UPCOMING SPECIAL EVENTS:
August 6 – 10, 2018
The Gen2Gen campaign shines a light on the mutual benefits of intergenerational relationships.
The week of August 6th will be Gen2Gen week at the Thompson with ArtisTree and friends. Join us for music, creative arts projects, a kid-friendly lunch menu throughout the week, horseshoe lessons, games, ice cream social, and more! Children of all ages are invited to participate in various events throughout the week.
Registration is now closed for children but adult helpers are needed. Join us to dine, create & have some fun together. If you are interested please contact Shari at 457-3277 or email@example.com.
Presented by VINS – With Their Feathered Special Guests
Thursday, August 9, 1:00 pm
Live falcons, hawks and owls provide the lens through which we examine food webs, predator-prey relationships and the interdependence of the systems that support life. This first-hand encounter enables participants to understand the defining characteristics that make a bird a raptor and their adaptations for life as a predator on the wing. Touchable artifacts and hands-on materials round out this special experience.
Island Time Steel Drums
Friday, August 10, 1:00 pm
Scott Paulson and Barbara Smith are a tropical duo that delight in sharing the happy sounds, upbeat vibes, and amazing history and culture of Caribbean Steel “Pan” music with audiences from Maine to Key West. The focus of Island Time is not only to entertain listeners, but to entice interest about this great body of music, and to tell the story about, and bring a deeper understanding to the culture of the island of Trinidad and how that gave birth to one of the few NEW acoustic instruments of modern times. The pair’s upbeat repertoire ranges from easy going calypsos to fiery Trinidadian Socas, with some American Pop thrown in for good measure.
Scott and Barbara co-founded The Seven Stars Arts Center in Sharon, Vermont. The couple both teach and perform on other instruments; Scott on Bass and Drums and Barbara on Flute, Clarinet and Saxophone. The ensemble has performed for and taught groups of all ages around New England and beyond.
Visit the Thompson Booth at the Taste of Woodstock!
Saturday, August 11, between 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
We’ll have cookies at our booth this year and plenty of information about the services of The Thompson. Lots of other food and festivities on Elm and Central Street in downtown Woodstock, too.
Sherry Belisle’s Piano Student Performs at The Thompson
Wednesday, August 15, 1:00 pm
Adele Louis is a 10 year old student of Sherry Belisle who opened recently for Will Drebitko’s concert that benefitted an organization called “Pianos for Peace.” She began studying piano, as she says “the same age Brahms did” and has done very well since. Along with her selections, she will introduce each song with interesting information about each. You’ll be smiling as she curtsies!
Age Well Series: From Illness to Recovery
Presented by The Visiting Nurse and Hospice for VT & NH by Kathy Watson, RN, BSN Community Liaison and Shannon Vera, Help at Home Regional Manager
Wednesday, August 29, 1:00 pm
The VNAs place in your journey from illness to recovery – who can help, how and when. With a combined experience of over 55 years in Homecare, Hospice, and Private Duty, Kathy and Shannon will present the journey from illness to recovery and unbox the various ways VNA or private pay services help you to come home and stay home while aging. Expect to be active participants in the presentation with an open Q&A at its conclusion.
Kathy Watson RN, BSN, Community Liaison, has over 35 years as an RN and has spent the last 12 years in Hospice and Palliative Care. She has been a VNH Liaison for 5 years.
Shannon Vera, Help at Home Regional Manager, has been in healthcare for almost 10 years and has worked with long term care, hospice, and private duty in 8 states and is a member of the NHPCO (National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization). She has been with Help at Home since October, 2017.
Low Vision Support Group
The Low Vision Support Group will be postponed until further notice. A message from Group Facilitator, Melinda Underwood, CVRT, Vermont Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired:
Thanks to the kindness and support of the Thompson Center, this group has been meeting monthly since January 2016! The goal of the group is for people living with low vision to gather on a monthly basis to provide mutually beneficial support, information, and encouragement. As a Vision Rehabilitation Therapist and Support Group Facilitator, my goal has been to bring forth ideas and occasional guest speakers for improving independent living skills. But it is the members of the group that make it a strong and powerful resource for developing resilience and a community of shared experience. Thank you to all who have attended and supported this group. It has been a pleasure to be part of it. If you are interested in participating in a future group, or have questions about resources, please contact me at 802-254-8761 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
It’s Time for Horseshoes!
The horseshoe pits are open and you can play anytime, but every Monday (weather permitting) at 1:00 pm following lunch. Everyone is welcome
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 email@example.com or call 457-2581.
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, 8:30 – 10:00 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.
Tech Tutoring by Norman Williams Public Library
July 24 & September 11 & 25, 12:45 – 3:45 pm
Please bring your own device
Please note: Tech Tutoring will be available by appointment at the Norman Williams Public Library only in August and will resume at The Thomspon in September.
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.
NEW CLASS! Water Aerobics Class
Woodstock Athletic Club
Fridays, August 31 – November 9
1:30 – 2:15 pm, 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.
Monthly Art Project with ArtisTree at The Thompson
There will be no meeting in August but we will enthusiastically resume our monthly schedule on Wednesday, September 5th with the Poppy Project, 2018.
There has been such a enthusiastic response to this growing project since it’s inception 4 years ago thanks to Thompson friend, Diana Hayes. The Poppy Project now includes Woodstock students, The National Art Honors Society of Bedford High, New Hampshire who made and contributed 44 poppies to a local display, and a Craftworkers Guild in New Hampshire. We are meeting early this year to start on this two-part program in ample time for The Thompson’s annual Veteran’s Day celebration. Please tell your friends and help us support this worthy project of remembrance.
Please register in advance.
AARP Smart Driver Safety Course
Friday, September 7, 9:00am 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.
No Meetings over the Summer
Wednesday, September 12 at 1:00 pm
For the first time in the Thompson’s book club history, we’ve chosen a novel that has not yet come out in paperback even though it was published in 2016; that’s a testament to the book’s popularity. A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles is about a count placed under house arrest in a hotel, but you won’t feel confined. The historical background, the gentle sense of humor, the genteel and endearing Count Alexander Ilyich Rostov, all will keep you turning the pages until the perfect ending. For so many readers, this is their new favorite book.
Copies are available at your libraries and you can also get a copy through Vermont’s inter-library loan. We hope to see you at 1:00 on Wednesday, September 12th.
Painting at ArtisTree, A Collaboration Between The Thompson and ArtisTree
Instructor: Murray Ngoima
Two 5-week Sessions:
Session 1: September 14 – October 12
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.
September 23, 2018
10:00 am, Lyman Park, White River Junction
Held annually in more than 600 communities nationwide, the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s® is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. This inspiring event calls on participants of all ages and abilities to join the fight against the disease!
Stay tuned as we share more information and registration to join our team for the Upper Valley Walk to End Alzheimer’s in our upcoming newsletters, eNewsletters and website.