August 8-12, 2022
In-Person and Zoom Weekly Calendar
Dining Centers in Sarasota County
The dining sites in Sarasota and Venice are open to registered dining clients aged 60+ who reside in Sarasota County. Join us for a nutritious lunch in Sarasota from 11:45 am -12:15 pm Monday-Friday and in Venice from 12:30 - 1:00 pm Monday-Friday.

For information on how to register and qualify, please call (941) 955-2122 for Sarasota and (941) 429-0734 for Venice.
Sarasota Activity Center
1888 Brother Geenen Way in Sarasota
(941) 955-2122
Center Hours: Mon-Fri 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Jenny Macias, Center Manager


Membership is required for all classes and activities.
Some classes have a fee from $4 to $8.

Monday - National Pickleball Day!
9–9:45 am – Balance Movement ($5 Fee)
10-11 am - Fun Stories Group
10–11:30 am - Art Class: Creative Ceiling Tile Artwork
11:45 am – 12:15 pm – Lunch (need to sign up – see above)
NEW! 12-1 pm - Pickleball Demonstration provided by The Pickleball Club - Outside Parking Lot
1-3 pm – Duplicate Bridge (contact Graeme to sign up: 941-544-8446) 
1-3 pm – Live music & dancing with the Bruno Connection
3:30-4:30 pm – Intermediate Tap ($5 fee)

Tuesday
9:30-11:30 am - Bingo ($5 Fee)
10-11 am – Chair Yoga ($4 Fee)
10 am-3 pm - Pinochle
10 am-11 am - Harmonica Zoom Class: email Richard@Richardverrochi.com
11 am-12 pm - Wheel of Fortune Game
11:30 am–3 pm - St. Jude’s Latin Group (Spanish Speaker's Welcome!)
11:45 am–12:15 pm – Lunch (need to sign up – see above)
1-3 pm - Mexican Train/Rummikub/Card Games (contact Patty to sign-up: 919-208-5514)
1-2 pm - Learn to Speak Spanish!
1-3 pm - Live Music & Dancing with The Bruno Connection

Wednesday
9-9:45 am - Balance Movement ($5 Fee)
10 am-12 pm - Technology Assistance with Andy & Mike
10:30 am - 12 pm - Great Conversations Book Club Volume 1 Great Books (Dwyer Room, Next Door)
NEW! 11 am - 12 pm - Kitten Therapy with Cat Depot
11:30 am-1 pm - LGBT Loss and Grief Support Group | Held Via Zoom: email joelle.johns.apds@gmail.com
11:30 am – 3 pm - St. Jude’s Latin Group (Spanish Speaker's Welcome!)
11:45 am – 12:15 pm – Lunch (need to sign up – see above)
1-3 pm - Movie & Popcorn
1-3 pm - Live Music & Dancing with Pure Gold
1:30-3:30 pm - Canasta
NEW! 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm - International Folk Dancing Class (Masks kindly requested)

Thursday
NEW! 9 am - 3 pm - Thrifty Thursday's at the Thrift Store (All regular priced items are 50% off, and a FREE table is available!)
9-9:45 am - Balance Movement ($5 Fee)
10-11 am - Learn How to Speak German!
10 am-12 pm - Tap Kats Rehearsal
10 am-3 pm - Pinochle
11:30 am–3 pm - St. Jude’s Latin Group (Spanish Speaker's Welcome!)
11:45 am–12:15 pm – Lunch (need to sign up – see above)
1-3 pm - Live Music & Dancing with Martin & Hamilton
1-3 pm - Mah Jongg
3:30-4:30 pm - Intermediate Tap ($5 Fee)

Friday
9:30-11:30 am - Bingo ($5 Fee)
10-11 am - Tai Chi ($5 Fee, Must Be Able to Stand for Entire Session)
10 am-12 pm - Technology Assistance With Andy & Mike
NEW! 10-12 pm - Craft Club: Magazine Strip Art
10:30-11:15 am - Balance Movement ($5 Fee)
11:45 am–12:15 pm – Lunch (need to sign up – see above)
1-3 pm - What's Happening Now Discussion Group via Zoom: email beespapa@verizon.net
1-3 pm - Live Music & Dancing with Buffalo Swing Band
1-3 pm - Movie & Popcorn
1-4 pm - Euchre

Future Events
September 2,2022 - 11 am-1 pm - End of Summer Disco Bash
September 29, 2022 - 2pm-4pm - Stop Light Mixer
October 28, 2022 - 5 pm-7 pm - Spooktacular Boo Bash


Venice Activity Center
2350 Scenic Drive in Venice
(941) 584-0052
Center Hours: Mon-Fri 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Tammy Stark, Center Manager

Membership is required for all classes and activities.
Some classes have a fee of $5
Monday
8:30 am-4:30 pm - Billiards Room Open
8:30 am-4:30 pm - We have Corn Hole! (Everyday - Outside weather permitting - inside in case of rain)
9 am-3 pm - Bistro Open
10 am-12 pm - Hand 'n Foot Card Game
12:30 pm-1 pm - Hot Lunch (need to sign up – see above)
NEW! 1-3 pm - Let's Party with Shirley St. John - Singing & Dancing to Motown and more....
1 pm-3 pm - Unique Boutique Open 

Tuesday
8:30 am-4:30 pm - Billiards Room Open
9 am-3 pm - Bistro Open
9 am-12 pm - SHINE representative on sight (appointment only - see below)
9 am-12 pm - Quilting Group
10 am-12 pm - BINGO ($5 Fee)
11 am-1 pm - Technology Assistance with Robin (See below for description)
12-3 pm - Woodcarvers Class
12:30-1 pm - Hot Lunch (need to sign up – see above)
1-4 pm - Hand 'n Foot Card Game
1:30-3:30 pm - Mexican Train Dominos
1:30-3:00 pm - Caregiver Support Group
2-2:45 pm - Balance Movement Class with Mike ($5 Fee)

Wednesday
7 am - 5 - True Blue Bloodhounds on campus for K9 training and certifications
8 am - 9:00 am - Produce Distribution Drive-Thru outside
8:30 am-4:30 pm - Billiards Room Open
9 am-3 pm - Bistro Open
9:30 am-12 pm - Friendly Bridge
10:30-11:30 am - YOGA FOR EVERYONE with Julie
10:45-11:30 am - Balance Movement Class with Mike ($5 Fee)
12:30-1 pm - Hot Lunch (need to sign up – see above)
1-3 pm - Live Music & Dancing with "Terry T-Bone Rhodes and Dawn"
1-3 pm - Unique Boutique Open

Thursday
7 am - 5 - True Blue Bloodhounds on campus for K9 training and certifications
8:30-4:30 pm- Billiards Room Open
8:30-12 pm - Art Studio Open
9:00-3 pm - Bistro Open
10-11 am - Line Dancing Class
10 am-12 pm - BINGO ($5 Fee)
12:30-1 pm - Hot Lunch (need to sign up – see above)
12:30-1:30 pm - Live café background music with Steve
1-4 pm - Hand 'n Foot Card Game
1-4 pm-PINOCHLE
NEW! 1:30 - 2:30 pm - Tai Chi with Marty Reichgut, MD as Instructor ($5 fee waived until Oct)

Friday
8:30 am-4:30 pm - Billiards Room Open
9 am-3 pm - Bistro Open
9 am-12 pm - Seniors vs Crime Representatives on-site (see below)
10 am-12 pm - GULFCOAST Legal Services Representatives on-site (see below)
10 am-12 pm - SCRABBLE
10:30-11:30 am - YOGA FOR EVERYONE with Julie
11:30-12:30 pm - Learn to Belly Dance for Better Health
1-3 pm - Live Music & Dancing with "Coastal Keys"
1-3 pm - Unique Boutique Open
1-4 pm - Duplicate Bridge with Larry Balick

Future Events:
Starting Thursday, August 11, 2022 - 1:30 pm-2:30 pm - Tai Chi
Wednesday, September 7, 2022 - 1 pm - 3 pm - End of Summer Beach Bash
Thursday, September 22, 2022 Falls Prevention Awareness Day
Robert L. Taylor Activity Center
1845 34th Street Sarasota
At the Robert L. Taylor Center in historic Newtown, Senior Friendship Centers provides "freeform" activities and a hot lunch at noon. Participation in the SFC program does not include membership to the Robert L. Taylor Community Complex gymnasium, pickleball, workout space or pool. A paid membership is available to those venues through the City of Sarasota. Call (941) 955-2122 for more information about SFC programs.

The Robert Taylor Center location is closed for the summer.
Activity Center Highlights
Monday-Friday - Live Music & Dancing- Sarasota
1-3 pm

Monday, Wednesday & Friday - Live Music & Dancing - Venice
1-3 pm; refer to weekly schedule above for live music on Thursday

Qwik FIT Exercise Class - Sarasota
Starting back September 13th, Every Tuesday & Thursday at 9 am.
An early AM wakeup call! This class includes a warm-up, light-rhythmic cardio movement, and a stretch & relax cool-down. Playing with fitness accessories and toys adds to the FUN! Class Fee of $5. Instruction provided by: Terry Stocker, BS, MA, ACE

Butterfly Garden Club - Sarasota
This club will meet once a month on the 3rd Thursday from 2p-3p at the Sarasota location. Attendee's will discuss different types of butterflies seen in the garden and conduct upkeep of the Butterfly Garden with the help of a volunteer instructor.

Mondays LGBT+ Book Club - Zoom
On break until Monday, August 1st.
3-4:30 pm. Contact Bruce for more details and to sign up:
(202) 262-0262 or email bruce@lehmannilon.com

Tuesdays - Aging Rebels
FREE Zoom Group
On break for the summer. Group will resume in the Fall.
1:30 pm. This discussion group tackles topics such as loneliness, finances, physical and mental limitations, responsibilities, fear of aging, fear of dying, grief, isolation, relationships and anything having to do with the aging process. Facilitated by Professor Emerita Dr. Nancy K. Schlossberg, author, speaker and motivator, and Michael Karp. Email beespapa@verizon.net to get Zoom link.

Tuesdays - SHINE Program Counseling - Venice
9 am - 12 pm
Please call the Elder Helpline at 866-413-5337 to schedule an appointment.

Tuesdays - Technology Assistance with Robin
11 am - 1 pm
Having problems with your cell phone, iPad or computer? Robin will be available for one-on-one assistance. Walk-in or call Tammy Stark at 941-584-0075 to schedule an appointment.

Wednesdays - Ballroom Dancing Lessons - Sarasota
Returning September 7th, 2022
A fun class led by former Arthur Murray Dance Studio instructors Greg & Bonnie Ryan. Singles and couples will learn ballroom, Latin, and swing dance techniques. Whether you're a beginner or just want to brush up on your skills this class is for you! Classes will be held on Wednesdays from 11 am-12 pm, contact Greg at (860) 712-8321 to sign up.

2nd Wednesday of the Month - Gulf Coast Legal - Sarasota
Every Friday 10 am-12 pm - Gulf Coast Legal Representative onsite - Venice
Qualifications: Singles must earn less than $2,500 monthly and couples less than $3,500 to qualify for services.
Sarasota please contact Ernie Mack: Business Office Manager at
(941) 955-2122, to schedule appointments. 11am to 2pm.
Venice please contact Joan MacCormack: Assistant Manager at
(941) 584-0052, to schedule appointments.

Fridays - What's Happening Now
FREE Zoom Group
1:00 pm. This group discusses what is happening in the world, including current events. Attendees are invited to just listen or think out loud. Email beespapa@verizon.net to obtain the Zoom link.

Fridays - Seniors vs Crime - 9 am - 12 pm - Venice
Representatives on-site at the Venice location to help seniors who have been victimized.

"Unique Boutique" - Open M,W,F: 1-3 pm
Upscale Thrift Store-Venice
Shop in our Venice boutique for new and previously owned merchandise, including clothing, housewares, jewelry and more! "Visit Rachael our new model in the center. She will be wearing the latest in boutique fashion."

"Friendship Treasures" - Open M-F: 10 am-3 pm
Upscale Thrift Store-Sarasota
Thrifty Thursday's - Every Thursday regular priced items are 50% off and there is a FREE table available as well!
Shop in our Sarasota boutique for new and previously owned merchandise, including clothing, housewares, jewelry and more!
Friendship Center for Aging Studies

Wednesday, August 10 - Great Conversations Volume 1 Great Books: Open Books - Open Minds
10:30 am-12:00 pm, Dwyer Room, 1st floor, 1900 Brother Geenen Way (next door to main center)
Facilitated by Vanitha Singh
Requirement: Purchase one book for 6-9 months from the Great Books Foundation.
1.  Let's start reading the most significant and interesting selections from the Great Books.
2.  Join us for a new book club meeting every Wednesday.
3.  In a setting with congenial social engagement with other active minds.
4.  Stimulating conversations.
5.  Thought provoking ideas.
 
Future Events:
August 15, 10:30-11:15 am - Social Security Planning & Insights
August 22, 10:30-11:15 am - Retirement Planning
August 30, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm - The Importance of Hydration - Lunch & Learn
VENICE - September 26, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm - The Importance of Hydration - Lunch & Learn
VENICE - October 3, 10:30 am - Pre-Planning....Cremation and Burial Plans
November 1, 2022, 7:30 - 11:45 am Reinvention Convention Year 5
The Beauty of Late in Life Relationships
November 28-December 8, 2022 | Friendship Dance Cruise to the Panama Canal on Caribbean Princess - Staterooms are still available.
Contact Lynne for more information.

Please RSVP to Lynne by email: lanast@friendshipcenters.org or call (941) 556-3269, for Friendship Center for Aging Studies classes.
LGBT+
Mondays LGBT+ Book Club - Zoom
On break until Monday, August 1st.
3:00-4:30 pm. Contact Bruce for more details and to sign up: (202) 262-0262 or email bruce@lehmannilon.com

Wednesdays - LGBT+ Loss and Grief Support
11:30-1 pm. LGBT+ Loss and Grief support groups help members of the LGBT+ community process and deal with ‘loss’ in their lives such as, but not limited to, loss of a partner due to death or breakup, death of a pet, loss of a job, end of a friendship or any other situation that creates feelings of loneliness, sadness, and isolation. It is a peer-directed, community group created to provide mutual support and shared experience to help individuals deal with painful life experiences in a safe and encouraging environment. We will meet every Wednesday via Zoom. For more information, please email Joelle at joelle.johns.apds@gmail.com.
The Caregiving Place

Adult Day Services are open in Sarasota and Venice and are accepting referrals. Support groups are currently being held virtually AND in person (hybrid). Call (941) 556-3268 to join the group or for more information.

Sarasota
Adult Day Services
8:30-3 pm. Our fully licensed, Adult Day Service is the ideal program for an older adult who is experiencing cognitive or medical issues. It’s also a place that offers the caregiver, peace of mind and respite. For more information, call 941-556-3268.

Thursdays - Caregiver Support Group
10-11:30 am. Facilitated by Paula Falk, CDP. This group is for caregivers of loved ones with Alzheimer’s and other dementia-related diseases.

Fridays - Journaling Group
1-2:30 pm. Facilitated by Gail Hirsch, Ed.D. In this group, caregivers use journaling to explore and express feelings, and to heal.
Venice
Adult Day Services
8:30-3 pm. Our fully licensed, Adult Day Service is the ideal program for an older adult who is experiencing cognitive or medical issues. It’s also a place that offers you, the caregiver, peace of mind – for as many days and hours you choose each week.

Tuesdays - Caregiver Support Group
1:30-3 pm. Facilitated by Paula Falk, CDP. This weekly group is for caregivers of loved ones with Alzheimer’s and other dementia-related diseases.
Highlights
Wednesdays - Zoom Support Group
1-2:30 pm (Zoom only). Have you recently become a caregiver? Do you feel isolated, overwhelmed, or stressed as a caregiver? Join us for a new weekly support group designed to help you regain a sense of control over your situation and provide you with emotional support, useful information and resources. Facilitated by Susan Brucklacher and Paula Falk, CDP.

Memory Screenings
Danielle Valery, Memory Disorder Clinic, Sarasota Memorial Hospital, is offering free memory screenings at their location and in Venice. Call (941) 917-7197 to schedule your screening.
(941) 955-2122