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Upcoming Events with the Ashland Senior Services Division

All events listed are at the Ashland Senior Center, 1699 Homes Avenue, unless otherwise indicated.

Ashland Senior Advisory Committee (ASAC) Meetings
Monday, November 4, 2019, 3:30 to 5 p.m. at the Ashland Senior Center

Monday, January 13, 2020, 3:30 to 5 p.m. at the Ashland Senior Center

Seniors Celebrating Creativity
We are thrilled to announce a new art exhibit at Ashland Senior Center. Celebrating Creativity is a rotating exhibit to showcase the outstanding art of our local seniors, featuring a different artist every three months. Let’s show that creativity has no age limit! This exhibit is curated by volunteer & OLLI art instructor, Ruddy Havill. Please call Ashland Senior Services Division at 541.488.5342 for viewing hours and to inquire about exhibiting opportunities.
Current artist (mid-October 2019 ― mid-January 2020): Fran Breslauer

Young at Art
Wednesday, November 6 & December 4, 2 to 3:30 p.m.

FREE, but registration is required. To register, please call 541.488.5342 or EMAIL.
Open to all skill levels. No experience required. This class is FREE and all supplies will be provided. Come join the fun! Space is limited so first come, first served.

FREE Blood Pressure Clinic
Tuesday, November 5 & 19 | December 3 & 17, 11 a.m. to Noon
Free and no registration required

Free blood pressure clinics are held on the first and third Tuesdays monthly at the Ashland Senior Center. Stop on by; no appointment necessary!

Getting the Most from Veterans’ Benefits: Help Available as We Age
Wednesday, November 13, 1-2:30pm
FREE, but registration is required: 541-488-5342 or seniorinfo@ashland.or.us
Stephen Bobian of Jackson County Veterans Services and Annelise Weston of the VA White City will explain how to navigate veterans’ benefits, the VA services and programs for older adults, and the assistance their offices can provide. Come with your questions and learn how to get more help!

Dementia Caregiver
Wednesday, November 20 & December 18, 5:30 to 7 p.m.
FREE and no registration required

This support group meets every third Wednesday of the month, at the Ashland Senior Center. For more information, contact the Alzheimer's Association at 1.800.272.3900 or visit their website ALZ.ORG.

11th Annual Firefighters’ Thanksgiving Dinner
Monday, November 25, 5:30 p.m.
FREE, but registration is required. To register, please call 541.488.5342 or EMAIL.
Join us for a wonderful evening of delicious food and good company. Dinner is prepared and served by Ashland Fire & Rescue staff and families. Space is limited so please reserve your spot soon! Thank you Ashland Fire & Rescue for your generous donation to our community seniors!

Holiday Luncheon Party for Seniors
Tuesday, December 24, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
FREE, but registration is required. To register, please call 541.488.5342 or EMAIL.
Join us for a free, fun holiday party!  There will be gifts and seasonal live music.  A delicious lunch will be provided by our sponsor: the Village at Valley View. Space is limited so please reserve your spot soon!

NEW! Senior Archery
Thursday, January 9, 16, 23 & 30 | February 6 & 13, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
$10/class and no registration required (drop-in)
Ever wanted to try archery, or hone your existing skills?  Archery is a great way to relieve stress and tension and improve focus and concentration, in addition to being good exercise.  And anyone can do it!  Come try a session in this specially adapted class and open shoot for older adults.  The drop-in session fee of $10/class includes rental of archery equipment. This class is taught at The Grove Gym (1195 E Main St) by Lloyd Canty, Ashland’s top nationally certified archery instructor. Pre-registration is not required.

Senior Volunteer Fair
FREE, but REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. To register, please call 541.488.5342 or EMAIL.
Wednesday, January 22, 2020, 2 to 4 p.m.
Resolve to help others in the New Year! Join us for this community event to learn about the many volunteer opportunities for seniors in the area.  Cosponsored by Ashland Senior Services Division, Community Volunteer Network and Ashland Asante Community Hospital.

AARP Smart Driver Course
FREE, but REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. To register, please call 541.488.5342 or 
EMAIL. Wednesday & Thursday, January 29 & 30, 2020, 1 to 4:15 p.m.
For drivers age 50-plus who want to learn proven safety strategies, current rules of the road and defensive driving techniques. The cost is $15 for AARP members or $20 for Non-members. You may be eligible to receive an insurance discount upon completing the course; consult your insurance agent for details.

Life History Story Time
FREE, but REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. To register, please call 541.488.5342 or EMAIL.
Wednesday, February 26, 2020, 1-2:30 p.m.
Bill Warner of KnectToday will present on the value of recording your family’s life histories, and offer an opportunity for participants to experience the fun of sharing their stories.

Avoiding Frauds, Scams, Cons
FREE, but REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. To register, please call 541.488.5342 or EMAIL.
Wednesday, March 11, 2020, 1-3 p.m.
Ron Kohl, retired detective and Crime Prevention Specialist, will give helpful tips on how you can identify and protect yourself from frauds, scams and cons.

Author Talk: Sue De Marinis, “The Station Master’s Wife: A Scandalous Life Exposed”
FREE, but REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. To register, please call 541.488.5342 or EMAIL.
Wednesday, April 8, 1-3 p.m.
Local author Sue DeMarinis will read from her second novel, The Station Master’s Wife, share slides with vintage photos and sign books.  Based on the life of Alice, the station master’s wife when the transcontinental railroad arrived in Ashland in 1887, this story is set among true historical events spanning half a century.