Upcoming Special Events:
Tax Assistance at the Thompson
Do you need assistance with your tax return? The Thompson Center will offer individual tax preparation for seniors and low income persons. TCE Preparers (Tax Council for the Elderly) will complete your 2013 taxes free of charge during scheduled appointments on Mondays from February 3rd through April 7th (excluding the 17th---President's Day). On the day of your appointment, please come early to fill out a questionnaire.
Please bring: Valid picture ID for the taxpayer and spouse, Social Security card, copies of income tax you filed last year, proof of all income, W-2 forms (if you worked), 1099-R forms and statements for pensions and annuities, Social Security received, interest and dividend income, state rebates, IRA income and copy of your 2013 property tax bill. If you are filing for a Renter's Rebate, Homeowners Property tax rebate or 2013 Act 68 School Property tax payment application, you will need proof of income for everyone in your household.
Please call 457-3277 soon to schedule an appointment. These appointments fill up quickly!
Aging and Vision
Presented by Dr. Chris Fields, OD
Monday, March 10, 2014, 1:00pm
Dr. Fields will be joining us for an up-to-date discussion of aging, vision and eye health. He will be discussing how our visual needs change as we age and what we can do to improve our vision and slow down the aging changes that naturally occur.
Dr. Fields is a 1994 graduate of the Pennsylvania College of Optometry and completed his residency at the Wilmington, DE, Veterans Administration Medical Center. He has extensive eye care clinical experience in managing ocular diseases such as glaucoma, macular degeneration, retinal vascular disease, and dry eye.
Wednesday, March 12, 1:00pm
This month the book group will discuss Orphan Train, by Christina Baker Kline. Between 1854 and 1929, the so-called orphan trains ran regularly from cities along the East Coast to the Midwest. Thousands of abandoned children could be adopted by a kind and loving family, or face a childhood of hard labor and servitude, depending on their luck. Vivian Daly was one such child, sent by rail from New York City to an uncertain future. Later in life Vivian leads a quiet, peaceful existence on the coast of Maine, but in her attic, hidden in trunks, are vestiges of a turbulent past. This novel is a powerful tale of upheaval and resilience, second chances, and unexpected friendship.
The book group welcomes newcomers!
Saint Patty’s Day Music,
Monday, March 17, 1:00pm
Local piano instructor, Sherry Belisle, will entertain us after lunch with popular Irish tunes--and invite us to sing along. Don’t forget to wear green!
FREE HEARING SCREENINGS
Friday, March 21, 2014
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.
Dinner and Concert Performance at The Thompson
with William Ögmundson
Tuesday, March 11, 5:30 dinner, 6:30 performance
William Ögmundson is an Emmy Award nominated composer and professional pianist who resides in New England. He has performed throughout the United States and Europe---most notably at St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican and The Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris—and his original compositions have been performed worldwide. William began performing at the age of five, and went on to win numerous piano competitions throughout his school years. In recent years William has begun to gain a reputation as a brilliant composer for the theatre. He has composed music and/or written lyrics for many original musical theatre productions, including the past seven productions of the Northern New England Repertory Theatre Company. He has been featured on New Hampshire Public Radio, and in September 2013 won the Moss Hart Memorial Award for New England.
Dinner menu: Spring greens salad with vinaigrette, pasta with asparagus, peas, ricotta and lemon topped with pan seared chicken breast, strawberry rhubarb strudel. BYOB.
Cost: $20.00 per person
Don’t miss this fun evening of good food and professional entertainment. Please sign up in advance and reserve your space with payment.
PC Basics for Mature People
4 classes: Fridays, March 14, 21, 28 & April 4
1:00 to 2:30pm (with short break)
Learn about your Windows computer, how it works and how to use it more efficiently. In four sessions you will learn about hardware, software, e-mail, the internet, and how to organize your files and pictures. Instructor Jürgen Ewert is a retired engineer who recently started his own business, “International Research and Consulting,” that he runs from his home in Woodstock.
Cost: $40.00. Please sign up in advance for this class series to ensure a minimum of 4 people and a maximum of 10. Also, please bring your laptop if you have one.
The Other Speaker at Gettysburg
Tuesday, April 8, 2014, 1:00 pm
A Vermont Humanities Council Event
Hosted by The Thompson Center
Had you stopped President Lincoln on his way to Ford’s Theater and asked, “Who delivered the Gettysburg Address?” Lincoln would have honestly replied: “Why, the Honorable Edward Everett from Massachusetts.” Under a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). Jim Cooke, in the character of Edward Everett, offers a unique view of the events surrounding the consecration of the National Cemetery at Gettysburg. Recalling his invitation to speak, the painstaking research that went into his Gettysburg Address and his tour of the battlefields, Everett recounts his time with President Lincoln on that momentous occasion. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the NEH or the Vermont Humanities Council.
New! AARP Smart Driver Course
Friday, April 11, 2014
9:00 to noon (break for lunch); 1:00 to 2:00PM
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.
New 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 PROGRAMS & CLASSES
For Health and Balance
Beginner Level (B) ~ Wednesdays, 9:30—10:30AM
Beginners and moderately experienced students will enjoy this series, which will explore seated, standing in place, and moving tai chi. The class uses forms that are based on the Sun style tai chi---the youngest of the tai chi families and the style most oriented towards health. Clinical studies have shown that tai chi helps improve balance and reduce falls. In fact, the Center for Disease Control recommends tai chi for fall prevention.
Advanced Level (Adv.) ~ Wednesdays, 10:40
This class is for those who have already learned the Sun Style “tai chi for arthritis and fall prevention,” parts 1 and 2. The class will continue to review these forms and will explore Yang 24 forms. The instructor Anne Bower can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org; 457-2877 or website: www.annebower.com.
Cost for series of 8 classes: $40.00 - see the newsletter or call for current session dates
CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP
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.
Mondays at 3:00 pm
and Thursdays at 2:00 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 Monday and Thursday each week. Classes are free. Minimum of six participants required. Please sign up in advance.
Please note: New time on Monday.
Kripalu Yoga, with Annie Frates
Tuesdays, 1:00 - 2:00PM
This gentle yoga class is for everyone----standers, sitters, experienced and inexperienced. Annie will guide the class through a variety of yoga exercises that will help people gain flexibility, improve posture and spine health, develop strength, and increase breath awareness. Annie Frates is a certified Kripalu Yoga teacher and has been in the fitness industry for over 20 years. Cost: $5.00 per class.
Please sign up by noon on Tuesdays so we can guarantee a minimum of five students.
Chair Massages at the Thompson
10:00am to noon, Wednesdays
Beat the winter blues with a relaxing chair massage. Licensed massage therapists will be available 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!
Please call in advance to schedule your 20 minute massage.
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!
Strength & Fitness
Weekly classes, Monday, Tuesday & Thursday
9 to 10:00AM
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.
Cost: $3.00/class or 12 classes for $30 on a punch card.
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
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.
Tai Chi with Anne Bower
Tea at the Jackson House