Trips

NEW! SOC and the Grosse Pointe War Memorial (GPWM) have teamed up to offer community trips. All registration will be handled by the GPWM. You can register by phone, 313-881-7511, in person Monday – Saturday, 9:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m, or online at warmemorial.org. All trips will depart from the GPWM. Persons requiring mobility assistance must be accompanied by an individual escort.

Pewabic Tour and Hands-On Workshop and Lunch at City Kitchen
Wednesday, January 24 – 10:30 am reservation
$45 per person (includes bus transportation, tour and hands-on workshop; lunch is on your own)
Since 1903, Pewabic, a National Historic Landmark, artisans have handcrafted ceramic art beginning with ray, earthen materials and a clay mixer dating to the early 1900’s. The hands-on workshop makes it possible for people of all ages and skill levels to explore their creativity through ceramics. After touring the pottery, your group will head to our Education Studio, where you’ll learn the basics of tile making. We provide the clay and basic supplies you will need. We will have lunch at the City Kitchen in Grosse Pointe. Arrive for check-in no later than 9:45 am – Return to the War Memorial by 3:30 pm.

 

Sanders Factory Tour & Lorenzo Cultural Center Exhibit
Friday, March 9
$25 per person (includes bus transportation, admission to tour/exhibit; lunch is on your own)
A sweet tour indeed!We will go on a guided tour that includes free chocolate samples, the history of Sanders and, of course, a visit to the Chocolate and Ice Cream Shoppe. Before the tour we will visit the Lorenzo Cultural Center located at the Macomb Community College campus to visit the exhibit Making Macomb: Voyagers to Swing Votes. Lunch at Max and Erma’s at Partridge Creek. Arrive for check-in no later than 9:15 am – Return to the War Memorial by 3:00 pm.

 

Downtown and Beyond Bus Tour with the Detroit Experience Factory & Lunch at Traffic Jam and Snug
Tuesday, April 10
$55 per person (includes bus transportation, tour, 2 tour guides and informational materials; lunch is on your own)
Bus tours are a fun and engaging way to expand the area of your tour and see more of Detroit. The Detroit Experience Factory has designed a unique 4-hour tour for our patrons! Knowledgeable tour guides will explain historical facts and the exciting endeavors going on in our beloved city. Some of the highlights will be Campus Martius Park, The Guardian Building, Historic Indian Village, The Willis/Canfield Retail District, and may others. We will stop for lunch at Traffic Jam and Snug. Arrive for check-in no later than 9:00 am – Return to the War Memorial by 3:30 pm.

 

Mall Shopping Trips

Looking for a great way to get out during the week? Love to shop or grab lunch with a friend, but do not want to deal with driving or parking? SOC is offering monthly trips to shop at local malls. We have added Macomb Mall as a new stop on the PAATS bus route the last Wednesday of every month and will do a special trip to Somerset monthly as well.

 

Shopping at Macomb Mall
Last Wednesday of every month, beginning March 29th
$10.00 per person includes transportation
–Pick-up time at your homes begins: 9:15 a.m.
–Depart Macomb Mall: 12:30 p.m.

Featuring Kohl’s, Babies-R-Us, and Bath & Body Works and many other specialty retailers, this is one of our local malls perfect for quick shopping trips.
Space is limited! To make your reservation, contact PAATS at 313-343-2580.

 

Ongoing Activities

Join us for lunch!
Monday- Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Note!!! New Price – $5.00
Reservations needed at least one day in advance
Acclaimed Chef Brian Brenner uses the freshest of ingredients, including herbs from our garden, to prepare a healthy, hearty, and delicious lunch. Chef Brian was most recently the head chef for Bayview Yacht Club, and previously he worked at Opus One, Tribute, and the Golden Mushroom. Come for the food and friendship!
View Lunch Menu

Groups

Sing-a-along Group!
Every Wednesday beginning January 3, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Choir Director:  Jean Curtis Demeulmeester
No Charge – reservations needed
What a beautiful way to start off the New Year!  If you like to sing but would love to sing with a group vs. in the shower, please join us for an extremely pleasant afternoon.  No experience necessary…just a desire to sing!

 

Grannie Nannies
The first Friday of every month, January 5 and February 2, 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Big Boy Restaurant, 20710 Mack Avenue, Grosse Pointe Woods
No Charge – reservations needed
Come join a fun group of grandmothers who love spending time with their grandchildren!  You’ll share innovative, memory-making opportunities that bring quality to your relationships with the young people in your life, such as where can you take your three-year old for a fun afternoon or what games do six-year olds like to play? If you are a grandmother and would like to share experiences with others, join the “Grannie Nannies” for laughs and great advice!  Look for the group at one of the back tables. They will be glad to have you join them. For more information, please call 586-944-0299.

 

Loss and Grief Recovery Support Group
First Wednesday of every month, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
No Charge – reservations needed
This is not a therapy session but attendees will share their losses as they choose with each other in an atmosphere of trust, gentleness and confidentiality.  This is nonsectarian and open to all.  Group is limited to 12.

 

Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Group
Third Thursday of every month, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Facilitators: Carolyn Van Dorn, Nursing Unlimited and Marian Battersby, Home Instead
No Charge – reservations needed
We offer a safe place for caregivers, family and friends of persons with dementia to meet and develop a
mutual support system.

 

Games

Contract Bridge Lessons – Beginners
Wednesdays, January 17 – February 21, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Cynthia Luce –  Life Master and member of the American Contract Bridge League
$20 for 6 sessions –  registration required
Maximum of 12
If you always wanted to learn how to play bridge, this is your opportunity.  Cynthia will teach you how to bid, how to keep score and the basic dynamics of the game. Her method of teaching is casual and fun!

 

Re – Gifting Swap Bingo!
Tuesday, January 23, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Sponsor:  Audrey Bernier
$2.00 per card, limit one card per person- reservations needed
Audrey is giving you the opportunity to swap a gift you may have received for Christmas or your birthday or some other special occasion that is just not you or is something that you may already have, for another gift that may be just you or is something that you’ve been wanting.  But what you choose as your bingo prize is all about luck, for the bingo participants must wrap back up their swapping gift, so the winners have absolutely no idea what they are getting.  How much fun is that?  Please be sure that your participating gift is something actually nice or useful…no gag gifts please.

 

Mah Jongg Club
Every Wednesday, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
No Charge – reservations needed
American Mahjong, more commonly known as Mah Jongg or Maahj, is a variant of the Chinese game mahjong. American Mah Jongg utilizes racks to hold each player’s tiles, jokers, and “Hands and Rules” score cards. It has several distinct gameplay mechanics such as “The Charleston”,which is a set of required passes, and optional passing of the tiles. If you know how to play the American version of this ancient game, come join the fun!

 

Contract Bridge Club
Every Friday, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
No Charge – reservations needed
Bridge is the world’s greatest game of the mind. It is stimulating, challenging and provides the ideal setting for socializing and making new friends. The club is not a class. We are offering a room for players who already know how to play bridge to join with friends. Groups must bring their own playing and score cards.

 

Bingo
Every Tuesday and Thursday, 10:15 – 11:15 a.m. 
2.00 per card – registration required
Bingo’s history can be traced back to 1530, to an Italian lottery called “Lo Giuoco del Lotto D’Italia,” which is still played every Saturday in Italy. From Italy the game was introduced to France in the late 1770s, where it was called “Le Lotto,” a game played among wealthy Frenchmen (who knew?). Bingo is fun, good exercise for your brain, and a great social gathering. Join us for fun, friendship and prizes!

 

Progressive Rummy 
Every Tuesday, 12:45 – 1:45 p.m.
No Charge –  reservations needed
Don’t know this simple card game? We’d be happy to teach you. Similar to Contract Rummy, Progressive Rummy is played with three to eight players and two decks of cards. This version of rummy includes all four jokers from the two decks, totalling 108 cards. It’s an extremely popular variation of Rummy and pretty addictive. Guaranteed!

 

Texas Hold’em Poker
Poker Lessons and Tournament: Every Monday, 10:00 a.m.
For more information about the game and fees, contact Harry Burkey, 313-885-1393
No Charge – reservations needed
Described as a “thinking man’s game,” Texas Hold’em had a humble start in the poker world. Robstown, Texas, is officially recognised as the place in which it originated. Learn to play this popular, competitive game where the object is to win everyone else’s game chips and then join our weekly tournament. For most of the players, the game is more about the fun and friendship than the competition.

 

Health and Wellness

Keeping you Fit at Home – Core Strengthening Exercises
Thursday, January 11, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. 
ShorePointe – A Beaumont Health & Rehabilitation Center
Craig Miller – Physical Therapist
 No Charge – reservations needed
Craig will be discussing and providing demonstrations of a collection of core strengthening exercises designed to protect the spine, increase energy conservation and dynamic balance and improve safety by decreasing the risk for falls.

 

Keeping you Fit at Home – “Reducing the Risk for Falls in your Home”  
Thursday, January 25, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. 
ShorePointe – A Beaumont Health & Rehabilitation Center
Maria Salwin – Occupational Therapist
 No Charge – reservations needed
Six out of every 10 falls happen at home, where we spend much of our time and tend to move around without thinking about our safety. Many falls could be prevented by making simple changes in your living area, as well as personal and lifestyle changes. Maria will share a fall prevention check list, and explain modifications you can make in your home that can reduce the risk for falls.

 

“BrainStorm – A Workout for the Mind Workshop”
Tuesdays, February 6 – April 3, 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Facilitators:  Janet Horan, RN and Allie Short, Wayne State University Masters in Social Work Intern
$15 – 9 sessions
Reservations required – Maximum of 20
SOC’s BrainStorm Workshop consists of 9 sessions of research-based wellness activities developed by the Institute of Gerontology at Wayne State University. BrainStorm addresses multiple facets of brain health, as well as physical, emotional and spiritual well-being. Presentations are filled with hands-on activities, humor, social interaction, and take-home materials.

 

Keeping you Fit at Home – Core Strengthening Exercises 
Thursday, February 8, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. 
ShorePointe – A Beaumont Health & Rehabilitation Center
Craig Miller – Physical Therapist
 No Charge – reservations needed
Craig will be discussing and providing demonstrations of a collection of core strengthening exercises designed to protect the spine, increase energy conservation and dynamic balance and improve safety by decreasing the risk for falls.

 

Keeping you Fit at Home – “Balance Matters Too…”
Thursday, February 22, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. 
ShorePointe – A Beaumont Health & Rehabilitation Center
Craig Miller –Physical Therapist
 No Charge – reservations needed
Falls often occur due to a variety of factors; some external, such as your home set up, and some internal, such as decreased strength or range of motion of our joints.  Many of us know about the benefits of exercises that improve our strength, endurance and flexibility, but did you know that it is possible to exercise your balance system?  Craig will describe how the balance system works, and take you through a range of exercises/activities intended to help you improve your balance system.

 

Individual Nutritional Counseling
Wednesday, February 7, 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and 12:30 – 2:00 p.m.
Facilitator:  Andrea Hageman, Registered Dietician, Beaumont Health System
No charge – reservations needed
Do you have questions about your diet or need help following a certain diet? If so, Andrea Hageman, Beaumont registered dietitian will be available for a 30 minute, individual appointment. She will talk with you one-on-one about your diet questions and can provide you with educational materials. Come discuss topics such as weight loss, diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, gastrointestinal issues or any other diet related topics.
When making your reservation, please state which particular health topic you would like to discuss. 

 

Mindfulness/Meditation Practice- Finding Your Little Piece of Peace
Thursdays, 9:00 – 9:30 a.m.
Jennifer Raybaud – Certified Mindfulness Instructor; Beaumont Health Systems Instructor

$3.00 – registration required
This 30-minute class will bring together 4 essential elements to calming the mind and enjoying your life more.  Through the practices of gentle stretch, breathing basics, engagement in mindful ways of thinking, doing and being and finally, meditation, a more peaceful, purposeful life awaits.

 

Free Blood Pressure Screenings
The second Tuesday of every month, 9:30 – 10:15 a.m.
Advantage Living Center – Harper Woods
No charge – reservations necessary
High blood pressure is a silent killer that shows no symptoms but can cause very serious health problems if left untreated. The strain placed on the arteries from high blood pressure weakens the arteries and can lead to a heart attack, stroke, kidney disease or even dementia. Monitoring your blood pressure is an important step in maintaining your health.

 

Call 313-882-9600 to reserve your spot for all activities.  If there is a charge, your registration will not be complete without payment.

Refund Policy:
If SOC cancels an activity or event, you will be reimbursed in full.  If you cancel your registration prior to the start date (excluding trips), you will be given a SOC gift certificate as your refund.  No refunds can be made after the start date of an activity or event. 

 

Technology

One-on-One Technology Instructions
Every Friday, 12:00 – 4:00 p.m.
No Charge – reservations needed
Do you have questions about your cell phone, computer or tablet but you are either too embarrassed to ask your family for help or you just don’t want to bother them?  Learn beginner, intermediate and advanced computer lessons in computer basics, including Microsoft Word and Excel. Also, if you need help with your Smart Phone, either Android or iPhone, your E-Reader such as Kindle, Tablets such as IPad or Android, or you just want to get to know Facebook and E-Mailing, this is the place for you.

 

Computer Basics – Windows, Word Processor, Email and Internet
Tuesdays, January 23 – March 20, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Instructor: Christopher Wheatley
Location:  Wayne County Community College University Center Computer Lab
Wayne County Community College Continuing Education Class
No Charge – reservations needed – Maximum of 20
This hands-on course will guide students through the fundamentals of computer literacy. Concepts and skills to be learned include windows basics, word processor basics, e-mail and internet. No computer experience is required, but students are urged to practice on computers as the course progresses. This course uses Microsoft Windows computers and Microsoft Office software. This is a lab-lecture class in which skills are presented by the instructor and students will complete tasks individually or in groups. Students must bring a flash drive to class for storage of exercise files. Class will be held at the Mary Ellen Stempfle University Center computer lab at 19305 Vernier Rd, Harper Woods, across from Eastland Mall.  Call PAATS at 313-343-2580 if you will need transportation to and from the Lab.

 

What is an App and how can it make my Life easier?
Thursdays, February 1 – March 29, 9:15 – 10:15 a.m.
Facilitator:  Erica Jankowski, SW Intern, BSW student at Wayne State University
No charge – reservations necessary – Maximum of 6
Apps for smartphones or tablets can make your life easier and more interesting. However, with thousands of apps available to individuals and more coming out daily, picking the best ones can be difficult to find. In this group, you will learn more about senior friendly apps pertaining to your health, staying connected with friends and family, and brain games, and downloading them to your device.

 

Exercise

SOC exercise classes are dedicated to providing dance and fitness programs for people of all ages and abilities in a fun, exciting, welcoming, and non-competitive atmosphere. No need to register; all classes are drop-in. For more information contact SOC at 313-882-9600.

Pricing (60 or older):
– $23 for a 4 class punch card ($5.75 per class)
– $60 for an 11 class punch card ($5.45 per class)
– $50 for a VIP card for unlimited monthly classes (huge savings)
– $8 drop in rate

For individuals between 50 and 59 years of age, add $5.00 to each punch card price. 

New Participants:
– Choose to take the first week of all classes free, OR
– Purchase an 11 class punch card for just $30 (a $30 savings). Good for 90 days.

If you take two classes in one day, the second class is only $3.00!

 

DAAA Evidenced-Based Fitness: Level 1 – Seated
Incorporates seated warm up with stretch, muscles and back care and includes standing chair support for balance and mobility. Caregivers welcome!
Tues. 10:30 a.m. Instructor: Rosa Hunter
Thurs. 10:30 a.m. Instructor: Rosa Hunter

 

Active Fit
Incorporates the three principles of fitness: movement (cardio), muscles (strength) and more (flexibility and balance) for the more active adult.
Mon. 10:15 a.m. Instructor: Stacey Panduren
Wed. 10:15 a.m. Instructor: Terri Murphy
Fri. 10:15 a.m. Instructor: Stacey Panduren

 

Tai Chi
Tai Chi is an ancient Chinese discipline designed to enhance body, mind and spirit, and leave you feeling refreshed. You’ll gain better muscle tone, improve joint flexibility and increase circulation. Wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing.
Tues. 9:00 a.m. Instructor: Susan Smith

 

Yoga
This hour-long journey will promote strength, endurance, stability, mobility, flexibility and postural challenges by yoking the mind, breath and body. Classes are designed with a “start where you are approach”. Instructions will be tailored to a person’s capability. Please bring a yoga mat.
Mon. 9:00 a.m. Instructor: Judy Sarvis
Wed. 9:00 a.m. Instructor: Judy Sarvis
Fri. 9:00 a.m. Instructor: Jessica Kodanko

 

Chair Yoga
Chair yoga is a unique yoga style that adapts yoga positions and poses through creative use of a chair. The chair replaces the yoga mat and becomes an extension of the body. You are able to warm up your body and safely perform yoga poses with more support and stability. Poses are done seated on the chair or the chair is used for support during standing poses. Chair yoga is suitable for all fitness levels and physical conditions.
Mon. 10:15 a.m. Instructor: Judy Sarvis
Wed. 10:15 a.m. Instructor: Judy Sarvis
Fri. 10:15 a.m. Instructor: Jessica Kodanko
Mon. 11:30 a.m. Instructor: Judy Sarvis
Wed. 11:30 a.m. Instructor: Judy Sarvis
Fri. 11:30 a.m. Instructor: Jessica Kodanko

 

Entertainment

Defer Elementary School Choir 
Tuesday, December 19, 2016, 12:00 – 12:30 p.m.
Choir Director:  Liz Moses

No Charge – reservations needed
We are welcoming back the 4th and 5th grade Defer Elementary School choir to sing Holiday songs to brighten this wonderful season!

 

Movie: “The Lion” – PG 13
Monday, December 18, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Running Time:  120 minutes

$2.00 – Registration required
Five-year-old Saroo gets lost on a train which takes him thousands of kilometers across India, away from home and family. Saroo must learn to survive alone in Kolkata, before ultimately being adopted by an Australian couple. Twenty-five years later, armed with only a handful of memories, his unwavering determination, and a revolutionary technology known as Google Earth, he sets out to find his lost family and finally return to his first home.

 

Alice Laitner plays the Piano for You!
Tuesdays, 11:00 – 11:30 a.m. and 12:15 – 1:00 p.m.
One of our favorite seniors, Alice Laitner, will lull you into a lovely state of mind as she plays the piano just for you in our living room.

 

Movie: “Hidden Figures” – PG
Monday, January 29, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Running Time:  127 minutes
$2.00 – Registration required
HIDDEN FIGURES is the true, incredible untold story of Katherine G. Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe)-brilliant African-American women working at NASA, who served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, a stunning achievement that restored the nation’s confidence, turned around the Space Race, and galvanized the world. The visionary trio crossed all gender and race lines to inspire generations to dream big.

 

Movie: “The Founder” – PG 13
Monday, February 26, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Running Time:  115 minutes
$2.00 – Registration required
THE FOUNDER features the true story of how Ray Kroc (Michael Keaton), a struggling salesman from Illinois, met Mac and Dick McDonald, who were running a burger operation in 1950s Southern California. Kroc was impressed by the brothers’ speedy system of making the food and saw franchise potential. The movie details how Kroc maneuvered himself into a position to be able to pull the company from the brothers and create a billion-dollar empire.

 

Parties and Celebrations


Christmas Party!
Wednesday,  December 13, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Entertainment:  The Grosse Pointe South Chorale
Party Sponsor:  Dinshaw Sarkari

$15.00  per person – registration required
Please join us for our annual Christmas luncheon which is sponsored by one of our very generous SOC participant,  Dinshaw Sarkari.  This will be an extra special luncheon because it will be catered by the Polish Village Restaurant in Hamtramck voted the Best Polish Restaurant in Detroit and we can contest to that!  The menu will include golobki (stuffed cabbage), city chicken, kielbasa, pierogi, mashed potatoes, sauerkraut, green beans and salad. After our lunch, we will have a very special treat.  For the very first time, the Grosse Pointe South Chorale will be singing for us, beautiful  music for this wonderful season.

 

December Birthday Celebration!
Thursday, December 21, 11:30 – 11:45 a.m.
No Charge – reservations needed
Celebrating your birthday in December?  Let us know and come join us for a celebration of you!  Gourmet lunch on the house, birthday cake (with a candle!) and a keepsake photo with your friends at SOC is just a part of how we want to wish you a Happy Birthday!

 

January and February Birthday Celebrations!
Thursday, January 11, 11:30 – 11:45 a.m.
Thursday, February 8, 11:30 – 11:45 a.m.
No Charge – reservations needed
Celebrating your birthday in January or February?  Let us know and come join us for a celebration of you!  Gourmet lunch on the house, birthday cake (with a candle!) and a keepsake photo with your friends at SOC is just a part of how we want to wish you a Happy Birthday!

 

Paczki Fest!
Tuesday, February 13
$1.00 per Paczek – registration required
We will special order for you, one or more paczek to celebrate our annual Paczki Fest! Call the SOC front desk at 313-882-9600 and let us know your favorite flavor of paczek by 12 noon, Friday, February 9.   You can choose from strawberry, custard, raspberry, apple, lemon, apricot, prune and blueberry.  Note:  We have been seriously reprimanded in the past by referring to one paczek (singular pronounced “ poon-check”)  as paczki (plural).  So just to recap, order one paczek or two or more paczki.😊.

 

“A Winter Serenade”  Luncheon
Wednesday, February 21, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Entertainment:  Michigan Opera Theatre
Sponsor:  Lakeshore Senior Living
$10.00 – registration required
Lucky us!  Once again, we are all in for a really special treat!  First in keeping with the beginning of the Chinese New Year, we thought it would be appropriate and fun to serve a Chinese meal catered by Moy’s, our favorite local Chinese caterer, consisting of an egg roll, pork fried rice, almond chicken and sweet and sour pork plus dessert.  Then sit back as the Michigan Opera Theatre whisks you right out of your mid-winter doldrums with a repertoire of some of your favorite musical theatre hits plus, of course, a bit of opera.  If you missed this event last year, do not make the same mistake twice!  This event is made possible by the Mary Thompson Foundation.

 

Classes and Presentations

 

Living on “Purpose”  Workshop
Monday, January 22, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Facilitator:  Jennifer Raybaud, Certified Mindfulness Instructor
Sponsored by:  Beaumont Health Systems
No Charge – reservations needed
So often we can feel like we’re missing out when we believe that our “purpose” in life is something people are “lucky” to find or that it’s elusive.  This workshop will demystify “purpose” and allow every participant the opportunity to engage and know that “luck” has nothing to do with it.  Whether you are looking to define your passions to find more of a “purpose” in the employment sector of your life, in volunteering, in your hobbies or anything else, this workshop is designed to help you do just that.

 

“Between the Covers”
Tuesday, January 23, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Facilitator:  Kathleen Gallagher, Grosse Pointe Public Library Outreach
No Charge – reservations needed
So many books so little time!   We will have some great books to share, new books of interest, and titles coming soon.  Join Kathleen for this book talk and pick up some new tips about using the library. We have many new services for downloading movies, audiobooks, and ebooks – all free!  Bring your tablet, Ipad, or other device and she will show you the basics.  She is also very handy and will bring some of her favorite tools from the Library Tool Collection to show off.   Also ask her about the Library’s Outreach Services and arrange for delivery and pickup of library materials to your home.

 

Ballroom Dancing
Tuesdays, January 23 –  March 20, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Facilitator:  Otis Gatson
Wayne County Community College Continuing Education Class
No Charge – reservations needed
This course is designed to teach individuals the basic steps of ballroom dancing.  Students will also learn hand and foot coordination, posture, basic turns and spins.
You do not need a partner to thoroughly enjoy this class!

 

Play for Fun – Beginning Piano Lessons
Wednesdays, January 24 – March 28, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Instructor:  Evola Music
$49 for 10 weeks plus a $20 Book  – The book fee is payable to the instructor on the first day of class
Registration required – 
Maximum of 12
Learn to play for the FUN of it – You will learn to play your favorite songs in just a few weeks using a proven method. No experience necessary. Keyboards are available for rent.

 

Play for Fun – Continuing Class for People who took the First Session
Wednesdays, January 24 – March 28, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Instructor:  Evola Music
$49 for 10 weeks plus a $20 Book  – the book fee  is payable to the instructor on the first day of class –
Registration required – 
Maximum of 12
Continue learning to play for the FUN of it. Advance to the next book level and continue your musical journey!

 

Sign Language – Beginners  
Thursdays:  January 25 – March 22, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Instructor: Stewart Glen
Location:  SOC
Wayne County Community College Continuing Education Class
No Charge – reservations needed – Maximum of 12
Students will learn how to communicate with deaf individuals through the use of sign language.  The instructor will explain beginning vocabulary, grammar, finger spellings and insight into the deaf culture.

 

Conversational French – Beginner
Fridays, January 26 – March 23, 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.
Instructor:  Dr. Dib Saab
Location:  SOC
Wayne County Community College Continuing Education Class
No Charge – reservations needed – Minimum of 8
This course will provide participants with the ability to speak and express themselves in the French language.  Participants will be able to recognize and respond appropriately to basic questions, read, interpret authentic selections and read aloud familiar passages using acceptable pronunciation.  Participants will create basic sentences using appropriate agreement (subject, verb, adjective).

 

Conversational French – Intermediate
Fridays, January 26 – March 23, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Instructor:  Dr. Dib Saab
Location:  SOC
Wayne County Community College Continuing Education Class
No Charge – reservations needed – Minimum of 8
This course will provide participants with the ability to speak and express themselves in the French language.  Participants will be able to recognize and respond appropriately to basic questions, read, interpret authentic selections and read aloud familiar passages using acceptable pronunciation.  Participants will create basic sentences using appropriate agreement (subject, verb, adjective).

 

“Annuities… Should I buy one, what to do if I own one, and why would I want one.”
Tuesday, January 30, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Facilitator:  Michael Coliton, Economist, seasoned Insurance agent, and long – time Independent agent/broker/wholesaler of insurance and financial products
No Charge – reservations needed
Annuities often get a bad name, and for many reasons it is well deserved.  Too often Financial Advisors sell or push a client into a product the advisors themselves know little about, or do so to meet sales goals given to them by their firms.  The name “annuity” itself is in fact a misnomer, as there are at least 8 different types of annuities that serve completely different purposes, yet all share the name ‘annuity’.  Do you have a Variable Annuity with ongoing fees with possible large exposure to risk, while your advisor is charging you fees on top of the fees already built in?  Did your advisor put you into a “propriety” product because it’s the only product he/she could only sell you due to being captive with an investment firm or bank? How do you get out of them?  Were you aware a Trust as a beneficiary can severely limit your loved one’s options, often leading toward high tax consequences for them?  Learn the unspoken facts in this session that many do not wish you to learn.  Open question and answer session to follow.

 

Call 313-882-9600 to reserve your spot for all activities.  If there is a charge, your registration will not be complete without payment.

Refund Policy:
If SOC cancels an activity or event, you will be reimbursed in full.  If you cancel your registration prior to the start date (excluding trips), you will be given a SOC gift certificate as your refund.  No refunds can be made after the start date of an activity or event. 

 

Creative Workshops and Crafts

Drawing and Painting
Tuesdays, January 23 – March 20, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Instructor: Jacquline Duncan
Location:  Wayne County Community College University Center
Wayne County Community College Continuing Education Class
Maximum of 15 participants
This is a basic drawing and painting class designed to introduce participants to the skills required to accurately render what they see. It is also an opportunity for the more advanced artist to gain some visual and creative practice in drawing and painting that will enhance any artistic endeavors. Participants are responsible for their own supplies. Class will be held at the Mary Ellen Stempfle University Center computer lab at 19305 Vernier Rd, Harper Woods, across from Eastland Mall.  Call PAATS at 313-343-2580 if you will need transportation to and from the Lab.

 

Memoir Writing Class
Thursdays, January 25 – February 15, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Facilitator:  Nancy Solak
$20.00 – Registration required – Maximum of 8
In these workshops, you will be given writing prompts to stimulate memories and creativity. There are guidelines by which the workshop is held, including the necessity of complete confidentiality among the participants, only giving feedback that supports the writer, and understanding that each person has a unique voice. The craft of writing (i.e., grammar, metaphor, simile, alliteration) will only be touched upon. The goal of the workshop is to tap your creativity.  Please make your reservation early.

Nancy Solak, a certified facilitator of the Amherst Writers & Artists method, will be releasing her second travel memoir, Welcome to Here: A Reluctant Traveler Goes to China, early in 2018.  Visit Nancy’s web site, A Reluctant Traveler www.areluctanttraveler.net

 

Knitting for Charity
Tuesdays,  1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Facilitator: Patty Matheson, The Wool and the Floss, Grosse Pointe
Sponsor: Heartland Health Care Center, Grosse Pointe Woods
No Charge – reservations needed
This long-standing SOC group is always looking for more talented (or new!) knitters. They have gathered weekly for many years to knit a wide variety of items to benefit local residents touched by cancer. The need is great for caps for chemo patients, scarves, small lap blankets, shawls and more. Join us in supporting the Henry Ford Hospital – Cottage, Radiation Oncology department and Knit Michigan. Knitters can choose any project they like!

 

No-Sew Fleece Blanket – Making
Wednesdays, 9:30 –11:30 a.m.
Sponsor:  Blanketed with Love
No Charge – reservations needed
Come and help the wonderful, non-profit organization, “Blanketed with Love” fulfil their goal of making 500 fleece, no sew blankets for those in need. Making and donating soft comforting blankets for all ages, this group has donated to many local charities, including Sweet Dreamzzz, Saint Patrick’s Senior Center in Detroit, the Detroit Rescue Mission. No experience necessary, just a kind heart!

 

The Chit Chat and Color Club…It’s Fun and Relaxing!!!
Wednesdays, 12:30 – 2:00 p.m.
Facilitator:  Mary Kay Fiorentino
No Charge – reservations needed
If you would like to relax and socialize at the same time, come and join us for our “Chit Chat and Color Club”. Just like meditation, coloring allows us to switch off our brains from other thoughts and focus only on the moment, helping to alleviate anxiety and produce a sense of calm. The health benefits are tremendous. We will supply the coloring books (from simple to complex!) and the colored pencils. All you need to bring is a desire to relax and have fun.


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