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Fishing Group / Kingfishers

Every 1st Wednesday at 9:30am-11:00am

Next Meeting: Wednesday, May 4, 2016 at 9:30am

Details:

kingfishers A co-ed group of anglers, from novice to expert, that meets monthly to share information and ideas, learn from guest speakers, and make plans for fun and skill development opportunities. Members of the group lead a variety of fishing trips, near and far, in search of a variety of fish. We keep a stocked pond in the county and host an annual June picnic at Walnut Creek.

This month, our speaker will be Andrea Terry, Rivanna Water and Sewer Authority.  She will discuss water management in the local reservoirs, especially as it relates to fishing.  We will plan a couple of club trips including at least one to our pond focusing on helping new anglers with the basics.  We will have a short fishing lesson and reports of member’s fishing trips.. Please join us! Members Free

Members only.

Location: Senior Center

Contact: Darryl Marshall, 434.481.4221 or Bill Marley 434.589.3949


Senior Statesmen of Virginia

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

Next Meeting: Wednesday, May 11, 2016 at 1:30pm

Details:

“SSV” May 11th’s topic is the General Assembly Legislative Report by area legislators.

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.

Open to all.

Location: Senior Center

Contact: http://www.seniorstatesmen.org


Try It Out Tuesday

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

Next Meeting: Tuesday, May 3, 2016 at 12:00pm

Details:

TIOT_logo Have you recently retired or have retired family members moving to the Charlottesville area? Perhaps you are a new member or thinking about joining -  or you just want to learn more about the Senior Center?  If so, please join us at 12:00 noon on the first Tuesday of the month for a light lunch generously donated by Whole Foods and an orientation presentation. For all members and visitors we have free hearing screenings from 11:00am to 2:00pm, and a nurse to take blood pressure readings from 10:00am till noon. Several crafters will be selling their wares in our lobby from 8:30am-noon. Orientation and lunch is open to new members, guests, and anyone wanting to learn more about the Senior Center. Please join us!! Try It Out Tuesday is generously sponsored by The Colonnades, an independent living community and retirement home.

Open to all.

Location: Senior Center

Fee: free


Senior Council

Every 1st Monday at 1:00pm-2:00pm

Next Meeting: Monday, June 6, 2016 at 1:00pm

Details:

Location: Senior Center

Fee: free


All Things Digital

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

Next Meeting: Monday, May 9, 2016 at 1:00pm

Details:

Internet Service Providers promise speed.  Do they deliver, and how much speed do you need?  What about streaming TV?  What delays downloading web pages?  Is home WiFi as fast as a cable to your computer?  Brad Robbins of QuickFixGeek.com will have the answers

Open to all.

Location: Senior Center

Fee: free


Tuesday Social Bridge

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

Next Meeting: Tuesday, May 3, 2016 at 1:00pm

Details:

Bridge players at all skill levels are welcome to join the easy-going atmosphere. No partner needed. To reserve a seat, contact Edith Kelly at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call her at (434) 964-1218.

Members only.

Location: Senior Center

Fee: free


Hearing Health

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

Next Meeting: Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at 10:00am

Details:

Confused about what your hearing test results have shown?  High tones, low pitch, decreased volume…the terms can be overwhelming and often are misunderstood. Join Dr. Kristin Koch from Evolution Hearing for a plain and simple explanation of hearing test results and what it means for you.  Common examples will be shared, but feel free to bring a copy of your own hearing test, if you have it available.

This is one subject of many that are covered at these monthly discussions focused on hearing health with Evolution Hearing.

Open to all.

Location: Senior Center

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

Fee: free


Food Trucks

Every 4th Thursday at 11:30am-1:30pm

Next Meeting: Thursday, May 26, 2016 at 11:30am

Details:

Food trucks are a fantastic way to experience different cuisines in a casual way. And Charlottesville has got some great trucks! We host one here on the fourth Thursday of each month.

April’s Food Truck is:  Little Manila Food Truck, great, authentic Pilipino food.
https://www.facebook.com/Little-Manila-1475707316003404/

Food trucks set up in our parking lot, in a reserved area near the front of the building closest to Pepsi Place. You can eat here (inside or out) or pick up something to go. The public is welcome, so spread the word to folks at surrounding offices and organizations so they can take advantage, too!

Open to all.

Location: Senior Center


Chair Yoga

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

Next Meeting: Thursday, May 5, 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


Doris Gelbman, Esq, Elder Law Attorney

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

Next Meeting: Tuesday, May 17, 2016 at 10:00am

Details:

Advocating for Friends or Family Members in 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 supposed 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


Windows Workshop

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

Next Meeting: Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at 1:30pm

Details:

Bruce Saunders will give an introduction to Windows 10 and then answer any questions that you have.  Features and setup will be covered and there will be a handout for both Windows 8.1 and Windows 10.  If you have a laptop, bring it to the session.  Free for members.

Members only.

Location: Senior Center

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


The Good Life Design Collaborative

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

Next Meeting: Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at 9:00am

Details:


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

Our educational presentation for May 10th will be: “Understanding Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) Orders”, presented by Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital. No registration required, just come!

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

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


Town Hall Meeting

Wednesday, April 13, 2016 at 10:00am

Details:

Come to our open forum meeting; we want to hear from YOU! 

Join our Executive Director, Peter Thompson, for one of our periodic Town Halls to hear what’s happening with our Senior Center and share your comments as well.  In true Town Hall fashion, any topic is open for discussion.,

Open to all.

Location: Senior Center

Fee: free


Do-It-Yourself Workshop Series

Monday, April 25, 2016 at 10:00am

Details:

Join handyman, Bobby Crews, and learn some fun, basic household repair tips. Free to members; no registration necessary.

Members only.

Location: Senior Center

Fee: free


Caregivers Workshops

Friday, May 6, 2016 at 1:00pm

Details:

If you take care of a family member or loved one with dementia, these workshops are for you. They are presented by Megan Bailes and Kevin Grunden from Blue Ridge PACE who specialize in the care of Dementia patients. Attend one or both. Free and open to the public; no registration necessary.

Understanding and Maintaining a Relationship with Someone with Dementia
Friday, May 6, 1:00-2:30 PM
In this session, you will gain a basic understanding of dementia, from diagnosis to treatment to progression. Learn how to communicate with someone with dementia and find out ways to minimize agitation and aggression.

Keeping Someone with Dementia Safe and Independent at Home
Friday, May 20, 1:00-2:30 PM
In this session, you will learn how to assist someone with activities of daily living (i.e., bathing, dressing, etc.) Also, learn fall prevention strategies and ways to make the home safer.

Open to all.

Location: Senior Center


Art Lecture: Arshile Gorky: Loving Son, Armenian Refugee, American Master

Sunday, May 8, 2016 at 1:30pm

Details:

Join art educator, Leslie Ava Shaw, for a fascinating look into the life and art of Arshile Gorky, born Asdonic Adoian, in Armenia in the early 20th century when the country of his birth became victimized by the Ottoman Turks, and as a result, he and his people were forced to leave their homeland.  His own mother died of starvation in his arms, and over a period of 10 years, he created two paintings based on a photograph he carried with him throughout his life.  The traumatic experiences he suffered as an adolescent combined with the efforts of his mother to teach him about his cultural heritage have made Gorky one of the most fascinating artists in the history of American art. Gorky, who was mainly self-taught, is a key player in the development of modern art.  He shared a studio with another immigrant, Willem De Kooning in New York City and was there to both witness and create the extraordinary story of an American art that forever changed concepts and approaches to painting.  A great admirer of Picasso, Gorky’s art became the bridge between Surrealism and Abstract Expressionism.  While his early work was more figurative, his mature style became much more abstract, with its content rooted in his personal passions and struggles. 

Open to all.

Location: Senior Center

Pay for this event online

Art Lecture: Arshile Gorky: Loving Son, Armenian Refugee, American Master

Members $12.00
Guests $15.00


Learn How to Meditate

Every Tuesday at 12:30pm-2:00pm

Next Meeting: Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at 12:30pm

Details:

THIS CLASS HAS NOW FILLED.  YOU MAY REGISTER FOR A POSSIBLE CLASS IN JUNE.  PLEASE BE SURE TO TYPE IN YOUR EMAIL AND PHONE NUMBER FOR NOTIFICATION.

This four week course is taught by Gloria BatEl,  a certified Hatha Yoga, Stress Management and Meditation Teacher.  This course will equip students with information, experience and motivation needed to develop a regular meditation practice.  This course will help you to understand the purpose of meditation and learn practical guidelines to begin a meditation practice.  You will also learn different meditation techniques.

Stress reduction could be the key to meditation’s beneficial effect on health. “We know stress is a contributor to all the major modern killers,” Raison points out. More studies have shown improvement forfibromyalgia and even psoriasis in patients who meditate. “It’s hard to think of an illness in which stress and mood don’t figure,” Raison says.
Science hasn’t yet connected the dots between what happens in the meditating brain and the immune system. But a University of Wisconsin study saw increased electrical activity in regions of the left frontal lobe, an area that tends to be more active in optimistic people, after eight weeks of training in meditation.
For the rest of this interesting article, go to :
http://www.webmd.com/balance/features/meditation-heals-body-and-mind

Open to all.

Location: Senior Center

Pay for this event online

Learn How to Meditate

Register


Paper Shredding

Wednesday, May 11, 2016 at 10:00am

Details:

There is no need to sign up, just show up.  You do not need to remove staples, clips or other binding.  The shredding truck is a state-of-the art, high speed shredding truck and a member of the National Association for Information Destruction and certificates of destruction are available.  All shredded paper is recycled.  This event is open to all from 10:00am thru 1:00pm. Cost: $5 (up to 5 paper grocery bags for $5, additional bags $1 per)

Location: Senior Center


Encore Players Spring 2016 Production

Sunday, May 15, 2016 at 3:00pm

Details:

Husbands, Wives, Friends and Other Strangers
Our players will present their spring performance for your laughing pleasure. 
Celebrating our Twelfth year, the Encore Players’ 20-member ensemble will present ”Husbands, Wives, Friends and Other Strangers”, a series of comedic staged readings about marriage, long friendships and the surprises that often occur in life.

Bring your friends and your family—these hour-long performances are absolutely hilarious!  In the Fall, the Encore players will also proudly take this show on the road to other Senior groups in our area.

Open to all.

Location: Senior Center

Fee: free


Indo Bengali Cooking Demonstration and Meal

Friday, May 20, 2016 at 2:30pm

Details:

This class offers an entertaining cooking demonstration and delightful meal. Students learn how to prepare a classic Indian cuisine using cooking techniques and tricks of the trade followed by a full meal. Menu of the day:  (Vegetarian) Khituri ( rice, lentils, sweet pea, cauliflower, and potato), Eggplant fry, Pakora, Papadam (lentil chips ). Register at the Welcome Desk or online.  Deadline to Register in Wednesday, May 18.  Must have 6 people to hold event

Open to all.

Location: Senior Center

Pay for this event online

Indo Bengali Cooking Demonstration and Meal

Members $15.00
Guests $18.00


In Transition: Now What?

Sunday, May 22, 2016 at 2:00pm

Details:

Many transitions take place in our lives including moving or downsizing, losing a spouse or loved one, dealing with health issues, and retirement. Find out tips on how to navigate these changes and make choices for the “next chapter” in life. You will have a chance to create a personal eco-map. Free and open to the public. No registration necessary.

Marguerite David has a masters in social work and has much professional experience in counseling, life coaching, and consulting with many social and educational organizations.  Her intention in her work is for you to have the tools you need to make healthy and empowered choices for your life.

Open to all.

Location: Senior Center


Musical Performance by DMR Adventures

Tuesday, May 24, 2016 at 5:00pm

Details:

The All Stars of Dreams Made Real Adventures will be performing a variety of Broadway show tunes, along with some other selections. The All Stars are a community outreach and performance group of students between the ages of 6-16. Free and open to the public.

Open to all.

Location: Senior Center

Fee: free


Social Security Planning Series

Tuesday, May 24, 2016 at 5:30pm

Details:

Learn about the recent changes made in April. Additional topics to be covered in this session include details about spousal benefits and options specifically available for women (wives, widows, divorcees, etc). Free and open to the public. No registration necessary.

Open to all.

Location: Senior Center

Fee: free


A Matter of Balance

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

Next Meeting: Monday, June 6, 2016 at 9:00am

Details:

According to the National Council on Aging (NCOA), falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries for older Americans. Falls threaten seniors’ safety and independence and generate enormous economic and personal costs. Have you turned down a chance to go out with family or friends because you were concerned about falling?  Have you cut down on a favorite activity because you might fall?  If so, A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns About Falls is for you.
Fear of falling can be just as dangerous as falling itself.  People who develop this fear often limit their activities, which can result in severe physical weakness, making the risk of falling even greater.  A Matter of Balance can help people improve their quality of life and remain independent. 
A Matter of Balance is an evidence-based program designed to reduce the fear of falling and increase activity levels among older adults. Participants learn to set realistic goals to increase activity, change their environment to reduce fall risk factors, and learn simple exercises to increase strength and balance.

The Senior Center is offering this 8-session workshop each Monday and Wednesday, June 6-29 from 9-11 am. The total cost is $20 and participants are requested to attend at least 5 of the sessions.  A workbook is provided and refreshments will be served. Space is limited!

Open to all.

Location: Senior Center

Pay for this event online

A Matter of Balance

Members or guests $20.00


Retirement: Now What?

Sunday, June 12, 2016 at 2:00pm

Details:

Marguerite David of The Center of Wellness will discuss the new retirement.  What changes when one retires?  What do you say goodbye to and what do you take with you?  Participants will have an opportunity to create a personal eco-map to help identify areas of purpose and meaning, and areas where information or support is needed. Free and open to the public.

Marguerite has a masters in social work and has much professional experience in counseling, life coaching, and consulting with many social and educational organizations.  Her intention in her work is for you to have the tools you need to make healthy and empowered choices for your life.

Open to all.

Location: Senior Center

Fee: free