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SILVER STARS AMONG US Senior Center honors nine

models of positive aging

The magazine for Tallahassees
active boomer and senior community
guided tour of the house fol- ABOUT THE
lowed by a picnic lunch on the PUBLICATION
grounds. Space limited. $12 sen- Active Living is a bi-Monthly
iors (50+) / $15 others; includes publication of the Tallahassee
transportation from the TSC. Senior Center, 1400 N Monroe
St., Tallahassee, FL 32303.
Telling My Stories 850-891-4000.
Sheila Salyer, Senior Services
Mon., June 19, 26, from 10 Manager, City of Tallahassee
Interested in the pursuit of 11:30 a.m., NE Branch Library, and Executive Director,
knowledge. Lifelong Learning 5313 Thomasville Road Tallahassee Senior Foundation
offers a variety of classes at a Join local author and native Audrey Byrne, Managing
variety of locations. Limited Floridian, Kermit Brown as he Editor
space is available and classes fill guides the class on how to write Martha Gruender,
up quickly. For more informa- stories from their lives. It is im- Coordinating Copy Editor
tion or to register, email Mau- portant to be able to share with or children and grandchildren as The mission of Tallahassee
call 850-891-4033. Coming soon! well as future generations what Senior Services is to offer
programs, activities, and
Visit www.TallahasseeSenior- everyday life was like in the opportunities designed to to register on- past. Mr. Brown is the author of encourage active living,
line! You may also stop by the My Life in North Florida, a col- optimal aging, and social
TSC and complete an applica- lection of 12 short stories from fitness for independent adults
tion. Lifelong Learning pro- his youth in rural north Florida. age 50+.
grams are sponsored in part by $5 Seniors (50+) / $7 others.
Tallahassee Moose Lodge # 1075. Disclaimer of Endorsement:
COMPUTER AND Reference herein to any
Severe Weather TECHNOLOGY specific commercial products,
Mon., May 15, 22, from 1:30 3 Interested in taking comput- process, or service by trade
name, trademark,
p.m., NE Branch Library, 5313 er, photography, or video editing manufacturer, or otherwise
Thomasville Road. classes? Stop by TSC reception- does not necessarily constitute
Calling all weather enthusi- ist desk and complete an appli- or imply its endorsement,
asts interested in understanding cation to express your computer recommendation or favoring
how the atmosphere works. Dis- skill level and course interests. by Tallahassee Senior Services
cover the reason behind weath- Call 850-891-4008 or email Kris- or the Tallahassee Senior
er and why we have instability to request Foundation.
in our atmosphere. Explore the an application be sent to you. A For questions or more
entire spectrum of thunder- variety of classes are offered information, please contact
850-891-4000 or visit
storms, from the Florida sum- and vary in price. and
mertime garden variety to mon- Microsoft Excel Basic tallahasseesenior
strous supercells, capable of Tue., Wed., and Thu., June 20, Find and
producing multiple tornadoes. Sharks and Chablis Event at Seniors (50+) / $7 others. Class is 21, 22, 27, 28, & 29, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Like us on Facebook at
Find out what makes tropical cy- the Gulf Specimen Marine Lab offered twice at two different lo- Learn the basics of Microsoft
clones churn, and revisit histori- Sat., May 20, 2:45 8 p.m. cation Excel in six sessions. Please SeniorCenter!
cal hurricanes of Floridas past. Travel by van from the Sen- Wed., May 24, from 10:30 bring a flash drive. $20 (50+) or
Investigate an exotic form of ior Center to the annual Sharks a.m. noon, Dorothy C. Spence $25 (non-Seniors) for the entire
lightning at the very top of the and Chablis fund raiser event at (Chaires) Community Center, course. Preregistration and pay-
atmosphere! Instructor: Russell Gulf Specimen Marine Lab in 4768 Chaires Cross Rd. ment required; space is limited.
Pfost, retired NWS meteorolo- Panacea. Enjoy appetizers, a Wed., June 21, from 10 Microsoft Word Basic
gist. $5 Seniors (50+) / $7 others. seafood dinner, beer and wine, 11:30 a.m., Fort Braden Com- Tue., Wed., and Thu., May 30,
live music, and a silent auction. munity Center, 16387 Blount- 31, June 1, 6, 7, & 8, 5:30 - 7:30 Tallahassee Leon County
The Middle East: Iran stown Hwy. p.m.
Meet special guest National
Thu., May 18, from 2 4 p.m., Geographic Photo Ark photog- Learn the basics of Microsoft
TSC Tour of the Grove Museum Word in six sessions. Please ABOUT THE
rapher Joel Sartore and visit the
This class will cover the his- labs unique collection of marine Fri., June 16, from 9:30 a.m. 1 bring a flash drive. $20 (50+) or SENIOR CENTER
tory of Iran as we learn about organisms from our beautiful p.m. $25 (non-Seniors) for the entire For questions or more
the birth and growth of Islam Gulf of Mexico. Cost $50 seniors Set atop a commanding hill, course. Preregistration and pay- information on the Tallahassee
through the Pahlavi Dynasty, (50+) / $55 others; Limited space surrounded by towering magno- ment required; space is limited. Senior Center & Foundation
Khomeini and the revolution, to available lias and sprawling live oaks, The Digital Photography Class activities and 15 neighborhood
the seizure of the US Embassy Grove Museum explores the Additional classes are being venues, please contact
and the repercussions that fol- Finding Your Roots: legacy of nearly two centuries developed at this time. To regis- 850-891-4000 or visit
lowed the seizure. The growth of Researching Your Family of the Call and Collins families, ter or for additional information, and
terrorism in the region will be History Using the Resources who as public servants, preser- please contact Kristy at 891-4008 Like us at
traced. Instructor will be Tom of the State Library and vationists, and entrepreneurs or email Kristy.Carter@tal-
Friedman. $5 Seniors (50+) / $7 Archives of Florida left an indelible mark of Florida Please bring your cam- SeniorCenter. For Leon County
others. Kathryn Palmer of the State and our nations history. From era with a charged battery and Senior Outreach (a program of
Archives of Florida will discuss slavery to civil rights, and from your camera manual to class. $5 the TSCF), read the LCSO
and demonstrate how to begin private home to public house, Seniors (50+) or $7 (non-Sen- Gazette, call 850-891-4065, or
the story of The Grove speaks to iors). Additional information visit
genealogical research using lo-
cally available resources. $5 critical moments that define the can be found at:
American experience. Enjoy a dcc/


Silver Stars are sparkling
SARAH CRAIG AND DANIELLA FRANK Williams, and Dr. Rhonda S. Work. The Silver Stars are
INTERNS, SACHS MEDIA GROUP all outstanding people, with unique stories and various
Join us as we celebrate the 16th Annual Silver Stars at life achievements; their common thread is their continu-
the FSU University Center at 6 p.m. on May 25. This gala ous dedication to a positive outlook on life.
event presents an opportunity to honor Silver Star award We congratulate the 2017 Silver Stars who exemplify
winners and recognize volunteers and sponsors. active aging and make positive contributions to our com-
The 2017 Silver Stars are: Jesse and Rita Hodsdon, munity. For details and tickets, visit www.Tallahassee-
Emily Millett, Annie Rolle, Ronald R. Spencer, Dr., email Lisa.DollartCovert@tal-
Frances Stallworth, Dr. Edward M. Vertuno, Dr. Fred H., or call 850-891-4003.

dation. Rita makes birthday cards for Emily Millett, I could write a
Senior Center participants, sings with 79
the Senior Singers, and performs at
nursing homes, while Jesse tags along Emily Millett
book... Absolute
as their resident photographer. The believes that ev- love and absolute
pair takes French classes to connect eryone can
with Ritas family roots in Quebec, learn success- spoiling is a
and have put their lessons to the test fully. She is so
during travels to France and Belgium. sure, shes dedi- grandmothers
Rita says their involvement with the cated her life to job.
Senior Center provides an outlet to en- helping people
joy a sense of belonging and live reach this goal. EMILY MILLETT
Jesse and Rita Hodsdon, their lives to the fullest. Emilys re-
84 and 81 Each new adventure provides Jes- sume is impres-
se and Rita with an opportunity to sive enough 20
What do motorcycles, French learn something new while spending years on the Leon County School and has applied her talents while serv-
classes, and square dancing have in quality time together. Whatever they Board, 25 years as a school volunteer, ing with many organizations a TALL
common? They are hobbies shared by choose to do, they do it with enthusi- membership on over 50 education task graduate, assisting with the program,
adventure-seekers Jesse and Rita asm. Younger couples can draw inspi- forces but its her personal journey and serving on the Senior Services Ad-
Hodsdon. ration from the Hodsdons example with education that sparked her pas- visory Council for over seven years.
The Hodsdons passion for adven- that no task is too large to undertake sion for how people learn and inspired As one of the founders of a state school
ture first began as a way to reconnect when you have your partner by your her to dedicate her time toward ex- volunteer program and a person who
after Jesse returned from service in side you can learn to square dance, ploring and applying this insight. embodies lifetime learning, Emily
Vietnam. Throughout Jesses military perform on the road, travel with your It took her 45 years to realize she feels she has plenty of knowledge and
service, they lived a nomadic exis- motorcycle, or pursue degrees at Flor- was not challenged but simply needed experience to share. I could write a
tence, making motorcycling a natural ida State University later in life. to learn by visualizing information to book, she says which sounds like a
passion. Since then, the Hodsdons After 63 years of marriage, Jesse make connections. Once Emily under- pretty good idea.
have logged thousands of miles as and Rita have raised three children stood her learning style, the world Even with her extraordinary com-
they bike and RV across the country and filled their life with adventures. opened up and she began to take every mitment to education, Emily Milletts
and North America. No distance The couple attests that the key to their opportunity to gain new skills and ex- proudest achievement is her family.
daunts them, whether its driving happy and fulfilling marriage is the periences. When she was 49, she trav- With her husband Pete by her side, she
from England to Morocco or from ability to communicate well and of- eled to China to share learning in- has raised three children and has been
Florida to Canada. ten. What began as a way to recon- sights with Chinese educators. Since blessed with five grandchildren. Her
As a way to become involved in ac- nect blossomed into a lifetime of ex- then, she has visited all seven conti- main mission in life? To spoil her
tivities and give back to others, the citement and a legacy of happiness to nents. Along the way, she enhanced grandkids: Absolute love and abso-
couple joined the Senior Center Foun- leave behind to their loving family. her writing and note taking abilities, lute spoiling is a grandmothers job.


Annie Rolle, Ronald R. Frances Edward M.
79 Spencer, 69 Stallworth, Vertuno, Ed.D.,
Ph.D., 81 84
In the era of Ronald
Fitbits and fad Spencers day A passion While its of-
fitness fren- usually begins for education ten a challenge to
zies, it often in the wee and a gift for pick one word to
seems every- hours of the song have describe a per-
one is either morning. been Dr. son, the word hu-
obsessed with While the Frances Stall- mility comes to
exercise or house is still worths ticket mind upon meet-
staunchly quiet, he around the ing Edward Ed
avoiding it. makes break- globe. Vertuno.
But Annie fast and a Her career After retiring
Rolles outlook fresh pot of in education following more
on exercise is a refreshing reality hot coffee for Auntie, his wifes 96- had a tumultuous beginning as she than 45 years in the education field, Ed
check. For Rolle, exercise is what year-old great aunt. Rest assured he attended school during the era of admits he was at first skeptical about
keeps her from being hampered by doesnt neglect his high school segregation. Frances overcame getting involved with the Senior Center.
aches and pains. sweetheart and wife of 47 years, those challenges and went on to earn Twice-a-week Tai Chi classes changed
Blessed with three children and 13 Gwendolyn. He makes it for me on an undergraduate degree in compo- his mind. I see people my age who
grandchildren, Annie refuses to let Saturdays, she says with a grateful sition from FAMU and a Ph.D. in Eng- seem lost. I am very thankful for being
age slow her down or steal her laugh. lish from Florida State University. involved with the Senior Center, he
strength and mobility. She frequent- With his jam-packed schedule, Despite the obstacles that stood in says.
ly travels to visit her out-of-town Ronalds retirement is not what most her way in her early career, Frances Ed and his wife Bev travel frequent-
family. During the week, Annie helps people typically imagine. However, rose above and beyond, teaching all ly to France, where they stay with
take care of her Tallahassee-based he enjoys his life, and says remaining across the Florida Panhandle and friends. Two years ago, he used this per-
grandchildren, after she serves as an involved is his secret to aging. eventually the world. It was only this sonal travel experience to spread the
active volunteer at their elementary Three days a week, Ronald boxes to past year that Frances retired from a joy to others, co-organizing and co-lead-
school. Leaning back in her chair improve his agility and balance, an 24-year teaching career at FAMU. ing a group of 25 adults on a trip to
with a laugh, Annie says with a satis- important consideration for some- Just a few of her international educa- France. Though the globetrotting cou-
fied sigh, Im living it all over again one who has Parkinson's a disease tion achievements include present- ple doesnt have a trip planned this year,
and enjoying every moment of it. that can stiffen muscles and sup- ing a paper in England at the Univer- Ed says they may lead another group
For over 10 years, Annies weekly press a persons activity and life- sity of Oxford, teaching English in next year.
workout routine consists of fitness style. But he doesnt let it slow him Dalian, China, and being invited by a His job as a tour guide, and his ser-
classes two days a week at the Senior down. village chief to teach in Ghana. vice on the Board of Directors for his
Center and three days of exercise at Ronald, for over 40 years, has Frances has spent years bringing Woodgate neighborhood association
Golds Gym. But exercise is not her been: an active member of Bethel smiles to peoples faces with the and on the Senior Services Advisory
only activity. Annie is active and AME Church, a proud charter mem- mere sound of her voice. She has Council are only the latest chapter in
busy, from bus tours and field trips to ber of the male chorus, a member of sung for former Governor Bob Gra- Eds life. Those who only know him post-
computer classes, to her participa- Charles Sumner Lodge #24 of the ham, Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gil- retirement likely have no idea of his
tion in the Senior Games to serving Knights of Pythias, and serves as lum, and Rep. Shirley Chisholm, the long, extensive, distinguished and im-
on the Senior Services Advisory Grand Lodge Brigadier General for first African-American woman pactful career in education. He began in
Council. Approaching her 80th birth- the fraternal organization founded elected to Congress. The village Illinois as a high school teacher and
day this July, she embodies her mot- on friendship, benevolence, and chief in Ghana was particularly en- principal. Next he became principal and
to, If you do nothing, youll end up in charity. Through these organiza- tranced by her voice and brought her Director of Developmental Research
a wheelchair. tions, he has helped support commu- to neighboring villages so she could for Florida State University School. Fi-
Annie Rolle continues to encour- nity charities, such as the Sickle Cell sing for them too. nally, he served as Director of Student
age her peers to experience the Foundation, American Heart Associ- Frances proudly supports Florida Teaching at Florida State University.
priceless benefits of an active life- ation, and Habitat for Humanity. A&M University in several capaci- Along the way, he received dozens of
style. She gives the following advice Every day is special for Ronald, ties, including serving as advisor to awards and racked up many achieve-
for positive aging, Stay active find but Tuesdays are when he restores the FAMU Gospel Choir for 20 years ments, successful projects, and cre-
something you enjoy doing, and do it! old cars, a favorite hobby that may and contributing annually to the FA- ative work.
Get involved with the Senior Center, be an outgrowth of his early career MU Foundation. She is always look- When asked his favorite career
there will be something that strikes working in electronics and applied ing for ways to assist needy families, memory, Ed took a few seconds to re-
your fancy. sciences for aviation. A member of whether it is through the National flect, then recalled several stories
the Old School Classic Car Associa- Hook-Up of Black Women, Inc., or about particularly challenging situa-
tion in Tallahassee, Ronald owns a the Tallahassee Urban League. tions he encountered as a school princi-
Stay active find two-door 1965 Chevy Nova and 1954 Dr. Frances Stallworth has en- pal. The ones he related were in no way
Chevy Bel Air. The best part of every joyed a life dedicated to spreading glamorous, just real stories of how he
something you enjoy Tuesday, Ronald visits with his knowledge, music, and hope to her had been able to play a life-changing
doing, and do it! Get daughter and they work on the 1963 community. She encourages every- role in the experiences of the young
Chevy Nova he gave her. one to live their life as an example to men and women in his care. For those
involved with the Senior Ronald Spencers life is a testa- others a goal we can safely say she opportunities, he still expresses grati-
Center, there will be ment to the blessings revealed from has achieved. Asked about what tude and honor.
healthy, hard work. His advice to all guidance she would give to younger As someone who invested most of his
something that strikes of us is simple: Continue to work as generations, she thinks for a moment life in students, it seemed only fitting to
your fancy. long as you can. and advises, Dont listen to nay- ask Ed Vertuno what advice he would
sayers, because misery loves compa- give to the younger generation. After
ANNIE ROLLE ny. another moment to reflect, he advises,
Take advantage of the time you have.


Dr. Fred H. Dr. Rhonda S.
Williams, Work, Ph.D.,
Ph.D., 78 83
The mis- Dr. Rhonda
sion of Kiwa- S. Work had a
nis is to im- successful and
prove the meaningful ca-
world one reer as a
child and one speech pathol-
community at ogist, and then
a time. 22 years ago
Throughout made the mo-
his incredible mentous deci-
52 years with sion to retire.
the organization, Dr. Fred Williams I took two weeks to do nothing.
has taken this mission to heart. Then I said, this is not my life. I began
After receiving three degrees in- volunteering at the Junior Museum
cluding a Ph.D. from Florida State and from there, it all blossomed, Rhon-
University, Fred got to work tackling da recalls.
one community project at a time. Blossomed, it did. Aside from her oc-
Now Tallahassee owes much to the casional forays into Burmese python
many years of Freds efforts. Even rescuing and African safari-ing, Rhon-
though he retired from a career that da actively volunteers with a wide
included service as an urban planner range of local organizations, including
and education development consult- the Tallahassee Museum of History and
ant, in 2000, he continues to improve Natural Science, St. Francis Wildlife
the community. Association, St. Marks National Wild-
Fred was essential in establishing life Refuge, LeMoyne Art Foundation,
Tallahassees Innovation Park, de- Tai Chi Society, Delta Gamma Honor
veloped and coached youth soccer in Society for Women Educators, Trinity
Tallahassee, and supported educa- United Methodist Church, and the FSU
tional systems across the state. For Coastal and Marine Lab.
the past 17 years, he has channeled At the moment, Rhondas favorite
his passion for coordination and con- activity is her involvement with the
sultation into his work with Elder FSU Coastal and Marine Lab. Its new,
Care Services. And for the past eight so its a challenge, she says with an ad-
of his post-retirement years, he has venturous twinkle in her eye. When she
served as Chairman of the Big Bend isnt volunteering, doing Tai Chi, sing-
Immunization Coalition, a group ing in her church choir, reading, or tak-
dedicated to educating the public on ing care of her two cats and dog, she is
the importance of immunizations. travelling. The 2017 Silver Stars Gala Volunteer
Surprisingly, at age 78, Fred still Rhonda fondly recalls annual sum-
manages to find time for hobbies. A mer vacations with her family through- Appreciation Awards
long-time coin collector and amateur out her childhood, which spurred her
genealogist, he has written the his- love for travel. So far she has traveled The Gala is an opportunity to honor the Martha Rodeseike, Nimble Fingers,
tories of 25 branches of his family six of the seven continents. Her favor- Silver Stars and recognize our volunteers. Crafting Bee
dating back to the Plymouth Colony. ite destinations are wild places like The following people will receive awards Keith Taylor, Special Events
He is also a member of Capital the Amazon, the forests of Costa Rica, for their commitment of time toward Fred Varn, Special Events
Chordsmen, the Tallahassee Chapter the vast expanses of Alaska, and count- making the Tallahassee Senior Center & 5 Years
of the Barbershop Harmony Society, less national parks within the United Foundation a place that provides countless Irmin Allner, German Class
which presents its annual Beatles States. But above all, her love is Afri- opportunities for positive and optimal Peggy Alonzo, Canasta Leader
Barbershop Show in early June. ca, so its no surprise she has been on aging: Sandy Delopez, Art Council,
An active member of the commu- seven African safaris with no plans to 20 Years TSC Foundation Board
nity who hasnt let age slow him stop anytime soon. Rita Hodsdon, Receptionist, Participant Jesse Hodsdon, Special Events
down, Fred encourages others to fol- For Rhonda, the key to graceful ag- Birthday Cards, Special Events Joan Kanan, Art Program
low suit and stay active in both mind ing is staying socially, mentally, and 15 Years Carol Moomaw, Ceramics
and body. He believes his drive to physically active and surrounding Charles Hazelip, Art Instructor, Maggie Neel, Dancing for Fun,
start new projects and conquer new yourself with a wide circle of friends. Poetry for the Love of It Lake Jackson L & L, Receptionist
challenges has kept him going Rhonda added, You know what they 10 Years John Philpott, Ballroom &
through the years, and he wants fu- say: faith, family, and friends are the Pam Flory, Special Events, Advisory Council Swing Dance Instructor
ture generations to share his pas- key to a fulfilled life, she says, and for Jane Greene, Health Suite Larry Pushor, Tax Aide
sion. me, it really is true. Charlotta Ivy, Helping Hands, CarFit Barbara Rodman, Wii Bowling,
Fred Williams views his age as a Bridget Jones, Yoga Instructor Receptionist
source of inspiration when he works I took two weeks to do nothing. Emily Millet, Advisory Council, Freida Travis, Advisory Council,
with fellow seniors. People come to Then I said, this is not my life. I began Membership Drive, TALL Receptionist
me saying they cant do things be- volunteering at the Junior Museum Patty Parkhurst, Advisory Council Member, Ruth Weaver, Fort Braden L & L
cause of their age, he says, and I and from there, it all blossomed, Greeter Teri White, Receptionist
just tell them, Im 78 if I can do it, so
can you! DR. RHONDA S. WORK



PHOTOGRAPHY, MUSIC, DANCE & p.m. music begins. $8/adults, $7/seniors, $5/
FITNESS CLASSES This class will use The Daily Uku- students, $3/dancing kids. Wear comfort- Maintenance Week at
Continued from page 2 lele Volume I. Bring your uke and be able shoes and clothes. No partner or ex-
ready to play along. No preregistration perience necessary. Newcomers should the TSC
Video Editing, Wed., May 24, 6:30 - 9 required. $2 arrive by 7:15 p.m.
p.m. June 9 TBA with Caller Rachel Annual maintenance will take place Mon.,
Ukulele & Friends Flemming June 26 Mon., July 3 and the center will
This is a new class to learn non-linear
video editing techniques. The software 2nd & 4th Friday of each month, 11 - 12 June 23 Long Forgotten String Band be closed to the public. The TSC will be
used by the instructor is Pinnacle Studio p.m. with Caller Tom Greene closed on Independence Day, Tue., July 4.
18 Ultimate. Attendees are not required Bring your instrument of choice and July 14 TBA The TSC will reopen on Wed., July 5.
to have computers and/or software dur- your voice! Casually gather to learn &
sing songs that inspire a sustainable Beginning Line Dance
ing this introduction class. The class will
cover the basic functions of video edit- community, and a healthy, peaceful plan- Thu. at 12:30 p.m. cal, strategic, kinesthetic learning,
ing, audio management, title insertions, et. While the music is especially ukulele $2 Lace up your shoes and lets dance. memory/recall, and creativity/imagina-
overlays and video corrections. & sing-along friendly; all instruments From country to pop music, let the beat tion - and simultaneously addresses all 21
are welcome. move your feet! physical skills needed for lifelong opti-
Photoshop Elements, 1st & 3rd Mon., mal function by applying simple exer-
6:30 8 p.m. DANCE & FITNESS Early Round Dance cises based on natural movement with a
USA Ballroom Dance Mon. at 6:30 p.m. focus on healthy longevity of the body
Join us learn or improve your photo
editing skills with the Photoshop Ele- Sat. 7:3010:30 p.m. Come and enjoy modern social round and mind. Reserve your slot now! Of-
ments software program. Participants Come and dance on the largest dance dancing which is choreographed and fered by TMH. $2 requested donation.
will view and discuss photo editing tuto- floor in Tallahassee. Dance lessons pro- cued ballroom dancing that progresses
vided at no charge at 6:30 p.m. Dance in a circular pattern. This is facilitated Mindful Movement
rials and member projects with ample
question and answer opportunities. Par- nights with paid entry. All dances are by the Capital Twirlers. Tue., 11 a.m. - noon, taught by Lori Rob-
ticipants will have opportunities to share smoke and alcohol free. $8/USAB Dance erts, certified NIA yoga instructor.
members and $14/non-members; $5 for Capital Twirlers Square Dance
their knowledge and learn from others. Brain-Body-Balance
We will meet twice a month in the early students with valid IDs. Mark your cal- Mon. at 8 p.m.
evening with a planned agenda. $5. endars for the following dance dates: Mainstream and Plus Level Square Mon., 1:30 - 2:30 p.m., TSC. An active-
May 20 Disco May-nia Dancing. Monthly dues $12.50 per per- aging, fall prevention program specifi-
MUSIC June 17 Black & White Charity Ball son. Visitors always welcome $2pp. Lev- cally created to train and reverse many
Ukulele Beginning Semi Formal el adjusted to fit dancers' skills. Check types of aging. Our philosophy fuses
1st & 3rd Friday of each month, 10-11 July 15 Beach Ball Summer Fun web site at movement with neuroplasticity-enhanc-
a.m. capital_twirlers for more details or ing drills to improve balance, the various
Contra Dance (Tallahassee Facebook at functions of the brain, reflex skills, and
Basic information about the ukulele; Community Friends of Old Time
includes learning chords, strums, and hasseetwirlers/. For more information improve daily life skills. Taught by
Dance) contact Libby at 566-2117. Kathy Gilbert. Class is also taught at Op-
simple songs. $2
Fri. 7:1510:30 p.m. timist Park, Southwood & Allegro Heri-
Uke Sing Along Hour Jigs and reels and all kinds of fun. Dancing for Fun tage Oaks locations; see Neighborhood
1st & 3rd Friday of each month, 11 - 12 Moves similar to square dance with a Fri., 24 p.m. Fitness Sites for other times, listings and
caller instructing each dance before the A fun dance for any age group its instructors.
our love of dancing that keeps us young! Tue., 10 - 11 a.m., Optimist Park, taught
All types of ballroom dancing. Come by Kathy Gilbert and Ferdouse Sultana
with or without a partner. $2 (50+), $3 Tue., 1 - 2 p.m., SouthWood, taught by
(others). Wendy Barber ($5 donation)
Wed., 2 - 3 p.m., Allegro Inspired Liv-
Beginning Ballroom and Swing ing, taught by Kathy Gilbert
Fri., 5:30-7 p.m. Chair Yoga
Not only Ballroom and Swing dance Fri., 11 a.m. noon, TSC. A gentle yoga
lessons also included is the Fox Trot, workout for increased mobility, bladder
Swing, Tango, Waltz and Cha Cha. No control, self-esteem, and mental focus.
partner needed. Come meet people and Taught by Certified Yoga Instructor
have fun! $5. Bridget Welch.
SENIOR CENTER Tue. and Thu., 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. A very
Fitness classes are $2 unless other- popular and dynamic workout consisting
wise indicated. For more information or of aerobics, light weights, stretching,
to reserve a space in class, call (850) 891- strengthening and balance exercises.
4042 or (850) 891-4045, or Ruth.Nick- This workout is suitable for everyone, or visit our website at and you can participate seated.
Ageless Grace Yoga
Thu., May 4 June 8, 11 a.m. noon, Mon. and Wed., 5:30 - 7 p.m. Taught by
taught by Marghi McClearn. Ageless certified yoga instructor Pamela Hunter.
Grace is a cutting-edge brain fitness pro- Vigorous practice for adults including
gram based on neuroplasticity that acti- poses, relaxation, and mediation. Wear
vates all 5 functions of the brain - analyti- comfortable clothes and bring mat (if
you have one). Fee: $10 (50+), $12 others.
Each class $2 (50+), $3 others.
Allegro, 4501 Shannon Lakes Dr W
May is National Mental Health Awareness
Brain, Body, Balance with Kathy
Gilbert, Wed., 2 - 3 p.m.
Below are some programs and resources
Bradfordville Fitness, Northeast offered at the TSC that address this preva-
Branch Library, Rm. 103, 5513 lent chronic disease:
Thomasville Road
NEW! Senior Fitness I (Beginners) What is Neuropsychology?
with Ferdouse Sultana: Tue. & Fri., 9:30
Wed., May 24, 11 a.m. Noon, Dining
10:15 a.m.
Senior Fitness with Llona Geiger.
Chris Mulrooney, Ph.D. with the FSU College of Medicine facilitates a Eden at Home Care This presentation will focus on the psycho-
Class size limited, first-timers call in-
Partner Workshop, supported by OLLI and the Florida Pioneer Network. For more information, logical relationship between behavior and
structor at 510-2801.
call 850-645-9646 or email brain function. Learn more about the
Beginners: Tue. & Fri., 10:30 - 11:15
testing and interviewing methods that are
used to determine cognitive function and
Intermediate: Tue. & Fri., 11:30 a.m. -
12:30 p.m. deductible. For more information on Room learning disorders. Carlton Gass, PhD, TMH
Afternoon Class: Tue. & Fri., 1 - 2 p.m. programs, registration or donations, Learn about the inability to compre- Neuroscience Center.
email or call hend and formulate language due to
Chaires-Capitola Dorothy C. Spence 850-891-4042 or 891-4045. damage to specific regions of the brain. NAMI: Mental Health Resources in
Community Center, 4768 Chaires Rachel Goff-Albritton, PhD., CCC-SLP our Community
Crossroad Communication for a Lifetime:
Speech, Language and Hearing Podiatry Screening & Foot Care Tue., May 30, 11 a.m. Noon, Dining
Senior Fitness with Judy Upchurch:
Mon., Wed. & Fri., 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. Wed., May 17, 10 a.m. noon, Dining Thu., June 15, 12:30 - 2:30 p.m., Health Room
Seated Fitness: Tue. & Thu., 9:30 - Room Suite Many of us know someone close who has
10:30 a.m. A special workshop for the hard of Dr. Gary McCoy, Podiatrist & foot struggled with mental illness. NAMI (Na-
hearing and/or their primary communi- specialist cuts toenails and assesses foot tional Alliance on Mental Illness) is an
Fort Braden Community Center, cation partner! This program will ad- problems. Doctor accepts Medicare, organization that provides support and
16387 Blountstown Hwy. dress the different dimensions of com- Medicaid, and secondary insurance, services to individuals and families living
Senior Fitness with Wendy Barber: munication and will enhance communi- which may cover costs for this service with mental illness. Please attend to learn
Mon. & Wed., 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. cation and understanding in both direc- if you have diabetes, vascular disease, more about their no-cost services. Facilitat-
tions. Presented by Dr. Amanda neuropathy, renal failure, MS, or are on ed by NAMI Tallahassee.
Jack McLean Community Center, 700 Lawrence, Audiology Associates. blood thinner Coumadin. Otherwise, $25
Paul Russell Road fee applies. No appointment necessary. Depression Screenings
Tools to Quit: A Smoking Cessation
Super Seniors Fitness with Edwina Workshop Walk With Ease Wed., May 31, 10 a.m. Noon, Health
Martin: Tue., Wed. & Thu., 10 - 11 a.m. (no
charge) Mon., June 1, 2:30 - 4:30 p.m., Conf. Tue., Wed, & Thu., July 11- Aug. 17, Suite
Rm. 1A 8:15 9 a.m., Auditorium Facilitated by Ability First, PEARLS Program
Designed by former smokers, this Keep your joints moving! Developed
program was developed for people who by the Arthritis Foundation, the Walk
Optimist Park, 1355 Indianhead Dr. want to become non-smokers. Attend with Ease program is for anyone who
Brain - Body-Balance with Kathy one of these highly effective class/sup- wants to walk, talk, and have a good Suite, unless otherwise noted.
Gilbert or Ferdouse Sultana, Tue. & port groups if you are ready to quit time while enjoying the benefits of Blood Pressure, Wed. & Thu., 10 a.m.
Thu., 10 - 11 a.m. smoking now. Nicotine patches provid- regular (indoor) exercise. Join the noon
ed at no charge. Offered by Big Bend group and join the fun! Facilitated by Glucose, Every Wed., 10 a.m. noon
SouthWood Community Center, 4675 AHEC. Call 224-1177 to register. Area Agency on Aging. Call Henry at Pulse Oximetry, Thu., Jun. 1 & Jul. 6,
Grove Park Dr. 891-4045 to register. 10 a.m. noon
Healthy Cooking for Chronic Disease Balance Screenings, Wed. Jul. 11, 10 -
Brain-Body-Balance with Wendy Dizziness: When is it an Emergency?
Barber, Tue., 1 - 2 p.m., $5 requested Tue., June 6, 10:30 1:30 p.m., Publix 11 a.m., Center Pointe Health & Rehab
Aprons Cooking School, 3521 Thom- Wed., July 19, 11 a.m. noon, Dining Hearing, Wed., Jul. 12, 10 a.m. noon,
Woodville Community Center, 8000 asville Rd. Room offered by Audibel
Old Woodville Road If you have diabetes, heart disease, Centre Pointe Health & Rehab and
high blood pressure, or another chronic Tallahassee ENT/Audiology Associates MASSAGE, MEDITATION, AND REIKI
Senior Fitness with Llona Geiger,
Mon. & Wed., 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. disease, this program is for you! Join us have joined forces to make a presenta- Reiki, Every Tue.,10:30 a.m. - noon,
for a nutritional education and a special tion on a very common problem dizzi- Susie Howell, Reiki Master, and Friends
HEALTH & WELLNESS PROGRAMS lunch prepared by Chef Levi at Aprons ness. There are many different causes Meditation and Mindfulness
The listed presentations, massage Cooking School. Transportation to and of dizziness, including inner ear dys- Guidelines, Tue., Jun. 6 & Jul. 11, 10:30 -
and classes at the Tallahassee Senior from Senior Center is included. Event is function, medications, and neurological 11:30 a.m. Offered one Tuesday each
Center are $2 unless otherwise indicat- for adults 50+. Space is very limited. changes. Balance screenings are also month in conjunction with Reiki; these
ed. We graciously accept donations of Reserve today! Call 850-891-4042. $5 available from 10 11 a.m. in the health encounters introduce you to the secrets
clean medical equipment (walkers, nonrefundable reservation fee. This suite. of the timeless art of meditation. You
wheelchairs, dressing supplies, diapers, event is funded by Rotary Sunrise. will feel calmer, more focused and bal-
Ensure, shower chairs, etc.) to share What is Aphasia?
with those in need. Your donation is tax Tallahassee Senior Center Health Massage, Tue., July 18, 10 a.m. - noon,
Wed., June 7, 11 a.m. noon, Dining Norma Reesor, LMT.




Lunch & Learns (L&L) offer lively
and engaging programs for adults 50+.
All Lunch & Learns are 10:30 a.m.-12:30
p.m. Each L&L includes exhibitors,
health screenings, and lunch, $6. These
events are a program of the Tallahassee
Senior Center & Foundation, funded by
the Leon County Board of County Com-
missioners. For information on Leon
County Senior Outreach events, field
trips, and classes, e-mail Susan.Da- or call 850-891-4065.
Note: LifeLongLearning classes, fitness
classes and art workshops are offered at
Sam Wilson, Judge Leland and Rev. John Isom from the Miccosukee Lunch & Learn enjoy Ferdouse Sultana strikes a yoga pose with
multiple locations. See page 2 for Life-
hearing information about the Governors Mansion from Carol Beck. Southside Wellness Circle participants.
LongLearning classes, page 7 for fitness
classes and page 15 for art workshops.
No L&L in July.
Canasta, Cards & Games: Tue., 1 4 by Edwina Martin. No charge.
Bradfordville p.m., $1 per class.
Jake Gaither Community Center
Wildwood Presbyterian Fellowship Miccosukee, Miccosukee
Hall, 100 Ox Bottom Road 801 Bragg Drive, (850) 891-3940
Community Center Wellness Circle, Wed., May 17 and
Lunch & Learns: Wed., Jun. 14
13887 Moccasin Gap Rd. Jun. 21, 11 a.m. noon
Bradfordville Historic Schoolhouse Lunch & Learns: Thu., Jun. 1 Fitness classes, no charge:
6808 Beech Ridge Trail Bus Trip to Walmart: Fri., Jun. 2 & Wake Up and Walk, Mon., Wed., &
Fri. Jul. 7 Fri., 9-9:45 a.m., Yolondo Westberry, In-
Social Bridge: Mon., 123:30 p.m. $1
Computer Class: Wed., May 19, Fri. structor Grandparents as
per class
Jun. 9 & 23, 10 a.m. 12 p.m. $1 per class. Mature Adult Exercise Class, Mon., Parents: Remember
Chaires-Capitola, Dorothy C. Spence Wed., Fri., 10-11 a.m., Yolondo Westber-
Community Center Woodville, Woodville Community ry, Instructor these dates
Center Co-ed Fitness, Tue. & Thu., 9-10 a.m.
4768 Chaires Crossroad
Lunch & Learns: Tue., May 23 and 8000 Old Woodville Rd. Alexander Davis, Instructor
Lunch & Learns: Thu., Jun. 8 Zumba, Tue. & Thu., 10-11 a.m., Cas- GaP Support Lunch
Tue., Jun. 27
sandra Leland, Instructor
Fort Braden, Fort Braden Community SOUTHSIDE SENIOR SERVICES & Wed., May 31, 12 1:30 p.m.
Center OUTREACH LIFE SKILLS FOR AGING WELL Leon County Public Library, 200 W. Park
Ave, Program Room A.
16387 Blountstown Hwy. WELLNESS CIRCLES Jake Gaither Community Center Complimentary lunch provided for
Lunch & Learns: Tue., May 16 and grandparents and other relative care-
Tue., Jun. 20 In a casual setting, enjoy healthy 801 Bragg Drive, (850) 891-3940
snacks and refreshments, various Series 2 Thursdays, 10:30 a.m. givers. Reservations are required.
Lake Jackson, Lake Jackson health-related discussions, demonstra- 12:30 p.m., May 18 & 25; Jun. 1, 8, 15, & 22 Wed., Jun. 28, 12 1:30 p.m.
Community Center tions, guest speakers and health screen- Series 3 Thursdays, 10:30 a.m. Picnic at local park, TBD
3840 North Monroe St., Ste. 301 ings. Enjoy seeing your neighbors and 12:30 p.m., July 13, 20 & 27; Aug., 3, 10, &
making new friends! $2 donation. For 17 GaP Support Group
Lunch & Learns: Thur., May 18 and
Thu., Jun. 15 more information, e-mail Wendy.Bar- This fun and engaging 6-week series or call (850) 891-4052. provides participants the tools they Fri., May 12 & Fri., Jun. 9, 11 a.m. noon,
need to remain healthy, secure and in- Jake Gaither Community Center, 801
Jack McLean dependent. Topics include physical and Bragg Dr.
Community Center mental health, financial fitness, safety, Join other grandparents raising their
700 Paul Russell Road, and community resources. Lunch pro- grandchildren to discuss your unique
(850) 891-2505 vided. $2 per class. Must pre-register! situation. No reservations necessary.
Wellness Circle, Tue., Email or Call or email Karen Boebinger at 891-
Jun. 13, 11 a.m. noon call 850-891-4052 or stop by Jake Gaith- 4027 or if
Super Seniors Fitness, er to register. you would like more information or to
Tue., Wed., Thu., 10-11a.m., RSVP for any events above!
ongoing. This is a senior
exercise program taught


Pickleball teammates and victors (from left) Mary Bowers and Zippy Wartenberg tap rackets with Tish Cunningham and Judy Bentley during the 2017 Capital City Senior Games.

Ambassador encourages all to experience pickleball

NICK GANDY I just walked in and playing for a two-week period, said Cor-
bin Graves, a physical education instruc-
In a neighborhood east of Tallahassee, there was someone to tor at the school. Well play two to three
halfway between Floridas Capital City times during the course of the year. The
and Monticello, Rubia Byrd has built her teach me the game. Its students enjoy doubles because more of
field of dreams. Or rather, her Pickleball them can play. They also like it because
court of dreams. Its located in the
a very good game and its something different and a sport
driveway of her home. my reaction time to the theyve never seen before.
The 75-year old Byrd, who spent 34 For players her own age, Byrd holds
years in the hustle and bustle of South- quick game is good. It monthly gatherings in her driveway
ern California as a librarian at Van Nuys court during March through May and
High School, has returned to the slower became something I October through November, when the
and quieter life of her native North Flori-
da. At least until she steps on the Pickle-
want to do every day. North Florida temperatures arent so ex-
treme. She invites 10 to 12 players out
ball court in her driveway or at Jack RUBIA BYRD and includes a Saturday morning break-
McLean Park, Premier Fitness Center or fast or lunch along with the opportunity
the Tallahassee Senior Center. to play. I cant invite too many more be-
Then she quickens her pace and reac- point where she wants others to experi- cause I only have one court and only four
tion time to keep up with the fast-paced ence the camaraderie and competition of players can be on the court at one time.
game played on a 22 by 44 court and Pickleball. She is now a USA Pickleball They mostly come for the food, she said
hears the constant, distinct sound of the Association (USAPA) Ambassador. with a laugh.
Pickleball hitting her paddle. Pickleball A part of the job description as de- Rubia also wants the Pickleball equip-
is my friend, she said. Its now in my fined by the USAPA is: Ambassadors ment currently being used for indoor
heart. are volunteers who have pledged to pro- play for the students at Jefferson County
Four years ago, Byrd picked up a pad- mote the sport of Pickleball and the USA- Rubia Byrd, USA Pickleball Association Middle/High School to be available to all
dle after seeing a sign at the Tallahassee PA in [their] local area . . . [have] a love of Ambassador, encourages athletes to pick up a members of the community. Principal
Senior Center advertising the weekly the sport and the desire to share [the] racquet and develop a love for the sport. Nancy Whitty is not opposed to the idea
come one, come all invitation to try one game with others of all ages. but it may be a year away for residents of
of the hottest new sports in the country. Byrd is one of over 100 USAPA Pickle- Monticello to be able to play Pickleball
Being a tennis player in her 30s and 40s, ball Ambassadors in the State of Florida some paddles and balls in order to intro- since the school will be undergoing sum-
she thought the two games had similar- and one of three in the Tallahassee area, duce Pickleball into the physical educa- mer campus renovations.
ities. along with Carolyn Allaire and Amy tion curriculum at the combined Jeffer- Rubia Boyd may have heard the voice
I just walked in and there was some- Kim. son County Middle/High School for the telling her to build it and they will
one to teach me the game, she recalled. One of her first duties as an ambassa- 2016-17 school year. come. But its not a baseball field in an
Its a very good game and my reaction dor was to share the sport with potential With her own money, Byrd purchased Iowa cornfield shes building. She is
time to the quick game is good. It became players of all ages in her hometown of two more nets for the students. Its a building Pickleball courts in a rural area
something I want to do every day. Monticello. Upon securing a $250 grant very easy game to pick up and well have of North Florida and spreading the love
Her love for the game has reached the from the USAPA, she purchased a net, the middle and high school students for this fun and fast-paced sport.


Archers Richard Mann (left) and Wayne Califf take aim for the
bulls eye.

CARRYING Vivian Mitchell, honorary torch bearer and Senior Games athlete enters reception to cheers.

It was game on for 420
athletes at the Capital City
Senior Games in March
Over 420 athletes 50 years or older participat-
ed in the 2017 Capital City Senior Games held in
March. The friendly, fun and interactive compe-
titions included archery, bag toss, basketball,
bowling, cycling, golf, horseshoes, pickleball,
power lifting, swimming, table tennis, tennis,
track and field, and the one-mile fun run/walk.
Athletes were celebrated at the Torch Run, Senior Games Womens Basketball Athletes, from left, Debra Salter, Sheila Dr. David Jones, representing presenting
held at Lake Ella. A reception followed at the Salyer, Carolyn Faust, Edith Ebo Barefoot, and Vivian Mitchell. sponsor Capital Health Plan, proudly carries
Senior Center to honor athletes, volunteers and the torch!
sponsors. The games were made possible by a
joint effort/sponsorship through the Tallahassee
Senior Center & Foundation, City of Tallahas-
sees Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Af-
fairs, Capital Health Plan, Tallahassee Memori-
al HealthCare, Audiology and Associates,
Friends of Our Parks, Leon County Government
and Visit Tallahassee.
For additional pictures and results visit,
SeniorCenter/ or find them and share them by
using #TallySeniorGames on social media. Call
891-FUNN or visit for
opportunities to begin your training for the 2018
Capital City Senior Games. Photo credits: Karla
Brandt, Kristy Carter Tallahassee Commissioner Curtis Richardson lights the torch
for first torchbearer and Senior Games athlete Alphonso Teammates in life and in mixed doubles tennis, Mildred (left)
Brown. and Carrol Dadisman (right) and cyclist Pete Butler.


Addie Carrol-Beal, Senior Services Advisory
Council member and TSC volunteer
coordinator, makes a fashion statement at the
Male bowlers wear their Senior Games medals with pride! bag toss event.

Table Tennis athletes, medalists and Westminster Oaks

residents, Everett Yarbrough, Jim Sullivan and Charles Nam at
the Senior Games.

Track and field athlete Julie Guhl inspires all with the long Bob McVety ready to shoot! Brenda Johnson finds the weather cooperated for a fun game
jump event. of horseshoes.



OLLI offers summer
travel opportunities

Its summer break for students at

the Osher Lifelong Living Institute
at Florida State University and for OLLI travelers prepare for a formal hall dinner with faculty at Christ Church College of Cambridge University. As part of a 2016 visit to England, the
many of the over-50 crowd of active group spent a week at Florida State University's London Study Center, followed by a week in Cambridge, living and taking classes at Christ Church
learners, that means travel in the College.
U.S. and abroad on independent
trips and OLLI-sponsored tours.
Early June brings a major OLLI
offering in conjunction with FSU a
two-week visit to Italy, where the
university has a study center in Flor-
ence. Accompanied by their own per-
sonal guide, Tallahassee artist-edu-
cator Bill Walter, the OLLI students
will have the opportunity for in-
depth learning about Italian art and TALLAHASSEE SENIOR CENTER
architecture. Special features of the
trip include private visits to the Col- Tours are open to all travelers and benefit the Tallahas-
osseum and Vatican in Rome, an ex- see Senior Foundation. Email
tended stay in Florence, including Tom Friedman discusses Saudi Arabia at the TSCs Lifelong Learning class on the or call 850-891-4008 for more information. The Senior
lectures and visits to historic build- Middle East. Center requests that you complete a participation form
ings and museums, and several days prior to taking a tour.
in Venice, including a private Grand ATTENTION TRAVELERS!
Canal cruise. Meet our new travel partner! Join us for a Travel Presen-
For those who prefer to travel in tation Announcing New 2017 & 2018
the U.S., September offers an Is- DAY TRIPS MOTOR COACH TOURS CRUISES
lands of New England tour sched- Mon., May 22, 3 p.m., Tallahassee Senior Center
uled from Aug. 25-Sept. 1. On the itin- Space is limited. Must RSVP to
erary: Providence, Newport, Boston, or call 891-4000
Plymouth, Marthas Vineyard, Prov-
incetown, Hyannis and Nantucket.
Space is still available for this trip. COLLETTE VACATION TOURS
For more information, visit olli.f- or call OLLI Director Deb All Collette Vacations tours include roundtrip air from
Herman, 644-3520. Tallahassee, fees, surcharges, and hotel transfers. For
To stay up-to-date with all of the information, email or call
opportunities OLLI offers, including 850-891-4008. Visit to access
club meetings and other events video of tours. TRAVEL ANYWHERE, ANYTIME and
throughout the summer, check out benefit the TSC when you call Collette World Connect at
OLLIs newly redesigned website, ol- 877-368-0928 and mention ID#1895136 or visit http:// A convenient calendar Space is limited; book now!
provides easy access to all of OLLIs ICELANDS MAGICAL NORTHERN LIGHTS
offerings. Theres also a newsfeed March 3-9, 2018, Save $100 at $3,449 pp/double if you
plus links to OLLIs Facebook pages. book before Sep 4, 2017. Highlights include: Reykjavik/
The site also includes a history of OL- Northern Lights Cruise/Golden Circle/Thingvellir Nation-
LI at FSU and a spotlight on the gen- al Park/Geysir/Gullfoss/Seljalandsfoss/ Vik/Eyjafjallajokull
erous donors who make OLLI such a Volcano Visitor Centre/Skogar Museum/Skogafoss/
great organization. Fran Conaway is Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon/Skaftafell National Park/
President and CEO of Fran Conaway Vatnajokull Galcier/Blue Lagoon.
Communications, www.francona- Nancy Holaday makes friends with the goats at Tallabred Farms during the TSCs Lifelong Learning class Happy Goats Make Happy Soap.


Left to right, women tennis players Carolyn Allaire, Eleanor McCall, Sandy Lane, Liz Jordan, Michaelin Watts, Sally Williamson,
Martha Mitchell, and Barbara Withers compete for gold and fun!

The Red Carpet Team Invites You to Connect!

Tue., Jun. 6, 5:30-7 p.m., Tallahassee Senior Center
Are you new to Tallahassee? Are you recently retired? Have you just joined the Senior Center? New Member of
OLLI? Local Tallahassee business? Do you have friends or parents you wish would Choose Tallahassee? Join us!
Meet other people at your stage of life and explore the vast number of opportunities, activities, businesses, and
events throughout the Tallahassee Community. Light refreshments & beverages will be served.
Please RSVP to or call 850-891-4003. Event sponsored by the Tallahassee Senior
Center & Foundation and Choose Tallahassee. Consider becoming a member of the Tallahassee Senior Foundation,
visit for more information about membership and benefits.

CarFit offers solutions to keep

seniors safe while on the road
CarFit is a national education program that was cre-
ated by AARP, AAA and the American Occupational
Therapy Association. These organizations have come
together to help older drivers stay safe on the road. As
we age, physical changes in vision, flexibility and
strength, etc., may make us less comfortable in a car. It
may change your control of the vehicle. Simple solu-
tions like learning about safety features of your car or
adaptive devices may help you continue to stay safe on
the road.
It is a parking lot activity where trained volunteers
use a checklist of items related to comfort and safety in
your vehicle. It is a safety checkup for your car. Our
team may make recommendations to you, but we wont
make any changes to your car. CarFit is Free! Fun and
CarFit is coming to Tallahassee on Tue., May 16, 9
11:30 a.m. at the Thomasville Road Baptist Church, 3131
Thomasville Rd. Please email Kirstin.English@tal- or call 850-891-4043 to make your free 30-min-
ute appointment today.

Take the NEW AARP Smart Driver Course

You could reduce your overall maintenance and car insurance
Refresh your driving skills and learn the new rules of the road.
Learn research-based driving strategies to help you stay safe
behind the wheel.
Plus, there are no tests to pass. $15 for AARP Members, $20 for
Non Members.
Sign up today! Seating is limited. Call Ernie Conte at 850-926-
4605 for details and to register for one of these classes:
Sat., June 17, 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Westminster Oaks
Mon., July 10, 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Leon County School Board
Sat., Aug. 19, 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Cherry Laurel


Alzheimer's Projects Megan Bakan, Ph.D., leads a class titled Understanding Dementia:
Improving Communication with Your Loved One

Standing room only at

dementia education series
MEGAN BAKAN the important conversations for fam-
ALZHEIMERS PROJECT INC. ilies to have in order to live successfully
with dementia.
Alzheimers Project Inc. has The 3rd workshop, Memory Prob-
launched a new series of workshops for lems: What you can do will be offered on
individuals with dementia, their fam- two dates/locations: Tue., June 20, 12 -
ilies, and professional caregivers. The 1:30 p.m. at Capital Regional Medical
first class, Understanding Dementia: Center, 2626 Capital Medical Blvd., 1st
Improving Communication with Your floor classroom or on Wed., June 21, 2 - TALLAHASSEE SENIOR SENIOR SERVICES
Loved One, was standing room only at 3:30 p.m., at Harbor Chase, 100 John FOUNDATION BOARD
Dorothy B. Oven Park. The event, co- Knox Rd. A diagnosis of dementia MEMBERS ADVISORY COUNCIL
sponsored by Hopewell In-home Senior shouldnt stop people from being in con- Scott Harrell, President
Care, focused on the communication trol of their lives or doing the things they Jill Sandler, Chair
Doug Carlson, Vice-President
challenges individuals with dementia enjoy. They should be supported to re- Freida Travis, Vice Chair
Carol Thompson-Riley, Treasurer
and/or Alzheimers disease can face. main independent, active, and engaged. Peter Piper, Secretary
Edna Owens, Secretary
Participants learned how to connect to This interactive workshop explores the Paul Boisvert
Linda Roberts, Immediate Past
the individuals retained skills in order things you can do to in order to live well Addie Carroll-Beal
to improve communication and coopera- with memory problems, which includes: E. Ann Cleare
Ken Brummel-Smith, M.D.
tion. general approaches to coping with mem- Nancy Daws
Danielle Buchanan
The next workshop, Normal Aging or ory loss; memory aids; memory strate- Harry Fordham
John Buck
Dementia? How to Tell the Difference, gies; healthy lifestyle choices to help Mike Francis
Ajay Chadha
will be held on Thu., June1, 12 - 1:30 at your memory work as best it can; and Nancy Godette
Jim Davis, CPA
Capital Regional Medical Center, 2626 how family, friends, volunteers, and pro- Abi Moon
Sandy DeLopez
Capital Medical Blvd., 1st floor class- fessionals can support individuals with Annie Rolle
Shirley Gooding-Butler
room. Physical and cognitive changes memory issues. Antonio Terracciano, Ph.D., Geriatrics
Jeanie Martin-Armstrong
occur in all of us as we age. It is part of For more information on the above or Ed Vertuno
Elda Martinko
human growth and development. This upcoming workshops, or to register, or Bryan Desloge, Emeritus
workshop will differentiate the normal to get on the Alzheimers Projects email AJ McMullian, Emeritus
changes of older adulthood from signs list, contact Megan Bakan at Sarah Neeley, Emeritus
of dementia and will share resources for or call Sheila Salyer, Executive Director
further assessment and will highlight 850.386.2778.


price of seven. Call 891-4016 or email
Awards for Art Potpourri, an exhibi- formation.
tion of drawings, pastels, and multi-
media artworks by TSC Artists were an- Artistry in Clay Handbuilding, Mark
nounced at the April 7 Art Reception. Fletcher
Artist Terrie Corbett chose the following Mon., 9 noon, TSC Clay Studio. Per-
awards: 1st place Charles C. Pierce; 2nd fect for beginners .
place Helen Anderfuren; 3rd place
Mike Renard; and honorable mentions: Drawing Like Durer & Friends - Pen &
Charles Hazelip, Georgia Jahns, Susan Ink, Mark Fletcher
Lester, Tom Friedman, Maria Jerman, Mon., 12:30 3 p.m., TSC Clay Studio.
and Margaret Hamilton. Attendees Good for beginners.
chose the following Peoples Choice
Awards: Best Use of Color Diane Fogar- Watercolor Tue. Studio, Linda Pelc
ty; Favorite Landscape Margaret Ham- Tue, 9 noon, intermediates
ilton; Favorite Portrayal of People
Charles C. Pierce; and Most Creative and Watercolor Beginners, Linda Pelc
Overall Favorite - Charles Hazelip. The Tue, 1 4 p.m., beginners and continu-
artwork is on display in the TSC Audito- ing beginners
rium through May 19.
Pastels, Wendy Devarieux
Pantone Color of the Year Greenery Wed. 9 noon. No instructor on the 3rd
Pantone selects a new color each year Wed. each month.
and TSC participants rise to the occasion
creating artworks that embrace the lat- Oil and Acrylic Painting, Robert
est trending color. On display in the TSC Dewitt Smith
Dining Room now through Aug. 1, are Wed., 1 - 4 p.m. , beginners & interme-
paintings, drawings, and collage that diate
feature this fresh and happy green.
Draw With Your Eyes, Paint with your
Creativity in Oils & Acrylics Heart, Mark Fletcher, NE Library
Exhibit of Paintings from the TSC Bradfordville
Studio Artists in the TSC Auditorium. Wed., 1:30- 4 p.m., Pen & Ink with a lit-
Art Reception is June 2, 6 8 p.m.; come tle watercolor. Beginners welcome.
early to vote for the Peoples Choice
Awards, and hear juried winners an- Watercolor Thu. Studio
nounced. Rosemary Ferguson Charles C. Pierce garnered the 1st place award for his pastel portrait, Man in Yellow Hat and a
Thu., 9 noon, intermediates Peoples Choice Award for his pastel portrait of Woman in Straw Hat in the exhibition Art
Senior Center Artists at Tallahassee Potpourri.
Community College Drawing Etcetera
The art exhibit features TSCs art in- Maria Balingit
structors and students May 18 through Thu., 1- 4 p.m., drawing, all skill levels
Jul. 13. Join us for the Art Reception, .
Thur., May 18, 5:30 8 p.m., Fine Arts
Building. Oil Painting Advanced
Eluster Richardson
Weekly Studio Classes at the Senior Fri., 9 noon, intermediate and ad-
Center vanced
On-going studio classes meet on a
weekly basis and do not require pre-reg- Drawing Together, Michael Harrell
istration, just pay the days you attend. Fri., 9:30 11:30 a.m., developing ba-
Instructors work with individual stu- sics, pencil, pen & ink, beginners wel-
dents, and students assist and critique come.
one another in a rewarding collaborative
environment. It is recommended that Beginning Acrylic Painting, Debbie
you visit the class and talk to the instruc- Gaedtke
tor before joining the class; the instruc- Fri., 12:30 3 p.m., perfect for begin-
tor will provide you with a supply list for ners
that class. Studio Artists have the oppor-
tunity to exhibit in the centers gallery On-Going Studio Labs
spaces. All classes are located at the Sen- Portrait Studio Lab
ior Center Art Studio unless otherwise Mon., 9 noon, $5
noted. Classes do not meet on holidays,
L3X week Sept. 11 - 15, nor Maintenance Ceramics
Week Jun. 26 Jul. 4. $9 per class Seniors Tue. & Wed., 9 noon, $2 plus cost of
(age 55+), $11 Others (age 18-54). Or buy materials and firing fee, perfect for be-
an art card; get eight classes for the ginners


Marni Jameson motivates downsizers

Keynote speaker Marni Jameson, au-

thor of Downsizing the Family Home,
inspired 170 guests to get rid of their
stuff at the April 24 program, The Up-
side of Downsizing. The half-day work-
shop, held at the Tallahassee Senior Cen-
ter, gave people wanting to age in place
the tools to help assess their homes by
using the AARP Home Fit workbook. The
workshop also covered the difference
between various senior housing options in
our community.
Marni used humor to deliver her in-
sight, from personal experience and re-
search, into what to consider when down-
sizing. Attendees received a dose of reali-
ty when she shared the possibility that
our priceless things may not be nearly
as valuable as we originally thought.
When it comes to downsizing our stuff,
the key is to get it done with the goal to
live a simpler lifestyle.
A panel of peers shared their personal
testimonies of the journey taken to down-
size their lives. Each one described chal-
lenges and hurdles they overcame while From left, Laura Cantwell, AARP Associate State Director, Sheila Salyer, Manager, Tallahassee Senior Center & Foundation, Gil Ziffer,
deciding whether to stay in their home or Tallahassee City Commissioner.
move to a senior community. They also
expressed the joy they felt once the deci-
sion was made to either relocate or make
changes to their homes. Everyone agreed
it is best to make necessary changes that Are you looking to Downsize?
help you remain independent when you
are primary manager of the decision- What: Have too much stuff? Listening and Sharing Downsizing
making process. Sessions
Two follow up Listening and Sharing When: Mondays, May 22 and June 19, 10-11 a.m.
sessions will be held to explore possible Where: Tallahassee Senior Center, 1400 N. Monroe St.
resources and to address the hot topic Details: RSVP to Maren Cox at 850-728-3525 or Movingtallyse-
of how to actually get rid of stuff. The
purpose is to gather information about
what your particular stuff is in order to
better understand your specific needs.
For example, some people have very
unique treasures and collections to sell in
an estate sale, while others may be in-
terested in donating everything to a thrift
store. We want to encourage you to tread
cautiously when enlisting businesses to
help with this process. Be sure the or-
ganization, business, or individual is
bonded and insured.
Thanks to our presenting sponsor,
AARP, for bringing Marni Jameson to
Tallahassee, and our supporting sponsors
Age & Accessibility Home Solutions,
Capital City Builders, Realtor E. Ann
Cleare with Premier Fine Homes, Moving
Tally Seniors, Southeast Portable Build-
ings and the Tallahassee Senior Founda-
tion for making this event possible.

Maren Cox is a Broker Associate with

Coldwell Banker Hartung and Noblin, Marni Jameson, author and guest speaker poses with sponsor
Moving Tally Seniors LLC Workshop sponsors, Gloria and Larry Strickland of Capital City Builders. Maren Cox, Moving Tally Seniors.


Tips for seniors to begin downsizing
and/or planning a move: HELPLINES and
Review the equity position in your
current home HOTLINES
Consider whether a smaller home
will mean a happier, easier lifestyle Abuse Hotline: 800-962-2873 or 800-
How close is your home to health 96ABUSE
care facilities Area Agency on Aging, Elder Hel-
Does your current neighborhood fit pline:
your needs 800-96-ELDER (3-5337)
Whether you decide to stay in your Consumer Hotline: 800-435-7352
home or move to another home, begin the Medicare Hotline: 800-633-4227
process of downsizing your possessions. 2-1-1 Big Bend: 850-617-6333 or 211
Start with living areas such as the
living room, dining room, kitchen and
Decide what belongings you want Home Modifications
and which ones you need. Any physical modification to a resi-
Obtain a floor plan of your new dence that increases its usage, safety, se-
home. This will help you determine what curity, and independence.
furniture you may take with you. A pro- Sponsor E. Ann Cleare, Realtor, Premier Fine Homes, chats with workshop participants. Age & Accessibility Home Solutions
fessional can help you through this proc-, 850-558-
ess. 5775
Consider the possessions you will specializing in moves for seniors has Please contact Community Thrift Mar- Company offers full-service home
need to part with. You may have a syna- been listed below. ket for a convenient pick up. modifications in Tallahassee. Services
gogue, church or charity that would ap- Its A Cinch, Inc. Goodwill Industries-Big Bend Inc. offered include grab bars, ramps, floor-
preciate donations., 850-510-3484, 850-576- ing, stair lifts, walk-in tubs, accessible
Specializes in senior moving services. 7145, Home Pick-Up Hotline 1-800-924- kitchens, and much more!
RESOURCES Bonded and insured company. Services 4003 Capital City Builders
include house to house, home to senior Donation professionals will go to your, 850-893-6228
Seniors Real Estate Specialists communities, from out of state, and out home and pick-up any clothing, shoes,
(SRES) Home builder focuses on new con-
of area. furniture, books, sporting goods, or oth- struction, renovations, and remodeling.
SRES designees demonstrate Moving Tally Seniors er donated items. Goodwill profession- Services include bathrooms, kitchens,
knowledge and expertise to counsel sen- LLC, Maren Cox, movingtallysenior- als will itemize, pack and remove dona- new home construction, rehab and retro-
ior clients through the major financial, 850-728-3525 tions, provide itemized inventory dona- fit.
and lifestyle transitions involved in relo- Personalized service to help you right tion receipt, and take all items eligible
cating, refinancing, or selling a home. size your life. Services include compli- for donation. There is no cost for these Other Resources
For a more comprehensive list of spe- mentary face-to-face meeting, fee based services. Visit website for a list of dona- AARP HomeFit
cialists, visit http://www.seniorsreales- services, development of move plan, or- tion centers. ganize and sort your possessions, redi- Lighthouse Childrens Home info-2014/home-fit-resources-work-
E. Ann Cleare rect your unused personal items, and co-, sheets.html
Realtor with Premier Fine Homes, ho- ordinate the move out and move in. 850-877-3778 Resources include the AARP Home-, The Lighthouse Childrens Home ac- Fit Guide which offers solutions that, 850-544-0109 Donations cepts donations of furniture, appliances range from simple do-it-yourself fixes to
Maren Cox Although there are several places in and vehicles that are sold through the improvements that require skilled ex-
Moving Tally Seniors, Coldwell Bank- Tallahassee that accept donations, the Lighthouses stores and car lots. Individ- pertise. Other resources include print-
er Hartung & Noblin, Inc., coldwellban- following locations below will pick-up uals can call to schedule an appointment able worksheets that will help seniors, 850-728- donations from your home. for pick up or visit the website to fill out a put into place ideas discussed in the Ho-
3525 Aarons Attic donation request form for a representa- meFit Guide.
Angie Goodman 850-765-2197 tive to call and schedule a convenient Federal Motor Carrier Safety Admini-
Keller Williams Realty, agoodmo- A thrift store which accepts donations pick-up time. stration (FMCSA),, 850-321-4666 including clothes, furniture, and collect- The Living Harvest Thrift Store protect-your-move/moving-fraud, 1-888-
Debbie Gerber-Mahan ibles., 850-765- 368-7238
PrimeSouth Properties, debgerber- Affiliated Auctions & Realty LLC 6285 or 850-536-6082 The FMCSA Protect Your Move Cam-
.com,, 850-545-8164, 850- Accepts clothing, furniture, appli- paign helps individuals learn to spot
Kathy Rivenbark 656-5486 ances, bikes, tools, lawn care items, moving fraud, offers tips for a success-
Coldwell Banker Hartung & Noblin, International auctioneers and ap- household items, collectibles, & design- ful move, relates rights and responsibil-
Inc.,, sellingtal- praisers that will travel to the homeown- er goods, in good to excellent condition. ities, and provides a moving checklist, 850-363-3800 er and offer a finders fee for fine collec- Visit website for specific tips when pre- for before and during your move. Web-
Miriam Nicklaus tions and materials. Clients that wish to paring your donations. All proceeds go to site gives individuals access to check
Armor Reality,, Mir- sell jewelry and other items, have access support the Living Harvest mission. database and confirm that mover is reg-, 850-893-2525 to consignment or outright sales ser- Manor Auctioneers & Appraisers istered with FMCSA.
Nancy Sperdutie vices., 850-523- Note: This is not a comprehensive list. If
Keller Williams Realty, Nancysper- Community Thrift Market 3787 interested in being included on this re-, 850-597-1567, Professional auction and appraisal source card, please email the Senior Cen-
850-273-0279 services that travel nationally & locally ter Resource Coordinator at Kir-
Moving Services In support of Tallahassee Action for the acquisition of fine art, jewelry, or call 850-891-
There are many moving companies in Grants, your donation, contribution or collectibles, collections & estates. 4043 to schedule an interview and tour.
the Tallahassee area. A list of companies gift may qualify as a charitable donation.



Bronze Key Holders gers; Rashel Ellsmore; Lyle & Ethel Ev- Carolyn Spears; Linda J. Stalvey; Viola
Ken & Jeanie Martin Armstrong; My- ans; John T. Falls, Jr.; Billy Farran; John Taylor; Sylvia Walford; John & Virginia
ron & Judy Hayden; Edna Owens Felton; Bruce & Kathy Ferris; Nancy Walker; Jeffrey J. Wilcher; Cynthia G.
Fischer; Susanne Fortune; Bruce & Lui- Williams; Dorothy Williamson; Deb
Friend Key Holders sa Gillander; Beverly H. Glover; Nancy Wilson; Marthine V. Woodward; John
Louis G. Ambrose; Rick & Jovita Ash- Godette; Donna J. Guthrie; Elizabeth T. Word; Bev Wranosky
ton; Drs. Chichetti, Torgerson, & Har- Hammond; Richard & Ouida Harmon;
Please join the Tallahassee Senior Shirley Hatfield; Walter & Margaret Memorial Donations:
tley, P.L.; Bernett & Laura Cook; Marie
Foundation today. Your contribution Cowart; Dr. Adeline Evans; Cassandra Hatton; Carolyn Hawkins; Mary E. In memory of: Joan Guilday
pays for programs and enhances ser- G. Harbin; Sandra S. Higdon; Jerry & Howard; Francis Hutchens; John & Su- By: Sheila Salyer
vices. Mail or drop off your annual Rauha Jessup; Ron Kanen; Florida F. san Hutchison; John & Willma Johnson; In memory of: Sarah Neeley
membership contribution at the Senior Parker; Kent Putnam & Paula Walbor- Claire B. Kelly; Barbara R. Kemp; Ha- By: Sheila Salyer
Center. sky; Jane Quinton; Eddie & Deloris Ran- zel Lee Kleppey; Stan & Phyllis Kupis- In memory of: Greta Davis
dolph; John & Frances Stiles zewski; Dean C. LaFleur; Patricia S. By: Leila Doolittle
Membership Lanfear; Genevive Lathrop; Ron & Lin- Honorarium Donations:
Senior Citizen (Age 50+) $25 New and Renewing Members da Lee; William Leparullo; Dr. Dale W. & Donation: Pool Table Upgrade
Senior Couple $40 Dick & Gayle Arbes; Nancy Ayotte; Su- Marilyn Lick; Marcus Little; Edward R. By: James Jordan
Supporter (under age 50) $35 san Badgeley; Caroline Barthelmess; & Frances C. Mack, Jr.; James D. Mann; In honor of: Tax Aide
Non-profit Organization $50 Brenda Battiste; Shirley Beaupied; Jim & Susan Mau; Una McConnell; Su- By: Judith De La Bruyere & Donie Ann
Bruce & Susan Bechard; Joseph Beck- san McConnell; Dr. Steven Melamed; Henderson
Key Holders Roger Messimer; Mildred Miller; Da- In honor of: Maureen Haberfeld &
ham; Debra Benson; Gerald Blaisdell &
Diamond $5,040 Onez O'Neal; Richard Brittingham; Ben vid K. Miller; Jim & Lorraine Moore; Lifelong Learning Programs
Platinum $2,520 & Carolyn Brown; Ed Budzyna & Mar- Merton Munson; MaryAnn Nita; Ben & By: Melody Agbunag, M.D.
Ruby $1,500 garet Smyly; Arthur & Joe Ann Bur- Beth Ogburn; Nancy O'Pry Gentry; In honor of: Gloria Keeney & George
Gold $1,020 gess; Robert Burke; Sylvia Byrd; Rubia Gerald K. & Valerie F. Oshesky; Billie Lay Wedding
Silver $540 Byrd; Mary Caminez; Gladys Chelette; Padgett; Chris Phillips; John Philpott & By: Chris Doyle; Joanne Gohlke; Bryan
Bronze $240 JoAnn Clemmer; William F. Combs; L. Rayner; Gale Poteat; Dr. Ira Burton & and Elena Keeney; Chris & Amy Kee-
Friend $120 Faye Connell; Clara Cook; John & Paula Roie Price; Dewey Rion; Dewey Riou; ney; Marie & Daniel Lang; Stephen Lay;
Thank you for being a key to active ag- Cooper; Kim Corsmeier; Betty Jo Allene Roberts; Martha Rodeseike; El- Leyslie Ogbodo; Maria Reeves; Sheila
ing! Send your contribution to: Talla- Cutchen; Jan Daly; Marsha K. Davids; eanore Rosenberg; Jeanne W. Ryder; Salyer; Ronald & Theresa Sobon; Anne
hassee Senior Center, 1400 N. Monroe T. Jean Deal; Ed & Alberta Duffee; Rod William & Jeanne Ryder; Mary Salyer; M. Thompson along with Gloria Keeney
St., Tallahassee FL 32303 Duggar; Mike & Phyllis Eagen; Rick Eg- Dr. Shankar Shetty; Arlene Siska; Phyl- & George Lay in their appreciation for
lis Smith; Wendy Sokolow; Lewis & finding each other.



The Tallahassee Senior Center &

Foundation welcomes Karin
Welcome Karin Caster, the newest
member of the community relations
team for the Tallahassee Senior Cen-
ter and Foundation! Karin is a long
time resident of Tallahassee. She
moved here from Winter Haven, FL to
pursue a B.S. in Marketing from the
FSU School of Business. Karin has ap-
plied her marketing knowledge for
several local businesses and served
as a Girl Scout Leader for 12 years, a
committee chair for Leon County
schools, and as a long-time religious
organization volunteer. As a dedicat-
ed volunteer, she has significant expe-
rience in fundraising and coordinat-
ing special events. Karin is married to
Mike Caster and they have two lovely
daughters, one in high school and one
at FSU. Every opportunity she gets,
Karin enjoys spending time at the
beach with family and friends. Karin
is excited to cultivate the Legacy Cir-
cle program for the Foundation. To
contact Karin, call 850-891-4041 or

Karin Caster is a new member of the

community relations team for the Tallahassee
Senior Center and Foundation.

Welcome Danielle Buchanan,

newest board member of the
Tallahassee Senior Center &
Danielle Buchanan migrated to the
Capital City for warmer weather af-
ter earning her B.A. in Economics and
Psychology from the University of
Vermont. She spent several years at
The Zimmerman Agency honing her
public relations and marketing skills
before joining the communications
team at Tallahassee Memorial
HealthCare. Currently, Danielle acts
as the Director of Marketing & Com-
munications for the organization. She
is passionate about volunteering, col-
lege sports and the great outdoors.
Danielle is married to Russ Buchan-
an, and they have a 2-year-old son.

Danielle Buchanan is a new board member of Angie Goodman, Senior Real Estate Specialist and workshop panelist Sandy Higdon.
the Tallahassee Senior Center & Foundation.



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