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SENIORS CHRISTMAS: Lowellville Senior Citizens will hold its annual Christmas Party 2 p.m. Dec. 3 at Gianna’s Catering. The cost is $15. Reservations must be in by Nov. 26. Call Paula at 330-718-2856.

Students from Lowellville High School will provide music.

Regular meetings are held on the first Friday each month at Gianna’s. Lunch is $8 and reservations must be in by the last Sunday of the month. All are welcome.

PERI HOLIDAY LUNCH: The Public Employee Retirees of Mahoning County Chapter 18 (PERI) will meet noon Dec. 7 at the Avion on the Water Banquet Center, 2177 Western Reserve Road. The cost is $15 per person. Reservations are required by Nov. 30 by calling Mary Grace at 330-507-9718, Diane at 330-547-9612, or Carol at 330-758-5239.

Rachell Joy-Tupaj will be singing Christmas carols for entertainment. Yearly dues of $10 for 2022 can be paid at the luncheon. Information for PERI membership can be obtained by calling Marilyn at 330-565-6913.

RETIRED TEACHERS MEET: Mahoning Retired Teachers Association will meet 11 a.m. Dec. 8 at Drakes Landing Banquet Center, 2177 Western Reserve Road. The program and meeting will be presided by Phil Butto.

Holiday and traditional music will be provided by the Boardman Jazz Band and monetary donations will be collected to benefit Salvation Army Toys for Tots campaign.

Reservations should be received by Dec. 1. Reservation forms can be found on the MRTA website and in the newsletter.

BUS TRIP: Jesus the Key Ministries still has a few seats available for their upcoming bus trip in December.

The bus will leave Dec. 8 and return the evening of Dec. 9. The trip includes the Winter Wonder Land Concert at the American Music Theatre and Queen Esther at the Sight and Sound Theater in Lancaster, Pa. Dinner will be at Good N Plenty on Wednesday evening and lunch at Dienner’s on Thursday before returning home.

The cost of the trip is $320. To make reservations call Bing Newton at 330-427-6578.

AUSTINTOWN SENIOR CENTER: The schedule for the next week for the Austintown Senior Center, 112 Westchester Drive, 330-953-1416, austintownseniorcenter.org, is:

• Monday: Painting video, 9:30 a.m.; Bible study, 9 a.m.; Medicare overview sponsored by Directions Home, 9 a.m.; floor sculpt, 9:30 a.m.; card playing, 10 a.m.; sewing and needle arts, 10 a.m.; bingo, 10 a.m.; painting class, 10 a.m.; senior spinning, 10:30 a.m.; chair volleyball, 11:30 a.m.; Hospice of the Valley, 11:30 a.m.; bridge group, noon; lunch from Belleria, noon;

• Tuesday: Video course, 9 a.m.; Medicare overview sponsored by Directions Home, 9 a.m.; card playing, 10 a.m.; sewing and needle art, 10 a.m.; bingo, 10 a.m.; Drum Your Way Fit, 10 a.m.; video chair yoga, 11 a.m.; spades, 11:30 a.m.; social dancing for seniors, noon; lunch from Calaveras; chronic pain self-management course, 12:30 p.m.;

• Wednesday: Video course, 9 a.m.; blood pressure check by Woodlands, 9 a.m.; bingo, 10 a.m.; card playing, 10 a.m.; Dominos, 10 a.m.; sewing and needle arts, 10 a.m.; beginner’s ukulele, 11:30 a.m.; lunch from Burgan Real Estate, noon; ukulele, 12:30 p.m.;

• Thursday: Video course, 9 a.m.; wood carving, 9 a.m.; Bible study, 9 a.m.; bingo, 10 a.m.; card playing, 10 a.m.; sewing and needle arts, 10 a.m.; senior spinning, 10 a.m.; walking club, 10 a.m.; chair yoga, 10:30 a.m.; chair volleyball, 11:30 a.m.; lunch from Charly’s, noon; birthday party, noon; bingo, 1 p.m.

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STRUTHERS CLASS OF 1954: Struthers High School Class of 1954 will hold its Saturday morning breakfast meeting at 10 a.m. Sunday at What’s Cooking on South Avenue in Boardman. Family and friends are always welcome. No reservations are needed.

AUSTINTOWN SENIOR CENTER: The schedule for the next week for the Austintown Senior Center, 112 Westchester Drive, 330-953-1416, austintownseniorcenter .org, is:

• Monday: Painting video, 9:30 a.m.; Bible study, 9 a.m.; Medicare overview sponsored by Directions Home, 9 a.m.; floor sculpt, 9:30 a.m.; card playing, 10 a.m.; sewing and needle arts, 10 a.m.; bingo, 10 a.m.; painting class, 10 a.m.; senior spinning, 10:30 a.m.; chair volleyball, 11:30 a.m.; Hospice of the Valley, 11:30 a.m.; bridge group, noon; lunch from Belleria, noon;

• Tuesday: Video course, 9 a.m.; Medicare overview sponsored by Directions Home, 9 a.m.; card playing, 10 a.m.; sewing and needle art, 10 a.m.; bingo, 10 a.m.; Drum Your Way Fit, 10 a.m.; video chair yoga, 11 a.m.; spades, 11:30 a.m.; social dancing for seniors, noon; lunch from Calaveras; chronic pain self-management course, 12:30 p.m.;

• Wednesday: Video course, 9 a.m.; blood pressure check by Woodlands, 9 a.m.; bingo, 10 a.m.; card playing, 10 a.m.; dominoes, 10 a.m.; sewing and needle arts, 10 a.m.; beginner’s ukulele, 11:30 a.m.; lunch from Burgan Real Estate, noon; ukulele class, 12:30 p.m.;

• Thursday: Video course, 9 a.m.; woodcarving, 9 a.m.; Bible study, 9 a.m.; bingo, 10 a.m.; card playing, 10 a.m.; sewing and needle arts, 10 a.m.; senior spinning, 10 a.m.; walking club, 10 a.m.; chair yoga, 10:30 a.m.; chair volleyball, 11:30 a.m.; lunch from Charly’s, noon; birthday party, noon; bingo, 1 p.m.

THE GIRARD MULTI-GENERATIONAL CENTER: The Girard Multi-Generational Center, 433 Trumbull Ave., Girard, is open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays. Offered are stretching classes, a coffee and snack bar, puzzles, mind games, computer cafe, newspapers and fitness center. Yoga / pilates is offered; call for class times. For more information and lunch reservations (two days ahead), call 330-675-2486.

• Tai chi class, noon to 1 p.m. Fridays for $5 per person.

• Nutrition Meal Program, 1:45 p.m. Monday through Friday, from Trumbull County Office of Elderly Affairs. Reservations must be made at least two days in advance.

• Call to schedule an appointment with Ohio Senior Health Insurance Information Program counselor Christine to review Medicare open enrollment options.

• Walk with Ease classes will be offered 10:30 a.m. to noon on Mondays through Dec. 1. The Arthritis Foundation six-week structured class meets three times weekly. No classes will be held Nov. 26.

PERI WELCOMES RETIREES / EMPLOYEES: Ohio Public Employees, retired or working, are eligible to join the State Organization and the local Chapter by calling Marilyn at 330-565 6913 or visiting the Chapter 18 website at www.mahoningperi.com.

MEMORY SCREENINGS VIRTUAL: The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America is offering a free virtual memory screening. Appointments can be scheduled by calling AFA at 866-232-8484 or by visiting www.alzfdn.org. Screenings are conducted every Monday, Wednesday and Friday through secure videoconference. There are no minimum age or insurance prerequisites.

To schedule a screening or for more information about brain health and lifestyle choices that can help promote healthy aging, visit AFA’s website at www.alzfdn.org or call AFA’s Helpline at 866-232-8484.

ALZHEIMER HELP ONLINE: The Alzheimer’s Association’s online Community Resource Finder at alz.org/crf provides ZIP code area-specific information on topics such as care at home, community services and housing options.

The Alzheimer’s Association offers numerous caregiver support groups virtually. A number of dial-in telephone support groups have been added for additional support.

To learn about support groups and community education programs, visit the site or call the Alzheimer’s Association 24/7 Helpline at 800-272-3900.

SENIOR WATCH PROGRAM: Liberty residents 60 and older may sign up for the Liberty Township Senior Watch Program. Contact Marcy Orlando, police secretary, at 330-759-1315, or Joy, fire secretary, at 330-759-0363, Ext. 102.

FOOD DELIVERY: Direction Home of Eastern Ohio is partnering with various agencies for Families First Coronavirus Response Act funding for no-contact food deliveries to seniors 60 and older.

Agencies for Mahoning and Columbiana counties include Easter Seals, 330-884-2513, and Jewish Family Services, 330-746-7929.

CAREGIVER PROGRAM: The Alzheimer’s Association Greater East Ohio Area Chapter has a new caregiver relief program called The Jan & Josephine Castora Family Caregiver Relief Program, which pays for agency caregivers to assist families needing help caring for someone with Alzheimer’s or another dementia.

For more information, people can go to alz.org/eastohio/carerelief.

Visit www.alz.org or call our 24/7 Helpline at 800-272-3900.

SCAMS TARGETING SENIORS: Dave Long answers questions during a series of monthly talks on the latest scams, why scammers target seniors and how to protect personal information 1 p.m. the fourth Thursday of every month at the Poland Township Government Center, 3339 Dobbins Road, Poland.

Long, of Poland, is a retired public affairs officer with U.S. Customs and Border Protection in Buffalo who later worked as an Elder Scam Prevention Outreach specialist with Lifespan in Rochester, N.Y., before moving back to the Mahoning Valley.

PROGRAM FOR SENIORS: ACTION and MYCAP, along with Christ Centered Church, are presenting Seniors Offering Services for men and women 65 and older.

Three days a week, seniors participate in virtual programs of exercise, classes, game time, community awareness, movies and television, healthy cooking, chit-chat and humor, among other things. Once per week, lunch will be delivered while they participate in either game time, television, movies or guest speakers.

Pre-registration is required. Call Elisa Hosey at 234-232-9043 or Micki Coylar at 330-788-7530.

SENIOR VOLUNTEERS: The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program of the Mahoning Valley is looking for volunteers. For information, contact Leah at 330-480-0352, Ext. 3.

RSVP is a national service program for individuals 55 and older who want to volunteer in Mahoning and Trumbull counties. These volunteers will also assist with community events.

The Senior Support Action Group is a coalition of community partners working together to assist seniors in the valley with access to food, transportation to medical appointments and companionship through the Phone Pals program.

OMBUDSMAN PROGRAM: Direction Home of Eastern Ohio is looking for volunteers to join the Ombudsman Program to advocate for excellence for those living in long-term care facilities.

Ombudsman help ensure that residents of long-term care facilities receive quality care and treatment. Volunteers will make phone calls and virtual visits to residents.

The training to become a certified volunteer will be provided virtually. Call 330-505-2338 for more information.

FALL PREVENTION GUIDE: The Ohio Department of Public Safety Division of EMS joined with the Ohio Injury Prevention Partnership and released an updated “Elderly Fall Prevention Resource Guide” for EMS providers and the general public.

Download a copy of the guide at www.publicsafety.ohio.gov/links/EMS5934.pdf.

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1418 SENIORS TO MEET: 1418 Auxiliary Seniors will meet at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Bedford Trails Golf Course and Restaurant. Call John Texter at 330-755-6936.

RETIREES TO MEET: Mahoning Retired Teachers Association will meet at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Drakes Landing Banquet Center, 2177 Western Reserve Road. Lunch will be at 11:45 a.m., followed by the program and meeting presided by president Phil Butto. The featured speaker, Mario Iacone, will talk about the STRS Forensic Audit. Canfield Veterans Auxiliary will be honored and members are invited to make a donation.

Reservation forms can be found on the MRTA website and in the newsletter.

STRUTHERS CLASS OF 1954: Struthers High School Class of 1954 will hold its Saturday morning breakfast meeting at 10 a.m. Nov. 14 at What’s Cooking on South Avenue in Boardman. Family and friends are always welcome. No reservations needed.

AUSTINTOWN SENIOR CENTER: The schedule for the next week for the Austintown Senior Center, 112 Westchester Drive, 330-953-1416, aus tintownseniorcenter.org, is:

• Monday: Painting video, 9:30 a.m.; Bible study, 9 a.m.; Medicare overview sponsored by Directions Home, 9 a.m.; floor sculpt, 9:30 a.m.; card playing, 10 a.m.; sewing and needle arts, 10 a.m.; bingo, 10 a.m.; painting class, 10 a.m.; senior spinning, 10:30 a.m.; chair volleyball, 11:30 a.m.; Hospice of the Valley, 11:30 a.m.; bridge group, noon; lunch from Belleria, noon;

• Tuesday: Video course, 9 a.m.; Medicare overview sponsored by Directions Home, 9 a.m.; card playing, 10 a.m.; sewing and needle art, 10 a.m.; bingo, 10 a.m.; Drum Your Way Fit, 10 a.m.; video chair yoga, 11 a.m.; spades, 11:30 a.m.; social dancing for seniors, noon; lunch from Calaveras; chronic pain self-management course, 12:30 p.m.;

• Wednesday: Video course, 9 a.m.; blood pressure check by Woodlands, 9 a.m.; bingo, 10 a.m.; card playing, 10 a.m.; Dominos, 10 a.m.; sewing and needle arts, 10 a.m.; beginner’s ukulele, 11:30 a.m.; lunch from Burgan Real Estate, noon; ukulele class, 12:30 p.m.;

• Thursday: Video course, 9 a.m.; wood carving, 9 a.m.; Bible study, 9 a.m.; bingo, 10 a.m.; card playing, 10 a.m.; sewing and needle arts, 10 a.m.; senior spinning, 10 a.m.; walking club, 10 a.m.; chair yoga, 10:30 a.m.; chair volleyball, 11:30 a.m.; lunch from Charly’s, noon; birthday party, noon; bingo, 1 p.m.;

• Friday: Center closed for Veterans Day.

THE GIRARD MULTI-GENERATIONAL CENTER: The Girard Multi-Generational Center, 433 Trumbull Ave., Girard, is open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays. Offered are stretching classes, a coffee and snack bar, puzzles, mind games, computer cafe, newspapers and fitness center. Yoga / pilates is offered; call for class times.

A tai chi class is offered noon to 1 p.m. Fridays for $5 per person.

For more information and lunch reservations (two days ahead), call 330-675-2486.

• Nutrition Meal Program, 1:45 p.m. Monday through Friday, from Trumbull County Office of Elderly Affairs. Reservations must be made at least two days in advance.

• Call to schedule an appointment with Ohio Senior Health Insurance Information Program counselor Christine to review Medicare open enrollment options.

• Walk with Ease classes will be offered 10:30 a.m. to noon on Monday through Dec. 1. The Arthritis Foundation six-week structured class meets three times weekly. Walking is the central activity but also includes health education information, stretching and strengthening exercises and motivational tips and tools. No classes will be held Nov. 26.

SENIOR WATCH PROGRAM: Liberty residents 60 and older may sign up for the Liberty Township Senior Watch Program. Contact Marcy Orlando, police secretary, at 330-759-1315, or Joy, fire secretary, at 330-759-0363, Ext. 102.

FOOD DELIVERY: Direction Home of Eastern Ohio is partnering with various agencies for Families First Coronavirus Response Act funding for no-contact food deliveries to seniors 60 and older.

Agencies for Mahoning and Columbiana counties include Easter Seals, 330-884-2513, and Jewish Family Services, 330-746-7929.

CAREGIVER PROGRAM: The Alzheimer’s Association Greater East Ohio Area Chapter has a new caregiver relief program called The Jan & Josephine Castora Family Caregiver Relief Program, which pays for agency caregivers to assist families needing help caring for someone with Alzheimer’s or another dementia.

For more information, people can go to alz.org/eastohio/carerelief.

Visit www.alz.org or call our 24/7 Helpline at 800-272-3900.

PERI WELCOMES RETIREES / EMPLOYEES: Ohio Public Employees, retired or working, are eligible to join the State Organization and the local Chapter by calling Marilyn at 330-565 6913 or visiting the Chapter 18 website at www.mahoningperi.com.

MEMORY SCREENINGS VIRTUAL: The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America is offering a free virtual memory screening. Appointments can be scheduled by calling AFA at 866-232-8484 or by visiting www.alzfdn.org. Screenings are conducted every Monday, Wednesday and Friday through secure videoconference. There are no minimum age or insurance prerequisites.

To schedule a screening or for more information about brain health and lifestyle choices that can help promote healthy aging, visit AFA’s website at www.alzfdn.org or call AFA’s Helpline at 866-232-8484.

ALZHEIMER HELP ONLINE: The Alzheimer’s Association’s online Community Resource Finder at alz.org/crf provides ZIP code area-specific information on topics such as care at home, community services and housing options.

The Alzheimer’s Association offers numerous caregiver support groups virtually. A number of dial-in telephone support groups have been added for additional support.

To learn about support groups and community education programs, visit the site or call the Alzheimer’s Association 24/7 Helpline at 800-272-3900.

SCAMS TARGETING SENIORS: Dave Long answers questions during a series of monthly talks on the latest scams, why scammers target seniors and how to protect personal information 1 p.m. the fourth Thursday of every month at the Poland Township Government Center, 3339 Dobbins Road, Poland.

Long, of Poland, is a retired public affairs officer with U.S. Customs and Border Protection in Buffalo who later worked as an Elder Scam Prevention Outreach specialist with Lifespan in Rochester, N.Y., before moving back to the Mahoning Valley.

PROGRAM FOR SENIORS: ACTION and MYCAP, along with Christ Centered Church, are presenting Seniors Offering Services for men and women 65 and older.

Three days a week, seniors participate in virtual programs of exercise, classes, game time, community awareness, movies and television, healthy cooking, chit-chat and humor, among other things. Once per week, lunch will be delivered while they participate in either game time, television, movies or guest speakers.

Pre-registration is required. Call Elisa Hosey at 234-232-9043 or Micki Coylar at 330-788-7530.

SENIOR VOLUNTEERS: The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program of the Mahoning Valley is looking for volunteers. For information, contact Leah at 330-480-0352, Ext. 3.

RSVP is a national service program for individuals 55 and older who want to volunteer in Mahoning and Trumbull counties. These volunteers will also assist with community events.

The Senior Support Action Group is a coalition of community partners working together to assist seniors in the valley with access to food, transportation to medical appointments and companionship through the Phone Pals program.

OMBUDSMAN PROGRAM: Direction Home of Eastern Ohio is looking for volunteers to join the Ombudsman Program to advocate for excellence for those living in long-term care facilities.

Ombudsman help ensure that residents of long-term care facilities receive quality care and treatment. Volunteers will make phone calls and virtual visits to residents.

The training to become a certified volunteer will be provided virtually. Call 330-505-2338 for more information.

FALL PREVENTION GUIDE: The Ohio Department of Public Safety Division of EMS joined with the Ohio Injury Prevention Partnership and released an updated “Elderly Fall Prevention Resource Guide” for EMS providers and the general public.

Download a copy of the guide at www.publicsafety.ohio.gov/links/EMS5934.pdf.

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