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St. Johns County Council on Aging


Learn to Play Chess on Wednesdays in May at River House


with Estelle Thibodeau

Calendar May 1, 2024 at 10 am, runs for 5 weeks

Chess, as in playing casual, over the board chess will transform you through the practice of contemplation. Every piece is a possibility. This class will not only teach you how to play chess, it will take you through an unusual perspective of the history, the culture, and the realms of mystery, defeat, victory and belief. It will impress upon you how making choices on the board, as well as in your life, will shift into better decision making just by playing chess. You don’t have to be a genius either to have this valuable tool.

Estelle Thibodeau has a chess club in St. Augustine, called The Cheesy Chess Club and is an ordained minister active in the art of contemplation and choice. Make your move to the COA's River House for this fascinating perspective on chess. 

Class sessions will be held on Wednesdays, May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 from 10 to 11:30 at River House (179 Marine Street, St. Augustine 32084)

Classes are for ages 18 and up.

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Mah Jongg for Beginners on Tuesdays in May at River House


with Marcia Farrell

Calendar May 7, 2024 at 1 pm, runs for 4 weeks

Mah Jongg is an ancient Chinese game played by four people using tiles bearing various symbols. If you are familiar with the card game Gin Rummy, you have a head start in understanding Mah Jongg. Mah Jongg is an exciting and mind challenging game that helps stimulate your thought process.

Marcia has been playing Mah Jongg for over 20 years. She taught Mah Jongg at the Riverview Club and to the people in her development, as well as other developments. She also taught Mah Jongg at the COA in 2009. She loves the game and plays several times a week. 

Class sessions will be held on Tuesdays, May 7, 14, 21, 28 from 1:00 - 3:00 at River House (179 Marine St.  St. Augustine 32084)

Classes are for ages 18 and up.


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