COA Chapin Senior Center – December Program List

By Karen Lester

“A White Heron”
Saturday, December 12 at 2 PM
A live performance via Zoom
Please contact COA at 526-6368 for Zoom connection information

The story of a young forest-dwelling girl who must choose whether or not to tell a handsome young hunter the secret of where the rare white heron has its nest. This tale about the test of a young girl’s love of nature has become one of Sarah Orne Jewett’s most popular stories.

The program is approximately 45 minutes in length and includes:
• An introduction by the performers, Greg Gathers & Marguerite Mathews
• The pre-recorded performance
• A “behind the scenes” close-up look at some of the props used in the show.
• An audience “Q and A”

Tom & Tom’s Men’s Discussion Group – Mondays at 9 AM via Zoom
We want to hear your stories and we’ll share a few of our own. Please call COA at 526-6368 to join.

French Discussion Group – First and Third Mondays at 4:15 PM via Zoom
Join this casual, friendly group to practice your language skills and have fun. Participants at all skill levels are welcome! Please call COA at 526-6368 to join.

Bingo! – Mondays at 1 PM
Ten games for $5. Ten bingo sheets with 6 cards on each sheet. Participants must be 55 years old and older. Please call COA to register. Limit of 10 participants.

Chair Exercises – Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 10:30 AM
This low impact exercise program is perfect for those looking for an easy, effective exercise routine. Please call COA to register. Limit of 10 participants.

Outdoor Recreation for Seniors – Tuesdays at 10 AM
Join this active group to walk, hike, kayak and more! Please call COA at 526-6368 to register prior to your first activity.

Memoir Writing Group – Tuesdays at 10 AM via Zoom
Please call COA at 526-6368 to join.

Book Discussion Group – Tuesday, December 8 at 10 AM via Zoom
The ungrateful refugee: what immigrants never tell you by Dina Nayeri
Please contact Jo-Ann at for a link to attend the meeting.

Painting Group – Tuesdays at 1 PM
Bring your current painting project to work on. This is an informal group and we’d love to have you join us. Please call COA to register. Limit of 10 participants.

Needlework Craft Group – Wednesdays at 1 -3 PM
Love to cross stitch, do needlework, quilt, knit or crochet? We’d love to chat, laugh, and get to know the folks who enjoy the same hobbies we enjoy. Please call COA to register. Limit of 10 participants.

Women’s Discussion Group – First and Second Thursdays at 1 PM
Get to know your neighbors over a casual cup of coffee. Join friends, new and old, to visit, chat and share! Please call COA to register. Limit of 10 participants.

Humanist, Agnostic, Atheist Discussion Group – Third Thursday (December 17) at  1:30 PM Welcome to those who are interested in delving into a variety of humanist and non-theist topics. We share our knowledge and experiences related to the challenging questions of religion, spirituality, and how they influence our lives. Using reason, critical thinking, and honest examination, we do our best to approach personal truths. Bring your thoughts, your questions, and an open mind, and join our lively, respectful monthly discussions. Please call COA to register. Limit of 10 participants.

Computer Tutoring with Nick Oursouff
Nick will be available for on-line tutoring sessions. Nick has an extensive background in computers from teaching to programming. Please call COA at 526-6368 for registration information.

Travel and learn from home!
We’ve added some exciting on-line learning opportunities through our new partnership with “Senior Learning Network.” These LIVE programs will take you all around the country to museums and landmarks right from the comfort of your own home! Just call COA at 526-6368 to register for the programs and we’ll give you the Zoom connection information. We recommend logging in 10 minutes prior to the beginning of the program.

Tuesday, December 1 at 2 PM
Christmas with the Roosevelts!
One more program from FDR Presidential Library and Museum- and it’s a special one! Do you remember Bing Crosby and White Christmas, then you won’t want to miss this presentation! Jeff Urbin uses music, humor and story- telling to explain how FDR celebrated Christmas. It is nothing like what is done today, it was a much simpler time !

Thursday, December 3 at 2 PM
Mitchell Caverns Virtual Tour
Mitchell Caverns, within the Mitchell Caverns Natural Preserve, is a trio of limestone caves, located on the east side of the Providence Mountains . For many years the caves were thought to be “dead”, that is, the formations were no longer growing. However, recent studies have found some signs of life. Numerous paleontological and archaeological finds have been made in and around the caverns. Scientists have found the remains of several prehistoric animals, including a sloth. The caverns were a sacred place for the Chemehuevi Indians, and a number of tools and fire pits have been found. Come join us for a virtual tour with California State Park Interpreter Andrew Fitzpatrick, taking us through a crash course in desert and cave ecology & local history of the Mitchell Caverns in the Mojave Desert.

Tuesday, December 8 at 2 PM
Mystic Seaport Museum/ Part 1:
Navigation through the Great Explorers
We love the Mystic Seaport- and we are back!
Join us to learn about navigation through the lens of famous explorers. We will examine the instruments and tools used by Columbus, Magellan, and other famous navigators. Ultimately, we will make a connection between technological improvements and safer, more precise movement around the globe.

Thursday, December 10 at 2 PM
Mystic Seaport and Museum / Part 2:
In the Footsteps of Galileo
This program challenges us to take on the role of the famous astronomer Galileo Galilei, and to see exactly what he saw centuries ago as he sought to explain the mysteries of outer space. In this program, we will take Galileo’s observations of the four large moons around Jupiter and provide historical context into the magnitude of his findings.

Tuesday, December 15 at 2 PM
A Visit to Ellis Island
Prior to 1890, individual states, rather than the Federal Government, regulated immigration into the United States. Castle Garden (now Castle Clinton), located in the Battery of Manhattan, served as the New York State immigration station from 1855 to 1890. Approximately eight million immigrants passed through its doors, mostly from Northern European countries; this constituted the first large wave of immigrants to settle and populate the U.S. Ellis Island may not appear large on a map, but it is an unparalleled destination in United States history. After welcoming more than 12 million immigrants to our shores, Ellis Island is now a poetic symbol of the American Dream.

Thursday, December 17 at 2 PM
Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center
Celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Negro Leagues by exploring the Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center’s newest exhibition, DISCOVER GREATNESS: An Illustrated History of the Negro Leagues Baseball. This program displays the remarkable collection of vintage photographs on loan from the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City. Highlights will include a slide-show, video clips about the Negro Leagues, and an augmented reality experience that brings the exhibition to vivid life.