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Remember Ping-Pong Diplomacy?

Table Tennis, anyone? It’s a fast-growing sport and clubs are spreading throughout the nation. And now there’s one in Athens. You are invited to join fellow ping-pong enthusiasts upstairs at the East Athens Community Center, located at 400 McKinley Drive, on Saturdays from 1 – 4 p.m. The club is brand new and welcomes competitive and beginner players. You’ll find three tables, tons of balls for serve practice and there’s usually a robot available for training if you can’t find a partner. Find out more at

PS. The New York Times has a March 7 article titled “Ping Pong as the fountain of youth.” It’s visual and spatial demands, strategy requirements and vigor may even offer benefits for the brain, more than dancing, walking, gymnastics, or resistance training.


Fifty-Five and Faking Normal

It happens all the time. Retirement looms and there’s no way you are prepared. You scurry to keep up, to keep the cracks from showing but how long can you go? Or you experience job loss. It’s tough at any age, but after 50 it can leave you reeling. The bills are piling up and where are the opportunities? All those resumes aren’t getting you in the door – any door. Successful strategies from your younger years don’t work anymore.

“. . . to have a shot at something other than being old and poor in America, we can’t just do what we’ve always done and be what we’ve always been. The world as we knew it has changed forever. And if we want better futures, we’re going to have to change too,”. says Elizabeth White, author and seasoned non-profit executive with domestic and international expertise in economic development, aging solutions and gender equality. She has written a book, Fifty-five and Faking Normal.

You are where you are and you have to go eyeball-to-eyeball with reality is the book’s main message. But don’t go it alone, White recommends. “Being part of a community can help. Find a tribe. Find or create a Resilience Circle — a place where you can confide in others who are on the same road. It gives you an opportunity to get out of your head and away from all that negative self-talk that’s wearing you down. Being heard by people who are facing what you’re facing can also lessen your feelings of isolation,” White says. “It’s a beginning to build upon.” To check out more about White and her self-published book, which is getting national attention,

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May 19-21, 2017, Nashville, Tenn.
Registration is Open!

What is cohousing? It’s intentional community, with individual homes that share common space and resources. The 2017 National Cohousing Conference, to be held in Nashville May 19 – 21, will offer innovative approaches to developing new and affordable communities. Topics of special interest to boomers include “Aging Better Together by Design or Destiny” and “Senior Cohousing: A Roadmap to Starting a New Community.” For more information and to register, visit


Frankling College Institute for Women's StudiesInstitute for Women’s Studies Events

Women’s History Month Keynote Address: 3/28, 6:30 p.m., Special Collections Libraries

Christine Williams, Professor of Sociology at the University of Texas, Austin, will give the keynote on “Diversity, Flexibility and Instability: How the New Economy is Shaping Leadership Opportunities for Women.” Her most recent book, Inside Toyland: Working, Shopping, and Social Inequality, examines low-wage retail work.

Exhibit: Hargrett Rare Book & Manuscript Library through 5/12

Equality Under the Law: History of the Equal Rights Amendment, an exhibit on the history of the ERA, is currently on display. Highlights include original suffrage pennants and letters from Susan B. Anthony; ephemera from the ERA campaign at the local, state, and national level; and materials from the anti-ERA movement.

See Institute for Women’s Studies website for more events.


Caregiver’s Survival Toolkit by Local Author Pamela Spahr

When Pamela Spahr’s husband Bob suffered a series of strokes in 2012, she had to do it all, “. . . and without my partner of more than 40 years to help and support me. It was completely up to me to get a grasp on our ‘new’ life,” according to Pamela. When everyday interaction did not work with Bob, who had developed dementia, she called on her training in effective communication from years before.

“Through ‘trial-and-error caregiving’ I discovered the communications techniques that became my ‘survival toolkit’ of master tools, techniques and strategies,” says Pamela. “They kept me from tumbling over the edge into utter despair.” She shares her hard-won skills in Caregiver’s Survival Toolkit. She also teaches, coaches and mentors. You can contact Pamela Spahr at 408-753-9588 or email her at


Food Bank Welcomes Volunteers

Whether you come on your own or belong to an interested group, the Northeast Georgia Food Bank welcomes your service.

Individuals can work Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. – 12 noon and/or 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Blocks are available for groups of 5 to 20 volunteers on Mondays through Thursdays from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. and/or 12:30 – 2:30 p.m. and Saturdays 9 a.m. – 12 noon. Groups must be scheduled in advance.

All volunteers must wear closed toe shoes for safety. A responsible adult must accompany any volunteers under 14. To sign up please contact Bill Taylor at 706-354-8191 or email For more detailed information please go to and click on “Take Action” then go to “Volunteer Handbook.”


Love Those Animals!

Each day and spotlight someone’s special pet.

Whether you have a pup or kitty living in your house or are currently without one (or more,) you’ll enjoy visiting these critter-friendly websites. You’ll see a new animal’s picture each day, along with vital statistics and a bit about the current pin-up pet. Into other kinds of animals . . . say, lizards, bunnies, birds, snakes, gerbils or llamas? No matter because there’s just for you.

Visit them all, where you will also find information to nominate your own cutie to be chosen as the dog, cat or pet of the day!

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