American Girl Doll Show - Columbus Recreation and Parks Department

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					                                  50+ Recreation
                                   March 2011                                                    Mich ael B. Coleman

Our mission: to enrich the lives of our citizens        ISSUE 3          

       Arnold Active Living Festival                                      Golden Hobby Shop
      March 4-6 “Winter Warm Up Games”                               630 S. Third St. in German Village
       Of Central Ohio Senior Olympics                                     Columbus, Ohio 43206
                                                                            Phone 614-645-8329
The Central Ohio Senior Olympics again will offer
“Winter Warm Up Games” March 4-6, 2011 as part               Hours of Operation: Tuesday – Saturday
of the Arnold Active Living Festival.                                                  10:00 am – 5:00 pm
                                                             New Volunteers are welcome. Anyone age 50+
Scheduled events include a 5K run, three basketball          interested in selling their handmade crafts should
shooting events, (free throw, 3-point and hot shot),         contact the Hobby Shop during business hours to
chair volleyball, fencing, three fun games (corn hole        make an appointment to join. Our consignor fee is
toss, ladder toss and disc throw for accuracy),              $30 per year (February-December).
Pickleball, table tennis and three dance competitions
(ballroom dance, line dance and a Jack & Jill dance                        American Girl Doll Show
contest).                                                                       Sunday, April 10
                                                                       1 pm – 4 pm          $10 admission
Except for the 5K run, all events will be held indoors.                   Raffle ▪ Fashion Show ▪ Crafts
(See enclosed Registration Form.)                                             Refreshments ▪ Games
The basic $15 registration fee includes competition in       Reservations are required as space is limited. This is
corn hole toss, ladder toss and disc throw accuracy,         the perfect outing for girls ages 4-12 interested in
and admission to 18 other March 4 events at the              dolls sized 15-18 inches. Girls participate in the
Arnold Sports Festival.                                      fashion show and should bring their dolls with them.
Individual registration form and team registration
forms (chair volleyball and line dance only) are
available at many senior centers and recreation
centers and on the internet at                               March 2011                                 Issue 3 Click on Sports and
Events, followed by Active Living Festival. For              COAAA                                      Page 8
further information, please contact Mike Lorz, at 614-       50+ Creation                               Page 4
443-1877, or by email at                    Dance Information                          Page 2
                                                             Dodge Intergenerational                    Page 6
                   Senior Prom                               Gillie 50+ Center                          Page 7
                                                             Golden Hobby Shop                          Page 1
What a fantastic way to start the Summer! Marion             Golf Clinic                                Page 5
Franklin Seniors are sponsoring a Senior (Citizen)           Lazelle Woods Intergenerational            Page 8
Prom.                                                        Marion Franklin Intergenerational          Page 9
                 Friday, June 24                             Martin Janis 50+ Center                    Page 10
                 7 pm-Midnight                               Red Hat Activities                         Page 2
              Berwick Party House                            Trip Information                           Page 3, 4
                3250 Refugee Rd.                             Water Exercise                             Page 2
                                                             Whetstone Intergenerational                Page 11
More information will be available in next month’s
newsletter. Keep your eyes's coming soon.          Newsletter Editor: Wendy Frantz                    645-7427
                     Dance                                           Red Hat Activities
                                                             Gillie’s Fillies
Line Dance Beginners           Tuesdays     12:30 pm
                                                             Luncheon at Montgomery Inn, Dublin
          Intermediates        Fridays      10:30 am
                                                             Tuesday, March 29       10:45 am                Cost $5
Tap Dance Class                                              Whetstone
Wednesdays            10 am                 $ Fee            Beulah Park
                                                             Wednesday, March 23            11 am             Cost $4
Ballroom Dance Lessons                                       The Rosie's Posies will be trying their luck on their
Thursdays          1-1:45 pm                Free             annual "Trip to the track" at Beulah Park. We will be
                                                             dining at Cracker Barrel and then watching the horses
Creative Movement
                                                             run. Come enjoy a good home cooked meal and then
Thursdays         1:45-2:30 pm              Free
                                                             place your bets on your favorite color or number horse.
Gillie Wednesday Evening Dance Information                   Come enjoy the fun. Call Mike Rizzo with questions.
6:30 - 9 pm         Admission: $3
Come early for line a line dancing session: 6-6:30 pm.
The DJ begins spinning a variety of dance music at
6:30. Refreshments served, dancing until 9:00 pm.
Weekly Themes:
 March 2      Birthdays & Anniversaries/Sadie
 March 9      Mardi Gras
 March 16     St. Patrick’s Day
 March 23     Spring Fling
Line Dance
Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays           10-11 am
Free to members!
Evening Line Dancing
Beginners     Tuesday and Thursday 6-6:45 pm
Advanced      Tuesday and Thursday 7-7:45 pm
$20 per session; must have current Leisure Card.
Whetstone Folk Dancers-Everyone is welcome!
Mondays            7-8:30 pm            Free
Adult Tap
Tuesdays              7-7:45 pm             Cost $30
Beginning Belly Dancing
Tuesdays           6:15-7:00 pm             Cost $34                      50+ Water Exercise
Thursdays           1:45-2:30 pm            Free
                                                             Water Aerobics on Mondays and Wednesdays.
Adult Line Dancing                                           Doors open at 9:30 am, enter the water at 9:45 am and
Wednesdays         10-11 am                 Cost $18         exercise begins at 10:00 am.
Zumba                                                        Cost: $1 per visit or $12 for eight week session
Mondays               4:30-5:30 pm          Cost $20
                                                             Classes held at: Columbus Aquatic Center (645-3129)
Argentine Tango                                                               1160 Hunter Ave.
Wednesdays            7:15-8:15 pm          Cost $30                          Columbus OH 43201

Dodge    __________                          645-3176         Dodge (continued)_ __                       645-3176
Friday on the Town                                            Snooty Fox Fashionable Consignment Shops
Friday, March 11              10:30 am         Cost $5        Tuesday, May 24                             Cost $45
International dining, shopping and movies!                    Leave Gillie: 8 am; Leave Dodge 8:30 am
CATCO presents “What the Butler Saw”                          Joint trip between Gillie and Dodge traveling on a
Wednesday, March 30             10 am          Cost $16       small bus to Cincinnati for a day of shopping.
Comical tour de force! A classic farce filled with            Registration deadline: May 6
mistaken identities, attempted seductions, red herrings       Evita; Senior Repertory
and outlandish plot. Lunch follows.                           Friday, June 10               9:30 am        Cost $20
Rivers Casino                                                 Andrew Lloyd Webbers award winning play about
Friday, April 8              Leave 7 am      Cost $32         the fascinating legacy of Eva Peron! Performed by
Registration deadline: Friday, March 25                       our contemporaries (actors all 50+!). As it is an
Small bus trip…first come first served!                       early show, lunch (on your own) will follow!

Taste of Marion, Ohio                                         Washboard Music Festival
Friday, April 22               8:30 am        Cost $15        Friday, June 17                9:30 am       Cost $10
We will take a look at the wonderful history of Marion        Enjoy a day of music entertainment, arts & crafts,
by visiting the Warren G. Harding’s Home and                  great food, free entertainment and much more! There
Memorial, the WWII memorial, Veteran’s Park, and the          will be non-stop music playing various styles of
Palace Theatre. We will also take a bite at the Walleye       American music including folk, country, blues,
capital of Ohio (the Shovel Lounge!) Adam, a native of        gospel and boogie, all celebrating the washboard!
Marion, will fill you in on fun trivia!!                      You can also tour the Columbus Washboard
                                                              Company and enjoy the beauty and craftsmanship of
Malabar Farms                                                 the Dogwood Quilters of Pike County while listening
Saturday, April 30               8:00 am       Cost $10       to the soothing sounds of dulcimer players.
See the beautiful scenery by taking hikes and guided
tours of this historic park and farm. Many small tours        Gillie                                       645-3106
and activities to participate in and some will be an          The Ohio State University Tour
additional fee at Malabar, so bring some spendin’ cash.       Tuesday, March 22             9 am-3 pm        Cost $5
Lunch on your own!                                            Take an amazing tour of the newly renovated main
                                                              library followed by lunch and tour of the new student
Friday on the Town                                            union. See how college of the 21st century is done in
Friday, May 6                 10:15 am        Cost $5         Columbus.
International dining, shopping and movies!
                                                              Craft Trip
Otterbein Theatre Matinee:
                                                              Friday, March 25                9:30 am        Cost $5
                “The Drowsy Chaperone”                        Calling all crafters, we will be going to Michael’s,
Wednesday, May 18                9:00 am    Cost $15          Jo-Ann Fabrics and a bead store. If you need help
Get ready to be transported to a magical, wonderful
                                                              with a specific jewelry, card making or scrap booking
world! It all begins when a musical
                                                              project, Linda will be there to assist you. We will
fan plays his favorite cast album
                                                              also stop for delicious lunch.
called "The Drowsy Chaperone,"
and the show magically bursts to                              Hollywood Casino
life. The audience is instantly                               Wednesday, April 6                8 am- 8 pm Cost $30
immersed in the glamorous,                                    Cost includes charter bus
hilarious tale of a celebrity bride and                       transportation, admission, buffet
her uproarious wedding day, complete                          and driver gratuity. Sign up now
with thrills and surprises. “The Drowsy Chaperone”            as space is limited and will fill
was the 2006 Tony Award winner for Best Book &                up quickly. See Carol for more
Score                                                         information.
                                            Trips        (continued)
Gillie (continued)                        645-3106          Marion Franklin (continued)                 645-3612
Broadway Babies                                             Bargain Shopping
John Tesh- “Intelligence for Your Life”,                    Wednesday, March 30       9 am               Cost $5
Friday, April 8              4:30 pm        Cost
$56 The Palace Theater in Marion, 3rd row seats!            Whetstone_____                             645-3217
Dinner on your own at The Infinity Restaurant.
                                                            Note: Any participant signing up for Whetstone trips
Marion Franklin             ________ 645-3612               must present payment at the time of registration.
Breakfast and a Movie Lennox Movie Theater
                                                            Movies with Mike
Wednesday, March 9        9:30 am      Cost $5
                                                            Tuesday, March 9            11:30 am         Cost $1
Mystery Lunch                                               Join Mike for lunch and a movie at the Carriage
Wednesday, March 16          10:45 am        Cost $5        Place Cinemas. Call Mike Rizzo with questions.
Join the Marion Franklin Diners as we dine in
                                                            Café & Culture
unique, delicious and reasonably priced locations
                                                            Lunch at La Famosa & Roadside Tour
throughout Ohio. Drawings are held on each trip for
                                                            Thursday March 24               10:30 am       Cost $4
dining gift certificates.
                                                            Join us for lunch in Hilliard. La Famosa is an
Toledo Museum of Art and Glass Museum                       unexpected find with Southwest, Mexican, Tex-Mex,
Friday, March 18            9 am          Cost $10          Caribbean, Latin American and South American
“New Egyptian Exhibit” Come with us as we visit             foods on a vast, well-illustrated menu.
the Toledo Museum of Art and Glass Museum.                  After lunch we’ll go on a roadside tour of the Dublin
Watch glass blowing and enjoy outstanding art on            Cornfield, the Leatherlips monument and much
this wonderful trip.                                        more.
                                                            Call Connie Terry with questions.
Lunch and a Show “#1 Hits of the 60’s”
Villa Milano Ballroom                                       Ballet Met in April
Tuesday, March 29              Noon           Cost $50      Friday, April 29             6:45 pm      Cost $15
This fast paced show is from Branson, Missouri and          Like the theater? Like food?
captures the heart and soul of this era through a           Come to see Ballet Met and Shadowbox Live
colorful tapestry of music and dance. The award             perform “7 Deadly Sins”. Registration and payment
winning cast of singers and dancers takes you back          must be made 4 weeks before the performance.
to the British Invasion, California Surfin’, Motown         Call Mike Rizzo with questions
and the age of Aquarius. See Avis for details.

                                             50+ Creation
                 Winter Memories                            Once, when the crops were plentiful, there has been
                                                            a gun for hunting from Pa, ordered from Ward’s
Grandpa always recollected the winter of ’89.               catalog.
Snow drifted higher than is six-foot frame. He
struggled to the barn, his breath frosty, and fed the       Grandpa talked of cruel ways of each winter season.
stock. He told how he leaned against the cow’s side         But when he spoke of icicles long as silver swords,
for warmth, thawed his fingers before her milk              stars in the Milky Way on Christmas Eve clear as
sounded in the pail, how the milk froze on the way          frozen tears, or when he recalled how he crept on the
back to the house.                                          ice, heard the hum of the river underneath its crust,
                                                            and knew the promise of spring,
When he was small his Christmas gifts: an orange,           then, I thought of him as something of a poet.
sticks of candy from the big jar in Walker’s General        Having found beauty, the winter’s not quite so hard,
Store or woolen mittens his mama made late at night         after all.
by the coal oil lamp.
                                                          4 Betsy Kennedy - Gillie
                                                                  G LF
                                                           For Women and Men Age 50+
                                                            New or Experienced Golfers

    Join local Golf Pros to learn or brush up on your golf skills.
        The clinic will cover putting, chipping and swinging!

Tuesday, April 26th                                  Raymond Memorial Golf Course
    9—11 am                                          3860 Trabue Road
                                                     Columbus, Ohio 43228

Tuesday, May 3rd                                     Champions Golf Course
   9—11 am                                           3900 Westerville Road
                                                     Columbus, Ohio 43224

COST: 2 Canned Goods or other non-perishable food items.
      Food will be donated to the Mid-Ohio FoodBank.

REGISTER: By calling the Gillie 50+ Recreation Center at 645-3106

Did you know that The                                                     Did you know that Golf League  s
Columbus Recreation &                                                     are available to 50+ adults thru the
Parks Department operates                                                 Columbus Recreation & Parks Department?
7 Municipal Golf Courses?
                                                               For more information:
Dodge Intergenerational Center                       667 Sullivant Ave. 43215                            645-3176
Jan Guess, Center Manager                                               Hours: Monday – Friday 8 am-5 pm
Sr. Council Meeting Tuesday, March 8; 1:15 pm
                                                                                Winter Class Schedule
Spring Classes are 3/21-5/27. DSTime - 3/13
                                                               Indoor walking                  Daily     8 -10 am
Free Hearing Screenings                                        Adult Cards (Pinochle/Whist)    Daily     Noon-5 pm
Thursday, March 10            10 am-3 pm
Hearing screenings, evaluations, aid fittings, aid             Mondays:
maintenance, & follow-up services are offered by               9:00-12:00     Mosaics & Beading
                                                               10:00-11:30    Water Aerobics
Columbus Speech & Hearing. Call 261-5452 for
                                                               10:00-12:00    Computer for Beginners
appointment.                                                   11:15-12:00    Exercise/Stretch/Aerobics/Dance
Free Blood Pressure/Glucose Tests by ABACO                     1:00-3:00      Creative Sewing
Tuesday, March 22            9 am -Noon                        1:00-3:00      Marquetry
                                                               1:00-3:00      Chair Volleyball
Free Tax Help                                                  1:30-3:00      Computer Basics
Thursdays & Fridays             9 am-3 pm                      Tuesdays:
Call Dodge to set up your appointment. Primarily for           9:00-9:30      Stand Up Beachball
seniors with moderate income and relatively straight           9:30-10:15     Pickleball & Badminton
                                                               10:00-11:30    Drawing
forward tax returns. We request that folks bring last year’s
                                                               10:00-11:00    Shuffleboard
tax return and have all your documents organized.              11:15-12:00    Tai-Chi Exercise
OSU's Lisa Gibson – Vitamin B12                                12:15-1:00     Senior Strength Training
Thursday, March 24         1 pm                      Free      12:30-3:00     Euchre
                                                               1:00-2:00      Light Aerobics
Post -St. Pat’s Day Party                                      1:00-2:30      Choir
Friday, March 18               1 pm                            1:15-3:30      Watercolors
No green beer or shenanigans (maybe) this day-after            1:30-4:30      Sewing (50+)
“Wearing of the Green”. West Park entertains and brings        Wednesdays:
our light refreshments. Expect a short performance by          9:00-12:00     Service Circle
                                                               9:00-10:00     Wii Bowling
Dodge’s “The Artful Dodgers” and Jerry Smith’s
                                                               10:00-12:00    Clogging Practice
rendition of “The Red-Necked Valentine”.                       10:00-12:00    Open Art
Looking for Widows or Widowers on a Fixed Income               10:00-12:00    Dominoes (Mexican Train, etc.)
Friday, March 25                12:30- 1:30 pm                 11:15-12:00    Exercise/Stretch/Aerobics/Dance
                                                               1:30-3:00      Acrylics
Free Lunch w/ sign-up by 3/21. Learn about new housing
                                                               2:00-3:00      Advanced Spanish Class
options available to you in Columbus, compliments of 1st       3:00-4:00      Theatre without Fear!
Community Village & Traditions rep, Tiffany Affolter           3:30-4:30      Open Art
(with National Church Residents Community).                    Thursdays:
Attention Veterans! Need Home Care?                            9:00-9:30      Stand Up Beachball
                                                               9:30-10:15     Pickleball (modified tennis)
Tuesday, March 28           10 am Free info. session           10:00-11:30    New Art
Financial benefits are available for you or surviving          10:15-11:00    Bingo
spouse. Veteran must have served 90 days or more active        11:15-12:00    Pokeno!!
duty (one day during a war) and meet medical and               12:30-2:00     Tripoley
financial requirements. Veterans Home Care rep., Virginia      1:00-3:00      Chair Volleyball
Havens, asks you to sign up ahead!                             1:00-3:00      Knitting/Crocheting
                                                               1:30-3:00      Computer Basics
Visit us on Saturdays for the following special events:        3:00-4:00      Beginner Spanish (starts 3/24)
March 5 11 am-3 pm Card & Games Party Potluck                  Fridays:
March 12 10 am-2 pm Let’s EBay! Register in advance.           9:00-10:00     Mornin’ Tea & Braingames
March 26 10 am-2 pm Pickleball! Register in advance.           9:00-11:30     Oil Painting
                                                               10:00-11:00    Wii Bowling
Mornin’ Tea and Brain Games
                                                               11:00-1:00     Dominoes (Mexican Train, etc.)
Fridays                         9-10 am                        12:30-2:00     Light Aerobics
Take the challenge! Wii Jeopardy & Wheel of Fortune            1:00-4:00      Sewing (50+)
Trivial Pursuit, Scrabble, Crosswords etc.! $1 per class for
materials tea/coffee & doughnuts! Keep your mind sharp! 6
Gillie 50+ Center            2100 Morse Centre, 43229                645-3106
Maureen Murphy, Center Manager          Hours: M,T,Th,F 8 am-5 pm; W 8 am-10 pm
AARP Volunteer Tax Assistance-Wednesdays 9 am-3 pm
                                                                Open Scrap Booking on Wednesday Nights!
Service available thru April 13; By appointment only            Come and use all our punches and cutters for free!
                                                                Bring your pictures and supplies. Idea books available.
Balance Clinic –
Thursday, March 3           9:30 am– 12:30 pm                   Recipe of the Month – Wed., March 16            2 pm
Care Partners Home Health Inc. physical therapist will          Presented by Executive Chef Roland Fellows of
evaluate your balance & make recommendations.                   Friendship Village. Join us for a demo & taste test.
Register at the front desk.                                     Free – Register at the front desk.

OSU Extension Service Presentation                              Beginning Jewelry – March 10 1:15 pm Cost $12
Friday, March 4; 9 am- Topic – Vitamin B12                      St. Patrick’s Day theme with green & white beads.
                                                                Advanced registration required please.
Eat Better – Feel Better Program                                Jewelry Class, March 17 & 24 1:15 pm; $12
Tuesday, March 8               11 am              Free          Make a double strand necklace with green beads to
Topic- Fiber Facts for Feeling Fabulous                         honor the St. Patrick’s Holiday. Pre-Registration
Veteran’s Group – Friday, February 4         1 pm               required. Advanced Jewelry makers only please.
                                                                Open Jewelry – Fridays; 1:30 pm Free! Do you
Fat Tuesday Breakfast -Tues. , March 8            9:30 am       have broken bead jewelry that you want to fix...or a
Enjoy a great breakfast of pancakes, eggs, sausage &            project you’ve seen that you want to make? Come to
juice or coffee. Advance Ticket holders Served First            our open jewelry session and bring your own supplies.
Cost: $4; Ticket Deadline: March 3. At the door price
is $5 and will be served after ticket holders are served        Open Scrap Booking on Wednesday Nights! Come
as long as the food holds out. Buy now!                         and use all our punches and cutters for free! Bring your
                                                                pictures and supplies. Idea books on hand.
Alzheimer’s Association Consultations 457-6003
Tues., March 8 For self or caregiver; by appointment            PLAY Wall Hanging – Wed., March 16; 2 pm; Cost
                                                                $10. Bring 5 pictures of special people and/or events to
Wearing of the Green!! Friday, March 11; 12:30 pm               make a creative/memorable wall hanging for
Cost $6.50 & includes lunch and entertainment.                  family/friends. Sign up at the office.
Join us for our Spring Fashion Show & luncheon. See             TeleHealth Screenings– Thursday, March 17
the latest in clothing for the spring and summer season.        10 am-Noon by Anchor Home Health. Free Blood
Clothes will be provided from Second Chance and the             Pressure, Pulse, Oxygen level & Weight Check.
Dress Code. Venders for Shopping-plus it’s not too
early to think about your Easter outfit. Prizes awarded         Free Hearing Services – By appointment-261-5452
for the best Irish outfit & Irish Hat.                          Tuesday, March 17         10 am-3 pm
                                                                Free hearing screenings, evaluations, hearing aid
Bingo – Mondays, March 14 & 28        1 pm                      fittings & maintenance. Columbus Speech & Hearing
Matter of Balance – Meets every Monday & Friday                 Edward Jones Financial Group Presentation
from 9-11 am. Starts March 14 – April 8. Cost $5                March 18               Noon-2 pm              Free
Learn how to better balance and prevent falling.                How long term care protects you and your assets.
Attendance requirements – can only miss 1 class.                Cross Training Class–Mondays and Thursdays; 10-11 am
Euchre: Starting March 17.                                      New workout -weights and aerobic. Register at the
Learn to Play Euchre – Thursdays at 12:30 pm                    front desk. Dr.’s Permission slip and waiver required.
Have fun learning & bring a friend. Monthly pot-luck.           Weight Room Orientation - Make an appointment
Progressive Euchre – Fridays at 12:30 pm.                       with our personal trainers to utilize the weight room
Progressive format with a monthly pot-luck.                     Dr.’s Permission slip & waiver required. Pick up forms at
Antique & Collectibles Group      1 pm                          office. $15 for an 8-10 week fitness room pass.
Mar. 14-Anything Green; Mar. 28 - Anything White                Easter Cards – March 30       2 pm         Cost $5
SRC Meeting: Monday, March 21 1 pm                              Make unique and personalized Easter Cards.
                                                                Book Club – March 31; 2 pm Sign up at front desk and
Remembrance Class         Tuesdays; 10 am Join the fun!         pickup questionnaire for the class.
Lazelle Woods Intergenerational Center                                         8140 Sancus Blvd., 43081
Anna Marie Brown, Center Manager                                                             645-5330
Hours: Mon./Wed./Fri.: 7 am-8:45 pm; Tues./Thurs.: 7 am-8:45 pm; Sat.: 9 am-5:45 pm
                                                     Baby Boomer Health & Fitness
AARP Driver Safety Program
                                                     Tuesdays/Thursdays        9-10 am           $20
Tuesday, March 29 Noon-4 pm
$12 for AARP members; $14 for nonmembers             Line Dance with Pizzazz
You will learn: defensive driving techniques; how to Tuesday/Thursday; 10-11 am; 1 day $15/2 days $25
deal with aggressive drivers; how to handle problem  Yoga
situations; how to safely use anti-lock brakes, air  Wednesdays                6:30 -7:30 pm      $30
bags and safety belts.
Instructor: James Myers                              Wednesdays                6:30 -7:30 pm       $5
Registration begins March 14, 9:00 am at Lazelle     Fridays                   6:45-8:45 pm        $5
woods or call toll free 1-888-227-7669 or visit      Zumba for Beginners to register for a class.          Wednesdays                10-11 am          $18

                               COAAA             Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging
                                    174 E, Long St., 43215                645-7250
                                        Hours: Monday – Friday 8 am -5 pm
Stuff: Tips for Downsizing and Managing Clutter                  one space, only to fill it again with the same amount
                                                                 of possessions you’ve gotten at a good price!
Studies have shown that the average American has
                                                                Keep 1 or 2 mementos of a collection and display
accumulated over 2 tons of possessions by the age of 65.
                                                                 them prominently. Find a place to sell or donate the
Is it any wonder that new homes and condos have more
                                                                 rest of collections, if family members don’t want
closets than ever before and that the storage industry is
one of the fastest growing sectors of our economy! At the
same time, many older adults are looking to simplify and        Start practicing the OHIO rule of downsizing—Only
                                                                 Handle It Once—to keep from just moving
downsize into smaller living spaces. And even when
                                                                 possessions from place to place.
people do not move into a smaller space, clutter can cause
safety concerns for many older adults and their families.      Some tips if you are trying to assist someone to
It can be very challenging to discuss this issue in families   downsize or reduce clutter in their home:
and not cause anger and hurt feelings. Members of
families can have very different views about the                Do not touch or move items without permission from
importance of possessions, where to store them and how           the person who owns them. Involve the person in
to sort through them.                                            every decision and intervention unless it would be
                                                                 physically detrimental to him/her.
Some tips if you are trying to downsize or reduce clutter       Do not make values judgments about possessions.
in your home:                                                    People value different items for different reasons and
 Just START. Start in your least cluttered space and            people have the right to value items others don’t find
  assign a particular time each day to work in the space.        useful.
  If you start in your most cluttered space, you may get        At the same time, don’t hesitate to ask questions about
  too discouraged before you make progress.                      possessions. Sometimes people have owned an item
 Enlist the help of a family member or friend who will          so long that they have forgotten why they had it in the
  respect your wishes but who will also be firm with you         first place. Respectful questions from others can
  in decisions. If you have financial resources, hiring an       assist people to sort what they still need from what
  organizing professional can be very helpful. They often        they can give up or move.
  bring in an unbiased opinion and new storage ideas you        Build in relaxing and rewarding experiences after a
  might not have considered.                                     sorting or cleaning process. Try not to make all your
 Look for useful purposes for your possessions—but              time with the person about the work of sorting or
  outside your house….in today’s world, there are many,          cleaning. Building and maintaining the relationship is
  many opportunities to recycle and reuse your items.            more important than what to do with the possessions!
 At the same time, consider what you are bringing back
  into your home. Do not get into the habit of downsizing 8
Marion Franklin Intergenerational Center                                     2801 Lockbourne Road, 43207
Anthony Dawkins, Center Manager        645-3612                            Hours: Monday – Friday 8 am – 5 pm
Canteen is open Monday-Friday, 11 am-1 pm                      WellCare Health Plans, Inc
                                                               Monday, March 21               11 am           Free
New Medicare Changes: Parts A B C & D                          Topic: Medicare – Low End Subsidy
Thursday, March 3            10:30 am           Free           Bring a friend and join us as Karen Dawson leads an
Have you been wondering about the major changes that           informative session on Medicare’s qualifying criteria.
are going on with Medicare Part A, B, C, and D? Hal
Hyde, a counselor with The Ohio Department of                  New Class - Self Improvement
Insurance, will present “Medicare Today.”                      Tuesdays, beginning March 22                 10:30 am
                                                               Managing your Life: Spirit, Mind and Body
Refreshments will be served. Register at office or call.
                                                               Come take a look at what you have been neglecting. It is
Multigenerational Talent Show Auditions                        exciting what you will discover about yourself. For more
Friday, March 4 & Saturday, March 15          Noon             information contact Avis 645-7575
If you have a talent and would like to audition, please call   Senior Council Meeting
Avis 645-7575.                                                 Monday, March 28                    11:30 am
Senior Prom Planning Committee                                 AARP Tax Program (Tax Assistance)
Call Avis 645-7575 for more information or to join the         Mondays & Tuesdays            8:15 am-4 pm
committee.                                                     Call center to make an appointment.
Senior (60+) College Fair Planning Committee
Call Crystal 645-3612 for more information.                    Book Club Social Wednesday, March 2; 1:30-3 pm
                                                               Please bring or share your suggestions of 2 great books
March is Women's History Month                                 to read. Light refreshments will be served.
Tuesday, March 8                Noon
Sandi Lattimer, a volunteer from Greenlawn Cemetery,           Wii fun and excitement            Fridays           1 pm
will be telling exciting tales about significant and lesser    Pilates Class
known women that are in Greenlawn Cemetery. It                 Lose body fat and strengthen your back. Suzanne
should prove to be interesting and informative.                Dorsey, certified fitness and weight loss consultant,
                                                               will offer this class. Call the center to register.
FREE Green Money Workshop – Cash Management
Monday, March 14               11:30 am                        “Basics of Facebook” Class - Thursdays                 2 pm
This seminar is sponsored by Western & Southern                In this class, you’ll learn how to set up an account, add people to
                                                               your network, establish your profile, add applications, join groups
Financial Group. Topics of discussion are Calculating          and more. Contact Mike.
your Net Worth, Budgeting & Spending, Net cash flow,
Short term savings and Investment Options. All                 Liturgical Dance? Call the center if interested.
attendees will receive a free note-taking workbook and         Flame Working/Glass Bead Making
refreshments will be provided. Must register to attend.        Mondays 10 am-Noon Cost $40 (six week class)
Birthday Celebration – Wednesday, March 16 Noon                Contact Mike 645-5457
“Pot ‘O’ Gold” Treasure Hunt                                   New Tuesday & Thursday Classes - Call to register
Thursday, March 17              10:30 am        Fee $5         Line Dance Workout (Medium Impact) 9:30-10:30am
Join us for fun and excitement as we fill our pots with        Feel the Beat Class (Cardio Workout)    1:30-2pm
gold. 100 gold coins will be hidden throughout the             Stretch & Tone (Medium Impact)             2-3pm
center. Find the most gold coins and win. Five Gift            Healthy Snacks & Facts                 3-3:30pm
Cards (1) $50, (2) $25 and (2) $10 will be given to the        Health & Wellness Information:
top five participants with the most coins. Prizes will be      March is Colorectal Cancer Month
given to all paid participants. Registration deadline:         LifeCare Alliance Wellness Nurse Barbara Parker Call
Tuesday, March 15. For game rules and registration,            491-2566 to schedule wellness exam.
please stop by the center or call Crystal 645-3612.            Diabetes Support Group
Go Organic Green!                                              Wednesday, March 2     Noon
Thursday, March 17              11 am             Free         Wellness Mini Clinic by Arlingworth Home Care
Join us before lunch on St. Patrick’s Day for free “Green”     Wednesday, March 9       10 am-Noon
samplers and appetizers only. Give your taste buds a real
                                                               Eat Better – Feel Better (Monthly topic-Fiber Facts)
organic treat. Featured items are healthy and tasty.
                                                          9    Monday, March 21          11 am-Noon
Martin Janis 50+ Center   600 E. 11th Avenue, 43211                 645-5954
Doreen Gosha, Center Manager       Hours: M,T,W,F 8 am-5 pm; Th 8 am-9 pm
Fat Tuesday All-Day Breakfast                                   Trips (continued)
                  Tuesday, March 8                              Cultural Arts Center Conversations and Coffee
                  Cost $5.00                                    Thursday, March 24        Leave Center at 11:30 am
                 Join us for a breakfast of oatmeal,            Cost: Free transportation; lunch on your own.
                 fruit, sausage, bacon, juice, coffee,          Sip on complimentary coffee as you listen to an artist
                  tea, and all the pancakes you can             discuss his/her unique style and medium.
                                                                Coblentz Chocolate Company
St. Patrick’s Day Lunch                                         Lunch(on your own) at Der Dutchman
Wednesday, March 16         11:30 am-1 pm       Cost $5         Thursday, March 31             Leave Center at 9am
We’re celebrating the Wearin’ o’ the                            Cost: $10 for transportation
Green one day early at the Martin                               Indulge your taste buds with over 100 varieties of
Janis Center. Lunch will include                                sweets followed by lunch at this popular Amish
Irish Stew and Colcannon, or                                    Restaurant.
Shepherd’s Pie, with Irish Soda
Bread and some special Irish treats.                            Medigold Presentation
                                                                Thursday, March 10                           10 am
Blues, Bacon, Biscuits
Monday, March 21              9-11 am            Cost $5        ABC’s of Medicare
We’re bringing back our breakfast music event. Join us          Wednesday, March 16                          Noon
for a full breakfast featuring bacon and biscuits along         Free
with eggs, potatoes, juice and coffee. Music will be            Karen Dawson of Wellcare will continue with the
provided by Greg Pearson and Friends.                           second in her series of presentations on issues of
                                                                interest to seniors.
Martin Janis March Trips
                                                                Income Tax Assistance at Martin Janis 50+
OSU Student Union                                                    The Janis Center is pleased to welcome back the
Thursday, March 10                 Leave at 10:30 am            AARP Foundation’s Tax Aide Program for another
Cost: $3.50 for transportation                                  year. Free assistance for low-and middle-income
Lunch on your own                                               taxpayers, with special attention to those 60 and
Take a student led tour of the refurbished Ohio Union’s         older, is available from AARP Tax-Aide through
three floors. Ohio Union is a LEED Silver Certified             April 11. You do not need to be a member of AARP
Green Building and is designated an official GreenSpot          or a retiree to use this service. Last year over 2.6
by the City of Columbus.                                        million people throughout the United States were
                                                                served. In Ohio, more than 117,000 people received
Metro Five-O: Spring Fling                                      help with their returns.
Blacklick Woods Metro Park                                            Five AARP Tax-Aide volunteers, trained in
Thursday, March 17                                              cooperation with the Internal Revenue Service, will
Cost: $3.50 for transportation,                                 offer help with personal income tax returns at the
Lunch on your own                                               Janis Center in the Computer Room on the lower
Celebrate spring with activities                                level. From January 31 through April 11 this service
that nurture the body and                                       will be available from 9am-4pm on a first come first
mind. Enjoy gentle                                              served basis every Monday, except February 21. Be
stretching in a Tai Chi                                         sure to bring last year’s (2009) returns and all tax
session, sample spring recipes,                                 documents received for the 2010 tax year with you.
experience a backyard birds
audiovisual show, and take a                                           Remember to register for new classes
nature walk, weather permitting.                                                 March 14-18

Whetstone Community Center                         3923 N. High Street, 43214                       645-3243
Rick Bruhn, Center Manager                                        Hours: Monday – Friday 8 am – 9 pm
*Participants must present payment upon
                                                             Monthly Friday Potlucks
registration of all activities*
                                                             Friday, March 18               Noon
Cards Clubs at Whetstone                                     Potlucks are on the 3rd Friday of every month. The
Come relax and enjoy the camaraderie                         senior council provides a meat dish. Participants
Canasta                                                      should bring a dish sufficient to feed 8-10 people.
Mondays; 1:30-3:30 pm; Free; Community Room                  Please call the center in advance for your
Bid Euchre (6-player)                                        reservation, so we know how much food to prepare.
Tuesdays; 1-3 pm; Free; Community Room
Progressive Bridge                                           Class Highlights
Thursdays; Noon-3 pm; Free; Community Room                   Spring Registration begins Monday, March 14.
New! Progressive Regular Euchre: $1.75 per person            Many classes are offered at Whetstone Community
Thursdays & Fridays; Noon-3 pm-Auditorium                    Center for adults of all ages. We offer a wide variety
(Have fun and win grocery prizes!)                           of opportunities from art to exercise including:
                                                             Adult Yoga Mondays 10-11 am/$35
Progressive Bridge Workshop                                  Current Events and History w/Mary Mondays
Thursday, March 17; 11 am-noon, play begins after            10:30am-1pm and Wednesdays 1-3 pm/Free
workshop                                                     Adult Yoga Wednesdays 10 am-11 am/$35
Don’t know how to play Bridge? Don’t feel                    Wii Bowling Tuesdays 10:30 am-noon &
intimidated. Come to the Bridge Workshop every 3rd           Fridays 3-4:30 pm/Free
Thursday of the month.                                       Beginning Spanish Language & Culture Thursdays,
Captain’s Table                                              7-8 pm/$30 Class Cost/$10 Mtl Fee
Mondays 11:30 am-1 pm; Donation $3                           Adult Clay Fridays 10:30 am-12:30 pm/$30mtls
Throughout the winter season we will serve                   Chair Volleyball Please sign the interest list at the
soup at the Monday luncheons. We need all the soup           front desk and see Mike Rizzo with any questions.
makers we can get.                                           Open Walking in the Gym M-F 8-9:15 am/Free
Please contact JoAnn Holtrey if you are interested in        Note: See the Center’s class schedule for a complete
donating soup for Captain’s Table.                           list of class offerings. Schedules are available in
                                                             hardcopy at the front counter. Schedules can also
Whetstone 50+ Writers
                                                             be downloaded from either of our websites at
Thursdays                  1-3 pm
Come and share your life stories through the art
of writing.
Senior Council Meeting                                       Most of our activities are available for registration
Thursday, March 10            1 pm                           online. In order to register online, a free account
Get involved with your 50+ organization.                     must be created at:
Call or stop by the center for more information.   

St. Patty’s Day Tea & A Pot O’ Gold                          Health Screenings
Friday, March 11             1:30 pm     Cost $4             Thursday, March 17
Registration Deadline: Noon, March 9                         Life Line Screening is the nation’s leading provider
Let’s celebrate St. Patrick’s Day a wee bit                  of preventive health screenings and offers tests for
early with a variety of hot teas and other                   stroke prevention, vascular disease, and osteoporosis.
goodies. We’ll play games and enjoy each                     Don’t wait. Protect your health and your loved ones
others company.                                              by getting screened.
Don’t forget to wear your green                              *Register for the Stroke, Vascular Disease and Heart
Whetstone Center & Library Book Club                         Rhythm Package for $139. All four ultrasound
Thursday, March 17         2 pm                              screenings take 60-90 minutes to complete. Your
Julie from the Whetstone Branch                              Health is in Your Hands, so call 1-888-653-6441 or
Library comes once a month to lead                           visit to pre-register and
in book discussion.                                          ask questions.
COLUMBUS, OH 43205                              COLUMBUS OH
                                                PERMIT NO 719

 Know a parent looking for a summer
         camp for their child?
 Columbus Recreation parks offers a
variety of camps. Pick up a brochure
 at a community center or view it at            Memberships
     Registration begins March 5.
                                       expired December
                                        31. Renew now
                                        for $15 at your
                                          50+ Center.