By Julianne Keco
Due to budget constraints, my hours each week are limited through the end of the year. Even though I will not be at the center, your questions and concerns are very important to me. Please leave messages on my voice mail, and I will return your call on the days I will be at the center.
This change brings up a topic about the senior program. We need seniors to step forward and take some responsibility for keeping the programs running when I am not in the office. Strongsville has senior chairmen in charge of their programs. If you already participate in a program, consider volunteering as the chairman of that program. Call me at 330-558-6836 with your name, phone number and what you are interested in chairing.
September is a busy month for seniors in the Brunswick area. Many activities that were canceled for the summer return. Join the Brunswick seniors for an Ice Cream Social 1 p.m. Sept. 15. Cost of the tickets is $2. This includes your choice of a sundae, banana split or root beer float. Cookies, chips and soft drinks also are served. Buy your tickets early, so we can find out how many seniors are attending.
Later in the week there is a Farewell to Summer Dance from 1 to 3 p.m. Sept. 17 at the center. TC Rhythm provides the music. The $4 ticket price includes light refreshments and door prizes. Tickets are on sale at the front desk.
Free bingo sponsored by Home Instead will be played at 1 p.m. Sept. 8. Sign up in advance by calling the center or stopping at the front desk.
The Senior Bowling League is held at 1 p.m. Tuesdays at Dick Hooverâ€™s Lanes, under Diamond Party Center on Pearl Road in Brunswick.
Couples dinner out
The couples dinner out group will meet at 4:30 p.m. Sept. 17 at Italian Village in Strongsville. Sign up at the center or call by Sept. 12 for reservations. If you have to cancel, call the center so we can adjust the reservation. New couples are welcome.
Health clinics and programs
Southwest General Community Outreach Nurse Program will provide blood pressure checks (includes glucose screening if requested, no fasting), 9 a.m. to noon the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month (Sept. 13 and 27).
The Senior Hikers Group meets at 9:30 a.m. each Friday in the back parking lot to explore local, county, metroparks and Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Inclement weather cancels the hike. The cost is $20 for new members and includes a T-shirt or $15 for returning hikers. The fee includes hot dog picnics several times during the season. The September hiking parks are: Sept. 5, downtown Cleveland (West 150th Rapid to town); Sept. 12, Wolf Creek Environmental Center; Sept. 19, picnic at Brandywine Falls in Cuyahoga Valley National Park; Sept. 26, Plum Creek.
The free monthly matinee is at 1 p.m. on the third Thursday at the center. The movie on Sept. 18 is â€œJunoâ€ (Rated PG-13). As always, the movie, popcorn and drinks are free. The multipurpose room can be cool, so dress accordingly.
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. Since meals are limited, call the kitchen after 10 a.m. on Wednesday or Friday at 330-273-8087 if you must cancel, so someone on the waiting list can come.
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 Sept. 12 destination is Copper Top in Liverpool Township. Sign up in advance at the front desk or by calling the center. You donâ€™t have to be a Brunswick resident to join.
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 p.m. the first Wednesday of the month. The Oct. 1 destination is House of Hunan in Medina. 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.
Our annual travel meeting for 2009 is scheduled at 1 p.m. Sept. 25. Bring ideas for day trips and longer trip destinations. Your input is important to the program. A survey will be available in early October. From the results, the travel program for next year will be set.
Speaking of travel, there are three remaining trips in September. Be at the center at 6:30 a.m. Sept. 12. The bus for the Pittsburgh River Cruise leaves at 7 a.m. and returns about 8:30 p.m.
The annual trip to Northfield Harness Racing Park will be Sept. 22. The bus leaves at 5 p.m. and returns at midnight. Seats are still left. The $30 cost includes bus, admission to the track, program, a buffet dinner from 6 to 9 p.m., tax and gratuity, but not the driverâ€™s tip. At the park, you can sit at a table in the club house and have your own betting window nearby.
The last trip is shared with the Wadsworth seniors. There are seats left for Whatcha Got Cookinâ€™ on Sept. 30. We are going to Walnut Creek and Berlin in Amish country. The $65 fee includes candy dipping, bakery, a fondue party, cheese sampling, peanut butter whip, winery samples, buffet at Grandmaâ€™s Alpine, bus and driverâ€™s tip. Sign up soon if you want to pick up the bus in Brunswick. The bus leaves here at 7:30 a.m. If you live closer to Wadsworth, call their center to sign up.
There are two new trips in December. You can sign up for either or both trips now. On Dec. 11 we will go to the State Theater to see a matinee performance of the Rockettesâ€™ Christmas Spectacular. The $80 price includes the bus and ticket to the show, but not the driverâ€™s tip.
The following Sunday, on Dec. 14, we will head to the Cleveland Orchestraâ€™s Christmas Show at Severance Hall. The $63 fee includes the bus and ticket, but not the driverâ€™s tip.
In order to arrange a second bus for any trip, we must have at least 35 on a waiting list. If we do not have that number, we cannot commit to a second bus. There is an upcoming trip that needs more people on the list: it is an overnight trip on Nov. 17 and 18 to Grand Victoria River Boat Casino in Indiana. For $67 (double occupancy), you get dinner and breakfast buffets, a hotel room, bus transportation and driverâ€™s tip.
General trip information: Reservations are taken with payment only. Leave your name and phone number if the trip is filled â€” a second bus may be added or a cancellation may occur. A non-resident fee of $1 is added to the cost of the trip. A $100 deposit is required for trips costing more than $200. The balance is due 45 days before departure. A trip/cost list is available at the center, Brunswick City Hall or Brunswick Community Library.
A medical form is required.
Pick up a complete trip list at the center, city hall or the library. If you want one sent to your home, call 330-273-8000 with your address.
Keco is the senior activities coordinator at Bruns-wick Community Recreation Center.
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