Senior Center Update
Dear Participants, Volunteers, Instructors, and Partners,
 
Can you believe it’s been seven weeks since we’ve seen each other! I’m not so sure time is flying by, though. I hope that you are able to make the most of this time of shelter at home, and are finding positive things to do.

Unfortunately, closure of our buildings is extended at least through May 31, and it will probably be much longer before we will be fully operational in person. Your health is our first priority, so we must continue to find alternative ways to help you be socially and mentally engaged.
 
If you’re receiving this email or following us on Facebook, then you know that the TSC team has been very busy checking on your well-being and creating new ways for you to stay connected to your friends, stay physically fit, keep being creative, maintain your mental health, keep learning, and keep creating. I am most grateful for the amazing, talented team of people who have literally transitioned a bustling Senior Center and its multiple satellite sites to a growing virtual center without walls.
 
Over the past weeks, we have reached out to almost 2,000 participants! And some folks like to chat . But, we’re glad you have appreciated our calls. If you’re not receiving a call, and would like one, please send us your phone number.
 
This is the 16 th Constant Contact email sent during this COVID-19 pandemic. I hope you have found an area that interests you and/or resources that are helpful as we navigate this unknown course together.
 
For the time being, please keep your physical distance – even when you go for a walk or to the grocery store. We are committed to exploring more ways to offer programs and activities that meet the local and CDC guidelines for safety as we go forward. Thank you for your continued support, both with encouraging words and your donations. All of this helps keep our Team motivated and programs funded.
 
Many blessings,
 
Sheila
TSC Manager & Executive Director
We Cherish Our Volunteers
In Honor of this past Volunteer Appreciation Month, we’d like to express our thanks for all YOU do for the Tallahassee Senior Center. The gifts that you share - your talents, intellect, creativity, compassion, caring, and patience - contribute to our participants’ optimal health and well-being and are treasured and appreciated! 

YOU play a crucial role in meeting our mission: to provide opportunities designed to encourage active living, optimal aging, and social fitness for independent adults age 50+. We look forward to the day when we can all come back together (and we hope to welcome new volunteers as well)!
The Tallahassee Senior Center depends on its 450 plus volunteers to offer an outstanding number, variety and quality of programs and support services. Their time and talents are matched with opportunities to serve in ways such as greeting newcomers, directing callers, coordinating programs, teaching classes, fundraising, providing health screenings, maintaining the leisure library, serving lunch, helping with data entry and other administrative duties, and serving on advisory boards.

If you are interested in joining our volunteer team when we reconnect,
To view a photo gallery of our volunteers, click here.
Join us on Friday at 11 a.m. on our Tallahassee Senior Center Facebook page for an Updates and Recap with Kristy Carter, Assistant Program Supervisor . This review of the week will include a Facebook Challenge. You will not want to miss it . . .and speaking of missing - we miss you! Sending virtual hugs!
Lifelong Learners Via Zoom!
NEW! Historic Cemeteries as Cultural Resources - via Zoom - Tuesday, May 5, 1:30 - 3 p.m. Barbara Clark from Florida Public Archaeology Network will present on how historic cemeteries can be used in research and what information they can provide. She will also touche on the basics of how to properly clean and maintain historic cemeteries and the meanings of common symbols you may find in cemeteries.  To participate, register by 9 a.m., Mon., May 4.

NEW! Modeling Historic Headstones with Photographs - via Zoom - Wednesday, May 6, 1:30 - 3 p.m. We often think of headstones as something that will last forever, but even these stones will decay with time. Tristan Harrenstein from Florida Public Archaeology Network will present on the best method we currently have of preserving historic grave markers beyond their time with software that turns mere photographs into full 3D models! This workshop will introduce you to the technique, take photos, and create your very own 3D model.  To take full advantage of this workshop, participants will need : a digital camera (smartphone cameras are fine!) and a way of transferring photos to a computer; a computer that runs the Windows operating system; and a computer with an internet connection that they can download the free software. To participate, register by 9 a.m., Tue., May 5.

Geology of the National Parks - via ZOOM - Thursdays (ongoing through May 28), 10 – 11:30 a.m. Our U.S. National Parks preserve spectacular icons of Earth’s geologic heritage. They contain some of the world’s finest examples of geologic phenomena including mountains, canyons, glaciers, volcanoes, coastlines, caverns, dunes, and more. TSC Lifelong Learning Coordinator and geologist Maureen Haberfeld will share some basic geology lessons and lead participants on virtual exploration of the geologic wonders in our beautiful parks. To participate, register by 9 a.m., Wednesday morning.

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.
Two New Virtual Fitness Classes
Shared on our Facebook Page at the times below
Brain-Body-Balance with Merisha
Brain-Body-Balance is a active-aging, fall prevention program specifically created to be fun while reversing many types of aging. The curriculum fuses physical movement with brain-enhancing drills to improve balance, memory, brain health, reflexes, and daily life. Taught by Merisha Phillips Johnson. For more information, email Ruth.Nickens@talgov.com.
Stretch & Flex with Robin
Instructor Robin Perry Davis will help you stay strong, flexible, and mobile with gentle yoga-like movement. The safe stretching routines serve to maintain joint mobility and muscle flexibility. Some classes will be in a chair, others use a mat, and others, but viewers can easily move between. For more information, email Ruth.Nickens@talgov.com.
Mindful Movement - Tuesdays, 11 a.m.
Live Class via Facebook
Gentle Yoga with Ferdouse
New Virtual Class via Facebook
Wednesday 10 a.m.
Brainteaser Challenge
Let's keep our minds challenged and active!

We have a correct answer to last Tuesday's Brainteaser - Hidden Time and Again. The answers are: 1. Skyrocketing/Trolleyman; 2. Thermometer/ Apoplexy; 3. Delaware/Bordering; 4. Surprised/Trashiness; and 5. Throughout/Stumblebum

High Five to the first three participants that correctly responded:
Dana Martin (in just 6 minutes!), Joy James,
and Judy Ehrhardt!

Here's a new one: let's "Guess the Animals," submitted to Braingle.com by Javian. Find out what the animals are - (for example, "To run away or escape" could be a "flea").

1. hair-control foam
2. very exposed
3. tellin' falsities
4. a lamenting cry
5. a dull person
6. a precious or loved one
7. first you get a parking ticket, then you get this
8. these make up a chain

Share your answer with Nancy Gentry, Special Projects Assistant (Nancy.Gentry@talgov.com) ! We will give you a "shout out" if you are the first to get the answer; we will share the answer next week! Find more brainteasers at www.braingle.com
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 9 a.m., Tuesday prior.

Hands-On Art History with Mark Fletcher - Mondays (ongoing, newcomers welcome), 12:30 p.m. Create your own art applying and combining the methods of various artists like Van Gogh, Monet, Durer and others. To register, email by noon Thursday prior.

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


To register for the above class(es) 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
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!