Lifelong Learning

Writing for Pleasure (ON SITE)

Writing for Pleasure (ON SITE)

Friday, January 22, 2021 | 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

Intermediate Bridge Lessons -  Feb. 5 (On Site)

Intermediate Bridge Lessons - Feb. 5 (On Site)

Friday, January 22, 2021 | 1:00-2:00pm

Fridays, February 5, 19, 1:00-2:00 pm (4-part series; classes can be taken a la carte)

Classes are intended for experienced bridge players and can be taken a la carte. Classes are open to all and are taught by experienced bridge player and teacher, Ken Marino. Free for Prime and Standard members; each lesson is $10 for guests. Please register in advance below. SPACE IS LIMITED!  Registration for the Feb. 19 lesson will be available on Feb. 8.

Feb. 5: Slam bidding – Roman Key Card Blackwood, control cue bidding, grand slam force, and quantitative Notrump.

Feb. 19 - Two over one - Variations along with 1 NT forcing implications.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

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Intermediate Bridge Lessons -  Feb. 5 (On Site)

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Writing for Healing and Growth (ONLINE)

Writing for Healing and Growth (ONLINE)

Monday, January 25, 2021 | 10:00-12:00pm

Anyone who has ever kept a journal, written stories about his or her life, or just let the pencil do the talking knows that writing is indeed a powerful instrument for fulfillment, growth, and healing. Writing that comes from the heart and mind gives expression to that which is uniquely us. Experience the adventure of writing in this weekly workshop. The emphasis is on—but is not limited to—the writing of memoirs. This is not a critique group; it is designed to provide the support that people need to tell their stories. Strict rules of privacy and confidentiality will be observed. Leonard Tuchyner facilitates. Members only, limited availability. Fee is $15/month for standard members; free for Prime members. 

PLEASE EMAIL JENNIFER CREWS at jennifer@thecentercville.org IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN JOINING THIS GROUP. CLASS IS CURRENTLY FULL.

Members only.

Location: Online

Group Guitar Lessons for Beginners (ON SITE)

Group Guitar Lessons for Beginners (ON SITE)

Monday, January 25, 2021 | 1:00-2:00pm

Mondays, January 25-March 15, 1:00-2:00 pm (8 weeks) 

It’s not too late to learn a new instrument! If you’ve never touched a guitar or only know that it has strings, this class is for you! It’s also a good refresher if you played many moons ago and might need a do over. Join accomplished musician and instructor, Mike D’antoni for this class. It’s BYOG (bring your own guitar!) Open to Center members. Prime members – $40 for the 8-week session; Standard members- $64. Space is limited. Please register below.

Members only.

Location: The Center

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Group Guitar Lessons for Beginners (ON SITE)

Standard Members $64.00
Prime Members $40.00
The Basics of Painting with Pastels (ON SITE)

The Basics of Painting with Pastels (ON SITE)

Tuesday, January 26, 2021 | 9:00-12:00pm

This class is currently full.

 

This is a four week class on Tuesdays from 9-12pm - January 5, 12, and 19th and 26th.

Participants will get to know pastels by experimenting with different kinds of pastels on various surfaces through a simple drawing exercise.  They will then learn how to sketch a simple landscape using basic shapes, lay in color on the surface & blend the pastels using different tools & methods.  Prior experience with pastel painting not required.

Prime Members: free, Standard Members and Guests: $55.00. Materials fee 35.00 for all participants, payable to instructor at time of class

Jan Settle received her BFA degree from Virginia Commonwealth University and worked in the field of Interior Design for many years. She paints with acrylics, watercolor, pastels, and her new passion is Acrylic Paint Pouring. Jan is a member of the Blue Ridge Art League of Culpeper, the Mid-Atlantic Pastel Society (MAPS) and the Firnew Farm Artists Circle of Madison. Her work can be seen in local galleries and in many of the exhibits held by MAPS. You can follow Jan on Facebook at CastleRock Designs and Workshops.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Long Term Care Insurance Q&A Appointments

Long Term Care Insurance Q&A Appointments

Tuesday, January 26, 2021 | 10:00-11:00am

Meet one-on-one withTracy Meade as she guides 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; 10:00 and 10:30 am. Please call the Welcome Desk (434) 974-7756 to make an appointment. 

Tracy is an independent Financial Planner and Certified Long-Term Care Consultant.

Members only.

Location: The Center

Beginning Spanish (ONLINE)

Beginning Spanish (ONLINE)

Tuesday, January 26, 2021 | 1:00-2:00pm

Beginning Spanish  (Tuesdays at 1 pm)

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

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

This course is free and open to Center members, but please register below. The Zoom link will be sent to you prior to the class.

Students supply their own materials. For more information,contact program leader, Helen Ida Moyer.

Members only.

Location: Online

Meditation on the Inner Light (ONLINE)

Meditation on the Inner Light (ONLINE)

Tuesday, January 26, 2021 | 2:00-3:00pm

Held on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month.

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Experience refreshing moments of calm, balance, and peace any time you want through meditation. As you relax, feel your stress melt away. Discover how meditation can improve your physical, mental, and emotional health.

Benefits of Meditation for the Body

By alleviating stress, meditation can improve your physical health. One of the physical benefits includes reducing the risk of stress-related illnesses.  Medical researchers and doctors have reported the effects that stress has on the body. A number of illnesses are the result of stress. For this reason, medical practitioners recommend meditation to their patients to reduce stress levels. This includes meditating to decrease your heart rate and blood pressure. They recommend meditation to enhance the body’s immune response. Hospitals and medical clinics even offer classes in meditation to patients.

Benefits of Meditation for the Mind

Meditation produces a deep state of relaxation and a calm mind, providing mental benefits.  Studies have shown the positive effects meditation has on the brain and on improving memory. It also enhances concentration, attention, and focus. Meditation can improve concentration, whether one needs to concentrate for sports, education, work, or hobbies. When focused, we can increase our effectiveness and productivity. Sports figures and champion athletes have reported that meditation helps them to improve their focus to prepare for competing in their sport at the highest level.

Benefits of Meditation for the Emotions

Your emotional wellness, too, can be enhanced through meditation, resulting in inner tranquility and joy. Through meditation, you can reduce anxiety and depression that are caused by feelings of hopelessness and disappointments in life. When these are the result of emotions, such as feeling isolated or lonely, or a sense of sadness from dealing with life’s losses, meditation can supplement the support received from professionals.

When you meditate, you tap in to a place of happiness and peace. This increases a sense of positivity.  You realize that, beyond your daily problems that cause emotional pain, there is a pool of joy within that you can access and feel more joyous.  Meditation helps you to recharge, refresh, and rejuvenate.  When you feel happier, you are calmer and more balanced. This creates a ripple effect that will radiate to others.

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

free

Open to all.

Location: Online

Markets and the Economy: A Review of 2020 (ONLINE)

Markets and the Economy: A Review of 2020 (ONLINE)

Tuesday, January 26, 2021 | 2:00-3:00pm

Markets and Economy: A Review of 2020 and Prospects for the Future

How is COVID impacting the economy and markets? What can we expect this year? Find out how the economy and market environment in 2020 compared to prior crises. Presenter Rodney Sullivan has over 25 years experience and currently serves as Executive Director of the Richard A. Mayo Center for Asset Management at the University of Virginia Darden Graduate School of Business. Free and open to all. 

 

Click here a few minutes prior to 2 pm to join in the program:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86906055650

If joining by telephone, dial  (301) 715 8592  

Meeting ID: 869 0605 5650
        
 

Open to all.

Location: Online

Intermediate Spanish (ONLINE)

Intermediate Spanish (ONLINE)

Tuesday, January 26, 2021 | 2:10-3:10pm

Intermediate Spanish  (Tuesdays at 2:10 pm)

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

We are meeting on line every week and cover about a lesson a month:  working with the exercises in the text, as well as with questions on handouts, plus taking some time for grammar review; the final exercise in the text entails writing a short paragraph using as many of the expressions presented in the lesson as possible.

Students supply their own materials. For information on the class, contact program leader, Helen Ida Moyer

Open to all.

Location: Online

Advanced Spanish (ONLINE)

Advanced Spanish (ONLINE)

Tuesday, January 26, 2021 | 3:20-4:20pm

Advanced Spanish  (Tuesdays at 3:20 pm)

This is an informal course for students who are fairly fluent in Spanish, designed to give them the opportunity to keep up their Spanish skills.  We meet on line every week in a tertulia like format.  The materials we use will vary, including both articles on current events and short one act plays from a book entitled En un acto: diez piezas hispanoamericanas, 3rd edition, 1990, edited by Frank Dauster and Leon  F. Lyday.  It contains ten plays, followed by questions on the content and themes for discussion.    

Students supply their own materials. For information on the class, contact program leader, Helen Ida Moyer

Open to all.

Location: Online

Poetry Reading with William Vollrath (ONLINE)

Poetry Reading with William Vollrath (ONLINE)

Wednesday, January 27, 2021 | 1:00-2:00pm

Center member and Charlottesville resident, William Vollrath celebrates My Third Eye is Blurry, the publication of his collection of over 55 humorous and thoughtful poems about life’s journey. Join him as he shares a few of his short poems that offer insight into the mysteries and challenges of life in the past year. Free and open to all.  

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Meeting ID: 862 5635 1771

 

Open to all.

Location: Online

Senior Living Panel Discussion (Online)

Senior Living Panel Discussion (Online)

Wednesday, January 27, 2021 | 3:00-4:00pm

 

Looking to navigate the world of care as you age? Join our expert panel as they discuss the different avenues offered by senior living organizations in the area...from in-home care to assisted livings and adult day programs to hospice and more. Free and open to the community.  

Aly Howse - Assisted Living Facility

Kate Daniels - Hospice 

Regina Kerns - In Home Care

JABA - Adult Day Care Program

Alejandra Fletcher - Home Health 

Laura Barlett - Life Care Manager/Patient Advocate

 

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Open to all.

Location: Online

Reading for Pleasure (ON SITE)

Reading for Pleasure (ON SITE)

Thursday, January 28, 2021 | 12:00-1:00pm

If you enjoy robust literature written by a variety of authors but only have a little extra time to read each week, this may be the program for you.  Participants read the week's selection at the start of each session, then discuss their thoughts on the piece. Free to members, but first time guests are welcome! Sandra Garret is the program leader.

Members only.

Location: The Center

Apple Class with Clay Sisk

Apple Class with Clay Sisk

Thursday, January 28, 2021 | 1:00-3:00pm

On-Site Classes for Apple Device owners and beginners.

Space is limited and registration is required (Please RSVP below). CURRENTLY LIMITED TO 10 PEOPLE! If the class is full and you did not register, we will not be able to accommodate you. Thank you!

You will learn how to use iPhones, iPads, iMacs, MacBooks and other Apple devices. Topics will include using the internet, photos, email, texting and other Apps such as Maps, Calendar, Music, Contacts (Address Book) the Phone, FaceTime, Reminders and word processors. You will see techniques displayed on classroom TV monitors. Ample time will be allowed for questions and repeat demonstrations as needed. Contact Clay at SiskVA@Mac.com for more information.

 Free for Center members, but first time guests are welcome!

Members only.

Location: The Center

Contact: Clay Sisk

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Apple Class with Clay Sisk

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Backyard Beekeeping (ONLINE)

Backyard Beekeeping (ONLINE)

Thursday, January 28, 2021 | 3:00-4:00pm

Curious about what it takes to be a small-scale beekeeper, or why someone might want to propagate these pollinators in the first place? Join local resident Marilou Maglione as she describes her beekeeping practice and her passion for these amazing insects. Also learn planting and gardening practices that help local bees thrive.

 

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Meeting ID: 863 9132 6799

Open to all.

Location: Online

10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer's (Online)

10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer's (Online)

Monday, February 1, 2021 | 5:30-6:30pm

Alzheimer’s and other dementias cause memory, thinking and behavior problems that interfere with daily living. Learn how to recognize common signs of the disease; how to approach someone about memory concerns; the importance of early detection and benefits of a diagnosis; possible tests and assessments for the diagnostic process, and Alzheimer’s Association resources that are available. 

Richard Huang and Michael Lin are both first-year medical students at UVA and are excited to bring this program to you! They are representatives with the Alzheimer’s Association who support the Central & Western Virginia Chapter by providing educational opportunities and bringing awareness to the community.

Click here to join the program:

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Meeting ID: 995 1340 1368
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Open to all.

Location: Online

Walking the Camino Santiago with Linda Scandore (ONLINE)

Walking the Camino Santiago with Linda Scandore (ONLINE)

Tuesday, February 2, 2021 | 3:00-4:30pm

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2021

Each year, hundreds of thousands of people walk the Camino Santiago pilgrim routes that stretch across France and Spain. Linda will share with us her epic journeys to Santiago de Compostela walking several ancient routes originating in France and Spain. Come walk the path with Linda who will share the history of the “Way of St. James” along with stories that capture the kindness of the French and Spanish people and fellow pilgrims. Thinking of doing a part of the walk yourself? Linda will tell you how to plan and execute your trip. Stepping beyond conventional travel are Linda’s passions – visit her blog for information on more exciting destinations. 

Register in advance for this meeting:
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After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Open to all.

Location: Online

Book Group (ONLINE)

Book Group (ONLINE)

Wednesday, February 3, 2021 | 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.

To join the Zoom discussion, click on this link:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89087762468

If joining by telephone, call

+1 646 558 8656  

        

Upcoming Selections:

February 3      Overstory by Richard Powers

March 3          The Only Woman in the Room by Marie Benedict

April 7             The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon

Members only.

Location: Online

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

Getting Your Final Affairs in Order - Feb. 4th (ON SITE)

Getting Your Final Affairs in Order - Feb. 4th (ON SITE)

Thursday, February 4, 2021 | 10:00-11:30am

This class is full.

 

We prepare extensively for weddings, moving, and other life occurrences. But when it comes to planning for our inevitable deaths, do we have our affairs in order? Dr. Richard Gallagher has created a comprehensive program that enables the successful facilitation of your estate. Learn what essential documents you will need and how to organize them all into one place. This process can save time, money, and reduce the grief associated with death. You will receive a binder with documents and information needed to begin this process. Dr. Gallagher has settled four estates, and has 23 years’ experience teaching law, personal finance and organization, and has served as the Chairman of the Business Department at two Universities. Participants must register by Thursday, January 14th. Class materials fee: $10.00 for all, paid at registration.

Richard Gallagher is a retiree interested in helping others help themselves and their families with this presentation. He has offered this presentation several times with great success. Dr. Gallagher, a resident of Ruckersville for the last 24 years, is married with four grandchildren. 

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Money & You with Jorgen Vik (ON SITE)

Money & You with Jorgen Vik (ON SITE)

Tuesday, February 9, 2021 | 10:00-11:30am

CAPACITY IS CURRENTLY LIMITED TO 10 PEOPLE. REGISTRATION REQUIRED! 

 
Tuesday, February 9 
Educating your children, grandchildren, nephews or nieces about investing Join Jorgen for a discussion on how to engage the younger generation in money management and investments.

 

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

 

Jorgen Vik, CFP®, is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER Professional™ 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

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Money & You with Jorgen Vik (ON SITE)

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Senior Statesmen of Virginia* (ONLINE)

Senior Statesmen of Virginia* (ONLINE)

Wednesday, February 10, 2021 | 1:30-2:30pm

 

 Criminal Justice Reform- A Dialogue

The January program will feature the Commonwealth’s Attorneys from Albemarle and Charlottesville, James Hingeley and Joe Platania. They will discuss the recent changes in law as passed by the 2020 General Assembly and some of the proposals being put forward for the upcoming Session. Jeff Gould, president, Senior Statesmen of Virginia will be the moderator.
 
The January 13 SSV program will be held via Zoom. Pre-registration is required in order to participate. Here is the link to register for the meeting:   
 

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

Open to all.

Location: Online

Contact: www.seniorstatesmen.org

Elder Law with Doris Gelbman  (ONLINE)

Elder Law with Doris Gelbman (ONLINE)

Tuesday, February 16, 2021 | 10:00-11:30am

THE JANUARY 19 PRESENTATION WILL BE ON-LINE ONLY.

Using Government Benefits to Your Benefit

There are many changes in government programs and more can be expected in the year ahead. Explore the reason you’ve been paying taxes all these years. Attorney Gelbman will explain MediCARE, MediCAID as well as Veteran’s Benefits and other programs you may benefit from. You’ve been paying taxes all these years, now find out how to get your money’s worth.

 CLICK HERE  A FEW MINUTES PRIOR TO 10 AM TO JOIN THE PROGRAM:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/9077793941?pwd=dFNBUnRFUVJsVjlyQTI0NFBOdVhNdz09

Open to all.

Location: Online

Women's Place in Marathon History ONLINE

Women's Place in Marathon History ONLINE

Tuesday, February 16, 2021 | 3:00-4:00pm

Long time Charlottesville resident and marathon runner Beverly McCoid will share with us the history of running – from the first Marathon in 2500 B.C. to present day. Beverly and her husband moved to Charlottesville in 1957, and she started running in the mid 1960’s. In her talk, Beverly will highlight the struggle of women to be accepted as runners and will recount some of her marathon adventures along the way. Free an open to all; click on the link below to join:

 

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Meeting ID: 853 2142 8425

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Healthy Living for Your Brain and Body

Healthy Living for Your Brain and Body

Tuesday, February 16, 2021 | 5:30-6:30pm

For centuries, we've known that the health of the brain and the body are connected. But now, science is able to provide insights into how to make lifestyle choices that may help you keep your brain and body healthy as you age. Join us to learn about research in the areas of diet and nutrition, exercise, cognitive activity and social engagement, and use hands-on tools to help you incorporate these recommendations into a plan for healthy aging.

Richard Huang and Michael Lin are both first-year medical students at UVA and are excited to bring this program to you! They are representatives with the Alzheimer’s Association who support the Central & Western Virginia Chapter by providing educational opportunities and bringing awareness to the community.

 

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Meeting ID: 970 4497 6605
Passcode: 727833

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Open to all.

Location: Online

Touring the Galleria Borghese with Olga (ONLINE)

Touring the Galleria Borghese with Olga (ONLINE)

Thursday, February 18, 2021 | 3:00-4:30pm

The Galleria Borghese is considered by some to be the most beautiful museum in Italy. Olga Cuckovic, licensed tour guide of Rome and the Vatican City, guides us through this magnificent collection amassed by Cardinal Scipione Borghese, nephew of Pope Paul V. Eloquent proof of the social status of the papal families and the love of collecting art that often went with it, this 17th century building houses one of the most amazing collections in the world. Olga will reveal the bigger picture behind each of the most famous pieces as well as the smaller gossip and stories from history that inform and delight us today. 

Olga has worked for one of the best US tour operators for luxury travel, Tauck, as coordinator and a guide for some of their chains of groups that come to Rome. She’s also specialised in private tours for families and individual custom-made itineraries. She started working as a guide at the age of 18 in her hometown of Dubrovnik. A lover of art, she obtained her Master’s degree in Arts Management at the American University of Rome last year, and is currently working on obtaining her TEFL certificate (Teaching English as a Foreign Language). 

You may wish to visit her site www.olgarome.com or find her on Instagram at @olgaromeofficial 

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Register in advance for this meeting:
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After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Open to all.

Location: Online

How to Manage Investment Income (ON SITE)

How to Manage Investment Income (ON SITE)

Tuesday, February 23, 2021 | 10:30-12:00pm

FINANCIAL WELLNESS SERIES in partnership with CFA Institute

How to Manage Investment Income

Whether or not you are still working, your money can be working for you!  This session will introduce you to several different income-generating investment options so you can decide which may be the best choices for you. Topics covered include stocks, bonds, mutual funds, CDs, annuities and real estate. Join Jorgen Vik, Partner with SKV Group, LLC, for this informative session. Free and open to all but please register below.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

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How to Manage Investment Income (ON SITE)

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How Can C'ville Meet Its Climate Goals? (ONLINE)

How Can C'ville Meet Its Climate Goals? (ONLINE)

Thursday, February 25, 2021 | 3:00-4:00pm

The City of Charlottesville set a leadership target of a 45% reduction in community-wide greenhouse gas emissions by 2030. But how can we meet this ambitious climate targets and other goals? The Community Climate Collaborative (C3) was founded in 2017 to bring communities together to lead on climate by working with residents, businesses, and local governments to develop climate action plans and policies to accelerate action. Teri Kent, Director of Programs and Communications for C3, will share how they envision reaching these goals and provide local examples of success. This is first of a three-part series which will be held on the 4th Thursday of each month from Feb-April. Everyone welcome.

 

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Meeting ID: 892 1772 9113

About the presenter:

Teri is passionate about creating a better world through community involvement. She started the first green business challenge in Central Virginia, the Charlottesville Area Better Business Challenge, which to date has helped over 200 businesses increase their efficiency and sustainability measures. Teri also worked as Communications Manager at the Rivanna Water and Sewer & Solid Waste Authority before joining C3 in September 2017. Her love of the rocky Mountains where she grew up has expanded to a love of the Blue Ridge. In her free time, she loves listening to music with her two boys and hiking in Nature.

Open to all.

Location: Online

Current Events Talk  (ON SITE)

Current Events Talk (ON SITE)

Wednesday, March 3, 2021 | 10:00-11:00am

2nd and 4th Wednesdays, 10:00-11:00 am - ON-SITE at The Center

Welcome to the program! Meetings are designed to encourage an enjoyable discussion about important issues. The discussion leader will keep the conversation balanced, making sure that all who wish to speak have the opportunity. We are committed to sponsoring friendly and civil discussions. We want to respectful of all opinions, different points of view.  

CURRENT EVENTS WILL NOT MEET IN JANUARY AND FEBRUARY.

 

 


      

Open to all.

Location: The Center

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Current Events Talk (ON SITE)

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Unacceptable:  Privilege, Deceit & the Making of the College Admissions Scandal

Unacceptable: Privilege, Deceit & the Making of the College Admissions Scandal

Thursday, March 4, 2021 | 3:00-4:30pm

UNACCEPTABLE is the definitive story of the college admissions scandal that shocked the nation and shattered myths about meritocracy. Join the authors Melissa Korn and Jennifer Levitz, Wall Street Journal reporters who broke major developments in the story that exposed Rick Singer's operation which helped children nationwide secures spots at the schools of their dreams - for some, by any means necessary.They will share the history of this now famous operation, tracing the rise and ruin of the largest scam of its kind ever prosecuted by the Department of Justice. There will also be ample time for Q&A. Presented in partnership with VA Festival of the Book and WriterHouse. Register in advance, below:

Register in advance for this meeting:
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ABOUT THE AUTHORS

Melissa Korn is a reporter for The Wall Street Journal in New York covering higher education. Previously, she wrote for Dow Jones Newswire. She is a graduate of Cornell University and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

Jennifer Levitz is a national reporter for The Wall Street Journal in Boston covering general news, economics, and politics. Previously, she wrote for the Providence Journal. She is a two-time Pulitzer finalist. She graduated from Loyola University of Maryland.

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Talking Points from UNACCEPTABLE

The book paints a riveting portrait of Rick Singer and the history of his operation.

  • A deep dive into his personality  and character traits that made him able to pull off such a brazen scheme for so long.
  • How he was able to exploit loopholes in admissions systems, most famously, utilizing the back and side doors of college admissions with sizable donations and fraudulent athlete flags.
  • The stranger than fiction strategies for cheating on standardized tests--the professional test takers who doctored results and manipulated allowances for special needs students.
  • The evolution of college admissions into blood sport, which fed on the deep desires of already privileged families to achieve the ultimate status symbol: acceptance at the “right” school.
  • The idea that there are secrets to know and ways to win, which helped fuel a burgeoning industry around college counseling.

Korn and Levitz had unparalleled access to the families involved.

  • Exclusive insights into parents that provide well-rounded assessments of their motivations and Singer’s operations.
  • So far, the only interview with one of the children involved. For Matteo Sloane this interview seemed like something of a watershed moment of asserting his independence. He gives his side of the story, and sends a message to parents everywhere. 
  • Behind-the-scenes details of the investigation and legal battle that spanned the country, from California to New York to Boston. 
  • Riveting accounts of the high-profile arrests and courtroom dramas.

 

Numbers worth noting:

  • Rick Singer was paid up to $75,000 for his testing scheme and between $100,000 and $6.5 million for his illicit athletics admissions service, with the majority paying between $250,000 and $400,000 per student.
  • Between 2011 and 2018 parents paid some $25 million to Singer’s charity Key Worldwide Foundation to bribe coaches and a college administrator to designate the children of wealthy clients as recruited athletes.
  • Test-taking whiz Mark Riddell earned more than $200,000 cheating on college entrance exams more than 25 times in Canada, Texas and California as well as other places over the course of the cheating scheme.
  • Forget real estate porn, the court proceedings provided tons of bank account porn. One mother who was charged and pleaded guilty, heiress to the Hot Pockets fortune, received $100k monthly in a trust fund.

 

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Taking Climate Action Personally: Tips for Saving Money and the Climate at Home (ONLINE)

Taking Climate Action Personally: Tips for Saving Money and the Climate at Home (ONLINE)

Thursday, March 25, 2021 | 3:00-4:00pm

If you are like most people, you care about the environment.  But what can you personally do about it? The issue can seem intangible, insurmountable, and immeasurable. Community Climate Collaborative (C3) is here to make it personal. In this talk we’ll share steps that you can take to reduce waste, save money, increase your health, and help our community reach its emissions reductions targets starting in your own backyard. Free and open to all.


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Riding Climate Solutions: How Improving Local Transit can Help us Reach our Climate Goals (ONLINE)

Riding Climate Solutions: How Improving Local Transit can Help us Reach our Climate Goals (ONLINE)

Thursday, April 22, 2021 | 3:00-4:00pm

With transportation emissions accounting for the largest share of Virginia’s greenhouse gas emissions and communities setting aggressive targets for reductions, transportation solutions are critical. While increasing electric vehicle adoption is an important solution, they are not currently accessible to all residents. Join Community Climate Collaborative Executive Director Susan Kruse to learn how improving local transit systems and doubling ridership can help Charlottesville and Albemarle County reach its climate goals and improve access to services. Free and open to all.

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Location: The Center