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SSA Calendar

January 2018
Calendar of Events

THE ARTS
Saturday, January 13th through  February 3rd
Little Theatre of Alexandria: Anne of Green Gables

Based on the classic novel by L.M. Montgomery, this heartwarming musical takes place at the turn of the century, when a family decides to adopt an orphan boy for help on their farm, Green Gables. The “boy” turns out to be Anne Shirley, who quickly charms her new home and community with her fun spirit and comical adventures. A musical for the entire family. For more information or to buy tickets, visit the Little Theatre of Alexandria’s website.

Friday, January 19th      
Alexandria Symphony Orchestra: Winter Recital

Head over to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church at 7:00 p.m. and join three of Alexandria Symphony Orchestra musicians who are sponsored by the ASO’s Adopt a Chair program for an evening of music and conversation. Enjoy a variety of solos from the classical tradition by Amy Horn (horn), Barbara Brown (cello) and Sara Stern (flute), and stay to mingle with the musicians.  A reception with California wines and sumptuous refreshments will be held in Norton Hall (adjacent to the sanctuary) immediately following the concert. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.alexsym.org.

Saturday, January 27th through March 4th    
The Torpedo Factory: Passages

Target Gallery, a contemporary exhibition space of the Torpedo Factory Art Center, presents Passages, a group exhibition that explores the lasting effects migration has on cultural identity from the perspective of immigrants and immigrant families from across the global diaspora. This exhibition gives an intimate look in to their individual experiences and how these experiences have shaped who they are today. The juror for this exhibition is Adriana Ospina, Curator of the Permanent Collection and Education at the Art Museum of Americas. For more information, visit www.torpedofactory.org.

EDUCATION AND INFORMATION
Monday, January 8th    
Passport to Retirement- First Class or Coach?

Are you ready for one of the biggest transitions of your life? Is your trip into retirement going to be First Class or Coach? Whether you are 10 days, 10 months, or 10 years away from retiring, there are a number of key issues to address before you make that move. This class, held at Beatley Central Library, involves a thorough review of the retirement planning. Topics include: accumulating assets for retirement while you are still employed, assessing your investment portfolio, measuring risk in a portfolio, developing asset allocation strategies, taking advantage of dollar cost averaging, and How to create an action plan for success. RSVP to acarmola@alexlibraryva.org or 703-746-1751.

Monday, January 22nd 
Brain Games

Seniors, sharpen your mind and exercise your brain with stimulating games, puzzles, and activities designed to improve memory, recollection, attention, and focus. For more information, call 703-746-1751. Held at Beatley Central Library.

Friday,

January 26th    

Food Trends for Seniors

Healthy eating trends are constantly changing. Ever wonder which ones are right for you? Join Madison Reeder, a Registered Dietitian from InovaCares for SeniorsTM PACE Program, at Beatley Library as she explains which trends are best to incorporate in our diets as we age, and which are best to avoid. The session will include a cooking demonstration, free recipe, and food samples. The event, co-sponsored by Beatley Central Library and Senior Services of Alexandria (SSA), is free. However, participants must register ahead of time. RSVP here or by calling 703.836.4414 x 110.     

VOLUNTEER ACTIVITIES
Saturdays
Saturday Hot Meal Program

Be a part of Meade Church’s’ continuing mission to serve those in need. Partner by becoming a volunteer and serve hot meals to Alexandria’s vulnerable residents, including families from low-income communities and homeless individuals. Meals are provided by DC Central Kitchen and volunteers are needed to re-heat and serve these meals between 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m. on each Saturday until March 17th, 2018. For more information or to become a volunteer, visit www.meadechurch.org.

Ongoing
Snow Buddies

The Snow Buddies Program is aimed at providing snow removal to low-income Alexandria’s residents who are physically unable to do so themselves, cannot afford to pay for this help, and/or do not have immediate neighbors, family or friends to assist them. Volunteer Alexandria will match volunteers with eligible residents to remove snow from sidewalks after a storm in a timely fashion to avoid fines and/or snow removal charges, as well as keep them safe in case they have to get out. This program is vital for seniors who need to leave the house to get to the hospital or doctor’s appointment to receive life-saving treatments such as dialysis. For more information and to sign up, visit www.volunteeralexandria.org.

Ongoing
Senior Services of Alexandria “Meals on Wheels,” “Friendly Visitor” and “Groceries to Go” Volunteer Opportunities

If you are looking to make a difference in the lives of seniors, you might consider being a “Friendly Visitor” to an isolated senior, be part of a team that delivers meals to homebound seniors in Alexandria or delivers groceries to seniors who find shopping difficult.  The time commitment for a Friendly Visitor program is about an hour a week and for Meals on Wheels and Groceries to Go each delivery takes about 90 min.  Training is provided.  For more information call (703) 836-4414 or you can email Sandy Freedman at groceries@seniorservicesalex.org, Mary Giordano at friendvisitor@seniorservicesalex.org, or Nathan Toews at volunteer@seniorservicesalex.org org.

 RECREATION
Tuesday, January 9th  through March 20th  
Functional Fitness for Older Adults

Held in the Dance Studio at Charles Houston Recreation Center, this class meets on Tuesdays from 9:05 to 10:05. Improve your independence and meet your functional goals. Help improve upper and lower body strength, balance, flexibility and coordination. Safe and effective physical activity improves your physical health and enhances psychological well-being. Ages 50 & up. To register, visit www.rec.alexandriava.gov. The class ID is 313100-01.

Thursday, January 18th through March 22nd 
Tai Chi

Looking for a way to reduce stress? Consider tai chi! Originally developed for self-defense, tai chi has evolved into a graceful form of exercise used for stress reduction and a variety of other health conditions. Often described as meditation in motion, tai chi promotes serenity through gentle, flowing movements. This weekly class, held on Thursdays from 10:30 am – 11:30 am, will take place in the Multipurpose Room at Charles Houston. Register online at www.rec.alexandriava.gov using the class ID 313111-02.

Through Saturday, January 2oth 
ChinquaCircuit

Accomplish your weekend fitness goal with a 30-minute full-body circuit incorporating functional strength and cardio training plus stretching. High-energy music and fresh exercises will keep you motivated, and the small group setting will give you more personalized attention from the instructor to ensure proper form. These classes will take place at the Chinquapin Rec Center Saturday mornings at 8:30am. Register at  www.rec.alexandriava.gov. The class ID is 214208.

 Check out the City’s Recreation Page for a full schedule of offered programs. 

For more volunteer opportunities, visit Volunteer Alexandria. 

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