HUBER HEIGHTS – Golden Times is a calendar of events for the Huber Heights Senior Center located at 6428 Chambersburg Road.
Celebrate spring and come to the social on Friday, April 15. Dinner will be catered by Rob’s with the buffet open from 5:30 – 6:15 p.m. The menu includes beef tips and noodles, fried chicken, scalloped potatoes, corn, seven layer salad, rolls, assorted cream pies. Tickets will be sold March 2 through April 6 and cost $12 per person. Guest tickets will be available April 1 if any remain. Entertainment will feature the popular Spittin’ Image.
Free income tax preparation by VITA/AARP Tax-Aid Volunteers is available at the Huber Heights Senior Center. All volunteers are IRS certified. Taxes are done Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. by appointment only. Call 233-9999 to make an appointment. If you request a specific tax counselor, this may increase your waiting time. Taxes for farms or businesses are not prepared.
Please bring: documents for ALL sources of income (wages, interest, dividends, stocks, social security, gambling winnings, etc.) If planning to itemize deductions, expense information on things like medical, property taxes, mortgage interest and charitable contributions is needed. Even if not itemizing, bring medical and property tax information. It is essential to bring a copy of your previous tax return, picture ID, social security card, and medical insurance card.
Weather Procedure: tax appointments will not be held when the Huber Heights Schools close for bad weather. Check the television (more than one channel) as late as 8:30 a.m. for school information that may have changed from a delay to closing. You will be contacted later with a new appointment.
PRESENTATION / DEMO
Terrariums & Easter Lilies
Barb Kedler, Master Gardener with Montgomery County and manager of the houseplant department at Knollwood Garden Center, will demonstrate how to properly put together a terrarium using regular houseplants. This can be an enjoyable activity that will brighten up your home during the winter. With Easter in March this year, Barb will also discuss Easter Lilies including the history, care, how and when to plant outdoors, and more.
Join Barb at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, March 14, at the senior center. Seating limited to 15. Call 233-9999 to register; non-members may register beginning March 10.
REJUVENATE & RELAX THROUGH SELF CARE
Experience simple ways to ease body and mind, rejuvenate your spirit, restore your energy, and build mindfulness skills with Urban Zen Integrative Therapy. Some simple ways to achieve this include yoga therapy with very simple seated movements and positions, Reiki which is a relaxing touch/energy therapy, essential oil therapy (inhalation only), and more. These methods used alone or in combination support physical and mental balance and relaxation and can help ease pain, anxiety, nausea, insomnia, and exhaustion. Kathi Kizirnis is an Urban Zen Integrative Therapist and a registered Yoga teacher. Join Kathi for this interactive event that is being sponsored by Optum Hospice at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, March 15. Seating is limited to 24. Call 233-9999 to register; non-members may register beginning March 11.
HEARING CHECK UP
The next screening day will be Thursday, March 10. Please call 233-9999 to make an appointment. A basic hearing screening is conducted and hearing aids are examined by the Fairborn Hearing Clinic. Minor repairs may be made on site. Open to seniors in the community.
TAKE CONTROL OF YOUR PAIN
Chronic Pain Management Workshop
A six-week workshop, offered by the Area Agency on Aging, PSA 2, will be held from 9-11:30 on Mondays starting April 25 (no class May 30). There is no charge for those 60 and over but donations are accepted. Those under 60 must pay a $20 fee. Those who complete the workshop receive a copy of the companion book, Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Pain and a Moving Easy CD.
The Healthy U Chronic Pain Self-Management Workshop helps people develop the skills and coping strategies to better manage their symptoms and feel healthier. It is an interactive, small group workshop that has been proven to improve quality of life and reduce health care expenses by increasing self-confidence and providing new skills.
The workshop focuses on pain management, nutrition, exercise, medication use, emotions, and communicating with doctors and family about your pain. Moving Easy, a gentle movement program, is introduced in week three. Participants learn to manage their symptoms through action planning, interactive learning, problem-solving, and social support.
Registration: the workshop is open to adults of any age who have chronic pain and/or their caregivers. Space is limited; register by contacting the senior center at 233-9999 beginning March 10. Those who attend at least four sessions and are present at the final session on June 6 will be entered in a $25 Visa gift card drawing.
TAI CHI & GOLDEN QI (Chair Chi)
A beginner level Tai Chi class will be offered at 1:30 p.m. on Fridays starting March 18. Cost is $30 per person for the eight week session and is due when registration begins February 19. Open to members only. This ancient Chinese exercise is taught by Sue and Bill McCabe from TAMA Martial Arts and may help to improve your flexibility, balance, focus, and strength.
Golden Qi (Chair Chi) is offered at no cost from 9:45-10:30 on Fridays for those who cannot stand for long; it is important to be seated by 9:45 a.m.
BLOOD PRESSURE & SUGAR CHECK
Feel welcome to walk in for the following screening (no fasting required). Open to seniors in the community. Unavoidable short-notice cancellations may occur at times.
2nd Mon: March 14, 9:45-10:30 with blood pressure and sugar checks by The Laurels of Huber Heights.
Trivia Contest: a friendly trivia competition is held at 1 p.m. on the second Friday of each month (March 11). 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 For Fun: held at 1 p.m. every Friday (except the 2nd Friday when the competition is offered). It is for those who want to drop in and play for fun (no prizes).
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 March 3. Cost is $15 and due when registering. Open to senior center members only. Class is held from 10-11 a.m. on Thursdays. This activity provides a fun way to get some exercise and the class has a great time!
BOOKS & BANTER
Members of the book group will meet at 12:30 p.m. at the senior center on Friday, March 25, to discuss We Were Liars by E. Lockhart. Books are on reserve at the Huber Heights Library. All members are welcome to participate in this activity that meets the last Friday of the month. Anna Lawson is now the book group coordinator/facilitator. Please call the senior center if you have any questions about the book group.
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.
Veterans or spouses can meet one-on-one with a Montgomery County Veterans Service Officer from 12:30-2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 22, to find out about benefits and determine eligibility. This is not for filing claims but old ones can be reviewed if you have questions about them. Please bring your discharge papers. This is on a walk-in basis.
Senior center membersmay register the first ten days. After that, non-member seniors ages 50 and up and those ages 21-49 accompanying a senior,may register for any remaining seats. Payment is due when registering and must be paid with checks or money orders only.
March 16 Scioto Downs
Be sure to bring your driver’s license and also your Scioto Downs Card if you have one. Cost for this trip is $27 which includes the driver’s tip. You will receive $20 play credit and a half price buffet. The final day to sign up is March 11. The bus will arrive at the senior center at 8:30 a.m. and depart at 9 a.m. Approximate return time is 5:15 p.m. Please park in the back half of the parking lot and report to Carolyn at the bus.
April 17-23 Savannah, Georgia
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. Call 233-9999 to be placed on the wait list.
May 18 Mystery Trip
Sh-h-h-h – it’s a secret! Members register March 7, non-members March 21. Cost is $37.
July 11-15 Lancaster Show & Dutch Country
This trip offers a fun variety of activities and events. Included is a guided tour of Lancaster along with Amish Country, a visit to the Kitchen Kettle Village, the Landis Valley Museum and Village, Rockvale Square Outlets, the American Music Theatre for the all new Crooners show with singers, dancers, and orchestra performing tunes from Frank Sinatra, Rosemary Clooney, Tony Bennett, Ella Fitzgerald, and more. Also included is a cruise on the Spirit of Philadelphia and free time in Philadelphia to explore the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall. You will also enjoy a new musical, Samson, at the Sign & Sound Millennium Theatre, one of the world’s largest live performance stages. It is the largest Christian live theatre in the United States with a stage that brings you right into the action with 40 foot high sets, trained animals, and tremendous special effects. Registration requires a $75 deposit. Cost is $537 for double, $737 single. Call 233-9999 to be placed on the wait list.
August 10 Brett Family Show, Columbus
A favorite entertainer from the Branson trip! Registration will begin May 10.
Sept. 7 Scioto Downs
If you missed the March trip, here is another chance!
Oct. 17-21 Nashville
Save the date for this entertaining trip. Highlights include a tour of Nashville, a stop at the Parthenon, ride on the Delta Flatboat inside the Opryland Hotel, show at the Grand Ole Opry, tour of the Belle Meade Plantation, Johnny Cash Museum, dinner and show at the Nashville Nightlife Dinner Theater, a Grand Ole Opry Behind the Scenes Tour, Country Music Hall of Fame, and more. Registration will begin April 29. Cost is $572 rooming double and $752 single.
If you need a hand with insurance, Medicare, housing, transportation, understanding or filling out documents, or other issues, stop in at 9:30 on Mondays to see Maria from Senior Independence.
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 dueevery 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 October 1 through December 31 for first-time applicants onlywith the full renewal fee of $20 due in January
Reach the Huber Heights Senior Center at 233-9999 or their website at www.huberseniorcenter.org.