OAKVILLE — The Falls Avenue Community Center and Senior Services offers monthly special programs in addition to its recurring weekly activities for area adults 55 years of age and older.
All events take place at the Falls Avenue Community Center and Senior Services at 311 Falls Ave.
Advance reservations are required for these programs. Those interested may call 860-945-5250 on or before the RSVP deadline.
The center does not accept voicemail reservations; all reservations must be confirmed by a staff member.
Chair Yoga sessions will be at 9 a.m. Tuesday, June 11. The cost is $24 for a four-week session, $48 for an eight-week session or $8 per class on a walk-in basis. Participants will pay the instructor with cash or a check. Signed wavers are required for all participants.
The 60-minute class is taught by Fran Harmeyer, who received her 200-hour yoga teacher certification in mat and chair yoga from the Kripalu Institute in Massachusetts.
Those seeking additional information may call her at 203-645-4225. The class is limited to 30 participants.
A Veterans’ Information session will take place from 9:30 a.m. to noon Wednesday, June 12.
Veterans Service Officer Jason Coppola from the state Department of Veterans Affairs will return to the center for another discussion on VA health benefits, VA disability compensation benefits, VA pension benefits and widow’s death benefits.
There will be a question and answer session after his presentation.
Advance reservations are required by Tuesday, June 11. The program is limited to 30 participants.
The monthly Women’s Devotional Bible Study will meet at 10 a.m. Thursday, June 13. Kellyn Trapp leads this women-only group each month in a discussion based on a devotional reading. All materials are supplied.
Advance reservations are required by Wednesday, June 12.
Strategies and Resources for Healthy Aging will be discussed at 10:30 a.m. Friday, June 14. The program offers strategies for healthy aging and how to get resources to help maintain an independent lifestyle.
This program will be presented by Jennifer Labrie, resource coordinator for the Hartford HealthCare Center for Healthy Aging.
Advance reservations are required by Thursday, June 13.
Cooking with Corky will meet at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 18. Advance reservations are required by Monday, June 17.
Reiki sessions will begin at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 18. Reiki is a nonintrusive method of hands-on healing that addresses imbalances in the energy flow in the body.
It is not massage. The treatment is performed with the recipient lying on a table, fully clothed, while the practitioner follows a series of hand positions with little or no pressure applied to the body.
No oils are used. It is recommended that loose, comfortable clothing be worn.
The individual sessions are offered by Sally Sossei, a certified Reiki master and nurse.
Reservations are being taken through Monday, June 17. The event cost is $15.
Historian Art Gottlieb will present a program on the city of Waterbury at 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 19.
Mr. Gottlieb will share historical facts about Waterbury, which has a history of being a manufacturing center of durable brass products, watches and clocks.
The name Waterbury was actually inspired by the numerous creeks and streams that entered the Naugatuck River from either side of the valley. Advance reservations are required by Tuesday, June 18.
Sandy Micalizzi, APRN, CDE, community educator at St. Mary’s Hospital and Waterbury Hospital, will perform a presentation on the effects of pain medication on the body at 10:30 a.m. Friday, June 21.
The program will teach participants about the long-term side effects of taking medication. Advance reservations are required by Thursday, June 20.
Art Gottlieb will return at 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 26 to present Dr. Pemberton and the Invention of Coca-Cola.
He will provide insight into the beginnings of the popular soft drink.
When he was wounded in 1865 during the American Civil War, Dr. John Smith Pemberton began using morphine to relieve pain from his injuries.
After becoming addicted to morphine, he began looking for a substitute for it. He started mixing elixirs, which originally contained alcohol, cocaine and the cola nut.
Eventually, the beverage became the carbonated beverage known as Coca-Cola.
Advance reservations are required by Tuesday, June 25.
Actress Sheryl Faye will portray Eleanor Roosevelt at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 27.
As the longest-serving First Lady of the United States, Mrs. Roosevelt was the first presidential spouse to hold press conferences, write a syndicated newspaper column and speak at a national convention.
Ms. Faye stars in eight one-woman shows that tour throughout New England. She has been the voice for several characters in Sony Play Station games and works in films, television and theater in Boston and New York.
Advance reservations are required by Wednesday, June 26. The event is limited to 50 participants.