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Upcoming Programs
The Changing Energy Picture: Where Do You Fit In?
Tuesday, May 15, 2018
12:00 - 1:00 pm
East Hill Office Building
Training Room #140

Changes are happening! There are some changes currently happening in the way our energy is produced, distributed, and used in our homes and other buildings. These changes bring both opportunities and challenges for you and your family to reduce your energy use, support the switch to renewable sources, spend less money on utilities, and be more comfortable in your home.

Come find out what’s going on and what this means for you and your home. Leave with more information about the new energy landscape, the electric grid, how you are using energy, smart meters, and tips to reduce your energy use.
This brief workshop, led by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County, is informative and interactive. We hope you will join us!
Anne Rhodes is an Energy Educator working with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County. She is working with homeowners and renters to help them reduce their energy use in their homes. She also helps people understand the options and incentives available for taking advantage of renewable energy systems, including solar panels, community solar, solar water heaters, and heat pumps for heating homes and water. 
Downsizing & Decluttering
Thursday, May 10, 2018
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
East Hill Office Building
Training Room #140 
Are you experiencing significant stress caused by the need to downsize and/or declutter? If so, this workshop is for you!  Join us, as professional organizer and small business owner Linda Story, walks us through strategies to address these life challenges. 
Linda decided to become a professional organizer following her 2003 move to Ithaca. This eleventh relocation heightened her enthusiasm for managing life’s transitions well. Retirement, downsizing, moving, or a change in health or relationships—all can be better met using strategic planning, smart practices and the support of a knowledgeable and neutral ally. 

An educator for twelve years, a writer and photojournalist for thirteen years, Linda launched Clear the Way Organizing, LLC in 2005. Her specialties include coaching best practices for downsizing for a move, clutter clearing, implementing individualized time management and To Do systems, and maximizing the usefulness of one’s gifts of time and living spaces.  
A member of the National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals, and NAPO's Golden Circle, Linda wrote the monthly "Get Organized” article for the Ithaca Journal for seven years, in addition to Clear the Way Organizing’s periodic newsletter.

She and her husband enjoy visiting their four children and their spouses, located from Alaska to Portugal. Their avocations include travel, photography, curiosity-fueled explorations, kayaking, and occasionally, gardening.
Retiree Reflections
Retiree Reflections is dedicated to sharing retiree experiences within our community.
Funny, I retired from Cornell Cooperative Extension of Warren County in 2008. However, 9 years later, after many trials and tribulations, I found myself needing more income.

I tried working as a gardener in Lake George Village but it was grueling work often kneeling for hours on end. So the possibility of working in an office where the kneeling, heat and sun wouldn’t be wearing me out was appealing.
 A friend at Cornell texted me about a vacant position and would I like to apply. Since I was in the Master Gardener program and occasionally visited the office, I was comfortable with the possibility of returning to a job where I was familiar with the work and employees. Well I applied and luckily was rehired. 

I appreciate the role Cornell Cooperative Extension plays in the community. We educate people with nutritional, parenting, and energy programs. Most importantly, the 4-H program which teaches children how to work and learn together. The youth fair has a Teen Superintendent program which gives them training in how to get job experience before they are employed. The Public Presentation program helps them for when they need to apply for a job. It strengthens their ability to speak to potential employers and to be comfortable in presenting their views to others.

In addition to my administrative career, I am an artist. During the time off between retiring and going back to work I was able to take many workshops in watercolor and pastel which has helped me to develop better skills. Art was a hobby but I hope in my next retirement I will be able to use it as a source of income.

-Christine Dittus
Campus Events & Activities
Spring Into Wellbeing Challenge
 This is a 4-week challenge open to Cornell staff, faculty, students, retirees, spouses and partners that focuses on the 8 dimensions of Wellbeing: Social, Occupational, Physical, Spiritual, Environmental, Financial, Emotional, and Intellectual.

As a participant you'll be focusing on two dimensions of wellbeing each week. You'll do this by selecting two items from a list of approximately 14 options provided to you each week, that you'll commit to completing during that week. For example, the week that focuses on the dimensions of Social and Occupational Wellbeing, may include the options of:

  • Social: Reach out to a friend, family member, or social group that you miss. Tell them you miss them and spend time catching up.
  • Occupational: Explore educational courses or talks available through one or more of the following:,, Skillsoft, eCornell, CU Learn.

This challenge is brought to you by Cornell Recreational Services and Cornell Wellness. The challenge runs from April 9 through May 6 (4 weeks). Participate in all 4 weeks to be eligible to win the Grand Prizes ($100 value each). Additionally, participate each week and you will be entered into that week's prize drawing. And, you can win pop-up challenges throughout the contest too!

East Hill Spring Plant Sale
Friday, April 27th, 2018
11:00 am - 1:00 pm
East Hill Office Building Atrium

Join the Hortus Forum, a Cornell Student Organization, as they hold their Spring Plant Sale at the East Hill Office Building, 395 Pine Tree
Road, Ithaca. Prices range from $5 - $25.

Learn more about Hortus Forum at:

Sponsored by the HR Green Ambassadors .
Caregiver Support & Education Network
You are invited to attend meetings of the Caregiver Support & Education Network, on- or off-campus. (See locations below.) Caregivers come together to share the challenges, joys and resources of caregiving as well as listen to occasional speakers presenting on topics of interest specifically to caregivers. Facilitators will share strategies, tools, and resources for coping with stress, caregiver guilt, and burnout as well as information on local/national resources that may assist you. 

Feel free to bring your lunch to any of these meetings. For questions or for more information, contact Diane Bradac, or 607-255-1917.
Group support meetings are held on campus in Weill Hall, Room 321 on Thursdays from 12:00-1:00pm on:
  • Apr 26, 2018
  • May 24, 2018
  • June 21, 2018
  • July 19, 2018
  • August 23, 2018
  • September 20, 2018
  • October 18, 2018
  • November 15, 2018
  • December 13, 2018
Group support meetings are held off-campus at East Hill in the EHOB building, 395 Pine Tree Rd, Conf Room 241 on Wednesdays from 12:00-1:00pm on: 
  • May 23rd
Special Events at Cornell Cinema
 Loving Vincent
shown with the short animation The Ballad of Holland Island House by Cornell alum Lynn Tomlinson '88
Wednesday, May 2 at 9:25pm
Thursday, May 3 at 7pm
Willard Straight Theatre

Directed by Dorota Kobiela, Hugh Welchman
with Douglas Booth, Jerome Flynn, Robert Gulaczyk
A different sort of animated film, Loving Vincent uses 130 of artist Vincent van Gogh’s paintings and the models in them to create its narrative. “Its 65,000 frames were rendered with oil paints by more than 100 artists to create a living, breathing canvas. Set a year after his death, the story is a murder-mystery as Armand Roulin, a regular sitter for van Gogh, investigates the final days of the painter.” ( Total Film ) Nominated for Best Animated Feature Oscar. Shown with the short animated film The Ballad of Holland Island House (2015, 5 min), directed and animated by Lynn Tomlinson ’88 . Animated clay paintings tell the true story of the last house on a sinking island in the Chesapeake Bay, a large and important estuary and waterway in Maryland, on the East Coast of the United States. In an Old-Time Music ballad, the house sings of its life and the creatures it has sheltered during its lifetime journey from tree, to timber, to home, to an ultimate return to nature. It contemplates time, environmental change, and the rise of the seas. The film includes a reference to Van Gogh's painting “The Potato Eaters.” Tomlinson used to teach an animation class at Cornell.
Tuesday, May 8 at 7:15pm
Willard Straight Theatre

Directed by Julie Cohen & Betsy West
with Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Gloria Steinem, Nina Totenberg
Cornell Cinema is thrilled to present the Ithaca premiere of this inspiring portrait of Supreme Court Justice and Cornell alum Ruth Bader Ginsberg ’54. “Ginsburg’s life—and its many lessons, both learned and taught—come to entertaining and energetic life” (Indiewire) in this new documentary that bowed at the Sundance Film Festival in January. “ RBG serves as a compelling Ginsburg primer, and West and Cohen are understandably interested in driving home just how fully she fought back sexism at every stage of her professional life, from her experience at Harvard Law to her first steps into full-time work to her Supreme Court appointment.” (Indiewire)
MAYFEST - Cornell Department of Music’s International Chamber Music Festival
Friday, May 18 – Tuesday, May 22, 2018
General Admission $25, Students $10, Under 18 FREE

Under the artistic direction of pianists Miri Yampolsky and Xak Bjerken, Cornell University’s Department of Music presents Mayfest, its annual springtime festival of world-class chamber music. Held May 18–22, 2018, the festival features the European Chiaroscuro Quartet, jazz from Nicholas Walker (bass), Greg Evans (drums), and Nick Weiser (piano), and more .

Full information:
Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Monday Night Seminar - How Australia's Birds Populated the World
May 7, 7:30 p.m.
Cornell Lab of Ornithology auditorium

According to Australian author and biologist Tim Low, Australian mammals have long cast a shadow over something of equal distinction, the birds. If we accept that birds produce song, the world’s first songs were sung in Australian rainforests tens of millions of years ago, by birds related to the lyrebird. This means that all of America’s warblers, jays, sparrows, chickadees and so forth have Australian ancestors. Hear more about this fascinating story of evolution based on Tim’s best-selling book, Where Song Began . The book will be available for purchase and signing.  This seminar is being streamed live

Bird Academy
Explore free and premium content on topics ranging from bird identification to bird song and behavior. Explore free and premium content on topics ranging from bird identification to bird song and behavior. Bird Academy offers new ways to learn about the world of birds through courses, videos, interactives, puzzles, quizzes and more.

 Birds & Blossoms Walks in May
In collaboration with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Cornell Botanic Gardens is offering free, guided walks to discover both the birds and wildflowers of spring. Walks will be held rain or shine and pre-registration is not required.
Bird Walks in the Arboretum–Fridays, 8:00 a.m.: May 4, 11, 18, and 25.
Meet by the Sculpture Garden, in the F.R. Newman Arboretum.
Wildflower Walks in Sapsucker Woods–Sundays, 1:00 p.m.: May 6, 13, 20,to and 27. 

Meet at the Cornell Lab Visitor Center.       
Beginner Bird Walks
Spring migration is ramping up, a great time to take advantage of the free beginner bird walks held each weekend at Sapsucker Woods, guided by members of the Cayuga Bird Club. Walks begin at 8:30 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays and usually last about 90 minutes. Meet outside the observatory. Please dress for the weather, and bring your binoculars. We also have a few pairs of binoculars to lend.
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Growing Fruit Series #2: Tree Fruits
Wednesday, April 25, 2018
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Learn to grow your own apple, cherry and plum trees! This class will cover site selection, disease-resistant varieties for organic cultivation, soil and light requirements, planting, maintenance and pest and disease management for home orchards.

Pre-registration is required. Go to the registration page to register and pay online, or call CCE-Tompkins at 272-2292.

$7-$10/person self-determined sliding scale; pay what you can afford

Tree ID Walk and Pruning Demo - Citizen Pruner Program Training #4
Monday, April 30, 2018
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

This final class for the pruning series allows participants to familiarize themselves with common trees in Ithaca and see spring pruning in action! Join CCE and the Citizen Pruner Program for a delightful walk outside to view various species of trees and shrubs.

Staff from Extension and the City are always on hand during work sessions to help guide volunteers in making pruning decisions. To volunteer or sign up for the classes, call (607) 272-2292 ext. 126 or email Monika Roth at .

$5 per person

Growing Fruit Series #3: Small Fruits
Wednesday, May 2, 2018
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Small fruits, which include strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, gooseberries, currants and jostaberries, are well-suited for growing in smaller spaces and generally more tolerant of heavy soils than tree fruits. Learn about site selection, cultivar selection, planting, maintenance and disease and pest control for these fruits.

Pre-registration is required. Go to the registration page to register and pay online, or call CCE-Tompkins at 272-2292.

$7-$10/person self-determined sliding scale; pay what you can afford
Community News
Medication Disposal Event
Saturday, April 28, 2018
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Slaterville Fire Station
2681 Slaterville Rd, Slaterville Springs, NY

This free and confidential event is open to the public. Supervised collection of household medications, including prescription drugs, such as: controlled substances, pills, powders, liquids (tightly capped), inhalers and unopened epi-pens. Non-prescriptions drugs and pet medicines also accepted. NOT accepted: mercury thermometers, mercurochrome or other mercury products; medical sharps, supplies or equipment; medicines from health care facilities or hazardous waste.

Organized by the Coalition for Safe Medication Disposal. For more information, call 2-1-1 or visit
Got Books?
It's that time of year when the Friends of the Tompkins County Public Library asks, "Got books?" March and April are a great time to corral your excess books, records, DVDs, CDs, puzzles and games and donate them to the Friends of the Library. 

Our warehouse at 509 Esty St., Ithaca, is open for donations, weather permitting, on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday mornings from 9 am - noon and we have a 24/7 drop box you can use when we are closed.

Our Spring Sale starts the first full weekend in May. Proceeds from the Sale benefit the Tompkins County Public Library as well as other public libraries and organizations working to promote literacy in Tompkins County. 

Please, no ripped, moldy, or wet books. You can find details on the items we accept on our website at .  So please grab all those extra books, records, DVDs, CDs and other items and get them to the Friends. See you at the Book Sale!
4th Annual 'Flair on Ice' Ice Skating Show (fundraiser)
Sunday, April 29,
1:00 - 2:30 pm
The Rink  (1767 E. Shore Dr., Landing, NY)

IC Figure Skating Group, Cornell Figure Skating, Cornell Synchro team
and other local skaters, will be putting on an amazing performance!

Click here   to enter a "custom amount" to:
·        Purchase tickets (suggested donation $10/each)
·        Purchase "pay-what-you-can" tickets (enter any amount)
·        Make a donation

To see pictures from last year's event, visit our Flickr page (go to "albums" to see past years events as well.)

For more information, contact

2nd Annual Fundraising Dinner
Sunday, May 6, 2018
11:30am - 9:00pm
719-25 S. Meadow St., Ithaca
Please join the CRC Family for our 2nd Annual Dinner
(which will be held at the  Texas Roadhouse  from now on!)
Present the flyer (you can pick up one at CRC, print the flyer pictured,
or show your waiter on your phone), and CRC will receive 10% of your total food purchases.

All food is home-cooked, and delicious, and there are vegetarian options available.
Tompkins County Office for the Aging
Transition to Assisted Living or Nursing Home: Is it Time?
Wednesday, May 9, 2018
Noon - 1:00 pm
in the conference room at the Tompkins County Office for the Aging
214 W. Martin Luther King, Jr./State St.

If you or someone you know is caring for a loved one with chronic care needs, the following free lunchtime workshop may be of interest to them.  A flyer advertising the workshop can be downloaded from the Office for the Aging website homepage at .)  

Suzanne Motheral will discuss the concerns and decisions family caregivers face in deciding whether a loved one is no longer able to be cared for safely at home. She will also discuss the supportive role the family caregiver can continue to play after a transition of their loved one to assisted living or a nursing home.    Ms. Motheral the Regional Coordinator for the NY State Ombudsman Program for Schuyler, Chemung and Tompkins Counties.  .  
Bring you brown bag lunch if you wish. Beverages/snack provided.
Pre-registration is required.   Register by replying to this email or calling 274-5482.
Events at Kendal
Tools for Downsizing
Friday, April 20 th , 2018
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
11:15 am: Downsizing Panel Discussion
12:15 pm: Finger Lakes ReUse
1:15 pm: Preparing Your House For Sale
Service Providers and Information Tables:
• Organizers and Downsizers
• a Local Realtor
• Finger Lakes ReUse
• Aging Services
• Tompkins County Recycling & Materials Management
• Moving Information
• Estate & Residential Cleanup • Antique Dealers
• Friends of the Tompkins County Library and more!

RSVP appreciated at (607) 266-5300.
Finding a Permanent Home for Your Books and Papers:
Preserving Your Academic Legacy with Cornell Manuscripts and Archives
Monday, April 30 th , 2018
2:00 pm
Join Evan Fay Earle of the Cornell University Library Rare and Manuscript Collections to learn about the many services offered by University Archives. Don’t face your lifetime accumulation of research materials, papers, class notes,correspondence and books alone! There is a surprising
amount of help available.

RSVP appreciated at (607) 266-5300.
Kendal at Ithaca
2230 N. Triphammer Road
Ithaca, NY
Adjusting Your Car for Safety and Comfort
Saturday, May 5th, 2018
15-minute appointments
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 pm.

At this practical, hands-on educational program for older drivers, (anyone over 50,) a team of trained technicians work with each participant for about 15 minutes to help adjust their car for the optimum "fit." A CarFit review includes twelve key areas, such as how to adjust one's mirrors to greatly minimize blind spots, ideal foot positioning on gas and brake pedals to reduce fatigue and reaction times, and effective positioning of the seat and steering wheel.

Register at , where you'll find this event listed, or with Eleanor Liebson at  (607) 274-4159  or .

Location: Suite A parking lot behind Convenient Care Center off Warren Rd., 10 Brentwood Drive
Volunteer Opportunities
Help expand the DAV volunteer driver program in Tompkins County
The DAV transports veterans to their VA sponsored medical appointments for free, typically to the Freeville clinic and the Syracuse VA Medical Center. They are currently seeking volunteer drivers.

For more information, please c ontact Paul Moore, Tompkins County Coordinator.

H: (607) 256-1164, C: (607) 279-7900
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