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Category: Venice

Venice Friendship Center Yearbook Launch Party Oct. 10
Remember your senior yearbook -- the people, places and things that made youth such a special time of life? Fast forward to The Venice Friendship Center’s 2013/14 Yearbook, fresh off the presses. It captures the fond memories of Friendship that today’s “seniors” now age 50+ - enjoy.  Join  us for the Yearbook Launch Party on Friday, Oct. 10, at 12:30 p.m. at the Center, 2350 Scenic Drive. 
Four Keys to a Healthy and Fulfilling Life After 50

We’re living longer than previous generations but are we living better? The Friendship Centers, the Area Agency on Aging for Southwest Florida, AARP and the Sarasota County Library System invite you to join us as we look toward the future in this FREE seminar series. Sessions meet from 2-4 p.m. at the Venice Library Meeting Room, 300 S. Noko...

4th Annual Taste of Friendship Nov. 13 at Phillippi Park
An elegant location, sunset over the water, food from top area restaurants, fine wine and music combine at the Friendship Centers'  Annual Taste of Friendship Nov.13  from 5:30 - 8 p.m. at the Keith Mansion at Phillippi Estate Park in Sarasota. It's fun for a great cause: the Sarasota and Venice Health Clinics.  Register on line now.
You love your home, but will it meet your needs in twenty years? Learn what you can do now to make your house a home for life.  Join us for “At Home After 50,” Oct. 17 from 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m in the Dywer Room of the Friendship Center for Healthy Aging, 1900 Brother Geenen Way in Sarasota. The program is free and refreshments will be provided. Call 941.556.3268 for reservations.  Certified Aging in Place Specialist Carolyn Sithong will present AARP's Home Fit program ,...
Friendship Centers Welcome Marty Katz , Director of Development and Marketing

Marty Katz is the new Director of Development at Marketing for Senior Friendship Centers, Inc. Katz comes to the Friendship Centers from the New College Foundation, where she served as associate director of community outreach and marketing.  Prior to that she worked as development director of community resources with Jewish Family and Children...

Registration Open for Friendship Golf Tournament Nov. 17
Now's the time to put a pre- bid for Celebrity Pro on 7 your team at the 13th annual Friendship Center's Golf Tournament on Monday, Nov. 17 at the prestigious Founders Club, one of Sarasota County's premier golf courses. Proceeds will benefit The Friendship Centers Medical and Dental Services and the Caregiver Resource Center in Sarasota County. Register on line now.
We’re living longer than previous generations but are we living better?  The Friendship Centers, the Area Agency on Aging for Southwest Florida and the Sarasota County Library System invite you to join us as we look toward the future in this FREE seminar series Nov. 6, 13, 20, and Dec. 4 at the Venice Library Meeting Room, 300 S. Venice Avenue. 

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service and the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration continue to hear from taxpayers who have received unsolicited calls from individuals demanding payment while fraudulently claiming to be from the IRS. Based on the 90,000 complaints that TIGTA has received through its telephone hotline, to dat...

Oct. 30 "Boo!"mers Halloween Dance
Rock out to tunes by The A Train at the "Boo!"mers Halloween Dance Party Oct. 30. The doors open at 7 p.m. at The Friendship Center, 1888 Brother Geenen Way, Sarasota. Come in costume, for a discount at the door ($10 with costume, $12 if you're not in costume)...and a chance to win prizes in the costume contest. 
Birds Do it, Bees Do It...and so does Grandma: Straight Talk about Later-Life  Sexuality
Birds do it, Bees do it...and so Does Grandma is a candid, straight-talking series addressing senior sexuality in all its colors —the challenges, the disappointments, and the surprises, as well as the delights and the love stories. Slated Sept 15 -19 at The Friendship Center (1888 Brother Geenen Way) in Sarasota, each of the sessions will be from 10 - 11 a.m. 
The first day of Fall is traditionally National Falls Awareness and Prevention Day. Don't miss programs at The Friendship Centers in Venice Sept. 22, and in Sarasota, Sept. 23, providing helpful information on what you can do avoid a dangerous fall. 

A must for caregivers this six week series helps caregivers reduce personal stress, change negative self talk, communicate needs to others, deal with difficult emotions and cope with life changes. Developed by the Legacy Health System, the course has been a life changer for many. Attendees are expected to attend all six sessions. Class fee: $60. S...

Charlotte Foster Celebrates Life Hawaiian Style at 107
What better way for hula instructor Charlotte Wheeler, 107, to celebrate her birthday than at the annual Venice Friendship Centers Luau? In the Hawaiian tradition of honoring elders, Charlotte was encircled  by the Keoki Hula Walea Dancers led by Betty Jean Brooks for a special birthday dance. She joined the dance from her wheelchair, and went on to perform several additional dances with the troupe.  Charlotte was recruited by SFC Founder Brother William Geenen to teach at the Center b...
New Friendship Health Clinic Collier Executive Director Allie Krider-Harrison:  Check out her Blogpost and Podcast
Allie Krider-Harrison, new Executive Director of the Friendship Health Clinic of Collier County, introduces the clinic's  programs and services and exciting projects underway. Read her post on our blog, beawarebettercare.com and listen to an interview with her by Skip Cohen on our podcast on  Ten Minutes of Friendship. 

The following courses will be offered through the Friendship Centers' Venice Caregiver Resource Center (2350 Scenic Drive) in August. REFLEXOLOGY - FOOT MASSAGE   Wednesday, July 30,  10:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m. Do you have aches and pains because of tension and worry?   Reflexology can relieve stress and tension within the body.  ...

Notre Dame Students at Friendship Centers Clinic for Summer Service Learning

What does it mean to "be the change you wish to see in the world?" Notre Dame students Amanda LaPorte and Nicholas Pietrini, are spending eight weeks this summer finding the answer to that question at the Friendship Centers’ Healthy Aging Clinic in Sarasota.   Pictured here with Medical Director Albert Tripodi,  Amanda and Nicholas...

Aloha Friends! Join us in August at The Friendship Centers in Venice and Sarasota

Escaping to the tropics is an August tradition at  the Friendship Centers in Sarasota and Venice.  Grass skirts are not a requirement, but attendees are encouraged to dress for the occasion in  bright, tropical attire.  Be prepared for colorful entertainment as hula dancers take the spotlight performing graceful, fluid dances...

Are you 55 years or older in need of medical or dental care, and living on a limited income? In Sarasota, Friendship Centers’ Medical and Dental Clinics are accepting new patients.  The Venice  Clinic is accepting new Medical patients. Both clinics serve low income persons 55 and older, and fees are based on a sliding scale...

For the safety of all, the Great Room and adjacent classrooms at The Friendship Center in Sarasota will be closed Aug. 11 - Aug. 25 while floors are replaced.  THE ENTIRE GREAT ROOM AREA WILL BE A HARD HAT AREA; THERE WILL BE NO ADMITTANCE, DURING THIS TWO WEEK PERIOD.  The adjoining hallway and classrooms A & B and the classrooms ...

Oct. 23 Venice "Eat Drink ...and Be Scary!"
Mark your calendar and plan to join us from 5-6:30 p.m. at Island Times Spirits and Gourmet Market in Venice for a very special wine tasting, food and Halloween fun. Register online now.
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