Friday, July 23, 2010

New Press Releases from York County


Learn about butterflies with Barb Dunbar at New Quarter Park
July 23, 2010
 Enjoy the beauty of butterflies on a Walk and Talk to be led by Barb Dunbar, York County Master Gardener, Virginia Master Naturalist, and York County Junior Master Gardener leader, on Saturday, Aug. 7 at New Quarter Park from 10 a.m. until noon.
New Quarter Park is full of butterflies in the summer since so many of the native plants that host and feed them are growing in the forest and meadows there. Butterflies need a combination of plants that host their caterpillars and are available to provide nectar to feed adult butterflies. For example, the Zebra Swallowtail caterpillar is hosted by the Pawpaw flowers in New Quarter and the adult butterflies feed on the nectar of Dogbane, Joe Pye Weed, Buddleia, Blueberry, and Privet. The Spicebush Swallowtail needs Spicebush or Sassafras to host its caterpillars and Dogbane, Joe Pye Weed, and Buddleia to feed the adult butterflies. Most butterflies enjoy nectar from plants in the Milkweed family.
Dunbar, who has lead many butterfly walks and helped establish schoolyard gardens to attract butterflies, will visit areas of the park where native plants are blooming and inviting butterflies. She will talk about butterflies that are common in this area and provide ideas to help participants establish their own butterfly gardens. Like bees, butterflies play an important role in the natural cycle by pollinating flowers and crops.
For more information, call Parks & Recreation at 890-3350.
Senior Center Announces August Programs
A variety of educational and entertaining programs are being offered at the Senior Center of York in August.
Participation is open to seniors age 55 or better and their spouses, regardless of age. The center is located in the Washington Square Shopping Center at 5314 George Washington Memorial Highway (Rt. 17), and is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The center is closed all county holidays. 
Reservations are required for all sessions and are accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. To register, stop by the center or call 898-3807. For more information, please visit
Lessons in Calligraphy, Mondays, Aug. 9, 16 and 23 from 10 a.m. to noon. Rebecca Edwards, Art Instructor, will teach the basic principles of calligraphy. This class meets on three separate dates for two hours each. Participants will learn a unique style of handwriting to create greeting cards, wedding or party invitations and more. This course also helps to improve current handwriting skills and provides the opportunity to express yourself through this ancient technique. Samples of writings will be on display at the front desk. Please register by Aug. 6. The cost for the class is $15 and includes all supplies. There are minimum and maximum space requirements for this class. For more information call 898-3807.
"Don't Let Osteoarthritis of the Knee Become a Pain," Wednesday, Aug. 11 at 12:45 p.m. This informative program is offered by Orthopedic Specialist Dr. David Muron, and will provide information on ways to effectively manage osteoarthritis knee pain, the benefits of non-oral or pill-free treatments, and the available treatment options. This program is being sponsored in part by The Senior Network, a communications organization dedicated to the development and distribution of information and educational materials to mature adults. To register call the Senior Center at 898-3807 by Aug. 10.
August Birthday Bash, Friday, Aug. 13 at 1 p.m. Share in the memories of happy days with Entertainer Wayne King. Mr. King will perform a variety of classical oldies music from Dean Martin, Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis, and Ray Charles. We will also celebrate August birthdays at this bash, but remember you do not have to be celebrating a birthday to attend. Cake and beverages will be served. Please register by calling the center at 898-3807 by Aug. 12.
Culture Day, "Beads from A to Z," Wednesday, Aug. 18 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Back by request, Anne Cipriano will discuss the materials such as glass, plastics, and woods, and much more that are used to make beads from all different parts of the world. Participants are encouraged to bring in beads that they have to be identified as well. Call the Senior Center of York at 898-3807 for more information and to register by Aug. 17.
Senior Advisory Council Town Hall Meeting with Congressman Rob Wittman, Thursday, Aug. 19 at 9 a.m. at the Senior Center of York. The purpose of Representative Rob Wittman's First District Seniors Town Hall Meeting is to provide constituents with a discussion forum on issues of concern to the senior community. Topics include healthcare issues, Medicare and Social Security, and other areas such as long term care, consumer and employment situations. Lisa Walker, Vice President of Aging and Disability Resources, will answer questions concerning Medicare and Medicaid. Please call 898-3807 to register for this program.
"Let's Go to the Movies," Friday, Aug. 20 at 1 p.m. The York County Library and the Senior Center of York will present the hilariously funny 1991 movie, "What About Bob" (Rated PG). Starring Bill Murray and Richard Dreyfuss, this comedy film explores an unusual doctor-patient relationship that is pushed way beyond the office when the multi-phobic patient Bob Wiley (played by Murray) follows his egotistical psychologist Dr. Leo Marvin (played by Dreyfuss) on his family vacation.
AARP Driver Safety Program, Aug. 23 & Aug. 24. This program is designed for drivers age 50 or better, and will take place on Monday, Aug. 23 from 12:45 – 4:45 p.m. and Tuesday, Aug. 24 from 12:30 – 4:30 p.m. The cost for this program is now $12 for members of AARP and $14 for non-members.Fees should be paid by check and made out to AARP. Class registration may be made in person at the Senior Center, by phone, or by mail. Note: AARP membership, which cannot be processed the day of a class, is not required for class registration. There is no "behind the wheel" driving performed in this program. Drivers age 55 or better must attend both classes to receive the state mandated three-year automobile insurance reduction. Many insurance companies are giving insurance reductions to drivers age 50+ with the same attendance requirements. Those less than age 55 should check with their insurance company to see if they are entitled to the three-year insurance reduction. Class enrollment is limited to 25.
"Financial Exploitation of the Elderly," Wednesday, Aug. 25 at 12:45 p.m.Elder abuse is increasingly viewed as the least recognized, least understood, and least addressed area of family violence in our society. It is often perpetrated by family members and caregivers and estimates indicate that for each case that is reported, there are four or more cases that go unreported. Gerontologist Linda Trimmer, who specializes in financial elder abuse, will discuss common characteristics of victims of fraud and exploitation. She will also address the various types of financial abuse and provide tips on how to recognize when you or someone you know is being financially abused. To register, please call the Senior Center at 898-3807 by Aug. 24.
Free Summer Tai Chi Classes. Tai Chi Instructor Bill Hansell will teach some basic movements, balance exercises, and meditation techniques of this ancient Chinese art form in a freesix-week session of Tai Chi. This class will runthrough Aug. 26and meetThursdays from 10 to 11 a.m. For more information and to register for this class please call 898-3807.
"Fan Care" Project Helps Seniors. Summer heat and humidity can be physically stressful and dangerous to the elderly. Income eligible seniors may receive one free fan, provided they are over the age of 60, live within the Dominion Virginia Power service area and have a need for cooling assistance. Air conditioners may be available for seniors with more serious health problems. "Fan Care" is a private-public partnership administered by the Department for the Aging and primarily sponsored by Dominion Virginia Power. For more information contact the Peninsula Agency on Aging at 873-0541.
Computer General Use. The computers are available for general use Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. unless the lab is reserved for programmed activities. To use the computers you must sign in at the Senior Center front desk. 
Craft Activities. Why not take advantage of some of the ongoing craft activities taking place at the center every month? For more details, please call the center at 898-3807. The following is our current schedule of activities:
* Knitting and Crochet Class: Mondays, 1 to 3 p.m.
* Art Classes: Instructors Myrna Graham and Hazel Camp offer free art
classes during the week, with their Intermediate/Advanced Class meeting on
Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Note: The summer schedule may vary, so call
the center to check on current times.
* Quilters: Meet on Thursdays from 1 to 3 p.m.
NOTE: The Dining Club will be closed Aug. 30 through Sept. 3.
"Chronic Disease Self Management Program," Tuesdays, Sept. 21 through Nov. 2 from 9:30 am to noon. The Chronic Disease Self-Management Program was devised through research performed by the School of Medicine at Stanford University and is being offered at no cost to participants at the Senior Center of York. This program has proven to be effective, and is designed to enhance regular treatment and disease specific education for persons with chronic illnesses such as arthritis, diabetes, heart disease, lung disease and depression. Subjects covered will include:  1) techniques to deal with problems such as frustration, fatigue, pain and isolation; 2) appropriate exercise for maintaining and improving strength, flexibility, and endurance; 3) appropriate use of medications; 4) communicating effectively with family, friends, and health professionals; 5) nutrition and, 6) how to evaluate new treatments. Classes are highly participative, where mutual support and success build the participants' confidence in their ability to manage their health and maintain active and fulfilling lives. A copy of the book "Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions, 3rd Edition"will be provided for the workshop. Participants will have the option of purchasing a copy for their personal use.  
This workshop is co-sponsored by the Peninsula Agency on Aging. Space is limited and registration will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. No class will take place on Oct. 19. Refreshments will be provided. For more information or to register, call the Senior Center at 898-3807.
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