The Homestead Exemption program has been changed to include all income levels for seniors 65 and older. The auditorâ€™s office is scheduled to be at the center from 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 6, 7 and 10 to help you fill out your forms. You do not need any paperwork, just show up to fill out the forms.
If you like the great outdoors, the next event is just for you. There is a citywide potluck picnic scheduled from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Aug. 22 at North Park on Grafton Road. We eat at 5 p.m. This is a free event, but registration is required. To register, call the center. Be sure to list the dish you plan to share. Hot dogs, buns and beverages are provided. Bring a table setting and your favorite games, like cards, horseshoes, badminton or bocce ball.
There are two free concerts scheduled during August. Emperor of Swing performs at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 12 on the outdoor stage at the center. Bring your blanket or lawn chairs with you. Please note the earlier start time since daylight is getting shorter. The second free concert is at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 26. The entertainer is Alex Bevan. If it rains, the concerts move indoors to the multi-purpose room.
Letâ€™s try something new! The equipment and rules for the Corn Toss Game have become available for the seniorsâ€™ use. Come to the center at 1 p.m. Aug. 27 to learn to play the game. If you are an expert, come to teach the rest of us.
Jerel Klue, district director for U.S. Rep. Betty Sutton, D-Copley, recently met with area seniors and promised to address their concerns. All agreed a quarterly meeting with Klue would keep the congresswoman current on the questions and activities of Medina County seniors. Watch the calendar for the next meeting.
The Dick Radcliffe Memorial Summer Pinochle Tournament winners are: Vince Cook and Bernice Nilges, first place; Carl Bacik and John Simonetti, second place; and Mary Ellen Lenzi and Bernice Severson, third place. Congratulations to all.
Life Care Center of Medina will sponsor free bingo at 1 p.m. Aug. 20. Sign up in advance by calling the center at 330-273-8000 or stopping at the front desk.
Sheila Klimas, OSU Extension, Medina County, will present her next nutrition program, â€œSay OlÃ© to Tacos,â€ at 11 a.m. Aug. 22.
Couples dinner out
The couples dinner out group will meet at 4:30 p.m. Aug. 15 at Alexandris on state Route 18, Medina Township. Sign up at the center or call by Aug. 10.
Health clinics and programs
o Southwest General Community Outreach Nurse Program will provide blood pressure checks (includes glucose screening if requested, no fasting), 9 a.m. to noon on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month.
o Diabetic Education sessions are offered through Southwest for people with diabetes and their families. Individual assessment and planning is provided. Call 440-816-8623 to register.
o A nurse from Pearlview will do blood pressure checks from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Aug. 14. You do not have to be a senior to take advantage of these services.
The Senior Hikers Group meets at 9 a.m. each Friday in the back parking lot to explore local, county, metro parks and Cuyahoga Valley National Park trails.
The August hiking schedule is: Today, Columbia Reservation; Aug. 10, Cuyahoga Valley National Park Octagon, with picnic; Aug. 17, Hunt Farm; and Aug. 24, Millstream Run. There is no hike Aug. 31.
The center is the nutrition site for Brunswick. Congregate meals are available at 11:30 a.m. Wednesdays and Fridays. You must register first with the Office for Older Adults by calling 330-225-7100 and asking for the office.
The R.O.M.E.O. Club (Retired Older Men Eat Out), for single, married and divorced men, meets at 11 a.m. the second Friday every month at a local restaurant. The Aug. 10 destination is the Coppertop on state Route 303, Liverpool Township. Sign up in advance at the front desk or by calling the center.
Senior Advisory Board
The centerâ€™s Senior Advisory Board will not meet in August. Meetings resume at 9:15 a.m. Sept. 7.
Free senior calendars are available at the center, the library, the lobby of United Labor Towers and city hall.
To receive a calendar by mail, send a $6 check payable to the â€œCity of Brunswickâ€ with your name, address and phone number to: Brunswick Recreation Center, 3637 Center Road, Brunswick 44212.
Single Ladies dinner out
The Single Ladies dinner out group meets at 5:30 p.m. the first Wednesday of the month. Any single, divorced or widowed lady is welcome to join the group. Call the center for more information and reservations by the Monday prior to the dinner.
The Brunswick travel program is in full swing. There is still room on the Mystery Trip on Aug. 23. The bus leaves at 7:30 a.m. Even though you are asked to bring your picture ID, the trip is not to a casino. The cost is $48 and includes lunch, bus and driverâ€™s tip. It is a day full of surprises with a moderate amount of walking, but plenty of seating. Put a little â€œmysteryâ€ in your life! We should be back by 7 p.m.
We need more people for an overnight gambling trip on Sept. 11 and 12. We are going to Windsor Casino, where the bonus is a $15 dinner buffet and $10 coin. After a night at the hotel, we head to the duty-free store before crossing back into the United States to stop at Greektown Casino. We receive the usual $25 coin and $5 food/coin bonus. The cost of the trip is $115 based on double occupancy.
A new trip has been added for Oct. 3 to the Meadows Casino in the Pittsburgh area. It is a temporary casino next to the race track with slots only and no table games. The cost is $25, which includes the driverâ€™s tip.
Check at the front desk to see if there are still openings for the October trips: Oct. 10, Carouselâ€™s â€œPump Boys & Dinettesâ€; Oct. 16, Middlefield Amish Trip; and Oct. 21-22 to Soaring Eagle.
Itâ€™s hard to believe the 2007 travel year is almost over. Each September there is a travel planning meeting for the following year. Mark your calendar for 1 p.m. Sept. 14. Bring your ideas and suggestions. A travel survey will be printed and distributed in October. From all this information, the trips will be selected for next year.
Keco is the senior activities coordinator at Brunswick Community Recreation Center.