What we’re about
We are a group of active men and women age 50 and older who are young at heart, enjoying an active healthy lifestyle, are fit (or want to be fit), friendly and having fun participating in recreational, athletic and social events with peers, including some community service projects.
We actively promote activities that defy the myths about getting older. We are the 'forever young' generation! Visit our OPALs website and sign up to receive our online newsletter. You can learn more about our founder Carolyn here. Some of the activities that we participate in include:
- Zip Lining
- Horseback Riding
As the Ambassador for the state of Georgia for the annual World Senior Games held in October, in St. George, Utah, I am looking for more athletes to participate.
Join us to experience the Wonderment of the West African Diaspora! We will visit Benin, Togo and Ghana. **October 19 - November 3, 2024. (**The Meetup platform will not let me list the actual days in the post.). Includes hotel accommodations, daily breakfast and dinner, all ground transportation and a bilingual guide throughout the tour.
The capital of Benin where the new 100 foot statue of an Amazon woman welcomes you. The Amazons belonged to the Kingdom of Dahomey,and had the world's only all-female army, i.e. The Woman King movie, and influenced depiction in the Wakanda movies. From there to Togo, travel by boat to Togoville, and explore Lome, Togo's capital. Togo is known for their bronze craftsmanship, and then to Ghana for 9-days.
There is so much to see and do in Ghana! Highlights of our tour include: Coastal Islands of Elmina and Cape Coast; Adanwomase Kente Village where you can see Kente cloth weavers and try it yourself; Cape Coast Castle and the 'Door of No Return'; Experience Fihankra a naming ceremony for an authentic African name; Kakum National Park, home of Africa's only aerial walkway; participate in a Festival of the Ashanti Empire. There is sooo much more to this exciting and eye-opening and informative tour. It is no doubt, upon returning home, you will forever view the Motherland in the positive light it deserves!
If you are interested, contact Carolyn at CH@CarolynHartfield.com or 678.231.4973 call/text to reserve your spot with a nonrefundable $500 deposit. If you make your deposit no later than March 15, you will receive a $500 Early-Bird discount.
If you missed the meeting, you can watch the video. Info about this tour starts at 16:40. If you want full details and a copy of the itinerary, send Carolyn an email at CH@CarolynHartfield.com and please put West Africa Tour Itinerary Request in the Subject line.
Upcoming events (4+)See all
- Mixed Group Documentary Night: Recorder - Writing With FireNorthwest Unitarian Universalist Congregation, Sandy Springs, GA
In-Person Documentary Night is held on every 2nd Friday of the month. This event was designed to give people the chance to discuss interesting ideas and topics explored in the documentaries that we have chosen as a group to watch. This month we have voted to watch the the documentary, Writing With Fire. In a cluttered news landscape dominated by men emerges India's only newspaper run by Dalit women. Chief reporter Meera and her journalists break traditions, redefining what it means to be powerful. Here is a link to the film trailer. https://youtu.be/MFBWKklVEOU We will start the film PROMPTLY AT 7:10 PM.
For the event we will meet together in the sanctuary at Northwest Unitarian Universalist Congregation, where we will watch the film together. Then we will participate in multiple rounds of small group discussions with a different groups for each round. This gives you the opportunity to meet new people and hear a variety of perspectives throughout the night. We will end by deciding what to watch next month. This is a Voting Night where we brainstorm and decide as a group what we will watch the following month, so please come with a recommendation ready. Just a reminder that next month is Back To School Month.
Decaf and caffeinated tea will be provided. We will also be having potluck style snacks! So you are welcome to bring food to share with others, whether homemade or store-bought. Please bring foods that won't be distracting for others during the film or the discussion. Vegan, nut free snacks are preferred (not required), out of consideration for allergies and also sustainability. Please label your food with list of ingredients.
This event is posted in multiple meetup groups, on Eventbrite, as well as with members of the Community Documentary Night email list. Therefore, THIS RSVP LIST IS NOT REPRESENTATIVE OF HOW MANY PEOPLE WILL BE ATTENDING THE EVENT. So even if you only see one person RSVPed in this meetup group, there will always be others in attendance from other groups.
Please be sure to read the norms and expectations below before attending.
Thank you and hope to see you there!
NORMS & EXPECTATIONS
We have generated a set of norms and expectations for our event. They were created to help us maintain a welcoming and civil environment for everyone in attendance. Please read through before attending. They will also be recited at the start of the event.
1. This event is open to all who are open to all. This is an inclusive event. So we are open to anyone including all gender expressions, racial identities, political affiliations, etc. as long as you are open to hearing the perspective of others.
2. Step Up and Step Back. Step up meaning we ask that you step up and share your perspective so that we can learn and grow from your knowledge and experience. Step back meaning we ask that you step back on occasion, allowing yourself the opportunity to hear and grow from the experience and perspectives of others in attendance.
3. Allow others to express their full thought. This is just a nice way of saying try not to interrupt.
4. Be mindful of others wanting to speak. Try to keep your thoughts concise, allowing time for others to respond.
5. If you don't agree, this is not a debate but a discussion. So instead of trying to sway the other person, try to understand where they are coming from. That can be done by asking "What makes you think that?" This requires coming from a place of curiosity rather than competition.
6. But even though it's not a debate, feel free to challenge what is said. Not in saying "You're wrong." But by sharing the idea that you have and asking how that fits with what they just shared. This allows for both ideas to be in the same space and gives the other person an opportunity to explain their thinking.
7. Assume good intentions. We are all here to learn and grow together. If something does not sound right, ask first for clarification before jumping to conclusions.
8. If there is an issue, speak up in the moment, if at all possible. Some may not realize that what they said had a negative impact on those in the room. Speaking up can give them the opportunity to correct what they said.
9. If it is not possible to resolve amongst yourselves, request that the host join your group. Once he enters your group you can explain the situation. If you would rather wait till after the event, feel free to email the host at CommunityDocumentaryNight@gmail.com, then we can figure out a way of resolving the issue for future events.
10. It's ok to eat! Tea will be provided. You are welcome to bring snacks to share. Please bring foods though that won't be distracting for other attendees.
- CASINO Day TripHarrah's Cherokee Valley River, Murphy, NC
Day Trip to Harrah's Casino in Murphy, NC
Saturday, October 28, 2023
Harrah's Valley River in Murphy, NC has 60 thrilling table games, sports betting, video poker, and over 1000 slot machines waiting for you.
Price includes - $20.00 free slot play, snacks, beverages on the bus, gratuity for Bus Driver. (Note - To receive $20.00 free slot play, players must be 21, have a valid photo ID and an email address to establish your downloadable account.)
Reserve your seat NOW - Payment Deadline - October 7, 2023
Use ZELLE by entering cell phone number - 404-406-3936 for Theresa Hall. When using ZELLE, put Casino trip in description and send a text message to identify yourself that you sent a payment.
Send a check or money order payable to:
Theresa Hall, P. O. Box 522, Snellville, GA 30078
Any questions, just call or text Theresa Hall, Coordinator at 404-406-3936. Travel Buddies-Atlanta, email - firstname.lastname@example.org
- Virtual Documentary Night: Be WaterLink visible for attendees
**YOU MUST WATCH THE FILM ON YOUR OWN BEFORE THE EVENT**
Link to the film is in the info below.
For this Virtual Documentary Night we have voted to talk about the documentary, Be Water. This film intimately chronicles the life and complex journey of revered martial artist and actor Bruce Lee. Here is a link to where you can watch it for free.
This is a Voting Night, which means at the end of the night we brainstorm and vote to decide as a group what we will watch the following month, so please come ready with your recommendation. The only requirement is that the film must be available to watch online for free. If you need any ideas, you can search through the Flyers Page on the Community Documentary Night website. It is full of flyers based around certain themes and each flyer is full of documentary posters, which are hyperlinked to where you watch the films for free. Something to consider is that next month is December, which is National Human Rights Month and there is also World AIDS Day on December 1st. Check out the National Human Rights Month flyer and the World AIDS Day flyer if you're interested in recommending a film in honor of these holidays.
Again, you must watch the film on your BEFORE the event. We will be meeting over Zoom, where we will break out into small discussion groups. We will do multiple rounds of small group discussion, then close out the night with larger group discussion. The Zoom information is listed below.
Meeting ID: 875 5525 6659
This event is posted in multiple meetup groups, and on Eventbrite, as well as with members of the Community Documentary Night email list. (Message me if interested in joining the email list) Therefore, THIS RSVP LIST IS NOT REPRESENTATIVE OF HOW MANY PEOPLE WILL BE ATTENDING THE EVENT. So even if you only see one person RSVPed in this meetup group, there will always be others in attendance from other groups. We tend to have at least 20 on average. By inviting numerous groups that increases the likelihood that those in attendance will be from varying backgrounds and beliefs. This is done purposefully to provide everyone with the opportunity to hear a wide range of perspectives.
This event is open to all who are open to all. The one thing we ask is that people allow others to get their full thought out and that any disagreement is voiced in a civil way. Check out the Community Documentary Night website for more info or links to previously shown documentaries.
Thank you and hope to see you there!
- Niagara Falls and Toronto, CanadaHartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Atlanta, GA
Start planning your summer vacation for 2024 and reserve your slot on this scenic trip full of activities. We will depart from Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson airport and arrive in Buffalo Niagara airport where we will board our private motor coach bus for the week to tour Toronto/Niagara Falls.
4 nights lodging in Toronto/Niagara Falls area
6 meals - 4 breakfasts and 2 dinners
Guided tours of Niagara Falls and Toronto
Cruise right up to the falls on the Horn Blower Niagara ship
Tours of Niagara-on-the-Lake, Queen Victoria Park, Casa Loma castle
Gaming at Fallsview Casino, the largest and most elegant casino in Canada.
PRICE - $799.00 per person double occupancy
$979.00 per person single occupancy
Price does not include airfare. Airfare will be arranged for the group when flight schedules are published. **PASSPORTS are required.
Deposit $200.00 due ASAP to hold your slot
2nd Payment due 12/1/2023
Final Payment due 3/1/2024
For questions and payment information, call or text Theresa Hall at 404-406-3936 or snail mail to email@example.com