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Palo Alto Weekly

- January 3, 2014

Senior Focus

CIVIL RIGHTS FOOT SOLDIER ... Hear the story of civil-rights foot soldier James Armstrong, 85, the proprietor of Armstrong's Barbershop in Birmingham, Ala., where hair was cut, civil rights marches organized and battle scars iced. Armstrong's story is told in the Oscar-nominated film "Barber of Birmingham" to be shown Monday, Jan. 6, at 2 p.m. at Avenidas, 450 Bryant Street. Free and open to the public.

AFRAID OF FALLING? ... Learn to recognize positive and negative beliefs about falls and how to shift to positive patterns in A Matter of Balance, a weekly class that begins Monday, Jan. 6, at 1 p.m. at Avenidas. Classes include discussion, exercises and guest speakers. Call Judith at 650-289-5436 before registering. Register www.avenidas.org or by calling 650-289-5400.

NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTIONS ... Learn how to get off the dieting roller coaster with an uplifting talk by Cynthia Magg, author of "Getting To The Heart Of The Platter." Magg's approach does not focus on diet and exercise yet is designed to supplement every diet out there. Magg will speak Tuesday, Jan. 7, at 2 p.m. at Avenidas. The talk is free, but RSVPs are requested at 650-289-5400

MEET THE FILMMAKER ... Bert Shapiro worked in educational publishing for more than 30 years before becoming a filmmaker in New York City in 1995 at the age of 64. He launched the Pheasants Eye production company and has produced 15 documentaries so far. Shapiro will screen four documentaries with a total run-time of 70 minutes and then answer questions on Tuesday, Jan. 7, from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Schultz Cultural Arts Hall of the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center, 3921 Fabian Way. The titles are "Speaking for Myself," "Let's Tango," "Doing the Don't," and "The Soapboxers." Admission is $15 at the door. For more information, contact Michelle Rosengaus at mrosengaus@paloaltojcc.org or 650-223-8616.

LIVING WELL WITH CHRONIC CONDITIONS ... Instructor Peggy Simon will show people how to self-manage their health in this six-week, evidence-based Stanford program. Learn to communicate with family, friends and physicians; develop and maintain an exercise program; eat healthfully; and manage stress and manage medications appropriately. The class meets Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. to noon, and runs from Jan. 9 to Feb. 13. It includes the book, "Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions" and the CD "Relaxation for Mind and Body." Register online at www.avenidas.org.

NARRATIVE HISTORY BASICS ... Narrative historian Maggie MarkdaSilva will help people get started on the basics of oral history interviewing: the dos and don'ts, a list of questions to begin an oral history interview, suggestions for recording devices and other materials and ideas for end products. MarkdaSilva, a Stanford graduate who has lived and traveled worldwide, founded Narrative Histories in 2011 and has been conducting oral histories with people in the Bay Area and across the country. The class will be held Tuesday, Jan. 14, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in Room E-104 of the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center, 3921 Fabian Way. Admission is $15 at the door. For more information, contact Michelle Rosengaus at mrosengaus@paloaltojcc.org or 650-223-8616.

JEWISH POETS OF BROADWAY ... The life and work of lyricist Sheldon Harnick known for hit musicals such as "Fiddler on the Roof," will be explored in the kickoff lecture of the series Jewish Poets of Broadwayoffered on the last Tuesday of the month through June (except for April) from 1:30 to 3 p.m. in the Schultz Cultural Arts Hall of the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center, 3921 Fabian Way. In the series, theater educator Bonnie Weiss will discuss the careers of Alan Jay Lerner, Betty Comden and Adolph Green, Fred Ebb and Oscar Hammerstein. Admission is $15 at the door. For more information, contact Michelle Rosengaus at mrosengaus@paloaltojcc.org or 650 223-8616.

Items for Senior Focus may be emailed to Palo Alto Weekly Staff Writer Chris Kenrick at ckenrick@paweekly.com.

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