Explore the Great Outdoors
We may be under “safer at home” measures, but that doesn’t mean we can’t explore the great outdoors “virtually.” There are many online sites for nature buffs to get their fix, without leaving the comfort of their most comfortable chair. So, relax, turn off the news, and let's take an outdoor adventure on the internet.

For birders:  If you are a birder, or not, you will enjoy the virtual events on this site - www.audubon.org . Each week on Wednesday at 7 p.m., their Facebook page offers a live show highlighting funny, engaging, educational, and sometimes weird bird-related topics and discussion. You can access the show through their web site.

The Great Florida Wildlife includes great information for birders, but if you are new to birding check out the article "An Introduction for Beginning Birders,” by Jim Cox.

For fishers:  Google “Orvis Fly Fishing Learning Center” and learn the basic essentials, all the way through advanced tactics to catching fish in a pond, lake, river, inshore salt water, and even in the deep sea. Video lessons feature fishing and fly-tying instruction, followed by optional quizzes to see how much you have learned.
For hikers: When you get to this site - www.outsideonline.com - scroll down until you get to “8 Thru-Hiking Vlogs to Give You Trail Envy During Quarantine.” Hikers who have documented their previous trips through video blogs are featured in this “best-of” series. Documented hikes include, the Pacific Crest Trail, the Great Divide Trail in Canada, the Great Outdoor Challenge in the Scottish Highlands, the Te Araroa Trail in New Zealand, the Camino de Santiago in France and Spain, the Appalachian Trail (with a family of eight, including kids age 2-16!), the Continental Divide Trail, and the Great Himalayan Trail through Pakistan, India, Nepal, Bhutan and Tibet ( this video is continually being filmed and parts of it are being released over time).

You will find a great article at this site: Six Ideas for Exploring and Celebrating Trails…Virtually at Home!

For travel aficionados: This site - www.travelandleisure.com - has multiple videos for those who like to travel, including “13 Virtual Train Rides from Around the World,” and “5 National Parks offer Virtual Tours You Can Take from the Comfort of Home.”

For anyone who wants to see nature in real time - www.explore.org offers livecams of all sorts of animals, birds, ocean life, and more. These web cameras are stationed all over the world and feature fascinating footage.
Locally, there are still opportunities for outdoor recreation: 
 
All Tallahassee/Leon County trails, greenways, passive parks, and boat landings remain open for small groups (fewer than 10). All park users are encouraged to follow CDC guidance and practice social distancing when outside. To explore the County’s outdoor offerings, visit www.Trailahassee.com . If you have any questions about park facility closures, contact Tallahassee Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Affairs at (850) 891-3866 or Leon County Parks and Recreation at (850) 606-1470.

This is the website for our local trail system . You can find a walking/hiking trail near you based on location, difficulty (or not), and type of surface.  

Beach update: Wakulla County beaches including Wakulla Beach, Mashes Sands and Shell Point are now open. Franklin County beaches remain closed as of this writing. The St Marks National Wildlife Refuge remains open during daylight hours. Daily entrance fees have been waived. The Visitor Center and Lighthouse are closed. Restrooms are available near the picnic area. All trails and boat ramps are open. Call 925-6121 for an update on beach status.

The resource article (above) was written by Susan Davis, Leon County Senior Outreach & LOP-Lifelong Outdoor Pursuits (email Susan.Davis@Talgov.com) . The Lifelong Outdoor Pursuits program is offered by the Tallahassee Senior Center and Foundation and sponsored in part by Leon County Government, which also funds senior programs at six county-owned community centers.
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 (pink shirt, 2nd row, holding "ACTIVE"). This review of the week will include a Facebook Challenge. You will not want to miss it . . . and speaking of "missing," We are missing you, hope you are staying active, healthy, and safe ~ sending love from your Tallahassee Senior Center & Foundation Staff.
Childhood Trauma: The Impact Throughout one’s Lifetime 
. . . and the role pandemic plays
 Join us on Tuesday, April 28, 1:00 pm on Facebook for a Webinar
In recognition of Trauma Awareness Month, we present this webinar is about an important issue that is exceedingly common, and may be exacerbated by the current pandemic.  Dr. Mimi Graham, Director FSU Center for Prevention & Early Intervention Policy, is the keynote speaker. She will discuss the research, the physical and societal factors that play a role, the symptoms, the most current treatment options, coping skills, local resources and more. Intended for professionals, scholars, and the community at large. CEUs are offered for nursing and social work. For more info, contact Ruth Nickens, RN, TSC Health & Wellness Coordinator at Ruth.Nickens@talgov.com .
Brainteaser Challenge
Let's keep our minds challenged and active!

The following brainteaser was submitted to Braingle.com by MarcM1098: Emperor Akbar once ruled over India. He was a wise and intelligent ruler, and he had in his court the Nine Gems, his nine advisors, who were each known for a particular skill. One of these Gems was Birbal, known for his wit and wisdom. The story below is one of the examples of his wit. Do you have it in you to find out the answer?

Once Akbar challenged Birbal. He asked Birbal to write a line on the wall which when read in happy times makes you sad but when read in sad times makes you happy. What would he have written to satisfy the conditions given by his king?

Share your answer with Nancy Gentry, Special Projects Assistant (Nancy.Gentry@talgov.com) ! We will give you a "shout out" if you get the answer correct when we share the answer on Tuesday!
 Find more brainteasers at www.braingle.com
Lifelong Learners Via Zoom!
Climate Change and Cultural Resources - via Zoom - Tuesday, Apr. 28, 1:30 - 3 p.m. Florida is particularly susceptible to the impacts of climate change. Something many people have not considered is how it will impact our historic and archaeological sites, many of which provide tourism revenue to our state. This presentation by Barbara Clark from Florida Public Archaeology Network is designed to provide a brief understanding of climate change and discuss its impacts on some of Florida's more sensitive sites. To participate, register by 9 a.m., Apr. 27.

Geology of the National Parks - via ZOOM - Thursdays (ongoing), 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.  

Climate Change and Cultural Resources - via Zoom - Tuesday, Apr. 28, 1:30 - 3 p.m. Florida is particularly susceptible to the impacts of climate change. Something many people have not considered is how it will impact our historic and archaeological sites, many of which provide tourism revenue to our state. This presentation is designed to provide a brief understanding of climate change and discuss its impacts on some of Florida's more sensitive sites. To participate, register by 9 a.m., Apr. 27.

To register 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!

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 Tuesday, 9 a.m. to participate.

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. Register by Thursday, noon to participate.

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. Email by Wednesday (Apr. 29), 9 a.m. to participate.

To register for the above class(es) or for more information - email Jennifer Haskins. Let her know which class(es) you are interested in; 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 Jennifer. Sometimes these emails go to junk/spam folder – so check there first and let Jennifer know if you don't get an email invite.
Zoom into Ukulele
Mindful Movement - Tuesdays, 11 a.m.
Live Class via Facebook
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+.
YES, I/WE WANT TO SUPPORT OUR SENIOR CENTER!

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. 

"A COPY OF THE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DIVISION OF THE CONSUMER SERVICES BY CALLING TOLL-FREE (800-435-7352) WITHIN THE STATE or WWW.800HELPFLA.COM. REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL, OR RECOMMENDATION BY THE STATE." Registration #CH8035.
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!