Special Events

Writing a Debut Novel

Writing a Debut Novel

Friday, January 21, 2022 | 11:00am-12:00pm

Elaine Ruggieri, former Vice President of Public Relations at UVA Darden School has written a variety of non-fiction articles and features over the past 25 years. Her recently completed debut novel “Retreat at St. Jerome’s” began as a short story in 2004. Come hear Elaine’s story about how she began and finished this book that explores romance, religion, and real life. Elaine will also answer any questions you may have about writing in general. Free and open to all. 

Open to all.

Location: The Center

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Hat Felting

Hat Felting

Friday, January 21, 2022 | 12:00pm-4:30pm

Warm head, happy head! In this wet felting class you will make a lovely, warm, stylish hat (some color choices are shown). Some wet felting experience is helpful, but not required. Bring an apron, 2 bath towels, and some upper body muscle. Prime Members: free, Standard Members, $10.00, Guests, $15.00. Materials fee $30.00 for everyone, payable to instructor at time of class. 

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Sorry, this event has sold out!

Learning from the Masters - Lee Krasner

Learning from the Masters - Lee Krasner

Tuesday, January 25, 2022 | 10:00am-1:00pm

There are four separate classes offered. You must sign up for each class individually.

Join artist Jan Settle for a little art history & lots of fun painting time as you learn about painter Lee Krasner, pioneer of Abstract Expressionism. With Jan’s instruction & assistance, you will use Krasner’s style as a reference and add your personal creative touch! Class fee: Prime Members free, Guests: 20.00, Standard Members $15.00 per weekly class. Materials fee $15.00 for all for each class, payable to instructor at time of class. 

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Sorry, this event has sold out!

Luncheon at The Center - CANCELLED FOR JANUARY

Luncheon at The Center - CANCELLED FOR JANUARY

Wednesday, January 26, 2022 | 11:30am-12:30pm

4th Wednesday of every month , 11:30am - 12:30pm

As positivity numbers in C'ville and Omicron outbreaks continue to rise, the January 26 Luncheon at The Center has been cancelled.  We'll let you know when a decision is made regarding the February luncheon.  We look forward to gathering together again for fun, food and fellowship.  In the meantime, stay safe and stay healthy!

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Music in the Atrium

Music in the Atrium

Wednesday, January 26, 2022 | 12:00pm-1:30pm

Every Wednesday, 12:00-1:30 pm
Jim Richardson on vocals and guitar.
 
Every Thursday, 12:00-1:30 pm 
Join jazz trio, Jazz 1-2-3 at for a little swing, Latin and jazz standards featuring Andre on bass, Robert LaRue on saxophone and David Weiss on piano.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Maintaining a Healthy Brain

Maintaining a Healthy Brain

Wednesday, January 26, 2022 | 1:00pm-2:00pm

Mental health counselor Jessica Eure discusses lifestyle factors that influence brain health. Find out the latest in aging brain research, and factors that contribute to cognitive decline. Register below.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

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Maintaining a Healthy Brain

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The Joy of Acting

The Joy of Acting

Thursday, January 27, 2022 | 11:00am-12:30pm

Note: This class has been rescheduled, and will begin on January 27th. Thank you.

Thursdays, January 27th - February 17th (4 weeks)

Ever imagined yourself as an actor? This program will explore and encourage your spontaneity and creativity as well as working together on short scripts and monologues. The art of pretending is fun. Larry Goldstein, co-founder of Live Arts in Theater in Charlotteville and Boomie Pedersen, artistic director of The Hamner Theater, have taught for many decades. They will take you on this journey built on storytelling, drama games and character development. All welcome. $50.00 for all.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

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Try It Out Tuesday

Try It Out Tuesday

Tuesday, February 1, 2022 | 10:00am-11:00am

If you have recently joined The Center or are considering joining but would like to hear more, you are invited to attend a New & Prospective Member Orientation. There will be a brief presentation, a chance to meet staff and other new members, and a tour of the building. Space is limited; Rsvp to KevReyl Wells via email. Try It Out Tuesday is generously sponsored by The Colonnades, an independent living community and retirement home.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Learning from the Masters - Mary Cassatt

Learning from the Masters - Mary Cassatt

Tuesday, February 1, 2022 | 10:00am-1:00pm

Note: this class was originally scheduled for Jan. 11th and is now on Feb. 1st.

There are four separate classes offered. You must sign up for each class individually.

Join artist Jan Settle for a little art history & lots of fun painting time as you learn about the famous Mary Cassatt. With Jan’s instruction & assistance, you will use this American impressionist’s painting style as a reference and add your personal creative touch! Class fee: Prime Members free, Guests: 20.00, Standard Members $15.00 per weekly class. Materials fee $15.00 for all for each class, payable to instructor at time of class. Register here.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

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Learning from the Masters - Mary Cassatt - pm

Learning from the Masters - Mary Cassatt - pm

Tuesday, February 1, 2022 | 1:30pm-4:30pm

Join artist Jan Settle for a little art history & lots of fun painting time as you learn about the famous Mary Cassatt. With Jan’s instruction & assistance, you will use this American impressionist’s painting style as a reference and add your personal creative touch! Class fee: Prime Members free, Guests: 20.00, Standard Members $15.00 per weekly class. Materials fee $15.00 for all for each class, payable to instructor at time of class. Register here.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Seats available: 11

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Learning from the Masters - Mary Cassatt - pm

Guests $20.00
Standard Members $15.00
Prime Members $0.00
Italian Cello Sonatas

Italian Cello Sonatas

Wednesday, February 2, 2022 | 10:15am-11:30am

Center members are invited to attend the February performance of the Wednesday Music Club. Italian Cello Sonatas will be presented by Adam Carter on cello.

For Center members. Please register below.

Members only.

Location: The Center

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Italian Cello Sonatas

RSVP (Prime and Standard members) $0.00
Beading 101 with Charlotte

Beading 101 with Charlotte

Wednesday, February 2, 2022 | 1:00pm-3:00pm

Center Member Charlotte Beagle has been fashioning beaded jewelry for over 30 years. Join Charlotte for Beading 101 class, where she will talk about beading and how to work with beads to create lovely projects. Prime Members: Free, Standard Members, $10.00, Guests $15.00. 

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Seats available: 4

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Beading 101 with Charlotte

Guests $15.00
Standard Members $10.00
Prime Members $0.00
Jazz Jam Session

Jazz Jam Session

Thursday, February 3, 2022 | 6:00pm-8:00pm

Meets the first Thursday of every month

A jazz jam session is a relatively informal musical event, in which musicians, including both instrumentalists and vocalists, who have not previously rehearsed their performance together, meet to play commonly known standard jazz tunes. The arrangements are created spontaneously by the musicians during performance. There is also a strong focus on individual improvised solos. Musicians may choose to participate in only one song or all songs during the evening.

The styles of jazz music performed during a single jam session can range widely – from early Dixieland jazz from the 1920’s, to big band swing of the 1930’s to 1940’s, popular Broadway tunes, Latin beats, Bebop and Cool jazz of the 1950’s to 1960’s and contemporary jazz from the 1970’s through to today. The jazz jam experience is a fun and educational experience for both participants and the audience. Participants get the chance to practice their jazz improvising skills in front of a live audience and meet other musicians in the local jazz community. Musicians of all abilities and ages from beginners to professionals are welcome to join in. The audience will likely hear some familiar jazz tunes but will also certainly discover new songs performed that they have not heard before.  

Steve Brecker will head up this program. He has a music degree from University of Miami and has played jazz trumpet for 50+ years in a variety of music groups. He is a member of the Charlottesville based Sentimental Journey Big Band and the Charlottesville (Municipal) Band.

Free and open to all. Not a musician? Just come and listen!
 

Open to all.

Location: The Center

The Center Council Meeting

The Center Council Meeting

Monday, February 7, 2022 | 1:00pm-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. In May and September, the meeting is held on the 2nd Monday. All Center members are welcome to attend.

 

 


 

Members only.

Location: Online

Paper Crafting with Diane

Paper Crafting with Diane

Tuesday, February 8, 2022 | 10:00am-12:00pm

Every second Tuesday of the month, Diane Chapman shares her 30 years of paper crafting experience to help you create cards and other novelties.

Daffodils in Bloom!

Four lovely daffodil cards await. Use them for any number of occasions. See you in class!

 Prime members free, Standard members $10, Guests $15.  Materials fee: $10.00 for all, payable to instructor at time of class. 

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Seats available: 10

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Paper Crafting with Diane

Guests $15.00
Standard Members $10.00
Prime Members $0.00
Burley Restoration - Conversation and Book Signing

Burley Restoration - Conversation and Book Signing

Tuesday, February 8, 2022 | 1:00pm-2:30pm

In the fall of 1951, the Jackson P. Burley High School was built for African American students. Dreams of an equal education were beginning to come true for the students and their parents who had fought hard and prayed for this opportunity. Join Lucille Smith, author of, “Unforgettable: Jackson P. Burley High School 1951-1967” as she shares some of the rich family histories of the students and their families - including that of her husband, Rauzelle, a 1966 graduate. Additional members of the Burley Varsity Club, a non-profit organization that seeks to advance the legacy and memory of Burley High School, will also share their experiences and ongoing restoration projects that bring different groups in the Charlottesville community together. Free and open to all.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Seats available: 38

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Burley Restoration - Conversation and Book Signing

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Thursdays Around 5

Thursdays Around 5

Thursday, February 10, 2022 | 5:01pm-7:00pm

Thursdays Around 5 is The Center at Belvedere’s own answer to Charlottesville’s Fridays After Five.  These performances seek to showcase area musicians and provide another opportunity for the Charlottesville music-loving community to hear some favorite bands or be introduced to new ones. Events will be held outside weather permitting. Free and open to all. Advance registration is requested via the button below.

Academical Village People
Thursday, February 10, 5:02-7:00 pm
The award-winning and world-traveling Academical Village People was founded in 1993 by a group of guys who thought “hey, this a cappella stuff is pretty sweet, but let’s have a little more fun with it.” The group embraces the importance of both quality vocals and entertaining performances while never taking themselves too seriously. 
Food Truck: Black Jack's Mobile Soul Food Kitchen
 
Michael Clem
Thursday, March 10, 5:01-7:00 pm
For over 30 years, Michael Clem has been playing bass, singing, and writing songs for the national touring act he co-founded, Eddie from Ohio. Since relocating to Charlottesville, he’s established quite a foothold in the musical scene.  FOOD TRUCK – FireFly
 
Ken Farmer and the Authenticators
Thursday, March 24, 5:02-7:00 pm
Join this four member band for some classic blues, country and rock. You can sway in your seat or dance the night away. Ken Farmer – guitar and lead vocals; Rob Martin - lead Guitar and vocals; Frank Cain – drums; Preston Wallech - bass guitar. Food Truck – Bavarian Chef
 
John Kelly
Thursday, April 14, 5:03-7:00 pm
John Kelly is a Charlottesville-based singer-songwriter with more than two decades of solo acoustic performing experience. He began his music career in his native Connecticut and played regularly there and in New York City before moving to Charlottesville. John has become known for his soulful voice and insightful original songs. Food Truck – Black Jack’s Mobile Soul Food Kitchen
 
JRB Band
Thursday, April 28, 5:04-7:00 pm
Jim Richardson (guitar/vocals), Jerry Kelly (guitar/banjo/vocals) and Bryan McKenzie (bass/vocals) bring you a bluesy blend of subdued subversive folk-influenced Americana rock with originals that pay homage to The Byrds, Bob Dylan, and Warren Zevon.  Food Truck - Raclette on the Run
 

Open to all.

Location: The Center

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Thursdays Around 5

Academical Village People (Feb. 10)
Michael Clem (March 10)
Felt a Valentine

Felt a Valentine

Friday, February 11, 2022 | 1:00pm-4:00pm

Felt a sweet lovable mouse or owl and a puffed heart for you or your Valentine. Donna Markey. Prime Members: free, Standard Members $15.00, Guests $20.00.  Materials fee $12.00 for all, payable to instructor at time of class.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

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Felt a Valentine

Guests $20.00
Standard Members $15.00
Prime Members $0.00
Intro to Acrylic Painting - am

Intro to Acrylic Painting - am

Tuesday, February 15, 2022 | 10:00am-12:30pm

Acrylic paints may become your favorite medium once you discover its versatility and the easy clean up!  Learn about the different grades of acrylic paint, the correct brushes to use, how to mix paint to create a wide variety of colors, what type of surfaces can be used, and so much more!  Experiment with many techniques of acrylic painting along with individual assistance from instructor Jan Settle.  Prime Members, free, Standard Members, $10.00, Guests $15.00. Materials fee, $15.00 for all participants, payable to instructor at time of class. 

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Seats available: 11

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Intro to Acrylic Painting - am

Guests $15.00
Standard Members $10.00
Prime Members $0.00
Intro to Acrylic Painting - pm

Intro to Acrylic Painting - pm

Tuesday, February 15, 2022 | 1:00pm-3:30pm

Acrylic paints may become your favorite medium once you discover its versatility and the easy clean up!  Learn about the different grades of acrylic paint, the correct brushes to use, how to mix paint to create a wide variety of colors, what type of surfaces can be used, and so much more!  Experiment with many techniques of acrylic painting along with individual assistance from instructor Jan Settle.  Prime Members, free, Standard Members, $10.00, Guests $15.00. Materials fee, $15.00 for all participants, payable to instructor at time of class. 

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Seats available: 12

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Intro to Acrylic Painting - pm

Guests $15.00
Standard Members $10.00
Prime Members $0.00
Welcome Wednesday

Welcome Wednesday

Wednesday, February 16, 2022 | 10:00am-11:00am

Are you thinking about joining The Center? Would you like to learn more? Come to our new and prospective member orientation. There will be a short program, a chance to meet staff and other new members, the opportunity to take a tour of The Center, and samples from our Greenberry’s Coffee Co. Space is very limited, so RSVP is required to KevReyl Wells.  Free and open to all.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Presentation by The Piedmont Master Gardeners

Presentation by The Piedmont Master Gardeners

Monday, February 21, 2022 | 3:00pm-4:30pm

Learn How to Start Flower and Vegetable Seeds Indoors Starting flowers and vegetables indoors from seed is easy, inexpensive, and satisfying. But if you're not familiar with seed-starting essentials, a lot can go wrong! Improve your success rate by learning from a Master Gardener who will teach basic seed starting techniques and demonstrate how seeds work, mistakes to avoid when starting seeds, tests and tricks for quick germination, how to care for seedlings once seeds have germinated.

To join in, click on this Zoom link a few minutes before 3 pm.

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82896969243
      

Open to all.

Location: Online

Acting Shakespeare Monologues

Acting Shakespeare Monologues

Thursday, March 3, 2022 | 11:00am-12:30pm

Note: this class has been moved back one month from the orginally scheduled time, and now begins on March 3rd. Thank you.

Thursdays, March 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th  (4 weeks)

Shakespeare’s writing is a treasure trove of poetic language and great understanding of our humanity. Learn how to read, memorize, and present Shakespeare’s monologues, which he wrote for actors. Larry Goldstein is a co-founder of Live Arts Theater in Charlottesville, actor and playwright. Boomie Pedersen is the artistic director of The Hamner Theater and has an MFA in Theater Pedagogy. They have directed and acted in numerous Shakespearean productions. All welcome. $50.00 for all.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Seats available: 19

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Acting Shakespeare Monologues

Members and guests fee $50.00
Watercolor for Beginners/Intermediates

Watercolor for Beginners/Intermediates

Friday, March 4, 2022 | 12:30pm-2:30pm

Four weeks, March 4 - 25th

Artist Jane Skafte promises to make the exercises easy and rewarding in this introductory class. Each week will cover a new topic and technique. This class is designed for absolute beginners, those who have tried watercolor, but “just made a big mess, and those with some watercolor experience, but don’t yet know how to create the effects you’ve admired in others’ watercolor paintings.  Prime Members: free, Standard Members, 40.00, Guests 55.00. 

Materials:

  • A pad or block cold press watercolor paper (140lb, size 12″ x 16″)
  • Pencil
  • Painting palette for watercolor paints 
  • A water container
  • Paper towels or a rag
  • Winsor & Newton Cotman Sketchers’ Pocket Box or individual colors
  • Round synthetic brush (size 6 + 10)
  • Flat synthetic brush 1"
  • Liner or rigger brush
  • Masking fluid
  • Watercolor pencils
  • Small Spray bottle

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Seats available: 10

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Watercolor for Beginners/Intermediates

Guests $55.00
Standard Members $40.00
Prime Members $0.00
Making Spice Blends - UVA Dietetic Interns

Making Spice Blends - UVA Dietetic Interns

Wednesday, March 9, 2022 | 3:00pm-4:30pm

The theme for National Nutrition Month is “Celebrate a World of Flavors.” The UVA Dieticians will introduce you to the flavors of various cultures by creating Indian, Italian and Adobo spice blends with you to take home and try on foods you make. Learn about the origins of the spices and foods they compliment. Also sample a bruschetta recipe. Members only, register in advance.

Members only.

Location: The Center

Seats available: 21

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Making Spice Blends - UVA Dietetic Interns

Standard Members and Guests $0.00
Global Flashpoints - Russia and Ukraine

Global Flashpoints - Russia and Ukraine

Thursday, March 10, 2022 | 10:00am-11:30am

Retired U.S. Army Colonel Steve Rundle and former Intelligence Officer Carl Pales will provide background and context to the Russia – Ukraine Crisis in an independent, nonpartisan moderated discussion. Participants are encouraged to share their knowledge, express opinions, and communicate ideas concerning this topic in a nonthreatening, collegial environment. The session will commence with prepared remarks by both moderators, followed by open, participatory discussion and question and answers. If you are interested in being part of a developing community of people with a shared interest in political-military affairs and international security issues, we look forward to seeing you. Free and open to all. Register in advance.

About the moderators:

Carl Pales earned a BA in International Studies/Russian Studies from GMU in 1985 and a MS in Intelligence from the Defense Intelligence College in 1994. He served as a foreign ground force intelligence analyst covering various regions from 1986-2019, including nine years as Senior Intelligence Officer, deploying to conflict zones twice as a civilian. He is an avid student of history and current events.

Steve Rundle (Colonel U.S. Army retired) earned a BA in Sino-Soviet Studies at James Madison University and a Masters in Southeast Asian Studiesat Cornell University. He served 25 years in the U.S. Army as a Cavalry Officer, Intelligence Officer, and Southeast Asian Foreign Area Officer. His last assignment was the Defense Attache, Phnom Penh, Cambodia. After retiring, he continued his army career as a civilian foreign ground forces analyst, culminating as Senior Intelligence Officer for East Asia and the Americas.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Seats available: 35

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Global Flashpoints - Russia and Ukraine

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Self Defense for Seniors

Self Defense for Seniors

Thursday, March 10, 2022 | 1:30pm-3:00pm

Black belt Taekwondo instructor Cindy Kyle will teach a basic self-defense program for Seniors. Learn and practice some self-defense techniques, and how to become more aware of your surroundings which can help prevent attacks. Handouts included. Cost: Prime Members free, Standard Members $10.00, Guests, $15.00. Register here.

About the instructor:

Cindy Kyle is a 2nd Dan black belt in traditional Taekwondo, having trained in the martial art for 23 years. She has taught self-defense for women, and has previously taught a workshop on travel safety for seniors at the Center.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Seats available: 7

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Self Defense for Seniors

Guests $15.00
Prime and Standard Members $0.00
Self Defense for Seniors - Evening

Self Defense for Seniors - Evening

Thursday, March 10, 2022 | 6:00pm-7:30pm

Black belt Taekwondo instructor Cindy Kyle will teach a basic self-defense program for Seniors. Learn and practice some self-defense techniques, and how to become more aware of your surroundings which can help prevent attacks. Handouts included. Cost: Prime Members free, Standard Members $10.00, Guests, $15.00. Register here.

About the instructor:

Cindy Kyle is a 2nd Dan black belt in traditional Taekwondo, having trained in the martial art for 23 years. She has taught self-defense for women, and has previously taught a workshop on travel safety for seniors at the Center.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Seats available: 20

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Self Defense for Seniors - Evening

Guests $15.00
Prime and Standard Members $0.00
Birds of a Feather Felting

Birds of a Feather Felting

Friday, March 11, 2022 | 1:00pm-4:00pm

Songbirds are busy this time of year. Come needle felt your own Bluebird, Chickadee, or both. Beginning needle felters welcome. Open to all. Prime Members: free, Standard Members $15.00, Guests $20.00. Donna Markey Materials fee $12.00 payable to the instructor at time of class.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Seats available: 11

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Birds of a Feather Felting

Guests $20.00
Standard Members $15.00
Prime Members $0.00
Paper Paintings with Jan Settle - am

Paper Paintings with Jan Settle - am

Tuesday, March 15, 2022 | 10:00am-1:00pm

This is a three week class, from March 15-29th

Paper painting is a technique involving hand painted rice paper torn into small shapes adhered to a canvas to create a painting. Participants will choose from several reference photos and, using acrylic paint, stencils and brayers, will paint the rice paper and basic shapes from the photo directly onto the canvas. The whole collage-like process will take 3 class sessions for completion. Join the fun and create colorful works of art. Prime Members: free, Standard Members, $20.00, Guests $40.00. Materials fee $20.00 for all, payable to instructor at time of class.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Seats available: 11

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Paper Paintings with Jan Settle - am

Guests $40.00
Standard Members $20.00
Prime Members $0.00
Paper Painting with Jan Settle - pm

Paper Painting with Jan Settle - pm

Tuesday, March 15, 2022 | 1:30pm-4:30pm

This is a three week class, from March 15-29th

Paper painting is a technique involving hand painted rice paper torn into small shapes adhered to a canvas to create a painting. Participants will choose from several reference photos and, using acrylic paint, stencils and brayers, will paint the rice paper and basic shapes from the photo directly onto the canvas. The whole collage-like process will take 3 class sessions for completion. Join the fun and create colorful works of art. Prime Members: free, Standard Members, $20.00, Guests $40.00. Materials fee $20.00 for all, payable to instructor at time of class.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Seats available: 12

Pay for this event online

Paper Painting with Jan Settle - pm

Guests $40.00
Standard Members $20.00
Prime Members $0.00
Storytelling with Charmaine Crowell-White

Storytelling with Charmaine Crowell-White

Wednesday, March 16, 2022 | 3:30pm-4:30pm

Four classes, from March 16th to April 6th 

Ever wanted to be a Storyteller?  This workshop will give you an opportunity to learn the storyteller’s skill by creating your own stories in an exciting and stimulating manner, so the listener is totally captivated, and their imaginations are fully involved. Charmaine Crowell-White is a graduate of San Jose University in San Jose, California. She is a History Interpreter.  Her education involves storytelling, poetry, drama workshops and lecture demonstrations covering various aspects of theater.  Charmaine will bring to the workshop her expertise for breathing life into a story using simple powerful language.

Prime Members free, Standard Members $20.00, Guests $30.00.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Seats available: 15

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Storytelling with Charmaine Crowell-White

Guests $30.00
Standard Members $20.00
Prime Members $0.00
Getting Your Final Affairs in Order - March

Getting Your Final Affairs in Order - March

Thursday, March 17, 2022 | 10:00am-11:30am

We prepare extensively for weddings, moving, and other life occurrences. But when it comes to planning for our inevitable deaths, do we have our affairs in order? Dr. Richard Gallagher has created a comprehensive program that enables the successful facilitation of your estate. Learn what essential documents you will need and how to organize them all into one place. This process can save time, money, and reduce the grief associated with death. You will receive a binder with documents and information needed to begin this process. Dr. Gallagher has settled four estates, and has 23 years’ experience teaching law, personal finance and organization, and has served as the Chairman of the Business Department at two Universities. Participants must register by Friday, March 11th. Class materials fee: $12.00 for all, paid at registration.

Richard Gallagher is a retiree interested in helping others help themselves and their families with this presentation. He has offered this presentation several times with great success. Dr. Gallagher, a resident of Ruckersville for the last 24 years, is married with four grandchildren. 

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Seats available: 21

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Getting Your Final Affairs in Order - March

Register $12.00
Senior Golf Meeting

Senior Golf Meeting

Tuesday, March 22, 2022 | 10:00am-11:00am

Existing and new Senior Golf members are welcome to this meeting. There will be a guest speaker from Charlottesville Parks and Recreation to give an update on management changes and new policies at Meadowcreek Golf Course. As well, current health and safety measures will be addressed. Register below.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

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Senior Golf Meeting

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Continuing the Walk

Tuesday, April 5, 2022 | 1:00pm-3:00pm

Join Center members Mary (Lakota heritage) and Mike (Potawatomi heritage) Wilson on Tuesdays in April for these enriching events about Native Peoples. Films about Native People and their history, culture and current relevant issues will be shown, followed by group discussions and Q & A. Come to deepen your understanding of Native people and their experiences and lives, debunking myths about Native people along the way. Free and open to all, register here.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

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Continuing the Walk

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Felting Bunnies

Felting Bunnies

Friday, April 8, 2022 | 1:00pm-4:00pm

Choose your style of bunny in this fun needle felting class celebrating Spring. Fiber artist Donna Markey has studied and played with fiber for years. She loves teaching and sharing this creative art form. No experience necessary. Prime Members free, Standard Members, $15.00, Guests, $20.00. Materials fee: $12.00 for all, payable to instructor at time of class.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Seats available: 11

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Felting Bunnies

Guests $20.00
Standard Members $15.00
Prime Members $0.00
A Bomb Shelter Cafe

A Bomb Shelter Cafe

Wednesday, April 13, 2022 | 2:00pm-3:30pm

Maggie Paxson’s Bomb Shelter Café is a sing-along event inspired by the collective music of embattled communities during the Second World War. A writer, anthropologist, and performer, Paxson holds a bachelor's degree in anthropology from McGill University, and a Master of Science and Ph.D. in anthropology, both from the University of Montreal. She performs as a singer with the Imperial Palms Orchestra, one of the East Coast's leading big bands, featuring music of the 1920s through the 1940s. She lives in Washington, DC, with her husband, writer, and historian Charles King. Free and open to all. 

About the Presenter:

Maggie Paxson is the author of The Plateau (Riverhead Books, 2019), which received the 2020 American Library in Paris Book Award for the "moral urgency of the questions it poses, for its ambitious efforts to connect France’s past to its present, for its big heart, poetic writing and genre-defying structure." The Plateau was described by Oprah magazine as "radiant" and by the Washington Post as "a loving combination of personal memoir, historical investigation, and philosophical meditation." A writer, anthropologist, and performer, Paxson is also the author of Solovyovo: The Story of Memory in a Russian Village (Woodrow Wilson Center/Indiana University Press, 2005), a study of magic, ritual, and social memory in the rural Russian north. Her essays have appeared in TIME, Washington Post Magazine, Wilson Quarterly, and Aeon. Fluent in Russian and French, she has worked in rural communities in northern Russia, the Caucasus, and upland France. Paxson holds a bachelor's degree in anthropology from McGill University, and a Master of Science and Ph.D. in anthropology, both from the University of Montreal. She performs as a singer with the Imperial Palms Orchestra, one of the East Coast's leading big bands, featuring music of the 1920s through the 1940s. She has also launched a series of participatory events that she calls “Bomb Shelter Cafés,” inspired by the music and collective art of embattled communities during the Second World War. She lives in Washington, DC, with her husband, writer and historian Charles King.

My instagram page (with some songs): https://www.instagram.com/bombsheltercafe/ ... like this one: https://www.instagram.com/p/CSh9LRng_5s/

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Seats available: 35

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Shredding Truck

Shredding Truck

Thursday, April 14, 2022 | 10:30am-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 paper is shredded on-site and then recycled.  The event is open to the community.  The cost is $5 for up to 5 grocery bags.  Additional bags are $2 per bag. All proceeds go towards the cost of the shredding truck and to help fund The Center's operations. 

Please note we will not be able to accept entire car loads, truck loads or office loads of paper from an individual.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Soul Expressions - Dance Party

Soul Expressions - Dance Party

Friday, April 15, 2022 | 6:00pm-9:00pm

Join us for an evening of crowd-pleasing songs and styles, from Motown from the 80’s and onward, with a few other gems thrown in to keep you on your feet. From the minute this dynamic party band takes the stage, you’ll realize that this is a group at the very top of their game. From their commanding stage presence to powerhouse singing and tight musicianship, Soul Expressions knows how to have a good time – and makes sure that everyone in the audience does, too. Bring your dancing shoes and boogie down at The Center with us! Fee: $10 per person at the door.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

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Birding  (Onsite and Offsite)

Birding (Onsite and Offsite)

Wednesday, April 20, 2022 | 2:30pm-3:30pm

This is a two part event - Wednesday, April 20th at The Center and Saturday, April 23rd at Foxhaven Farm at 7am (directions below).

Local artist, musician and devoted birder Tim O’Kane is inviting anyone interested to participate in this year’s Spring National Bird Count at Foxhaven Farm (directions on website) on Saturday, April 23rd at 7am (the early birder catches the bird!). Tim has done many of these bird counts over the years and is looking forward to sharing this exciting and fun adventure with you. Previous knowledge or experience is not necessary, just a desire to learn about birds. Everyone who is interested should also attend the Wednesday meeting at The Center to learn about being a citizen scientist and how to document the sightings for both Audubon and Cornell Ornithology Labs.  Free and open to all, register in advance.

You can use Google maps or your GPS and input "Foxhaven Farm" or follow the direction below.

Foxhaven Farm, from US-250West and US 29South:

  • Take the exit toward US-29 N/Fontaine Ave/Charlottesville from US-29 S (5 min (3.8 mi))
  • Turn left onto Hydraulic Rd (443 ft)
  • Turn right onto US-250 W/US-250 BYP W (0.2 mi)
  • Keep left to continue on US-250 W, follow signs for Lynchburg/Staunton (2.1 mi)
  • Continue onto US-29 S (1.0 mi)
  • Take the exit toward US-29 N/Fontaine Ave/Charlottesville (0.5 mi)
  • Drive to Foxhaven Farm (4 min (1.0 mi))
  • Turn right onto Fontaine Ave/Fontaine Ave Ext/Fontaine Ave Extended (0.2 mi)
  • Turn right onto Reservoir Rd (0.3 mi)
  • Turn right onto Foxhaven Farm (0.6 mi)
  • Foxhaven Farm parking lot is on your left.

Open to all.

Location: Onsite and Offsite (Foxhaven Farm)

Seats available: 30

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Birding (Onsite and Offsite)

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