Senior Edition


EATON — Do you have an interest in scrapbooking? Would you like to learn how to make scrapbooks? The Scrapbooking Club, with instructor Pam Barr, will meet on Wednesday, Feb. 24, at 1:30 p.m. at the Preble County Senior Center. For more information, contact Stacey at 937-456-4947

Music Club Looking for Vocalists

Do you like to sing? The Music Club is looking for vocalists to join them at a special session on Friday, Feb. 26 at 10 a.m. at The Grange, located at 501 Nation Avenue in Eaton. You don’t have to be a professional – just enjoy singing!

The regular meeting of the Preble County Senior Center Music Club will take place on Thursday, March 3 at 10 a.m. at The Grange. There is always an open invitation for musicians, vocalists, and anyone interested in music. The Music Club meets the 1st Thursday of every month. For more information, call the Senior Center at 937-456-4947

Friday Movie

This month’s movie is “The Martian.” During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. But Watney has survived and finds himself stranded and alone on the hostile planet. With only meager supplies, he must draw upon his ingenuity, wit, and spirit to subsist and find a way to signal Earth that he is alive. This 2015 film stars Matt Damon. Join us on Friday, Feb. 26, at 1:30 p.m. at the Preble County Senior Center.

Join Us for an Ice Cream Float

Celebrate Leap Day with an ice cream float on Monday, Feb. 29, at 2 p.m. in the Decade’s Diner located at the Preble County Senior Center. Call 937-456-4947 for more information.

Join Us for “Fun Friday”

The March “Fun Friday” will take place on Friday, March 4, at noon at The Grange, located at 501 Nation Avenue in Eaton. This month’s theme is “St. Patrick’s Day!” Food will be provided along with entertainment by the Open Road Band. Tickets are $3 for members and $5 for non-members. Purchase your ticket in advance at the Preble County Council on Aging. This month’s event is sponsored by Vancrest of Eaton.

Are You a Silver Sneakers Member?

If so, are you interested in attending Silver Sneakers classes at the Preble County Senior Center? Contact Stacey at 937-456-4947 to sign up or for additional information.

Senior Center Mini-Trips

The Preble County Senior Center plans mini-trips for individuals who want a shorter, less strenuous travel day. Ten-seat passenger vans or smaller motor coaches are used for most mini-trips. Descriptive flyers are available at the Senior Center for 2016 Mini-Trips. Pick up and return to your home is available upon request. A sampling of the mini-trips scheduled so far for 2016 include: Tuesday, April 5 – Jungle Jim’s in Fairfield, Ohio; Tuesday, April 19 – Bridgewater Falls in Fairfield Township, Ohio; Tuesday, May 24 – Dayton Dragons Evening Game (sponsored in part by The Knolls of Oxford); Wednesday, June 15 – Miami Valley Military History Museum; and Thursday, June 30 – “The Lion King” at the Schuster Theatre (sponsored in part by Arbor Trace). Call Cookie at 937-456-4947 for more information or stop by the Senior Center to pick up a flyer.

Senior Center Motor Coach Trips

The Preble County Senior Center has the following motor coach trips planned for this year: Wednesday, May 4 – Cincinnati Reds vs. San Francisco Giants day game; Wednesday, May 18 – Presidential Luncheon in Marion, Ohio; Tuesday, July 19 – Rising Star Casino; and Tuesday, Wednesday, July 27 – Ohio State Fair; August 2 – Cincinnati Reds vs. St. Louis Cardinals evening game. Call Cookie at 937-456-4947 for more information or stop by the Senior Center to pick up a flyer.

Senior Companionship Program Available

The Companionship Program at the Preble County Council on Aging helps community seniors stay in their homes and live independently by providing assistance with tasks of daily living and offering friendship and emotional support. Services provided include an in-home companion and/or a daily telephone reassurance call. For more information on these available services, contact Bev at 937-456-4947

There are two different levels of volunteers needed:

– Preble County Senior Center Volunteer: Provide in-home assistance or telephone calls. You can volunteer as often or as little as you like. You will be responsible for recording your volunteer hours and mileage on a monthly basis. Mileage is reimbursed at $.50/mile. For more information or to complete a volunteer application, contact Stacey at 937-456-4947

– Graceworks Volunteer: Provide in-home assistance. Required to attend a 20 hour start-up training at the senior center and one 4-hour in-service each month. You will earn a stipend of $2.65/hour (tax free) and $.30/mile. You must “work” at least 15 hours/week in the clients home. To volunteer in the Graceworks program, you must be 55 or older and your income must be lower than 200 percent of the federal poverty guidelines. For more information or to complete an application, contact Bev at 937-456-4947.

HEAP Assistance Available

The Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) is a federally funded program administered by the Ohio Development Services Agency’s Office of Community Assistance (OCA). It is designed to help eligible low-income Ohioans meet the high costs of home heating. If you are eligible for assistance, the amount of your one-time HEAP benefit will depend on federal funding levels, how many people live with you, total household income, and the primary fuel you use to heat your home. In most cases, the one-time benefit will be a credit applied to your energy bill by your utility company (or fuel vendor). Bev Shindeldecker, Preble County Council on Aging I&R Specialist, is available to help seniors determine eligibility, complete paperwork, and answer questions regarding

You can make an appointment to meet with Bev by calling 937-456-4947 Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Join Us at the Thursday Night Weekly Dance!

The Thursday Night Dance is held from 5-8 p.m. at The Grange at 501 Nation Avenue, Eaton. The Silvertones, a local band from Camden, will provide an enjoyable evening of classic rock & roll and country music for your listening and dancing pleasure. Band members include Michael Powers on piano; Mike Buckley, lead guitar; Danny Witt, bass; and Gary “Pete” Peters on drums. The dance features delicious food, with a $1 menu, a 50/50 drawing, and door prizes. Admission is $3 per individual/$5 per couple. Join us for a fun evening!

Have you visited the Decade’s Diner for lunch? If not, you are missing out on this unique location with its distinctive 1950’s decor and memorabilia, including a jukebox and graffiti wall. Located at the Preble County Senior Center, 800 East St. Clair Street in Eaton, the Decade’s Diner is open Monday through Friday from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Chose from the daily special, combo, or the regular menu. Don’t forget to order one of the delicious homemade desserts! The Decade’s Diner is open to the public and all ages are welcome. Carry-out is available. Call 937-456-4947 to place your order.

Many exciting events, trips, and activities are planned for seniors in Preble County in coming months. Check out our website or Facebook pages for the latest news. Membership at the Senior Center is only $10 a year. In addition to other benefits, members automatically receive our bi-monthly “Senior Scene” newsletter, which features all the latest news. The menu is also included in the newsletter. Visit our website at or the Preble County Council on Aging Facebook page.

By Karen Lowery

For The Register-Herald

Reach Karen at the Preble County Council on Aging Senior Center at 937-456-4947.

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