Choose Tallahassee winner welcomed by fellow educators

Tallahassee educators welcomed Loujean Nelson to Tallahassee at a luncheon hosted by Dr. Sally Butzin, founder of the Project CHILD instructional program. Loujean was a Project CHILD teacher in Chicago before her retirement, and several local CHILD educators gathered to celebrate with her.

Loujean and her husband Glenn submitted the winning video to the Choose Tallahassee Contest ( that resulted in a year’s free rent and a host of special prizes to promote the joy of retiring to this wonderful community. The Nelsons are planning to settle here permanently.

Project CHILD (which stands for Changing How Instruction for Learning is Delivered), has been implemented in elementary schools across the country. Project CHILD is a unique system that employs team teaching, multi-year continuous progress, subject specialization, hands-on active learning, and the integration of technology.

Read the full story here.

Red Carpet Events Connect Newcomers, Services and Businesses

Do you have friends or parents you wish would CHOOSE TALLAHASSEE? Join us! Meet other people at your stage of life and explore the vast number of opportunities, activities, local businesses and events throughout the Tallahassee Community. The next Red Carpet Reception is scheduled for Tue., Jun. 6 at 5:30. If you are interested in attending, sponsoring or showcasing your business, email or call 850-891-4003.

To learn more about classes, programs, events and membership visit OLLI and the TSCF online. Read the full article here for more information!

TALL Program is Making a Big Difference

TALL is tailor-made for those who want to make a difference. It meets one day a week for eight weeks. The first’s week’s session is spent engaging in a variety of self-assessment exercises designed to identify your goals and values. The next seven weeks you are exposed to a wide-array of community programs that can potentially mesh with these goals and values.

These programs are in the areas of: public safety, local and state government, education, economic and business development, the environment, health and human services, criminal justice and the arts.

Participants learn: how community programs operate; who they serve; how they’re funded; and how TALL members can contribute to these programs, through volunteering, advocacy, or fund raising.

Glenn Nelson, pictured above at Public Safety Day, and his wife Loujean are the 2016 Choose Tallahassee contest winners! To learn more about the TALL program read the article here!

The Red Carpet Team Invites You to Connect

Tallahassee Red Carpet Reception
When: Feb. 28, 5:30 – 7 p.m.
Where: Tallahassee Senior Center

Are you new to Tallahassee? Are you recently retired? Have you just joined the Senior Center or OLLI? Do you have friends or parents you wish would CHOOSE TALLAHASSEE? Join us! Meet other people at your stage of life and explore the vast number of opportunities, activities, and events throughout the Tallahassee Community. Light refreshments & beverages will be served. Please RSVP to or call 850-891-4003.

Event sponsored by OLLI, and the Tallahassee Senior Center & Foundation.


“Tallahassee is a special place to live” by Bill and Carol Boynton

What’s so great about Tallahassee?  We recently came to see for ourselves.

We were finalists in a contest sponsored by “Choose Tallahassee” aimed at attracting baby boomers to relocate to Florida’s state capital.

What did we find? We found a vibrant city filled with energy and enthusiasm.  We awoke to a downtown marketplace setting up across the street.  We drove along canopy roads. We walked hiking trails with people of all ages.  We wore shorts in November while friends were shivering in New Hampshire.

We found a city immersed in cultural offerings that on just one weekend featured opera at FSU, a German Christmas festival at a popular senior center, and a rock and roll jam at an antebellum plantation.  We discovered a city that treasures both its past (Mission San Luis) and its natural environment (Tallahassee Museum). We dined at a once shuttered utility next to a unique park that’s an urban model for others to follow But most of all, we found a community of welcoming and friendly people who love Tallahassee, who were anxious to share it with us, and who convinced us it’s a special place to live.

–  Bill and Carol Boynton, Concord, NH

To read the published letter, click here.

Tallahassee Arts Guide Oct. 4 – Oct.9

This week’s Tallahassee Arts Guide is here! The weekly Tallahassee Arts Guide is an initiative of COCA and provides information on events, festivals and shows in the Tallahassee area. To view the guide, please follow this link.


Tallahassee Arts Guide Sep. 26 – Oct. 2

The Tallahassee Arts Guide is a great weekly resource for upcoming events. This week’s guide features cultural events, festivals, concerts and more! To read this week’s guide, please click here.


Tallahassee Arts Guide Sep. 19 – 25

This week’s Tallahassee Arts guide is full of events you won’t want to miss! Check it out by clicking here.


2016 Active Living Expo

Tallahassee seniors can learn about Florida State University’s (FSU) Institute for Successful Longevity (ISL) at the Active Living Expo on Sept. 15 and 16 at the Tallahassee Senior Center.

Visitors to the expo can meet some of the institute’s affiliated faculty and graduate students and learn about their research into how individuals can remain active and engaged in their lives and their communities as they grow older.

They also can learn about opportunities to assist with the institute’s research projects across a variety of fields.

“ISL applies an interdisciplinary approach to its research,” said Neil Charness, the William G. Chase Professor of Psychology at FSU and the institute’s director. “We work to discover causes of age-related functional and cognitive decline and to translate those discoveries into practices and interventions that can improve the lives of millions of Americans.”

Faculty and graduate students from the institute will talk about their work at the Expo on Thursday, Sept. 15, from 5 to 8 p.m., and on Friday, Sept. 16, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.. The Tallahassee Senior Center is at 1400 N. Monroe St.

Read more about the expo.

Senior Center – Bucket List Reunion Luncheon

Mon., Aug. 29, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Tallahassee Senior Center

  • Celebrate Sheila Salyer’s 20 years leading the Tallahassee Senior Center
  • Recognize those who have played a special role in the success and growth of the Tallahassee Senior Center & Foundation

Join us in checking off items on our #TSCbucketlist:

  • “New” senior center
  • $1 million in TSC Community Foundation
  • Lifelong Learning programs
  • Age-Friendly Community
  • Dementia Caring Community

Suggested donation levels:

  1. Beach Pail ($20)
  2. 5-Gallon Bucket ($200)
  3. Slam Dunk Bucket ($2,000)

Make checks payable to TSC Foundation. Donations of any amount welcome.

For more information, visit on-line at or call 850-891-4003 or email Tina.

Visit our Facebook event page!