Lifelong Learning

Writing for Pleasure

Writing for Pleasure

Friday, December 3, 2021 | 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. Sandra Garret is the program leader.  

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

 

   

Members only.

Location: The Center

Contact: Sandra Garrett sandrag992@gmail.com

Transitions: Learning to Live with Loss

Transitions: Learning to Live with Loss

Friday, December 3, 2021 | 3:00pm-4:30pm

Transitions:  Learning to Live with Loss

A program sponsored by Hospice of the Piedmont’s Center for Grief and Healing

Fridays for 10 weeks, October 1-December 10 (class will not meet Nov. 26), 3:00pm-4:30pm.

 

Transitions: Learning to Live with Loss will be starting a new series on October 1.  Join Rene Bond, LCSW and bereavement counselor with Hospice of the Piedmont for this life-changing program.  It is for people still adjusting to loss after a year or more, who are now feeling “stuck” and needing additional support in re-establishing personal contacts, connections, and sense of purpose in life.  The focus is on self-determined “steps” rather than “cure” and on discovering our inner resources and those of each other.  There will be a 2-week break between the end of this series and the beginning of the next one.  During this period participants can practice what they have learned and decide if they would like to register for the next 10-week series.

Free and open to all but space is limited.  Pre-registration is required.  Please call Hospice of the Piedmont at 434-817-6915 or email teresa.haase@hopva.org to register.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Writing for Healing and Growth

Writing for Healing and Growth

Monday, December 6, 2021 | 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: Online

The Good Life Series (On site)

The Good Life Series (On site)

Tuesday, December 7, 2021 | 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, November 2   

Using Technology to Age in Place -Learn how technology is transforming people’s ability to remain in their homes as they age. This will include a demonstration of Constant Companion, a voice activated home care assistance system that can provide greater independence.

 

Tuesday, December 7

Navigating Facility-Based Care- What do you do if you or a loved one reaches a point where they can no longer be safely cared for at home? Hear from representatives of area assisted living and skilled nursing facilities as they respond to questions about availability, services, amenities and costs.  

Open to all.

Location: The Center

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The Good Life Series (On site)

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Beginning Spanish (ONLINE)

Beginning Spanish (ONLINE)

Tuesday, December 7, 2021 | 1:00pm-2:00pm

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

Tuesdays, beginning September 7, 1:00-2:00 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! Registration required. Free for Center members.

 

The instructor, Helen Ida Moyer will send Zoom link and other necessary information. 

 

Looking for Advanced Beginner Spanish? Click here.

Looking for Keeping Up Your Spanish? Click here.

Members only.

Location: Online

Pay for this event online

Beginning Spanish (ONLINE)

Prime and standard members $0.00
Advanced Beginner Spanish

Advanced Beginner Spanish

Tuesday, December 7, 2021 | 2:10pm-3:10pm

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

Tuesdays, 2:10 pm-3:10 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. Registration required.

Helen Ida Moyer will send Zoom link and other necessary information. 

 

Looking for Beginning Spanish? Click here

Looking for Keeping Up Your Spanish? Click here

Open to all.

Location: Online

Pay for this event online

Advanced Beginner Spanish

Register $0.00
Keeping Up Your Spanish

Keeping Up Your Spanish

Tuesday, December 7, 2021 | 3:15pm-4:30pm

Keeping Up Your Spanish (ONLINE, but will meet at The Center the 2nd Tuesday of each month beginning in October)

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. The first play we shall be reading is El gesticulador by the Mexican dramatist Rodolfo Usigli. Free and open to all.  

Helen Ida Moyer will send Zoom link and other necessary information. 

 

Looking for Beginning Spanish? Click here.

Looking for Advanced Beginner Spanish? Click here.

Open to all.

Location: Online

Pay for this event online

Keeping Up Your Spanish

Register $0.00
Biblical History: Genesis-Then and Now (6 week series) -Online

Biblical History: Genesis-Then and Now (6 week series) -Online

Tuesday, December 7, 2021 | 5:30pm-7:00pm

Tuesdays, November 2 -December 7 (6 weeks) 

In this non-denominational study of Biblical text, you will explore Biblical places, society, politics and their relevance to today’s world. The series focuses on the book of Genesis. Join Wayne Mullins, teacher with over 50 years experience and amateur historian who has kept up with the scholarly literature of Bible History and has taught his way through the entire Bible twice.

Center members free; Guests $25. Register below.
 
You will receive the Zoom link upon registration. Look for a "Thank you From The Center" receipt in your email!

Open to all.

Location: Online

Pay for this event online

Biblical History: Genesis-Then and Now (6 week series) -Online

Guests $25.00
Center members (standard and prime) $0.00
Global Flashpoints: China - Taiwan

Global Flashpoints: China - Taiwan

Tuesday, December 7, 2021 | 6:30pm-7:30pm

Retired U.S. Army Colonel Steve Rundle and former Intelligence Officer Carl Pales will provide background and context to the China-Taiwan Crisis in an independent, nonpartisan moderated discussion. Participants are encouraged to share their knowldege, express opinions, and communicate ideas concerning this topic in a nonthreatening and collegial environment. The session will commence with prepared remarks by both moderators, followed by open, participatory discussion and question and answers. If you are interested in being part of a developing community of people with a shared interest in military affairs and international security issues, register here.

About the moderators:

Carl Pales earned a BA in International Studies/Russian Studies from GMU in 1985 and a MS in Intelligence from the Defense Intelligence College in 1994. He served as a foreign ground force intelligence analyst covering various regions from 1986-2019, including nine years as Senior Intelligence Officer, deploying to conflict zones twice as a civilian. He is an avid student of history and current events.

Steve Rundle (Colonel U.S. Army retired) earned a BA in Sino-Soviet Studies at James Madison University and a Masters in Southeast Asian Studiesat Cornell University. He served 25 years in the U.S. Army as a Cavalry Officer, Intelligence Officer, and Southeast Asian Foreign Area Officer. His last assignment was the Defense Attache, Phnom Penh, Cambodia. After retiring, he continued his army career as a civilian foreign ground forces analyst, culminating as Senior Intelligence Officer for East Asia and the Americas.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

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Global Flashpoints: China - Taiwan

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Medicare 101 (ON SITE)

Medicare 101 (ON SITE)

Wednesday, December 8, 2021 | 11:00am-12:00pm

Wednesday, December 8, 11:00 am-12:00 pm
 

Medicare can be so confusing! Open enrollment runs through Dec. 7 and new coverage changes begin on January 1. Find out what happens during these periods and what you need to do. Join Sharon Accardo as she guides you through the process. Free and open to all. Please register below.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

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Medicare 101 (ON SITE)

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Senior Statesmen of Virginia* (Online)

Senior Statesmen of Virginia* (Online)

Wednesday, December 8, 2021 | 1:30pm-3:00pm

The November and December meetings will be online only.  

 November 10: Getting to Zero Carbon Emissions by 2050. William Shobe of UVA Center for Economic and Policy Studies will be the speaker. 

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Preregistration is required in order to participate in the Zoom meeting. Here is the link to preregister for the Zoom meeting:  

 https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_z2zFOeZ3T9WLNOddWaq92A

 

 

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

Open to all.

Location: Online

The Mediation Process

The Mediation Process

Thursday, December 9, 2021 | 1:00pm-2:30pm

What is the Mediation process? We know it helps people resolve disputes, but how does it differ from other dispute resolution processes such as arbitration and litigation, and what do mediators actually do during a mediation session? Retired Marine Corps aviator and Virginia Certified Mediator Walt Megonigal and Mediation Center of Charlottesville Executive Director Anita Holmes will answer these questions and summarize how you can become a Virginia Supreme Court Certified Mediator. Free and open to all.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

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The Mediation Process

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Apple/Mac Users Group

Apple/Mac Users Group

Thursday, December 9, 2021 | 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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Money and You

Money and You

Tuesday, December 14, 2021 | 10:00am-11:30am

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

Free and open to all. Please register below.

Tuesday, December 14, 10:00am-11:30am
Asset Location
There is lots of discussion about asset allocation but not so much about asset location. The tax status of your accounts can be an important piece to your investment puzzle.
Jorgen Vik, Partner with SKV Group, will lead the discussion.
 

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

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

Open to all.

Location: The Center

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Money and You

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Socrates Cafe™

Socrates Cafe™

Thursday, December 16, 2021 | 3:00pm-4:30pm

1st and 3rd Thursdays, 3:00pm-4:30pm

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 http://www.socratescafe.comNo registration necessary.

Members only.

Location: The Center

Contact: Howard Horn howard.1938@comcast.net

Has Your Get Up and Go Got Up and Left?

Has Your Get Up and Go Got Up and Left?

Friday, December 17, 2021 | 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.  Pete will discuss the factors of aging that you can change, 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.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

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Has Your Get Up and Go Got Up and Left?

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Book Group

Book Group

Wednesday, January 5, 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:                    

December 1       The Exiles by Christina Baker Kline

January 5           Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell

February 2         The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown

Members only.

Location: The Center

Contact: Rosemary Connelly, Book Group Leader rdconnelly2403@gmail.com

Advanced Beginners Guitar Class

Advanced Beginners Guitar Class

Monday, January 10, 2022 | 1:00pm-2:00pm

Mondays, January 10-March 7 (will not meet January 17), 1:00-2:00 pm - Register below

If you can play a few guitar chords and strum, this class is for you!  In this class you will learn more advanced chords, fingerpicking and strum patterns while having funs and with familiar songs. Join accomplished musician and instructor, Mike D’antoni for this class. BYOG (bring your own guitar!) This class is open to all! Prime members free; Standard members $64; Guests $96

Open to all.

Location: The Center

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Advanced Beginners Guitar Class

Prime Members (Adv. Guitar) $0.00
Standard Members (Adv. Guitar) $64.00
Guests (Adv. Guitar) $96.00
Beginners Guitar Lessons

Beginners Guitar Lessons

Monday, January 10, 2022 | 2:15pm-3:15pm

Mondays, January 10-March 7 (8 weeks) (no class on January 17)

It’s not too late to learn a new instrument! If you’ve never touched a guitar or only know that it has strings, this class is for you! It’s also a good refresher if you played many moons ago and might need a do over. Join accomplished musician and instructor, Mike D’antoni for this class. It’s BYOG (bring your own guitar!) Open to Center members. Prime members free;   week Standard members- $64. Guests $96. Space is limited. Please register below.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Seats available: 7

Pay for this event online

Beginners Guitar Lessons

Prime Members (Beg. Guitar) $0.00
Standard Members (Beg. Guitar) $64.00
Guests (Beg. Guitar) $96.00
African American Authors Book Club (ONLINE)

African American Authors Book Club (ONLINE)

Thursday, January 13, 2022 | 6:00pm-7:30pm

Second Thursday of each month - WILL NOT NEET IN DECEMBER

This event is now ONLINE

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

January 13 My Monticello by Jocelyn Johnson   

 

Join Zoom Meeting

https://virginia.zoom.us/j/92668753609?pwd=T1FYTUxjWmFXZExaRTVnTEdIdnpEZz09

Meeting ID: 926 6875 3609
Passcode: 694623
 
 
 

  

Open to all.

Location: Online

Great Songs and Songwriters

Great Songs and Songwriters

Friday, January 14, 2022 | 11:45am-12:45pm

Fridays, January 14-February 18 (6 weeks), 11:45 am-12:45 pm

Come and revisit song hits from the 1940’s through the present.  We’ll listen to, and analyze what makes these songs memorable, both lyrically and musically.  Rogers and Hart, Lionel Ritchie, Taylor Swift, and so many other songwriters will be included. Join local musician, music teacher and songwriter Mike D’Antoni for commentary and discussion on what makes a great song great!

Open to all. Free for Prime members; $30 for Standard members; Guests $48. Registration required below:

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Seats available: 20

Pay for this event online

Great Songs and Songwriters

Prime Members $0.00
Standard Members $30.00
Guests $48.00
Elder Law with Doris Gelbman

Elder Law with Doris Gelbman

Tuesday, January 18, 2022 | 10:00am-11:30am

3rd Tuesday of each month

Free and open to all.  

 

ELDER LAW WILL NOT MEET IN NOVEMBER AND DECEMBER.

 

Open to all.

Location: The Center

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Elder Law with Doris Gelbman

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These Honored Dead - Talk and Book Signing

These Honored Dead - Talk and Book Signing

Wednesday, January 19, 2022 | 11:00am-12:30pm

Retired Army Chaplain, Colonel Joel P. Jenkins describes his experiences as he officiated at the first two Memorial Services conducted in the Pentagon after 9/11, and his support of the survivors. Stories from Chaplain Jenkins’ service in Iraq, on the staff of General Martin Dempsey, and from his tenure as the Rear Detachment chaplain for the 82nd Airborne Division are also included. Free and open to all. 

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Seats available: 45

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These Honored Dead - Talk and Book Signing

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Writing a Debut Novel

Writing a Debut Novel

Friday, January 21, 2022 | 11:00am-12:00pm

Elaine Ruggieri, former Vice President of Public Relations at UVA Darden School has written a variety of non-fiction articles and features over the past 25 years. Her recently completed debut novel “Retreat at St. Jerome’s” began as a short story in 2004. Come hear Elaine’s story about how she began and finished this book that explores romance, religion, and real life. Elaine will also answer any questions you may have about writing in general. Free and open to all. 

Open to all.

Location: The Center

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Writing a Debut Novel

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Long Term Care Insurance Q&A Appointments

Long Term Care Insurance Q&A Appointments

Tuesday, January 25, 2022 | 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

Wise Women Connect

Wise Women Connect

Tuesday, January 25, 2022 | 10:30am-12:00pm

A new women’s group is forming – Wise Women Connect. Co-create a safe space to discuss life issues, share your thoughts, and build nourishing relationships that allow you to consider different perspectives that support well-being. Develop powerful connections with women of a similar age while maintaining confidentiality and avoiding political or religious subject matter. Center member Kathy Rouse has participated in a Wise Woman Connect in her former home in North Carolina and is excited to bring this opportunity to The Center. Meets every fourth Tuesday. Members only; register in advance as space is limited.

Members only.

Location: The Center

Seats available: 10

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Wise Women Connect

RSVP $0.00
Self Defense for Seniors

Self Defense for Seniors

Thursday, March 10, 2022 | 1:30pm-3:00pm

Black belt Taekwondo instructor Cindy Kyle will teach a basic self-defense program for Seniors. Learn and practice some self-defense techniques, and how to become more aware of your surroundings which can help prevent attacks. Handouts included. Cost: Prime Members free, Standard Members $10.00, Guests, $15.00. Register here.

About the instructor:

Cindy Kyle is a 2nd Dan black belt in traditional Taekwondo, having trained in the martial art for 23 years. She has taught self-defense for women, and has previously taught a workshop on travel safety for seniors at the Center.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Seats available: 14

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Self Defense for Seniors

Guests $15.00
Prime and Standard Members $0.00