UPCOMING SPECIAL EVENTS:
Open Times for Ping Pong Table
Come enjoy a game of Ping Pong with friends! The table will be available on Tuesdays from 10:00 am – 2:30 pm and Fridays all day. Other times may be available upon request.
*Dependent on scheduled programming/check our program calendar.
Low Vision Support Group
Every 3rd Thursday of the Month
10:15 – 11:45 am
January Discussion: Word of the Year – the power of reflection and looking ahead
The Vermont Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired is offering this new support group where participants can share experiences, challenges, and successes of living with a visual impairment at this ongoing monthly meeting. Learn about adaptive aids and strategies that support independence. Led by a Certified Vision Rehabilitation Therapist from VABVI.
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3:00-4:00 pm
The Bone Builders exercise program, developed at Tufts University, addresses bone health for people of all ages. Women especially may have thinning of bones as early as age 40, but men are welcome in this class and will benefit as well.
Bone Builders classes, with instructor Althea Derstine, are ongoing on Tuesdays and Thursdays each week. Classes are free.
Mahjong at The Thompson
Tuesdays at 12:30 pm & Thursdays at 2:00 pm
We have been thrilled by the enthusiastic response to Mahjong and our group is growing! So that we may be fair to seasoned players and those who are just learning, we have established Tuesdays as a teaching day for beginners. Thursday games will be devoted to experienced players.
If you are interested in learning, we ask that you call Shari at The Thompson Center where your name will be put on a waitlist. When we have 3 new players, group leader, Gail Lavin Stickney, will begin a Tuesday teaching table for the new players. Thanks for your patience as we begin this new plan of teaching in our best efforts to accommodate all who are interested in Mahjong.
ADVANCE DIRECTIVE CLINIC
2nd Monday of the Month
Would your loved ones know your wishes about medical care if you were unable to speak for yourself? There is a legal document called an Advance Directive that you can complete to give guidelines about your wishes and appoint someone to represent you if you are not able. We have arranged for a trained and caring volunteer to be at the Thompson Center every 2nd Monday from 1pm – 3pm. These volunteers will take the time to explain both the document and the simple process used to make your wishes known. The most important part of this process is talking to those you love about what matters most to you. You can call 457-3277 to schedule an appointment.
Open Pickle Ball at Woodstock Athletic Club
Fridays, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Cost:$10 per 1.5 hr court time session. Walk-ins welcome and equipment is provided. Ride service available from The Thompson with advance notice.
Tai Chi’s Slow ~ Medication in Motion!
Wednesdays, Beginner Class 9:30 – 10:30 am
Advanced Class 10:45 – 11:45 am
Current Session: January 10, 17, 21, 31; February 7, 14
Next Session: Feb 28; March 7, 14, 21, 28; April 4, 11
Session Cost is $21
Tai Chi has come into its own as more and more doctors and health organizations recognize the many benefits it provides to those who practice regularly.
Our Tai Chi classes at the Thompson exercise mind and body together. Join our lively, supportive group to learn a short, simplified form of Tai Chi that can help your concentration, balance, mood, blood pressure too. Clinical studies show it’s especially effective for FALL PREVENTION and ARTHRITIS.
Tai Chi’s slow, gentle movements have a meditative quality, so that even as we concentrate to learn, we reduce the stresses and tensions of daily life.
Come try a class at no cost. If you like it, you can then sign up for a series of classes.
Classes at the Thompson are co-led by Anne Bower and Jane Philpin. Anne has been teaching Tai Chi for 15 years and previously taught literature at the Ohio State University; Jane is a trained meditation specialist and has been teaching Tai Chi for 5 years. For more information you can check out Anne’s website: www.annebower.com.
A Collaboration Between The Thompson Center and ArtisTree
Instructor: Murray Ngoima
Friday mornings, 10:00 – 11:30 am
Session 1: January 19 – February 16 (5 week session)
Session 2: March 9 – April 6 (5 week session)
Session 3: April 27 – June 1 (6 week session)
Cost: $50 for Sessions 1 & 2 each, $60 for Session 3 or $10 Drop in Fee
To register call The Thompson 457-3277.
Come paint and learn about painting in ArtisTree’s beautiful indoor and outdoor settings. Receive instructions in how to work with water-based mediums, or work on projects of your own choice amid supportive and congenial company. Explore the mediums of watercolor, acrylic, gouache, ink, and colored pencil. Materials are provided. All levels of experience are welcome! Bus transportation is provided by The Thompson to ArtisTree, with students returning to The Thompson in time for lunch.
Strength & Fitness
Monday, Tuesdays & Thursdays
9:00 – 10:00 am
This popular class is led by certified fitness instructor and personal trainer, Liz Hatfield. Liz incorporates aerobic, stretching, strength and weight bearing exercises. The benefits of these exercises include bone building, balance, and overall coordination.
She holds credentials for Group Fitness instruction in Aquatics, Spinning, TRX, Nordic Walking, and Weight Training.
Cost: $3.00/class or 12 classes for $30 on a punch card.
Accidental Collapse of Germany
Presented by Jürgen Ewert, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Instructor
Fridays, January 19 – February 23, 2018
1:00 – 3:00 pm, Cost: $20 for the series
Jürgen will analyze the events in East Germany that were causing the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 by using information provided by Mary Elise Sarotte in her book “The Collapse.” He will contribute thoughts based on his own life experience. Since he was already residing in the United States when the Berlin Wall fell he developed a different view of German politics than most former East Germans.
“It was not Gorbachev, it was not Reagan, it was the people of East Germany yearning for freedom. Their quest was aided by the incompetence of the East German regime and individuals who made critical decisions that pushed the process along.”
Advance registration required by calling The Thompson. 457-3277.
Recommended Book: The Collapse
Author: Mary Elise Sarotte
Publisher: Basic Books
(this book is for anyone who would like to learn more details; there is no obligation to read)
Armchair Travel Presentation: A Plant Hunting Trip to the Dolomites
Presented by Patsy Highberg and Mark Binder
Thursday, January 18, 1:00 pm
Patsy Highberg has been an avid and accomplished gardener for over forty years. Her beautiful Woodstock gardens include an alpine rock garden created from a band of limestone indigenous to our area of Vermont. Her passion for rock gardening and a yearn to hike in the northern Italian Alps spurred the interest for her recent trip to the Dolomites, also known as the “Pale Mountains”. Together with her friend, Mark Binder, Patsy will share her photos from her plant hunting adventure.
Mark Binder is a professional gardener whose training began at Longwood Gardens in Pennsylvania. In 2006 he completed a Masters Degree in botany at the Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh. Mark also works as a director/cameraman for the medical non-profit, Global Health Media Project.
Holistic Reflexology Presentation with Focus on Hand Reflexology and Self-Help
Presented by Deborah Neuhof, Certified Reflexologist
Tuesday, January 23, 1:00 pm
Deborah is resuming her practice at The Thompson and invites you to this introductory presentation to learn more about reflexology pressure points and techniques and how to give yourself self-help for overall well-being.
Deborah will be offering reflexology sessions at The Thompson beginning on January 24th by advance appointment. Please refer to our calendar.
Presented by Bobbie Surott Kimberly, LICSW, CTRS, VHA-CM and Veterans Affairs Senior Non-Institutional Care Social Worker
Wednesday, January 24, 1:00 pm
Have you or someone in your family ever served in the US Military? You or they may be entitled to benefits and services from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) that can make a huge difference in your life. These include health care; community-based care (nursing, home, adult day, and home care services); medication coverage; glasses, hearing aids, dental care; durable equipment; medical alert systems; housing adaptations; vehicle modifications; burial or cremation and access to other special programs. Bring your questions and learn from an expert in the VA system.
TAX ASSISTANCE AT THE THOMPSON
Do you need assistance with your tax return? The Thompson Center will offer individual tax preparation for seniors and low income persons. TCE Preparers (Tax Council for the Elderly) will complete your 2017 taxes free of charge during scheduled appointments on Mondays, February 5th to April 9th including President’s Day. On the day of your appointment, please come early to fill out a questionnaire.
Please bring: Valid picture ID for the taxpayer and spouse, Social Security card, copies of income tax you filed last year, proof of all income, W-2 forms (if you worked), 1099-R forms and statements for pensions and annuities, Social Security received, interest and dividend income, state rebates, IRA income and copy of your 2017 property tax bill. If you are filing for a Renter’s Rebate, Homeowners Property tax rebate or 2017Act 68 School Property tax payment application, you will need proof of income for everyone in your household.
Please call 457-3277 soon to schedule an appointment. Appointments are limited and will fill up quickly!
Wednesday, February 14 at 1:00 pm
The book we will read for the February 14th meeting is Gloria Steinem’s My Life on the Road. It’s the moving, funny and profound story of how surprising encounters help shaped both her own growth and the revolution she helped to create. From her early social activism for women in India to our own country’s Indian people, she tells of listening to strangers’ voices and putting them “out of her head and into her heart.” She writes well, and though we think we know her complete story, we have much to learn from her travels.