Huber Heights Senior Center offers a variety of winter activities


Staff report



HUBER HEIGHTS —The Huber Heights Senior Center, located at 6428 Chambersburg Rd. offers the following activities. Some are available to members only while others are open to seniors in the community as designated.

PRESENTATION OPEN TO COMMUNITY

Green Cleaning

Many cleaning products are a potential detriment to personal health and the natural environment in which they are disposed. Biodegradable, non-toxic alternatives can help create a healthier living space and protect crucial ecosystems. Homemade cleaners can be made from many common ingredients such as vinegar, lemon juice, baking soda and essential oils. Using these concoctions, one can save money and enjoy creating their own custom formulas.

Tim Pritchard, Sustainability Education Coordinator for Five Rivers MetroParks, will discuss the implications of environmental pollution and demonstrate easy, fun ways to switch to safer products. Pritchard holds a B.S. in Environmental Biology and works with MetroParks to deliver public programming aimed at furthering the agency’s conservation mission.

Join Pritchard at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 9, at the senior center for this presentation on Green Cleaning. Open to the community. If you can, please call 233-9999 if you plan to attend.

HOLIDAY GIFT CRAFT

Painted Wine Glass

You can enjoy creating this holiday gift that comes with a gift bag at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 14. Sponsor for this activity is The Laurels of Huber Heights who will provide all of the supplies. You will paint the glass and bake it at home (instructions included); wear old clothes or bring an apron. It is dishwasher safe and makes a very nice gift. Please register December 2- 10; phone calls accepted. Limited to 15 members.

DECEMBER SOCIAL

Celebrate the holiday season with your senior center friends at the fun and festive social at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 19. Dinner will be catered by Christy’s with the buffet open from 5:30 – 6:15 p.m. The menu includes roast pork loin, beef tips over noodles, parsley new potatoes, green bean casserole, Waldorf salad, apple and cherry cobbler.

Tickets cost $12 and will be sold through Dec. 8. Guest registration opens up Dec. 3. Entertainment will feature Just Duets, singing a variety of tunes.

Doors open at 4:30 p.m. for time to mingle and jingle!

MEMBERSHIP REQUIREMENTS

To be eligible to participate in center activities and to receive the monthly newsletter, you must be a current member. Dues are $20 (checks preferred); there is no extra charge for non-residents. Renewal is due every January. Please make sure that you receive a new membership card when you join or renew (includes honorary members). Those joining for the first time will receive a welcome packet (one per family). All are required to sign a general liability waiver.

New members are welcome anytime; seniors must be at least fifty to join and their younger spouses are welcome to join. Those turning 90 by March 1 are honorary and not charged the membership fee; however, an application must be on file and updated every January.

Interested seniors may be permitted to visit three times before joining. Dues are reduced to $5 Oct. 1 through Dec. 31 for first-time applicants only with the full renewal fee of $20 due in January.

HEARING CHECK UP

The next screening day will be Thursday, Dec. 10. Please call 233-9999 to make an appointment. Thanks to Butch Redd from the Fairborn Hearing Clinic for this service. A basic hearing screening is conducted and hearing aids are examined. Minor repairs may be made on site. Open to seniors in the community.

BLOOD PRESSURE & MORE

Feel welcome to walk in for the following screenings (no fasting required). Open to seniors in the community. Unavoidable short-notice cancellations may occur at times.

Fourth Tuesday: Dec. 22, 11:45 -12:45 with blood pressure, BMI, and pulse oximeter by First Light Home Care.

TRIVIA TIME

Have fun competing in a friendly trivia contest at 1 p.m. on Friday, December 11. This fun competition is held on the second Friday of each month. Cypress Pointe sponsors and conducts this intriguing game. Snacks and prizes will be provided; all you bring is a pen and your game spirit. Come and join the fun, learn some interesting facts, and make some new friends! This is a great activity for both men and women.

Trivia Prep: held at 1 p.m. every Friday except the 2nd Friday when the competition is offered. Trivia Prep is for those who want to drop in and practice for fun (no prizes).

CONGREGATE LUNCH

Membership not required; open to community

There is no need to eat alone when you can enjoy a nutritious meal and the company of other seniors in a casual and friendly setting.

The Huber Heights Senior Center is a site for the congregate meal program sponsored by Senior Resource of $2 is suggested from those aged 60 and up. Those under 60 are required to pay $4.65 unless certain eligibility requirements are met. Lunch is open to the public and served 11:15 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Tuesdays and 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays. Milk and/or water are included. Coffee is provided by the senior center for 25 cents for the first cup with free refills. A donation of $2 is suggested from those aged 60 and up. Those under 60 are required to pay $4.65 unless certain eligibility requirements are met. Please call the center at 233-9999 by 12 p.m. the day before the meal to make a reservation or to cancel. The menu is posted on the bulletin board, take home menus are available, or you can call the center.

Note: no meal Dec. 25.

BEGINNER LINE DANCE

Join in the fun and learn to line dance from Rose Winkler. This popular activity includes a variety of music and dance steps. A new eight week session begins Jan. 7. Cost is $15 and due when registration begins Dec. 10. Open to senior center members only. Class is held from 10-11 a.m. on Thursdays.

TERRIFIC TRIPS

Senior center members may register the first 10 days. After that, non-member seniors ages 50 and up and those ages 21-49 accompanying a senior, may register for any remaining seats.

April 17-23 Savannah, Ga.

This wonderful trip, back by popular demand, includes touring Jekyll and St. Simon’s Island, tour of Beaufort, SC, Parris Island, tour of Savannah with a visit to an historic and famous home, entertainment, and much more. Very few seats are left for this trip so sign up soon! Final payment is due Feb. 5.

July 11-15 Lancaster Show & Dutch Country

Members register with $75 deposit at 2 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 15. Starting at 12 noon, numbers will be given to people who are seated in line (limit of one number per person). Snow date: if the center is closed on Jan. 15 due to weather, registration will be held the following Friday on Jan. 22 at 2 p.m. Cost is $537 for double, $737 single. Non-members may register starting January 29. Seating is assigned according to date of final payment. Optional trip cancellation is available for an extra fee.

Oct. 17-21 Nashville

Save the date for this entertaining trip. Registration will begin in April.

HELPING HAND

If you need a hand with insurance, Medicare, housing, transportation, understanding or filling out documents, or other issues, stop in at 9:30 a.m. on Mondays to see Maria from Senior Independence.

TOY DONATIONS

The senior center is a collection site for anyone wishing to donate new or gently used toys for children in Huber Heights (birth-12 years). Donations should not be wrapped. This program, Toys for Kids at Christmas, is sponsored by the VFW Post 3283. Wrapping paper and gift bags may also be donated. The last day to make donations is Dec. 14.

TAX ASSISTANCE

Free income tax preparation by VITA/AARP Tax-Aid Volunteers will be available at the Huber Heights Senior Center beginning February 3. All volunteers are IRS certified.

Taxes will be done Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. by appointment only. Call 233-9999 beginning January 5 to make an appointment. Taxes for farms or businesses are not prepared.

EXERCISE CLASS

Spring Semester

If you missed registration at the senior center in November, you can register at any Sinclair Learning Center or online. Sinclair charges $25 per student for the semester. At least 15 students are required for the Sinclair College class to be offered at the senior center. Classes are held on Mondays and Wednesdays for senior center members who are at least 60 years old. Spring semester begins Jan. 11.

COME TO CANASTA

We would love to increase the canasta group. Games start at 12 p.m. on Thursdays so arrive a little earlier. If you want to learn or need a refresher, you can observe or you can plunge in and play! It is a fun game with friendly people.

SPECIAL THANKS

The Huber Heights Senior Center greatly appreciates the donations and services made in 2015 from the following organizations, merchants, and individuals whose support greatly enhances programs and events at the senior center: Huber Heights Courier

Hearth & Home of Vandalia

Wright Nursing & Rehab

Ulbrecht’s Bakery

Cypress Pointe

Laurels of Huber Heights

VFW Post 3283

Brookhaven

Fairborn Hearing Center

Dayton Public Health Dept.

Senior Independence

First Light Home Care

Widows Home

Huber Heights YMCA

Summit at Park Hills

Grace Comforts Home Care

Optum Hospice

Area Agency on Aging, PSA 2

OSHIIP

Kettering Health Network Driving Rehab

City of Huber Heights

Springhills Singing Woods

Friends Care

Chamber of Commerce

Legal AidWestern Ohio

Omsbudsman

Brookdale at Fox Run

Knollwood Garden Center

Bruce Goodenough

Good Samaritan Medical Library

Bright Ideas Mobility

Mont. Co. Veterans Service

Heights Cafe

Friendship Village

MediGold

Wayne Township Historical Society

Rose Music Center

Sulphur Grove Methodist Church

Crossroads Nursing & Rehab

Hillary Ricoma

Woodland Cemetery

Dayton Metro Library

George Lovett

Clark’s Pharmacy

Karen Findlay-HH Library

Dorothy Brady

HH Wal-Mart

HH Target

TJ Chumps

Classic Pizza

HH Party City

Jerry Stichter

Organized by Olive

Claire Esposito

Have Art Will Travel

Richard Esposito

All senior center volunteers.

All making monetary donations.

Staff report

Reach the Huber Heights Senior Center at 233-9999 or visit www.huberseniorcenter.org.

Reach the Huber Heights Senior Center at 233-9999 or visit www.huberseniorcenter.org.