What’s Up, NEPA/Senior News

FALLS — The Falls Active Adult Center, state Route 92, Exeter Township: May 4 – We will be doing care and transplanting of our indoor plants. Anyone who is interested working with plants is encouraged to join; May 7 – 10:30 a.m, Book club discussion “Jackie’s Girl: My Life with the Kennedy Family” by Kathy McKeon; May 7 – 12:15 a.m. – Lunch and learn “The Value of Sleep” by the Wellness Team from Geisinger; May 8 – Center closes at 11:00 a.m.; May 9 – Mother’s day special luncheon and celebration; May 10 – 12:45 a.m., Wellness bingo with Theresa Hillard, community relations representative from Geisinger; May 11 – There will be an open house from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. to show improvements that were made possible by a grant from the Pa Department of Aging. A program will be presented from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. with speakers from various agencies including Rep. Karen Boback and the Director of the Area on Aging for Luzerne and Wyoming Counties; May 16 – Center closed. Dinner Dance at Genettis. If interested, see Twila for details; May 17 – 12:15 a.m., Mary Reeves, LSW, from Golden Living in Tunkhannock discusses “Stroke Awareness;” May 18 – Mobile Food Pantry from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m. This is open to those meeting the criteria from Wyoming county and those in the Harding and Exeter area of Luzerne county; May 23 – 11:30-1:30 A representative from PA State Representative Karen Boback’s office will be here to answer any state related questions; May 24 – 12:15 a.m., Lunch & Learn Lois Elick, RN from the Dept. of Health discusses Lyme disease, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., There will be an open house at all Active Adult Centers in Luzerne and Wyoming counties. The Falls center will have free coffee and doughnuts; May 28 – Center closed for Memorial Day; May 30 – 90’s plus birthday celebration. Twila: 570-388-2623

KINGSTON — The Kingston Active Adult Center, 335 third Ave., Kingston: The Alzheimer’s Association with group leader Alyssa Maria from Home Instead Senior Care is holding a support group for families or individuals affected by Alzheimer’s disease. 1 to 2 p.m. May 17. To register, call Alyssa Maria at 570-714-4260 or email [email protected]

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.

LUZERNE/WYOMING COUNTIES — The Falls Active Adult Center, which was a recipient of a PA Dept. of Aging Renovation Grant, will host a Grand Re-Opening on Friday, May 11, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 pm. Speakers will begin at 10:30 a.m. The Falls Active Adult Center is located at 2813 Sullivan’s Trail, Falls. All of the following Centers will also have an Open House on Thursday, May 24, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Public is invited to attend: Butler Twp. Active Adult Center, 411 West Butler Drive, Drums, 570 788-4881; Charles T. Adams Active Adult Center, 5 East Market Street, Wilkes-Barre, 570 825-3484; Dallas Active Adult Center, 1158 Twin Stacks Drive Dallas, 570 675-2179; Edwardsville Active Adult Center, 57 Russell Street Edwardsville, 570 287-3381; Falls Active Adult Center, 2813 Sullivan’s Trail Falls, 570 388-262.

MOUNTAIN TOP — Mountain Top Social Club will meet at 1 p.m. May 8 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church on Route 309 in Mountain Top. Mother’s Day/Father’s Day dinner will be held at noon May 22 at Sands Springs 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 $30 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. For general club information, contact Janeann Lokken at 570-868-6895. For information on bus trips, contact Otto Eime at 570-407-0056.

NANTICOKE — Rose Tucker Active Adult Center: Noon May 9: Mother’s Day special lunch; 11:30 a.m. May 11, Debbie from Griswold Natural Remedies for joint pain/arthritis; Noon to 4 p.m. May 16, 51st annul Dinner Dance at Genetti’s, center will be closed for activities; 11:30 a.m. May 17, Susan Gillespie from ManorCare will speak on hydration; 12:45, Timber Ridge will host a blood pressure screening; May 23, Center trip to Mount Airy Casino/”Jailhouse Rock,” departure time: 11 a.m. from Nanticoke; Noon May 24, Open house special lunch; May 28, Closed in observance of Memorial Day; Noon May 30, 90s plus special lunch. Bus trips: May 23, Mount Airy Jailhouse Rock, $62; June 19: Sight & Sound Jesus, $122; July 19, Hollywood Casino, $28; Aug. 1, Rainbow Dinner Theatre Getting Moma Married, $88; Sept. 12, Hollywood Casino, $28; Oct. 18, Hollywood Casino, $28; Nov. 21: Dutch Apple Theatre A Christmas Carol, $92. Trips to casinos include meal and slot play. Trips to productions include meal and show.

PLYMOUTH — The Senior Citizens’ Friendship Club of St. Mary’s will hold its 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. The club will meet at 1 p.m. May 14 in the Holy Child School Building on Willow Street in Plymouth. Servers will be Tom and Sue Ellen Kravulski, Ann and John Brunick and Arlene Gritsko. There will be a day trip to the Rainbow Comedy Playhouse in Lancaster on July 11. The show is “Getting Mama Married.” The price of $65 includes the show, dinner, transportation, all gratuities, and a stop after the show. Call (570) 779-3203 for reservations. A trip to Wildwood, NJ, Sept. 9 through 13 (5 days, 4 nights) is being planned. Full details will be provided later.

WILKES-BARRE — The St. Robert Bellarmine Seniors will meet on May 23. The refreshment committee will be Joe Kelly, Regina Korba and Carol Kelsh. New members are welcome. The club has announced trips to the Hollywood Casino on the fourth Thursday of each month. The bus will leave from St. Al’s at 7:45 a.m. A trip to Hunterdon Hills Playhouse to see “Steel Mangnolias” will take place on May 10. Anyone interested in the trips should call Otto Eime at 570-407-0056.

WHITE HAVEN — The White Haven Area Senior Citizens have announced that Annmarie O’Neil of Senior Seminar Services, Inc. will speak at 1 p.m. May 3 at the White Haven VFW. She will provide a wide variety of solutions to problems facing senior citizens today. With over 30 years consulting in every aspect of aging, Annmarie brings an informative and entertaining presentation. The event is free and open to the public.

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.