Lifelong Learning

Current Affairs Discussion Group

Current Affairs Discussion Group

Monday, July 16, 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, July 16, 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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Medicare Consulting - Tuesdays

Medicare Consulting - Tuesdays

Tuesday, July 17, 2018 | 10:00-12:00pm

Are you ready for Medicare? Do you need help navigating the system? Do you have lots of questions? Do you know when and where to sign up? Phyllis Payne, licensed insurance agent, will answer your questions. Phyllis Payne will assist with health insurance claims and long term planning care and to answer questions about medical insurance. Call Phyllis at 434.960.5833 to schedule an appointment.

Location: Senior Center

Fee: free

Doris Gelbman, Esq, Elder Law Attorney

Doris Gelbman, Esq, Elder Law Attorney

Tuesday, July 17, 2018 | 10:00-11:30am

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.

Tuesday, July 17, 10:00 - 11:30 am

Advocating for Friends or Family Members in Healthcare Settings

Often a sick or frail person is unable to make appropriate decisions about his/her own care.  When that happens, another must do it for them.  More seriously, some facilities are not delivering the needed care.  When that happens, a loved one might need to step in 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 of other insurance pay?  What's a "care plan"?  How do we get help with paying or even understanding what this billing is about?  What resources are available?  All this and much, much more!  Free and open to the community.

Will Not Meet In August

Open to all.

Location: Senior Center

Fee: free

Bridge Tune-Up

Bridge Tune-Up

Tuesday, July 17, 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, July 17, 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.

July 10, 17, 24, August 21, 28
 

Location: Senior Center

Fee: free

Backyard Birding

Backyard Birding

Tuesday, July 17, 2018 | 3:00-4:00pm

Tuesday, July 17, 3:00 - 4:00 pm

Cardinalis - Virginia's State Bird - Dr. Jill McCollum is an avid bird watcher and holds certificates in ornithology from the Citadel and Cornell.  Join her for a discussion of the history, habits and other interesting facts about our state bird the cardinal.

Tuesday, August 14, 6:00 - 7:00 PM

Join Dr. Jill McCollum for her latest discussion of birds.

Location: Senior Center

Fee: free

Charlottesville International Folk Dance

Charlottesville International Folk Dance

Wednesday, July 18, 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

Apple/Mac Users Group

Apple/Mac Users Group

Thursday, July 19, 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

Socrates Cafe™

Socrates Cafe™

Thursday, July 19, 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

Investors Forum - Third Friday

Investors Forum - Third Friday

Friday, July 20, 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

Writing for Pleasure

Writing for Pleasure

Friday, July 20, 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

Keeping Up Your Spanish

Keeping Up Your Spanish

Tuesday, July 24, 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:
July 10,  24, August 21, 28
 

Location: Senior Center

Fee: free

Investment Visions Group

Investment Visions Group

Thursday, July 26, 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, July 26, 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 Coffeehouse

Writing for Pleasure Coffeehouse

Friday, July 27, 2018 | 12:00-2:00pm

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.

Friday, July 27, 12:00 - 2:00 pm

Jay Varner, author of Nothing Left to Burn, will be the guest speakerHe grew up in Central Pennsylvania. He earned a B.A. in creative writing from Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, PA. He helped found The Susquehanna Review, one of the few national literary journals dedicated solely to undergraduate writing.  After college, he worked the police and fire beat for his hometown newspaper. Along the way, he wrote obituaries, covered school board meetings, examined the extended debate over a county skatepark (which included riding a skateboard for the first and last time), and a local man who spent years collecting one million pennies (Jimmy Fallon and Tina Fey referenced the story on Saturday Night Live’s Weekend Update).  He received his M.F.A. in creative nonfiction from the University of North Carolina Wilmington. While in graduate school he taught creative writing and literature courses.  He also served as nonfiction editor and eventually managing editor of Ecotone: Reimagining Place. He teaches at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia and Piedmont Virginia Community College in Charlottesville, Virginia. 

Friday, August 31, 12:00 - 2:00 pm

Faith Andrews Bedford, essayist and biographer will speak about "Barefoot Summers" a collection of stories from her Kids in the Country column.  She will also give an additional talk about Frank W. Benson, impressionist artist.

Open to all.

Location: Senior Center

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

Loving

Loving

Sunday, July 29, 2018 | 1:30-4:00pm

Join us at the Senior Center for a special presentation of the movie Loving, a 2016 British-American biographical drama thath tells the story of Richard and Mildred Loving, the plaintiffs in the 1967 U.S. Supreme Court decision Loving v. Virginia which invalidated state laws prohibiting interracial marriage. Special guest Steven Rosenfield, a civil rights attorney for many years, will lead a discussion following the film. This event is free and open to the community, and there will be popcorn and drinks.

"A landmarket film." -- The New Yorker

"Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga give perfomances that will be talked about for years." -- Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

Loving is rated PG-13.

Open to all.

Location: Senior Center

Fee: free

Home Energy Efficiency: Good for Your Bills and the Environment

Home Energy Efficiency: Good for Your Bills and the Environment

Tuesday, July 31, 2018 | 11:00-12:00pm

Are you struggling with astronomical electric bills during the summer heat? Learn how you can improve your home energy efficiency, and gain an understanding of how energy usage and climate change are related. Kara West and Heather Eggleston with LEAP (Local Energy Alliance Program) will lead the discussion. Free and open to the community.

Open to all.

Location: Senior Center

Fee: free

Book Group

Book Group

Wednesday, August 1, 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. 

August 1 - A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

Members only.

Location: Senior Center

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

Fee: free

Socrates Cafe™

Socrates Cafe™

Thursday, August 2, 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

Investors Forum - First Friday

Investors Forum - First Friday

Friday, August 3, 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

Senior Statesmen of Virginia

Senior Statesmen of Virginia

Wednesday, August 8, 2018 | 1:30-3:00pm

Senior Statesmen will not meet in July.

Free and open to the community.

Open to all.

Location: Senior Center

Contact: www.seniorstatesmen.org

Investment Visions Group

Investment Visions Group

Thursday, August 9, 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, August 9, 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

Toastmasters Workshops

Toastmasters Workshops

Sunday, August 12, 2018 | 1:15-3:00pm

2 Sunday through October, 1:15 - 3:00 pm 

We're not talking bread! Toastmasters International is a world leader in communications and leadership development.  The group is very friendly, welcoming and provides a supportive environment for people of all skill levels to "start where they are" and begin improving their public speaking, evaluating, impromptu speaking and leadership skills.  Join experienced Toastmasters from the Blue Ridge Toastmasters Club for a series of stimulating workshops.

Sunday, August 12, 1:15 - 3:00 pm

Part I:  Characteristics of Effective Leaders

Free and Open to the community

Open to all.

Location: Senior Center

Fee: free

All Things Digital

All Things Digital

Monday, August 13, 2018 | 1:00-2:30pm

Monday, July 9, 1:00 - 2:30 pm

A representative from the Jefferson Madison Regional Library will speak about their new program, Educational Health Programming for Adults/Seniors.  Learn about the latest health literacy related apps for your mobile device or tablet.  Try out some health apps on the library's iPads, or bring your own device.  Free and open to the community.

Open to all.

Location: Senior Center

Money & You With Jorgen Vik

Money & You With Jorgen Vik

Tuesday, August 14, 2018 | 10:00-11:30am

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.

Tuesday, July 10, 10:00 amd - 11:30 am

Investing for Income

It's not hard to find high yielding investments but are they appropriate for you?  What risks do you take with different types of income investments?  Free and open to the community.

Tuesday, August 14, 10:00 - 11:30 am

International Investing

It's a big world out there.  Is your portfolio taking advantage of the opportunities?  We'll discuss pros and cons of investing in foreign investments.  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, August 14, 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.

Members only.

Location: Senior Center

Fee: free

Central Virginia Dowsers

Central Virginia Dowsers

Sunday, September 9, 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

Investing 102

Investing 102

Wednesday, September 12, 2018 | 6:00-8:00pm

Investing 102—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. 

In this session you will:

  • Learn the relationship between risk and potential
  • Gain an understanding of compound interest, possibly the most underappreciated concept in all of finance
  • Learn how the stock market works, how you can use stocks to invest towards your own goals
  • Learn how to construct and implement an investment plan

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

Repeated Thursday, September 20 from 10 am—12 noon  

 

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

Religion, Science and Spirituality

Religion, Science and Spirituality

Friday, September 14, 2018 | 10:00-11:30am

Friday, July 13, 10:00 - 11:30 am

The Nature of Evil

What exactly is evil?  Who is evil and who just has a genuine mental illness?  What does science say about this?  And what does the Bible, and Biblical tradition say?  Come join the discussion.  Free and open to the community.

There will be no meeting in August

Open to all.

Location: Senior Center