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 All trips will depart from the GPWM. Persons requiring mobility assistance must be accompanied by an individual escort.


Zehnder’s 23rd Annual Ragtime Festival
Thursday, April 27
$85.00 per person includes Motor Coach, lunch and show
–Arrive at War Memorial for check in no later than 8:45 a.m.
–Return to War Memorial by 5:30 p.m.
Zehnder’s has been host to ragtime performers from around the United States and Canada for over 22 years. Come and enjoy ragtime music by our featured pianist, Bob Milne, and other world renown musicians. After the show, we will have time to visit Frankenmuth.


The Air Zoo
Monday, May 15
$55 per person–Includes Motor Coach and museum admission. Lunch is on your own.
The Kitty Hawk Café is onsite or you can bring your own picnic lunch-coolers available on bus.

Arrive for check in no later than 7:45 a.m. – Return to The War Memorial by 6:00 p.m.
From rare and historic aircraft to inspiring artwork and exhibits, there’s always something new to discover at the Air Zoo. The Dare to Dream exhibit explains the history of Guadalcanal and the heroes of Michigan aviation. With more than 50 diverse aircraft on display, you can walk through history from a replica of the first Wright Flyer, to World War II era fighters and bombers, all the way up to the modern and one-of-a-kind SR-71B Blackbird – the fastest plane ever built. At the Air Zoo, you’ll be surrounded by awe-inspiring hand painted artwork from floor to ceiling and wall to wall! Don’t miss this great experience to celebrate and learn about air and space flight.


Tour of DPTV- Detroit Public Television Station
Thursday, June 8
$29 per person–Includes bus transportation and tour.
Patron is responsible for own lunch costs. 

Arrive for check in no later than 9:00 a.m. – Return to The War Memorial by 4:00 p.m.
WTVS Detroit Public Television is the viewer-supported PBS member station serving the nation’s 11th largest television market. DPTV is the only public television station in the Detroit market and Michigan’s most watched public station, regularly viewed by some 1.5 million people in southeast Michigan each week. Enjoy a behind the scenes tour of the station and watch a taping of a popular show. We will enjoy lunch at Volare Ristorante in downtown Wixom.


Romeo and Juliet – Festival Theater in Stratford
Thursday, June 29 – 2pm performance
$150 per person (Includes Motor Coach, theater tickets, lunch and a bus snack)
Arrive for check in no later than 7:45 a.m. – Return to The War Memorial by 7:00 p.m.
Falling headlong in love, two teenagers defy the long-simmering hatred between their families. But daring to love one’s enemy comes with a terrible cost, as the needless sacrifice of young lives brings this heartbreaking story to its tragic conclusion. Lunch will be at Bard’s Steakhouse.
Must have an unexpired passport or Enhanced Driver’s License to attend.


Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park
Tuesday, July 18
$60 per person–Includes Motor Coach, admission tickets
Patron responsible for own lunch costs at the Taste of the Gardens Café
Arrive for check in no later than 7:45 a.m. – Return to The War Memorial by 6:00 p.m.
A destination marrying world-renowned sculpture and horticultural landscapes, Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park’s indoor and outdoor gardens and sculpture galleries hold something for the whole family to enjoy. A landmark exhibition features internationally renowned artist and activist Ai Weiwei. Ai Weiwei at Meijer Gardens: Natural State is his first show in the upper Midwest as well as the first of its kind for the artist at a botanical garden or sculpture park. Ai Weiwei has emerged as one of the definitive cultural voices of the 21st century. This will be a self-guided trip. Trip is co-sponsored with The Grosse Pointe Garden Center.


Million Dollar Quartet – Huron Country Playhouse in Grand Bend, Ontario
Thursday, August 3 – 2pm performance
$110 per person (Includes Motor Coach, theater tickets, lunch and bus snack)
Arrive for check in no later than 9:45 a.m. – Return to The War Memorial by 6:30 p.m.
They came together to make music. They ended up making rock ‘n’ roll history. Million Dollar Quartet is the Tony Award winning hit musical inspired by the legendary 1956 recording session at Sun Records in Memphis. History was made when an extraordinary twist of fate brought together then-rising star Johnny Cash, unknown Jerry Lee Lewis, veteran musician Carl Perkins, and chart-topper Elvis Presley for the first and only time. Lunch at the Oakwood Resort in Grand Bend.
Must have an unexpired passport or Enhanced Driver’s License to attend.


Diamond Jack’s River Tour
Wednesday, August 16
$38 per person–Includes bus transportation and cruise tickets
Patron responsible for own lunch costs at Pegasus in Greektown.
Arrive for check in no later than 10:15 a.m. – Return to The War Memorial by 3:30 p.m.
Join us for a two-hour narrated Diamond Jack’s Detroit River tour. Passengers of all ages are invited to treat their senses to an awe-inspiring, narrated river tour. Lunch at Pegasus in Greektown.


Detroit Zoo Senior Day
Wednesday, September 6
$19 per person–Includes bus transportation.
Lunch is on your own–various options available at the zoo. 
Arrive for check in no later than 10:45 a.m. – Return to The War Memorial by 3:30 p.m
Senior citizens 62 and older and a caregiver residing in Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties are invited to enjoy a special day at the Detroit Zoo, including free admission and parking. Senior Day features live music, tram tours, bingo, zookeeper talks and a senior resource area.


Belle Isle – Docent Led Tours of Aquarium and Conservatory
Thursday, September 14
$32 per person–Includes bus transportation and tour fees
– Patron to bring own snack or lunch to eat on the island. 
Arrive for check in no later than 11:15 a.m. – Return to The War Memorial by 5:00 p.m.
The Belle Isle Aquarium was designed by famed Detroit architect, Albert Kahn, and opened on August 18, 1904. It is the oldest aquarium in the country and has served the Detroit community as a beloved attraction for generations. The Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory is the oldest continually-running conservatory in the United States. Join us on a docent-led tour of these historic gems of Detroit. If there is time, we will also visit the Belle Isle Nature Center. Please pack a snack or bag lunch and we will have a picnic on the island!


Guys and Dolls – Festival Theater in Stratford
Wednesday, September 20 – 2pm performance
$155 per person (Includes Motor Coach, theater tickets, lunch and a bus snack)
Arrive for check in no later than 7:45 a.m. – Return to The War Memorial by 7:00 p.m.
Considered by many to be the perfect musical comedy, this dance spectacular travels from Times Square to Havana, Cuba – where all bets are off. Lunch at The Parlour Inn.
Must have an unexpired passport or Enhanced Driver’s License to attend.
Please check the Grosse Pointe War Memorial website often because new trips are always being added.
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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.


Somerset Collection Trip
Tuesday, April 11th – future dates to be announced
$20.00 per person includes transportation
–Depart SOC: 9:45 a.m.
–Depart Somerset: 3:00 p.m.
Featuring Nordstom, Macy’s Saks 5th Avenue and Neiman Marcus as anchor stores and a wealth of specialty retailers and restaurants, this is a premium luxury shopping and lunching destination!
Lots of walking so be sure to wear comfortable shoes! Lunch is on your own at your choice of one of Somerset Collections may fine restaurants.
Space is limited! To make your reservation, contact SOC at (313) 882-9600.

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!



Grannie Nannies
Friday, June 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.


New! Walking Club
Every Monday beginning May 15, 9:00 a.m. (Weather permitting)
Facilitator: Suzy Berschback, Beaumont Health System
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, beginning May 15, 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.


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
Last 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 20.




Mah Jongg Lessons
Wednesdays, April 26 – May 10, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Instructor: Donna Carloni

$12 for 3 sessions – registration required
Maximum of 8
Learn the American version of the ancient game Mah Jongg.  Very simply, it’s like rummy in which players collect sets of numbers.  But that’s where the similarity ends since Math, probability, strategy, skill, and luck factor in.  Your brain will get an invigorating workout.  If you want to learn, you must be committed because Mah Jongg isn’t for sissies!


Beginning Chess
May 8 – 15, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Instructor: Eric Daniels, Wayne County Continuing Education Class
Location: SOC
No Charge – reservations needed– Maximum 15 paticipants
This beginner course is designed for participants who have little or no experience in chess. This course will provide instruction and practice in the basic principles of chess, rules of basic chess and maneuvers will also be discussed. Participants must bring their own chess set to class.


Bocce Ball on our Front Lawn!
Wednesdays, beginning June 21
Time: 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. (Weather Permitting)
One of our most ancient sports will be played on our front lawn once again this summer! There is no experience needed and besides making friends and having fun, the game can help you with coordination and balance. Please join us!


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!


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.



SOC exercise classes are offered in collaboration with the War Memorial and facilitated through CCPlus, a fitness company 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.

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!

Note: All punch cards except for the VIP card are good for 6 months. You can use them at any of the CCPlus fitness class locations, including the Assumption Greek Cultural Center, The Roseville Senior Center. Visit the CCPlus website for complete class locations:


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


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


You can purchase a CCPLUS fitness punch card for Zumba Gold at the War Memorial or at SOC.


Movie: Trumbo – R

Friday, April 28, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Running Time: 125 minutes
$2.00 – Registration required

In 1947, Dalton Trumbo (Bryan Cranston) was Hollywood’s top screenwriter until he and other artists were jailed and blacklisted for their political beliefs. Trumbo (directed by Jay Roach) recounts how Dalton used words and wit to win two Academy Awards and expose the absurdity and injustice of the blacklist, which entangled everyone from gossip columnist Hedda Hopper (Helen Mirren) to John Wayne, Kirk Douglas and Otto Preminger. The film also stars Diane Lane, John Goodman, Louis C.K., Elle Fanning, and Michael Stuhlbarg.


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: Spotlight – R
Friday, May 26, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Running Time: 129 minutes
$2.00 – Registration required
Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo, and Rachel McAdams lead a critically acclaimed cast in this gripping true story about the Pulitzer Prize-winning investigation that uncovered a scandal that rocked one of the world’s oldest and most trusted institutions. Delving into allegations of child abuse within the local Catholic Archdiocese, a tenacious team of Boston Globe reporters exposes a decades-long cover-up that reaches the highest levels of Boston’s religious, legal, and government establishment.


Movie: Room – R
Friday, June 30, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Running Time: 118 minutes
$2.00 – Registration required

Critics are raving about this ”must see” drama which tells the extraordinary story of Jack, a spirited five-year-old who is looked after by his loving and devoted Ma. Like any good mother, Ma dedicates herself to keeping Jack happy and safe, nurturing him with warmth and love and doing typical things like playing games and telling stories. However, they are trapped in a windowless, 11-by-11-foot space, which Ma has euphemistically named ”Room.” As Jack’s curiosity about their situation grows, and Ma’s resilience reaches its breaking point, they enact a risky plan to escape, ultimately bringing them face-to-face with what may turn out to be the scariest thing yet: the real world.


Parties and Celebrations

Cinco de Mayo Party!
Wednesday, May 3, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Entertainment:  The Salvador Torres Mariachi Band
Party Sponsor:   Heartland Health Care Center

$15.00 per person – reservations needed
Enjoy Chef Brian’s very best Mexican meal that includes beef enchiladas, pinto beans, Spanish rice, pico de gallo, sour cream, homemade guacamole and that scrumptious Tres Leches cake for dessert! Then after lunch, sit back and listen to our strolling Mariachi Band. Think about your favorite songs because we hear they take requests. “Cielito Lindo” anyone?


Birthday Celebrations!
Thursday, May, 11, 11:30 – 11:45 a.m.

Thursday, June 8, 11:30 – 11:45 a.m.

No Charge – reservations needed
Celebrating your birthday in May or June? 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.


Introduction to Tablets
Fridays, May 19 – June 2, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Instructor: Dawnita Woods, Wayne County Continuing Education Class
Location: SOC
No charge – reservations needed
Participants will gain an understanding of tablet features. The course will focus on browsing the internet, checking e-mails, learning how to download, reading books on line, playing video games, organizing contents and more. Participants must bring their tablet to class.


Fridays, May 26 – July 28, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Instructor: Felecia Lewis- Williams,Wayne County Community College Continuing Education Class
Location: Wayne County Community College University Center Computer Lab
Maximum 20
No charge – reservations needed
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.


Taking a Holistic Approach to Well-Being
Thursdays:   January 26 – April 27, 12:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Instructor:  Dr. Ruth Stephens, CNC, CHHP, CMHI
Location:  SOC
Wayne County Community College Continuing Education Class
No Charge – reservations needed

This exciting series of classes will help participants learn how to prevent and possibly reverse health issues such as diabetes, hypertension, arthritis, high cholesterol and cancer. Each week, a different topic will be covered and practical solutions will be given to participants for easy, immediate lifestyle and health changes.  Sign up for one or two or all of them!  Dr. Ruth L. Stephens has been working in the field of Natural Health & Nutrition, both professionally and as a personal lifestyle choice, since 1997.  She is a Board Certified Nutritional Consultant, Board Certified Drugless Practitioner and Board Certified Holistic Health Practitioner with a BS, MS and Doctorate degree in Holistic Nutrition with concentration on personalized nutrition education.  Limit 20

April 6:  Arthritis Tips and Joint Health

April 13:  How to Reduce Your Cholesterol

April 20:  Cancer Prevention

April 27:  Detoxification, Cleansing and Fasting


Computer Basics and Beyond
Wednesdays, March 15 – April 26, 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
This course introduces the mature learner to computer basics and more advanced computer skills with hands-on training and step by step instruction.  Explore a new skill and become a competent computer user. 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.  Class is limited to 20.
NOTE!  Class will not meet on April 19. 


French for the Traveler
Fridays: March 17 – April 28, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Instructor:  TBD
Location:  SOC
Wayne County Community College Continuing Education Class
No charge – reservations needed
French made fun and easy!  Skills will be taught in greetings, shopping vocabulary, phrases for checking in a hotel, transportation, dining and much more.  Participants are responsible for purchasing their own supplies.


Creating Confident Caregivers Workshop
Tuesdays, March 21 – April 25, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Facilitator:  Carolyn Van Dorn, Nursing Unlimited, Trained by the Alzheimers Association
No charge – reservations needed

Are you caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia or memory loss? In the Creating Confident Caregivers Workshop you will learn new information, skills and attitudes to manage stress and increase effective caregiving skills. You will learn strategies to reduce caregiver stress, improve caregiver confidence, create a positive caregiving environment and manage behaviors caused by dementia and its effects on the brain.  The Workshop is available to anyone providing care for a family member or friend at home who is experiencing symptoms of dementia. Caregivers who are assisting the primary caregiver are also eligible to participate.  Call 313.642.1122 to register for the workshop.


Living with Parkinson’s Workshop
Wednesdays, March 29 – May 3, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Facilitator:  Michigan Parkinson Foundation
No charge – reservations needed
This series of workshops was developed by the Michigan Parkinson Foundation to provide an in-depth look at Parkinson’s disease and provide helpful information on how to manage it.  Speakers for this series include a multidisciplinary team of healthcare professionals.  Individuals who have been living with Parkinson’s and care partners will also provide practical suggestions, guidance and motivation.

The Michigan Parkinson Foundation, founded in 1983, provides programs of education, support and advocacy to those affected by Parkinson’s Disease.   These programs include educational forums, support groups (there are now 65 throughout the state), grants for medication and day care assistance, referral to neurologists and other resources, and professional education programs.

Session 1:  Introduction: What is Parkinson’s Disease
Session 2:  Medications
Session 3:  Non – Motor symptoms and Diet
Captain Your Own Ship: empowering yourself as an active part of the health care team
Session 4:  The role of Rehab therapy and exercise in managing Parkinson’s
Session 5:   Mental Health Issues: Coping with depression and anxiety
Session 6:  Speech, Language and Swallowing
Wrap up and review


TED Talks
Monday:  April 17, 12:30 – 1:00 p.m.
Facilitator:  Katie Arms – Farber
No Charge – reservations needed
“How to gain Control of your Free Time.”
There are 168 hours in each week. How do we find time for what matters most? Time management expert Laura Vanderkam studies how busy people spend their lives, and she’s discovered that many of us drastically overestimate our commitments each week, while underestimating the time we have to ourselves. She offers a few practical strategies to help find more time for what matters to us, so we can “build the lives we want in the time we’ve got.”


Keeping you Fit at Home – Anatomy of the Foot and Ankle
Thursday, April 27, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
Sponsored by: Heartland Health Care Center – Grosse Pointe Woods

Keith Finley – PT
No charge – reservations needed
We will examine the composition of the foot and ankle and discuss treatment applications for reducing joint stiffness.


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.


Self – Defense Awareness – Basics for Seniors
Friday, May 12, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Instructor: Officer Tyrone Dearing
Wayne Country Continuing Education
Location: SOC
No Charge – reservations needed–Maximum 15
This course will help participants to become more aware of their surroundings and conscious of the fact that they do not have to feel helpless in any situation. You will learn the basics of how to quickly disable and protect yourself from an attacker so that you can escape. The goal of Self Defense is to provide participants with response options to an attack.


Everything you need to know about Hearing Loss
Tuesday, May 16, 12:45 – 1:45 p.m.
Facilitator: Dr. Alan Sutherland, Grosse Pointe Audiology
No charge – reservations needed
This presentation will include the following topics: Anatomy and Physiology of the ear; types of hearing loss; why does hearing loss occur; side effects of untreated hearing loss; the hearing test and fitting process, and a technology and hearing instrument overview.


AARP Driver Safety Program 
Tuesday and Thursday, May 16 and 18, 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Facilitator: Rosa Hunter
$15.00 for AARP members, $20.00 for non AARP members – reservations needed
Limited to 25 participants 
Take the new AARP Smart Driver Course and you can save money on your car insurance! Refresh your driving skills and know the new rules of the road. Learn research-based driving strategies to help you stay safe behind the wheel. Plus, there are no tests to pass!


Individual Nutritional Counseling
Wednesday, May 17, 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and 12:30 – 2:00 p.m.
Facilitator: Andrea Hageman, Registered Dietician
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 individual appointments. 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.


**Canceled** Fitness Expo
Wednesday, May 17, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Facilitator: Terri McCartney, CCPlus Fitness
No charge – reservations needed
Come and join us for our Fitness Expo! The dedicated staff from our partner, CCPlus, will be here to talk about the wide variety of classes here at SOS, including brief demonstrations. Ever wonder what Tai Chi is? Interested in learning to Line Dance? Curious about the many benefits of yoga? Come join us to find out more. Fun, fitness, games and prizes!


Medicare Advice

Tuesday, May 23, 1:00 to 2:30 p.m.

Facilitators: Ryan Marier, Scott Lundberg, Matt Dombrowski, Chris Berry and Amy Hartmann

No charge – reservations needed
This educational seminar will cover a variety of important topics for seniors including how to avoid the devastating cost of long term care, the hidden costs of healthcare that retirees need to factor into their retirement planning and estate planning issues that seniors need to consider when constructing their estate plan. Walk away informed on the issues important to seniors who are planning for the second half of their life.


Skin Cancer Screening Clinic
Wednesday, May 24, 12:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Dr. Catherine Nordby M.D., Dermatologist
No charge- reservations needed
Dr. Nordby will be conducting a skin cancer screening clinic here at SOC. She will be examining the sun-exposed areas meaning the arms, legs, face, chest and back. She will be advising everyone on her findings and if there are any suspicious lesions, she will recommend that you see a dermatologist, and she will provide you with a list of area dermatologists to use as a reference. This will not be a general dermatologic clinic for advice on psoriasis etc.


Meet the Author of “The Taste of Evil”
Tuesday, June 6, 12:45 – 1:45 p.m.
Author: Colin Wilkinson
No charge – reservations needed
You saw Colin Wilkinson on the cover of our January/February 2017 Communicator, the gentleman who at the age of 91 wrote, what started out as a memoir about his life in England, but ended up as a published novel! Now come and join us and meet Colin, our latest inspiration. You will learn about his path from being an officer in the British Royal Marines, to his emigration to Canada and eventually to Grosse Pointe Park and finally, to his becoming a published author.


Maximize Social Security

Thursday, June 8, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Facilitator: Matthew Swegles, Raymond James

No charge – reservations needed by June 1
Given the thousands of complex rules and hundreds of claiming options, creating a plan of action for Social Security can be an overwhelming prospect. One Social Security misstep could leave you missing out on hundreds of thousands of dollars over a lifetime. Fortunately, you don’t have to go it alone.
Join us for a free seminar on ways to maximize your Social Security benefits and optimize your retirement strategy. Hors d’oeuvres and refreshments.


Un-Lock the Keys to Healthy Aging – Free SOC Wellness Screening Day
Wednesday, June 14, 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Reservations required by June 7 to reserve a box lunch
Free Health Screenings! Free Healthy Box Lunch! Free Tin Can Raffles! Information Tables! TED Talks on health and wellness, and more! The following screenings will be available through St. John Health System, Beaumont Health System and Henry Ford Health System: Fall Risk Assessment, Hearing Screening, Carotid Artery Screening, Depression Screening, Knee Pain/Osteoarthritis Evaluations, Droopy Eye Lid Vision Screening, Ask the Doctor, BMI/BP, Nutrition Screening and Pharmacy Medicine Review. The St. John Mobile Heart and Vascular Screening Center will also be on-site. They will perform comprehensive heart and vascular screenings for $55.00.


Elder Mediation
Tuesday, June 20, 12:45 – 1:45 p.m.
Facilitator: Antonia Harbin-Lamb, MBA, JD
Great Lakes Legal Mediation (Division of Neighborhood Legal Services Michigan)
No charge – reservations needed
The Great Lakes Legal Mediation Division’s mission is to help families coming apart, come together. Mediation helps parties assess risks, allows the parties to attain their own best resolution, saves time, money, and it is preventative against elder abuse when used early.  Our goal is to help protect seniors’ right to self-determination by resolving conflict between the older adult, their family, their caregiver, and their care team when communication becomes difficult. We intend to assist individuals to preserve or restore relationships by eliminating fundamental misunderstandings and by improving communication between parties. Learn about whether mediation is right for you and your family.


(Rescheduled) Meet “Duke” the Grosse Pointe Farms’ Police Canine

Tuesday, June 27, 12:45 – 1:45 p.m.

Police Safety Officer Tim Harris and “Duke” 

No Charge – reservations needed
Come and meet Duke and his handler, Officer Tim Harris who loves to show off Duke and his capabilities. Duke is the only Police Canine for all of the Grosse Pointes and Harper Woods who is often borrowed by the St. Clair Shores and the Eastpointe Police Departments. Learn why certain breeds are used as Police Canine and the selection process for Police work. Find out what is going through Duke’s mind on and off duty and his lifestyle during his days off. There will be time for questions and answers after Duke demonstrates his evidence search and narcotics detection abilities.


Low Back Pain
Thursday, June 29, 12:45 – 1:45 p.m.
David Williams, PT and Kelli Roskelly, PT, Henry Ford Medical Group Physical Therapists,
No charge – reservations needed
Henry Ford’s Physical Therapists will address the mysteries of low back pain, including tips for prevention and an overview of treatments that do and don’t help. Learn which symptoms indicate the need for professional care, exercises to help alleviate some forms of back pain, and what to expect when you visit a physical therapist for treatment.


Creative Workshops and Crafts

Memoir Writing Class
Thursdays, May 4 – 25, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Facilitator: Nancy Solak
$20.00 – reservations needed
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. The class is limited to 8 people. 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:


Flower Power…Think Sunshine…
Be Happy 

Mondays, May 8 and 22, 10:15 – 11:15 a.m.

Grosse Pointe Farm and Garden Club

No Charge – reservations needed
Members of the Grosse Pointe Farm and Garden Club will be here to help us create simple arrangements in vases to be used in the cafe and other areas of the SOC building. You do not need any experience in flower arranging and the garden club will supply all necessary materials. What could be better than working with gorgeous flowers?


Artist Lounge: “Red Poppies”

Wednesday, June 21, 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. Note: You can paint your poppies any beautiful shade that you’d like!


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.


Knitting for Charity 

Tuesdays, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Facilitator: Patty Matheson
, from The Wool and the Floss, Grosse Pointe

Sponsor: Heartland Health Care Center,
Grosse Pointe Woods

No Charge – reservations needed
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. 

No Charge – reservations needed
Come and help this wonderful, non-profit organization, “Blanketed with Love” fulfil their goal of making 500 fleece, no sew blankets for those in need. No experience necessary.


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 and the colored pencils. All you need to bring is a desire to relax and have fun.

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