Special Events

Monthly Luncheon

Monthly Luncheon

Wednesday, July 18, 2018 | 11:30-1:00pm

JULY LUNCHEON

The RESERVATION DEADLINE for this event HAS PASSED. We hope you will join us next month!

Harvest Moon Catering is preparing a menu of:

Arugula Salad with grilled Peaches Crumbled Chevre, Sliced Almonds, Balsamic Vinaigrette  

Seared Salmon Cakes with lemon Aioli and Zucchini Fennel Slaw

Mediterranean Style Orzo Pasta Salad With Artichokes, Kalamata Olives, Capers,   Red  Onion, Roasted  Red Pepper, Red Wine Vinaigrette

Artisan Breads

Lemon Bars

Coffee, Iced Tea, Lemonade  

Open to all.

Location: Senior Center

Contact: Margaret Fitch, margaret@seniorcenterinc.org

Pay for this event online

Monthly Luncheon

Members $15.00
Guests $16.00
A Matter of Balance

A Matter of Balance

Wednesday, July 18, 2018 | 1:00-3:00pm

WORKSHOP IS FULL!

 

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. UVa Health System and the Senior Center are offering this 8-session workshop each Monday and Wednesday, July 9 - August 1 from 10 am - 12 noon (July 18 sesion will meet from 1-3 pm) . The total cost is $20 and participants should 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

Square Dancing Lessons

Square Dancing Lessons

Wednesday, July 18, 2018 | 4:00-5:00pm

Square Dance Lessons are canceled for the month of December and will resume in January.

Jim Hassmer, a member of The Virginia Reelers Square Dance Club will guide participants in learning the 71 basic movements of 8-person square dancing. All levels are welcome! Terrific fun as well as good for your brain, body, and social life. Free and open to the community.

Open to all.

Location: Senior Center

Fee: free

July Ice Cream Social

July Ice Cream Social

Friday, July 20, 2018 | 3:00-4:00pm

Come in out of the hot sun and share some cold ice cream with all the fixings. Sit in the air conditioning and enjoy talking with your friends. This is a free event for members.

Members only.

Location: Senior Center

Food Truck

Food Truck

Thursday, July 26, 2018 | 11:30-1:30pm

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 (almost) every month. Look for them in our parking lot, in a reserved area near the front of the building closest to Hillsdale Drive. You can eat here 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!

June 28: Bavarian Chef
Everyone's favorite food truck returns! Pretzel with Bier cheese & German mustard, Potato pancakes with sour cream & homemade applesauce, Schnitzel Sandwich, Jäger Schnitzel, Sausage im Brötchen, Frikadellen, Knackwurst, Bratwurst, Oompah Shrimp, Reuben Sandwich ... are you hungry?

July 26: Spice Sea Gourmet
A food truck dedicated to home cooked wholesome dishes from land and sea. Always fresh, always made to order! Menu items include shrimp, cod, and catfish po'boys, crab cakes, chicken breast, and sweet potato fries. Chef and owner Whitney Matthews is a graduate of VMI and the Culinary Institute of America. She opened SpiceSea Gourmet Food Truck while living in San Antonio. Lucky for us she got homesick for Virginia. 

August 23: 106 Street Eats
English Muffin Burgers, Pork Schnitzel, Smoked Chicken Pita, Falafel Pita, Gorilla Steak and Cheese, Curly Fries, Mac 'n' Cheese ... any of these mouth-watering options could be on the menu.

Open to all.

Location: Senior Center

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

Reuse, Recycle, Repurpose

Reuse, Recycle, Repurpose

Tuesday, July 31, 2018 | 3:00-4:00pm

Tuesday, July 31, 3:00 - 4:00 pm, and Tuesday, August 28, 6:00 - 7:00 pm

Learn what to use and what to refuse!  In these sessions you'll find out how to do more with less, and how to save time and energy.  Learn new ideas in each session.  Dr. Jill McCollum is the facilitator.

Open to all.

Location: Senior Center

Fee: free

Create Your Plan For Extended Care

Create Your Plan For Extended Care

Thursday, August 2, 2018 | 11:00-12:00pm

Thursday, August 2, 11:00 am - 12 noon

Tracy Meade, certified long-term care consultant and Elizabeth Swider, owner of Care is There will discuss what you need to put a long-term care plan in place.  Learn the cost of extended care in the community, who pays for it, and what resources are available.  Free and open to the community.

Open to all.

Location: Senior Center

Fee: free

Try It Out Tuesday

Try It Out Tuesday

Tuesday, August 7, 2018 | 12:00-2:00pm

Come on over 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 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. Several crafters will be selling their wares in our lobby from 8:30 am to 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

Money Matters—Steps to Avoiding Scams

Money Matters—Steps to Avoiding Scams

Wednesday, August 8, 2018 | 10:30-12:00pm

Money Matters —Steps to Avoiding Scams—provides participants with a basic understanding of the types of scams targeting seniors and how to protect themselves from becoming a victim. This training 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.

Have you ever been taken advantage of or know someone who has been scammed? Did you or the person you know report the scam or fraud incident to authorities?

If you haven’t experienced a scam or swindle, unfortunately, there’s a very good chance you will face one at some point in your life. It might be as simple as a phone or email scam, but if you don’t know what to look for, the scam can spiral out of control.

Objectives of the training are:

  • How Much Do You Know About Scams & Swindles?
  • Why You’re at Risk for Financial Scams
  • The Usual Suspects & Types of Scams
  • Protecting Yourself & Loved Ones from Scams & Swindles
  • Resources to Report Scams & Financial Abuse

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

The class will be offered again on Tuesday, August 14th 5 pm—6:30pm.

 

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.

Location: Senior Center

Fee: free

Investing to Retire

Investing to Retire

Wednesday, August 15, 2018 | 6:00-8:00pm

Learn how to put together a team of trusted advisors and understand the role each plays in investment planning. Learn about the different types of investments, investment principals and strategies and ways to align investments with your financial goals. 

Participants will understand the process of creating a retirement budget that plans for inflation and predicts future income and expenses. They will gain an ability to estimate retirement income and calculate net worth. 

In this 4 week workshop (2 hours each week) discover:

  • How to prepare for life after paid work
  • How to incorporate tax and inflation assumptions decades ahead
  • How to asses and use various investment options in your portfolio
  • ...and much more!

The class will be offered again Thursdays, September 27th—October 18th 5:30pm—7:30pm.

 

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.

Location: Senior Center

Pay for this event online

Investing to Retire

Aug 15-Sept 5 $20.00
Sept 27-Oct 18 $20.00
Yard Sale

Yard Sale

Friday, August 24, 2018 | 4:30-6:30pm

The Senior Center’s August Yard Sale is around the corner and everyone is sure to find a much needed treasure!  It all kicks off with the early-bird sale, Friday, August 24, 4:30 - 6:30 pm with $5 entrance fee.  Free to all on Saturday, August 25, 2018, 8:00 AM – 12:00 pm. 
We have great items: baskets, lamps, fabric, yarn skeins, mirrors, books, pictures, silver, glass ware, puzzles, home décor, kitchenware, plus specialty items, and too much more to mention! All merchandise is in good condition.  You can help this sale succeed by donating gently used possessions, volunteering your time and shopping the sale. Proceeds help support the Center’s operating budget.

Please note our upcoming sale (dates may be subject to change): November 9-10

De-clutter and donate items for the Yard Sales:
We gladly accept items that are in good working order and are most beneficial for our program. It’s hard to say “no thank you” to a donation when those donations help to fund the Center’s operating budget and programs. However, we do need to refuse some items for being non-recyclable or being hazardous. Other times, the item must be refused because it costs more to transport, repair or refurbish than it can be sold. We do not repair broken items, and the disposal of such items takes away from our mission and programs. Please click here for our donation list.  Your opinion is important to us. We invite you to share your comments by calling 434.974.7756. 

Thank you for understanding and donating to the Senior Center!

Open to all.

Location: Senior Center, 491 Hillsdale Dr., Charlottesville, VA

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