There are so many special events scheduled for December 2019. Please check out everything to see and do in our newsletter link.
Tea & Talk: Every Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. Discuss a different topic each Wednesday, enhanced by a warm beverage. February 26th Libby Hartsock, Community Programs Specialist with Geisinger Health Plan to learn how to Dress for Winter. She will share tips on how to layer your clothes for both indoors and outdoors for the upcoming cold weather.
“MindMatters” comes to the Big Spring Senior Center
MindMatters: A distinctive approach to learning WITF, Central Pennsylvania’s affiliate for PBS and NPR, is offering an exciting initiative for Pennsylvania Department of Aging (PDA) Senior Community Centers and Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRC) to offer highly engaging educational programming. The project, called MindMatters, delivers a monthly series of intellectually stimulating lectures by knowledgeable presenters on topics of most interest to older adults. MindMatters lectures are presented by academic lecturers and experts on subjects ranging from history to current events, politics and culture. The lectures cover subjects on a regional, national, international scale and allow attendees to watch, listen and learn, and then explore, expand and share their views. These compelling lectures are delivered via webcast, allowing groups of attendees at multiple locations to attend from familiar surroundings. Each presentation is intended to be an interactive experience. Audiences are encouraged to discuss the topics after the presentation. Sample discussion questions are provided. We will be offering the following lectures at 9:30 a.m. on the following Wednesdays:
Wednesday, February 19th Famous Pennsylvania Politicians of the 20th Century - In the 20th century, many Pennsylvania politicians gained national recognition. Gifford Pinchot was the first Chief of the United States Forest Service, and his wife, Cornelia, was a three-time candidate for U.S. Congress; Governor Bill Scranton served as United States Ambassador to the United Nations, and his mother, Marion Margery Scranton, played key roles in national Republican Party politics; Governor Robert P. Casey became nationally known for his pro-life view; and Governor Tom Ridge became the first United States Secretary of Homeland Security. Dr. Wolensky will explore the biographies of these and other well-known 20th century Pennsylvania politicians. Dr. Ken Wolensky is a published writer and historian. He is President of The Pennsylvania Historical Association.
"Central PA Hearing Aid Solutions" will be bringing some fantastic new programs to the community served by the Big Spring Senior Center. On Tuesday, February 11th at 1:00 p.m. representatives will be here to offer complimentary hearing aid cleaning and an education program. They are very excited about expanding services in to the community and look forward to serving your hearing needs!
Walking Together: A community for caregivers of those with memory impairment This program is jointly sponsored by the Big Spring Senior Center, the First United Presbyterian Church and Green Ridge Village, all of Newville, PA. It looks to offer education and information to support people who are dealing with a loved one's memory issues on a daily basis. These programs are open to the public. A time of connecting with others in similar circumstances over refreshments is included. For more info call (717) 776-4478. Look for scheduling in 2020.
Valentine's Dinner for Caregivers and their Loved Ones: You and your loved one are cordially invited to Walking Together's FREE Valentine's Dinner on Thursday, February 13th at 6:30 p.m. at the First United Presbyterian Church, 111 West Big Spring Avenue, Newville. Please RSVP to the hurch at (717) 776-7525 by February 6. We understand your circumstances, so if you find you cannot come, don't worry about it. If you can come and didn't make a reservation, come anyway. Menue: Chicken Casserole, Broccoli Casserole, Salad, Biscuits, Dessert and Drink. Musical entertainment to follow the meal.
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Important to Know: The Big Spring Senior Center is supported, in part, by a grant from the Cumberland County Office of Aging and Community Services, The Pennsylvania Department of Aging and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration on Aging. -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Watercolor Painting Opportunity: Do you have an interest in water coloring? It takes space, inspiration and motivation and we can help. Join our established group of painters. The cost is $1 each week to the Senior Center and $5 to the instructor, Kathleen Schungel, a retired Art Teach from Cumberland Valley School District and a Big Spring resident.. Please call 776-4478 to register and to get more information.
Crafts: Tuesdays at 9:00 a.m. at the Center. We could use your help, hands and ideas. Come and make beaded jewelry to sell at the craft table during our yard sale. In addition we are making centerpieces for upcoming holiday events.
Games at the Center: We have lots of opportunities to play cards and games at the Center. On Thursday mornings, at 9:30 a.m., we play 500 with a dedicated group of card players. On Thursday afternoons, at 12:30 p.m., Bob Ballard leads us in a variety of board games. Also, we have a game night once a month. Check the calendar for dates and times. Don’t ever consider playing games as frivolous; studies show that it stimulates your brain which helps counter the aging process.
The Thrill of Las Vegas comes to the Big Spring Senior Center: Bob Ballard has a new and thrilling game that he is introducing at the Senior Center. It's called "Las Vegas" and is fun and competitive. No cash will be exchanged; just laughs and giggles. This game will be played at the Senior Center beginning at 12:45 p.m. the first Fridays of the month. Mark your calendars for February 7th to join Bob.
Blood Pressure Check: Anna Failor, a retired nurse, is volunteering her time on Wednesday each month from 12:15—1 p.m., to help you keep track of this important health indicator. Look for dates in our Newsletter.
Cinema Fridays:The Senior Center has procured a license to show movies in our Center. Monthly on a designated Friday we show a blockbuster movie. Come join us from 1-3 p.m. for a bowl of popcorn and drink. Donation $2 Check our Newsletter for the date of our next Cinema Friday.
Breakfast Groups: On Friday, February 21st we will be holding the Ladies Breakfast. Come out and enjoy a hot, homemade breakfast made by Senior Center staff and its volunteers. $5.00 Just give us a call so we know that we will be expecting you.