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Community Center Services

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The Community Center offers a wide variety of
services to the community such as: Foot Care
Clinic, Three Ladies and..., How's Your Hearing,
Diabetic Screening, Senior Health Insurance
Assistance Program (SHIP), Legal Counseling,
Volunteer Opportunities and more.


The Goldenaires love to sing and they love an audience! This performing group practices weekly for various functions throughout the community. To audition for the Goldenaires or book them for your own special program, please call 427-6461. Ages 50+.

Alley Kats

 The Alley Kats is a 20-member performing tap dance troupe made up entirely of actuve senior women age 50 and over.  Rehersals are held at the Community Center on Thursdays at 1:00 p.m.  To audition for the troupe or to book the Alley Kats for your function, please call 427-6461.


Garden Alliance

The Community Center Garden Alliance is responsible for the 9 raised bed gardens at the Community Center and the annual plant sale held at the Center to benefit our wellness programs. Anyone who has an interest in gardening is invited to join the fun. Meetings are held at the Community Center on the first Thursday of every month to discuss various topics, listen to guest speakers and plan work in the gardens. The meetings are at 12:30 p.m., so bring a sack lunch. We’ll provide the beverages. There is a drop-in fee of $1. Please call 427-6460 to register for the Alliance. We also plan several field trips to visit greenhouses and gardens. A library of gardening reference materials is being established.

December 4       Planting Seeds: Think Spring     
                                   with Sue Butts

January 8             Sustainable Gardening/

February 5          GMO’s, Pros and Cons

March 5                Best Kept Garden Secret
                                   John Cutrell and Pam Peterson
                                   will share information about the
                                  DeFries Calendar in Paris, IN.      

April 2                   Pest Control

May 21                 Trip to DeFries Calendar Garden

Monthly Organization Meetings

The following organizations hold monthly meetings at the Community Center. For more information about any of these organizations, you may attend a meeting or call 427-6460 for a contact name and phone number.

ITT Retirees

Tues., 12/16, 1/20, 2/17, 9 am-12 pm

Socrates Café

Tues., 12/2, 16; 1/6, 20; 2/3, 17, 2-4 pm

Disorderly Bears

Thur.,12/4, 2/5, 6:30-8:30 pm    

Free Tax Preparation

February 2-April 10

Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Community Center, 233 W Main St.

The Community Center/Parks and Recreation Department, IRS and AARP have teamed up to offer free Federal and Indiana state income tax preparation for seniors (ages 55+). IRS E-file only. Please bring the following information with you:

Social Security card

Copy of last year’s taxes

Current W-2 forms and 1099 statements

Other income and deduction records

Also, bring your property tax receipts to qualify for a reduction on the Indiana Tax Return. Indiana residents age 65 and older by December 31 of the tax year who earned less than $10,000 should file a tax return with the state. You could be eligible for a refund under Indiana’s Unified Tax Credit for the elderly.

Senior Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP)

A trained SHIP counselor will be available to answer questions about Medicare, Medicare Supplement Insurance, Medicaid and Long Term Care Insurance and help you understand your rights as a beneficiary on the first and third Thursday of each month. Assistance is also available in organizing your medical bills, Medicare and other insurance records and in filing claims and appeals. Call 427-6460 to schedule an appointment. This service is free and is not affiliated with any insurance agent or company.

Day        Dates                    Time

Thur       12/4, 12/18                         9 am-12 pm

There will be no appointments scheduled on January 1 or 15 and February 5 or 19.

Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Legal Counseling

Beers, Mallers, Backs & Salin, L.L.C representatives are at the Community Center on the first Friday of every month to answer your legal questions. Please call 427-6460 to make an appointment. This FREE service, sponsored by the Allen County Bar Association, is offered to persons age 50 and over.

Day        Dates                    Time

Fri           12/5, 1/9, 2/6                     9 am-12 pm

Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Diabetic Screening

Diabetes affects 25 million people or 8.3% of the U.S. population. While an estimated 18 million have been diagnosed, 7 million are unaware they have the disease. Sunshine Home Health Care will offer FREE diabetes screenings at the Community Center on the first Thursday of every month. No appointment is required.

Day        Dates                    Time

Thur       12/4, 2/5                              9-11 am

Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

How’s Your Hearing?

Approximately 28 million Americans, or about one in every ten people in this country, have a hearing loss and many don’t even know it. Audiologist Dr. Gregory Lowe conducts FREE hearing screenings at the Community Center on the first Tuesday of each month. The screening only takes 15 minutes. Please call 427-6460 to make your appointment and arrive 15 minutes prior to your scheduled time.

Day        Dates                    Time

Tues      12/2, 1/6, 2/3     9-11:15 am

Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Foot Care Clinic

A Lighter Step, L.L.C. provides foot care at the Community Center including foot soaking, nail trimming, lotion massages, and callus shaving for persons age 55 and older. Appointments are required and may be made by calling 427-6460. Please bring a foot tub and towel. Payment by check or cash is required at the time of the appointment.

Day        Dates                    Time

1st Mon               12/1, 1/5, 2/2                     8:30-11:30 am

2nd Tue                12/9, 1/13, 2/10                1-3:30 pm

1st Thur                12/4, 2/5                              8:30-11:30 am

3rd Thur               12/18, 1/15, 2/19              1-3:30 pm

4th Thur               1/22, 2/26                            8:30-11:30 am

1st Fri     12/5, 1/2, 2/6                    1-3:30 pm

Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Fee: $25

Three Ladies and…

This is an exciting and informative lunch series given to provide education for both current and future healthcare needs. The program is free (including lunch), however, pre-registration is required by the Monday prior. Call 427-6460 to sign up. Sponsored by Villages of Birchwood and Lutheran Life Villages Home Health Care. Space is limited.

Thursday, December 4, 10:45 -11:45 a.m.

Holiday Fun

Thursday, January 8, 10:45-11:45 a.m.

How to Prevent Winter Weight Gain

Thursday, February 5, 10:45-11:45 a.m.

Valentine’s Day

Volunteer Opportunities

Parks and Recreation is not just for kids! We offer numerous opportunities for retirees and senior citizens to join our family of over 200 volunteers and become involved in Community Center programs and operations. As a Community Center volunteer you will find satisfaction in being of service to the community, develop your interests, and make new acquaintances. You may choose to volunteer on a regular weekly schedule or on an occasional basis. Please call 427-6462 for more information. We are in immediate need of:

Information Desk Staff to greet the public, assist visitors, answer the telephone and take registrations (4 hour shifts)

Crafter’s Corner Sales Persons (3-hour shifts)

Book Sales Helpers for sales, set-up and tear-down

“Santa’s Workshop” Volunteers to help us with preparations and the night of the event of our 4th annual “Santa’s Workshop” to be held at the Community Center during the annual downtown lighting ceremony on Wednesday, November 26 (the night before Thanksgiving).

Volunteer and Paid Instructors to share your knowledge and skills with others by teaching a class. We are currently looking for daytime class instructors in computers, crafts, games, square dance callers and line dance instructors.

Computer Lab Assistants and Instructors to assist older adults in learning computer skills.

Special Events Assistants to assist with crafts and decorations, help with set-up, serve refreshments, coordinate activities and clean up on special occasions throughout the year.

Making A Difference: Sharing Your Time, Talents and Treasures

Tuesday, February 17, 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

This is an interactive workshop that examines your values and creates a personal giving plan unique to your life. Explore various ways you can use all your time, talents and treasures to help others and lead a fulfilling life. This seminar is free, however pre-registration is required. Please call 427-6460 by February 10 to reserve your spot. Sponsored by Thrivent Financial.

All About Arthritis

Tuesday, February 3, 10:00-11:00 a.m.

Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Do you suffer from arthritis or know someone who does? If you would like to learn more about this all too common and debilitating disease, we will be discussing arthritis in general, as well as Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis. You will learn about causes, signs, symptoms and disease management. This free seminar is sponsored by Home Health Care Solutions. Please call 427-6460 by January 27 to register.

Managing Parkinson’s Disease

Wednesday, February 25, 6:00-7:00 p.m.

Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Anyone dealing with the effects of Parkinson’s Disease will benefit from this seminar. You’ll learn about all the options available to you and your family from a representative of Kingston Care Center. Sign up by February 17 for this free presentation by calling 427-6460.

Know the 10 Signs of Alzheimer’s

Tuesday, February 17, 6:00-7:30 p.m.

Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

This program will provide you with an understanding of the difference between age-related memory loss and Alzheimer’s. Find out what to do if you or someone you know has signs of the disease. View videos of real people in the early stages of dementia and their families addressing fears and myths associated with Alzheimer’s disease. This seminar is free, however, pre-registration is required. Call 427-6460 by February 10 to reserve your seat. Sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Association.

Legal and Financial Planning for Alzheimer’s Disease

Tuesday, January 27, 6:00-7:30 p.m.

Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

The diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease makes planning for the future more important than ever. You may have concerns about care provision and programs that can help offset costs. Legal and Financial Planning for Alzheimer’s Disease is an interactive program that covers important legal and financial issues to consider, how to put plans in place and how to access legal and financial resources near you. This seminar is free, however pre-registration is required. Call 427-6460 by January 20 to reserve your seat. Sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Association.

Caregiver Stress: Is This Normal?

Tuesday, January 20, 6:00-7:00 p.m.

Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Are you caring for a loved one? Do you feel tired, overwhelmed and irritable? Are you sleeping too much or too little, gaining or losing weight? Have you lost interest in activities you used to enjoy? As a caregiver it is easy to become so involved in taking care of a spouse, partner, child or aging loved one that you forget to take care of yourself. Did you know that caregiver stress can make you ill? Learn what you can do to help relieve caregiver stress. Come to our interactive presentation and discover how to lower your stress and what resources and tools are available. To register for this free seminar sponsored by Caregiver Homes, call 427-6460 by January 13.

What You Need to Know After Rehabilitation

Wednesday, January 28, 10:00-11:00 a.m.

Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Kingston Care Center will have their therapist here to talk about what to expect at a Rehabilitation Facility as well as what options you have once you are done with Rehab. This seminar is free, however you will need to call 427-6460 to register by January 21.

Protecting Your Identity

Wednesday, February 11, 10:00-11:00 a.m.

Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

How can you protect your Identity? Renee Morrison, Financial Center Manager, will help you understand the risk of identity theft, types of fraud, what to do if you become a victim of identity theft and how you can protect yourself. The seminar is free, but please call 427-6460 by February 4 to sign up.

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Wills, Trusts and Power of Attorney

Wednesday, January 21, 10:00 a.m.-Noon

Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

The law regarding wills, trusts and power of attorney is constantly changing. Whether you already have a will or trust or just in the planning stage, you will find the information presented by Elder Law Attorney Steve Adair very helpful. The seminar is FREE, however pre-registration is required. Please call 427-6460 by January 15 to reserve your seat.

Life Skills Seminars

2nd Wednesday of the month, 5:30-6:30 p.m.

New monthly seminars offered at the Community Center focus on topics we all need to know. These presentations are held from 5:30-6:30 on the second Wednesday of the month. There is no fee to attend, however pre-registration is required. Please call 427-6460 at least one week in advance to sign up. Sponsored by Randall Lofts.

November 12    Fire Safety Presentation

                                    Koorsen Fire and

December 10     Beginning Checking

                                     Salin Bank

January 14           Savings 101

                                     PNC Bank           

February 11        Budgeting Money & 
                                    Shopping Skills-Part 1

                                    Purdue Extension Service

March 11              Budgeting Money &
                                    Shopping Skills-Part 2

                                    Purdue Extension Service

Saving and Budgeting

Tuesday, February 24, 6:00-7:00 p.m.

Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

A representative from 5th Third Bank will present tips for establishing a monthly budget, including how to involve the entire family and stay disciplined. We’ll also discuss how to reduce everyday expenses, pay off credit card debt and how to use on-line coupons and deals. This seminar is free, however you will need to call 427-6460 to register by February 17.

Savvy Social Security Planning

Tuesday, January 27, 6:00-7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, February 24, 6:00-7:30 p.m.

Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

The decisions you make today will have a tremendous impact on the amount of Social Security benefits you will receive over your lifetime. This workshop will help you determine how much you can expect to receive, when to apply, as well as how to maximize your benefits. Learn the rules for spousal benefits and much more. This seminar is free, however pre-registration is required. Please call 427-6460 to sign up. Registration deadlines: January 20 and February 17.

Retirement Income Planning

Tuesday, February 10, 6:00-7:30 p.m.

Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Retirement income planning is the process of understanding how much income you’ll need during your retirement years to support the retirement lifestyle that you want, and positioning your assets to provide that income efficiently. While there is no such thing as a “one size fits all” plan, there are steps that you can take to maximize the possibility of a financially secure retirement. In this workshop, you will learn:

How to plan for when your retirement will begin (including the impact of early retirement, delayed retirement and working during retirement) and planning for the lifestyle that you want

Steps to estimate the amount of money you’ll need in retirement to meet your goals factoring in health care costs, taxes, and inflation

How to supplement fixed income sources such as Social Security and employer pensions with your retirement savings, choosing a sustainable withdrawal rate, and the options for tapping into various accounts

 A workbook will be provided that includes key information, worksheets, and questions to help you remember important points from the workshop. This workshop is free, however pre-registration is required. You may reserve your seat today by calling 427-6460 by February 3.



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