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Clearwater Aging Well Center to host September events


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— The Clearwater Aging Well Center, 1501 N. Belcher Road in the Long Center, will host a variety of special programs, classes and other events in September. Call (727) 724-3070 for more information and to register.

• “Story Circle: Your Significant Story,” 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Sept. 5. Carole Simmons will moderate an interactive national model writing group focusing on penning and sharing life experiences. Beginners are welcome.

• “Timeline Memoirs,” 2 to 4:30 p.m. Sept. 9. Part of the Artistic Modalities series, this seminar provides artistic ways to recapture and express significant moments of participants’ lives. Personal insights are gained through visual art, writing and sharing in the creative process.

• “Craft Classes: Mixed Media Collage,” 2 to 4:30 p.m. Sept. 10 and 17. Viv Ruegger leads sessions on creating artistic collages with re-purposed materials. Successive classes will cover 3-D collages inspired by Japanese kimono designs and seasonal fall decorations, respectively. Fees apply.

• Scrapbooking, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sept. 11. Preserve family history in photos, printed media and artwork. The basics as well as other ideas are shared to explore the best ways to display cherished memories. Bring materials and photos.

• “Gratitude and Attitude,” 2:30 to 4 p.m. Sept. 16 and 30. Cultivate simple journaling practices to show gratitude. Research shows that being thankful can improve health, optimism, happiness and relationships.

• “England and Wales Genealogy,” 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Sept. 18. The Pinellas Genealogy Society program, which kicks off a new free series, explores how to access and research genealogical records from England and Wales as early as 1538.

• “TED: Ideas Worth Spreading,” 2 to 3:30 p.m. Sept. 18. TED Talks is a video discussion format aimed at sparking ideas to ponder and debate among attendees.

• “PSTA, Aging in Place,” 1 to 2 p.m. Sept. 19. The Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority will outline current and future programs and initiatives to improve transit access and quality of life for older adults.

• “A Good End,” 1 to 2 p.m. Sept. 22. Doctor Michael Appleton, who specializes in internal medicine and palliative care, will lead a discussion group covering end of life concerns.

• “Medicare Open Enrollment 101,” 2:30 to 4 p.m. Sept. 23. Kathleen Foster of Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders, or SHINE, presents information on Medicare plans and 2015 changes to Medicare laws.

• “The Art of Zen Painting,” 2 to 4:30 p.m. Sept. 24. Noriko Kuehn teaches the elegant, meditative Japanese art form. Materials are included in registration fees.

• “Active Hope: Maintaining Perspective During Critical Times,” 1 to 2:30 p.m. Sept. 25. Licensed mental health counselor Michael Whalen leads this free, interactive seminar examining a mindful perspective.

• “Transform Your Life,” 1 to 2 p.m. Sept. 26. Author, educator and dance instructor Arielle Giordano presents tools for inspiration, being true to oneself and following one’s passions. A book signing will follow.

• Piano recital, 1 to 2:30 p.m. Sept. 29. Concert pianist Joseph Schwartz performs classics that include the works of Chopin.

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