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    Get Out There!! – Content by Judy

    New Age???

    New Time???

    New Start???

    Do any of us know what to call this time we are now living? I can’t figure it out myself. I just know I’ll never live a ‘normal’ life again. That was before COVID. Now I just know things a different and I need to create the life I want to live.

    Things will be different because we are different. But how do we want this new ‘different’ to look? Should we be making a new plan? Finding new avenues? Reassessing those things we wanted but didn’t do before?

    My husband and I started a list several months ago of things we were going to do after COVID. On it I added go to bars. My husband said, “But we don’t go to bars!” “No, but we’re going to start because it’s something new and different. Who knows we might even like them!” So, we’ll see…

    That’s sort of a silly example of trying something new. Going somewhere we might be uncomfortable. Experiencing a new environment. But it will get us engaged in a new way and who knows we might even make new friends or find people we used to know.

    I want all of you to experience that new day. A new start. For you to act and move forward. Even if you don’t know what ‘IT’ is. Work on ‘IT’. Figure ‘IT’ out. Make a plan. Pick a day of each week to try something new.

    It can be as simple as enjoying a cup of coffee in a new place. You’re not alone. There will be others looking for the same things you are looking for. Say hello as you walk by. You just need to get out there.

    The next day maybe go for a walk. Then reach out and ask someone to go out to eat or visit a museum. Even if they can’t go then, see if they want to meet up another time. I can almost guarantee they do! They are lonely too. Invite a few friends and family over for a game night or a cookout. Reach out to an old friend you haven’t seen in a while. Put yourself out there. Volunteer. Go to the library. Join the gym. Sign up for a class at the Senior Center.

    And if a few things don’t go as you thought they would, remember it’s ok. You’re trying. Finding a new path can be hard and it will take time. But you just might end up in a totally different place than what you thought you wanted. And it can be even better than you ever imagined!!

    So be sure to remember aging is a privilege. A time to explore. A time for growth. A time make new connections with new people and places.

    As we travel into this new world don’t forget to reinvent yourself and your life!!

    Wed, Jul 14th from 1pm to 2pm- Waffle Wagon Food Truck

    Join us for our picnic or just swing by to buy a yummy, sweet treat.

    Featured item: Chocolate drizzled liege waffle with salted caramel ice cream!

    20% of proceeds from this day’s sales will be donated to the Senior Center for a much needed no touch scanner.

     

    July- Upcoming Music Classes

    Ukulele Lessons Level 2    

    Mon thru June 28th

    10:30-11:30am

    New session starts 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 begins Sep 1st. Class fee $60R and $65NR.

     

    Guitar Lessons – Advanced Beginner

    Mon beginning Sep 13th thru Dec 13th

    11:45-12:45pm

    New session starts 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 Thu at 11am. You must register for this session. Registration begins Sep 1st. Class fee $72R and $79NR.

     

    Beginner  Ukulele Lessons

    Mon beginning Sep 13th thru Dec 13th

    10:30-11:30am

    New session starts 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 begins Sep 1st. Class fee $60R and $65NR.

     

    Jam Session

    Mon thru Sep 20th

    2:00pm-4:00pm

    New session starts on Jul 12th and ends on Sep 20th (no class on Sept 6th). 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 OF 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.

    July- Upcoming Arts & Crafts Programs

    UPCOMING ARTS & CRAFTS PROGRAMS

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

     

    Painting with Friends

    Tue thru Sep 21st

    9:30-12pm

    New session starts on Jul 6th and ends on Sep 21st. In person at the Senior Center every Tue of the month at 9:30am.Registration begins Jul 1st.

     

    Craft Time

    2 classes  –  Jul 13th & Ju

    Tue Jul 13th and Tue July 27th

    1:00-2:00pm

    2 classes  –  Jul 13th & Jul 27th.  In person instruction with Candy.  The cost for each craft is $5.00 per person. Registration begins Jul 1st.

     

    Stitch Happens

    Wed thru Sep 22nd

    9:30-11:30am

    New session starts on Jul 7th and ends on Sep 22nd and will be held on Wed at 9:30am in person. You must  register your interest in this session. Registration begins Jul 1st.

     

    Drawing Class

    Thu thru Sep 23rd

    10:00-11:30am

    New session starts on Jul 8th and ends on Sep 23rd and will be held on Thu at 10am in person. You must         register for this session. Registration begins Jul 1st.

     

    Quilting

    Thru Sep 21st

    New session  starts on Jul 12th and ends on Sep 21st and will be held on the 1st Mon of the month at 1pm (due to the holiday, this month is the 2nd Mon) – the 3rd Fri of the month at 5pm and the last Tue of the month at 5pm. Registration begins Jul 1st. This is an indoor program. Fee is $2per participation. No fee for the Mon time period.