The Lapham Center fall newsletter has been mailed to all town residents and registration for classes and other activities is going on now. The newsletter is also on the website www.laphamcenter.org
or extra copies are available at the Center.
Registration, which is required for all activities, can be accomplished by phone, mail, online or by visiting Lapham Center. Questions can be directed to Aggie or Lyn at 203-594-3620. Many classes fill quickly so prompt registration is advised.
Fall programs will start after Labor Day. There are numerous new classes being offered in addition to the usual art, music, language, wellness, games, history and fitness classes.
In the technology area Lapham will be offering a new Siri for Seniors class on Tuesday, September 23 at 2 p.m. Siri, Apple's personal assistant, allows users to set reminders, send messages, read email, search for information and much more simply by speaking, no typing involved. This class will be taught by Pete Stair and Aggie Aspinwall.
One-on-One Tech Help Sessions will now be available by appointment for those who want to learn to better use their laptop, e-reader, tablet or smart phone. Possibilities include learning to text, watch TV or movies, set up voicemail, download free books or listen to music on the device. A donation of $20 to the Senior Center is requested for these appointments.
Chair Yoga has been added to the fitness roster for those who would like to experience the benefits of yoga but who are unable to get on the floor. Fran LaValley will be teaching this class on Wednesdays starting September 10 at 10:30 a.m.
In the arts area, Althea Ericsson will be teaching the fundamentals of painting or drawing the human face in a new Portrait class to be held on six Thursdays beginning September 25 from 12:30 to 2:30. Composition, perspective, proportions and the effect of light and dark will be explored.
Mark Albertson, historical research editor at Army Aviation magazine will teach Iraq: A History on eight Mondays at 10:30 a.m. beginning September 15. He will begin this series with ancient Iraq and then move on to Islamic Iraq and the British occupation. He will then discuss Arab Nationalism, revolutionary Iraq, Saddam and the American invasion.
Finally, a class that has not been in the newsletter yet is Ukulele class with Uncle Zac, the "uke guy". Two classes geared to beginners and players will be held on eight Wednesday afternoons beginning September 17. Students will learn to play a variety of chords and songs and Uncle Zac will loan a ukulele to those who don't own one.
Lapham Center has an active group of gardening volunteers who always welcome extra assistance and will particularly need help with the fall cleanup. Anyone who might be willing to volunteer is encouraged to call 203-594-3620.