Special Events

Groundbreaking on The Center at Belvedere

Groundbreaking on The Center at Belvedere

Friday, November 16, 2018 | 11:00-12:30pm

Please join us for a groundbreaking event … with a twist! We’re breaking ground on The Center at Belvedere but—given the uncertainties of November weather and rough terrain at the site—festivities will be at our current home on Hillsdale Drive.

A hardy band of shovel-wielders will be at the Belvedere property briefly, and with our live video stream, you won’t miss a thing.

  • 11:00 AM — Live streaming of the action from the building site
  • 11:10 AM — 3-D virtual tour of the new Center courtesy of Bushman Dreyfus Architects
  • 11:20 AM — Remarks by representatives from Albemarle County, the City of Charlottesville, and The Center
  • 11:40 AM — Light refreshments and fun photo opps!

RSVP here (Please RSVP by Monday, November 12)

Learn More about The Center at Belvedere

Make a Donation

Open to all.

Location: Robey Ballroom at The Center, 491 Hillsdale Drive Charlottesville, VA 22901

Fee: free

Honoring Our Seniors - Stages of Senior Care

Honoring Our Seniors - Stages of Senior Care

Monday, November 19, 2018 | 1:00-3:00pm

Experts from various local agencies and facilities within the Central Virginia area will be here to discuss several important topics relevant to many seniors and caregivers.  Topics include:  assisted living, skilled nursing facilities, acute rehabilitation, home health hospice, and advanced directives.

Open to the community.  Free, but please register at the Welcome Desk.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Annual Community Thanksgiving Potluck

Annual Community Thanksgiving Potluck

Thursday, November 22, 2018 | 12:00-3:00pm

Come share our annual Thanksgiving Potluck. Friends and family are welcome. Home Instead Senior Care is generously donating the turkeys, so all you have to do is make a side dish to share. We will open at noon on Thursday, November 22 (Thanksgiving Day), for a social hour, with feasting from 1:00 until 3:00 p.m. We need an approximate head count to ensure enough turkey and tables for everyone, so please sign up at The Center Welcome Desk or register below. Along with a side, we ask that you volunteer to help with carving, table setting, or other tasks. The following volunteer postions are available: Set Up from 10:30 am-noon; Carving from 11:00 am-12:30 pm; Kitchen Helper from 12:00 pm-1:00 pm; Greeter/Food Staging from 12:00 pm-1:00 pm, Clean Up from 3:00-4:30 pm. If you have questions, please email Margaret Fitch or call her at 434.974.7756. 

Open to all.

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

RSVP for this event online

Annual Community Thanksgiving Potluck

RSVP
Volunteer - Set up
Volunteer - Carving
Volunteer - Kitchen
Volunteer - Greeter/Staging
Volunteer - Clean Up
AARP Smart Driver Safety Course - November

AARP Smart Driver Safety Course - November

Monday, November 26, 2018 | 12:30-4:30pm

Meets Monday, November 26 & Tuesday, November 27 from 12:30 - 4:30PM  You Must Attend Both Sessions

The AARP Smart Driver Course is a refresher course designed to meet the needs of older drivers, 50+.  This course emphasizes how to adjust your driving in response to age related physical changes and declining perceptual skills, rules of the road, local driving problems, safety tips, and license renewal requirements.  Auto insurance companies offer a discount to course graduates.  This is a two day program; participants must attend BOTH days to receive a Certificate to satisfy auto insurance rules.  Open to all.  Cost:  $20.00 per person if non-AARP member, $15.00 per person for AARP member.  Fees are payable by cash or check to AARP (not the Center).  Participants must sign up at the Welcome Desk for the course, and provide full name, dates of class, and phone number.  Please plan to arrive at least 15 minutes before the class begins and plan to pay for the course on the first class meeting day.

The class will be repeated on Monday, December 17 & Tuesday, December 18 from 12:30 - 4:30PM  

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Bracelets, a Necklace, and Beads - Oh My!

Bracelets, a Necklace, and Beads - Oh My!

Tuesday, November 27, 2018 | 10:00-12:00pm

Tuesdays, November 6, 13 and 27; 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

NOVEMBER 6  CLASS IS FULL!

Get a head start on making some fashionable holiday gifts or just take home some bling for yourself!  Bobbi Hughes will teach you how to make a stack of trendy beaded bracelets, an easy wire wrap bracelet, and/or a beaded infinity necklace.  You may attend one session or all three – see schedule below.  Open to the community, but space is limited to 10 participants.  All tools and materials provided. Please register at the Welcome Desk or online.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Pay for this event online

Bracelets, a Necklace, and Beads - Oh My!

Nov. 13 - Wire Wrap Bracelet (Member) $10.00
Nov. 13 - Wire Wrap Bracelet (Guest) $15.00
Nov. 27 - Necklace (Member) $10.00
Nov. 27 - Necklace (Guest) $15.00
What Am I To Do?  The Caregiver's Challenge

What Am I To Do? The Caregiver's Challenge

Wednesday, November 28, 2018 | 10:00-12:00pm

Since publishing the critically acclaimed book, A Sacred Walk:  Dispelling the Fear of Death and Caring for the Dying, Donna Authers is often called upon to discuss the variety of topics in her multifaceted book.  One of the questions family caregivers and caring friends always ask when a loved one has been diagnosed with a life-threatening illness is, "What am I to do?"  Join Donna as she explores the answer to this challenging question.

Free and open to the community.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Square Dancing Lessons

Square Dancing Lessons

Wednesday, November 28, 2018 | 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

Holiday Band Concert

Holiday Band Concert

Sunday, December 2, 2018 | 3:00-4:00pm

Enjoy the sounds of the season from the Second-Wind Band, with appearances by the Flashbacks and the First-Wind Band.  

Free and open to the community; donations are appreciated!

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Try It Out Tuesday

Try It Out Tuesday

Tuesday, December 4, 2018 | 12:00-2:00pm

Come on over on the first Tuesday of the month for a light lunch generously donated by Whole Foods 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 Senior 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

Accreditation Celebration

Accreditation Celebration

Wednesday, December 5, 2018 | 2:00-4:00pm

The Center has just earned its 4th national accreditation - only 1 of 5 Senior Centers in the country to do so.  Join us for this special celebration!  Dr. Ayn Welleford, VCU Professor and Gerontologist for Community Voice, will be the keynote speaker.  Dr. Welleford currently works to promote optimal aging for individuals and communities through her teaching, scholarship, and community engagement.

Free and open to the community.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Cooking Demo with UVa Dietetic Interns

Cooking Demo with UVa Dietetic Interns

Wednesday, December 5, 2018 | 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 the 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
Monthly Luncheon

Monthly Luncheon

Wednesday, December 12, 2018 | 11:30-12:30pm

RESERVATION DEADLINE:   FRIDAY, December 7 12:00 PM

Enjoy a delicious meal prepared by Harvest Moon Catering.

MENU 

Brown Sugar, Garlic, and Herb Crusted Pork Loin

Root Vegetable Streusel roasted with an Herb and Pecan Crust (GF)

Chiffonade of Kale, Roasted Butternut Squash, Dried Cranberries, 

Toasted Quinoa, Champagne Vinaigrette with Herbed Chèvre on Grilled Focaccia

Creamy Whipped Potatoes with Roasted Garlic and Rosemary

Rosemary Focaccia, Whipped Butter

Dessert

Chocolate Brownies with Peppermint Frosting

Dessert

Chocolate Brownies with Peppermint Frosting

Iced Tea/ Coffee

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Contact: Margaret Fitch, margaret@thecentercvile.org

Pay for this event online

Monthly Luncheon

Members $15.00
Guests $16.00
AARP Smart Driver Safety Course - December

AARP Smart Driver Safety Course - December

Monday, December 17, 2018 | 12:30-4:30pm

Meets Monday, December 17 & Tuesday, December 18 from 12:30 - 4:30PM  You Must Attend Both Sessions

The AARP Smart Driver Course is a refresher course designed to meet the needs of older drivers, 50+.  This course emphasizes how to adjust your driving in response to age related physical changes and declining perceptual skills, rules of the road, local driving problems, safety tips, and license renewal requirements.  Auto insurance companies offer a discount to course graduates.  This is a two day program; participants must attend BOTH days to receive a Certificate to satisfy auto insurance rules.  Open to all.  Cost:  $20.00 per person if non-AARP member, $15.00 per person for AARP member.  Fees are payable by cash or check to AARP (not the Center).  Participants must sign up at the Welcome Desk for the course, and provide full name, dates of class, and phone number.  Please plan to arrive at least 15 minutes before the class begins and plan to pay for the course on the first class meeting day.

This class will also be offered on Monday, November 26 & Tuesday, November 27 from 12:30 - 4:30PM

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Food Truck

Food Truck

Thursday, January 24, 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!

October 25: Spice Sea Gourmet

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Writing for Pleasure Coffeehouse

Writing for Pleasure Coffeehouse

Friday, January 25, 2019 | 12:00-2:00pm

Friday, December 7, 12:00 - 2:00 PM
 
When Flora Wyatt, a retired education professor at the University of Kansas, couldn't find a book for her pre-school aged grandson on his favorite topic - lighthouses - she wrote one!  Join Flora as she discusses Let's Explore Lighthouses and the other books that have followed in its path.
 
Coffee is provided.  Munchies to share are welcomed.
 
Free and open to the community.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Contact: Ella Rea Murphy 434.973.9786 or ellarmurphy@gmail.com

Grand Gala 2019

Grand Gala 2019

Saturday, March 16, 2019 | 6:00-11:00pm

The Grand Gala has always had a “destination” theme. Travel makes for a great party and ties into The Center’s popular travel program. It also exemplifies The Center’s mission of helping all adults, particularly those with the most life experience, stay on the journey of exploration. 

As we build our new community center—still right here in Charlottesville—we wanted to honor this beautiful place that we call home. So, this gala will have more of a “staycation” feel…as we celebrate Charlottesville, our HOMETOWN.

The Grand Gala 2019 is sponsored by Virginia National Bank

Ticket link coming soon!

Become a sponsor today! Contact Kirstin Fritz at 434.974.7756 or via email at kirstin@thecentercville.org.

Open to all.

Location: The Omni Charlottesville Hotel 212 Ridge McIntire Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Fee: free