Lifelong Learning

Investors Forum - Third Friday

Investors Forum - Third Friday

Friday, November 16, 2018 | 10:00-11:30am

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

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

A list of favorite investment websites can be found here.

Members only.

Location: The Center

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

Fee: free

Writing for Pleasure

Writing for Pleasure

Friday, November 16, 2018 | 12:00-2:00pm

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

Members only.

Location: The Center

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

Fee: free

Current Affairs Discussion Group

Current Affairs Discussion Group

Monday, November 19, 2018 | 9:30-11:00am

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

Members only.

Location: The Center

Contact: Jerry Granroth (434) 305-8926

Fee: free

Writing for Healing and Growth

Writing for Healing and Growth

Monday, November 19, 2018 | 10:00-12:00pm

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

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

Members only.

Location: The Center

Contact: Senior Center 974-7756

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Writing for Healing and Growth

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Medicare Consulting - Tuesdays

Medicare Consulting - Tuesdays

Tuesday, November 20, 2018 | 10:00-12:00pm

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

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Bridge Tune-Up

Bridge Tune-Up

Tuesday, November 20, 2018 | 12:00-1:00pm

Do informal play to improve your skills.  Players help each learn new bidding conventions and play-of-the-hand strategy in a non competitive, relaxed setting.  Contact Meg Robinson.

Members only.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

NEW! Taste of Spanish for Beginners

NEW! Taste of Spanish for Beginners

Tuesday, November 20, 2018 | 1:00-2:00pm

NEW IN SEPTEMBER! Please note there is also a 12 noon beginner's class!

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

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

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

Location: The Center

Advanced Beginner's Spanish

Advanced Beginner's Spanish

Tuesday, November 20, 2018 | 2:00-3:00pm

NEW CLASS - BEGINS IN SEPTEMBER! 

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

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

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

Location: The Center

Pay for this event online

Advanced Beginner’s Spanish

Register $0.00
Keeping Up Your Spanish

Keeping Up Your Spanish

Tuesday, November 27, 2018 | 3:15-4:15pm

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

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

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

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


 

Location: The Center

Pay for this event online

Keeping Up Your Spanish

Register $0.00
Charlottesville International Folk Dance

Charlottesville International Folk Dance

Wednesday, November 28, 2018 | 6:30-8:30pm

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

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Apple/Mac Users Group

Apple/Mac Users Group

Thursday, November 29, 2018 | 1:00-4:00pm

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

Members only.

Location: The Center

Contact: Clay Sisk

Fee: free

Book Group

Book Group

Wednesday, December 5, 2018 | 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.

Fall/Winter Selections:

November 7: The Storied Life of A.J. Fickry by Gabrielle Zevin  

December 5: A Gentleman In Moscow by Amor Towles 

January 2: Commonwealth by Ann Patchett 

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

March 6: Snowflower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See

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

Members only.

Location: The Center

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

Fee: free

Socrates Cafe™

Socrates Cafe™

Thursday, December 6, 2018 | 3:00-5:00pm

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

Members only.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Investors Forum - First Friday

Investors Forum - First Friday

Friday, December 7, 2018 | 10:00-11:30am

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

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

A list of favorite investment websites can be found here.

Members only.

Location: The Center

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

Fee: free

All Things Digital

All Things Digital

Monday, December 10, 2018 | 1:00-2:30pm

Monday, November 12, 1:00pm - 2:30pm

Join the Geek Squad as they provide information about computer system performance and entertain your questions in an open Q&A session.

Free and open to the community.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

The Good Life Design Collaborative

The Good Life Design Collaborative

Tuesday, December 11, 2018 | 9:00-10:00am

Tuesday, October 9, 9:00-10:30 am

Navigating the Healthcare System - Learn how to better prepare yourself an encounter with the healthcare system. What is necessary to move more smoothly through the healthcare system?Learn how to get the right service at the right time. Anthony Nappi from Blue Ridge PACE will lead the discussion. Free and open to the community.

 

Tuesday, November 13, 9:00-10:30 am

Dan Smith from Artistic Memories Video Productions will be the guest speaker.  With the holidays coming, he can interview and record a video history of your loved one/ones, and can create custom video productions for important family and/or life events with professional results!  He can also help you to preserve existing videos that you and your family may have. Free and open to the community.

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

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

 

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

We serve:

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

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

Open to all.

Location: The Center

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

Money & You With Jorgen Vik

Money & You With Jorgen Vik

Tuesday, December 11, 2018 | 10:00-11:30am

Tuesday, October 9, 10:00 -11:30 am
Should you convert to a tax-exempt Roth IRA? Is it worth the price to pay taxes now in order not to pay later? What are the rules for Roth conversions?
 
Tuesday, November 13, 10:00am-11:30am
How do I incorporate my home in my asset allocation?
There is a lot of talk about stocks, bonds, rental properties, etc., but how do we incorporate the value of our personal residence in our investment and financial plans? Free and open to the community.

 

Tuesday, December 11, 10:00 -11:30 am
Tax efficient giving
‘Tis the season for giving. What are the tax rules for gifting of money and other assets? Maybe a Qualified Charitable Distribution from your IRA makes sense, or gifting through a Donor Advised Fund. Discussion will cover these and other ways to give of your assets. Free and open to the community.
 

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

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Long Term Care Insurance Q&A

Long Term Care Insurance Q&A

Tuesday, December 11, 2018 | 10:30-11:30am

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

Members only.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Senior Statesmen of Virginia

Senior Statesmen of Virginia

Wednesday, December 12, 2018 | 1:30-3:00pm

Update:

The planned speaker for November had a family emergency and will be out-of-state this week. Fortunately we have an excellent and timely backup program for Wednesday!

Senior Statesmen of Virginia Vice President and Program Chair Terry Cooper will present "Four Important Political Facts, Trends, and Developments That Haven't Received the Notice They Deserve."  

Terry was a long-time Republican political consultant specializing in issues and opposition research. He has since largely retired from campaign consulting, noting that it's a young person's business and that, at 80, he's perhaps no longer young. His current business is political analysis.

Terry is a native of Charlottesville and a graduate of Episcopal High School, Princeton University and the University of Virginia School of Law.

Free and open to the community.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Contact: www.seniorstatesmen.org

Investment Visions Group

Investment Visions Group

Thursday, December 13, 2018 | 10:00-12:00pm

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

Members only.

Location: The Center

Contact: Don Whitford 434.985.3964

Fee: free

Creating a Bird-Friendly Environment at Home

Creating a Bird-Friendly Environment at Home

Thursday, December 13, 2018 | 10:00-11:00am

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

 

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Le Cercle Français

Le Cercle Français

Thursday, December 13, 2018 | 2:00-4:00pm

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

Members only.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Oh, My Aching Joints

Oh, My Aching Joints

Friday, December 14, 2018 | 3:00-4:00pm

Are those pains in your hips and knees just the normal wear and tear of use through aging, or are they telling you something more serious?  Dr. Thomas Schildwachter, orthopedic surgeon at Sentara Martha Jefferson, will discuss the facts, signs, and symptoms of arthritis.  He’ll teach you how you know when you have it and which of the numerous treatment options may be right for you.  Free and open to the community.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

AARP Smart Driver Safety Course - December

AARP Smart Driver Safety Course - December

Monday, December 17, 2018 | 12:30-4:30pm

Meets Monday, December 17 & Tuesday, December 18 from 12:30 - 4:30PM  You Must Attend Both Sessions

The AARP Smart Driver Course is a refresher course designed to meet the needs of older drivers, 50+.  This course emphasizes how to adjust your driving in response to age related physical changes and declining perceptual skills, rules of the road, local driving problems, safety tips, and license renewal requirements.  Auto insurance companies offer a discount to course graduates.  This is a two day program; participants must attend BOTH days to receive a Certificate to satisfy auto insurance rules.  Open to all.  Cost:  $20.00 per person if non-AARP member, $15.00 per person for AARP member.  Fees are payable by cash or check to AARP (not the Center).  Participants must sign up at the Welcome Desk for the course, and provide full name, dates of class, and phone number.  Please plan to arrive at least 15 minutes before the class begins and plan to pay for the course on the first class meeting day.

This class will also be offered on Monday, November 26 & Tuesday, November 27 from 12:30 - 4:30PM

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Socrates Cafe™

Socrates Cafe™

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

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

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

Members only.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Investment Visions Group

Investment Visions Group

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

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

Members only.

Location: The Center

Contact: Don Whitford 434.985.3964

Fee: free

Le Cercle Français

Le Cercle Français

Thursday, December 27, 2018 | 2:00-4:00pm

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

Members only.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Religion, Science and Spirituality

Religion, Science and Spirituality

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

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Open to all.

Location: The Center

Central Virginia Dowsers

Central Virginia Dowsers

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

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

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Doris Gelbman, Esq, Elder Law Attorney

Doris Gelbman, Esq, Elder Law Attorney

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

Tuesday, October 16, 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 you don’t plan for your “stuff” when you die. It can be expensive– attorney’s fees, taxes, fines - to sort these things out. While you may have a simple will already, that is unlikely to help your heirs avoid the process of probate. What’s probate? What’s the difference between a will and a trust? Gain an understanding of more than the basics and perhaps have a much clearer idea of your own needs to plan for the transfer of your property in the future. Free and open to the community.
 
Will not meet in November or December.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Writing for Pleasure Coffeehouse

Writing for Pleasure Coffeehouse

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

Friday, December 7, 12:00 - 2:00 PM
 
When Flora Wyatt, a retired education professor at the University of Kansas, couldn't find a book for her pre-school aged grandson on his favorite topic - lighthouses - she wrote one!  Join Flora as she discusses Let's Explore Lighthouses and the other books that have followed in its path.
 
Coffee is provided.  Munchies to share are welcomed.
 
Free and open to the community.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

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