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All Things Digital

Every 2nd Monday at 1:00pm-2:30pm

Next Meeting: Monday, November 13, 2017 at 1:00pm

Details:

Browser Data for Sale?  VPNs and Other Techniques to Protect You
Now that congress has passed a new law that allows ISPs (internet service providers) to share or sell user browsing data, how can we protect ourselves?  Patrick Earhart, business owner of Granite Technology, will speak to us about VPNs (virtual private networks) and other identity and content anonymization techniques.  He will also lead a brief discussion on possible upcoming legislation that seeks to limit or eliminate a person’s legal ability to use them. Free and open to the community

ATD WILL NOT MEET IN OCTOBER

Open to all.

Location: Senior Center


The Good Life Design Collaborative

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

Next Meeting: Tuesday, October 10, 2017 at 9:00am

Details:

Tuesday, September 12
Kate Tamarkin, is the “Musician in Residence” at the UVA Medical Center, and program coordinator for “Music by the Bedside” for Hospice of the Piedmont. She has also served as music director of the Charlottesville Symphony at UVA.  Join her for a discussion of therapeutic music as it relates to healing. The presentation will include a demonstration of the Celtic harp, and musical meditation. 

Tuesday, October 9
Planning a Meaningful, but Cost Effective Funeral
Life Transitions was born out of Rene Sanchez’s frustration in seeing families misinformed and/or misguided by too many funeral providers during their time of grieving.  He can help you plan a cost effective but meaningful funeral for yourself or a loved one.  He is a licensed funeral director and has been in the business for 15 years. 


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 and 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)


A Taste Of Spanish

Tuesday, September 12, 2017 at 2:00pm

Details:

 

 

 

 

 


This class is for the beginner with little or no knowledge of the Spanish language. Helen Ida Moyer facilitates the class. She holds a PhD in Spanish from UVa and has traveled extensively in Spain, Mexico, and Central and South America.  The recommended book for class is Conversational Spanish in 7 Days by Shirley Baldwin and Sarah Boos.  This book is out of print but can be purchased on line from Barnes & Noble or Amazon for under $10.  Free (except for materials) and open to the community.

September 12,19
October 3,10,17,31
November 7,21,28
December 5,12,19

PLEASE NOTE: CLASS IS CURRENTLY FULL!

Location: Senior Center

Fee: free


Apple/Mac Users Group

Every Thursday at 1:00pm-4:00pm

Next Meeting: Thursday, September 21, 2017 at 1:00pm

Details:

apple_mac_group Apple/Mac classes are held for both new and experienced Apple product users. Clay Sisk coordinates meetings; contact him via .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) to receive weekly program announcements.

In the first hour, some Mac basics and utilities for new users are covered, and then other topics as detailed on their email announcement.  In the second hour, iPad and iPhone basics and accessories are covered.  If you want to be on the Apple/Mac email list, send a message to Clay Sisk at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) This mailing has many valuable links for Apple/Mac users.  Free for Senior Center members.

Members only.

Location: Senior Center

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

Fee: free


Art Composition

Every Friday at 12:00pm-2:00pm

Next Meeting: Friday, September 22, 2017 at 12:00pm

Details:

This nine week course has been planned to study the principles of design.  You will learn the “where” and “why” of placement of art elements.  Susan Patrick, Instructor, will discuss elements and principles of design in master paintings and drawings.  Through drawings, paintings and collage making, you will work with individual principles (unity, variety, balance and focal point). You will also work with all of the principles’ in various assignments. 

Open to all.

Location: Senior Center

Pay for this event online

Art Composition

Members $75.00
Guests $85.00


Book Group

Every 1st Wednesday at 11:00am-12:00pm

Next Meeting: Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at 11:00am

Details:

July 5
No meeting.

August 2
Mrs. Roosevelt’s Confidante by Susan Elia MacNeal.  Alice will be leading the discussion. 

September 6
A Question of Honor by Charles Todd.  Marilyn is the discussion leader. 

 

Members only.

Location: Senior Center

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

Fee: free


Bridge for Beginners

Every Tuesday at 12:00pm-1:00pm

Next Meeting: Tuesday, September 19, 2017 at 12:00pm

Details:

Novice and “rusty” players are paired with experienced mentor players. Players are encouraged to ask for help with bidding and “play of the hand” in a relaxed, informal setting. Players typically stay for Tuesday Social Bridge.
For more information, contact program leader Marcia at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Members only.

Location: Senior Center

Fee: free


Central Virginia Dowsers

Every 2nd Sunday at 1:15pm-4:00pm

Next Meeting: Sunday, October 8, 2017 at 1:15pm

Details:

2nd Sunday of every month starting September 10, 1:15-4:00 pm

Dowsing is an ancient art of searching for information with or without the assistance of a tool such as a forked stick or pendulum. Surveyors, archaeologists, health practitioners, business men and women and more use this art for information and to solve problems. The Central Virginia Dowsers invite you to learn about the art of dowsing and how it can be used in almost every aspect of life.  Beginners and experienced welcome! For more information, contact Roxanne Louise at 434-263-4337. 

Location: Senior Center

Fee: free


Charlottesville International Folk Dance

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

Next Meeting: Wednesday, September 20, 2017 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


Current Affairs Discussion Group

Every Monday at 9:30am-11:00am

Next Meeting: Monday, September 25, 2017 at 9:30am

Details:

Bright minds gather weekly to tackle the issues of the day—local, national, and international. Opinions may vary, but lack of knowledge is never a problem. If you’re a member who is in touch with what’s happening and have something to share, join us!

Members only.

Location: Senior Center

Contact: Jerry Granroth (434) 305-8926

Fee: free


Death Cafe

Sunday, October 8, 2017 at 2:00pm

Details:

What is a Death Café? 
A Death Café is simply an informal sharing of ideas about death over coffee/tea and cookies. Why would we want to talk about death? Death is a normal part of life, not a failure to be avoided or hidden ... not talking about it can lead to unnecessary pain and suffering for the living and the dying: we can’t plan; we can’t prepare, we can’t express our thoughts, feelings, and fears. At a Death Café people, often strangers, gather to eat cake, drink tea and talk about death. Our objective is “to increase awareness of death with a view to helping people make the most of their (finite) lives.” A Death Café is a group directed discussion of death with no agenda, objectives, or themes. It is a discussion group rather than a grief support or counseling session. They are being held all over the world after starting in the UK. This group will be led by Hospice of the Piedmont. For more information on a death cafe click here.  Free.

Open to all.

Location: Senior Center


Doris Gelbman, Esq, Elder Law Attorney

Every 3rd Tuesday at 10:00am-11:30am

Next Meeting: Tuesday, September 19, 2017 at 10:00am

Details:

August 15
I HAVE A DIAGNOSIS- NOW WHAT? A diagnosis of a progressive, chronic, or terminal illness can be overwhelming, and the ability to make decisions can be a challenge. Who will make decisions for you when you no longer can? Consider these things now in a relaxed atmosphere where you can get answers you need. (Note: Individual legal advice cannot be provided in this setting). 

Tuesday, September 19
Planning for Medicaid: Who Gets the House?  Now, more than ever, the landscape for paying for care is a minefield. Insurance, Medicaid, Veterans Benefits…. how will you pay for YOUR care and will you have to give up your home to do it?  This question and many more answered at this session.

Tuesday, October 17
Staying in Your Home - According to AARP, nearly 90 percent of seniors want to stay in their own homes as they age, right up to the very end. This is sometimes called “aging in place.”  Can it be done? It can! Learn about what it will take to do it. 

 

 

 

Open to all.

Location: Senior Center


Duplicate Bridge Forum

Every 1st Thursday at 4:00pm-5:00pm

Next Meeting: Thursday, October 5, 2017 at 4:00pm

Details:

Come join the Forum! We will meet monthly after the duplicate bridge game, on the first Thursday of each month.  Various topics about Duplicate Bridge will be presented and discussed.  Attendee questions are welcome.

Members only.

Location: Senior Center


Get Your Ducks in a Row

Monday, October 9, 2017 at 1:00pm

Details:

October 9; 1:00-3:00 pm
October 16; 1:00-3:00 pm

The best gift you can leave your loved ones is an organized estate at your journey’s end. In this this two-session workshop, learn how to address important matters that can save you and your family time, money and heartache. The course includes options for preparing a will, financial planning, distribution of belongings, burial preferences and much more. Ducks in a Row was founded by Mary Ann Stripling, Ph.D. who will facilitate the workshop. Her many years of professional experience as both a teacher and a counsellor gave her the practical skills needed for end-of-life planning, while personal experience has provided knowledge and empathy.  Open to the community. Cost of materials includes 2 books.

Open to all.

Location: Senior Center

Pay for this event online

Get Your Ducks in a Row

Cost for materials $40.00


Investment Visions Group

Every 2nd & 4th Thursday at 10:00am-12:00pm

Next Meeting: Thursday, September 28, 2017 at 10:00am

Details:

investment_visionsThe original investment club was formed in 1991 to allow members to invest in the stock market and learn how to maintain a profitable portfolio. Today, as the Investment Visions Club, members contribute money (currently $30/month) to a partnership to provide the capital with which to invest through a brokerage account. Meeting attendance and participation in the research, examination, and evaluation of various stocks is expected of partners, each of whom has a vote to hold, buy, or sell a stock. Experience is helpful but not required, as training is provided on market terms, evaluation techniques, etc. Participation is also on the social side; while the club strives to make some money, the main reason for meeting is to learn, be social, and have fun.

Members only.

Location: Senior Center

Contact: Don Whitford 434.985.3964

Fee: free


Investors Forum

Every 1st & 3rd Friday at 10:00am-11:30am

Next Meeting: Friday, October 6, 2017 at 10:00am

Details:

Charts projectedAfter general discussion of stock and bond markets and investment strategies, the focus generally turns to a specific topic.  No money is collected or invested, and investors of all levels are welcome.  A related Health of the Market website is updated every Saturday.  A list of favorite investment websites can be found here

 

Members only.

Location: Senior Center

Contact: Don Whitford 434.985.3964 for more information or to join the e-mail notification list.

Fee: free


Keeping Up Your Spanish

Tuesday, September 12, 2017 at 3:00pm

Details:

                                         

This class is for intermediate and advanced students to give Spanish speakers in our community the opportunity to become acquainted, whereby any native speakers would be helping non-native speakers develop their skills in the language and culture. Helen Ida Moyer facilitates the class. She holds a PhD in Spanish from UVa and has traveled extensively in Spain, Mexico, and Central and South America. The recommended workbook is from the McGraw Hill Practice Makes Perfect Series Spanish Reading and Comprehension by Myrna Bell Rochester with Deana Smalley ($15 - $16 and can be purchased on line from Barnes & Noble or Amazon ).  Free (except for materials) and open to the community.

Meeting dates are as follows:
September 12, 19
October 3, 17, 31
November 7, 28
December 12, 19
(will continue into 2018 if enough interest)

Open to all.

Location: Senior Center

Pay for this event online

Keeping Up Your Spanish

Register $0.00


Le Cercle Français

Every 2nd Thursday at 2:00pm-4:00pm
Every 4th Thursday at 2:00pm-4:00pm

Next Meeting: Thursday, September 28, 2017 at 2:00pm

Details:

LE CERCLE FRANCAIS

Welcome to our friendly, informal, Francophone “Cercle” every 2nd and 4th Thursday.. 

Members only.

Location: Senior Center

Fee: free


Long Term Care Insurance Q and A

Every 2nd Tuesday at 10:30am-11:30am

Next Meeting: Tuesday, October 10, 2017 at 10:30am

Details:

Tracy Meade will guide you through any questions you have about long term care insurance. If you have inquiries about an existing policy, you are welcome to bring the policy with you. Please note that space is very limited; there are only 2 appointments available each month. Please register at the Welcome Desk. (434) 974-7756.

Members only.

Location: Senior Center

Fee: free


Making the Most of Your Retirement Accounts

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at 6:00pm

Details:


Jorgen Vik, Senior Financial Advisor, and partner in the SKV Group will be giving a two night workshop to help you make the most of your retirement accounts. 

Session 1(Sept. 27) will cover the various types of retirement accounts and their specific transfer and withdrawal rules. Some choices are irreversible while others are limited, and all carry tax consequences. Make sure you understand your choices before making transfers and withdrawals.

Session 2 (Sept. 28) will cover how to incorporate your retirement accounts into your overall financial life. From where do you draw income first, and how much? Should you use tax-exempt retirement accounts? What is a tax-smart withdrawal sequence for you? Are your legacy wishes reflected in your account designations? Free and open to the community

My contact info: Jorgen Vik, Partner SKV Group, LLC ((434) 328-8030)
-“Investment products and services are offered through Wells Fargo Advisors Financial Network, LLC (WFAFN), Member SIPC. SKV Group, LLC is a separate entity from WFAFN.”

 

Open to all.

Location: Senior Center

Fee: free


Money & You With Jorgen Vik

Every 2nd Tuesday at 10:00am-11:30am

Next Meeting: Tuesday, October 10, 2017 at 10:00am

Details:

Jorgen Vik, in his series “Money and You,” will discuss the following topics :

Tuesday, September 12
Do’s and Don’ts When Someone Inherits Retirement Accounts - Many inheritors are unaware of the many rules governing retirement accounts.  Find out what you should or shouldn’t do!

Tuesday, October 10
Do Politics and Investing Mix? Is there a discernable cause and effect between politics and investing?  To what extent, if any, should you allow for political realities and outlook when investing?


As a Senior Financial Advisor, and as a partner in the SKV Group, Jorgen works with a select group of individuals and families in developing strategies to potentially manage their wealth. The services are aligned with the goals of each client and allow strategies to go beyond the single dimension of investments. Jorgen’s focus areas include social security and retirement income planning, and philanthropic planning. Jorgen holds the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional certification. Jorgen has worked in the financial services industry since 2001.

 

Open to all.

Location: Senior Center

Fee: free


Paper Shredding

Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at 10:00am

Details:

It’s time to start gathering your documents for destruction! The shredding truck is a state-of-the art, high speed shredding truck and a member of the National Association for Information Destruction. Certificates of destruction are available. All shredded paper is recycled. No need to sign up, just show up. Open to the community. Cost: $5 for up to 5 paper grocery bags; additional bags are $1 per bag.  This event is open to all from 10am - 1pm.

Open to all.

Location: Senior Center


Recorder Lessons (Beginning)

Every Thursday at 11:00am-12:00pm

Next Meeting: Thursday, September 21, 2017 at 11:00am

Details:

Never heard of a recorder? Tried it once but forgot what it looks and sounds like? This class is for you! It’s never too late to stir up the gray matter and have fun while doing it!

Students will need to buy the Suzuki Recorder book for Soprano, Vol. 1 from Instructor Gary Porter and a soprano recorder if they do not have one. Instruction is free to members . There will be a $15 fee for supplies, payable to Gary Porter.  If you were a previous student and would like to try again, the supply fee will be waived. For more information contact (Ms.) Gary Porter, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Members only.

Location: Senior Center

Pay for this event online

Recorder Lessons (Beginning)

Register $0.00


Religion, Science and Spirituality

Every 2nd Friday at 10:00am-11:30am

Next Meeting: Friday, October 13, 2017 at 10:00am

Details:

Friday, September 8
Why China and Russia have had such different social outcomes after Communism –Confucius and Orthodox Christianity gave Russia and China very different traditions to fall back to.  We will trace the religious history of the two countries to see how and why that has made an essential economic and social difference. 

Friday, October 13
Medicine and Religion - Medicine and religion have always been linked together, from tribal societies with their medicine men, to Jesus healing the sick.  We will trace this connection of religion and medicine from earliest times until the present day. 

 

 

 

Open to all.

Location: Senior Center


Senior Statesmen of Virginia

Every 2nd Wednesday at 1:30pm-3:00pm

Next Meeting: Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at 1:30pm

Details:

Wednesday, September 13
Candidate Forum: major-party nominees for the two House of Delegates contested seats in Districts 25 and District 58 in November. Free and open to the community.

Wednesday, October 11
Candidate Forum: candidates for local (city and/or county) elected offices contested seats in November. Free and open to the community.


The mission of SSV, a nonprofit, nonpartisan, educational and advocacy organization, is to enable seniors to identify and articulate their viewpoints on the issues affecting all citizens of Virginia, to encourage knowledge of and active participation in the legislative process of government, and to disseminate information about the social, governmental, and educational institutions that offer support and assistance.

 

Open to all.

Location: Senior Center

Contact: http://www.seniorstatesmen.org


Socrates Cafe™

Every 1st & 3rd Thursday at 3:00pm-5:00pm

Next Meeting: Thursday, September 21, 2017 at 3:00pm

Details:

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Socrates Café is a group of people who are interested in discussing topics which arouse philosophical ideas and thoughts among the members of the group.  Any source if fair game, from education to politics, religion to cultural attitudes; lively discussion takes place no mattter what the discussion.

Chris Phillips, author and co-founder of The Society for Philosophical Inquiry, developed the idea of Socrates Café™ to do as Socrates did, bring philosophy to the every day individual: “It’s a dialogue where people discover their unique philosophical perspectives and worldviews as they lock hearts and minds with other people.”  Join our gatherings at which participants propose and choose the questions and take turns facilitating the discussions.  To learn more about the concept, visit http://www.philosopher.org

Members only.

Location: Senior Center

Fee: free


What's in Your Attic?

Tuesday, September 19, 2017 at 10:00am

Details:

Skip Usry, appraiser with Quinn’s Auction Galleries brings his “What’s In Your Attic” series to the Senior Center! 

No sign up necessary this month. You are welcome to bring an item to be appraised; please note that because of time constraints, he can’t get to all items. Free and open to the community

Open to all.

Location: Senior Center

Pay for this event online

What's in Your Attic?



Windows 10 Workshop

Every 4th Wednesday at 1:30pm-3:00pm

Next Meeting: Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at 1:30pm

Details:

Bruce Saunders will give an introduction to Windows 10 and the apps that come with it. He’ll show some of the settings to enhance usability, with a handout for more detail. You’ll also learn some tips and tricks! If you have a laptop or tablet, bring it to the session.

Members only.

Location: Senior Center

Fee: free


Writing for Healing and Growth

Every Monday at 10:00am-12:00pm

Next Meeting: Monday, September 25, 2017 at 10:00am

Details:

Anyone who has ever kept a journal, written stories about his or her life, or just let the pencil do the talking knows that writing is indeed a powerful instrument for fulfillment, growth, and healing. Writing that comes from the heart and mind gives expression to that which is uniquely us. Experience the adventure of writing in this 8-week workshop. The emphasis is on—but not limited to—the writing of memoirs. This is not a critique group; it is designed to provide the support that people need to tell their stories. Strict rules of privacy and confidentiality will be observed. Must register at the Center’s front desk. Leonard Tuchyner facilitates.

CLASS IS CURRENTLY FULL. PLEASE RSVP TO BE PLACED ON THE WAITING LIST.

Members only.

Location: Senior Center

Contact: Senior Center 974-7756

RSVP for this event online

Writing for Healing and Growth

RSVP


Writing for Pleasure

Every Friday at 12:00pm-2:00pm

Next Meeting: Friday, September 22, 2017 at 12:00pm

Details:

What you have to say matters ... Why not say it in writing?  Come discover and share your best style!  All genres and experience levels welcome.  Weekly “Writing for Pleasure” meetings are members only, but monthly coffeehouses are open to all.

 

 

 

Members only.

Location: Senior Center

Contact: Hansie Haier at (434) 296-9806

Fee: free


Writing for Pleasure Coffeehouse

Every 4th Friday at 12:00pm-2:00pm

Next Meeting: Friday, September 22, 2017 at 12:00pm

Details:

August 25 - TBA

Friday, September 29
Ella Rea Murphy introduces her 6th romantic historical novel, Rebound. 

Friday, October 27
Dr. Bernard Beitman is a Visiting Professor at the University of Virginia and former Chair of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Missouri-Columbia. He attended Yale Medical School and completed a psychiatric residency at Stanford. He will discuss his book Connecting with Coincidence.

Open to all.

Location: Senior Center

Contact: Hansie Haier at (434) 296-9806