Senior Center Programs
Orange County Senior Centers suspending activities due to the COVID-19 virus.
Effective Monday, March 16, Orange County Department on Aging suspended activities at both senior centers due to the risks presented by COVID-19 virus. Read the press release here.
See our new or modified Community Based Services and ONLINE Programs under the tabs below.
- Afternoon Jazz with Gary!
“Over the last few years, I’ve been doing some video recording in the studio. Each week (Thursday) you’ll get a video, mostly Jazz based, but also some Great American Songbook, Pop or Latin. They will be a mixed bag of piano/vocal, solo piano, piano & EWI (electronic wind instrument), or piano & accordion. I hope you enjoy them and that they can take your mind away from the current troubles in the world. You may also visit my website for more information on myself, other audio-only tracks, photos, CDs and my calendar (which is currently on hold). Thank you for tuning in. —Gary” Here is a link to the website: http://www.garybrunotte.com/
Watch the videos on the dates below, or at your leisure:
June 25th https://youtu.be/EsRr_zg7I7Q Billie Joel
July 2 https://youtu.be/r96ddCUYDAU Two For The Road
July 9 https://youtu.be/bhnEkqR5_d4 Feel Like Making’ Love
July 16 https://youtu.be/JsYDy0TUnWE I Remember You
July 23 https://youtu.be/groXexsfyEg You Stepped ...
July 30 https://youtu.be/6pZLqhqq9dI Feel Like ...
August 6 https://youtu.be/_qR2MQTNMkQ Spring Can Really Can Really Hang You Up
August 13 https://youtu.be/gScGg_opuZ4 Stardust
August 20 https://youtu.be/94bnkIcTjTQ Skylark
August 27 https://youtu.be/eiH1_CIz7vU Stolen Moments
September 3 https://youtu.be/4y-RTstM2XI The Very Thought of You
September 10 https://youtu.be/xxZLBO2qYdk Slappin the Cakes on Me
September 17 https://youtu.be/66SYVM867As Girl From Ipanema
September 24 https://youtu.be/shWvJuMsItw I Should Care
October 1 https://youtu.be/3MwiA4u4x3Q Old Devil Moon
October 8 https://youtu.be/LLuSlm-a3OM Jazz Medley "Emily" "Chopin Prelude in C minor" "Moaning"
October 15 https://youtu.be/w0_7vML1WTY Gershwin Medley "S’wonderful" "Someone to watch over Me" "Embraceable You"
October 22 https://youtu.be/QrgR6cVbl8I My Romance - updated
October 29 https://youtu.be/VK4SJ-DTp24 All the Things You Are - updated
November 5 https://youtu.be/nuTj7Zk-nsY Milonga del Angel - accordion/piano
November 12 https://youtu.be/rlZMuNUFR9c Milonga del Angel - clavietta/piano
November19 https://youtu.be/-k7UBeP85HE Milonga del Angel - piano only
- Being Better than Before: Living a fulfilling and creative life in the new world (Part II)
A free webinar filled with optimism about our futures.
As you look out at this new world, what do you see?
We see the pandemic as both a tragedy—and we hope you and your family are navigating it well—and as an important reminder that we live in a world filled with unexpected changes.
We believe that whatever you intend to do living in this new world you will do it more successfully, more gracefully, even more joyously, if you approach it as the most creative version of yourself, with the goal of being better than before.
We are offering two fast paced and entertaining webinars that will:
- Share new research about the biological changes happening to a 55+ brain that invite us to take on a creative renewal
- Share the creative concepts that will accelerate the growth of your creative capacities.
- Explore the neuroscience behind why we have favorite behaviors and how we can strengthen them
- Guide you in the creation of your personal Being Better than Before plan
Webinar led by:
- Mark Tully, who will help you understand why you favor certain behaviors through by exploring the links between how you think and what you do.
- Carl Nordgren, who will help you embrace that each of us is born with remarkable creative capacities and will share concepts and strategies for growing them.
- Heidi Hackney, who will provide practical tips on how to integrate these creative concepts and neurological insights into your life.
Time: 10 – 11:30 am
Date: Wednesday, July 8
Register for program by calling the Seymour Center at 919-968-2070. All registrants will receive Zoom ID and passcode via email prior to July 1. Webinar will be fast paced and the hosts will invite your participation.
- Container Gardening For Beginners
Learn how to beautify your porch, patio, or walkway with beautiful flowers throughout the summer. This class will teach you how to avoid using too much potting soil and how to design and arrange flowers to create a special look. Program will be led by Master Gardner, Patty Meehan.
YouTube: Click link to watch https://youtu.be/nmkB1R0DSs4
Creative Conversations via The Cloud
Join Dr. Ho, conversation moderator, for 6 weeks of interesting, inevitable conversations prompted by stimulating questions adopted from TimeSlips, an international network of artists and caregivers committed to bringing joy to late life and founded by MacArthur Fellow, Anne Basting. This social outlet will enable you to think and converse differently, openly and confidently. You will find this setting comfortable, inspiring and enjoyable as you share your response to the beautiful question posed by the group leader with your peers.
Conversations will last no more than 30-45 minutes every Monday at 10 AM, from June 22 - July 27.To register, please call 919-968-2070. All participants will receive questions, link and other information at registration.
- Fit Seniors exercise at home with live OCDOA virtual classes, videos and guides.
- Intarsia Woodcarving: Dean Pricer, teaches Intarsia Woodcarving at the Passmore Center and shares basic information about this craft. During this introduction you will learn what Intarsia woodcarving is, tools needed, and see examples of his work. He invites you to join the woodcarving group (once the center reopens) that meets Wednesdays at 1 pm.
- Jazz Performance
As we usher in the Memorial Day weekend, enjoy Jazz Artist, Gary Brunotte, performing “Here’s to Life”.
- Last Wishes and How to Prepare via Google Hangout
Ever thought about final expense wishes? How to leave a Legacy? Learn how to prepare the last wishes including wills and legacy placement with TransAmerica. Seminar will include Q & A, as well as, one on one consultation as needed.
Register today by calling 919-968-2070.
Date/Time: Wed, Jul 15 (323771-04) from 3-4 pm.
Location: Google Hangout Invite via Instructor Jan Pong MBA, and Humayun Talukder, FSCP, LUTCE - TransAmerica Agency Network Associates
- Let’s Talk About Mental Health During COVID
Join us for a facilitated discussion as we openly and supportively discuss mental wellness and the struggles of staying mentally healthy during COVID. A panel of experts will share their knowledge and experiences on how to address the concerns and obstacles we all could experience, as well as strategies for maintaining your mental wellness.
- Michelle Chambers, Licensed Clinical Social Worker and owner of Therapeutic Family Solutions
- Nancy Ruffner, Board Certified Patient Advocate and owner of NAVIGATE NC LLC
- Nancy Loeffler, founder of Being With Grief and the author of The Alchemy of Grief, Your Journey to Wholeness, and its Companion Journal
Thu, Jul 23, 2020 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM (EDT)
Please join the discussion from your computer, tablet or smartphone. https://www.gotomeet.me/GOTO_Meeting_AGING_02/letstalkaboutourmentalhealthduringcovid
You can also dial in using your phone. United States: +1 (872) 240-3311 / Access Code: 776-460-093
New to GoToMeeting? Get the app now and be ready when your first meeting starts: https://global.gotomeeting.com/install/776460093
If technology assistance is needed, please contact Shenae McPherson at 919-245-4243 by Monday, July 20.
- Line Dance Class
This class is a fun way to exercise both your body and your mind. Join with others and learn and basic steps to the most popular line dances. Instructor: Bruce Gillooly.
Time: 11:30 am
Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81810463689?pwd=U0lJRXdnVTFsUFdBa1YxZ0UvS2ZJQT09
- Live Music with Chuck Alford: What’s your pleasure, Beach Music, Oldies, Motown, Country, or maybe all of those sounds? Durham native, Chuck Alford, invites you to join him for live performances every Thursday night via Facebook. His wife, Carol Bryant Alford, is a great host and you may learn a dance step or two.
Time: 7 pm
- Passmore’s Pandemic Performance
Vermouth was the first thing I ran out of, so I started pouring gin over ice and calling it a quarantine-e. My wife called it a cry for help. Then Michael told me Moose camp was cancelled for the first time in 40 years. Something had to be done, but what? Like an answer from heaven, Terry Colville reached out and we decided to create ‘Passmore’s Pandemic Performances’, e-records you can attach to e-mails and send to anyone. Email Terry and let us know how you like the e-album. ~Marty Fitzpatrick, Producer
Michael, Marty and Moose (e-Album #1) Join Michael, Marty, and Moose for the first performance in our series. Enjoy original songs written and performed by Dr. Michael Debartolo and Marty Fitzpatrick. Album #1 includes the following songs, Old School, which addresses our technology struggles; I Want to Wash My Hands (Beatle Tune); Moose Camp, an inspirational song about a world that takes care of each other; and many more.
Pressed Flowers Canvas
During this class you will learn how to create a beautiful piece of art using flowers from your garden or wildflowers. This class will show you how to use pressed flowers on a small canvas or in a frame to brighten up any room. Class is taught by Patty Meehan, Master Gardner and leader of the Passmore Garden Club.
YouTube: Click to watch https://youtu.be/S6NHGTl6qfo
- Prime Time Players Online Readers’ Theater Series
Orange County Department on Aging’s in-house theatrical group, Prime Time Players (PTP), present their first-ever, online Reader’s Theater Production series. As a new way of connecting with their audience, PTP will bring a virtual production every other Tuesday for your enjoyment. Join them for a new program every other Tuesday. or watch at your leisure by clicking on the available links below:
- The Necklace by Guy de Maupassant. (18 min): https://youtu.be/k_Mxt-6i7no
- The Beggar and the King by Winthrop Parkhurst. (20 min): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9rM7bMsPGvY&feature=youtu.be
- The Boor by Anton Chekhov. (20 min Comedy) https://youtu.be/wYwyKwb1jzY
Subscribe to the Prime Time Players of Chapel Hill YouTube Channel to access all of their performances.
- Program 4 Jazz
Program of Jazz (p4j).performs original poetry and the stuff from your sophomore lit survey courses, reinterpreted through jazz, R&B and bop. p4j is occasionally offered at the Seymour Center and Lord Byron (Clark Holtzman) teaches Wednesday@One Poetry at Seymour weekly, at least weekly before COVID-19.
Be sure to check out his class when we get back to the center, visit https://www.program4jazz.com/ for stories, poems, and beats, and subscribe to his YouTube Channel for notifications of new videos!
- Quilting at Home with Friends on Google Meet
Looking to quilt with a fun group? Work on your own, or group project. Most of the group quilts are donated to charity. While we will not be meeting in person at the present time, join us for show and tell, advice on your project, or other tips. For information or questions, please email Susan Zeisel email@example.com
Date/Time: Every Monday from 10 am - 12 noon
Activity Code: 354024-02
Location: Google Meet https://meet.google.com/uex-uped-cne
- Seymour Tech Remote Learning:
We are offering FREE remote technology courses via Zoom. Visit www.seymourtechcenter.org to find the July & August schedule, course descriptions, and to sign up for your remote learning class today!
- Soap Making
Soap making is easy and fun to do! In this video you will learn the basic steps to creating a variety of soaps using items you might already have in your pantry. Homemade soap makes a great gift to share with your family and friends. Instructor: Toni Shaw.
YouTube: Click to watch https://youtu.be/0nRTMntSu9Y
- Song Swap Online Zoom Meet Up
Bring your favorite songs and/or your acoustic instruments, and let’s make some music! Folk, blues, old time, bluegrass, or original songs - whatever suits your mood or your style, all are welcome. The free entertaining meet up will be led by Ralph Besser. Group will meet the 1st Tuesday of each month from 7:15 to 8:30 pm. If you love music and singing, contact Ralph via email at firstname.lastname@example.org for Zoom details or questions.
- Tap Dancing: Did you tap dance as a child? If you are interested in tapping again, this is the class for you. You will learn a number of routines with others who have rekindled their love of dance.
Time: 10 am
Join Zoom Meeting:
- Tune In Tuesdays (now daily): Join Steve Toll live as he performs a variety of songs, conversation and stories. Due to the popularity of this program, Steve is now performing his, Tune in Tuesdays, on a daily basis. Steve performs a variety of music throughout the decades and as you listen you will find yourself clapping and singing along to these beloved tunes. Every day you can lift your spirit and benefit from, the power of music.
To register, please call 919-245-2015.
Time: 1 – 1:30 pm
- Wednesdays@One Poetry Reading
If you are looking for an opportunity to expand your poetic horizons, to cultivate your own writing, to engage with other writers of poetry, then Wednesdays@One Poetry is for you. We share poems, react to each other’s work and encourage one another as we work on poetry projects together.
We meet at the Seymour Center on Wednesdays at 1 pm and hope to be back on-site soon. In the meantime, we hope you will enjoy the YouTube video featuring poetry readings by our own Seymour Center poets here: https://youtu.be/HvQmWPy2u7w (Reading April 22, 2020).
Contact One Poetry instructor, Clark Holtzman at email@example.com for more information and how to join the group.
Wholmmovies is a video production project of Carroll and Jay Enterkin that seeks to produce quality informative and entertaining videos. The Enterkin’s will be creating new videos covering a wide range of topics, including local history, cycling, hobbies, true crime and much more. Current series include: "The Story of Efland and Cedar Grove, NC" sharing the history of these two small, but historic communities; and "Cycling Country Roads" ride along with the Carroll and Jay as they explore backroads, byways, greenways and more by bicycle.
Cycling Country Roads - Ride One - The Barn Loop in beautiful and historic Efland and Cedar Grove, NC https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0FlbQScIfPA
Cycling Country Roads - Ride Two - The Quick Loop - Featuring Buddy the (almost) talking donkey! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qu6G3riikvY&t=4s
Cycling County Roads - Ride Three - Lebanon Out-and-Back https://youtu.be/Oy7xKWp3pYQ
The Story of Efland and Cedar Grove Episode 1 - Focusing on the Cross Roads on Route 70 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pp2kpw2awgA&t=1s
The Story of Efland and Cedar Grove - Episode Two - A Brief Historical Overview of Efland https://youtu.be/WeFNkvbOiG8
Online Activities: Download a staff curated list of online activities that mirror some of our drop in activities including crosswords, card games, reading books, painting, table tennis, DIY projects, and more.
Lunches are distributed curbside 3-times a week. A hot meal and a boxed lunch are distributed on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, ensuring that our registered lunch participants receive 6 meals weekly. At this time we are only accepting new applications for those county residents age 60 and over and who can pick up a meal at the Seymour Center in Chapel Hill or Passmore Center in Hillsborough. Those in group quarters will only be considered if they can identify someone to come and pick up their meal. Email Isabel Jackson or call 919-245-4256 to register for the lunch program.
“At home” exercise options offered by our Wellness Program instructors and staff to help keep you fit and healthy. Visit our Fit Seniors page for options like Balance Class I, Yoga, Strength Training and more. Watch for more options in the future and get started today, it’s FREE!
The Orange County Department on Aging’s two senior centers offer a variety of programs including classes, lunches, trips, and much more. Visit us to relax, socialize, and immerse yourself in wellness, creativity, intellectual stimulation, volunteerism, and community.
"Membership" to our senior centers is free, just complete the Senior Centers Registration Form (PDF) and return it to either of our senior centers to get started. Some programs are fee-based and priority is given to people at least 55 years of age. Browse this page or check out the Senior Times to learn more.
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PASSMORE CENTERPhysical Address
103 Meadowlands Dr.
Hillsborough, NC 27278
103 Meadowlands Dr. Hillsborough NC 27278
PO Box 8181
Hillsborough, NC 27278