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All Things Digital

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

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

Details:

ALL THINGS DIGITAL

Monday, March 13, 1:00 – 2:30pm
Topic: Personal Document and Photo Digitization

JMRL staff will assist program attendees in scanning and saving their photos, slides, negatives, and documents.  They will bring two portable scanners to the Senior Center to help with the digitization.  Attendees are welcome to observe the process or to bring their photos, slides, negatives, and documents for digitization. 

woman using laptop

 

Open to all.

Location: Senior Center

Fee: free


AARP 55-Alive Safe Driver Program

Monday, April 17, 2017 at 2:30pm

Details:

Monday, April 17th, 2:30-4:30pm AND Tuesday, April 18th, 2:30-4:30pm.

The AARP 55 Alive Driver Safety Program is a refresher course designed to meet the needs of older drivers, 50+.  This course emphasizes how to adjust your driving in response to age related physical changes and declining perceptual skills, rules of the road, local driving problems, safety tips, and license renewal requirements.  Auto insurance companies offer a discount to course graduates.  This is a two day program; participants must attend BOTH days to receive a Certificate to satisfy auto insurance rules.  Open to all.  Cost:  $20.00 per person non-AARP member, $15.00 per person for AARP member, payable by check only to the course instructor (not the SC front desk).  Participants must sign up at the Senior Center Front Desk for the course, and provide full name, dates of class, and phone number.

Open to all.

Location: Senior Center


AARP Tax Preparation Assistance

Every Wednesday at 12:30pm-4:30pm
Every Monday at 12:00pm-3:00pm
Every Friday at 12:00pm-3:00pm

Next Meeting: Monday, February 20, 2017 at 12:00pm

Details:

AARP Tax Preparation

February 1st-April 17th
Mondays:  12:00 noon-3:00pm + 2 appts at 4:00pm
Wednesdays:  12:30pm-4:30pm
Fridays:  12:00 noon-3:00pm + 2 appts at 4:00pm

Free, but you must register with the Senior Center Front Desk for your time slot.  At the time of your session, bring the following:  1) Last year’s tax return, 2) Social Security documents for all people listed on the return, 3) Your picture ID, and 4) All tax information and forms you have received.  (Software has changed, last year’s information does not transfer to this year!)

Location: Senior Center

Fee: free


Apple/Mac Users Group

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

Next Meeting: Thursday, February 23, 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


Book Group

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

Next Meeting: Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at 11:00am

Details:

Wednesday, March 1, 11:00am

A photo of Jane Kulow

First Look: the 2017 Virginia Festival of the Book with Jane Kulow, program director
Jane Kulow will share stories from behind-the-scenes at the Virginia Festival of the Book, including an early look at the just-published schedule for the 2017 Festival.  You’ll get to hear all about how the Festival works, including answers to questions you might have only thought to yourself, such as:
How does the Festival recruit authors?  Who is coming to town that we should not miss?  Which programs still have tickets available? When am I going to see Michael Lewis, J.K. Rowling, or Stephen King at the Festival?  And More!!  This program is free and open to the community.

Wednesday, April 5, 11:00am
Selected Book is: Wilde Lake by Laura Lippman.  Marilyn is the discussion leader.
There are 10 copies in the library plus one book on CD.

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, February 21, 2017 at 12:00pm

Details:

Practice the skills you’ve learned in lessons and Getting Better at Bridge in this playing/learning environment.  Novice players will be paired with experienced players.  Players will be encouraged to ask for help with bidding and “play of the hand” in a relaxed, informal setting.  When players feel they are ready to play regulations hands, they may transition into the Tuesday Social Bridge group. For more information, contact program leader Marcia Dow at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Members only.

Location: Senior Center

Fee: free


Charlottesville International Folk Dance

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

Next Meeting: Wednesday, February 22, 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, February 20, 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, April 2, 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. Please call our Welcome Desk 434.974.7756 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) to register. For more information on a death cafe click here.  Free.

Open to all.

Location: Senior Center

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

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Doris Gelbman, Esq, Elder Law Attorney

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

Next Meeting: Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at 10:00am

Details:

“Advocating for Friends or Family Membersin Healthcare Settings”

Often, a sick or frail person is unable to make appropriate decisions about their own care. When that happens, another must do it for them. More seriously, some facilities are just not delivering the care they are suppose to be providing. When that happens, a friend or family member may have to step into the breach and deal with healthcare professionals. How do you pick a provider or facility? What’s the best way to deal with providers who fail to take proper care of your friend or relative? When does Medicare or other insurance pay? What’s a “care plan”? How do we get help with paying or even understanding what this billing is all about? What rights do patients and long term care residents have and how do I protect them? What other resources are available? All this and much, much more!

Open to all.

Location: Senior Center

Fee: free


Duplicate Bridge Forum

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

Next Meeting: Thursday, March 2, 2017 at 4:00pm

Details:

DUPLICATE BRIDGE FORUM IS ON HIATUS THROUGH JANUARY 2017

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


Investment Visions Group

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

Next Meeting: Thursday, February 23, 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, March 3, 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


Le Cercle Français

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

Next Meeting: Thursday, February 23, 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


Lobby Art Gallery Talk

Every 2nd Tuesday at 1:30pm-2:30pm

Next Meeting: Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at 1:30pm

Details:

The “Talk” is informal conversation among members, staff, and visitors about the artwork hung in the Senior Center Lobby. A new show is hung every two months, so there are always new perspectives to gain!

Our artist for March and April is Norma Tornabene. Mrs. Tornabene grew up in east Texas and says her love of painting began at age three—“When my mother bought my my first box of Crayolas, I saw all those colors and I was gone!” She went on to study painting with private instructors in Texas and New Mexico. Oil is her favorite medium, though she often works with acrylic paint. Mrs. Tornabene traveled and often lived abroad for years, following her husband’s military career as he worked on the Manhattan Project during World War II. She pursued graduate studies in art and education, raised her children, and worked as the Dean of Women at McNeese University. These days, Mrs. Tornabene enjoys teaching students from her home studio in Charlottesville, while continuing to produce beautiful new work. Recent paintings include the James River and other features of the local Virginia landscape.

We also have a wonderful display of paintings by our talented Friday morning Art Group in our second floor hallway. These paintings are switched up every other month. Please come up and enjoy!

 

Open to all.

Location: Senior Center

Fee: free


Long-Term Care Insurance Seminar

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at 5:30pm

Details:

Learn about the types of long-term care insurance available, how to determine if someone needs and can afford it, what assets can be protected from Medicaid in Virginia. Join long-term care professional, Tracy Meade for this informative discussion. Questions welcome.

Open to all.

Location: Senior Center

Fee: free


Money & You With Jorgen Vik

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

Next Meeting: Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at 10:00am

Details:

  Jorgen Vik, in his series “Money and You,” will discuss :
If I could only teach my grandchild one thing about money
Jorgen will lead an open discussion/forum where the attendees share freely the single most important money lesson they would like to pass on to others.

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. He and his wife Laura live with their three children in Charlottesville, VA. Jorgen has worked in the financial services industry since 2001.

 

Open to all.

Location: Senior Center

Fee: free


Religion, Science and Spirituality

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

Next Meeting: Friday, March 10, 2017 at 10:00am

Details:

A Journey into the Science of Mind over Body

Yoga Lotus position graphic

We know that thoughts can heal, and negative thoughts can make us sick. But while placebos work in many cases, sometimes they don’t. Why not? And why do shrines such as Lourdes in France, have such a huge record of miraculous healing? But, it doesn’t heal everybody and those not healed are not less devout than those who are. Having a religious faith makes some of us live longer. Yet it doesn’t work for everybody. Join us as we explore the science behind these phenomena.

Open to all.

Location: Senior Center

Fee: free


Senior Statesmen of Virginia

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

Next Meeting: Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at 1:30pm

Details:

SSV is a Virginia non-profit, non-partisan, educational organization dedicated to a better informed and involved citizenry. Programs include candidate forums, expert speakers, a wide range of views, real questions, and real answers.

Wednesday, February 8th: “Local Food:  Fresher, Lower Transportation Costs, Support of Local Producers; What Could Be Better?” Kristen Suokko, Executive Director of the Local Food Hub will speak. The Local Food Hub is a nonprofit organization that partners with Virginia farmers to increase community access to local food.  They provide the support services, infrastructure, and market opportunities that connect people with food grown close to home.

Free and open to the community.

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, March 2, 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


The Good Life Design Collaborative

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

Next Meeting: Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at 9:00am

Details:

                                                                 

Using Technology to Stay Independent without Breaking the Bank                                                                   
Older adults want to stay autonomous all their lives. But that often is not possible, and 24/7 professional help is expensive. And 24/7 care is overwhelming for family caregivers.  But modern technology, embedded in the walls of a home, in rugs or a mattress, plus wearable technology, can enable elders to keep their dignity, while enabling service providers and/or family members to monitor from a distance. There is even technology to instantly find the elder if they got lost away from home. Using a combination of technology and human service providers can keep overall cost affordable while providing 24/7 monitoring. Ray Sprouse, Tech consultant will discuss all the options available, and suggest ways to get the technology incorporated into the home, without the elder needing any tech knowledge at all, except the ability to push a button.


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


Windows 10 Workshop

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

Next Meeting: Wednesday, February 22, 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, February 20, 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

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Writing for Pleasure

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

Next Meeting: Friday, March 3, 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. 

Join us for our January Coffeehouse on Friday, January 27, 2017, 12:00 noon-2:00 pm, (regular meetings members only, but coffeehouses are open to all!)

Coffee provided.  Munchies to share welcomed.

 

 

Members only.

Location: Senior Center

Contact: Hansie Haier at (434) 296-9806

Fee: free


Writing for Pleasure Coffeehouse

Friday, February 24, 2017 at 12:00pm

Details:

Artist, poet, and writer Joan Z Rough will talk about her journey of wrath, forgiveness, and growth, detailed in her book, Scattering Ashes: A Memoir of Letting Go.  As always, free and open to the public.  Coffee provided.  Munchies to share welcomed.

Open to all.

Location: Senior Center

Contact: Hansie Haier at (434) 296-9806

Fee: free