Prime Times Briefs: Cinco de Mayo celebration

Press Staff Writer

        The Oregon Senior Center will present a Cinco de Mayo Luncheon Friday, May 5 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. The Center is located at 4350 Navarre Ave., Oregon
        The menu will include three hard or soft tacos, a side of sour cream, salsa and chips. Dine-in only. Pre-order (required by Thursday, May 4), by calling 419-698-7078 or sign up at the center’s front desk.
        The cost is $4 for members and $5 for nonmembers or those under age 60.
        Annual Tea Party
        The center will celebrate mothers with a fashion show and tea party Wednesday, May 10 at 11 a.m. Light refreshments will follow the fashion show. RSVP by Wednesday, April 26 by calling 419-698-7078.
Chronic Disease Workshop
        The Wood County Committee on Aging will present a Chronic Disease Self-Management (CDSM) Workshop, Tuesdays, May 23 to June 27 from 1-3:30 p.m. at the Wood County Senior Center,
        The cost is $20, which includes a textbook and relaxation CD. Participants will learn how to find practical ways to deal with symptoms and challenges, set their own weekly goals, make a step-by-step plan to improve their health, make better eating and exercise choices, understand new treatment options, and discover better ways to talk to their doctor and family.
        The interactive program aims to increase confidence, physical and psychological well-being, knowledge of ways to manage chronic conditions. Class size is limited to 15.
        Call 419-353-5661 or 800-367-4935 or email
        CDSM is developed at Stanford University and licensed by the Self-Management Resource Center
Agency helping seniors care for pets
        Ottawa County Senior Resources has been helping seniors of its home-delivered meal and congregate meal programs take care of their pets for many years.
        Any senior who is a resident of Ottawa County is eligible to receive food and supplies for their pet. Senior Resources’ drivers and support staff will bring the requested food to seniors and their furry friends.
        While Senior Resources aims to meet the needs of pets, they may not be able to provide the exact type or brand of food. The agency purchases pet food and supplies from WalMart and Community Market/Oak Harbor, not pet food brands from pet stores.
        There is a $100 limit per client per grant cycle. Call 419-898-6459 to receive a 2023 Pet Food Request Form.
Contest to benefit local food pantries
        Continue United, an affinity group designed for retired or near-retired individuals who want to network with purpose of United Way of Greater Toledo, launched a food challenge to benefit local food pantries.
        The contest is running through May 24, with all proceeds directly supporting local food pantries and United Way’s ongoing work to raise awareness for and drive long-term solutions to food insecurity in NW Ohio.
        Anyone can participate in the contest. Participants may enter by emailing a picture of a dish they made to along with the recipe, the name of the local food pantry they would like to support and/or represent and paying a $35 donation fee. Public voting via Facebook will determine the top three entries.
        Finalists will move on to recreate their dish for a panel of judges and audience members. The overall winner will win a $200 gift certificate to a local restaurant and a donation to the food pantry they represented.
        “We are excited to launch this contest and give back to our community,” said Scott Steele, chair of Continue United. “With the ongoing pandemic, food insecurity has become a growing concern, and we hope this contest will raise awareness and support for local food pantries.”
        To learn more about the contest and how to enter, visit
Mackinac Island trip
        The East Toledo Senior Center, with the help of Diamond Tours, will host a trip to Mackinac Island, Michigan Oct. 9-13.
        The cost is $639 per person, based on double occupancy. The price includes transportation via luxury motorcoach, four nights of lodging, four breakfasts and dinners, guided tours of Mackinac City, a visit to Mackinac Island, including a carriage ride and more. A deposit of $75 is due by June 2, with the balance due by Aug. 2.
        For more information, call 419-691-2254.
Nominations sought for Senior Citizens Hall of Fame
        The Ohio Department of Aging (ODA) is seeking nominations of outstanding older adults to induct into the Ohio Senior Citizens Hall of Fame for the Class of 2023.
        The Hall of Fame honors current or long-time Ohio residents age 60 and older who have made and continue to make a lasting impact on their communities, their professions, or their vocations.
        Nominations must be received by Sunday, April 30, to be considered for induction during a ceremony to be held in September.
        “Our state is fortunate to have many older Ohioans who have made tremendous contributions to their communities, their region, and the state throughout their lives and careers,” said ODA Director Ursel J. McElroy. “If you know of an outstanding older Ohioan in your family, your community, or your field of work, I encourage you to nominate them for this prestigious honor.”
        Since 1977, 501 outstanding older Ohioans have been inducted into the Ohio Senior Citizens Hall of Fame. Past inductees have included business and industry leaders, advocates, community planners, educators, scientists, health-care professionals, volunteers, artists, entertainers, athletes, and more.
        Inductees are selected from public nominations. Nominees are evaluated on the scope and impact of their contributions begun or continued after age 60. Nominees must be native-born Ohioans or have been residents of the state for at least 10 years. Posthumous nominations are accepted, provided the date of death is within the last five years and the nominee was age 60 or older at the time of death.
        Learn more, access the nomination form, and view past inductees at
Meatloaf Dinner, Bake Sale set
        The East Toledo Senior Center, 1001 White St., will have a Meatloaf Dinner and Bake Sale Wednesday, May 17 from 4-6 p.m. Dine in or carry-out service is available.
        Tickets are $10 and include homemade meatloaf, mashed potatoes and gravy, corn, dinner roll and beverage (dine in only).
        Homemade baked goods will also be available for sale.
        For more information, call 419-691-2254.


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