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
No October Meeting due to Dinner Program
November: General Discussion About Living with Low Vision
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, 9:00 – 10:30 am
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, Gentle Exercise
Great for Mind and Body
Beginner Class 9:30 – 10:30 am
Advanced Class 10:45 – 11:45am
Ongoing, October 4, 11, 18 & Nov 1, 8, 15, 29 & Dec 6, 13
Cost is $18
The July 2017 Consumer Reports featured an article, “To Prevent Falls, Try Tai Chi.” TSC’s seniors have found that tai chi really does help your balance. This gentle, slow exercise also helps with arthritis, back pain, high blood pressure, blood sugar control, sleep problems, and concentration. Posture improves and so does stress reduction. As the article emphasizes, tai chi can be more effective for fall prevention than physical therapy, stretching exercises, yoga, and balance training! We apply our tai chi moves to actions in daily life (walking, housework, yardwork, etc.), and we’re also practicing deep breathing, body alignment, and strengthening our leg and core muscles. TSC’s instructors have many years of experience and love seeing the progress class participants make. “Each person makes adjustments for their own body,” Anne Bower explains. “Tai chi is not about learning the moves perfectly but about learning them in a way that makes sense for your own structure.” Give tai chi a try! Your first class is always free. Hand-outs are provided and you can also purchase a DVD to practice at home.
Cost: $3.00/class with all of the proceeds going to support programs at The Thompson.
A Collaboration Between The Thompson Center and ArtisTree
Instructor: Murray Ngoima
Friday mornings, 10:00 – 11:30 am
Session 2: Oct 27 – Dec 1, Cost $40
(No Class on 11/10 or 11/24) $10 Drop in Fee for either session
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.
ArtisTree at The Thompson
Wednesdays October 4 & 18 at 1:30 pm
In commemoration of Veteran’s Day 2017, ArtisTree will once again be offering a two-day class where potter, Fiona Davis will instruct us in the art of making clay Remembrance and Peace poppies. The finished product will have the option to be staked or worn on a lapel.
On Thursday, November 9th, we will wear or stake our poppies in The Thompson front yard in honor of Veteran’s Day. We gratefully acknowledge Diana Hayes for starting this project, and ArtisTree, to help make it an annual event to honor those who serve.
Strength & Fitness
Tuesdays & Thursdays
9:00 – 10:00 am
Please note that Monday classes with resume on November 6th and not on October 16th as previously publicized.
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.
A Vermont Humanities Council Event
Hosted by The Thompson Center
Thursday, October 19, 7:00 pm
Dinner to precede lecture at 6:00 pm at The Thompson Center. Dinner is $20 per person. Reservations required
Menu: Cuban Spiced Pork Loin, Citrus Sweet Potato mash, Green Beans, Pear Ginger Galette
The Spanish-American war of 1898 ended Spain’s four hundred year rule of Cuba. Cuba became a U.S. protectorate and decades of instability followed, culminating in Batista’s military dictatorship. The 1959 Cuban Revolution is one of the great underdog stories in history, in which a tiny band of young rebels prevailed against all odds. This nationalist revolution quickly fell under the sway of the USSR and Cuba’s previously close ties with the U.S. were abruptly severed.
This illustrated presentation by novelist and lecturer Tim Weed, a long-time observer of the island, will highlight recent changes in light of Cuba’s long struggle for sovereignty.
Tim Weed is an award-winning novelist and lecturer who teaches at GrubStreet in Boston and Western Connecticut State University.
Supported in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the Vermont
Humanities Council (VHC). Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed
in this program do not necessarily represent those of the NEH or VHC.
This talk is free, open to the public, and accessible to those with disabilities.
Wednesday, October 25th, 10:30 am
Join us on Wednesday, October 25th at The Thompson Center to learn about our detailed plan developed in response to the Aging at Home Survey. Please RSVP by Friday, October 20th. 547-3277
We will celebrate in our usual fashion with a ghoulish lunch and goodies on the 31st at noon. Dress up if you want to join in the fun!
Come Visit our Gratitude Tree And Share Your Thoughts….
The month of November evokes thoughts of upcoming holidays, family gatherings, and the many blessings in our lives. We are creating our first Thompson Gratitude Tree where we invite you to share your thoughts on who and what makes you feel grateful. Cut-out leaves will be available to write on and hang on the tree for everyone to read, enjoy and reflect. Please join us in getting started this holiday season.
Accompanied by Guitarist and Vocalist Merv Comes
Wednesday, November 1, 1:00 pm
Adam Boyce has been called the foremost disciple of the late old-time fiddler Harold Luce of Chelsea. He started taking lessons from Luce in 1991, going on to play fiddle and piano with him for contra/square dances and many other occasions for over 20 years. Adam has become a recognized fiddler in his own right, as well as a dance caller, composer, historian, lecturer, published author, and sugarmaker. He has been a part of the Vermont Humanities Speakers’ Bureau since 2001, and the New Hampshire Humanities To Go since 2005. Adam and his wife, Mary-Anne, live in West Windsor, Vermont.
Mexican Painted Tin Ornaments
Wednesday, November 1, 1:30 pm
For November’s crafting project, ArtisTree staff will teach us how to create an embossed tin design embellished by color, known as Mexican Tin Art. This a popular art form that has been passed down through the generations. Artists use tin to create sculptures, ornaments, and picture frames. Tin work, known in Mexico as hojalata, goes back to the 16th century. Tin art is produced when pieces of tin are cut, shaped, and embossed with a pattern. Pre-registration is requested.
Thursdays, November 2 and 16, 9-12
For 2018 Medicare coverage, the open enrollment period is from October 15 to December 7. During this annual enrollment period (AEP) you can make changes to various aspects of your coverage. A Senior Solutions volunteer will be available at The Thompson for individual assistance by appointment.
To make an appointment, please call Shari at The Thompson and bring the following information to your scheduled appointment.
- A Medicare card (red, white and blue card w/ SSA# on it)
- Current 2017 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.
Thursday, November 9, 11:45 am
Veterans are invited for a free lunch at the Thompson on Thursday, November 9th. At 11:45 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.
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 a piece. Make your holiday planning easier and purchase one of our delicious homemade pies!
Tuesday, November 14, 12:00 pm
One Seating Only, 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 for those under 60.
Friday, November 17, 2017
Sheraton Conference Center, Burlington, VT
Cost: $16 for show entrance and transportation. Lunch is on your own.
Depart Thompson on our van at 9:00 am. After the craft show we will have lunch on our own at a local restaurant followed by a stop at the Christmas Tree shop on the way home.
The Loons on Golden Pond
Join us For This Award-Winning Video
Tuesday, November 28, 1:00 pm
Never before has the life of the common loon been filmed so dramatically close, so beautifully and memorably as in this award winning, Emmy-nominated video adventure on Golden Pond.
Be with a loon pair, mated for life, when they court, bathe, dive, hunt fish, close up. Stay with them as they patiently incubate their two olive-colored eggs: see how carefully they roll each egg in the nest, and how they protect them from danger. Thrill to their mournful calls and wild laughter in the wilderness night. Approximate run time is 60 minutes.
Thompson Holiday Bazaar & Cookie Walk
Saturday, December 2, 2017
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.
- Floral Checker Board Quilt Pattern /King Size Quilt Made by Janet Maxham – value $1,000
- Tocco Terra Pottery by Veronica Delay
- Sleigh Ride or Carriage Ride for Two ~ Kedron Valley Stables
Tickets are $5, or 6 for $20. All proceeds benefit The Thompson Senior Center.
A Generation to Generation Collaboration at The Thompson
Monday, December 4, 3:30-5:00 pm
Finnie Trimpi will lead this crafting work shop where we will create snow globes using a few simple household materials, add some sparkle… and give them a shake! These winter wonderlands make the perfect seasonal gift or decoration for your own home. We invite students and Thompson friends to join us for this collaborative project. Please call The Thompson to pre-register. This program is free and open to children and adults of all ages.
Each year a tree is set up in the foyer of the Thompson Center and is dedicated as a memory tree. For $2 people can have an ornament placed on the tree with the name on it of someone they are remembering during the holidays.