Hancock County Senior Services announces October events

NEW CUMBERLAND – The Hancock County Senior Services will hold a friendship dinner and candle-lighting ceremony at 5 p.m. Nov. 25 at the facility located at 647 Gas Valley Road.

The ceremony will recognize those families who have been affected by dementia and begins at 6:30 p.m. It will include the candle-lighting, a roll call, poetry and musical selections.

Dinner includes baked steak or stuffed chicken breast and is $6 per person.

Transportation is available.

Those wanting to attend should make a reservation by calling (304) 564-3801 by Nov. 7.

The Panhandle Piecemakers have donated a log cabin quilt for a drawing to benefit the senior center. Tickets are $1 each or six for $5. The winning ticket will be drawn at the friendship dinner.

Medicare prescription drug open enrollment is Oct. 15-Dec. 7, and counselors are available to assist with Medicare enrollment, Medicare Advantage, supplements, prescription drug and extra help. Call (304) 564-3801 to schedule an appointment.

Become a Healthier You will discuss sexual wellness at 10 a.m. Oct. 16. Each monthly session addresses a different wellness topic to make up the “12 Dimensions of Wellness.”

The Shutterbug Club for photographers continues to meet at 1 p.m. the first Thursday of each month.

The senior center is launching its game night program at 2:30 p.m. Oct. 10 and 24 in the banquet hall. Those attending are invited to play cards and board games and are encouraged to bring snacks.

Lunch and Learn will be held at 11:30 a.m. Oct. 15. Lung diseases and how they effect seniors will be discussed. Nentwick Care Center will host a bingo extravaganza from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 17. The event will include bingo, lunch and prizes. A nurse will be available to check blood pressure and sugar levels. The event is free.

A Wal-Mart day trip has been scheduled for Oct. 25. Space is limited, so those attending should limit their purchases so they fit into two large cloth shopping bags. Call to reserve a seat.

The month’s activities include:

1 p.m., couple’s billiards and lessons, today and Oct. 17.

9 a.m., Breakfast for Billiards, Monday.

11:30 a.m., crafting; 1 p.m., line dancing; and 1 p.m., Panhandle Piecemakers, Monday, Oct. 21 and 28.

10:30 a.m., Singing Seniors, Tuesday and Oct. 15 and 22.

1 p.m., card-making classes, Thursday. Supplies included; $3 per person.

1 p.m., Wii Bowling tournament, Thursday and Oct. 24.

This month’s fitness classes include:

10 a.m., Monday, Walk With Ease. Walk for a half hour, accompanied by music; free.

5:45 p.m. Monday and Wednesday through Nov. 13, Tae Bo. Susan Clibbens instructs the cardio boxing class with incorporates martial arts kicks and punches; $3 per person.

10 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday, Everybody’s Arthritis Fitness. Class includes range of motion, cardio, strengthening and balance; free.

10:45 Tuesday and 10 a.m. Friday, arthritis Tai Chi. The joint-safe program reduces pain and stiffness and improves flexibility and muscle strength; free.

5:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, Zumba. Debbie Teter instructs; $5 for those under 60 and $3 for those 60 and older.

9 a.m. Wednesday and Friday, Healthy Steps. The Lebed Method of slow and smooth movement against gentle resistance is beneficial to those with lymphedema, osteoarthritis and stroke. Those participating may remain seated. The class will be closed Wednesday and Oct. 11 and resume Oct. 16.

11 a.m. Wednesday, Tai Chi. Frank Lewis instruct the course improving balance, flexibility and strength; $3 per person.

The soup and salad bar is available from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday. Soup or salad alone is $3, and both are $4.

For information on senior center programs, call (304) 527-3410.