Lifelong Learning

Writing for Pleasure

Writing for Pleasure

Friday, February 28, 2020 | 12:00-2:00pm

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

Members only.

Location: The Center

Contact: Sandra Garrett sandrag992@gmail.com

Fee: free

Writing for Healing and Growth

Writing for Healing and Growth

Monday, March 2, 2020 | 10:00-12:00pm

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

PLEASE CONTACT JENNIFER CREWS at (434) 974-7756 IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN JOINING THIS GROUP.

Members only.

Location: The Center

Medicare Consulting - Tuesdays

Medicare Consulting - Tuesdays

Tuesday, March 3, 2020 | 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.

Members only.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Beginning Spanish

Beginning Spanish

Tuesday, March 3, 2020 | 1:00-2:00pm

Beginning Spanish  (Tuesdays at 1 pm)

Meets November 12, 19, 26, December 3, 10, 17, January 14, 21, 28, February 11, 18, 25

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

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

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Intermediate Spanish

Intermediate Spanish

Tuesday, March 3, 2020 | 2:10-3:10pm

Intermediate Spanish  (Tuesdays at 2:10 pm)

Meets November 12, 19, 26, December 3, 10, 17, January 14, 21, 28, Febraury 11, 18, 25

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

We shall be meeting three times a month and cover about a lesson a month:  the first week working with the exercises in the text, the second week with the personal questions on the handouts, and the third week, completing the final exercise in the text which usually entails writing a short paragraph using as many of the expressions presented in the lesson as possible.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Pay for this event online

Intermediate Spanish

Register $0.00
Book Group

Book Group

Wednesday, March 4, 2020 | 11:00-12:00pm

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

Upcoming Selections:

February 5: Burqas, Baseball, and Apple Pie: Being Muslim in America by Ranya Tabari Idliby

March 4: The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom

Members only.

Location: The Center

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

Fee: free

Charlottesville International Folk Dance

Charlottesville International Folk Dance

Wednesday, March 4, 2020 | 6:00-8:00pm

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

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Apple/Mac Users Group

Apple/Mac Users Group

Thursday, March 5, 2020 | 1:00-3:00pm

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

Members only.

Location: The Center

Contact: Clay Sisk

Fee: free

Socrates Cafe™

Socrates Cafe™

Thursday, March 5, 2020 | 3:00-5:00pm

Meet the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of each month

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

Members only.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Investors Forum - First Friday

Investors Forum - First Friday

Friday, March 6, 2020 | 10:00-11:30am

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

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

A list of favorite investment websites can be found here.

Members only.

Location: The Center

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

Fee: free

Central Virginia Dowsers

Central Virginia Dowsers

Sunday, March 8, 2020 | 1:15-3:00pm

The group will not meet February 9.

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. 

Members only.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

All Things Digital

All Things Digital

Monday, March 9, 2020 | 1:00-2:30pm

Monday, February 10, 1:00 – 2:30 PM

All Things Google.  Come learn how the many benefits of Google can help to simplify your life.  Derrick Gerstmann and RJ Jones will present.  Free and open to the community.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Money & You With Jorgen Vik

Money & You With Jorgen Vik

Tuesday, March 10, 2020 | 10:00-11:30am

Tuesday, February 11, 10:00 -11:30 am

Retirement Account Rules - Jorgen Vik, Partner with SKV Group, LLC, will discuss various rules concerning retirement accounts. What is taxed? When is it taxed? How will it pass to your heirs? Free and open to the community.

 

Tuesday, March 10, 10:00 -11:30 am

Fixed Income Investing - Jorgen Vik, Partner with SKV Group, LLC, will lead a discussion on fixed income. CDs, money market, bonds, preferred stocks, mutual funds, ETFs. How may they fit in your portfolio? Free and open to the community.

 

* 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™ 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

Advanced Spanish

Advanced Spanish

Tuesday, March 10, 2020 | 3:20-4:20pm

Advanced Spanish  (Tuesdays at 3:20 pm)

Meets November 12, 19, December 3, 17, January 14, 28, February 11, 25

This is an informal course for students who are fairly fluent in Spanish, designed to give them the opportunity to keep up their Spanish skills.  It meets twice a month in a tertulia like format.  The materials we use will vary.  At present we are using McGraw Hill’s Spanish Reading and Comprehension by Myrna Bell Rochester and Deana Smalley in the series of “Practice Makes Perfect”.  It provides short readings for us to discuss, followed by exercises, and includes some brief grammar review.  There is no fee for the course.

Members only.

Location: The Center

Pay for this event online

Advanced Spanish

Register $0.00
Senior Statesmen of Virginia*

Senior Statesmen of Virginia*

Wednesday, March 11, 2020 | 1:30-3:00pm

Understanding Alzheimer’s and Related Dementias presented with Q&A by Annie Marrs, LCSW, Family Services Director, Alzheimer’s Association Central and Western Virginia. Alzheimer’s disease is not a normal part of aging. Join us to learn about the impact of Alzheimer’s, the difference between Alzheimer’s and dementia, stages and risk factors, current research and treatments available for some symptoms, and Alzheimer’s Association resources.
 

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

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Contact: www.seniorstatesmen.org

Elder Law with Doris Gelbman

Elder Law with Doris Gelbman

Tuesday, March 17, 2020 | 10:00-11:30am

Tuesday, January 21, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Aging in Place – Part I - Staying in Your Home

What are the practical, health and financial considerations that you need to consider in order to stay in your home as you grow older? What resources need to be researched and planned for? Will you need to move or modify your home? What community resources are available to help you stay home and independent longer? What sort of additional costs should one plan for?  May also discuss some alternative ideas such as “Co-housing” or “Naturally Occurring Retirement Community (NORC)” if time allows. Free and open to the community.

 

Tuesday, February 18, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Aging in Place – Part II - Independent and “Continuing Care Retirement Communities” (CCRC)

These communities are springing up all over and many are advertised like luxury, country club living for the rest of your life. Is that the reality? The offerings and contracts for such communities can be dizzying. And they vary from community to community. This might be a great option for you and --- it might not. Don’t sign on the bottom line without coming to this presentation to get the real scoop on all the fine print! Free and open to the community.

 

Tuesday, March 17, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Aging in Place – Part III - Assisted Living and Nursing Facilities – What’s the Difference?

Many people believe that they can check into assisted living or a nursing home like they would a hotel. That’s typically not what happens. More often a medical crisis results in hospitalization and from the hospital, folks are discharged to a facility to help with “rehab.” Following rehab, decisions must be made about keeping the recovering, perhaps now frailer, patient safe and healthy. Can they go home? Learn about the differences between assisted living, memory care, health and rehabilitation facilities, and nursing facilities. Free and open to the community.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Virginia Festival of the Book - WWII in Europe: Tales of Bravery and Collusion

Virginia Festival of the Book - WWII in Europe: Tales of Bravery and Collusion

Thursday, March 19, 2020 | 10:00-11:30am

VIRGINIA FESTIVAL OF THE BOOK TALK

WWII in Europe: Tales of Bravery and Collusion

Thursday, March 19, 10:00 – 11:30 AM

Authors William Geroux (The Ghost Ships of Archangel), Mary M. Lane (Hitler’s Last Hostages), and Eric Lichtblau (Return to the Reich) offer captivating stories from the European theater of World War Two, including an extraordinary tale of Allied ships crossing the Arctic, an ongoing story of the fine art confiscated by Hitler’s Germany, and a Holocaust refugee who returned to operate behind enemy lines. Book sales and signing will follow. This session will be moderated by Dan Doernberg.  FREE and open to the public.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Investors Forum - Third Friday

Investors Forum - Third Friday

Friday, March 20, 2020 | 10:00-11:30am

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

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

A list of favorite investment websites can be found here.

Members only.

Location: The Center

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

Fee: free

Long Term Care Insurance Q&A

Long Term Care Insurance Q&A

Friday, March 20, 2020 | 11:00-12:00pm

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

Members only.

Location: The Center

Fee: free