Your Virtual Senior Center
virtual programs are offered through the Senior Learning Network, Beeyonder, and other partners.
Please call to reserve your spot. Let us know if you would prefer to view from home or watch from the Thompson and leave the technology to us.
Writing a “Legacy Letter”: Sharing Your Values with Loved Ones
An online presentation by Jay Sherwin
Tuesday, January 24, 1:00-2:30 PM, Cost: $20
A legacy letter (also called an “ethical will”) is a written document that allows you to share your life lessons, express your values and transmit your blessings to future generations. A Legacy letter is not a formal legal document or a full-length memoir; it’s a brief personal statement, typically just a few pages. Writing one is a rewarding experience that creates an enduring gift for your family, friends and loved ones. This workshop is designed to introduce the concept of legacy letters and to help you craft your own legacy letter. It includes discussion and a few brief writing exercises. Jay will offer advice to help you complete your legacy letter, share it with loved ones and preserve it for future generations.
Jay Sherwin has practiced law, given away money for five charitable foundations and served as a hospital chaplain. Drawing on all those experiences, Jay created the Life Reflections Project to educate people about legacy letters and ethical wills; he now teaches classes and workshops on legacy writing and helps people create their own legacy documents. You can read more on Jay’s website at www.jaysherwin.com.
Plains Indian Culture:
Yesterday and Today, Buffalo Bill Center of the West
Tuesday, January 24, 2:00 pm
Join our presenters journeying from past to present, as they share the vibrant cultures of Plains Indian tribes. This program will focus on how northern Plains Indian people’s resiliency and grit have endured and flourished in the face of adversity throughout their history. We will learn about the traditions and cultures of these tribes’ past and how many of these endure and are celebrated today through art, powwow, family, language, and other important components of their cultures.
Travel With Us to Ireland!
Galway – The City of Tribes
Wednesday, January 25, 10:30 – 11:30 am
Galway City is the real version of Ireland most tourists come to see on their vacation. It’s a modern city, and with a comparatively younger population, Galway nonetheless retains a distinctly Irish identity and character – something many Irish towns have lost in recent times.
We’ll start our 60 minute stroll around Ireland’s Western capital at Lynch’s Castle where the term ‘lynching’ was first coined following an infamous murder in 1493. Our guide will tell us about how a monkey once rescued a baby from a house fire, and you’ll also hear the story behind Galway’s famous moniker ‘City of the Tribes’.
You’ll learn why Christopher Columbus would never have discovered America but for his visit in 1477 to the City of Galway, and the true love story of Richard Joyce and Sarah Curran which led to the creation of the first Claddagh Ring in 1689.
We’ll cover the city’s rich history from ancient times, its long-standing cultural and architectural links with Spain – and we will learn a little Gaelic along the way.
Following this program we will have a themed meal of Irish Potato Soup, Irish Style Cole Slaw, and Bread Pudding with Nutmeg.
Federal Hall National Monument
Tuesday, January 31, 2:00 pm
When the Constitution was ratified in 1788, New York remained the national capital. Pierre L’Enfant was commissioned to remodel the City Hall for the new federal government. The First Congress met in the now Federal Hall and wrote the Bill of Rights. George Washington was inaugurated here as the country’s first President on April 30, 1789. When the capital moved to Philadelphia in 1790, the building again housed city government until 1812, when Federal Hall was demolished. The current structure on the site was built as a Customs House, opening in 1842. In 1862, Customs moved to 55 Wall Street, and the building became the US Sub-Treasury. Millions of dollars of gold and silver were kept in the basement vaults, until the Federal Reserve Bank replaced the Sub-Treasury system in 1920.
“Polynesian Wayfinders”: Mystic Seaport Museum
Tuesday, February 7, 2:00 pm
It’s time to join of our favorite presenters- Brian from the Planetarium at Mystic! Brian traveled to the Pacific recently and did his own research of the Polynesian skies! This show offers a unique perspective on star lore as well as navigation. We will view the night sky as seen from Honolulu, Hawaii while learning about how the people of Polynesia could find their way across vast distances of ocean without any tools of technology. We will explore how clues from the natural world not only helped Polynesians with direction-finding, but also formed the stories that created their very own constellations.
Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail
Tuesday, February 14, 2:00 pm, Home viewing only
The Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail was established by Congress in 1996 to commemorate the events, people and route of the 1965 Voting Rights March in Alabama. The 54-mile-long national historic trail begins at the Brown Chapel African Methodist Episcopal (A.M.E.) Church in Selma and then follows the 1965 historic routes of the Selma to Montgomery voting rights marches through the city and eastward along US Highway 80 through Dallas County and Lowndes County. Crossing into Montgomery County, the Trail continues into the city of Montgomery and ends at the Alabama State Capitol. Join us as we visit this site which stands as an enduring testament to the long struggle and sacrifices made by many individuals to preserve the right to vote as a fundamental cornerstone of American democracy.
Richard M. Nixon Presidential Library and Museum
Tuesday, February 21, 2:00 pm
Born on January 9,1913, on his parents’ citrus farm in Yorba, Linda, California, Richard Milhous Nixon’s life spanned eight decades. Join us for a virtual tour of the library and museum from a presenter who will share the stories from the museum that cover much of President Nixon’s life and his extraordinary accomplishments prior to becoming the 37th President of the United States. The journey ends with Richard Nixon’s post presidency period and his contributions as elder statesman, and his impact on American culture.
New River Gorge National Park, WV
Tuesday, February 28, 2:00 pm
We’re off to to see America’s Newest National Park in “Wild Wonderful” West Virginia! In December 2020, this 73,000- acre slice of paradise, encompassing a whitewater river, limestone cliffs and deep canyons, became the country’s newest national park. The lifeblood of the park is the New River, and despite its name it is believed to be one of the oldest rivers in the world. For more than 260 million years, it has run northeasterly from the Blue Ridge Mountains near Boone, North Carolina, through southwest Virginia and into West Virginia, cutting through the Appalachian Plateau and joining with the Gauley River to form the Kanawha River in south-central West Virginia. Join us as discover the breathtaking beauty of this park, and see for yourself why it is referred to as “ Almost Heaven”.
Strength, Stretch and Stability Class with Instructor Liz Hatfield
Tuesdays and Thursdays – Zoom Class 10:30 – 11:30 am
Cost: $5 per class for virtual or in-person payable to The Thompson Center
For those who wish to continue classes via Zoom, Thursdays will be a hybrid class and you can continue to exercise from home. A zoom link will be provided upon request and newcomers are welcome.