Workshops, classes & services
Tai Chi Classes
St. Sophia’s Greek Orthodox Church
Mondays. 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. through May
Join Tae Kwon Do brown-belt, John Jones, as he leads this weekly class. Tai Chi is a collection of movements/postures, providing exercises in balance, coordination, physical control and regulation of breathing. To register, call Westview Senior Center at 482-2120, St. Sophia’s Greek Orthodox Church at 489-4442, or just come to the class.
African Reflections: Building Wells in Tanzania
Friday, March 4, 10:30 a.m.
The mission of the African Reflections Foundation’s mission in Tanzania, is to provide water wells for the men, women and children who are currently dying because of the disease polluted ponds the people are forced to use for their daily water supply. This foundation continues to build five water wells every year. Funds are raised in the United States all year round for this cause. Jean Dobbs, CEO of the foundation has witnessed this devastation first hand. She has helped to raise funds to build 57 wells. Ms. Dobbs is the presenter of this program.
Consumer frauds presentation
Monday, March 7, 12:30 p.m.
Consumer fraud statistics are measured in millions and billions of dollars lost each year, and older adults are too often the targets of these scams. Melanie Grossman, the outreach coordinator of the Division of Consumer Protection from the New York Department of State, will speak about many such scams including the medical device scam, the grandparent scam, ghosting scam, jury duty scam, sweepstakes scam and IRS imposter scam. Please join us for this vital and important program.
Driver safety program
Tuesday, March 8, 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.
Senior Services of Albany in conjunction with AARP will offer the driver safety program at Westview Senior Center. This course provides drivers the opportunity to save 10 percent on their car insurance. The cost is $20 for AARP members and $25 for non-members. Call 482-2120 to register for the class. In addition, participants can enjoy a community lunch for a suggested contribution of $4.35. Please make your lunch reservation no later than, Monday, March 7, at noon.
Senior Legal Services
Tuesday, March 8, 9:30 a.m. to noon
Brittany Sergent of Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York, Inc. will meet, via appointment, with seniors age 60 and over. She will provide confidential legal advice and services. The program is funded by the Albany County Department for Aging. Please call Westview Senior Center at 482-2120 to make your appointment.
Tuesdays at 12:30 p.m.
Henrietta Bohanon, Westview volunteer, is the facilitator of the class. The crochet class has really taken off, and we are very proud that our participants have made a large assortment of winter hats, scarves and blankets for the Veterans Albany Housing Coalition. They have done so well that we are now in need of yarn. If anyone would like to donate yarn of any color to the crochet club, please call 482-2120. We truly appreciate your contributions.
Sewing for Beginners
Thursdays and Fridays, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Continuing after lunch 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. on Thursdays and 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. on Fridays
The sewing class meets two times a week on Thursdays and Fridays. We have openings in our new class, which is creating clothes suitable for springwear. The sewing department can supply fabric; however, we ask that you bring your own pattern if possible. All seniors are welcome. Instructor: seamstress Alena Taylor. Call 482-2120 for more information.
Wednesday, March 30, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Larry Steffler, BSW, CLYL, invites you to laugh your way to less stress and more joy. No previous yoga experience is needed. All fitness and mobility levels are welcome. Laughter yoga is just deep breathing, the willingness to let go, and reconnecting with our childlike nature and laughing.
Outings and community dining
Shuttle bus schedule
ShopRite: Tuesdays. Pickup at Westview is at 10:30 a.m. Call 434-4219 for more information.
Walmart in Albany shopping trip: Tuesday, March 8. The Senior Service bus will leave Westview Senior Center at 12:30 p.m. and will return at 2:15 p.m. Call 482-2120 to reserve your bus seat.
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Attention, Wednesday night dinner participants: Westview Senior Center is hosting Wednesday night dinners every week. The following is the schedule for March:
March 2: dinner 5 to 6 p.m.
March 9: Happy Hour 3:30 to 4:45 p.m.; dinner 5 to 6 p.m. Join us from 5:30 to 7 p.m. as we present “The Spirit of Johnny Cash.” With the stage presence, deep Cash bass baritone voice and Cash looks, Harold Ford has been inspired to continue Johnny Cash’s torch burning with this special tribute. The Congregate Dining program and entertainment is funded by the Albany County Department for Aging and the NYS Office of Aging.
March 16: dinner 5 to 6 p.m.
March 23: Happy Hour 3:30 to 4:45 p.m.; dinner 5 p.m.; Bingo 5:30 to 7 p.m.— 10 cents per card and $1 for the jackpot.
To make your dinner reservation, call 482-2120 by the date of each dinner by 11 a.m. Suggested contribution is $4.35.
St. Patrick’s Day Luncheon, birthday party and performance
Thursday, March 17
Join us for a traditional corned beef and cabbage luncheon at 11:45 a.m., followed by a birthday party with the fabulous Farrell School Irish dancers. The dancers will perform a variety of light shoe and hard shoe routines, reels, various jigs, the slipjig and hornpipe tunes in solos and in groups. Michael Farrell, a commission certified Irish dance teacher, has been instructing all levels of Irish dance for 35 years. To make a luncheon reservation, call 482-2120 by Wednesday, March 16, by 1:30 p.m.