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Try It Out Tuesday

Every 1st Tuesday at 12:00pm-2:00pm

Next Meeting: Tuesday, October 3, 2017 at 12:00pm

Details:

TIOT_logo Just for July! TWO different days and times for Try It Out Tuesday—and one is on a Wednesday. 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 for wine and cheese on Tuesday, July 11, at 5:30 p.m., or on Wednesday, July 12, at 10:00 a.m. for coffee and conversation.

In August, we’ll be back to the regular schedule of 12:00 p.m. 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


Food Trucks

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

Next Meeting: Thursday, September 28, 2017 at 11:30am

Details:

September 28: Spice Sea Gourmet

October 26: The Bavarian Chef

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.

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


Square Dance Lessons For Beginners

Every Wednesday at 4:00pm-5:00pm

Next Meeting: Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at 4:00pm

Details:

Begins May 3rd!
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


Writing for Pleasure Coffeehouse

Every 4th Friday at 12:00pm-2:00pm

Next Meeting: Friday, October 27, 2017 at 12:00pm

Details:

August 25 - TBA

Friday, September 29
Ella Rea Murphy introduces her 6th romantic historical novel, Rebound. 

Friday, October 27
Dr. Bernard Beitman is a Visiting Professor at the University of Virginia and former Chair of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Missouri-Columbia. He attended Yale Medical School and completed a psychiatric residency at Stanford. He will discuss his book Connecting with Coincidence.

Open to all.

Location: Senior Center

Contact: Hansie Haier at (434) 296-9806


Round Dancing Lessons

Every Thursday at 7:00pm-9:00pm

Next Meeting: Thursday, September 28, 2017 at 7:00pm

Details:

Thursdays, September 21 – November 9
Beginner 7:00-8:00pm;
Intermediate: 8:00-9:00pm
Round Dancing is choreographed ballroom dancing and like square dancing, the sequence is called or cued. Hence, dancers learn figures and all couples execute the same steps in a circle (thus the name “round dancing”). Round dancing is easier than ballroom dancing because dancers do not need to memorize long sequences of dance steps. Music genres vary from current hits to ragtime, jazz, country, easy listening, the 50s decade, big band, etc. Open to the community. Fees cover 8 weeks and are due on the first Thursday. Stay for the intermediate lesson for no additional charge.

Open to all.

Location: Senior Center

Pay for this event online

Round Dancing Lessons

Members (for 8 weeks) $72.00
Guests (for 8 weeks) $80.00


Making the Most of Your Retirement Accounts

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at 6:00pm

Details:


Jorgen Vik, Senior Financial Advisor, and partner in the SKV Group will be giving a two night workshop to help you make the most of your retirement accounts. 

Session 1(Sept. 27) will cover the various types of retirement accounts and their specific transfer and withdrawal rules. Some choices are irreversible while others are limited, and all carry tax consequences. Make sure you understand your choices before making transfers and withdrawals.

Session 2 (Sept. 28) will cover how to incorporate your retirement accounts into your overall financial life. From where do you draw income first, and how much? Should you use tax-exempt retirement accounts? What is a tax-smart withdrawal sequence for you? Are your legacy wishes reflected in your account designations? Free and open to the community

My contact info: Jorgen Vik, Partner SKV Group, LLC ((434) 328-8030)
-“Investment products and services are offered through Wells Fargo Advisors Financial Network, LLC (WFAFN), Member SIPC. SKV Group, LLC is a separate entity from WFAFN.”

 

Open to all.

Location: Senior Center

Fee: free


CHICKAPIG DEMO

Thursday, September 28, 2017 at 3:00pm

Details:

You are in charge of a flock of Chickapigs. The goal is to strategically move your flock across the board through the goal while thwarting your opponents. Join Brian Calhoun, inventor of the game and Rich Severin and learn how to play. It will challenge your mind, and it’s nothing but fun! Please sign up at the Welcome Desk or online. 

Members only.

Location: Senior Center

Pay for this event online

CHICKAPIG DEMO

Register $0.00


Death Cafe

Sunday, October 8, 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. For more information on a death cafe click here.  Free.

Open to all.

Location: Senior Center


Get Your Ducks in a Row

Monday, October 9, 2017 at 1:00pm

Details:

October 9; 1:00-3:00 pm
October 16; 1:00-3:00 pm

The best gift you can leave your loved ones is an organized estate at your journey’s end. In this this two-session workshop, learn how to address important matters that can save you and your family time, money and heartache. The course includes options for preparing a will, financial planning, distribution of belongings, burial preferences and much more. Ducks in a Row was founded by Mary Ann Stripling, Ph.D. who will facilitate the workshop. Her many years of professional experience as both a teacher and a counsellor gave her the practical skills needed for end-of-life planning, while personal experience has provided knowledge and empathy.  Open to the community. Cost of materials includes 2 books.

Open to all.

Location: Senior Center

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Get Your Ducks in a Row

Cost for materials $40.00


October Luncheon

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at 11:30am

Details:

Join us for a comfort food fall luncheon catered by Harvest Moon!

Our menu will be:

Harvest Vegetable Soup with Fine Herbs
Classic Meatloaf with Mushroom Gravy
Creamy White Cheddar Macaroni and Cheese
Cider Braised Collard Greens with Caramelized Onions
Toasted Apple Pound Cake with Vanilla Whipped Cream

Open to all.

Location: Senior Center

Pay for this event online

October Luncheon

Members $15.00
Guests $16.00


A Matter of Balance

Every Tuesday at 1:00pm-3:00pm
Every Thursday at 1:00pm-3:00pm

Next Meeting: Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at 1:00pm

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.

This 8-session workshop will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays, October 24-November 16 from 1-3 pm. The total cost is $20 and participants are requested to attend at least 5 of the sessions. We can not accept new participants after session 2.  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

Member and guest price $20.00


Paper Shredding

Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at 10:00am

Details:

It’s time to start gathering your documents for destruction! The shredding truck is a state-of-the art, high speed shredding truck and a member of the National Association for Information Destruction. Certificates of destruction are available. All shredded paper is recycled. No need to sign up, just show up. Open to the community. Cost: $5 for up to 5 paper grocery bags; additional bags are $1 per bag.  This event is open to all from 10am - 1pm.

Open to all.

Location: Senior Center


Yard Sale

Friday, November 3, 2017 at 5:00pm

Details:


The Senior Center’s November 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, November 3, 5 – 7 pm with $5 entrance fee.  Free to all on Saturday, November 4, 2017, 8:00 AM – 1:00 pm.
We have great items, especially for the holiday: luggage, baskets, lamps, fabric, yarn skeins, mirrors, books, pictures, silver, glass ware, puzzles, home décor, kitchenware, outdoor lights, and all the decorations you need for trimming your tree, 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):
April 2018


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, 1180 Pepsi Place, Charlottesville, VA

Fee: free


Annual Thanksgiving Pot Luck Community Event

Thursday, November 23, 2017 at 12:00pm

Details:

  Have a favorite Thanksgiving dish you would like to cook? Come share our annual Thanksgiving Potluck. Friends and family are welcome. Home Instead Senior Care is generously donating the turkeys, so all you have to do is make a side dish to share. We will open at noon on Thursday, November 23 (Thanksgiving Day), for a social hour, with feasting from 1:00 until 3:00 p.m. We need an approximate head count to ensure enough turkey and tables for everyone, so please sign up at the Senior Center Welcome Desk or register below. Along with a side, we ask that you volunteer to help with carving, table setting, or other tasks. If you have questions, please .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) Margaret Fitch or call her at 434.974.7756.

Open to all.

Location: Senior Center, 1180 Pepsi Place, Charlottesville

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

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Annual Thanksgiving Pot Luck Community Event

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