What’s Up, NEPA/Senior News

FALLS — The Falls Active Adult Center, state Route 92, Exeter Township: Feb. 8, 15 and 22 from 10 a.m. to noon, Karel Zubris from Penn State Extension will give a class titled “Eat Smart, Move More.” Register for class at 570-388-2623. Feb. 2: Special pre-Super Bowl luncheon. Feb. 5: 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Book Club, “Wonder” by R.J. Palacio. Feb. 6: 10:30 a.m. to noon, Valentine card making. Feb. 8: 12:15 p.m., Lunch & Learn with Mary Reeves, LSW from The Gardens, “28 Tips for a Healthy Heart.” Feb. 12: Lunch & Learn with Lois Elick, RN from the Department of Health, “Don’t Strike Out with Stroke or Heart Attack.” Blood pressure checks to follow. Feb. 14, Chocolate dipped strawberry making, 10 a.m. to noon, must RSVP before 2 p.m. Feb. 12. Valentine special lunch; Sing along with The Jolly Seniors after lunch. Feb. 16: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m., Mobile Food Pantry. Volunteers are needed at 9 a.m. to help package food. Call 570-388-2623 to sign up. Feb. 19: Closed for Presidents Day. Feb. 20 and 27 and March 6: 10 a.m. to noon, Ceramic class. The project is Easter baskets: RSVP by Feb. 6. Feb. 22: 12:25 to 12:45 p.m., Blood pressure screenings; 1 p.m.: Bingo with Melissa from the Meadows. Feb. 23: February birthday celebration. Anyone wishing to join the center 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 (570-388-2623) by 12:30 p.m. the day before. The center is open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. It is located on state Route 92 in Exeter Township. Membership dues and card updates are due for 2018.

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/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 — Economic/Benefits Check Up (Sponsored by National Council on Aging) helps older adults find and enroll in public and private benefits programs. They can also find an online application for Medicare’s Extra Help. Tips and other resources are available in the community to help maintain budget, save money, find work and help with financial freedom. It is simple, free and confidential and always includes the most up-to-date information. Go online at economiccheckup.org/esi-home to start the Check Up. Or call the Mature Worker Program (SCSEP), sponsored by the Area Agency on Aging for Luzerne/Wyoming Counties, at 570-822-1159 ext. 2395 and ask for Anne Kelly to schedule an appointment.

MOUNTAIN TOP — Mountain Top Social Club will meet at 1 p.m. on Feb. 13 and 27 and every second and fourth Tuesday of each month at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Route 309, Mountain Top. Trips to the Hollywood Casino will start on March 22 and will continue every fourth Thursday of each month through November. The cost is $25 per person. The price includes a $30 rebate to play and a $5 buffet voucher. The bus leaves Mountain Top at 8:15 a.m. and St. Als at 8:45 a.m. The first bus trip to Sight and Sound Theater in Lancaster will take place on April 17. After the show, “Jesus,” the group will have lunch at Hershey Farm Restaurant. $122 per person. The bus leaves Mountain Top at 8:15 a.m. and St. Als at 8:45 a.m. For general club information, contact Janeann Lokken at 570-868-6895. For information on bus trips, contact Otto Eime at 570-407-0056.

PLYMOUTH — The Senior Citizens’ Friendship Club of St. Mary’s will hold its next meeting at 1 p.m. Feb. 12 in the Holy Child School Building on Willow Street in Plymouth. Members are reminded to bring a brown bag lunch. Beverages will be supplied by the club. The club will be celebrating Valentine’s Day. Participants should bring a valentine and put it in the basket. A trip to Sight & Sound Theatre will take place on April 10. Dinner after the show will be at Hershey Farm Restaurant followed by a visit to the Kitchen Kettle Village. Bus reservations for the trip are filled. New members are always welcome.

SWOYERSVILLE — The Swoyersville Senior Citizens will meet at 1 p.m. Feb. 14 at Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Church social hall with President Liz Zdanciewicz presiding. The club will hold a Valentine’s Day luncheon. Dues are being collected for the 2018 year.

WILKES-BARRE — The St. Robert Bellarmine Seniors will meet on Feb. 14. Trips have been announced to the Hollywood Casino on the fourth Thursday of each month and to the Sight and Sound Theater in Lancaseter on April 17. Anyone interested in the trips should call Otto Eime at 570-407-0056.

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

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