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Starting a New Year

December 28, 2016 • JAK's Place

Are New Year’s resolutions really a good idea? It depends. Change can be hard. New Year’s resolutions are all about changing our habits, and nothing resists change harder than a habit. If we try to change too much at once, the result is all too likely to be failure.

Instead of making an overly ambitious hit-list of everything that’s “wrong” in your life and trying to fix all or most of it, you might want to take some time in a quiet place to sort out what’s most important. Think about what you do that is good for you already, and how you could improve on it just a little here and there. Is there any one thing that is causing serious problems?

Focus on what is most possible. No one changes overnight. Work on small things. Never mind the big picture; it’s time to sweat the details. Just not all of them at once. Cleaning up a mess means sorting things out one at a time, not taking a bulldozer to the whole works. Let go of the guilt feelings that make you attempt too much and fail, thus reinforcing the guilt and regret.

Take one small step at a time, rather than wishing you were at the end of the journey, and you will not stumble. The journey never ends. January First is neither the end of your old life nor the beginning of a new one. It’s only one of many milestones along the way. Don’t think it’s the only one that matters. Becoming more mindful and aware of your habits all year long will do more to help you change them than any one-off New Year’s resolution.

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December Calendar

November 30, 2016 • JAK's Place

Just a quick post for now. The calendar sent to CSP was not correct. Check the calendar and this page’s sidebar schedule for latest info. We will be closed the Friday before Christmas and the Monday after, Dec. 23 and 26; also Dec. 30 for New Year’s Eve and Jan. 2.

We will also be closed during the CSP Holiday Party on Dec. 20, from 11am to 2pm, and there will be no dinner at JAK’s that day.

Don’t miss out on the holiday fun here at JAK’s.

December 2016 calendar (PDF) REVISED VERSION uploaded Dec. 1, 1:20pm

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November Calendar

November 2, 2016 • JAK's Place

Cooking with Magda enters a new phase on November 21. Other activities as usual, except as noted in the calendar. Magda’s first class was well attended, and five graduates received crockpots.

There will be a special Thanksgiving Dinner on Tuesday, Nov. 22. We will, of course be closed on thanksgiving Day.

November 2016 Calendar (PDF)

The CSP Halloween Party at JAK’s drew a crowd! Not everyone was in costume, but all had a good time. Bingo winners walked out with fantastic prizes.

group photo


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October Schedule

September 30, 2016 • JAK's Place

The October calendar is ready to view, download, or print. Lots going on at JAK’s these days. See our Programs page for descriptions. Knitting, origami, journaling, and Magda’s super cooking class. Seth is still doing Tai Chi every Thursday.

Wednesday is Game Day, with cards, chess, and board games for everyone.

October 2016 Calendar (PDF)

We hope to decorate a tree for the holidays with folded paper ornaments. Origami is a great way to create decorations and gifts with a personal touch. If you’ve never tried it, you don’t know what you’re missing. Check out Decoration Group, 3pm on Thursdays.

origami poster

origami poster

Origami Christmas decorating, at Origami Resource Center

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September News

August 29, 2016 • JAK's Place

Among all the other changes that have been going on at JAK’s Place, we have new activities on our schedule.

Cooking with Magda – Mondays at 3:35 pm
Knitting with Bonnie – Wednesdays, 10-11 am
Decoration Group – Thursdays 3:00 pm
Creative Journaling – Thursdays 4:30 pm

For the time being, Faith in Recovery has been canceled due to Marlys’ lack of mobility. Rhythms of Recovery is also off the schedule. Otherwise, everything is going on as usual. You can view or download this month’s calendar here:

September 2016 Calendar (PDF)

“Decoration Group” is a project to create hand-made paper ornaments for our Christmas tree. The emphasis will be on Origami, the Japanese art of paper folding.

The practice of folding decorative shapes spread out from China after the invention of paper, many centuries ago. It has become a national pastime in Japan. Recently, psychiatrists have made use of it for its calming and focusing qualities.

Origami, unlike many other arts, requires very little investment in materials. Common print and copy paper folds very well. It is easy to make squares from rectangular sheets for learning and practice.

UPDATE – Art Group got a taste of origami. The introductory project was the traditional “flapping bird.” We had fun and — the birds flapped!

Read more about Origami at JAK’s Place






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August Schedule Update

August 9, 2016 • JAK's Place

There will be no Faith in Recovery on Fridays; Marlys is unable to come to JAK’s Place because of her health. This month’s Rhythms of Recovery is also cancelled.

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August 2016 Calendar

July 25, 2016 • JAK's Place

August 2016 Calendar PDF — amended 7/28/16 to include the CSP Picnic. Friday, August 12, at Sunset Park, from 11am to 2pm.

No special events this month, at least at JAK’s Place. No newsletter, either, apart from email notifications, but the news is — we have air conditioning! So, if you need a break from the heat, JAK’s Place is The Place.


Many pounds of raspberries have gone into our freezer already.


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