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Activities Available At Senior Center January 16, 2018

The South Central York County Senior Center, 150 E. Main St., New Freedom, has posted its upcoming activities. A hot lunch is served at 11:20 a.m. each day.

Health and fitness activities will include isometric exercises at 9:15 a.m. daily, tai chi at 10:15 a.m. daily, Stretch Yoga at 9:15 a.m. on Mondays, Sweatin' to the Oldies at 10:15 a.m. on Mondays, HoopFit at 9:15 a.m. on Tuesdays, and line dancing at 10 a.m. on Wednesdays. The exercise equipment and the gym are also available for use every morning.

The senior center also offers an acrylic art class at 9:15 a.m. on Mondays, a watercolor art class at 9 a.m. on Tuesdays, ceramics at 9:15 a.m. on Wednesdays, Walking Through the Bible at 9 a.m. on Thursdays, and the Friends Together craft class at 9 a.m. on Fridays. The senior center offers a class on card making and blanket knotting, as well as a quilter's group.

Drivers are being sought for Meals on Wheels one morning each month. Openings are available for the routes in Glen Rock and Shrewsbury. Interested individuals may contact the senior center.

The senior center is planning a Caribbean cruise for February 2019. For details, readers may contact the center.

Members of the senior center have contributed family recipes to the center's cookbook. Interested individuals may purchase the cookbook by calling the center or stopping by. Center staff members are in the office on Mondays through Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For more details about activities, readers may call the senior center at 717-235-6060.

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Seminar Planned For Local Pastors January 16, 2018

Garden Spot Village, 433 S. Kinzer Ave., New Holland, will host a seminar for local pastors on Monday, Feb. 26, in the chapel. The half-day event is titled "Pastoring in the Best of Times and the Worst of Times." It will start with a complimentary breakfast at 8 a.m.

Dr. Leith Anderson, a pastor, speaker, author and leader, will be the speaker. He currently serves as president of the National Association of Evangelicals, headquartered in Washington, D.C., and is also pastor emeritus of Wooddale Church in Eden Prairie, Minn., where he served as senior pastor for 35 years.

In addition to breakfast, the seminar will feature two sessions, slated to start at 8:45 a.m. and conclude by noon.

During "Becoming the Leaders We Need to Be," Anderson will provide practical advice relating to the high expectations for pastors and ministry leaders and the frequent comparisons to other leaders.

During "Preaching and Teaching: The Practical Stuff," Anderson will provide ideas related to sermon approach, preparation and connections to the congregation.

The seminar, co-sponsored by Garden Spot Village and the Community Church at Garden Spot Village, is free to pastors and their spouses, but preregistration is required. To register, readers may call the Garden Spot Village resident services office at 717-355-6000 by Monday, Feb. 19.

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McCarthy's Artwork On Display January 15, 2018

The art gallery at United Zion Retirement Community (UZRC), 722 Furnace Hills Pike, Lititz, is featuring Leslie McCarthy as January's Artist of the Month.

McCarthy has been working for 13 years to establish her own contemporary style of art characterized by strong themes and moving narratives. Her desire is to keep viewers engaged through her display of bold colors and vivid contrasts. McCarthy has created more than 60 commissioned pieces of art. She was recently featured as an "Up and Coming Artist" in a local magazine, and she was the featured artist at a Lancaster art studio and an interior design business.

McCarthy is currently busy working on new pieces for her next show, as well as creating hummingbird pieces for her Project Hummingbird series. Project Hummingbird donates 100 percent of all proceeds raised from any hummingbird piece to A21, a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to eradicating slavery around the world. For more information on A21 or McCarthy and her work, readers may visit www.lesliemccarthyart.com.

McCarthy's artwork will be on display and available for purchase at UZRC throughout the month of January. The gallery is free and open to the public daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. For more information, readers may contact Alyssa Wojcik at awojcik@uzrc.org.

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UZRC Resident Celebrates 104th Birthday January 15, 2018

During a January snowstorm in 1914, a girl was born in an apartment in Sturgis House on Main Street in Lititz. Dorothy Heisley, who later became Dorothy Markert and eventually Dorothy Cushman, celebrated her 104th birthday with a drop-in party at United Zion Retirement Community (UZRC), where she resides, on Jan. 14. Cake and ice cream were served. Cushman officially turned 104 on Jan. 16.

Dorothy's rooms in personal care at UZRC, 722 Furnace Hills Pike, Lititz, overlook the intersection of Route 501 and Newport Road. Her rooms are decorated with photos, newspaper items, and artwork, mostly created by her children and grandchildren. Dorothy enjoys watching the traffic out of the large window in one corner of her sitting room. She loves cardinals, and a variety of decorations featuring the brightly hued birds cover her walls.

Dorothy grew up on Liberty Street in Lititz with her parents and her sister, Ruth, who died nearly a decade ago. She remembers playing in the backyard with her sister as a child. She attended Warwick High School, graduating in 1931, before going to work in Heisley's Shirt Factory, which was owned by her mother. Dorothy made shirts and children's clothing, particularly clothing for little girls. She later put her knowledge of making children's clothing to good use for many years creating items to sell at the annual Lititz Rotary Craft Fair. "I made doll clothes and baby shirts," she recalled.

In 1935, Dorothy married John Edwin Russell Markert, a watchmaker with Hamilton Watch, who also repaired watches out of their home at 41 Market St., Lititz. The couple was married for many years, and they had three children, Jane, Judy, and Jack, who is now deceased. Dorothy's five grandchildren include Amy Adams, Abby Dodds, Jack Markert, Kimberly Markert Jones, and Jeffrey Markert, who is now deceased. She also has 11 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

After Russell died in July 1984, Dorothy's granddaughter Amy introduced her to Robert Cushman. Robert was a retired inventor of an X-ray machine used primarily in dental offices, and he volunteered at a local hospital, where Amy worked. When Robert began an inventor's club, Amy joined. As she grew to know him, he confided in her that he was not interested in marrying again, but that he was lonely for companionship. Amy; Dorothy; her daughters, Judy and Jane; and Robert began eating dinner together and socializing regularly. After some time, Robert asked to take Dorothy to dinner without family along, and when Dorothy was 85, they married and lived in Cornwall Manor in Lebanon. After Robert passed away, Dorothy moved to UZRC.

Some memories Dorothy shared were of taking the trolley and later the bus into Lancaster to shop. She noted that she enjoyed shopping at Watt & Shand, as well as at the "5 and 10s," including Woolworth's. She specifically remembered being stuck in a snowstorm in the Kissel Hill area while waiting for the trolley. "I rode that trolley a lot," she noted.

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Senior Center Sets Schedule January 12, 2018

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 Mondays through Fridays. Interested individuals may call the center at 717-367-7984 for more information or to make reservations.

The schedule on Thursday, Jan. 18, will include walking at 9 a.m., cornhole at 9:30 a.m., Instrumental Peace With Lauren at 10:30 a.m., and pinochle and bridge at 12:30 p.m. Lunch will be a chicken Philly Sandwhich with onion, peppers, and cheese, along with creamy potato soup with crackers, a whole wheat hoagie roll, and blushed pears.

Activities on Friday, Jan. 19, will include walking at 9 a.m., Bible study and table games at 10 a.m., Movie Stars at 11 a.m., and Walking With Ease at 12:30 p.m. Lunch will be vegetable lasagna with Parmesan cheese sauce, a tossed salad with hardboiled eggs and tomato wedges, wheat bread, pineapple, and oranges.

On Monday, Jan. 22, the center will offer walking at 9 a.m., laddergolf or bean bags at 9:30 a.m., Stir the Pot - Mix It Up at 10:30 a.m., and pinochle and Walking With Ease at 12:30 p.m. Lunch will be roasted turkey with gravy, whipped potatoes with chives, sliced carrots, white bread, and spice cake with icing.

Activities on Tuesday, Jan. 23, will include walking at 9 a.m., a morning stretch at 9:30 a.m., Pennies From Heaven at 10:30 a.m., and Brain Teasers - It's Cold at 1 p.m. Lunch will be baked ziti with meatballs, marinara sauce, and cheese topping, and Caesar salad, Italian bread, and mixed fruit.

The schedule on Wednesday, Jan. 24, will feature walking at 9 a.m., pancakes at 9 a.m., chair exercise at 9:30 a.m., Wii Bowling at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., winter fun activities at 10:30 a.m., and ukelele band at 2 p.m. Lunch will be a winter picnic with hamburgers and hot dogs, creamy cauliflower soup with crackers, hamburger rolls, and fresh seasonal fruit.

The center will hold a Clothing Sell-abration on Saturday, Jan. 27, from 8 a.m. to noon. Clothing will be sold for a nominal cost, and chicken corn and ham and bean soups will be available. Soup may also be ordered by calling the senior center.

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Program To Offer Variety Of Courses January 12, 2018

Luther Acres, a Luthercare community, 600 E. Main St., Lititz, will offer a variety of courses through its winter 2018 "reDiscover a World of Possibilities" program. The courses will be one day a week, and some will cover a two-, four- or six-week period. All courses are open to the greater community and will be held on the Luther Acres campus. Varying fees have been set for residents and for nonresidents, but some courses are free to attend.

Introduction to Ballroom will be taught by Gregg and Amber Stief on Wednesdays, Feb. 7 to 28, from 7:15 to 8:15 p.m. The class will cover the basics of the five major ballroom dances: waltz, foxtrot, rhumba, cha-cha, and swing. Couples and singles of all ages and abilities are welcome.

Acrylic Painting for Beginners will be led by fine artist Tamera Teets on Mondays, Feb. 19 to March 12, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Individuals who are new to painting or to acrylic paint are welcome to take part.

Tai Chi will be taught by Collean Riehl, wellness specialist at the Luther Acres Wellness Center, from 10:30 to 11 a.m. on Wednesdays, Feb. 7 to March 14. Tai chi involves a continuous series of controlled, usually slow movements designed to improve physical and mental well-being. The class is appropriate for people of all fitness levels.

Mediation and Conflict Resolution Skills: What Is It and How Can I Use It? will be offered from 2 to 3 p.m. on Mondays, Feb. 5 and 12. The workshops will focus on mediation, specifically elder mediation, along with benefits and when to choose mediation. It will feature interactive discussions and activities to practice conflict resolution techniques.

Spiritual Migration and the Book of Revelation has been set for 10:30 a.m. to noon on Thursdays, Feb. 1 to 22. Discussions will include the hiddenness and activity of God in history; the nature of apocalyptic thinking; and numbers, symbols, poetry, and myth in biblical stories.

Individuals may learn to play Five Crowns, a five-suited rummy-style card game, during sessions from 1:30 to 3 p.m. on Wednesdays, Feb. 7 to 28. The award-winning, classic game is appropriate for both avid and casual card players.

Registration is required by Feb. 1, and space is limited. To sign up or to obtain more information, including cost, readers may call Beth Bucher, Luther Acres wellness director, at 717-626-1171, ext. 1691.

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Seniors Group Plans Meeting January 11, 2018

St. Anne-Neumann Seniors will meet on Tuesday, Jan. 23, at 1 p.m. at the St. John Neumann Church, 601 E. Delp Road, Lancaster, in the John XXIII Hall. Musical entertainment will be provided by Chas Lee.

The group welcomes new members. For more information, call 717-626-3932.

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Free Lunch For Seniors Posted January 11, 2018

First Presbyterian Church, 7 Marietta Ave., Mount Joy, will hold a Neighbors Connect free lunch for seniors on Wednesday, Jan. 17, at noon. The doors will open at 11:30 a.m. At 12:30 p.m., there will be a presentation by Jeannie Sadaphal from Discover Lancaster.

To register, readers may email fpcmj1@gmail.com or call 717-653-5888 and leave a message. Walk-ins are welcome.

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Senior Center Director Named Outstanding Citizen January 11, 2018

The Southern Chester County Chamber of Commerce has named Oxford Area Senior Center executive director Jim McLeod as its Outstanding Citizen for 2017.

The honor is the latest recognition for McLeod, who is well known throughout the Oxford area for his record of community service. A formal presentation of the award will take place at the Chamber dinner on Saturday, Feb. 17, at the Longwood Gardens Conservatory in Kennett Square.

"I'm very much appreciative, but very surprised also," McLeod said. "(The award represents) the whole end of the county; it isn't just Oxford. I'm humbled and I'm honored."

McLeod has a long history of service locally, as well as at the county and state levels. He has served on the board of directors of the Pennsylvania Automotive Association, the Fulton Bank Brandywine Division Advisory Board and the American Red Cross Chester County Brandywine Division's Disaster Action Team. Additionally, he was development chairman of the Southern Chester County Emergency Medical Services.

McLeod has been a member of the Oxford Rotary Club for 28 years and has been a board member of the Oxford Educational Foundation, Oxford Neighborhood Services Center (NSC), Oxford Area Chamber of Commerce, Oxford Athletic Association and Oxford Area Sewer Authority.

He was a founding board member of the Jennersville YMCA and was on the board of directors of the SCCOOT bus service from 1997 until 2005. He is well known for organizing the annual Oxford Halloween parade and the annual Spirit of Giving Luncheon held on the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, which benefits NSC.

"That was my wife's idea. We started it in 1987 or '88," McLeod said, explaining how the luncheon began. "I ran with it and continue to do it."

McLeod's record of community service includes many more involvements. He is also a member of the Oxford Presbyterian Church, where he has served as an elder and a deacon.

McLeod has been recognized for his service before. He has been the recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award from Oxford Area School District and the Oxford Area Community Service Award from the Oxford Area Chamber of Commerce.

McLeod has been the executive director of the senior center since January 2002. "I enjoy it. As you do things here, you can see the effect you're having on people's lives and they're happier when they leave. They want to come back because we're offering good things to do," McLeod said. "We're doing good work here, and we have a good staff."

In addition to regular programming and meals, the Oxford Senior Center provides information and referral services. "As people turn into their senior years, they have questions about services that are available to them, like Social Security, Medicare and different insurance programs," McLeod said.

As the population ages, the needs of senior citizens are changing, and McLeod is working to keep pace with them. "As the GI generation (people born in the mid-1920s or earlier) gets older, Baby Boomers like myself are coming in. That's a whole new group of people and new issues," McLeod said. "We're doing a lot of night programs because the Baby Boomers are taking care of their parents, taking care of their grandchildren or both, and they're still working. They can't come in the daytime."

Upcoming activities at the senior center include a belly dancing class, line dancing, a workshop on greeting card stamping and an Introduction to Genealogy class.

The Oxford Area Senior Center is located at 12 E. Locust St., Oxford. For more information about activities, readers may call 610-932-5244 or visit www.oxfordseniors.org. More information about the dinner and awards ceremony at Longwood Gardens is available at www.scccc.com.

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Senior Center Plans Activities January 10, 2018

Stewartstown Area Senior Center, 26 S. Main St., Stewartstown, has posted its schedule of activities. For more information, readers may call 717-993-3488 or visit www.stewsenior.org.

On Wednesday, Jan. 17, Barb's aerobics class will be held in the fellowship hall. Anyone interested in less strenuous exercise may participate in Senior Shape Up chair aerobics or play Wii games. Mary Ellen will be available to assist with painting ceramics. Wheel of Fortune will be played in the morning. The Tai Chi class will meet at 10 a.m., and the bridge group will meet at noon. The card party will start at 1 p.m.

On Thursday, Jan. 18, the senior center will serve a chipped beef and pancake breakfast from 7 to 9:30 a.m., weather permitting. The public is invited. Barb's aerobics class will be held in the fellowship hall. Bonnie will be available to check blood pressures and weights from 9 to 11 a.m. Kings in a Corner will start at 9:30 a.m. Nancy Wirtz will present a program on the topic "Depression - Winter Blues." Various table and Wii games will be available throughout the day. The acrylic art class and the Hand and Foot group will both meet at noon.

On Friday, Jan. 19, Willy will lead a craft class starting at 9:30 a.m. Bocce ball will start at 10:30 a.m. Various table and Wii games are available throughout the day. Bingo will be played after lunch.

On Monday, Jan. 22, Barb's aerobics class will be held in the fellowship hall, and senior chair aerobics will also be offered. Various table and Wii games will be available throughout the day. The board of directors will meet at 3 p.m.

On Tuesday, Jan. 23, Barb's aerobics class will be held in the fellowship hall. The watercolor art class will begin at 12:30 p.m. Various table and Wii games will be available throughout the day. Doug will be available to assist with computer issues. The pinochle players will meet at noon. Volunteers will go to Manor Care to assist with bingo after lunch.

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Senior Center Slates Activities January 10, 2018

The Delta Area Senior Center, located in the Peach Bottom Recreation Building, 5 Pendyrus St., Delta, has posted its activities. A hot lunch is available at noon for a donation on weekdays. The center offers free WiFi, Wii games, and walking each day. For more information, readers may call the center at 717-456-5753.

A staff member from the office of state Rep. Stan Saylor will be at the center on Wednesday, Jan. 17, from 9 to 11 a.m. No appointment is needed. Domino players will meet at 9 a.m. at the senior center, and the bowlers will meet at the same time at Lion Bowling Center in Red Lion to bowl three games.

Chair exercises will be led by Denise Burkins at 11 a.m., a new time. The class includes weight bearing, strengthening, balance, and breathing exercises. It is suitable for beginners and people with more advanced abilities. Challenges will be held at 12:30 p.m. Sit and Sew with Ruthie will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. The art class will meet from 3 to 4:30 p.m., and Quilts of Valor will begin at 6 p.m.

The craft project for Thursday, Jan. 18, at 9:30 a.m. will be an indoor snowman. The Sequence players will meet at 9:45 a.m., and the line dance class will begin at 11 a.m. Patrick Lampman will offer country and gospel music at 11 a.m. After lunch, the pinochle and Scrabble players will meet from 1 to 3 p.m.

On Friday, Jan. 19, mystery bingo will be played from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Chair exercises will begin at 11 a.m., and challenges will be held at 12:30 p.m. The knitting and cribbage groups will both gather from 1 to 3 p.m.

The domino players will meet at 9 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 22. A Bible study will start at 10:30 a.m., and chair exercises will begin at 11 a.m. Challenges will begin at 12:30 p.m. followed by the crochet class at 1 p.m. The Sew For Vets group will meet from 1 to 3 p.m. They have a new project by request. The pinochle players will gather at 7:30 p.m.

On Tuesday, Jan. 23, bingo and pickle ball will both commence at 9:30 a.m. Other activities will include Wii Jeopardy at 12:30 p.m., Phase 10 at 1 p.m., and the Creative Writing Class from 1:15 to 2:30 p.m.

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Senior Center Posts Events January 10, 2018

September House Senior Center, 1251 W. King St., York, has posted its schedule of activities for seniors.

On weekdays at 10 a.m. the center offers a Fit N Fun exercise class. The group participates in various forms of light exercise, as well as some light aerobics on occasion.

The Tang Soo Do exercise class will meet at 1 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 22, and Wednesday, Jan. 24. Attendees may participate at their own pace.

On Friday, Jan. 26, the movie "Hidden Figures" will be shown after lunch.

The center also offers pinochle on Mondays from 1 to 4 p.m., bingo on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 12:45 p.m., chess on Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and bridge on Fridays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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Centerville AARP Chapter To Meet January 10, 2018

Centerville AARP Chapter No. 4221 will meet at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 25, at Pheasant Ridge Community Center, 209 Longwood Court West, Lancaster. Holly Beebee will demonstrate sitting exercises. Light refreshments will be served after the meeting.

Visitors are welcome. For more information, call Mike Chuhran at 717-569-3467.

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A Tour Of Mountain View Terrace January 8, 2018

In the fall of 2015, Andrew Maines, executive director, and the staff of Welsh Mountain Home (WMH) realized a dream to bring low-income housing to area residents age 62 and over. Mountain View Terrace (MVT), located across from WMH, at 567 Springville Road, New Holland, offers 36 spacious apartments, including six handicapped-accessible units, in a rural setting. On Oct. 27, state Rep. Dave Zimmerman and members of his staff took a tour of MVT.

Maines explained that the project received funding from several sources, including the county, the federal government, and the Pennsylvania Housing and Financing Association. The apartments, some of which are handicapped-accessible, give residents an affordable option, and WMH is nearby should more extensive care be necessary. "Our goal is to keep people (at MVT) until they need another level of care, and we have a personal care home across the street, just in case," said Maines. "MVT is an affiliate of WMH, so I look at these residents as people we're already serving." In addition, the Welsh Mountain Health Centers, offering medical and dental services, is located adjacent to MVT.

According to Maines, WMH partnered with Housing Development Corporation (HDC) MidAtlantic, which manages the property. HDC received 500 applications to live in MVT, including applications from out of state. Applications are handled on a first-come, first-served basis, and rents are adjusted according to income, with heat, electricity, water, sewer, and trash removal included.

One- and two- bedroom apartments are offered in 724 and 1,026 square feet, respectively. Apartments include large walk-in closets. Heating and cooling are provided by a geothermal system with a solar systems supplement. "(MVT) is very energy efficient," noted Maines. Kitchens are fully equipped with a dishwasher. The building provides a community room with a kitchenette, a first-floor laundry room, and communal outdoor patios on each floor. Both landline telephone service and internet access are offered. Maines, who had the walls on each floor painted a different color to help keep residents oriented should the elevator stop on the wrong floor, maintains that the building is never really 100 percent complete. "It's still a work in progress because we want to cater to our residents," he explained.

Resident Mabel Weaver, who moved to MVT in February, seemed contented with the apartment she chose. She opened the door of her one-bedroom to those who toured the facility, noting happily, "I am only five minutes from my children." Weaver added that she toured other retirement communities before applying at MVT.

Maines noted that WMH has been a personal care home for 94 years and that the main building is more than 100 years old. The home was founded with the goals of providing Christian compassion through teamwork, which includes mutual respect, cooperation, and encouragement, with integrity, accountability, faith, and stewardship of resources.

Maines has been the director of the home for nearly a decade. During that time, numerous changes have occurred, including a new dining and kitchen facility and three additional bedrooms for residents.

Readers who would like to learn more about Mountain View Terrace may visit www.welshmountainhome.org/mountain-view-terrace.

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Free Yoga Classes Posted January 5, 2018

The Millersville Senior Center, 222 N. George St., will host free yoga classes for Lancaster County residents age 55 and older at 10 a.m. on Fridays beginning Jan. 12.

The 45-minute class will include breathing instruction, gentle warm-up, and yoga postures that focus on muscle strength and flexibility. Participants will have the option of using a yoga mat or a chair or a combination of both. Chairs will be available, but students must provide their own mats.

For more information or to enroll, readers may call Lancaster County Office of Aging at 717-299-7979.

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Strength Training Program Slated January 5, 2018

The Lititz Senior Center, 201 E. Market St., will host Geri-Fit, a free ongoing strength training program for individuals age 60 and older, on Mondays and Thursdays from 10 to 10:45 a.m. The first class was held on Jan. 8.

Geri-Fit is a 45-minute class that meets twice a week and aims to improve balance, flexibility, and strength. Participants will perform exercises using dumbbell weights and resistance bands. Instruction is provided in the group setting by a certified instructor, and each person is encouraged to work at his or her own pace.

For more information or to enroll, readers may call Lancaster County Office of Aging at 717-299-7979.

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Senior Center Sets Activities January 4, 2018

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 Mondays through Fridays. Interested individuals may call the center at 717-367-7984 for more information or to make reservations.

Activities on Thursday, Jan. 11, include walking at 9 a.m., cornhole at 9:30 a.m., Rummikub and Scrabble at 10:30 a.m., and pinochle and bridge at 12:30 p.m. Lunch will be chicken and dumplings, pepper slaw, whole grain buttermilk biscuits, and warm peaches.

On Friday, Jan. 12, the schedule will include walking at 9 a.m., Bible study and table games at 10 a.m., First Time for Everything at 11 a.m., Walking With Ease at 12:30 p.m., and TGIF Night at 5 p.m. Lunch will be baked fish florentine, rice pilaf, broccoli and carrots, wheat bread, and baked pear crisp.

On Monday, Jan. 15, the center will be closed. However, weather permitting, pinochle and Walking With Ease will be offered at 12:30 p.m. There will be a covered dish lunch.

The schedule on Tuesday, Jan. 16, will feature walking at 9 a.m., a morning stretch at 9:30 a.m., Nutrition With Donna at 10:15 a.m., and Current Events at 1 p.m. Lunch will be barbecued beef ribettes, cheesy hash browns, green beans, whole wheat sandwich rolls, and peaches.

On Wednesday, Jan. 17, the center will offer walking at 9 a.m., chair exercise at 9:30 a.m., Wii Bowling at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., a medication take-back at 10 a.m., table games at 11 a.m., and the Central Penn Food Bank at 1 p.m. Lunch will be sausage pizza casserole with cheese topping, mixed vegetable medley, garlic breadsticks, and fresh seasonal fruit.

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Fairmount Homes Sets Safety Vest Frolic January 4, 2018

Fairmount Homes, 1100 Farm Crest Drive, Ephrata, will host a safety vest frolic on Friday, Jan. 19, at 9:30 a.m. The event will take place in the Crest View Gathering Room on the east side of the Fairmount campus.

Materials will be provided to make vests and assemble kits. Volunteers are needed to help cut pieces of Velcro or reflective tape for the vests or assemble the cut pieces into kits. The program makes and distributes reflective vests for Amish and Mennonite children to wear when traveling the roads.

Volunteers from the local community are invited to participate. Individuals who would like to help in their own home may call 717-394-6851. Due to increased demand, there is a great need for more people to sew, as well as for someone to cut fabric for vests. Donations are also needed to purchase additional materials for more vests.

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Memory Loss Support Group To Meet January 4, 2018

The Memory Loss Support Group for caregivers of persons with memory loss and other forms of dementia will meet on Tuesday, Jan. 30. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. in the Warwick Room of The Heritage at Landis Homes, 1001 E. Oregon Road, Lititz.

Participants will view and discuss the film "A Thousand Tomorrows: Intimacy, Sexuality and Alzheimer's." Created by Terra Nova Films, the video will examine sensitive issues through candid interviews of caregivers and persons who have dementia. Landis Homes team members will facilitate discussion following the film.

The public is invited. The group is operating in partnership with the Alzheimer's Association - Greater Pennsylvania Chapter. For more information, readers may call 717-581-3939.

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Senior Center Posts Schedule January 3, 2018

The Delta Area Senior Center, located in the Peach Bottom Recreation Building, 5 Pendyrus St., Delta, has posted its activities. The center is open on weekdays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., with a hot lunch served at noon for a donation. The center offers free WiFi, Wii games, and walking each day. For more information, readers may call the center at 717-456-5753.

Beginning in January, chair exercises will begin at 11 a.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, instead of at 10 a.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays. Chair exercises include stretching, breathing, and weight bearing exercises. There is no fee for the class. Denise Burkins is the instructor.

On Wednesday, Jan. 10, dominoes will be played at 9 a.m., and a group will meet at Lion Lanes in Red Lion to go bowling. A nurse will check blood pressures from 10 to 10:30 a.m., and chair exercises will begin at 11 a.m. Puzzle challenges will begin at 12:30 p.m., and the art class will meet from 3 to 4:30 p.m.

The craft for Thursday, Jan. 11, will be floral arrangements. The class is free, and all materials will be supplied. Participants should bring a mug to use as a container. The game Sequence will begin at 9:45 a.m. At 10:30 a.m., Michelle Poole will present a seminar on "The Nuts and Bolts of Medicaid." Questions about application and qualifications for Medicaid will be discussed. The line dance class will meet from 11 a.m. to noon. Pinochle and Scrabble will be played from 1 to 3 p.m.

On Friday, Jan. 12, bingo will begin at 9:30 a.m., followed by chair exercises at 11 a.m. Challenges will begin at 12:30 p.m., and the knitting class and the cribbage group will meet from 1 to 3 p.m.

On Monday, Jan. 15, dominoes will be played at 9 a.m. At 10:30 a.m., a group will meet to carpool to Holy Cross Episcopal Church for lunch which at 11:30 a.m. Volunteers are needed to drive. The crochet group will meet from 1 to 3 p.m., and pinochle will be played at 7:30 p.m.

On Tuesday, Jan. 16, bingo will be played at 9:30 a.m. Pickle ball will also begin at 9:30 a.m. Wii Jeopardy will be played at 12:30 p.m., followed by the card game Phase 10 at 1 p.m. The Creative Writing group will meet from 1:15 to 2:30 p.m.

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