Survey

Survey

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 | 12:01-11:59pm

You should have received the 2019 Member Survey recently. Please take a few minutes to complete this anonymous survey and let us know about your membership experience at The Center. If you prefer, you can download a copy here and bring the completed survey to the Welcome Desk at your convenience. Deadline is March 8. Let your voice be heard! 

Location: The Center

Closed Wednesday, February 20

Closed Wednesday, February 20

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 | 12:01-11:59pm

The Center will be closed on Wednesday, February 20, 2019. Enjoy the snow while it lasts ... it will feel like spring tomorrow.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Tai Chi (Morning)

Tai Chi (Morning)

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 | 8:45-9:45am

Stimulate your immune system, lower your blood pressure, decrease your stress and improve your balance: That’s not a bad scorecard for one hour’s worth of exercise each day! If you can walk, you can play. Visitors are welcome to try it out! Taught by Bryan McKenzie. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 8:45am-9:45am - beginners should start on a Monday.

Background The Center has offered Tai Ji (an alternate spelling of Tai Chi) for 14 years. The teaching method allows participants to learn health aspects of the discipline, its connection to Chinese medical theory, meditation techniques for relaxation and to bolster the immune system, and even self-defense techniques. The system is based on the Three Emperors style of martial arts taught by Wang Zhenhua, a former coach at Beijing University. The Center’s program was initiated by Mr. Wang’s student, John Alton, Charlottesville resident and someone recognized by the Chinese government as an expert in Chinese health practices. Lei Xilai, an instructor who came to the states from the Beijing area, taught advanced classes at The Center and introduced new forms to the class. The current instructor, Bryan McKenzie, has taught for the past 12 years. Bryan is a student of Mr. Lei and Mr. Alton. Bryan leads the TaiJi group with a clear mind, with firm hands and a warm heart, and above all with gentle words. He has a great sense of humor and no pretense at all.

About the Exercise The exercise is simple -- in a series of movements based on a Taoist martial art, participants slowly relearn how to balance, purposefully shifting weight from side to side and then increasing the difficulty of the movements. The slow movements not only redefine balance, but also provide a workout similar to the old Charles Atlas "dynamic tension" exercises for muscle development. Participants currently range in age from 50 to 94 and allowances are made for personal stamina, strength, medical history, and ability. The atmosphere is relaxed and easy-going; participants running late for class are welcome to join in whenever they arrive.

Also see Tai Chi evening classes.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Contact: Bryan McKenzie, Instructor - 434.978.7271

Pay for this event online

Tai Chi (Morning)

Members per month $36.00
Guests per month $49.00
Hiking-Wednesday

Hiking-Wednesday

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 | 9:00-10:00am

The Center hiking group hikes on Mondays and Wednesdays. We hike in many different areas, including around Charlottesville, in Shenandoah National Park and along the Blue Ridge Parkway. We meet at The Center and carpool to the trailhead. Hikes are chosen by hike leaders and range in length from approximately 5.5 to 7 miles on Mondays and 6 to 9 miles on Wednesdays. Total elevation gain can range anywhere from 600 to 2500 feet.

Please dress appropriately for hiking in the mountains, including rain gear and hiking shoes or boots. Trekking poles are highly recommended, and traction devices for boots may be necessary in the winter. Bring lunch, snacks, plenty of water, a change of shoes, and $5.00 for the carpool driver. Dogs are not allowed.

We usually carpool from The Center, leaving at 9:00 am and returning around 3:00-4:00, but times may vary. We encourage a spirit of camaraderie and always welcome new hikers. The Center hiking group is primarily for members only but if you are not currently a member you are welcome to join us for a couple of trial hikes.

Please keep in mind that there are inherent risks in hiking, as in any vigorous activity. We always take care of each other on the trail but everyone is responsible for their own safety.

Click here for the most recent hiking schedule.

If you have questions or would like to be put on our email list for the most up-to-date hike details, please click on our hiker email address: sccvillehikers@gmail.com

Current hike leaders

Anne Colgate – amc16633@hotmail.com

Claire Cline – clinec2@gmail.com

Gabriel Garretson – gcreative@hughes.net

John Herrity – harrid@aol.com

Lindsay Brown – lwb1428@gmail.com

Maynard Davis – davismk@sbcglobal.net

Terry Metcalf – keroppimom@gmail.com

Steve Braintwain – sbraintwain@comcast.net
 

Members only.

Location: Varies; check schedule

Fee: free

Seated Massage (Wednesday)

Seated Massage (Wednesday)

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 | 9:30-12:30pm

Massage can help you relax, relieve stress, improve sleep, relieve muscle pain and tightness, and improve flexibility and range of motion. Sit fully clothed on a specially designed massage chair and choose which areas of muscle tightness—shoulders, neck, back, head, arms, or hands—on which you want the massage therapist to work. Sign up at the Welcome Desk. $20 for 15 minutes/$40 for 30 minutes.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Contact: To schedule an appointment, call 434.974.7756

Crafty Ladies

Crafty Ladies

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 | 9:30-11:30am

Established in 1992 with the goal of utilizing participants’ skills to give back to the community, this group makes quilts for local charities to use for fundraising; knits hundreds of hats and mittens for children enrolled in the MACAA Head Start Program; knits or crochets caps for newborns at UVa Hospital, and more. Much prep work is done on our own time at home (using mostly donated materials) and we come together for finishing work. New members of all skill levels are welcome.

Members only.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Dominoes

Dominoes

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 | 9:30-10:30am

Come relearn this classic game if you’ve forgotten. Dominoes are believed to have originated in China in the 12th century, though Egyptian or Arabian origins are also theorized. Dominoes appeared in Italy in the early 18th century, and spread to the rest of Europe throughout the 1700s, becoming one of the most popular games in family parlors and pubs alike.

Members only.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Primetime Fitness

Primetime Fitness

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 | 9:45-10:45am

Taught by certified instructors and featuring three class styles each week.  The Monday, Wednesday series is geared toward active people who want to build cardio-vascular strength, tone body, and improve balance.  It includes low-impact aerobics and body toning and stretching exercises.  The 2-day series includes low impact aerobics and weight and chair exercises for people who want to build cardio-vascular and muscular strength and improve balance.

Wear good athletic shoes and comfortable clothes.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Contact: Senior Center 974.7756

Pay for this event online

Primetime Fitness

Members per month (M-F classes) $38.00
Guests per month (M-F classes) $48.00
Hearing Health

Hearing Health

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 | 10:00-11:00am

Comparing Apples to Oranges in Hearing Aids - The hearing aid world is a confusing one.  Top of the line, middle level technology, $7,000, $595...how do you know what to do?  Join Dr. Kristin Koch, Audiologist at Evolution Hearing, to educate yourself about the hearing aids that are available now, how much you need or should spend, what you get for your money and why it matters to you and your hearing. Free and open to the community.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Bowling Club - Wednesday

Bowling Club - Wednesday

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 | 10:00-11:30am

Senior Center members are invited to join a team and bowl weekly during the bowling seasons scheduled at Kegler's. If you are interested in joining or being a substitute, call Howard Ellis, League President at 434-361-1954. Fee: Kegler's Lane fees apply. Must be age 50 or better.

Location: Offsite at Kegler's Lanes, Charlottesville

First-Wind Band

First-Wind Band

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 | 10:45-12:15pm

Learn new musical skills or revitalize old ones with the First-Wind Band. All you need is the desire to learn to play an instrument. Interested, but no instrument? We have several for rent. Playing music is not only fun, but is good for your mental and physical health. Ask any of the members and they’ll tell you that it keeps them active and involved, and is a great way to make new friends. For more info and session prices, contact Greg Vaughn at ggvaughn@comcast.net.

Already know how to play? Check out the Second-Wind Band.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Learn more About the 2020 Census!

Learn more About the 2020 Census!

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 | 11:00-1:00pm

A census representative will be available in the lobby to provide information and answer questions about the 2020 Census which is just around the corner! The results of the 2020 Census will help determine our state’s representation in Congress, as well as how federal funds are distributed locally for schools, hospitals, roads, emergency services and more. Also, the U.S. Census Bureau is hiring thousands of people for temporary jobs across the country. These positions provide the perfect opportunity to earn extra income while helping your community.  This is your chance to play a part in history and ensure that everyone in your community is counted. To learn more, visit www.2020census.gov/jobs or stop by The Center on February 20.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Canasta

Canasta

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 | 11:30-3:30pm

This group traces its origins back to 1991, when the Senior Center opened on Pepsi Place. Our game consists of five decks of cards, similar to “Hand and Foot Canasta”. We are a friendly and sociable group and all look forward to this weekly good time. New members are always welcome—and we’re happy to teach anyone who wants to learn. We can play with 2, 3, 4, or 6 player. You do not need a partner.

Members only.

Location: The Center

Contact: Jean Foss, Program Leader, mjfoss1@mac.com (434) 973-3709

AARP Tax-Aide

AARP Tax-Aide

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 | 12:00-4:30pm

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is offering free tax preparation at The Center on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday afternoons, February 1-April 15 (by appointment only). Call The Center at (434) 974-7756 to register. You are required to bring the following documentation with you at the time of your appointment. 

  • Previous year's tax return(s).
  • Social Security cards and/or ITIN notices/cards or other official documentation that show the taxpayer identification numbers for every individual on your return.
  • Photo ID for each taxpayer.
  • Checkbook if you want to direct deposit any refund(s) or direct debit any amounts due.
  • Identity Protection PIN (IP PIN) (for each individual if applicable).

Location: The Center

Fee: free

TOPS - Take Off Pounds Sensibly

TOPS - Take Off Pounds Sensibly

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 | 12:00-1:15pm

Established in 1948, TOPS is the original, nonprofit, weight-loss support and wellness education organization. This local chapter of TOPS meets to provide peer support.Annual membership is $26.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Contact: Jo Ann Perkins 434 823 4987

Fee: free

Pickleball - Wednesday

Pickleball - Wednesday

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 | 12:00-4:30pm

Combine a bit of tennis, a touch of badminton, and a helping of ping pong and what do you get? Pickleball, the fastest growing sport in the country!

Although it appears very similar to tennis, key differences (the slower speed of the ball and a smaller court size) make it accessible to a wider range of players, particularly seniors.

Pickleball has great health benefits: it lowers blood pressure, burns body fat, improves balance and hand-eye coordination, and is great for your social life.

Warning -- Pickleball can be extremely addictive! We are thrilled to be partnering with the Central Virginia Pickleball Club for this program! The times listed take place at the Key Recreation Center and the cost is $2 (payable at the Key Rec. Center).

If you are interested in playing, please contact program leader Gene Rabois at cevapickleball@gmail.com.

See other Pickleball times below:

Mondays 6:45—9:00 pm

Tuesdays 2:00—4:30 pm

Thursdays 5:00—9:00 pm

Fridays 2:15—4:15 pm

Saturdays 1:00—4:30 pm

Open to all.

Location: Key Recreation Center

Co-ed Poker

Co-ed Poker

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 | 12:00-4:00pm

In addition to the luck and skill associated with other card games, acting skills are important in poker—good bluffers can win even with a bad hand. The concentration required to calculate the odds of improving one’s hand while keeping a poker face and interpreting other players’ expressions and body language provides excellent mental stimulation. In our animated games, you risk losing pride, not money!

Members only.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Wednesday Mah-Jongg

Wednesday Mah-Jongg

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 | 12:30-4:00pm

At Center, we play both the simple and the advanced versions of the U.S. adaptation of the 19th century Chinese game Ma Chiang. Mah-Jongg, patented in 1920 by Joseph P. Babcock, uses rules of Western card games and incorporates features of the Chinese game. If you know how to play, or would like to learn this challenging game that requires a fair amount of luck, join us! Observers welcome.

Sundays 1:00-5:00 pm (American), Mondays, 1:30–4:30 p.m, (Western),Wednesdays, 12:30–4:00 p.m. Fridays, 9:00 a.m.–noon (American). All levels of players are welcome at any session.

Members only.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Scrabble - Wednesday

Scrabble - Wednesday

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 | 1:00-2:00pm

Challenge your mind while enjoying a relaxing afternoon of conversation and play. Join us once or twice per week. All skill levels welcome.

Members only.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Ageless Grace - Wednesday

Ageless Grace - Wednesday

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 | 1:15-2:15pm

A new and fun way to move that includes a chair (seated dancing; standing is optional)! great music from 40's big bands to today’s music, creativity and a sense of humor! A mind-body program designed by fitness specialists to stimulate the whole body-head to toe- as you listen, recall, move and sing along with hit tunes, promoting a sense of well-being and joy.

What makes this program more interesting and enriching is that Ageless Grace® is both a body and brain exercise. Ageless Grace® is based on the science of neuroplasticity: the ability of the brain and nervous system to change its structure and function, and to continue to change it throughout our lives, to keep us youthful and vital.

Each of the 21 exercise tools emphasizes a different technique, such as joint mobility, spinal flexibility, right-left brain coordination, kinesthetic learning, cognitive function, systemic health, balance, self-esteem, confidence and playfulness.

These classes are led by Sheila Queen, Certified Educator. Open to the Public

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Contact: Margaret Fitch, Program Coordinator margaret@seniorcenterinc.org, 434.974.7756

Pay for this event online

Ageless Grace - Wednesday

Members per month $30.00
Guests per month $40.00
Water Workout - Mon/Wed

Water Workout - Mon/Wed

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 | 1:15-2:15pm

ACAC extends this program to Center members who do not belong to the club. Held at ACAC’s Albemarle Square location, with classes available five times per week, it’s great for anyone seeking a fun, low-impact workout. $56 per month payable directly to ACAC.

Members only.

Location: ACAC, Albemarle Square location, Charlottesville

Contact: Beth Nissen, Instructor 434.977.3989

Ping Pong

Ping Pong

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 | 3:00-5:00pm

We've got the ping pong tables, paddles, and ping pong balls! Now we need you, no matter what your skill level is. Stop by anytime during the scheduled event for an informal game. Free to members.

Members only.

Location: The Center

Knit-Wits

Knit-Wits

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 | 3:00-4:00pm

Knit-Wits is the new name for the Knitting for Beginners group. If you want to learn to knit--join us! If you want company while you knit--join us! If you want some ideas for your projects--join us! New participants always welcome and will learn at the first meeting what donated supplies are available and what they will need to purchase.

Members only.

Location: The Center

Contact: Marge Haugen 434.964.0197

Fee: To be announced

Square Dancing Lessons

Square Dancing Lessons

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 | 4:00-5:00pm

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: The Center

Fee: free

DMV FAQ and Q&A

DMV FAQ and Q&A

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 | 6:00-7:00pm

Join representatives from DMV for an information session addressing the REAL ID (which goes into effect nationally in October 2020) as well as other topics.  You'll also have the opportunity to ask questions you may have.  This is a great chance to make sure you'll have all the documentation needed to take advantage of the next DMV Connect on-site opportunity at The Center on February 27.  Free and open to the community.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Charlottesville International Folk Dance

Charlottesville International Folk Dance

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 | 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: The Center

Fee: free

Wednesday Beginner Line Dancing

Wednesday Beginner Line Dancing

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 | 6:30-7:30pm

FUN-TIME LINE DANCING If you love to dance and want to have fun and exercise physically and mentally, this is for you. This group cares more about having fun than the accuracy of steps. Beginners Classes: Fridays at 1:00 pm and Wednesdays at 6:30 pm Advanced Classes: Fridays at 2:30 pm and Wednesdays at 7:30 pm

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Pay for this event online

Wednesday Beginner Line Dancing

Guests $4.00
Members $0.00
Wednesday Advanced Line Dancing

Wednesday Advanced Line Dancing

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 | 7:30-8:30pm

FUN-TIME LINE DANCING If you love to dance and want to have fun and exercise physically and mentally, this is for you. This group cares more about having fun than the accuracy of steps.

Beginners Classes: Fridays at 1:00 pm and Wednesdays at 6:30 pm

Advanced Classes: Fridays at 2:30 pm and Wednesdays at 7:30 pm

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Pay for this event online

Wednesday Advanced Line Dancing

Guests $4.00
Members
Tai Chi (Evening)

Tai Chi (Evening)

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 | 7:30-8:30pm

This is a great way to relax after a hard day, as this class teaches calmness in addition to balance and flexibility.

Background The Center has offered Tai Ji (an alternate spelling of Tai Chi) for 14 years. The teaching method allows participants to learn health aspects of the discipline, its connection to Chinese medical theory, meditation techniques for relaxation and to bolster the immune system, and even self-defense techniques. The system is based on the Three Emperors style of martial arts taught by Wang Zhenhua, a former coach at Beijing University. The Center’s program was initiated by Mr. Wang’s student, John Alton, Charlottesville resident and someone recognized by the Chinese government as an expert in Chinese health practices. Lei Xilai, an instructor who came to the states from the Beijing area, taught advanced classes at The Center and introduced new forms to the class. The current instructor, Bryan McKenzie, has taught for the past 12 years. Bryan is a student of Mr. Lei and Mr. Alton. Bryan leads the TaiJi group with a clear mind, with firm hands and a warm heart, and above all with gentle words. He has a great sense of humor and no pretense at all.

About the Exercise The exercise is simple -- in a series of movements based on a Taoist martial art, participants slowly relearn how to balance, purposefully shifting weight from side to side and then increasing the difficulty of the movements. The slow movements not only redefine balance, but also provide a workout similar to the old Charles Atlas "dynamic tension" exercises for muscle development. Participants currently range in age from 50 to 94 and allowances are made for personal stamina, strength, medical history, and ability. The atmosphere is relaxed and easy-going; participants running late for class are welcome to join in whenever they arrive.

Also see Tai Chi morning classes.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Contact: Bryan McKenzie, Instructor - 434.978.7271

Pay for this event online

Tai Chi (Evening)

Members $25.00
Guests $35.00
Ivy Creek Walking Group

Ivy Creek Walking Group

Thursday, February 21, 2019 | 9:00-10:00am

If you enjoy a brisk walk in nature, and stimulating conversation, join us!

We meet in the Ivy Creek Natural Area parking lot and walk the trails for approximately one hour. This is an ideal transition group for those who want to begin hiking.

Members only.

Location: Ivy Creek Natural Area Parking Lot

Contact: Patty Kalbfleisch, 434-270-7990, PLK092015@outlook.com

Fee: free

Party Bridge

Party Bridge

Thursday, February 21, 2019 | 9:00-12:00pm

A multi-table contest in which participants compete against a field of pairs playing Contract Bridge. There is much lively interaction as pairs move to different tables for different rounds of play. Members interested in playing but in need of a partner: leave your name at the front desk.

Members only.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Primetime Fitness - Tues/Thurs

Primetime Fitness - Tues/Thurs

Thursday, February 21, 2019 | 9:30-10:30am

Taught by certified instructors and featuring three class styles each week.  The Monday, Wednesday series is geared toward active people who want to build cardio-vascular strength, tone body, and improve balance.  It includes low-impact aerobics and body toning and stretching exercises.  The 2-day series includes low impact aerobics and weight and chair exercises for people who want to build cardio-vascular and muscular strength and improve balance.

Wear good athletic shoes and comfortable clothes.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Contact: Senior Center 974.7756

Pay for this event online

Primetime Fitness - Tues/Thurs

Members per month (M-F classes) $38.00
Guests per month (M-F classes) $48.00
Alcoholics Anonymous

Alcoholics Anonymous

Thursday, February 21, 2019 | 10:00-11:00am

AA Meeting Growth and Recovery Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism.

This is an Open meeting.

Open meetings are for anyone, including students or family members of alcoholics, who wishes to attend. Free.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Tap Dancing Lessons

Tap Dancing Lessons

Thursday, February 21, 2019 | 10:00-11:00am

All levels: 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Classes will be taught by Diana Freeman, a Royal Academy of Dance Instructor.  Diana has taught ballet and tap for over 40 years.  She was also a member of a Seniors Tap Dance team, competing in European championships and winning three consecutive years in two categories.  Tap dance offers a fun way to exercise.  If you "used to" tap, it's not too late to dust off your tap shoes and re-learn this skill.

Sign up at the Center Welcome Desk or online.  Members $40/month; Guests -$50/month.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Pay for this event online

Tap Dancing Lessons

Member $40.00
Guest $50.00
Recorder Lessons - Beginner

Recorder Lessons - Beginner

Thursday, February 21, 2019 | 10:00-11:00am

Learn the recorder, make music, and have fun! Gary Porter, longtime musician and teacher in the American Recorder Society, shares her love of the recorder and the music you can make with it. No experience is necessary, new members to the group are accepted at any time.

Reading treble clef is a plus, but not required to begin. Students will use a soprano recorder with C fingering to begin, and lessons from the Suzuki Recorder School.

The lesson book will be augmented with appropriate recorder solos and duets. As players gain experience, tenor and alto recorders may be used as well. Students will play a variety of music, learning proper breathing skills, beautiful expression, and good intonation.

There is a one-time fee of $15, payable to the instructor on the day of your first class. This fee includes a soprano recorder and lesson book. (Fees can be waived if necessary; talk to Gary.)

Call the Welcome Desk at (434) 974-7756 or register here for class. The one time fee is payable to the instructor on the first day you attend class.

Members only.

Location: The Center

Creating a Bird-Friendly Environment at Home

Creating a Bird-Friendly Environment at Home

Thursday, February 21, 2019 | 10:00-11:00am

This is an encore of the October 25 presentation

Let Scott Karr, owner of Wild Birds Unlimited, introduce you to the entertaining world of backyard birding.  Learn how to identify and attract native and migratory birds to your yard with appropriate food and shelter.  Also learn tips for how to deal with bird-feeding challenges like squirrels!  Free and open to the community.

 

 

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Water Workout Tues/Thurs

Water Workout Tues/Thurs

Thursday, February 21, 2019 | 10:15-11:15am

ACAC extends this program to Center members who do not belong to the club. Held at ACAC’s Albemarle Square location, with classes available five times per week, it’s great for anyone seeking a fun, low-impact workout. $56 per month payable directly to ACAC.

Members only.

Location: ACAC, Albemarle Square location, Charlottesville

Contact: Beth Nissen, Instructor 434.977.3989

Arthritis Exercise

Arthritis Exercise

Thursday, February 21, 2019 | 10:30-11:30am

Exercise is important for joint motion and muscle strength. Maggie Schmidt leads this entry-level class, following the Arthritis Foundation Program, to help those with arthritis get moving again.

A chair is used for balance. Come to class in comfortable clothing and athletic shoes with stability.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Contact: Senior Center 434.974.7756

Pay for this event online

Arthritis Exercise

Members (per month) $30.00
Guests (per month) $37.00
Recorder Lessons - Intermediate

Recorder Lessons - Intermediate

Thursday, February 21, 2019 | 11:00-12:00pm

Learn the recorder, make music, and have fun! Gary Porter, longtime musician and teacher in the American Recorder Society, shares her love of the recorder and the music you can make with it. No experience is necessary, new members to the group are accepted at any time.

Reading treble clef is a plus, but not required to begin. Students will use a soprano recorder with C fingering to begin, and lessons from the Suzuki Recorder School.

The lesson book will be augmented with appropriate recorder solos and duets. As players gain experience, tenor and alto recorders may be used as well. Students will play a variety of music, learning proper breathing skills, beautiful expression, and good intonation.

There is a one-time fee of $15, payable to the instructor on the day of your first class. This fee includes a soprano recorder and lesson book. (Fees can be waived if necessary; talk to Gary.)

Call the Welcome Desk at (434) 974-7756 or register here for class. The one time fee is payable to the instructor on the first day you attend class.

Members only.

Location: The Center

RSVP for this event online

Recorder Lessons - Intermediate

RSVP
Crafts--DIY

Crafts--DIY

Thursday, February 21, 2019 | 11:15-12:45pm

Bring your own materials and come work on your favorite project while sharing ideas, learning new skills, and enjoying the company of fellow crafts enthusiasts.  After the new year, the group will select some projects to work on or learn together.

Members only.

Location: The Center

Contact: Joan Hanlon 434.202.0498 or Diana Souza-Castro 434.964.6687

Fee: free

NIA Moving to Heal

NIA Moving to Heal

Thursday, February 21, 2019 | 12:00-1:00pm

The class will be taught by Sheila Queen, NIA Blue Belt and Moving to Heal Instructor.  

Nia is a holistic fitness practice that combines dance, martial arts & healing arts (mindfulness). It is based on the intelligent design of the body. Each workout brings mindfulness to your dance movement experience that will leave you feeling energized, mentally clear and emotionally balanced. It is non-impact, done barefoot and is adaptable to individual needs and abilities.

Nia Moving to Heal is a modified Nia experience, designed for anybody seeking a gentler movement practice to complement and facilitate healing of body, mind, emotions, and spirit. This class will help you feel better move by move, breath by breath. Each class has a focus & intention to assist you in “Dancing Through Life”.

For over 35 years Nia has been helping people use movement to feel better. Your body is designed to move! No matter what your physical circumstances, you can use movement as medicine.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Pay for this event online

NIA Moving to Heal

Members per month $25.00
Guests per month $30.00
Sheepshead

Sheepshead

Thursday, February 21, 2019 | 12:00-2:00pm

Come play or learn to play Sheepshead (or “Schafkopf”), a trick-taking card game, like bridge or spades, that originated in Germany in the late 18th century and one that continues to be very popular in Wisconsin and other midwestern United States.  Anyone, including beginners, with an interest in card-playing welcome.  Free.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Duplicate Bridge

Duplicate Bridge

Thursday, February 21, 2019 | 12:30-4:00pm

A group of serious Duplicate Bridge players who play intense rounds of bridge all afternoon. For assistance finding a partner, call the Program Leader. (A guest may substitute for a member who is unavailable.)

Members only.

Location: The Center

Contact: Ken Marino 434-906-5223 ken_marino@hotmail.com

Fee: free

Ladies Poker

Ladies Poker

Thursday, February 21, 2019 | 1:00-4:00pm

It is a Ladies Only game! Come join this new friendly, fun group of ladies and bring your best poker face!

Members only.

Location: The Center

Contact: Jean Zoumbaris 434-990-6063

Apple/Mac Users Group

Apple/Mac Users Group

Thursday, February 21, 2019 | 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: The Center

Contact: Clay Sisk

Fee: free

Albemarle Woodcarvers

Albemarle Woodcarvers

Thursday, February 21, 2019 | 1:00-3:00pm

Novice, intermediate, and accomplished woodcarvers gather weekly to learn the craft or hone skills. Participants provide their own supplies, although current members provide assistance and loan supplies to get new participants started and offer information on what to purchase to continue. As founder Will Hansen said, “If you can peel a potato, you can learn to do woodcarving.”

Members only.

Location: The Center

Contact: Al Crittenden, Program Leader - (434) 296-1749

Fee: free

Financial Consultation

Financial Consultation

Thursday, February 21, 2019 | 1:00-4:30pm

Local firm BARRETT-JOHNSON & ASSOCIATES, a private wealth advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc., offers a free and confidential one-hour financial consultation. This can cover investments, tax planning, estate planning, or advice on other financial matters. Counseling is offered on Thursdays from 1:00 to 4:30 p.m. at the Senior Center by appointment only with Kimberlee Barrett-Johnson, CFP; David Barrett-Johnson, CFP®, ChFC®; or Bryan Strickland. To arrange your appointment, you may either write to Kimberlee's email or call the front desk at 434.974.7756.

Members only.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Socrates Cafe™

Socrates Cafe™

Thursday, February 21, 2019 | 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: The Center

Fee: free

Thursday Chair Yoga

Thursday Chair Yoga

Thursday, February 21, 2019 | 3:15-4:15pm

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.

Also see Monday Chair Yoga

Members only.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Medicare Consulting - Thursdays

Medicare Consulting - Thursdays

Thursday, February 21, 2019 | 4:30-6:30pm

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

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Pickleball - Thursday

Pickleball - Thursday

Thursday, February 21, 2019 | 5:00-9:00pm

Combine a bit of tennis, a touch of badminton, and a helping of ping pong and what do you get? Pickleball, the fastest growing sport in the country! Although it appears very similar to tennis, key differences (the slower speed of the ball and a smaller court size) make it accessible to a wider range of players, particularly seniors.

Pickleball has great health benefits: it lowers blood pressure, burns body fat, improves balance and hand-eye coordination, and is great for your social life.

Warning -- Pickleball can be extremely addictive! We are thrilled to be partnering with the Central Virginia Pickleball Club for this program! The times listed take place at the Key Recreation Center and the cost is $2 (payable at the Key Rec. Center).

If you are interested in playing, please contact program leader Gene Rabois at cevapickleball@gmail.com.

See other Pickleball times below:

Mondays 6:45—9:00 pm

Tuesdays 2:00—4:30 pm

Wednesdays 12:00—4:30 pm

Fridays 2:15—4:15 pm

Saturdays 1:00—4:30 pm

Open to all.

Location: Key Recreation Center

Friday Mah-Jongg

Friday Mah-Jongg

Friday, February 22, 2019 | 9:00-12:00pm

At Center, we play both the simple and the advanced versions of the U.S. adaptation of the 19th century Chinese game Ma Chiang. Mah-Jongg, patented in 1920 by Joseph P. Babcock, uses rules of Western card games and incorporates features of the Chinese game. If you know how to play, or would like to learn this challenging game that requires a fair amount of luck, join us! Observers welcome.

Sundays 1:00-4:00 pm (American), Mondays, 1:30–4:30 p.m, (Western),Wednesdays, 12:30–4:00 p.m. Fridays, 9:00 a.m.–noon (American).

All levels of players are welcome at any session.

Members only.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Full Life Fitness

Full Life Fitness

Friday, February 22, 2019 | 9:00-10:00am

This is a member-led group that consists primarily of stretching and light weightlifting following instructions from an audiotape. Bands and hand weights of 1, 2, or 3 pounds are furnished; you may also bring your own equipment. Our program has no upper age limit and works with most physical challenges. This friendly bunch welcomes new participants.

Members only.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Friday Art Group

Friday Art Group

Friday, February 22, 2019 | 9:30-11:30am

If you like to draw or paint, you are invited to join the Friday Art Group at the Senior Center. No matter what your medium or skill level, you will enjoy the creative, pressure-free environment of a colorful group of novice and experienced artists. You can work from your own photos, pictures or illustrations or bring your own still life. There is no formal instruction, but plenty of help and advice from others if you need it. As a member of the group, you are also welcome to hang one or two framed pieces of your work in the bimonthly art show in the second floor hallway of the Senior Center. The Art Group meets in the craft room on Friday mornings from 9:00-11:30am.

Members only.

Location: The Center

Contact: David Reynaud 434)293-5494

Fee: free

Northside Walking Group

Northside Walking Group

Friday, February 22, 2019 | 9:45-11:00am

A slow-paced walk of about 2.5 miles with some short hills. Meet in the lobby at the Center. For more info, call Chuck St Clair, 434-978-2057.

Members only.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Primetime Fitness - Fridays

Primetime Fitness - Fridays

Friday, February 22, 2019 | 9:45-10:45am

 
 

Taught by certified instructors and featuring three class styles each week.  The class series is geared toward active people who want to build cardio-vascular strength, tone body, and improve balance.  It includes low-impact aerobics and body toning and stretching exercises.  The 2-day series includes low impact aerobics and weight and chair exercises for people who want to build cardio-vascular and muscular strength and improve balance.  

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Contact: Senior Center 974.7756

Pay for this event online

Primetime Fitness - Fridays

Members per month (M-F classes) $38.00
Guests per month (M-F classes) $48.00
Original Theater

Original Theater

Friday, February 22, 2019 | 10:00-12:00pm

ORIGINAL THEATER

If you have always wanted to be involved in theater, as an actor, a writer, a musician, or a master in set design, this is your chance!  Come work with drama teacher Jay Kuhlmann and other interested theater-philes to create a spring performance.  Free and open to the community.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Bingo

Bingo

Friday, February 22, 2019 | 10:30-11:30am

Good fun and nobody walks away empty-handed—small prizes are awarded.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

The Flashbacks

The Flashbacks

Friday, February 22, 2019 | 10:45-12:45pm

One of only two Virginia-based New Horizons Band Project (NHBP) bands, a project that promotes lifelong learning through music and boasts over 100 bands, this 22-member jazz ensemble is under the direction of Greg Vaughn. Their classic swinging sounds can be heard at the Center and throughout the region at public events and private parties.

Guests are welcome to visit practices.

Need a band for a special event? Contact the director to see if we fit the bill! 

For rehearsal information and performance schedule, check the band calendar.

Members only.

Location: The Center

Contact: Director band@seniorcenterinc.org

Water Workout Fridays

Water Workout Fridays

Friday, February 22, 2019 | 11:00-12:00pm

ACAC extends this program to Center members who do not belong to the club. Held at ACAC’s Albemarle Square location, with classes available five times per week, it’s great for anyone seeking a fun, low-impact workout. $56 per month payable directly to ACAC.

Members only.

Location: ACAC, Albemarle Square location, Charlottesville

Contact: Beth Nissen, Instructor 434.977.3989

Writing for Pleasure Coffeehouse

Writing for Pleasure Coffeehouse

Friday, February 22, 2019 | 12:00-2:00pm

 

Friday, February 22, 12:00 - 2:00 PM
 
One of the Daily Progress Distinguished Dozen for 2018 and Co-chair of The Center’s 2018 Accreditation team, Enid Krieger visits the Writing for Pleasure Coffeehouse to talk about her life of volunteerism – what it means to her and to her community.

Coffee is provided.  Munchies to share are welcomed.

Free and open to the community.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Contact: Ella Rea Murphy 434.973.9786 or ellarmurphy@gmail.com

Friday Beginner Line Dancing

Friday Beginner Line Dancing

Friday, February 22, 2019 | 1:00-2:30pm

FUN-TIME LINE DANCING If you love to dance and want to have fun and exercise physically and mentally, this is for you. This group cares more about having fun than the accuracy of steps. Beginners Classes: Fridays at 1:00 pm and Wednesdays at 6:30 pm Advanced Classes: Fridays at 2:30 pm and Wednesdays at 7:30 pm

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Pay for this event online

Friday Beginner Line Dancing

Guests $4.00
Members
Still Sharp Singers

Still Sharp Singers

Friday, February 22, 2019 | 1:00-2:30pm

Did you sing in your high school or college glee club? Or Church choir? Still like to sing? Come to a rehearsal and listen to the Still Sharp Singers, and decide if you would like to join this four-part mixed choral group. We welcome sopranos, altos, tenors, and basses. Ability to read music is preferred. There is a $35 fee for the Spring session and a $35 fee for the Fall session.

Members only.

Location: The Center

Contact: Dorothy Richards 434.973.5713

Pickleball - Friday

Pickleball - Friday

Friday, February 22, 2019 | 2:15-4:15pm

Combine a bit of tennis, a touch of badminton, and a helping of ping pong and what do you get? Pickleball, the fastest growing sport in the country!

Although it appears very similar to tennis, key differences (the slower speed of the ball and a smaller court size) make it accessible to a wider range of players, particularly seniors.

Pickleball has great health benefits: it lowers blood pressure, burns body fat, improves balance and hand-eye coordination, and is great for your social life.

Warning -- Pickleball can be extremely addictive! We are thrilled to be partnering with the Central Virginia Pickleball Club for this program! The times listed take place at the Key Recreation Center and the cost is $2 (payable at the Key Rec. Center).

If you are interested in playing, please contact program leader Gene Rabois at cevapickleball@gmail.com.

See other Pickleball times below:

Mondays 6:45—9:00 pm

Tuesdays 2:00—4:30 pm

Wednesdays 12:00—4:30 pm

Thursdays 5:00—9:00 pm

Saturdays 1:00—4:30 pm

Open to all.

Location: Key Recreation Center

 Friday Advanced Line Dancing

Friday Advanced Line Dancing

Friday, February 22, 2019 | 2:30-3:30pm

FUN-TIME LINE DANCING If you love to dance and want to have fun and exercise physically and mentally, this is for you. This group cares more about having fun than the accuracy of steps. Beginners Classes: Fridays at 1:00 pm and Wednesdays at 6:30 pm Advanced Classes: Fridays at 2:30 pm and Wednesdays at 7:30 pm

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Pay for this event online

Friday Advanced Line Dancing

Guests $4.00
Members
BEMER Introduction and Demo

BEMER Introduction and Demo

Friday, February 22, 2019 | 2:30-3:30pm

BEMER (Bio-Electro-Magnetic Energy Regulation) is a form of pulsed electromagnetic field therapy that has been used extensively in Europe and is recently making its way to the States. Come to an information session delivered by Ann Postak, who will also demonstrate this new technology aimed at increasing blood circulation and relieving pain in the body.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Barbershop Belles & Beaux

Barbershop Belles & Beaux

Friday, February 22, 2019 | 2:30-4:00pm

Women and men who love to sing are encouraged to come and share their talent. Professional singing ability is not necessary!

Even if you have never sung Barbershop harmony, you are welcome to join this group of fun-loving singers.

Director June Andrews, with over 30 years Barbershop singing experience, helps us blend our tenor, lead, baritone and bass voices together in "perfect harmony."

We perform at some Senior Center events and also in a variety of places in the region.

Members only.

Location: The Center

Contact: June Andrews (434) 823-4956

Fee: free

Bereavement Support Group

Bereavement Support Group

Friday, February 22, 2019 | 3:00-4:30pm

Facilitated by Hospice of the Piedmont-trained counselors, the group offers opportunities to discuss grief topics, learn about healthy ways of coping, and share support with others going through similar experiences. This support group meets EVERY Friday. Free.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Contact: Senior Center 434.974.7756

Fee: free

Pickleball - Saturday

Pickleball - Saturday

Saturday, February 23, 2019 | 1:00-4:30pm

Combine a bit of tennis, a touch of badminton, and a helping of ping pong and what do you get? Pickleball, the fastest growing sport in the country!

Although it appears very similar to tennis, key differences (the slower speed of the ball and a smaller court size) make it accessible to a wider range of players, particularly seniors.

Pickleball has great health benefits: it lowers blood pressure, burns body fat, improves balance and hand-eye coordination, and is great for your social life.

Warning -- Pickleball can be extremely addictive! We are thrilled to be partnering with the Central Virginia Pickleball Club for this program! The times listed take place at the Key Recreation Center and the cost is $2 (payable at the Key Rec. Center).

If you are interested in playing, please contact program leader Gene Rabois at cevapickleball@gmail.com.

See other Pickleball times below:

Mondays 6:45—9:00 pm

Tuesdays 2:00—4:30 pm

Wednesdays 12:00—4:30 pm

Thursdays 5:00—9:00 pm

Fridays 2:15—4:15 pm

Open to all.

Location: Key Recreation Center

Scrabble - Sunday

Scrabble - Sunday

Sunday, February 24, 2019 | 1:00-5:00pm

Challenge your mind while enjoying a relaxing afternoon of conversation and play. Join us once or twice per week. All skill levels welcome.

Members only.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Sunday Mah-Jongg

Sunday Mah-Jongg

Sunday, February 24, 2019 | 1:00-5:00pm

At Center, we play both the simple and the advanced versions of the U.S. adaptation of the 19th century Chinese game Ma Chiang. Mah-Jongg, patented in 1920 by Joseph P. Babcock, uses rules of Western card games and incorporates features of the Chinese game. If you know how to play, or would like to learn this challenging game that requires a fair amount of luck, join us! Observers welcome.

Sundays 1:00-5:00 pm (American), Mondays, 1:30–4:30 p.m, (Western),Wednesdays, 12:30–4:00 p.m. Fridays, 9:00 a.m.–noon (American). All levels of players are welcome at any session.

Members only.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Sunday Afternoon Movie

Sunday Afternoon Movie

Sunday, February 24, 2019 | 1:30-3:30pm

Upcoming Features:

After being rescheduled twice for various reasons, the next movie shown will be War Horse.   Following that, upcoming features will include (dates TBA): Saving Mr. Banks, Collateral Beauty, and Awakenings 

Members only.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

The Hamner Theatre Presents...About The Chekhov Unbound Project

The Hamner Theatre Presents...About The Chekhov Unbound Project

Sunday, February 24, 2019 | 2:00-3:00pm

Sunday, February 24, 2:00 - 3:00 PM

The Chekhov Unbound project is an original adaptation of Russian playwright Anton Chekhov's play, Three Sisters.  This adaptation is presented by UVA playwriting professor and playwright, Doug Grissom with an ensemble of 12 older actors, a director, and dramaturg.  The play strives to reflect the community we live in and hones in on the universal themes of Chekhov's play:  unrequited love, the yearning for something else, and the poignancy of opportunities missed. There will be a time of discussion with the actors and director following the performance.  

Free and open to the community.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

American Mah Jongg Lessons

American Mah Jongg Lessons

Sunday, February 24, 2019 | 2:00-4:00pm

Have you wanted to learn to play Mah Jongg?  Have you tried and given up?  Did you play the game in the past and need a refresher?  Come and join us for this five week Sunday afternoon series running from February 3 through March 3.

Clarece Edson and Pat McKeown will teach the classes.  Open to the Community.  Free to Center members, $25 for Guests.  Sign up at the Center Welcome Desk or call 434.974.7756 to register.  Guests must pay at registration. 

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Pay for this event online

American Mah Jongg Lessons

Guests $25.00
Members $0.00
Hiking-Monday

Hiking-Monday

Monday, February 25, 2019 | 9:00-3:00pm

The Center hiking group hikes on Mondays and Wednesdays. We hike in many different areas, including around Charlottesville, in Shenandoah National Park and along the Blue Ridge Parkway. We meet at The Center and carpool to the trailhead. Hikes are chosen by hike leaders and range in length from approximately 5.5 to 7 miles on Mondays and 6 to 9 miles on Wednesdays. Total elevation gain can range anywhere from 600 to 2500 feet.

Please dress appropriately for hiking in the mountains, including rain gear and hiking shoes or boots. Trekking poles are highly recommended, and traction devices for boots may be necessary in the winter. Bring lunch, snacks, plenty of water, a change of shoes, and $5.00 for the carpool driver. Dogs are not allowed.

We usually carpool from The Center, leaving at 9:00 am and returning around 3:00-4:00, but times may vary. We encourage a spirit of camaraderie and always welcome new hikers. The Center hiking group is primarily for members only but if you are not currently a member you are welcome to join us for a couple of trial hikes.

Please keep in mind that there are inherent risks in hiking, as in any vigorous activity. We always take care of each other on the trail but everyone is responsible for their own safety.

Click here for the most recent hiking schedule.

If you have questions or would like to be put on our email list for the most up-to-date hike details, please click on our hiker email address: sccvillehikers@gmail.com

Current hike leaders

Anne Colgate – amc16633@hotmail.com

Claire Cline – clinec2@gmail.com

Gabriel Garretson – gcreative@hughes.net

John Herrity – harrid@aol.com

Lindsay Brown – lwb1428@gmail.com

Maynard Davis – davismk@sbcglobal.net

Terry Metcalf – keroppimom@gmail.com

Steve Braintwain – sbraintwain@comcast.net

Members only.

Location: Varies; check schedule

Fee: free

Current Affairs Discussion Group

Current Affairs Discussion Group

Monday, February 25, 2019 | 9:30-11:00am

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: The Center

Contact: Jerry Granroth (434) 305-8926

Fee: free

Getting Better at Bridge

Getting Better at Bridge

Monday, February 25, 2019 | 10:00-12:00pm

If you know the basics of bridge, have played a few times, or played many years ago, this group is for you.  Bridge hands are played for the entire two hours with Marilyn Lutz, an experienced bridge player and teacher acting as our consultant  For more information or questions, contact the group administrator, Gene Philippi.

Members only.

Location: The Center

Contact: Gene Philippi, (434) 981-9610 or at genephilippi46@gmail.com

Fee: free

Sew and Sews

Sew and Sews

Monday, February 25, 2019 | 10:00-12:00pm

Pinkie Puppets is now the Sew & Sews! The need for our dear puppets is no more; we are re-inventing ourselves and invite you to join us. We are making medical dolls; baby, children, and adult bibs; children’s pillowcases; foster care bags; and wheelchair and walker holders—much more diversified than before. There is a lot of machine sewing, basting, pinning, and cutting. All skill levels can be put to wonderful use. Donations of fabric, thread, and anything that could be used for our new projects would be greatly appreciated.

Members only.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Writing for Healing and Growth

Writing for Healing and Growth

Monday, February 25, 2019 | 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. FEE is $15/MONTH.

Members only.

Location: The Center

Contact: Senior Center 974-7756

RSVP for this event online

Writing for Healing and Growth

RSVP
Monday Chair Yoga

Monday Chair Yoga

Monday, February 25, 2019 | 10:45-11:45am

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.

Also see Thursday Chair Yoga

Members only.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Seated Massage (Monday)

Seated Massage (Monday)

Monday, February 25, 2019 | 12:00-2:00pm

Massage can help you relax, relieve stress, improve sleep, relieve muscle pain and tightness, and improve flexibility and range of motion. Sit fully clothed on a specially designed massage chair and choose which areas of muscle tightness—shoulders, neck, back, head, arms, or hands—on which you want the massage therapist to work. Sign up at the Welcome Desk. $20 for 15 minutes/$40 for 30 minutes.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Contact: To schedule an appointment, call 434.974.7756

Chess

Chess

Monday, February 25, 2019 | 12:30-4:00pm

A wonderful activity to exercise the brain! Men and women of all skill levels who know the fundamentals of the game are welcome. Instruction is available when the group has a participant comfortable with this role. Mondays from 12:30-4:00pm.

Members only.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Ageless Grace - Monday

Ageless Grace - Monday

Monday, February 25, 2019 | 1:15-2:15pm

A new and fun way to move that includes a chair (seated dancing; standing is optional)! great music from 40's big bands to today’s music, creativity and a sense of humor! A mind-body program designed by fitness specialists to stimulate the whole body-head to toe- as you listen, recall, move and sing along with hit tunes, promoting a sense of well-being and joy.

What makes this program more interesting and enriching is that Ageless Grace® is both a body and brain exercise. Ageless Grace® is based on the science of neuroplasticity: the ability of the brain and nervous system to change its structure and function, and to continue to change it throughout our lives, to keep us youthful and vital.

Each of the 21 exercise tools emphasizes a different technique, such as joint mobility, spinal flexibility, right-left brain coordination, kinesthetic learning, cognitive function, systemic health, balance, self-esteem, confidence and playfulness.

These classes are led by Sheila Queen, Certified Educator. Open to the Public

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Contact: Margaret Fitch, Program Coordinator margaret@seniorcenterinc.org, 434.974.7756

Pay for this event online

Ageless Grace - Monday

Members per month $30.00
Guests per month $40.00
Chinese Mah Jongg

Chinese Mah Jongg

Monday, February 25, 2019 | 1:30-3:30pm

Have you ever wanted to play one of the oldest games in the world? If you know how to play Rummy, you easily can easily learn Chinese Mah Jongg. No card. No hands to memorize. Come and check it out. Learn the traditions of an ancient culture and appreciate the subtle nuances of the game.

Members only.

Location: The Center

Contact: Bonnie Morton 434.975.5540

Fee: free

Member Social

Member Social

Monday, February 25, 2019 | 2:30-3:30pm

Enjoy light refreshments and laughter, companionship, and great stories as members get acquainted, promote programs, and discuss life events.

Option to meet later for early-bird specials at a local restaurant. Free social; dinner on your own.

Members only.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Pickleball - Monday

Pickleball - Monday

Monday, February 25, 2019 | 6:45-7:45pm

Combine a bit of tennis, a touch of badminton, and a helping of ping pong and what do you get? Pickleball, the fastest growing sport in the country!

Although it appears very similar to tennis, key differences (the slower speed of the ball and a smaller court size) make it accessible to a wider range of players, particularly seniors.

Pickleball has great health benefits: it lowers blood pressure, burns body fat, improves balance and hand-eye coordination, and is great for your social life.

Warning -- Pickleball can be extremely addictive! We are thrilled to be partnering with the Central Virginia Pickleball Club for this program! The times listed take place at the Key Recreation Center and the cost is $2 (payable at the Key Rec. Center).

If you are interested in playing, please contact program leader Gene Rabois at cevapickleball@gmail.com.

See other Pickleball times below:

Tuesdays 2:00—4:30 pm

Wednesdays 12:00—4:30 pm

Thursdays 5:00—9:00 pm

Fridays 2:15—4:15 pm

Saturdays 1:00—4:30 pm

Open to all.

Location: Key Recreation Center

Bowling Club - Tuesday

Bowling Club - Tuesday

Tuesday, February 26, 2019 | 9:00-11:30am

Senior Center members are invited to join a team and bowl weekly during the bowling seasons scheduled at Kegler's. If you are interested in joining or being a substitute, call Howard Ellis, League President at 434-361-1954. Fee: Kegler's Lane fees apply. Must be age 50 or better.

Location: Offsite at Kegler's Lanes, Charlottesville

Manicures and Pedicures

Manicures and Pedicures

Tuesday, February 26, 2019 | 9:00-1:45pm

Wendy Sacra visits the Center to provide this service. Appointments are encouraged, with walk-ins accommodated as available. Call the front desk at 434.974.7756 to schedule an appointment. Appointment options:

  • 15-minute Basic Manicure ($17) – polish removal; clip; file & shape
  • 15-minute Basic Pedicure ($20) – polish removal; clip, file & shape; massage
  • 30-minute Special Manicure ($22) – Basic + soaking; special attention to cuticles; moisturizer; three coats of polish (base, color, top)
  • 40-minute Special Pedicure ($32; $30 without polish) – Basic + soaking; special attention to cuticles; pumice scrub and filing to smooth out corns and calluses; moisturizer; three coats of polish (base, color, top)

Members only.

Location: The Center

Medicare Consulting - Tuesdays

Medicare Consulting - Tuesdays

Tuesday, February 26, 2019 | 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: The Center

Fee: free

Staying Healthy with Spectrum Physical Therapy

Staying Healthy with Spectrum Physical Therapy

Tuesday, February 26, 2019 | 10:00-11:00am

Tuesday, February 26, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Healthy to the Core. Darcy Higgins, regional director of Spectrum Physical Therapy, will discuss the importance of having a strong “core” to enhance stability.  Come learn what the core is, why it is important to your health and well-being, and then participate in some stability exercises.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Robust Aging Toolbox

Robust Aging Toolbox

Tuesday, February 26, 2019 | 10:00-11:30am

Tuesdays in January and February, 10:00-11:30 am at Ivy Creek (Indoors)

In this series, Dan Kulund shows you tools for robust aging and how to use them. Each tool is a physical activity or mental skill to keep you healthy, vigorous, and strong, as you grow older. Choose the right ones for aging, walking, working, playing, falling, and thinking. You are welcome to attend any or all of the sessiosn on Tuesday mornings from 10-11:30 am. Tools provided. Dr. Kulund served as the United States Air Force Chief of Health Promotion. Free and open to the community. Location is Education Building at Ivy Creek, 1780 Earlysville Road.

January 8 - Tools for aging

January 15 - Tools for walking

January 22 - Tools for working

January 29- Tools for playing

February 5 - Tools for falling

February 12 -Tools for thinking

February 19 - Tools for aging

February 26 - Tools for walking

Open to all.

Location: Ivy Creek Education Building

Fee: free

The Second-Wind Band

The Second-Wind Band

Tuesday, February 26, 2019 | 10:45-12:45pm

Want to be a musician? We can make your dream come true with serious fun!

Organized in 1994, this is one of only two Virginia-based New Horizons Band Project (NHBP) bands—a project that promotes lifelong learning through music and boasts over 100 senior citizen bands. Greg Vaughn directs a group of players, most of whom had either never played an instrument or hadn’t played since their school days. The repertoire includes classical, show tunes, patriotic, and holiday music. Along with community performances, the band’s schedule includes two annual concerts at the Center.

RECRUITING NEW MEMBERS, COME JOIN US! All ability levels are welcome, with director's approval. 

For more information and session prices, contact Greg Vaughn at: band@seniorcenterinc.org For rehearsal information and performance schedule, check the band calendar.

Click here for information about the First-Wind Band.

Members only.

Location: The Center

Contact: Director band@seniorcenterinc.org

Men's Poker

Men's Poker

Tuesday, February 26, 2019 | 12:00-4:00pm

In addition to the luck and skill associated with other card games, acting skills are important in poker—good bluffers can wine even with a bad hand. The concentration required to calculate the odds of improving one’s hand while keeping a poker face and interpreting other players’ expressions and body language provides excellent mental stimulation. In our animated games, you risk losing pride, not money!

Members only.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Taste of Spanish for Beginners

Taste of Spanish for Beginners

Tuesday, February 26, 2019 | 1:00-2:00pm

January 8, 15, 29, February 12, 19, 26 (class meets all year round; specific future dates TBA)

This class is for the beginner with little or no knowledge of the Spanish language. The recommended book for class is Conversational Spanish in 7 Days by Shirley Baldwin and Sarah Boos.  This book can be purchased on line from Barnes & Noble or Amazon for under $10. Free and open to the community!

Helen Ida Moyer is the instructor.  She is a graduate of UVa with a doctorate in Spanish and has traveled extensively in Spain, Mexico, and Central and South America. The classes are free (except for materials) and open to the community. Space is limited; registration requested online or through the Center Welcome Desk.

Location: The Center

Tuesday Social Bridge

Tuesday Social Bridge

Tuesday, February 26, 2019 | 1:00-4:00pm

Tuesday Social Bridge offers social yet competitive Bridge in which players compete for high score of the day.  This is NOT duplicate bridge.  Players change tables and partners after 4 hands of play at each table.  Players should know Bridge basics and be able to compete without assistance from others.  No partner needed. No reservation needed. $1.00 to play.  Contact Meg Robinson.

Members only.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Abstract Art Class

Abstract Art Class

Tuesday, February 26, 2019 | 1:00-3:00pm

Tuesdays, January 8-February 26, 12:00-2:00 pm

This 8-week course is built on the elements and principles of design and evaluation of various abstract techniques. Guidance will be offered for students to find pleasing and unique solutions when abstracting from direct observation. Students will need drawing paper of at least 80# weight, pencil, eraser, and colored pencils. Class is limited to 12 participants. Open to the community. Register online or at the Welcome Desk. Members $75; Guests $85.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Round Dancing (Beginner and Intermediate)

Round Dancing (Beginner and Intermediate)

Tuesday, February 26, 2019 | 1:15-3:30pm

Current lesson series ends January 22; Next 8-week session is February 5-March 26, 2019.

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 Tuesday of class. Stay for the intermediate lesson for no additional charge.

Location: The Center

Pay for this event online

Round Dancing (Beginner and Intermediate)

Members $72.00
Guests $80.00
Advanced Beginner's Spanish

Advanced Beginner's Spanish

Tuesday, February 26, 2019 | 2:00-3:00pm

NEW CLASS - BEGINS IN SEPTEMBER! 

January 8, 15, 29, February 12, 19, 26 (class meets all year round; specific future dates TBA)

This class is for those who have completed the " Taste of Spanish" class or who have an equivalent knowledge of the language.  Prospective students should know the present, present perfect, future and simple past tenses as well as how object pronouns are used.  The text to be used in the class is from the McGraw Hill Practice Makes Perfect Series Spanish Conversation by Jean Yates ($16, available from Barnes & Noble  or on line from them or Amazon).   

SPACE IS LIMITED! REGISTER HERE OR AT THE CENTER WELCOME DESK.

Location: The Center

Pay for this event online

Advanced Beginner’s Spanish

Register $0.00
Pickleball - Tuesday

Pickleball - Tuesday

Tuesday, February 26, 2019 | 2:00-4:30pm

Combine a bit of tennis, a touch of badminton, and a helping of ping pong and what do you get? Pickleball, the fastest growing sport in the country! Although it appears very similar to tennis, key differences (the slower speed of the ball and a smaller court size) make it accessible to a wider range of players, particularly seniors.

Pickleball has great health benefits: it lowers blood pressure, burns body fat, improves balance and hand-eye coordination, and is great for your social life.

Warning -- Pickleball can be extremely addictive! We are thrilled to be partnering with the Central Virginia Pickleball Club for this program! The times listed take place at the Key Recreation Center and the cost is $2 (payable at the Key Rec. Center).

If you are interested in playing, please contact program leader Gene Rabois at cevapickleball@gmail.com.

See other Pickleball times below:

Mondays 6:45—9:00 pm

Wednesdays 12:00—4:30 pm

Thursdays 5:00—9:00 pm

Fridays 2:15—4:15 pm

Saturdays 1:00—4:30 pm

Open to all.

Location: Key Recreation Center

Drama Club/Encore Players

Drama Club/Encore Players

Tuesday, February 26, 2019 | 2:30-4:30pm

A diverse group that meets weekly to read and discuss monologues and one-act plays by famous playwrights as well as original works by members. We stage a spring and fall show at the Center, and sometimes take the show on the road to perform for community groups.

Members only.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Keeping Up Your Spanish

Keeping Up Your Spanish

Tuesday, February 26, 2019 | 3:15-4:15pm

Tuesdays, 3:15 pm 

January 15, 29, February 12,26 (class meets all year round; specific future dates TBA)

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. 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 and open to the community.

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. 


 

Location: The Center

Pay for this event online

Keeping Up Your Spanish

Register $0.00
Singles Schmooze

Singles Schmooze

Tuesday, February 26, 2019 | 6:00-8:00pm

Whether you are single by choice or by circumstance, here’s an opportunity to socialize over food and music with a goal of finding new friends. Light fare, lively conversation, and dancing. BYOB (beer and wine only). The Schmooze group will usually eat out the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month, but please call the Welcome desk to confirm.

Members only.

Location: The Center

Pay for this event online

Singles Schmooze

per week - members (1s not applicable for 2nd Wednesday restaurant dining) $6.00
per week- guest (lst time 6 if with a member) $10.00
Washington on Your Own 2019

Washington on Your Own 2019

Wednesday, February 27, 2019 | 8:00-5:30pm

Join us as we travel to our nation's capital for another "WOYO" day-trip.  Travelers will be dropped off and picked up in front of the West Wing of The National Gallery of Art.  Enjoy the many intriguing galleries and exhibits of the Smithsonian or other nearby museums. Lunch on your own.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Pay for this event online

Washington on Your Own 2019

Member $63.00
Guest $73.00
DMV Connect - On Site at The Center

DMV Connect - On Site at The Center

Wednesday, February 27, 2019 | 9:30-2:30pm

DMV Connect will be at The Center and will be available to provide the following services to our senior community: Driver’s licenses and ID cards, titles and registrations, driver transcripts, disabled parking placards or plates, address changes, E-ZPass transponders, and hunting and fishing licenses. No appointments; first come, first served. Open to those 50 and better in the community.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

BeMoved®

BeMoved®

Wednesday, February 27, 2019 | 9:30-10:30am

Beginning January 9, 2019, class will be held in 6 week blocks; Dates are as follows:

February 27-April 3

April 17-May 22

June 5-July 10

Price for members for each 6 week block is $33; Price for guests for each 6 week block is $52.

BeMoved® is a dance-fitness experience, designed by Sherry Zunker a well-known choreographer, a professional with over 30 years of training. Classes begin with easy to follow movements that integrate the upper and lower body.

The warm up flows into dance styles inspired by a wide variety of dance genres such as Rat Pack, Bollywood, Disco, Gospel, Pop and Latin. BeMoved® is designed to inspire participants to experience dance as a means to health, joy, and fulfillment.

This Wednesday morning class is offered by Elly Tucker, certified instructor and Center member.

Chicago Tribune  says: "Numerous studies and experts have touted the health benefits of dance for seniors, including the National Institute of Aging, which counts dance among the activities that can prevent or reduce afflictions like arthritis, osteoporosis and Alzheimer's".

Click here to view BeMoved® video.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Contact: Margaret Fitch margaret@seniorcenterinc.org

Pay for this event online

BeMoved®

Member - Feb. 27-April 3 $33.00
Guest - Feb. 27 - April 3 $52.00
Low Vision Support Group

Low Vision Support Group

Wednesday, February 27, 2019 | 10:00-11:00am

Adults who are visually impaired are invited and encouraged to attend this monthly meeting. In an informal setting, you will be able to share experiences and ideas. Find out about services and equipment available to you in the community. Suzanne Burch, MEd. with Vision Solutions is the facilitator. The group will meet the 4th Wednesday of every month. Free and open to the community.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Legal Consultation with Holly Hilton, Esq.

Legal Consultation with Holly Hilton, Esq.

Wednesday, February 27, 2019 | 1:00-4:00pm

Holly is available for a free half-hour consultation here at the Senior Center where she will evaluate legal questions or estate situations and provide advice and guidance. She will advise members as to whether an attorney should be retained to provide more complete services. Hilton and Associates provides services to Senior Center members at a 25% discount. Holly’s main areas of practice are the following: • Estate Planning • Probate • Elder Law and Special Needs Law • Property Matters Practices in Estate Planning & Elder Law, Probate, Special Needs Law and Property Matters. At Hilton and Associates, PLC, Attorneys and Counselors at Law, our attorneys’ focus is on you. Our lawyers understand the stress and difficulties that come with handling legal procedures. Our legal office’s goal is to provide you with hassle-free legal solutions. When you take advantage of our legal counsel, trust our lawyers to listen to your concerns intently and provide an honest assessment of your situation. Our staff is committed to regularly communicating with you and thoroughly researching your legal situation to achieve the best possible result for your case. Holly P. Hilton has been practicing law since 1987. She is the Vice Chair of the Aging in Place Business Roundtable of the Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce, is currently on the Board of the Arc of the Piedmont, and has served on the Board of the Piedmont Dispute Resolution Center and the Youth Orchestras of Central Virginia. She is also a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. Holly Hilton received her Juris Doctor (J.D) from The National Law Center of George Washington University in 1987 and her Bachelors of Business Administration in 1981, also from George Washington University. To make an appointment, call the Senior Center at (434) 974-7756.

Members only.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Heart Disease and Heart Failure Awareness presented by UVa Health System

Heart Disease and Heart Failure Awareness presented by UVa Health System

Thursday, February 28, 2019 | 10:00-11:00am

Theresa Guyton RN, MSN, AG-ACNP, is a nurse practitioner at University of Virginia Medical Center. She works closely with cardiologists who specialize in heart failure treatment and heart transplant, as well as collaborates to develop optimal treatment plans for these patients. Join her as she discusses risk factors that put you at risk for heart failure, steps you can take to reduce your chances of developing heart disease, and new advances in managing heart disease. Free and open to the community.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Investment Visions Group

Investment Visions Group

Thursday, February 28, 2019 | 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: The Center

Contact: Don Whitford 434.985.3964

Fee: free

Food Truck

Food Truck

Thursday, February 28, 2019 | 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!

January 24: Firefly On the Fly
The BEST sweet potato fries, local grass-fed burgers, NO BULL burgers, salads, gluten free options, and more!

February 28 - SpiceSea Gourmet

March 28 - The Bavarian Chef

April 25 - Moe's Original BBQ

May 23 - 106 Street Eats

June 27 - Little Manila

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Le Cercle Français

Le Cercle Français

Thursday, February 28, 2019 | 2:00-3:00pm

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

Members only.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Backgammon - 4th Thursday

Backgammon - 4th Thursday

Thursday, February 28, 2019 | 2:00-3:30pm

Join a friend or meet a new one in a game of Backgammon.  If you've never played, or are just a little rusty, or are a professional Backgammon player, come!  All skill levels are welcome.  If you have a board, you're welcome to bring it.  Meets the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month. Free to members; no sign up necessary.  Free to members.  Jon Rockett will be the program leader.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Investors Forum - First Friday

Investors Forum - First Friday

Friday, March 1, 2019 | 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: The 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, March 1, 2019 | 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: The Center

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

Fee: free

Enjoying Short Stories

Enjoying Short Stories

Friday, March 1, 2019 | 2:15-4:15pm

ENJOYING SHORT STORIES

Fridays, beginning March 1, 2:15 to 4:15 PM

If you enjoy robust literature written by a variety of authors but only have a little extra time to read each week, this may be the program for you.  The agenda for the first meeting will be a discussion of Isaac Asimov’s “The Fun They Had” (copies available at the meeting) as well as conversation to determine the next selections to tackle.  Free to members but first time guests welcome!

Members only.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Senior Council

Senior Council

Monday, March 4, 2019 | 1:00-2:00pm

Senior Council is comprised of program leaders and is a liaison group between members, staff, and the Board of Directors. The president of the Council sits on the Board. The mission of the Council is to communicate the policies, plans and decisions of the Board of Directors to the membership; to inform the membership about activities and events of all groups/programs at the Senior Center; and to act as an advisory council to the Senior Center staff and Board of Directors on membership, programming, and other issues. The Council meets on the first Monday of each month at 1:00 p.m. All Senior Center members are welcome to attend.

Members only.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

First Monday Bunko

First Monday Bunko

Monday, March 4, 2019 | 2:00-3:00pm

Strictly speaking, Bunko is a dice game played in rounds. In reality, it’s a rowdy good time! The game keeps people moving and switching partners for each round of play, so it’s a great way to meet, mix, mingle … and laugh out loud! No experience needed—join us anytime!

Members only.

Location: The Center

Contact: Clarece Edson (434)293-2817

Abstract Acrylic Painting

Abstract Acrylic Painting

Tuesday, March 5, 2019 | 10:00-12:00pm

Tuesdays, March 5, 19, 26, April 2, 9, 16, 23 (7 classes), 10:00 am -12:00 pm (class will not meet March 12)

In this 7-week series, students will develop abstract composition skills, learn the characteristics and techniques of acrylic paint and incorporate principles of design. Students will draw an object several times and paint with different techniques and color schemes. The class is taught by Susan Patrick. All levels welcome to participate. Members - $75; Guests -$85. Space is limited. 

SUPPLIES NEEDED:
140# 11"x14" paper
Pencil
White palette (not plastic)   
Acrylic paint - optional 
Brushes - optional

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Pay for this event online

Abstract Acrylic Painting

Members $75.00
Guests $85.00
Hearing Screenings

Hearing Screenings

Tuesday, March 5, 2019 | 11:00-2:00pm

Take advantage of free hearing screenings provided by Dr. Anne Delaney of Advanced Hearing Group.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Try It Out Tuesday

Try It Out Tuesday

Tuesday, March 5, 2019 | 12:00-2:00pm

Come on over on the first Tuesday of the month for a light lunch 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 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: The Center

Fee: free

Chronic Pain Self-Management Program

Chronic Pain Self-Management Program

Tuesday, March 5, 2019 | 1:00-3:30pm

Tuesdays, March 5-April 9, 1:00-3:30 pm (6 weeks)

The Chronic Pain Self-Management Program is an evidence-based workshop and has been proven to decrease pain levels and dependence on others, increase involvement in everyday activities, and improve overall life satisfaction. People who have a primary or secondary diagnosis of chronic pain, and would like to improve their condition are encouraged to participate. Family members and caregivers of those who suffer from chronic pain are also welcome. Space is limited; please register here or by calling The Center Welcome Desk at (434) 974-7756. This program is a partnership with JABA and Live Well, Virginia! Free and open to the community.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Pay for this event online

Chronic Pain Self-Management Program

Register $0.00
Fishing Group / Kingfishers

Fishing Group / Kingfishers

Wednesday, March 6, 2019 | 9:30-11:00am

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. The club maintains a pond in Free Union for the use of members and guests, and offers fishing instruction to new anglers.

Members only.

Location: The Center

Contact: Darryl Marshall 434.481.4221 or Bill Marley 434.589.3949

Book Group

Book Group

Wednesday, March 6, 2019 | 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.

Upcoming Selections:

March 6: Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See

April 3: Love, Africa: A Memoir of War, Romance, and Survival by Jeffrey Gettleman

Members only.

Location: The Center

Contact: Mimi Rabois, Book Group Leader mrabois@me.com

Fee: free

Cooking Demo with UVA Dietetic Interns

Cooking Demo with UVA Dietetic Interns

Wednesday, March 6, 2019 | 5:00-6:00pm

Join the UVA dietetic interns and find out how to prepare some healthy dishes. And you’ll get to sample them!  Just in time for spring, this month's recipe features seasonal vegetables.

Free to the members. Space is limited; please register online or at The Center Welcome Desk.

Members only.

Location: The Center

Pay for this event online

Cooking Demo with UVA Dietetic Interns

Registration $0.00
Travel Buddy Networking

Travel Buddy Networking

Wednesday, March 6, 2019 | 5:00-6:00pm

Why travel alone when you can go with a friend? Here’s your opportunity to meet others who are interested in visiting local sites and attractions. We connect each month to make plans for upcoming weeks.

Members only.

Location: The Center

Contact: Nancy Grim 434.973.7515

Fee: free

Support Group for Caregivers of Parkinsons Patients

Support Group for Caregivers of Parkinsons Patients

Thursday, March 7, 2019 | 10:45-11:45am

Group is open to anyone who cares for someone with Parkinson’s Disease. Free and open to the public.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Socrates Cafe™

Socrates Cafe™

Thursday, March 7, 2019 | 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: The Center

Fee: free

Religion, Science and Spirituality

Religion, Science and Spirituality

Friday, March 8, 2019 | 10:00-11:30am

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

The Blue Zones - 10 years ago, Dan Buettner of National Geographic searched the world for places where people stay actively healthy longer, and are happiest.  His findings have become a national phenomenon. Though his focus is secular, it echoes what the Bible and sacred literature say about sin and virtue. Is religion just a blueprint for being fully human?  And by denying ultimate reality, do we make ourselves less than fully human?   Free and open to the community.

Friday, February 8, 10:00 - 11:30

Why We Fight:  Is War a Force that Gives Life Meaning?  Protests against governmental policies cause escalating street violence.   Refugees flee as their leaders glorify and escalate war.  Violence and war have been around since Biblical times, and in many eras violence was glorified for its own sake.  Can religion cure us of violence or is violence an addictive drug we will never break free of?  Free and open to the community.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Oh, My Aching Joints

Oh, My Aching Joints

Friday, March 8, 2019 | 12:00-1:00pm

Are those pains in your hips and knees just the normal wear and tear of use through aging, or are they telling you something more serious?  Dr. Thomas Schildwachter, orthopedic surgeon at Sentara Martha Jefferson, will discuss the facts, signs, and symptoms of arthritis.  He’ll teach you how you know when you have the condition and which of the numerous treatment options may be right for you.  Free and open to the community.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Central Virginia Dowsers

Central Virginia Dowsers

Sunday, March 10, 2019 | 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: The Center

Fee: free

Silver Swans Ballet Class

Silver Swans Ballet Class

Monday, March 11, 2019 | 11:00-12:00pm

Upcoming class dates are as follows:

 February 4, February 11 (cxl), Februay 18

March 11, March 18, April 1, April 8

Whether you're a seasoned professional or brand new to dance, this class is a great way to move. Silver Swans incorporates classic ballet principles and will focus on flexibility, strength, and conditioning, but mostly on fun! Join Emily Pozek from Charlottesville Ballet to see what it’s all about. A professional dancer, Emily has taught numerous classes for the senior population.  

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Pay for this event online

Silver Swans Ballet Class

Members $0.00
Guests per class $6.00
All Things Digital

All Things Digital

Monday, March 11, 2019 | 1:00-2:30pm

Abby Cox and Katie Gorrell from the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library will discuss how you can digitize your film and photos, including 8mm film, so that records of your special moments are not lost.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Piedmont Pastelists

Piedmont Pastelists

Monday, March 11, 2019 | 1:00-3:00pm

Join a congenial group of artists who gather to practice their pastel painting skills. Each may bring a work in progress for a constructive group critique. Attendance is usually 15–20 artists, and newcomers are welcome. Group shows are held annually.

History

Noting the lack of a chalk pastel society in Virginia, in August 2001, Dick Carpenter invited Charlottesville regional artists in that media to meet at Michaels Arts and Crafts store at Barracks Road shopping center. Many were members of the Central Virginia Watercolor Guild, which had long admitted pastel as a water compatible “mixed” medium, but not as a feature of the CVWG activities. The result of the meeting was, quite purposefully, an “un-organization” with NO membership requirements, bylaws, officers, dues, agendas, minutes, quorum, name-tags, committees, etc. Just like-minded people enjoying meeting to exchange ideas and experiences about pastel materials and techniques, constructive criticism, and “show and tell.” The format is a mutual critique -- an examination, not fault-finding. Suggestions for overcoming problems are a part of critiquing. The choice of subject and style of a painting are not topics of critique. Some elements of Critique: 1. Overall Composition - Division of space. 2. Shapes and values 3. Form –shadows-placement of each of the elements 4. Perspective- Illusion of depth 5. Color harmony 6. Paths for the viewer’s eye 7. Center of interest - 8. Principles of Design. Assuring that there is a “message”. All attending artists are active producers, serious about their work, open to criticism, willing to present “work-in-progress," and constructive in their comments and suggestions. Although pastels are the featured media, other problem-paintings may be introduced.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Paint Party

Paint Party

Tuesday, March 12, 2019 | 10:00-12:00pm

Join local artist Tamara Murray as she walks you through a step-by-step painting lesson designed to help you learn to differentiate between positive and negative space, to practice mixing colors, and to sharpen your manual dexterity.  Participants will leave with new skills and a floral painting to celebrate the coming of spring! Class size is limited to 14 participants. Members: $30/Guests: $35. Please register in advance at the Welcome Desk or online.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Pay for this event online

Paint Party

Member $30.00
Guest $35.00
Money & You With Jorgen Vik

Money & You With Jorgen Vik

Tuesday, March 12, 2019 | 10:00-11:30am

Can money buy happiness? We often hear how money can’t buy happiness but is this entirely true? A discussion on the connection between money and happiness. 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: The Center

Fee: free

Travel Class - The Early Days

Travel Class - The Early Days

Tuesday, March 12, 2019 | 4:00-5:00pm

“Albemarle’s Early Days”

A Lecture Series Featuring Top Historians

Introduction - Albemarle, in the Central Piedmont, is a county rich in history. Though founded 137 years after Jamestown, in 1744, Albemarle developed rather rapidly. Plantations and byways were promptly hacked from the forest, towns and wayside taverns soon sprang up, and a solid frontier economy was quickly established. The best proof of this early prosperity, is that but 80 years later, the County boasted a population of 20,000, a number of bustling river communities, its own newspaper, and was about to inaugurate a world-class university!

The Class – Perfect for both history buffs and recent transplants, “Albemarle’s Early Days” covers the period up to the Revolutionary War. The topics include “The Land & Its First People” (the area’s many riches and its original inhabitants); “The Founding of Big Albemarle” (the county’s formation and the establishment of towns); “Enslavement & the Land” (covering both white indentured servants and the enslaved African American community); “Agriculture in Early Albemarle” (the crops that ensured the county’s prosperity); “Jefferson’s Early Years” (the boyhood of Albemarle’s favorite native son); and “Monticello I” (the first version of the house that Jefferson built).

The Speakers – Experts in their fields, the lecturers include Dr. Leni Sorensen (a slavery and culinary historian); award-winning historian Jayne D’Alessandro-Cox (author of Thomas Jefferson – From Boy to Man); Gardiner Hallock (Monticello’s director of restoration and collections); William & Mary’s Dr. Susan Kern (professor of history and the American South); and local author and award-winning historian Rick Britton.

The Details – Held at The Center (formerly the Senior Center of Charlottesville), located at 491 Hillsdale Drive, “Albemarle’s Early Days”

commences at 4:00 PM for 5 consecutive Tuesdays:

Tuesday, March 12 

Tuesday, March 19 

Tuesday, March 26

Tuesday, April 2 

Tuesday, April 9, and

Tuesday April 16.

Charge: The Center members - $80; Guests - $90. To sign up, or for more information, call The Center Travel Office at (434) 974-6538 or go to www.thecentercville.org and press first “Travel,” then “Lectures.”

The Travel Session – A FREE “Early Albemarle & Revolutionary War” tour. Stops include Monasukapanough (approximate site of Albemarle’s Monacan village); Charlottesville’s Court Square (captured by the British on June 4, 1781); the Farm (site of British Lieut. Col. Banastre Tarleton’s headquarters); and the Barracks (where Gen. “Gentleman Johnny” Burgoyne’s British and Hessians soldiers were quartered for two years).

Location: The Center

Pay for this event online

Travel Class - The Early Days

Member $80.00
Guest $90.00
How Do I Downsize?  Where Do I Begin?

How Do I Downsize? Where Do I Begin?

Wednesday, March 13, 2019 | 10:00-11:30am

As much as it hurts, you realize that your kids don’t want your furniture, so how do you know what to donate and where?  How do you know if you should be donating or selling things?  When you move, how many place settings do you really need, and how do you choose your favorite four coffee mugs out of the 50+ in the cabinets?  Stephen Landis of AskLandis will be here to answer all these questions and more as he provides helpful tips and resources to help you start the downsizing, de-cluttering, and organizing process.  

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Investment Visions Group

Investment Visions Group

Thursday, March 14, 2019 | 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: The Center

Contact: Don Whitford 434.985.3964

Fee: free

Senior Golf Group

Senior Golf Group

Thursday, March 14, 2019 | 10:00-11:30am

2019 Senior Golf Meeting

Thursday, March 14, 10:00-11:30 am

Spring is in the air and that means golf, so mark your calendars and plan to attend the 2019 opening meeting of the Senior Golf League! The primary goal is to have fun, so the seniors play Ready Golf, loosely organized into "Equally Capable 4somes" on Monday mornings (usually 8:00 AM until the weather gets warmer) from April through September at Meadowcreek Golf Course in Pen Park.  While most groups play only 9 holes, those wishing to play 18 are welcome to do so and are usually assigned earlier tee times. If you’re already an active part of the group or are new to the area and looking for some golf partners, you’re invited! Come find out what’s in store for the upcoming season, including a few updates from previous years.  For more information, please contact Ryan Hanson, Acting Senior Golf President, at 434-202-8279 or ryanhan66@hotmail.com. This is open to all senior golfers (men & women) of any skill level. 

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Backgammon - 2nd Thursday

Backgammon - 2nd Thursday

Thursday, March 14, 2019 | 2:00-3:30pm

Join a friend or meet a new one in a game of Backgammon.  If you've never played, or are just a little rusty, or are a professional Backgammon player, come!  All skill levels are welcome.  If you have a board, you're welcome to bring it.  Meets the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month. Free to members; no sign up necessary.  Free to members.  Jon Rockett will be the program leader.

Members only.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Essential Tremor Support Group

Essential Tremor Support Group

Thursday, March 14, 2019 | 4:00-5:00pm

“We believe that our group members and our programs provide help and information about a condition that can be difficult and embarrassing,” says group leader John Watterson. Essential tremor is a neurological condition that causes shaking of the head, hands, and voice. An estimated 10 million people in the United States have essential tremor (ET). While not life-threatening, ET is a serious and progressive condition that can significantly affect a person’s quality of life—socially, professionally, and emotionally. People with ET often have difficulty with everyday activities such as getting dressed, eating, drinking, speaking or writing. Of 20-plus different kinds of tremor, essential tremor (ET) is the most common. Also known as familial tremor, benign essential tremor or hereditary tremor, ET is a neurological condition often confused with Parkinson’s disease and dystopia. Due to misguided beliefs and lack of awareness, many people with this condition never seek medical care though most would benefit from treatment. This group is both educational and supportive., and free. We meet on the second Thursday of each month, from 4:00-5:00pm.
International Essential Tremor Foundation (IETF) The IETF funds research to find the cause of essential tremor (ET) that leads to treatments and a cure, increases awareness, and provides educational materials, tools, and support for healthcare providers, the public, and those affected by ET. Learn more about the IETF. Other links you may find helpful: tremoraction.org

Will not meet in December

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Contact: John Watterson 434.973.2510

Fee: free

Investors Forum - Third Friday

Investors Forum - Third Friday

Friday, March 15, 2019 | 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: The Center

Contact: Don Whitford 434.531.2870 for more information or to join the e-mail notification list.

Fee: free

Long Term Care Insurance Q&A

Long Term Care Insurance Q&A

Friday, March 15, 2019 | 11:00-12:00pm

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: The Center

Fee: free

Grand Gala 2019

Grand Gala 2019

Saturday, March 16, 2019 | 6:30-11:00pm

The Grand Gala has always had a “destination” theme. Travel makes for a great party and ties into The Center’s popular travel program. It also exemplifies The Center’s mission of helping all adults, particularly those with the most life experience, stay on the journey of exploration. 

As we build our new community center—still right here in Charlottesville—we wanted to honor this beautiful place that we call home. So, this gala will have more of a “staycation” feel…as we celebrate Charlottesville, our HOMETOWN.

The 2019 Grand Gala: HOMETOWN Charlottesville will fun for people of all ages. Come enjoy cocktails, dinner & dessert; dancing to Big Ray and the Kool Kats; themed silent auction items and other opportunities to Fund Healthy Aging. Black Tie Optional.

Many thanks to presenting sponsor Virginia National Bank.

New VIP Add-on! After you’ve purchased your ticket(s) or table(s), for an additional $50 per person you can now upgrade your experiences to enjoy a VIP pre-party at 6 PM with the Charlottesville Vibe of Red and the Romantics, a separate VIP bar, plus dedicated VIP check-in and check-out stations. VIP tables and tickets are limited.

To Attend:

Tickets required. RSVP by Friday, March 3, 2019.

Purchase your tickets and sponsorships here!

To learn more about becoming a table sponsor, contact Kirstin Fritz at 434.974.7756 or via email at kirstin@thecentercville.org.

Open to all.

Location: The Omni Charlottesville Hotel 212 Ridge McIntire Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Medicare Special Plans - What's Right for You?

Medicare Special Plans - What's Right for You?

Monday, March 18, 2019 | 10:00-11:00am

MEDICARE PLANS – What’s Right for You?

Medicare can be so confusing! If you are just signing up for Medicare, or if you already belong but aren’t sure you have registered for everything that you need, this is the session for you.  If you have Medicare A & B or Full Medicaid (CCC+) then you may be eligible for additional benefits and this is the session for you, too. Come find out what you need to do to take full advantage of the Medicare benefits available, and have some fun hosted by presenter Sharon Accardo at the same time.  Free and open to the community.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Third Monday Bunko

Third Monday Bunko

Monday, March 18, 2019 | 2:00-3:00pm

Strictly speaking, Bunko is a dice game played in rounds. In reality, it’s a rowdy good time! The game keeps people moving and switching partners for each round of play, so it’s a great way to meet, mix, mingle … and laugh out loud! No experience needed—join us anytime!

Members only.

Location: The Center

Contact: Clarece Edson (434)293-2817

Elder Law with Attorney Doris Gelbman

Elder Law with Attorney Doris Gelbman

Tuesday, March 19, 2019 | 10:00-11:00am

In this session, explore Advanced Medical Directives, Do Not Resuscitate Orders (DNR), and POLST (Physicians Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment).  What are they and what are the differences?  We'll also discuss hospice and how it works.  And finally, we'll spend some time talking about funeral planning.  Don't be scared!  It's going to be fun, even if it's cold, dark, icy February!  Free and open to the community.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Monthly Luncheon

Monthly Luncheon

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 | 11:30-12:30pm

The monthly luncheon had been postponed until Thursday, Feb. 21, due to inclement weather.

 

The deadline to register for this luncheon was Friday, Feb 15. We are not accepting any new reservations at this time.

Join us for our monthly luncheon as we celebrate The Center's 59th birthday (February 14, 1960) with a scrumptious meal from Harvest Moon.

The Center's February Luncheon  Kale and Spinach Salad, Meatloaf with mushroom gravy, Mashed Potatoes, sautéed yellow squash and onions, light rolls, Lemon Curd Cheesecake Squares, 

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Contact: Margaret Fitch, margaret@thecentercville.org

Pay for this event online

Monthly Luncheon

Members $15.00
Guests $16.00
Yard Sale

Yard Sale

Friday, March 22, 2019 | 4:30-6:30pm

ITEMS NEEDED NOW FOR OUR SPRING YARD SALE!
Proceeds from our yard sales help support The Center’s operating budget and we really need your donations to make them a success. If you are downsizing, decluttering, or practicing Marie Kondo’s life-changing magic of tidying up, we’ll gladly accept items you no longer want or need that are in good working order and suitable for our sales. It’s hard to say “no thank you” to a donation, but we must refuse items that are hazardous or that would cost more to transport, repair, or refurbish than they would generate in proceeds. Please click here for our donation list. We cannot accept donations during yard sales.

SPRING SALE:

Friday, March 22, 4:30–6:30  pm (early bird with $5 entrance fee)

Saturday, March 23, 8:00 am–1:00  pm (free entrance)

Come find a treasure! Too many great items to list them all, but they include china, crystal, silver, vases, handbags, housewares, books, puzzles, and specialty items. All pieces are in good, if not in excellent condition. You can help this sale succeed by donating gently-used possessions prior to the sale, volunteering your time to help during the event, and shopping the sale. Proceeds help support The Center’s operating budget.

Open to all.

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

Fee: free

Styling Dudettes Performance and Demo

Styling Dudettes Performance and Demo

Tuesday, March 26, 2019 | 6:00-7:30pm

Tuesday, March 26, 6:00 – 7:30 PM

The Styling Dudettes is an all ladies styling team that promotes, enhances, and builds ladies’ styling through choreography, drills, and performances under the direction of group creator and choreographer Anya Faruque.  Come see these women perform at The Center, then stick around for an audience-participation demo of some of their moves – you can be stylin’ too!  Free and open to the community.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Odyssey Cruise - Cherry Blossom Festival

Odyssey Cruise - Cherry Blossom Festival

Thursday, March 28, 2019 | 8:00-5:30pm

Join us as we set sail on the Potomac River aboard the glass-topped Odyssey cruise ship.  The Odyssey will cruise beneath historic bridges and travel past Washington, DC's greatest landmarks.  You will be served an upscale, three-course lunch with the Washington Monument, the Jefferson Memorial and cherry blossoms for scenery.  Lunch is included. Activity Level Easy 

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Pay for this event online

Odyssey Cruise - Cherry Blossom Festival

Member $130.00
Guest $140.00
Altria Theatre - The Book of Mormon

Altria Theatre - The Book of Mormon

Sunday, March 31, 2019 | 8:00-5:30pm

The New York Times calls it "The best musical of the century." This outrageous musical comedy follows the misadventures of a mismatched pair of missionaries sent halfway across the world to spread the good word. Lunch on your own. Waitlist only

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Riverside Theatre - The Color Purple

Riverside Theatre - The Color Purple

Wednesday, April 10, 2019 | 9:30-5:30pm

From Alice Walker's Pulitzer Prize-winning bestseller and Steven Spielberg's Oscar-nominated film comes a stage musical with a fresh, joyous score of jazz, ragtime, gospel and blues.  This stirring family chronicle follows the inspirational Celie as she journeys from childhood through joy and despair, anguish and hope to discover the power of love and life. Lunch is included.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Pay for this event online

Riverside Theatre - The Color Purple

Member $108.00
Guest $118.00
Hollywood Casino - Daytime Horse Racing

Hollywood Casino - Daytime Horse Racing

Saturday, April 20, 2019 | 9:00-8:00pm

Racing Day at Charles Town - Join us for a day of horse racing. This date is the only daylight racing day of the year. You can also try your luck at the Hollywood Casino where there are slots, table games and a large poker room. Lunch on your own. Receive $20 in free slots. 

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Pay for this event online

Hollywood Casino - Daytime Horse Racing

Member $64.00
Guest $74.00
Shredding Truck

Shredding Truck

Wednesday, April 24, 2019 | 10:00-1:00pm

No need to sign up, just show up with your paper to be shredded.  For safety and to keep the line moving, please stay in your car and a volunteer will collect your bag(s) of paper.  The shredding truck is a state-of-the-art, high speed shredding truck from Evergreen Document Destruction. All shredded paper is recycled.  The event is open to the community.  The cost is $5 for up to 5 grocery bags.  Additional bags are $2 per bag.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Virginia International Tattoo

Virginia International Tattoo

Sunday, April 28, 2019 | 9:00-8:00pm

Travel with us to Norfolk to attend the 23rd annual Virginia International Tattoo which is the largest Tattoo in the U.S. The Tattoo hosts over 200 performers from around the world.  It's a colorful celebration of patriotism, pride and international good-will, featuring military bands and drill teams, pipes and drums, dancers and choirs, and a breathless finale! Lunch on your own.

Location: The Center

Pay for this event online

Virginia International Tattoo

Member $115.00
Guest $125.00
Historic Garden Week

Historic Garden Week

Tuesday, April 30, 2019 | 8:00-5:30pm

Mark your calendar - details pending. We are planning a garden visit to the most well-known James River plantations in Virginia. - Westover Plantation, Shirley Plantation and Berkeley Plantatation.  We plan to have lunch at the Westover Episcopal Church in Charles City. Details Pending. 

Open to all.

Location: Richmond

Pay for this event online

Historic Garden Week

Member $133.00
Guest $143.00
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

Thursday, May 2, 2019 | 3:00-4:00pm

Wenceslaus Hollar (Bohemian, 1607-1677), a Baroque period printmaker, produced up to 2,500 etchings during a prodigious 50-year career.  A promised gift to VMFA, this exhibition presents over 200 Hollar prints - remarkable for their range of subjects, stunning details and rare visuals records of 17th century Europe.  Lunch on your own at the Museum. Activity Level - Easy

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Pay for this event online

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

Member $63.00
Guest $73.00
Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens - Richmond

Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens - Richmond

Thursday, May 16, 2019 | 8:30-2:00pm

Experience the wonderful world of butterflies in the Conservatory and enjoy thousands of daffodils, tulips, cherry blossoms, azaleas, roses and much more in the garden's fifty acres.   Unique gifts are available for purchase in Ginter's Garden Shop.  Admission is included and lunch is on your own at the Robins Tea House or the Garden Cafe.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

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Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens - Richmond

Member $63.00
Guest $73.00
 Great Parks, Ghost Towns, and Sedona’s Red Rocks

Great Parks, Ghost Towns, and Sedona’s Red Rocks

May 16-24, 2019

Travel the lonely roads of the Mojave and Sonoran Deserts, from the salt pans of the lowest place in North America to ghost towns perched high atop mined-out mesas. You’ll experience stark Death Valley, quirky Sedona, and the enchanting places in between.

Price Per Person: $3,634 double, $4,763 single.  Deposit: $350 per person includes Travelers Protection Plan. Meals: 8 breakfasts, 1 lunches, and 5 dinners included.

Please call the Travel Office to book this trip, 434.974.6538

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Fee: To be announced

The Kennedy Center -

The Kennedy Center - "Hello, Dolly"

Saturday, June 8, 2019 | 8:30-8:00pm

Tony Award-winning Broadway legend, Betty Buckley stars in this universally acclaimed smash that NPR calls the “best show of the year!”    Breaking box office records on Broadway,“ Hello, Dolly” pays tribute to the original work of legendary director/choreographer Gower Champion.  This musical comedy dream is a “must-see” event.  Lunch on your own at The Kennedy Center.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Pay for this event online

The Kennedy Center - “Hello, Dolly”

Member $165.00
Guest $175.00
Travel Class - Virginia's Civil War

Travel Class - Virginia's Civil War

Tuesday, June 11, 2019 | 4:00-5:30pm

Virginia’s Civil War: Campaign & Battles of the Old Dominion, Part II with Civil War Historian Rick Britton

The perfect class for both recent transplants and local history buffs who want to delve a bit deeper!

We’ll start off with an astounding Confederate victory, Chancellorsville, then explore the Gettysburg Campaign, the second invasion of the North. In 1864, with the advent of Union Gen. U. S. Grant—and adept, and aggressive commander—we’ll witness the slow grinding down of Confederate forces. The Overland Campaign led inexorably to the siege of Petersburg and Richmond . . . which led inevitably into the Appomattox Campaign and defeat. Join us as we explore the last two years of the conflict in the Old Dominion (each session featuring a slide presentation)—a great way to learn about Virginia’s Civil War!

An award-winning local historian, Rick Britton has published scores of articles on the Civil War, and two books— Jefferson: A Monticello Sampler (2008), and Virginia Vignettes: Famous Characters & Events in Central Virginia History (2015).

The class startsTuesday, June 4th, 4:00–5:30 p.m. (and continuing for another 5 Tuesdays at The Center, the Travel class will be the 6th Tuesday). 

  • Tuesday, June 7th - 4:oo pm – The Chancellorsville Campaign
  • Tuesday, June 11th - 4:oo pm – The Gettysburg Campaign
  • Tuesday, June 18th - 4:oo pm – The Wilderness & Spotsylvania Court House 
  • Tuesday, June 25th - 4:oo pm – The Battles of North Anna & Cold Harbor
  • Tuesday, July 2nd - 4:oo pm – The Siege of Petersburg & Richmond
  • Tuesday, July 9th - 4:oo pm – The Appomattox Campaign
  • Tuesday, July 23rd – Travel Session: An entire day touring Overland Campaign battlefields with historian Rick Britton. We’ll start off by seeing the Mule Shoe at Spotsylvania Court House (one of the war’s most heavily contested defensive positions), then take a trail walk through the North Anna site. After lunch we’ll tour the beautifully preserved Confederate works at Cold Harbor. Join us! (Tour departs 8:00 a.m., returns between 4:30 & 5:30 p.m. Travel Session is a separate charge.)

Location: The Center

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Travel Class - Virginia’s Civil War

Member $80.00
Guest $90.00
Toftcombs Mansion House - Edinburgh, Scotland

Toftcombs Mansion House - Edinburgh, Scotland

August 1-9, 2019

Built in 1824, Toftcombs has welcomed many notable guests during its time as a former hotel and private residence. George Orwell resided at the house in 1948 as a guest of his friend Georges Kopp who was his commander in the Spanish civil war. 

Nestled within 10 private acres in the stunning Scottish Borders countryside, only 30 minutes from Edinburgh, Toftcombs is beautiful and grand, yet relaxed and comfortable, providing a spacious haven to enjoy memorable times. Breakfast is included daily. Call the travel office to book your room! Space is limited!

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Philadelphia - Revolutionary War Getaway

Philadelphia - Revolutionary War Getaway

September 26-30, 2019

Philadelphia is the birthplace of the United States. It’s where our Founding Fathers met, discussed, debated, and formed a new country. Founded in 1682 as the capital of William Penn’s Crown Province, Philadelphia, by 1775, was our nation’s largest city with a population of 25,000. Our first seat of government, it’s where the Declaration of Independence was written. During the war, numerous battles and campaigns were conducted for its defense. When it comes to Revolutionary War tourism, Philadelphia is the place to go!

Join award-winning historian Rick Britton as we explore Revolutionary War Philadelphia and its environs (September 26 through September 30). (Note that the Activity Level for this tour is Active.)

Your Philadelphia Experience Includes:

  • Museums - Visits to the city’s wonderful Revolution-related museums and sites, including: the Museum of the American Revolution, Independence Hall & Congress Hall, the Betsy Ross House, the Liberty Bell, and the Graff House where Thomas Jefferson penned the Declaration (just to name a few).
  • Guided Battlefield Tour - A day-long charter bus tour to two of the best Revolutionary War sites—the Brandywine Battlefield and Valley Forge—led by military historian Ed Lengel, former U.Va. history professor and editor in chief of the Papers of George Washington.
  • Evening Presentation – A lecture by historian Rick Britton on the Declaration of Independence and the many myths of the American Revolution.
  • Independence Walking Tour – A 75-minute stroll through Philadelphia history. We’ll walk in the footsteps of George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton, and Benjamin Franklin (literally!).
  • Guided Walking Tours – Led by Rick Britton, we’ll take in sites not covered in the above (sites TBA).
  • City Tavern – To help us get into the proper spirit, we’ll lunch at the famous City Tavern, where the ambience, menu, and waitstaff are totally Revolutionary! (Lunch included.)
  • Spasso’s Italian Restaurant – Could we go to Philly and not dine Italian style?! (Dinner included.)

Amenities & Cost:

  • Transportation - Amtrak to and from Philadelphia: transfers to and from Amtrak Station. Charter bus service for our day-long battlefield tour.
  • Accomodations – A 4-night stay at the beautiful Sheraton Society Hill, conveniently located in the city’s historic district. Breakfasts are provided!
  • Admissions – With the Philadelphia Pass (included), admission will be covered to most museums and historic sites.
  • Group Meals – A group lunch at City Tavern, a group dinner at Spasso’s Italian Restaurant.
  • Cost – Per person, based on double occupancy - $1272: Single occupancy - $1945. Deposit - $750.

Sign up below, or for more information, contact the Center Travel Office at (434) 974-6538.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Pay for this event online

Philadelphia - Revolutionary War Getaway

Member - per person Double $1,272.00
Member - Single $1,945.00
Guest - per person Double $1,297.00
Guest - Single $1,970.00
Portugal and the Douro River Cruise

Portugal and the Douro River Cruise

October 9-19, 2019

Spend two nights exploring Lisbon, then set sail through the Portuguese Frontier. Visit Spain’s walled city of Salamanca, and the quaint and historic towns of Portugal along the Douro River. Airfare after June 30, 2018 will be 2 for 1 airfare or $625 per person.

Price Per Person: starts at $5428 double, $8547 single for Riviera deck. Deposit: $829 per person includes Travelers Protection Plan 

Plus Travelers Protection Plan $429 per person

Minimum Participants: 15

Meals: 9 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 8 dinners

Please call the Travel Office to book this trip, 434.974.6538

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Fee: To be announced