Lifelong Learning

Current Affairs Discussion Group

Current Affairs Discussion Group

Monday, May 21, 2018 | 9:00-10:00am

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

Writing for Healing and Growth

Writing for Healing and Growth

Monday, May 21, 2018 | 10:00-12:00pm

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 Healing and Growth

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AARP Smart Driver Course - May 2018

AARP Smart Driver Course - May 2018

Monday, May 21, 2018 | 12:30-4:30pm

Meets Monday, May 21 & Wednesday, May 23 from 12:30—4:30  Must Attend Both Sessions

The AARP Smart Driver Course 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.

Location: Senior Center

Fee: free

Staying Home VS Moving to Senior Living Facility

Staying Home VS Moving to Senior Living Facility

Tuesday, May 22, 2018 | 10:00-11:00am

Tuesday, May 22, 10:00 - 11:00 am

This program is presented by Diedra Massie of Commonwealth Senior Living.  The presentation is a comprehensive comparison for seniors staying in their homes versus moving into a senior living community.  What are the pros and cons?  Why move to a Senior Living Community?  Free and open to the community.

Open to all.

Location: Senior Center

Fee: free

Bridge Tune-Up

Bridge Tune-Up

Tuesday, May 22, 2018 | 12:00-1:00pm

Do informal play to improve your skills.  Players help each learn new bidding conventions and play-of-the-hand strategy in a non competitive, relaxed setting.  Contact Meg Robinson.

Members only.

Location: Senior Center

Fee: free

A Taste Of Spanish

A Taste Of Spanish

Tuesday, May 22, 2018 | 2:00-3:00pm

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.

April 3, 24
May 8, 15, 22
June 5, 12, 19
 

Location: Senior Center

Fee: free

Keeping Up Your Spanish

Keeping Up Your Spanish

Tuesday, May 22, 2018 | 3:00-4:00pm

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:
April 3, 24
May 8, 22
June 5, 19
 

Location: Senior Center

Fee: free

Charlottesville International Folk Dance

Charlottesville International Folk Dance

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 | 6:30-8:30pm

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

Investment Visions Group

Investment Visions Group

Thursday, May 24, 2018 | 10:00-12:00pm

The 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

Apple/Mac Users Group

Apple/Mac Users Group

Thursday, May 24, 2018 | 1:00-4:00pm

 Apple/Mac classes are held for both new and experienced Apple product users. Clay Sisk coordinates meetings; contact him via email 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 siskva@mac.com This mailing has many valuable links for Apple/Mac users. Free for Senior Center members.

Members only.

Location: Senior Center

Contact: Clay Sisk

Fee: free

Le Cercle Français

Le Cercle Français

Thursday, May 24, 2018 | 2:00-4:00pm

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

Members only.

Location: Senior Center

Fee: free

Writing for Pleasure

Writing for Pleasure

Friday, May 25, 2018 | 12:00-2:00pm

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.  As always, free and open to the communities. Coffee provided. Munchies to share welcomed.

Members only.

Location: Senior Center

Contact: Ella Rea Murphy 434.9973.9786 or ellarmurphy@gmail.com

Fee: free

Writing for Pleasure Coffeehouse

Writing for Pleasure Coffeehouse

Friday, May 25, 2018 | 12:00-2:00pm

Friday, April 27

Joe Harman, retired teacher and local storyteller, will talk with us about his craft and entertain us with some of his favorite tales.  Free and open to the community.

Friday, May 25, 12:00 - 2:00 pm

J. Thomas Brown, author of hot-off-the-press, his novel The Land of Three Houses is the guest speaker.

Friday, June 22, 12:00 - 2:00 pm

John Guzlowski, author of Echoes of Tattered Tongues, is the guest speaker.  He was last year's winner of the Ben Franklin Poetry Award and the Eric Hoffer Montaigne Award for these memoirs.

Free and open to the community.

Open to all.

Location: Senior Center

Contact: Ella Rea Murphy 434.9973.9786 or ellarmurphy@gmail.com

Intro to Drawing Class

Intro to Drawing Class

Friday, May 25, 2018 | 12:00-2:00pm

9 Week Drawing Course, Fridays, May 4 - June 29, 12noon - 2:00 pm.

Students will learn to draw without hesitation from direct observation. Students will draw from real objects as well as study and draw in aerial and linear perspective. Form, line, shape, space and texture will all be studied and be elements in drawings.  Also, students will draw the basics of portraits. This course is taught by Susan Patrick. Students will need paper and pencil for this course.

Payment required at the time of registration.  Payment can be made online or at Senior Center Front Desk.

Open to all.

Location: Senior Center

Pay for this event online

Intro to Drawing Class

Members $75.00
Guests $85.00
Investors Forum - First Friday

Investors Forum - First Friday

Friday, June 1, 2018 | 10:00-11:30am

After 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 434.531.2870 for more information or to join the e-mail notification list.

Fee: free

Money Matters—Becoming Resource-FULL

Money Matters—Becoming Resource-FULL

Wednesday, June 6, 2018 | 10:30-12:00pm

Money Matters 1—Becoming Resource-FULL with the Help of Benefits & Peace of Mind Savings—is designed for those struggling to make ends meet on a fixed income. Buck Klintworth, portfolio manager with Chase Investment Counsel Corporation, facilitates this series.

Find out what your money style personality is. Get tips for budgeting, goal setting and avoiding money drains. Receive guidance on benefiting from benefits both local and federal. 

Training objectives include:

  • Top 10 Things All Seniors Should Consider
  • Become a Savvy Saving Senior: Money Management Tips & Tricks
  • Top Budget Busters to Avoid Money Drains
  • Becoming Resource-FULL: Benefitting from Benefits

This is a free, educational event—NO financial products will be sold.

The class will be offered again on Tuesday, June 12, from 5:00—6:30 pm.

 

ABOUT THE SERIES - The goal of the Financial Wellness Series is to help seniors increase their financial understanding, helping them become better stewards of their own resources. Lectures on managing money and investing will be offered free of charge during the summer and early fall. Four-week workshops supporting seniors in planning for retirement will be offered in the late summer and early fall for a $20 fee.

Open to all.

Location: Senior Center

Fee: free

Book Group

Book Group

Wednesday, June 6, 2018 | 11:00-12:00pm

This enthusiastic group meets monthly to discuss items of current mutual interest – mainly contemporary works, fiction and non-fiction.  Participants make suggestions, the group selects the books for group reading, and everyone enjoys sharing their impressions and feedback on the work of the month. 

The Book List :

May 2 - The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

June 6 - TBA

Members only.

Location: Senior Center

Contact: Marilyn Aho, Book Group Leader mgaho@yahoo.com

Fee: free

Socrates Cafe™

Socrates Cafe™

Thursday, June 7, 2018 | 3:00-5:00pm

 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 www.philosopher.org.

Members only.

Location: Senior Center

Fee: free

Religion, Science and Spirituality

Religion, Science and Spirituality

Friday, June 8, 2018 | 10:00-11:30am

Friday, May 11, 10:00 - 11:30 am

Leading Prayers in Foxholes - The History of Military Chaplains

Chaplains have accompanied American troops into battle since George Washington, but it was not until WWI that chaplaincy became an official part of the US military.  But in WWI, chaplaincy included only Protestants & Catholics, which caused anguish for Jewish parents when their son was killed.  Today the military chaplaincy includes Rabbis, Imams, & leaders of many other religions.  Come learn how the military chaplaincy evolved & how it operates today.  Free and open to the community.

Friday, June 8, 10:00 - 11:30 am

How and Why Did Christianity become the largest faith in the world today?

If we take out the doctrinal aspects of early Christianity, and look at what was it about the political and social aspects that were attractive enough to eventually edge out existing paganism.  And last for 2000 plus years, and create a unique culture to become the largest religion in the world and the basis for all Western democracies.  And most surprising, for the first few hundred years, unlike Islam, it was not spread by the sword.  There was no force involved.  We will trace the history in a secular way to look for answers.  Free and open to the community.

Open to all.

Location: Senior Center

Central Virginia Dowsers

Central Virginia Dowsers

Sunday, June 10, 2018 | 1:15-3:00pm

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

All Things Digital

All Things Digital

Monday, June 11, 2018 | 1:00-2:30pm

There will be no May program 

Monday, June 11, 1:00 - 2:30 pm

Kimberly Barker, with the UVA Department of Education, will speak to us about virtual reality, an amazing technology, with many applications for healthcare.  She will bring some Google Cardboards which work with smartphones to simulate this technology.

Open to all.

Location: Senior Center

Aging and Isolation

Aging and Isolation

Tuesday, June 12, 2018 | 9:30-10:30am

The effects of loneliness creates higher rates of heart disease, stroke, depression and high blood pressure.  The effects of staying connected reduce medical complication.  What is the loneliness solution?  This program is presented by Deidra Massie of Commonwealth Senior Living.  Free and open to the community.

Open to all.

Location: Senior Center

Fee: free

Money & You With Jorgen Vik

Money & You With Jorgen Vik

Tuesday, June 12, 2018 | 10:00-11:30am

Tuesday, May 8, 10:00 - 11:30 am

How to build your investment portfolio

Which factors matter when you determine how to invest?  How much stocks, bonds, real estate, cash, CDs?  And how do you allow for taxes?  Free and open to the community.

Tuesday, June 12, 10:00 - 11:30 am

Widow(er) Money Management

Losing a spouse is one of the hardest transitions in life.  How do you get your finances back on track?  Free and open to the community.

Jorgen Vik, CFP®, is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ and partner of the SKV Group, LLC, a Charlottesville based wealth management company. Jorgen has worked in the financial services industry since 2001. Investment products and services are offered through Wells Fargo Advisors Financial Network, LLC (WFAFN), Member SIPC. SKV Group is a separate entity from WFAFN.

Open to all.

Location: Senior Center

Fee: free

Long Term Care Insurance Q&A

Long Term Care Insurance Q&A

Tuesday, June 12, 2018 | 10:30-11:30am

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.

Location: Senior Center

Fee: free

The Good Life Design Collaborative

The Good Life Design Collaborative

Wednesday, June 13, 2018 | 9:00-10:30am

Wednesday, June 13, 9:00 - 10:30 am

John Ralston from E. Randall Ralston, P.C. discusses trusts.  What are the pros and cons to establishing a trust?  How might a trust be used in estate planning?  Will it save my estate from paying unnecessary taxes?  Should it be a part of my long-term care planning?  Free and open to the community.

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. 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: Mary Sherrill at pcnblssngs@gmail.com or Tracy Meade at tracy@tracymeade.com

Senior Statesmen of Virginia

Senior Statesmen of Virginia

Wednesday, June 13, 2018 | 1:30-3:00pm

Wednesday, May 9: “The Just-concluded General Assembly Session: What Was Accomplished and What Wasn’t?” with our local legislators.

Free and open to the community.

Open to all.

Location: Senior Center

Contact: www.seniorstatesmen.org

Investment Visions Group

Investment Visions Group

Thursday, June 14, 2018 | 10:00-12:00pm

The 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

Le Cercle Français

Le Cercle Français

Thursday, June 14, 2018 | 2:00-4:00pm

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

Members only.

Location: Senior Center

Fee: free

Investors Forum - Third Friday

Investors Forum - Third Friday

Friday, June 15, 2018 | 10:00-11:30am

After 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 434.531.2870 for more information or to join the e-mail notification list.

Fee: free

Doris Gelbman, Esq, Elder Law Attorney

Doris Gelbman, Esq, Elder Law Attorney

Tuesday, June 19, 2018 | 10:00-11:30am

There will be no May Program

Tuesday, June 19, 10:00 - 11:30 am

Aging in Place - Housing and Care Options for Seniors

What's the difference in assisted living and skilled care (nursing home) facilities?  Many people believe that they can check into Assisted Living or a Nursing Home just like a hotel.  That's typically not what happens.  More often a medical crisis results in hospitalization and from the hospital, folks are discharged to a facility for "rehab".  Following rehab, decisions have to be made about keeping the patient safe  Learn the differences between assisted living, health and rehabilitation facilities and skilled care facilities.  Free and open to the community.

Open to all.

Location: Senior Center

Fee: free

Investing 101

Investing 101

Tuesday, June 19, 2018 | 5:00-7:00pm

Investing 101 will be facilitated by Jorgen Vik, Certified Financial Planner and partner with SKV group.  

So you have some money tucked away and it's not making any interest and you're not familiar with investment options.  What types of investments should you consider?  How does your personal situation impact how to invest?  How can you avoid common investment mistakes?  How do taxes, inflation, and investment expenses impact your investments?  Learn all this and more!  

Participants will learn to understand how compounding interest affects investment growth. Tools and formulas will be introduced. The benefits and risks of investing will be examined. 

Discover:

  • What does financial freedom mean to you?
  • What is equity?
  • What is a stock?
  • What is dollar cost average?
  • What are the drawbacks and benefits of a diversified portfolio?    

This is a free, educational event—NO financial products will be sold.  

Repeated Tuesday, June 26, 5:30 pm—7:30 pm

ABOUT THE SERIES - The goal of the Financial Wellness Series is to help seniors increase their financial understanding, helping them become better stewards of their own resources. Lectures on managing money and investing will be offered free of charge during the summer and early fall. Four-week workshops supporting seniors in planning for retirement will be offered in the late summer and early fall for a $20 fee.

Open to all.

Location: Senior Center

Fee: free

Socrates Cafe™

Socrates Cafe™

Thursday, June 21, 2018 | 3:00-5:00pm

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 is fair game, from education to politics, religion to cultural attitudes; lively discussion takes place no mattter what the topic. 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 www.philosopher.org.

Members only.

Location: Senior Center

Fee: free

July Book Club

July Book Club

Wednesday, July 11, 2018 | 11:00-12:00pm

Special July meeting meets on the second Wednesday instead of the first Wednesday which is the 4th. 

Location: Senior Center

Fee: free