There are so many special events scheduled for November/December 2018. Please check out everything to see and do in our newsletter link.
“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, November 28th at 9:30 a.m. "MindMatters": Betsy Ross: The Making of the Myth - The story of Betsy Ross and the founding fathers entered the public record 100 years after it supposedly happened, and has since become an iconic part of the popular understanding of U.S. history. However the legendary role of Ross in the creation of our nation's flag is based largely on stories passed down through generations of members of Ross' own family - not on well-documented historical facts. Presented by Dr. Hardy, Professor of History at West Chester University.
Wednesday, December 26th at 9:30 a.m. "MindMatters": Flying the Big Jets - Fascinated by flight? Retired airline pilot, Lou Thieblemont, will use a flight simulator to take you on a virtual trip around the skies of central Pennsylvania aboard a Boeing 757. On this trip, he will help you experience the flight from the pilot's seat! You'll have a "pilot's-eye-view" of the friendly skies over south central Pennsylvania. Lou Thieblemont was a pilot for TWA and American Airlines for 38 years. He is now retired, but still loves to travel. Lou is also the former Mayor of Camp Hill, PA.
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 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. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Thanksgiving Meal: The Senior Center's annual Thanksgiving Dinner is Thursday, November 15th at 11:30 a.m. in the Rhoades Fellowship Hall of the First United Presbyterian Church, 111 West Big Spring Avenue, Newville. A traditional turkey dinner is being served. It is open to all who are 60 and oler and payment is only a donation. Please call 717-776-4478 by Thursday, November 8th to make your reservation. Entertainment will be provided by Jammin' Friends.
Make a Free Holiday Pine Arrangement: Sponsored by the Master Gardners' Program through the Penn State Extension Office, you will have the opportunity to make a FREE Holiday Pine Arrangement on Tuesday, November 27th @ 9:00 a.m. Please register at the Senior Center. You are welcome to bring additional picks, decorations to adorn your arrangement.
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 November 16th and December December 14th we will be showing a blockbuster movies. Come join us from 1-3 p.m. for a bowl of popcorn and drink. Donation $2
Breakfast Groups: On Friday, November 2nd at 8:30 a.m.; we will be holding the Men's Breakfast. And 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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