Thursday, February 23, 2012

News from York County


York County Sports Complex to begin spring hours on March 1
February 22, 2012


Spring hours of operation will begin at the York County Sports Complex on Thursday, March 1, 2012, and will continue until Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012. 

The sports complex will be open daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., or will close later to allow daily and nightly activities to conclude. The park will remain subject to closure during inclement weather.

The park's 13 lighted athletic fields and three concession/restroom buildings serve as a hub for Parks and Recreation's fall and spring youth soccer and adult softball programs, York County Little League's fall and spring/summer youth baseball/softball program, and a number of other activities. The sports complex also includes two playground sites, numerous picnic shelters and a paved walking/bike path that are open daily for the public's enjoyment. 

For more information on the York County Sports Complex, please call Amy Rowley, Facilities Coordinator, at (757) 890-3511 or visit

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Senior Center Announces March Programs
February 22, 2012




A variety of educational and entertaining programs are being offered at the Senior Center of York in March.

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


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. Currently, classes are held on Tuesdays in the lab. To use the computers you must sign in at the Senior Center front desk. Feel free to call 898-3807 to see if spaces are still available for our upcoming classes beginning on March 6.


"Tax Relief & Filing Assistance for the Elderly and/or Disabled," Wednesday, March 7 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Staff from the office of the York County Commissioner of the Revenue will be available to offer assistance with completing the application for this tax relief program available to real estate and mobile homeowners residing in York County. To be eligible, an applicant must either be at least 65 years old or permanently and totally disabled, and also must be a York County homeowner who resides in the dwelling. Applications must be filed by April 1. Call the Senior Center at 898-3807 to sign-up.

York-Poquoson Triad Presents "Identifying Safety Hazards in the Home," Monday, March 12 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Have you ever wondered if your smoke detector is working correctly? Did you ever want a carbon monoxide detector, but are unsure of how or where to install it? Have you ever been concerned about how safe your home is from possible break-in? These are just a few issues that many of us face, but we may be unsure of what to do or even where to go for help. Please join us for this free and informative presentation with representatives from the York County Department of Fire and Life Safety and the York-Poquoson Sheriff's Office. Triad will be providing snacks and drinks. To register call the Senior Center of York at 898-3807.


Scrapbooking & Greeting Cards, Monday, March 12 from 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 and your personalized scrapbook create lasting memories and make wonderful gifts for your loved ones. Note: Please limit to four cards. For more information and to register, please call 898-3807 by March 9. 

Culture Day, "Sing in the Green" Wednesday, March 14 at 1 p.m. Folk Singer Bob Zentz will tell stories and lead the group in a lively sing-a-long of Irish music. Refreshments will be served. Please register at the front desk.


Poetry Appreciation, Tuesday, March 20 at 1 p.m. Do you have poems and/or readings that
have inspired you? If so we invite you to come and share them with us at this event. If possible, please submit your materials to the front desk prior to this event.
"Transportation Museum," Wednesday, March 21 at 1 p.m. Matthew Fraas, Education Coordinator at the United States Army Transportation Museum at Fort Eustis, will give an instructive talk on the museum, showing artifacts and detailing the history of army transportation. Refreshments will be served. Please register for this program by calling 898-3807 or signing up at the front desk. 

March Birthday Bash, Karaoke Friday, March 23 at 1 p.m. Come sing- a-long with Karaoke Jockeys Sam and Dave with their new updated system with even more of your favorite songs and greatest musical hits! You are sure to find something to suit your musical tastes. Individual and group performances are encouraged. Remember you do not have to be celebrating a birthday to attend. Cake and beverage served. Please call 898-3807 for more information and to register for this program.


March Trip with Historic Triangle Center in Williamsburg, Friday, March 23. Celebrate the beginning of spring with a Tour & Tasting at the New Kent Winery, followed by lunch on your own at Rose & Crown Tavern. Then visit Saude'Creek Vineyards in Lanexa for another Tour & Tasting. The van will depart from the Senior Center of York at 9 a.m. and will return at approximately 4:30 p.m. The cost will be $25 and checks should be made payable to the Historic Triangle Senior Center. For more information and to complete a registration form, please call 898-3807 or drop by the Senior Center front desk.

AARP Driver Safety Program, March 26 & March 27. This program is designed for drivers age 50 or better, and will take place on Monday, March 26 from 12:30 – 4:45 p.m. and Tuesday, March 27 from 12:30 – 4:30 p.m. The cost for this two-day 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.

Health Day, "Maintain Your Brain," Wednesday, March 28 at 12:45 p.m. According to statistics from the Alzheimer's Association, 5.4 million Americans are living with this disease. Emerging evidence suggests there are steps you can take to help keep your brain healthier as you age. These steps might also reduce your risk of Alzheimer's disease or other dementias. Doug Panto with the Alzheimer's Association will discuss ways you can keep your brain healthy by staying active and utilizing games and quizzes. To register, call the Senior Center of York at
898-3807 by March 26.

Dining Club. Want to meet new people, have fun and enjoy a midday meal? Sign up for Dining Club that meets at the Senior Center on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Participants can play Wii, bingo, dominoes, crafts or take part in a variety of other activities at the Center. Participants must be age 60 or over and register with the Peninsula Agency on Aging by calling 873-0541. 

Beginning Line Dancing. If you are interested in learning Beginning Line Dancing, please call the Center at 898-3807 to leave your name and phone number. If there is enough interest, we will begin a new class in the near future.   
Mark Your Calendar!
A     Annual Senior Health & Safety Fair, Friday, April 13 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. It's not too early to mark your calendar! Free health screenings will include cholesterol, blood pressure, weight and height screenings, and a diabetes risk assessment provided by Sentara Community Health and Prevention. The York Lion's Club will offer free vision and hearing screenings and the Orthopaedic & Spine Center will provide bone density screenings. Other service organizations will be on hand to answer questions and provide information to help you maintain a healthy and independent lifestyle. Additionally, there will be several lectures, refreshments, door prizes, and a light lunch. Call the Senior Center at 898-3807 for more information. Registration begins for the free screenings on March 13.  

Annual Tea Wednesday, April 18 at 1 p.m. "Presidential Marriages" Ms.Feather Schwartz Foster, author of the book "Presidential Marriages," will discuss the dynamics of the marriages ofUlysses S. Grant and William Howard Taft, and the encouragement and supportgiven by their wives Julia and Nellie to help them reach the White House. Ms.Foster will be available afterwards for book signing. Light refreshments will be served. Registration for this program will run March 26 through April 16 or until space is full.


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