21st Annual Auction Gala

Black tie and sequins are encouraged (it is a party, after all!) Once you’ve made it past the paparazzi, you will be treated like a star with craft cocktails, sumptuous hors d’oevres, gourmet dinner, open bar, raffles, and amazing auction items including European trips, a Day with the Artist with Dominic Pangborn, spectacular jewelry, and a ride on the J.W. Wescott to deliver mail to the freighters.

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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.

 

 

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

 

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.

 

Full Circle Farmers Market
Every Tuesday through October, 11:00 – 12:30 p.m.
This summer the Full Circle Foundation will be operating a “Garden Growers” Farmers Market at Services for Older Citizens. The market is sponsored by Beaumont Hospital and community members will enjoy the week’s harvest, which is organically and locally grown. Beautiful garden flowers will also be available.

 

Groups

Walking Club
Every Monday, 9:00 a.m. (Weather permitting)
Facilitators: Wilhelmina Giblin
No Charge
If having someone to walk with helps motivate you to lace up and hit the pavement, then our new Walking Club is just what you need! Bring walking shoes, a water bottle and meet us on our patio. If it’s your first time, please go inside to our registration desk and sign our exercise waiver.

 

SOC Garden Club
Mondays, 9:00 – 10:30 a.m.
Garden Coach: Richard Thomas
No charge – reservations needed
Important! Call in to the SOC office by 2:00 p.m. on previous Friday to confirm you will attend the following Monday.
There will be no classes on Mondays that have no registered students. There is no class on days that SOC is closed or the instructor is out of town.

Garden instruction, gloves on experience for any level of garden enthusiast available every Monday morning with professional Garden Coach, Richard Thomas. The purpose of the club is twofold: first provide hands on experience, cultivate your knowledge of plants and flowers and, secondly, volunteering and helping keeping SOC landscape beds beautiful.

Learn plant identification – trees, shrubs, perennials, annuals and weeds by name and by their care needs, proper use of tools, where to obtain garden materials, season by season gardening including indoor plant care, pollinator information, and field trips. Bring garden gloves and trowels and questions.

 

Mindfulness/Meditation Practice – Finding Your Little Piece of Peace
Every Thursday, 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. Walk – ins are welcome!

 

Free Blood Pressure Screenings
The 2nd 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.

 

The Chit Chat and Color Club…It’s fun and relaxing!!!
Wednesdays, 12:30-1:30 p.m.
Facilitator: Mary Kay Fiorentino
No Charge – reservations are necessary
If you would like to relax and socialize at the same time, come and join us for our brand new “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 and the colored pencils. All you need to bring is a desire to relax and have fun.

 

Knitting for Charity
Tuesdays, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Facilitator: Patty Matheson, employed at The Wool and the Floss, Grosse Pointe.
Sponsor: Heartland Health Care Center – Grosse Pointe Woods
No Charge – reservations are necessary
Join our group to knit a wide variety of items to benefit local residents touched by cancer. The group began with knitting caps for chemo patients and has expanded to scarves, small lap blankets, shawls and more. The knit lap blankets are for Henry Ford Hospital-Cottage, Radiation Oncology department. The knit caps are for 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 this wonderful, non-profit organization, “Blanketed with Love” fulfill their goal of making 500 fleece, no sew blankets for those in need. No experience necessary.

 

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.

 

Loss and Grief Recovery Support Group
First Wednesday of every month, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
No charge – reservations needed
This new group will be facilitated by area experienced counselors including Dr. David Dieter. 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.

 

Grannie Nannies
The first Friday of every month, November 3 and December 1, 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.

 

Games

Mah Jongg Club
Every Wednesday, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
No Charge – reservations needed
If you know how to play the American version of this ancient game, come join the fun!

 

Bingo
Every Tuesday and Thursday, 10:15 – 11:15 a.m.
$2.00 per card – Registration required
Bingo is not only fun but really good exercise for your brain. Join us for the fun, the friendship and the great 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. It’s an extremely popular variation of Rummy also known as Contract Rummy. Pretty much addictive. Guaranteed!

 

Texas Hold’em Poker
Lessons: Every Monday, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Tournaments: Every Monday, 12:00 – 4:00 p.m.
For more information about the game and fees, contact Harry Burkey, 313-885-1393
No Charge – Reservations needed
Learn to play this popular, competitive game where the object is to win everyone else’s game chips. For most of the players, the game is more about the fun and friendship than the competition.

 

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.

 

Duplicate Bridge Lessons
Fridays, October 6 – November 10, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Cynthia Luce – Life Master and member of the American Contract Bridge League
$24 for 6 sessions – Registration required
Maximum of 8
Welcome to the World of Duplicate Bridge, the ultimate partnership game.  Duplicate bridge is a variation of bridge which eliminates much of the luck from the game.  Each hand is played at many different tables.  Afterwards, the results at each table are compared, and you score depends on how well you did relative to others who held exactly the same cards as you did.  The challenge is to find a better line of play than anyone else.  If you like to have fun and enjoy meeting people, please join us.

 

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

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: “Joy” – PG 13
Monday, October 30, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Running Time: 124 minutes
$2.00 – Registration required
JOY is the wild story of a family across four generations, and centers on the girl who becomes the woman who founds a business dynasty and becomes a matriarch in her own right. Betrayal, treachery, the loss of innocence and the scars of love pave the road in this intense emotional and human comedy about becoming a true boss of family and enterprise facing a world of unforgiving commerce. Allies become adversaries and adversaries become allies, both inside and outside the family, as Joy’s inner life and fierce imagination carry her through the storm she faces. Starring Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro and Bradley Cooper, Joy defies genre to tell a story of family, loyalty, and love.

 

Movie: “Fences”
Monday, November 27, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Running Time:  138 minutes

$2.00 – Registration required
Denzel Washington directed and stars in this adaptation of August Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play, which centers on a black garbage collector named Troy Maxson in 1950s Pittsburgh. Bitter that baseball’s color barrier was only broken after his own heyday in the Negro Leagues, Maxson is prone to taking out his frustrations on his loved ones.

 

Parcells Middle School Choir
Tuesday, December 5, 12:00 – 12:30 p.m.
Choir Director:  Leslie Saroli
No Charge – reservations needed
We are going to be entertained for the very first time by the Parcells Middle School Choir!  We are so excited to welcome them and are looking forward to listening to the sounds of the Holiday Season.

 

Grosse Pointe Academy Bell Choir
Thursday, December 7, 12:00 – 12:30 p.m.
Bell Choir Director:  Roshell Chuhran
No Charge – reservations needed
It’s a tradition here at SOC that the eighth grade Grosse Pointe Bell Choir joins us during the Holidays.  This is a special event that we all look forward to.

 

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.

 

Parties and Celebrations

Halloween Party!
Wednesday, October 25, 11:30 a.m.
Entertainment: Don Stidham
Party Sponsor: Henry Ford Village
$15.00 per person – Registration needed
Come in a costume or just as you are. First enjoy Chef Brian’s tossed salad with spiced pecans and dried cranberries, herb rubbed pork roast on a bed of sausage, cornbread and granny smith apple stuffing, white wine gravy, bacon braised cabbage, and cranberry juice and apple cider, plus dessert! After lunch we will have our annual costume contest and certificates will be awarded for the top 3 best costumes. Then sit back and enjoy Don Stidham, a wonderful vocalist and guitar player who does an amazing impression of Elvis among others.

 

Veterans Day Event and Luncheon
Wednesday, November 8, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Sponsor: Grosse Pointe American House at Cottage
No charge – registration required
We invite everyone especially Veterans to join us on this very special day.  We will be honored to have as our special guests not only our Veterans but also a VFW Chapter who will perform their Flag Ceremony and will present each Veteran with a medal to honor their service to our Country.  The ceremony will end with taps.  A luncheon prepared for you by our neighbor and sponsor, the Grosse Pointe American House at Cottage, will follow the ceremony.  Please let us know that you are a Veteran when you call to make your reservation.

 

November Birthday Celebration!
Thursday, November 9, 11:30 – 11:45 a.m.
No Charge – reservations needed
Celebrating your birthday in November?  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!

 

Thanksgiving Party!
Wednesday, November 15, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Entertainment:  The Fabulous 50’s Show
Party Sponsor: 
ShorePointe – A Beaumont Health & Rehabilitation Center
$15.00 per person – registration required
Come and join us for a wonderful and traditional meal consisting of a salad, turkey and gravy, stuffing, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, vegetable, cranberry sauce, rolls and pumpkin pie with whipped cream.  Lunch will be followed by the Dave DeClark Band featuring their “Fabulous 50’s Show, which includes 5 musicians performing your most memorable songs of the fabulous 50’s.  Remember the “Stroll”?  Bring your dancing shoes please!

 

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!

 

Classes and Presentations

One-on-One Technology Instructions
Every Friday, 12:00 – 4:00 p.m.
No charge – reservations needed
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.

 

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
$2.00 – 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 2nd 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.

 

Drawing and Painting Lab
Thursdays, September 7 – November 2, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Instructor: Marlene White
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.

 

Conversational French
Fridays, September 8 – December 8, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Instructor: Dr. Dib Saab
Location: SOC
Wayne County Community College Continuing Education Class
No Charge – reservations needed
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).

 

Wayne County Community College Continuing Education Classes – Genealogy Series
Instructor: Felecia Lewis – Williams
Note: Students will discover techniques and resources to help uncover their family’s history. Strategies for using research facilities and the Internet to document one’s family tree will be introduced, therefore some computer skills are necessary. 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.

You may sign up for one or all of the classes. Classes are limited to 20.

Introduction to Genealogy

Find your Family History on the Internet
Friday, October 27 – November 3, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Students will learn how to use the Internet for family history research, identify and explore popular genealogy websites, and discover techniques for getting the most out the Internet search engines and databases.

Building your Family Tree
Friday, November 10 – 24, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
This course will cover techniques using Microsoft Word and Microsoft PowerPoint for displaying your Genealogy history for presentations. You should have the basic skills of Microsoft Word and PowerPoint before registering for this course.

 

Memoir Writing Class
Thursdays, October 19- November 9, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Facilitator: Nancy Solak
$20.00 for 4 sessions – 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 by calling 313-882-9600.
Nancy Solak is an award-winning author and editor, a certified workshop leader in the Amherst Writers Method, the author of A Footpath in Umbria: Living, Loving and Laughing in Italy, and maintains a web site called A Reluctant Traveler: www.areluctanttraveler.net

 

Aging Parents? Strategies to remain Conflict–Free 
Thursday, October 19, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Facilitators: Attorney Sean Cleland, Cleland Collaboritive Solutions and Marian Battersby,  Home Instead Senior Care
(Presented in partnership between Services for Older Citizens and The Family Center)
No charge – Reservations necessary
Families with aging parents face a multitude of issues and concerns. Learn how to resolve conflicts and work together within your family to put primary focus on the elderly family member(s).

 

The Importance of Hearing Well
Tuesday, October 24, 1:00 p.m.
Facilitator: Lynn M. Shawl, Community Outreach Coordinator for Miracle Ear
No Charge – Reservations required
When we do not hear all the wonderful sounds of life, we are not truly enjoying life to it’s fullest.  If you have questions about hearing reduction, this is a great opportunity to learn more about the importance of hearing well.  Lynn will host this short informative presentation.  Afterwards there will be an opportunity to have your hearing screened for FREE! Complimentary refreshments will be provided.

 

Keeping you Fit at Home – “Don’t Hurt Yourself taking care of your Loved One”
Thursday, October 26, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. 
Sponsored by ShorePointe – A Beaumont Health and Rehabilitation Center 
Craig Miller– PT 
No Charge – Reservations needed 
Learn how to safely help someone at home who needs physical assistance with daily mobility.

 

Medicare 101
Wednesday, November 1, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Facilitator:  Deborah Wagner and Micki Nowinski, Michigan Medicare/Medicaid Assistance Program Counselors

No Charge – reservations needed – space is limited

If you’re about to become eligible for Medicare, you no doubt have questions about this very complex, confusing program. Your mailbox is probably full of correspondence from different insurance companies urging you to sign up for their prescription drug, Medicare Advantage or Medicare Supplement plans. What’s a person to do?  SOC’s Medicare counselors can help you sort through the Medicare maze. Every three months, SOC offers a 90 minute session on Medicare 101. You’ll get a comprehensive overview of Medicare, including:  what is and isn’t covered, the costs involve, the pros and cons of different optional plans and how to sign up.  SOC also offers free, one-on-one appointments with our Medicare counselors to help you understand your options, choose the best plans for you and answer any specific questions you have. The best time to meet is during the three months before your 65th birthday. Call Information and Assistance to get in touch with a Medicare counselor.

 

Keeping you Fit at Home – Core Strengthening Exercises
Thursday, November 9, 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.

 

Building your Family Tree
Fridays, November 10 – 24, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Facilitator:  Felecia Lewis – Williams
Wayne County Community College Continuing Education Class
Location:  Mary Ellen Stempfle University Center Computer Lab (Across from Eastland)
This course will cover techniques using Microsoft Word and Microsoft PowerPoint for displaying your Genealogy history for presentations. You should have the basic skills of Microsoft Word and PowerPoint before registering for this course.  Call PAATS at 313-343-2580 if you will need transportation to and from the Lab.

 

Special Avon Bingos
Tuesday and Thursday, November 14 and 16, 10:15 – 11:15 a.m.
Sponsor:  Audrey Bernier
$2.00 per card, limit one card per person- reservations needed
Audrey will sponsor two special bingos this month with tons of wonderful Avon products for prizes!  Note:  These will make great stocking stuffers!

 

Demystifying Alzheimer’s Disease
Tuesday, November 14, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Facilitator:  Rhonda Hamborsky, Certified Dementia Practitioner and MA Gerontology Student
No Charge – reservations needed
Rhonda writes and speaks on the topics of Alzheimer’s and end of life and is also a Hospice volunteer and an advocate for brain wellness.  Join us for a discussion about Alzheimer’s, what it is and what it isn’t; how it compares to other diseases of dementia;  what is mild cognitive impairment and the latest research on what we can do earlier in life to delay onset.

 

Elder Law 
Thursday, November 16, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Facilitator:  Kati Graham, Elder Law and Advocacy Center, Neighborhood Legal Services of Michigan

No Charge – reservations needed
Neighborhood Legal Services of Michigan provides serviced for Wayne County residents, 60 years and older, and for caregivers, include kinship caregivers, who are caring for friends or relatives.  Join us for a legal presentation that will include discussion of powers of attorney, guardianship, conservatorship, deeds, wills, trusts, nursing homes, assisted living, senior housing, Medicaid and Medicare.  Individual consultations will be available directly following the presentation.  You must attend the general presentation prior to your private consultation.  You can make an appointment for the individual consultation when you call to register.

 

Senior Moments:  Laugh a Little…Learn A Lot!
Tuesday, November 21, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Facilitator:   Lisa Ficker, PhD, Research Associate Wayne State University, Institute of Gerontology and Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute
No Charge – reservations needed
Please come with a ‘senior moment’ story to share or Dr. Ficker will tell you about famous memory lapses in history.  Did you know that ‘senior moments’ are universal?  Do you know how to respond to your senior moments? (top 5 questions to ask yourself).  Come learn the basics about how your memory works and the latest surprising research about what you can do to enhance brain health (hint:  it’s not computer games).  Dr. Ficker will present a sampling of the latest research findings on how brain health is affected by exercise, spirituality, mnemonic strategies, and electrical stimulation.

 

Building Mental Muscle
Tuesday, November 28, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Facilitator:  Lake Shore Senior Living
No Charge – reservations needed
This interactive workshop is designed for people who want to do what they can to keep their brain active and healthy.  Research shows that persons who keep their brains active and healthy have a lower incidence of developing memory-impairing illnesses.  This class reviews ways a person can keep their mind active by doing different mental exercises.

 

Healthy Cooking Class – Healthy Holiday Favorites
Wednesday, December 6, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
Chef Dan Kellogg and Nancy Weis, Registered Dietician –  Beaumont Health System – Grosse Pointe
No Charge – reservations needed
The holiday season can be a busy time of the year with parties to attend and many goodies to choose from. Nancy and Dan will discuss tips on how to maintain your weight during the holiday season and demonstrate healthier versions of your holiday favorites.

 

Creative Workshops and Crafts

The SOC Sing – Along Serenaders!
Wednesdays, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Choir Director: Jean Curtis Demeulmeester
No Charge – reservations needed
If you love to sing, in tune or out, you are exactly the person we are looking for! All singers are invited! Experienced? Great, but not necessary. Read music? Nice, but also not necessary. Do you like to just have fun and make new friends? This IS necessary😊. Bring in at least 10 of your favorite songs.

 

Drawing and Painting Lab
Thursdays, September 7 – November 2, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Instructor: Marlene White
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.

 

Beginning Piano Lessons
Wednesdays, October 11 – November 29, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Instructor: Evola Music
$39 for 8 sessions plus a $15 material fee – Registration required
Maximum of 12
Learn to play your favorite songs in just a few weeks without tedious drills or finger exercises. Learn to play for the fun of it in groups with other people just like you! Evola Music is excited about partnering with SOC in providing a music program for active retirees. Playing an instrument can benefit you mentally, physically and socially, no matter if you’re 5 or 95. Scientific research reveals playing a musical instrument exercises the brain and helps to fight memory loss. It helps reduce stress and lower blood pressure.  Meeting new friends through a common love of music is one of the lasting benefits of this program.

 

SOC Holiday Sing-a-along Group!
Wednesdays beginning November 1, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Choir Director:  Jean Curtis Demeulmeester
No Charge – reservations needed
Join joyful people just like you who love singing the tunes of this wonderful season!  All singers are invited!

 

FAT Chance! (A class on Filming-Acting-Telling a story)
Thursdays, November 9 – December 14, 1:00 – 3:30 p.m.
Facilitator:  Harry Burkey
No Charge – reservations needed
Everyone has a story to tell, and others would love to hear it. Here’s your CHANCE to TELL a short story, ACT it out and FILM it. Harry Burkey (writer, actor and film producer) will be teaching: converting a short story into a screenplay, casting it with actors and filming the story. For more information, contact Harry Burkey at 313-885-1393.

 

Artist Lounge: “Wise Man”
Tuesday, December 12, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.
$20.00 – registration required
Minimum of 10 participants
The Artist Lounge returns!  NO PAINTING EXPERIENCE IS NECESSARY.  You will walk away with your own personal masterpiece!  You will be given an 11” x 14” canvas to begin your work of art.  The instructor will walk you through the painting so you cannot fail.  What a fun way to spend the afternoon!

 

The Chit Chat and Color Club…It’s fun and relaxing!!!
Wednesdays, 12:30-1:30 p.m.
Facilitator: Mary Kay Fiorentino
No Charge – reservations are necessary
If you would like to relax and socialize at the same time, come and join us for our brand new “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 and the colored pencils. All you need to bring is a desire to relax and have fun.

 

Knitting for Charity
Tuesdays, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Facilitator: Patty Matheson, employed at The Wool and the Floss, Grosse Pointe.
Sponsor: Heartland Health Care Center – Grosse Pointe Woods
No Charge – reservations are necessary
Join our group to knit a wide variety of items to benefit local residents touched by cancer. The group began with knitting caps for chemo patients and has expanded to scarves, small lap blankets, shawls and more. The knit lap blankets are for Henry Ford Hospital-Cottage, Radiation Oncology department. The knit caps are for 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 this wonderful, non-profit organization, “Blanketed with Love” fulfill their goal of making 500 fleece, no sew blankets for those in need. No experience necessary.

 


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