Thursday, April 26, 2012

Senior Center Events for May; Essay/Poster Contest


Senior Center Announces May Programs
A variety of educational and entertaining programs are being offered at the Senior Center of York in May.  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 (Route 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-served basis.  To register, stop by the center or call 898-3807.  For more information, please visit
"Make It Take It Gift," Monday, May 7 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Facilitator Barbara Wood will give instructions on making lotion. This item makes a lovely gift for you or perhaps a Mother's Day gift for a relative or friend. Please sign up at the center's front desk.
Scrapbooking & Spring Greeting Cards, Monday, May 14 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. You can also enjoy using the Cricut which helps to design your cards. These cards and your personalized scrapbook create lasting memories and make wonderful gifts for your loved ones. Note: Please limit to four cards.  
Culture Day, "A Word About Wine" Wednesday, May 16 at 1 p.m. Vintner Jennifer Parks will discuss the making and tasting of various red and white wines, and how to best pair them with certain foods. Cheese and non-alcoholic sparkling wines will be served. Please register for this program by calling 898-3807 by Monday, May 14.  
AARP Driver Safety Program, May 21 & May 22. This program is designed for drivers age 50 or better, and will take place on Monday, May 21 from 12:30 – 4:45 p.m. and Tuesday, May 22 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.
May Birthday Bash, Friday, May 25 at 1 p.m. Come enjoy the sounds of Solo Artist Billy Mitchell. Mr. Mitchell will perform a variety of music from the '50s and '60s and '70s including Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, and Louie Armstrong to name a few. Remember you do not have to be celebrating a birthday to attend. Cake and beverages served. Please register by May 23.  
Health Day, "Sleep Disorders," Wednesday, May 30 at 12:45 p.m. Sleep disorders and other sleeping problems cause more than just sleepiness. Poor quality sleep can have a negative impact on your energy, emotional balance, productivity, and health. Join Amie Rhyne, a Sleep Disorders Specialist and Manager of the Bon Secours Hampton Roads Sleep Disorders Centers to learn about the signs and symptoms of common sleep disorders and what you should know when seeing a doctor. To register, call the Senior Center of York at 898-3807 by May 29.
Body Recall Exercise. Would you like to have fun, meet new people, and take part in a lifetime fitness program? We have a program just for you to increase your strength, flexibility, and keep you moving. Body Recall is great for people of all levels of ability. Movements can be standing and or sitting and are simple to follow. Classes are for 10 weeks, and meet on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Class times are scheduled at 9, 10, and 11:15 a.m. The cost is $60. Please visit us at the Senior Center or call at 898-3807 for more information concerning this class. 
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. 
Dining Club. Want to meet new people, have fun and enjoy a midday meal? The Dining Club 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.
Mark Your Calendar
Senior Center of York CLOSED in Observance of Memorial Day, Monday, May 28.
17th Annual Senior Citizen's Spring Dinner Dance, Saturday, June 16 from 5 to 8:30 p.m. at Tabb High School. You are cordially invited to attend. This year's theme is "Going Out in Style." Entertainment will be provided by "Glen Boswick Little Bit of Swing." Admission is free but tickets are required due to possible limited seating. Registration will begin May 14 and will conclude on June 12 or until space is full.       




York County Historical Committee Poster/Essay Contest
Each year the York County Historical Committee, in cooperation with the York County School division, sponsors a Memorial Day poster/essay contest for York County students. 
The purpose of the contest is to encourage students to acknowledge the contributions made by York County citizens who fought in our past wars. The theme for 2012 is "York County Remembers the Civil War."
This year marks the beginning of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War on the peninsula.  In April 1862, Union General George B. McClellan led the Army of the Potomac, 126,000 Northern volunteers, from Ft. Monroe to Yorktown.  At the time, Yorktown was held by 11,000 men, the advance guard of Confederate forces under the command of Major General John Bankhead Magruder.
Over the next month, McClellan's forces prepared Yorktown for a siege, placing 75 cannon and 40 mortars.  On May 4, when the Union forces moved to attack, General Magruder and his army had departed.  The pursuit of the Confederates took McClellan's army to the outskirts of Richmond.  Yorktown remained occupied by Union forces for the rest of the war.
York County students are invited to create a poster or essay to commemorate Civil War events that happened right here on our peninsula, or to reflect on the contributions of past York County residents who sacrificed to preserve our liberty. 
A collection box for entries has been placed in the office of each school. Entries must be in no later than May 11, 2012. Winners will be recognized at noon on Monday, May 30, 2012, at the Memorial Day Ceremony in front of York Hall, 301 Main Street, in Yorktown. 
            For more specific information about contest rules and requirements, contact Lois Winter at 757-898-0782.

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