Blog

November 2019 Blurbs

Point Defiance Zoo logo

Tuesday, November 5
Brain Training with Linda Terry

Cognitive trainer Linda Terry helps people of all ages fine tune their thinking skills. Her work features fun, interactive brain exercises and practical lifestyle options to raise brain awareness.

11:00 am (Level 1), Lillian Pratt Parlor

2:00 pm (Level 2), Wellness Center


Wednesday, November 6
Tacoma Art Museum Trip to View Impressionism Exhibition*

Sign up by Tuesday, November 5
Cost: $18 per ticket paid to TAM (or you can take advantage of any discounts you may have, including membership)
In conjunction with Senior University the Life Enrichment Department is offering a trip to the Tacoma Art Museum to take in their exhibit of French Impressionists. This exhibit features art work from Monet, Renoir, Degas and others of their circle. Seen as radicals in their time, many art pieces of these French Impressionists found their way into premier public and private Northwest art collections and have been impacting American artists for decades.

This trip departs from the Bistro Café at 10:00 am


Wednesday, November 6
Living History with Karen Haas: Tales and Tunes of the Oregon Trail

Evening campfires were a time for music and stories, and, of course, the latest gossip. Enjoy a taste of these times with folk tales, stories and songs of the emigrants and the people they met along the way.

2:00 pm, Lillian Pratt Parlor


Thursday, November 7
University Lecture Series: Aging and Memory – The Role of Life-long Learning

Professor Rose Njoroge will introduce the concept of lifelong learning and how it relates to memory. She will describe specific activities that are likely to enhance the memory process for individuals of all ages and will end the session by providing resources, ideas, and activities that can enhance both memory and lifelong learning for older individuals.

6:00 pm, Lillian Pratt Parlor


Friday, November 8
Fireside Chat with Councilman Anders Ibsen

Council Member Anders Ibsen was elected to the District 1 seat of the Tacoma City Council in 2011 and re-elected in 2015. These quarterly appearances are designed to give residents an opportunity to hear about what’s happening in the City of Tacoma and to bring specific concerns to the Councilman’s attention.

10:00 am, Lillian Pratt Parlor


Friday, November 8
What’s New with the Zoo?

Learn more about nationally acclaimed destinations, Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium and Northwest Trek Wildlife Park, located right here in our own backyard with Alan Varsik, Director of Zoological & Environmental Education for Metro Parks Tacoma.

1:00 pm, Lillian Pratt Parlor


Monday, November 11
Edward Jones Series: Saving for Higher Education

During the seminar, we will talk about 529 Education Savings Plans, which are designed to help make investing for education easy and accessible to everyone. 529s can also potentially offer tax benefits, which we will discuss. This is a great way to help grandkids go to a great school and reduce the cost.

11:00 am, Lillian Pratt Parlor


Monday, November 11
Legal and Financial Issues of Alzheimer’s

Planning as early in the disease as possible is of paramount importance for those who have dementia and their families. This class will provide practical information on topics such as making legal plans that fit your needs, important legal documents and what they mean, strategies for making a long term plan of care, how to find legal and financial assistance, government programs that can help pay for care, and tax deductions and credits.

1:00 pm, Tobey Jones Parlor


Monday, November 11
Music with Dr. Paul: A NWRS Christmas Preview – Ancient and Modern

Featuring Dr. Paul, NWRS Artistic Director Emeritus (Ancient) and Kyle Haugen, NWRS Artistic Director (Modern). This class presents a preview of two wonderful concerts to be presented December 7th and 8th by Northwest Repertory Singers. Artistic Director Kyle Haugen has titled the program Christmas Ancient, Christmas Modern. NWRS concerts have been a favorite destination for members of the Franke Tobey Jones community for nearly 20 years and these 2019 December concerts are particularly intriguing. Even though this class is presented on Veteran’s Day, we must remember Christmas is right around the corner and you should not miss this opportunity to hear about an extraordinary program of repertoire for December and interact with two of Tacoma’s most respected conductors.

3:00 pm, Lillian Pratt Parlor


Wednesday, November 13
Tacoma Historical Society Lecture Series: Working Women

Alice Miller will present clothing and uniforms from Northwest women (mostly from Tacoma) who have worked down through the decades. Beginning with very traditional jobs and ending with not so traditional jobs that have opened up for women. It will cover their stories, clothing and uniforms from 1898 to 2000.

2:00 pm, Lillian Pratt Parlor


Thursdays, November 14 & 21
Creative Writing: Memoir and Biography, Writing the Stories of Our Lives *

An engaging series of workshops from September 12 – November 21 that will help you transform memories and history into stories for you and your family to treasure. 

2:00 – 3:30 pm, Tobey Jones Multipurpose Room


Friday, November 15
Ink and Watercolor Exploratory*

Learn how to get the most out of the play between waterproof and water-soluble inks and paints.

10:00 am – 12:00 pm, Tobey Jones Craft Room


Friday, November 15
Abroad: Leading University of Puget Sound Students through Eight Asian Countries

From August through December 2017, Professor Fields (Politics and Government, University of Puget Sound) led the college’s signature year-long study abroad program for four months through Asia. Beginning in Moscow, Russia, the group took the Trans-Siberian Railway to Mongolia, traveled on to South Korea and from there studied and traveled in Japan, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau. Professor Fields will discuss the courses he taught on “Asia in Motion” and “The Politics of Chinese Identity” and share photos and stories from the sojourn.

1:00 pm, Lillian Pratt Parlor


Monday, November 18
Hotel Murano Glass Tour*

Hotel Murano is named after Murano, Italy – an island off the coast of Venice that has long been home to generations of glassblowers and is famed as the Old World capital of glass art.
In celebration of the Pacific Northwest’s central role in the modern glass art movement, Hotel Murano carefully curated an international collection of 20th-century works in glass that mixes site-specific commissioned pieces with acquisitions from artists’ studios and galleries around the world. Forty-five artists from twelve countries are represented, showcasing an incredible diversity of glass art techniques and styles. Join us for a guided tour of some of these pieces of glass art led by a Museum of Glass Docent. Registration is required.

10:00 am, Hotel Murano


Monday, November 18
Northwest Apple Pickers Computer Workshop

The Northwest Apple Pickers is a Macintosh user group that serves Pierce County. Come in and work in small groups with a coach who can answer your questions about your Apple device.

2:00 pm, Wellness Center


Tuesday, November 19
Symphony Tacoma Lecture Series: Symphony Tacoma’s Year of the Piano!

Three incredible artists are joining Symphony Tacoma this season, and Executive Director Karina Bharne gives an introduction on our first piano soloists, George Li, as well as the piece he will be performing Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3. 

3:00 pm, Lillian Pratt Parlor


Wednesday, November 20
Literary League Book Club— Underground Railroad: A Novel

Join us as we discuss Underground railroad: A Novel by Colson Whitehead
About the book: A magnificent tour de force chronicling a young slave’s adventures as she makes a desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum South. Cora is a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia. Life is hell for all the slaves, but especially bad for Cora; an outcast even among her fellow Africans, she is coming into womanhood—where even greater pain awaits. When Caesar, a recent arrival from Virginia, tells her about the Underground Railroad, they decide to take a terrifying risk and escape.

3:00 pm, Tobey Jones Parlor


Thursday, November 21
Rock History of the PNW Series: Hip Hop in the Pacific Northwest – Mix-A-Lot, Macklemore, and Beyond *

Seattle’s unique style of hip hop hit the national stage with Sir Mix-A-Lot in 1986. It would be nearly two decades until another Emerald City rapper, Mackelmore, would again achieve superstardom. We’ll talk about the origins of hip hop in the Pacific Northwest, its development, and some up-and-coming new artists.

2:00 pm, Tobey Jones Parlor


Friday, November 22
Plein Air Crash Course*

An indoor exploration of how to get started painting outdoor studies.

10:00 am – 12:00 pm, Tobey Jones Craft Room


Monday, November 25
Medicare Enrollment Presentation: United Healthcare

During this community meeting the basics of Medicare will be covered as well as the differences between Medicare Advantage, and Original Medicare. Prescription drug coverage basics will be explained as well. There are various elections periods that exist for individuals to sign up for plan choices, and there will be an overview of those choices. There will be an opportunity during this forum for questions, so come prepared to participate, if desired.

There will also be an opportunity for interested parties to enroll in a plan.

1:00 – 3:30 pm, Wellness Center


Monday, November 25
Infinity Rehab Series: Urinary Incontinence

Did you know that there are different kinds of incontinence? Did you know that there are self-treatment techniques that you can employ to decrease incontinence? Did you know that Physical Therapy can actually assist you in decreasing incontinence? In this lecture, we will talk about how YOU can have some control over incontinence!

3:00 pm, Lillian Pratt Parlor


Tuesday, November 26
Computer Help with Al

Volunteer Al Lessenger can help with all of your Windows 10 or PC problems. Don’t miss out on this great resource!

1:00 pm, Bascom Library


Tuesday, November 26
Medicare Basics

Whether you are new to Medicare, getting ready to turn 65, or already enrolled in a Medicare health plan, you’ll need to make important decisions at enrollment time and then during the AEP (Annual Enrollment period) each year.  Come learn the A,B,C, & D’s of Medicare, overview the difference between Medicare supplement insurance and Medicare advantage plans, overview what to look for when choosing prescription drug plans, updates to Medicare, and tips for year one on a Medicare health plan.

3:00 pm, Tobey Jones Parlor

Categories: Upcoming Events