Helping University Park older adults age in community
Helping Hands University Park
A Town Committee with the mission to help residents remain in their homes as they age. We do this through volunteer services, educational programs and social activities, and partnerships with other individuals and organizations that complement our mmission. By engaging a wide range of residents, we enhance the quality of life for our entire community.
Helping Hands University Park, Hyattsville Aging in Place, Neighbors Helping Neighbors-College Park, and Explorations on Aging College Park have joined together to launch a new, on-line informative series to entertain, engage, and educate attendees, especially our older residents residing along the Route 1 Corridor. These Corridor Conversations programs will be held monthly, with attendees able to join via telephone or Zoom. Presentations begin at 2 p.m. Attendees are encouraged as early as 1:30 for conversation or to work out any technical glitches. When possible, programs will be recorded for those who cannot attend live. We will be expanding this list as new programs are ready.
The Great Caterpillar Factory & Backyard Birds
Saturday, May 22, 2021 — 2–3:30 p.m.
It’s May and the great caterpillar factories of eastern North America are in full production. You’ll hear their engines humming as they munch away in woodlots or mature trees. For songbirds, this is a sign the bounty that fuels the mating, nest-building and parenting is going on right now in our backyards. Join science writer and College Park resident Rick Borchelt for a look at some of the common birds that depend on these caterpillar factories in suburban landscapes.
Art Works. It really does.
Saturday, June 26, 2021 — 2–3:30 p.m.
Join artist, educator, and nonprofit leader Barbara Johnson on an exploration into the many ways art works to support our wellbeing. You needn’t be a professional to experience the benefits of creativity. From experiencing art created by others to engaging in the act of creating your own artwork, art really does work to make our lives richer, happier, and even healthier. Come prepared with some blank paper and whatever drawing instrument you have around the house (pencil, pen, marker, paintbrush and paint) to participate in some short experiential artmaking. Barbara is founder and executive director of Art Works Now.
Pluto: Planet Or Not?
Saturday, July 24, 2021 — 2–3:30 p.m.
Learn about Pluto’s five moons and the 2015 Horizon flyby from University of Maryland professor Douglas Hamilton. Discovered as the ninth planet in 1930, Pluto was reclassified as a dwarf planet in 2006. The largest of the dwarf plants, the Horizon flyby taught us a lot about our distant neighbor and its moons, four of which were discovered between 2005 and 2012.
Scattered Clouds: Finding Poetry in Washington, D.C.
August 28, 2021 at 2:00 p.m.
Join Reuben Jackson for a reading from his latest collection of poems, Scattered Clouds, and a discussion of how growing up in Washington, D.C., continues to influence his writing. A Hyattsville resident, Jackson curated the Smithsonian's Duke Ellington Collection and is an archivist at the University of the District of Columbia’s Felix E. Grant Jazz Archives. His music reviews appear in numerous media outlets, and his poetry has been widely anthologized.
Thursday, February 25, 2021 — 2–3:30 p.m.
Join us for a discussion of the history of our Route 1 neighbor, North Brentwood. We’ll learn about the history of North Brentwood, the first African-American incorporated town in Prince George’s County. From its connections to the 19th Infantry Regiment of U.S. Colored Troops in the Civil War through the Civil Rights Movement to today, North Brentwood holds a unique place in Route 1’s Black history. Learn about the early days of North Brentwood, its varied relationships with its surrounding communities, its growth through self-sufficiency, and its development today. Chanel Compton, board chair and former executive director of the Prince George’s African American Museum and Cultural Center and executive director of the Banneker–Douglas Museum, Maryland’s official state museum of African American History and Culture, will lead the session, which also includes North Brentwood Mayor Petrella Robinson, a lifelong resident of the town.
Wednesday, March 31, 2021 — 2–3:30 p.m.
Join nationally recognized author, educator, and former neighbor Carol S. Pearson, Ph.D., to learn about how the power of myths and ancient stories apply to our lives today, and how they can inspire and influence us. Dr. Pearson has developed tools to help us recognize these stories. Discover how your story, once recognized, can help you better understand your life and chart a path through difficult decisions.
Saturday, April 24, 2021 — 2–3:30 p.m.
Celebrate Shakespeare’s birthday with a look at what goes into producing a theatre classic. Join Hyattsvillian Janet Griffin, newly retired director of public programs and artistic producer for the Folger Theatre, to learn about the theater’s 2008 production of Macbeth, what went into developing the staging in order to make a nearly 400-year-old play fresh and exciting. We’ll also view a video from the 2008 performance and hear from the directors.
HHUP & COVID
Fully vaccinated volunteers are ready to resume transportation for HHUP members who:
have completed COVID vaccination
will wear a mask in the car (if requested)
will sit in the backseat, passenger side (if requested)
Contact HHUP if you need transportation or any of our other services -- 301-892-6636 or HHUniversityPark@gmail.com
A GRATEFUL MEMBER
Thank you for enriching my life in so many ways, and most especially for giving me the confidence that I can continue living alone.
Our members are always so thankful. What they don't realize is that I get more out of providing assistance than they can possibly imagine.
A GRATEFUL MEMBER
... By its work HHUP has made UP a more welcoming place for me -- a place I want to continue to age into.
Member Catherine Turner, Pilates instructor. Photo by volunteer Sabrina Meyers
HHUP members in Chair Yoga class
Member Gerry Hendershot receives holiday gift bag from volunteer Tom Wachs.