There are so many special events scheduled for January/February 2019. Please check out everything to see and do in our newsletter link.
Hula in Coola: Friday, January 18th 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.: Come on over to the Big Spring Senior Center and celebrate with us as we beat the winder blahs with a "Hula in the Coola" complete with tiki torches and flower leis. Listen to some Elvis music and grab your favorite Hawaiian shirt and Bahama shorts!! Prizes for the most obnoxious outfits! No Luau would be complete without a LIMBO contest!!!!! Mark your calendar and be sure to join us. A special lunch will be prepared for this event by PCN and the Senior Center staff. Note: All the Cumberland County Senior Centers will be celebrating this event at their own Centers this day.
“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, January 30th we will present Quilts: Crafting an American Icon by Dr. Janneken Smucker of West Chester University. Quilts have become quintessentially American objects but they have not always covered Americans' beds. Once they got started making them, Americans developed a special relationship with quilts. They have produced them in a multitude of formats and have used them for a variety of purpses, from practical to symbolic. Whole cloth, mosaic, medallion, block style, Crazy, utility, prize-winning, political, crib, bed, wall--Americans have done them all. In 1997, art critic Robert Hughes called Amish quilts "American's first abstract art," due to their strong graphics and visual parallels with abstract paintings. At the same time, these country crafts help attract tourists to "Amish Country" eager to take home a souvenir of their visit. Smucker will explore these and other paradoxes of this material manifestation of Amish culture.
Wednesay, February 27th we will present Preparing Together for Emergencies by Robert Myers, Emergency Disaster Services Director, Eastern PA and Delaware, The Salvation Army. As Disaster Services Director, Mr. Myers is responsible for all preparedness, response and recovery operations in Pennsylvania from State College to New Jersey, and all of the state of Deleware. He manages all volunteers and staff associated with the disaster response program including planning, training, response operations and public relations surrounding disaster relief efforts. Emergencies and disasters can strike quickly and without warning and can force you to evacuate your neighborhood or be confined to your home. What can you do to be better prepared? Get tips on creating a personal support network and having the items you need on hand in the event of an emergency.
Speakers Coming to the Senior Center
Wednesay, January 9th at 9:30 a.m.: Winter Driving Awareness with Matthew Frampton, of South Central PA Highway Safety. Matt Frampton is a former Pennsylvania State Police Trooper and a Big Spring local. He retired from the Pennsylvania State Police in 2016, having completed 22 years of service. Matt is now with South Central PA Highway Safety (SCPAHS). SCPAHS is PennDOT's Community Traffic Safety program for Cumbeland, Dauphin, Franklin, and Perry Counties. SCPAHS's mission is to prevent injury and/or death on Pennsylvania's highways through traffic safety education to the public.
Thursday, January 10th at 6:30 p.m.: Walking Together: Caregiver Burnout and Grief Associated with Alzheimer's/Dementia: Walking Together is presenting a talk with Reverend Howard West, Executive Director of Spiritual Life, Country Meadows Retirement Community. He will review symptoms of burnout, depression and grief and talk about self-care strategies. Walking Together will meet in the Rhoades Fellowship Hall at the First United Presbyterian Church, 111 W. Big Spring Avenue, Newville, Pa. It will include a time of connecting with others in similar circumstances. Refreshments will be served. The program will conclude at 8 p.m. and is open to the public. For more information call (717) 776-7525. Walking Together: Caregiving for the Memory Loss Community is jointly sporsored by the First United Presbyterian Church, The Big Spring Senior Center 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.
Wednesday, January 23rd at 9:30 a.m.: Alzheimer's Disease/Dementia by Heartland at Home: Come for tea or a cup of coffee while a representative from Heartland @ Home speaks at the Senior Center on ways to comfortable interact with those with onset Alzheimer's Disease/Demential.
Thursday, February 14th: As part of celebrating Valentine's Day and Heart Awareness Month, Barbara Goll of Homeland at Home will be at the Senior Center at 9:30 a.m. with a snack, blood pressure screening, and a brief conversation on heart health.
Wednesday, February 20th at 9:30 a.m. : What is Ghost Ranch and what draws Mike and Elaine fry to make a pilgrimage to this place very year? Come out and learn all about their experiences at this Ranch throughout the years. We guarantee that this talk will be very entertaining.
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 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. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Christmas Cookie Exchange: On Wednesday, December 19th at 9:30 a.m. bring in two dozen cookies or candy confections and exchange them for two dozen different kinds of cookies/candy confections. Bring in 3 dozen and take home 3 dozen. You get the idea. The more bakers that participate, the greater variety of cookies you can take home. Yummy Fun!!!
Christmas Meal: The Senior Center's annual Christmas Dinner is Thursday, December 20th at 11:30 a.m. in the Rhoades Fellowship Hall of the First United Presbyterian Church, 111 West Big Spring Avenue, Newville. A traditional roast beef dinner is being served. It is open to all who are 60 and older and payment is only a donation. Please call 717-776-4478 by Thursday, December 13th to make your reservations. Entertainment will be provided by Refiners Fire (Tim Scott's group).
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. 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.
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. Dates to mark on your calendar are November 28th and December 26th.
Cinema Fridays:The Senior Center has procured a license to show movies in our Center. On December December 14th we will be showing a blockbuster movie. Come join us from 1-3 p.m. for a bowl of popcorn and drink. Donation $2
Breakfast Groups: On Friday, December 7th 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.
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