Special Events

Square Dancing Lessons

Square Dancing Lessons

Wednesday, May 22, 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, May 23, 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!

May 23 - 106 Street Eats - English Muffin Burgers, Pork Schnitzel, Smoked Chicken Pita, Falafel Pita, Gorilla Steak and Cheese, Curly Fries, Mac 'n' Cheese ... any of these mouth-watering options could be on the menu. Bring your friends and co-workers and come get lunch! Open to the community.

June 27 - Little Manila - Gracious portions of food made with love! And if you've never tried lumpia or pancit, you're in for a delicious treat -- these Filipino comfort foods (different takes on spring rolls and noodles) will have you completely hooked on a flavor profile with elements of Chinese, Malaysian, and Spanish cuisine. Open to the community.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Money Matters—Steps to Avoiding Scams

Money Matters—Steps to Avoiding Scams

Thursday, May 23, 2019 | 5:00-6:30pm

If you haven’t experienced a scam or swindle, unfortunately, there’s a very good chance you will face one at some point in your life. It might be as simple as a phone or email scam, but if you don’t know what to look for, a scam can spiral out of control. Join Buck Klintworth, portfolio manager at Chase Investment Counsel Corporation, as he describes the types of scams targeting seniors, provides suggestions you can implement to protect yourself, and offers advice on what to do if you or someone you know has become the victim of a scam.  Free and open to the public. 

This is a free, educational event—NO financial products will be sold.

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.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

First-time Homebuyer Class

First-time Homebuyer Class

Thursday, May 23, 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; Click here to register or contact Virginia Leary at Piedmont Housing Alliance at (434) 422-4838. 
 
These dates will also be offered from 6:00-9:00 pm:
 
April 18 and 25
May 16 and 23
June 20 and 27
July 18 and 25
August 15 and 22
September 19 and 26
October 17 and 24 

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Closed for Memorial Day

Closed for Memorial Day

Sunday, May 26, 2019 | 12:01-11:59pm

The Senior Center will be closed Sunday, May 28th and Monday, May 29th in observance of Memorial Day.

Location: The Center

Robust Aging Toolbox

Robust Aging Toolbox

Tuesday, May 28, 2019 | 10:00-11:30am

Tuesdays in March and April, 10:00-11:30 am at Ivy Creek (Indoors)

In this series, Dan Kulund shows you tools for robust aging and how to use them. Each tool is a physical activity or mental skill to keep you healthy, vigorous, and strong, as you grow older. Choose the right ones for aging, walking, working, playing, falling, and thinking. You are welcome to attend any or all of the sessions on Tuesday mornings from 10-11:30 am. Tools provided. Dr. Kulund served as the United States Air Force Chief of Health Promotion. Free and open to the community. Location is Education Building at Ivy Creek, 1780 Earlysville Road.

Tuesdays in May and June, 10:00 - 11:30 AM at Ivy Creek Natural Area (indooors and outdoors)

Dan Kulund is bringing his robust aging toolbox to Ivy Creek for you.  The toolbox contains 25 tools.  Each one is a physical activity or mental skill to keep you healthy, vigorous, and strong as you get older.  You can use these tools in the woods and around your neighborhood, and even in your home or at work.  What's in your toolbox?  Dr. Kulund is a retired orthopedic surgeon and served as the United States Air Force Chief of Health Promotion.  Location is Education Building at Ivy Creek Natural Area, 1780 Earlysville Road.  Sessions begin indoors and often move outside for you to handle tools.

Free and open to the community. 

Open to all.

Location: Ivy Creek Education Building

Fee: free

Combatting Elder Abuse and Exploitation - Public Briefing

Combatting Elder Abuse and Exploitation - Public Briefing

Tuesday, May 28, 2019 | 2:00-3:30pm

The Jefferson Area Coalition to End Elder Abuse and Exploitation (JACEEA) welcomes the public to learn about recent legislation recommended by JACEEA and supported by Delegates Toscano and Rob Bell, and Senator Obenshain (HB 1987, signed into law).  Please join us for keynote speakers, a panel discussion, and time for questions. 

Agenda:
2:00 - 2:05  Introduction by Robert Tracci and Joe Platania, Albemarle and Charlottesville Commonwealth's Attorneys

2:05 - 2:30  Keynote Speeches by Delegate David Toscano (invited), Senator Mark Obenshain (invited), and Delegate Rob Bell (attending)

2:30 - 3:10  Panel Discussion with JACEEA Panel 

  • Robert Tracci, Commonwealth's Attorney, County of Albemarle
  • Joe Platania, Commonwealth's Attorney, City of Charlottesville
  • Marcus Baggett, Detective, Albemarle County Police Department
  • Tina Robertson, Adult Protective Services, Albemarle County
  • Richie DeLoria, Assistant County Attorney
  • Steve Buck, Office of the Virginia Attorney General
  • Jamison Botkin, UVA Community Credit Union
  • Ron Huber, US Attorney’s Office

3:10 - 3:25  Public questions

3:25 - 3:30  Close

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

National Senior Health And Fitness Day

National Senior Health And Fitness Day

Wednesday, May 29, 2019 | 8:30-4:00pm

National Senior Health & Fitness Day is a nationwide health and fitness event for older adults. More than 120,000 older adults will participate at local events across the country on the same day. The event's goals are to promote the importance of regular physical activity, and to showcase what local organizations are doing to improve the health and fitness of older adults in their communities.  Join us as we celebrate healthy aging!  Speakers, fitness classes, events, and demos are free and open to the public.

8:45–9:45 am Brain Games 

8:45–9:45 am Tai Chi Stimulate your immune system, lower your blood pressure, decrease your stress and improve your balance

8:45–10:00 am Blood Sugar Test (Care Advantage) 

8:45-12 Noon Blood Pressure Reading (Home Instead Senior Care)

9:45–10:45 am PrimeTime Low-impact aerobics, body toning and stretching exercises

10:00–10:30 am All Core 360 (Scott Wagner Chiropractic) Find out a new way to strengthen your core muscles.

11:00 am–12:00 pm NIA for Healing (Sheila Queen) Designed for anybody seeking a gentler movement practice to complement and facilitate healing of body, mind, emotions, and spirit. 

12:00–1:00 pm Plants not Pills (Melissa Healy) Melissa holds a certificate in plant-based nutrition from the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies/Cornell and is a certified vegan lifestyle coach and educator.

12:45 pm Light Lunch donated by Our Lady of Peace

1:15–2:15 pm Ageless Grace (Sheila Queen) A new and fun way to move that includes a chair (seated dancing; standing is optional)! Ageless Grace® is both a body and brain exercise.

2:15–3:00 pm Chair Yoga (Julie Horne) Students can learn many kinds of yoga postures, breathing techniques, meditation, and ways of relaxation, with the aid of a chair.

3:00 pm Door Prize Drawing

3:00–4:00 pm Ping Pong

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

DMV Connect - On Site at The Center

DMV Connect - On Site at The Center

Wednesday, May 29, 2019 | 9:30-2:30pm

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. No appointments; first come, first served. 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 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 from 9:30 AM to 2:30 PM on:

May 29

June 11

July 31

August 28

September 24

October 30

November 26

December 18

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Create A Legacy of Love Workshop

Create A Legacy of Love Workshop

Wednesday, May 29, 2019 | 11:00-12:00pm

Wednesday, May 29, 11:00 AM - 12:00 noon

8 Power 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

Long Term Care Ombudsman Program

Long Term Care Ombudsman Program

Thursday, May 30, 2019 | 11:00-12:00pm

Thursday, May 30, 11:00 AM - 12:00 Noon

Do you have a friend or loved one in a skilled nursing or assisted living facility?  Did you know there is a free Ombudsman Program (run by the Administration on aging) available?  Ombudsmen advocate for older persons receiving long term care, whether the care is provided in a nursing home or assisted living facility, or through community-based services to assist persons still living at home.  Join Cheairs Graves from JABA for information on how to access and use this service.  

Free and open to the community.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

A Matter of Balance:  Managing Concerns About Falls Workshop

A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns About Falls Workshop

Monday, June 3, 2019 | 10:00-12:00pm

Mondays and Wednesdays, June 3 - 26, 10:00 AM - 12 Noon (except June 17 & 19, time will be 1-3 PM) Total of eight 2-hour sessions

Fear of falling can be just as dangerous as falling itself.  People who develop this fear often limit their activities, which can result in severe physical weakness, making the risk of falling even greater.  The Matter of Balance 8-session workshop can help people improve their quality of life and remain independent.  Participants learn to set realistic goals to increase activity, change their environment to reduce fall risk factors, and learn simple exercises to increase strength and balance.  The Center and UVa Health System are partnering to bring you this evidence-based program.  Space is limited; register online or at the Welcome Desk. No new participants can be accepted after the second session.  Open to the community; $20 (scholarships available)

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Pay for this event online

A Matter of Balance:  Managing Concerns About Falls Workshop

Register $20.00
Senior Council

Senior Council

Monday, June 3, 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

Try It Out Tuesday

Try It Out Tuesday

Tuesday, June 4, 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. Several crafters will be selling their wares in our lobby from 8:30 am to noon. 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

Cooking Demo with UVA Dietetic Interns

Cooking Demo with UVA Dietetic Interns

Wednesday, June 5, 2019 | 5:00-6:00pm

Join the UVA dietetic interns and find out how to prepare some healthy dishes. And you’ll get to sample them! Free to members. Space is limited; please register online or at The Center Welcome Desk.

Members only.

Location: The Center

Pay for this event online

Cooking Demo with UVA Dietetic Interns

Registration $0.00
Beach Dance Party

Beach Dance Party

Friday, June 7, 2019 | 7:00-10:00pm

Celebrate summer! Get your shag on and join us for a fun evening of beach and dance music from the 60s and early 70s with DJ Mark Allen. It's BYOB.
The Bavarian Chef food truck will be on site from 6:30-8:30 pm with delicious food items for purchase.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Pay for this event online

Beach Dance Party

Members $10.00
Guests $15.00
Monthly Luncheon

Monthly Luncheon

Wednesday, June 19, 2019 | 11:30-1:30pm

The deadline to register for this luncheon is Friday, May 10, 12 noon.

Luncheon will be followed by The Encore Players at 1:00 pm

Join us for another delicious lunch catered by Harvest Moon, and stick around for the Encore Players' performance. The Menu will be: 

  • Salad with feta, toasted pepitas, and champagne vinaigrette, 
  • Ham and swiss quiche (VEGETARIAN quiche with asparagus, leek and fontina is also available - please choose below when registering)
  • Herb roasted Yukon gold and sweet potatoes  and  
  • Chocolate Brownies

 

Tickets are also available at The Center Welcome Desk. (The play is free and no reservations are needed)

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Contact: Margaret Fitch, margaret@thecentercville.org

Still Sharp Singers Spring Concert

Still Sharp Singers Spring Concert

Wednesday, June 19, 2019 | 12:30-1:00pm

Wednesday, June 19, 12:30 - 1:00 PM

The members of the Still Sharp Singers under the direction of Mike D'Antoni will be entertaining after the monthly luncheon on June 19. Featured also will be the Barbershop Belles and Beaux with June Andrews directing. This will be their farewell to Spring as well as welcome to Summer with very familiar melodies for all. This event is free and open to the community.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Yard Sale

Yard Sale

June 28-29, 2019

EARLY SUMMER SALE:

Friday, June 28, 4:30–6:30  pm (early bird with $5 entrance fee)

Saturday, June 29, 8:00 am–1:00  pm (free entrance)

Come find a treasure! Too many great items to list them all, but they include china, crystal, silver, vases, fabric, handbags, housewares, tools, books, puzzles, and specialty items. All pieces are in good, if not in excellent, condition. You can help this sale succeed by donating gently-used possessions prior to the sale, volunteering your time to help during the event, and shopping the sale. Proceeds help support The Center’s operating budget.

Open to all.

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

Fee: free