What’s Up, NEPA/Senior News

November 30th, 2017 6:00 am

Editor’s note: Senior news items will be found in Thursday’s Life section. To submit entries for senior news, correspondences must be received by Monday, or 10 days prior to the event.

If you have questions, call Matt Mattei at 570-991-6651,

DALLAS — All school retirees are invited to a Christmas luncheon at 11 a.m. Dec. 7 at AppleTree Terrace, 4 Newberry Estates, N. Pioneer Ave., Dallas. The event is sponsored by the Luzerne/Wyoming County Chapter of the Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees. Barbershop Quartet Sounds Abound will perform live. $20 includes a buffet dinner of ham, chicken francaise, crab cakes, pasta primavera, roasted potatoes, broccoli and cauliflower and more. Checks are payable to LUZ/WHO PASR and can be mailed to Pat Jachimovicz, 51 Laselle Ave., Shavertown, PA 18708. For information, call Pat at 570-675-5871, Carol Williams at 570-333-5902 or June Seely at 570-384-4407.

FALLS — The Falls Active Adult Center, state Route 92, Exeter Township: On Dec. 4, the Book Club meets from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. On Dec. 5, the Craft Club will make holiday decorations from 10:30 a.m. to noon. On Dec. 6, Rev. Gideon Giatano will perform a Christmas concert at 11 a.m. Christmas Luncheon; Mary Kay Santa’s Workshop fundraiser for the center with Pattie Gregorio. Dec 11: Lunch & Learn at 12:15 p.m. with Frank Cawley MPT from Cawley Rehabilitation and Physical Therapy. He will give a talk on “Low Back Pain – Causes and Ways to Treat Without Surgery.” Dec 12: Center will close at 11:00 for monthly meeting. Bag lunch available for pick up by 11 a.m. Dec 14: Mary Reeves from The Gardens in Tunkhannock will be joining us for a Christmas Surprise at 12:15 p.m. Dec 15: Mobile Food Bank; available to all age groups. Volunteers are needed at 9:00 a.m. to help package food for the pantry. Contact Twila at 570-388-2623 to sign up please. Dec 22: Birthday Celebration. Dec 26: Craft Club will be painting rocks that anyone may place at various locations throughout the area and whoever finds them will go onto the center facebook page to say they were found and they may then relocate them to another area. Anyone wishing to join us for a meal at noon, for a suggested donation of $2 for those 60 and over or $5.07 for anyone under 60, should RSVP to Twila at 570-388-2623 by 12:30 p.m. the day before. The center is open from 9a.m.-2p.m. Mon. thru Fri.

HANOVER TWP. —Guardian will play a cognitive skills game at 11 a.m on Nov. 21 at the Lee Park Active Adults Center. On Nov. 23 and 24, the center will be closed for Thanksgiving. On Nov. 28, Life Geisinger will play a Holiday Trivia Game at 11 a.m.

LUZERNE COUNTY — The Apprise Program, sponsored by the Area Agency on Aging, is seeking volunteers to train in assisting area elders.

Volunteer counselors participate in an extensive training program and can assist with presentations at various organizations and health fairs and a variety of other tasks.

All training and materials provided. Information, contact Jamie McIntyre, 570-822-1158, ext. 2309.

LUZERNE — The Misericordia University Department of Occupational Therapy will hold a series 10 free fall prevention workshops on select Fridays beginning in September for adults age 65 and older at The Hope Center, 205 Main St., Luzerne.

The morning and afternoon programs takes place in observation of the 10th annual Fall Prevention Awareness Day and ends Dec. 1. To register, contact Debbie Carey, fieldwork specialist, at 570-674-6481.

Eligible participants will learn to identify ways to prevent falls in the home and in the community. They will also complete an individualized exercise program to build strength, balance and confidence. Attendees will also have an opportunity to participate in vision, balance and blood pressure screenings.

The fall prevention program is open to people 65 years or older who are living independently within the community. Sessions are on and Dec. 1 from 9 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m.

LUZERNE/WYOMING COUNTIES — Volunteer Senior Peer Counselors are available to provide one-to-one support and socialization in the homes of those 60 years of age and older experiencing loneliness or minor emotional issues.

Volunteers, 55 and older, who drive and can devote up to three hours a week are needed to visit older adults with mild emotional issues in Luzerne and Wyoming counties.

Training is provided. Questions, contact Rhoda Tillman, program coordinator, [email protected] or 570-552-6107. Participation is free.

LUZERNE/WYOMING COUNTIES — Vouchers for the Senior Farmers Market Voucher Program can be redeemed for eligible senior until Nov. 30.

The vouchers can be used for locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables at participating Dept. of Agriculture’s SFMNP farmers market stands. Baked goods, meat, jam, honey, apple cider or eggs are excluded.

You must be at least 60- or turn 60- before Dec. 31, 2017, reside in Luzerne or Wyoming counties and meet the 2017 household total income requirements of $22,311 for one person; $30,044 for two people. One set of vouchers ($20) per senior, per year. ID showing birth date and address required.

If eligible, or for further information, contact Rhonda Adams, 822-1158 Ext. 2337.

Nursing home, convent or assisted living residents where meals are provided do not qualify.

MOUNTAIN TOP — Mountain Top Social Club will hold their Christmas dinner at noon Dec. 5 at Sands Country Club. For general club information, contact Janeann Lokken at 570-868-6895.

PITTSTON — St Joseph’s Senior social club will hold its annual Christmas Party at 2 p.m. Dec. 6 at Fox Hill Country Club in West Pittston.

PLYMOUTH — The Senior Citizens’ Friendship Club of St. Mary’s in Plymouth is taking reservations for the Christmas party, which will be held at 1 p.m. Dec. 10 at Touch of Class in Wilkes-Barre.

PLAINS TOWNSHIP — The Plains Senior Citizens will meet at noon Dec. 6 at the St. Peter and Paul Church in the Bernardine Hall in Plains Township. Members are requested to arrive by 11:30 a.m. to set up and are reminded to bring food and paper products for the food pantry and unwanted eye glasses. Anyone 55 and over is welcome to join. Meetings are held on the first and third Wednesdays of the month. For information, call Libby Kirkutis at 570-868-6463.

SWOYERSVILLE: The Swoyersville Senior Citizens will meet at 1 p.m. Dec. 6 at Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Church social hall, 116 Hughes St., Kingston. Eleanor Hudock will entertain members at the social hour by proving dessert.

WILKES-BARRE — The St. Robert Bellarmine Seniors will hold their Christmas Party on Dec. 14 at Genetti’s Hotel.

WEATHERLY — Heritage Hill Senior Community, 800 Sixth St., Weatherly, is accepting new, unwrapped toys for Toys for Tots between 1 a.m. and 8 p.m. daily now through mid-December. For information, call 570-427-4500.

WYOMING/WEST WYOMING — The Wyoming/West Wyoming Senior Citizens will meet at 12:30 p.m. Dec. 5 at St. Monica Parish Hall to hold their annual Christmas Party. Reservations cost $12 per person and can be made by calling Marion 570-288-5357.

WHITE HAVEN — The White Haven Senior Citizens will hold their annual Christmas Dinner at 1 p.m. Dec. 7 at St. Patrick’s Center. Menu includes stuffed chicken breast and baked cod, scalloped potatoes, vegetables and more. Entertainment will be provided by Paul Romero. $12 for members, $23 for non-members includes gratuity and entertainment. For reservations, call Charlene Miller at 570-443-8526.

Editor’s note: Senior news items will be found in Thursday’s Life section. To submit entries for senior news, correspondences must be received by Monday, or 10 days prior to the event.

If you have questions, call Matt Mattei at 570-991-6651,