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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.

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Community Center Gift Shop

Open to the public
Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Community Center, 233 W. Main St.
Come see what’s new when you visit our Community Center Gift Shop! We have craft supplies, books, magazines and videos in addition to many wonderful hand-crafted, one-of-a-kind items that make perfect gifts.

Crafters Wanted
If you would like to join our craft group and create items for sale in the gift shop, call 427-6460. We are always looking for new crafters with creative ideas.


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Volunteer and Instructor 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.

Garden Alliance

The Community Center Garden Alliance is responsible for the 9 raised bed gardens on the property 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 and the third Thursday of every month to discuss various topics, listen to guest speakers and plan work in the gardens. The meetings are at 12:30 pm,  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.

August 7 ........... Composting with Kathy Lee
August 21  ............................. Open Forum
September 4 .................... Growing Orchids
with Shirley Weldon
September 18.......................... Open Forum
October 2 ................ Soils with Linda Forest
October 16............................. Open Forum
November 6........................Review the Seed
with Linda Forest
November 20.......................... Open Forum
December 4 .....  Planting Seeds, Think Spring
with Sue Butts and Linda Forest
December 18........................... Open Forum

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Active Aging Week
September 22-26, 2014
All drop-in classes will be free this week: Billiards, Bingo, Bridge, Euchre, Mah Jongg, Pickleball, Table Tennis, Whamo, Wii Play, Stretch and Flex, Arthritis Foundation Exercise and Everyday Exercise.

Cornhole Tournament
Monday, September 22, 10:00 a.m. Community Center, 233 W. Main St.
Sponsored  by  Signature  HealthCARE  of  Fort Wayne

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Pickleball Tournament
September 23, 9:00 a.m.
Lions Park, Carew & Hazelwood
Sponsored  by  Ossian  and  Englewood  Health and Rehab

Table Tennis Tournament
September 24, 10:00 a.m. Community Center, 233 W. Main St.
Sponsored by Glenbrook and Bethlehem Woods

Progressive Luncheon
September 22, 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Sponsored by: Covington Commons, Coventry Meadows, Ossian and Kingston.

Progressive Luncheon
September 24, 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Sponsored by: Harbour Assisted Living of Fort Wayne, Lutheran Life Villages, Signature Health-
CARE of Fort Wayne, Miller’s Merry Manor.

15th Annual
Senior Information Fair

“Helping You Stay Safe and Independent at Home”
Thursday, September 18, 9:00 am-3:00 pm Allen County Public Library,
900 Library Plaza


Health Screenings, Professional Speakers, vendor booths and much more!

AARP 55 Alive Defensive Driving
Thursday, October 16, 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Community Center, 233 W. Main Street

AARP and the Community Center are teaming up to offer a one-day defensive driving course for seasoned drivers. Don’t miss this opportunity to brush up on your driving skills. Ages 55+. call 427-6460 for more information or to sign up. Registration deadline: October 9.
Fee: $15 AARP member; $20 non-member. Please make checks payable to AARP.

Retirement Income Planning
Tuesday, October 7, 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’ll learn:
• how to plan for when your retirement will begin (including the impact of early retire- ment, 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 September 30.

Savvy Social Security Planning
Thursday, September 11, 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 to 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 by September 4.
Long-Term Care Planning
Tuesday, November 4, 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

This seminar will give you information on what long-term care is and where it’s provided. You will learn strategies to pay for long-term care, key features and government incentives for long-term care insurance as well as how Medicare and Medicaid factor into long-term care planning. You’ll receive a free workbook with key information, worksheets and questions to help you remember important points from the seminar. This seminar is free, however, pre- registration is required.  Please call 427-6460 to sign up by October 31.

Estate Administration & Planning
Monday, October 20, 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Community Center, 233 W Main St.

There have been several changes in the law lately. Even if you already have a will or trust, these changes might affect you. Elder Law Attorney Steve Adair will answer your questions regarding wills and estate planning. Pre-registration is required. Please call 427-6460 by October 13 to reserve your seat. This informational seminar is FREE.

2014 Write a Will Day
Wednesday, October 22
10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

You don’t have to be wealthy to leave a legacy. You need only to have a cause you care about and the “will” to make a difference. Volunteer attorneys will be at the Community Center on October 23 to discuss your will and charitable bequest. If you choose to make a charitable bequest, a sample will shall be  prepared  for you, completely free of charge. Call 461-6218 now to make an appointment. This program is an initiative of the Planned Giving Council of Northeast Indiana.  Max. 16.

Cemetery/Funeral Home Workshop
Thursday, October 9, 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Learn what questions to ask at the funeral home and cemetery before making choices.  We’ll also cover veterans’ benefits. Presenter Sarah McMillan has 30 years of professional experience in the cemetery and funeral home industry.

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                 9/5, 10/3, 11/7                   9 am-12 pm

Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Conversations About Dementia
Tuesday, September 23, 12:00-1:30 p.m.
Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

When someone is showing signs of dementia, it’s time to talk. This program is designed to help you talk with your entire family, including the person with signs of dementia, about some challenging and  uncomfortable  topics  related to Alzheimer’s and dementia. Topics covered include going  to  the  doctor,  deciding  when to stop driving and legal and financial plans. The  Alzheimer’s  Association  is   sponsoring this FREE Seminar, however pre-registration is required. Call 427-6460 to reserve your seat.

Managing Alzheimer’s Behaviors
Wednesday, October 22, 4:00-5:30 p.m.
Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

This program will explore the nature of behavioral changes in the middle stages of Alzheimer’s disease and strategies to address difficult behaviors. We’ll also discuss the means of communicating with an Alzheimer’s patient throughout the course of the disease. The seminar is free, however, we ask that you call 427- 6460 to sign up in advance.

Caregiver Stress: Is This Normal?
Tuesday, October 21, 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? Are you gaining or losing weight? Have you lost interest in activities you use to enjoy? Do you have time to do things for yourself? As a caregiver it is easy to become so involved in taking care of a spouse, partner, child or aging loved one that you either forget or just don’t take the time to care for yourself. Did you know that caregiver stress can make you ill? Learn what you can do to help relieve caregiver stress in this informative seminar sponsored by Caregiver  Homes. Call 427-6460 to sign up for this free program.
Thriving and Surviving the Aging Process
Tuesday, September 16, 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

We’re all getting older and our bodies are changing! But what changes are “normal and expected” and which ones are not? How do you know when to ignore your body’s lapses or when to seek medical advice? What can we do to stay as healthy as possible as we age? This informational seminar will help you better understand how we age and what we can do to not only survive the process but thrive in it. Special areas of concern that will be addressed include: sleep, depression and dementia, fall prevention, vaccinations, and common medications used to treat chronic conditions and their side effects. This FREE Seminar is sponsored by Caregiver Homes. Pre-registration is required. Reserve your spot by calling 427-6460.

Fall Prevention Training
Wednesday, October 15, 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

As  we  age,  falls  become  more  common  and more dangerous. We’ll discuss aging, disease/illness and medications as reasons for fall and how you can protect yourself. Call 427-6460 to register for this free seminar.

Tips for Managing Diabetes
Tuesday, September 23, 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

If you have Diabetes and  need  some  helpful tips on insulin therapy, checking blood sugar, medication management, meal planning, exercise and carb counting, a representative from Heritage Park will be here to answer your questions. This seminar is free. Call 427-6460 to register today.

Senior Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP)
A trained SHIP counselor will be available on the first and third Thursday of each month to answer your questions about Medicare, Medicare Supplement Insurance, Medicaid and Long Term Care Insurance and help you understand your rights as a beneficiary. 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. Ages 50+.

Day           Dates                     Time
Thur          9/4, 18; 10/2, 16;   9 am-12 pm
                 11/6, 20
Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main Street
How Is Your Hearing?

About one in every ten Americans have hearing loss and many don’t even realize it. Audiologist Dr. Gregory Lowe conducts FREE hearing screenings at the Community Center  on  the first Tuesdays 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. Ages 50+.

Day               Dates                                 Time
Tue                9/2, 10/7, 11/4                  9-11:15 am
Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Diabetic Screening

Approximately 25 million people in the United States have diabetes. While an estimated 11 million have been diagnosed, 5.9 million (or one-third) 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              9/4, 10/2, 11/6                   9-11 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 50 and older. Appointments are required and may be made by calling 427- 6460. Please bring a foot tub and towel. Cash or check payment is required at the time of the appointment.

Day          Dates                                     Time
1st Mon   10/6, 11/3                8:30-11:30 am
2nd Tue    9/9, 10/14, 11/11           1-3:30 pm
1st Thur   9/4, 10/2, 11/6        8:30-11:30 am
3rd Thur   9/18, 10/16, 11/20           1-3:3 pm
4th Thur   9/25, 10/23             8:30-11:30 am
1st Fri      9/5, 10/3, 11/7                1-3:30 pm
* There will be no Foot Care Clinic on September 1 and November 27.
Fee: $25
Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.
Three Ladies and…

1st Thursdays, 10:45 a.m.
This exciting and informative lunch series provides education for both current and future healthcare needs. The program is free (including lunch), however, pre-registration is required. Call 427-6460 to sign up. Supporting Sponsors: Villages at Birchwood and Lutheran Life Villages Home Care. Space is limited.
September 4: Control Your Cholesterol
October 2:     Sexual Health
November 6:  Beat the Holiday Blues

Monthly Organization Meetings

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

Disorderly Bears
Thur., 8/7, 9/4, 10/3, 11/7, 6:30-8:30 pm
ITT Retirees
Tues., 9/16, 10/21, 11/18, 9 am-12 pm
Socrates Café
Tues., 9/2, 16; 10/7, 21; 11/4, 18; 2-4 pm


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