2017-08-31 / Senior Savvy

Senior Center Buzzes with Newport Circle of Scholars

By Florence Archambault


Florence Archambault, of Newport, is 85 years young and well-known for her community volunteerism and teaching and writing family history. Florence Archambault, of Newport, is 85 years young and well-known for her community volunteerism and teaching and writing family history. If you were at the Edward King House Senior Center a couple of weeks ago, a hum of activity would have greeted you. Almost every room had some sort of class taking place in it. The foyer was energized with folks making use of three stations set up in three corners, with folding screens to provide privacy for those who had questions concerning their Medicare benefits.

The increased activity is due to the Newport Circle of Scholars, who have made the center their home after completing a successful first semester there.

If you are tired of bridge, mahjong, and other activities known as “senior” pastimes, and want a little more stimulation, then the Newport Circle of Scholars is for you.

The Circle of Scholars offered 19 courses this past fall, ranging from medieval history to jazz to art to music to photography to international affairs. Classes are made up of lectures and readings. A variety of experts teaches the classes, including former college professors, members of the Norman Bird Sanctuary, and many other industry professionals, and there is plenty of interaction between students and instructors.

Studies have shown that seniors who keep their brains active experience great benefits. The more we use our brains, the better they’re able to function. But returning to the classroom can not only exercise our brains; the close interactions with fellow students can alleviate feelings of isolation. In fact, the Newport Circle of Scholars urges participants to enhance their social lives by either staying for the noontime lunch after a morning class, or by coming early for an afternoon class and joining the diners.

Lunch at the Center is one of the best deals in town. It includes a full meal or, if you wish, a sandwich, for a donation of $3. Reservations must be made 24 hours in advance.

The program offers morning and afternoon courses, from Tuesdays to Fridays. Current courses range from Newport History, taught by Eileen Warburton (that’s the one I’m taking), to Nature, Music, Art and Current Events. How about Genealogical Research in Ireland or Getting the Most Out of Your Time or a one-day session on Disappearing Honeybees? To meet Warburton or the other instructors, attend the opening reception on Wednesday, Sept. 6, at 6 p.m at the Edward King Center.

For more information about the fall semester, call 401-846- 7426, email info@edwardkinghouse.org, or visit edwardkinghouse.org, and click on “NCOS.”

Fall Courses

Classic Lit Redux: Huckleberry Finn (1885) by Mark Twain

Cuba From the Eyes of Baby Boomers

Current International Affairs in Review

Introduction to Chinese

Medical Qi Gong

Japanese Americans and

. II

Meditation

Near Death Experience

Newport’s First Architect

Researching Your Family Tree

The Art Instinct

The Art and Science of Good Decision Making

The Art of the iPhone Camera

The Comedy Greats – A Laugh-a-thon in 5 Sessions

Today’s Europe: It’s Tribal Roots and Current Challenges

Registration can be done online at edwardkinghouse.org or in person at the Edward King House, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Thursday or 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Fridays and ask for Ana Matos, Program Assistant.

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