Center announces activities

NEW CUMBERLAND – The Panhandle Piecemakers Quilters meet from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays at the Hancock County Senior Center located at 647 Gas Valley Road.

The group recently donated several quilts and quilted pillows for children to the Lighthouse Domestic Violence Shelter. The group also raised $420 for the senior center by holding a quilt drawing.

It is open to all local resident who have an interest in quilting.

The center will hold a spaghetti luncheon fundraiser from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday. The meal including spaghetti, salad, bread, dessert and a beverage. The cost is $6. There will be one delivery to Hancock House, Alicia Arms, Peachtree Inn, Freedom Place I and II, and Overbrook Towers between noon and 3 p.m. Those wanting delivery must make an order by 4 p.m. Tuesday by calling (304) 564-3801. If Hancock County Schools are delayed or canceled, the dinner will be held Jan. 15.

There will be no soup and salad bar available Wednesday.

Amy Nickerson, West Virginia Attorney General’s Office consumer representative and compliance specialist, will be providing free credit reports for seniors and assistance with consumer claims Wednesday. Jennifer Coyne, West Virginia Treasurer’s Office regional marketing director, will be providing unclaimed property checks and assist with SMART529 questions and information Wednesday.

The Healthy Lifestyle Habits Support Group will begin meeting at 4 p.m. Wednesday. It is open to anyone wanting to develop healthy habits or those wanting to follow-up participation in the Group Lifestyle Balance Program.

Those participating will track their food intake, exercise and weight and receive exercise instruction and classes. Those participating will be encouraged to identify goals and priorities, develop solutions, action plans and positive affirmations and participate in quarterly evaluations.

Those interested in participating may call (304) 564-3801 or (304) 387-1036 to register.

Charles Brown, an IRS-trained volunteer, will assist seniors in filing income tax by appointment, beginning Jan. 22. To make an appointment, call (304) 564-3801 or (304) 387-1036. Any contributions for the service will benefit senior services.

The center will host an AARP Drivers Safety Course April 3-4.

The course will review current driving laws, defensive driving techniques and managing age-related changes in vision, hearing and reaction time.

It also will review minimizing blind spots; maintaining proper following distance; safely changing lanes and navigating busy intersections; using safety belts, air bags and anti-lock brakes; monitoring driving skills and capabilities; effects of medications on driving; and eliminating distractions, such as eating, smoking or using a cell phone.

To register for the course, call (304) 564-3801 or (304) 387-1036.

The senior center will host a Hawaiian cruise Nov. 1-9. The cost is $3,511 to $4,131 and reservation is $350. Final payment is due July 14.

For information, call (304) 564-3801.

The end-of-year senior center report is available by request.

Those interested in participating in the center’s Hard Hats program to provide basic home repairs to seniors in need, are asked to contact the senior center.

Senior services is accepting clients at Sunny Day Respite located at 1052 County Road, Weirton. The respite center offers care for those who have been diagnosed with dementia. Services included meal preparation, cognition training and tolieting. The staff is Alzheimer’s Association-trained, and payment is on a sliding scale.

For information, call (304) 564-3801.

Hancock County Senior Services has been approved by both the Pittsburgh and Cleveland veterans health systems to proved home- and community-based services.

All veterans registered with either system may receive care through senior services. Services include meal preparation, light housekeeping, respite, bathing, grooming and dressing at no cost. In order to receive services, veterans must contact their system and request them. For assistance, call (304) 564-3801.

Upcoming events include:

1 p.m. today, book club. Participants will discuss the previous month’s book.

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday and Friday, bingo.

11 a.m. Thursdays, beginning line dancing classes.

1 p.m. Thursday, card-making class. The cost is $3 per person per class. All supplies are included.

1 p.m. Thursday and Jan. 23, Wii Bowling tournament.

9 a.m. Monday, Breakfast for Billiards.

11:30 a.m., crafting, 1 p.m., line dancing and 1 p.m. Panhandle Piecemakers Jan. 13 and 27.

11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 16, Netwick Care Center-sponsored bingo extravaganza. The event includes free bingo, lunch and prizes.

1 p.m. Jan. 16, couple’s billiards and women’s lessons. There is no cost.

2:30 p.m. Jan. 16, game night. Those interested may participate in cards, dice or board games. Those attending may bring a snack.

Jan. 17, Wal-Mart day trip. Those planning on attending must call to reserve a seat. Space is limited; those attending must limit purchases to what can fit into two large cloth shopping bags. Additional trips are planned for Feb. 17 and 28.

The soup and salad bar is available from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday. The cost is $4 and includes a beverage and dessert. Soup or salad alone is $3.

For information about programming, contact the center at (304) 527-3410.