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The spring Skillbuilders series will begin on March 19 at 10:00 in meeting room B of the library and will continue through May 14.  Skillbuilders is a series of programs for anyone experiencing significant life changes. Those who have lost a loved one by death or who are making adjustments to illness or who are adapting to being a single person, often find that grief is not the only thing that must be faced. Common daily occurrences take on a different meaning and cause unexpected anxiety. Why is it so hard to make decisions that seemed easy before the changes?

In Skillbuilders, attendees will find information that will assist in making decisions concerning legal and financial issues as well as personal activities such as adapting to special occasions and other emotional concerns. Practical information on car care and personal safety are also provided. There will be cooking-for-one demonstration plus a program on how pharmacists can help in keeping well.  Learn how exercise can help in reducing stress as well as keeping fit. Plus much more. The programs are led by local professionals but it is the discussion of the participants that also provides confidence to each other.

Attend all of the programs or only those topics that are of interest. No registration is required and all programs are free.

Spring program schedule:

March 19     Managing Life Changes           Nomi Redding–MSW (retired)

March 26     Talking with Your Pharmcist   Jeff Sigler–Sigler Pharmacy

April  2          Car Care 101                                Richard Haig–Westside 66 & Car Wash

April 9           Keeping Active & Fit                 Gayle Sigurdson–Lawrence Parks & Recreation Dept.  (This session will meet at Rock Chalk Sports Pavilion,  100 Rock Chalk Lane–6th & George Williams Way. Wear comfortable shoes!)

April 16         Feeling Safe and Secure           Susan Hadl, Lawrence Police Department (retired)  Will include a personal safety activity for attendees. Not required but available. 

April 23         Financial Savvy                          Barbara Braa–officer at Central Bank of the Midwest

April 30        Cooking for 1 or 2                       Susan Johnson–Douglas County Extension Office   Come hungry, she’s cooking!

May  7           Estate Planning 101                   Cheryl Denton–Peterfish, Immel, Heeb & Hird LLC

May 14          Adjusting to Change #2            Paul Reed–VNA and Pattie Johnston–Lawrence Public Library

Transportation is available by calling the Douglas County Senior Services, 785-865-6925.

Skillbuilders meets 10:00-11:30am each Thursday from March 19 through May 14  in Meeting Room B on the lower level of the library except where noted. (April 9 will meet at a different location. Please see above listing.)

For more information about Skillbuilders or any specific program, please call Pattie Johnston at the Library,843-3833 extension 115.

Skillbuilders is sponsored by Outreach Services of the Library, Douglas County Senior Services, and Visiting Nurses.

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