Ageless Grace Online!

Ageless Grace Online!

Monday, April 6, 2020 | 1:00-2:00pm

Meets every Monday and Wednesday, 1:00-2:00 pm

Ageless Grace® class is now available via Zoom, a free, easy-to-install online meeting platform! To join, please contact Sheila Queen at squeen125@gmail.com

 

CLICK THE LINK BEFORE A FEW MINUTES BEFORE 1 PM TO JOIN THE CLASS.

https://us04web.zoom.us/j/896822652

A new and fun way to move that includes a chair (seated dancing; standing is optional)! great music from 40's big bands to today’s music, creativity and a sense of humor! A mind-body program designed by fitness specialists to stimulate the whole body-head to toe- as you listen, recall, move and sing along with hit tunes, promoting a sense of well-being and joy.

What makes this program more interesting and enriching is that Ageless Grace® is both a body and brain exercise. Ageless Grace® is based on the science of neuroplasticity: the ability of the brain and nervous system to change its structure and function, and to continue to change it throughout our lives, to keep us youthful and vital.

Each of the 21 exercise tools emphasizes a different technique, such as joint mobility, spinal flexibility, right-left brain coordination, kinesthetic learning, cognitive function, systemic health, balance, self-esteem, confidence and playfulness.

These classes are led by Sheila Queen, Certified Educator.  

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Elder Law with Doris Gelbman

Elder Law with Doris Gelbman

Tuesday, April 21, 2020 | 10:00-11:30am

Tuesday, April 21, 10:00 AM – 11:30 am
Advocating for Friends or Family Members in Healthcare Settings
Often a sick or frail person is unable to make appropriate decisions about their own care. When that happens, someone else must do it for them. More seriously, some facilities are just not delivering the care they are supposed to be providing. When that happens, a friend or family member may have to deal with healthcare professionals. How do you pick a provider or facility? What’s the best way to deal with providers who fail to take proper care of your friend or relative? When does Medicare or other insurance pay? What’s a “care plan”? How does the billing work? What other resources are available?  All this and much, much more!  

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Hiking-Monday

Hiking-Monday

Monday, April 27, 2020 | 9:00-3:00pm

The Center hiking group hikes on Mondays and Wednesdays. We hike in many different areas, including around Charlottesville, in Shenandoah National Park and along the Blue Ridge Parkway. We meet at The Center and carpool to the trailhead. Hikes are chosen by hike leaders and range in length from approximately 5.5 to 7 miles on Mondays and 6 to 9 miles on Wednesdays. Total elevation gain can range anywhere from 600 to 2500 feet.

Please dress appropriately for hiking in the mountains, including rain gear and hiking shoes or boots. Trekking poles are highly recommended, and traction devices for boots may be necessary in the winter. Bring lunch, snacks, plenty of water, a change of shoes, and $5.00 for the carpool driver. Dogs are not allowed.

We usually carpool from The Center, leaving at 9:00 am and returning around 3:00-4:00, but times may vary. We encourage a spirit of camaraderie and always welcome new hikers. The Center hiking group is primarily for members only but if you are not currently a member you are welcome to join us for a couple of trial hikes.

Please keep in mind that there are inherent risks in hiking, as in any vigorous activity. We always take care of each other on the trail but everyone is responsible for their own safety.

Click here for the most recent hiking schedule.

If you have questions or would like to be put on our email list for the most up-to-date hike details, please click on our hiker email address: sccvillehikers@gmail.com

Current hike leaders

Anne Colgate – amc16633@hotmail.com

Claire Cline – clinec2@gmail.com

Gabriel Garretson – gcreative@hughes.net

John Herrity – harrid@aol.com

Lindsay Brown – lwb1428@gmail.com

Maynard Davis – davismk@sbcglobal.net

Terry Metcalf – keroppimom@gmail.com

Steve Braintwain – sbraintwain@comcast.net

Members only.

Location: Varies; check schedule

Fee: free

Writing for Healing and Growth

Writing for Healing and Growth

Monday, April 27, 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

Getting Better at Bridge

Getting Better at Bridge

Monday, April 27, 2020 | 10:00-12:00pm

If you know the basics of bridge, have played a few times, or played many years ago, this group is for you.  Bridge hands are played for the entire two hours; there is no classroom instruction. Experienced players Mary and Mike Wilson act as advisors, making suggestions and discussing alternatives.  For more information or questions, contact the group administrator, Gene Philippi.

Looking to play? The Center offers a range of opportunities!
Click here for Tuesday Social Bridge.
Click here for Party Bridge
Click here for Duplicate Bridge
Click here for Bridge Lessons for Beginners, a recurring four-part series open to the community.
 

Members only.

Location: The Center

Contact: Gene Philippi, (434) 981-9610 or at genephilippi46@gmail.com

Fee: free

Sew and Sews

Sew and Sews

Monday, April 27, 2020 | 10:00-12:00pm

We are making medical dolls; baby, children, and adult bibs; children’s pillowcases; foster care bags; and wheelchair and walker holders—much more diversified than before. There is a lot of machine sewing, basting, pinning, and cutting. All skill levels can be put to wonderful use. Donations of fabric, thread, and anything that could be used for our new projects would be greatly appreciated.

Members only.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Monday Chair Yoga

Monday Chair Yoga

Monday, April 27, 2020 | 10:45-11:45am

Chair Yoga is a gentle form of yoga that is practiced sitting on a chair, or standing using a chair for support. Chair Yoga is one of the gentlest forms of yoga available. Complicated maneuvers and complex movements are not present in a chair yoga class. Within this type of yoga class, you can cover standing, seated and prone postures. Students can learn many kinds of yoga postures, breathing techniques, meditation, and ways of relaxation, with the aid of a chair. This class is taught by member Julie Horne.

Also see Thursday Chair Yoga

Members only.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Silver Swans Ballet Class

Silver Swans Ballet Class

Monday, April 27, 2020 | 11:00-12:00pm

Class will not meet April 6.

Whether you're a seasoned professional or brand new to dance, this class is a great way to move. Silver Swans (a program of the Charlottesville Ballet) incorporates classic ballet principles and will focus on flexibility, strength, and conditioning, but mostly on fun! Get on your toes and join instructor Maria Chee*. Center members free; Guests $6/class 

 

*Maria W. Chee holds a bachelor’s and master of arts in dance, a Ph.D. in anthropology, and a master of arts in anthropology. She studied ballet, modern, jazz; dance production; as well as dance history and research. She has taken classes at the Martha Graham School in New York, and has spent intensive sessions with Bella Lewinsky, members of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, and Ballet Jazz of Montreal. She has more than ten years of teaching experience as a state licensed teacher in adult education and as a lecturer at college level.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Pay for this event online

Silver Swans Ballet Class

Members $0.00
Guests per class $6.00
Chess

Chess

Monday, April 27, 2020 | 12:30-2:30pm

A wonderful activity to exercise the brain! Men and women of all skill levels who know the fundamentals of the game are welcome. Instruction is available when the group has a participant comfortable with this role. Mondays from 12:30-4:00pm.

Members only.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Chinese Mah Jongg

Chinese Mah Jongg

Monday, April 27, 2020 | 1:00-3:30pm

Have you ever wanted to play one of the oldest games in the world? If you know how to play Rummy, you easily can easily learn Chinese Mah Jongg. No card. No hands to memorize. Come and check it out. Learn the traditions of an ancient culture and appreciate the subtle nuances of the game.

Members only.

Location: The Center

Contact: Bonnie Morton 434.975.5540

Fee: free

Senior Aquatics - Mon/Wed

Senior Aquatics - Mon/Wed

Monday, April 27, 2020 | 1:15-2:15pm

ACAC extends this program to Center members who do not belong to the club. Held at ACAC’s Albemarle Square location, with classes available five times per week, it’s great for anyone seeking a fun, low-impact workout. $60 per month payable directly to ACAC.

Members only.

Location: ACAC, Albemarle Square location, Charlottesville

Contact: Beth Nissen, Instructor 434.977.3989

Member Social

Member Social

Monday, April 27, 2020 | 2:30-3:30pm

Enjoy light refreshments and laughter, companionship, and great stories as members get acquainted, promote programs, and discuss life events.

Option to meet later for early-bird specials at a local restaurant. Free social; dinner on your own.

Members only.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Cracking the Code to HSA, FSA, and HRA

Cracking the Code to HSA, FSA, and HRA

Monday, April 27, 2020 | 6:00-7:00pm

What is the difference in an HSA (Health Saving Accounts), FSA (Flexible Spending Accounts) and HRA (Health Reimbursement Accounts)? Learn how you can pay for more of your out-of-pocket medical expenses with pre-tax dollars. Find out what qualified expenses are covered, and that massages, gym memberships, health insurance premiums and sunscreen night be deductible depending on the plan that you have! What happens to funds that are unspent each year? Join Tracy Meade, certified long-term care consultant, independent financial planner, and licensed insurance agent and consultant for the commonwealth of Virginia.  

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Pickleball - Monday

Pickleball - Monday

Monday, April 27, 2020 | 6:45-7:45pm

Combine a bit of tennis, a touch of badminton, and a helping of ping pong and what do you get? Pickleball, the fastest growing sport in the country!

Although it appears very similar to tennis, key differences (the slower speed of the ball and a smaller court size) make it accessible to a wider range of players, particularly seniors.

Pickleball has great health benefits: it lowers blood pressure, burns body fat, improves balance and hand-eye coordination, and is great for your social life.

Warning -- Pickleball can be extremely addictive! We are thrilled to be partnering with the Central Virginia Pickleball Club for this program! The times listed take place at the Key Recreation Center and the cost is $2 (payable at the Key Rec. Center).

If you are interested in playing, please contact program leader Gene Rabois at cevapickleball@gmail.com.

See other Pickleball times below:

Tuesdays 2:00—4:30 pm

Wednesdays 12:00—4:30 pm

Thursdays 5:00—9:00 pm

Fridays 2:15—4:15 pm

Saturdays 1:00—4:30 pm

Open to all.

Location: Key Recreation Center

Biking Through Belvedere

Biking Through Belvedere

Tuesday, April 28, 2020 | 7:30-8:30am

Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning April 14, 7:30-8:30 am

Looking to enjoy a nice ride? Join Center member, Bob Lorish for an active ride through the surrounding areas of Belvedere. The ride begins at the Center’s parking lot. Ride at your own speed and take in the neighborhoods and trails around The Center. It’s BYOB (bring your own bike!) Make sure you bring some water and your love of cycling for this enjoyable biking experience!  

Members only.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Full Life Fitness

Full Life Fitness

Tuesday, April 28, 2020 | 9:00-10:00am

This is a member-led group that consists primarily of stretching and light weightlifting following instructions from an audiotape. Bands and hand weights of 1, 2, or 3 pounds are furnished; you may also bring your own equipment. Our program has no upper age limit and works with most physical challenges. This friendly bunch welcomes new participants.

Members only.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Bowling Club - Tuesday

Bowling Club - Tuesday

Tuesday, April 28, 2020 | 9:00-11:30am

Senior Center members are invited to join a team and bowl weekly during the bowling seasons scheduled at Kegler's. If you are interested in joining or being a substitute, call Howard Ellis, League President at 434-361-1954. Fee: Kegler's Lane fees apply. Must be age 50 or better.

Members only.

Location: Offsite at Kegler's Lanes, Charlottesville

Manicures and Pedicures

Manicures and Pedicures

Tuesday, April 28, 2020 | 9:00-1:00pm

Wendy Sacra visits the Center to provide this service. Appointments are encouraged, with walk-ins accommodated as available. Call the front desk at 434.974.7756 to schedule an appointment. Appointment options:

  • 15-minute Basic Manicure ($17) – polish removal; clip; file & shape
  • 15-minute Basic Pedicure ($20) – polish removal; clip, file & shape; massage
  • 30-minute Special Manicure ($22) – Basic + soaking; special attention to cuticles; moisturizer; three coats of polish (base, color, top)
  • 40-minute Special Pedicure ($32; $30 without polish) – Basic + soaking; special attention to cuticles; pumice scrub and filing to smooth out corns and calluses; moisturizer; three coats of polish (base, color, top)

Members only.

Location: The Center

Medicare Consulting - Tuesdays

Medicare Consulting - Tuesdays

Tuesday, April 28, 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

Staying Healthy with Spectrum Physical Therapy

Staying Healthy with Spectrum Physical Therapy

Tuesday, April 28, 2020 | 10:00-11:00am

Tuesday, April 28

Safe Gardening. Join Erin Chapman for tips on good body mechanics and preventing injury during gardening. She will demonstrate some stretches and exercises that are beneficial for those who enjoy gardening. 

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Senior Aquatics Tues/Thurs

Senior Aquatics Tues/Thurs

Tuesday, April 28, 2020 | 10:15-11:15am

ACAC extends this program to Center members who do not belong to the club. Held at ACAC’s Albemarle Square location, with classes available five times per week, it’s great for anyone seeking a fun, low-impact workout. $60 per month payable directly to ACAC.

Members only.

Location: ACAC, Albemarle Square location, Charlottesville

Contact: Beth Nissen, Instructor 434.977.3989

The Second-Wind Band

The Second-Wind Band

Tuesday, April 28, 2020 | 10:45-12:45pm

Want to be a musician? We can make your dream come true with serious fun!

Organized in 1994, this is one of only two Virginia-based New Horizons Band Project (NHBP) bands—a project that promotes lifelong learning through music and boasts over 100 senior citizen bands. Greg Vaughn directs a group of players, most of whom had either never played an instrument or hadn’t played since their school days. The repertoire includes classical, show tunes, patriotic, and holiday music. Along with community performances, the band’s schedule includes two annual concerts at the Center.

RECRUITING NEW MEMBERS, COME JOIN US! All ability levels are welcome, with director's approval. 

For more information and session prices, contact Greg Vaughn at: band@thecentercville.org For rehearsal information and performance schedule, check the band calendar.

Click here for information about the First-Wind Band.

Members only.

Location: The Center

Contact: Director band@thecentercville.org

Heart Healthy Smoothies

Heart Healthy Smoothies

Tuesday, April 28, 2020 | 11:00-12:00pm

Join registered dietitian and nutritionist, Emma Hickey, and Anna Morrow with Albemarle Health and Rehab and sample smoothies that are delicious and nutritious. Learn easy ways to make your diet healthier.  

Members only.

Location: The Center

Seats available: 24

Pay for this event online

Heart Healthy Smoothies

Members only register $0.00
Men's Poker

Men's Poker

Tuesday, April 28, 2020 | 12:00-4:00pm

In addition to the luck and skill associated with other card games, acting skills are important in poker—good bluffers can wine even with a bad hand. The concentration required to calculate the odds of improving one’s hand while keeping a poker face and interpreting other players’ expressions and body language provides excellent mental stimulation. In our animated games, you risk losing pride, not money!

Members only.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Let's Talk About Your Feet

Let's Talk About Your Feet

Tuesday, April 28, 2020 | 12:00-1:00pm

Tuesday, April 28 

Arthritis in the Foot and Ankle. Join Dr. Amanda Lutter as she discusses the different types of arthritis in the foot including post-traumatic, osteo, rheumatoid, gout, and psoriatic. Dr. Lutter is a board-certified podiatrist and foot and ankle surgeon in private practice. She will be available following the presentation for individual Q&A.  

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Tuesday Social Bridge

Tuesday Social Bridge

Tuesday, April 28, 2020 | 12:00-3:00pm

Tuesday Social Bridge offers social yet competitive Bridge in which players compete for high score of the day.  This is NOT duplicate bridge.  Players change tables and partners after 4 hands of play at each table.  Players should know Bridge basics and be able to compete without assistance from others.  No partner needed. No reservation needed. $1.00 to play.  Contact Meg Robinson.

Looking to play? The Center offers a range of opportunities!
Click here for Party Bridge
Click here for Duplicate Bridge
Click here for Bridge Lessons for Beginners, a recurring four-part series open to the community.
Click here for Getting Better at Bridge

Members only.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Chronic Pain Support Group

Chronic Pain Support Group

Tuesday, April 28, 2020 | 1:00-2:00pm

Tuesdays, 1:00-2:00 pm

Chronic pain is something that never goes away.  If you have it, you know that often doctors and medicine can't help.  But you can learn to help yourself.  The American Chronic Pain Association support groups provide support, validation and education in basic pain management and life skills.  The groups do not focus on symptoms or provide treatment of any kind, rather they are a means for people to share what they have learned about living with pain and to encourage others to create more satisfying lives. Mary Hughes is the facilitator. Free and open to the community.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Mah Jongg - Western (Tues)

Mah Jongg - Western (Tues)

Tuesday, April 28, 2020 | 1:00-3:30pm

Join in a fun game of Western Mah Jongg. This program meets each Tuesday. Contact Jean Zoumbaris (434) 990-6063 or Josie Smith (434) 327-0771 for more information.

Members only.

Location: The Center at Belvedere

Fee: free

Beginning Spanish

Beginning Spanish

Tuesday, April 28, 2020 | 1:00-2:00pm

Beginning Spanish  (Tuesdays at 1 pm)

Meets March 3,10, April 7, 28

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

Round Dancing (Beginner and Intermediate)

Round Dancing (Beginner and Intermediate)

Tuesday, April 28, 2020 | 1:15-3:15pm

ROUND DANCE (Ballroom Dancing to Cues): January 28, 2019, Tuesday, 1:15-3:15 pm. Price of Round Dances: Center Members: $18 per couple ($9 per person); Nonmembers/guests: $20 per couple ($10 per person). Dances are for anyone with round dance experience—not just for those who took the previous series of lessons.

NEXT ROUND DANCE LESSONS – Series of 8 Classes begins Feb. 4, 2020;  1:15-3:15 pm.

Round Dancing is choreographed ballroom dancing and like square dancing, the sequence is called or cued. Hence, dancers learn figures and all couples execute the same steps in a circle (thus the name “round dancing”). Round dancing is easier than ballroom dancing because dancers do not need to memorize long sequences of dance steps. Music genres vary from current hits to ragtime, jazz, country, easy listening, the 50s decade, big band, etc. Spectators may attend for free and are welcome at either lessons or dances.Open to the community. Fees cover each 8 week session and are due on the first Tuesday of class. Stay for the intermediate lesson for no additional charge. Chip Hopper and Elaine Rudert- Hopper are the instructors.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Pay for this event online

Round Dancing (Beginner and Intermediate)

Members $72.00
Guests $80.00
Western Mah Jongg

Western Mah Jongg

Tuesday, April 28, 2020 | 2:00-4:00pm

The Western version of Mah Jongg is described as a “happy blend” between the American and Chinese games.  It is still “Rummy-like” in that players look to form combinations of four groups and a pair, as in the Chinese game, or players can match games on a card, as in the American game. Beginners are welcome.

Members only.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Pickleball - Tuesday

Pickleball - Tuesday

Tuesday, April 28, 2020 | 2:00-4:30pm

Combine a bit of tennis, a touch of badminton, and a helping of ping pong and what do you get? Pickleball, the fastest growing sport in the country! Although it appears very similar to tennis, key differences (the slower speed of the ball and a smaller court size) make it accessible to a wider range of players, particularly seniors.

Pickleball has great health benefits: it lowers blood pressure, burns body fat, improves balance and hand-eye coordination, and is great for your social life.

Warning -- Pickleball can be extremely addictive! We are thrilled to be partnering with the Central Virginia Pickleball Club for this program! The times listed take place at the Key Recreation Center and the cost is $2 (payable at the Key Rec. Center).

If you are interested in playing, please contact program leader Gene Rabois at cevapickleball@gmail.com.

See other Pickleball times below:

Mondays 6:45—9:00 pm

Wednesdays 12:00—4:30 pm

Thursdays 5:00—9:00 pm

Fridays 2:15—4:15 pm

Saturdays 1:00—4:30 pm

Open to all.

Location: Key Recreation Center

Intermediate Spanish

Intermediate Spanish

Tuesday, April 28, 2020 | 2:10-3:10pm

Intermediate Spanish  (Tuesdays at 2:10 pm)

Meets

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
Drama Club/Encore Players

Drama Club/Encore Players

Tuesday, April 28, 2020 | 2:30-4:30pm

A diverse group that meets weekly to read and discuss monologues and one-act plays by famous playwrights as well as original works by members. We stage a spring and fall show at the Center, and sometimes take the show on the road to perform for community groups.

Members only.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Advanced Spanish

Advanced Spanish

Tuesday, April 28, 2020 | 3:20-4:20pm

Advanced Spanish  (Tuesdays at 3:20 pm)

Meets March 3, 10, April 7, 28

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
Singles Schmooze

Singles Schmooze

Tuesday, April 28, 2020 | 5:30-7:30pm

Whether you are single by choice or by circumstance, here’s an opportunity to socialize over food and music with a goal of finding new friends. Enjoy light fare and lively conversation! 

The Schmooze group meets at The Center the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays. The cost for the meal is $7 payable at the Welcome Desk that evening. Trying it out for the first time? Be our guest for free when dining at The Center. Please check in at the Welcome Desk upon arrival.

On the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month, the group usually dines out at a local restaurant and everyone goes "Dutch." You can call the Welcome Desk (434) 974-7756 after 11 am to find out the location.

Members only.

Location: The Center

Hiking-Wednesday

Hiking-Wednesday

Wednesday, April 29, 2020 | 9:00-10:00am

The Center hiking group hikes on Mondays and Wednesdays. We hike in many different areas, including around Charlottesville, in Shenandoah National Park and along the Blue Ridge Parkway. We meet at The Center and carpool to the trailhead. Hikes are chosen by hike leaders and range in length from approximately 5.5 to 7 miles on Mondays and 6 to 9 miles on Wednesdays. Total elevation gain can range anywhere from 600 to 2500 feet.

Please dress appropriately for hiking in the mountains, including rain gear and hiking shoes or boots. Trekking poles are highly recommended, and traction devices for boots may be necessary in the winter. Bring lunch, snacks, plenty of water, a change of shoes, and $5.00 for the carpool driver. Dogs are not allowed.

We usually carpool from The Center, leaving at 9:00 am and returning around 3:00-4:00, but times may vary. We encourage a spirit of camaraderie and always welcome new hikers. The Center hiking group is primarily for members only but if you are not currently a member you are welcome to join us for a couple of trial hikes.

Please keep in mind that there are inherent risks in hiking, as in any vigorous activity. We always take care of each other on the trail but everyone is responsible for their own safety.

Click here for the most recent hiking schedule.

If you have questions or would like to be put on our email list for the most up-to-date hike details, please click on our hiker email address: sccvillehikers@gmail.com

Current hike leaders

Anne Colgate – amc16633@hotmail.com

Claire Cline – clinec2@gmail.com

Gabriel Garretson – gcreative@hughes.net

John Herrity – harrid@aol.com

Lindsay Brown – lwb1428@gmail.com

Maynard Davis – davismk@sbcglobal.net

Terry Metcalf – keroppimom@gmail.com

Steve Braintwain – sbraintwain@comcast.net
 

Members only.

Location: Varies; check schedule

Fee: free

Seated Massage (Wednesday)

Seated Massage (Wednesday)

Wednesday, April 29, 2020 | 9:30-12:30pm

Massage can help you relax, relieve stress, improve sleep, relieve muscle pain and tightness, and improve flexibility and range of motion. Sit fully clothed on a specially designed massage chair and choose which areas of muscle tightness—shoulders, neck, back, head, arms, or hands—on which you want the massage therapist to work. Sign up at the Welcome Desk. $20 for 15 minutes/$40 for 30 minutes.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Contact: To schedule an appointment, call 434.974.7756

DMV Connect - On Site at The Center

DMV Connect - On Site at The Center

Wednesday, April 29, 2020 | 9:30-4:00pm

Please see the schedule below.

DMV Connect will be at The Center and will be available to provide the following services to our senior community: Driver’s licenses and ID cards, Real ID's, titles and registrations, driver transcripts, disabled parking placards or plates, address changes, E-ZPass transponders, and hunting and fishing licenses.  Open to those 50 and better in the community.

For those interested in obtaining a Real ID, the following documentation is required: 

1) ONE proof of Identity. This can be a valid (unexpired) passport with current legal name OR official birth certificate from a state vital records department (not from a hospital with little footprints on the paper.) If you have changed your name as a result of marriage you will need your official marriage license (again, not from the church, but the official one issued by the Clerk of Courts.)  

2) ONE proof of Social Security Number. The only documents you can use for this criterion are your Social Security card OR a 1099 statement OR a W-2

3) TWO (1 primary and 1 secondary) proofs of current residency/address. (Some examples: Primary- VA driver's license, utility bill, bank statement, lease agreement, medical or dental bill, voter registration card. Secondary-ANY piece of mail with your name and address on it.)

 

 

NO DMV AT THE CENTER IN MARCH

Wednesday, April 29, 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM.  Walk-ins only.

Wednesday, May 27, 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM.   By appointment only. Call the Center's Welcome Desk at (434) 974-7756 to sign up.

Wednesday, June 24, 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM.   By appontment only. Call the Center's Welcome Desk at (434) 974-7756 to sign up

Open to all.

Location: The Center 491 Hillsdale Drive, Charlottesville, VA

Crafty Ladies

Crafty Ladies

Wednesday, April 29, 2020 | 9:30-11:30am

Established in 1992 with the goal of utilizing participants’ skills to give back to the community, this group makes quilts for local charities to use for fundraising; knits hundreds of hats and mittens for children enrolled in the MACAA Head Start Program; knits or crochets caps for newborns at UVa Hospital, and more. Much prep work is done on our own time at home (using mostly donated materials) and we come together for finishing work. New members of all skill levels are welcome.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Mexican Train Dominoes

Mexican Train Dominoes

Wednesday, April 29, 2020 | 9:30-11:30am

The goal of Mexican Train is to be the first player to lay down all of your dominoes. Whatever tiles are left in your hand count against you, so play strategically and try to get rid of the high-numbered tiles. Never played? Come anyway and learn!

Members only.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Bowling Club - Wednesday

Bowling Club - Wednesday

Wednesday, April 29, 2020 | 10:00-11:30am

Senior Center members are invited to join a team and bowl weekly during the bowling seasons scheduled at Kegler's. If you are interested in joining or being a substitute, call Howard Ellis, League President at 434-361-1954. Fee: Kegler's Lane fees apply. Must be age 50 or better.

Members only.

Location: Offsite at Kegler's Lanes, Charlottesville

First-Wind Band

First-Wind Band

Wednesday, April 29, 2020 | 10:45-12:15pm

Learn new musical skills or revitalize old ones with the First-Wind Band. All you need is the desire to learn to play an instrument. Interested, but no instrument? We have several for rent. Playing music is not only fun, but is good for your mental and physical health. Ask any of the members and they’ll tell you that it keeps them active and involved, and is a great way to make new friends. For more info and session prices, contact Greg Vaughn at band@thecentercville.org

Already know how to play? Check out the Second-Wind Band.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Senior Fitness

Senior Fitness

Wednesday, April 29, 2020 | 11:00-12:00pm

Senior Fitness

Wednesdays, 11:00 am- 12:00 pm (NEW TIME!)

Senior Fitness is an active class that instructs functional fitness. No matter your age or current physical condition, this class will focus on the foundations for strength, mobility, endurance and flexibility. Whether you are a fitness enthusiast or new to group classes, you can modify this class to meet your needs. Come join Alex, The Center’s fitness coordinator, for an engaging class that will help you get active and stay active! Free for members!

Members only.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Canasta

Canasta

Wednesday, April 29, 2020 | 11:30-3:30pm

This group traces its origins back to 1991, when the Senior Center opened on Pepsi Place. Our game consists of five decks of cards, similar to “Hand and Foot Canasta”. We are a friendly and sociable group and all look forward to this weekly good time. New members are always welcome—and we’re happy to teach anyone who wants to learn. We can play with 2, 3, 4, or 6 player. You do not need a partner.

Members only.

Location: The Center

Contact: Jean Foss, Program Leader, mjfoss1@mac.com (434) 973-3709

Co-ed Poker

Co-ed Poker

Wednesday, April 29, 2020 | 12:00-3:00pm

In addition to the luck and skill associated with other card games, acting skills are important in poker—good bluffers can win even with a bad hand. The concentration required to calculate the odds of improving one’s hand while keeping a poker face and interpreting other players’ expressions and body language provides excellent mental stimulation. In our animated games, you risk losing pride, not money!

Members only.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Pickleball - Wednesday

Pickleball - Wednesday

Wednesday, April 29, 2020 | 12:00-4:30pm

Combine a bit of tennis, a touch of badminton, and a helping of ping pong and what do you get? Pickleball, the fastest growing sport in the country!

Although it appears very similar to tennis, key differences (the slower speed of the ball and a smaller court size) make it accessible to a wider range of players, particularly seniors.

Pickleball has great health benefits: it lowers blood pressure, burns body fat, improves balance and hand-eye coordination, and is great for your social life.

Warning -- Pickleball can be extremely addictive! We are thrilled to be partnering with the Central Virginia Pickleball Club for this program! The times listed take place at the Key Recreation Center and the cost is $2 (payable at the Key Rec. Center).

If you are interested in playing, please contact program leader Gene Rabois at cevapickleball@gmail.com.

See other Pickleball times below:

Mondays 6:45—9:00 pm

Tuesdays 2:00—4:30 pm

Thursdays 5:00—9:00 pm

Fridays 2:15—4:15 pm

Saturdays 1:00—4:30 pm

Open to all.

Location: Key Recreation Center

TOPS - Take Off Pounds Sensibly

TOPS - Take Off Pounds Sensibly

Wednesday, April 29, 2020 | 12:00-1:00pm

Established in 1948, TOPS is the original, nonprofit, weight-loss support and wellness education organization. This local chapter of TOPS meets to provide peer support.Annual membership is $26.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Contact: Mary Frances Howell (434) 985 – 7713

Fee: free

Wednesday Mah-Jongg

Wednesday Mah-Jongg

Wednesday, April 29, 2020 | 12:30-4:00pm

At Center, we play both the simple and the advanced versions of the U.S. adaptation of the 19th century Chinese game Ma Chiang. Mah-Jongg, patented in 1920 by Joseph P. Babcock, uses rules of Western card games and incorporates features of the Chinese game. If you know how to play, or would like to learn this challenging game that requires a fair amount of luck, join us! Observers welcome.

Sundays 1:00-5:00 pm (American), Mondays, 1:30–4:30 p.m, (Western),Wednesdays, 12:30–4:00 p.m. Fridays, 9:00 a.m.–noon (American). All levels of players are welcome at any session.

Members only.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Scrabble - Wednesday

Scrabble - Wednesday

Wednesday, April 29, 2020 | 1:00-2:00pm

Challenge your mind while enjoying a relaxing afternoon of conversation and play. Join us once or twice per week. All skill levels welcome.

Members only.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Ping Pong

Ping Pong

Wednesday, April 29, 2020 | 3:00-5:00pm

We've got the ping pong tables, paddles, and ping pong balls! Now we need you, no matter what your skill level is. Stop by anytime during the scheduled event for an informal game. Free to members.

Members only.

Location: The Center

Knit-Wits

Knit-Wits

Wednesday, April 29, 2020 | 3:00-4:00pm

Knit-Wits is the new name for the Knitting for Beginners group. If you want to learn to knit--join us! If you want company while you knit--join us! If you want some ideas for your projects--join us! New participants always welcome and will learn at the first meeting what donated supplies are available and what they will need to purchase.

Members only.

Location: The Center

Contact: Marge Haugen 434.964.0197

Fee: To be announced

Square Dancing Lessons

Square Dancing Lessons

Wednesday, April 29, 2020 | 4:00-5:00pm

Jim Hassmer, a member of The Virginia Reelers Square Dance Club will guide participants in learning the 71 basic movements of 8-person square dancing. All levels are welcome! Terrific fun as well as good for your brain, body, and social life. Free and open to the community.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Charlottesville International Folk Dance

Charlottesville International Folk Dance

Wednesday, April 29, 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

Wednesday Beginner Line Dancing

Wednesday Beginner Line Dancing

Wednesday, April 29, 2020 | 6:30-7:30pm

FUN-TIME LINE DANCING If you love to dance and want to have fun and exercise physically and mentally, this is for you. This group cares more about having fun than the accuracy of steps. Beginners Classes: Fridays at 1:00 pm and Wednesdays at 6:30 pm Advanced Classes: Fridays at 2:30 pm and Wednesdays at 7:30 pm

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Pay for this event online

Wednesday Beginner Line Dancing

Guests $4.00
Members $0.00
Overeaters Anonymous

Overeaters Anonymous

Wednesday, April 29, 2020 | 7:00-8:30pm

Overeaters Anonymous is a 12-Step Program of recovery for compulsive overeaters. We welcome everyone who wants to stop eating compulsively, including those who are overweight, bulimics, and anorexics. There are no dues or fees; we are self-supporting.  Our primary purpose is to abstain from compulsive eating and compulsive food behaviors and to carry the message of recovery through the Twelve Steps of OA to those who still suffer.”

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Wednesday Advanced Line Dancing

Wednesday Advanced Line Dancing

Wednesday, April 29, 2020 | 7:30-8:30pm

FUN-TIME LINE DANCING If you love to dance and want to have fun and exercise physically and mentally, this is for you. This group cares more about having fun than the accuracy of steps.

Beginners Classes: Fridays at 1:00 pm and Wednesdays at 6:30 pm

Advanced Classes: Fridays at 2:30 pm and Wednesdays at 7:30 pm

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Pay for this event online

Wednesday Advanced Line Dancing

Guests $4.00
Members
Ivy Creek Walking Group

Ivy Creek Walking Group

Thursday, April 30, 2020 | 9:00-10:00am

If you enjoy a brisk hike on nature trails, join us!

We meet in the Ivy Creek Natural Area parking lot at 9:00AM  every Thursday morning, hike at a steady pace for about two miles, and return at 10:00 AM. Please note that the nature trails are uneven and rocky and also quite steep in some places so good hiking shoes, a walking stick, and bottled water are recommended.

Members only.

Location: Ivy Creek Natural Area Parking Lot, 1780 Earlysville Road, Charlottesville

Contact: Patty Kalbfleisch, 434-270-7990, PLK092015@outlook.com

Fee: free

Party Bridge

Party Bridge

Thursday, April 30, 2020 | 9:00-12:30pm

A multi-table contest in which participants compete against a field of pairs playing Contract Bridge. There is much lively interaction as pairs move to different tables for different rounds of play. Members interested in playing but in need of a partner: leave your name at the front desk.

Looking to play? The Center offers a range of opportunities!
Click here for Tuesday Social Bridge.
Click here for Duplicate Bridge.
Click here for information about Bridge Lessons for Beginners, a recurring four-part series open to the community.
Click here for Getting Better at Bridge.

Members only.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Alcoholics Anonymous

Alcoholics Anonymous

Thursday, April 30, 2020 | 10:00-11:00am

AA Meeting Growth and Recovery Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism.

This is an Open meeting.

Open meetings are for anyone, including students or family members of alcoholics, who wishes to attend. Free.

Members only.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Tap Dancing Lessons for Beginners

Tap Dancing Lessons for Beginners

Thursday, April 30, 2020 | 10:30-11:30am

All levels: 10:15am - 11:15 am 

Classes will be taught by Diana Freeman, a Royal Academy of Dance Instructor.  Diana has taught ballet and tap for over 40 years.  She was also a member of a Seniors Tap Dance team, competing in European championships and winning three consecutive years in two categories.  Tap dance offers a fun way to exercise.  If you "used to" tap, it's not too late to dust off your tap shoes and re-learn this skill.

Sign up at the Center Welcome Desk or online. 

Standard Members - $40/month

Prime Members - included in membership

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Investment Basics

Investment Basics

Thursday, April 30, 2020 | 10:30-12:30pm

This course is a 2-week program meeting on consecutive Thursdays, April 23 and April 30, 10:30am-12:30 pm

This program will be repeated on Tuesdays, June 2 and 9, 6:00-8:00 pm

If you’d like to take positive steps towards understanding how your investments may support your goals and wishes, Investment Basics is for you. Learn basic vocabulary related to investing and investment growth opportunities like mutual funds, IRAs, and the stock market. Gain knowledge of fundamental investment principles, like compound interest and diversification. Find out the benefits and risks associated with various basic investment concepts. Jorgen Vik, certifies financial planner professional and partner with SKV group is the facilitator. Free and open to the community; no registration necessary.  

*Investment products and services are offered through Wells Fargo Advisors Financial Network, LLC (WFAFN), Member SIPC. SKV Group is a separate entity from WFAFN.

ABOUT THE SERIES - The goal of the Financial Wellness Series is to help seniors increase their financial understanding, helping them become better stewards of their own resources. Lectures on managing money and investing will be offered free of charge during the spring. Four-week workshops supporting seniors in planning for and maintaining their resources throughout retirement will be offered in the summer and early fall for a $20 fee.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Crafts--DIY

Crafts--DIY

Thursday, April 30, 2020 | 11:15-12:45pm

Bring your own materials and come work on your favorite project while sharing ideas, learning new skills, and enjoying the company of fellow crafts enthusiasts.  After the new year, the group will select some projects to work on or learn together.

Members only.

Location: The Center

Contact: Cyndi Walsh cynthia.walsh2@gmail.com or Rea Everitt rea.everitt@gmail.com

Fee: free

Intermediate Tap Dancing Lessons

Intermediate Tap Dancing Lessons

Thursday, April 30, 2020 | 11:30-12:30pm

Classes will be taught by Diana Freeman, a Royal Academy of Dance Instructor.  Diana has taught ballet and tap for over 40 years.  She was also a member of a Seniors Tap Dance team, competing in European championships and winning three consecutive years in two categories.  Tap dance offers a fun way to exercise.  

Sign up at the Center Welcome Desk or online.  

Members only.

Location: The Center

Duplicate Bridge

Duplicate Bridge

Thursday, April 30, 2020 | 12:00-3:30pm

Open to all levels of duplicate players. If you have never tried duplicate due to its intimidating, super competitive reputation, we believe you will be pleasantly surprised by how much fun duplicate can be. 

Looking to play? The Center offers a range of opportunities!
Click here for Party Bridge
Click here for Tuesday Social Bridge
Click here for Bridge Lessons for Beginners, a recurring four-part series
Click here for Getting Better at Bridge

Members only.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Sheepshead

Sheepshead

Thursday, April 30, 2020 | 12:00-2:00pm

Come play or learn to play Sheepshead (or “Schafkopf”), a trick-taking card game, like bridge or spades, that originated in Germany in the late 18th century and one that continues to be very popular in Wisconsin and other midwestern United States.  Anyone, including beginners, with an interest in card-playing welcome.  Free.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Financial Consultation

Financial Consultation

Thursday, April 30, 2020 | 1:00-4:00pm

Local firm BARRETT-JOHNSON & ASSOCIATES, a private wealth advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc., offers a free and confidential one-hour financial consultation. This can cover investments, tax planning, estate planning, or advice on other financial matters. Counseling is offered on Thursdays from 1:00 to 4:30 p.m.  by appointment only with Kimberlee Barrett-Johnson, CFP; David Barrett-Johnson, CFP®, ChFC®; or Bryan Strickland. To arrange your appointment, you may either write to Kimberlee's email or call (434) 296-6611.

Members only.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Albemarle Woodcarvers

Albemarle Woodcarvers

Thursday, April 30, 2020 | 1:00-2:00pm

Novice, intermediate, and accomplished woodcarvers gather weekly to learn the craft or hone skills. Participants provide their own supplies, although current members provide assistance and loan supplies to get new participants started and offer information on what to purchase to continue. As founder Will Hansen said, “If you can peel a potato, you can learn to do woodcarving.”

Members only.

Location: The Center

Contact: Al Crittenden, Program Leader - (434) 296-1749

Fee: free

Apple/Mac Users Group

Apple/Mac Users Group

Thursday, April 30, 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

Backgammon

Backgammon

Thursday, April 30, 2020 | 2:00-3:30pm

Join a friend or meet a new one in a game of Backgammon.  If you've never played, or are just a little rusty, or are a professional Backgammon player, come!  All skill levels are welcome.  If you have a board, you're welcome to bring it.  Meets every Thursday. Free to members; no sign up necessary.  Free to members.  Jon Rockett will be the program leader.

Members only.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Thursday Chair Yoga

Thursday Chair Yoga

Thursday, April 30, 2020 | 3:15-4:15pm

Chair Yoga is a gentle form of yoga that is practiced sitting on a chair, or standing using a chair for support. Chair Yoga is one of the gentlest forms of yoga available. Complicated maneuvers and complex movements are not present in a chair yoga class. Within this type of yoga class, you can cover standing, seated and prone postures. Students can learn many kinds of yoga postures, breathing techniques, meditation, and ways of relaxation, with the aid of a chair. This class is taught by member Julie Horne.

Also see Monday Chair Yoga

Members only.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Medicare Consulting - Thursdays

Medicare Consulting - Thursdays

Thursday, April 30, 2020 | 4:00-6:00pm

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

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Drumming Group

Drumming Group

Thursday, April 30, 2020 | 4:30-6:30pm

Thursdays, 4:30 pm 

Do you want to just bang on a drum all day with friends? Come to The Center on Thursday evenings and become part of the drumming group! No experience necessary and drums will be provided if you don’t have one. The group will participate in a few short parades and other performances during the year. Join Bruce Penner, and Saman Macaco for this fun weekly experience. Free and open to the community.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Pickleball - Thursday

Pickleball - Thursday

Thursday, April 30, 2020 | 5:00-9:00pm

Combine a bit of tennis, a touch of badminton, and a helping of ping pong and what do you get? Pickleball, the fastest growing sport in the country! Although it appears very similar to tennis, key differences (the slower speed of the ball and a smaller court size) make it accessible to a wider range of players, particularly seniors.

Pickleball has great health benefits: it lowers blood pressure, burns body fat, improves balance and hand-eye coordination, and is great for your social life.

Warning -- Pickleball can be extremely addictive! We are thrilled to be partnering with the Central Virginia Pickleball Club for this program! The times listed take place at the Key Recreation Center and the cost is $2 (payable at the Key Rec. Center).

If you are interested in playing, please contact program leader Gene Rabois at cevapickleball@gmail.com.

See other Pickleball times below:

Mondays 6:45—9:00 pm

Tuesdays 2:00—4:30 pm

Wednesdays 12:00—4:30 pm

Fridays 2:15—4:15 pm

Saturdays 1:00—4:30 pm

Open to all.

Location: Key Recreation Center

Thursdays Around 5

Thursdays Around 5

Thursday, April 30, 2020 | 5:03-7:00pm

Thursdays, beginning April 23-September 24, 5:02-7:00 pm

Thursdays Around 5 is The Center at Belvedere’s own answer to Charlottesville’s Fridays After Five.  Like its popular predecessor, this live concert series will offer a chance for members and guests to meet and socialize with friends in our beautiful atrium or on the back patio, sample tasty food and beverages (available for purchase) from our on-site Greenberry’s, and enjoy the sounds of various local performers every Thursday evening.  This series, an expansion of our current performing arts programing, seeks to showcase area musicians and provides another opportunity for the Charlottesville music-loving community to hear some of their favorite bands or be introduced to new ones. Thursdays Around Five will run from 5-ish to 7:00 PM every week from April through September and once per month from October through March.

 

MOJO PIE
Thursday, April 23, 5:03-7:00 pm
Mojo Pie is Susan Munson and Frank Bechter on acoustic guitar and bass, playing their fun filled originals and eclectic covers. Their voices meld in rich harmony and they’ll have you singing along with them!  Thank you to 20 South Productions for sponsoring this performance!   
 
REAL TIME
Thursday, April 30, 5:04-7:00 pm
Silas Frayser (guitar) and Luke Neer (banjo) of Charlottesville recently began their musical journey together and quickly grew into what they like to call a dynamic duo. Playing a mix between Bluegrass/Folk and Country, they provide a wide variety of music. Both enjoy artists such as the Infamous Stringdusters, Tony Rice, and The Grateful Dead. 

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

American Mah Jongg: Beginner Lessons

American Mah Jongg: Beginner Lessons

Thursday, April 30, 2020 | 6:30-8:00pm

Thursdays, 6:30-8:00 PM, April 16-May 21 (6 weeks)

American Mah Jongg is a “centuries-old version of rummy.”  It is played at three- or four-person tables with a set of 152 Chinese-symbol tiles. The game takes a cumulative of 6 lessons to learn.  It requires A $4 purse plus a 2020 playing card ($9) that can be purchased online from the National Mah Jongg League (www.nationalmahjonggleague.org).  No money or card is required for the first 3 lessons.  Mah Jongg is fun and it stimulates the brain. Please register at The Center’s Welcome Desk or online if interested.  Contact Joyce Nunge (jnunge@comcast.net) if you have questions.  

Members only.

Location: The Center

Pay for this event online

American Mah Jongg: Beginner Lessons

Members only (standard and prime) - register $0.00
Friday Art Group

Friday Art Group

Friday, May 1, 2020 | 9:30-10:30am

If you like to draw or paint, you are invited to join the Friday Art Group at the Senior Center. No matter what your medium or skill level, you will enjoy the creative, pressure-free environment of a colorful group of novice and experienced artists. You can work from your own photos, pictures or illustrations or bring your own still life. There is no formal instruction, but plenty of help and advice from others if you need it. As a member of the group, you are also welcome to hang one or two framed pieces of your work in the bimonthly art show in the second floor hallway of the Senior Center. The Art Group meets in the craft room on Friday mornings from 9:00-11:30am.

Members only.

Location: The Center

Contact: David Reynaud 434)293-5494

Fee: free

Northside Walking Group

Northside Walking Group

Friday, May 1, 2020 | 9:45-10:45am

A slow-paced walk of about 2.5 miles with some short hills. Meet in the lobby at the Center. For more info, call Chuck St Clair, 434-978-2057.

Members only.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Investors Forum - First Friday

Investors Forum - First Friday

Friday, May 1, 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

Hearts and Spades

Hearts and Spades

Friday, May 1, 2020 | 10:00-12:00pm

NEW! HEARTS AND SPADES

Fridays, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Join fellow enthusiasts for a friendly game of hearts or spades. No experience necessary!

Members only.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Bingo

Bingo

Friday, May 1, 2020 | 10:30-11:30am

Good fun and nobody walks away empty-handed—small prizes are awarded.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

The Flashbacks

The Flashbacks

Friday, May 1, 2020 | 10:45-12:15pm

One of only two Virginia-based New Horizons Band Project (NHBP) bands, a project that promotes lifelong learning through music and boasts over 100 bands, this 22-member jazz ensemble is under the direction of Greg Vaughn. Their classic swinging sounds can be heard at the Center and throughout the region at public events and private parties.

Guests are welcome to visit practices.

Need a band for a special event? Contact the director to see if we fit the bill! 

For rehearsal information and performance schedule, check the band calendar or contact the director at band@thecentercville.org

Members only.

Location: The Center

Senior Aquatics Fridays

Senior Aquatics Fridays

Friday, May 1, 2020 | 11:00-12:00pm

ACAC extends this program to Center members who do not belong to the club. Held at ACAC’s Albemarle Square location, with classes available five times per week, it’s great for anyone seeking a fun, low-impact workout. $60 per month payable directly to ACAC.

Members only.

Location: ACAC, Albemarle Square location, Charlottesville

Contact: Beth Nissen, Instructor 434.977.3989

Writing for Pleasure

Writing for Pleasure

Friday, May 1, 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

Euchre

Euchre

Friday, May 1, 2020 | 12:45-1:45pm

Want to improve your memory? Develop your tactical skills? Try Euchre! Euchre is a trick-taking card game played in partners that was brought to the midwestern United States from Germany. If you are an expert, a relative novice, or a complete beginner, we’d love to have you join us to play this fun and exciting card game.  Free and open to all.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Still Sharp Singers

Still Sharp Singers

Friday, May 1, 2020 | 1:00-2:30pm

Did you sing in your high school or college glee club? Or Church choir? Still like to sing? Come to a rehearsal and listen to the Still Sharp Singers, and decide if you would like to join this four-part mixed choral group. We welcome sopranos, altos, tenors, and basses. Ability to read music is preferred. There is a $35 fee for the Spring session and a $35 fee for the Fall session.

Members only.

Location: The Center

Contact: Dorothy Richards 434.973.5713

Friday Beginner Line Dancing

Friday Beginner Line Dancing

Friday, May 1, 2020 | 1:00-2:30pm

FUN-TIME LINE DANCING If you love to dance and want to have fun and exercise physically and mentally, this is for you. This group cares more about having fun than the accuracy of steps. Beginners Classes: Fridays at 1:00 pm and Wednesdays at 6:30 pm Advanced Classes: Fridays at 2:30 pm and Wednesdays at 7:30 pm

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Pay for this event online

Friday Beginner Line Dancing

Guests $4.00
Members
Pickleball - Friday

Pickleball - Friday

Friday, May 1, 2020 | 2:15-4:15pm

Combine a bit of tennis, a touch of badminton, and a helping of ping pong and what do you get? Pickleball, the fastest growing sport in the country!

Although it appears very similar to tennis, key differences (the slower speed of the ball and a smaller court size) make it accessible to a wider range of players, particularly seniors.

Pickleball has great health benefits: it lowers blood pressure, burns body fat, improves balance and hand-eye coordination, and is great for your social life.

Warning -- Pickleball can be extremely addictive! We are thrilled to be partnering with the Central Virginia Pickleball Club for this program! The times listed take place at the Key Recreation Center and the cost is $2 (payable at the Key Rec. Center).

If you are interested in playing, please contact program leader Gene Rabois at cevapickleball@gmail.com.

See other Pickleball times below:

Mondays 6:45—9:00 pm

Tuesdays 2:00—4:30 pm

Wednesdays 12:00—4:30 pm

Thursdays 5:00—9:00 pm

Saturdays 1:00—4:30 pm

Open to all.

Location: Key Recreation Center

 Friday Advanced Line Dancing

Friday Advanced Line Dancing

Friday, May 1, 2020 | 2:30-3:30pm

FUN-TIME LINE DANCING If you love to dance and want to have fun and exercise physically and mentally, this is for you. This group cares more about having fun than the accuracy of steps. Beginners Classes: Fridays at 1:00 pm and Wednesdays at 6:30 pm Advanced Classes: Fridays at 2:30 pm and Wednesdays at 7:30 pm

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Pay for this event online

Friday Advanced Line Dancing

Guests $4.00
Members
Barbershop Belles & Beaux

Barbershop Belles & Beaux

Friday, May 1, 2020 | 2:30-4:00pm

Women and men who love to sing are encouraged to come and share their talent. Professional singing ability is not necessary!

Even if you have never sung Barbershop harmony, you are welcome to join this group of fun-loving singers.

Director June Andrews, with over 30 years Barbershop singing experience, helps us blend our tenor, lead, baritone and bass voices together in "perfect harmony."

We perform at some Senior Center events and also in a variety of places in the region.

Members only.

Location: The Center

Contact: June Andrews (434) 823-4956

Fee: free

Bereavement Support Group

Bereavement Support Group

Friday, May 1, 2020 | 3:00-4:30pm

Facilitated by Hospice of the Piedmont-trained counselors, the group offers opportunities to discuss grief topics, learn about healthy ways of coping, and share support with others going through similar experiences. This support group meets EVERY Friday. Free.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Contact: Senior Center 434.974.7756

Fee: free

Pickleball - Saturday

Pickleball - Saturday

Saturday, May 2, 2020 | 1:00-4:30pm

Combine a bit of tennis, a touch of badminton, and a helping of ping pong and what do you get? Pickleball, the fastest growing sport in the country!

Although it appears very similar to tennis, key differences (the slower speed of the ball and a smaller court size) make it accessible to a wider range of players, particularly seniors.

Pickleball has great health benefits: it lowers blood pressure, burns body fat, improves balance and hand-eye coordination, and is great for your social life.

Warning -- Pickleball can be extremely addictive! We are thrilled to be partnering with the Central Virginia Pickleball Club for this program! The times listed take place at the Key Recreation Center and the cost is $2 (payable at the Key Rec. Center).

If you are interested in playing, please contact program leader Gene Rabois at cevapickleball@gmail.com.

See other Pickleball times below:

Mondays 6:45—9:00 pm

Tuesdays 2:00—4:30 pm

Wednesdays 12:00—4:30 pm

Thursdays 5:00—9:00 pm

Fridays 2:15—4:15 pm

Open to all.

Location: Key Recreation Center

Virginia International Tattoo 2020

Virginia International Tattoo 2020

Sunday, May 3, 2020 | 9:00-8:00pm

CANCELED - Travel with us to Norfolk to attend the 24th annual Virginia International Tattoo

which is the largest Tattoo in the U.S.   The Tattoo hosts over 200 performers

from around the world.  It's a colorful celebration of patriotism, pride and

international good-will featuring military bands and drill teams, pipes and drums,

dancers and choirs and a breathless finale!  Lunch on your own.

Open to all.

Location: Norfolk

Sunday Mah-Jongg

Sunday Mah-Jongg

Sunday, May 3, 2020 | 1:00-5:00pm

At Center, we play both the simple and the advanced versions of the U.S. adaptation of the 19th century Chinese game Ma Chiang. Mah-Jongg, patented in 1920 by Joseph P. Babcock, uses rules of Western card games and incorporates features of the Chinese game. If you know how to play, or would like to learn this challenging game that requires a fair amount of luck, join us! Observers welcome.

Sundays 1:00-5:00 pm (American), Mondays, 1:30–4:30 p.m, (Western),Wednesdays, 12:30–4:00 p.m. Fridays, 9:00 a.m.–noon (American). All levels of players are welcome at any session.

Members only.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Scrabble - Sunday

Scrabble - Sunday

Sunday, May 3, 2020 | 1:30-2:30pm

Challenge your mind while enjoying a relaxing afternoon of conversation and play. Join us once or twice per week. All skill levels welcome.

Members only.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Sunday Afternoon Movie

Sunday Afternoon Movie

Sunday, May 3, 2020 | 1:30-3:30pm

Upcoming Features:

January 26  – Sidewalks of New York

February 2 – Same Kind of Different as Me

February 9 – Roman J. Israel, Esq.

February 16 – Breakthrough

February 23 – The Impossible

March 1 – Fly Away Home

March 8 – Return to Me

March 15 – And So It Goes

Members only.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Ping Pong - Sundays

Ping Pong - Sundays

Sunday, May 3, 2020 | 2:00-4:00pm

Are you looking for a little action on a Sunday afternoon? Drop by The Center for an informal game of ping pong. All skill levels are welcome!

Members only.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

English Country Dancing

English Country Dancing

Sunday, May 3, 2020 | 2:00-4:00pm

Think you've never heard of English Country Dancing? If you've watched Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, or Emma, you have definitely seen it! Far from a dusty old relic, English Country Dancing is energizing and fun. Movements are called in time to the music, so you needn't rely on memory alone to know what to do, and you don’t need a partner, either. If you can walk and know your left from your right, you’re in business! Free and open to the community.

For more information, click here.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Senior Council

Senior Council

Monday, May 4, 2020 | 1:00-2:00pm

Senior Council is comprised of program leaders and is a liaison group between members, staff, and the Board of Directors. The president of the Council sits on the Board. The mission of the Council is to communicate the policies, plans and decisions of the Board of Directors to the membership; to inform the membership about activities and events of all groups/programs at The Center; and to act as an advisory council to The Center staff and Board of Directors on membership, programming, and other issues. The Council meets on the first Monday of each month at 1:00 p.m. All Center members are welcome to attend.

Members only.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

First Monday Bunko

First Monday Bunko

Monday, May 4, 2020 | 2:00-3:00pm

Strictly speaking, Bunko is a dice game played in rounds. In reality, it’s a rowdy good time! The game keeps people moving and switching partners for each round of play, so it’s a great way to meet, mix, mingle … and laugh out loud! No experience needed—join us anytime!

Members only.

Location: The Center

Contact: Clarece Edson (434)293-2817

Hearing Screenings

Hearing Screenings

Tuesday, May 5, 2020 | 11:00-2:00pm

Take advantage of free hearing screenings provided by Dr. Anne Delaney of Advanced Hearing Group.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Meditation - Living Life Fully

Meditation - Living Life Fully

Tuesday, May 5, 2020 | 11:00-12:30pm

Meditation is a practical activity that can provide tangible benefits that can improve our outlook on life. This program meets on the first Tuesday of every month, and provides an introduction to meditation - it's nature, general goals, and simple techniques. Benefits of different meditation types will be discussed and participants' experiences are invited. A very simple and gentle form of meditation will be presented that requires no physical flexibility or special capabilities. There will be a short sitting of 10-15 minutes at each program.

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

Members only; free

Members only.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Try It Out Tuesday

Try It Out Tuesday

Tuesday, May 5, 2020 | 12:00-1:00pm

Come on over on the first Tuesday of the month for a light lunch and an orientation presentation. For all members and visitors we have free hearing screenings from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. Orientation and lunch is open to new members, guests, and anyone wanting to learn more about The Center. Please join us!! Try It Out Tuesday is generously sponsored by The Colonnades, an independent living community and retirement home.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Discovering Scuba

Discovering Scuba

Tuesday, May 5, 2020 | 6:00-7:00pm

Have you ever thought about adding scuba to your travel activities? Scuba diving is an activity suitable for adventurers of all ages. Come hear Chip Earle, PADI Master Diver Instructor and Owner of Dive Connections, share about the many opportunities and benefits diving provides – physiological benefits, learning about ocean health, local opportunities to experience scuba and weightlessness underwater. Chip has trained over 2,000 students and provided over 200 trips to divers from the Central Virginia area. He also founded SeaDevil, a Charlottesville based dive club, and created and founded Scuba Jam, a Labor Day event for youth divers throughout the area.

Free and open to the community

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Seats available: 60

Fee: free

Fishing Group / Kingfishers

Fishing Group / Kingfishers

Wednesday, May 6, 2020 | 9:30-10:30am

KINGFISHERS

 (will resume on the first Wednesday beginning in May)

Fishing—precision guesswork based on unreliable data provided by those of questionable knowledge! Join the group for a video about spring fishing in addition to regular agenda items relating to local fishing issues, opportunities, and reports. Open to members!

Members only.

Location: The Center

Contact: Darryl Marshall 434.481.4221 or Bill Marley 434.589.3949

Retirement: Now What?

Retirement: Now What?

Wednesday, May 6, 2020 | 10:00-12:00pm

While you were working, you may have been counting the days until you could retire. Now that it’s finally here, what do you do with your time, and more important, with the feelings you may not have anticipated?  In this interactive workshop led by Marguerite David (who holds a master’s degree in social work), participants will: discuss how today’s retirement differs from that of previous generations, identify their own personal values and feelings, and examine what gives your life purpose and meaning as you enter this next chapter of your life. What do you want to say goodbye to and what do you want to take with you? You will create a personal ecomap to identify areas of purpose and meaning as well as areas where information or support is needed. Resources, ideas, and support for these next steps in your life will also be provided. This workshop is beneficial for anyone planning to retire or who has already “retired.” For more information, you can contact Marguerite at 434-760-1330 or offtheleashcoaching@gmail.com.

Free and open to the community, but space is limited.  

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Book Group

Book Group

Wednesday, May 6, 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:

April 1 - The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty (group will meet offsite at University Village)

May 6th: The Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance

June 3rd: The Red Address Book by Sofia Lundberg

Members only.

Location: The Center

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

Fee: free

Travel Buddy Networking

Travel Buddy Networking

Wednesday, May 6, 2020 | 5:00-6:00pm

Why travel alone when you can go with a friend? Here’s your opportunity to meet others who are interested in visiting local sites and attractions. We connect each month to make plans for upcoming weeks.

Members only.

Location: The Center

Contact: Nancy Grim 434.973.7515

Fee: free

Support Group for Caregivers of Parkinsons Patients

Support Group for Caregivers of Parkinsons Patients

Thursday, May 7, 2020 | 10:45-11:45am

Group is open to anyone who cares for someone with Parkinson’s Disease. Free and open to the public.

Members only.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Socrates Cafe™

Socrates Cafe™

Thursday, May 7, 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

Decluttering 101

Decluttering 101

Monday, May 11, 2020 | 10:00-12:00pm

Join Nan Coleman and Ester Perry as they walk you through the way to simplifying and decluttering your life. Did you know that downsizing can be done in stages, and that de-stressing your life can help those around you too? Organizing or modifying your belongings can positively benefit your lifestyle and enable you to move forward with a simpler life.

Ester Perry has 20 years’ experience working with seniors in the healthcare industry. She is the sales and marketing manager at Caring Transitions, a downsizing, relocation, and estate sales company here in Charlottesville. Nan is the owner of Caring Transitions. Come learn from these two experts how to increase your peace of mind clearly and compassionately by decluttering your personal space.

Free and open to the community.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

All Things Digital

All Things Digital

Monday, May 11, 2020 | 1:00-2:00pm

Monday, March 9
Join the techies from FlossTech for a discussion on the pros and cons of 5G networks. Free and open to the community.
 
 
Monday, April 13
Wearable Health Monitoring Devices - Join Clay Sisk and friend as they discuss the various wearable health monitoring devices available. Some devices can measure blood pressure, heart rate, sleep activity and more.  
 
Monday, May 11th
Phil Jadeborg, CEO of PJ Networks of Charlottesville, is our new regular All Things Digital instructor. Phil's first class topic will be announced shortly.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Piedmont Pastelists

Piedmont Pastelists

Monday, May 11, 2020 | 1:00-3:00pm

Join a congenial group of artists who gather to practice their pastel painting skills. Each may bring a work in progress for a constructive group critique. Attendance is usually 15–20 artists, and newcomers are welcome. Group shows are held annually.

History

Noting the lack of a chalk pastel society in Virginia, in August 2001, Dick Carpenter invited Charlottesville regional artists in that media to meet at Michaels Arts and Crafts store at Barracks Road shopping center. Many were members of the Central Virginia Watercolor Guild, which had long admitted pastel as a water compatible “mixed” medium, but not as a feature of the CVWG activities. The result of the meeting was, quite purposefully, an “un-organization” with NO membership requirements, bylaws, officers, dues, agendas, minutes, quorum, name-tags, committees, etc. Just like-minded people enjoying meeting to exchange ideas and experiences about pastel materials and techniques, constructive criticism, and “show and tell.” The format is a mutual critique -- an examination, not fault-finding. Suggestions for overcoming problems are a part of critiquing. The choice of subject and style of a painting are not topics of critique. Some elements of Critique: 1. Overall Composition - Division of space. 2. Shapes and values 3. Form –shadows-placement of each of the elements 4. Perspective- Illusion of depth 5. Color harmony 6. Paths for the viewer’s eye 7. Center of interest - 8. Principles of Design. Assuring that there is a “message”. All attending artists are active producers, serious about their work, open to criticism, willing to present “work-in-progress," and constructive in their comments and suggestions. Although pastels are the featured media, other problem-paintings may be introduced.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Money & You With Jorgen Vik

Money & You With Jorgen Vik

Tuesday, May 12, 2020 | 10:00-11:30am

Tuesday, March 10, 10:00 -11:30 am
Fixed Income Investing - Jorgen Vik 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.
 
Tuesday, April 14, 10:00am-11:30am
Your Most Important Money Lesson  -If you could only pass along one money lesson, what would it be?  After decades of experiences, we all learn many good money lessons, some of them the hard way.

 

* 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

PACKING TRAVEL MADE EASY - TRAVEL

PACKING TRAVEL MADE EASY - TRAVEL

Tuesday, May 12, 2020 | 6:00-7:00pm

This fun, interactive workshop will help you go from over-packer to savvy traveler. Jenny Freeman, former road warrior (business traveler) and globe trotter has a deep love for packing lists, carry-on only travel, and other travel hacks. You will learn how to select the best clothing and toiletries for every occasion, how to breeze through security, and how to develop the perfect packing list. Jenny will share why one-bag travel reduces stress, costs less, and saves your back: which items should always go in the cabin with you; how to create a mix-and-match capsule wardrobe; and different travel products that help keep travelers organized and minimalist. Participants will receive packing lists and site recommendations to plan their next voyage.

Free and open to the community.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Gaines's Mill Battlefield

Gaines's Mill Battlefield

Wednesday, May 13, 2020 | 8:30-5:00pm

CANCELED = On April 17, 1861—after the firing on Fort Sumter, and Lincoln’s call for Virginia volunteers to help put down the rebellion—the Old Dominion, the most populous southern state, voted to secede from the federal union. Once the Confederate capital was moved to Richmond, the South’s only large-scale industrial city, everyone understood that Virginia soil would soon be highly contested. During the bloody four-year conflict, the Old Dominion witnessed over 40 major battles and hundreds of smaller engagements. Indeed, most of the American Civil War was fought in the state of Virginia.

Starting in April 2020, join award-winning Civil War historian Rick Britton as he leads tours to some of Virginia’s most fascinating Civil War battlefields. Open to all. Activity level – active.

Gaines’s Mill

Wednesday, May 13

One of the largest of the Seven Days’ Battles (June 27, 1862). Lunch is on your own. After lunch we’ll take in Hollywood Cemetery (final resting place of Jefferson Davis, U.S. presidents Tyler and Monroe, and numerous Confederate generals). Member $72; Guest: $82

Members only.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Aging Consciously

Aging Consciously

Wednesday, May 13, 2020 | 10:00-12:00pm

Join Marguerite David, M.S.W., in this rich one-day class where you will learn about conscious aging. Gain a greater understanding of how to engage in life by creating an ecomap which identifies what gives you purpose and meaning in this chapter of your life. Marguerite will also provide resources for information and support as we age. For more information, you can contact Marguerite at 434-760-1330 or offtheleashcoaching@gmail.com

Marguerite has a master’s degree in Social Work and is committed to helping people create purpose, meaning, and joy, as they make several life transitions – retirement, pet loss, health changes, aging parents, relationship changes, to name a few.

Free and open to the community.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Current Events Talk

Current Events Talk

Wednesday, May 13, 2020 | 10:00-11:00am

2nd and 4th Wednesdays, 10:00-11:00 am, Begins April 22

You have been talking about current events around the dinner table. Now you have an opportunity to enjoy discussions with friends at The Center. Bob Toplin, president of the Charlottesville History Club, will serve as the initial facilitator helping to launch the first meeting. Join in a non-partisan friendly discussion of a current hot topic that will change each meeting. Bring ideas! 

Members only.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Senior Statesmen of Virginia*

Senior Statesmen of Virginia*

Wednesday, May 13, 2020 | 1:30-3:00pm

Join Peter Thompson as he discusses the new and exciting Center at Belvedere! (This meeting will be held at The Center, 491 Hillsdale Drive).
 

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

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Contact: www.seniorstatesmen.org

Essential Tremor Support Group

Essential Tremor Support Group

Thursday, May 14, 2020 | 4:00-5:00pm

“We believe that our group members and our programs provide help and information about a condition that can be difficult and embarrassing,” says group leader John Watterson. Essential tremor is a neurological condition that causes shaking of the head, hands, and voice. An estimated 10 million people in the United States have essential tremor (ET). While not life-threatening, ET is a serious and progressive condition that can significantly affect a person’s quality of life—socially, professionally, and emotionally. People with ET often have difficulty with everyday activities such as getting dressed, eating, drinking, speaking or writing. Of 20-plus different kinds of tremor, essential tremor (ET) is the most common. Also known as familial tremor, benign essential tremor or hereditary tremor, ET is a neurological condition often confused with Parkinson’s disease and dystopia. Due to misguided beliefs and lack of awareness, many people with this condition never seek medical care though most would benefit from treatment. This group is both educational and supportive., and free. We meet on the second Thursday of each month, from 4:00-5:00pm.

International Essential Tremor Foundation (IETF) The IETF funds research to find the cause of essential tremor (ET) that leads to treatments and a cure, increases awareness, and provides educational materials, tools, and support for healthcare providers, the public, and those affected by ET. Learn more about the IETF. Other links you may find helpful: tremoraction.org

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Contact: John Watterson 434.973.2510

Fee: free

Investors Forum - Third Friday

Investors Forum - Third Friday

Friday, May 15, 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, May 15, 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

Central Virginia Dowsers

Central Virginia Dowsers

Sunday, May 17, 2020 | 1:00-3:00pm

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. 

Members only.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Third Monday Bunko

Third Monday Bunko

Monday, May 18, 2020 | 2:00-4:00pm

Strictly speaking, Bunko is a dice game played in rounds. In reality, it’s a rowdy good time! The game keeps people moving and switching partners for each round of play, so it’s a great way to meet, mix, mingle … and laugh out loud! No experience needed—join us anytime!

Members only.

Location: The Center

Contact: Clarece Edson (434)293-2817

Create A Legacy of Love Workshop

Create A Legacy of Love Workshop

Monday, May 18, 2020 | 6:00-7:00pm

Monday, May 18, 6:00-7:00 pm

8 Powerful Strategies to Instill Lasting Values for Loved Ones and Younger Generations - Years ago, grandparents and grandchildren lived close to one another, were involved in each other's lives, and had deep bonds.  Now, families are more spread out with less contact among the generations, resulting in a loss of valuable stories, family history, and legacies being passed down.  Join local husband and wife attorneys, Lelia and Michael Winget-Hernandez to learn about legacy planning and ideas to make a more powerful connection with the people who matter most to you. Free and open to the community.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Tangier Island 2020

Tangier Island 2020

Tuesday, May 19, 2020 | 6:30-7:30pm

CANCELED - Join us for a visit to Tangier Island the 'soft crab capital' of the nation. Located in the middle of the Chesapeake this small, quaint fishing village has changed little of the years. Recently the island has experienced encroachment by the waters of the Chesapeake and the island is dealing with changes in the shape and size of their home. We will travel to the island on the Chesapeake Breeze ferry out of Reedville. Lunch (included) at Hilda Crocketts Chesapeake House for fresh seafood and good company. After lunch there is time to tour the village, rent a golf cart and tour the island, of just enjoy the sea air. 

Open to all.

Location: Tangier Island

Fee: free

Hearing Health

Hearing Health

Wednesday, May 20, 2020 | 10:00-11:00am

Wednesday, April 15, 10:00-11:00 AM
Get to know The Center's new Hearing Loop System and How to Use it! 
Join Dr. Kristin Koch, Audiologist at Evolution Hearing, to learn about the new loop system at The Center.  Dr. Koch will review what a loop system is, how it helps your hearing and how to use it with and without hearing aids.  If you do wear hearing aids, you may want to ask your hearing healthcare provider if you have a T-coil in your devices before you come.  This is an exciting upgrade at The Center!

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Pet Loss Support

Pet Loss Support

Saturday, May 23, 2020 | 10:00-12:00pm

The loss of our beloved pet friends can be painful and challenging to navigate. Long-time social worker Marguerite David is offering this two-hour class for those dealing with pet loss. You will gain understanding of the grieving process and can explore your loss. Resources and ideas for honoring your pet will also be provided.  For more information, you can contact Marguerite at 434-760-1330 or offtheleashcoaching@gmail.com

Marguerite has a master’s degree in Social Work and is committed to helping people create purpose, meaning, and joy, as they make several life transitions – retirement, pet loss, health changes, aging parents, relationship changes, to name a few.

Please leave your pets at home, thank you.

Free, but please RSVP.

Members only.

Location: The Center

Seats available: 9

RSVP for this event online

Pet Loss Support

RSVP $0.00
Bridge Lessons for Beginners

Bridge Lessons for Beginners

Friday, May 29, 2020 | 1:00-3:00pm

NOW OPEN TO ALL!    Members are free; guest fee $20 per lesson -- Take one or all (please register separately)

Friday, April 24, 1:00 – 3:00 PM –Lesson Two

Friday, May 29, 1:00 - 3:00 PM -- Lesson Four (summary and review)

Friday, June 26, 1:00 - 3:00 PM -- Lesson Four (summary and review)

If you have always wanted to play bridge but don't know how, or you have some bridge playing experience but need a refresher in the basics, then these are the classes for you!  All classes are taught by experienced player and teacher Ken Marino.  Time will also be allocated during each lesson for guided play. Free to members; guest fee $20 per lesson. Please register in advance at the Welcome Desk or below.

  • Lesson One will teach you the fundamental nature of the game, play of the hand, bidding, and basic scoring.  At its conclusion, you will be able to play the game of bridge!  (You will be encouraged to play 5 or 6 times, 50-60 hands) before taking the next class.
  • Lesson Two will consist of a rigorous presentation of the opening bid without a 5-card suit, along with the responses and opener re-bids, further exploration of the “Point Count” theory, and “Declarer Play” - both planning the play and strategies for winning additional tricks.
  • Lesson Three introduces the concept of “Bidding Conventions” with first-level explanations and examples of several current and commonly used conventions.  Play of the hand topic will include opening leads against suit and no-trump contracts.
  • Lesson Four, the final one of the series, will present a summary and review of bridge bidding - covering opening bids, responses and rebids.  Common bidding conventions will also be reviewed.  Most of the class time will be spent on the fundamentals of declarer play - from planning the play to finding  "not so obvious" ways to win tricks. Other play techniques, such as unblocking a suit, will be explored.

Once you know how to play, check out these other opportunities at The Center!
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Open to all.

Location: The Center

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Bridge Lessons for Beginners

Register MARCH (Lesson 2) Member $0.00
MARCH (Lesson 2) Guest $20.00
Farmville - High Bridge

Farmville - High Bridge

Thursday, June 4, 2020 | 7:30-3:30pm

CANCELED - High Bridge Trail is 31 miles long and ideally suited for hiking, bicycling and horseback riding. Once a rail bed, the trail is wide, level and generally flat. Its finely crushed limestone surface and dimensions make it easy to enjoy. The park’s centerpiece is the majestic High Bridge, which is more than 2,400 feet long and 125 feet above the Appomattox River. It is the longest recreational bridge in Virginia and among the longest in the United States. High Bridge, a Virginia Historic Landmark, is on the National Register of Historic Places. Lunch is on your own at the Uptown Café.  Before lunch you can choose to walk or rent a bicycle to travel along part of the High Bridge Trail, or shop along Farmville’s quaint downtown area featuring antiques stores, furniture warehouses, and boutiques.

Open to all. Activity level – active 

Open to all.

Location: Farmville VA

Fee: free

Fredericksburg Battlefield

Fredericksburg Battlefield

Wednesday, June 10, 2020 | 8:30-5:00pm

Virginia’s Civil War Battlefields

On April 17, 1861—after the firing on Fort Sumter, and Lincoln’s call for Virginia volunteers to help put down the rebellion—the Old Dominion, the most populous southern state, voted to secede from the federal union. Once the Confederate capital was moved to Richmond, the South’s only large-scale industrial city, everyone understood that Virginia soil would soon be highly contested. During the bloody four-year conflict, the Old Dominion witnessed over 40 major battles and hundreds of smaller engagements. Indeed, most of the American Civil War was fought in the state of Virginia.

Starting in April 2020, join award-winning Civil War historian Rick Britton as he leads tours to some of Virginia’s most fascinating Civil War battlefields. Open to all. Activity level – active.

Fredericksburg

Wednesday, June 10

One of the war’s 10 biggest battles, (December 11 & 13 1862). Fredericksburg featured urban and rural combat. Stops include Chatham, Prospect Hill, and the famous Stone Wall where 18 assaults were turned back. Member $72; Guest: $82

Members only.

Location: The Center

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Fredericksburg Battlefield

Member $72.00
Guest $92.00
Williamsburg Getaway

Williamsburg Getaway

June 15-16, 2020

THIS TRIP IS BEING RESCHEDULED - TBA - Enjoy a night stay at the Griffin Hotel in Williamsburg's historic district. You will have time to stroll, dine (on your own) and shop. On our way to Williamsburg, we will enjoy shopping at the Williamsburg Pottery in time to purchase beautiful pots for your summer plants. On the return, we will shop "til we drop at the Williamsburg Premium Outlets. Breakfast is included at the hotel.  There is an optional tour available for purchase on Monday evening at 9:00 PM - "Cry Witch" tickets must be purchased by May 13th. Open to all, Activity Level - Active. 

Open to all.

Location: Williamsburg

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Williamsburg Getaway

Member - Double per person $185.00
Member - Single $370.00
Guest - Double per person $235.00
Guest - Single $420.00
PACKING TRAVEL MADE EASY - TRAVEL II

PACKING TRAVEL MADE EASY - TRAVEL II

Wednesday, July 22, 2020 | 6:00-7:00pm

Packing one bag to travel: Second opportunity to learn. This fun, interactive workshop will help you go from over-packer to savvy traveler. Jenny Freeman, former road warrior (business traveler) and globe trotter has a deep love for packing lists, carry-on only travel, and other travel hacks. You will learn how to select the best clothing and toiletries for every occasion, how to breeze through security, and how to develop the perfect packing list. Jenny will share why one-bag travel reduces stress, costs less, and saves your back: which items should always go in the cabin with you; how to create a mix-and-match capsule wardrobe; and different travel products that help keep travelers organized and minimalist. Participants will receive packing lists and site recommendations to plan their next voyage.

Free and open to the community.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Exclusive Nature & Photo Tour of Iceland

Exclusive Nature & Photo Tour of Iceland

August 18-30, 2020

SOLD OUT - Iceland is magical, especially in late summer when the colors, weather, and angles of sunlight are transitioning into fall. This 12-day tour with a veteran guide gives great insight into Iceland's unique nature and culture, with the bonus of experiencing the country's burgeoning culinary scene. All-inclusive package!

*Package includes: round trip transfers air and ground. All meals, transportation in Iceland, gratuities and a 13 days Program. Activity level - Active

Travel Protection is additional. 

Open to all.

Location: Iceland

Tuscany

Tuscany

September 18-26, 2020

We will stay in a villa in the Chianti Hills region, the heart of Tuscany. The villa was built as a country residence for a noble family from Florence, Italy. We will enjoy 6 days of tours around the region including, all transportation, all meals and gratuities. Travel Protection is available. Call the Travel Office at 434.974.6538 to reserve your spot today! 

Price: Double (per person) $3995 – Deposit $1000.

Open to all.

Location: Tuscany, Italy

Odyssey Cruise - Fall Foliage

Odyssey Cruise - Fall Foliage

Friday, October 23, 2020 | 8:15-5:30pm

UPDATE: We have rescheduled our trip to DC on board the Odyssey Potomac lunch for Friday, October 23rd. 

Space is LIMITED  - Call to check availability to make your reservation 434 974 6538 Join us as we set sail on the Potomac River aboard the glass-topped Odyssey cruise ship.  The Odyssey will cruise beneath historic bridges and travel past Washington, DC's greatest landmarks.  You will be served an upscale, three-course lunch with the Washington Monument, the Jefferson Memorial and view the Fall scenery if Mother Nature cooperates.   Lunch is included. Activity Level Easy 

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Riverside Theatre - Meet me in St. Louis

Riverside Theatre - Meet me in St. Louis

Wednesday, November 18, 2020 | 9:30-6:30pm

Based on the heartwarming MGM film, Meet Me in St. Louis is a delightful portrait of a turn-of-the-century American family.  It is the summer of 1903 and the Smith family eagerly anticipates the opening of the 1904 World’s Fair.  The family’s mutual respect, tempered with good-natured humor, helps them through romance, opportunity, and heartbreaks.  Memorable musical numbers include Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, The Boy Next Door, The Trolley Song and Whenever I’m With You. Lunch is included in the price. Activity Level- Easy 

Open to all.

Location: Fredericksburg

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Riverside Theatre - Meet me in St. Louis

Member $115.00
Guest $135.00
Debra's Test Event

Debra's Test Event

Thursday, December 31, 2020 | 9:00-10:00pm

Here's the summary. This is a test.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Sorry, this event has sold out!

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Debra’s Test Event

free $0.00
other $0.01
Royal Caribbean International - Anthem of the Seas

Royal Caribbean International - Anthem of the Seas

January 4-15, 2021

We will sail on Royal Caribbean International's Anthem of the Seas to the

Southern Caribbean and will begin our cruise from Cape Liberty, New Jersey.

First port of call will be San Juan, Puerto Rico, then on to Phillipsburg, St. Maarten,

St. John's Antigua, Castries, St. Lucia, Basseterre and St. Kitts & Nevis.  Join

us for this spectacular cruise.  Includes ground transportation, all meals,

accommodations, entertainment and gratuities. Passport Required.

Travel protection is available.

Ship Registry – Nassau, Bahamas. Open to all. Activity Level – Moderate.

Call Travel office for rates and availability.

Open to all.

Location: Southern Caribbean

Fee: To be announced

Vilanova, Spain

Vilanova, Spain

April 13-21, 2021

Breaking News - Our Center Travel Program is committed to the health and safety of our clients and is always top of mind for us. As the coronavirus situation evolves, we want you to know that we are working hard to stay up-to-date on all the facts so that we can help address any of your travel concerns. We’re here to help you travel smart, safe and with satisfaction. As you know we are also in constant contact with our suppliers (i.e. airlines, hotels, tour operators) to understand their latest policies and terms to benefit all of our clients whose travel has been impacted. With that being said we have decided to postpone our trip to Spain until next year April 13 – 21, 2021

If you are interested in traveling with us in 2021 Please call us to make your reservation, 

Join us in 2021 as we stay in the Masia Notari, a rustic property where past elements are blended with modern-day comforts. Located 45 minutes from Barcelona, it’s a perfect location to day-trip the beauty and history of Spain. *Package includes roundtrip transfers and air. All meals, gratuities, and 6 day-trips. Call the Travel Office at 434.974.6538 to reserve your spot today! 

Open to all.

Location: Vilanova, Spain