May 9-13, 2022
In-Person and Zoom Weekly Calendar
Sarasota Activity Center
1888 Brother Geenen Way in Sarasota
The dining sites in Sarasota and Venice are open to registered dining clients aged 60+ who reside in Sarasota County. Join us for a hot lunch in Sarasota from 11:45-12:15 Monday-Friday and in Venice from 12:30-1:00 Monday-Friday. For information on how to register and qualify, please call (941) 955-2122 for Sarasota and (941) 429-0734 for Venice.

Jenny Macias, Center Manager
Mon-Fri 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Membership is required for all classes and activities.
Some classes have a fee from $5 to $8.
Monday
9-9:45 am – Balance Movement ($5 Fee)
10-11:30 am Art Class - Working with Clay! Limited to 8 people, Masks kindly requested inside the classroom
10-11 am Fun Stories Group
11:45 am –12:15 pm – Lunch (need to sign up – see above)
1-3 pm – Duplicate Bridge (contact Graeme to sign up: 941-544-8446)
1-3 pm – Live music from Bruno Connection
3-4:30 pm – LGBT+ Book Club – Via ZOOM (contact Bruce to sign up: 202-262-0262)
3:30-4:30 pm – Intermediate Tap ($5 fee)

Tuesday
9:30-11:30 am - Bingo ($5 Fee)
10-11 am – Chair Yoga ($5 Fee)
10 am-3 pm - Pinochle
10 am - 11 am - Harmonica Zoom Class: email Richard@Richardverrochi.com
NEW! 10:30 - 11:30 am - Learn About CaptionCall - Free Phone for Hearing Loss Individuals (Dwyer Room, Next door)
NEW! 11am-12pm - Seniors vs Crimes Seminar: Learn how to protect yourself as you age
11-12 pm Tango Lessons
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)
1-3 pm - Live Music & Dancing with Skip's Dixie Mix
1:30-2:30 pm - Aging Rebels Discussion Group via Zoom: email beespapa@verizon.net

Wednesday
9-9:45 am - Balance Movement ($5 Fee)
10 am-12 pm - Technology Assistance with Andy & Mike
NEW! 10:15-10:45 am - Pet Therapy with Baby the Pony
10:30 am-12:00 pm - Great Conversations Volume 1 Great Books, Book Club (Next door, Dwyer Room)
11 am-12 pm - Ballroom Dancing Lessons - Greg & Bonnie Ryan (Final Class Until September)
NEW! 11 am - 2 pm - Attorney Consultations with Robin Stover
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

Thursday
9-9:45 am - Balance Movement ($5 Fee)
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)
NEW! 1:00 pm A Conversation on Alzheimer's Disease & Clinical Studies - Refreshments will be served (Next door, Dwyer Room)
1-3 pm - Live Music with Martin & Hamilton
1-3 pm - Mah Jongg
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm - Intermediate Tap ($5 Fee)

Friday
8:30-9:30 am - Food Distribution Drive Thru
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
10:30 - 11:15 am - Balance Movement ($5 Fee)
11:45 am – 12:15 pm – Lunch (need to sign up – see above)
11:45 am - 12:45 pm - Silver Swans Ballet ($8 Fee)
1-2 pm - What's Happening Now Discussion Group via Zoom: email beespapa@verizon.net
1-3 pm - Live Music with Buffalo Swing Band
1-4 pm - Euchre
Venice Activity Center
2350 Scenic Drive in Venice
Membership is required for all classes and activities. Some classes have a fee. Please call (941) 584-0052 for more info.

Tammy Stark, Center Manager

Center Hours
Mon-Fri 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Monday
8:30 am - 4:30 pm - Billiards Room Open
NEW! 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 (Intracoastal Room) (need to sign up – see above)
1 pm - 3 pm - Live Music & Dancing with Smoking Mirrors/Chuck Andre
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 - Quilting Group
10 am - 12 pm - BINGO ($5 Fee)
NEW! 10 am - 12:30 pm Power Tools Workshop
12 pm - 3 pm - Woodcarvers Class
12:30 pm - 1 pm - Hot Lunch (need to sign up – see above)
NEW! 1:00 pm - 4 pm - Hand 'n Foot Card Game
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm - Mexican Train Dominos
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm - Caregiver Support Group
2 pm - 2:45 pm - Balance Movement Class with Mike ($5 Fee)

Wednesday
8:30 am - 4:30 pm - Billiards Room Open
9 am -3 pm - Bistro Open
9:30 am- 12 pm - Friendly Bridge
10:30 am - 11:30 am - YOGA for EVERYONE with Julie (Canceled Today)
10:45 am - 11:30 am - Balance Movement Class with Mike ($5 Fee)
NEW! 11:00 am - 12:00 pm - Free Lunch & Learn - Stroke Prevention 101 (Community Room, 2nd floor)
12:30 pm - 1 pm - Hot Lunch (need to sign up – see above)
1 pm - 3 pm - Live Music & Dancing with "Al & the Variety Pack"
1 pm - 3 pm - Unique Boutique Open

Thursday
8 am - 9:00 am - Produce Distribution Drive-Thru outside
8:30 - 4:30 - Billiards Room Open
9:00 - 3 pm - Bistro Open
10 am - 11 am - Line Dancing Class
NEW! 11 am - 12 pm - Senior Blue Book University presentation "Moving Soon? How to start preparing for downsizing and relocation. Light refreshments
10 am - 12 pm - BINGO ($5 fee)
12:30 pm - 1 pm - Hot Lunch
NEW! 1 pm - 3:30 pm - Living Healthy Workshop provided by Area Agency on Aging of SWFL. Six week workshop starts today! Space is still available. Contact Tammy Stark 941-584-0075 for reservations
1 pm - 4 pm - PINOCHLE

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 - Gulf Coast Legal Services Representatives on-site (see below)
10 am - 12 pm - SCRABBLE
10:30 am - 11:30 am - YOGA for Everyone with Julie (Canceled Today). (Will return next Wednesday and Friday)
NEW! 11:30 am - 12:30 pm - Learn to Belly Dance for Better Health (2nd & 4th Friday of every month)
12:30 pm - 1 pm - Hot Lunch (need to sign up – see above)
1 pm - 3 pm - Live Music & Dancing with "Coastal Keys"
1 pm - 3 pm - Unique Boutique Open
1 pm - 4 pm - Duplicate Bridge with Larry Balick
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.

Center Hours
Mon-Thurs: 9 am - 1 pm
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 about for live music on Thursday

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
FREE Zoom Group
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.

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.

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. Starting May 11, 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
Shop in our Sarasota boutique for new and previously owned merchandise, including clothing, housewares, jewelry and more!
Friendship Center for Aging Studies

Tuesday, May 10 - Learn About CaptionCall - Free Phone to Hearing Loss Individuals - In-person & Zoom
10:30-11:30 am, Dwyer Room, 1st floor, 1900 Brother Geenen Way (next door to main center)
Presented by Cynthia Fox, Account Manager, sponsored by CaptionCall.
If you have hearing loss and need captions to use the phone, you are eligible for the CaptionCall Service, phone and our Red Carpet Service - delivery, installation and training - all at no cost.

Wednesday, May 11 - 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.

VENICE - Wednesday, May 11 - FREE Lunch & Learn - Stroke Prevention 101, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm - 2350 Scenic Dr., Venice, Community Room, 2nd floor
Presented by Margaret Clarke, OT, sponsored by Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Sarasota.
May is National Stroke Awareness Month
  1. What is a stroke?
  2. What are the types of a stroke?
  3. What causes a stroke?
  4. Signs and symptoms of a stroke?
  5. Ways to prevent a stroke.
RSVP for free lunch by May 9, 9:00 am.

Thursday, May 12 - A Conversation on Alzheimer's Disease and Clinical Studies - 1:00 pm - Refreshments will be served - Dwyer Room, 1st floor, 1900 Brother Geenen Way (next door to main center)
Facilitated by Dr. Mauricio Concha, sponsored by Intercoastal Medical Group.
  1. Your chance to speak to a Neurologist
  2. Latest news on Alzheimer's Disease
  3. News on Clinical Studies
  4. Q&A with Dr. Concha

Friday, May 13 - Silver Swans Ballet Class, Ages 55+
$8 per class - Wear comfortable attire & sneakers
11:45 am - 12:45 pm - Ballet instructor: Christopher Hird, Education Director,
The Sarasota Ballet, Mirror Room, 2nd floor

Please RSVP to Lynne by email: lanast@friendshipcenters.org or call (941) 556-3263, for Friendship Center for Aging Studies classes.
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
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
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