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Magruder Hospital VIPs planning a trio of trips in 2023
        The Magruder Hospital VIPs are planning trips for 2023. These trips are not limited to just VIP members – family, friends, and the general public may participate.
        The slate of excursions includes:
        • Spotlight on San Antonio – April 16-20, via Collette. Cost is $1,999 per person, based on double occupancy, airfare included.
        Relax Texas-style as you settle into your River Walk hotel. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage sites of the legendary Alamo and Mission San José. Cruise along the Paseo del Rio. Savor dinner at a restored convent in the historic King William District. Visit the National Museum of the Pacific War when in charming Fredericksburg, nestled in the Hill Country, rich with German heritage.
        An informational meeting will be held Tuesday, Oct. 4 at 1 p.m. in the Magruder Hospital Conference Center. RSVP by October 1st.
        • Mackinac Island – May 29-June 2, via Diamond Tours. Cost is $560 per person, based on double occupancy.
        Step back into a quaint lifestyle in a waterfront setting on a group bus tour to Mackinac Island and beautiful Northern Michigan. After arriving and checking into their nearby hotel, the group will travel by ferry boat across the waters to idyllic Mackinac Island, where cars are prohibited and travel is done by horse and carriage. The trip package features a horse-and-carriage tour and free time to explore. The next day will include travel by bus to Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan, and a cruise across Soo Locks. The evening brings gaming at Kewadin Sault Casino for those who wish.
        The following day, there will be a guided bus tour of Mackinaw City. The group will also visit Colonial Michilimackinac, an 18th-Century living history village.
         • National Parks of America – June 2-13, via Collette Cost is $4,999 per person double occupancy, airfare included.
        Experience the grandeur of the American West, exploring five national parks. In Yellowstone, relish iconic sights like Old Faithful and Yellowstone Lake, and in Arizona, contemplate the vast beauty of the Grand Canyon. The trip includes a breakfast cruise on Lake Powell, a two-night stay in Springdale, Utah (Zion) and Jackson Hole. Marvel at the magnitude and color of Zion’s cliffs and the hoodoos and spires at Bryce Canyon. Drive through the Bighorn Mountains and the great Sioux Nations Territory before seeing Mt. Rushmore and Crazy Horse Monument.
        Meet a local Lakota Native American at dinner and learn about their fascinating way of life, past and present.
        An informational meeting will be held Tuesday, Oct. 4 at 2 p.m. in the Magruder Hospital Conference Center. RSVP by Oct. 1.
        Contact Mary Ann at 419-656-3947 or Michele at for more information.
Konnections training
        The Ottawa County Family Advocacy Center will present its first training class on Thursday, Sept. 29 for a new program called Konnections.
        This program will provide trained volunteers to be a friend and an ally to seniors that are isolated and lonely. Contact the center at 419-301-0225 for more information.
Support Group
        Grandparent + Kinship Care Support Groups are forming at Lake Local, Rossford and Bowling Green City schools. Members of surrounding areas are invited to join one of the groups.
        The groups meet in a casual and welcoming environment, offering support to grandparents and other caregivers who are raising children in a kinship situation. Participants have the opportunity to meet other caregivers, develop a network of support and receive information about services.
        For information, contact Sarah Nidiffer, family and Community Partnership Liaison, Wood County Educational Service Center, at 419-354-9010, ext. 136. Call or text 419-409-2087 or email
Medicare program set
        The Wood County Committee on Aging, Inc. is working with the Ohio Senior Health Insurance Information Program (OSHIIP) to ensure local seniors have all the information they need for this fall’s Medicare open enrollment.
        A representative from OSHIIP will present a talk Tuesday, Sept. 27 at 1 p.m. at the Wood County Senior Center, 140 S. Grove St., Bowling Green.
        Attendees will learn about the recent changes to Medicare and how the Oct. 15-Dec. 7 Medicare Annual Coordinated Election Period can work for them. They will also get tips on how to enroll for 2023 coverage in a Medicare prescription drug plan (Part D) and/or a Medicare health plan, and will be able to see if they qualify to save an average of $3,900 on their prescription drug costs.
        No RSVP is needed for the presentation. Call the Social Services Department at the Wood County Senior Center at 419-353-5661 or 1-800-367-4935 for more information. To reach OSHIIP directly, call 1-800-686-1578.
Knee screenings offered
        Magruder Hospital Orthopedic Clinic will offer free knee screenings Friday, Sept. 30 from 1-3 p.m.
        The screening will include an x-ray, consultation with an orthopedic nurse practitioners or orthopedic surgeon, and a chance to meet with a physical therapist and have other questions answered.
        The Magruder Orthopedic Clinic is located at 611 Fulton St., Suite G, Port Clinton. Appointments for this screening are required and can be made by calling 419-732-4061.
Life Line screenings
        Residents living in and around the Northwood area can learn about their risk for cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, diabetes, and other chronic, serious conditions with screenings by Life Line Screening.
        The Red Willow Event Center, 5805 Woodville Rd., will host a community screening event on Thursday, Oct. 13.
        Screenings can check for:
        • The level of plaque buildup in arteries, related to risk for cardiovascular disease, stroke and overall vascular health.
        • HDL and LDL cholesterol levels.
        • Diabetes risk.
        • Kidney and thyroid function, and more.
        Free parking is available.
        Special package pricing starts at $159, however consultants will work with clients to create a package that is right for them based on age and risk factors.
        Call 1-877-237-1287 or visit Pre-registration is required.
Senior Center Fall Ball
        Tickets are on sale now for the Oregon Senior Center’s Fall Ball, which will be held Friday, Oct. 21 from 6-11 p.m. at United Steelworkers Hall Local1-346, 2910 Consaul St., Toledo.
        The event will feature dinner, dancing to the cool sounds of Bob Wurst, raffles, door prizes, a pumpkin contest, photo booth, and more.
        Tickets are $20 per person and $35 per couple for members and $25 for individuals and $45 per couple for nonmembers. Admission includes dinner, dessert, two drink tickets (beer and wine included), snacks and a door prize drawing entry.
        All proceeds raised benefit the center. For tickets and more information, call 419-698-7078.
Tickets available for Baumann Charity Raffle
        Tickets are available through Oct. 17 at the Oregon Senior Center for the Baumann Auto Group’s 20th Annual Big Charity Raffle.
        The cost is $5 per ticket. The raffle winner will have a choice of a new Chevrolet Trailblazer, a Ford Escape or a Jeep Compass. The drawing will be held Nov. 12.
        All of the proceeds raised go to local charities, including the Oregon Senior Center; Genoa Area Food Pantry; First Step – Village House of Fremont; Liberty Center of Fremont; CASA of Seneca, Sandusky, Wood and Wyandot County; Salvation Army of Ottawa County; Riders Unlimited; Joyful Connections; Sandusky County Cancer Care Fund; F.A.C.T. of Seneca County; Oak House of Port Clinton and ARC of Ottawa County.
        In the raffle’s 19-year history, $1,129,032 has been raised for charity.
        For more information, call the Oregon Senior Center at 419-698-7078.


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