UPCOMING SPECIAL EVENTS:
Saturday, May 19th
What is a Day of Service?
An opportunity for Thompson volunteers & staff to assist our 65+ community with odd jobs around their home. Helpers will be available for 1-2 hours for non-skilled odd jobs at your home. A few examples of jobs for Days of Service include changing smoke detector batteries, sweeping porches, putting away winter clothes, raking leaves.
You will need to provide any materials needed for your odd job and they should be manageable for 2-3 helpers to complete in no more than 2 hours.
Cost: $20/per person/hour to help support Aging at Home services
To sign-up, call or email Shari at firstname.lastname@example.org or (802) 457-3277.
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
April Discussion: Poetry month/reading, reciting and writing Haiku
May Guest Speaker: Kelley McElheny from the Committee of VT Elders to discuss current scams and changes to medicare
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.
CALL TO ARTISTS
ArtisTree is planning an exhibition of the work of artists who are suffering or have suffered moderate to advanced Alzheimer’s and other dementias. The gallery would like to exhibit works from three artists that will aptly demonstrate the changes in the visual brain from pre-dementia through the disease progression. The exhibition is for visual art mediums only.
Location and Dates: The Gallery at ArtisTree in South Pomfret hopes to schedule the exhibit for late 2018. Exact dates are to be determined.
Contact: To learn more and apply for consideration, please contact Adrian Tans email@example.com or (802) 457-3500
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, 12:00 pm – 1:30 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 Medication in Motion!
Wednesdays, Beginner Class 9:30 – 10:30 am
Advanced Class 10:45 – 11:45 am
April 18, 25; May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
7 classes for $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.
Foot or Hand Reflexology
Offered by Deborah Neuhof
April 24, May 8 & 22, 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
by Norman Williams Public Library
April 17, May 1 & 15, 12:45 – 3:45 pm
Please bring your own device
We are happy to continue offering individual IT tutoring thanks to Norman Williams Public Library and Meg Brazil who will be taking David Sullivan’s place. 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.
Water Aerobics Class at the Woodstock Athletic Club
Fridays, May 25- July 27, 1:30 – 2:15 pm
(No class on April 6)
Cost: $80 for 10 week class
The Thompson Center will provide shuttle service to and from class if needed. Please register in advance by calling 457-3277. Payment is due at time of reservation and must be received prior to the start of class series.
A Collaboration Between The Thompson Center and ArtisTree
Instructor: Murray Ngoima
Friday mornings, 10:00 – 11:30 am
Session 3: April 27 – June 1 (6 week session)
$60 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.
Spring Cleaning at The Thompson
Friday, April 27
With Spring just around the corner now is a perfect time to plan a spring cleaning day at The Thompson. The Center will be closed on Friday, April 27th for a day of deep cleaning and organizing. Please note however that all off site programming will continue as scheduled.
Sponsored by Sustainable Woodstock Recycling Action Group
Saturday, April 28, 9:00am – 12:00pm
Woodstock Union High School parking lot
Items to be collected:
Shredding (Vermont Shred)
- Any paper that can be recycled can be shredded
- Paper clips and staples are okay, no binder clips
- Remove from three-ring binders
- Limit – 10 boxes, suggested donation $5/box
- CDs and floppy discs shredded off-site
- Hard drives destroyed offsite ($8/drive with certificate of destruction)
E-cycling (Good Point Recycling)
- Computers, monitors, printers, peripherals
- Televisions, VCRS, DVD players
- Free for consumers, charities, school districts, and small businesses
- See regulations at Vermont e-cycles – http://dec.vermont.gov/waste- management/solid/product-stewardship/electronics#information
They will not be collecting batteries or lightbulbs this year.
The event is free, but donations will be accepted. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 457-2911.
Volunteer Appreciation Dinner Banquet
A Red Carpet Event to Celebrate and Recognize our Volunteers
Wednesday, May 9 at 5:30 pm
In April thousands of organizations take an opportunity to recognize and thank volunteers who lend their time, talent, voice and support to causes they care about in their community.
Throughout the month of April we will be showing our appreciation to our various groups of volunteers with special goodies and a weekly raffle, culminating in our Volunteer Appreciation Banquet on May 9th. All volunteers are invited to join us for dinner at 5:30 pm for a special time to celebrate the enormous contributions that these generous people make each day.
April 2 – 6 Receptionist & Committee/Board Appreciation week
April 9 – 13 Wait Staff & Kitchen Helpers Appreciation Week
April 16 – 20 Office Helpers, Library, Bingo, Newsletter Folders Appreciation Week
April 23 – 27 Drivers/Medical Rides & Meals on Wheels Appreciation Week
Wednesday, May 9 at 1:00 pm
Book Group will convene at the home of Sherry Belisle this month. Please call 457-1919 to confirm your attendance and for directions
Our May read is French Lessons by Alice Kaplan. Her memoir is about more than her life. It’s also the story of a love affair with the French language. What can one say about that? More than you’d ever guess. The complicated tale is told with beautiful descriptions. You’ll love it, even if you don’t care at all about another language!
Thursday, May 10, 1:30 pm
This month at The Thompson we will create and embellish a wall pocket to celebrate the arrival of Spring! Using clay and simple hand-building techniques, participants will roll slabs to construct a simple form and then add flowers, leaves and other organic forms to embellish the pocket with the inspirations of spring! This project will carry over between April and May with the construction of the pockets happening in the April class and glazing in May. Please register in advance.
Presented by Upper Valley Rehabilitation Physical Therapists
Josh Roylance and Brittany Teune
Thursday, May 23, 1:00 pm
Arthritis affects 1 in 4 adults in the United States and limits 24 million of us physically. Arthritis can also make it difficult for you to manage chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, and obesity. Being active can potentially reduce your arthritis pain. Please join us for this discussion to learn more about this condition and ways to manage its symptoms.
Josh has been a Physical Therapist for 17 years and has had extensive training in advanced osteopathic manual therapy techniques. When he graduated from Physical Therapy School, he began to study with manual practioners throughout the country. He has applied these techniques to a variety of patients including orthopaedic, sports performance, and chronic pain individuals.
Brittany is a Physical Therapist with years of experience in outpatient orthopedic care. She graduated with her Doctorate from Franklin Pierce University. She has been effectively utilizing a wide variety of manual techniques on patients presenting with orthopedic, sport-related, neurological, pediatric, and chronic pain problems.
Zack Danziger Performs For May’s Birthday Day
Please join us for his first performance at The Thompson
Thursday, May 24, 2018
Zack Danziger is a guitarist, vocalist, (and some times comedian) who performs Jazz, Pop, Rock, Country, Broadway Show Tunes, originals, and funny tunes. Zack says – “I have been performing for hundreds of years at special events (Miss America, weddings and divorces) restaurants (Bentley’s, Burger King) for children and seniors (and a few people in between).” He attributes his sense of humor to teaching public school music for 20 years. Zack is a newcomer to Woodstock and looks forward to making his audience cry at funny songs and laugh at sad songs.
A Special Dinner Program Presentation
Wednesday, May 30, 2018
6:00 pm Dinner, followed by 7:00 pm Presentation
Cost: $20 for dinner and program, Reservations at 457-3277
Menu: Pan Roasted Chicken with Kale & Purple Potato Hash, Mixed Green Salad, Berry Rustica
Join Woodstock native, Mike Leonard, as he discusses the documentary film he is working on titled, One Town at a Time, which focuses on his personal experience traveling through Vermont’s rural heritage as part of the 251 Club. The 251 Club of Vermont – an organization dedicated to visiting all 251 towns and cities in the State of Vermont – has existed since 1954. First suggested by Dr. Arthur Peach in an issue of Vermont Life as a means of getting to know the state better, the 251 club has grown to boast a membership of over 6,000. The club is a loose collection of Vermontophiles with no real membership requirements or rules – only to have a passion about exploring Vermont.
Mike was inspired to join the 251 Club in 2006 when he was 20 years old. With two of his high school friends, he took on ‘The Quest’ of visiting all 251 towns and cities and made it further challenging by doing it in a summer between college semesters. One Town at a Time is Mike’s upcoming documentary film which recounts his 2006 summer journey, combining retro footage with contemporary footage along with interviews of other intrepid 251 Club members.
We urge you to reserve your seat early and join Mike as he discusses his experience in the 251 Club, his interest in revisiting the club in order to pursue One Town at a Time, and a discussion which is sure to entertain Vermontophiles and non-Vermontophiles alike.
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.
Friday, June 1, 9:00 am to noon (break for lunch); 1:00 to 2:00 pm
Instructor Bill Cherico returns to teach this four hour instructional course which is the nation’s largest refresher course designed specifically for older drivers. Registration begins at 9:15am. Your driver’s license is required and your AARP card for members.
Course Fee: $15.00 for AARP members and $20.00 for nonmembers.
Please call the Thompson Center to sign up in advance, 802 457-3277. Checks should be made out to AARP Smart Driver.
Legal Planning and the Dementia Journey
Presented by Renée A. Harvey
Wednesday, June 20, 1:00 – 3:00 pm
Join elder law attorney Renée Harvey, of Caldwell Law, for a interactive discussion of estate and long-term care planning considerations in advance of being diagnosed with, or exhibiting the symptoms of, dementia or other debilitating health issues. We will discuss trusts, wills, financial powers of attorneys, health care directives and long-term care options. While this program is not a substite for a personal attorney, you wil have the opportunity to hear about typical issues and problems that can be avoided by adequate planning. This discussion is also very helpful for those who will be serving as agents or caregivers to loved ones. 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. Renée also serves on the New Hampshire Bar Association’s Dispute Resolution Committee and is a lecturer at various local institutions. Prior to practicing law, Renée was a court reporter in New York for over a decade.
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.
Who knew?!?!…..Uber exists in the Woodstock Area!!
In early 2017, ride sharing arrived in the Greater Upper Valley. Started by a handful of local drivers using their own vehicles and popular platforms such as Uber and Lyft, transportation options in the UV stepped into the 21st century. All drivers are subject to rigorous background checks while vehicle age and conditions are scrutinized. They provide services locally and across the region, and as far as Boston, New York and Canada! Regular cars and full-sized SUVs are available.
They have three drivers living in the Woodstock/Quechee area. Often they will be ‘on duty’ at home, so they can serve the Woodstock region, but the Uber system/app is a little tricky about showing drivers available in our area so they have provided other ways to connect with them for rides. Sarah and Jamie live in Quechee. Dennis lives in White River. You can call them directly to schedule a ride. Sarah 802.281.8855 or Jamie 603.359.0746 or Dennis 802.282.5563, they can also be reached at email@example.com Or Facebook https://www.facebook.com/uvrideshare/
***The Thompson has a group that will review and test this service within the next two months. When this is done The Thompson will know how to incorporate Uber into our transportation offerings.
Spring Cleaning Day at The Thompson!