Senior Edition

EATON — The Preble County Senior Center, Council on Aging offices and the Decade’s Diner will be closed on Friday, July 3, in observance of the Independence Day Holiday. We will reopen at 8 a.m. on Monday, July 6.

A Senior Scams Fraud Prevention Meeting will be held at the Preble County Senior Center on Friday, July 10, at 10 a.m. The speaker will be Danielle Murphy, Consumer Educator, Consumer Protection Office of Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine. This informational meeting is open to the public and everyone is invited to attend.

The Preble County Council on Aging will hold a Grand Re-Opening of The Grange, 501 Nation Avenue, Eaton, Ohio (formerly named The Gathering Place) from noon-3 p.m. on Friday, July 10. The Grand Re-Opening gala afternoon will include light refreshments and entertainment, for your listening and dancing pleasure, by the Silvertones. The Silvertones provided the music at this year’s Senior Prom and everyone enjoyed their performance. There is no charge to attend and everyone is invited.

The Grange is a rental facility managed by the Preble County Council on Aging. The Grange was originally named The Eaton Grange #2250 and it was built in 1955. Over the years everyone has referred to the facility as the “Grange” or the “Grange Hall,” so the new name is appropriate and meaningful to the community. This Grand Re-Opening will give everyone the opportunity to see the improvements and the new paved parking lot. We will also be on hand to answer any questions about rental dates that are available, cost of a rental, etc. If you have any questions about rental of The Grange, please call Charlene McCarty, Rental Coordinator at 937-456-4947.

Friday at the Movies will be held at the Senior Center at 1:30 p.m. on June 26. Stardust, the feature presentation, will be shown on our large screen television. Escape into the enchanted world of chivalry and romance with Stardust. The movie stars Charlie Cox, Claire Danes, and Sienna Miller. There is no charge to attend.

The Thursday Night Weekly Dance has been taking place in the barn on the grounds of the Preble County Senior Center, 800 East St. Clair Street, Eaton, Ohio. The dance will move back to The Grange at 501 Nation Avenue, Eaton (formerly named The Gathering Place) in July, depending upon the exact completion date of renovations. The dance features delicious food (with a $1 menu) and tasty snacks, a 50/50 drawing, door prizes and great bluegrass and country music by Don Pease and the Country Ramblers. Restrooms are available in the Senior Center. We look forward to seeing you at our next Thursday Night Dance.

The Decade’s Diner, complete with juke box, graffiti wall, and striking “fab ’50s” decorations, is a fun location for lunch. The new menu features many delicious items and we always have a couple daily specials. The Diner is also the site of our daily Congregate Meal. The Decade’s Diner is located at Preble County Senior Center, 800 East St. Clair Street, Eaton. It is open for lunch from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Monday through Friday. The Diner is open to the public and all ages are welcome.

The Decade’s Diner hosts a weekly Friday Night Cruise-In from 6-9 p.m. at the Preble County Senior Center. We invite owners of street rods, classic cars, historical vehicles, unique vehicles, motorcycles, etc. to join us at the weekly Cruise-Ins. The Diner is open on Friday nights with a special Cruise-In menu. The ’50s music will be rocking inside on the jukebox. Spectators are welcome.

We need volunteers to help deliver meals to seniors and shut-ins in the county. Meals are delivered Monday through Friday, except holidays, to seniors in Preble County. Drivers work two to three hours a day delivering meals in their vehicle to senior citizens. Drivers have a dedicated route, and can work one, two or more days per week, or just one day per month. Adult drivers of any age are eligible to volunteer. Drivers receive mileage reimbursement. If you would like to volunteer, or need more information, please call Ashley Bowers, Home Delivered Meal Coordinator at 937-456-4947.

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. New for 2015: You can fill out a membership form and pay your $10 online. Just visit our new improved website for details: