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Cornell Community Thanksgiving Feast - November 23
30th Annual Traditional "American" Feast
Thursday, November 23
Robert Purcell Marketplace Eatery, CU North Campus, 107 Jessup Road
Two seatings: 12 noon and 1:30pm  
Advance reservations required. 
Information:  Adriana Rovers  607-255-3815 
Cost: Adults $14; Children age 6-12 $8; Children 5 and younger eat for free. 

You are cordially invited to join other members of the Cornell community for the 30th Annual Traditional American Thanksgiving Feast! 

TICKETS GO ON SALE  for Cornell students, faculty, staff, retirees, and alumni on  Tuesday, November 14  at 9 am. We will open up the ticket sales for the  General Public on Monday, November 20  at 9 am. 

Tickets will be sold online at:
Click on "ISSO Programs." Note:  Prior to purchasing tickets you will need to login and create an account, if you have not already done so, previously.
FYI: Important Information
Swift911 - Mass Notification Alert System - Subscribe NOW!
On November 1, Tompkins County and the City of Ithaca unveiled the new, countywide Swift911 Mass-Notification Alert System, a system that will enable local governments to alert residents to matters of urgent importance, and also can be used by residents as an everyday tool to stay informed of non-emergency information of importance to them.

The new system, implemented through the County's Emergency Communications (911) Center, will be used by the County, the City of Ithaca, and other municipalities in the county. It can send an immediate message via phone, text, email, fax, or social media- either in a comprehensive fashion, such as in a major emergency, or focused to a specific geographic area. Everyone is urged to register for Swift911 alerts.   All published telephone numbers have already been uploaded into the system. PLEASE NOTE: Unlisted, unpublished, or cell phone numbers are not included.

Remember, we can only alert you of an emergency or inform you of important happenings if we have your correct contact information, so please sign up today and ensure your contact information is kept up-to-date.

How to Subscribe: 
1. on the Tompkins County website at  (Click on Swift911.)
2. on the City of Ithaca website at   
3. by going to on your mobile device  
4. by texting"Swift911" to 99538. You can either install the mobile app or enter your contact information in your web browser or
5. by contacting the Tompkins County Department of Emergency Response at (607) 266-2630 or email at .  
EA News and Views
Your Cornell Retirees Employee Assembly Representatives are Peggy Andersen and Hurf Sheldon. Please contact them via the CRA email with suggestions or questions.
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 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
CAPE Lecture - November 16
You’re invited to attend the CAPE Fall Lecture Series
November 16 (Thursday) 10:30-11:30am (come any time after 10am for refreshments)
Boyce Thompson Institute Auditorium

Civic Ensemble, “Climates of Change”
A collaborative project between Civic Ensemble and Cornell University Department of Performing and Media Arts (PMA), sponsored by Engaged Cornell.
Cornell PMA Professor Sara Warner's longstanding course entitled Theatre and Social Change has been reimagined and teaches students how to use theatre to initiate dialogue and change around a vital issue of our times. This semester, that issue is climate change in Tompkins County and the greater Finger Lakes area. Students are participating in story circles and interviews off-campus with community members, students, scientists, government officials, farmers, and artists. These stories and interviews will help create the course’s culminating project, a play to be performed in December ( see scheduled dates below ).  The play, created from stories about global warming: the controversies, the science, the economic impacts, and the different ways this crisis affects diverse populations, is delivered in the style of a Living Newspaper, a theatrical form popularized during the Federal Theatre Project of the 1930s.

December Play Performances
ALL PERFORMANCES OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. All performance spaces are handicap accessible except the Enfield Valley Grange. Assisted listening devices are available with advance notice for the performances at the Schwartz Center.
December 1, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. @  Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts
Film Forum, B21, 430 College Ave, Ithaca Click here for directions
December 2, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. @  Enfield Valley Grange, 178 Enfield Main Rd, Ithaca
*Benefit for Enfield Valley Grange* -- Suggested Donation at the door
December 2, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. @ Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts
Film Forum, B21, 430 College Ave, Ithaca
December 3, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. @  Community School of Music and Arts
Martha Hamblin Hall, 3rd floor, 330 E Martin Luther King Junior St, Ithaca
*Benefit for Civic Ensemble* -- Suggested Donation at the door
December 4, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. @ Cornell  Campus Sustainability Summit
G10 Conference Room, Biotechnology Building, 526 Campus Rd, Ithaca
If you would like to attend the show but have transportation difficulties or barriers, please contact Lucy at 443-834-4612 in advance.

Upcoming CAPE Lecture:
December 12 (Tuesday!), Chris Schaffer, BTI Auditorium, 10:30-11:30am
Johnson Art Museum - November 16
Contemporary Conversation: Art & Peace
Thursday, November 16 at 5:15PM
Wing Lecture Room
This series examines focused topics and current issues using specifically chosen works of art, with discussions led by special guests and Museum staff. Free and open to everyone! In conjunction with the installation of IMAGINE PEACE by Yoko Ono, the latest flag in our ongoing series, Pledges of Allegiance , this conversation will look at works in the Museum's permanent collection that frame the topic of peace in both a historical and contemporary context. Matthew Evangelista, the President White Professor of History and Political Science and director of the Judith Reppy Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies at Cornell, will lead the discussion. A video about John Lennon and Yoko Ono's "Bed-Ins for Peace" will also be screened. The Museum will be open Thursday until 7:30PM.
Cornell Outdoor Education Annual Gear Sale - December 2
Saturday, December 2, 9:00am-12:00 noon
Ramin Room, Bartels Hall
Information: or 607-255-1807
COE's Annual Gear Sale is coming up. A popular Ithaca community-wide event, the Gear Sale let's you buy and sell outdoor gear and clothing. You can drop off your items for consignment sale the week before. Time to make some room and clean out your attic, basement, closet and barn. Sell some gear to someone else and find some great gear at great prices as well.
Spend a Saturday in NYC on December 9
Sponsored by Cornell Recreation Connection
Sign up early as these trips fill up fast! Discounted fare is $54/person for Cornell Employees and Retirees and up to 4 guests. Contact Swarthout Coaches to make a reservation. Payment is due at the time of reservation.
Itinerary for “Day on Your Own in NYC” bus trips
  • 6:30 am - leave Cornell’s B-Lot (must have boarding pass to board the bus)
  • 11:30 am - arrive in NYC with stops at Bryant Park & Macys (34th Street/7th Ave)
  • Bus leaves Bryant Park ONLY at 8:00 pm sharp returning to Cornell at ~12:30 am
Cornell Botanic Gardens - Winter Solstice Garden Tour - December 21
Thursday, December 21; 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Cost: $5 suggested donation
Nevin Welcome Center
Pre-registration not required
As the sun sinks towards its lowest arc in the sky and the longest night of the year (December 22), come join plant science Professor Peter Davies for a look at the plants of the Mullestein Family Winter Garden. Learn how plants cope with winter’s cold and enjoy some seasonal countryside folk tales. After the walk, we’ll savor some cider and doughnuts in the warmth of the Nevin Welcome Center.
Cornell Health Offers FREE Flu Shots to Retirees
Annual Flu Vaccination Getting vaccinated each year is one of the best ways to protect yourself – and others – against  seasonal influenza . Cornell Health, formerly Gannett Health Services, provides flu shots (both regular dose, and high dose for those age 65+) and FluMist nasal spray (when available). [ learn more about flu vaccines ]
Flu shots are provided free of charge to Cornell retirees! Please see complete clinic schedule . Tuesday, Dec 5, 10am - 12pm, Geneva Benefits Fair, Jordan Hall, 2nd floor
Wellness News
Healthy Living Program - Holiday Party and Keeping CALM
Holiday Party
December 13, 11:30 AM-12:30 PM, HNH Classroom
  • Register here
  • Bring a dish to pass and ring in the Holidays with a bit of cheer, food and friends! Cornell Wellness will provide the rest. Let’s get together one last time before the New Year.
  • Questions? Contact Keri Johnson at (607) 255-3886.
  • Visit the Cornell Wellness Healthy Living website.

Cornell Dial-A-Meditation - Feeling stressed? Take a quick break and call (607) 254-CALM to experience stress relief and relaxation during your day with 1 to 5 minute meditations recorded by Cornell Wellness staff Keri Johnson and David Gandelman. Meditations change often so check it, listen, sit back and relax.

Calm Cornell - Website and App for Smart Phones - Free
Cornell Health and Cornell Wellness offers a New App called Calm that supports mental health and wellbeing with meditation, music and tools to help with sleep. Calm premium access (both the website and the app) is now available to *anyone with a email address* for free! Follow the steps online to create your account and begin your journey into Calm.

Healthy Living Fitness Consultations
The initial Fitness Consultation is a great way to get started with the Healthy Living Program! It typically lasts about 1 hour. During that time, you and a certified personal trainer will discuss your fitness goals and options. Based on your goals, a personalized exercise plan will be developed. This plan will include the details of how and when you will exercise. The initial Fitness Consultation also often includes a tour of the facility and an explanation of how to access the various perks associated with your Wellness Recreation Membership. To schedule a fitness consultation, either check off the appropriate box on the Wellness Recreation Membership application or contact Keri Johnson .

Stay Up To Date On What's Happening With The Healthy Living Program
Lectures, workshops, group fitness class announcements (and cancellations) and more are shared through this e-list. Register for the Healthy Living E-List
Job Opportunities
Casual Paid Positions: Athletics Game Day Staff
Game Day positions include:
  • Ticket Seller - Working knowledge of computers and experience in handling money. Physical requirements include standing for 4-5 hours at a time, both indoors and outdoors. Background check required.
  • Usher/Ticket Taker - Assist guests at athletic events by: collecting/scanning admission tickets or passes from guests, assisting in finding seats, searching for lost articles, and locating such facilities as rest rooms and concessions.
  • Parking Attendant - Responsible for taking payments for vehicles as they enter parking facility, verify guests with pre-purchased passes, and directing guests towards paid parking alternatives.

Click here f or more information or call the Ticketing Office, 607-255-4247.
Volunteer Opportunities
Volunteer at the Cancer Resource Center (CRC)
Want to volunteer, but need flexible hours?  We have a job for you! Seeking Financial   Advocates to help our clients sort through medical bills, manage complex insurance issues, complete applications, connect with resources, etc. Advocates gather monthly to discuss cases and receive specialized training. No experience necessary.
Or if you can commit to 3-4 hours per week, are a people-person, and are available on Monday mornings, we have a job for you, too! We need a volunteer to answer phones, greet visitors, assist staff members with projects, and help keep the office organized and clean. If interested in either position, please c ontact Sharon Kaplan , 607-277-0960. Or fill out an  application online.
Join the Team of Volunteers at Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE)
Volunteering is a great way to get involved with CCE!  In addition to many free or low-cost classes, CCE offers a wide range of volunteer opportunities that may correspond to your interests. Through duties as diverse as teaching others to prune trees or make compost, answering callers' questions on consumer or gardening issues, mentoring young people as they acquire new skills, or serving as board members or on committees that guide our work, volunteers represent Extension's far-reaching roots in our community. Check out volunteer opportunities on our website  and consider joining our team today!
Community News
Bereavement Support Workshop at Hospicare - November 16
Coping with the Holidays
Thursday, November 16, 6:00-8:00 pm
Hospicare, 172 East King Road, Ithaca

Holiday time can be especially difficult after the death of a loved one. Learn about ways to take care of yourself and honor your feelings as we head into the holiday season. 
Presentation and discussion to follow. Register by email or call 607-272-0212. I nformation .
"Celebrating Rural Heritage" - November 18 - The History Center
Saturday, November 18, 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
The History Center in Tompkins County
401 East State Street, Suite 100, Ithaca, NY 14850

The History Center invites you to attend a presentation focusing on Celebrating Tompkins County's rural history, heritage and assets including snapshots of our rural life from numerous lenses. The perspectives will cover people, landscapes, agriculture, social life, rural organizations, the built environment, and enterprises. There will be a number of short presentations interspersed with images of rural life and conversation. The program will wrap up the 2017 Celebrating Rural Heritage series (supported by a Tompkins County Tourism Program grant). For more information, contact The History Center in Tompkins County at (607) 273-8284 or visit .
Press Bay Holiday Market
Have A Local Foods Holiday This Year!
Tuesday, November 21, 2017, 4:30 - 7:30 PM
Thursday, December 21, 2017, 4:30 - 7:30 PM 

Come down to Press Bay Alley to beat the crowds at the grocery store and stock up on supplies for a delicious, seasonal, and locally-sourced holiday feast. This special market will feature over a dozen local farmers and producers selling everything you need for a celebration including: vegetables, pastries, apples, herbs, mushrooms, pork, maple syrup, chicken, sausages, apple cider, hard cider, pickles, and more! Shops in Press Bay Alley will be open and selling gifts, coffee, bike gear, herbs, chocolate, and more! Find a map and details here .
Love Living at Home Information Session - December 2
One year ago, on October 24, 2016, Love Living at Home (LLH) opened for programs and services. As of today, 118 members have joined the mutually supportive network of neighbors helping neighbors. In the first year, over 300 services were provided to nearly 60 different individuals. Volunteers provide rides, help with home maintenance, and friendly visits. Many programs connect members to each other and to venues and organizations throughout the county. See the Calendar of Events online for events. Please call 607-319-0162 if you would like to come to an event to experience the value of membership. We welcome your support as a member, a volunteer, a donor or all three. You can learn more about the value and benefits of being part of LLH at the website . Or join us at an Information Session:  Saturday December 2, 3:00-4:00 PM at Lifelong, 119 West Court Street .
Cornell Cooperative Extension Events - Sign Up Now!
CCE-Tompkins Education Center, 615 Willow Ave, Ithaca
For workshop details, including cost/registration, visit:

Leaf Drop-Off Daily; Nov 6-18; 8am - 5pm (check online for specifics) GOT LEAVES? GET COMPOST!   Instead of paying for leaf pickup, bring your CLEAN** bagged leaves (residential leaves only, no branches or other yard waste). For more information, contact Adam Michaelides at 272-2292 x 124.
6th Annual Leaf Swap & Compost Giveaway!
November 18, 10am - 1pm
Gardeners and composters are invited to come between 10:00am and 1:00pm on November 18 to take leaves to mulch beds and to use as "browns" for your compost piles. Households may also take up to 5 gallons of FREE screened compost (bring your own container). Master Composters will be on hand to explain how to use leaves over the winter for better compost.

Film Screening, Discussion & Resource Fair
Friday, November 17, 5:00-7:30pm at The Space @ Greenstar, 700 West Buffalo Street
The public is invited to attend a screening and discussion of  "Resilience: The Biology of Stress & The Science of Hope" . This award-winning documentary chronicles the work of pediatricians, therapists, educators & communities that are using cutting-edge brain science to disrupt cycles of violence, addiction and disease. The event will include a resource fair, film screening and community discussion. FREE admission.

AARP “Smart Driver” 2-Day Course
Tuesday & Wednesday, Nov. 21 & 22, 12:30-4:00pm (both days required)
CCE-Tompkins Education Center, 615 Willow Avenue, Ithaca, NY
Cost: $20/AARP members, $25/non-members
Way2Go, in partnership with AARP, offers the nationally recognized “Smart Driver” workshop . Course participants receive a three-year insurance discount for completing the course and can reduce up to four violation points on their driver’s license. Questions? Contact: Norma Gutierrez, , (607) 272-2292 ext. 162 (Voicemail #248).

Raising Chickens Sustainably
Thursday, November 30, 2017, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
CCE Tompkins, 615 Willow Avenue, Ithaca
Cost: $5-$10/person self-determined sliding scale; pay what you can afford
For three years Sean and Sasha of Edible Acres have been raising chickens for nearly no cost. The techniques and concepts they have worked with can be scaled up or down or added in small ways to a backyard chicken operation. Information or call 272-2292.
Community Solar is Here
Community Solar Workshop
Tuesday, November 28 at 6pm
The Space@Greenstar, 600 West Buffalo Street, Ithaca 

Community solar hasn't always been an option in New York State. Until the end of 2015, residents who wanted to go solar could only place solar panels on their house or in their yard. Renters, and those whose sites were unsuitable due to shade, had no real choices. Now, several options exist, for renters, and home- or business- owners who want to go solar and save on their electric bills. Join us for this free workshop. Learn about purchase versus subscription models of community solar, meet our partners Renovus Solar and Nexamp, and sign up for a free solar assessment! Refreshments and prizes. Read more
Upcoming Lifelong Events and Programs
Crafts & Collectibles Sale
Friday, November 17, (10:00am-4:00pm)
Saturday, November 18, (10:00am-2:00pm)
Lifelong, 119 West Court Street, Ithaca

Calling all shoppers and vendors! With the holiday season approaching, what better way to get in the spirit than with a crafts and collectibles sale! Whether it's handcrafted decorations or personalized gifts, albums and keepsakes, antiques or vintage linens, shopping for the unique gift is a fun and easy way to make that special someone in your life feel good. Interested in being a vendor at this event? Call Lifelong at 273-1511 to reserve a table. (A table fee is applicable. Vendors do not need to be a member of Lifelong.)
2017 Lifelong Membership Drive
Between now and the end of 2017, become a member of Lifelong and, in addition to our regular benefits, receive a voucher for: 1 Free Activity Class and 1 Free $10 Lifelong Learning Class. If you're already a member, refer a friend. If they become a member, you'll get the same benefit! Thank you for your support! Call Lifelong at 273-1511 or stop by our office at 119 West Court Street, Ithaca.

Lifelong Holiday Open House
Wednesday, December 6, (1:00pm-3:00pm). Join us for light refreshments, entertainment, laughter, and great company! Free and open to ALL!
Lifelong Learning Classes
If you haven't already, please REGISTER SOON to reserve your spot and to ensure sufficient enrollment to run the classes!  You must be a member to participate in onsite day programs. Evening and offsite programs do not require membership.
View the catalog for class descriptions and register online at

  • Current Economic Issues, Thursdays, November 30 – December 21, (4 sessions), (1:00pm-3:00pm) 
  • Africana Library Film Series: “Jackie Robinson”, Tuesday, December 5, (6:30pm-8:00pm), NSSS (FREE and open to the public)
  • Exploring Music & Meaning, Monday, December 11, (2:00pm-3:30pm)
Lifelong Offers Free Medicare Open Enrollment Clinics
Medicare Open Enrollment Clinics at Lifelong
It’s Medicare Open Enrollment Time! This is your opportunity to ask questions about Medicare, Extra Help, Medigap, EPIC and other health insurance topics. Come down to Lifelong, 119 West Court Street, Ithaca, where you can meet with certified HIICAP counselors for FREE one-to-one health insurance counseling on the following dates:
  • 11/15, 12:00-2:00
  • 11/28, 10:00-12:00
  • 12/5, 10:00-12:00
It is helpful to bring along a list of prescriptions, your Medicare card or any other health insurance cards or information and documentation of monthly or annual income
Participate in Campus Research
Recruiting Seniors to Participate in Studies on Brain Health
The Affect and Cognition Lab at Cornell is recruiting older adults to participate in a research study looking at healthy aging in the brain. This will involve a computer task that will test your attention and memory. We are recruiting those that are 60 years and older. This study will last approximately 45 minutes and you will be compensated $10 for your time. There is free parking available. Please note, in order to participate, you may not have any neurological disorders, not take any psychoactive medication and not have had a concussion within the last 3 years. 

Additionally, we have another study you may wish to participate in during your visit. This study is called the Staying Sharp Study. It is an interview study about keeping our minds and brains healthy as we age. It will last around 60 minutes and you will receive $20 in compensation. If you are interested in also participating in this study during your visit, please send email indicating this and we will coordinate with the other researcher and schedule back to back time slots, if available. You will have a chance to take a 15 minute break in between the two studies. 

Please contact Anita at  with any questions or to schedule a time slot!
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 click on Walking Aid Survey , fill out the survey and, if possible, share it with others interested in helping design useful walking aids. Thank you!
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