E. Toledo center to stage Simply Seniors Summer Follies
The East Toledo Senior Activities Center will hold its Summer Follies dinner theatre, entitled “Simply Seniors” Saturday, July 27 in the Mercy St. Charles Hospital auditorium.
The cost is $12 per person, which includes the show, along with dinner featuring a menu of pecan chicken or chicken cordon bleu, roasted garlic redskin potatoes, veggie medley, rolls and butter, tossed salad and cookie.
Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. Dinner will be served at 6 p.m., and the show will follow at 7 p.m. Tickets are available at the center, located at 1001 White St., East Toledo. No tickets will be available at the door. For more information, call 419-691-2254.
Concert on the Lawn
Perrysburg Commons will host a concert on the lawn of their courtyard, or in their dining room in the event of inclement weather, Wednesday, July 24 at 7 p.m. Perrysburg Commons is located at 10542 Fremont Pike.
The Glass City Dixieland Band barbershop quartet will provide the evening’s entertainment. Thanks to sponsor Heartland Home Health and Hospice, the event is free and open to the community. Light refreshments will be served.
The Breakfast Club of Northeast Area Senior Center, 705 North Main St., Walbridge, will go out to breakfast July 30 at 9:30 a.m. at The Skillet, 101 South Main St. Walbridge.
Registration is required. Call 419-260-3228 for reservations and information.
Lake Township Ageless Wonders will be going out to dinner to Dyer's Restaurant, a buffet-style restaurant located at 208 Campbell Hill Rd., Bowling Green, Aug. 8 at 5 p.m. For more information, call 419-836-3811.
Summer Luau planned
Enjoy a Summer Luau along the sparkling bay waters Friday, Aug. 2 from 3-8 p.m. at the Oregon Senior Center, 5750 Bayshore Rd., at the corner of Bayshore and Stadium.
The Luau will include roast pig with all the fixings, games, raffles, prizes and dancing. Tickets, which are $10 per person, are available now by calling 419-698-7078.
All proceeds raised benefit the center.
Joint replacement talk
Surgeon Dr. Carlos Gomez will discuss personalized joint replacement at a program to be held July 31 at 6:30 p.m. at Otterbein-Portage Valley, 20311 Pemberville Rd., Pemberville.
Dr. Gomez, of Wood County Hospital, is the only surgeon in Northwest Ohio to perform personalized joint replacement using Biomet’s Signature Personalized Care technique.
RSVP by July 29 by calling 419-833-8917.
Mobile Meals seeks volunteers
Mobile Meals of Toledo has the perfect volunteer “job” those looking to make a difference in their communities.
Mobile Meals volunteers donate their time at lunchtime to deliver meals to homebound individuals. Volunteers are needed for regular routes, with pickup at Mercy St. Charles Hospital, located at Navarre and Wheeling in Oregon. Substitutes are also needed. Other pick-up site locations are also available.
The non-profit Mobile Meals of Toledo provides home-delivered meals to the elderly, ill, disabled and homebound in the Toledo area. In 2012, volunteers delivered more than 532,690 meals to Mobile Meals’ clients.
Individuals with questions about COPD, medications, asthma or pulmonary rehab are invited to attend monthly “Better Breathers Club” programs held at Heartland of Oregon, 3953 Navarre Ave., Oregon.
Meetings will be held Thursdays Aug. 15, Sept. 19, Oct. 17, Nov. 21 and Dec. 19 from noon to 1 p.m. Complimentary lunch will be served. August’s topic will be, “Hospice Care; What it Is and When it’s Time?”
For more information, call 419-698-4521.
Senior Day at the fair
Senior Day will be celebrated at the Wood County Fair Thursday, Aug. 1 at the county fairgrounds, 13800 W. Poe Rd. Bowling Green. Seniors should enter the fairgrounds by gates B or C.
Presented by the Wood County Committee on Aging, Senior Day will include:
9-9:50 a.m. – Coffee and donuts, sponsored by Bowling Green Care Center;
9:50-10 a.m. – Welcome and opening address, “National Anthem.”
10-11 a.m. – Jeff Tucker and On the Beach Band;
11-11:10 a.m. – Door prize drawing (must be present to win);
12:10-12:30 p.m. – Welcome and lunch (stacked turkey or ham, cold beans, heritage cole slaw, melon salad, Rice Krispie treat and water.
12:30-1 p.m. – Teresa Batterson and student vocalists;
1-2 p.m. – “Crazy” Craig Wise Variety Show;
2:15-3:15 p.m. – Crystal Gage, country singer of Windsor, Ont.;
3:15-3:30 p.m. – Door prize drawing (must be present to win);
Wood County Committee on Aging Social Services is currently in need of new or gently-used wheelchairs, straight canes and wheeled walkers for its durable medical equipment loan closet.
To donate items, call 1-800-367-4935.
Board candidates sought
Wood County “older adults” and community leaders are encouraged to become candidates to serve on the Wood County Committee on Aging Governing Board for a two-year term beginning Jan. 1, 2014.
Candidates must be Wood County residents and at least 60 years of age, or community leaders. This year, there are 10 positions open – eight elected in accordance of WCCOA bylaws and two to be selected by the WCCOA Executive Committee.
Visit www.wccoa.net to download and complete a nomination form, or call the Wood County Senior Center at 419-353-5661 or 1-800-367-4935. Forms are also available at all WCCOA Senior Center locations. Forms must be returned to the Nomination Committee Co-Chair, WCCOA, 305 North Main St., Bowling Green, Ohio 43402-2424 on or before Aug. 9.
The WCCOA Governing Board sets policies and conducts the affairs of the WCCOA. Board members are expected to attend the monthly meetings and to serve on at least one committee. Elections will take place in November with installation in December and the first board meeting in January 2014.
ElderCollege on the road
Over the past year, members of the Terra State Community College’s ElderCollege program have had the opportunity to travel to many fascinating destinations, including northern Canada to do some whale watching as well as a trip to Savannah, Ga. – a trip attended by more than 90 travelers.
This year, the travel opportunities continue with an October trip to Ashville, N.C. for a visit to the beautiful Biltmore Estate. They will travel by bus for this six-night, five-day trip to the Ashville area. In addition to the Estate, travelers will also visit the St. Lawrence Basilica and the Folk Art Center, and receive a guided tour of the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Other trips scheduled for this fall include the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland and the Border Patrol office in Port Clinton.
For more information or to register, contact the Kern Center at 419-559-2255.
“March For Meals” recognized
The Meals On Wheels Association of America has recognized Ottawa County Senior Resources’ “March For Meals” campaign.
“March For Meals” is an annual campaign designed to raise awareness and generate community support around the importance of a nutritious meal and social connection to keeping homebound and hungry seniors more healthy and independent in their own homes. This year, the Meals On Wheels Association singled out 199 programs’ campaigns for their success.
The Ottawa County Home Delivered Meals Program received the Silver Award for $650 for its efforts to engage county seniors and a local business in the fight to end senior hunger.
“We applaud all of our programs that leveraged this campaign to spotlight the issue of senior hunger in their communities,” said Meals On Wheels Association President and CEO Ellie Hollander. “In these tough times, when so many of our Meals on Wheels programs are facing the loss of federal funds, community support and engagement is vital to ensuring that no senior goes hungry.”
During “March For Meals,” seniors from each of the county’s six senior centers collected items to fill a reusable grocery bag containing such items as paper towels, hand soap, toothpaste, facial tissues and other basic necessities that homebound seniors are often unable to get without assistance.
The gift bags were delivered to each of the nearly 200 home-delivered meal clients along with their daily hot meal. The project was based on an idea from Danbury Senior Center site manager, Paula Shenkel, who was assisted by site managers Tammy Reichert, Mary Jane Happel-Meadows and Candace Pucci.
Walker Funeral Homes also helped with a monetary donation for the project. The money received from the grant will be used to pay for the reusable grocery bags used in the project.
Caregivers cruise contest
Family caregivers understand all too well the stress of caring for an aging loved one. What better way to relieve that stress than a getaway? That’s why Ohio residents are invited to nominate deserving family caregivers – including themselves – for the opportunity to win a free, four-night, five-day cruise.
Home Instead, Inc., franchisor of the Home Instead Senior Care network, is sponsoring the cruise for one lucky caregiving hero and guest. Submit a nomination and vote by Aug. 24 at http://cruise.caregiverstress.com/.
The Caregiver Cruise is scheduled for Feb. 3-7, 2014 on the Royal Caribbean Enchantment of the Seas. The cruise will set sail from Cape Canaveral, Fla., with stops in Coco Cay and Nassau, Bahamas. In addition to the cruise, the winning recipient will receive 40 hours of free care from a Home Instead Senior Care professional CAREGiver for his/her senior loved one while away.
To take a caregiver distress assessment and learn how to help guard against the potential dangers related to caregiver stress, visit FamilyCaregiverStressRelief.com.
For more information about the Home Instead Senior Care network, visit www.homeinstead.com.