Royal Caribbean International - South Eastern Coast

Royal Caribbean International - South Eastern Coast

December 12-20, 2019

We will sail on Royal Caribbean International's Grandeur of the Seas to the South Eastern Coast. We will begin our cruise from the Port of Baltimore and cruise along the southeastern coast and the Bahamas. We will set sail in Nassau, Bahamas, then onto Cococay, Bahamas and then to the Port Canaveral and Charleston, SC. Join us for this holiday cruise at sea. Included ground transportation, all meals, accommodations, entertainment and gratuities. Travel protection is available. Call the Travel Office at 434.974.6538 to reserve your spot today! 

Open to all.

Location: The Bahamas

Ivy Creek Walking Group

Ivy Creek Walking Group

Thursday, December 12, 2019 | 9:00-10:00am

If you enjoy a brisk hike on nature trails, join us!

We meet in the Ivy Creek Natural Area parking lot at 9:00AM  every Thursday morning, hike at a steady pace for about two miles, and return at 10:00 AM. Please note that the nature trails are uneven and rocky and also quite steep in some places so good hiking shoes, a walking stick, and bottled water are recommended.

Members only.

Location: Ivy Creek Natural Area Parking Lot, 1780 Earlysville Road, Charlottesville

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

Fee: free

Party Bridge

Party Bridge

Thursday, December 12, 2019 | 9:00-12:30pm

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, December 12, 2019 | 9:30-10:30am

Taught by certified instructors and featuring three class styles each week.  The Tuesday/Thursday 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
Recorder Lessons

Recorder Lessons

Thursday, December 12, 2019 | 10:00-12:00pm

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.

Intermediate: Classes are for those who have some skill in playing the recorder and know fingering for either F (alto/bass recorders) or C (soprano/tenor recorders). We will explore music written for the recorder and develop ensemble skills.

 

Ms. Porter uses the Suzuki Recorder Methods books for class instruction.  She says she is "particularly fond of the Yamaha ECODEAR instruments with Baroque fingering. Appropriate supplies can be purchased online from the following vendors: Amazon.com, West Music.com, Music & Arts.com, Sweet Pipes.com, Shar Music.com, or Walmart.com"

* Beginning in September 2019, there is a $20/month fee; $25/month for guests.  Please contact Gary for Supplies requirement list. Students may attend one, two, or all classes for the same monthly fee.  All classes together are known as the C’ville Area Recorder Ensemble [CARE], affiliated with the American Recorder Society and students have all the benefits and privileges thereof at no extra cost.       

Call the Welcome Desk at (434) 974-7756 or contact Ms. Porter via email to register for class. 

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Pay for this event online

Recorder Lessons

December - member $20.00
December - guest $25.00
January - member $20.00
January - guest $25.00
February - member $20.00
February - guest $25.00
Alcoholics Anonymous

Alcoholics Anonymous

Thursday, December 12, 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 for Beginners

Tap Dancing Lessons for Beginners

Thursday, December 12, 2019 | 10:15-11:15am

All levels: 10:15am - 11:15 am 

Class will meet offsite on Thursday, November 21

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 for Beginners

Member $40.00
Guest $50.00
Senior Aquatics Tues/Thurs

Senior Aquatics Tues/Thurs

Thursday, December 12, 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. $59 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, December 12, 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
Crafts--DIY

Crafts--DIY

Thursday, December 12, 2019 | 11:00-12:45pm

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: Cyndi Walsh cynthia.walsh2@gmail.com or Rea Everitt rea.everitt@gmail.com

Fee: free

Intermediate Tap Dancing Lessons

Intermediate Tap Dancing Lessons

Thursday, December 12, 2019 | 11:15-12:15pm

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.  

Sign up at the Center Welcome Desk or online.  Members $40 per month; guests $50 per month.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Pay for this event online

Intermediate Tap Dancing Lessons

Members (per month) $40.00
Guests (per month) $50.00
NIA Moving to Heal

NIA Moving to Heal

Thursday, December 12, 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
Duplicate Bridge

Duplicate Bridge

Thursday, December 12, 2019 | 12:00-3:30pm

Open to all levels of duplicate players. If you have never tried duplicate due to its intimidating, super competitive reputation, we believe you will be pleasantly surprised by how much fun duplicate can be. 

Members only.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Sheepshead

Sheepshead

Thursday, December 12, 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

Financial Consultation

Financial Consultation

Thursday, December 12, 2019 | 1:00-4:00pm

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 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 (434) 296-6611.

Members only.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Albemarle Woodcarvers

Albemarle Woodcarvers

Thursday, December 12, 2019 | 1:00-2:00pm

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

Apple/Mac Users Group

Apple/Mac Users Group

Thursday, December 12, 2019 | 1:00-3:00pm

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

Le Cercle Français

Le Cercle Français

Thursday, December 12, 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

Backgammon

Thursday, December 12, 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 every Thursday. Free to members; no sign up necessary.  Free to members.  Jon Rockett will be the program leader.

Members only.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Thursday Chair Yoga

Thursday Chair Yoga

Thursday, December 12, 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

American Mah Jongg Beginner Lessons (Nov/Dec)

American Mah Jongg Beginner Lessons (Nov/Dec)

Thursday, December 12, 2019 | 3:30-5:30pm

Thursdays, 3:30 - 5:30 PM, November 7 through December 12

(NOTE: Class will meet on Tuesday, November 26, during the week of Thanksgiving)

American Mah Jongg (mahjong) is a “centuries-old version of rummy.”  It is played at three- or four-person tables with a set of 152 Chinese-symbol tiles. The game is relatively easy to learn but requires luck along with focused effort and regular play to develop skills needed to win.  These lessons and games require a $4 purse (in quarters) plus a 2019 playing card (a cost of $9) that can be purchased online from the National Mah Jongg League (www.nationalmahjonggleague.org).   Game materials will be handed out for the first two lessons, so you do not initially need to bring the card or money. It’s fun and it stimulates your brain! Please register at The Center’s Welcome Desk or below if you are interested. Free for members.

Members only.

Location: The Center

Pay for this event online

American Mah Jongg Beginner Lessons (Nov/Dec)

Register Member $0.00
Essential Tremor Support Group

Essential Tremor Support Group

Thursday, December 12, 2019 | 4:00-5:00pm

Thursday, October 10 – Guest speaker Alex Dalrymple, UVA Neurology Resident, will talk about the state of research on ET.

“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

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Contact: John Watterson 434.973.2510

Fee: free

Medicare Consulting - Thursdays

Medicare Consulting - Thursdays

Thursday, December 12, 2019 | 4:00-6:00pm

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

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Move for Health with Darcy Higgins

Move for Health with Darcy Higgins

Thursday, December 12, 2019 | 4:30-5:30pm

Thursday, December 12, 4:30 – 5:30 PM

Body Awareness for the Best Sleep and Rest -  By now we all know that getting enough sleep is important to stay healthy, but did you also know that your sleeping position influences your health too?  Come learn how various sleeping positions affect your body and how body awareness can help move you toward a more restful sleep.  Free and open to the community.

Thursday, January 9, 1:00 – 2:00 PM (Note: Time Change!)

Designing an Individualized Fitness Program.  “Get more exercise” is one of the most common New Year’s resolutions people make; we try, but without a plan in place, we often aren’t as successful as we could be. Join Darcy Higgins, DPT,of SPECTRUM Physical Therapy, to learn specific guidelines for establishing an exercise and fitness program tailored to your own situation.  Learn what you need to know about your body and signs to watch for as you progress through your health plan.  Free and open to the community.

Thursday, February 13, 1:00 – 2:00 PM

Stress and Anxiety Management: For Your Day and Your Night - Stress and anxiety affect us in ways we might not even realize: our mood is changed, our sleep is disturbed, we develop aches and pains, and we become more susceptible to serious, long-term illnesses.  SPECTRUM Physical Therapy's Darcy Higgins, DPT, will discuss your body’s reaction to stress and what you can do to be aware of it, and to control it.  Free and open to the community.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Drumming Group

Drumming Group

Thursday, December 12, 2019 | 4:30-6:30pm

Thursdays, 4:30 pm 

Do you want to just bang on a drum all day with friends? Come to The Center on Thursday evenings and become part of the drumming group! No experience necessary and drums will be provided if you don’t have one. The group will participate in a few short parades and other performances during the year. Join Bruce Penner, and Saman Macaco for this fun weekly experience. Free and open to the community.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Pickleball - Thursday

Pickleball - Thursday

Thursday, December 12, 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

Tai Chi (Morning)

Tai Chi (Morning)

Friday, December 13, 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
Full Life Fitness

Full Life Fitness

Friday, December 13, 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 Mah-Jongg

Friday Mah-Jongg

Friday, December 13, 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

Friday Art Group

Friday Art Group

Friday, December 13, 2019 | 9:30-10:30am

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

Primetime Fitness - Fridays

Primetime Fitness - Fridays

Friday, December 13, 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
Northside Walking Group

Northside Walking Group

Friday, December 13, 2019 | 9:45-10:45am

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

Religion, Science and Spirituality

Religion, Science and Spirituality

Friday, December 13, 2019 | 10:00-11:30am

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

The Line Between Physical Reality & Spiritual Reality,

Near-death experiences, out of body experiences, past life memories, and waking dreams. Come prepared to share your own experiences and we will discuss if these are real or if they are merely tricks of the brain.  Free and open to the community.

 

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

Do animals have souls? There is a lot of evidence that animals are aware of another reality. Some species watch over their dead for a day before moving on. Others perform rituals that have no apparent utilitarian purpose. And many pet owners, when their pets die, are convinced they have gone to a “pet heaven.”  Free and open to the community. 

 

Friday, February 14, 10:00-11:30 am

Is God All Powerful & All Loving? If so, how do we explain the Nazi Holocaust, and how Hitler, Stalin, Mao Tse Tung, Pot Pol, Kim II Sung, Castro, and other Communist leaders killed 100 million of their own people, many of whom met horrible deaths? The victims had no option to exercise their God given free will.  How does this change our perception of God?  Or does it?  Free and open to the community.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Bingo

Bingo

Friday, December 13, 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

Senior Aquatics Fridays

Senior Aquatics Fridays

Friday, December 13, 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. $59 per month payable directly to ACAC.

Members only.

Location: ACAC, Albemarle Square location, Charlottesville

Contact: Beth Nissen, Instructor 434.977.3989

Writing for Pleasure

Writing for Pleasure

Friday, December 13, 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: Sandra Garrett sandrag992@gmail.com

Fee: free

Intermediate Drawing

Intermediate Drawing

Friday, December 13, 2019 | 12:00-2:00pm

CLASS IS FULL!

 

Fridays, 12:00 – 2:00 PM, November 22 through January 24

(Class will not meet during the weeks of Thanksgiving and Christmas.)

This 8-week class taught by Susan Patrick covers and advances the knowledge learned in Introduction to Drawing.   Didn’t take it?  Don’t worry!  If you have some background in art, you may still be prepared.  (If you are uncertain, please contact the instructor at spatrick701@gmail.com) Topics included will be contour drawing, pattern making with ink, grid drawing, upside-down drawing, watercolor painting, colored pencil drawing, marker pointillism, one- and two-point perspective, self-portrait drawing, and figure drawing. All projects will be challenges, but with the background from the Intro class, nothing will be too difficult. Please have the following supplies: 140# drawing/watercolor paper, pencil (your choice), black pen, and a set of markers. The instructor will provide watercolor paints and brushes and colored pencils, but bring your own if you wish. Bring only paper, pencil, and pen to the first class.  Open to the public.  Members: $75, Guests: $85

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Euchre

Euchre

Friday, December 13, 2019 | 12:45-1:45pm

Want to improve your memory? Develop your tactical skills? Try Euchre! Euchre is a trick-taking card game played in partners that was brought to the midwestern United States from Germany. If you are an expert, a relative novice, or a complete beginner, we’d love to have you join us to play this fun and exciting card game.  Free and open to all.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Friday Beginner Line Dancing

Friday Beginner Line Dancing

Friday, December 13, 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
Pickleball - Friday

Pickleball - Friday

Friday, December 13, 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, December 13, 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
Bereavement Support Group

Bereavement Support Group

Friday, December 13, 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, December 14, 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

Sunday Mah-Jongg

Sunday Mah-Jongg

Sunday, December 15, 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, December 15, 2019 | 1:30-3:30pm

Upcoming Features:

December 8 - The Upside

December 15 - The Man Who Invented Christmas

December 22 - The Christmas Card

December 29 - The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio

Members only.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Scrabble - Sunday

Scrabble - Sunday

Sunday, December 15, 2019 | 1:30-2:30pm

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

English Country Dancing

English Country Dancing

Sunday, December 15, 2019 | 2:00-4:00pm

Think you've never heard of English Country Dancing? If you've watched Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, or Emma, you have definitely seen it! Far from a dusty old relic, English Country Dancing is energizing and fun. Movements are called in time to the music, so you needn't rely on memory alone to know what to do, and you don’t need a partner, either. If you can walk and know your left from your right, you’re in business! IFree and open to the community.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Andrea Bocelli in Concert

Andrea Bocelli in Concert

Sunday, December 15, 2019 | 4:00-11:30pm

WAITLIST ONLY: Don’t miss legendary tenor Andrea Bocelli at Capital One Arena! Blind since the age of 12 from congenital glaucoma, this Italian opera singer and songwriter has had success as a crossover performer, bringing classical music to the top of international pop charts. Celine Dion has said that “if God would have a singing voice, he must sound a lot like Andrea Bocelli.” Tickets are limited! Round trip bus transportation is included.  Call to book your reservation 434 974 6538 

Open to all.

Location: Capital One Arena

Hiking-Monday

Hiking-Monday

Monday, December 16, 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

Primetime Fitness

Primetime Fitness

Monday, December 16, 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
Getting Better at Bridge

Getting Better at Bridge

Monday, December 16, 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; there is no classroom instruction. Experienced players Mary and Mike Wilson act as advisors, making suggestions and discussing alternatives.  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

Writing for Healing and Growth

Writing for Healing and Growth

Monday, December 16, 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 weekly workshop. The emphasis is on—but is 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. Leonard Tuchyner facilitates. Members only, limited availability, $15 per month. 

PLEASE CONTACT LANI HOZA at (434) 974-7756 IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN JOINING THIS GROUP.

Members only.

Location: The Center

Monday Chair Yoga

Monday Chair Yoga

Monday, December 16, 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

Enjoying Short Stories

Enjoying Short Stories

Monday, December 16, 2019 | 12:00-2:00pm

ENJOYING SHORT STORIES

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.  Participants read the week's selection at the start of each session, then discuss their thoughts on the piece. Free to members, but first time guests are welcome!

Members only.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

AARP Smart Driver Safety Course - December

AARP Smart Driver Safety Course - December

Monday, December 16, 2019 | 12:00-4:00pm

Meets Monday, December 16 & Wednesday, December 18 from 12:00 - 4:00 PM  You Must Attend Both Sessions

The AARP Smart Driver Safety Program is a refresher course designed to meet the needs of older drivers, 50+. This course emphasizes how to adjust your driving in response to age related physical changes and declining perceptual skills, rules of the road, local driving problems, safety tips, and license renewal requirements. Many auto insurance companies offer a discount to course graduates. This is a two-day program; participants must attend BOTH days to receive a certificate to satisfy auto insurance rules. Open to all. Cost: 15.00 per person for AARP members; $20.00 per person if not a member of AARP.  The fee can be accepted ONLY in cash or by check made payable to AARP (not The Center). Participants must sign up for the course in advance at the Welcome Desk or by calling (434) 974-7756, and are asked to provide their full name and phone number.  Please plan to arrive 15 minutes early on the first class day to pay for desired seat selection and to pay for the course.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Chess

Chess

Monday, December 16, 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

Chinese Mah Jongg

Chinese Mah Jongg

Monday, December 16, 2019 | 1:00-3:30pm

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

Senior Aquatics - Mon/Wed

Senior Aquatics - Mon/Wed

Monday, December 16, 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. $59 per month payable directly to ACAC.

Members only.

Location: ACAC, Albemarle Square location, Charlottesville

Contact: Beth Nissen, Instructor 434.977.3989

Ageless Grace - Monday and Wednesday

Ageless Grace - Monday and Wednesday

Monday, December 16, 2019 | 1:30-2:30pm

Meets every Monday and Wednesday. 1:15-2:15 pm

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 all.

Location: The Center

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

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Ageless Grace - Monday and Wednesday

Members per month $30.00
Guests per month $40.00
Third Monday Bunko

Third Monday Bunko

Monday, December 16, 2019 | 2:00-4:00pm

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

Member Social

Member Social

Monday, December 16, 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, December 16, 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, December 17, 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, December 17, 2019 | 9:00-1:00pm

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

DMV Connect - On Site at The Center

DMV Connect - On Site at The Center

Tuesday, December 17, 2019 | 9:30-4:00pm

Members may now make appointments by calling the Welcome Desk at 974-7756.  Please see the schedule below for dates and times regarding appointments and walk-in availability.

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, Real ID's, titles and registrations, driver transcripts, disabled parking placards or plates, address changes, E-ZPass transponders, and hunting and fishing licenses.  Open to those 50 and better in the community.

For those interested in obtaining a Real ID, the following documentation is required: 

1) ONE proof of Identity. This can be a valid (unexpired) passport with current legal name OR official birth certificate from a state vital records department (not from a hospital with little footprints on the paper.) If you have changed your name as a result of marriage you will need your official marriage license (again, not from the church, but the official one issued by the Clerk of Courts.)  

2) ONE proof of Social Security Number. The only documents you can use for this criterion are your Social Security card OR a 1099 statement OR a W-2

3) TWO (1 primary and 1 secondary) proofs of current residency/address. (Some examples: Primary- VA driver's license, utility bill, bank statement, lease agreement, medical or dental bill, voter registration card. Secondary-ANY piece of mail with your name and address on it.)

For more details, consult www.dmvNOW.com

 

DMV Connect will return to The Center on:

Tuesday, December 17 from 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM. This session is open to the community on a walk-in basis; no appointments will be taken.

Wednesday, January 29 from 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM.  This session is open to the community on a walk-in basis; no appointments will be taken.

Wednesday, February 26, 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM.  This session is open to the community on a walk-in basis; no appointments will be taken.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Medicare Consulting - Tuesdays

Medicare Consulting - Tuesdays

Tuesday, December 17, 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

Elder Law with Doris Gelbman

Elder Law with Doris Gelbman

Tuesday, December 17, 2019 | 10:30-12:00pm

This program will not meet in November.

Tuesday, December 17, 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM

WORKSHOP! Create Your Advanced Medical Directive.  You’ve put it off for a long time – and now there’s no good excuse. This workshop for creating your fully legal Advanced Medical Directive and Healthcare Power of Attorney will be conducted by Doris Gelbman, of Gelbman Law, together with her associate, Attorney Megan Flowers and Kathryn Caverly, Geriatric Care Manager from IKOR of Charlottesville. Following a brief introduction and instructions, forms will be provided so you may complete them under the supervision of fully qualified attorneys who can answer questions interactively during the workshop. Both Gelbman and Flowers are notaries public who can also notarize your directive if you wish (a requirement if you plan to use the VA Dept of Health Central Registry for Advanced Directives). This is a golden opportunity to give yourself and your loved ones the gift of planning! FREE and open to the community.

 

 Tuesday, January 21, 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Aging in Place – Part I - Staying in Your Home

What are the practical, health and financial considerations that you need to consider in order to stay in your home as you grow older? What resources need to be researched and planned for? Will you need to move or modify your home? What community resources are available to help you stay home and independent longer? What sort of additional costs should one plan for?  May also discuss some alternative ideas such as “Co-housing” or “Naturally Occurring Retirement Community (NORC)” if time allows. Free and open to the community.

Tuesday, February 18, 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Aging in Place – Part II - Independent and “Continuing Care Retirement Communities” (CCRC)

These communities are springing up all over and many are advertised like luxury, country club living for the rest of your life. Is that the reality? The offerings and contracts for such communities can be dizzying. And they vary from community to community. This might be a great option for you and --- it might not. Don’t sign on the bottom line without coming to this presentation to get the real scoop on all the fine print! Free and open to the community.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Tuesday Social Bridge

Tuesday Social Bridge

Tuesday, December 17, 2019 | 12:00-3:00pm

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

Men's Poker

Men's Poker

Tuesday, December 17, 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

Beginning Spanish

Beginning Spanish

Tuesday, December 17, 2019 | 1:00-2:00pm

Beginning Spanish  (Tuesdays at 1 pm)

Meets November 12, 19, 26, December 3, 10, 17, January 14, 21, 28, February 11, 18, 25

In this year long course we use Conversational Spanish in 7 Days by Shirley Baldwin and Sarah Boas since it focuses on the most common, everyday situations you’ll encounter in Spanish-speaking countries.  Everything is explained in clear, concise English so if you have to miss a class, you can easily keep up with what we are doing in class.  We meet three times a month, and cover about a lesson a month:  during September-December we work with learning the present tense of regular verbs, in January we learn how to use object pronouns, and then in February add irregular verbs, in March stem-changing verbs, and in April reflexive verbs as we talk about daily activities.  In May we turn to a past tense, the present perfect, and then in June look forward, to the future tense.  Finally in July and August we end our year’s study of Spanish by working with the two simple past tenses.

If you are looking for a basic course in Spanish, and can commit to spending at least two to three hours a week (ideally 20-30 minutes a day!) studying Spanish, then this is the course for you!  But if you just want to learn a few phrases for travel, this course is more than you really want.  

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Round Dancing (Beginner and Intermediate)

Round Dancing (Beginner and Intermediate)

Tuesday, December 17, 2019 | 1:15-3:15pm

June 18 - August 20 (8 week session) (will not meet  August 6)

Next 8 week session (September 17-November 5)

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 each 8 week session and are due on the first Tuesday of class. Stay for the intermediate lesson for no additional charge. Chip and Elaine Hopper are the instructors.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Pay for this event online

Round Dancing (Beginner and Intermediate)

Members $72.00
Guests $80.00
Pickleball - Tuesday

Pickleball - Tuesday

Tuesday, December 17, 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

Western Mah Jongg

Western Mah Jongg

Tuesday, December 17, 2019 | 2:00-4:00pm

The Western version of Mah Jongg is described as a “happy blend” between the American and Chinese games.  It is still “Rummy-like” in that players look to form combinations of four groups and a pair, as in the Chinese game, or players can match games on a card, as in the American game. Beginners are welcome.

Members only.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Intermediate Spanish

Intermediate Spanish

Tuesday, December 17, 2019 | 2:10-3:10pm

Intermediate Spanish  (Tuesdays at 2:10 pm)

Meets November 12, 19, 26, December 3, 10, 17, January 14, 21, 28, Febraury 11, 18, 25

In this year long course we use McGraw Hill’s Spanish Conversation by Jean Yates in the series of “Practice Makes Perfect”.  The text serves as a guide for expanding your conversational fluency through the use of realistic everyday dialogues.  The exercises in the text will be complemented by handouts that include personal questions which make use of the expressions presented in each lesson.  During September and October we shall be reviewing the two key simple past tenses, the preterit and imperfect, which were introduced at the end of the Beginning Spanish course.  In this course the student’s knowledge of the basic structure of the language will be expanded to include complex sentences with dependent noun, adjective, and adverbial clauses which often require the use of the subjunctive mood. 

We shall be meeting three times a month and cover about a lesson a month:  the first week working with the exercises in the text, the second week with the personal questions on the handouts, and the third week, completing the final exercise in the text which usually entails writing a short paragraph using as many of the expressions presented in the lesson as possible.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Pay for this event online

Intermediate Spanish

Register $0.00
Advanced Spanish

Advanced Spanish

Tuesday, December 17, 2019 | 3:20-4:20pm

Advanced Spanish  (Tuesdays at 3:20 pm)

Meets November 12, 19, December 3, 17, January 14, 28, February 11, 25

This is an informal course for students who are fairly fluent in Spanish, designed to give them the opportunity to keep up their Spanish skills.  It meets twice a month in a tertulia like format.  The materials we use will vary.  At present we are using McGraw Hill’s Spanish Reading and Comprehension by Myrna Bell Rochester and Deana Smalley in the series of “Practice Makes Perfect”.  It provides short readings for us to discuss, followed by exercises, and includes some brief grammar review.  There is no fee for the course.

Location: The Center

Pay for this event online

Advanced Spanish

Register $0.00
Moving to the Rhythm

Moving to the Rhythm

Tuesday, December 17, 2019 | 3:45-4:45pm

2nd session added! The next 6 week class will be held on Tuesdays, November 12-December 17, 3:45-4:45 pm

It’s exercise and it’s fun! Move to a mixture of African rhythms and “old school” grooves. Join instructor Denise Zeigler-Pilgrim for this low-mid impact aerobic class that focuses on balance, flexibility, and cardio.

All levels welcome to participate and work at your own pace. Members $28; Guests - $35. Sign up online or at the Welcome Desk.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

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Moving to the Rhythm

Member (Nov/Dec) $28.00
Guest (Nov/Dec) $35.00
Singles Schmooze

Singles Schmooze

Tuesday, December 17, 2019 | 5:30-7:30pm

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. Enjoy light fare and lively conversation! 

The Schmooze group meets at The Center the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays. The cost for the meal is $7 payable at the Welcome Desk that evening. Trying it out for the first time? Be our guest for free when dining at The Center. Please check in at the Welcome Desk upon arrival.

On the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month, the group usually dines out at a local restaurant and everyone goes "Dutch." You can call the Welcome Desk (434) 974-7756 after 11 am to find out the location.

Members only.

Location: The Center

Hiking-Wednesday

Hiking-Wednesday

Wednesday, December 18, 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

Crafty Ladies

Crafty Ladies

Wednesday, December 18, 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.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Seated Massage (Wednesday)

Seated Massage (Wednesday)

Wednesday, December 18, 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

Bollywood Dance Fitness

Bollywood Dance Fitness

Wednesday, December 18, 2019 | 9:30-10:30am

This Bollywood-inspired dance-fitness program incorporates hand movements with footwork and is for all levels of fitness abilities. You’ll start with a warm-up, then learn basic dance moves, followed by a cool-down and stretching. This class is a great way to enhance cognition through dance while moving to Bollywood music. Join certified personal trainer and instructor, Jessica Miles for this fun class!  

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Dominoes

Dominoes

Wednesday, December 18, 2019 | 9:30-11:30am

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

Bowling Club - Wednesday

Bowling Club - Wednesday

Wednesday, December 18, 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

Canasta

Canasta

Wednesday, December 18, 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

Co-ed Poker

Co-ed Poker

Wednesday, December 18, 2019 | 12:00-3:00pm

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

Pickleball - Wednesday

Pickleball - Wednesday

Wednesday, December 18, 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

TOPS - Take Off Pounds Sensibly

TOPS - Take Off Pounds Sensibly

Wednesday, December 18, 2019 | 12:00-1:00pm

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: Mary Frances Howell (434) 985 – 7713

Fee: free

Wednesday Mah-Jongg

Wednesday Mah-Jongg

Wednesday, December 18, 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, December 18, 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

Ping Pong

Ping Pong

Wednesday, December 18, 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, December 18, 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, December 18, 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

Charlottesville International Folk Dance

Charlottesville International Folk Dance

Wednesday, December 18, 2019 | 6:00-8:00pm

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, December 18, 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
Overeaters Anonymous

Overeaters Anonymous

Wednesday, December 18, 2019 | 7:00-8:30pm

Overeaters Anonymous is a 12-Step Program of recovery for compulsive overeaters. We welcome everyone who wants to stop eating compulsively, including those who are overweight, bulimics, and anorexics. There are no dues or fees; we are self-supporting.  Our primary purpose is to abstain from compulsive eating and compulsive food behaviors and to carry the message of recovery through the Twelve Steps of OA to those who still suffer.”

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Tai Chi (Evening)

Tai Chi (Evening)

Wednesday, December 18, 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
Wednesday Advanced Line Dancing

Wednesday Advanced Line Dancing

Wednesday, December 18, 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
Socrates Cafe™

Socrates Cafe™

Thursday, December 19, 2019 | 3:00-5:00pm

Meet the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of each month

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

We Got Game! Night

We Got Game! Night

Thursday, December 19, 2019 | 5:30-7:30pm

Join fellow gaming enthusiasts to play everything from classic board games (Monopoly, Sorry, Scrabble, and Trivial Pursuit) to more active party games (Cranium, Taboo, Jenga, and Pictionary) to family games (UNO, Yahtzee, Phase 10, and Rook) to more contemporary games (Catan, Bananagrams, and Chickapig).  Don't know how to play?  Come learn!  Free for members.

Meets the 1st and 3rd Thursday of every month

Members only.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Investors Forum - Third Friday

Investors Forum - Third Friday

Friday, December 20, 2019 | 10:00-11:30am

Investors meet twice a month to discuss the stock and bond markets, and investment strategies.  After general discussion, we usually focus on a specific topic.  No money is collected or invested by this group.  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: Bruce Saunders at (434) 245-0605 or saundershsd@earthlink.net 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, December 20, 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

Writing for Pleasure Coffeehouse

Writing for Pleasure Coffeehouse

Friday, December 20, 2019 | 12:00-1:00pm

Friday, December 20, 12:00 - 2:00 PM

Join J. Thomas Brown, author of short stories, poetry, and two novels, The Land of Three Houses and The Hole in the Bone as he discusses his experiences as a writer.  Mr. Brown's many works have also been published in various anthologies.  In addition to his writing, he has co-produced local TV writing shows and coordinated poetry readings at the Richmond Public Library.  His varied life experience includes advanced technologies management in the compujter field, real estate sales and marketing, house renovator, and truck driver in the steel industry.

 

Friday, January 31, 12:00 – 2:00 PM   

Charlottesville-based writer Sara Robinson will share her experiences as a writing professional, having published a memoir and several poetry collections. Her poetry has appeared in Piedmont Virginian magazine, Blue Ridge Anthology, and the Poetry Society of Virginia. She gives poetry readings, teaches poetry in the UVA/OLLI program, conducts workshops, and is the founder of Lonesome Mountain Pros(e).  She also writes the “Poetry Matters” column for Southern Writers Magazine. Free and open to the community.

 

Friday, February 28, 12:00 – 2:00 PM

Guest Speaker TBA

 

 

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Contact: Sandra Garrett sandrag992@gmail.com

Ping Pong - Sundays

Ping Pong - Sundays

Sunday, December 22, 2019 | 2:00-4:00pm

Are you looking for a little action on a Sunday afternoon? Drop by The Center for an informal game of ping pong. All skill levels are welcome!

Members only.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Support Group for Caregivers of Parkinsons Patients

Support Group for Caregivers of Parkinsons Patients

Thursday, January 2, 2020 | 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

Investors Forum - First Friday

Investors Forum - First Friday

Friday, January 3, 2020 | 10:00-11:30am

Investors meet twice a month to discuss the stock and bond markets, and investment strategies.  After general discussion, we usually focus on a specific topic.  No money is collected or invested by this group.  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: Bruce Saunders at (434) 245-0605 or saundershsd@earthlink.net for more information or to join the e-mail notification list.

Fee: free

Sew and Sews

Sew and Sews

Monday, January 6, 2020 | 10:00-12:00pm

The Sew and Sews will not meet in December!

 

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

Senior Council

Senior Council

Monday, January 6, 2020 | 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 Center; and to act as an advisory council to The 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 Center members are welcome to attend.

Members only.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

First Monday Bunko

First Monday Bunko

Monday, January 6, 2020 | 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

Blood Pressure Screenings

Blood Pressure Screenings

Tuesday, January 7, 2020 | 10:00-11:00am

Free blood pressure screenings 

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Hearing Screenings

Hearing Screenings

Tuesday, January 7, 2020 | 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, January 7, 2020 | 12:00-1:00pm

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. 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

Writing Your Life Story Workshop

Writing Your Life Story Workshop

Wednesday, January 8, 2020 | 11:00-12:00pm

There will be a free Introductory class on Wednesday, January 8, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Rich life stories are often woven from small, daily events that define a person and make them who they ultimately become.  Come to this introductory session presented by Jackie Jamison of Charlottesville Life Stories to learn what it takes to write a life story, your “personal letter” to the generations that follow. Free and open to the community, but space is limited, so please register in advance at the Welcome Desk or online.  If you’d like a more in-depth experience learning about writing your memoirs, please see the Writing Your Life Story Workshop entry below.

 

Writing Your Life Story Workshop

Wednesdays, January 15 through January 29, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM 

“Do not pass through life without leaving something behind for others to learn from your experiences.  You may discover a you you’ve never known.” – Antwone Fisher

Get a start on writing your life story! Class participants in this 3-week course will work on creating a life outline, writing keepsake letters to loved ones, and considering poetry and quotations as a way to organize material. The class will encourage and guide participants in creating a writing habit, and will include weekly writing prompts that participants will share and discuss.  Jackie Jamison of Charlottesville Life Stories is the instructor.  Open to the community, but space is limited, so please register in advance at the Welcome Desk or online.  Members: $15 for the series; guests: $20

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Pay for this event online

Writing Your Life Story Workshop

Register - Free intro session $0.00
Member - 3 session workshop $15.00
Guest - 3 session workshop $20.00
Senior Statesmen of Virginia*

Senior Statesmen of Virginia*

Wednesday, January 8, 2020 | 1:30-3:30pm

Best Seat in the House - The Honorable John Hager
John Henry Hager is an American entrepreneur and politician who served as the chairman of the Republican Party of VIrginia, Lieutenant Governor of Virginia, assistant secretary of the Department of Education's Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services, and the director of Virginia's homeland security under Governors Jim Gilmore and Mark Warner.  
 
The program will be moderated by SSV President Rich DeMong.
 

*Please note that Senior Statesmen of Virginia programs are independent of Center programming.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Contact: www.seniorstatesmen.org

Investment Visions Group

Investment Visions Group

Thursday, January 9, 2020 | 10:00-11:30am

The next meeting will be January 9, 2020.

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

Still Sharp Singers

Still Sharp Singers

Friday, January 10, 2020 | 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

Barbershop Belles & Beaux

Barbershop Belles & Beaux

Friday, January 10, 2020 | 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

Central Virginia Dowsers

Central Virginia Dowsers

Sunday, January 12, 2020 | 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

Piedmont Pastelists

Piedmont Pastelists

Monday, January 13, 2020 | 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

All Things Digital

All Things Digital

Monday, January 13, 2020 | 1:00-2:30pm

Monday, December 9, 1:00 – 2:30 PM

Cryptocurrency.  Have you heard of Bitcoin?  It’s just one of numerous forms of cryptocurrency (or digital currency) that people use to exchange for goods and services. Derrick Gerstmann and RJ Jones of FlossTech will describe what cryptocurrency is, highlight the risks and rewards that accompany its use, and outline the pros and cons of using and/or investing in this concept.  Free and open to the community.

 

Monday, January 13, 1:00 - 2:30 PM

Post-holiday Gadget Review.  Did you get or give some new technology this holiday season?  Join Derrick Gerstman and RJ Jones of FlossTech to learn about the top tech gifts that took this holiday season by storm.  Free and open to the community.

 

Monday, February 10, 1:00 – 2:30 PM

All Things Google.  Come learn how the many benefits of Google can help to simplify your life.  Derrick Gerstmann and RJ Jones will present.  Free and open to the community.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Money & You With Jorgen Vik

Money & You With Jorgen Vik

Tuesday, January 14, 2020 | 10:00-11:30am

Tuesday, December 10, 10:00 -11:30 am

How to Invest for Income Jorgen Vik will discuss various basic concepts and investment opportunities for income including stocks, bonds, annuities, and savings accounts. Free and open to the community.

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

The Year and Decade Ahead - Jorgen Vik, Partner with SKV Group, LLC, will discuss what may lie ahead for the coming year and decade as it relates to your investment and finances. Free and open to the community.

Tuesday, February 11, 10:00 -11:30 am

Retirement Account Rules - Jorgen Vik, Partner with SKV Group, LLC, will discuss various rules concerning retirement accounts. What is taxed? When is it taxed? How will it pass to your heirs? Free and open to the community.

* Wells Fargo Advisors Financial Network and SKV Group, LLC are not legal or tax advisors. You should consult with your attorney, accountant and/or estate planner before taking any action.

 

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

Hearing Health

Hearing Health

Wednesday, January 15, 2020 | 10:00-11:00am

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the December program had to be canceled.  Please join us in January.

Wednesday, January 15, 10:00-11:00 AM

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 how to decide?  Join Dr. Kristin Koch, Audiologist and Owner 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.

 

Wednesday, February 19, 10:00 – 11:00AM

Learn the Top 10 Questions You Should Ask Before Purchasing Hearing Aids - Where to begin with hearing aids and what do you even ask about?  Join Dr. Kristin Koch, Audiologist and Owner at Evolution Hearing, to learn the most important questions you should ask before making the investment in your hearing health.  Whether you've been wearing hearing aids for years, or are just thinking about it now, you'll benefit from attending! Free and open to the community.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Reducing Stress through Meditation

Reducing Stress through Meditation

Thursday, January 16, 2020 | 11:00-12:00pm

The scientific community has recently been exploring the use of meditation as a means for reducing stress and anxiety, thereby enhancing overall health.  Join Gerry Gorman, long time meditator, as he discusses the extraordinary effect of meditation to reduce stress-related responses, improve concentration, and enhance clarity of thought and mental balance. He will also present a simple, yet powerful, meditation technique that has helped many personally, professionally, and spiritually.  Free and open to the community.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Skyline Harmony Chorus Concert

Skyline Harmony Chorus Concert

Sunday, January 19, 2020 | 3:30-4:30pm

Skyline Harmony Chorus is central Virginia's chorus of female vocalists who seek the challenge and joy of 4-part a cappella singing.  Join this lively and spirited group as they perform some new songs as well as some old favorites.  Open to the community.  Free, but donations are appreciated. 

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

The Second-Wind Band

The Second-Wind Band

Tuesday, January 21, 2020 | 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@thecentercville.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@thecentercville.org

Cultivating Happiness

Cultivating Happiness

Tuesday, January 21, 2020 | 11:00-12:00pm

Happiness can affect your overall health. Social interaction is a component to happiness and is extremely important as you age. Join Dr. Mary Preston, geriatric doctor and professor at UVA and Mary Baldwin, and Tracy Meade, long-term care consultant, as they discuss ways to avoid isolation in retirement years. Free and open to the community.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Riverside Center for the Performing Arts  - Grease

Riverside Center for the Performing Arts - Grease

Wednesday, January 22, 2020 | 9:30-10:30am

Rydell High’s spirited class of ’59 gum-chewing, hub-cap-stealing, hotrod-loving boys with D.A.s and leatherjackets and their wise-cracking girls in curls, bobby sox, and pedal pushers capture the look and sound of the 1950s in a rollicking musical that salutes the rock-n-roll era.  At the heart of the story is the romance between Danny and Sandy and the gang sings and dances around their romance.  Lunch included in the price.

Open to all.

Location: Riverside Theatre

Pay for this event online

Riverside Center for the Performing Arts - Grease

Member $115.00
Guest $125.00
Low Vision Support Group

Low Vision Support Group

Wednesday, January 22, 2020 | 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

Creating a Bird-Friendly Environment at Home

Creating a Bird-Friendly Environment at Home

Wednesday, January 22, 2020 | 10:00-11:00am

Wednesday, January 22, 10:00 – 11:00 AM

Wow, it's cold out!  Come learn how birds survive the cold or other inclement weather events and what you can do to help them during the wintry season.  You’ll also get a preview of spring migration.  Presented by Scott Karr of Wild Birds Unlimited.  Free and open to the community.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

First-Wind Band

First-Wind Band

Wednesday, January 22, 2020 | 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 band@thecentercville.org

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

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Legal Consultation with Holly Hilton, Esq.

Legal Consultation with Holly Hilton, Esq.

Wednesday, January 22, 2020 | 1:00-2:00pm

Holly is available for a free half-hour consultation at The 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 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 Center at (434) 974-7756.

Members only.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Investment Visions Group

Investment Visions Group

Thursday, January 23, 2020 | 10:00-11:30am

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, January 23, 2020 | 11:30-1:30pm

Our monthly food truck fun is on a holiday hiatus for November and December. Please check back in January to see what's in store for 2020!

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!

Open to all.

Location: The Center

The Flashbacks

The Flashbacks

Friday, January 24, 2020 | 10:45-12:15pm

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 or contact the director at band@thecentercville.org

Members only.

Location: The Center

Staying Healthy with Spectrum Physical Therapy

Staying Healthy with Spectrum Physical Therapy

Tuesday, January 28, 2020 | 10:00-11:00am

This program will not meet in December.

 

Tuesday, January 28, 10:00 – 11:00 AM

How Not to Fall in the Winter.  Erin Chapman, DPT, will lead participants through some balance exercises to help prevent winter falls that could become spring nightmares.  She will also provide other tips for staying safe in the wintry months.  Free and open to the community.

 

Tuesday, February 25, 9:30 – 11:30 AM

Join professionals from SPECTRUM Physical Therapy for a free screening for Center members. If you are interested, please sign up in advance at The Center’s Welcome Desk for a 15-minute session to discuss your concerns and get screened for pain or dysfunction.  Therapists will then advise participants regarding various treatment options that might include physical therapy, follow-up with a physician, or imaging.  Open to members.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Let's Talk About Your Feet

Let's Talk About Your Feet

Tuesday, January 28, 2020 | 12:00-1:00pm

For Your Aging Feet and Plantar Fasciitis. Dr. Amanda Lutter is a board certified podiatrist and foot and ankle surgeon in private practice. Join her as she discusses a variety of foot conditions affecting patients 50+ years old. These include bunions, hammertoes, corns and calluses, neuromas, ingrown nails, fungal nails, Athlete's foot and causes of heel pain, in particular, plantar fasciitis. Dr. Lutter will be available following the presentation for individual Q&A. Free and open to the community.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Taste of Art

Taste of Art

Friday, January 31, 2020 | 12:00-1:00pm

Tuesdays, January 28 through March 17, 12 noon - 2:00 PM

In this eight-week class, students will explore interesting introductions to many art forms.  Lessons will cover drawing with graphite, colored pencils, markers, and oil pastels, as well as printmaking, weaving, lettering, creating collages, and painting with watercolor.  Each lesson is a stand-alone, so if one class must be missed, you won’t be at a loss during the next one!  For the first class, students are asked to bring 11”x 14” drawing paper (at least 80 lb), a medium hardness pencil (Number 2 or HB), an eraser, and colored pencils.  (Don't buy a set for this; the instructor has plenty of donated pencils for all.)  Materials for future lessons will be discussed on the first day of class. Open to the public.  Members: $75, Guests: $85

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Contact: Susan Patrick, Instructor, spatrick701@gmail.com

Pay for this event online

Taste of Art

Member $75.00
Guest $85.00
Socially Responsible Investing

Socially Responsible Investing

Monday, February 3, 2020 | 2:30-3:30pm

Environmental, social and governance (ESG) criteria are a set of standards for a company's operations that socially conscious investors use to screen potential investments.  These criteria examine how various companies perform in relation to the environment, their relationships with employees and customers, and their internal leadership structures and rights of shareholders.  A local financial advisor will introduce key ESG investing concepts, and introduce how to align your portfolio with your values.  

Free and open to the Community

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Painting with Watercolor

Painting with Watercolor

Tuesday, February 4, 2020 | 9:45-11:45am

Tuesdays, February 4 through March 10, 9:45 - 11:45 AM

Jane Skafte offers a judgment-free opportunity to explore watercolor in this six-week class for beginning and intermediate artists.  It is all about enjoying creative exploration in color. Our subjects will be still-life and photos. In each class session, a variety of techniques and strategies for experimenting with materials will accompany instruction in basic skills and color theory.  Techniques such as dry brush, wet brush, bloom, scumbling, and blotting, and wet-into-wet will be demonstrated, followed by ample time for you to experiment and produce a beautiful work of art.  Open to all, but space is limited; please register in advance at the Welcome Desk or online.  Members: $55, Guests: $65.

Supply list: 

  • Watercolor paper 140lb, size 12″ x 16″ or similar
  • Pencil
  • Painting palette for watercolor paints 
  • Water container
  • Paper towels or a rag
  • Brushes: there is a pretty good synthetic set at Michael’s, Artist loft set: 
    • Wash brush (1")
    • Flat brushes (sizes 10, 6)
    • Round brushes (sizes 10, 3, 5, 1)
    • Filbert brushes (sizes 6, 4, 1)
  • Winsor & Newton® Cotman® Watercolors Sketchers' Pocket Box  OR: if you have paint already or want to add to your supply: (The individual colors are suggested, don’t worry if you have another brand that calls the color by another name. You need the primary colors in both warm and cool (e.g. warm blue is purplish and cool blue is greenish)
    • Two reds:  for example, Alizarin Crimson and permanent red or Cadmium red
    • Two blues: for example, Cobalt Blue or Ultramarine and Cerulean blue 
    • One or two greens: for example, Hookers green or sap green
    • Two yellows: for example, Lemon yellow and Gamboge
    • Nice colors to have (can be added later): Raw sienna, burnt umber, ivory black, paynes gray, quinacridone rose

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Pay for this event online

Painting with Watercolor

Member $55.00
Guest $65.00
Chronic Pain Support Group

Chronic Pain Support Group

Tuesday, February 4, 2020 | 1:00-2:00pm

Tuesdays, 1:00-2:00 pm, beginning February 4

Chronic pain is something that never goes away.  If you have it, you know that often doctors and medicine can't help.  But you can learn to help yourself.  The American Chronic Pain Association support groups provide support, validation and education in basic pain management and life skills.  The groups do not focus on symptoms or provide treatment of any kind, rather they are a means for people to share what they have learned about living with pain and to encourage others to create more satisfying lives. Mary Hughes is the facilitator. Free and open to the community.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Fishing Group / Kingfishers

Fishing Group / Kingfishers

Wednesday, February 5, 2020 | 9:30-11:00am

Wednesday, June 5, 9:30 - 11:00 AM

In June, we will continue our series on effective fishing methods for this area, with videos and discussions.  Also, we will plan club outings so members can practice the techniques covered.  At least one trip a month will be to the local pond we manage and fish exclusively.  Members and first time guests welcome!

Wednesday, July 3, 9:30 - 11:00 AM

Wednesday, August 7, 9:30 - 11:00 AM

Join the group for brief fishing lessons, pond news, reports from other members about fishing trips, and plans for future outings. Members and first time guests welcome!

Members only.

Location: The Center

Contact: Darryl Marshall 434.481.4221 or Bill Marley 434.589.3949

Book Group

Book Group

Wednesday, February 5, 2020 | 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:

December 4: Bear Town by Fredrik Backman

January 8 *: Rules of Civility by Amor Towles

* Meeting on the second Wednesday in January since the 1st is New Year's Day

February 5: Burqas, Baseball, and Apple Pie: Being Muslim in America by Ranya Tabari Idliby

Members only.

Location: The Center

Contact: Rosemary Connelly, Book Group Leader rdconnelly@embarqmail.com

Fee: free

Travel Buddy Networking

Travel Buddy Networking

Wednesday, February 5, 2020 | 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

Star Light, Star Bright

Star Light, Star Bright

Tuesday, February 11, 2020 | 10:00-11:00am

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

Join Larry Saunders, President of the Charlottesville Astronomical Society, as he shares details about upcoming spectacles to see in the night sky, including a planetary clustering of Mars, Saturn, and Jupiter (and the Moon!) in March and a preview of the Lyrids meteor shower in April. Free and open to the community.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Tea and History Tour - Belle Grove Plantation

Tea and History Tour - Belle Grove Plantation

Wednesday, February 12, 2020 | 10:45-6:30pm

We will travel to King George VA to enjoy tea at the historic Belle Grove Plantation.  President James Madison's sister Nelly Madison Hite owned the Inn along with her husband.     After tea, we will have a guided History tour of the home have an in-depth tour of the enslaved community who once labored at the  Belle Grove Plantation. Much research and documentation were put into the "enslaved experience and History tour"  - it answers many questions that arise about the slaves who labored at the Plantation. 

Open to all.

Location: King George VA

Pay for this event online

Tea and History Tour - Belle Grove Plantation

Member $101.00
Guest $111.00
Long Term Care Ombudsman Program

Long Term Care Ombudsman Program

Thursday, February 20, 2020 | 1:00-2:00pm

Do you have a friend or loved one in a skilled nursing or assisted living facility? Did you know there is a free Ombudsman Program (run by the Administration on Aging) available? Ombudsmen advocate for older persons receiving long term care, whether the care is provided in a nursing home or assisted living facility, or through community-based services to assist persons still living at home. Join Cheairs Graves from JABA for information on how to access and use this service. Free and open to the community.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Hollywood Casino Charles Town WV

Hollywood Casino Charles Town WV

Sunday, March 1, 2020 | 9:00-8:00pm

 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: CharlesTown, WV

Pay for this event online

Hollywood Casino Charles Town WV

member $64.00
guest $74.00
Shredding Truck

Shredding Truck

Tuesday, March 10, 2020 | 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 1st Choice Shredding, an NAID (National Association for Information Destruction) certified company. 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

Odyssey Cruise - Cherry Blossom Festival

Odyssey Cruise - Cherry Blossom Festival

Friday, April 3, 2020 | 8:15-5:30pm

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 if Mother Nature cooperates.   Lunch is included. Activity Level Easy 

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Pay for this event online

Odyssey Cruise - Cherry Blossom Festival

Member $140.00
Guest $150.00
Vilanova, Spain

Vilanova, Spain

April 13-21, 2020

Join us as we stay in the Masia Notari, a rustic property where past elements are blended with modern day comforts. Located 45 minutes from Barcelona, it’s a perfect location to day-trip the beauty and history of Spain. *Package includes roundtrip transfers and air. All meals, gratuities, and 6 day-trips. Call the Travel Office at 434.974.6538 to reserve your spot today! 

Open to all.

Location: Vilanova, Spain

Virginia International Tattoo 2020

Virginia International Tattoo 2020

Sunday, May 3, 2020 | 9:00-8:00pm

Travel with us to Norfolk to attend the 24th 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.

Open to all.

Location: Norfolk

Pay for this event online

Virginia International Tattoo 2020

Members $118.00
Guests $128.00
Exclusive Nature & Photo Tour of Iceland

Exclusive Nature & Photo Tour of Iceland

August 18-30, 2020

Iceland is magical, especially in late summer when the colors, weather, and angles of sunlight are transitioning into fall. This 12-day tour with a veteran guide gives great insight into Iceland's unique nature and culture, with the bonus of experiencing the country's burgeoning culinary scene. All-inclusive package!

*Package includes: round trip transfers air and ground. All meals, transportation in Iceland, gratuities and a 13 days Program. Activity level - Active

*Price: $6,400 per person double occupancy/ Single Occupancy $7720 – Deposit $1000. Travel Protection is additional. Call the Travel Office at 434.974.6538 to reserve your spot today! 

Open to all.

Location: Iceland

Tuscany

Tuscany

September 18-26, 2020

We will stay in a villa in the Chianti Hills region, the heart of Tuscany. The villa was built as a country residence for a noble family from Florence, Italy. We will enjoy 6 days of tours around the region including, all transportation, all meals and gratuities. Travel Protection is available. Call the Travel Office at 434.974.6538 to reserve your spot today! 

Price: Double (per person) $3995 – Deposit $1000.

Open to all.

Location: Tuscany, Italy