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Dinner and A Movie

The Grand Budapest Hotel

Tuesday, September 9, 5:30pm

Gustav H., the famous concierge at a legendary hotel situated in the Alps during the 1930's becomes the center of a farcical whirlwind of suspicion when one of his institution's oldest and richest patrons turns up dead and he becomes a suspect. A comedy starring Saoirse Ronan, Ralph Fiennes, Bill Murray, and Jude Law. 100minutes

Menu: Baked Ziti with Tossed Salad, Raspberry Bars

Cost:$5, Please RSVP in advance



Wednesday, September 10, 1:00pm

(Note: The group will not meet in July & August)

In September the group will discuss the book, Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn. Reading this best selling psychological thriller about a marriage gone bad is like driving a car---you will read fast, slower, and racing! The author gives you clues along the way that make you change your mind continually. Your assignment is to write your own ending. Beryl Spencer will lead the discussion. You have all summer to read this novel.

The book group welcomes newcomers!

Bridgewater Woolen Mill - Artifacts, Photos and Discussion

Wednesday, September 10, 1:00pm

The Bridgewater Historical Society recently prepared an exhibit titled, “The Bridgewater Woolen Mill: The Fabric of a Community.” The exhibit, which was recently displayed at the Vermont History Exposition in Tunbridge, Vermont, has received a lot of attention. Ernest Kendall attended the Expo because his father, Charles, designed textiles and managed products for the mill for several decades.

The mill, built around 1825, is one of the oldest buildings in Bridgewater. It was a cotton mill before it later became a woolen textile mill where uniforms and blankets were made for soldiers in World War I and World War II. It closed in 1973 due to floodwaters that destroyed the dye room.

Bridgewater Historical Society’s President, Polly Timken, and Vice President, Jeannette Sawyer, will be on hand to share various artifacts and photos of the mill, including a large photo of the mill employees taken around 1942---with names attached. They, along with Ernest Kendall, will invite comments, questions, and stories.

Tai Chi's Slow, Gentle Exercise Great for Fall Prevention, Mind and Body Health

~ New Fall Session ~

Wednesdays, September 17 to October 22,

10:00 to 11:00 am

Those of us who enjoy tai chi's slow, gentle movements find our balance improves, and so do our coordination, blood pressure, even our sleep. We enjoy the companionship of our classmates as we help each other learn the various movements and undertake the discipline of learning something new.

Some people think--tai chi's not for me. It's too slow, it's too strange. But talk to people who do tai chi and you discover that the slowness is part of what helps improve balance and strength, that the strangeness disappears once you've had a few classes. After all--anything new can feel strange at first!

Now that the Centers for Disease Control has shown that our Tai Chi for Arthritis and Fall Prevention form is one of the best things you can do to reduce your risk of falling, more and more people are signing up for tai chi. We encourage you to give it a try.

We're changing the format of our class at the Thompson Center to incorporate some qi gong (coordinated breathing and stretching) forms and some fun exercises that introduce tai chi principles. We'll continue learning the Tai Chi for Arthritis and Fall Prevention form during a major part of our sessions.

Instructors Anne Bower and Jane Philpin will lead beginners and more experienced participants working together during class, but at times we'll break into smaller groups as well.

Cost: $30 for new 6 week session

For more information on how tai chi can benefit you, contact Anne Bower at, or check out her website:


Friday, September 19,

9:00am - 2:30pm

Hearing Care Specialist Chris Gulick returns to The Thompson to offer thorough hearing examinations and hearing instrument demonstrations. Please sign up for your 30 minute appointment. 457-3277



A Falls Prevention Awareness Program

Presented by Mt. Ascutney Hospital Rehabilitation Services

Wednesday, September 24, 1-3 pm

Are you worried about falling? One in three adults age 65 and older fall each year. The Vermont American Physical Therapy Association wants to help reduce your risk for falling! During September, National Falls Awareness Month, the Vermont APTA will present "Stay Steady Vermont", free balance screening events for adults over 65 throughout the state. Each event will offer an informational session followed by individual balance screenings by licensed Physical Therapists using the CDC-approved STEADI criteria.

Please wear comfortable clothes and shoes. Contact Linda Hazard, PT at Mt. Ascutney Hospital 802-674-7295 if you have any questions.
Participants can participate in a brief balance screening and receive recommendations based on the results. Pre-registration is needed to ensure that time is allotted for screening. For more information and to register, please call The Thompson at 457-3277.



Seasonal Flu Clinic

Tuesday, September 30,

9 - 12:00 pm

This walk-in flu clinic is sponsored by the Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice of Vermont and New Hampshire and is open to all adults 18 and older. The flu vaccination is free for individuals with Medicare Part B insurance - please bring your card. The fee for all others is $25. For more information, call the Center at 457-3277.

An Evening At The Thompson
With Robert Hager

~Top Ten Stories~

From the Vietnam War to the fall of the Berlin Wall to 9/11

Tuesday, October 7, 5:30 Dinner, 6:30 Presentation

Woodstock native and former NBC News analyst and correspondent, Robert Hager, recounts the stories behind the stories of the ten most noteworthy news events he covered during his 35 year career with NBC. Mr. Hager’s talk will include video excerpts from three decades of historic events that he covered around the world. News footage will bring us back to the loss of the Space Shuttle Columbia, the Air France crash that spelled the end of the supersonic Concorde, the nuclear crisis at Three Mile Island, and more.

Dinner Menu: Roast Pork, Spicy Apple Chutney, Mashed Citrus Sweet Potatoes, Sautéed Chard. Gingerbread Pear Cake

RSVP & advance payment required. Cost: $25, BYOB


Medicare D ~ Annual Open Enrollment

Informational Event Presented by Senior Solutions

Wednesday, October 8, 1 - 2:30 pm

This event will help you make informed choices about keeping or changing your Medicare Drug plan, and/or Medicare Advantage plan. The Open Enrollment period is from October 15th – December 7th each year. Plan EARLY as this is the time to review your coverage.

Example of questions you might be asking yourself:

Will my Medicare Part D plan be the same in 2015 as it was in 2014?

How will I know what changes my plan is making for 2014?

If I decide to change plans, how and when should I do it?

Senior Solutions - State Health Insurance Program will have up to date information to guide you. You can bring your Medicare Drug plan card with you and you will learn what the information on it means to you and your Pharmacist. Please call Senior Solutions at 1-800-642-5117 to register or The Thompson at 457-3277; advance registration appreciated, but walk-ins are welcome. Cost: Donations to Senior Solutions appreciated.


New! AARP Smart Driver Course

Friday, October 17, 2014

9:30 am - 3:00 pm (break for lunch)

After two years of planning, research, and testing AARP is pleased to announce a new and improved driver safety course. The new curriculum is the result of years of research, input from dedicated volunteers, and insight from experts across the transportation and driver safety industries. It is the nation’s largest refresher course designed specifically for older drivers. This new course was launched nationwide in January of this year. Instructor Bill Cherico, from Plymouth, has completed the formal training and based on demand, has agreed to offer it for the second time at the Thompson Center.

Course Fee: $15.00 for AARP members (bring in your card) 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.





Ongoing, on the third Wednesday of each month, 12:30 - 1:30 PM

Support and education can make a critical difference for family members and caregivers of patients with memory loss or disorders such as Alzheimer’s. Please join our confidential monthly support group (with complimentary lunch) and share ideas, concerns, and constructive feedback with others facing similar challenges.


Foot Care Clinic with Mary Wood

Monthly, 9 am - 2:30 pm, 
on the 2nd Friday & 3rd Wednesday
Mary Wood, our wonderful retired RN runs the foot clinic. Call 457-3277 to schedule a half hour appointment with Mary between 9 - 2:30 pm on the 2nd Friday or the 3rd Wednesday of each month (see the calendar for dates).  Your feet will thank you!   Cost: $15

Chair Massages at the Thompson
10:00am to noon, Wednesdays
Please call in advance to schedule your 20 minute massage. Ongoing, Mondays, 

Licensed massage therapists are available by appointment at the Thompson three times each month (on the1st, 2nd, and 4th Wednesday of each month. Reminder: Foot Care Clinic with Mary Wood is on the 3rd Wednesday). The benefits of having a massage on a regular basis are numerous. See for yourself!

Cost: 20 minute massage/$20.00



10:15 AM - Noon

In this informal group, we encourage one another as we record stories that may otherwise be lost or forgotten.  Each person has an opportunity to read aloud one to two pages each week often triggering group memories and lively discussion.  No pressure… reading is optional!


Wellness Clinic & Blood Pressure Screenings

Every 4th Tuesday

10:00 AM - Noon

Wellness clinics (blood pressure & consultation) with Michelle Chiesa, RN, Visiting Nurse and Hospice of Vermont and New Hampshire will be held on the 4th Tuesday of each month from 10-noon.

Horseshoes, Mondays at 1pm
Bridge, Mondays at 1pm
Double King Pede - Tuesdays at 10am
Scrabble, Tuesdays at 1pm
Cribbage, Thursdays at 10am
Bingo, daily at 10:30am  


for everyone!
 Garden Talk
Tai Chi with Anne Bower


Tea at the Jackson House
For more information, please call (802) 457-3277, or email