Senior Friendship Centers

July 1-5, 2024

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Dining Centers in Sarasota County

The dining sites in Sarasota and Venice are open to registered dining clients aged 60+ who reside in Sarasota County. Join us for a nutritious lunch in Sarasota from 11:45 am -12:15 pm Monday-Friday and in Venice from 12:00 - 12:30 pm Monday-Friday.



For information on how to register and qualify, please call (941) 955-2122 for Sarasota and (941) 429-0734 for Venice.

Sarasota Activity Center

1888 Brother Geenen Way, Sarasota (941) 955-2122

Center Hours: Mon-Fri 8:30a-4:30p

Bistro/Boutique Hours: Mon-Fri 9a-3p


Jenny Macias

Director of Program Initiatives

*Membership is required for all classes and activities.


FEATURED EVENT

4th of July Celebration

Tuesday, July 2, 2024

1-3pm

Join us as to celebrate the USA at our 4th of July Celebration on Tuesday, July 2 from 1-3pm. Music will be provided by Krazy Entertainment and light refreshments will be provided by Brookdale and Conviva.

Monday

9:00am Bistro and Friendship Treasures Open

9:00-9:45am Balance Movement

10:00-11:30am German

10:00-11:30am Art Class

11:00-12:00pm Line Dancing

11:45-12:15pm Lunch (*restrictions apply - ask for information)

12:00-3:00pm Duplicate Bridge

1:00-3:00pm Live Music and Dancing with The Bruno Connection

NEW! 1:00-3:00pm Community Wellbeing Survey with DOH

2:30-3:30pm Spanish Class *via Zoom - hermilaperreault@gmail.com

3:00-4:30pm LGBTQ+ Book Club via Zoom: Contact Bruce 202-262-0262 (Every other Monday)

3:30-4:30pm Intermediate Tap Dancing

Tuesday

9:00am Bistro and Friendship Treasures Open

9:30-11:30am Bingo ($5 fee)

10:00-11:00am Chair Yoga

10:00-3:00pm Pinochle

NEW! 11:00- 12:pm Drums of Unity

11:00-12:00pm Mindfulness and Meditation

11:45-12:15pm Lunch (*restrictions apply - ask for information)

11:30-3:00pm Latin Social Group

1:00-3:00pm Mexican Train Dominoes

NEW! 1:00-3:00pm 4th of July Celebration - Music Provided by Krazy Entertainment - Light Refreshments Sponsored by Brookdale & Conviva

1:00-3:00pm Farkle

1:30-2:30pm Aging Rebels Discussion Group - Dwyer Room (next door)

3:15-4:30pm Indoor Pickleball


Wednesday

9:00am Bistro and Friendship Treasures Open

9:00-9:45am Balance Movement

9:00-10:00am Advanced Tai Chi

10:00-11:00am Intermediate Tai Chi

10:00-12:30pm Technology Assistance

10:00-12:00pm Mosaics

10:30-11:30pm Short Story Book Club

11:00-12:00pm Beginner Tai Chi

11:00-12:00pm Ballroom Dance

11:00-12:30pm LGBTQ+ Grief and Loss Support Group - CRC (next door)

11:45-12:15pm Lunch (*restrictions apply - ask for information)

11:30-3:00pm Latin Social Group

NEW! 1:00-2:00pm Chakra Energy Meditation

1:00-3:00pm Movie & Popcorn

1:00-3:00pm Live Music and Dancing with Pure Gold

1:30-3:30pm Canasta (New Players, Call Patty: 919-208-5514)

Thursday


CENTER CLOSED IN OBSERVANCE OF 4TH OF JULY HOLIDAY


Friday

9:00am Bistro and Friendship Treasures Open

9:30-11:30am Bingo ($5 fee)

9:30-10:15am Sing-a-long with Betty

10:00-11:00am Tai Chi

10:00-12:00pm Technology Assistance

10:30-11:15pm Balance Movement

11:45-12:15pm Lunch (*restrictions apply - ask for information)

1:00-3:00pm Live Music and Dancing with the Chuck Parr Band

1:00-4:00pm Euchre

2:00-4:00pm What’s Happening Now

3:15-4:30pm Pickleball


Future Events

7/23 - 2-3:30pm - VIPCare Veggie Food Truck Visit


Venice Activity Center


2350 Scenic Drive, Venice

(941) 584-0052

Center Hours: Mon-Fri 8:30a-4:30p

Bistro/Boutique Hours: Mon-Fri 9a-3p



Robin Boyce, Center Manager

*Membership is required for all classes and activities.


FEATURED EVENT

Brain Fit Art Class

July16, 2024

9am-10:15am

Join us for a one-hour class as we learn to paint a Monet style waterscape working in a step-by-step format.



Monday

8:30 am-4:30 pm - Billiards Room Open

8:30 am-4:30 pm – Horseshoes, Corn Hole and Ping Pong!

9 am-3 pm - Bistro Open

9 am-3 pm - Unique Boutique Open

9 am-10 am - Chair Core Class with S n J Simply Fit

10:30-11:30 am - "Time to Tap" - Tap Dance Class

9 am-11:30 am - Friendly Bridge

9 am-10 am - Beginner Tai Chi, Marty Reichgut, MD, Instructor

10 am-11 am - Intermediate Tai Chi, Marty Reichgut, MD, Instructor

10 am-11:30 am - Hand 'n Foot Card Game

11 am-12 pm - Advanced Tai Chi, Marty Reichgut, MD, Instructor

12 pm-12:30 pm - Nutritious Lunch (need to sign up)

1 pm-3 pm - Live music & dancing The NOKO Band

1 pm-4pm - Hand 'n Foot Card Game

3:15 pm-4:15 pm - Zumba with Bobbie


Tuesday

8:30 am-4:30 pm - Billiards Room Open

8:30 am-4:30 pm – Horseshoes, Corn Hole and Ping Pong!

8:30-9 am - Intro to Line Dancing with Jean

9 am-3 pm - Bistro Open

9 am-3 pm - Unique Boutique Open

9 am-12 pm - Member Lead Art Studio- members bring their own materials as there is not an instructor (fiscal conference room-2nd floor)

9-11 am - Beginners to Improvers - Contemporary Line Dancing Class with Jean

9:30-11:30 am - BINGO ($5 Fee)

NEW!!- 10am-2pm Free Haircuts, call office to schedule appointment 941-584-0052 Cancelled this month only

11 am-12:30 pm - Grief and Loss Support Group

10 am-12 pm - Tech Help with Chris (contact the front office to schedule appt 941-584-0052 - members only)

12-3 pm - Woodcarvers

12-12:30 pm- Nutritious Lunch (need to sign up – see above)

1-3 pm - Hand 'n Foot Card Game

1-3 pm -PINOCHLE

1:30-3 pm - Caregiver Support Group

1-2 pm -Chair Core Class with S n J Simply Fit

2-2:45 pm - Balance Movement Class with Mike

3-4:30 pm - Clogging Class with Bill - Open to all cloggers and non-cloggers - Taps are not required


Wednesday

7:30 am - Produce Distribution Drive-Thru outside while supplies last.

8:30 am-4:30 pm - Billiards Room Open

8:30 am-4:30 pm - Horseshoes, Corn Hole and Ping Pong!!

9 am-3 pm - Bistro Open

9 am-3 pm - Unique Boutique Open

NEW!!- 9am-11:30am- Card Making with Cathy

9:30-11:30 am- BINGO ($5 fee)

9:30-10:30 am - Zumba with Bobbie

10:40-11:40 am YOGA with Denise, bring your mat

12-12:30 pm - Nutritious Lunch (need to sign up – see above)

1-3:00pm - Live Music & Dancing with Shirley

NEW!! Fourth of July Celebration with Noko Band and Mad Dog Hotdogs

1-4 pm - Hand 'n Foot Card Game

1:15-2:15 pm - Beginners & Learn to Play Mahjong

1:15-4 pm - Mahjong - Open Play (contact the front office to sign up 941-584-0052).

3-4 pm - Ballroom Dance Class with Mike & Rana


Thursday

We will be closed in observance of the July 4th holiday.

Enjoy your time with family and friends


Friday

8:30 am-4:30 pm - Billiards Room Open

8:30 am-4:30 pm - Horseshoes, Corn Hole and Ping Pong!!

9 am-3 pm - Bistro Open

9 am-3 pm - Unique Boutique Open

9 am-12 pm - Member Lead Art Studio- members bring their own materials as there is not an instructor (fiscal conference room-2nd floor)

9 am-12 pm - Seniors vs Crime Representative on-site

9:30 am-10:30 am - Zumba with Bobbie

NEW!! -9:30am-11am Ear-Resistible Hearing Aid Consultation Cancelled this month only

10 am-12 pm – SCRABBLE

10:35 am-11:20 am - Beginners Hawaiian Hula Dance Class with Betty Jean

11 am-12 pm - Neuroboxing Class with Sandy Cancelled this week only

11:30 am-12:30 pm - Learn to Belly Dance for Better Health with Jackie

12 pm-12:30 pm - Nutritious Lunch (need to sign up – see above)

1:00pm-3:00pm Music and Dancing with Coastal Keys


Future Events

July 11- 10-2pm Florida Department of Health offering free BMI Screening and Nutritional Counseling

July 16- Brain Fit Art Class

August 21- Summer Bash with Noko Band and comedy show following dancing

Desoto Satellite Activity Center

917 N Arcadia Ave, Arcadia, FL 34266

(864) 494-5965

Center Hours: Mon-Fri 9:00 am - 1 pm

Lunch Served Daily at 11:00 am 

Diana Harms, Center Manager

No membership needed, but being a congregate dining is required

 

JUNE 2024 SCHEDULE

Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 

9:30am-10:30am - Low-Impact Exercise Class 

 

Every Tuesday and Thursday   

9:30am-10:30am - Stationary Pedaling Class    


2nd & 4th Thursday of the month

Beading Classes 

10:30am-11:30am   


1st Friday of the Month

Birthday Celebration


2nd Thursday of the Month

Grandparents Support Group

10 am - 11 am

Activity Center Highlights

Monday-Thursday - SHINE Program Counseling - Venice

By appointment as needed

Please call the Elder Helpline at 866-413-5337 to schedule an appointment.


Tuesdays - Aging Rebels - Sarasota

In-Person in Sarasota

1:30 pm.


Last Friday of Every Month - United Way - Sarasota

3rd Thursday of Every Month- United Way- Venice


Qualifications for services apply.


Sarasota, please contact Ernie Mack, Business Office Manager, at

(941) 955-2122, to schedule appointments. 11 am - 2 pm.



Venice, please contact the front office (941) 584-0052 to schedule appointments. 10:30 am - 12:30 pm.


Fridays - Seniors vs Crime - 9 am - 12 pm - Venice

Representatives on-site at the Venice location to help seniors who have been victimized.

LGBTQ+ Programs


LGBTQ+ Book Club Zoom

Every Other Monday

3:00-4:30 pm

Contact Bruce for more details and to sign up:

(202) 262-0262 or email bruce@lehmannilon.com.


LGBTQ+ Loss and Grief Support Group

Every Wednesday

Sarasota Campus

11 am - 12:30 pm

LGBTQ+ Loss and Grief support groups help members of the LGBTQ+ community process and deal with ‘loss’ in their lives such as, but not limited to, loss of a partner due to death or breakup, death of a pet, loss of a job, end of a friendship or any other situation that creates feelings of loneliness, sadness, and isolation. It is a peer-directed, community group created to provide mutual support and shared experience to help individuals deal with painful life experiences in a safe and encouraging environment.

LGBTQ+ guests, age 50 and be er are kindly requested to RSVP (no charge)


Refreshments, wine & beer. Catering by Chef Christopher Covelli of Realm Restaurant Group


Senior Friendship Centers Sarasota Activity Center, 1888 Brother Geenen Way, Sarasota 34236



More details? Email Michael Cochrane, mcochrane@friendshipcenters.org

RSVP NOW

The Development Department

RSVP for July 25
RSVP for August 15



Save the Date!

Thursday, November 14, 2024


For more information regarding Event Sponsorship for

Venice Lights of Friendship

contact: Lynne Anast, (941) 556-3269 or lanast@friendshipcenters.org


Save the Date!

Friday, February 28, 2025

For more information regarding Event Sponsorship or Underwriting Benefits for

City of Lights Gala: A Fundraising Soiree

contact: Lynne Anast, (941) 556-3269 or lanast@friendshipcenters.org

The Caregiving Place



Adult Day Services are open in Sarasota and Venice and are accepting referrals. Support groups are currently being held virtually AND in person (hybrid). Call (941) 556-3268 to join the group or for more information.


Sarasota

Adult Day Services

8:30-3:30pm. Our fully licensed Adult Day Service is the ideal program for an older adult who is experiencing cognitive impairment or frailties of aging Caregivers are provided peace of mind knowing their loved one is receiving quality, compassionate care.



Caregiver Support Groups

Have you recently become a caregiver? Do you experience feelings of isolation, frustration, or stress? Join us for a weekly support group offering designed to help you regain a sense of control over your situation and provide you with emotional support, useful information, and resources. This group is for caregivers of loved ones with Alzheimer’s and other dementia-related diseases.


  • Wednesdays | 1pm - 2:30pm | Zoom only
  • Thursdays | 10am - 11:30am | In-person + Zoom


Loss & Grief Support Groups

Find a compassionate space to share and connect with others who have experienced loss. Our facilitated group provides camaraderie and shared experiences. Don't face it alone - join us at Senior Friendship Centers.

  • LGBTQ+ Loss & Grief Support Group | Wednesdays | 11am- 12:30pm
  • Loss & Grief Support Group | Thursdays | 1pm - 2:30pm

Venice

Adult Day Services

8:00-3 pm. Our fully licensed, Adult Day Service is the ideal program for an older adult who is experiencing cognitive impairment or frailties of aging. It’s also a place that offers you, the caregiver, peace of mind – for as many days and hours you choose each week.


Tuesdays - Caregiver Support Group

1:30-3 pm. This group provides active caregivers insight into the journey of caregiving.


Tuesdays - Loss & Grief Support Group

11 am- 12:30 pm. Find a compassionate space to share and connect with others who have experienced loss. Our facilitated group provides camaraderie and shared experiences. Don't face it alone - join us at Senior Friendship Centers

Highlights


Memory Screenings

Danielle Valery, Sarasota Memorial Hospital Memory Disorder Clinic Manager, offers free memory screenings at their location and in Venice. Call (941) 917-7197 to schedule your screening.

(941) 955-2122
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