Senior Center News – February 25, 2021

“There are three kinds of people in the world:
those who don’t know and don’t know they don’t know;
those who don’t know and do know they don’t know;
and those who know and know how much they still don’t know.”
~ Karen Marie Moning, Bloodfever

And which type are you?

The Spring Schedule 2021 covering March through May is an early insert in this edition of the printed paper. There is a lot to see – and you’ll probably want to have your calendar handy.

Courses Starting Soon

3/5. Better Balance: Comprehensive Exercise. Friday mornings, 11:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
Led by doctors of physical therapy from Dee Physical Therapy, this course is designed to improve your balance and reduce fall risk. This program now meets only on Fridays. No fee.

3/5. Italian For Real Beginners with Nicole Librandi. Fridays, 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Session A: 3/5–4/9. Now is the time to begin your study of Italian – and have fun along the way! Please register by 3/1. Fee: $48.

3/5. Italian Intro with Nicole Librandi. Fridays, 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Session A: 3/5–4/9.
If you’ve studied some Italian, but your knowledge of the language is “rusty,” then this is the right place for you. Please register by 3/1. Fee: $48.

3/5. Italian Refresher with Nicole Librandi. Fridays, 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Session A: 3/5–4/9. Join this class to refresh your knowledge of Italian through conversation and grammar updates. Please register by 3/1. Fee: $48.

3/8. Mindfulness for Life – Intro with Jill Abilock. Monday mornings, 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Dates: 3/8–4/12. Enhance your experience of life, one moment at a time! Suggested donation: $30 for the series.

3/8. Mindfulness for Life – Intermediate with Jill Abilock. Monday afternoons, 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Dates: 3/8–4/12. Deepen your practice and further enhance your experience of life, one moment at a time! Suggested donation: $30 for the series.

3/9. French Conversation Circle with Alysse Anton. Tuesdays, 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Session A:  3/9–4/13. These relaxed, fun circles are designed for intermediate/advanced speakers who want to improve their skills and confidence. Please register by 3/5. Fee: $48.

3/10. Birding Expeditions with Hank Kaestner. Registration begins 3/1. Please email your name, phone number, and the date/s you wish to join. No fee.

3/12. French Coffee Club with Alysse Anton. Friday mornings, 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Session A: 3/12–4/16. Have engaging French conversation with your morning coffee. This course is designed for high-beginner/low-intermediate French speakers who are able to carry on a basic conversation. (Not intended for beginning French speakers.) Please register by 3/9. Fee: $48.

3/12. Writing Your Life Story with Laurie McMillan. Friday mornings, 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Session A: 3/12–4/2. Explore storytelling techniques and utilize in-class exercises to help launch your own meaningful and important stories. Please register by 3/9. Fee: $48.

3/15. Book Discussion Group: Walking Each Other Home. Mondays, 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Dates: 3/15, 4/5, 4/26 & 5/17. This facilitated group began with a discussion of Walking Each Other Home. It has just started Being With Dying: Cultivating Compassion and Fearlessness in the Presence of Death by Joan Halifax. The group now welcomes newcomers. No fee.

Talks on Wednesdays at 1:00 p.m.
These talks do not require advance registration and are always free. The Zoom invitation/link to the talks are posted on the Senior Center website the day before. The link also appears in Front Porch Forum for that week.

If you attended Sandi’s wonderful talk, Nepal: Through the Eyes of an American, and would like to connect with the charitable organization she mentioned – which supports the education of girls – its name is Little Sisters Fund. You might want to visit their website to find out more, or you can also contact Sandi Didetwiler.

There is no talk scheduled for 3/3, but on the following week, Anne Outwater is back with her talk rescheduled from last season.

3/10. Beekeeping & Peace-Making with Anne Outwater. After being a first responder at the bombing of the U.S. Embassy in Dar es Salaam, Dr. Outwater has been dedicated to the prevention of violence. Her research findings, interventions and next steps include entrepreneurship and beekeeping – drawing on her experiences growing up in Vermont. Anne Outwater, PhD, RN, is a faculty member at Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

3/17. Composting For Everyone with Natasha Duarte. Confused about the new “compost law?” Join Natasha, the Director of the Composting Association, to get your questions answered.

3/24. Preparing Your Advanced Directive with Tina D’Amato, DO.
3/31. The Power of a Power Of Attorney with Leah Burdick, Esq.

Art Exhibits
The Senior Center’s monthly art exhibits are suspended until further notice. They shall return!
Keep being careful. Are we there yet? No – but the end is in sight.

For more expanded descriptions, as well as additional courses and talks, please visit the Senior Center website. The mission of the Senior Center is to serve those 50 and up; some course enrollments are limited, and if a course is not full, younger participants are welcome to enroll. Feel free to leave a message anytime at (802) 425-6345; voicemail is checked frequently.