Senior center announces activities

NEW CUMBERLAND – The Hancock County Senior Center has made the Healthy Steps program available to clients.

The program uses the Lebed Method of slow and smooth movement with gentle resistance and is designed for people of all ages. It is helpful to those dealing with lymphedema, osteoarthritis and stroke. Those participating may remain seated through the session.

The program will continue through six weeks and one-hour classes will be held twice a week, at 9 a.m. Wednesdays and Fridays, from March 5 through April 11.

Certified instructor Mark Knabenshue will lead the class. The program is free, but class size is limited to 20. To register, call (304) 564-3801 or (304) 387-3251.

A spaghetti lunch fundraiser will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Hancock County Senior Center located at 647 Gas Valley Road. The meal includes spaghetti, salad, bread, dessert and a beverage. Eat-in is available for $5, and take-out is available for $6. Delivery will be available to Hancock House, Westminster, Alicia Arms, Peachtree Inn, Freedom Place I and II and Overbrook Towers between noon and 3 p.m. Those wanting delivery must call (304) 564-3801 by 4 p.m. Tuesday. If Hancock County Schools have a delay or cancellation, the event will be held Feb. 19.

The center will sponsor an AARP drivers safety course from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 3-4. The course will review current rules of the road, defensive driving techniques and managing and accommodating age-related changes in vision, hearing and reaction time.

The course also will review minimizing blind spots; maintaining following distance; changing lanes and making turns at busy intersections; using safety belts, air bags and anti-lock brakes; monitoring driving skills and capabilities; how medications effect driving; and eliminating distractions such as eating, smoking and cellphones.

Seating is limited. To make a reservation, call (304) 564-3801 or (304) 387-1036.

Hancock county Senior Services will have Charles Brown, an H&R Block- and IRS-trained volunteer, providing income tax filing assistance Wednesdays at Sunny Day Respite Center in Weirton and Fridays at the New Cumberland senior center. Those needing assistance must make an appointment and may do so by calling (304) 564-3801 or (304) 387-1036.

The senior center will host an eight-day Hawaiian cruise, beginning Nov. 1.

The trip includes airfare, 20 meals, port charges, fees, taxes and transfers. The cost ranges from $3,511 to $4,131 per person, double occupancy. For an itinerary or to make a reservation, call (304) 564-3801. To secure a reservation, $350 is due, and the final payment must be made by July 14.

The center is in need of at least three volunteers willing to do minor home repair jobs for their Hard Hats program. Those interested should call the senior center.

Regularly scheduled events include:

1 p.m. today and Feb. 20, couple’s billiard games and women’s lessons.

Wal-Mart trip, Friday and Feb. 28. Those taking the trip must have a reservation and may make one by calling the senior center. Space is limited; those participating are asked to limit their purchases to two large cloth shopping bags.

9 a.m. Monday, Breakfast for Billiards.

11:30 a.m. crafting; 1 p.m., line dancing; and 1 p.m., Panhandle Piecemakers, Monday and Feb. 24.

10:30 a.m., Singing Seniors, Tuesdays.

1 p.m. Feb. 13, card-making classes. The cost is $3 per participant; all supplies are included.

1 p.m. Feb. 13 and 27, Wii Bowling tournament.

2:30 p.m. Feb. 13 and 27, game day. Those participating are invited to play board games, cards or dice and to bring a favorite snack.

11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 20, Nentwick Care Center’s bingo extravaganza. The event includes free bingo, lunch and prizes.

Regularly scheduled fitness classes include:

10 a.m. Mondays, Walk With Ease. The class includes 30 minutes of walking accompanied by music. Free.

5:45 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, Tae Bo. Fitness system incorporates martial arts techniques in a cardio-boxing program. The cost is $3.

10 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, Everybody’s Arthritis Fitness. Class includes range of motion, cardio, strengthening and balance drills. Free.

10:45 a.m. Tuesdays and 10 a.m. Fridays, Arthritis Tai Chi. Class includes a joint-safe program to reduce pain and stiffness and improve flexibility and muscle strength. Free.

5:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays, Zumba. Debbie Teter instructs the dance-fitness class.

The cost is $5 for adults and $3 for adults 60 and older.

11 a.m. Wednesday, Tai Chi. Frank Lewis teaches the class, which helps improve balance, flexibility and strength. The cost is $3.

The senior center has a soup and salad bar available from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday. The cost is $4 and includes a beverage and dessert. It is $3 for a soup or salad only.

For information on senior center programs, call (304) 564-3801.