September 19 - 23, 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

9-9:45 am - Balance Movement ($5 Fee)

10-11 am - Fun Stories Group

10-11:30 am - Art Class with Retsy: Embracing Our Differences Submissions

10-12 pm - Blue Heron Band Rehearsal

11:45 am-12:15 pm - Lunch (need to sign up - see above)

1-3 pm - Duplicate Bridge (Sign-up with Graeme: 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

11:30 am–3 pm - St. Jude’s Latin Group (Spanish Speaker's Welcome!)

NEW! 11:30 am - 12 pm - SSAS Choir Performance

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

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

Welcome Back! 1-2 pm - Learn to Speak Spanish!

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

NEW! 2-3 pm - Yoga Class with Irane ($5 Fee)


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 2 Great Books (Dwyer Room, Next Door) (Class suspended until October 19th)

NEW! 11 am - 12 pm - Cat Therapy with Cat Depot

11 am - 12 pm - Ballroom Dance Class: The Waltz

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!)

11:30 am - 12:30 pm - East Listening Guitar with Steve during Lunch

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 (Class suspended until October 12th)


Thursday

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

NEW! 11 am-12 pm - Sing-along with Betty Comora

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

1-3 pm - Live Music & Dancing with Martin & Hamilton

1-3 pm - Mah Jongg

CENTER CLOSING AT 3 PM DUE TO A PRIVATE RENTAL


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

10 am-12 pm - Craft Club

10:30-11:15 am - Balance Movement ($5 Fee)

NEW! 11 am-12 pm - Preventing Alzheimer's with Cognitive Training Program

NEW! 11:30 am-12:30 pm - Embracing Our Differences Presentation with Nancy Schlossberg

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

1-3:3 pm - Live Music & Dancing with Buffalo Swing Band

1-3 pm - Movie & Popcorn

1-4 pm - Sarasota Duplicate Bridge Club (Welcoming New Players)

1-4 pm - Euchre


Future Events

Sept 29 - 2-4 pm - Stop Light Mixer ($5 Entry Fee)

Oct 21 - 4-6 pm - Senior's Trunk-or-Treat (Free Entry)

Oct 28 - 5-7 pm - Spooktacular Boo Bash ($20 Entry Fee)

Nov 3 - 5-7 pm - Comedy Show with Al Ernst ($25 Entry Fee)

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 Horseshoes and Corn Hole!!

9 am-3 pm - Bistro Open

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

NEW! 11 am-12 am - Tai Chi with Marty Reichgut, MD as Instructor

10 am-12 pm - Hand 'n Foot Card Game

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

NEW! 1 pm - 3 pm - Acoustic Guitar & Vocals Entertainment with Michael Englers

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 (Not Meeting until October 4th)

10 am-12 pm - BINGO ($5 Fee)

10 am - 12:30 pm - Powerful Tools for Care Givers

11 am-1 pm - Technology Assistance with Robin (canceled this week only)

12-3 pm - Woodcarvers Class (see below)

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

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

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

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)

WELCOME BACK!! 1 pm-3pm - Live Music & Dancing with "Al & Variety Pack"


Thursday - Fall Prevention Awareness Day - First Day of Fall

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

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

9:00-3 pm - Bistro Open

10-11 am - Line Dancing Class

10 am-12 pm - BINGO ($5 Fee)

NEW! 11:30 am - 12:30 pm - Fall Prevention Presentation Marty Reichgut, MD presenter

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


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 (Call Larry Balick for more information 941-484-3883 - beginners welcome)


Future Events:

Oct 6 - 10-11:30 am - Macular Degeneration presentation

Oct 12 - 1-4 pm - Italian American Heritage Celebration

Oct 20 - 12-1 pm - Title: Medicare Open Enrollment, compare your options

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


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

FREE Zoom Group

On break for the summer. Group will resume on October 18, 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 your operating your cell phone, iPad or computer? Robin is available for one-on-one assistance. For a 30 minute appointment -call Tammy Stark 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, instruct or assist in any way. 


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: 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!

Lifelong Learning


Class suspended until October 19 - Great Conversations Volume 2 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:

  • VENICE - September 26, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm - The Importance of Hydration - Free - Lunch & Learn
  • VENICE - October 3, 10:30 am - Pre-Planning....Cremation and Burial Plans
  • NEW: September 27, October 4 & 18, 10:30 am - 12:00 pm - Two Remarkable 19th Century Women: Historical Forces to be Reckoned With
  • November 1, 2022, 7:30 - 11:35 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 Lifelong Learning 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
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