By JULIANNE KECO
The City of Brunswick has purchased a Wii game system for the senior program. Watch for details on the Celebrity Bowling Challenge coming soon.Â It will be a way for the seniors to see the game in action before the Wii Bowling League starts.
The Medina County Health Department will give flu shots 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 17 at the center.Â There is no charge for Medicare/Medi-caid patients. (Be sure to bring your Medicare/Medi-caid card.) Fees for non-Medicare/Medicaid patients are $25 for county residents and $30 for out-of-county residents. This is an open walk-in clinic with no reservations needed. A check-in system will be used. Bring your driverâ€™s license or Ohio state identification card.Â Drive-up service is available for those who cannot walk into the clinic.
Donâ€™t forget to go to the Medina County Fairgrounds for the Medina County Senior Fall Festival after getting your shot.
Thereâ€™s an event at 2 p.m. Oct. 19 you can share with your grandchildren, or just enjoy by yourself.Â The ArtReach Childrenâ€™s Theatre of Cincinnati presents â€œThe Legend of Sleepy Hollow.â€ Advance tickets are $7.50 for adults and $6 for children 15 and younger.Â Add $1 if you purchase them at the door.Â
Put on your dancinâ€™ shoes and join us for some boot scootinâ€™ fun at the Line Dance Social from 1 to 4 p.m. Oct. 27. The cost is $4 and includes light refreshments.
Free bingo sponsored by Home Instead will be played at 1 p.m. Oct. 13. 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. Bowling is available for seniors on Tuesdays even if you do not join the league.
Couples dinner out
The couples dinner out group will meet at 4:30 p.m. Oct. 15 at Carrie Cerinoâ€™s in North Royalton. Sign up at the center or call by Oct. 10 for reservations. If you have to cancel, call the center.
Health clinics and programs
Southwest General Health Centerâ€™s 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.
The Senior Hikers Group still meets at 9:30 a.m. each Friday in the back parking. Inclement weather cancels the hike. The cost is $20 for new members and includes a T-shirt or $15 for returning hikers. October hikes are: Oct. 3, Columbia Reservation; Oct. 10, Brecksville, with a trip to Heinenâ€™s; Oct. 17, Hinckley Lake; Oct, 24, a picnic in Pine Grove at Cuyahoga Valley National Park; and Oct. 31, Wolf Creek Environmental Center.
The free monthly matinee at 1 p.m. Oct. 16 is â€œWhen She Found Meâ€ (Rated PG-13). As always, the movie, popcorn and drinks are free.
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. Meals are limited; call the kitchen after 10 a.m. on Wednesday or Friday at 330-273-8087 to cancel.
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 Oct. 10 destination is Brunswick Family Restaurant in Laurel Square. Sign up at the front desk or by calling the center.
Single Ladies dinner out
The Single Ladies dinner out group meets at 5 p.m. the first Wednesday of the month. The Nov. 5 destination is Longhorn Steak House in Strongsville. 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.
Four trips for seniors are planned in October. All except one have a waiting list. The first trip is to New York/Pocmont from Oct. 5 to 9. Be at the center at 7 a.m. The bus leaves at 7:30 a.m. and returns at 9 p.m. Oct. 9.
The second is the Carousel trip on Oct. 8 to see â€œWizard of Oz.â€ Be at the center at 10:30 a.m.; the bus leaves by 11 a.m. It returns at 6 p.m.
The bus for the Mystery Trip on Oct. 15 leaves at 9 a.m. and returns at 6:30 p.m.
The Oct. 20 trip to Frank Lloyd Wrightâ€™s Fallingwater, with a stop at the Flight 93 Memorial, has six bus seats left. Be at the center 6:30 a.m. to leave by 7 a.m. We return at 8:30 p.m.
To add a second bus for the Nov. 17-18 trip to Grand Victoria River Boat Casino in Indiana, we must have 50 people on a waiting list to get the special price. Currently we have 40. You do not have to be a senior to go. For $67 (double occupancy), you get a dinner and a breakfast buffet, a hotel room, bus transport and driverâ€™s tip.Â
The two new trips in December are:
o Dec. 11 â€” Matinee performance of the Rockettesâ€™ Christmas Spectacular at the State Theatre in Cleveland, $80 for bus and show ticket, driverâ€™s tip not included.
o Dec. 14 â€” The Cleveland Orchestraâ€™s matinee Christmas show at Severance Hall, $63 for bus and ticket, driverâ€™s tip not included. The hall has an elevator.
The 2009 travel survey is now available. Pick one up at the center, city hall or library.Â Return it to the center by Oct. 31.
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 nonresident 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 medical form is required.
A trip/cost list is available at the center, Brunswick City Hall or Brunswick Community Library. If you want one sent to your home, call 330-273-8000 with your address.
Keco is the senior activities coordinator at Brunswick Community Recreation Center.