Special Events

Writing for Pleasure Coffeehouse

Writing for Pleasure Coffeehouse

Friday, March 22, 2019 | 12:00-2:00pm

 

Friday, February 22, 12:00 - 2:00 PM
 
One of the Daily Progress Distinguished Dozen for 2018 and Co-chair of The Center’s 2018 Accreditation team, Enid Krieger visits the Writing for Pleasure Coffeehouse to talk about her life of volunteerism – what it means to her and to her community.

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

Yard Sale

Yard Sale

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

SPRING SALE:

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

Saturday, March 23, 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, handbags, housewares, 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

Help with PCs - the WAHS Squad is Here!

Help with PCs - the WAHS Squad is Here!

Monday, March 25, 2019 | 9:30-11:30am

If you are having difficulties using your PC or non-Apple cellphone to its fullest, the Western Albemarle High School (WAHS) Tech-Help Squad will be here to help you with any of the following:

  • Communication: use video chat, send/save pictures, email, text
  • Research: bookmark websites
  • Security: set up/use anti-virus software, set up a password manager
  • Photos: camera features, creating a digital picture album for printing
  • Initial troubleshooting for simple problems

They will not be able to work on hardware or anything that goes beyond what a user can do. If you would like up to a 30-minute session with these tech-savvy teens, please register in advance at The Welcome Desk or by calling (434) 974-7756. Some 15-minute drop-in sessions may also be available that day. Free to members.

Members only.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Abstract Acrylic Painting

Abstract Acrylic Painting

Tuesday, March 26, 2019 | 10:00-12:00pm

CLASS IS FULL!

Tuesdays, March 5, 19, 26, April 2, 9, 16, 23 (7 classes), 10:00 am -12:00 pm (class will not meet March 12)

In this 7-week series, students will develop abstract composition skills, learn the characteristics and techniques of acrylic paint and incorporate principles of design. Students will draw an object several times and paint with different techniques and color schemes. The class is taught by Susan Patrick. All levels welcome to participate. Members - $75; Guests -$85. Space is limited. 

SUPPLIES NEEDED:
140# 11"x14" paper
Pencil
White palette (not plastic)   
Acrylic paint - optional 
Brushes - optional

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Robust Aging Toolbox

Robust Aging Toolbox

Tuesday, March 26, 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.

Open to all.

Location: Ivy Creek Education Building

Fee: free

Chronic Pain Self-Management Program

Chronic Pain Self-Management Program

Tuesday, March 26, 2019 | 1:00-3:30pm

WORKSHOP IS FULL!

Tuesdays, March 5-April 9, 1:00-3:30 pm (6 weeks)

The Chronic Pain Self-Management Program is an evidence-based workshop and has been proven to decrease pain levels and dependence on others, increase involvement in everyday activities, and improve overall life satisfaction. People who have a primary or secondary diagnosis of chronic pain, and would like to improve their condition are encouraged to participate. Family members and caregivers of those who suffer from chronic pain are also welcome. Space is limited; please register here or by calling The Center Welcome Desk at (434) 974-7756. This program is a partnership with JABA and Live Well, Virginia! Free and open to the community.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Styling Dudettes Performance and Demo

Styling Dudettes Performance and Demo

Tuesday, March 26, 2019 | 6:00-7:30pm

The Styling Dudettes is an all ladies styling team that promotes, enhances, and builds ladies’ styling through choreography, drills, and performances under the direction of group creator and choreographer Anya Faruque.  Come see these women perform at The Center, then stick around for an audience-participation demo of some of their moves – you can be stylin’ too!  Free and open to the community.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

AARP Tax-Aide

AARP Tax-Aide

Wednesday, March 27, 2019 | 12:00-4:30pm

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is offering free tax preparation at The Center on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday afternoons, February 1-April 15 (by appointment only). Call The Center at (434) 974-7756 to register. You are required to bring the following documentation with you at the time of your appointment. 

  • Previous year's tax return(s).
  • Social Security cards and/or ITIN notices/cards or other official documentation that show the taxpayer identification numbers for every individual on your return.
  • Photo ID for each taxpayer.
  • Checkbook if you want to direct deposit any refund(s) or direct debit any amounts due.
  • Identity Protection PIN (IP PIN) (for each individual if applicable).

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Square Dancing Lessons

Square Dancing Lessons

Wednesday, March 27, 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, March 28, 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!

March 28 - The Bavarian Chef - Everyone's favorite food truck returns! Pretzel with Bier cheese & German mustard, Potato pancakes with sour cream & homemade applesauce, Schnitzel Sandwich, Jäger Schnitzel, Sausage im Brötchen, Knackwurst, Bratwurst, Oompah Shrimp, Reuben ... are you hungry? Open to the community.

April 25 - Moe's Original BBQ

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

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Investment Basics

Investment Basics

Thursday, March 28, 2019 | 5:30-7:30pm

This course, formerly known as Investing 101 and Investing 102, is a 2-week program meeting on consecutive Thursdays, March 28 and April 4, 5:30 - 7:30 PM

This program will be repeated  on Wednesdays, April 24 and May 1, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Jorgen Vik, Certified Financial Planner professional and partner with SKV Group, will help participants learn basic vocabulary related to investing and investment growth opportunities like mutual funds, IRAs, and the stock market.  Participants will also be introduced to fundamental investment principles, like compound interest and diversification, and will examine the benefits and risks associated with various basic investment concepts.  The hope is that greater awareness of the economy and the financial market’s effect on investments will help participants take positive steps towards understanding how their investments may support their goals and wishes. Free and open to the public.

*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.

Location: The Center

First-time Homebuyer Class

First-time Homebuyer Class

Thursday, March 28, 2019 | 6:00-9:00pm

March 21 and 28, 6:00-9:00 pm
 
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. 
 
If you are unable to attend in March, these dates will also be offered:
 
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

Try It Out Tuesday

Try It Out Tuesday

Tuesday, April 2, 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

Money Matters—Becoming Resourceful

Money Matters—Becoming Resourceful

Tuesday, April 9, 2019 | 10:00-11:30am

Tuesday, April 9, 10:00 – 11:30 AM

Repeated on Thursday, April 25, 5:00 – 6:30 PM

Are you trying to manage your budget on a fixed income? Or are you just looking for ways to save a little more and spend a little less?  Lead by Buck Klintworth, portfolio manager at Chase Investment Counsel Corporation, this training is designed to provide participants with basic money management concepts for a fixed budget, a knowledge of the benefits of banking, and an overview of public benefits and how to access and retain them.  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 late summer and early fall for a $20 fee.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Monthly Luncheon

Monthly Luncheon

Wednesday, April 17, 2019 | 11:30-12:30pm

The deadline to register for this luncheon was Friday, March 15 Noon.

Join us for our monthly luncheon as we celebrate a late St. Patricks Day with a scrumptious meal from Harvest Moon.

The Center's March Luncheon is Irish Fare.

Mixed Greens, Cherry Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Shaved Carrots, with Balsamic Vinaigrette; Corned Beef Brisket, Glazed with Whole Grain Mustard; Boiled Potatoes with Parsley and Butter; Creamed Cabbage; ABC Light Rolls, Whipped Butter; Guinness Chocolate Cupcakes with Baileys Cream Cheese Icing

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Contact: Margaret Fitch, margaret@thecentercville.org

AARP Smart Driver Safety Course - April

AARP Smart Driver Safety Course - April

Monday, April 22, 2019 | 12:30-4:30pm

Meets Monday, April 22 & Wednesday, April 24 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 only (no credit cards) to AARP (not The Center).  Participants must sign up at the Welcome Desk for the course, and provide full name 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.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Fee: To be announced

Shredding Truck

Shredding Truck

Wednesday, April 24, 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 Evergreen Document Destruction. 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

Spring Fling

Spring Fling

Friday, April 26, 2019 | 7:30-10:30pm

You are invited!  Time to kick up your heels and enjoy Spring!  What better way than to dance to the sounds of Sentimental Journey?  Sentimental Journey is a 17-piece Big Band and features many of the area's best musicians with both male and female vocalists.  Light appetizers will be served.  This is a BYOB event and is open to the community.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Pay for this event online

Spring Fling

Members $10.00
Guests $15.00
Spring Band Concert

Spring Band Concert

Sunday, May 5, 2019 | 3:00-4:30pm

Save The Date!  Sunday, May 5, 3:00 - 4:30 PM

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 this large 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.  This event is open to the community and is free; donations are very much appreciated.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Money Matters—Steps to Avoiding Scams

Money Matters—Steps to Avoiding Scams

Wednesday, May 8, 2019 | 10:00-11:30am

Wednesday, May 8, 10:00 – 11:30 AM

Repeated on Thursday, May 23, 5:00 – 6:30 PM

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