JUNE 2012 UPCOMING EVENTS
SOUTH IREDELL SENIOR CENTER (SISC)
CENTER OF EXCELLENCE
202 North Church St.
Mooresville, NC 28115
For transportation call 704-663-5112.
The Center’s monthly activities are also posted on Lake Norman.com
Table Tennis Lessons
Have you always wanted to learn how to play table tennis and the rules that apply? Here’s your chance, Tom Miller will be at South Iredell Senior Center on Tues., June 5 from 2-3 p.m. for anyone serious about learning the game of table tennis. Cost is $5 per person at the door. Table tennis is a sanctioned event by North Carolina Senior Games and is offered every spring as a competitive event by Iredell Senior Games.
Gift for a Gift Bingo
Exciting things are in store! Come join us for fellowship, fun and prizes on Tues., June 5, 12 and 26. Please bring a new household item valued at least $1 for the bingo prize table (e.g. paper products, liquid soap, dish towel, potholder, microwave popcorn, candy, etc.) No items with business logos PLEASE! The fun starts at 10:30 a.m. at South Iredell Senior Center. Each person is to donate an item toward the game in order to play. Feel free to bring your favorite refreshment to share. Whether playing bingo or not, all bingo prize donations are appreciated and help to make the game that much more fun.
A picnic is planned at Magla Park on Thurs., June 7 at noon. Fill your picnic basket to share and come join the fellowship. RSVP is required. Please call the Senior Center for more information. The SISC Single Seniors group will meet for their regular meeting on Mon., June 18 at noon at South Iredell Senior Center. Following the meeting the group will have lunch at McAllister’s. The club focuses on making new friends, going places together and having an all-around good time. Come join us for great outings and fun activities!
A massage positively affects blood pressure, pulse, and skin temperature. It increases lymph flow rate by 7-9 times. Massages are now available at South Iredell Senior Center. The next sessions will be held on Mon., June 11 & Tues., June 12. Appointments are required. Massage therapy is particularly valuable for the problems associated with growing older. The benefits of massage encompass conditions that may arise with age, such as: muscular stiffness, arthritis, tendonitis, bursitis, and respiratory problems such as asthma and emphysema. Massage encourages circulation, decreases muscular stiffness, and helps to decrease inflammation that may rest in the joints. Careful massage can help provide the elderly with symptomatic relief and enable seniors to extend the vitality in their lives. Senior rate is $20 for 30 minutes. Call 704-662-3337 for an appointment.
Create unique one-of-a-kind greeting cards on Thurs., June 14 from 1-3 p.m. at South Iredell Senior Center. Why not send a card that’s unique and one-of-a-kind? Come learn how. It’s so simple and lots of creative fun! Every person will leave the class with at least one completed card. The class will be instructed by Nancy McKay. The fee is $5 at the door and includes supplies.
Shoulder and Joint Replacement Options
This workshop will cover the newest developments in shoulder and joint replacement. The program will be hosted by Lake Norman Regional Medical Center on Fri., June 15 at noon at South Iredell Senior Center. A light lunch will be included. Please RSVP with a $1 donation to South Iredell Senior Center by Tues., June 12.
Crafts with Carolyn
Former teacher, Carolyn Hillegeist will teach you the art of making bead necklaces. All supplies are provided. The class will be held at South Iredell Senior Center on Fri., June 15 from 10-11 a.m. Cost is $3 per person. Please register by Wed., June 13 in order to plan for enough supplies.
All seniors celebrating a birthday or not, are invited to play BINGO, win prizes, and have refreshments on Tues., June 19 at 1:30 p.m. at South Iredell Senior Center. Yes, there will be birthday cake and special recognition given to birthday ladies and gents. No fees or registration. Sponsors are Dudley’s Home Health, Inc. and Lake Norman Home Health.
Service for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing
The deaf and hard of hearing can now receive services from the DHHS Division of Services for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing at South Iredell Senior Center on Thurs., June 21. Services include: advocacy, information, counseling, skills development and tools for deaf, hard of hearing, deaf-blind and speech-impaired individuals and their families. Telecommunications access for all through relay services and assistive technology is available. Consultation and training is available for agencies, organizations and businesses such as law enforcement, hospitals, 911 call centers, churches and hotels – so that people with hearing loss may experience full access. For an appointment and more information call 828-432-5335 voice or 828-432-5338 TTY.
Are You Struggling to Read the Small Print?
There will be a free Low Vision Clinic on Fri., June 22 at South Iredell Senior Center provided by Metrolina Association for the Blind. Dr. N. Elaine Osborne, OD, and the low vision staff aboard the Mobile Low Vision Clinic will provide low vision evaluations. There is help if you or your loved one is losing their vision. For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact Maggie Edmunds, MAB Case Manager for S. Iredell County 704-887-5100.
Book Discussion Group
Join a group of book lovers for a monthly book discussion. The group will meet on Tues., June 26 at 1 p.m. at South Iredell Senior Center. The reading assignment is any book by Jan Karon. All book lovers are welcome to join in the discussion.
Meets at 2 p.m. the 4th Tuesday of every month, at South Iredell Senior Center. You do not have to be an AARP member to attend. Visitors and new members are welcome! The guest speaker on Tues., June 26 will be Cathy Cook on Conquering Clutter.
Interested in joining a Red Hats Group? Here’s your chance. Join this group of ladies for great socializing and fun on Tues., June 26 at 6 p.m. at South Iredell Senior Center. Be sure to dress in RED.
FREE Popcorn & a Movie
Seniors are invited to enjoy complimentary popcorn and a movie at South Iredell Senior Center on Fri., July 13 from 1-3 p.m., movie TBA. No movie in June. The event is sponsored by Home Video Studio and Mooresville Historical Society.
Pigeon Forge & Smoky Mountain Show Trip August 7-9
Travel on a 55 passenger motorcoach to the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee where you will spend two refreshing nights in a Smoky Mountain area hotel. The first night you will enjoy a delicious dinner and the brand-new Smoky Mountain Opry Show. This show brings the heart and soul of music onstage with its fabulous high-energy entertainment, featuring spectacular singing, outstanding choreography, and thrilling special effects. On day two you will begin the day with the Country Jamboree Breakfast Variety Show featuring the Blackwoods. You are in for a real treat when you meet this fabulous family, with their distinctive blend of talents. The Blackwood family has won 8 Grammy Awards, 27 Dove Awards, and 5 All American Awards. After a delicious breakfast sit back and enjoy the harmonious sounds and hilarious comedy of the Blackwoods! This afternoon, you’ll visit Historic Old Mill Square with its unique shops. In the evening, you will have a fabulous meal and a theatrical extravaganza at the Hatfield-McCoy Dinner Theatre, the Romeo and Juliet of the Mountains…with Blue Grass Country Music, singing and dancing with hilarious comedy and fun. On day three following a continental breakfast, your morning will be brightened with the Patty Waszak Show. This talented entertainer will wow you by playing an array of 30 instruments and fun-filled tunes. Join us for this fun-filled trip and the cool breeze of the Smoky Mountains. Cost is $249 per person based on double occupancy or $309 single occupancy. Full payment is due at the time of registration. After June 1, hotel rooms and show tickets will only be held with full payment. Therefore, any reservations taken after this date will be based on availability.
Matter of Balance –Learn to Prevent Falls
Many people think falls are a normal part of aging. The truth is they’re not. Most falls can be prevented – and older adults have the power to reduce their risk. The fear of falling can result in turning down a chance to go out with family or friends; it can cause you to cut down on a favorite activity. A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns about Falls is a program that can help you. Fear of falling can be just as dangerous as falling itself. People who develop this fear often limit their activities, which can result in severe physical weakness, making the risk of falling even greater. Many individuals also experience increased isolation and depression when they limit their interactions with family and friends. A Matter of Balance can help people improve their quality of life and remain independent. A Matter of Balance is designed to reduce the fear of falling and increase one’s activity level. Participants learn to set realistic goals to increase activity, change their environment to reduce fall risk factors, and learn simple exercises to increase strength and balance. This FREE program will be taught at South Iredell Senior Center every Tuesday and Wednesday from 10 a.m. to noon, Aug. 7 – 29, 2012. The class will be taught be Mitzi McCurdy and Shea Musick. A workbook is provided and refreshments are served. Please call the Senior Center at 704-662-3337 to register. Space is limited and pre-registration is required by Aug. 3.
AARP Driver Safety Program
Any person associated with an educational institution, whether active or retired, can take an AARP Driver’s Safety Program course for only $5 this July and August. This is part of a national promotion of the course for educators. The class at South Iredell Senior Center is set for Thurs., Aug. 30 from 12:30-4:30 p.m. Those wishing to take advantage of this $5 special offer must complete a coupon registration form available at South Iredell Senior Center and pre-pay by Mon., Aug., 27. Cost to other individuals wishing to take the class is $12 for AARP members and $14 for all others.
Every Wednesday from 9 a.m. to noon, seniors who love art gather at South Iredell Senior Center to share ideas, friendship and their desire to paint. They enjoy helping newcomers develop their art skills or learn new ones. Come join us for some fun art. We love to share our passion for painting.
Assistive Devices are available through South Iredell Senior Center’s loan closet, such as walkers, bath benches, wheelchairs, etc. If you are a senior and in need of an item or know of someone who is, please check with the Center for a listing of items available to be loaned. There is no charge and you use the item for as long as you need it! For details call 704-662-3337.
Basic Computer Tutoring
FREE one-on-one tutoring with Jayne Noto is available at South Iredell Senior Center every Friday. Call the Center for more information, 704-662-3337.
Basic Plus Line Dancing
Line Dancing is an excellent way to have fun while you exercise your body and mind. The “Footloose” line dance class at South Iredell Senior Center offers “basic plus” instructions. The class is led by Ethel Mercer every Thursday from 2-4 p.m. No fee!
Beginner’s Table Tennis
Come learn the game of table tennis and get a great workout for FREE. The game is lots of fun and helps you burn up those unwanted calories. There is no charge for the class. Participants meet at South Iredell Senior Center every Tuesday from 1-2 p.m. Table tennis is a sanctioned event by North Carolina Senior Games and is offered every spring as a competitive event by Iredell Senior Games.
Every Thursday at 10 a.m. a wonderful group meets at South Iredell Senior Center for Bible Study. The group is led by Lorra Lee Holshouser. Newcomers are welcome. Please join us.
Blood Pressure Screenings at South Iredell Senior Center
1st Monday from 9:30-10:30 a.m. provided by Lake Norman Regional Medical Center
2nd Thursday from 12-2 p.m. provided by Home Instead Senior Care
3rd Wednesday from 10 a.m. – noon provided by Gentiva Home Health
4th Tuesday from 1-2 p.m. provided by Lake Norman Regional Medical Center
Calling all card players! Pinochle, Mah Jongg, Cards and Chat, Rummi Kub, Bridge, Poker, Hand and Foot, and Canasta are just some of the card games played at the Senior Center. We would love to have you join in the games. Check with South Iredell Senior Center for playing times and more information.
If you are interested in being part of a crocheting group or learning how to crochet, join a crochet group at South Iredell Senior Center every Monday from 10 a.m.-noon. The class enjoys great fellowship while working on a variety of projects. No Fee!
Learn how to do hand embroidery and needlework for FREE with ladies at South Iredell Senior Center as they enjoy each others’ company and share their talents. Whether you are a beginner or just looking to join the group, we would love to see you at 1 p.m. every Wednesday.
Folk Art Sewing
This sewing class is open to anyone interested in sharing in the art of sewing. The class meets at 9 a.m. at South Iredell Senior Center on the 1st Monday of every month and is led by Judee Lefler. Newcomers welcome!
FREE Hearing Screening at South Iredell Senior Center
The 3rd Wednesday of every month from 9 a.m. – noon, provided by Carolina Audiology. Individuals that are on a fixed income who have hearing difficulties can receive FREE hearing aids through Hearing Aid for You, Inc. as part of a state program. Call 704-663-0223 for more information.
FREE Senior Counseling Services & Enrollment Assistance (by appointment)
Legal Aid of NC services. Call 1-877-579-7562 to schedule an appointment – Region F.
Long-Term Care Counseling is offered the 3rd Tuesday of every month.
Senior Legal Services and Counseling is offered the 1st Wednesday of every month.
Nursing Home & Assistive Living counseling the 3rd Tuesday of every month.
Social Security on-line enrollment is offered M-F 8 a.m. -5 p.m.
Seniors’ Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) – Medicare and Insurance Counseling. Volunteer counselors trained by the NC Dept. of Insurance provide free individual assistance to people who are Medicare eligible. Counselors advise about Medicare, Medicare Part D, Low-Income Subsidy Assistance, Medicare supplements, Medicare Advantage, long – term care insurance, assist with billing problems and Medicare fraud and abuse. Call 704-873-8568 for an appointment.
All counseling service and enrollment assistance is held at South Iredell Senior Center by appointment. There is no fee, but donations are appreciated. A Hispanic speaking interpreter to assist with these counseling services can be available upon request. For more information call South Iredell Senior Center.
Help the Senior Center – Rewards Program
Please register your Food Lion MVP/rewards card to the Senior Center and every time you shop and buy Food Lion brand products, the Center will receive $$$. If you need help registering, call your rewards number into the Senior Center and SISC staff will register your card for you. It’s as easy as that! Our goal is to have every participant registered. There’s no cost to you and it’s a great way to help the Center. SISC can register anyone’s reward number to the Senior Center, so invite your family, friends and neighbors to join in the cause.
Knitting, Crochet & Crafts
Every Thursday from 1-3 p.m. led by Carol Steinmetz. Everyone is welcome!
Legal Aid of NC is available at South Iredell Senior Center to provide free legal services to older adults. An appointment is required, call toll free 1-877-579-7562 M-F 9-11 a.m. and 1-3 p.m. To qualify for services at NO FEE, tell the person answering the phone that you are a senior from Region F. They will schedule an appointment for you at South Iredell Senior Center with Lawyer, Shazia Keller. She handles wills, advanced directives, landlord/tenant issues, public benefits, consumer issues such as bankruptcy, and unemployment benefits. This is a one-on-one legal counseling session.
It’s high time you kicked up those heels and let the fun take over your weekly exercise program. Yes, a workout can be fun! You’ll enjoy a variety of music surrounded by friends as you exercise to the beat. The line dancing class is led by Kathy Strantz every Wednesday at 1 p.m. at South Iredell Senior Center. The best part is there’s no cost. You won’t believe how good you’ll look and how much better you’ll feel.
It’s not just a game! Mah Jongg is definitely a social outing where laughs and commiserations are shared. In part, it’s the camaraderie, but there is something else, something unexplainable about the game, that bonds people. Some have summed up the version of the centuries old Chinese tile game as a, ‘rummy-like game played with tiles rather than cards.’ With unique rules and personal strategies one keeps to oneself. The goal is to match your “hand” with one of several different types of “hands” on a National Mah Jongg League card. There are 152 tiles played in one game, each player starting with 13 tiles. The player’s tile combination constantly changes because he or she either picks new tiles or, takes those discarded by another player. To win, a player must match up 13 tiles and then pick a 14th tile to complete the “hand.” “Defensive playing,” where you try to figure out what someone else is playing and hold those tiles back is part of the game. And another interesting aspect is you don’t play with a partner. If you make a wrong decision, it’s your wrong decision. If you win, it’s all because of you! Once you learn the game, it becomes addictive. So if you’re looking for a fun, stimulating, social game, Mah Jongg is just the game for you. The group meets every Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. at South Iredell Senior Center. Come learn Mah Jongg according to the National Mah Jongg League rules, for the beginner or experienced player.
Every Tuesday at 9 a.m. come join the guys in a good game of pool. It’s a fun game that can bring out the competitiveness in everyone. It’s also a great way to stay in practice for Senior Games. The billiards room is available to senior adults as an open activity through out the week. Call for specific times.
Gather up those good old boys and come join in a game of cards the 1st, 3rd. & 5th Tuesday of every month at 2 p.m. Bring some good jokes and your best poker face!
A form of dominos meets every Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. and yes, you do actually hear the train whistle. Its lots of fun. You are sure to have a blast!
Mooresville Centerpiece Quilters’ Guild
Meets the 2nd Monday of each month at 10 a.m. at the South Iredell Senior Center, 202 N. Church St. Visitors are welcome. For information call Jean Cable 704-929-1170.
Need Information and Assistance?
The South Iredell Senior Center provides Information and Assistance for the following, note *services provided directly by the Senior Center/ICOA: Adult Day Care/Day Health, Adult Protective Services, Affordable Housing, *Caregiver Support Group/Classes, *Disaster Preparation/Planning/Response, Emergency Food, Energy Assistance, *Evidence-Based Health Programs *Fitness & Health Promotion, *Weight Loss & Nutrition Education, *Health Screenings, Help for People with Disabilities, *Home Delivered Meals, Home Health/Nursing Services, Home Repair/Modifications, Hospice Care, *In-Home Aide Services, *Insurance Counseling, *Legal Services, Long Term Care Facilities, Medicare/Medicaid, Medical Equipment, Mental Health Services, *Prescription Assistance, *Recreation/Social Activities, Rehabilitation Services, *Respite Care, Reverse Mortgage Counseling, *Self-Help/Support Groups, *Senior Games, *Social Security Benefits, *Tax Preparation & Counseling, Telephone Reassurance, *Training/Job Placement, *Transportation, *Volunteer Opportunities, Weatherization, and more…please contact staff at the South Iredell Senior Center, 704-662-3337 for assistance.
Table Tennis, Bridge and Dancing. Call the Senior Center for days and times. Don’t miss out. Come join the fun! Other senior groups interested in meeting at night should contact the Senior Center.
Odds & Ends Sale
South Iredell Senior Center has an odds and ends sale Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Be sure to stop by and shop for some great deals. Remember, one person’s junk could be another’s treasure. If you have clean items in good condition that you would like to donate for the sale, drop them by the Senior Center. Please no books, clothes, or large heavy items. Used jewelry is very much needed. Donation forms are available for tax purposes. Thanks for helping!
Readers Theatre Offers Free Entertainment
The SISC Readers Theatre is a fun and exciting group that love to perform in the community for FREE as part of an outreach effort. They offer a wide range of performances, some of which include funny but educational material that address such issues as ageism, social security, medication safety, stereotyping, age discrimination and other skits just to make you laugh. They even have a puppet show designed for kids or anyone who’s interested in puppet theater. If you would like the Readers Theatre Group to perform for your group or club, call South Iredell Senior Center 704-662-3337. Skits and programs can be geared toward specific groups. Sponsors, new members, and volunteers are encouraged to get involved with the Readers Theatre. No experience is necessary. Come have fun, feel younger and be proactive in maintaining good mental health. The Readers Theatre is led by Rodney Nall.
Sit & Fit Chair Exercise
Are you exercising at least 2-3 times a week? Statistics show that as we age, we lose muscle mass and bone density. The only thing we can do to slow this normal aging process is do weight baring exercises. Get fit, build muscle, strengthen bones, and reach out for good health. Join us every Tuesday and Thursday at 10 a.m. during a chair exercise workout at the South Iredell Senior Center. The class is free and open to any senior adult interested. Participants should wear something comfortable that gives with movement and bring hand weights or water bottles for weight bearing exercises. Did you know that cardio physical fitness is the strongest factor in maintaining one’s cognitive memory? To be well, you have to show up and actively participate.
Support Groups held at South Iredell Senior Center
*Stroke Survivor Support Group meets the 1st Thursday of each month from 1:30-3 p.m. The group reaches out to individuals in the community and supports them in coming to terms with how their life has changed and issues they face in every day life.
*Dementia Support Group meets on the 2nd Wednesday at 2 p.m. and is designed for caregivers of individuals with dementia. Daycare provided upon prior request and arrangement. These support groups are open to the community. This group is supported by the Western Carolina Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.
*Diabetes Support Group meets on the 4th Monday at 12 noon.
Tai Chi is designed to improve balance, increase range of motion, circulation and leg strength, as well as decrease arthritic pain. Recommended by the Arthritis Foundation, it’s good for the body, mind and spirit. Tai Chi may help some individuals to improve high blood pressure, muscle tone, circulation, flexibility, aching backs and joints. Tai Chi has even helped some to lose weight. Classes are instructed by Mike Gentile, a certified physical trainer, AF instructor, and Reiki Master. Open Tai Chi classes meet at South Iredell Senior Center every Monday from 11 a.m. – noon for advanced students and from 12:15-1:15 p.m. for beginners. Cost is $6 per person per class at the door.
South Iredell Senior Center is in need of volunteers for the following: Readers Theatre, Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) volunteer, outreach exercise classes, Meals on Wheels delivery person, transportation to SISC, entertainers, greeters, caller for bingo, SISC outreach, SISC scrap booking, friendly caller, Travel Club group leader, Red Hats Society group leader, shuffleboard leader, coordinator for a Hip Hop Dance Group, SISC Fundraiser events, and any volunteer willing to teach and share their talents with others. Volunteer Instructors needed for: Learning to Live a Healthier Life, Healthy Changes (Diabetes Self Management), Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program, Euchre card game, cake decorating, art, candy making, clogging, small engine repair, intro to face book, create your own web site, tap dancing, basket weaving, shuffleboard, and square dancing. Volunteers are one of our greatest resources. You make the Senior Center GREAT! Every volunteer and every effort is appreciated. Please come by the Senior Center front desk if you can help.
Walk Away the Pounds
Every Tuesday and Thursday at 9:30 a.m. at South Iredell Senior Center, you can join an enthusiastic group that will help you walk away your pounds or just walk for your health. Come get fit! NO FEE! Come when you can, but the more often you attend the healthier you’ll be and the more fit you will become!
SISC water aerobics, back, arthritis workouts, and water walking exercise classes are taught by certified instructors. Classes are open to all seniors age 60 or better with priority given to Iredell County residents. Information on guidelines and fees are available upon request. It is recommended that new participants observe their class of choice before registering. Private lessons are also available for the disabled, visually or physically impaired. Call the Senior Center for more detailed information.
Items needed by the South Iredell Senior Center include: Two computers -2000 version or newer, multi-media projector, table tennis robot, old cell phones (no chargers please), free standing bulletin board, four sturdy easels, new billiard balls and cue sticks, stair stepper, working sewing machines, new table cloths and kitchen hand towels, ribbon, silk flowers, baskets, craft supplies, games, all cotton yarn and fabric, ½ yard + upholstery fabric, hand-made crafts, gift wrap/bags, used jewelry, any kind of knick-knack items for the odds & ends sale table, office supplies – copy paper, pens, pencils, paper clips, staples, tape, highlighters, receipt books, post-it notes, etc. HP printer ink cartridges – color # 23, 78 & 97, black # 45, 21, 15 & 96, others will be accepted as well. Donations may be dropped off at the Senior Center Monday through Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. All monetary donations are appreciated. Thanks to all who help support the Senior Center! A donation form is provided for tax purposes.
Every Monday at 2 p.m. a special time is set aside at the Senior Center for women to play billiards together. It’s a fun game that can bring out the competitiveness in everyone. It’s also a great way to stay in practice for Senior Games.
Taught by Jack Kreckman. This class is for men and women of any skill level. Beginners are welcome. No experience necessary. The class meets every Friday from 9 a.m. – 12 noon. Beginners are taught from 9-11 a.m. Tools and materials are required, but can be purchased through the instructor.
Writing Senior Memories
How many times have you said, “One of these days I’m going to write that story down,” or “Someday I’m going to journal all those experiences to pass down to my grandchildren,” and some day never seems to come? Joining a writing group can be a great first step to helping yourself reach that goal, not to mention a lot of fun. Join in every Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. No experience necessary!
Yoga is a great way to stay healthy, strengthen and tone your body. Yoga at the South Iredell Senior Center is taught by Debbie Wyatt, AFAA, Yoga certified instructor, every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m. Cost is $30 for a six week class session. Although the next Yoga class will not start until September 5, Yoga participants are encouraged to utilize the exercise room at the Senior Center to continue doing Yoga throughout the summer.