A variety of educational and entertaining programs are being offered at the Senior Center of York in September. 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 (757) 890-3444.
Holiday Closing. In observance of Labor Day, the Senior Center of York will be closed on Monday, September 4.
“A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns About Falls,” This free, eight-week program will be held at the Senior Center of York on Tuesdays, from September 12 through October 31, from 9:30 to 11:30 am. Many older adults experience a fear of falling. People who develop this fear often limit their activities, which can result in physical weakness, and make the risk of falling even greater. “A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns about Falls,” is a program designed to reduce the fear of falling and increase activity levels among older adults. Participants will learn to view falls as controllable, set goals for increasing activity, make changes to reduce fall risks at home, and exercise to increase strength and balance. This program is co-sponsored by the Peninsula Agency on Aging and York County Community Services. Registration is now underway and will continue through September 8, or until spaces are filled. To register, call (757) 890-3444.
AARP Driver Safety Program, Monday, September 11, and Tuesday, September 12. Call to see if there is space available for this popular, two-day safety training from AARP. This regular program at the Senior Center is designed for drivers age 50 or better. This session will take place on Monday, September 11, from 12:30 to 4:45 p.m. and on Tuesday, September 12, from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. The cost for the two-day program is $15 for members of AARP and $20 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. The next 2-day session of this program will be offered on Monday, October 2 and Tuesday, October 3. 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 days of classes in a session 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. To register, call (757) 890-3444.
September Craft, Monday, September 18, at 10 a.m. Participants will create a 5” x 7” landscape watercolor using the wet-on-wet technique with Kathy Wahl. This process works by painting over wet layers of previously administered paint, which produces a soft look as the colors mix and diffuse. Your creation will be great for yourself or as a gift to a loved one. Please sign up by Thursday, September 14 so we have adequate materials on hand.
Active Living Every Day Class (ALED) Tuesday, September 19, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Physical activity is easier than most of us think! In this free 12-week course held on Tuesdays at 12:30 p.m., you will find ways to be active every day at home, at work, and on vacation. Active Living Every Day works because you will learn the skills you need to start becoming physically active and to continue that lifestyle. Topics will include overcoming barriers to physical activity, setting realistic goals, building confidence, and staying motivated. This evidence-based, healthy aging program also links moderate physical activity to significant health improvements in cardiorespiratory and cardiovascular diseases.
September Birthday Bash, Friday, September 22, at 1 p.m. Enjoy the wonderful music of Jon Durfee. Mr. Durfee returns to the Senior Center to sing and play keyboards and the banjo. Remember you do not have to be celebrating a birthday to join in on the fun! Please register at the front desk by September 21.
“Hunt for Family History,” Saturday, September 23, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Members of the York County Historical Society will help participants research their ancestral
information, family history, and military records on the internet and various websites. Please sign up for your timeslot for this program by September 18 or until space is filled.
Scrapbooking, Thursday, September 28, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. Bring in your pictures, scrapbooks and materials. Patron Nancy Beaton will be on hand to assist with this activity. There will be a variety of paper, stickers, borders, and designs for you to make your own creations. Please register for this program by September 27.
“Taste of Nations,” Friday, September 29, at 11:30 a.m. Come celebrate our diverse cultures with a variety of cuisines. Participants can sample Chinese, Thai, Mexican, Italian, American foods and more. Wear a cultural costume and be entered into a contest to win a prize! Lunch will be served around 12 p.m. The fee for this program is $4 and should be paid at the time of registration. In order for the Senior Center to obtain an accurate food count, please register by September 26.
Computer Lab General Use. Computers in the Senior Center’s Computer Lab are available for general use Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Patrons must sign in at the front desk to use the computers.
New to the Senior Center: Weather Hotline Notification System! York County Parks, Recreation and Tourism (PRT) has launched a new weather hotline notification system for County recreation programs and PRT facilities, including the Senior Center of York. In the event of threatening weather or during its aftermath recovery period, you can stay updated on the Senior Center’s operating hours and whether or not it will be open based on weather, road, and parking lot/sidewalk conditions. Here are some helpful tips to remember in the event of a hurricane, snow/ice storm, or other severe weather system:
If County offices are closed that day, the Senior Center will also be closed.
Sometimes the Senior Center may remain closed on days when County offices are either open or opening late. “Check before you come” is the rule of thumb whenever conditions are questionable.
Call the new weather hotline number at (757) 890-3501; once connected, dial extension #36 to listen to any special opening or closing updates for the Senior Center.
Or, sign up online for the new, “RainoutLine” weather hotline notification system. You can view the Center’s status on your computer and even receive a text message alert on your smart phone. To learn more about this, please click on this link: https://rainoutline.com/search/dnis/7578903501