Tai Chi (Morning)

Tai Chi (Morning)

Wednesday, December 19, 2018 | 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 Senior 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 Senior Center and introduced new forms to the class. The current instructor, Brian McKenzie, has taught for the past 12 years. Brian is a student of Mr. Lei and Mr. Alton. Brian 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

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Tai Chi (Morning)

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

Hiking-Wednesday

Wednesday, December 19, 2018 | 9:00-10:00am

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

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

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

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

Click here for the most recent hiking schedule.

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

Current hike leaders

Anne Colgate – amc16633@hotmail.com

Claire Cline – clinec2@gmail.com

Gabriel Garretson – gcreative@hughes.net

John Herrity – harrid@aol.com

Lindsay Brown – lwb1428@gmail.com

Maynard Davis – davismk@sbcglobal.net

Terry Metcalf – keroppimom@gmail.com

Steve Braintwain – sbraintwain@comcast.net
 

Members only.

Location: Varies; check schedule

Fee: free

Seated Massage (Wednesday)

Seated Massage (Wednesday)

Wednesday, December 19, 2018 | 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. $15 for 15 minutes/$30 for 30 minutes.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Contact: To schedule an appointment, call 434.974.7756

Crafty Ladies

Crafty Ladies

Wednesday, December 19, 2018 | 9:30-11:30am

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

Members only.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

BeMoved®

BeMoved®

Wednesday, December 19, 2018 | 9:30-10:30am

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

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

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

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

Click here to view BeMoved® video.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Contact: Margaret Fitch margaret@seniorcenterinc.org

Pay for this event online

BeMoved®

Members per month $20.00
Guests per month $35.00
Dominoes

Dominoes

Wednesday, December 19, 2018 | 9:30-10:30am

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

Members only.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Primetime Fitness

Primetime Fitness

Wednesday, December 19, 2018 | 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
Bowling Club - Wednesday

Bowling Club - Wednesday

Wednesday, December 19, 2018 | 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

Hearing Health

Hearing Health

Wednesday, December 19, 2018 | 10:00-11:00am

Wednesday, January 16, 10:00-11:00 am

Improve Your Balance and Prevent Falls - It's a startling fact that falls are the leading cause of injuries in older adults.  You may not realize that part of your balance system is in your ears.  Join Dr. Kristin Koch, Audiologist at Evolution Hearing, for simple exercises and tips that can help anyone who is worried about falling and their balance! Free and open to the community.

 

Wednesday, February 20, 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 what to do?  Join Dr. Kristin Koch, Audiologist at Evolution Hearing, to educate yourself about the hearing aids that are available now, how much you need or should spend, what you get for your money and why it matters to you and your hearing. Free and open to the community.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Canasta

Canasta

Wednesday, December 19, 2018 | 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

Pickleball - Wednesday

Pickleball - Wednesday

Wednesday, December 19, 2018 | 12:00-4:30pm

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

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

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

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

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

See other Pickleball times below:

Mondays 6:45—9:00 pm

Tuesdays 2:00—4:30 pm

Thursdays 5:00—9:00 pm

Fridays 2:15—4:15 pm

Saturdays 1:00—4:30 pm

Open to all.

Location: Key Recreation Center

Co-ed Poker

Co-ed Poker

Wednesday, December 19, 2018 | 12:00-4:00pm

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

Members only.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

TOPS - Take Off Pounds Sensibly

TOPS - Take Off Pounds Sensibly

Wednesday, December 19, 2018 | 12:00-1:15pm

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

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Contact: Jo Ann Perkins 434 823 4987

Fee: free

Wednesday Mah-Jongg

Wednesday Mah-Jongg

Wednesday, December 19, 2018 | 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 19, 2018 | 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

Water Workout - Mon/Wed

Water Workout - Mon/Wed

Wednesday, December 19, 2018 | 1:15-2:15pm

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

Members only.

Location: ACAC, Albemarle Square location, Charlottesville

Contact: Beth Nissen, Instructor 434.977.3989

Ageless Grace - Wednesday

Ageless Grace - Wednesday

Wednesday, December 19, 2018 | 1:30-2:30pm

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

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

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

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

Open to all.

Location: The Center

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

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Ageless Grace - Wednesday

Members per month $30.00
Guests per month $40.00
Knit-Wits

Knit-Wits

Wednesday, December 19, 2018 | 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

Ping Pong

Ping Pong

Wednesday, December 19, 2018 | 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. More advanced players will play at 3 pm; beginners play at 4 pm. Stop by anytime during the scheduled event for an informal game. Free to members.

Members only.

Location: The Center

Ivy Creek Walking Group

Ivy Creek Walking Group

Thursday, December 20, 2018 | 9:00-10:00am

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

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

Members only.

Location: Ivy Creek Natural Area Parking Lot

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

Fee: free

Party Bridge

Party Bridge

Thursday, December 20, 2018 | 9:00-12:00pm

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

Members only.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Primetime Fitness - Tues/Thurs

Primetime Fitness - Tues/Thurs

Thursday, December 20, 2018 | 9:30-10:30am

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

Wear good athletic shoes and comfortable clothes.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Contact: Senior Center 974.7756

Pay for this event online

Primetime Fitness - Tues/Thurs

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

Alcoholics Anonymous

Thursday, December 20, 2018 | 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

Recorder Lessons - Beginner

Recorder Lessons - Beginner

Thursday, December 20, 2018 | 10:00-11:00am

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

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

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

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

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

Members only.

Location: The Center

Tap Dancing Lessons

Tap Dancing Lessons

Thursday, December 20, 2018 | 10:00-11:00am

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

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

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

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Pay for this event online

Tap Dancing Lessons

Member $40.00
Guest $50.00
Water Workout Tues/Thurs

Water Workout Tues/Thurs

Thursday, December 20, 2018 | 10:15-11:15am

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

Members only.

Location: ACAC, Albemarle Square location, Charlottesville

Contact: Beth Nissen, Instructor 434.977.3989

Arthritis Exercise

Arthritis Exercise

Thursday, December 20, 2018 | 10:30-11:30am

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

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

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Contact: Senior Center 434.974.7756

Pay for this event online

Arthritis Exercise

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

Recorder Lessons - Intermediate

Thursday, December 20, 2018 | 11:00-12:00pm

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

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

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

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

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

Members only.

Location: The Center

RSVP for this event online

Recorder Lessons - Intermediate

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Sheepshead

Sheepshead

Thursday, December 20, 2018 | 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

NIA Moving to Heal

NIA Moving to Heal

Thursday, December 20, 2018 | 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 20, 2018 | 12:30-4:00pm

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

Members only.

Location: The Center

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

Fee: free

Financial Consultation

Financial Consultation

Thursday, December 20, 2018 | 1:00-4:30pm

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

Members only.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Albemarle Woodcarvers

Albemarle Woodcarvers

Thursday, December 20, 2018 | 1:00-3:00pm

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

Members only.

Location: The Center

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

Fee: free

Ladies Poker

Ladies Poker

Thursday, December 20, 2018 | 1:00-4:00pm

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

Members only.

Location: The Center

Contact: Jean Zoumbaris 434-990-6063

Essentrics Exercise

Essentrics Exercise

Thursday, December 20, 2018 | 1:30-2:30pm

Thursdays, 1:30 - 2:30 PM (fee covers a full month of classes)

Drawing on the Flowing Movements of Tai Chi, the strengthening theories behind ballet, and the healing principles of physical therapy, the liberating, scientifically designed full-body movements in Essentrics are actually age-reversing as they restore movement in your joints, flexibility in your muscles, relieve pain and stimulate your cells to increase energy and vibrancy and enhance your immune system. Reawaken the power of your 650 muscles, and come join us for this fun, flowing workout set to inspiring music! Bring your exercise mat.  Sign up at the welcome desk or online.

“Since taking this class, I am able to get up from a chair without hesitating.  I also am more comfortable going up and down stairs.” –Regina

“A couple of years ago I had a serious hip injury.  I did physical therapy, but the exercises I was given only took me so far.  After doing Essentrics for 6 months I can now hike in the Blue Ridge on trails up the mountain with roots and rocky ground. Also I can carry more weight in my arms.  Plus Essentrics is fun!” --Deborah

“Essentrics has changed my life in a totally positive way.  I feel younger, have more energy, and definitely can feel a difference in waking up in the morning with less aches and pains.  I highly recommend it for everyone, especially anyone with hip, knee, or shoulder pain.” --Juanita

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Pay for this event online

Essentrics Exercise

Members per month $25.00
Guests per month $35.00
Socrates Cafe™

Socrates Cafe™

Thursday, December 20, 2018 | 3:00-5:00pm

Socrates Café is a group of people who are interested in discussing topics which arouse philosophical ideas and thoughts among the members of the group. Any source is fair game, from education to politics, religion to cultural attitudes; lively discussion takes place no mattter what the topic. Chris Phillips, author and co-founder of The Society for Philosophical Inquiry, developed the idea of Socrates Café™ to do as Socrates did, bring philosophy to the every day individual: “It's a dialogue where people discover their unique philosophical perspectives and worldviews as they lock hearts and minds with other people.” Join our gatherings at which participants propose and choose the questions and take turns facilitating the discussions.

To learn more about the concept, visit www.philosopher.org.

Members only.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Thursday Chair Yoga

Thursday Chair Yoga

Thursday, December 20, 2018 | 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

Pickleball - Thursday

Pickleball - Thursday

Thursday, December 20, 2018 | 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

Full Life Fitness

Full Life Fitness

Friday, December 21, 2018 | 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 21, 2018 | 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 21, 2018 | 9:30-11:30am

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

Members only.

Location: The Center

Contact: David Reynaud 434)293-5494

Fee: free

Northside Walking Group

Northside Walking Group

Friday, December 21, 2018 | 9:45-11:00am

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

Members only.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Primetime Fitness - Fridays

Primetime Fitness - Fridays

Friday, December 21, 2018 | 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
Investors Forum - Third Friday

Investors Forum - Third Friday

Friday, December 21, 2018 | 10:00-11:30am

After general discussion of stock and bond markets and investment strategies, the focus generally turns to a specific topic. No money is collected or invested, and investors of all levels are welcome.

A related Health of the Market website is updated every Saturday.

A list of favorite investment websites can be found here.

Members only.

Location: The Center

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

Fee: free

Bingo

Bingo

Friday, December 21, 2018 | 10:30-11:30am

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

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Water Workout Fridays

Water Workout Fridays

Friday, December 21, 2018 | 11:00-12:00pm

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

Members only.

Location: ACAC, Albemarle Square location, Charlottesville

Contact: Beth Nissen, Instructor 434.977.3989

Writing for Pleasure

Writing for Pleasure

Friday, December 21, 2018 | 12:00-2:00pm

What you have to say matters ... Why not say it in writing? Come discover and share your best style! All genres and experience levels welcome. Weekly "Writing for Pleasure" meetings are members only, but monthly coffeehouses are open to all.  As always, free and open to the communities. Coffee provided. Munchies to share welcomed.

Members only.

Location: The Center

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

Fee: free

Pickleball - Friday

Pickleball - Friday

Friday, December 21, 2018 | 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

Bereavement Support Group

Bereavement Support Group

Friday, December 21, 2018 | 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 22, 2018 | 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 23, 2018 | 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 23, 2018 | 1:30-3:30pm

Upcoming Features:

December 23 - Elf

December 29 - New Year's Eve

January 6 - War Horse

January 13 - Saving Mr. Banks

January 20 - Collateral Beauty

January 27 - Awakenings

Members only.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Scrabble - Sunday

Scrabble - Sunday

Sunday, December 23, 2018 | 2:00-6:00pm

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

Low Vision Support Group

Low Vision Support Group

Wednesday, December 26, 2018 | 10:00-11:00am

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

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Legal Consultation with Holly Hilton, Esq.

Legal Consultation with Holly Hilton, Esq.

Wednesday, December 26, 2018 | 1:00-4:00pm

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

Members only.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Investment Visions Group

Investment Visions Group

Thursday, December 27, 2018 | 10:00-12:00pm

The original investment club was formed in 1991 to allow members to invest in the stock market and learn how to maintain a profitable portfolio. Today, as the Investment Visions Club, members contribute money (currently $30/month) to a partnership to provide the capital with which to invest through a brokerage account. Meeting attendance and participation in the research, examination, and evaluation of various stocks is expected of partners, each of whom has a vote to hold, buy, or sell a stock. Experience is helpful but not required, as training is provided on market terms, evaluation techniques, etc. Participation is also on the social side; while the club strives to make some money, the main reason for meeting is to learn, be social, and have fun.

Members only.

Location: The Center

Contact: Don Whitford 434.985.3964

Fee: free

Backgammon - 4th Thursday

Backgammon - 4th Thursday

Thursday, December 27, 2018 | 2:00-3:30pm

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

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Le Cercle Français

Le Cercle Français

Thursday, December 27, 2018 | 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

Aged to Perfection Quartet

Aged to Perfection Quartet

Sunday, December 30, 2018 | 2:00-4:00pm

Aged to Perfection, a female quartet of a cappella singers specializing in the barbershop harmony style and affiliated with Harmony, Incorporated, was recently named international quartet champions. Composed of two mothers and two daughters hailing from New Hampshire, Florida, New York, and Charlottesville, this entertaining group will present a cappella numbers from many genres. Their powerful heartfelt delivery and humor will make this a memorable musical experience for all ages! Find them on Facebook at Aged to Perfection Quartet.

The quartet will be joined in performance by local barbershop friends from the Jeffersonland Chorus and Skyline Harmony Chorus.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Hiking-Monday

Hiking-Monday

Monday, December 31, 2018 | 9:00-3:00pm

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

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

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

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

Click here for the most recent hiking schedule.

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

Current hike leaders

Anne Colgate – amc16633@hotmail.com

Claire Cline – clinec2@gmail.com

Gabriel Garretson – gcreative@hughes.net

John Herrity – harrid@aol.com

Lindsay Brown – lwb1428@gmail.com

Maynard Davis – davismk@sbcglobal.net

Terry Metcalf – keroppimom@gmail.com

Steve Braintwain – sbraintwain@comcast.net

Members only.

Location: Varies; check schedule

Fee: free

Current Affairs Discussion Group

Current Affairs Discussion Group

Monday, December 31, 2018 | 9:30-11:00am

Bright minds gather weekly to tackle the issues of the day—local, national, and international. Opinions may vary, but lack of knowledge is never a problem. If you’re a member who is in touch with what’s happening and have something to share, join us!

Members only.

Location: The Center

Contact: Jerry Granroth (434) 305-8926

Fee: free

Getting Better at Bridge

Getting Better at Bridge

Monday, December 31, 2018 | 10:00-12:00pm

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

Members only.

Location: The Center

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

Fee: free

Writing for Healing and Growth

Writing for Healing and Growth

Monday, December 31, 2018 | 10:00-12:00pm

Anyone who has ever kept a journal, written stories about his or her life, or just let the pencil do the talking knows that writing is indeed a powerful instrument for fulfillment, growth, and healing. Writing that comes from the heart and mind gives expression to that which is uniquely us. Experience the adventure of writing in this 8-week workshop. The emphasis is on—but not limited to—the writing of memoirs. This is not a critique group; it is designed to provide the support that people need to tell their stories. Strict rules of privacy and confidentiality will be observed. Must register at the Center’s front desk. Leonard Tuchyner facilitates.

CLASS IS CURRENTLY FULL. PLEASE RSVP TO BE PLACED ON THE WAITING LIST. MEMBERS ONLY. FEE is $15/MONTH.

Members only.

Location: The Center

Contact: Senior Center 974-7756

RSVP for this event online

Writing for Healing and Growth

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Monday Chair Yoga

Monday Chair Yoga

Monday, December 31, 2018 | 10:45-11:45am

Chair Yoga is a gentle form of yoga that is practiced sitting on a chair, or standing using a chair for support. Chair Yoga is one of the gentlest forms of yoga available. Complicated maneuvers and complex movements are not present in a chair yoga class. Within this type of yoga class, you can cover standing, seated and prone postures. Students can learn many kinds of yoga postures, breathing techniques, meditation, and ways of relaxation, with the aid of a chair. This class is taught by member Julie Horne.

Also see Thursday Chair Yoga

Members only.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Seated Massage (Monday)

Seated Massage (Monday)

Monday, December 31, 2018 | 12:00-2:00pm

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

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Contact: To schedule an appointment, call 434.974.7756

Chess

Chess

Monday, December 31, 2018 | 12:30-4:00pm

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

Members only.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Ageless Grace - Monday

Ageless Grace - Monday

Monday, December 31, 2018 | 1:15-2:15pm

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

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

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

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

Open to all.

Location: The Center

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

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Ageless Grace - Monday

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

Chinese Mah Jongg

Monday, December 31, 2018 | 1:30-3:30pm

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

Members only.

Location: The Center

Contact: Bonnie Morton 434.975.5540

Fee: free

Member Social

Member Social

Monday, December 31, 2018 | 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 31, 2018 | 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

Fishing Group / Kingfishers

Fishing Group / Kingfishers

Wednesday, January 2, 2019 | 9:30-11:00am

A co-ed group of anglers, from novice to expert, that meets monthly to share information and ideas, learn from guest speakers, and make plans for fun and skill development opportunities. Members of the group lead a variety of fishing trips, near and far, in search of a variety of fish. The club maintains a pond in Free Union for the use of members and guests, and offers fishing instruction to new anglers.

Members only.

Location: The Center

Contact: Darryl Marshall 434.481.4221 or Bill Marley 434.589.3949

Book Group

Book Group

Wednesday, January 2, 2019 | 11:00-12:00pm

This enthusiastic group meets monthly to discuss items of current mutual interest – mainly contemporary works, fiction and non-fiction.  Participants make suggestions, the group selects the books for group reading, and everyone enjoys sharing their impressions and feedback on the work of the month.

Upcoming Selections:

January 2: Commonwealth by Ann Patchett 

February 6: White Dog Fell from the Sky by Eleanor Morse 

March 6: Snowflower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See

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

Members only.

Location: The Center

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

Fee: free

Square Dancing Lessons

Square Dancing Lessons

Wednesday, January 2, 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

Travel Buddy Networking

Travel Buddy Networking

Wednesday, January 2, 2019 | 5:00-6:00pm

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

Members only.

Location: The Center

Contact: Nancy Grim 434.973.7515

Fee: free

Charlottesville International Folk Dance

Charlottesville International Folk Dance

Wednesday, January 2, 2019 | 6:30-8:30pm

Beginning dances are taught by experienced teachers. Community dances from Eastern Europe are primarily the focus. Please join us for these communal village dances and enjoy the friendship of a small group. For information, please call Susan Roberts at (434)409-0264 or go to the web site: seniorcenter.org/calendar/events/54/ or charlottesvilleinternationalfolkdance.com/.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Wednesday Beginner Line Dancing

Wednesday Beginner Line Dancing

Wednesday, January 2, 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
Tai Chi (Evening)

Tai Chi (Evening)

Wednesday, January 2, 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 Senior 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 Senior Center and introduced new forms to the class. The current instructor, Brian McKenzie, has taught for the past 12 years. Brian is a student of Mr. Lei and Mr. Alton. Brian 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, January 2, 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
Support Group for Caregivers of Parkinsons Patients

Support Group for Caregivers of Parkinsons Patients

Thursday, January 3, 2019 | 10:45-11:45am

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

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Crafts--DIY

Crafts--DIY

Thursday, January 3, 2019 | 11:15-12:45pm

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

Members only.

Location: The Center

Contact: Joan Hanlon 434.202.0498 or Diana Souza-Castro 434.964.6687

Fee: free

Socrates Cafe™

Socrates Cafe™

Thursday, January 3, 2019 | 3:00-5:00pm

 Socrates Café is a group of people who are interested in discussing topics which arouse philosophical ideas and thoughts among the members of the group. Any source if fair game, from education to politics, religion to cultural attitudes; lively discussion takes place no mattter what the discussion. Chris Phillips, author and co-founder of The Society for Philosophical Inquiry, developed the idea of Socrates Café™ to do as Socrates did, bring philosophy to the every day individual: “It's a dialogue where people discover their unique philosophical perspectives and worldviews as they lock hearts and minds with other people.” Join our gatherings at which participants propose and choose the questions and take turns facilitating the discussions. To learn more about the concept, visit www.philosopher.org.

Members only.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Medicare Consulting - Thursdays

Medicare Consulting - Thursdays

Thursday, January 3, 2019 | 4:30-6:30pm

Are you ready for Medicare? Do you need help navigating the system? Do you have lots of questions? Do you know when and where to sign up? Phyllis Payne, licensed insurance agent, will answer your questions. Phyllis Payne will assist with health insurance claims and long term planning care and to answer questions about medical insurance. Call Phyllis at 434.960.5833 to schedule an appointment

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Investors Forum - First Friday

Investors Forum - First Friday

Friday, January 4, 2019 | 10:00-11:30am

After general discussion of stock and bond markets and investment strategies, the focus generally turns to a specific topic. No money is collected or invested, and investors of all levels are welcome.

A related Health of the Market website is updated every Saturday.

A list of favorite investment websites can be found here.

Members only.

Location: The Center

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

Fee: free

Friday Beginner Line Dancing

Friday Beginner Line Dancing

Friday, January 4, 2019 | 1:00-2:30pm

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

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Pay for this event online

Friday Beginner Line Dancing

Guests $4.00
Members
Still Sharp Singers

Still Sharp Singers

Friday, January 4, 2019 | 1:00-2:30pm

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

Members only.

Location: The Center

Contact: Dorothy Richards 434.973.5713

 Friday Advanced Line Dancing

Friday Advanced Line Dancing

Friday, January 4, 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
Barbershop Belles & Beaux

Barbershop Belles & Beaux

Friday, January 4, 2019 | 2:30-4:00pm

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

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

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

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

Members only.

Location: The Center

Contact: June Andrews (434) 823-4956

Fee: free

Sew and Sews

Sew and Sews

Monday, January 7, 2019 | 10:00-12:00pm

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

Members only.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Silver Swans Ballet Class

Silver Swans Ballet Class

Monday, January 7, 2019 | 11:00-12:00pm

Upcoming class dates are as follows:

December 3, December 17 (make-up for Dec. 10 snow day)

January 7, January 14, February 4, February 11

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

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Pay for this event online

Silver Swans Ballet Class

Members $0.00
Guests per class $6.00
Senior Council

Senior Council

Monday, January 7, 2019 | 1:00-2:00pm

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

Members only.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

First Monday Bunko

First Monday Bunko

Monday, January 7, 2019 | 2:00-3:00pm

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

Members only.

Location: The Center

Contact: Clarece Edson (434)293-2817

Bowling Club - Tuesday

Bowling Club - Tuesday

Tuesday, January 8, 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

The Good Life Design Collaborative

The Good Life Design Collaborative

Tuesday, January 8, 2019 | 9:00-10:00am

Tuesday, December 11, 9:00-10:30 am

Peter Thompson, executive director of The Center will give updates on the new Center at Belvedere. Free and open to the community.

 

At The Good Life Design Collaborative, our mission is to make life easier and more fun for people of all ages and abilities by educating, connecting, and inspiring both consumers and service providers. 

We serve:

  • Anyone planning smart ways to live a long and vital life
  • People encountering health difficulties and the people who love them and care for them

Providers of products and services designed to make life better for people encountering health problems or frailty.  The Good Life Design network is an inter-generational collaboration between Seniors and professional caregivers. It offers monthly educational speakers and a chance to talk with professionals from health care to home help to government representatives, to find services and life choices that are right for you.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Contact: Mary Sherrill at pcnblssngs@gmail.com or Tracy Meade at tracy@tracymeade.com

Manicures and Pedicures

Manicures and Pedicures

Tuesday, January 8, 2019 | 9:00-1:45pm

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

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

Members only.

Location: The Center

Medicare Consulting - Tuesdays

Medicare Consulting - Tuesdays

Tuesday, January 8, 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

Robust Aging Toolbox

Robust Aging Toolbox

Tuesday, January 8, 2019 | 10:00-11:30am

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

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

January 8 - Tools for aging

January 15 - Tools for walking

January 22 - Tools for working

February 29- Tools for playing

February 5 - Tools for falling

February 12 -Tools for thinking

February 19 - Tools for aging

February 26 - Tools for walking

Open to all.

Location: Ivy Creek Education Building

Fee: free

Money & You With Jorgen Vik

Money & You With Jorgen Vik

Tuesday, January 8, 2019 | 10:00-11:30am

Predicting the next year's market is notoriously difficult. What about the next decade? A discussion on what factors may impact the longer run, and how to look past near-term predictions. Free and open to the community.

 

Jorgen Vik, CFP®, is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ and partner of the SKV Group, LLC, a Charlottesville based wealth management company. Jorgen has worked in the financial services industry since 2001. Investment products and services are offered through Wells Fargo Advisors Financial Network, LLC (WFAFN), Member SIPC. SKV Group is a separate entity from WFAFN.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Long Term Care Insurance Q&A

Long Term Care Insurance Q&A

Tuesday, January 8, 2019 | 10:30-11:30am

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

Men's Poker

Men's Poker

Tuesday, January 8, 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

Abstract Art Class

Abstract Art Class

Tuesday, January 8, 2019 | 1:00-3:00pm

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

Location: The Center

Pay for this event online

Abstract Art Class

Members $75.00
Guests $85.00
Tuesday Social Bridge

Tuesday Social Bridge

Tuesday, January 8, 2019 | 1:00-4:00pm

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

Members only.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Round Dancing (Beginner and Intermediate)

Round Dancing (Beginner and Intermediate)

Tuesday, January 8, 2019 | 1:30-3:30pm

Next Series of Lessons:  Tuesday, September 18-November 6, Beginners at 1:30 - 2:30 pm; Intermediate at 2:30 - 3:30 pm

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

Location: The Center

Pay for this event online

Round Dancing (Beginner and Intermediate)

Members $72.00
Guests $80.00
Pickleball - Tuesday

Pickleball - Tuesday

Tuesday, January 8, 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

Advanced Beginner's Spanish

Advanced Beginner's Spanish

Tuesday, January 8, 2019 | 2:00-3:00pm

NEW CLASS - BEGINS IN SEPTEMBER! 

September 11, 18, 25, October 9, 23, 30, November 13, 20, 27, December 11,18 (class meets all year round; specific future dates TBA)

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

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

Location: The Center

Pay for this event online

Advanced Beginner’s Spanish

Register $0.00
Keeping Up Your Spanish

Keeping Up Your Spanish

Tuesday, January 8, 2019 | 3:15-4:15pm

Tuesdays, 3:15 pm (New time beginning in September) - Register below for class beginning in September

September 11, 25, October 9, 23, November 13, 27, December 11, 18 (class meets all year round; specific future dates TBA)

This class is for intermediate and advanced students to give Spanish speakers in our community the opportunity to become acquainted, whereby any native speakers would be helping non-native speakers develop their skills in the language and culture. The recommended workbook is from the McGraw Hill Practice Makes Perfect Series Spanish Reading and Comprehension by Myrna Bell Rochester with Deana Smalley ($15 - $16 and can be purchased on line from Barnes & Noble or Amazon ). Free and open to the community.

Helen Ida Moyer facilitates the class. She holds a PhD in Spanish from UVa and has traveled extensively in Spain, Mexico, and Central and South America. 


 

Location: The Center

Pay for this event online

Keeping Up Your Spanish

Register $0.00
Singles Schmooze

Singles Schmooze

Tuesday, January 8, 2019 | 6:00-8:00pm

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

Members only.

Location: The Center

Pay for this event online

Singles Schmooze

per week - members (1s not applicable for 2nd Wednesday restaurant dining) $6.00
per week- guest (lst time 6 if with a member) $10.00
Senior Statesmen of Virginia

Senior Statesmen of Virginia

Wednesday, January 9, 2019 | 1:30-3:00pm

Wednesday, January 9:  Innovation and Challenges in Albemarle Schools, Kate Acuff, JD, PhD, Chair, Albemarle County Public School Board

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Contact: www.seniorstatesmen.org

Investment Visions Group

Investment Visions Group

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

The original investment club was formed in 1991 to allow members to invest in the stock market and learn how to maintain a profitable portfolio. Today, as the Investment Visions Club, members contribute money (currently $30/month) to a partnership to provide the capital with which to invest through a brokerage account. Meeting attendance and participation in the research, examination, and evaluation of various stocks is expected of partners, each of whom has a vote to hold, buy, or sell a stock. Experience is helpful but not required, as training is provided on market terms, evaluation techniques, etc. Participation is also on the social side; while the club strives to make some money, the main reason for meeting is to learn, be social, and have fun.

Members only.

Location: The Center

Contact: Don Whitford 434.985.3964

Fee: free

Apple/Mac Users Group

Apple/Mac Users Group

Thursday, January 10, 2019 | 1:00-4:00pm

 Apple/Mac classes are held for both new and experienced Apple product users. Clay Sisk coordinates meetings; contact him via email to receive weekly program announcements. In the first hour, some Mac basics and utilities for new users are covered, and then other topics as detailed on their email announcement. In the second hour, iPad and iPhone basics and accessories are covered. If you want to be on the Apple/Mac email list, send a message to Clay Sisk at siskva@mac.com This mailing has many valuable links for Apple/Mac users. Free for Senior Center members.

Members only.

Location: The Center

Contact: Clay Sisk

Fee: free

Backgammon - 2nd Thursday

Backgammon - 2nd Thursday

Thursday, January 10, 2019 | 2:00-3:30pm

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

Members only.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Essential Tremor Support Group

Essential Tremor Support Group

Thursday, January 10, 2019 | 4:00-5:00pm

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

Will not meet in December

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Contact: John Watterson 434.973.2510

Fee: free

Religion, Science and Spirituality

Religion, Science and Spirituality

Friday, January 11, 2019 | 10:00-11:30am

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

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

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Enjoying Short Stories

Enjoying Short Stories

Friday, January 11, 2019 | 2:15-4:15pm

ENJOYING SHORT STORIES

Fridays, beginning January 11, 2:15 to 4:15 PM

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

Members only.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Central Virginia Dowsers

Central Virginia Dowsers

Sunday, January 13, 2019 | 1:15-3:00pm

Dowsing is an ancient art of searching for information with or without the assistance of a tool such as a forked stick or pendulum. Surveyors, archaeologists, health practitioners, business men and women and more use this art for information and to solve problems. The Central Virginia Dowsers invite you to learn about the art of dowsing and how it can be used in almost every aspect of life.  Beginners and experienced welcome! For more information, contact Roxanne Louise at 434-263-4337. 

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Piedmont Pastelists

Piedmont Pastelists

Monday, January 14, 2019 | 1:00-3:00pm

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

History

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

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Doris Gelbman, Esq, Elder Law Attorney

Doris Gelbman, Esq, Elder Law Attorney

Tuesday, January 15, 2019 | 10:00-11:30am

Veterans' Benefits - There are many benefits from the Veterans Administration that folks just don’t know about. As we grow older, available and reduced rate health related services are a godsend and we should look at those available to us from the Veterans Administration. Come and find out about some very beneficial opportunities. Free and open to the community.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Staying Healthy with Spectrum Physical Therapy

Staying Healthy with Spectrum Physical Therapy

Tuesday, January 15, 2019 | 10:00-11:00am

Tuesday. January 29, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

What you need to know about osteoporosis.  Rebecca Schock, Director at Spectrum Physical Therapy, will give an overview about the condition, including the differences between osteopenia and osteoporosis, testing results, activities to avoid, and basic exercises that may help to prevent or treat the disease.

 

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

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

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

A Touch of Sage-ing

A Touch of Sage-ing

Tuesday, January 15, 2019 | 1:00-2:00pm

A TOUCH OF SAGE-ING
Tuesday, January 15, 1:00-2:00 pm (encore presentation from October 30) 

Sage-ing is looking at life in a new way as we grow older, a practice that involves sharing the wisdom of our lives, transmitting that wisdom as a legacy to future generations, and giving back through service. Join Lynn Moore, PhD, for this informative session. An educator and lifelong learner, she earned B.A. and Masters degrees from Furman University, Masters and Specialist degrees from Western Carolina University, and a PhD in Leadership from the University of South Carolina. Lynn is a certified Sage-ing leader with Sage-ing International. 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

Thursday, January 17, 2019 | 10:00-11:00am

Join Scott Karr, owner of Wild Birds Unlimited, as he continues to discuss the fun of backyard birding.  Learn how to help our feathered-friends weather the cold and stay healthy during the frosty winter months.

 

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

SmoveyRINGS

SmoveyRINGS

Monday, January 21, 2019 | 11:00-12:00pm

SmoveyRINGS are here!               

SmoveyRINGS are a dynamic fitness tool combining upper body exercise with vibrations. Join Functional Movement Specialist Antje Waxman for a demo of this fun new exercise that has shown positive effects for patients with Parkinson’s, Multiple Sclerosis, and other neurological conditions.  Research also suggests benefits for the cardiovascular, muscular, and immune systems as well as for weight loss and increased metabolism.   Come give this new exercise a try!

Free and open to the community, but class size is limited.  Please register at the Welcome Desk or online.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Pay for this event online

SmoveyRINGS

Registration $0.00
Third Monday Bunko

Third Monday Bunko

Monday, January 21, 2019 | 2:00-3:00pm

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

Members only.

Location: The Center

Contact: Clarece Edson (434)293-2817

Balanced Exercise for Seasoned Adults

Balanced Exercise for Seasoned Adults

Tuesday, January 22, 2019 | 10:30-11:30am

BALANCED EXERCISE FOR “SEASONED ADULTS”
Tuesday, January 22, 10:30-11:30 am

Dr. Greg Pudhorodsky is a local retired rheumatologist and has transitioned careers to become a personal fitness trainer. He knows that it’s never too late to start exercising! Join him as he discusses and demonstrates exercises that are ideal for the seasoned adult. Free and open to the community.

Sponsored by Commonwealth Senior Living

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

The Second-Wind Band

The Second-Wind Band

Tuesday, January 22, 2019 | 10:45-12:45pm

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

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

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

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

Click here for information about the First-Wind Band.

Members only.

Location: The Center

Contact: Director band@seniorcenterinc.org

Caring for Your Wellbeing

Caring for Your Wellbeing

Tuesday, January 22, 2019 | 11:00-12:00pm

Valentine’s For a Stranger: Card making fun for Hospice of the Piedmont

Loneliness and isolation are some of the hardest parts of life as we get older. Join us and other volunteers from Hospice of the Piedmont as we make homemade cards, with simple words of kindness and encouragement, that will make a big difference and brighten up someone's day on Valentine’s Day! We will provide all the crafting materials (unless you have some to donate!) Just bring your creativity and compassion!

About Hospice of the Piedmont:  Hospice of the Piedmont is a nonprofit organization and is the region’s oldest and most experienced hospice. It has shared the journey with patients Albemarle, Augusta, Buckingham, Culpeper, Fauquier, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, Madison, Nelson, Orange, and Rappahannock. They are dedicated to delivering the most comforting end-of-life experience possible.

This group will not meet in February.

 

A Partnership for Stress Reduction & Wellness
Caring Transitions of Charlottesville (CTC) wants to be of assistance and a resource for seniors as they move through change, and whatever transitions that come about in their lives. 

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Washington on Your Own 2019

Washington on Your Own 2019

Wednesday, January 23, 2019 | 8:00-5:30pm

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

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Pay for this event online

Washington on Your Own 2019

Member $63.00
Guest $73.00
First-Wind Band

First-Wind Band

Wednesday, January 23, 2019 | 10:45-12:15pm

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

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

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Benefits of Postural Alignment: the Egoscue Method

Benefits of Postural Alignment: the Egoscue Method

Wednesday, January 23, 2019 | 1:00-2:30pm

Benefits of Postural Alignment – the Egoscue Method                       

Having poor posture may be related to joint pain and misalignment, and it may be causing undue wear and tear on your body.  Come join Antje Waxman, Postural Alignment Specialist, to learn about the benefits of good posture. She will also lead you through easy but powerful exercises you can do at home to improve your stance and overall health. Free and open to the community.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Viking Cruise - Cultural Cuba

Viking Cruise - Cultural Cuba

January 24-31, 2019

Join us as we cruise to Cuba. We have a few cabins available with Viking Cruises aboard the Viking Star. The cruise departs January 24th from the port of Miami. We are planning an overnight in Miami on 23 January. All meals are included on board the ship.  Call the travel office today for details and pricing. 

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Food Truck

Food Truck

Thursday, January 24, 2019 | 11:30-1:30pm

Food trucks are a fantastic way to experience different cuisines in a casual way. And Charlottesville has got some great trucks! We host one here on the fourth Thursday of (almost) every month. Look for them in our parking lot, in a reserved area near the front of the building closest to Hillsdale Drive. You can eat here or pick up something to go. The public is welcome, so spread the word to folks at surrounding offices and organizations so they can take advantage, too!

October 25: Spice Sea Gourmet

Open to all.

Location: The Center

The Flashbacks

The Flashbacks

Friday, January 25, 2019 | 10:45-12:45pm

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

Guests are welcome to visit practices.

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

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

Members only.

Location: The Center

Contact: Director band@seniorcenterinc.org

Writing for Pleasure Coffeehouse

Writing for Pleasure Coffeehouse

Friday, January 25, 2019 | 12:00-2:00pm

Friday, January 25, 12:00 – 2:00pm   

Dr. Heyward Macdonald, author of Everything Changed: The Vietnam War and American Culture, is a Vietnam War veteran, an Episcopal priest, and a scholar.  Join him to discuss his candid view of the politics, heroism, and myriad costs and sacrifices associated with the complicated conflict and its aftermath.

 
Coffee is provided.  Munchies to share are welcomed.
 
Free and open to the community.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

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

DMV Connect - Onsite at The Center

DMV Connect - Onsite at The Center

Monday, January 28, 2019 | 10:00-3:00pm

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

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Hearing Screening

Hearing Screening

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

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

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Try It Out Tuesday

Try It Out Tuesday

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

Come on over on the first Tuesday of the month for a light lunch generously donated by Whole Foods and an orientation presentation. For all members and visitors we have free hearing screenings from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. Several crafters will be selling their wares in our lobby from 8:30 am to noon. Orientation and lunch is open to new members, guests, and anyone wanting to learn more about the Senior Center. Please join us!! Try It Out Tuesday is generously sponsored by The Colonnades, an independent living community and retirement home.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Black History Month - R.R. Moton Museum

Black History Month - R.R. Moton Museum

Wednesday, February 6, 2019 | 8:00-4:30pm

In 1951, Barbara Johns, a 16 year old student at R.R Moton High School walked out of class to protest the conditions at the school compared to nearby Farmville High School.  The strike helped spark the desegregation movement in America  - which lead to the famous Brown vs Board of Education. Dorothy Vaughn who was depicted in the movie 'Hidden Figures" taught at R. R Morton High School. Lunch on your own. 

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Pay for this event online

Black History Month - R.R. Moton Museum

Member $49.00
Guest $59.00
Cooking Demo with UVA Dietetic Interns

Cooking Demo with UVA Dietetic Interns

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

Join the UVA dietetic interns and find out how to prepare some healthy dishes. And you’ll get to sample them! Free to the members. Space is limited; please register online or at The Center Welcome Desk.

Members only.

Location: The Center

Pay for this event online

Cooking Demo with UVA Dietetic Interns

Registration $0.00
Travel Class - The Early Days

Travel Class - The Early Days

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

“Albemarle’s Early Days”

A Lecture Series Featuring Top Historians

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

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

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

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

commences at 4:00 PM for 5 consecutive Tuesdays:

Tuesday, March 12 

Tuesday, March 19 

Tuesday, March 26

Tuesday, April 2 

Tuesday, April 9, and

Tuesday April 16.

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

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

Location: The Center

Pay for this event online

Travel Class - The Early Days

Member $80.00
Guest $90.00
Grand Gala 2019

Grand Gala 2019

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

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

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

The Grand Gala 2019 is sponsored by Virginia National Bank

Ticket link coming soon!

Become a sponsor today! Contact Kirstin Fritz at 434.974.7756 or via email at kirstin@thecentercville.org.

Open to all.

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

Fee: free

Odyssey Cruise - Cherry Blossom Festival

Odyssey Cruise - Cherry Blossom Festival

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

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

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Pay for this event online

Odyssey Cruise - Cherry Blossom Festival

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

Altria Theatre - The Book of Mormon

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

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

Location: The Center

Pay for this event online

Altria Theatre - The Book of Mormon

Member $142.00
Guest $152.00
Riverside Theatre - The Color Purple

Riverside Theatre - The Color Purple

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

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

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Pay for this event online

Riverside Theatre - The Color Purple

Member $108.00
Guest $118.00
Virginia International Tattoo

Virginia International Tattoo

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

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

Location: The Center

Pay for this event online

Virginia International Tattoo

Member $115.00
Guest $125.00
 Great Parks, Ghost Towns, and Sedona’s Red Rocks

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

May 16-24, 2019

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

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

Please call the Travel Office to book this trip, 434.974.6538

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Fee: To be announced

Toftcombs Mansion House - Edinburgh, Scotland

Toftcombs Mansion House - Edinburgh, Scotland

August 1-9, 2019

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

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

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Portugal and the Douro River Cruise

Portugal and the Douro River Cruise

October 9-19, 2019

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

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

Plus Travelers Protection Plan $429 per person

Minimum Participants: 15

Meals: 9 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 8 dinners

Please call the Travel Office to book this trip, 434.974.6538

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Fee: To be announced