Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Senior Center of York announces February events


January 23, 2013   
      A variety of educational and entertaining programs are being offered at the Senior Center of York in February. Participation is open to seniors age 55 or better and their spouses, regardless of age. The Center is located in the Washington Square Shopping Center at 5314 George Washington Memorial Highway (Rte. 17), and is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Center is closed all County Holidays. Reservations are required for all sessions and are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. To register, stop by the Center or call 898-3807. For more information, please visit
            3-D Valentine's Day Cards & Bookmarks, Monday, February 11 at 11 a.m.
Patron Laurel VanderJeudt will assist you in creating beautiful cards and bookmarks with old-fashioned pictures and artificial flowers. There will be a sample at the front desk. Please limit to four cards per person. Call 898-3807 by February 6 to register.
            Culture Day, "Overview of Freedom Park," Wednesday, February 13 at 1 p.m. Colonel Lafayette Jones, a descendent of those who first lived on the land in James City County's Freedom Park, will present an educational talk on the present-day development and rich history of this park site that dates back to the 1650s. Freedom Park strives to preserve this land which was the site of the nation's earliest known free Black settlement. This park is also the site of an 18th century cemetery, a 17th century home site, and the Revolutionary War Battle of Spencer's Ordinary. So come learn more about this fascinating park and its historical background as Colonel Jones recounts material from his book, "My Great Great Grandfather's Journey." Refreshments provided. Please register for this program by February 12 by calling 898-3807.
            Valentine Bingo, Friday, February 15 from 1 to 3 p.m. Come try your hand and join the fun at this annual bingo event assisted each year by the York County Youth Commission. Enjoy camaraderie and refreshments. Everyone goes home with a prize!  Space is limited, so be sure to call now at 898-3807 to register.    
          Presidents' Day Holiday Closure, February 18.  In observance of Presidents' Day, the Senior Center of York will be closed on Monday, February 18.
        Health Day, "Healthy Heart Food Choices," Wednesday, February 20, 12:45 p.m. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, heart-related problems were the number one cause of death in the U.S. in 2011. February is designated as National Heart Health Month. To promote awareness of this, Hillary Wingard, RD from Riverside Health, will share tips on nutritional "heart healthy" foods. We will have a healthy "color wheel" of fruits and vegetables for refreshments. Attendees are asked to wear red. For more information and to register, call the Senior Center at 898-3807 by Tuesday, February 19.            
          Fabulous February Birthday Bash, Friday, February 22 at 1 p.m. Experience the captivating voice and style of Solo Artist Billy Mitchell. The theme of this bash will be love songs from the 50s, 60s, and 70s with Mr. Mitchell performing a variety of hit songs from popular singers including Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett and Louie Armstrong to name a few. Remember you do not have to be celebrating a birthday to attend. Cake and beverage served. Please register by Wednesday, February 20.
           AARP Driver Safety Program, Monday, February 25 & Tuesday, February 26. This program is designed for drivers age 50 or better, and will take place on Monday, February 25 from 12:30 to 4:45 p.m. and Tuesday, February 26 from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. The cost for this two-day program is $12 for members of AARP and $14 for non-members.Fees should be paid by check and made out to AARP. Class registration may be made in person at the Senior Center, by phone, or by mail. Note: AARP membership, which cannot be processed the day of a class, is not required for class registration. There is no "behind the wheel" driving performed in this program. Drivers age 55 or better must attend both classes to receive the state mandated three-year automobile insurance reduction. Many insurance companies are giving insurance reductions to drivers age 50+ with the same attendance requirements. Those less than age 55 should check with their insurance company to see if they are entitled to the three-year insurance reduction. Class enrollment is limited to 25.
         Computer Classes and General Use. The computers are available for general use Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. unless the lab is reserved for programmed activities. Currently classes are held on Tuesdays in the lab. To use the computers you must sign in at the Senior Center front desk.  Note: Please call the Center at 898-3807 to inquire about the next session of classes scheduled to begin in early March.
           Calling All Veterans!  Have you ever served in our nation's military? If so, please consider participating in an informal panel discussion to share some of your experiences at one of the Senior Center of York's upcoming Culture Days. ALL of us have benefitted from the dedication, efforts and sacrifice of our uniformed men and women (and their families). But, MANY of us know very little of what life was actually like in the military. So please drop by our front desk and complete a brief form so we can begin organizing this and hear some of your stories! It promises to be a very meaningful event for all!
         Volunteers Needed. Do you have a flair for design? Can you turn regular everyday household items into a work of art? We are looking for individuals to assist and instruct make-it/take-it projects. Please call 898-3807 if you can help.
          Inclement Weather Hotline.  Be sure to check with the Senior Center's hotline at 890-3516 for information on weather related closings or delayed openings due to inclement weather.
            Upcoming Events
            English Tea, Wednesday, March 27 at 1 p.m. You are cordially invited to an afternoon tea with us. Norah Steele will give the history of English china and teas, detailing the difference between low and "high teas." She will also discuss proper etiquette regarding teas. Light refreshments will be provided. This event is brought to you by Plantiques Gift Shop in Newport News. Registration will begin February 27 and conclude March 22 or until space allows. 
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