Special Events

Navigating Long Distance Care

Navigating Long Distance Care

Thursday, September 19, 2019 | 10:00-11:00am

Did you know that nearly 15 million Americans provide unpaid care to an older adult making them more likely to have physical and emotional health problems themselves? Come join us and learn how to manage your own stress, locate neighborhood resources, stay in contact, and plan visits. Presented by Candace Schoner, Director of Intake and Community Relations for Visiting Angels of Charlottesville. Candace has been a long-distant caregiver for her mother for over five years.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Dog Days

Dog Days

Thursday, September 19, 2019 | 3:30-4:30pm

 

Join Katie Roche from the Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA to meet a new adoptable shelter dog or two in The Center lobby from 3:30 – 4:30.  You might just find your own “fur-ever” friend! 

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

First-time Homebuyer Class

First-time Homebuyer Class

Thursday, September 19, 2019 | 6:00-9:00pm

Are you thinking about buying a home, but not sure where to start? VHDA's free First-time Homebuyer Class can help. In this 2-session class, you'll learn the entire homebuying process from start to finish, and how to stay on track as a responsible homeowner. The class is offered through the Virginia Housing Development Authority and Piedmont Housing Alliance. Space is limited; Contact Virginia Leary at Piedmont Housing Alliance at (434) 422-4838 to register.
 
These dates will be offered from 6:00-9:00 pm:
 
September 19 and 26
 

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Fall Risk Reduction and Promotion of Physical Fitness

Fall Risk Reduction and Promotion of Physical Fitness

Monday, September 23, 2019 | 2:30-3:30pm

September 23 is National Falls Prevention Day. Falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries for older adults.  In this session you will learn strategies to reduce your risk of falling, understand effective techniques for rising from the floor to a chair or standing position and more! Dr. Diane Huss, physical therapist consultant with the UVA functional neurology and neurosurgery team, and expert in home health service, is the presenter.  Free and open to the community.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

DMV Connect - On Site at The Center

DMV Connect - On Site at The Center

Tuesday, September 24, 2019 | 9:30-2:30pm

Additional sessions added!  See schedule below.

Members may now make appointments by calling the Welcome Desk at 974-7756.  Please see the schedule below for dates and times regarding appointments and walk-in availability.

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.)

For more details, consult www.dmvNOW.com

 

DMV Connect will return to The Center on:

 

Tuesday, September 24 from 9:30 AM to 3:00 PM; Members may make appointments from 9:30 until 11:45.  Walk-ins, open to the community, accepted beginning at 12:00 PM.

Tuesday, October 15 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM.  This additional session is for Center members only and only by appointment.  No walk-ins, please.

Wednesday, October 30 from 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM; Members may make appointments from 9:30 until 11:45.  Walk-ins, open to the community, accepted beginning at 12:00 PM.

Monday, November 18 from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM.  This additional session is for Center members only and only by appointment.  No walk-ins, please.

Tuesday November 26  from 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM; This session is open to the community on a walk-in basis; no appointments will be taken.

Monday, December 2 from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM.  This additional session is for Center members only and only by appointment.  No walk-ins, please.

Tuesday, December 17 from 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM; This session is open to the community on a walk-in basis; no appointments will be taken.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Member September Wine & Cheese Social

Member September Wine & Cheese Social

Tuesday, September 24, 2019 | 5:30-6:30pm

Know someone who is not a member but who would enjoy the people, programs, and fun of Center participation? He or she is your ticket to the Member September Wine & Cheese Social at The Center. 

R.s.v.p. to Judy Gardner by September 18 with your name and the name of your guest.

Members only.

Location: The Center

Contact: To rsvp email Judy Gardner at judy@thecentercville.org or call 434.974.7756.

Square Dancing Lessons

Square Dancing Lessons

Wednesday, September 25, 2019 | 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

Food Truck

Food Truck

Thursday, September 26, 2019 | 11:30-1:30pm

Food trucks are a fantastic way to experience different cuisines in a casual way. And Charlottesville has got some great trucks! We host one here on the fourth Thursday of (almost) every month. Look for them in our parking lot, in a reserved area near the front of the building closest to Hillsdale Drive. You can eat here or pick up something to go. The public is welcome, so spread the word to folks at surrounding offices and organizations so they can take advantage, too!

August 22 - 106 Street Eats

September 26 - Firefly

SPECIAL for the Active Aging Fair:
September 27 - Two Brothers Southwest Grill

October 24 - Bavarian Chef

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Building A More Inclusive Community: Local Voices On Diversity

Building A More Inclusive Community: Local Voices On Diversity

Thursday, September 26, 2019 | 6:30-8:00pm

The Center’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee has been working to broaden participation in programs and ensure accessibility for everyone. With its latest initiative, the committee hopes to engage our community in a discussion of issues around topics of diversity. This speaker series features presentations by local leaders who are helping to shape a culture of inclusion in Charlottesville. All presentations are free and open to the community. Download a flyer for the series here

Speaker Schedule:

Thursday, September 12, 6:30 pm - Why Diversity and Inclusion? Should It Be Intentional? The Reverend Dr. Lehman D. Bates, II, Pastor, Ebenezer Baptist Church

Thursday, September 26, 6:30 pm - Pillars of Family Restoration: Roots, Ancestors, DNA Leontyne Clay Peck, Educator and Author; Ford Foundation Scholar in African American Studies

Thursday, October 3, 6:30 pmDiversity in the Workplace Kelli E. Palmer, Ph.D., Head of Diversity & Inclusion and Corporate Citizenship at CFA Institute

Thursday, October 10, 6:30 pmEracism – What’s Happening in Our Schools Juandiego R. Wade, Charlottesville City School Board Member

Thursday, October 17, 6:30 pmEracism – What’s Happening in Our Community Khizr Khan, Attorney and Constitutional Rights and National Unity Advocate; Gold Star Parent

Thursday, October 24, 6:30 pm - Reaching for a Higher Ground: A Quraanic Perspective Aliaa Khidr, MD, Retired Professor of Phoniatrics; Founder of  “Lita Aarufu = Knowing Each Other”

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Writing for Pleasure Coffeehouse

Writing for Pleasure Coffeehouse

Friday, September 27, 2019 | 12:00-2:00pm

 

Faith Andrews Bedford, author, biographer, curator, and art historian, will be at The Center to discuss her 35-year career as a writer.  Her works include the bi-monthly “Kids in the Country” column in Country Living, and three books on the American Impressionist Frank W. Benson.

 

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Contact: Sandra Garrett sandrag992@gmail.com

Active Aging Fair 2019

Active Aging Fair 2019

Friday, September 27, 2019 | 12:30-3:30pm

Sponsored by Barrett-Johnson & Associates, a private wealth advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial, & by The Laurels of Charlottesville a Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

Enjoy raffle prizes, door prizes, free reusable grocery bags, interesting speakers and of course our vendors! 

Vendors & Service Provider Expo  12:30 – 3:30 pm

Food Truck:

11:30 – 1:30 - Two Brothers Southwest Grill Food Truck

Speakers: 

12:30pm:  Five Pillars of Brain Health, Ken Beals, AARP Speakers Bureau  It's never too late to take charge of your brain health!  In this interactive session, you will learn about the five pillars of a brain-healthy lifestyle, share your brain-boosting activities, and be inspired by others.  This session is a good overview for anyone interested in improving their brain health and will provide you with actionable steps you can take along with resources to learn more.

2:00pm: Creating Your "Retirement Paycheck" :  Strategies to Help You Live the Life You've Earned, Charlie Mass, Associate Financial Advisor, Barrett-Johnson & Assoc, In this seminar you'll learn ways to determine how much you'll need during retirement , identify income sources that you can combine  to create your "retirement paycheck" and help make your savings last.

 

Vendors:

There is still space available! Just download and complete the Registration Form and return with payment. 

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Contact: Margaret Fitch, margaret@thecentercville.org or (434) 974-7756 Tuesday through Thursday

Try It Out Tuesday

Try It Out Tuesday

Tuesday, October 1, 2019 | 12:00-2:00pm

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

Kickoff to Adopt a Shelter Dog Month

Kickoff to Adopt a Shelter Dog Month

Tuesday, October 1, 2019 | 3:00-4:30pm

October is National Adopt-a-Shelter-Dog Month!  Katie Roche, Humane Education Coordinator of the Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA, will talk about the physical, social, and emotional benefits of having a dog.  She will also bring some local dogs looking for their forever homes; you may just meet the “fur-ever” friend you’re looking for – and that’s looking for you!  Free and open to the community.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Senior Council

Senior Council

Monday, October 7, 2019 | 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

Bollywood Dance Fitness Demos

Bollywood Dance Fitness Demos

Wednesday, October 16, 2019 | 9:30-10:30am

BOLLYWWOD DANCE FITNESS DEMONSTRATIONS

Wednesdays, October 16 and 30, 9:30-10:30 am 

This Bollywood-inspired dance-fitness program incorporates hand movements with footwork and is for all levels of fitness abilities. You’ll start with a warm-up, then learn basic dance moves, followed by a cool-down and stretching. This class is a great way to enhance cognition through dance while moving to Bollywood music. Join certified personal trainer and instructor, Jessica Miles for some fun exercise!  Try either October class out for free prior to the start of the monthly class scheduled to begin November 6. 

Click here for more for information and to register for the class beginning in November.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Monthly Luncheon

Monthly Luncheon

Wednesday, October 16, 2019 | 11:30-12:30pm

Deadline to register is 12 noon on Friday, Sept. 13. 

Menu: 

Harvest Moon salad, buttermilk fried chicken with herbed potato salad and deviled eggs, potato rolls with whipped butter, foloowed by a dessert of lemon bars with seasonal berries. 

Vegetarian by request: 

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Contact: Margaret Fitch, margaret@thecentercville.org

Senior Golf Fall Meeting

Senior Golf Fall Meeting

Monday, October 21, 2019 | 1:30-3:00pm

Join your fellow golfers for an end of season meeting!

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

The A to Z Guide for Primary Caregivers of Dementia

The A to Z Guide for Primary Caregivers of Dementia

Tuesday, October 22, 2019 | 2:00-3:00pm

Jane Foy is a veteran broadcaster and has been the primary caregiver for a dementia patient for the last 6 years. Her recently published book, The A to Z Guide for Primary Caregivers of Dementia Patients, is a collection of helpful hints based on real-life experiences. Living with and caring for a dementia patient is not easy, but this book will make the “road less bumpy.” The guide puts special emphasis on caring for the caregiver: from hairdresser appointments to finding your own “down” time. Ultimately, it’s a guide to help the caregiver get the most joy out of their time with their loved one. Free and open to the community.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Shredding Truck

Shredding Truck

Wednesday, October 23, 2019 | 10:00-1:00pm

No need to sign up, just show up with your paper to be shredded.  For safety and to keep the line moving, please stay in your car and a volunteer will collect your bag(s) of paper.  The shredding truck is a state-of-the-art, high speed shredding truck from 1st Choice Shredding, an NAID (National Association for Information Destruction) certified company. All shredded paper is recycled.  The event is open to the community.  The cost is $5 for up to 5 grocery bags.  Additional bags are $2 per bag.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Creating Your Long-Term Extended Care Plan

Creating Your Long-Term Extended Care Plan

Thursday, October 31, 2019 | 11:00-12:00pm

Thursday, October 31, 11:00 PM - 12:00 PM

Join Tracy Meade, certified long-term specialist, and Betty Sharp with Innovage Virginia Pace as they discuss the options available in our area for adult day care services.  Learn about opportunities for those who want to age in their homes.  

Free and Open to the Community.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Yard Sale

Yard Sale

Friday, November 22, 2019 | 4:30-6:30pm

LAST YARD SALE!

Friday, November 22 , 4:30–6:30 pm (early bird with $5 entrance fee)

Saturday, November 23, 8:00 am–1:00 pm (free entrance)

Well, there will be a “furniture and fixtures” sale in the spring before our big move to the Center at Belvedere, but this November marks your last opportunity to indulge in a traditional Center yard sale – and it comes just in time for the holiday season!  Come do a little early shopping; you may find just the treasure you are looking for! Items include holiday decorations, china, glassware, silver, luggage and handbags, housewares, pictures and frames, books, puzzles, and many more specialty items. All pieces are in good, if not in excellent, condition. Proceeds help support The Center’s operating budget, so please plan to visit.  We will still gratefully accept your donations through Friday. November 8, but after that time, we will need to respectfully decline.  Please see the list of what we are able to accept by clicking on the link below.

See our list of items that are and are not accepted for the yard sale

Open to all.

Location: The Center, 491 Hillsdale Dr., Charlottesville, VA