Lifelong Learning

Chronic Disease Self-Management Overview

Chronic Disease Self-Management Overview

Wednesday, November 30, 2022 | 1:00pm-2:00pm

Join Danny Harris from the Jefferson Area Board for Aging (JABA) for an overview of the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP) that will be offered in the new year. CDSMP is an evidence-based, six-week workshop designed to help people who suffer chronic conditions. Caregivers also benefit greatly from this program.

Free and open to all.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

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Chronic Disease Self-Management Overview

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Photography Decision Making for Quality Images

Photography Decision Making for Quality Images

Thursday, December 1, 2022 | 10:00am-12:00pm

Five Thursdays, from  November 3 - December 8th 10-12pm (except on Nov. 24th)

The process of photography offers individuals with many potential decisions that must be made in the process of capturing a quality image. There are technical decisions that are critical to the quality of the photograph, such as focus and depth of field, as well as the exposure triangle of ISO, shutter speed and aperture. There are also aesthetic decisions less technical in nature that truly makes the difference in one's effort to capture a dramatic and interesting image that attracts the viewer. Examples of the aesthetic decisions include choice of subject matter, timing, composition, quality of light, and angle of view. This five session class will provide the participants with the opportunity to learn how to enhance their decision-making skills resulting in stronger, more dramatic images.

About Ben Greenberg:

Ben is a professional photographer whose lifelong passion for photography has led him to pursue landscape and more recently wildlife images that demonstrate the beauty and importance of the natural environment in Virginia and the twenty other states he has photographed. Ben has two websites, www.bengreenberg.com with 900 of his photographs and www.naturalvirginiabook.com devoted to his coffee table book, Natural Virginia, published in 2014 and reprinted twice more since then. For more than fifteen years Ben has made frequent  presentations to groups and camera clubs in Virginia as well as having taught classes in the central Virginia area.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

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Apple/Mac Users Group

Apple/Mac Users Group

Thursday, December 1, 2022 | 1:00pm-3:00pm

Thursdays, 1:00pm-3:00pm

On-Site Classes for Apple Device owners and beginners.

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! PLEASE RSVP BELOW!

Members only.

Location: The Center

Contact: Clay Sisk

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Apple/Mac Users Group

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Mastering Medicare with Margo

Mastering Medicare with Margo

Thursday, December 1, 2022 | 1:00pm-2:00pm

First Thursday of each month, 1:00-2:00 pm

Join Margo Kreider, a trusted Health Insurance Consultant and Broker, as she discusses health care costs, the moving parts of Medicare, enrollment, and more. Walk away from this one-hour seminar with the tools to make informed healthcare coverage decisions. Seminars will be held the first Thursday of each month.

1. Discuss healthcare costs and moving parts of Medicare

2. Enrollment rules, gaps, and review periods

3. Explores other variables to consider when forming your healthcare plan, like income IRMAA, HSA funding and Donut Hole exposure. 

Free and open to all. 

 

Brief Bio on Lecturer:

With a background in law and over 13 years of Medicare market consulting, Margo Steinlage Krieder, is president of a third generation Medicare health insurance agency. Steinlage insurance maneuvers the Medicare market and helps clients with every aspect of the Medicare enrollment process. 

Open to all.

Location: The Center

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Mastering Medicare with Margo

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Beginners Mah Jongg

Beginners Mah Jongg

Thursday, December 1, 2022 | 2:30pm-4:30pm

Thursdays, 2:30–4:30 pm through December
 
Practice your newfound Mah Jongg skills and keep improving your game. Contact Joyce Nunge for more information. Free for members.

Members only.

Location: The Center

French 2

French 2

Thursday, December 1, 2022 | 5:00pm-6:30pm

Tuesdays and Thursdays November 1-December 13, 5:00-6:30pm (12 Session Class) Class will not meet Thursday November 24th

This course is a continuation of Beginner’s French with instructor Ashton Nicewonger. If you did not take Beginner’s French, you may still join if you have a French background. Participants will begin to narrate past and future events, as well as reading and writing in French. Open to all. Prime members free, Standard members $50, Guests $70. 

By the end of the course participants will be able to:

- Narrarate Past and Future Events

- Hold more complex conversations

- Create their own vocabulary to connect language in a way that is personally significant, enabling them to continue their studies  outdside the classroom 

As a courtesy to program leaders and participants, if you register for this class and are unable to attend, notify us 72 hours in advance by emailing programs@thecentercville.org

 

About the Instructor:

Ashton Nicewonger is a PhD student at UVA with a MA in French from CU Boulder and extensive teaching experience. She has taught French in a preschool, a high school, and two universities. She has taught Beginner French at The Center as well. She previously lived in France and traveled extensively.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Seats available: 7

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French 2

Prime (RSVP Nov 1-Dec 13)
Standard (RSVP Nov 1-Dec 13) $50.00
Guest (RSVP Nov 1-Dec 13) $70.00
Tap Your Troubles Away (evening)

Tap Your Troubles Away (evening)

Thursday, December 1, 2022 | 5:00pm-5:50pm

Tap Your Troubles - Cancelled for Sept. 29

Every Thursday from 5:00-6:00 pm

Join instructor Lynn Divers as she teaches tap dancing with a rousing focus on Broadway style tap.  Learn steps from basics to showstoppers.  Lynn has been teaching dance since she was 13 and majored in Performing Arts with a Dance Emphasis. Some experience is helpful. Come increase your cardio and have fun. 

 Prime Members free; Standard members $30/month; Guests $45/month

Register below.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Seats available: 11

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Tap Your Troubles Away (evening)

Guests (December) $45.00
Standard Members (December) $30.00
Prime Members (December) $0.00
Bellwether Lecture and Book Signing

Bellwether Lecture and Book Signing

Thursday, December 1, 2022 | 6:00pm-7:00pm

Join David Toscano as he discusses his book Bellwether: Virginia’s Political Transformation, 2006-2020 which tells the story of the political transformation in the Commonwealth. David has served on the City Council, as Mayor, and in the Virginia House of Delegates. He has retired from public service but continues to practice law and has published 2 books.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

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Writing for Pleasure

Writing for Pleasure

Friday, December 2, 2022 | 12:15pm-2:00pm

Fridays, 12:15pm-2:00pm

Every Friday the Writing for Pleasure group meets to share their thoughts by writing them down, either following a prompt or choosing their own subject. It's fun, moving, interesting and enlightening to hear, discuss and understand another human being's viewpoint of life as it is, as it had been or how it could be.

Come discover and share your best style! All genres and experience levels welcome. Weekly "Writing for Pleasure" meetings are members only.   

Michael Beck and Dan Zisk are the programs leaders

Come to one session and you'll be hooked!  No registration necessary.

 

   

Members only.

Location: The Center

Writing for Healing and Growth

Writing for Healing and Growth

Monday, December 5, 2022 | 10:00am-12:00pm

Mondays 10:00am - 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.  

Members only.

Location: The Center

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Writing for Healing and Growth

Standard $15.00
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The Aftermath

The Aftermath

Monday, December 5, 2022 | 12:00pm-2:00pm

Monday December 5, 12:00-2:00 pm

Author of “Virginia Tech - Make Sure It Doesn't Get Out”, two textbooks and multiple books on gun violence and mass shootings, David Cariens, shares his personal loss during the first school shooting of Virginia in 2002. The author will address the aftermath of mass shootings from several perspectives. David has 40+ years of work in intelligence and crime analysis; he will discuss his findings and what victims and survivors can expect in terms of their own emotions and more. Lastly, David plans to share more insights found from being on the Governor’s Commission to Investigate the Virginia Beach Mass Shooting of May 31, 2019. Open to all, Registration Encouraged.

Perspectives Covering:

  • First, he lost the mother of his oldest grandchild at the first school shooting in Virginia in 2002.
  • Second, he has written three books analyzing mass shootings as well as numerous articles on the subject;
  • Third, he has 40+ years of work in intelligence and crime analysis. He will discuss his findings; what victims and survivors can expect—both in terms of their own emotions as well as from people in positions of authority;
  • Fourth, insights from being on the Governor’s Commission to Investigate the Virginia Beach Mass Shooting of May 31, 2019

Brief Bio on Instructor:

The instructor has spent 50+ years working in intelligence and crime analysis. He is a retired CIA officer and has designed courses and taught intelligence and crime analysis for 30+ years. He is the author of two textbooks on the subject and three books on gun violence and mass shootings. He also brings to his experience the loss of a family member in a mass shooting here in Virginia. Author -Advocate | David Cariens (davecariens.com)

Open to all.

Location: The Center

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The Aftermath

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How to Support Your LGBTQ Grandchild

How to Support Your LGBTQ Grandchild

Monday, December 5, 2022 | 2:00pm-3:30pm

Has your grandchild or someone in your life recently come out? Do you want to be supportive but aren't sure what's next?  Join Dr. Julie Alexandrin Co-founder and President of Scaffolding Advocacy and Inclusive Leadership, Inc., for a discussion of the challenges and opportunities that arise when someone you love comes out to you as LGBTQ

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Beginner Tap Class

Beginner Tap Class

Tuesday, December 6, 2022 | 10:00am-10:45am

This class is for the very beginner! If you've never stepped foot into a tap shoe or need to start over from the age of 5, join instructor, Diana Freeman. Diana is a Royal Academy of Dance Instructor and has taught ballet and tap for over 40 years. 

Register below.

Members only.

Location: The Center

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Beginner Tap Class

Standard Members (December) $35.00
Prime Members (December) $0.00
Raised Razed

Raised Razed

Tuesday, December 6, 2022 | 10:00am-12:00pm

Raised/Razed is a documentary feature film about the lasting effects of Urban Renewal on Vinegar Hill, a large African American neighborhood in the heart of Charlottesville, Virginia. For nearly a century, Vinegar Hill—like hundreds of Black communities across America—thrived as the center of business, education, religious, and cultural life, before being destroyed by the federally-backed and locally-executed Urban Renewal program.

After two years of extensive research, Raised/Razed has woven original audio interviews of former Vinegar Hill residents from the early 1980s with modern-day interviews from their descendants, to bring the neighborhood back to life as it existed at its height and to take viewers into the homes, classrooms, and businesses of community members. 

This story draws connections between Charlottesville’s Vinegar Hill and Durham, North Carolina’s Hayti neighborhood, which was also destroyed, to show how Urban Renewal irreversibly transformed the lives of people across the country.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

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The Good Life Series

The Good Life Series

Tuesday, December 6, 2022 | 11:00am-12:00pm

First Tuesday of each month, 11:00 am- 12:00 pm

In this monthly series, you will receive helpful information that all seniors should know! Free and open to all. Registration required below

Tuesday, December 6 Changing Insurance Needs as You Age - Many things change as we age, including the different types of insurance we need. Find out what you need to know.

Tuesday, January 3 The Jefferson Area Board for Aging: Learn what services JABA provides for seniors, adults with disabilities, caregivers, and their families in Charlottesville, and Albemarle, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, and Nelson counties.

Tuesday, February 7 The Problem with Probate: Why does estate planning often involve probate avoidance? Attorney Beth Norton presents on the probate and estate administration process, as well as common methods for avoiding probate.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

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The Good Life Series

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Beginning Spanish

Beginning Spanish

Tuesday, December 6, 2022 | 12:45pm-2:00pm

Beginning Spanish (ONLINE, but will meet at The Center the 2nd Tuesday of each month)

Tuesdays, 12:45-2:00 pm

In this weekly 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 the class. 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!

Free for Center members.

THE NEW SERIES OF SPANISH CLASSES STARTS SEPTEMBER 27. Registration required below.

The instructor, Helen Ida Moyer will send Zoom link and other necessary information prior to Sept. 27.

 

Looking for Advanced Beginner Spanish? Click here.

Looking for Keeping Up Your Spanish? Click here.

Members only.

Location: Online

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Beginning Spanish

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Name That Tune

Name That Tune

Tuesday, December 6, 2022 | 1:00pm-2:00pm

Join Center member Bill Porter on piano and emcee Merle Kinzer (a past contestant on the TV show Name that Tune!) and test your musical knowledge. Just come and have fun; no registration necessary.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Advanced Beginner Spanish

Advanced Beginner Spanish

Tuesday, December 6, 2022 | 2:00pm-3:15pm

Advanced Beginner Spanish (ONLINE, but will meet at The Center the 2nd Tuesday of each month) Tuesdays, 2:00 pm-3:15 pm

In this weekly 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. Free and open to all.  

THE NEW SERIES OF SPANISH CLASSES STARTS SEPTEMBER 27. Registration required below.

The instructor, Helen Ida Moyer will send Zoom link and other necessary information prior to Sept. 27.

 

Looking for Beginning Spanish? Click here

Looking for Keeping Up Your Spanish? Click here

Open to all.

Location: Online

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Advanced Beginner Spanish

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Keeping Up Your Spanish

Keeping Up Your Spanish

Tuesday, December 6, 2022 | 3:15pm-4:30pm

Keeping Up Your Spanish (ONLINE, but will meet at The Center the 2nd Tuesday of each month), Tuesdays, 3:15-4:30 pm

This is an intermediate level course for students who want to improve their skills in Spanish, or just want to keep up their fluency in Spanish. The materials we use will vary, including both podcasts and readings about current events, or of plays and stories. Free and open to all. Helen Ida Moyer is the instructor. 

THE NEW SERIES OF SPANISH CLASSES STARTS SEPTEMBER 27. Registration required below.

The instructor, Helen Ida Moyer will send Zoom link and other necessary information prior to Sept. 27.

 

Looking for Beginning Spanish? Click here.

Looking for Advanced Beginner Spanish? Click here.

Open to all.

Location: Online

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Keeping Up Your Spanish

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International Standard Style Ballroom Dancing (Evenings)

International Standard Style Ballroom Dancing (Evenings)

Tuesday, December 6, 2022 | 5:00pm-5:45pm

Tuesdays December 6–January 3 and Wednesday January 11, 5:00–5:45pm (5 sessions)

Learn the Waltz, Quickstep, Tango, Foxtrot, and Viennese Waltz with instructor Steven Babusko. All levels of dance backgrounds are welcome. Prime members free; Standard members $30; Guests $45.

December 6: Waltz

December 13: Quickstep

December 20: Tango

January 3: Foxtrot

January 11: Viennese Waltz

As a courtesy to program leaders and participants, if you register for this class and are unable to attend, notify us 72 hours in advance by emailing programs@thecentercville.org

Instructor Bio

Steven Babusko is professionally certified in four ballroom dance styles: Smooth, Rhythm, Standard, and Latin. Originally from Hungary, he began dancing at Terry Dean's Ballroom Dance Studio (later Blue Light Ballroom) in 2013 and performed in 12 competitions with teacher Tara McGough. He has been teaching at Smooth Sailing Ballroom Dance Studio since July 2021.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Seats available: 18

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International Standard Style Ballroom Dancing (Evenings)

Guests (5–5:45 Dec 6–Jan 11) $45.00
Standard Member (5–5:45 Dec 6–Jan 11) $30.00
Prime Member (5–5:45 Dec 6–Jan 11)
International Latin Style Ballroom Dancing (Evenings)

International Latin Style Ballroom Dancing (Evenings)

Tuesday, December 6, 2022 | 6:00pm-6:45pm

Tuesdays December 6–January 3 and Wednesday January 11, 6:00–6:45pm (5 sessions)

Learn the Cha-cha, Rumba, Jive, Samba, and Paso Doble with instructor Steven Babusko. All levels of dance backgrounds are welcome. Prime Members free; Standard Members $30; Guests $45.

December 6: Cha-cha 

December 13: Rumba

December 20: Jive

January 3: Samba 

January 11: Paso Doble

As a courtesy to program leaders and participants, if you register for this class and are unable to attend, notify us 72 hours in advance by emailing programs@thecentercville.org

Instructor Bio

Steven Babusko is professionally certified in four ballroom dance styles: Smooth, Rhythm, Standard, and Latin. Originally from Hungary, he began dancing at Terry Dean's Ballroom Dance Studio (later Blue Light Ballroom) in 2013 and performed in 12 competitions with teacher Tara McGough. He has been teaching at Smooth Sailing Ballroom Dance Studio since July 2021.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Seats available: 22

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International Latin Style Ballroom Dancing (Evenings)

Guests (6–6:45 Dec 6–Jan 11) $45.00
Standard Members (6–6:45 Dec 6–Jan 11) $30.00
Prime Members (6–6:45 Dec 6–Jan 11)
Master Gardener Series: De-icing Solutions

Master Gardener Series: De-icing Solutions

Tuesday, December 6, 2022 | 6:30pm-7:30pm

Wintertime De-icing Solutions That Reduce Potential Impacts

Slipping on ice is a danger we all face in the wintertime. Come learn about smart choices for dealing with snow and ice that can reduce the impacts traditional de-icing chemicals can have on our landscapes and that are friendly to people, pets and our watersheds. Master Gardeners will present safe and effective ways to treat hard surfaces that avoid damaging herbaceous and woody plants and that help protect our waterways. 

Open to all.

Location: The Center

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Master Gardener Series: De-icing Solutions

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Book Group

Book Group

Wednesday, December 7, 2022 | 11:00am-12:00pm

1st Wednesday of each month

This enthusiastic group meets monthly to discuss predominantly contemporary works of fiction and nonfiction. Participants make suggestions, the group selects the books, and everyone enjoys sharing their impressions of the month's selection. Free for members but first-time guests are always welcome.

Upcoming Selections:                    

Dec 7 – The Personal Librarian by Marie Benedict/Victoria Murray 

Jan 4 – Defending Jacob by William Landay 

Feb 1 –

Members only.

Location: The Center

Contact: Jane Alspach JaneMA893@gmail.com

Happy Hour Trail Mix Bar

Happy Hour Trail Mix Bar

Wednesday, December 7, 2022 | 3:00pm-4:30pm

Sample tasty takes on four different trail mix recipes and create your own mix with members of the 2023 class of UVA Dietitians. Free for Center members.

Members only.

Location: The Center

Seats available: 1

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Happy Hour Trail Mix Bar

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Movie Night - December

Movie Night - December

Wednesday, December 7, 2022 | 5:00pm-7:00pm

First (documentary) and third (movie) Wednesdays of each month 5-7pm.

Wednesday, December 7,  5-7 pm

Standing in the Shadows of Motown

Detroit, Michigan, 1959. Berry Gordy gathers the best musicians in the city's thriving jazz and blues scene for his new record company: Motown. By the end of their phenomenal 14-year run, this unheralded group of musicians play on more Number One hits that the Beach Boys, the Rolling Stones, Elvis Presley and The Beatles combined. This is their story. 

Wednesday, December 21, 5-7 pm

Miracle on 34th Street

After a divorced New York mother hires a nice old man to play Santa Claus at Macy's, she is startled by his claim to be the genuine article. During the Christmas season, he shares a flat with Doris's neighbor (John Payne), who has eyes for Doris. Kris hopes to unite the two while winning over Doris's skeptical 6-year-old daughter (Natalie Wood). Free and open to all.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

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Movie Night - December

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Tai Chi Evenings

Tai Chi Evenings

Wednesday, December 7, 2022 | 5:30pm-6:30pm

Wednesdays 5:30-6:30

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. Also on Thursdays and Fridays 8:30-9:30am.

Background The Center has offered Tai Ji (an alternate spelling of Tai Chi) for 14 years. The teaching method allows participants to learn health aspects of the discipline, its connection to Chinese medical theory, meditation techniques for relaxation and to bolster the immune system, and even self-defense techniques. The system is based on the Three Emperors style of martial arts taught by Wang Zhenhua, a former coach at Beijing University. The Center’s program was initiated by Mr. Wang’s student, John Alton, Charlottesville resident and someone recognized by the Chinese government as an expert in Chinese health practices. Lei Xilai, an instructor who came to the states from the Beijing area, taught advanced classes at The Center and introduced new forms to the class. The current instructor, Bryan McKenzie, has taught for the past 12 years. Bryan is a student of Mr. Lei and Mr. Alton. Bryan leads the TaiJi group with a clear mind, with firm hands and a warm heart, and above all with gentle words. He has a great sense of humor and no pretense at all.

About the Exercise

The exercise is simple -- in a series of movements based on a Taoist martial art, participants slowly relearn how to balance, purposefully shifting weight from side to side and then increasing the difficulty of the movements. The slow movements not only redefine balance, but also provide a workout similar to the old Charles Atlas "dynamic tension" exercises for muscle development. Participants currently range in age from 50 to 94 and allowances are made for personal stamina, strength, medical history, and ability. The atmosphere is relaxed and easy-going; participants running late for class are welcome to join in whenever they arrive.

Members only.

Location: The Center

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Tai Chi Evenings

Standard Members (December) $36.00
Prime Member (December)
Virginia POW Camps in WWII (Onsite and FB Streamed)

Virginia POW Camps in WWII (Onsite and FB Streamed)

Wednesday, December 7, 2022 | 6:30pm-7:30pm

We are sorry - this class is cancelled

Dr. Kathryn Roe Coker received a doctorate in history from the University of South Carolina. For nine years, she was the appraisal archivist at the South Carolina Department of Archives and History. She then served for thirty years as an historian for the Department of the Army (DA). Dr. Coker’s interest in World War II prisoners of war (POWs) began at Fort Gordon while serving as the deputy command historian. She has published many articles in professional journals and chapters from her dissertation on South Carolina’s Revolutionary War Loyalists in books. While a DA historian, she published numerous books and pamphlets, including A History of Fort Gordon; World War II Prisoners of War in Georgia: Camp Gordon’s POWs; Mobilization of the U.S. Army Reserve for the Korean War and The Indispensable Force: The U.S. Army Reserve (1990–2010). She retired in 2015 and now resides in Richmond, Virginia. In 2019, she and Jason Wetzel published Georgia POW Camps In World War II. Dr. Coker currently is working on a book about U.S. Army combat historians to be released in 2023 by Casemate Publishers.

Virginia Prisoner of War Camps in World War II

During World War II, Virginians watched as German and Italian prisoners invaded the Old Dominion. At least seventeen thousand Germans and countless Italians lived in more than twenty camps across the state and worked on five military installations. Farmers hired POWs to pick apples. Fertilizer companies, lumberyards and hospitals hired them. At first a phenomenon of war in Virginia’s backyard, these former enemy combatants became familiar to many—often developing a rapport with their employers. Join Dr. Coker as she takes you on a tour of the camps, the daily lives of the POWs and the enduring effect they had on Virginia.

 

Stay tuned for FB Streaming link

Open to all.

Location: The Center

The Global Posture of China

The Global Posture of China

Thursday, December 8, 2022 | 10:00am-12:00pm

Retired U.S. Army Colonel Steve Rundle and former Intelligence Officer Carl Pales will discuss China’s global posture (military, economic, diplomatic). Participants are encouraged to share their knowledge, express opinions, and communicate ideas concerning this topic in a nonthreatening, nonpartisan, and collegial environment. If you would like to be part of a developing community of people with a shared interest in political-military affairs and international security issues, we look forward to seeing you. 

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Seats available: 17

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The Global Posture of China

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African American Authors Book Club

African American Authors Book Club

Thursday, December 8, 2022 | 6:00pm-7:30pm

Second Thursday of each month 

This event is now back at The Center!

The African American Authors Book Club (AAABC) has been reading books by African American or African authors since 1996.  While selected books are by African American authors, the club members are racially and culturally diverse and join together each month to enjoy intellectual discussions and camaraderie. All are welcome

July 14 - "The Love Songs of W.E.B.DuBois"  by Honoree Fanon Jeffers

August  - no book.  Thinking of a field trip options.

September 8 - "The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story"

October 13- “All That She Carried” by Tiya Miles

November 10 - “Harlem Shuffle” by Colson Whitehead

December - Holiday Party

 

 

 

 

  

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Understanding Cremation

Understanding Cremation

Friday, December 9, 2022 | 10:00am-11:30am

Many people take the time to plan for the future of their belongings after they pass, but have you considered the options for your body?  Harold Decker of the Cremation Society of Virginia will provide cremation services information and the benefits of preplanning end-of-life wishes.  Free and open to the community.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Seats available: 37

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Understanding Cremation

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Current Events

Current Events

Monday, December 12, 2022 | 2:00pm-3:00pm

Free for members; registration encouraged

Monday December 12, 2:00–3:00 pm

Join in this monthly discussion. Participants can bring up any subject in the news that interests them. All thoughts and opinions are welcome, and discussions will be friendly and respectful. Bob Toplin will host.

 

 


      

Open to all.

Location: The Center

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Current Events

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Money and You

Money and You

Tuesday, December 13, 2022 | 10:00am-11:30am

Second Tuesday of each month 10:00 - 11:30 am

Free and open to all. Please register below.

 
Tuesday, December 13 - The Year That Was. Jorgen Vik, Certified Financial Planner and Partner with SKV Group, LLC, will take a look back at 2022 and what impacted stocks, bonds, real estate, crypto, and more.

Tuesday, January 10, 10:00–11:30 am

The Allure of Predictions: Numerous studies show that investment predictions are often wrong. Yet, we keep looking for predictions to guide our investing. What lures us in? Are there actionable predictions out there? Jorgen Vik, partner with the SKV Group, LLC., will lead the discussion.

Tuesday, February 14, 10:00–11:30 am

6 Common Investment Mistakes & How to Avoid Them: Many investors are prone to make certain mistakes. Are you one of them? What can you do to avoid these errors? Jorgen Vik, partner with the SKV Group, LLC., shares from over 20 years’ experience.

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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Civil War Round Table

Civil War Round Table

Tuesday, December 13, 2022 | 6:30pm-8:00pm

Civil War Round Tables are a valuable source in preserving our nation's history. They are independent organizations that share a common interest in studying the American Civil War. There are hundreds of these throughout the U.S. and some abroad. The Civil War Round Table of Charottesville meets the 2nd Tuesday at 6:30 pm at The Center. It is open to Roundtable and Center members. Center members, please RSVP below:

November 8 meeting

The speaker will be Mr. Robert M. "Bert" Dunkerly. He will present The Fall of Richmond, one of the most famous and momentous events of Richmond’s history, that occurred on April 23, 1865. It also was one of the most shrouded events in myth and misconception.

Bert is a historian, an award-winning author, and person who is actively involved in historic preservation and research. He has worked at 9 historic sites, written 11 Civil War books and published more than 20 articles. He is a Park Ranger at the Richmond National Battlefield Park.

 

Members only.

Location: The Center

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Medicare 101

Medicare 101

Wednesday, December 14, 2022 | 11:00am-12:00pm

2nd Wednesday of each month, 11:00AM-12:00PM

Medicare can be so confusing! Join Sharon Accardo as she guides you through the process. Free and open to all. Please register below.

Wednesday, January 11, 11:00 am–12:00 pm with Sharon Accardo

Wednesday, January 11, 6:00–7:00 pm with Sharon Accardo

Wednesday, February 8, 11:00 am–12:00 pm with Sharon Accardo

Open to all.

Location: The Center

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Medicare 101

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Let’s Talk Wine!

Let’s Talk Wine!

Wednesday, December 14, 2022 | 5:00pm-6:00pm

Wednesdays, November 9 and December 14, 5:00–6:00 pm  

Join Scott Elliff, owner of DuCard Vineyards, for these very informative talks.

Wednesday, November 9 - Harvest Time in the Virginia Wine Industry - Scott will share what is happening in the wine industry now, how this season has been, and what you can expect from the wines that are being made this year. This is a fun and informal session with plenty of time for Q&A.   

Wednesday, December 14 - The Virginia Wine Industry: Past, Present, and Future - Scott will cover how our local wine industry came to be, from the first settlers, through Prohibition, to the modern rebirth of the industry—it’s been a wild ride!

Open to all.

Location: The Center

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Clock Painting and Making

Clock Painting and Making

Thursday, December 15, 2022 | 10:00am-11:30am

Thursday December 15 10:00-11:30am

Join instructor Jamie Schwartz as she leads you in painting a beautiful winter scene on a wooden clock. Painting is a relaxing and fun way to explore your creative side. Students will also assemble the clock mechanism, and everyone will leave with a working clock. No experience required. Open to all. Material fee is $25 for all and due to the instructor at the start of class. Prime members free, Standard members $10, Guests $20. 

 Acrylic Painting

 Brush Techniques

 Fun

As a courtesy to program leaders and participants, if you register for this class and are unable to attend, notify us 72 hours in advance by emailing programs@thecentercville.org

Brief bio on instructor: My name is Jamie and I own an Art & Craft Bar in downtown Charlottesville called Pikasso Swig. I have a degree in Studio Art and have spent my entire life creating. I now teach classes at my own studio to both children and adults. I have worked with all age groups and have worked with all artistic abilities, from beginners to advanced students.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Seats available: 10

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Clock Painting and Making

Prime (Dec 15)
Standard (Dec 15) $10.00
Guest (Dec 15) $20.00
Has Your Get Up and Go Got Up and Left? (Dec. 16)

Has Your Get Up and Go Got Up and Left? (Dec. 16)

Friday, December 16, 2022 | 11:00am-12:00pm

3rd Friday of every month, 11:00am-12:00pm 

If you have reached the age of 50 or beyond, this program is for you! Join experienced personal trainer and fitness instructor Pete Cross to learn simple moves you can insert into your daily routine and how to apply psychology to change habits and reduce procrastination.  Pete will discuss the factors of aging that you can change and often reverse, physical factors that can influence brain function and much more.  Adopting a more active lifestyle can evolve into a fun, social experience when you recognize the various ways you can enrich your life.  Free and open to all. Please register below. Class size is limited to 10.

This class is also taught the 1st Tuesday of each month 6:45PM-7:45PM.  Click here for details.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Seats available: 9

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Has Your Get Up and Go Got Up and Left? (Dec. 16)

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Clay 1613 with Leontyne Clay Peck

Clay 1613 with Leontyne Clay Peck

Thursday, December 22, 2022 | 6:00pm-7:30pm

What does 19th-century slave-owner and U.S. statesman Henry Clay have to do with legendary boxer Muhammad Ali? Discover the answer to this unexpected connection and more in newly released documentary Clay 1613, which traces the many descendants — Black and white, known and unknown, rich and poor — of planter John Clay, who arrived in Jamestown, Virginia circa 1612–13. Filmmaker Leontyne Clay Peck joins us to share her 18-year journey in finding and documenting her Clay family ancestry. Free and open to all.

Presented in partnership with the Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society

Open to all.

Location: The Center

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Paint Loose With Linda

Paint Loose With Linda

Tuesday, January 3, 2023 | 10:00am-1:00pm

Tuesdays January 3 - February 28, 10:00am-1:00pm

Linda Abbey teaches students drawing and watercolor painting using a big brush. Learn the skill of Betty Edward's Drawing on The Right Side of The Brain and how to put watercolor on paper. Students will have every step broken down, so all levels of artist are welcome! The final class will be a small reception of the students' work. Prime Members free, Standard Members $100, Guests $125. Materials are needed for this class and the list is below.

Students will learn: to see is to understand what they are looking at, why it is important, and how to put it on paper. From this step by step class, students cannot help but to succeed. 

MATERIAL LIST (Prices based off Cheap Joes, located in Boone, NC)

Sketchbook, Canson 9x12 Universal sketch pad 100 sheets      702-194     $   9.99 

White Factis erasers, 3 per pack                                                                    $   2.36

BRUSHES

  Golden Fleece size 32 or 36 round brush                                   $  21.69

  Golden Fleece size 10 brush                                                      $    7.49

  Golden Fleece  size 6 brush                                                       $   5.99

  ¾ inch flat brush                                                                         $  12.59

  rigger size 2 or 3                                                                         $   7.00

 Palette knife size 44 or 40                                                           $   6.29

     

PALETTE, white, Cheap Joes brand                           #400           $13.99

    Or any other brand of a covered palette with spaces for at least 9 different paints and a large area for mixing colors.

 

PAPER

Arches 140 lb cold pressed is best.  You will need 8 sheets sized 15”x11”. 

I buy full sheets and tear them in quarters 15”x11”, to be taped on Masonite boards that I provide.

I got a deal of 25 sheets of  Arches 140 lb watercolor paper for $146.00!

And I am happy to sell two sheets to each student for  $12.00.  By tearing these full sheets into quarter sheets, there’s enough for all 8 classes.

 

PAINTS

Paints are all American Journey brand, a cool and warm yellow, blue, red and brown.  Hooker’s green is to make greens easier.  

                                                                          37ml tube   15ml tube

Cerulean Blue                          AJ1037-37           $22.19        $12.29

Ultramarine blue                      AJ1139-37           $12.79        $  7.99

Cadmium Red Light                AJ1025-37           $22.19        $12.29

Alizarin Crimson                      AJ1101-37           $14.59        $  8.89

Cadmium Yellow light             AJ1034-37           $15.99        $10.19

Yellow Ochre                           AJ1148-37           $11.29        $  7.09

Burnt Sienna                            AJ1016-37           $11.29        $  7.09

Burnt Umber                            AJ1019-37           $11.29        $  7.09

Hooker’s Green light               AJ1059-37           $14.59        $  8.89

 

I suggest the larger tubes, a better deal.  The paint does not dry out if you recap it tightly after squeezing out the amount you want.

 

Artist’s white tape                                                  AT-1                            $6.79

   

Sponges  set of 3 sponges                                                                $  8.59

         

Total materials cost:               with 37 ml tubes of paint         with 15 ml paint

                                                                      $217.29                          $162.89

Pencils  buy at Michaels.

Linda will provide students with vine charcoal, stick charcoal, pens, conte crayon and other drawing materials.  Linda will supply Strathmore Illustration board, Hake brushes, white wax candles, white acrylic paint, matte medium and tissue paper for the “snow” painting. She also provide the Masonite boards and water buckets.

New policy: If you cannot make this class, please let us know. If you do not cancel at least 7 days in advance, the materials fee will be charged to you. Our artists work hard to keep their materials fees affordable, and they need to purchase supplies in advance. When people do not show, they are often unable to recoup these costs. Thank you for understanding.

Brief Bio on Instructor: Linda Abbey is a teacher of art. She taught 4th and 5th grade for 4 years. She was in Title 11 for 14 years in Virginia. She has taught Paint Loose for 17 years in Syracuse, NY, and Florence Italy. She developed the 8 lesson seeing what worked for her. When she learned to draw and paint, she was 36. She loves to see her students "get it".

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Seats available: 1

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Paint Loose With Linda

Prime (Jan 3-Feb 28)
Standard (Jan 3-Feb 28) $100.00
Guests (Jan 3-Feb 28) $125.00
Mandala Rock Painting

Mandala Rock Painting

Tuesday, January 3, 2023 | 2:00pm-4:00pm

Tuesday January 3, 2:004:00 pm

Mandala dot art creates designs using various sizes of dots. Learn how to use mandala art tools and create your own rock art with instructor Cory Ryan. No experience necessary. Prime members free; Standard members $15; Guests $25. Materials fee is $12, payable to instructor at start of class. Must register by 4:00 pm December 23.

Instructor Bio: Cory Ryan is a self-confessed "craft-a-holic" with over 40 years experience in a variety of mediums. Inspired by a recent trip to Costa Rica, she has now added dot art to her repertoire of painting, gourd art, pine needle basketry, and quilling. Cory teaches at Qute Scraps Handmade Boutique in Ruckersville and the Open Doors adult education program with Albemarle County Public Schools.

New policy: If you cannot make this class, please let us know. If you do not cancel at least 7 days in advance, the materials fee will be charged to you. Our artists work hard to keep their materials fees affordable, and they need to purchase supplies in advance. When people do not show, they are often unable to recoup these costs. Thank you for understanding.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Seats available: 10

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Mandala Rock Painting

Prime (Jan 3)
Standard (Jan 3) $15.00
Guest (Jan 3) $25.00
Registered Dietitian Q and A (Jan 3)

Registered Dietitian Q and A (Jan 3)

Tuesday, January 3, 2023 | 4:00pm-5:00pm

First and Third Tuesdays of Each Month, Beginning January 3, 4:00-5:00pm

Meet with UVA Health Dietitian, Olivia Obertello, to have a greater understanding of general nutrition, understand how nutrition needs change as we age, be better equipped to create well- balanced meals, and ask questions about your personal health. Drop by within the hour for a personal 15-minute Q&A session. Olivia’s sessions will be the first and third Tuesdays of each month. Open to all. Guests $10, Members Free.

 

Brief bio of Instructor: Olivia studied nutrition at Virginia Tech where she received a Bachelor of Science and then a Master of Science in nutrition. She completed supervised practice hours at The University of Virginia Health System and has been working as a registered dietitian there since. In her free time, she enjoys running, hiking, and cooking.

 

As a courtesy to program leaders and participants, if you register for this class and are unable to attend, notify us 72 hours in advance by emailing programs@thecentercville.org

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Seats available: 3

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Registered Dietitian Q and A (Jan 3)

Guest (Jan 3, 4pm) $10.00
Member (Jan 3, 4pm)
Control Alt Delete - Nutrition Class

Control Alt Delete - Nutrition Class

Wednesday, January 4, 2023 | 10:00am-10:45am

Control Alt Delete - Nutrition Class 

Wednesdays January 4-25, 10:00-10:45 am

This class will focus on helping people realize that achieving and maintaining a healthy diet is a life-long commitment. Fad diets may work in short term, but only good nutrition practices and an active lifestyle are successful long-term. Previous 10-year Division Manager of a National Diet Institute, Lenora Conway, will address various causes of overweight and the important role of behavior modification to achieve a regimen for healthy and sustainable weight control. The group will encourage fellow students to control nutrition and diet, find an alternative plan, and delete unproductive behavior. Open to all in any stage of health journey. Guests $20, Standard Members $10, Prime Members Free.

Material recommended: Notebook

3 Objectives Covered In Class:

  • Why have you chosen to take this class? What is your goal?
  • What are the factors that have led you to feel (or be) where you are in your weight journey? (discomfort, stress, anxiety, health issues, etc.)
  • How to develop the emotional tools, knowledge, and determination to achieve your goals.

 

Brief Bio on Instructor: 

10 years Division Manager of a National Diet Institute, training seminar leaders and managers in 25 states, Master's Degree in Education, and continuing Education in Behavior Modification. Previous Radio Talk Show Hostess, Syndicated Columnist, Public Speaker, and Musician.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Seats available: 29

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Control Alt Delete - Nutrition Class

Guest (Jan 4-25, Wed.10 am) $20.00
Standard (Jan 4-25, Wed.10 am) $10.00
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Movie Night - January

Movie Night - January

Wednesday, January 4, 2023 | 5:00pm-7:30pm

The Botany of Desire

Wednesday, January 4, 5- 7:15pm

While visiting places like Peru, Kazakhstan and Amsterdam, learn from author Michael Pollan as he explains the natural history of apples, tulips, marijuana and potatoes and describes how common plants such as these deftly manipulate human desires. Based on Pollan's best-selling book, this documentary encourages viewers to look at the world from a vastly different perspective and improve their relationships with nature. 

The Way

Wednesday, January 18, 5-7:15pm

When his son dies while hiking the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route in the Pyrenees, a grieving father flies to France to claim the remains. Looking for insights into his estranged child's life, he decides to complete the 500-mile trek to Spain. 

Open to all.

Location: The Center

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Movie Night - January

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Fashion Tips and Tricks for an Affordable Wardrobe

Fashion Tips and Tricks for an Affordable Wardrobe

Thursday, January 5, 2023 | 10:00am-11:00am

WITH STYLE RENEE'S BOUTIQUE LLC

 

Thursdays January 5-19, 10:00-11:00 am (3 week series)

Our bodies are constantly changing and trying to dress them gets harder the more fashion changes. Discover basic pieces that save time and money by being versatile and great quality with Crystal Napier from Style Renee’s Boutique. Crystal will explore dressing several different body types in many diverse styles while also teaching attendees how to best care for their clothes and extend the lifetime of their wardrobe. Join the class to learn fashion tips and tricks to create a cohesive wardrobe that will compliment your body type, lifestyle and budget. Material fee is $12 for soft measuring tape and body type packet, due to instructor on first day of class.

Prime free, Standard $15, Guests $25.

  1. Understanding your body type and how to dress it – explore several different body shapes and discuss the challenges and wins of dressing that body type.
  2. How to build a capsule wardrobe - Discover the basic pieces that everyone needs in their wardrobe and will save time and money when having pieces that are versatile and great quality.
  3. How to get the best value out of your clothes - Quality clothing is important and knowing how to care for your clothes can help you extend your wardrobe for a long time and save you greatly.

 

Brief Bio on Instructor:

Crystal Renee Napier is originally from Afton, Virginia and now resides in Greene County with her husband, Former Marine, Shaun Napier, son, Micah Napier, and their wonder dog, Simba Napier. She holds dual-bachelor degrees from the University of Virginia (2005) and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Liberty University (2013). After Crystal’s 10-year career in banking and while working on her MBA, Crystal found her passion of empowering women through flattering designs and styles of clothing. In September 2014, she ended her successful career in banking and started her entrepreneurial venture, Renee’s Boutique. 

Renee’s Boutique, Clothing For The Confident Woman, is a online and mobile shopping destination that provides products and services that serve men and women. Crystal is a certified Fashion Stylist and Image Consultant from the Style Academy International. She has studied global and cultural fashion trends and traditions of many different groups. She has had the pleasure of meeting and working with countless designers and clothing vendors from all over the globe. 

Clothing is an important expression of our individuality. Quality and affordability are challenging to find in the fashion industry, but Renee’s has the solutions to make you feel comfortable, stylish, and confident with affordable price points. 

"The time and money that you’ll save when you understand your body type and find your style will amaze you." - Crystal Napier

 

As a courtesy to program leaders and participants, if you register for this class and are unable to attend, notify us 72 hours in advance by emailing programs@thecentercville.org

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Seats available: 25

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Fashion Tips and Tricks for an Affordable Wardrobe

Guest (Jan 5-19, 10am) $25.00
Standard Member (Jan 5-19, 10am) $15.00
Prime (Jan 5-19, 10am)
Kickstart Your Health in January

Kickstart Your Health in January

Thursday, January 5, 2023 | 12:30pm-2:30pm

Thursdays January 5-26, 12:30 - 2:30 pm (series) 

R.N. and health educator, Mary Sherrill, introduces the award-winning Food for Life nutrition education and plant-based cooking class program. Mary provides an innovative approach to diet-related chronic diseases, weight management, and diet. Free and Open to all.

R.N. and health educator, Mary Sherrill, introduces the award-winning Food for Life nutrition education and plant-based cooking class program. Mary provides an innovative approach to diet-related chronic diseases, weight management, and diet. Since 2007, FFL has been a pioneer in delievering hands-on information about the direct role of plant-based nutrition and disease prevention to communities around the world. 

- Discover which foods are optimal for weight management

- Collect information on chronic illnesses that may be prevented and possibly reversed by a whole food plant-based diet

- Be empowered to be in control of your health

Free and Open to all. Registration necessary.

Brief Bio on Instructor: Mary is a self-proclaimed "senior", an R.N. and a health educator. She is a liscenced Food for Life instructor with the Physicians Commitee for Responsible Medicine. She would like to bring free classes to the community that contain the power we all have at "the ends of our forks" and "The Power Plate".

Open to all.

Location: The Center

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Ballroom Dance - Thursdays January

Ballroom Dance - Thursdays January

Thursday, January 5, 2023 | 7:15pm-8:00pm

Thursdays January 5-26, 7:15–8:00 pm

In four sessions, learn basic steps to classic Ballroom dances such as the Rumba, Waltz, Foxtrot, and Tango with instruction Samuel Umbaugh. Ballroom dancing is the perfect combination of physical activity, social interaction, and mental stimulation. Prime members free; Standard members $30; Guests $45. 

Instructor Bio:
Samuel Umbaugh
 is an experienced competitive and social dancer. He began dancing ballet in high school, then transitioned into ballroom dance. With over 10 years of dance experience and 6 years of competitive ballroom, he has competed in competitions across the US and into Canada. He loves all styles of dance and wants to share that joy with others!

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Seats available: 31

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Ballroom Dance - Thursdays January

Prime (Jan 5-26)
Standard Jan (5-26) $30.00
Guest (5-26) $45.00
Peace of Mind Planning - January

Peace of Mind Planning - January

Friday, January 6, 2023 | 10:00am-12:00pm

Join Laurel Marr in a conversation about the support a doula gives during the end-of-life process. This is a holistic practice of support and planning for the patient, caregivers, family, and loved ones. 

A doula’s work can include all or any of the following:

  • Providing companionship to the dying and their loved ones through the entire end-of-life journey
  • Helping facilitate unresolved issues and find peace and acceptance of death through grace and the patient’s own story
  • Following advance directives
  • End-of-life planning upholding the highest dignity for the patient
  • Complete funeral or memorial planning
  • Facilitating comfort interventions and care plans
  • Supporting grieving family members, loved ones, friends, and the community before and after death

About the Instructor:

Laurel Marr is an end-of-life doula and care practitioner for individuals, families, and communities looking for physical, emotional, and spiritual support through a difficult journey. Laurel is trained as an End of Life Doula by DoulaGivers, and she earned her proficiency badge with the National End of Life Doula Alliance (NEDA). She studied Systematic and Philosophical Theology at the University of Nottingham (UK) and has a Master's Degree from General Theological Seminary in NYC.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Seats available: 45

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Peace of Mind Planning - January

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Glass Painting

Glass Painting

Tuesday, January 10, 2023 | 9:30am-11:30am

Glass Painting

Tuesday January 10, 9:30-11:30

Join instructor Jamie Schwartz as she leads students to paint on glass in this modern art class. Attendees will paint a beautiful floral scene on a 5x7 brass hanging frame. Painting is a relaxing and fun way to explore your creative side. No experience is required for this course. Material fee is $25 for all and due to instructor at the start of class. Prime Members Free, Standard Members $10, Guests $20.

 Glass Painting

 Brush Techniques

 Fun

Brief bio on Instructor: My name is Jamie and I own an Art & Craft Bar in downtown Charlottesville called Pikasso Swig. I have a degree in Studio Art and have spent my entire life creating. I now teach classes at my own studio to both children and adults. I have worked with all age groups and have worked with all artistic abilities, from beginners to advanced students.

New policy: If you cannot make this class, please let us know. If you do not cancel at least 7 days in advance, the materials fee will be charged to you. Our artists work hard to keep their materials fees affordable, and they need to purchase supplies in advance. When people do not show, they are often unable to recoup these costs. Thank you for understanding.

As a courtesy to program leaders and participants, if you register for this class and are unable to attend, notify us 72 hours in advance by emailing programs@thecentercville.org

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Seats available: 13

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Glass Painting

Guest (9:30am, Jan 10) $20.00
Standard (9:30am, Jan 10) $10.00
Prime (9:30am, Jan 10)
Quilling With Cory

Quilling With Cory

Tuesday, January 10, 2023 | 10:00am-12:00pm

Tuesday January 10, 10:00 am12:00 pm

Learn the historical form of quilling art, using coiled paper strips to form shapes into beautiful designs. Create a notecard with instructor Cory Ryan, learn the history of this unique art form, and gain the knowledge and tools to create many more quilling art pieces of your own. No experience necessary. Prime members free; Standard members $15; Guests $25. Materials fee is $15, payable to instructor at start of class. Must Register by 4:00 pm January 3.

 

Instructor Bio: Cory Ryan is a self-confessed "craft-a-holic." She has been crafting for over 40 years in painting, gourd art, pine needle basketry, and quilling. Cory teaches at Qute Scraps Handmade Boutique in Ruckersville and the Open Doors adult education program with Albemarle County Public Schools.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Seats available: 15

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Quilling With Cory

Prime (Jan 10)
Standard (Jan 10) $15.00
Guest (Jan 10) $25.00
Climbing the Ancestry Tree

Climbing the Ancestry Tree

Tuesday, January 10, 2023 | 1:00pm-2:30pm

Tuesdays January 1031, 1:002:30pm

Family historian Dick Somer uses local court records, land deeds, wills, naming patterns, and more to help students find their personal ancestry. Continue your ancestral investigations by learning how to navigate internet sources and how to tap into local history. Bring your own laptop or follow along with Dick. Members free; Guests $15. 

Instructor Bio:
Dick Somer has been a family historian for 27 years. He has over 400 surnames identified from 1610 to present in Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Vermont, Maine, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Colorado, and California. 

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Seats available: 10

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Climbing the Ancestry Tree

Members (Jan 10–31)
Guests (Jan 10–31) $15.00
Medicare 101 Evening

Medicare 101 Evening

Wednesday, January 11, 2023 | 6:00pm-7:00pm

Wednesday, January 11, 6:00–7:00 pm with Sharon Accardo

Free and open to all; registration encouraged.

Medicare can be so confusing! Join Sharon Accardo as she guides you through the process. Free and open to all. Please register below.

Wednesday, December 14, 11:00 am- 12:00 pm with Sharon Accardo

Wednesday, January 11, 11:00 am–12:00 pm with Sharon Accardo

Wednesday, January 11, 6:00–7:00 pm with Sharon Accardo

Wednesday, February 8, 11:00 am–12:00 pm with Sharon Accardo

Open to all.

Location: The Center

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Medicare 101 Evening

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Elder Law with Doris Gelbman

Elder Law with Doris Gelbman

Tuesday, January 17, 2023 | 10:00am-11:30am

3rd Tuesday of each month, 10:00-11:30 am 

Free and open to all

Tuesday, January 17, 10:00–11:30 am

Estate Planning Basics: Wills, Powers of Attorney, Advanced Medical Directives

Find out what every adult should know to ensure your finances, property and healthcare decisions are carried out as you wish. Learn how to dispose of your property when you die, avoiding (not evading!) taxes and probate.

Tuesday, February 21, 10:00–11:30 am

More on Wills, Trusts and Estate Planning: Beyond the Basics

Many people have no idea of the complications that can arise when they fail to plan where there “stuff” goes when they die.  Attendees will gain a much clearer idea of how to plan for the transfer of your property in the future.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

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Elder Law with Doris Gelbman

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The Challenges of Teaching History Today (ACHS)

The Challenges of Teaching History Today (ACHS)

Tuesday, January 17, 2023 | 6:00pm-7:30pm

This is the annual Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society (ACHS) Meeting

ACHS Annual Member Meeting with a special panel discussion on The Challenges of Teaching History Today with Hashim Davis from Albemarle High School, Matthew Deegan from Charlottesville High School, and Sally Duncan from the Renaissance School. In partnership with the Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society. Free and open to all. 

Open to all.

Location: The Center

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The Challenges of Teaching History Today (ACHS)

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International Latin Style Ballroom Dancing (January 17-February 14)

International Latin Style Ballroom Dancing (January 17-February 14)

Tuesday, January 17, 2023 | 6:00pm-6:45pm

Tuesdays January 17- February 14, 6:00–6:45pm (5 sessions)

Learn the Cha-cha, Rumba, Jive, Samba, and Paso Doble with instructor Steven Babusko. All levels of dance backgrounds are welcome. Prime Members free; Standard Members $30; Guests $45.

As a courtesy to program leaders and participants, if you register for this class and are unable to attend, notify us 72 hours in advance by emailing programs@thecentercville.org

Instructor Bio

Steven Babusko is professionally certified in four ballroom dance styles: Smooth, Rhythm, Standard, and Latin. Originally from Hungary, he began dancing at Terry Dean's Ballroom Dance Studio (later Blue Light Ballroom) in 2013 and performed in 12 competitions with teacher Tara McGough. He has been teaching at Smooth Sailing Ballroom Dance Studio since July 2021.

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Location: The Center

Seats available: 33

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International Latin Style Ballroom Dancing (January 17-February 14)

Guests (Jan 17-Feb 14, 6-6:45) $45.00
Standard Members (Jan 17-Feb 14, 6-6:45) $30.00
Prime Members (Jan 17-Feb 14, 6-6:45)
International Standard Style Ballroom Dancing (January 17-February 14)

International Standard Style Ballroom Dancing (January 17-February 14)

Tuesday, January 17, 2023 | 7:00pm-7:45pm

Tuesdays January 17-February 14, 7:00–7:45pm (5 sessions)

Learn the Waltz, Quickstep, Tango, Foxtrot, and Viennese Waltz with instructor Steven Babusko. All levels of dance backgrounds are welcome. Prime members free; Standard members $30; Guests $45.

As a courtesy to program leaders and participants, if you register for this class and are unable to attend, notify us 72 hours in advance by emailing programs@thecentercville.org

Instructor Bio

Steven Babusko is professionally certified in four ballroom dance styles: Smooth, Rhythm, Standard, and Latin. Originally from Hungary, he began dancing at Terry Dean's Ballroom Dance Studio (later Blue Light Ballroom) in 2013 and performed in 12 competitions with teacher Tara McGough. He has been teaching at Smooth Sailing Ballroom Dance Studio since July 2021.

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Location: The Center

Seats available: 34

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International Standard Style Ballroom Dancing (January 17-February 14)

Guests (Jan 17-Feb 14, 7-7:45pm) $45.00
Standard Member (Jan 17-Feb 14, 7-7:45pm) $30.00
Prime (Jan 17-Feb 14, 7-7:45pm)
Crafting Your Extended Care Plan

Crafting Your Extended Care Plan

Thursday, January 19, 2023 | 11:00am-12:00pm

Thursday, January 19, 11:00 am–12:00 pm

Free and open to all

Taking the time to set up a plan for long-term care will give you, your family members, and your caregivers peace of mind. Presented by Kim Volker, COO of Care is There, and Tracy Meade, Certified Long-Term Care Consultant and Financial Planner.

Should I have an extended care plan? What resources do I have? Should I plan to stay in my home, or will I need to move to a new home or city as I age? Will my friends, neighbors or children be available to assist me for an extended period of time? What resources, outside of my current network, are available to me in the Charlottesville community? What is the role of a Geriatric Care Manager? Learn how you can craft an Extended Care Plan that takes into consideration your wishes. Taking the time to set up a plan for long-term care will give you, your family members, and your caregivers peace of mind. Walk away feeling empowered and enlightened!  Presented by Kim Volker, COO, Care is There, Geriatric Care Management and Tracy Meade, CLTC Certified Long-Term Care Consultant and Financial Planner

Wednesday, January 25, 6:00–7:00 pm

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Open to all.

Location: The Center

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Italian Grammar II with AnnaMaria

Italian Grammar II with AnnaMaria

Monday, January 23, 2023 | 9:30am-11:00am

Mondays, January 23 - February 20, 9:30-11am (5 weeks)

Native Italian and beloved instructor AnnaMaria Bakalian is back, this time to teach an engaging class focusing on Italian grammar. Suitable for  intermediate students, learn about how to use the present tense, and the proper articles to read, write, and speak the language at a basic, effective level. Prime members free, Standard Members 25.00 Guests 40.00.

Note: If you are interested in this class but have not taken the previous grammar class offered, please contact AnnaMaria  - torreorsaia@aol.com before registering to determine if this class is suitable for you.Materials fee $10.00, payable to instructor at first class for those new to the grammar class series.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Contact: torreorsaia@aol.com

Seats available: 10

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Italian Grammar II with AnnaMaria

Guests (Jan 23-Feb 20, 9:30-11 am) $40.00
Standard Members (Jan 23 - Feb 20, 9:30-11am) $25.00
Prime Members (Jan 23 - Feb 20, 9:30 - 11 am) $0.00
Long Term Care Insurance Q&A Appointments

Long Term Care Insurance Q&A Appointments

Tuesday, January 24, 2023 | 10:00am-11:00am

4th Tuesday of every month, 10:00am-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

3D Printing

3D Printing

Tuesday, January 24, 2023 | 1:00pm-3:00pm

Want to learn about 3D printing? Once limited to large research and development businesses, affordable 3D printers for hobbyists are now widely available. Bill Erskine got his first 3D printer during the pandemic and will have one of his printers on hand to show it in action. He’ll describe the printing process and have examples of the decorative and practical items that can be produced. Free Samples! Free and open to all. 

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Location: The Center

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3D Printing

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Ballroom Dance - Thursdays February

Ballroom Dance - Thursdays February

Thursday, February 2, 2023 | 7:15pm-8:00pm

Thursdays February 2-23, 7:15–8:00 pm

In four sessions, learn basic steps to classic Ballroom dances such as the Rumba, Waltz, Foxtrot, and Tango with instruction Samuel Umbaugh. Ballroom dancing is the perfect combination of physical activity, social interaction, and mental stimulation. Prime members free; Standard members $30; Guests $45. 

Instructor Bio:
Samuel Umbaugh is an experienced competitive and social dancer. He began dancing ballet in high school, then transitioned into ballroom dance. With over 10 years of dance experience and 6 years of competitive ballroom, he has competed in competitions across the US and into Canada. He loves all styles of dance and wants to share that joy with others!

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Seats available: 32

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Ballroom Dance - Thursdays February

Guest (Feb 2-23) $45.00
Standard (Feb 2-23) $30.00
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Kickstart Your Health

Kickstart Your Health

Friday, February 3, 2023 | 11:00am-1:00pm

Fridays February 3- March 3 (5 week series), 11:00am- 1:00 pm

R.N. and health educator, Mary Sherrill, introduces the award-winning Food for Life nutrition education and plant-based cooking class program. Mary provides an innovative approach to diet-related chronic diseases, weight management, and diet. Since 2007, FFL has been a pioneer in delivering hands-on information about the direct role of plant-based nutrition and disease prevention to communities around the world. 

- Discover which foods are optimal for weight management

- Collect information on chronic illnesses that may be prevented and possibly reversed by a whole food plant-based diet

- Be empowered to be in control of your health

Free and Open to all. Registration necessary.

 

Brief Bio on Instructor: Mary is a self-proclaimed "senior", an R.N. and a health educator. She is a licensed Food for Life instructor with the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. She would like to bring free classes to the community that contain the power we all have at "the ends of our forks" and "The Power Plate".

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Location: The Center

Seats available: 23

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Dementia Resources and Advocacy

Dementia Resources and Advocacy

Tuesday, February 7, 2023 | 10:00am-11:00am

Join Cheairs Graves and Tamar Goodale from Jefferson Area Board for Aging as they discuss dementia care.

  • Participants will be able to identify dementia resources and care that is available in the Charlottesville area.
  • Participants will discover the cost of dementia care and distinguish between publicly funded and privately funded dementia care.
  • Participants will be able to recount “Questions to Ask” when looking at memory care facilities.
  • Participants will be able to describe the Long-Term- Care Ombudsman Program and tell how they can contact this program.

Instructors Bio:

Cheairs Graves is the Dementia Services Coordinator at the Jefferson Area Board for the Aging. Cheairs holds a Master’s Degree in Gerontology and is a Certified Positive Approach to Care Dementia Trainer.

Tamar Goodale manages the Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program at the Jefferson Area Board for Aging. Tamar received a Juris Doctor from William and Mary School of Law and has worked as an advocate for children and employee rights before turning her attention to those in long-term care.

Rescheduled from November 2022.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Seats available: 26

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Medicare and Social Security Planning 101

Medicare and Social Security Planning 101

Wednesday, February 8, 2023 | 6:00pm-7:30pm

Wednesday, February 8, 6:00–7:30 pm

Thursday, February 16, 6:00–7:30 pm

Part A, B, C, D… what does it all mean? When should you enroll in Medicare and Social Security? Find out the answers to these questions and more with senior insurance advisor Sharon Accardo and Tracy Meade, CLTC and Financial Planner.

Free and open to all. Please register below.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

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Medicare and Social Security Planning 101

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Italian Cuisine with Olga

Italian Cuisine with Olga

Monday, February 13, 2023 | 1:00pm-3:00pm

Come meet Olga in person at The Center!

A passionate foodie, tour guide Olga Cuckovic will enlighten us with her knowledge of regional food traditions and the secrets of Italian culinary magic while visiting Charlottesville. Olga will share photos, stories, recipes, and answer questions.  Free and open to all. 

Open to all.

Location: The Center

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Fuzzy Heart Wreath and Chocolate Tasting

Fuzzy Heart Wreath and Chocolate Tasting

Tuesday, February 14, 2023 | 9:00am-11:00am

Fuzzy Heart Wreath & Chocolate Tasting

Tuesday February 14, 9:00am-11:00am

HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!

Love is in the air and this wreath is a fun way to celebrate the season. Using fuzzy, soft yarn, students will create a beautiful wreath which can be hung on your door, inside of your home or anywhere you choose. We will decorate our wreaths with a small embellishment which will give your wreath some pizazz and sparkle. A chocolate tasting will also be provided by instructor Jamie Schwartz for some added fun! Materials fee is $25 for all and due at the start of class. Prime Members Free, Standard Members $15, Guests $25.

No experience required.

 Working with a Glue Gun

 Craft Techniques

 Fun

Brief bio of Instructor: My name is Jamie and I own an Art & Craft Bar in downtown Charlottesville called Pikasso Swig. I have a degree in Studio Art and have spent my entire life creating. I now teach classes at my own studio to both children and adults. I have worked with all age groups and have worked with all artistic abilities, from beginners to advanced students.

New policy: If you cannot make this class, please let us know. If you do not cancel at least 7 days in advance, the materials fee will be charged to you. Our artists work hard to keep their materials fees affordable, and they need to purchase supplies in advance. When people do not show, they are often unable to recoup these costs. Thank you for understanding.

As a courtesy to program leaders and participants, if you register for this class and are unable to attend, notify us 72 hours in advance by emailing programs@thecentercville.org

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Seats available: 17

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Fuzzy Heart Wreath and Chocolate Tasting

Guest (Feb 14, 9am) $25.00
Standard (Feb 14, 9am) $15.00
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Paint Loose with Linda (April-May)

Paint Loose with Linda (April-May)

Tuesday, April 4, 2023 | 10:00am-1:00pm

Paint Loose with Linda April-May

Tuesdays April 4-May 30, 10:00am-1:00pm

Linda Abbey teaches students drawing and watercolor painting using a big brush. Learn the skill of Betty Edward's Drawing on The Right Side of The Brain and how to put watercolor on paper. Students will have every step broken down, so all levels of artist are welcome! The final class will be a small art reception of the students' work. Prime Members free, Standard Members $100, Guests $125. 

Students will learn: to see is to understand what they are looking at, why it is important, and how to put it on paper. From this step by step class, students cannot help but to succeed. 

MATERIAL LIST (Prices based off Cheap Joes, located in Boone, NC)

Sketchbook, Canson 9x12 Universal sketch pad 100 sheets      702-194     $   9.99 

White Factis erasers, 3 per pack                                                                    $   2.36

BRUSHES

  Golden Fleece size 32 or 36 round brush                                   $  21.69

  Golden Fleece size 10 brush                                                      $    7.49

  Golden Fleece  size 6 brush                                                       $   5.99

  ¾ inch flat brush                                                                         $  12.59

  rigger size 2 or 3                                                                         $   7.00

 Palette knife size 44 or 40                                                           $   6.29  

PALETTE, white, Cheap Joes brand                           #400           $13.99

    Or any other brand of a covered palette with spaces for at least 9 different paints and a large area for mixing colors.

PAPER

Arches 140 lb cold pressed is best.  You will need 8 sheets sized 15”x11”. 

I buy full sheets and tear them in quarters 15”x11”, to be taped on Masonite boards that I provide.

I got a deal of 25 sheets of  Arches 140 lb watercolor paper for $146.00!

And I am happy to sell two sheets to each student for  $12.00.  By tearing these full sheets into quarter sheets, there’s enough for all 8 classes.

PAINTS

Paints are all American Journey brand, a cool and warm yellow, blue, red and brown.  Hooker’s green is to make greens easier.  

                                                                          37ml tube   15ml tube

Cerulean Blue                          AJ1037-37           $22.19        $12.29

Ultramarine blue                      AJ1139-37           $12.79        $  7.99

Cadmium Red Light                AJ1025-37           $22.19        $12.29

Alizarin Crimson                      AJ1101-37           $14.59        $  8.89

Cadmium Yellow light             AJ1034-37           $15.99        $10.19

Yellow Ochre                           AJ1148-37           $11.29        $  7.09

Burnt Sienna                            AJ1016-37           $11.29        $  7.09

Burnt Umber                            AJ1019-37           $11.29        $  7.09

Hooker’s Green light               AJ1059-37           $14.59        $  8.89

Suggests the larger tubes, a better deal.  The paint does not dry out if you recap it tightly after squeezing out the amount you want.

Artist’s white tape                                                  AT-1                            $6.79

Sponges  set of 3 sponges                                                                $  8.59

Total materials cost:               with 37 ml tubes of paint         with 15 ml paint

                                                                      $217.29                          $162.89

Pencils  buy at Michaels.

Linda will provide students with vine charcoal, stick charcoal, pens, conte crayon and other drawing materials.  Linda will supply Strathmore Illustration board, Hake brushes, white wax candles, white acrylic paint, matte medium and tissue paper for the “snow” painting. She also provide the Masonite boards and water buckets.

New policy: If you cannot make this class, please let us know. If you do not cancel at least 7 days in advance, the materials fee will be charged to you. Our artists work hard to keep their materials fees affordable, and they need to purchase supplies in advance. When people do not show, they are often unable to recoup these costs. Thank you for understanding.

Brief Bio on Instructor: Linda Abbey is a teacher of art. She taught 4th and 5th grade for 4 years. She was in Title 11 for 14 years in Virginia. She has taught Paint Loose for 17 years in Syracuse, NY, and Florence Italy. She developed the 8 lesson seeing what worked for her. When she learned to draw and paint, she was 36. She loves to see her students "get it".

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Location: The Center

Seats available: 9

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Paint Loose with Linda (April-May)

Guests (April 4- May 30) $125.00
Standard (April 4-May 30) $100.00
Prime (April 4-May 30)