January 23 - 27, 2023

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, Sarasota

(941) 955-2122

Center Hours:

Mon-Fri 8:30am-4:30pm

Jenny Macias, Center Manager

Membership is required for all classes and activities.

Monday

9 am – 9:45 am Balance Movement

10 - 11 am Fun Stories Group

10 am – 11:30 am Art Class with Retsy

NEW! 11 am - 12 pm Beginner Line Dance Class

NEW!11 am - 12 pm Telling Your Life Story Writing Class

11:45 am – 12:15 pm Lunch (need to sign up)

12:30 - 3 pm Duplicate Bridge (Sign-up with Graeme 941-544- 8446)

1 - 3 pm Live Music & Dancing with The Bruno Connection

3 - 4:30 pm LGBT Book Club via Zoom (email Bruce Lehman for link at bruce@lehmannilon.com)

3:30 pm – 4:30 pm Intermediate Tap 


Tuesday

NEW! 9:30-11:30 am - Bingo Sponsored by: Freedom Health ($5 Fee)

10-10:45 am - Just Move with Daisy Exercise Class

10-11 am – Chair Yoga

10 am-3 pm - Pinochle

10 am-11 am - Harmonica Zoom Class: email Richard@Richardverrochi.com

CANCELLED REST OF JANUARY 11 am - 11:45 am - Tango Class

10:00 - 11:30 am Family Relationships (Wellman room, next door 2nd floor)

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)

NEW! 12:15 - 1:15 pm Grief Support Group with Rick Stein

1-3 pm - Mexican Train/Rummikub/Card Games

1-3 pm - Live Music & Dancing with Skip's Dixie Mix

1:30 - 2:30 pm - Aging Rebels Discussion Group (In-Person in Dwyer Room & Zoom: email beespapa@verizon.net)


Wednesday

9-9:45 am - Balance Movement

10 am-12 pm - Technology Assistance with Andy & Mike

10:30 am - 12:00 pm - Short Story Book Club (Dwyer room, next door)

11 am - 12 pm - Ballroom Dance Class: Fox Trot

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

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm - International Folk Dancing Class (Proof of vaccine and/or mask required)

NEW! 4:30 pm - 6 pm - LGBT Loss and Grief Support Group


Thursday

9-9:45 am - Balance Movement

10-11 am - Advanced German Class

10 am - 3 pm - Pinochle

NEW! 10:45 - 11:45 am - Off-Key Chorale Choir Program

11 am - 12 pm - Beginner German Class

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)

1-2 pm - Discussion Group: Seniors Living with their Adult Children

1-3 pm Bridge Group

1-3 pm Live Music & Dancing with Carman Collection

1-3 pm Mah Jongg

3:30-4:30 pm Intermediate Tap Dance


Friday

9:30 - 11:30 am Bingo ($5 Fee) - Cafe

10 - 11 am Tai Chi – Mirror Room

10 am – 12 pm Craft Club– Art Studio

10 am - 12 pm Technology Assistance with Andy & Mike 

10:30 - 11:15 am Balance Movement

11:15 am – 12 pm Sing-a-long with Betty Comora

11:45 am – 12:15 pm Lunch (need to sign up)

1 -3 pm Popcorn & Movie

1 – 3 pm Live Music & Dancing with Buffalo Swing Band

1 - 4 pm Sarasota Duplicate Bridge Club – Café 

1 – 4 pm Euchre – Room B


Future Events

Feb 1 - 2-4 pm - Introduction to Mosaics Art Class

Feb 2 - 10 am-12:30 pm - Instructor Led Indoor Pickleball (Every Thursday)

Feb 8 - 11 am-1 pm - Marie Billups B-Day Bash (RSVP Required)

Feb 14 - 1-3 pm - Valentine's Day Party

Feb 24 - 3-5 pm - Speed Dating Event (RSVP Required, 30 participants max)

March 17 - 1-3 pm - St. Patrick's Day Dance (Music by: Krazy Karaoke Live)

Venice Activity Center

2350 Scenic Drive in Venice

(941) 584-0052

Center Hours: Mon-Fri 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Bistro Hours: Mon-Fri 9 am - 3 pm

Tammy Heller, Center Manager



Membership is required for all classes and activities.

Monday

8:30 am-4:30 pm - Billiards Room Open

8:30 am-4:30 pm - Horseshoes and Corn Hole!

9 am-3 pm - Bistro Open

NEW DAY & TIME! 9:00 am-11:30 am - Friendly Bridge

9 am-10 am - Rebalance/Chair Yoga with Rosalie Pyra, Certified Instructor

NEW! 10 am-11am - Beginner Tai Chi, Marty Reichgut, MD, Instructor

10 am-11 am - Hand 'n Foot Card Game

11 am-12 pm - Intermediate Tai Chi, Marty Reichgut, MD, Instructor

12:30 pm-1 pm - Nutritious Lunch (need to sign up - see above)

1 pm-3 pm - Live Music & Dancing with "Bob and Buds

1 pm-3 pm - Unique Boutique Open


Tuesday

8:30 am-4:30 pm - Billiards Room Open

8:30 am-4:30 pm - Horseshoes and Corn Hole!

9 am-3 pm - Bistro Open

9 am-12 pm - SHINE representative on sight (appointment only - see below)

TIME CHANGE! 9:45 am-11:45 am - BINGO ($5 Fee)

10:00 am-12:00 pm - MindSet

11 am-1 pm - Technology Assistance with Robin (see below)

12-3 pm - Woodcarvers Class (see below)

12:30-1 pm - Nutritious Lunch (need to sign up – see above)

1-4 pm - Hand 'n Foot Card Game

1-4 pm -PINOCHLE (contact Bob Hoffmeyer for information 941-716-6944 - please leave a message)

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


Wednesday

8-9 am - Produce Distribution Drive-Thru outside

8:30 am-4:30 pm - Billiards Room Open

8:30 am-4:30 pm - Horseshoes and Corn Hole!

9 am - 3 pm - Bistro Open

NEW! 9 am - 12 pm - Adult Coloring with Cathy (Making Cards)

9:30 am-10:30 am - "Friendship Party with Movement" an energizing fitness experience for all levels (formerly BIG BOLD BOXY)

10:30-11:15 am - YOGA FOR EVERYONE

12:30-1 pm - Nutritious Lunch (need to sign up – see above)

1 pm-3 pm - Live Music & Dancing with "Al and the Variety Pack"

1 pm-3 pm - Unique Boutique Open 


Thursday

8:30 am-4:30 pm - Billiards Room Open

8:30 am-4:30 pm - Horseshoes and Corn Hole!

8:30 am-12 pm - Art Studio Open - All artist are welcome - bring your current projects and supplies

9 am-3 pm Bistro Open

TIME CHANGE! 9:45 am-11:45 am - BINGO ($5 Fee)

10-11 am - Line Dancing Class

NEW! 11:30 am - 12:30 pm - Zumba Gold with L'Tanya

NEW! 12:00-2:00 pm – AARP TAX-AIDE – on-site to schedule Tax Preparation Appointments (Great Room)

12:30-1 pm - Nutritious 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 (contact Bob Hoffmeyer for information 941-716-6944 - please leave a message)

1:30-2:30 Intermediate Tai Chi, Marty Reichgut, MD, Instructor


Friday

8:30 am-4:30 pm - Billiards Room Open

8:30 am-4:30 pm - Horseshoes and Corn Hole!

9 am-3 pm - Bistro Open

9 am-12 pm - Seniors vs Crime Representative on-site

10 am- 12 pm - GULFCOAST Legal Services Representative on-site (call 941-584-0052 to schedule a 30-minute appointment)

10 am-12 pm – SCRABBLE

10:30-11:15 am - YOGA FOR EVERYONE

11:30 am-12:30 pm - Learn to Belly Dance for Better Health

12:30-1 pm - Nutritious Lunch (need to sign up – see above)

1 pm-3 pm - Live music & dancing with the Coastal Keys Band

NEW! 1 pm-3 pm - Pizza Party Sponsored by Village Medical

1 pm-3 pm - Unique Boutique Open

1 pm - 4 pm - Duplicate Bridge with Larry Balick (call Larry Balick for more information 941-484-3883 - beginners welcome) 

 


Future Events in 2023

NEW CLASS! Second Act Readers Theater - 6 week class from Thursday, Feb 2- Mar 9 2:30-4:30 pm

NEW ENTERTAINMENT - Every Thursday Starting Feb 2 - 1-3 pm - Dick & Jim Swingtime

Feb 9 - 2:30-3:30 pm - Partner with Your Doctor Seminar sponsored by Village Medical

Feb 13th - 1-3 pm - Valentine's Day Party

Mar 16th - 1-3 pm - St Patrick's Day Party

Activity Center Highlights

Monday-Friday - Live Music & Dancing- Sarasota

1-3 pm


Monday, Wednesday & Friday - Live Music & Dancing - Venice

1-3 pm


Healthy Food Cooking Class

4th Tuesday of the Month, 12p-1p - Sarasota

A class to provide healthy and inexpensive ways to cook and prepare your favorite food items.


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

3-4:30 pm. Contact Bruce for more details and to sign up:

(202) 262-0262 or email bruce@lehmannilon.com


Tuesdays - Aging Rebels

Zoom and In-Person in Sarasota

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 register.


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 operating your cell phone, iPad or computer? Robin is available for one-on-one assistance for members only. For a 30 minute appointment -call Tammy Heller at 941-584-0075.


Tuesdays - Wood Carvers - Venice

12 am - 3 pm

The wood carvers meet for 3 hrs., every Tuesday. Everyone is welcome - Some people carve relief style (flat picture), some carve caricature (3D figurines). The carvers have connections for patterns, how to books, wood and tools. They are happy to teach, instructor assist in any way. Contact Dick Burton with questions 941-218-6402.


Tuesdays - Tango Classes - Sarasota

Class Cancelled for January 2023

Argentine Tango is the dance of love and embrace. It forms and intimate connection between you, your spouse or partner, and the music. Join Instructor, Laure Steo, with a partner for this interesting class! Classes will be held on Tuesdays from 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm.


Wednesdays - International Folk Dancing - Sarasota

A class learning dances from all over the world: Greece, Macedonia, Romania, Bulgaria, Israel, Turkey, Croatia, England, Russia and more!


Wednesdays - Ballroom Dancing Lessons - Sarasota

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.


Last Friday of Every Month - Gulf Coast Legal - Sarasota

Every Friday 10 am-12 pm - Gulf Coast Legal Representative onsite - Venice

Qualifications for services apply.


Sarasota please contact Ernie Mack: Business Office Manager at

(941) 955-2122, to schedule appointments. 11 am-2 pm.



Venice please contact Joan MacCormack or Susan Lenviel, Assistant Manager, (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: 9 am-3 pm

Upscale Thrift Store-Sarasota

Shop in our Sarasota boutique for new and previously owned merchandise, including clothing, housewares, jewelry and more!

Lifelong Learning


Tuesday - January 24 - Family Relationships

10:00 - 11:30 am - Join us as we discuss family relationships.

  • Siblings
  • Spouses
  • Significant Others
  • Adult Children

Facilitated by Rich Segall, meet at 1900 Brother Geenen Way, Wellman room, 2nd floor. Please RSVP to Lynne (941) 556-3269 or email: lanast@friendshipcenters.org


Wednesday - January 25 - Short Story Book Club

10:30 am - 12:00 pm - Join us as we discuss the previous week's short story assignment. (Dwyer Room, Next door to the main center)

January 18, Discussion will be Mr. and Mrs. Dove, by Katherine Mansfield. (Copies of story & author's bio can be picked up in Sarasota, see Ernie.)


Future Events:


  • February 7 - 10:00 am Pre-Planning....It just makes sense. Burial & Cremation Plans. Presented by Anne Swartz, Pre-Need Counselor

 

Please RSVP to Lynne by email: lanast@friendshipcenters.org or call (941) 556-3269 for Lifelong Learning class registrations.

LGBT+

Mondays LGBT+ Book Club - Zoom

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 - Sarasota

4:30-6 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 in person at Senior Friendship Centers. For more information, please call 941-955-2122.

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.

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.


Future Events

Powerful Tools for Caregivers Class, Sarasota - January 19–February 23 from 1–3:30 pm. RSVP to (941) 716-7742.

Powerful Tools for Caregivers Class, Venice - February 7–March 14 from 10 am–12:30 pm. RSVP to (941) 716-7742.

(941) 955-2122
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