A Few Fresh & Fun Ideas to
Stay Socially Connected 
We are thinking about you and missing you!
From your emails and comments, we realize you are missing your "Cool and Happening Place." Until the wonderful day when we can welcome you back, we encourage you to stay in touch with the people you love! Here's a few ideas on how to foster fresh connections via Zoom, Skype, FaceTime, or Facebook Messenger!

  1. Read a story, share a special memory, recount some family history with your grandkid(s). Start a book club; read and talk about a favorite book!
  2. Research a few jokes and puns (on google) to share with loved ones (to inspire you, enjoy a funny Buzzfed video of actress Judy Dench interacting with her grandson).
  3. Teach your kids/grandkids/friends one of your skills or talents (a magic trick, knitting, or baking bread) or learn and practice a new skill together (juggling, origami, or sign language).
  4. Draw, doodle, paint, or color together – chat and share your creations with each other as you go.
  5. Put some music on and teach each other a dance! Or just dance your sillies out!
  6. Play I spy in the backyard. I spy something blue (hydrangeas), something red (a robin), something yellow (lemons).
  7. Text or email a nature photo you took on your daily walk or something from your yard, or a project you are working on, maybe some seedlings you recently planted, bursting through the soil - chat about the thing you shared.
  8. Play games online with friends and/or family (for a few ideas click here).
  9. Choose a simple or a family favorite recipe to make together (email the ingredients, have them ready to go, something like spaghetti and meatballs, a casserole, or a pizza - for a few ideas, click here.)
  10. Lastly, plan a “Coffee Talk” or a “Happy Hour,” at least once a week – have a format for this “catch up” call with friends or family. Some ideas to include are: the best moment this week; the most challenging moment; the best thing I baked/cooked/ate; something new learned; your latest favorite song or funny video.

Whatever you do, we encourage you to stay in touch with the people you care about and love – it is how we keep each other going and positive! And again, a reminder we are closed through May – but if you can use a lift, please feel free to reach out to us at 850-891-4000 (we are here M-F, 8-5 pm, to chat or just listen).

Researched and written by Audrey Byrne , Communications Coordinator and Lori Swanson , Community Relations Coordinator (and "author" of our term - "Cool and Happening Place")
Virtual Volunteer Opportunities
When most people think about volunteer opportunities, they imagine an in-person scenario where they are assisting an individual or group face-to-face. While most of us may still prefer this type of community interaction, the changing and increasingly digital world we live in, and the COVID-19 outbreak in particular, has incentivized many to explore a growing number of virtual volunteer opportunities. Virtual volunteering is a great way to feel connected and engaged with your community while maintaining physical distancing requirements, necessary at this time. Click here for a variety of online volunteer opportunities.  This resource card was researched and developed by Nick Schrader , Southside Outreach Assistant.
New "Live" Fitness Classes premiering on our Facebook Page at the times below & available next week "On Demand" at www.TallahasseeSeniorFoundation.org
Coming next week - fitness classes will be available next week - On Demand" on the Tallahassee Senior Foundation website. Premiering this Friday - Entry Level Seated Yoga with Bridget Welch, LMT at 11:30 am on the TSC Facebook page .
Brain - Body - Balance
Mondays at 1:30 pm
Mindful Movement
Tuesdays at 11 am
Gentle Yoga
Wednesdays at 10 am
Stretch & Flex
Thursdays at 3 pm
For more information on the above Fitness Classes (which will be posted on TSC Facebook and on the TallahasseeSeniorFoundation.org website next week ) email Ruth.Nickens@talgov.com .
Lifelong Learners Via Zoom! New Classes!
Geology of the National Parks - via ZOOM - Thursdays (ongoing through May 28), 10 – 11:30 a.m. Our U.S. National Parks preserve spectacular icons of Earth’s geologic heritage. They contain some of the world’s finest examples of geologic phenomena including mountains, canyons, glaciers, volcanoes, coastlines, caverns, dunes, and more. TSC Lifelong Learning Coordinator and geologist Maureen Haberfeld will share some basic geology lessons and lead participants on virtual exploration of the geologic wonders in our beautiful parks. To participate, register by 9 a.m., Wednesday morning.
NEW! China Now - via Zoom - Tuesdays (May 19, 26 and Jun. 2), 1:30-3:00 p.m. Instructor Tom Friedman will begin with a review of the philosophies that shaped the Chinese worldview nearly 2500 years ago. Next, we will examine the final two dynasties, Ming and Qing and the actions that led to the establishment of the Republic 1912 – 1949. The Republic, led by Sun Yat-sen, began with high hopes and which were dashed by weak, corrupt governing of General Chiang Kai-shek and his spending enormous resources from 1931 to 1945 fighting Japan (this was the real beginning of WW II). The exhausted Republic was defeated by the Communists in 1949. Major events include the Korean Conflict, Great Leap Forward, Cultural Revolution, and the trial of the Gang of Four. Leaders Chairman Mao, the enigmatic Zhou Enlai and others. Finally, we will consider the extraordinary gathering of powers by Xi Jinping, who is presently President, Chair of the Military Commission and General Secretary of the Communist Party.  To participate, register by 9 a.m., Mondays before each class (5/19, 5/26, 6/1).

To register for the above LifeLong Learning classes or for more information, email Maureen Haberfeld and she will send you a Zoom link. If you don’t already have zoom on your computer/tablet/or phone, you will be prompted to download the application and set-up a login and password, upon receiving a link from Maureen. Sometimes these emails go to junk/spam folder – so check there and let Maureen know if you don't get an email invite.
Zooming Into Online Art
Upcoming Live Zoom Art Classes!
Register NOW!

NEW CLASS - BACKYARD BASKETS WORKSHOP - For more information or to register - click on photo or here !

Draw With Your Eyes, Paint With Your Heart, Mark Fletcher - (ongoing, newcomers welcome), Wednesdays, 1:30 p.m. Pen & Ink with a little watercolor. To register, email by 9 a.m., Tuesday prior.
Hands-On Art History with Mark Fletcher - Mondays (ongoing, newcomers welcome), 12:30 p.m. Create your own art applying and combining the methods of various artists like Van Gogh, Monet, Durer and others. To register, email by noon Thursday prior.

Acrylic + Mixed Media by Robin Gray, Thursdays (ongoing), 9:30 am – 12:00 pm, starts Apr. 30. Acrylic paint is a wonderful medium, equally at home in fine art and personal journals. You can paint on paper, canvas or wood. Think you can't draw? You'll learn to use color, shape, value, and size to express yourself. You really only need five colors of acrylic paint, some gesso, and painting surfaces you may already have in the house. You'll also learn how to make do-it-yourself stencils and stamps to create exciting papers for collage work. Let this class be the beginning of a journey that can take you wherever you want to go. Register by 9:00 am, Wednesday prior.

To register for the above class(es), click here ; for more information - email Jennifer Haskins.
Join us on Friday at 11 a.m. on our Tallahassee Senior Center Facebook page for an Updates and Recap with Kristy Carter, Assistant Program Supervisor . This review of the week will include a Facebook Challenge. You will not want to miss it . . .and speaking of missing - we miss you! Sending virtual hugs!
Vote by Mail-in Ballot
Make your vote count!  Contact the Leon County Supervisor of Elections to request a mail-in ballot. For your safety and health, they encourage you to vote by mail! Do not delay. Call 850-606-8603 or email vote@LeonCountyFL.gov.  Web site: www.leonvotes.org.
Brainteaser Challenge
Let's keep our minds challenged and active!

We have a correct answer to last Tuesday's Brainteaser - The answer is Helicopter! High Five to the these participants that correctly responded:
Virginia Loewe, D.J. O’Neal (lives in Bristol, FL), and Bob Moore, and Don Ruane

Solve the riddle (submitted to Braingle.com by Zehrapushu):

You will know that I am coming
From the jingle of my bell,
But exactly who I am is not an easy thing to tell.

Children, they adore me
for they find me jolly,
but I do not see them when the halls are decked with holly.

My job often leaves me frozen,
I am a man that all should know,
But I do not do business in times of sleet or ice or snow.

I travel much on business,
But no reindeer haul me around,
I do all my traveling firmly on the ground.

I love the time of Christmas,
But that's not my vocational season,
And I assure that is because of a sound economic reason.

Share your answer with Nancy Gentry, Special Projects Assistant (Nancy.Gentry@talgov.com) ! We will give you a "shout out" if you are among the first three people to get the answer correct. Find more brainteasers at www.braingle.com
Zoom into Ukulele
Quit Smoking - Virtual Tobacco Cessation
Today is good time to quit smoking, and tobacco cessation classes - either Tuesdays 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. OR Thursdays 2 - 4 p.m. (ongoing) are now offered virtually on Zoom. Receive support and nicotine patches at no-cost. Class instructor/leader: Emily Kohler (BBAHEC). Call 850-224-9340 to register for a class of your choice. 
Zoom User Guide
Want to learn more about Zoom? How to get started? Join a meeting? Host a meeting? Tutorials? Click here!
Our programs are funded and dependent on your membership donations
If you can, we ask that you continue to support our programs by renewing your membership to the TSC Foundation. For membership information, benefits and to give online - click here or print and mail this form in. Or, to make a donation - click here .
Checks can be mailed to: TSC Foundation, 1400 N. Monroe St. Tallahassee, FL, 32303.

The mission of Tallahassee Senior Services is to offer programs, activities, and opportunities designed to encourage active living, optimal aging, and social fitness for independent adults age 50+.

Payment options: 
Mail a check made payable to TSC Foundation, 1400 N. Monroe St., Tallahassee, FL 32303
 Renew on-line (by credit card) - click here  
 Set up automatic monthly or annual payments, complete & return the form found here

(COVID-19) Resources
Could you use someone to talk too, a little "lift," or some help with resources – the main number is 850-891-4000 and it will be forwarded to a staff member’s phone from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

General Resource
2-1-1 Big Bend ,You can call 2-1-1 for human service information and assistance. They are available 24 hours a day to listen and provide emotional support, crisis counseling, suicide prevention, and information & referrals.

Comprehensive guide that provides extensive information and resources for dealing with COVID-19; can be downloaded or viewed on line.

Resource Cards are a service of Tallahassee Senior Services and the Tallahassee Senior Center & Foundation . Could you use some resource information or have some questions, call 850.891.4000, or email Sandra Stoutamire . Note: Resource cards are not guaranteed to be all-inclusive and does not imply endorsement of any persons, offices, or agencies by Tallahassee Senior Center.
Be a Supporter of Senior Services!
Tallahassee Senior Services offers programs, activities, and opportunities designed to encourage active living, optimal aging, and social fitness for independent adults age 50+. The mission of the TSC Foundation is to generate funding to support programs, services and participants of Tallahassee Senior Services. Here are three ways you can support Senior Services:
Become a Member! Donate!
Donations, honorariums, memorial gifts, and legacy gifting are appreciated ( click here to donate ). For more information on membership or on becoming a Key Holder click here. Your membership is tax deductible. Call 891-4041 or email Karin Caster for information or assistance. 

Host a Facebook Fundraiser!
Are you celebrating a birthday or a special occasion and have enough "stuff"? How about hosting a Facebook Fundraiser to benefit the Senior Center? To do this, you must have a Facebook account/profile and then click here and follow the directions! Need help? Email Audrey Byrne.

Be certain to thank your friends for their generosity and thank you and your friends forsharing the joy of active aging opportunities for our community!
Shop at Smile.Amazon.com
Shop at Smile.Amazon.com ! Choose the Tallahassee Senior Citizens Foundation, Inc. as your charity of choice, and every time you shop, 0.5% of AmazonSmile purchases will be donated .
Links to programs, classes and opportunities!