Health and Fitness

Tai Chi Mornings - August (ON SITE)

Friday, August 7, 2020 | 8:30-9:30am

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.

Members only.

Location: The Center

Seats available: 20

Pay for this event online

Tai Chi Mornings - August (ON SITE)

Standard Members (per month) - August $36.00
Prime/Charter Members - August $0.00

Primetime Fitness (ON SITE and ONLINE)

Friday, August 7, 2020 | 9:30-10:30am

MONDAYS, TUESDAYS, THURSDAYS AND FRIDAYS, 9:30 AM

THE FEE FOR STANDARD MEMBERS WILL BE $38/MONTH. (IT IS FREE FOR PRIME/CHARTER MEMBERS)

Join certified instructor, Maggie Schmidt for this class designed to build cardio-vascular strength, tone your muscles, and improve balance. It includes low-impact aerobics, body toning and stretching exercises. Appropriate for all fitness levels. Wear good athletic shoes and comfortable clothes.

Email Alex for the link to join the class.

Open to all.

Location: Online

Pay for this event online

Primetime Fitness (ON SITE and ONLINE)

Standard Members (August) $38.00
Prime/Charter Members (August) $0.00

Friday Fitness with Alex (ONLINE)

Friday, August 7, 2020 | 11:00-12:00pm

FRIDAYS, 11:00 AM (through August 14)

This class will be a hybrid of Senior Fitness and Balance and Stabilization (one of the new classes that will be taught at The Center)! Join Alex for a combination of  both aerobic strength training and exercises that are designed to develop better balance. 

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85305419455

Open to all.

Location: Online

Beginning Line Dance (ONLINE)

Friday, August 7, 2020 | 1:00-3:00pm

Every Tuesday and Friday!

If you've never line danced before or have done a little here and there, this class is for you! Clear a space in your home and join in the fun! For instructions on how to join in, email program leader, Celia Pfautz at least one hour prior to the start of class. 

Open to all.

Location: Online

OVER 50 YOGA (ONLINE)

Saturday, August 8, 2020 | 9:30-10:30am

SATURDAYS

Beginning July 1, the class will be $25/month for Standard Members. (It is free for Prime/Charter members).

As taught in the Viniyoga tradition, this class will be a mindful, breath-centered, vinyasa class including postures, breathing technique, guided meditation and visualization.  Class is paced to allow time to warm up joints and move through a logical sequence of postures toward more challenging poses in a gradual way. Students will learn to coordinate movement with breath in a way that works with their own capacity, learn to use props appropriately to provide support, as needed, develop somatic awareness and modify postures to avoid strain, and obtain skills in reducing stress.  Suggested supplies: mat, block, strap, blanket—some items can be substituted with home items!

Class will be taught by Deborah Layton. Deborah has extensive training and instructor experience in Pilates and Yoga. She received her B.S. in Therapeutic Recreation from Virginia Commonwealth University. She formerly lived in the Charlottesville area but now resides in Morgantown, West Virginia.

TO JOIN IN THE PROGRAM, CLICK HERE: 

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83931598042?pwd=djZHc2dmQnhQN2I4cjRITDAwaW0zUT09

Members only.

Location: Online

Pay for this event online

OVER 50 YOGA (ONLINE)

Standard members (July) $25.00
Prime Members (July) $0.00
Hiking-Monday

Hiking-Monday

Monday, August 10, 2020 | 9:00-3:00pm

The Center hiking group hikes on Mondays and Wednesdays. We hike in many different areas, including in Shenandoah National Park, along the Blue Ridge Parkway and around Charlottesville. Hikes are chosen by the hike leaders and range in length from  approximately 6-7 miles on Mondays and 6-10 miles on Wednesdays. Total elevation gain can range between 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 winter. Bring lunch, snacks, 2-3 liters of water, a hat, and wear layers. Bug spray and sunscreen are a must in summer. Dogs are not allowed.

During this time of Covid, some of our procedures are very different.  We are only having nine hikers plus the hike leader on every hike. This is for the safety of everyone. Physical distancing is practiced throughout the day. We have a hikers email google group. The hike leaders send out emails about the hikes on Fridays for the Monday hikes and Sundays for the Wednesday hikes. Sign up is on a first come first serve basis. There is no carpooling and everyone is responsible for meeting at the trailheads. We meet at the trailheads at 9:00 am. This time may change in winter. Directions are included in the hike emails.  

We encourage a spirit of camaraderie and welcome new hikers to try it out. Due to the smaller groups during the pandemic, hikers must be Center members in good standing.

Please keep in mind that there are inherent risks in hiking, as in any vigorous activity. We always take care of each other but everyone is responsible for their own safety. Since hiking is such a vigorous activity, we do send a more detailed description of our hiking group and the expectations to all new hikers. 

If you have any questions or would like to be put on the email list, please contact Anne Colgate at annecolgate@gmail.com

Hike leaders:

Anne Colgate- annecolgate@gmail.com

Terry Metcalf- kerroppimom@gmail.com

Maynard Davis-davismk@sbcglobal.net

Steve Braintwain- sbraintwain@comcast.net

Hassan Gomaa-hassangomaa@yahoo.com

Members only.

Location: Offsite

Chair Yoga (ONLINE)

Chair Yoga (ONLINE)

Monday, August 10, 2020 | 10:30-11:30am

Meets every Monday and Thursday at 10:30 am

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. Please email Sam Johnson for instuctions on how to join th class.

Open to all.

Location: Online

Balance and Stabilization (ON SITE or ONLINE) NEW CLASS!

Balance and Stabilization (ON SITE or ONLINE) NEW CLASS!

Monday, August 10, 2020 | 11:30-12:30pm

This class utilizes a unique blend of the world’s best exercise methods to give you long-lasting joint health, unparalleled strength, greater ranges of motion and injury prevention. Your workouts should inspire your potential and fuel your passions. Join Alex Waltrip, fitness coordinator for this very beneficial class. Appropriate for all fitness levels. 

This class will be taught on-site and also ZOOMED. If you plan to join by ZOOM, email Alex at least one day prior to the start of the first class to obtain the link.

For Center members: $30/month for standard members; Free for Prime/Charter Members). Registration is required for all.

Members only.

Location: The Center

Pay for this event online

Balance and Stabilization (ON SITE or ONLINE) NEW CLASS!

Standard Members (August) $30.00
Prime/Charter Members (August) $0.00
Ageless Grace (ONLINE)

Ageless Grace (ONLINE)

Monday, August 10, 2020 | 1:00-2:00pm

Meets every Monday and Wednesday, 1:00-2:00 pm

Ageless Grace® class is now available via Zoom! To join, please contact Sheila Queen at squeen125@gmail.com

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.  

PLEASE REGISTER BELOW.

Members only.

Location: Online

Pay for this event online

Ageless Grace (ONLINE)

Standard members per month (August) $30.00
Prime members (August) $0.00

Intermediate Line Dance (ONLINE)

Monday, August 10, 2020 | 6:15-8:15pm

Mondays and Thursdays, 6:15-8:15 pm
If you have a good understanding of basic line dance steps and can do them without much instruction, this class is for you! Clear out a space in your home and join in the fun!
For instructions on how to join in, email program leader, Celia Pfautz at least one hour prior to the start of class. 

Open to all.

Location: Online

Biking Through Belvedere (ON SITE)

Biking Through Belvedere (ON SITE)

Tuesday, August 11, 2020 | 8:00-9:00am

Looking to enjoy a nice ride? Join Center member, Bob Lorish for an active ride through the surrounding areas of Belvedere. The ride begins at the Center’s parking lot. Ride at your own speed and take in the neighborhoods and trails around The Center. It’s BYOB (bring your own bike!) Make sure you bring some water and your love of cycling for this enjoyable biking experience!  

Members only.

Location: The Center

Senior Softball:  The Retreads

Senior Softball: The Retreads

Tuesday, August 11, 2020 | 9:00-11:00am

We have warm ups and batting practice at 9 AM  every Tuesday and Thursday from March until mid October. The warm ups are followed by a 9 inning scrimmage game with first pitch at   9:30.  Get out your softball shoes and glove and have a ball! The Retreads welcome all fitness and experience levels, as long as you’re 55+ (men) or 40+ (women). Most players are 65+. We believe in teamwork—sluggers can request a runner to cover the bases! There is a $25 fee payable to the Retreads that helps to pay for equipment, awards, web site and other expenses. For more information visit  www.charlottesvilleretreads.org

Open to all.

Location: Darden Towe Park

Contact: Larry Stremikis 434-328-2420

Arthritis Exercise (August) ON SITE

Arthritis Exercise (August) ON SITE

Tuesday, August 11, 2020 | 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.

Members only.

Location: The Center

Contact: Senior Center 434.974.7756

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Arthritis Exercise (August) ON SITE

Standard Members per month (August) $30.00
Prime Members (August) $0.00
 Stretch for a Safer, More Flexible Life (ON SITE)- NEW CLASS!

Stretch for a Safer, More Flexible Life (ON SITE)- NEW CLASS!

Tuesday, August 11, 2020 | 11:45-12:45pm

The weekly class will take you through gentle stretching movements that will help you to become stronger and more flexible. These stretches are appropriate for all fitness levels. Chairs and mats are available. Join Pete Cross, Center Fitness Volunteer and a personal trainer for 22 years. For Center Members. Standard Members- $25/month; Prime members- included in membership.

Members only.

Location: The Center

Pay for this event online

Stretch for a Safer, More Flexible Life (ON SITE)- NEW CLASS!

Standard Members per month (August) $25.00
Prime/Charter Members - August $0.00

Meditation - Living Life Fully (ONLINE)

Tuesday, August 11, 2020 | 2:00-3:00pm

Held on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month.

Meditation is a practical activity that can provide tangible benefits that can improve our outlook on life. This program meets online via zoom on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month, and provides an introduction to meditation - it's nature, general goals, and simple techniques. Benefits of different meditation types will be discussed and participants' experiences are invited. A very simple and gentle form of meditation will be presented that requires no physical flexibility or special capabilities. There will be a short sitting of 10-15 minutes at each program.

Gerry Gorman, recently retired engineer, engineering manager, and business development executive has been a student and practitioner of meditation for over 40 years. He describes a very practical form of meditation and explores how a meditation practice can help each of us develop a healthier perspective to fully appreciate life. He and his wife, Penny, have been married for 38 years and have two grown sons. 

 

Join Zoom Meeting

Https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87345112031

Meeting ID: 873 4511 2031

free

Members only.

Location: Online

Moving to the Rhythm (ONLINE)

Moving to the Rhythm (ONLINE)

Tuesday, August 11, 2020 | 3:30-4:30pm

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. For instructions on how to join in the class with ZOOM, please email Denise prior to the class time.

For Center members; please register below!

Members only.

Location: Online

Pay for this event online

Moving to the Rhythm (ONLINE)

Standard Members (per month) - August $25.00
Prime Members (August) $0.00
Hiking-Wednesday

Hiking-Wednesday

Wednesday, August 12, 2020 | 9:00-10:00am

The Center hiking group hikes on Mondays and Wednesdays. We hike in many different areas, including in Shenandoah National Park, along the Blue Ridge Parkway and around Charlottesville. Hikes are chosen by the hike leaders and range in length from  approximately 6-7 miles on Mondays and 6 -10 miles on Wednesdays. Total elevation gain can range between 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 winter. Bring lunch, snacks, 2-3 liters of water, a hat, and wear layers. Bug spray and sunscreen are a must in summer. Dogs are not allowed.

During this time of Covid, some of our procedures are very different.  We are only having nine hikers plus the hike leader on every hike. This is for the safety of everyone. Physical distancing is practiced throughout the day. We have a hikers email google group. The hike leaders send out emails about the hikes on Fridays for the Monday hikes and Sundays for the Wednesday hikes. Sign up is on a first come first serve basis. There is no carpooling and everyone is responsible for meeting at the trailheads. We meet at the trailheads at 9:00 am. This time may change in winter. Directions are included in the hike emails.  

We encourage a spirit of camaraderie and welcome new hikers to try it out! Due to the smaller groups during the pandemic, hikers must be Center members in good standing.

Please keep in mind that there are inherent risks in hiking, as in any vigorous activity. We always take care of each other but everyone is responsible for their own safety. Since hiking is such a vigorous activity, we do send a more detailed description of our hiking group and the expectations to all new hikers. 

If you have any questions or would like to be put on the email list, please contact Anne Colgate at annecolgate@gmail.com

 

Hike leaders:

Anne Colgate- annecolgate@gmail.com

Terry Metcalf- kerroppimom@gmail.com

Maynard Davis-davismk@sbcglobal.net

Steve Braintwain- sbraintwain@comcast.net

Hassan Gomaa-hassangomaa@yahoo.com

Members only.

Location: Offsite

Senior Fitness (ONLINE and ON SITE)

Wednesday, August 12, 2020 | 11:00-12:00pm

Senior Fitness Online and On-site

Wednesdays, 11:00 am- 12:00 pm  

Senior Fitness is an active class that instructs functional fitness. No matter your age or current physical condition, this class will focus on the foundations for strength, mobility, endurance and flexibility. Whether you are a fitness enthusiast or new to group classes, you can modify this class to meet your needs. Come join Alex, The Center’s fitness coordinator, for an engaging class that will help you get active and stay active!  Free for Members!

 Email Alex for link to join class.

Members only.

Location: The Center

Pay for this event online

Senior Fitness (ONLINE and ON SITE)

RSVP (August 5 onsite) $0.00

Square Dancing Lessons - (ON SITE)

Wednesday, August 12, 2020 | 2:00-3:00pm

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

Ping Pong (ON SITE)

Ping Pong (ON SITE)

Wednesday, August 12, 2020 | 3:00-4:00pm

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

Tap Dancing Lessons -August (ON SITE)

Tap Dancing Lessons -August (ON SITE)

Thursday, August 13, 2020 | 10:30-11:30am

All levels: 10:30am - 11:30 am 

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

Sign up at the Center Welcome Desk or online. 

Standard Members - $40/month

Prime Members - included in membership

Members only.

Location: The Center

Pay for this event online

Tap Dancing Lessons -August (ON SITE)

Standard Members per month - August $40.00
Prime Members - August $0.00
NIA - Moving to Heal  (ONLINE)

NIA - Moving to Heal (ONLINE)

Thursday, August 13, 2020 | 12:00-1:00pm

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.

Join Sheila Queen, NIA Blue Belt and Moving to Heal Instructor. For instructions on how to join in the ZOOM online class, email Sheila at squeen125@gmail.com

PLEASE REGISTER BELOW:

Members only.

Location: Online

Pay for this event online

NIA - Moving to Heal (ONLINE)

Standard members (August) $25.00
Prime members (August) $0.00
Move for Health with Darcy Higgins (ON SITE and ONLINE)

Move for Health with Darcy Higgins (ON SITE and ONLINE)

Thursday, August 13, 2020 | 1:00-2:00pm

August 13 :  What Can I Do To Decrease My Risk for Falls? 

September 10: To Have or Not to Have a Total Knee or Total Hip Replacement - and How to Achieve Your Best Outcome

October 8:  Movement and Function Self-Assessment - How Do I Know When I Need Medical and/or Physical Therapy Guidance?

Will be on-site at The Center and also Zoomed.

If attending in person, RSVP below!

 

If joining by zoom, click here:

https://zoom.us/j/7372071984?pwd=dnJjUEsvME1tWVNPVEdVUVVZU2U3dz09

 
 
Darcy Higgins, PT, DPT is a Doctor of Physical Therapy and a Human Movement Specialist.  He is a clinician and the Regional Director of Operations for SPECTRUM Physical Therapy, part of the Ivy Rehab Network. Darcy has enjoyed supporting the Charlottesville community as a speaker and class instructor over the past 30+ years with SPECTRUM.  Health & wellness topics include posture, movement, balance, health & wellness. 

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Pay for this event online

Move for Health with Darcy Higgins (ON SITE and ONLINE)

RSVP (August 13) $0.00
The Climate Crisis in Central VA and the World (ONLINE)

The Climate Crisis in Central VA and the World (ONLINE)

Thursday, August 13, 2020 | 3:00-4:00pm

Have you ever wondered what climate change will mean for us here in Virginia? During this 30-minute online slide and video talk you’ll learn the science behind climate change, the effects already being felt locally and around the world, and how we’ll solve this crisis together. You will have a chance to have your questions answered, as well as learn about the exciting innovations in renewable energy and other solutions at hand to tackle this issue.

Joan Chapman is a retired public school teacher and a trained Climate Reality Project presenter. She received training with former Vice President Al Gore and his nonprofit organization, The Climate Reality Project, where citizens learn about climate change and how to advocate for climate action.

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88162036406

Meeting ID: 881 6203 6406

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 Meeting ID: 881 6203 6406       

Open to all.

Location: Online

Intro to Paddleboarding (SUP) at Walnut Creek Park (Off Site)

Intro to Paddleboarding (SUP) at Walnut Creek Park (Off Site)

Thursday, August 13, 2020 | 4:30-6:30pm

Learn how to confidently paddle a Standup Paddleboard on a lake with an instructor from the Rivanna River Company. You will learn about the equipment, terminology, and techniques of launching, landing, and maneuvering a standup paddleboard. Participants will first learn to paddle from a kneeling position and then, when they feel ready, will have a chance to try out standing. It is easier than most people think it will be! This session is suitable for beginners and anyone else who wants to improve their paddling skills and enjoy a summer evening on the water. All necessary equipment is provided. Social distancing will be observed by the instructor and participants during this all-outdoor class. Registration required. Prime Members $60.00, Standard Members and Guests $70.00. 

Walnut Creek Park Boat Ramp Parking Lot Directions from Charlottesville: Take Route 29 South; Turn left onto Route 708 (Red Hill Road); Turn right onto Route 631 (Old Lynchburg Road); The park is 1/2 mile on the left. Follow park entrance road for 1/4 mile to right turn into parking lot at lake.  (4250 Walnut Creek Park Road, North Garden, VA 22959)

Open to all.

Location: Walnut Creek Park - Off Site

Seats available: 3

Pay for this event online

Intro to Paddleboarding (SUP) at Walnut Creek Park (Off Site)

Prime Members fee $60.00
Standard Members and Guests fee $70.00
Hearing Health (ON SITE)

Hearing Health (ON SITE)

Wednesday, August 19, 2020 | 10:00-11:00am

September 16: Get to know The Center's new Hearing Loop System and How to Use it! 

Join Dr. Kristin Koch, Audiologist at Evolution Hearing, to learn about the new loop system at The Center.  Dr. Koch will review what a loop system is, how it helps your hearing and how to use it with and without hearing aids. If you do wear hearing aids, you may want to ask your hearing healthcare provider if you have a T-coil in your devices before you come.  This is an exciting upgrade at The Center!   

 

October 21: Navigating the Over-the-Counter Hearing Aid Market

Federal legislation made way for a new OTC hearing aid option without the help of a provider. Learn the advantages and disadvantages with Dr. Kristin Koch, Audiologist at Evolution Hearing.  We will review several current options and what may be coming in the future as well.  

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Pay for this event online

Hearing Health (ON SITE)

RSVP (Sept. 16) $0.00
RSVP (Oct. 21) $0.00
Healthy Aging and your Eyes (ON SITE)

Healthy Aging and your Eyes (ON SITE)

Tuesday, August 25, 2020 | 1:30-3:00pm

According to a national survey released by the American Academy of Ophthalmology, nearly two out of three American adults report having eye or vision problems. A significant percentage of them, however, fail to seek medical attention in the form of regular, sight-saving eye exams. In observance of Healthy Aging Month in September, join University of Virginia Ophthalmologist Dr. Michael Cusick at the Center at Belvedere on August 25 at 1:30PM while he discusses the importance of having regular eye exams to maintain healthy eyes and vision.

Dr. Cusick will discuss some of the more common age-related eye diseases including age-related macular degeneration, cataract, diabetic retinopathy and glaucoma. Early detection and treatment of these conditions can help to save sight before vision loss occurs. Ophthalmologists – the physicians that specialize in medical and surgical eye care – recommend a dilated comprehensive eye exam as the best way to prevent these conditions from becoming debilitating.  Dr. Cusick will discuss how the eye is examined and the most modern medical and surgical treatments for conditions that affect the eyes.  Dr. Cusick will also answer any questions that you have about these topics.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

RSVP for this event online

Healthy Aging and your Eyes (ON SITE)

RSVP $0.00
Full Life Fitness

Full Life Fitness

Tuesday, September 1, 2020 | 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

Pathways to Flourishing Health Series (ON SITE)

Pathways to Flourishing Health Series (ON SITE)

Friday, September 4, 2020 | 12:00-1:00pm

In this monthly series, local physicians will dicuss various topics and help guide you along a path of healthy living!
 
Five Pillars of Health presented by Andy McFarlan, MD
Friday, September 4, 12:00-1:00 pm  
Join Andy for a discussion on sleep, diet, exercise, stress management and love relationships (God, self, others, enemies, the environment). Andy has been a Charlottesville physician for the last 37 years in family and geriatric medicine. He has special interests in preventive medicine, cardiovascular disease, brain health, and the interface between the physical and the spiritual life. 

 

Healthy Movement and Recovering from Injury with Kurt Elward, MD and Valeria Niehaus, MA, PT, DPT
Friday, October 2, 12:00-1:00 pm
Join Dr. Kurt Elward and Dr. Valeria Niehaus as they discuss ways to keep yourself moving and free from injury. Kurt is a long-standing Charlottesville physician in family medicine, internal medicine, and geriatrics. Valeria has her doctorate in physical therapy and has special interest in injury prevention and recovery from serious injury.  
 
Please register below!

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Pay for this event online

Pathways to Flourishing Health Series (ON SITE)

RSVP (Sept. 4) $0.00
RSVP (Oct. 2) $0.00
Intro to Canoeing at Beaver Creek Reservoir (Off Site)

Intro to Canoeing at Beaver Creek Reservoir (Off Site)

Thursday, September 10, 2020 | 4:30-6:30pm

(Participants need to sign up in pairs who will paddle the tandem canoes together.)
Learn how to confidently paddle a canoe on a lake with an instructor from the Rivanna River Company. You will learn about the equipment, terminology, and techniques of launching, landing, and maneuvering in a tandem (2-person) canoe. Participants will need to sign up in pairs with someone with whom they are already in close contact. With a little instruction, participants will discover the joy traveling across the water in this classic watercraft. This session is suitable for beginners and anyone else who wants to improve their paddling skills and enjoy a summer evening on the water. All necessary equipment is provided. Social distancing will be observed by the instructor and participants during this all-outdoor class. Register here. Prime Members $60.00, Standard Members and Guests $70.00.  

Beaver Creek Reservoir Boat Ramp Parking Directions from Charlottesville: Take State Route 250 West towards Crozet; Cross over Mechums River, take immediate right onto State Route 680 Browns Gap Turnpike; Turn left into Park on Beaver Creek Park Road and follow this road until it ends at the boat ramp parking lot.  (Apparently using the address can be misleading in google maps)

Open to all.

Location: Beaver Creek Reservoir - Off Site

Seats available: 15

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Intro to Canoeing at Beaver Creek Reservoir (Off Site)

Prime Members fee $60.00
Standard Members and Guests fee $70.00
Adding Life to Your Years (ON SITE)

Adding Life to Your Years (ON SITE)

Wednesday, September 23, 2020 | 2:00-3:00pm

Join Diane Johnson, executive director at Commonwealth Senior Living as she discusses the cultural components which lead to longer lives in the Blue Zone (A Blue Zone is a non-scientific term given to geographic regions that are home to some of the world’s oldest people). How can we create them in our communities?  

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Ivy Creek Walking Group

Ivy Creek Walking Group

Thursday, October 1, 2020 | 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

Ping Pong - Sundays

Sunday, October 4, 2020 | 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

Silver Swans Ballet Class

Silver Swans Ballet Class

Monday, October 5, 2020 | 11:00-12:00pm

Whether you're a seasoned professional or brand new to dance, this class is a great way to move. Silver Swans (a program of the Charlottesville Ballet) incorporates classic ballet principles and will focus on flexibility, strength, and conditioning, but mostly on fun! Get on your toes and join instructor Maria Chee*. Center members free; Guests $6/class 

 

*Maria W. Chee holds a bachelor’s and master of arts in dance, a Ph.D. in anthropology, and a master of arts in anthropology. She studied ballet, modern, jazz; dance production; as well as dance history and research. She has taken classes at the Martha Graham School in New York, and has spent intensive sessions with Bella Lewinsky, members of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, and Ballet Jazz of Montreal. She has more than ten years of teaching experience as a state licensed teacher in adult education and as a lecturer at college level.

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Location: The Center

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Silver Swans Ballet Class

Members $0.00
Guests per class $6.00
Building Charlottesville's Botanical Garden (ONLINE)

Building Charlottesville's Botanical Garden (ONLINE)

Thursday, October 22, 2020 | 3:00-4:00pm

Building a public botanical garden is not an easy feat. So far, McIntire Botanical Garden (MBG) has been driven by the community’s input, aspirations, insights, and desire to be a place of healing, unity, education and beauty. But the input phase of the garden design process is not complete and through reaching out to other organizations, we are hoping to gather more feedback to ensure the built garden will represent the hopes and dreams of the entire community. As a gift from the community to the community, the McIntire Botanical Garden is a very ambitious project. Jill Trischman-Marks, Executive Director of the McIntire Botanical Garden will briefly outline what has already been achieved in the process toward building this garden and will also give insight into the road map ahead.

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Meeting ID: 854 4195 2973

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Meeting ID: 854 4195 2973
 

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Location: Online