Let’s Share a Meal Together!
Tuesdays & Thursdays in November at 12:30 pm
We are now allowed to host 1 person per 100 square feet in our building. This gives us the opportunity to begin hosting some small group lunches in the Thompson Dining Room (not to exceed 8 diners, 1 server, and a staff member). After securing a reservation by calling the Thompson, individuals will be seated 1 per table, unless you are with a close family member or you are part of a couple who can sit together. Tables are spaced adequately to maintain safe distancing while close enough to enjoy conversation with other diners. Small lunches in The Thompson dining room will begin on November 3rd and will be offered each Tuesday and Thursday at 12:30 beginning November 3rd (check calendar for menu. Not open on Thanksgiving day).
Screening prior to entry into the building (hand sanitizing, temperature check, health questions) is required and face coverings will be required at all times except while eating. Curbside meal pick-up will continue daily from 12- 12:15pm, so please plan not to arrive before 12:15 for the 12:30 dining room meals. Rides are available upon request. We look forward to hosting you and sharing a meal together again!
Celebrating Our Veterans
November 9 – 13
The Thompson annual Veterans Day lunch and ceremony has always been a poignant and joyful celebration as we honor those who have served and who continue to serve. In recognizing our Veterans this year, we invite Veterans to enjoy your favorite Thompson meals in our dining room in small groups of 8 with appropriate distancing between tables. Veterans and their spouses are
encouraged to call The Thompson for a lunch reservation on one of 4 days – November 9th, 10th, 12th, or 13th at 12:30pm. Curbside meals will also be available and all Veterans may choose from any day for a complimentary meal (reservations required). Thank you to all of our Veterans for your service and your sacrifice which will never be forgotten.
The Thompson will be closed on Wednesday, November 11 in recognition of Veterans Day
Prescription Delivery Service Now Available
Jewelry Repair returns to The Thompson on Mondays beginning at 1:00 pm.
Call for your appointment. 457-3277
BINGO at HOME with The Thompson
Friday mornings,10:00 am
Use your phone to call in and join. Fun prizes for winners!
For a BINGO card and the new call-in number, call 457-3277.
TWO BONUS “MORE ABOUT ELEANOR” PROGRAMS!
PLEASE NOTE DATE CHANGE
Back by popular demand! We have had some special requests for MORE about ELEANOR- and Jeff with the FDR Presidential Library and Museum has agreed to come back . We will send out more program details closer to the date. Please make note of these TWO Bonus Programs!
Tuesday, October 27, 2:00 pm
Eleanor Roosevelt: Partner in the Whitehouse
Thursday, October 29, 2:00 pm (no date change)
Eleanor Roosevelt: Casting Her Own Shadow In the Post Whitehouse Years
Register in advance through the Thompson Center to receive the Zoom link.
“GOLD”! A Virtual Tour from Columbia State Historic Park
Thursday, October 22, 2:00 pm
Columbia State Historic Park is the largest collection of gold rush era buildings in all of California. The brick buildings that date back to the late 1850s-1870s help to tell the story of the diverse merchants and miners who helped create this once booming town. Although Columbia’s population has dwindled over time, it was never a ghost town. This virtual tour takes you inside buildings and exhibits for a look at this bygone era.
Register in advance through the Thompson Center to receive the Zoom link.
The Songs and their Stories! A Virtual Musical Performance by Rich Araldi
Tuesday, October 27, 1:00 pm via Zoom
Pre-registration required for Zoom link by calling The Thompson.
Rich Araldi has been a performing musician for over 45 years on vibraphone, piano, and drums. He will provide us with an excursion through the great songs of the 20th century and the stories that make them that much more special. Drawing from the jazz age, through the swing era, into modern jazz, the Beatles, and beyond! Songs we love with stories, anecdotes, and trivia. This will be an enjoyable performance for all ages, family friendly and interactive, covering a wide range of music and topics.
Painting Poppies to Honor Our Veterans
Wednesday, November 4, 1:30 pm – Please note new date due to observance of Veterans Day on November 11
Join Finnie for a guided painting class in honor of Veterans Day. We will find our inspiration from the poem, In Flanders Fields, and paint a lovely poppy field.
Due to the uncertainty of the weather, this class will be offered via zoom only. Please email Finnie: email@example.com if you would like to join.
- stretched, primed canvas – or heavy weight paper
- acrylic paint (suggested colors): titanium white, mars black, ultramarine blue, green oxide, chrome yellow, fire red, burnt umber (brown)
- paint brushes: small, medium and large size and style of your choice – having a variety is nice for a variety in strokes
- water cup
- Paper towel(s)
New! Chair Yoga in The Thompson Living Room
Wednesdays, beginning November 4, 1:00 – 2:00 pm
(excluding the November 11 Veterans Day Holiday)
Please sign up in advance as class space is limited. Arrival time should allow for COVID-19 screening prior to each class. This class will also be available on Zoom and is $3.00/class.
We invite you to join a new yoga class focusing on gentle stretching, strengthening and balance using a chair for support. Breathing and relaxation are part of the practice we all need in these times of change and challenges. Instructor, Linda Harvey, is a registered physical therapist and certified yoga teacher who has worked in multiple settings with an interest in falls prevention and overall wellness.
Linda is presently working at Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Otauquechee Health Center in outpatient rehab and aquatic therapy. Her practice includes a therapeutic approach and inclusivity for all people who are curious about the physical, mental and spiritual aspects of yoga.
Questions for her can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Individual Benefit Assistance—Medicare, Medicaid, Food & Fuel Assistance
One on One Meetings are now available at the Thompson Center
Fridays, November 5, 12, 19, 9:30—1:00 pm
The Windsor Community Health Clinic (WCHC) is available for 1:1 appointments at The Thompson Center. A staff member can answer your individual questions about Medicaid, Medicare parts A, B, and D, food and fuel assistance, and dental and medication help. Although now they are offering in person appointments, WCHC staff continue to offer assistance over the phone or via Zoom.
All CDC and state guidelines for infection control and distancing will be strictly adhered to including the wearing of face coverings.
To schedule a one on one, in person appointment, please call the Thompson at 802-457-3277. In the meantime please reach out the WCHC directly if you have any questions about Medicaid, Medicare, food or fuel assistance, dental or medication help at 802-674-7213.
Annual Holiday Bazaar & Cookie Sale
The Holiday Bazaar and Cookie sale will be online and curbside pick-up this year!
If you have a hand-crafted specialty item that you would like to donate for the benefit of the senior center, please let Paula know. 457-3277 or email@example.com
Foot Clinic Returns to The Thompson Center with Beverly Sinclair, RN
Cost: $30 payable by cash or check. Towels are supplied.
Call for your appointment and please plan on earlier arrival for COVID-19 screening
Beverly Sinclair has been a practicing registered nurse for 22 years with extensive experience as a staff nurse and in nurse management. She has been providing local foot care service for older Vermonters for the past 6 years.
“I Want My Mummy!” – Penn Museum
Tuesday, November 10, 2:00 pm
Mummies, intentionally or naturally preserved human (or animal) remains, hold a special fascination in popular culture. The very word, “mummy” typically brings to mind a mysterious ageless land, ancient Egypt, where mummification of the dead in preparation for a successful afterlife persisted for millennia. However, when we think of ancient Egypt’s mummies, we commonly associate them with books and movies that portray them as reanimated, vengeful monsters returning from death to wreak havoc upon the living. Where did such notions come from, and why? This workshop addresses that question by engaging participants in a close examination into the at least 500-year history that led to why ancient Egypt’s mummies hold such a special fascination in our own culture. Unpublished images of actual ancient Egyptian mummies, including royal mummies such as Ramses II as well as human remains recovered as part of Dr. Phillips’ own excavations in Egypt, are used to illustrate how and why the Egyptians mummified their dead (including their pets!). Please note: This program includes photography of human remains. Register in advance by calling the Thompson to receive your Zoom link.
Wright Brothers National Memorial
Thursday, November 12, 2:00 pm
How did small barrier islands off the coast of North Carolina become the site of the first successful flights of human history? In this presentation by the rangers at Wright Brothers National Memorial, you’ll learn about what made two brothers from Dayton, Ohio, travel to Kitty Hawk, North Carolina and how they used the perfect conditions of the Outer Banks to conduct their flying experiments and make the impossible possible. Register in advance through the Thompson to receive your Zoom link.
Red Rock Canyon Park
“A Walk Through Time on the Desert View Trail”
Thursday, November 19, 2:00 pm
Join us as we explore the climate change that has occurred at Red Rock Canyon over the millions of years including the beginning of the drying period approximately 12,000 years ago. We will then discuss the various animal fossils found and how mother nature goes through a system of change and adaptation. Learn about general flora and fauna and how the Native Americans used various plants for medicinal purposes. Discover the Three Hundred Year Flood the park experienced in 1997, including a story told by one of our past volunteers that was camping at the park with his grandson during the flood. Register in advance by calling the Thompson to receive your Zoom link.
Virtual Bookstock 2020
A Partnership Between Bookstock and Norman Williams Public Library
Thursday, November 19
Please register by calling The Thompson Center and a link will be provided
The festival’s tradition of celebrating Vermont will continue! These intimate, engaging online events, will be streamed live from each authors’ living room and audiences will be able to engage in online Q&A in real-time.
On Thursday, November 19th, Bookstock will feature Dr. Francois Clemmons of Mr. Rogers neighborhood fame and his memoir, Officer Clemmons, about his role as Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood‘s Officer Clemmons. Dr. François S. Clemmons is the Grammy Award-winning founder and director of the Harlem Spiritual Ensemble; and from 1997 until his retirement in 2013, Clemmons was the Alexander Twilight Artist in Residence and director of the Martin Luther King Spiritual Choir at Middlebury College in Vermont, where he currently resides.
A Reminder from AARP
As we continue our precautions against the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, AARP has made the difficult decision to cancel all in-person events and activities for the remainder of 2020, which includes AARP Driver Safety events.
Please continue to direct Smart Driver course participants – who may not be able to renew their car insurance discount – to the Smart Driver online course. We will continue to offer a special 25% off discount through December 31, 2020.
Promo code for 25% off discount: DRIVINGSKILLS