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Statement of Health & Concern

Dear WCCC Friends and Patrons,

As everyone must know by now, the State of Georgia has been hit with the Coronavirus (COVID-19).  In order to prevent the illness from spreading to our WCCC family, we are closely monitoring communications from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO), and Governor Kemp's office.  I’m sure by now you all know the prevention methods about cleaning your hands, covering your sneezes and coughs, avoiding close contact with people, cleaning and disinfecting, and wearing a face mask if you are sick and need to go to the doctor’s office or supermarket.

According to all three organizations, older adults who are 60+ and at high risk can be vulnerable to the disease, especially those individuals who have serious chronic and underlying medical conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, and lung disease. I would also add cancer patients to that list as their immune systems are compromised by treatments.

Since most of our patrons and staff fall within that age range, we are committing ourselves to do everything we can to support their health and safety by practicing social distancing and limiting social events.  You can help us in that endeavor by minimizing contact with the elderly when you are sick, however, we encourage you to look after them by checking in on them with a brief visit or by phone, assist with errands, bringing meals, and checking on their health.

Update (3/29/2020):  In light of Governor Kemp's press conference last week (3/26/20; executive order 03.26.20.02) to keep schools closed until April 24th, our facility will also be closed to all classes and social events until then. Stayed tuned for updates.
  
If you are involved with the Center for Active Living/Kroger food voucher program, you may come into the Winterville Center’s office on Mondays from 9 am to 11 am to receive your voucher.

If you have any questions or concerns, we are here for you. More than ever, we are determined to protect those among us who are the most vulnerable.

Be safe and stay healthy,

JoAnn Snow
Managing Director
Winterville Center for Community and Culture
371 N. Church St.
Winterville, GA 30683
706.742.0328
wintervillecenter@gmail.com

Resources for Understanding Coronavirus

Public concern over the Coronavirus grows as more people in the US become infected. Health officials have listed some ways you can help protect yourself from becoming infected. 

Wash Your Hands Often

The best thing you can do for your health is to wash your hands thoroughly and often. Some people recommend singing “Happy Birthday” two times to count out handwashing time. Try to avoid touching your face, nose, eyes, and mouth to reduce exposure to germs.

Stay Home If You Are Sick

If you are around others and begin coughing or sneezing, cover your mouth and nose. If you are ill and have family members in the house, wearing a facemask can protect them from the virus, though it may not help if those who are not sick wear masks. Minimizing contact like handshakes may also help protect you if others are ill and are not yet aware.

Disinfect Regularly

Some experts believe that COVID-19 can exist on surfaces for up to three days. A solution of 5 tablespoons of bleach to one gallon of water can be used as a disinfectant on the hard surfaces of your home or work. Disinfecting your cell phone, home phone, mouse, keys, and other often-used electronics can be done with disinfecting wipes.

Stay Tuned for Updates

Here are some more resources about the Coronavirus and how you can protect yourself. 

We will keep you updated on any changes in schedule or closures through Facebook and our website

Resources on Coronavirus:

CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

Georgia Dept of Health: https://dph.georgia.gov/

Athens-Clarke County: https://www.accgov.com/coronavirus

March News at the Winterville Center

SilverSneakers Strength and Balance

New Class

Designed for adults & seniors, Strength & Balance Exercise leads you through a series of resistance training with a focus on building balance, strength, and flexibility. Can be done standing or seated.  

Member Cost is FREE

Non-Members Cost: $7.50 per session. 

Instructor: Nancy Burnham, Medical Fitness Professional

Moving Through Life

All participants should register by calling 706-742-0825. Mon -Thu, 9-4 pm, but walk-ins welcome. Free Parking

 

Watercolor

Watercolor

Watercolor returns for a new session at a new time and with a new instructor. Elizabeth Barton will be teaching a Watercolor painting class at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday afternoons. 

A series of ten classes covering all the basics:

  1. The importance of value.
  2. Understanding color 
  3. Creating textures
  4. Skies
  5. Composition and design
  6. Landscapes.
  7. Water
  8. Flowers
  9. Working from a photograph
  10. Developing a series

You are also welcome to work on your own projects with guidance and input from the teacher.  See our calendar for a supply list.

Cost: $10.00 per session per person payable in cash or check only on the day of class.  Punchcards can be purchased during office hours for $40/4 punches or $80/8 punches. Call 706-742-0823 for more info.

We accept cash, check, or credit card.

 

Infinitely Better Bazaar

infinitely Better Bazaar - 3.14.20 Gently used and new handcrafted items

 

Coming in April

 

Food Talk - USDA SNAP healthy eating course

Help Us Choose New Classes at the Winterville Center!

Find Your SilverSneakers Success

If you have a SilverSneakers membership, what do you have to lose by trying out a free SilverSneakers class at the Winterville Center?

Not sure what SilverSneakers is about? Find out more in this information video that will introduce you to the SilverSneakers program:

 

Fitness can be a big boost to your health, in sickness and in wellness. SilverSneakers member Sandy has found success in beating cancer while taking fitness classes to supplement her cancer treatments.

 

Another member, Bob, has worked with medical practitioners while taking SilverSneakers classes to counter the effects of a stroke.

 

Do you have a Medicare supplement? Check the SilverSneakers website to see if you are eligible to take free SilverSneakers fitness classes. 

Even if you don’t have a SilverSneakers membership, you can take SilverSneakers classes at the Winterville Center for $7.50 per class. Check out our schedule of classes today!

Can Functional Fitness Help Me?

Do you want to live a longer, more satisfying life? You may want to consider practicing a functional fitness program to improve your ability to do daily activities while extending your life and improving your general enjoyment of life.

 

What is functional fitness?

 

Many daily activities depend on the movement of our bodies. Functional fitness encourages the development of commonly used muscles to help us perform the things we do in life. 

 

Functional fitness practices like free weight workouts, yoga, or even walking not only can help us build muscle to get better at other fitness activities, but can improve how we do laundry, rake leaves, or play with our children. 

 

What benefits can come from functional fitness?

 

Building and maintaining strength can not only help us do ordinary daily tasks, but also protect us from injuries due to sudden movements. Developing key muscles can insulate your joints from damage and long-term wear. If you practice a sport or other physical activity, functional fitness moves may help your performance and improve stability and stamina.

 

But functional fitness activities may have benefits even beyond daily activities and sports to longevity and better mental health overall. Some scientists believe muscle power can contribute to a longer life and reduced deaths due to cardiovascular disease and cancer (https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/04/190412085247.htm). Other studies have indicated that those who use integrative practices like tai chi lived longer (https://www.reuters.com/article/us-tai-chi-life/tai-chi-tied-to-longer-life-idUSBRE96H0PW20130718).

 

What types of exercises help functional fitness?

 

Many exercises that use your body weight or free weights, such as multi-directional lunges or dumbbell rows, can help with functional fitness. Exercises on a fitness machine may be less effective. 

 

Integrative practices such as yoga, pilates, martial arts, or tai chi may also help develop functional fitness because of their whole-body approach. These practices also often emphasize flexibility, stamina, and coordination, which can have additional functional benefits. 

Try a functional fitness class this week

The Winterville Center offers several affordable classes that can help improve your functional fitness, such as SilverSneakers Balance, Aikido, and Pilates. We plan to add a yoga class soon. Those with SilverSneakers memberships can take any SilverSneakers class at the Winterville Center for free.

 

Please consult your physician before trying any new fitness practice. 

 

https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/fitness/in-depth/functional-fitness/art-20047680

 

https://www.webmd.com/fitness-exercise/features/working-out-for-real-life-functions


Winterville Center 4th Anniversary Celebration

Winterville Center 4th Anniversary Celebration

The Winterville Center for Community and Culture is celebrating our 4th anniversary with an open house week! Many of our classes will be free to try and we will also have several special events! 

All of these events are FREE for the week of February 3rd through the 6th.

MONDAY

Chess - 6 p.m. 

Free unrated games and basic instruction lessons for anyone who attends. The Winterville Chess Club is a chess community for players of all ages, skill levels, and experience who are welcome to take part in chess tournaments rated by the United States Chess Federation, participate in chess lectures, learn opening theory, play speed chess, and explore the underlying strategies and themes of chess endings.

TUESDAY

Coffee House - 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. 

Coffee House is open for anyone to grab some coffee and doughnuts or cookies. Coffee and snacks are just $1. 

Threadworks Crafting Club - 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

A social group that shares the love for all things thread, yarn, rope, etc. Anyone who crochets, knits, embroiders, cross-stitches, macramé’s or any other fabric craft should stop by.  If you would like to learn one of these crafts; someone should be available for teaching said craft.  This club is always free to participate. Coffee and doughnuts are $1 each donation.

Coffee with a Veteran - 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Come and join other military veterans during a time of socialization.  Most just sit around and gab, but you are welcome to play cards or other games.  This is a weekly free meeting time. Coffee and doughnuts are $1 each donation.

Aikido - 6:30 p.m.

Learn the Self-defense Secrets of the Japanese Aikido Masters! Aikido is the "alternative" martial art for it deals with violence and aggression in a nonviolent way that uses knowledge of body mechanics and mental focus. Learn how to defend yourself without the risk of harm to self or others. It's appropriate for all ages 14 - 80. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

WEDNESDAY

SilverSneakers Stretch - 9 a.m.

SilverSneakers Morning Stretch prepares your day with gentle stretching -- both in standing and seated versions – to keep your joints functional and help you remain pain-free while building flexibility, range of motion and balance.

Bands and Balls - 10 a.m. 

Brand new class! Gain strength with a gentle workout using exercise bands and balls. For all levels; accommodations can be made for any ability.

Belly Dance Flow - 7 p.m. 

A beginning-level belly dancing class for anyone interested in learning the art of belly dance. Learn basic posture and combinations as well as our unique Tribal Odyssey Belly Dance format for group improvisation.

THURSDAY

First Thursday Potluck Luncheon - 12 p.m. - "Heart and Soul". Bring a Southern comfort food dish. The speaker will be Dennise L. Grayson, LLC of the Grayson Law office. Attorney Grayson will bring information on various topics of guardianships, conservatorships, powers of attorney, special needs trusts, last will, and testament, benefits planning, health care advance directive and representative payee.

Mah Jongg - 1 p.m.

One of the oldest games known to the Chinese culture and mankind, Mahjong has evolved today to suit the tastes of the modern Chinese while keeping its roots intact. This is a weekly club that is always free to participate.

Winterville Elementary Art Reception - 5:30 p.m.

 

The Winterville Arts Council and the Winterville Center host a quarterly art show and reception. The winter art show features the art of the students of Winterville Elementary. Come and appreciate student art, meet new friends, and enjoy refreshments.

 

The Benefits of Pilates

If you are looking for a gentle workout that can increase your strength, stamina, and flexibility, consider Pilates! Pilates can be a great workout and is accessible for most ages and body types. 

 

History of Pilates

Pilates has a fascinating history. Joseph Pilates was from Mönchengladbach, Germany. the son of a father who was a gymnast and a mother who was a naturopath. Pilates was traveling with a circus in the UK when World War I broke out. He was interred at the Knockaloe internment camp on the Isle of Man. During his internment, Pilates started using the principles of physical exercise from Germany to strengthen his body in the internment camp.

Once Pilates got out of the internment camp, he refined his exercises into a series of 34 exercises. Some of these exercises are done on equipment he called apparatus, such as the Universal Reformer. Many of the apparatus are inspired by machines used in gymnastics or other fitness methods. Pilates believed that his exercises would keep people strong and help rehabilitate those who struggled with illness and poor health.

Development of Core Strength

Joseph Pilates believed that the stomach and back muscles formed the “powerhouse” muscles of the body. Many of his exercises are designed to strengthen the powerhouse muscles and develop core muscles. Pilates exercises may focus on a core muscle but also train other muscles at the same time. 

Improved Posture

With the strengthening of the core powerhouse muscles may come with an improvement in posture and an awareness of how those core muscles are used outside of Pilates movements. Many instructors highlight the importance of correct posture both in Pilates practice and in daily life. Breathing is also important in the practice of Pilates, and an awareness of correct posture can help awareness of proper breathing.

Increased Flexibility

Joseph Pilates felt that flexibility was important for the body, likely because of his circus background and his father’s gymnastics background. Some of the positions require gentle stretching movements. Since the movements are slow and practitioners are encouraged to breathe deeply, stretching movements may be deeper and more effective. 

Try a Pilates Class This Week

The Winterville Center offers Pilates twice a week. The Tuesday class is at 2:00 p.m. and the Thursday class is at 6:30 p.m. Instructor Nancy Burnham, a certified Power Pilates instructor is SilverSneakers™ qualified and those with SilverSneaker™ membership may attend for free. The class is $7.50 for those without SilverSneakers™ membership.

Sources:

https://www.knockaloe.im/profile_428812.html

 

The Benefits of Pilates

 

How to Achieve Your New Year's Resolutions

How do escape the tendency to make new year’s resolutions and then fail to keep them? 

 

There are some simple ways to set large goals and complete them by taking smaller steps every day. Instead of worrying about how you do something huge, think about what small ways you can move toward your goal today. 

 

Write It Down

The first step to achieving your new year’s resolutions is writing your goals down. Make your goals specific and measurable. 

Some examples of good goals are:

  • Walking 10,000 steps a day, measured by a smartwatch
  • Attending dance or yoga class once a week
  • Have a date night with your spouse once a week
  • Volunteer for four hours a week
  • Learn a new language
  • Learn to play chess

Once you write it down, post your goals somewhere where you will see them every day, such as on a sticky note on your bathroom mirror or on the edge of your computer. 

 

Take Very Small Steps

One of the ways you can implement large goals is by setting a very small goal for each day. 

If your goal is to walk 10,000 steps per day, you can take your dog for a 15-minute walk each morning and evening to help achieve your goal. If your goal is to learn a new language, your small daily goal might be to use a language learning app 10 minutes per day. 

Another tactic you can try is what I call “just one thing”. When I used to write novels, it was very easy to procrastinate. So I would tell myself, “Just write one sentence.” Or I would write a sentence every time I sat down at the computer, even if I was just checking the weather. Usually, I would end up writing more than one sentence. This tactic works great for essays and term papers that are due weeks ahead. 

Create A Daily Routine

Another way to incorporate your goal into your day is to build a daily routine around it. It can help to set your routine first thing in the morning or just before or after a meal. 

Set out your workout clothes the night before so they are ready to go when you wake up. Take your dog for a walk right before breakfast. Spend 15 minutes cleaning one room, then walk through the house and pick up one or two things in each room and put them away. 

Set Reminders

One of the best ways to keep up with your goals is to set reminders for your smaller tasks. 

Set reminders on your phone or in your planner. Don’t let yourself remove them until they are complete. If you have a device like an Echo Dot, have Alexa give voice reminders at the time you would like to accomplish a task each day.

 

Take Everything ONE Day at a Time

You will have days where emergencies occur or things just don’t go the way you planned. That’s okay. Sometimes you have to prioritize what is really important. Try to get back to taking small steps as soon as you can. 

Interested in fitness, art, or taking a new hobby like mah jongg or chess? Check out our schedule of classes to find the perfect class to help you complete your new year’s resolutions.

 

How to Achieve Your New Year's Resolution

 

January News at the Winterville Center

Happy New Year from the Winterville Center

Potato Bar Potluck Lunch and Learn

12:00 – 1:00 pm
Thursday, January 16th (PLEASE NOTE THE DATE CHANGE!)

This month's potluck luncheon theme will be a potato bar! Bring your favorite potato topping or a dessert! Potatoes will be provided by the Winterville Center.

Here are some topping ideas, but bring your favorite: 

  • Broccoli
  • Everything bagel seasoning
  • Diced green onions or Chives
  • Cheese
  • Cilantro
  • Salsa
  • Crumbled Bacon
  • Black Beans
  • Chili (meat or meatless)
  • Sour cream (or non-dairy)
  • Butter (or non-dairy)
  • Guacamole
  • Sautéed mushrooms & onions
  • Sliced black olives

Open to all adults.  FREE admission. Before the program, we will have our potluck lunch, so please bring meat, casserole, side dish, or dessert to share. Beverages provided. The program will last one-half hour.

Program

James Neves, Edward Jones Financial Advisor, advises that incidents of fraud are on the rise and scammers' tactics are becoming more complex. That's why it's important to educate yourself about fraud. Although no one is immune, there are steps you can take to Outsmart the Scammers. Join us for this presentation and learn important strategies to help protect yourself and the ones you love.

James will share:

  • How to spot certain red flags that may indicate a fraudulent encounter
  • Resources you can turn to in the event you or a loved one are targeted
  • Steps you can take now to help protect yourself and your loved ones

 

New Classes

 

Pilates in Winterville

Pilates

Tuesdays 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Starts January 7th
Thursdays 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Starts January 16th

Pilates is a program of movements designed to improve posture, balance, and stability by building both muscular strength and flexibility throughout the body.

Instructor Nancy Burnham- 770-289-8883.

Cost: $7.50 per class. Punch Cards available. We accept cash, check, or credit card.

Class Maximum: 6 participants. Parking available.

 

SilverSneakers Athens GA

Quilting the Modern Way

Room 101
8-week session
Starts Friday, January 17th

Quilting the Modern Way is an exploration of modern quilting that focuses on the creation of a handmade quilt without measuring or piecing. Basic sewing skills will be helpful for this class. Please bring your sewing machine, if you have one. We do have several available for those without machines.

Instructor Elizabeth Barton is an internationally known teacher of art quilts, author of two books and with 35 years and 250 quilts experience.

Cost: $80.00 per course. We accept cash, check, or credit card.

The minimum participants are 4, so ask a friend to come along. Pre-registration must be made by noon on Thursday, January 16th.

 

Class Changes

SilverSneakers Changes

We are sad to announce the departure of SilverSneakers instructor Michelle Arington after the January 15th classes. We wish her the best in her new endeavors! 

SilverSneakers Stretch will continue on Wednesdays at 9:00 a.m. with instructor Nancy Burnham. Yoga will be discontinued at this time. There may be a new SilverSneakers class added very soon. We will keep you updated through email, website blog, and Facebook.

Belly Dancing

Belly Dancing will be separated into two classes, one for beginners and a more advanced class. 

Belly Dance Flow is an introduction to belly dancing, with a focus on learning basic technique and Tribal Odyssey improvisation. It is on Wednesdays from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  The cost is $7.50.

Continuing Belly Dance is for advanced dancers who wish to further their dance and improvisation techniques. The cost is $7.50, or $10.00 for both beginning and advanced classes. 

 

4th Anniversary Celebration


The Winterville Center’s 4th anniversary will take place during the first week of February. We will be celebrating with a number of free open house classes throughout the week. Events include Coffeehouse, Artists-in-Residence featuring our art instructors, First Thursday Potluck Luncheon Thursday, February 6th at 12 p.m. and the Winterville Elementary student art reception on Friday, February 7th at 5:30 p.m. 

Stay tuned for a full event schedule for our anniversary celebration!

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Upcoming

The First Thursday Potluck Luncheon in March will be on Thursday, March 6th. Our Potluck will be Western-themed. Think meat. Ideas to bring are ribs, brisket, burgers 'n dogs, BBQ, fried chicken, baked beans, salads, slaw. You bring the food, we'll buy the beer...root beer, that is! Our guest speaker will be Matt Graham from Graham Life Services.

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