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5/5/2009 - Older Americans Month, May 2009

CUMBERLAND COUNTY CELEBRATES
OLDER AMERICANS MONTH MAY 2009

In honor of Older Americans Month, the Cumberland County Office on Aging and Disabled has prepared a special Calendar of Events. The cooperation of community agencies in hosting the events included in the Calendar is acknowledged and appreciated. Our readers are encouraged to participate in and inquire about the scheduled events during this May 2009.

This year's national theme is, "Living Today for a Better Tomorrow.” Taking care of yourself by exercising, consciously following a healthy diet, and ceasing tobacco use, among other activities, will affect your physical and mental health positively and enable you to consider volunteer opportunities which can make life fulfilling for you as well as others, for a "better tomorrow." In these hard economic times, there are many opportunities to help others.

On behalf of the Cumberland County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Office on Aging, may you all have a healthy and happy Older Americans Month, 2009!

  • James Dunkins, Freeholder Liaison to the Office on Aging
  • Misono I. Miller, Executive Director Cumberland County Board of Chosen Freeholders Cumberland County Office on Aging & Disabled

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

May 11th through May 15th
is National Nursing Home Week. Bishop McCarthy Residence, 1045 E. Chestnut Ave., Vineland will be sponsoring the following events:
  • May 11, 2:30 p.m., South Philly Day, featuring Rustics String Band, with hot dogs and soft warm Philly pretzel
  • May 12, 2:30 p.m., At the Hop, featuring singer Robert Matteo
  • May 13, 2:30 p.m., Italian Festival Day, featuring Frank Marone and the Italians and singer Lina
  • May 14, 2:30 p.m., Lovin the 60's & 70's Day, featuring the wonderful sounds of singer Eddie McLoyd
  • May 15, 2:30 p.m., Hawaii Luau Day, featuring an Elvis Impersonator singing "Elvis" hits from the movie Blue Hawaii and many more.
For information, call Dolores Pringle at (856) 405-2506.
Mondays & Wednesdays -- Cardio Pilates at West Cumberland Senior Center -- 12 to 12:45 p.m., 2 Downing St., Hopewell Township. Group exercise with instructor Ami Peters which can also be repeated at home includes core-strength, flexibility and balance. Cost is $25 for eight-weeks, 45 minute sessions. For information, call Karen Ricciuti, Director at (856) 455-1055.
Mondays and Fridays -- Bridgeton Library Hosts Introduction to the Internet -- 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday - Friday at Bridgeton Public Library, 150 E. Commerce St., Bridgeton. The library staff will offer free one hour sessions "Introduction to the Internet," for seniors and guide novices in the use of the computer and computer mouse to find information on the Internet or to establish an e-mail account. Participants may register in advance by calling (856) 451-2620.

May 1st -- Open House at Cumberland County Homemakers -- 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., at Cumberland County Homemakers-Home Health Aide Service, 10 Buck St., Millville. To promote your good health, have your vital signs checked, tour our building, receive literature and enjoy light refreshments and door prizes. Free and open to the public. For information, call (856) 327-2273.

May 2nd -- Play Chess at Vineland Public Library -- 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., at Vineland Public Library, 1058 E. Landis Ave., Vineland. Free and open to the public. For information, Call Christine at (856) 794-4244, ext. 4737.

May 2nd -- Open House Weekend -- 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Spring Oaks Assisted Living, 1611 S. Main Rd., Vineland. Stop in and tour our facility. For information, call Dawn Lavoie at (856) 507-1505.

May 2nd -- Bay-Atlantic Symphony Presents "Let's Play" -- 8 p.m., at the Frank Guaracini Performing Arts Center, Cumberland County College, College Dr., Vineland. This event is sponsored by the Cumberland Co. Cultural & Heritage Commission. Tickets are $30 for adults, $26 for seniors, $15 for students and $8 for children under 12. For information, call (856) 692-8499. In honor of Older Americans Month, the Commission is making 100 free tickets available to senior citizens. Call the Cumberland County Office on Aging at (856) 453-8066 for free tickets.

May 4th -- Edgar Joyce Senior Center Open House -- 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Edgar Joyce Senior Center, 1323 Highway 77, Seabrook, featuring samples of activities and crafts will be on display. Special day for pinochle, bridge, yoga, healthy bones and a walk on our walking path. Refreshments will be served. For information, call Kim Hemple-Miletta at (856) 451-5649.

** May 5th -- Six Week Seminar on Chronic Disease Management -- 10 to 11:30 a.m., begin a six week seminar presented by Vineland Community Nurses at Vineland Senior Center, Sixth & Elmer Street, Vineland. No class on Memorial Day, May 25th. To register, call Mary Barner at (856) 794-4074.

** May 6th -- Nutrition Sharing Centers Host Mother’s Day -- 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the County Congregate Nutrition Sites with a special Mother's Day menu, flowers for attending Mothers and door prizes. For reservations, call site managers in Bridgeton, (856) 455-4323; Haleyville, (856) 785-1712; Deerfield, (856) 455-6902; Seabrook, (856) 451-5649; Leesburg, (856) 785-0325; Millville, (856) 825-8779; Vineland, (856) 692-8289 and Lawrence, (856) 447-1000.

** May 6th, 7th, 14th, 15th & 20th-- Law Day Lunch & Learn Seminars at Nutrition Sites -- 11:30 a.m. at the nutrition sharing sites. Sponsored by the South Jersey Legal Services, the topic will be "General Overview of Levies." Informational questions and answers period following the presentation. Lunch is included for all attendees; therefore, it is necessary to register in advance by calling the site you wish to attend.
  • May 6th, Haleyville with Jane Molt, Esq., (856) 785-9817 and Bridgeton with Theresa Robinson, (856) 455-4323
  • May 7th, Seabrook with Melissa Cordner, Esq., (856) 451-5649
  • May 14th, Vineland with Dana Pancoast, Esq., (856) 692-8289 and Lawrence with Deana Walsh, (856) 447-1000
  • May 15th, Leesburg with Joella Klinghoffer, Esq., (856) 785-0325
  • May 20th, Deerfield with Kelly Kuterbach, Esq., (856) 455-6902 and Millville with Inez Acosta, Esq., (856) 825-8779
May 6th -- Make Your Own Sundae at Maurice River Township Senior Center -- 12:15 to 1 p.m., at 590 Main St., Leesburg. Following lunch participants will make their own sundaes. To register for lunch, call Mary Hagemann at (856) 785-0325.

May 8th -- Mother's Day Activity at Spring Gardens Apartment --11 a.m. to 1 p.m., 1781 Spring Road, Vineland, featuring guest speaker Christine Gregory of South Jersey Cancer Center providing information about cancer services. Sponsored by Casa PRAC, this event is for Spring Gardens residents only. All mothers will be honored, along with gifts and refreshments. For information, call (856) 692-2331, ext. 105.

May 9th -- Vineland Public Library Hosts Self Defense Class for Women and Girls -- 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at 1058 E. Landis Ave., Vineland. To register, call Catherine at (856) 794-4244, ext. 4737.

May 9th -- Annual Spring Senior Citizens Craft Fair and Information Expo -- at Cumberland Mall. The craft fair to be held 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. is open to anyone living in Cumberland County who is 55 years of age or older, and/or disabled crafters. Sponsored by the Cumberland County Office on Aging & Disabled, this is an opportunity to exhibit and sell your handmade crafts. For information or registration, call Melissa at (856) 453-2220. Also an Information Expo is being held by the County Office on Aging and other service provider agencies in conjunction with the craft fair. The information booths will be manned by agency representatives with the latest information and application forms for programs available to aged and disabled county residents.

May 9th, 10th, 25th, 30th & 31st -- Sail New Jersey's 1928 Oyster Schooner AJ Meerwald
  • May 9 - 5 to 7:30 p.m.; Wine Tasting & Oyster Sail
  • May 10 - 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Mother's Day Sail with breakfast or afternoon tea & sweets
  • May 25 - 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., Birding Sail
  • May 30 - 1:30 to 4 p.m., Marine Critters Sail
  • May 31 - 12 to 6 p.m., Lighthouse Cruise
Sail from 2800 High St., (Bivalve) Port Norris out to the Delaware Bay. Events are sponsored by the Bayshore Discovery Project. Passengers may bring their own food and beverages, including wine or beer. In recognition of Older Americans Month $5 for each senior ticket will be deducted off the regular price of the sail. Please ask for 'Senior Month Discount' when you make reservation. Call Janis Traas at (856) 785-2060.

May 10th -- Mother's Day Tea at Rainbow Nursing Center -- 3 to 4 p.m. at 849 Big Oak Road, Pittsgrove. Open to residents and family members of the center. For information, call Dorothy Evans at (856) 451-5000.

** May 11th -- Maurice River Township Senior Dance -- 7 to 9:30 p.m., for anyone 60 years of age or older at the Maurice River Township Senior Center, 590 Main St., Leesburg, featuring a live band. and refreshments. Free and open to the public. For information, call Mary Hagemann at (856) 785-0325.

May 13th -- Senior Stride-Walk for Fitness -- 8 a.m., at Hopewell Place Senior Center, 40 Stagecoach Rd., Bridgeton. Sponsored by Community Realty Management, come walk hallways and stairwells of the three story building. Refreshments will be served. Open to the public. For information, call Beverly Parys at (856) 459-9400.

May 13th -- Western Day at Rainbow Nursing Center -- 12 p.m., at 849 Big Oak Road, Pittsgrove, featuring a wiener roast. Open to families and friends of the center. For information, call Dorothy Evans at (856) 451-5000.

May 13th -- Special Bingo at Maurice River Township Senior Center -- 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., at Maurice River Township Senior Center, 590 Main St., Leesburg. This event is for all lunch participants. To register for lunch, call Mary Hagemann at (856) 785-0325.

May 13th -- Ice Cream Social at Lawrence Township Senior Center -- 12 p.m., at 14 Mulford Drive, Cedarville. Following lunch enjoy your favorite ice cream sundae made the way you like it. We will provide the fixings. For lunch reservations and information, call Kathy Conti at (856) 447-1000.

May 13th -- Cumberland County Senior Citizens Bowling Tournament -- a bowling tournament for Cumberland County senior citizens age 60 and over, sponsored by the Cumberland Co. Recreation Commission in cooperation with the Cumberland Co. Office on Aging & Disabled. The tournament will be held at Loyle Lanes Bowling Alley, 3565 S. Delsea Dr., Vineland. One squad at 1 p.m. and one squad at 3 p.m. Reduced senior citizens fees of $2.50 per game or $7.50 for three games. Men and women scratch and handicapped division based on 100% handicap. First and second place trophies will be awarded to each division. Also high game scratch. Trophies will be awarded Friday, May 15th at Loyle Lanes. Registration must be received no later than May 12th at Loyle Lanes. Call Loyle Lanes at (856) 825-2000 to register.

May 13th & 27th -- Vineland Library Hosts Scrabble Game -- 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., 1058 E. Landis Ave., Vineland All seniors welcome in honor of Older Americans Month. For information call, Christine at (856) 794-4244, ext. 4737.

** May 14th -- Vineland Senior Breakfast -- 9:30 a.m. at Vineland Senior Center, Sixth & Elmer Street, Vineland. The menu includes scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, pancakes, home fries, fresh fruit salad and coffee and juice. Reservations only to the first 60 will be honored. Donation $3 per person. To register, call Mary Barner at (856) 794-4074.

May 14th -- Commercial Township School Students to Present "Annie" -- 11 a.m., at the Commercial Township Senior Center, 8879 Highland St., Port Norris. The Performing Arts students will be giving a shortened version of the musical "Annie." Refreshments will be served. For information, call Cindy at (856) 785-9817.

May 14th -- 25th Annual Cumberland County Senior Citizen Pinochle Tournament -- 1:30 to 4:30 p.m., at the Millville Congregate Nutrition Site at High Rise East, 130 S. 2nd St., Millville. This event co-sponsored by the Cumberland Co. Office on Aging & Disabled and the County Recreation Commission is open to all Cumberland County senior citizens. Prizes donated by area merchants will be awarded. To register or for information, call Virginia Smith at (856) 825-8779 between 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

May 14th -- Rainbow Nursing Center Hosts Carnival Day -- 2 p.m., at 849 Big Oak Road, Pittsgrove with carnival games and ice cream special at 3 p.m. Open to families and friends of the center. For information, call Dorothy Evans at (856) 451-5000.

May 14th -- Spring Mini Conference on Alzheimer's Disease -- 7 p.m., sponsored by the Alzheimer's Support Group of Cumberland County, at Millville Center-Genesis Eldercare, 54 Sharp St., Millville. Guest speaker Elder Law Attorney Aimee P. Rudman will give an update on Elder Law and changes in federal laws regarding costs of long term care. Free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served at 6:45 p.m. For reservations or information call (856) 327-2700. For information on the support group, call Catherine Fresne at (856) 691-3079.

May 14th & 15th -- AARP Driver Safety Class -- 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Spring Oak Assisted Living, 1611 S. Main Rd., Vineland. This eight hour course is offered over two days by volunteer professionals. Cost is $14 per person, payable to AARP ($12 for AARP members), and includes materials and workbook. Space is limited so prior registration is required. For information or to register, call Florence Volpe at (856) 453-2223.

** May 15th -- Annual Tea and Fashion Show -- 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Margaret Winchester Enrichment Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired, 168 Sunny Slope Dr., Bridgeton, featuring a tea party and fashions modeled by participants of the center. Refreshments will be served. For information, call Elizabeth McGuire at (856) 451-5623.

May 15th, 16th & 17th -- Off Broad Street Players Presents Annual Production "Moon Over Buffalo," -- at Bridgeton High School auditorium, West Avenue, Bridgeton with the show starting at 8 p.m. on May 15th & 16th and 3:00 p.m. on May 17th. Tickets are $13 for adults; $11 for seniors and students. For reservations, which are encouraged or information, call (856) 451-5437.

May 16th -- Spring Oaks Assisted Living Celebrates 9th Anniversary with 50's Sock Hop -- 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Spring Oaks Assisted Living, 1611 S. Main Rd., Vineland. Help us celebrate nine years of service to our community with 50's food, games, giveaways and musical entertainment by a DJ. Free and open to the public. For information, call Dawn at (856) 507-1505, ext. 7102.

May 16th -- Bus Trip to Longwood Gardens -- sponsored by Maurice River Township Senior Center. Bus leaves from the senior center, 590 Main St., Leesburg at 8 a.m. and picks-up at the Millville Elks at 8:15 a.m. Cost is $20 per person. Will leave Longwood Gardens at 3:30 p.m. for the trip home with a stop at the Peking Buffet to eat. Approximate admission to the Gardens is $12, adults; $11 seniors 62 and over; $3, students 5 to 22 years and free to children four and under. For information or to register, call Mary Hagemann at (856) 785-0325.

** May 17th -- 73rd Annual "Around the Horn," Memorial Tour -- 6:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., the VFW and DAV will conduct the 73rd annual Trip Around the Horn Memorial Tour. Together with Boy Scouts and members of the community, they will conduct memorial services and wreath-laying ceremonies at each of 24 cemeteries and monuments in Cumberland County. Honored will be deceased members of the military from all wars from the American Revolution to the War on Terror. Breakfast will be served at the American Legion Post 82 at 6:30 a.m. for those participating. The caravan will leave the American Legion at 7:45 a.m. A midpoint break is graciously provided by the Mauricetown Fire Company. Lunch will be served at the Legion home at the conclusion of the 70 mile tour. For information, call Russell Samano at (856) 825-2189.

May 17th -- Grand Opening: Evolutions for Conscious Living -- sponsored by the Integrative Holistic Health Center from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., 1350 S. West Boulevard, Vineland. Health Fair featuring demos and mini-classes in yoga, Tai Chi, Chi Kung, mini-massages which focus on improving stretching, flexibility, balance, improved circulation and positive mental outlook especially of value to senior citizens. Group tours and discussions on all services. Refreshments. For information, call Wayne Messiano at (856) 690-8999.

May 18th -- Bus Trip to Showboat Casino -- sponsored by Maurice River Township Senior Center. Bus leaves from the senior center, 590 Main St., Leesburg at 4:40 p.m. and picks-up at the Millville Elks at 5 p.m. Cost is $17 per person. Will leave the casino at 10 p.m. for the trip home. For information or to register, call Mary Hagemann at (856) 785-0325.

May 18th -- Downe Township Seniors Monthly Dance -- 7:30 p.m. at Downe Township Senior Center, Route 553 and Sharp Lane, Newport featuring light refreshments, coffee and soda. For information, call Betty Mahoney at (856) 447-3039.

May 19th -- Open House at Millville Housing Authority Assisted Living -- 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at 100 Riverside Drive, Millville. Come see the most affordable option offered in Cumberland County. Participants enjoy the convenience of independent living while being able to stay in their own apartments with assistance provided by certified staff. Refreshments will be served. For information, call Nancy Thompson at (856) 825-8669.

May 20th -- Older Adults Day at Holly City Family Center -- 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., 8 Mulberry St., Millville, featuring blood pressure screening, sample exercise classes for seniors, senior swim, chair massage and entertainment by the Brown Street Chowder Band. Breakfast and lunch will be served. For information, call Andrea Vanaman at (856) 293-0609.

** May 20th -- 36th Annual RSVP Recognition Luncheon -- 1 to 4 p.m., at Gia's Suburban House, 36 Mulford Drive, Bridgeton. This is a celebration honoring the volunteers of the Cumberland County RSVP Program (Retired & Senior Volunteer Program) . All active volunteers are invited to attend. Reservations are required. For information call, (856) 453-8066, ext. 22.

May 21st -- "You Don't Need Another Stroke" -- 9:30 a.m., at the Vineland Senior Center, Sixth & Elmer Street, Vineland. This event is sponsored by Vineland Community Nurses and presented courtesy of the TSN - Senior Network. Refreshments and coffee will be served. Please RSVP to Mary Barner at (856) 794-4074.

May 21st -- Free Spirit Gospel Music Ministry Perform at Rainbow Nursing Center 2 to 3 p.m., at Rainbow Nursing Center, 849 Big Oak Road, Pittsgrove. Free and open to the public. For information, call Dorothy Evans at (856) 451-5000.

May 22nd -- Carnival Day at SJH Adult Day Programs -- 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., at South Jersey Health Care Adult Day Programs, 23 New England Cross Rd., Fairton, featuring games, magic show, pizza, popcorn, prizes and more. This is for the clients family and friends. For information, call Rosemary at (856) 451-7227.

** May 22nd -- Millville Senior Citizens Barbecue -- 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., for Millville seniors only age 62 and over at the Elks Lodge, 1815 E. Broad St., Millville, sponsored by the Millville Recreation Dept. and Millville Housing Authority. The event kicks off at 11:30 a.m. with a full course chicken barbecue, entertainment by the Brown Street Chowder Band, health tips and door prizes. This event is free and open to the first 350 Millville seniors who register from May 1st to May 18th. You must show proof of residency. No reservations will be taken before May 1st. Positively no take-out will be available. For information, call (856) 825-7000, ext. 7392.

May 22nd -- Trucking Down Memory Lane 40's & 50's Style -- 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Fairfield Township Senior Center, 70 Fairton-Gouldtown Road, Fairton with blood pressure screening by the County Health Department and exercise plan for seniors by Curves. A "Sock Hop" featuring music from the 40's & 50's will also be held. So put on your Bobbie sox , saddle shoes and poodle skirts and join us for a good time and eats. For information, Call Florine at (856) 451-9284, ext. 121.

May 26th -- Country Hoe-down at Nutrition Sites -- 11:30 a.m. for all participants of the Cumberland County Nutrition Program. Kick up your heels, wear your boots and hats for a country style luncheon. Prizes will be awarded for best dressed. For information, call and make your reservations directly with site managers in Bridgeton, (856) 455-4323; Haleyville, (856) 785-1712; Deerfield, (856) 455-6902; Seabrook, (856) 451-5649; Leesburg, (856) 785-0325; Millville, (856) 825-8779; Vineland, (856) 692-8289 and Lawrence, (856) 447-1000.

May 27th -- SJHS Fitness Connection Hosts National Senior Health & Fitness Day -- 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at the Fitness Connection, 1430 W. Sherman Ave., Vineland. Celebrating seniors with a free program including fun filled activities. You can watch, learn and get involved in: a heart healthy walk; Mini Health Fair with lots of useful information, balance testing, blood pressure screening, blood sugar testing and more; the Golden Girls Dance Group and Tai Chi demonstration. We will also offer a Humor Session, so bring your jokes. Refreshments will be served. For information, call (856) 696-3924.

May 27th -- Enrichment Center for the Blind hosts Holistic Day -- 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at the Margaret Winchester Enrichment Center for the Blind & Visually Impaired, 168 Sunny Slope Drive, Bridgeton. Panel presentations as well as healthy eating alternatives will be presented by: Dr. Nicole King, also certified in acupuncture; Lauren McCracken, register nurse; Cynthia Wilks-Mosley, nutritionist and Linda Schimmel, certified yoga instructor, affiliated with South Jersey Healthcare Fitness Center. Lunch will be provided. Must RSVP by May 22nd. For information, call Margaret Graw-Winchester at (856) 451-5623.

May 27th -- A Day of Music & Entertainment with Joe Hullihen & Friends -- 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Vineland Senior Center, Sixth & Elmer Street, Vineland with music, dancing and light refreshments. For information, call Mary Barner at (856) 794-4074. 

May 27th -- Spring Concert by Port Norris School Band -- 11:30 a.m., at the Commercial Township Senior Center, 8879 Highland St., Port Norris. Refreshments will be served. For information, call Cindy at (856) 785-9817.

May 27th -- Lawrence Township Senior Center Hosts Special Bingo -- 1 to 2:30 p.m., at 14 Mulford Drive, Cedarville with refreshments and prizes. For information, call Kathy Conti at (856) 447-1000.

May 28th & 29th -- AARP Driver Safety Class -- 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Goldfinch House, 18 Reeves Road, Bridgeton. This eight hour course is offered over two days by volunteer professionals. Cost is $14 per person, payable to AARP ($12 for AARP members), and includes materials and workbook. Space is limited so prior registration is required. For information or to register, call Florence Volpe at (856) 453-2223.
Sept. 10th - Oct. 10th -- 35th Annual Cumberland Co. Older Americans Art Exhibit & Competition -- to be held at the Frank Guaracini Jr. Fine & Performing Arts Center at Cumberland Co. College, College Drive, Vineland, sponsored by the Cumberland Co. Office on Aging & Disabled, Cumberland Co. College, and Cumberland Co. Recreation Commission. Open to professional and non-professional artists age 60 and over. First place winners will be selected to join the State show in Meadow Lanes, East Windor through the month of October, National Arts and Humanities Month. Meadows Lakes is a PHS Senior Living Community. For specifics and to register, call the Office on Aging at (856) 453-2220 or (856) 453-2223. A reception and forum will be held 2 p.m. on Sept. 10, 2009.
** Asterisks indicate that arrangements for CATS transportation have been approved as of newsletter printing deadline. For all events call CATS transportation 48 hours in advance and rides will be provided on a first come, first serve basis.