Lifelong Learning

Writing for Healing and Growth

Writing for Healing and Growth

Monday, August 19, 2019 | 10:00-12:00pm

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

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

Members only.

Location: The Center

Contact: Senior Center 974-7756

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Elder Law with Attorney Doris Gelbman

Elder Law with Attorney Doris Gelbman

Tuesday, August 20, 2019 | 10:00-11:00am

Tuesday, August 20, 10:00 – 11:30 am

I Have a Diagnosis- Now What? Have you or a loved one just been diagnosed with a progressive, chronic or potentially terminal illness? Alzheimer’s? Parkinson’s? Cancer? This can be overwhelming, and the ability to make decisions can be a challenge. Who will make decisions for you when you no longer can? Consider these things now in a relaxed atmosphere where you can get answers you need without an expensive visit to a law firm. (Note: Individual legal advice cannot be provided in this setting). Free and open to the community.

 

Tuesday, September 17, 10:00 – 11:30 am

Lions! Tigers! Bears! – Elder Abuse, Neglect and Financial Exploitation As more Americans age, a crime wave is breaking, too. Assaults, neglect, financial fraud, and exploitation are all rampant.  Prevention begins with awareness. Prosecution depends upon evidence and knowledge that a crime is taking place. Join Doris for this difficult but necessary discussion. Free and open to the community.

 

Tuesday, October 15, 10:00 – 11:30 am

Having “The” Conversation: You and Your Adult Children. Is your family gathering for the holidays? This is a perfect opportunity to have “the” talk. Aging parents and their adult children seem to have lots of resistance to discussing issues that face all of us as we age: How will we manage our money and property? Where we will we live as we grow older and our health declines and ultimately fails? Who will take care of us? How will it be paid for? And there are vital pieces of information that must be shared - particularly as it relates to health and healthcare.  Let’s talk about “the” talk! Free and open to the community.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Medicare Consulting - Tuesdays

Medicare Consulting - Tuesdays

Tuesday, August 20, 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

Taste of Spanish for Beginners

Taste of Spanish for Beginners

Tuesday, August 20, 2019 | 1:00-2:00pm

Class meeting dates:

May 7 and 28

June 11, 18 and 25

July 9, 16, and 30 (offsite)

August 13, 20 and 27

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

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

(class meets all year round; specific future dates TBA)

Location: The Center

Advanced Beginner's Spanish

Advanced Beginner's Spanish

Tuesday, August 20, 2019 | 2:10-3:10pm

Class meeting dates:

May 7 and 28

June 11, 18 and 25

July 9, 16 and 23 (offsite)

August 13, 20 and 27

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).  Class meets all year round; specific future dates TBA.

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
Charlottesville International Folk Dance

Charlottesville International Folk Dance

Wednesday, August 21, 2019 | 6:00-8:00pm

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

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Investment Visions Group

Investment Visions Group

Thursday, August 22, 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, August 22, 2019 | 1:00-3:00pm

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

Members only.

Location: The Center

Contact: Clay Sisk

Fee: free

Le Cercle Français

Le Cercle Français

Thursday, August 22, 2019 | 2:00-3:00pm

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

Members only.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Introduction to Drawing

Introduction to Drawing

Friday, August 23, 2019 | 12:00-2:00pm

CLASS IS FULL!

Fridays, August 2 - September 20 (8 classes)

In this 8-week series taught by Susan Patrick, students will learn to draw real objects from direct observation. Students will investigate form, line, shape, space, and texture and will use them as elements in their drawings.  Also, students will learn to employ both aerial and linear perspective to add realism to their work and will learn the basics behind portrait drawing. Students will need paper and pencil for this course.

People of all ability levels are welcome to participate. Members - $75; Guests - $85. Space is limited. Sign up at the Welcome Desk or online

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Writing for Pleasure

Writing for Pleasure

Friday, August 23, 2019 | 12:00-2:00pm

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

Members only.

Location: The Center

Contact: Sandra Garrett sandrag992@gmail.com

Fee: free

Enjoying Short Stories

Enjoying Short Stories

Friday, August 23, 2019 | 2:15-4:15pm

ENJOYING SHORT STORIES

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

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

Members only.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Staying Healthy with Spectrum Physical Therapy

Staying Healthy with Spectrum Physical Therapy

Tuesday, August 27, 2019 | 10:00-11:00am

Tuesday, August 27, 10:00 – 11:00 AM

Posture and Alignment - When your body is misaligned, you can experience all manner of pain and discomfort as well as limited mobility.  Join Physical Therapist Erin Chapman as she reviews methods to attain and maintain proper posture to keep you functionally mobile.  Free and open to the community.

 

Tuesday, September 17, 1:00 – 2:00 PM

Keep your brain healthy! - Natasha Pena, Physical Therapist Assistant, will highlight some differences between the normally-aging brain and one that is showing signs of dementia.  She will also discuss the benefits of exercise for improving brain function and memory, and will demonstrate some exercises you can do to keep your brain happy and healthy for as long as you need it.  Free and open to the community.

 

Tuesday, October 22, 10:00 – 11:00 AM

How to exercise when your body hurts - Join Amy Weinheimer, MPT, as she shows you how to maximize your participation in group exercise classes when health conditions like arthritis and limited mobility would otherwise interfere.  She will also demonstrate how you can alter your approach to daily activities to minimize further damage and pain.  Free and open to the community.  

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Keeping Up Your Spanish

Keeping Up Your Spanish

Tuesday, August 27, 2019 | 3:20-4:20pm

Tuesdays, 3:20 pm

Class meeting dates:

 May 7 and 28

June 11 and 25

July 9 and 16

August 6 (offsite), 13 abd 27

(class meets all year round)

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
Writing for Pleasure Coffeehouse

Writing for Pleasure Coffeehouse

Friday, August 30, 2019 | 12:00-2:00pm

August's featured guest speaker is Marijean J. Oldham.  In 2018, Marijean authored the book 100 Things to Do In Charlottesville Before You Die (Second Edition) published by Reedy Press. Come join her for a discussion about her work.

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

Marijean (Jaggers) Oldham, a social media specialist and public relations professional, is president of Jaggers Communications, a strategic communications firm based in Charlottesville. With a strong commitment to community, Marijean serves as a volunteer for Building Goodness Foundation and Legal Aid Justice Center. She has also devoted time and effort as a board member of the American Diabetes Association. She is a graduate of Lindenwood University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in English. In her spare time, Marijean bakes pies competitively.

 

 

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Contact: Sandra Garrett sandrag992@gmail.com

Book Group

Book Group

Wednesday, September 4, 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:

August 7: Code Girls by Lisa Mundy

September 4: Before the Fall by Noah Hawley

October 2: Between Shades of Gray by Ruth Sepetys

November 6: The Vatican Connection by Richard Hammer

December 4: TBA

Members only.

Location: The Center

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

Fee: free

Socrates Cafe™

Socrates Cafe™

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

Meet the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of each month

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

Members only.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Investors Forum - First Friday

Investors Forum - First Friday

Friday, September 6, 2019 | 10:00-11:30am

Investors meet twice a month to discuss the stock and bond markets, and investment strategies.  After general discussion, we usually focus on a specific topic.  No money is collected or invested by this group.  Investors of all levels are welcome.  

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

A list of favorite investment websites can be found here.

Members only.

Location: The Center

Contact: Bruce Saunders at (434) 245-0605 or saundershsd@earthlink.net for more information or to join the e-mail notification list.

Fee: free

Central Virginia Dowsers

Central Virginia Dowsers

Sunday, September 8, 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

All Things Digital

All Things Digital

Monday, September 9, 2019 | 1:00-2:30pm

Monday, August 12, 1:00 – 2:30 PM

Mobile and Computer Security

Derrick Gerstmann and RJ Jones of FlossTech return to discuss mobile phone and computer security issues, including how to protect your technology from viruses and how to eliminate (or at least reduce) spam.  Free and open to the community.

 

Monday, September 9, 1:00 - 2:30 PM

Anti-Virus for computers/smart devices

Derrick Gerstmann and RJ Jones from FlossTech will be discussing different types of malware/computer viruses and what you can do to combat them properly. They’ll debunk common myths about various potential scams while also reviewing very real threats and how best to protect yourself from them. Free and open to the community.

 

Monday, October 14, 1:00 – 2:30 PM

A Beginner’s Course on Social Media

Learn about the benefits and uses of social media, including how to connect with others safely, what to watch out for, how to avoid scams, and how to navigate through the pages. This would be an ideal class for anyone who doesn't currently use social media of any kind or would like to learn more about basic uses for these platforms. Free and open to the community.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Money & You With Jorgen Vik

Money & You With Jorgen Vik

Tuesday, September 10, 2019 | 10:00-11:30am

Tuesday, August 13, 10:00 -11:30 AM

International Investing - We’ll talk about including international investments in a portfolio. How much? What are the risks? Or maybe just own US companies with global businesses? 

 

Tuesday, September 10, 10:00-11:30 AM:

Do I need a Trust? - There are many types of trusts to address different needs and situations. This talk will help introduce you to the topic. Find out if you possibly should pursue this further.

 

Tuesday, October 8, 10:00-11:30 AM

Deciphering all the data - When analyzing investments one will quickly run into lots of different types of information. What matters more? What matters less? This conversation may help you worry less about some things, and move you away from paralysis by analysis.

 

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

Are You Ready for an Emergency?

Are You Ready for an Emergency?

Tuesday, September 10, 2019 | 2:00-3:00pm

September is National Emergency Preparedness Month and members of the Charlottesville-Albemarle TRIAD team will be at The Center to educate program participants regarding what you need to do to be ready for an emergency, including what preparations to have in place, what you want to stock in a “go-bag”, and what action to take should an emergency occur.  Free and open to the community

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Planning for Your Retirement

Planning for Your Retirement

Tuesday, September 10, 2019 | 6:00-8:00pm

This four-week program meets on consecutive Tuesdays, September 10, 17, 24, and October 1, 6:00 – 8:00 PM

This course will be repeated on Thursdays, October 3, 10, 17, and 24, 5:30 – 7:30 PM

Cost is $20 for the four-week series.  Scholarships are available and/or transportation to The Center can be provided if needed. Please contact Lani Hoza at lani@thecentercville.org for more information.

Primarily aimed at those approaching retirement or even just thinking about it, this training is designed to teach the benefits and risks of investing.  Jorgen Vik, Certified Financial Planner professional and Partner with SKV Group, will introduce specialized vocabulary associated with different types of investing and will explore the impacts of the economy and financial markets on investing. Participants will be introduced to the process of creating a retirement budget that plans for inflation and predicts future income and expenses. They will discover their own risk tolerance, how relationships affect money, and ways to align investments with personal financial goals as well as gain an ability to estimate retirement income and calculate net worth.  Learn how to create a portfolio that will work for you to allow you to have the retirement when and how you’ve imagined it.  Please register in advance at the Welcome Desk or online.

*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

Pay for this event online

Planning for Your Retirement

Tuesdays, Sept 10 - Oct 1 $20.00
Thursdays, Oct 3 - Oct 24 $20.00
Retirement: Now What?

Retirement: Now What?

Wednesday, September 11, 2019 | 10:00-11:30am

While you were working, you may have been counting the days until you could retire. Now that it’s finally here, what do you do with your time, and more important, with the feelings you may not have anticipated?  In this interactive workshop led by Marguerite David (who holds a master’s degree in social work), participants will: discuss how today’s retirement differs from that of previous generations, identify their own personal values and feelings, and examine what gives your life purpose and meaning as you enter this next chapter of your life.  Free and open to the community, but space is limited.  Please register in advance at the Welcome Desk or online.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Pay for this event online

Retirement: Now What?

Register $0.00
Senior Statesmen of Virginia

Senior Statesmen of Virginia

Wednesday, September 11, 2019 | 1:30-3:00pm

Wednesday, August 14, 1:30 - 3:00 PM

Candidates Forum: Charlottesville City Council

Candidates for the Charlottesville City Council will present their views on many of the issues and priorities for the city.  Confirmed participants are Bellamy Brown (I), Michael Payne (D), and Lloyd Snook (D).  Sena Magill (D) has a prior obligation and will be unable to attend; Paul Long (I) has not responded as of press time.

Moderated by Senior Statesmen of Virginia Secretary Peppy Linden.

Free and open to the public.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Contact: www.seniorstatesmen.org

Dealing with Transition

Dealing with Transition

Thursday, September 12, 2019 | 10:00-11:30am

They say that the only thing constant is change. Whether a transition was precipitated for you by changing jobs, entering retirement, moving to a different home, losing a family member, close friend or beloved family pet, or experiencing another major life event, the change is likely accompanied by myriad thoughts and feelings, some difficult and unfamiliar.  Join Marguerite David, MSW, for this interactive workshop where you will explore the characteristics and examples of being in transition, the associated behaviors and feelings, and ways to identify your priorities and options as you face a major life change. Free and open to the community.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Investment Visions Group

Investment Visions Group

Thursday, September 12, 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

Religion, Science and Spirituality

Religion, Science and Spirituality

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

WILL NOT MEET IN JULY OR AUGUST.

Friday, September 13, 10:00-11:30 AM

“We don’t HAVE a soul.  We ARE a soul.  We just happen to have a body.”  C.S. Lewis

Most of today’s problems can be linked to the idea that humanity is a body with a soul as just a guest, or that maybe we are all body, and what we call soul is really our brain. Medicine treats body parts instead of the soul, when sometimes all a sick soul needs is a hug. Suicides are up. Drug addiction is soaring, and now we believe that with the right algorithm, machines can become people. Our souls are screaming for acknowledgement.  We need to get back to basics.  Come join the discussion. Free and open to the community. 

 

Friday, October 11, 10:00-11:30 AM

Native American Religions

There were over 100 Native American Religions, though they were more like denominations of one basic religion rather than different religions. What they had in common was that there was no written text.  Perhaps by studying Native American religions we can gain insight into what Judaism was like before it had a written text, and what Christianity was like for the mainly illiterate early Christians.  Free and open to the community.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Navigating Long Distance Care

Navigating Long Distance Care

Thursday, September 19, 2019 | 10:00-11:00am

Did you know that nearly 15 million Americans provide unpaid care to an older adult making them more likely to have physical and emotional health problems themselves? Come join us and learn how to manage your own stress, locate neighborhood resources, stay in contact, and plan visits. Presented by Candace Schoner, Director of Intake and Community Relations for Visiting Angels of Charlottesville. Candace has been a long-distant caregiver for her mother for over five years.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

First-time Homebuyer Class

First-time Homebuyer Class

Thursday, September 19, 2019 | 6:00-9:00pm

Are you thinking about buying a home, but not sure where to start? VHDA's free First-time Homebuyer Class can help. In this 2-session class, you'll learn the entire homebuying process from start to finish, and how to stay on track as a responsible homeowner. The class is offered through the Virginia Housing Development Authority and Piedmont Housing Alliance. Space is limited; Contact Virginia Leary at Piedmont Housing Alliance at (434) 422-4838 to register.
 
These dates will be offered from 6:00-9:00 pm:
 
September 19 and 26
 

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Investors Forum - Third Friday

Investors Forum - Third Friday

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

Investors meet twice a month to discuss the stock and bond markets, and investment strategies.  After general discussion, we usually focus on a specific topic.  No money is collected or invested by this group.  Investors of all levels are welcome.  

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

A list of favorite investment websites can be found here.

Members only.

Location: The Center

Contact: Bruce Saunders at (434) 245-0605 or saundershsd@earthlink.net for more information or to join the e-mail notification list.

Fee: free

Long Term Care Insurance Q&A

Long Term Care Insurance Q&A

Friday, September 20, 2019 | 11:00-12:00pm

Tracy Meade will guide you through any questions you have about long term care insurance. If you have inquiries about an existing policy, you are welcome to bring the policy with you. Please note that space is very limited; there are only 2 appointments available each month. Please register at the Welcome Desk. (434) 974-7756.

Members only.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Fall Risk Reduction and Promotion of Physical Fitness

Fall Risk Reduction and Promotion of Physical Fitness

Monday, September 23, 2019 | 2:30-3:30pm

September 23 is National Falls Prevention Day. Falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries for older adults.  In this session you will learn strategies to reduce your risk of falling, understand effective techniques for rising from the floor to a chair or standing position and more! Dr. Diane Huss, physical therapist consultant with the UVA functional neurology and neurosurgery team, and expert in home health service, is the presenter.  Free and open to the community.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Understanding The Aging Brain

Understanding The Aging Brain

Thursday, September 26, 2019 | 10:00-11:00am

The brain is a complex organ, and like the rest of our bodily organs, it ages over time. Some people may develop brain aging diseases that abnormally affect memory, cognition, and daily functioning. The symptoms of these diseases can be scary and overwhelming to older adults and their families. Join Christine Shaw of Home Instead Senior Care to:

•        Learn how aging affects the brain;

•        Understand the differences among brain aging diseases;

•        Identify ways abnormal brain aging can affect daily life; and,

•        Discover resources to recommend to older adults and their families.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Kickoff to Adopt a Shelter Dog Month

Kickoff to Adopt a Shelter Dog Month

Tuesday, October 1, 2019 | 3:00-4:30pm

October is National Adopt-a-Shelter-Dog Month!  Katie Roche, Humane Education Coordinator of the Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA, will talk about the physical, social, and emotional benefits of having a dog.  She will also bring some local dogs looking for their forever homes; you may just meet the “fur-ever” friend you’re looking for – and that’s looking for you!  Free and open to the community.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Medicare Special Plans - What's Right for You?

Medicare Special Plans - What's Right for You?

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

MEDICARE PLANS – What’s Right for You?

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

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Star Light, Star Bright

Star Light, Star Bright

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

Popular Center presenter Larry Saunders, President of the Charlottesville Astronomical Society, returns to share some of the mythology behind familiar fall constellations like Pegasus, Perseus, and Andromeda.  In addition, he’ll tell you how to spot Jupiter and Saturn in the evening sky as well as how to safely observe the rare transit of Mercury across the Sun coming up in November. 

Free and Open to the community.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Painting with Watercolor (weekend classes)

Painting with Watercolor (weekend classes)

Sunday, October 13, 2019 | 1:30-3:30pm

Sundays, October 13 – November 17, 1:30 – 3:30 PM

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

Supply list: 

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

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Pay for this event online

Painting with Watercolor (weekend classes)

Member $55.00
Guest $65.00
The A to Z Guide for Primary Caregivers of Dementia

The A to Z Guide for Primary Caregivers of Dementia

Tuesday, October 22, 2019 | 2:00-3:00pm

Jane Foy is a veteran broadcaster and has been the primary caregiver for a dementia patient for the last 6 years. Her recently published book, The A to Z Guide for Primary Caregivers of Dementia Patients, is a collection of helpful hints based on real-life experiences. Living with and caring for a dementia patient is not easy, but this book will make the “road less bumpy.” The guide puts special emphasis on caring for the caregiver: from hairdresser appointments to finding your own “down” time. Ultimately, it’s a guide to help the caregiver get the most joy out of their time with their loved one. Free and open to the community.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Creating a Bird-Friendly Environment at Home

Creating a Bird-Friendly Environment at Home

Wednesday, October 23, 2019 | 11:00-12:00pm

Wednesday, October 23, 11:00 – 12:00 PM

Fall is here and the cold days of winter will arrive before we know it.  Scott Karr, from Wild Birds Unlimited, will be here to talk about fall migration and the joys of taking care of the birds in the winter, as well as to answer any questions you have about feeding and watching the birds in your own backyard. Free and open to the community.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Fee: free