Feb
13
Wed
The Changing Face of the Pentacrest @ The Senior Center
Feb 13 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
The Changing Face of the Pentacrest @ The Senior Center  | Iowa City | Iowa | United States

Most Iowa City residents know the Pentacrest
as a complex of five buildings. Many are
unaware that numerous other structures once
stood on the grounds. The chronological
development of the Pentacrest, as well as its
naming, will be explored in this talk. This is a
two-part presentation, with the first covering
up to 1900 and the other from 1900 to the
present.

Feb
14
Thu
Love Letters: What Matters Most @ The Senior Center
Feb 14 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Love Letters: What Matters Most @ The Senior Center

Fee: none. Registration required.
Membership Not Required
Thursdays, 2/14 – 2/21
1 – 2:30 PM in room 208
Facilitators: Chuck Felling and Loren Horton
In the book The Four Things that Matter Most:
A Book About Living, Dr. Ira Byock writes that
we can all incorporate the themes of love,
forgiveness and gratitude into our daily lives.
What do we want to tell the people we love?
What do we appreciate about the people in
our lives? How can our words help us heal? We
never know what tomorrow may bring. How
can we honor and strengthen the relationships
in our lives each day?
Honoring Your Wishes and the Senior Center
invite you to participate in a community
writing project during 2019. Join us for a
writing circle at The Center and receive
guidance for writing an essay on the themes
of love, forgiveness, and gratitude. At the first
session we will discuss these themes, share
examples, and consider the various forms that
essays might take. At the second session, we
will check in on writers’ progress and offer
further support as each piece takes shape.

Feb
20
Wed
A Story of Iowa’s Counties @ The Senior Center
Feb 20 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
A Story of Iowa’s Counties @ The Senior Center

Did you ever wonder about the shapes of our
counties? And, what about those Spanish
names like Cerro Gordo and Palo Alto? This
presentation will begin with the origin of the
county concept in America and a brief overview
of all of the counties in the United States. The
talk will trace how the State of Iowa came to be,
from the Louisiana Purchase to our Statehood.
The naming of our counties will be explored
and some interesting tales will be related
concerning many of them.

Feb
22
Fri
Hearing Society of Iowa Potluck @ The Senior Center
Feb 22 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Hearing Society of Iowa Potluck @ The Senior Center

Fee: none. Register with activity leader.
Membership Not Required
Fridays, 2/22, 4/19
11 AM – 1 PM in room 208
Facilitators: Jim and Mary Lou Mayfield
Hearing Society of Iowa is a social get together
for people with hearing loss or those who have
a family member with hearing loss. We share
information on problems, experiences, and
how we manage our lives. We are not alone,
and it is important to realize that others share
the same issues and concerns. We have potluck
gatherings at the Senior Center several times
a year with a social hour at 11 AM and lunch
at 12 PM. Contact Jim Mayfield at MyTinEar@
aol.com to register and learn about additional
meetings and events.

Aging in Film Club @ The Senior Center
Feb 22 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Aging in Film Club @ The Senior Center

Fee: none. No registration.
Membership Not Required
Fridays, 2/22, 3/29
1 – 4 PM in the Assembly Room
Facilitator: Emily Edrington
People of all ages are invited to join us for the
first meetings of the Senior Center’s Aging in
Film Club. At each meeting, we’ll watch a film
and follow it with a discussion, exploring how
aging issues and older adults are represented in
popular films.
This spring, we’ll draw selections from The
Center’s Classic Film Fridays series, which
is currently progressing through Academy
Award Best Picture winners in chronological
order. We’ll examine two semi-recent films
that feature themes of aging and older adult
characters: American Beauty on February 22 and
Million Dollar Baby on March 29. Among other
questions, we’ll ask how well these two films
have aged, themselves.
The Senior Center’s Aging in Film Club is
presented in partnership with the University of
Iowa Aging and Longevity Studies Program.

Assistive Technology and Living Independently @ The Senior Center
Feb 22 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Assistive Technology and Living Independently @ The Senior Center

Fee: none. Registration required.
Membership Not Required
Friday, 2/22
1 – 2 PM in room 202
Presenter: Brianna Lewin
Assistive technology (AT) can sound intimidating
and expensive, but can include do-it-yourself,
low tech, or high tech options, dependent
on the barrier faced by an individual. This
presentation will provide an introduction to
assistive technology and the service lines of
the Assistive Technology Program at Easterseals
Iowa. It will also include possible AT ideas and
solutions to support living independently. Brianna
will bring examples to demonstrate.
Brianna Lewin is a Rural Rehabilitation & AT Center
Support Professional with Easterseals Iowa Assistive
Technology Program. She has a Bachelor’s Degree
in Social Work from the University of Iowa and has
experience in the fields of aging and disability.

Feb
23
Sat
Welcome to Medicare @ The Senior Center
Feb 23 @ 10:00 am – 12:15 pm
Welcome to Medicare @ The Senior Center  | Iowa City | Iowa | United States

Will you be eligible for Medicare in the near
future? Have you been on Medicare for a while
and want to better understand what it offers?
Do you help a family member with Medicare
issues? This two-hour seminar, offered by The
Center’s SHIIP counselors, will cover Medicare
Part A and Part B benefits, the prescription drug
benefit (Part D), Medicare Advantage plans, and
Medicare supplement insurance.
SHIIP, the Senior Health Insurance Information
Program, is a service of the State of Iowa. SHIIP
counselors are trained by the state and do not
sell or promote any insurance companies,
policies, or agents. The Center is a local sponsor
for SHIIP in Johnson County.

Feb
27
Wed
Some Noteworthy Fires in the History of Iowa City @ The Senior Center
Feb 27 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Some Noteworthy Fires in the History of Iowa City @ The Senior Center

Like most any city, Iowa City’s history
includes a long list of fires, some of them
quite devastating. Along with a discussion of
some of these fires, some history of organized
firefighting in Iowa City will be weaved into the
narrative.

Mar
1
Fri
Spring Gallery Walk @ The Senior Center
Mar 1 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Spring Gallery Walk @ The Senior Center

Fee: none. No registration.
Membership Not Required
Friday, 3/1
5 – 8 PM in the Assembly Room
Artist: Mark Rushton
Mark Rushton’s exhibit will feature imaginary
landscapes and abstract atmospheres on canvas
and synthetic paper. Textured skies and vibrant
fields of color are the prominent subject matter.
For more information about Mark and his work,
see www.markrushton.com.

Mar
6
Wed
California Gold Rush: Iowa Connections @ The Senior Center
Mar 6 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
California Gold Rush: Iowa Connections @ The Senior Center

Fee: none. No registration.
Membership Not Required
Wednesday, 3/6
2 – 3:30 PM in room 208
Instructor: Loren Horton
The discovery of gold in 1848 brought
hundreds of thousands of people to the area
to get rich. Many people from Iowa travelled
west. This program describes the travel, the
mining, and the historical effects of the event.
Most people were disappointed, and the people
who made the most money were the ones who
provided services and products, such as stores,
boarding houses, laundries, and transportation
facilities.
Loren Horton is a retired history teacher and was
also employed by the State Historical Society for 24
years.