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Clearwater Aging Well Center Features Diversity Series for Month of July

6/26/2013 12:41:22 PM

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Clearwater Aging Well Center Features Diversity Series for Month of July

CLEARWATER, Fla. – Clearwater’s Aging Well Center 1501 N. Belcher Road in the Long Center, is collaborating with the city’s Diversity Leadership Council provide older adults with a variety of stimulating activities containing a social message.

The Council, made up of city employees who promote diversity internally as well as through outreach efforts, host annual summer diversity events for children and this year included participants from the Aging Well Center for the first time. The projects will culminate with the Aug. 14 presentation to the City Council of a diversity tapestry that Aging Well participants create, and recognition of winners participating in a diversity poster contest for city summer camp children. The Aging Well projects are open to the public and organized by Aging Well Center staff. They are:

LECTURE - DIVERSITY IN THE U.S.: Tuesday, July 2, 10:30 a.m. to noon. A member of the city’s Diversity Leadership Council will introduce the events included in the diversity series, followed by a discussion on the history of diversity in the U.S. led by USF professor Angela Zombek, Ph.D. Those interested in the art component of the series are especially encouraged to attend to develop ideas for their artwork. Free.

SOCRATES CAFÉ – DIVERSITY EDITION: Friday, July 12, 2 to 3:30 p.m. The regular Socrates Café which meets monthly at the Aging Well Center will explore the topic of diversity. The round table discussion encourages participants to exchange ideas and philosophies through a moderator. Free.

MIXED MEDIA CANVAS OPEN STUDIO: Artist Karen Baker guides participants in acrylics and other mixed media on mini-canvas paper to express diversity. Completed canvases will be added to the Diversity Tapestry (see below).

THE TAPESTRY PROJECT – ONGOING THROUGH JULY: The Aging Well Center will offer an open loom, and patrons will be encouraged to bring in a strip of any type or color fabric, approximately three inches by at least 30 inches to weave into the loom to create a diverse tapestry and may sign their work through a participant registry that will stay with the tapestry. The finished product will be presented to the Clearwater City Council at its Aug. 14 meeting.

Additional information on this and other activities at the Aging Well Center is available by calling (727) 724-3070 or by visiting For more information about the Diversity Leadership Council, please visit