve balance.  It includes low-impact aerobics and body toning and stretching exercises.  The 2-day series includes low impact aerobics and weight and chair exercises for people who want to build cardio-vascular and muscular strength and improve balance.  The Friday classes will concentrate on joint range of motion, stretching and strength training.  Light weights and resistance tubing is used.  These classes help to promote and maintain back and core strength, balance, and daily activities.  Bring a mat and wear good athletic shoes and comfortable clothes.

 

Open to all.

Location: Senior Center

Contact: Senior Center 974.7756

Pay for this event online

Primetime Fitness

Members (per month) $36.00
Guests (per month) $46.00


PT PLUS MINI MED SCHOOL

Thursday, December 15, 2016 at 10:00am

Details:

PT Plus Mini Med School’s Topic will be “Preventing Falls.” 

Falls can be devastating to older adults, causing injury and even death.  Many falls can be prevented with safety education, awareness, and maintaining good strength and balance.  Participants will learn their personalized level of Falls risk as well as strategies for preventing falls. 
Please Register on line below or at the Welcome Desk.

Open to all.

Location: Senior Center

Contact: Margaret Fitch, Program Coordinator, 434-974-7756 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

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PT PLUS MINI MED SCHOOL

Register


Racquetball-Partner Program

Every Monday, Wednesday, Friday at 9:00am-11:00am

Next Meeting: Friday, December 9, 2016 at 9:00am

Details:

Novices and the experienced convene to play singles, doubles, and cut-throat, as the numbers dictate.  Regardless of ability or fitness level, current participants agree that its a great workout.  Senior Center members are invited to join the fun!  Call Paul Loukides, Program Leader, at 434-293-7157 to let him know that you are coming, and someone will meet you at the door to welcome you! 

Fees:  $5.00/day for single visits or $30.00/month for unlimited visits (provides use of recreation center courts, locker room and weight room). 

Open to all.

Location: Offsite at Rocky Top Recreation Center on Allied Blvd, Charlottesville


Seated Massage

Every Wednesday at 9:30am-12:30pm

Next Meeting: Wednesday, December 14, 2016 at 9:30am

Details:

Massage can help you relax, relieve stress, improve sleep, relieve muscle pain and tightness, and improve flexibility and range of motion. Sit fully clothed on a specially designed massage chair and choose which areas of muscle tightness—shoulders, neck, back, head, arms, or hands—on which you want the massage therapist to work. Sign up at the Welcome Desk.

Open to all.

Location: Senior Center

Contact: To schedule an appointment, call 434.974.7756


Tai Chi (Evening)

Every Wednesday at 7:30pm-8:30am

Next Meeting: Wednesday, December 14, 2016 at 7:30pm

Details:

This is a great way to relax after a hard day, as this class teaches calmness in addition to balance and flexibility. 

Background
The Senior Center has offered Tai Ji (an alternate spelling of Tai Chi), 14 years. The teaching method allows participants to learn health aspects of the discipline, its connection to Chinese medical theory, meditation techniques for relaxation and to bolster the immune system, and even self-defense techniques. The system is based on the Three Emperors style of martial arts taught by Wang Zhenhua, a former coach at Beijing University.

The Center’s program was initiated by Mr. Wang’s student, John Alton, Charlottesville resident and someone recognized by the Chinese government as an expert in Chinese health practices. Lei Xilai, an instructor who came to the states from the Beijing area, taught advanced classes at the Senior Center and introduced new forms to the class. The current instructor, Brian McKenzie, has taught for the past 12 years. Brian is a student of Mr. Lei and Mr. Alton. Brian leads the TaiJi group with a clear mind, with firm hands and a warm heart, and above all with gentle words. He has a great sense of humor and no pretense at all.

About the Exercise
The exercise is simple—in a series of movements based on a Taoist martial art, participants slowly relearn how to balance, purposefully shifting weight from side to side and then increasing the difficulty of the movements. The slow movements not only redefine balance, but also provide a workout similar to the old Charles Atlas “dynamic tension” exercises for muscle development. Participants currently range in age from 50 to 94 and allowances are made for personal stamina, strength, medical history, and ability. The atmosphere is relaxed and easy-going; participants running late for class are welcome to join in whenever they arrive.

Open to all.

Location: Senior Center

Contact: Bryan McKenzie, Instructor - 434.978.7271

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Tai Chi (Evening)

Members $25.00
Guests $35.00


Tai Chi (Morning)

Every Monday, Wednesday, Friday at 8:45am-9:45am

Next Meeting: Friday, December 9, 2016 at 8:45am

Details:

Tai ChiStimulate your immune system, lower your blood pressure, decrease your stress and improve your balance: That’s not a bad scorecard for one hour’s worth of exercise each day!  If you can walk, you can play. Visitors are welcome to try it out! Taught by Bryan McKenzie.  Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 8:30am-9:30am., beginners should start on a Monday.

Background
The Senior Center has offered Tai Ji (an alternate spelling of Tai Chi), 14 years. The teaching method allows participants to learn health aspects of the discipline, its connection to Chinese medical theory, meditation techniques for relaxation and to bolster the immune system, and even self-defense techniques. The system is based on the Three Emperors style of martial arts taught by Wang Zhenhua, a former coach at Beijing University.

The Center’s program was initiated by Mr. Wang’s student, John Alton, Charlottesville resident and someone recognized by the Chinese government as an expert in Chinese health practices. Lei Xilai, an instructor who came to the states from the Beijing area, taught advanced classes at the Senior Center and introduced new forms to the class. The current instructor, Brian McKenzie, has taught for the past 12 years. Brian is a student of Mr. Lei and Mr. Alton. Brian leads the TaiJi group with a clear mind, with firm hands and a warm heart, and above all with gentle words. He has a great sense of humor and no pretense at all.

About the Exercise
The exercise is simple—in a series of movements based on a Taoist martial art, participants slowly relearn how to balance, purposefully shifting weight from side to side and then increasing the difficulty of the movements. The slow movements not only redefine balance, but also provide a workout similar to the old Charles Atlas “dynamic tension” exercises for muscle development. Participants currently range in age from 50 to 94 and allowances are made for personal stamina, strength, medical history, and ability. The atmosphere is relaxed and easy-going; participants running late for class are welcome to join in whenever they arrive.

Open to all.

Location: Senior Center

Contact: Bryan McKenzie, Instructor - 434.978.7271

Pay for this event online

Tai Chi (Morning)

Members per month $36.00
Guests per month $49.00


Tennis

Every Saturday at 9:30am-12:00pm

Next Meeting: Saturday, December 10, 2016 at 9:30am

Details:

Tennis

Players of all levels are welcome to join us at the corner of Cherry Avenue and Ridge Street—we play year-round.
Cost: A can of tennis balls

Open to all.

Location: Tonsler Park Courts

Contact: Isabelle Smith 434.296.7534


The Good Life Design Collaborative

Every 2nd Tuesday at 9:00am-10:30am

Next Meeting: Tuesday, December 13, 2016 at 9:00am

Details:

Sally Day of Service Dogs of Virginia will discuss 3 places dogs are trained to help humans:

1.  For people in wheelchairs, dogs are trained to open doors, picking up dropped items and much more.
2.  Dogs are trained to help children with autism to calm them down in public places, and when needed.
3.  Dogs can alert Type 1 Diabetics that their blood sugar is dropping.  Sally will also bring at least one dog with her, and explain how they are trained.

At The Good Life Design Collaborative, our mission is to make life easier and more fun for people of all ages and abilities by educating, connecting, and inspiring both consumers and service providers. 

We Serve:
  Anyone planning smart ways to live a long and vital life
  People encountering health difficulties and the people who love them and care for them
  Providers of products and services designed to make life better for people encountering health problems
  or frailty

The Good Life Design network is an inter generational collaboration between Seniors & professional caregivers.  Learn more at http://www.GoodLifeDesign.org.  It offers monthly educational speakers and a chance to talk with professionals - from health care to home help to government representatives, to find services and life choices that are right for you.

Open to all.

Location: Senior Center

Contact: Elizabeth Swider at 434-326-5323 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Fee: free


Water Workout

Every Monday, Wednesday at 1:15pm-2:15pm
Every Tuesday, Thursday at 10:15am-11:15am
Every Friday at 11:00am-12:00pm

Next Meeting: Thursday, December 8, 2016 at 10:15am

Details:

water_workoutACAC extends this program to Center members who do not belong to the club. Held at ACAC’s Albemarle Square location, with classes available five times per week, it’s great for anyone seeking a fun, low-impact workout. $56 per month payable directly to ACAC.

Members only.

Location: ACAC, Albemarle Square location, Charlottesville

Contact: Beth Nissen, Instructor 434.977.3989