HUBER HEIGHTS — The Huber Heights Senior Center, located at 6428 Chambersburg Rd., offers the following activities, some of which are open to the public, as indicated below.
Energy Assistance, Weatherization, Suppliers
Zachary Frymier, public information officer for the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO), will discuss resources that help you understand your utility service, including consumer protection tips, consumer rights and responsibilities, payment assistance programs and weatherization programs and the opportunity to select alternative electric and natural gas suppliers.
Frymier has worked in the Office of Public Affairs at the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio since 2012. He travels throughout Ohio educating consumers on Ohio’s competitive supply marketplace and other utility-related issues. Join him at 12:30 p.m., on Wednesday, Jan. 20, at the senior center. Please call 233-9999 to register; open to the community.
HEARING CHECK UP
The next screening day will be Thursday, Jan. 14. 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.
ENERGY ASSISTANCE APPLICATIONS
The Ohio Department of Development offers programs to help low income residents pay their utility bills and improve the energy efficiency of their homes. Programs include HEAP (home energy assistance program), PIPP (percentage of income payment plan), WCP (winter crisis program), HWAP (home weatherization assistance program) and SCP (summer crisis program). Applications are available at the senior center desk. Deadline is March 31.
TAI CHI & CHAIR CHI
A beginner level Tai Chi class will be offered at 1:30 p.m. on Fridays starting Jan. 22. Cost is $30 per person for the eight week session and is due when registration begins Jan. 8. 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 Friday mornings for those who cannot stand for long. It is important to be seated by 9:45 a.m.
BLOOD PRESSURE, SUGAR, & 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.
Second Monday: Jan. 11, 9:45 -10:30 a.m. with blood pressure and sugar checks by The Laurels of Huber Heights.
Fourth Tuesday: Jan. 26, 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. with blood pressure, BMI, and pulse oximeter by First Light Home Care.
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.
Please call the center at 233-9999 by 12 p.m. the day before the meal to make a reservation.
Note: no meal Jan. 27.
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 January 7. Cost is $15 and due when registering. Open to senior center members only. Class is held from 10-11 a.m. on Thursdays.
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 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
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.
Members register with $75 deposit at 2 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 15. Starting at noon, numbers will be given to people who are seated in line.
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, (no triples). Non-members may register starting Jan. 29. Final payment is due by May 2.
Seating is assigned according to date of final payment. Optional trip cancellation is $45 per person if rooming double and $69 for single and should be paid at the same time as your deposit. This requires a separate check made out to Travel Insured International, Inc. that will be held until closer to the trip; the date on your check qualifies you for pre-existing conditions.
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.
Lucy Roberts, local AARP Tax Coordinator, will speak on the 2015 tax returns at 1 p.m. on Jan. 13 at the senior center. She will discuss tax changes that affect you and what you need to do to be ready to have your taxes done or to do them yourself. She will focus on relevant issues that affect seniors at the federal, state or local level. Please feel free to drop in; open to seniors in the community.
Free income tax preparation by VITA/AARP Tax-Aid Volunteers will be available at the Huber Heights Senior Center beginning Feb. 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 Jan. 5 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, and social security 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.
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 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 50 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.
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.
BRIDGE PLAYERS WELCOME
More players are always welcome to participate on Monday and/or Thursday afternoons. Duplicate bridge is held at 12:30 p.m. on Mondays and party bridge is at 12:30 p.m. on Thursdays. In order to have even tables, please make a reservation by calling Gordon Meyer at 233-6206.
Reach the Huber Heights Senior Center at 233-9999 or visit www.huberseniorcenter.org