Friday, August 20, 2010

Senior Center Announces September Programs

August 20, 2010 

A variety of educational and entertaining programs are being offered at the Senior Center of York in September.
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
Scrapbooking Greeting Cards, Monday, Sept. 13, 9 a.m. to noon. Join us as Cathy Fowler of Creative Memories shows how to make beautiful cards and assists you with your scrapbook. These cards along with your personalized scrapbook create lasting memories and make wonderful gifts for your loved ones. For more information and to register, please call 898-3807 by Sept. 10.
Culture Day, "Stamps, Stamps, Stamps!" Wednesday, Sept. 15 at 1 p.m. Stamp Dealer Dave Collins will present a fun and informative talk about the history of stamps. You can also bring in your album of stamps to have them identified. Who knows, you may find out that your stamps are worth something. Call the Senior Center of York at 898-3807 for more information and to register by Sept. 13.
Tai Chi Classes. We are currently taking registrations for Tai Chi. Experience some of the health benefits of this ancient Chinese art form such as balance, breathing, concentration, and meditation techniques with Instructor Bill Hansell. The next 10-week session will be held Thursday, Sept. 16 through Nov. 18. Classes meet on Thursdays from 10 to 11a.m. The cost is $50. For more information and to register call 898-3807.
Fall Picnic in the Park, Friday, Sept. 17 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Yorktown Beach Picnic Area. Join us for an exciting and fun-filled day at the Yorktown waterfront. The menu will include barbeque chicken, potato salad, green beans, rolls and beverages. At the time of your registration, please indicate if you can provide a dessert. Care Advantage will provide games and prizes. Suggested donation is $3.50 and is payable at the event. Registration will conclude on Sept. 15 or until space is filled. For more information, including what to do in case of inclement weather, call 898-3807.
Body Recall Classes. Want to stay fit, have fun, and meet new people? Body Recall is an exercise and educational program designed to improve and maintain body functions such as balance, strength, coordination, flexibility, circulation, and muscle control. The upcoming extended 11-week Body Recall session is scheduled to run Monday, Sept. 20 through Friday, Dec. 10 and is led by certified instructors. The class meets on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays for one hour each day and is offered at 8:45 a.m., 10 a.m., and 11:15 a.m. The cost is $66. Please register at the front desk and/or call 898-3807 to check on the status and availability of these classes.
AARP Driver Safety Program, Sept. 20 & Sept. 21. This program is designed for drivers age 50 or better, and will take place on Monday, Sept. 20 from 12:45 – 4:45 p.m. and Tuesday, Sept. 21 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.
September Birthday Bash, "A Call For All Seasons" Friday, Sept. 24 at 1 p.m. Old Time Favorite Bob Zentz, "a singer of songs, old and new, about people and places and times gone by," will entertain us with a wonderful fall musical program. Remember, you do not have to be celebrating a birthday to come celebrate with us. Cake and beverage served. Please call 898-3807 for more information and to register for this program.
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. Please call the center at 898-3807 starting Sept. 3 to register for our upcoming fall Computer Classes.
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.
     * Quilters: Meet on Thursdays from 1 to 3 p.m.
NOTE: The Dining Club will be closed August 30 through September 3.
"Chronic Disease Self Management Program," Tuesdays, Sept.r 21 through Nov. 2 from 9:30 a.m. 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 also 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 be held on Oct. 19. Refreshments will be provided. For more information or to register, call the Senior Center at 898-3807.
Health Day, "The Benefits of Yoga" Tuesday, Sept. 28 at 12:45 p.m.  Yoga is an ancient system of health and fitness that originated in India. Yoga greatly enhances flexibility and muscle tone, and enthusiasts assert that it also helps clear the mind, improves one's overall health, and aids in healing. Join a therapist from Tidewater Hot Yoga Center for an informative presentation and demonstration on the benefits of yoga. To register, call the Senior Center at 898-3807 by Sept. 27.
Mark Your Calendar
Senior Center of York 2010 Annual Fundraiser, Saturday, Oct. 2 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. It is not too early to mark your calendar for this very special annual event to include a white elephant sale, bake sale, craft fair, and prize drawings. Beginning Sept. 13, donated goods (except clothing) may be delivered to the center from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Please tag items with suggested prices. Limited pickup may be available for anyone wishing to donate larger items. Bake sale items may be delivered Friday, Oct. 1 from 12 to 4 p.m. or on the day of the event at 8:30 a.m. For more information, call 898-3807.
Senior Safety Summit, Oct. 20. The Peninsula "Seniors and Law Enforcement Together" (S.A.L.T.) Council will conduct its annual Senior Safety Summit and commemorate their 15th Year Anniversary at the Northside Christian Church in Yorktown on Wednesday, Oct. 20 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Speakers will present on identity theft and scams, financial exploitation of the elderly and safe driving. You can also bring your old papers and mail to be shredded from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. The registration fee is $6 and includes lunch, and the registration deadline is Oct. 4. Northside Christian Church is located at 1300 George Washington Memorial Highway (accessed by either Coventry Blvd. or Emerson Lane). Please call 595-9037 for information on registration and payment, or pick up a form at the Senior Center of York.


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