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Senior Center Posts Activities June 23, 2017

The Elizabethtown Area Senior Center, located in the GEARS Community Center, 70 S. Poplar St., Elizabethtown, invites area seniors to its upcoming programs. The center, a service of GEARS and the Lancaster County Office of Aging, is open regularly on weekdays. Interested individuals may call the center at 717-367-7984 for more information or to make reservations.

Activities on Thursday, June 29, will include walking from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m., sewing at 9 a.m., a morning stretch at 9:30 a.m., Share Your Wedding Pictures at 11 a.m., pinochle at 12:30 p.m., and bridge at 1 p.m. Lunch will be salisbury steak, a potato, coleslaw, and mixed fruit.

There will be no morning walking on Friday, June 30. On the schedule that day will be Bible study at 10 a.m., Would You Rather? at 11 a.m., and a TGIF Party at 5 p.m. Lunch will be sausage, potatoes, beans, and a cookie.

On Monday, July 3, the center will offer walking from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m., laddergolf at 9:30 a.m., the I Love America Game at 10:30 a.m., and pinochle at 12:30 p.m. Lunch will be a pulled pork sandwich, macaroni salad, cabbage, and apple crisp.

The center will be closed on Tuesday, July 4, for Independence Day.

On Wednesday, July 5, the schedule will include walking from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m., chair exercise at 9:30 a.m., Wii Bowling at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., checkers and Connect Four at 11 a.m., and Bingo for Bucks at 1:30 p.m. Lunch will be spaghetti and meatballs, salad, and pears.

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Senior Center Plans Events June 21, 2017

Stewartstown Senior Center, 26 S. Main St., Stewartstown, will offer a variety of activities for local seniors. For additional information, readers may call 717-993-3488 or visit www.stewsenior.org.

On Wednesday, June 28, Barb's aerobics class will meet in the Community Building at the fairgrounds on College Avenue. Mary Ellen will be available to assist with ceramics. Table games and Wii games will be available throughout the day. Other activities will include the bridge club at noon, the Red Hatters at 10:30 a.m., and Tai Chi-Z at 1 p.m.

On Thursday, June 29, Barb's aerobics class will meet in the Community Building at the fairgrounds on College Avenue. A nurse will be available in the morning to check blood pressures and weights. Kings in the Corner will start at 9:30 a.m. At noon, the art class and the Hand and Foot group will both meet. A group will go on a bus trip to Rainbow's Comedy Playhouse to see "Buying the Moose."

On Friday, June 30, vocalist Dan Martin will present patriotic and gospel songs. After lunch, bingo will be played.

On Monday, July 3, the aerobics class will be held at the Community Building. The annual center meeting will be held at 10 a.m. The senior center encourages all center members and anyone that has an interest in the senior center to attend. July newsletters will be available. After lunch, Sophie Glutz will present Pennsylvania Dutch storytelling.

On Tuesday, July 4, the center will be closed for the Fourth of July holiday.

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Ceremony To Honor Aylor June 21, 2017

Senior Commons at Powder Mill, 1775 Powder Mill Road, York, will host a ceremony on Friday, June 30, at 10 a.m. to recognize Judy Rumpf Aylor's commitment to making Fallen Heroes Day a national holiday. York Area Regional Police Department Officers Marc Greenly, Michael Schiffhauer and Curtis Hempfing, retired officer Ken Sheffer, and retired Chief Richard W. Halpin are scheduled to attend the ceremony. Sheffer will play the bagpipes.

Fallen Heroes Day was created by Aylor, 68, after she lost her husband, police officer Edgar James Rumpf, in a nine-alarm fire in Baltimore, Md., on Feb. 15, 1978. He was 33 years old, and the Rumpfs had been married only 13 months. Aylor was left to raise her two children, ages 4 and 9 months, on her own.

After her husband's death, Aylor, an Air Force veteran, began her efforts to create a national holiday that would recognize police and firefighters, just as Memorial Day recognizes members of the military. Aylor envisions the holiday not as a paid holiday, but as a day when flags would be flown at half-staff, drivers would be asked to turn on their headlights, and ceremonies would be arranged.

Aylor gained support from political leaders, wrote letters to officials in her then-home state of Maryland, and finally received approval. She signed proclamations declaring the third Sunday in May as Fallen Heroes Day in Maryland, with the first official holiday being observed in 1985. Within the past decade, Fallen Heroes Day was moved and is now celebrated on the first Friday in May.

Since Maryland's first celebration of Fallen Heroes Day, Aylor has worked to make the day a nationwide observance. From her home at Senior Commons at Powder Mill, she continues to write letters to local officials asking them to make the holiday official. She has written letters to various people, including the president. So far, Maryland is the only state to recognize the holiday.

Earlier this year, Aylor filled out a form that was approved by one of her congressmen, and she received a flag that was flown over the U.S. Capitol on Fallen Heroes Day, May 5.

For more information, readers may call 717-741-0961.

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Senior Center Announces Programs June 21, 2017

September House, 1251 W. King St., York, has announced several programs.

The senior center members will hold a picnic on Monday, July 10. More information is available at the center. The senior center will still be open on July 10.

The senior center will offer an "Ask the Nurse" program, "Balance and Falls," on Tuesday, July 11, at 4 p.m. The nursing students of HACC, Central Pennsylvania's Community College will speak about the risks and reasons for falls and balance problems, and they will give suggestions or solutions for minimizing accidents. The program will include a general question-and-answer section and time for free blood pressure checks.

On Wednesday, July 12, from 9 to 11 a.m., Linda will offer free haircuts for senior center members.

On Friday, July 14, the senior center will offer Pinterest gardening tips.

Every Wednesday evening, the center offers cash bingo. The event is a fundraiser and is open to the public. Food and beverages are available for purchase when doors open at 5 p.m., and bingo starts at 6:30 p.m. For more information, readers may call 848-4417.

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Senior Center Names New Executive Director June 21, 2017

"There is happiness here. When you come in, there is music and everyone is happy. (Seniors) have a home here," said Muriel Kennedy, who was recently named the executive director of the Downingtown Area Senior Center (DASC).

Kennedy heard about the need for a new center director and was interviewed by the recruiting committee and the DASC board of directors in May. Her first day on the job was June 12.

Kennedy, who has a master's degree in organizational leadership from St. Catherine University in St. Paul, Minn., most recently was the center director at Surrey Services for Seniors, a nonprofit organization located in Devon.

"I was in the corporate world with German-American companies, but I have a passion for the elderly and started volunteering," she recalled. "I worked for Sunrise (Senior Living) and Freedom Village and then Surrey."

While programs at DASC are open to seniors age 60 and over, Kennedy would like to see that age range expand. "What I envision is to give this center a new face. We are looking into a rebranding," she stated. "I envision more programs that are tailored toward a bigger scope of individuals - mid-50s to 100. I'm trying to get the baby boomers, and to find them you have to offer programs they are interested in."

For example, while employed at Surrey, Kennedy started a conversional class in German, her native language. "At Devon, I created four new classes in six months, which did not cost anything," she said. "I started a language conversation group in German and, in no time, we had a group of 10 people. I also started a French conversational group."

Kennedy said she also formed a group for people who wanted to talk about end-of-life issues. "I started a roundtable there, and I would like to do that here, too," she noted. "People want to talk about their lives and what their fears are and what their passions are."

Another group she plans is form is one to assist the recently retired. She explained that the workshop will help recent retirees who are not sure what they want to do to explore their passions and interests and discover a new purpose in life.

Kennedy plans to continue all the services and classes that are currently offered at the DASC, including exercise classes, games, dance classes, gift crafting classes, yoga, massage therapy and tai chi. New classes that began in June include cooking, a mosaic mural art class and a fitness class that combines yoga and Pilates.

In addition, lunch is served daily; senior center membership is not required to participate. "We hope that people in general will give a donation (for lunch)," Kennedy said. "But we have some people who cannot afford it, and we are happy we can provide them lunch. It may be the only hot meal that they get."

The DASC, located at 983 E. Lancaster Ave., Downingtown, is open Mondays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. It serves the communities of Downingtown, Elverson and Honey Brook, as well as Caln, East Bradford, East Brandywine, East Caln, East Fallowfield, East Nantmeal, Upper Uwchlan, Uwchlan, Wallace, West Bradford, West Whiteland and West Nantmeal townships.

For membership information, readers may call the center at 610-269-3939 or contact Lindsay Beegle, DASC life enrichment and wellness coordinator, at lbeegle@downingtownseniors.org.

More information is also available at www.downingtownseniors.org or www.facebook.com/DowningtownSeniors.

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Senior Center Posts Schedule June 20, 2017

Northeastern Senior Community Center, 131 Center St., Mount Wolf, has announced its schedule of upcoming programs for the month of July and beyond. For more information about the senior center, readers may call 717-266-1400, email seniorstars@nassc.org, or visit www.mtwolf.org/SeniorCenter.

Creative Aging, a program of stARTSomething, is a project funded by grants from York County Community Foundation's Hahn Home Fund for Embracing Aging and stARTSomething. The senior center's third free residency for seniors, "More on Acrylic Painting," will be held on Mondays, July 10 through Aug. 28, from noon to 1:30 p.m. Preregistration is required, and beginners are welcome. The eight-week session residency will begin with the fundamentals of acrylic painting for new participants, who will explore color mixing, underpainting, and dry brush and wash techniques. All participants will then experience three demonstrations focusing on still life, portrait, and landscape. Next, a unifying visual component will be selected and designed.

The AARP Driver Safety Course for participants age 55 and older will be held on Friday, Aug. 18, from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Preregistration is required for the course, which is designed to meet the needs of older drivers. Seating will be limited. There is a fee for the class, which will be discounted for AARP members. Spouses who are on the same insurance policy are also required to take the course in order to receive the minimum 5 percent discount.

On Wednesday, July 5, at 9:30 a.m., Tony Heath of ForSight Vision will present "Traveling With Low Vision," which will be followed by Tony on stage.

On Wednesday, July 12, at 9:30 a.m., the center will present back-to-back entertainment with LTR Review and Tall in the Saddle.

On Monday, July 17, "Mind Matters: The Science of Dreams" by Dr. Shaun Cook will be presented at 10 a.m.

On Wednesday, July 19, at 9 a.m., Minnich's Pharmacy will do blood pressure checks and present a medication safety discussion. Also on July 19, Matthew Dodd will perform songs, skits, and storytelling about "The Red, White, and Blue" at 10:30 a.m.

On Wednesday, July 26, at 9:30 a.m., Visiting Angels will present "Staying Sharp," which will be followed by a performance by SweetLife Music.

On Thursday, July 27, the Druck Music Ministry will perform at 10:30 a.m.

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Senior Center Posts Schedule June 16, 2017

The Elizabethtown Area Senior Center, located in the GEARS Community Center, Elizabethtown, invites area seniors to its upcoming programs. The center, a service of GEARS and the Lancaster County Office of Aging, is open regularly on weekdays. Readers may call the center at 717-367-7984 for more information or to make reservations.

On Thursday, June 22, the center will offer walking from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m., sewing at 9 a.m., a morning stretch at 9:30 a.m., Pennies From Heaven at 10:30 a.m., pinochle at 12:30 p.m., and bridge at 1 p.m. Lunch will be turkey with gravy, potatoes, mixed vegetables, and ice cream.

On Friday, June 23, activites will include walking from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m., Bible study at 10 a.m., a town meeting at 11 a.m, and a TGIF dinner and bingo party at 5 p.m. Lunch will be a meatball sandwich, potatoes, mixed beans, and a brownie.

On Monday, June 26, the schedule will feature walking from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m., laddergolf at 9:30 a.m., bingo at 10:30 a.m., and pinochle at 12:30 p.m. Lunch will be roast beef, potatoes, mixed vegetables, and applesauce.

On Tuesday, June 27, the center will offer walking from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m., a morning stretch at 9:30 a.m., an activity round table at 10:30 a.m., and trivia at 1 p.m. Lunch will be a crab cake, noodles, beans, and pears.

Activities on Wednesday, June 28, will include walking from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m., chair exercise at 9:30 a.m., Wii bowling at 10 a.m and 1 p.m., table games at 10:30 a.m., and Lunch Bunch at 11 a.m. Lunch will be chicken, rice, mixed vegetables, and apples.

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Senior Center Posts Schedule June 15, 2017

The Delta Area Senior Center, located in the Peach Bottom Recreation Building, 5 Pendyrus St., Delta, has announced its schedule. A hot lunch is available on Mondays through Fridays at noon for a donation, and individuals must sign up two business days in advance. To contact the senior center, readers may call 717-456-5753.

Activities offered at the center daily include Wii bowling at 9:30 a.m. and walking and free Wi-Fi all day.

A staff member from the office of Rep. Stan Saylor will be at the center from 9 to 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, June 21, to fill out forms, answer questions, and notarize documents. There is no charge for this service, which is open to anyone in the community. The center will offer regular bowling at Lion Lanes in Red Lion and dominoes at 9 a.m. Challenges will be held in the back hall at 12:30 p.m., and Sit and Sew will meet at 1 p.m. The Quilts of Valor will meet at 6 p.m.

On Thursday, June 22, during craft time at 9:30 a.m., participants will make a hoop flower, and all materials will be supplied. The Sequence card game will begin at 9:45 a.m. Fred Beihl, president of the Stewartstown and Shrewsbury Coin Club, will present "Civil War Coins and American Indians on Coins and Medals." Beihl will also have forms available to enable persons who are legally blind to obtain a free pocket currency reader. Applicants must have proper government-issued identification and be legally blind or legally visually impaired. Assistance will be available to fill out the applications. The Pinochle players and Scrabble players will meet from 1 to 3 p.m.

Bingo will be played from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Friday, June 23. Chair exercises will follow at 11 a.m., and challenges will be given at 12:30 p.m. The knitting and cribbage groups will meet from 1 to 3 p.m.

On Monday, June 26, activities will include dominoes at 9 a.m., pickleball at 9:30 a.m., chair exercises at 10 a.m., and Bible study at 10:30 a.m. Challenges in the back hall will begin at 12:30 p.m., and the crochet class will meet at 1 p.m. The pinochle group will play at 7:30 p.m.

Give Away Day is Tuesday, June 27. At 12:30 p.m., a free ice cream sundae bar will be available for those who eat lunch at the center that day. Drawings for 10 door prizes will be held. Following lunch, "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?" will be played at 12:45 p.m. The Phase 10 players will begin at 1 p.m.

Tickets are available for a bus trip to Atlantic City on Monday, July 10. The bus will leave the center parking lot at 8 a.m. and return by 7:30 p.m. There is a cost to attend, and payment is due at the time of registration. Anyone 18 years of age or older may sign up.

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Center Posts Classes June 15, 2017

Windy Hill on the Campus senior center, 1472 Roth's Church Road, Spring Grove, has posted its upcoming classes. Registration is required for each class. For more information or to register, readers may contact the center at 717-225-0733.

The center will host A Matter of Balance classes on Mondays, July 3 through Aug. 28, from 1 to 3 p.m. The classes will teach strategies to manage falls and will teach exercises that increase strength and balance. The class size will be limited.

The center will hold Chronic Disease Self-Management classes on Wednesdays, July 5 through Aug. 9, from 9:30 a.m. to noon. This class is for individuals living with at least one chronic disease, their caretakers, and their families. Attendees will learn how to manage stress and weight, problem solve, and understand emotions.

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Mystery Trip Announced June 14, 2017

Stewartstown Senior Center will sponsor a mystery bus trip on Thursday, July 27. The bus will depart at 7:45 a.m. and return at 8:45 p.m. There is a discount for senior center members.

The cost will include motor coach transportation, driver and other gratuities, box lunch, and dinner. Payment is due by Thursday, July 6. For details or to register, readers may call 717-993-3488.

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