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    Voting – Content by Judy

    Election Day will be here soon enough, and we all need to exercise our right to vote. Remind others and encourage them to vote as well. Keep in mind that we are fortunate enough to live in a country where we pick who represents us.

    Voting is a basic right and our way to raise our voice and be a part of how our world runs.

    Remember if you don’t vote you don’t get to complain after the fact about anything to do with taxes, the way things are or are not because you didn’t care enough to vote.

    Sure, you can say “My vote doesn’t make any difference” but it does!! We all have seen those close election results. That great new candidate who ‘only’ lost by 3 votes. Someone else winning be a handful of votes. These are the perfect examples of your vote does make a difference.

    We all need to find out who’s running this November and what those candidates stand for. If we agree with them or not. For those that are in office – do we think they are doing a good job? Do they listen? Do they represent what we want or are they always voting the party line? Should they get re-elected? Or is time for someone new?

    And the candidates need to pay attention to us! Because the older population are the most likely to vote! We know what works and what doesn’t work. We have lived the social issues. We have seen the politics involved – both good and bad! And over 70% of us vote!!

    Yes, out of every 10 people 65+, 7 of them will be voting in November.

    Think about that… This age group can influence all policy. If taxes go up or down or stay the same? Does that referendum pass or does it fail? Does the new candidate win? Does the incumbent get re-elect?

    Again, think about it! Your vote can be the very vote that drives change! Mark your calendar so you don’t forget. Call for a ride if you need one. But be sure to vote because elections are decided by those who show up!! Not those who stay home!!

    As Gandhi said, “Be the change you wish to see in the world!!”

    The Month of October-Over the Hill Hiking Group

    All prospective hikers must call the Senior Center to register for each hike within seven days prior. There are no residency issues – we are looking for interested, enthusiastic folks. Participants must follow guidelines specified on registration form. Hikers are to bring water, lunches, insect repellant, sunscreen and sturdy shoes. Group size is limited to fifteen people, first come first served, along with one or two leaders. All distances are estimates and may be modified by the leaders based on conditions the day of the hike.

     

    Hikes will be listed as easy, moderate or difficult. Anyone interested in a  difficult hike must have completed at least two of the moderate hikes before going on the difficult hike. Contact the Senior Center to register.

    OCTOBER HIKES:

    10/1 Conn College arboretum, New London.  Moderate + (ridge) 3.5 miles.

    10/8 Cockaponset State Park  –  Turkey Hill Reservoir.  Moderate  3/5 miles. Limited to 12.

    10/15 Mattabesett Trail, Middletown  –  Moderate (hill) 3 miles. Limited to 12.

    10/22 Pleasant Valley, Lyme  –  Moderate 3  – 4 miles.

    10/29 Barn Island, Stonington (waterproof boots)  –  Easy 3  –  4 miles.

    Transportation available for $5pp on the 10/8 & 10/15.

     

    October- Music Classes

    MUSIC CLASSES

    All classes are now session based. 3 month session length.

     

    Ukulele Lessons Level 2     

    Monday

    10:30-11:30am

    New session started on Sep 13th and ends on Dec 13th (no class on Oct 11th). In person instructor led lessons for  advanced beginner and more experienced students on Mon at 10:30am. Registration now open.

    Class fee $60R and $65NR.

     

    Guitar Lessons – Advanced Beginner

    Monday

    11:45-12:45pm

    New session started Sep 13th and ends on Dec 13th (no class on Oct 11th). In person instructor led lessons for  advanced beginner and more experienced students on Mon at 11:45am. You must register for this session.    Registration now open. You will need your own guitar or may be able to rent one from the instructor.

    Class fee $72R and $79NR.

     

    Beginner Ukulele Lessons

    Monday

    1:00-2:00pm

    New session started on Sep 13th and ends on Dec 13th (no class on Oct 11th). In person instructor led lessons for beginners but all levels are  welcome on Mon at 1:00pm. Registration now open. You will need to purchase a ukulele and a tuner. Class fee $60R and $65NR.

     

    Jam Session

    Monday

    2:00-4:00pm

    New session starts on Oct 4th and ends on Dec 20th (no class on Oct 11th). Shirley Lan & Joe Rice will lead this in person Jam Session. Any person who can play an instrument is welcome. Must register your interest to      participate for the session.

    SPEAKING OF MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS…

    The Senior Center is offering fun, private guitar and ukulele zoom lessons from the convenience of your home. Free  complimentary 1st lesson. The cost is $20 for a 30 minute session or $90 for a 4 week run. Contact the  Senior Center to register. We will need your phone number and your email address.

    October- ARTS & CRAFTS PROGRAMS

    ARTS & CRAFTS PROGRAMS

    All classes are now session based. 3 month session length.

     

    Painting with Friends

    Tuesday

    9:30-12pm

    New session starts on Sep 28th and ends on Dec 21st. In person at the Senior Center every Tue of the month at 9:30am. Registration now open.

     

    Stitch Happens

    Wednesday

    9:30-11:30am

    New session starts on Sep 29th and ends on Dec 22nd and will be held on Wed at 9:30am in person. You must  register your interest in this session. Registration now open.

     

    Drawing Class

    Thursday

    10:00-11:30am

    New session starts on Sep 30th and ends on Dec 23rd (no class Nov 11th & 25th) and will be held on Thu at 10am in person. You must register for this session. Registration now open.

     

    Writing Class **New Class**

    Thursday

    2:00-3:00pm

    New session started Sep 9th and ends Dec 23rd (no class Nov 11th & 25th) and will be held on Thu at 2pm in person. You must register for this session. Registration now open.

     

    Quilting

    New session starts on Oct 4th and ends on Dec 28th. Quilting is held on the 1st Mon of the month at 1pm, the 3rd Fri of the month at 5pm and the last Tue of the month at 5pm. Registration now open.  Fee is $2pp for Fri and Tue time period. No fee for the Mon time period.

     

    October- UPCOMING Card Games and Other Games

    Upcoming Games

    Based on interest we will be hosting the following schedule

     

    Bunco

    Monday

    9:30am

    New session starts on Sep 27th and ends on Dec 27th (no games Oct 11th).

    Registration now open.

     

    Hand & Foot

    Monday

    12:30pm

    New session starts on Sep 27th and ends on Dec 27th (no games Oct 11th).

    Registration now open.

     

    Scrabble

    Tuesday

    9:30am

    New session starts on Sep 28th and ends on Dec 28th. Registration now open.

     

    Mah Jongg

    Tuesday

    12:15pm

    New session starts on Sep 28th and ends on Dec 28th. Registration now open.

     

    Bridge

    Tuesday

    1:00pm

    New session starts on Sep 28th and ends on Dec 28th (no games Nov 2nd). Registration now open.

     

    ACBL Bridge

    Wednesday

    1:00pm

    At this time, we are looking to see if there is interest in a game to be held on Thu mornings from 9am to 12pm. Please contact the Senior Center office if you  would like to play.

     

    Rummikub

    Thursday

     9:30am                                  

    New session starts Sep 2nd and ends on Dec 30th (no games on Nov 11th & 25th).  Registration now open.

     

    Duplicate Bridge

    Thursday

    1:00pm

    New session starts on Sep 30th and ends on Dec 30th (no games Nov 11th & 25th).  Registration now open.

     

    Bingo

    Friday

    1:00pm

    Every Fri. $1 for the 1st card and .25 for every additional card up to a maximum of 9 cards.  (No Bingo Dec 24th & 31st). No need to register in advance.