For seniors, developing various positive sources of social support also can reduce stress, ward off anxiety and depression, and reduce the risk of some physical health concerns. (source)

Friday, October 4th at 10 AM: CultureALL Presents – PRAGNYA YOGESH with Classic, Folk & Indian Dance

Seniors will get a feel of various dances performed in India by learning the basics and foot works of classical dances like Bharatanatyam and Kuchipudi. Students will also learn folk dances like Garba, Dhandiya Raas, and Bollywood dances and have an opportunity to try on various costumes and jewelry used in Indian dance.

Tuesday, October 8th at 10 AM: JOY NEAL KIDNEY with Who Were the Wilson Brothers and Why are they Featured on the New Dallas County Freedom Rock?

Joy Neal Kidney a blogger, local historian, and the oldest granddaughter of the book’s heroine, Leora Wilson. Her nonfiction has been published in The Des Moines Register and local magazines. Joy knew her grandmother had lost three sons during the war. She had gone with her mother and grandmother to decorate those three “graves” in Perry through the decades. Not until her mid-40s did she learn that only one of them is buried there. She’ll tell some of the stories of all five Wilson brothers during the war.

Friday, October 18th at 10 AM: LINDA SMITH with Tales and Trails of the Underground Railroad in Madison County

The Underground Railroad was active in Madison County from 1857-1862 with incidents throughout the county.  This presentation will relate stories gathered from researching the 90 people identified as playing a role in Madison County, several of them from the Earlham area.   Pinpointing where they lived has led to mapping the trails likely used.

Friday, November 1st at 10 AM: MARILYN BODE with Polio Before Vaccines: One Iowa Girl’s Experience

Friday, November 8th at 1 PM: CultureALL Presents – BEV ELLIS with Europe and the Holocaust

Ambassador Beverly Nagel Ellis will help senior to better understand the Holocaust and its impact by sharing the story of her parents, who survived World War II in a slave camp in Russia, only to find themselves without a home or country after they were liberated.   Through stories, photos, and artifacts, students will follow the family’s journey to a new life in America, and learn about the different skills and resources that saved their lives. This workshop also includes a lesson in Haiku, and its use of simplicity and directness in expressing intense ideas or emotions. Students will have the opportunity to create their own Haiku and illustration based on what they experience during the workshop.

Friday, November 15th at 10 AM: ROD STANLEY with Stories of Bonnie & Clyde

Friday, November 22nd at 10 AM: TOM FAGAN with  The Crash of Convair CV-340-13

Friday, December 6th at 10 AM: LINDA SMITH with Madison County in the Great World War (WW1)

This presentation is an overview of Madison County men’s involvement before and at the WWI war front plus a look at some of the “battles” back here on the home front.  It’s a very sad, yet inspiring time in Madison County’s history. Items from an actual soldier’s pack – helmet, gas mask, etc. – will be shared from the Madison County Historical Museum.