What’s Up, NEPA/Senior News

FALLS — The Falls Active Adult Center, state Route 92, Exeter Township: Special activities/events: April 19 – Singer George Rittenhouse in concert from 10:45 to 11:45 a.m.; April 20 – Mobile Food Pantry from 11:00 to 1:00 and 5:00 to 7:00.The pantry is open to all ages based on income eligibility in Wyoming county and the Harding, Exeter area of Luzerne County. Volunteers are needed at 9:00 a.m. to help package food for the pantry. Please contact Twila to sign up; April 27, Birthday lunch. 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.

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 — Volunteers 55 and older in Luzerne and Wyoming Counties are needed to visit senior adults, who would like conversation and socialization. Men and women in The Senior Peer Counseling Program (SPCP) of Community Counseling Services and the Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) who qualify visit weekly. After completing the screening and training, Senior Peer Counselors see individuals 60 and older in their homes. People who are enthusiastic about working with older adults are trained in basic counseling and listening skills to provide this valuable service. Both volunteers and homebound seniors are welcome. There is no charge to participate. For questions about becoming a volunteer or receiving in-home services, please contact Rhoda Tillman [email protected] or 570-552-6107.

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.

LUZERNE/WYOMING COUNTIES — The Area Agency on Aging for Luzerne and Wyoming counties announces the theme for this year’s Older American’s Month is “Engage At Every Age.” This year’s 51st Annual Dinner Dance will be held at Best Western Genetti’s Hotel & Conference Center, 77 E. Market Street, Wilkes-Barre on May 16 from noon to 4 p.m.; with doors opening at 11:30 a.m. “This Magic Moment” is the theme for this year’s dance; the entertainment set for this gala event will be provided by “The Poets.” Dinner selections are either sliced beef tenderloin with bordelaise sauce, chicken francaise or flounder filet with crab meat with béarnaise sauce, accompanied by house salad, roasted red potatoes, glazed carrots with apples, and Boston creme cake, coffee, tea and dessert. A cash bar will also be available. Door prizes will be drawn and a grand prize presented. This year’s ticket price for the event is $29. Tickets can be obtained at any of the seventeen Active Adult (Senior) Centers or by calling Rhonda Adams at 570-822-1158, ext. 2337.

MOUNTAIN TOP — Mountain Top Social Club: Trips to the Hollywood Casino will continue every fourth Thursday of each month through November. The cost is $25 per person. The price includes a $35 rebate to play and a $5 buffet voucher or 25 percent off a casual dinner. The bus leaves Mountain Top at 8:15 a.m. and St. Als at 8:45 a.m. Mother’s Day/Father’s Day dinner will be held at noon May 22 at Sands Springs Club. For general club information, contact Janeann Lokken at 570-868-6895. For information on bus trips, contact Otto Eime at 570-407-0056.

PITTSTON — St. Joseph’s Senior Social Club will meet at 1 p.m. April 19 at the Mt. Carmel Center on William Street in Pittston. Plans for the coming year will be discussed. Servers will be Sandra Paczkowski, Theresa Zaffutto, John Reedy and Theresa Ormando.

PLYMOUTH — The Senior Citizens’ Friendship Club of St. Mary’s will meet at 1 p.m. April 23 in the Holy Child School building on Willow Street in Plymouth. Servers will be Phyllis Warakomski, Sue Witkoski, Jackie Bromack, Ann Yeager and Pat Cole. The Mom and Dad Dinner will be held at 1 p.m. June 3 at R&D Memories, 566 Fellows Ave., Hanover Township. Reservations are now being taken.

SWOYERSVILLE — The Swoyersville Senior Citizens will meet at 1 p.m. April 28 at Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Church social hall with President Liz Zdanciewicz presiding. A social hour with refreshments will follow the business meeting. New members are welcome.

WILKES-BARRE — The St. Robert Bellarmine Seniors will meet on April 25. The refreshment committee will be Otto Eime, Bill and Chris Hurst. New members are welcome. The club has announced trips to the Hollywood Casino on the fourth Thursday of each month and to the Sight and Sound Theater in Lancaseter on April 17. The bus will leave from St. Al’s at 7:45 a.m. Anyone interested in the trips should call Otto Eime at 570-407-0056. The group will hold its Mother/Father’s Day luncheon on May 9 at R&D Memories in Hanover Township. The last day for payment for the luncheon will be April 25. Further information on the luncheon is available by calling Jane at 570—822-7903. A covered dish luncheon is planned for April.

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.