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HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Winter Employee Celebration Tickets On Sale Now!
Winter Employee Celebration
Saturday, February 17, 2018
Ramin Room/Bartels Hall, 3:00 to 5:30 p.m.
Tickets on sale now through February 8.

Cornell's annual  Winter Employee Celebration is for staff, faculty, retirees and their families. Enjoy a Community Dinner featuring chicken parmesan and vegetarian baked ziti. Vegan and gluten-free options available.

Tickets:  $5 discounted tickets are available now through February 8   at the Athletic Department Ticket Office, Bartels Hall (M-F 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) or call 607-255-4347. 
Events: Your ticket includes dinner and a variety of athletic events (some have additional costs):
  • Women's Lacrosse, Women's Basketball, Men's Basketball, Men's Polo
  • Men's Ice Hockey tickets* are available for an additional $5 with purchase of Employee Celebration ticket (*extra cost) Please note: Seats for the hockey game are likely to go quickly, so do not delay in purchasing your tickets if you want to go to the hockey game. 
  • Family Bowling* at Helen Newman Bowling Lanes, 12:00 to 6:00 pm (*extra cost: $2 games, $1 shoes)
Parking: Free parking at Hoy Garage with Cornell University ID. 
Volunteers Needed: All volunteers scheduled for set up, serving or clean-up will receive an Employee Celebration t-shirt and complimentary meal/game ticket (excluding hockey) for the day's events. Contact   empcelebration@cornell.edu   to volunteer for this event.
FYI: Important Information
Emergency Information
Like it or not, winter has arrived in Ithaca. Check out the  National Weather Service   and  Ready.gov  to learn about what to do before, during, and after a winter storm. Also, see what the CDC has to say about  staying safe and healthy in winter .

Call 911 for any situation that requires IMMEDIATE police, fire, or medical response to preserve life or property.  

Visit Cornell's emergency page for information on CornellAlert and other messages regarding emergencies. Download and review the Emergency Action Guide . Cornell Cooperative Extension offers Winter Weather Safety including driving tips and pet safety.
Snow Shoveling Assistance and Tips

Difficulty keeping your driveway, pathways or sidewalks clear? The Tompkins County Office for the Aging maintains a listing of people who are willing to do yard work and/or snow shoveling for seniors on either a paid or volunteer basis. Contact the office for more details, (607) 274-5482.

The following tips can help keep you safer when you set out to shovel:
  • Warm up. Warm your muscles before heading out to shovel by doing some light movements, such as bending side to side or walking in place.
  • Push rather than lift. Pushing the snow with the shovel instead of lifting can help reduce the strain on your body. When lifting snow, bend your knees and use your legs when possible.
  • Choose your shovel wisely. Ergonomically-designed shovels can help reduce the amount of bending you have to do.
  • Lighten your load. Consider using a lighter-weight plastic shovel instead of a metal one to help decrease the weight being lifted.
  • Hit the pause button. Pace yourself and be sure to take frequent breaks. Consider taking a break after 20 to 30 minutes of shoveling, especially when the snow is wet.
  • Consider multiple trips. Consider shoveling periodically throughout the storm to avoid having to move large amounts of snow at once.
  • Keep up with snowfall. Try to shovel snow shortly after it falls, when it is lighter and fluffier. The longer snow stays on the ground, the wetter it can become. Wet snow is heavier and harder to move.
  • Wear layers. Dress in layers and remove them as you get warm to help maintain a comfortable body temperature.
  • Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated while shoveling.
Caller ID Change for Cornell Calls to Off-Campus Numbers
Beginning Saturday, December 16, Cornell will change how its phone numbers work with caller ID. Instead of showing as a blocked or unknown call, the Cornell phone number will be shown. Depending on your phone service provider, the caller ID may also display “Cornell University.” This change is necessary to support the university’s new 911 system, launching January 8, 2018. Learn more
EA News and Views
This past year, 2017, marked the creation of a Cornell Staff Retiree Representative seat on the Cornell Employee Assembly (EA). This would not have happened without the support of HR, the EA, and the President's Office. We are honored to share the first Staff Retiree Representative seat on the EA. Let us know via the CRA email anytime you have any suggestions, questions, or concerns. Have a great New Year!!
~ Peggy Andersen and Hurf Sheldon
CRA Notes ...
Retirees Talk: Tell Us Your Story!
Many of you live outside of the Ithaca area but continue to support Cornell! This newsletter will soon include a feature story about a Cornell retiree. Would you like to share your story? Email cornellretirees@cornell.edu with your name, current city/state, and when/what position/department you retired from. Tell us about your travel, hobbies, entrepreneurial endeavors, books you’ve written, volunteerism, or anything else you’d like to share – and include photos! In your email, please provide permission to include your story in the newsletter. We look forward to sharing as ma ny adventures as possible!  
Campus Events & Activities
Cornell History Course - Free for Retirees - Register Now!
Cornell: The First American University
Mondays, 7:30-8:45 p.m.

Classes start January 29. Register now!

Corey Earle ’07 will be teaching this very popular Cornell history course, which begins on Monday, January 29th. Retirees can enroll for free, but must register online by completing the form, which requires the signature of the course instructor (Corey Earle) or the American Studies Program administrator. The data for the class section of the form is: AMST 2001 001-LEC 18348 1 [L or S, depending on if you want a grade or not] The First American University [signature of dept or instructor].

Staff and retirees may unofficially sit in occasionally for a week or two. For the schedule or more information, please contact the instructor, Corey Earle .
Exploration Stations at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology
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Retirees Welcome!
10 am – noon every Friday and Saturday
Cornell Lab of Ornithology
159 Sapsucker Woods Road, Ithaca, NY 14850

Future Exploration Station Themes:
  • Jan 19 & 20: Bird Diversity
  • Jan 26 & 27: What You Can Do for Birds
These stations are geared toward people of ALL ages. Come join the fun!

Check out the Cornell Lab of Ornithology's Exploration Stations! Each week will feature a different topic of bird biology, conservation, or other research happening at the Lab. These stations are intended for all ages-hands-on activities for the young at heart, resources for things you can do at home, and often an array of bird specimens from the Cornell University Museum of Vertebrates. Call (607) 254-2473 for details.
The Martin Luther King, Jr., Day of Commemoration Lecture
Featuring Mitchell S. Jackson
Sage Chapel, Tuesday, January 23, 2018, 5:30 - 7:30pm

This year’s keynote speaker is award-winning author and filmmaker of "The Residue Years" and a prominent advocate for criminal justice reform,   Mitchell S. Jackson He is a faculty member at New York University, in addition to being a fellow with TED, the Lannan Foundation, and the BreadLoaf Conference. Jackson's keynote address, "The Other America II” builds off King’s 1967 speech, “The Other America.” Free, open to the public, accessible. RSVP encouraged. Bring your book to be signed by the author.
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. 

"Navigating Challenges of Caretaking: A Family Systems Perspective"
Thurs, Jan 25 from 12:00-1:00 in Weill Hall 321 with Marta Maria Guzman Cotto ,
Counselor, Faculty & Staff Assistance Program (FSAP) 
Caretaking for family members can be a rewarding and fulfilling experience. Nonetheless, this responsibility also places numerous demands on the caregiver. Moreover, family dynamics frequently change, and pose new and unexpected challenges. Please join us for an opportunity to discuss how to successfully navigate these issues, as well as share our collective wisdom regarding self-care, empowerment, and hope.
 
"Finding Joy in Caregiving" 
Thurs, Feb 22 from 12:00-1:00 in Weill Hall 321 with Fay Bunnell, Elder Care Consultant, Elder Frontiers
Fay has 40 years of experience as a professional caregiver in the areas of Geriatrics, Hospice, Med-Surg, nursing education and alternative healing. The purpose of this session is to share techniques that can build a more expansive life for elders and caregivers. Fay will discuss how care giving can benefit from creative communication techniques and activities. When you are communicating so that both parties feel heard and valued, joy naturally follows. Bring your questions so that we can explore how this can work in your situation. 

Feel free to bring your lunch to any of these meetings. For questions or for more information, contact Diane Bradac,  sdb39@cornell.edu or 607-255-1917.
Group support meetings are held on campus in Weill Hall, Room 321 on Thursdays from 12:00-1:00pm on:
  • Jan 25, 2018
  • Feb 22, 2018
  • Mar 22, 2018
  • Apr 26, 2018
  • May 24, 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: 
  • Jan 24, 2018
  • Feb 21, 2018
  • Mar 21, 2018
Cornell's Climate-Adapted Design Studio Presentation
Learn How Cornell's Climate-Adapted Design Studio Has Helped Communities Adapt to Climate Change
Date/time: Wednesday, January 24; 5 to 6:30 p.m.
Cost: Free and open to the public
Location: Tompkins County Public Library

Please join us at this Biophilia: ITHACA forum for a lively presentation and discussion by Josh Cerra, Cornell Landscape Architecture Associate Professor. The Climate-Adaptive Design (CAD) Studio links Cornell University students with Hudson riverfront communities faced with extreme precipitation, flooding and sea level rise to explore design alternatives for more climate-adapted and connected waterfront areas. Cerra will introduce concepts of resilience, and share the studio’s process for inspiring awareness and action in preparation for a changing climate.

Free and open to all. Refreshments will be provided. This forum is sponsored by the Paleontological Research Institution, and the biophilia: ITHACA chapter, which is comprised of numerous individuals and organizations including Cornell Botanic Gardens.
Contact  hnc24@cornell.edu   or   erin@ithacachildrensgarden.org   for more information.
A Winter Party at the  Johnson Museum of Art - Celebrating 45 Years!
Johnson Museum of Art : Opening Reception
Thursday, February 1, 5:00-7:00 pm

It might be February but we're celebrating our exhibitions for the Spring 2018 semester. Celebrate our all-new exhibitions at this opening reception , free and open to all, with refreshments, a cash bar, and a drop-in artmaking workshop in the studio. A special talk on  Highlights from the Collection: 45 Years at the Johnson  with Stephanie Wiles, the Richard J. Schwartz Director of the Museum, will precede the reception at 4:30 pm in the wing lecture room.

The Museum will be open until 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays through May 10. 

Elevator Update: The elevator in our main building is scheduled to be out of service though Saturday, February 17. Our receptionists and security staff are available for visitors who may require assistance. The elevator in the wing (directly across from our parking lot) remains in service. All public floors of the Museum are accessible by stairs.
Please call 607-255-6464 if you have any questions or special needs in advance of your visit Open Tuesdays to Sundays, 10:00AM to 5:00PM 607 255-6464.
Cornell Botanic Gardens - Walking Tours
Date/time: Friday, February 2; noon - 1 p.m
Cost: $5 suggested donation; no registration required
Instructor: Phil Syphrit, conifer gardener
Location: Meet at the Nevin Welcome Center

Join conifer gardener Phil Syphrit on an easy walk through part of our conifer collection. The walk will last approximately one hour. Please dress appropriately for the weather.

Date/time: Saturday, February 3; 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Cost: $5 suggested donation; no registration is required
Instructor: Linda Spielman, local author and animal tracker  
Location: Meet at the Nevin Welcome Center

Join local author and animal tracker Linda Spielman for a leisurely walk through the Mundy Wildflower Garden in search of animal tracks and other signs of wildlife. Appropriate for adults and children over 8 years. Dress appropriately for the weather.

Winter Hours: The Nevin Welcome Center and Garden Gift Shop are open Tuesday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m; Sunday 12 p.m. to 4 p.m; closed Monday. 

Metered Parking at the Botanical Gardens A new parking lot was built along with the Nevin Welcome Center. It is metered during the weekday from 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. at $1.50 per hour (the first hour is free) for a maximum of three hours. Visitors are not required to pay to park during evening hours and on weekends.
Cornell Concert Series - Get a Discount Before Jan 31
It’s cold outside, but the Cornell Concert Series is opening our spring semester with two hot vocal performances. First, on February 10 , we have jazz singer Alicia Olatuja . Alicia sang for Barack Obama’s second inauguration and has been on the rise ever since! On March 3 , internationally-renowned Sweet Honey in the Rock brings soulful a cappella music from the African American tradition filled with messages of love and social justice. Both concerts are in Bailey Hall, which is less than a 10th of a mile from the Forest Home parking garage (and even has a heated elevator waiting area!) Special offer to warm you up until January 31: both concerts for only $65! For information or tickets , call 607-255-5144 or email .
Cornell Cooperative Extension Offerings
Radon Action Event - FREE Radon Test Kits*
Thursday, January 25, 6:00-8:00pm
CCE-Tompkins Education Center, 615 Willow Ave, Ithaca
Please preregister online or call 607-272-2292.

January is Radon Action Month! How much do you know about this odorless, colorless, radioactive gas found in rocks and soil? Do you know about the radon - lung cancer connection? How do you test your home? Come to a free half hour presentation and learn how to perform a home radon test. Then receive a FREE home radon test kit (*while supplies last). Drop-ins welcome. Questions about Radon or home indoor air quality? Call the Consumer Help Line at (607) 272-2292.
Botanical Travels Slide Show
Sunday, January 28, 2018, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
CCE-Tompkins Education Center, 615 Willow Ave, Ithaca
Register and pay online .
Fee: $3 suggested donation (no one turned away for lack of funds--kids under 12 FREE)

If winter’s got you missing the world of gardening and botany, come on out and join Master Gardener and adventurous traveler Carol Eichler on a tour of her botanical travels. Carol will share photos and stories from travels in New Zealand and Monterey Bay, California (zone 10b!). Learn more.
Master Composter Training Application Deadline
Monday, January 29, 5:00 pm
CCE-Tompkins Education Center, 615 Willow Ave, Ithaca
Applications available online .

Help promote responsible composting in Tompkins County as a Master Composter volunteer! Free training involves 20 hours of class time covering composting in depth, and 20 hours of volunteer time (the "practical internship"). After training, Master Composters give back to the community in a variety of outreach activities. The 2018 Master Composter volunteer training is held at CCE-Tompkins on Thursday evenings, 6:30 to 8:30pm from February 8 to May 3, 2018 (no class on 2/22, 3/15 and 4/5 due to holidays/school breaks). There is a total of 10 training classes, including a class that we prepare for the Compost Fair (to be held on Sunday, April 29, 2018) and graduation during the final class. More information. Contact Adam Michaelides at 607-272-2292 ext.124 with questions.
Seed to Supper Volunteer Informational Meeting
Monday, February 5, 2018, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Tompkins County Public Library
101 East Green Street, Ithaca, NY 

We need you—passionate gardeners to be volunteer teachers for an innovative and fun gardening program for food insecure residents. Seed to Supper is a series of five FREE classes for beginning gardeners who want to learn to grow food on a budget. The classes will be taught in multiple locations in Tompkins County by trained Seed to Supper educators. Class participants will receive a free 100-page gardening manual, a certificate of completion, and free vegetable seedlings at the end of the course to plant in their own gardens.

Training dates are Thursday February 22nd, 5:30-8:30 pm and Saturday, March 17 from 10 am - 4 pm. More information about Seed to Supper volunteer training, including a downloadable volunteer application and job description.
Managing Your Money - Free One-on-One Financial Education
"Why do I always seem broke?" "I can barely afford my life now, how can I even start saving?" "Where do I get extra money to do the things I want?" Personal Financial Education can help you answer these questions and empower you to better manage your personal finances. Our One-on-One Education is designed to cater to each individual's unique situation. Work with our educators as they provide resources and information to support you in achieving your individual financial goals. You'll learn to understand credit/debt issues and how they affect you; get tools to track expenses; create a spending plan; and find out about other available resources in our community! 

Contact Kenneth McLaurin, Jr. , Financial Management Educator, at (607) 272-2292 ext. 150 for more information about our One-on-One education opportunities offered by Cornell Cooperative Extension.  
Philadelphia Bus Trip - March 10
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Interested in a day on your own trip to Philadelphia?
CRC is planning a bus trip there on Saturday March 10.
 Go to the Philadelphia Flower Show, tour the city, shop or visit friends. Send a note to Cheryl McGraw to indicate your interest in hearing more as trip is finalized. The discounted fare for this trip is $54 per person for Cornell Employees/Retirees and up to 4 guests. Full payment is due at the time of reservation. All tickets are non-refundable once the trip is confirmed .
Retiree Parking Options
Cornell University retirees have several parking options . They can use their CU ID to ride TCAT buses; Cornell pays the fare. This privilege is in effect Monday – Friday in TCAT's zone one. Zone one includes the City of Ithaca, Cornell University, Ithaca College, Kendal, the hospital, the airport, and the malls on Triphammer Road.

Retirees are also eligible for either unlimited TCAT transit privileges ( OmniRide ), or a no-fee R or O annual parking permit. Retirees who return to work on campus have the same   permit options  as regular employees. Retirees who come to campus occasionally may want to consider using the TCAT bus system to park downtown and then ride up to campus. The #10 bus is especially convenient as it comes every ten minutes or so and it's free with the retiree ID card. The bus leaves downtown near the intersection of Seneca and Tioga Streets at the Seneca Street parking garage. TCAT information .
It's Not Too Late! Cornell Health Offers FREE Flu Shots to Retirees
Annual Flu Vaccination Flu shots are provided free of charge to Cornell retirees! Call Cornell Health at 607-255-5155  to make an appointment.
Wellness News
Cornell Wellness: Proudly serving all staff, faculty, retirees, and their spouses/partners in the areas of fitness, nutrition, and well-being. We provide educational opportunities that empower individuals to make healthy choices for themselves. Cornell Wellness offers free wellness consultations, lectures, workshops, and more to staff, faculty, retirees, partners.

Healthy Living Program: Cornell Wellness offers opportunities for physical fitness and social experiences that are appropriate for every size, shape, age, and ability. These offerings, including the Healthy Living Program , are great for individuals who are first starting a fitness program, have gone through joint replacement, suffer from arthritis, experience lingering joint pain from injury, have physical limitations or disabilities, those who want to improve their balance, fitness, overall well being and more.

Our group fitness classes and social programs are perfect for retirees, they embody our vision of inclusion , offer participants individualized attention to be successful, and promote an environment of camaraderie and personal success. Any current Wellness Recreation Member may participate. The group fitness classes have start and end dates; but you can join at any time. See the group fitness schedule online . Questions? Contact Keri Johnson   at (607) 255-3886 .
Job Opportunities
Babysitters/Caregivers Needed During School Closings
Ithaca and the surrounding areas have blustery winter days that prompt K-12 schools (and some child care providers) to close. When school is closed, Cornell employees often struggle to find caregivers for their children so that they can get to work.

As a retiree, you may be interested in this occasional paid opportunity to provide child care on a majority of these days (either in your home or in an employee’s home). If so, please consider joining the Cornell Family Helper List by submitting an application, noting your availability and experience. Applicants are added to the directory online and contacted directly by the family. Rate of pay and terms of the arrangement are negotiated between the parent and the babysitter. For information, please go online or contact Work/Life .
Volunteer Opportunities
Cancer Resource Center of the Finger Lakes
Unique Volunteer Opportunity Available
Winter in Ithaca is cold and cloudy. Warm your spirit by volunteering with the Cancer Resource Center of the Finger Lakes. We’re looking for friendly, compassionate people to provide support to those facing cancer. CRC is a small agency with a big heart, a positive vibe, and a sense of humor. The lovely Victorian house in downtown Ithaca which serves as our office reflects the kindness and caring within. 

The volunteer’s main tasks are to answer phones, welcome clients, and help with preparations for support groups. If you like to meet new people, socialize, and lend a supportive ear, this is the perfect opportunity for YOU!

If interested, please contact Sharon Kaplan , Director of Volunteer Services at 607-277-0960 OR fill out an application online at www.crcfl.net . The Cancer Resource Center is a local not-for-profit agency dedicated to providing support to anyone affected by cancer……… "because no one should face cancer alone."
Paleontological Research Institution
With the new year comes new initiatives at PRI, and we are in search of volunteers from the community to help us study the history of life on earth and to educate the public. Those interested in helping can contact Patrick Branigan , Volunteer Coordinator, at 607-273-6260 ex 221. You can learn more about what we do at www.priweb.org .
 
Teacher Friendly Guide to Climate Change mailing initiative volunteers
What:  We currently seek volunteer help to prepare and label mailings
Where: Paleontological Research Institution, Palmer Hall, 1259 Trumansburg Road
When: Scheduling flexible, but preferably weekdays between 9:00am and 5:00pm.
 
Kids Discover the Trail Docents
What: We are in search of volunteers that are enthusiastic about working with grade-school aged children. No science background is necessary, as our staff will provide all the necessary training to ensure you are prepared.
Where: The Museum of the Earth, 1259 Trumansburg Road.  
When: Must be available weekdays between 9:00am and 1:00pm, with the bulk of programming occurring late January through the end of March. Also required to attend a monthly training session on the second Wednesday of the month from 10:30 to 11:30am.
 
Maplefest Volunteers
What: Our annual Maple Festival features public programming, syrup making demonstrations, live music, food, and more. In order to make this popular event go smoothly, we are in search of volunteers to help coordinate set-up, parking, clean-up, and more. For those with food experience who may be willing to come to a food safety training session beforehand, we can also use some assistance in food preparation. A meal and admission to the event is provided to all volunteers.
Where: The Cayuga Nature Center, 1420 Taughannock Blvd.
When: Saturday, March 17th from 9:00am to 4:00pm. Shifts are flexible.
 
Collections Database Assistants
What:  Our facilities house over 3 million fossils, one of the largest collections in the country. We are currently working hard to increase the overall accessibility. We are in need of volunteers with enthusiasm for natural history and experience working on databases. Tasks will include updating entries, photographing specimens, and retrieving fossils or research materials. We ask that volunteers commit to at least one 4 hour shift.
Where: Collections Department, PRI, Palmer Hall, 1259 Trumansburg Road
When:  Weekdays between the hours of 9:00am and 5:00pm.

If you're interested in any of these opportunities or wish to find out more about how you can help, contact Patrick Branigan , Volunteer Coordinator, 607-273-6260 ex 221.
Heritage Ambassadors Training Program 2018
Call for Participants! Deadline is February 21.
The History Center is looking for participants in its Heritage Ambassador Program—a free, fun, and engaging training program to get to know Tompkins County history and rich heritage. In turn, you will be a resource to fellow county residents and to visitors.
After the training, you will commit to:  
  1. Engaging county residents with the history of our unique community; 
  2. Assisting visitors to get the most out of their time in Tompkins County;
  3. Volunteering for at least three events per year (e.g., HistoryForge Days, Old House tours, heritage tours, and Visit Ithaca and Discovery Trail events).

The Spring 2018 Heritage Ambassadors training is scheduled for six consecutive Wednesdays from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, February 28 - April 4, 2018. To participate in the Spring 2018 Heritage Ambassadors training, complete and submit an electronic application before February 21. Please contact Rod Howe , Director, for information.
Tax Volunteers Needed
Tax season is quickly approaching! Volunteers are needed for the Lifelong Tax Preparation Clinics to be Tax Preparers and Greeters. Tax clinics are held at Lifelong on Thursday/Friday/Saturday from late January until the tax deadline in April. If you are looking for a worthwhile service to contribute your time and skills to, the Lifelong tax preparation service is looking for you. Volunteer as little as 4.5 hrs a week. Contact Mary Pat Dolan at 607-227-0755. 
Nominate A Hero - American Red Cross in the Southern Tier
Ordinary People, Extraordinary Acts: The American Red Cross of Broome, Chenango, Tioga and Tompkins Counties is calling for your nomination of everyday people who have exhibited extraordinary courage to save the life of another! If you know someone who has, between 1/1/17 and 2/16/18, carried out an unselfish act of heroism to help save the life of another, we want to recognize them at the annual Real Heroes Breakfast in May 2018.

Every now and then, an unselfish and extraordinary action on behalf of a neighbor, a co-worker, or even a stranger can change another person's destiny and, at the same time, our own. In that moment, Ordinary People Become Real Heroes. Do you know a Real Hero? Each year the Real Heroes Breakfast allows us to honor heroes who have performed extraordinary feats of courage. Several award categories are listed. Details and nomination form online . Submission deadline is February 16, 2018 . Call 607-785-7207.
Community News
Enjoy Two Nights Out at Cancer Resource Center Fundraisers
4th Annual Movie Night
 (in collaboration with  Cinemapolis , and  Buffalo Street Books )
Wednesday, January 24, 7pm
Cinemapolis - 120 E. Green St., Ithaca 
Free popcorn & T-shirts to the first 25 people through the door!
$10 at the door or online at   Cinemapolis.org Please join & share our  F​acebook event page​. Hazel and Gus are two extraordinary teenagers who share an acerbic wit, a disdain for the conventional, and a love that sweeps them - and us - on an unforgettable journey.   

One Funny Ithaca Story IV- Special edition*
Sunday March 11, 2-3:30pm
The Space at Greenstar , 700 W. Buffalo St., Ithaca
Tickets can be purchased at   gvgb.co/funnyithaca18   for $25/each. The list of hysterical performers will be announced in January! Keep up to date by joining our   Facebook Event ,   and help us spread the word. *Well, really they are all special
"Ezra's Gorge(s)" Presentation at The History Center
First Friday Gallery Night: "Ezra's Gorge(s)"
Presentation by Dan McClure
Friday, February 2, 6:00pm
The History Center , 401 E. State Street, Suite 100, Ithaca

In conjunction with First Friday Gallery Night and the current exhibit "The Many Names of Fall Creek," The History Center will be featuring a talk on the historical perspective on Ezra's Tunnel. The talk will be presented by Dan McClure, a Cornell Alum with lifelong interests in botany, geology, and history, who has managed the restoration of all the gorge trails in and around the Cornell campus for the last 10 years.   

Save the Date: Celebrating History Awards Gala
Evening of Thursday, March 1st, 2018
Mark Your Calendars for the Valentine’s Dance at Lifelong!
Friday, February 9, 6 – 8:00pm 
Lifelong, 119 West Court Street, Ithaca

Lifelong will be holding a Valentine’s Dance on February 9. There will be light refreshments, door prizes, great company, and the opportunity to dance to the live music of Radio London. The cost is $10, payable at the door. If you can, give us a call at 607-273-1511 to let us know you’re coming. If not, then just drop in! Hope to see you there!
Winter Free Days at Museum of the Earth
Second Sundays of the month this winter
Dates: February 11, March 11
Time: 10 am - 5 pm
Museum of the Earth,1259 Trumansburg Road (Rte 96) 
 
Need a fun idea to get a break from the cold? Visit the  Museum of the Earth   on the second Sunday of January, February, and March for free! Retirees are encouraged to bring friends and family to explore the history of our planet, how the first life evolved, the earliest creatures in the sea and on land, the evolution of life into more complex and amazing creatures, the rise of dinosaurs and mammals, and the shaping of the very landscape of our region by enormous glaciers. Young and old alike can visit Steggy the Stegosaurus and Amelia the Quetzalcoatlus, marvel at the size of the Hyde Park Mastodon and the Right Whale #2030, hunt for fossils in our Fossil Lab, and view the beautiful living corals and fish in our Coral Reef exhibit. Winter Free Days are the perfect time to check out the beautiful large-scale batiks of our "Mapping the Planets in Silk and Sound" exhibit, too. See you there! 
Aging Well In Community Series, Supporting Choice
The Tompkins County Office for the Aging, Love Living at Home and Lifelong are collaborating to provide a three-part series of community dialogues, which will take place on the third Tuesday in January, February and March. At each one, panel members will offer brief reflections from their perspectives followed by a moderated community dialogue. You're welcome to attend any or all sessions. Registration is encouraged for the remaining sessions.  

Session 2: Envisioning Retirement and Realizing a Meaningful Retirement
Tuesday, February 20, 2018, 6:00-7:00 PM 
Location: Lifelong, 119 West Court Street, Ithaca, NY
Registration: Call Lifelong at (607) 273-1511. Program details
Do you wonder what you are going to do on that first day when you don’t have to go to work? How do you evaluate your skills, interests and desires for this new phase of life? Join us for a discussion on how to identify and achieve your retirement goals, including examining your personal values as they relate to retirement, identifying and re-purposing existing skillsets for post-retirement work, and developing a flexible plan that will meet your changing needs and interests, while also being responsive to changing life events.

Session 3: How Can I Stay in My Home As I Age? 
Tuesday, March 20, 2018, 6:00-7:00 PM 
Location: Lifelong, 119 West Court Street, Ithaca, NY
Registration: Call Lifelong at (607) 273-1511. Program details
Are you worried about what happens if you age at home as your body changes? Do you wonder what can be done in a home to make the built environment age friendly? Join the conversation with some experts and to share information with others who are facing similar issues. 
H appenings at Lifelong!  
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The 2018 Spring Semester here at Lifelong is off to a great start. Check out the new catalog ! Become a member to take advantage of the following day classes. There are so many upcoming classes that there has to be something for you. Take a look at the list below and most definitely reach out by calling 273-1511 with any questions and to register! Membership required.

Create with Clay – Mondays, January 22 – February 12, (4 sessions), (10:00am-12:30pm) Everyone will finish the course with at least one completed work. This is not a wheel class. Contact Lifelong to register.
 
Song Writing – Jan Nigro - Mondays, January 22 – February 26, (6 sessions), (10:30am-11:30am) Have you ever wanted to write a song? An enjoyable approach to putting rhythm, melody and lyrics together to create something that expresses your thoughts and feelings. Bring your guitar, ukelele (or keyboard) and your voice. You’ll need to be willing to sing at least a bit. Also bring a notebook. This will be a fun class!
 
Turning Points in Middle Eastern History, Part II – Joann Palmer - Mondays, January 22 – March 19, (9 sessions), (10:00am-12:00pm) This course comes from The Great Courses and consists of 36 lectures. We will watch 2 of the videotaped lectures each session and join in group discussions in an effort to increase our knowledge of this critically important area of the world.
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Walking Aid Design Survey
The Product design class at Cornell University is developing unique attachments to canes and other walking aids, particularly for seniors. This survey will help to determine what features on canes seniors would consider to be most useful. Please complete the Walking Aid Survey and share it with others interested in helping design useful walking aids.
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