UPCOMING SPECIAL EVENTS:
Available at The Thompson, Offered by Senior Solutions
Mondays, 8:00 am – 3:00 pm by appointment
Greetings! My name is Peggy Ramel, and I am an outreach intern with Senior Solutions. I am available on Mondays at the Thompson to meet with you to determine if you may be eligible to apply for certain public benefit programs. In addition to program eligibility screening, I am available to help you apply for programs that will provide health care coverage, increase your access to nutritious food, and reduce your monthly electric bill. Please contact Shari to schedule an appointment with me, as I would love to meet with you!
Medicare Open Enrollment: 1:1 Assistance Available at The Thompson With Eleanor Zue
Thursdays, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm by appointment
October 25, November 1, 8, 15, 29
The 2019 Medicare Open Enrollment period is from October 15 to December 7. During this Open Enrollment Period (OEP) you can make changes to various aspects of your coverage. If you need assistance, don’t wait!
To make an appointment, please call Shari at The Thompson and bring the following information to your scheduled appointment:
- Your new Medicare card for those who have received them. Bring your old card if you have not.
- Current 2018 Medicare Part D card or Medicare Advantage Card
- A list of prescription medications including drug name, dosage amount and quantity for a month’s use.
You should ask these questions to prepare for the OEP:
- Is the cost (premium) of my plan changing?
- Will my plan still cover the drugs I need?
- Are there any drug restrictions?
- How does my plan coordinate with any state or federal benefits, if I receive these? (Examples: V-Pharm, Extra Help-Low Income Subsidy, or Medicaid)
- Is there a plan that fits my needs better than my current one?
Help is also available by calling the Senior Solutions Helpline at 1-800-642-5119 or by visiting www.medicare.gov – the official U.S. government site for Medicare.
Chiara in Cucina!- Italian Cooking Made With a New England Flair
Thursday, October 18, 1:00 – 2:30 pm
Fortunately for Thompson patrons, our very own Italian Instructor, Chiara Tosi-Nelson, has years of experience in dishing out 100% Italian food around the globe with all of the flavor, none of the fuss, and usually just half of the required ingredients.
Come to the Center for a fun chat about how adaptability and creativity are the most important ingredients to both an expat and a home cook.
Chiara will share her favorite Italian recipes, adapted to the Upper Valley climate and fresh produce availability. She will recommend which imported ingredients are worth their price and the ones that are better left to languish on the upper shelves. At the conclusion of her discussion, she will offer a taste of what she preaches with her prepared delectable tastings. Pre-registration is suggested, but walk-ins will be welcome.
Long Term Care Planning
Presented by Counselors at Law, Renee Harvey and James Thaxton of Caldwell Law
Tuesday, October 30, 1:00 pm
Everyone needs to consider long term care planning—proper planning can make a big difference. Unfortunately, many people wait until it is too late. How you approach your planning may depend on your income and resources. This session will cover the importance of planning for incapacity, some of the resource-neutral basics, and then explore considerations when planning to qualify for needs-based benefits through Medicaid. Advance registration is requested by calling The Thompson Center.
Renée A. Harvey, Counselor at Law, has worked in the New York, Vermont and New Hampshire legal systems since 1990. She is a graduate of Vermont Law School and is licensed to practice law in the state and federal courts of New Hampshire and Vermont. Her practice focuses on estate planning and settlement, she is a Respecting Choices® Advance Care Planning Certified Facilitator, and she is an experienced mediator and elder law practitioner.
James L. Thaxton, Counselor at Law, joined Caldwell Law in October 2015. Jamie received his Juris Doctorate and Master’s Degree in Environmental Law from Vermont Law School in 2001 and is licensed to practice law in the state and federal courts of New Hampshire. His responsibilities include Medicaid and estate planning, real estate transactions, and assisting clients with estate settlement. He is also a Respecting Choices® Advance Care Planning Certified Facilitator
Shirt Painting with Mary Wood
Tuesday, November 6, 1:00 pm
Our creative Mary is at it again! She will bring her abundant collection of appliques and paints for another fun workshop at The Thompson. Please bring any shirt of your own choosing, and a pair of scissors, and register in advance by calling The Thompson.
Wednesday, November 7, 1:30 pm
For November’s project we will be working with Indian corn to create a colorful work of art to bring seasonal joy and conversation to our fall gatherings. Please register in advance. 457-3277.
Mondays at 1:00 pm. Please arrive by 12:30 pm for sign-in, pairing, and table assignment
All are welcome… Bridge players, social Bridge players, kitchen Bridge players, aspiring Bridge players, new-to-duplicate Bridge players, experienced duplicate Bridge players. No partner necessary.
Cost: $8 per person, light refreshments and comfortable venue
Director: Dick Tray, ACBL sanctioned club game masterpoints awarded
Contact: Karen Randle 802 225-6640 or email@example.com
Oct. 23 & Nov. 13 & 27, 12:45 – 3:45 pm
Please bring your own device
We are happy to continue offering individual IT tutoring at The Thompson Center thanks to Norman Williams Public Library and Meg Brazil. Meg is offering 1:1 assistance for any one of your devices: cell phone, lap top, iPad or tablet – free of charge. Forty-five minute appointments are available and you can book more appointments as you need them. Please call to schedule yours at Thompson 457-3277.
Jewelry Repair at The Thompson
Every Tuesday, 1:00 – 2:00 pm
Is there jewelry in your jewelry box that needs a new clasp, or to be restrung? Yael Taylor, volunteer receptionist at the Thompson and local jewelry artist, is available to help for a nominal fee. Bring your jewelry to Yael to see if she can help you.
November 9th at 11:45
Veterans are invited for a free lunch at the Thompson on Friday, November 9th. At 11:45 am the American Legion will lead a short ceremony around the flag. During the ceremony the finished poppies from our poppy project will be displayed in honor of American Veterans of all the wars in which our men and women have been engaged and are engaged today. After lunch, the poppies will go home with their creators for Veterans Day. Come and celebrate with us. A group picture will be taken. Reservations Required. 457-3277
Menu: Meatloaf, Parsnip Mashed Potatoes, Gravy, Peas & Baby Carrots, Almond Cake with Orange Dried Apricot Sauce
ONE Seating – Reservations Required
Menu: Roasted turkey, mashed potato, gravy, squash, cranberry sauce, stuffing, peas and carrots, pumpkin pie. Please sign up early. Suggested donation of $5 for those 60 and over. $7 charge for those under 60 years of age.
During the week of Thanksgiving the kitchen will be offering homemade pies for sale. Siobhan has generously offered to make apple, pumpkin and blueberry pies for $12.00 each. Make your holiday planning easier and purchase one of our delicious homemade pies!
November 14th at 1:00 pm
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman. You may not like her at first, but by the time she and Raymond reach out to help an old man, you’ll cheer her on. The waxing salon visit and shopping expeditions will make you laugh out loud. The story is beautifully written and you won’t want it to end. See you on the 10th at 1:00 pm. We meet in a village home; call 457-2224 for directions.
Slide Show Presentation and Lecture
Thursday, November 15, 1:00 pm
The Thompson Center welcomes, P. Brian Machanic, a Charlotte-based author / photographer / lecturer for his presentation, “The Art In Birding”. Brian’s lecture and slide show is part of a state-wide tour subsequent to his authoring of a book , “This Book Is For The Birds” , which is a tribute to the beauty and grace of the avian world that surrounds us. The book, which will be available for sale, features 38 species of birds indigenous to the Eastern U.S., with most being found in Vermont. Each bird is beautifully photographed, with an accompanying narrative devoted to that species. Tom Slayton, Editor Emeritus of Vermont Life magazine, offered the following review accolade :
“Brian’s remarkable photographs reflect his lifelong love of nature and his special affinity for wild birds”
A native Vermonter, Brian developed a passion for nature and its wildlife during his youth, while roaming the fields, wetlands and forests of Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom. Despite the demands of a medical profession, Brian’s photography has received regional and national awards, and has been featured in a number of publications, including Vermont Life, Birders’ World, Vermont Woodland, Natural New England, Livin’ the Vermont Way, Tourist News (Maine), Vermont Outdoorsman, Ranger Rick and Turkey Call (NWTF).
How Do I Find Reliable Health Information Online?
Presented by Amanda Scull from Matthew-Fuller Library, DHMC
Tuesday, November 27, 1:00 – 2:30 pm
While Google is a great tool, there are specific websites that offer reliable health and wellness information for all ages. This workshop will help participants browse sites for drug information, health news, and more. You will also learn tips for evaluating online health information. Hands-on time is included in this workshop*.
*Please bring any one of your devices if you have one; cell phone, lap top, iPad, or tablet. If you don’t have a device, there will be a PowerPoint presentation to watch.
People Skills ~ Basic Communication Tools for Successful Relationships
Presented by Rich Blackstock, Ph.D
Wednesday, November 28, 1:00 pm
This class is open and free to adults of all ages. Advanced registration is requested by calling The Thompson.
This one hour presentation will include: 1) facts about listening and why it is so difficult to listen—given our current culture; 2) facts about family life and why we don’t learn about communication skills at home or in school; 3) opportunity to learn one of the skills of effective communication; i.e. reflective listening. Rich can offer a way of ending any argument or conflict in 60 seconds or less—which can be very helpful to husbands, wives, parents, kids—anyone who wants to end conflict and live in peace with almost everyone!
Rich Blackstock earned his B.A. degree from California State University at Long Beach in 1965 in Elementary Education—Rich was awarded a US Office of Education Fellowship to attend California State University at San Jose in Education—specializing in Counseling. He went on to earn his Ph.D. in Child Development/Family Relations from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro— in 1975. Rich has taught courses in Child Development/Family Relations at the University of Oklahoma good naturedly called “Hugs & Slugs”! He later turned to marriage and family counseling—thoroughly enjoying teaching husbands, wives, families the basics of communication skills that make a positive difference in every home. Currently, Rich and his wife Polly live in Woodstock, Vermont where they have decided to enjoy life at a more leisurely pace—including tennis at the Woodstock Athletic Club and riding recumbent trikes around the Quechee area.
Thompson Holiday Bazaar & Cookie Walk
Saturday, December 2, 9:00 – 1:00 pm
Please join us for this annual holiday event where you’ll find a great selection of unique holiday gifts, handmade pottery, ornaments, jewelry, knitted and felted items, wreaths, homemade goodies, jams, jellies, pickles, and more! Santa will visit and our famous Cookie Walk will be upstairs in the conference room. For those generous volunteers who provide us with these delicious cookies we can use an extra dozen this year.
RAFFLE ITEMS: 1. A queen-sized quilt with delicate water color palette by Janet Maxham, 2. Two – one hour exercise sessions with Bari Ramirez, 3. Pottery by Veronica Delay
Tickets are $5, or 6 for $20. All proceeds benefit The Thompson Senior Center.
Holiday Bazaar Workshop on Wednesdays at 1:00 pm
Jane Soule will be holding a special craft workshop for items to be made and sold in the Holiday Bazaar. All are welcome to participate. Bring ideas!
ADVANCE DIRECTIVE CLINIC
2nd Monday of the Month
Would your loved ones know your 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.
Foot or Hand Reflexology
Offered by Deborah Neuhof, Certified Reflexologist
October 30, November 6 & 20, 9:30 – 12:30 pm
Experience Reflexology techniques to de-stress and promote a balanced, wholistic well-being.
30 min/$30, Loose clothing recommended. Call in advance for your 30 minute appointment.
Painting at ArtisTree, A Collaboration Between The Thompson and ArtisTree
Instructor: Murray Ngoima
Session 2: October 26 – November 30 (No class November 23)
Fridays, 10–11:30 am, $50 for 5 weeks or $10 per class
Come paint and learn about painting in ArtisTree’s beautiful indoor and outdoor settings. Receive instruction 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 from The Thompson, or your home, to ArtisTree, with students returning to The Thompson in time for lunch.
Mah Jongg at The Thompson AND now at NWPL
We have been thrilled by the enthusiastic response to Mah jongg and our group is growing! The Thompson Center and Norman Williams Public library have collaborated to provide even more availability to enjoy the game. We will offer Mah jongg on Tuesday and Thursday from 2:00 – 4:00 pm at The Thompson for all players. Mah jongg lessons for beginners and for those who would like a refresher course will take place at NWPL on Fridays at 1:00 pm.
If you are interested in joining, please contact Gail Stickney by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or call 457-2581.
Open Pickle Ball at Woodstock Athletic Club
Mondays & Wednesdays, 8:30 – 10:00 am
Fridays – schedule to be announced. Call the Athletic Club at 457-6656 or The Thompson
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.