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- Mon., Jan. 18 in observation of Martin Luther King Day
- Mon., Feb.15 in observation of President’s Day
Accepting Nominations for Silver Stars!
Recognizing Silver Star winners Senior Center Volunteers and Sponsors
The Tallahassee Senior Center is now accepting applications for Silver Star Awards. Please use the nomination form provided or available online here. If you would like a form mailed or emailed to you, call 891-4003. Eight Silver Stars are selected from nominees to be honored at the annual Silver Stars gala to be held on May 26, 2016.
Honorees are selected on their community and volunteer service contributions since turning the age of 60. Silver Stars come from all walks of life...the one thing they have in common is their commitment to serving others in their community. Nominate the senior you feel best deserves to be recognized for their example of positive aging and continued community service since turning age 60. Nominations are due back to the Tallahassee Senior Center on Feb. 12, 2016.
For event or ticket information, contact Tina.Niggel@talgov.com or call 891-4003.
For sponsorship opportunities, contact Lisa.DollarCovert@talgov.com or call 891-4041.
Leon County Senior Outreach Honors Volunteers and Community Partners
Mon., Jan. 25, 3-5:00 p.m., Tallahassee Senior Center Auditorium.
Legacy planning helps you consider your financial security and establish goals for the distribution of your wealth to loved beneficiaries and charitable organizations. Come learn the basics about legacy planning as a panel of legal, accounting and financial experts cover the following topics: estate planning, legal decisions and financial options. For more information or to RSVP, call 891-4003 or email Tina.Niggel@talgov.com.
Catch Pickleballmania from Infectious Laughter!
By Audrey Byrne, Communications Coordinator
On Wednesdays and Fridays, starting at 11:30 a.m. and through much of the afternoon, the sounds of whiffle ball whacking followed by echoes of laughter are emitted from the 2nd floor auditorium of the Senior Center. That delightful sound is Pickleball.
According to Lynda Dickens, volunteer group leader, Pickleball was designed specifically for active adults in 1965, and is a cross between tennis, badminton and ping pong. Lynda thinks the sport mostly resembles tennis as the layout is similar to a tennis court but on a smaller scale. Pickleball is played with partners, but your partner can change from game to game.
Pickleball appears to be an economical sport as well as, “Most people wear t-shirts and shorts with the priciest item being a good pair of tennis shoes,” says Lynda. I have even witnessed people playing in casual work attire, with sneakers. To play, you use a whiffle ball and a paddle, specifically made for Pickleball, as your racquet. If you don't have a paddle, TSC has some you can borrow, and it is only $2 to play!
Lynda first learned about Pickleball when a visiting friend from North Carolina found out that it is played at the Senior Center. The two friends went to watch and Lynda’s first lesson was that very day. Despite a harrowing fall, she instantly “fell in love” with the game. The second time Lynda played, she fell once more, got up and kept learning like the champ she is. A year later, she says, “I am addicted” and all who know her agree as Lynda plays three times a week. This “addiction” in Pickleball circles is affectionately called “pickleballmania,” where you lose interest in all other pursuits . . . and your friends might need to remind you to grocery shop, shower and eat.
Lynda is passionate about this sport for multiple reasons. First, this sport provides great fun while she is getting the exercise she needs. So much fun, that Lynda often forgets that she is exercising and this exercise in turn has provided the health benefits of lowering Lynda’s blood pressure and increasing her stamina. The icing on the cake is making wonderful new friends.
Lynda isn’t planning to compete in the Capital City Senior Games. She says she has no desire to play competitively, despite the competitive nature of the sport, out of fear that it might detract from her fun. Still, Lynda admires the many talented Pickleball players in her group that do compete.
According to the USAPA’s (Pickleball Association) 2015 Participant Report, there are roughly 2.46 million players across the nation. Pickleball is a great sport, it’s economical, not too hard on the body, has great health benefits and the added benefits of friends and fun. You can catch “Pickleballmania” and head to the Senior Center with $2 and a pair of sneakers on your Wednesday or Friday lunch break or between errands. While many of our active adults will compete in a number of Capital City Senior Games events, fun is just as great a reason to play and the Senior Center delivers on the fun!
Florida Senior Day is a fun way to get involved!
By Jason Zaborske, FSD Statewide Coordinator, United Way of Florida
Florida’s legislative session is early this year, and Florida Senior Day (FSD) is right around the corner. Every year, seniors gather at the Capitol for a day of fun and educational events, entertainment and celebration. On Wed., Jan. 27, from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., the Department of Elder Affairs and the United Way of Florida invite you to join us for a series of events including a town hall meeting where hundreds of seniors, policymakers and business leaders will gather for an active discussion on issues important to and affecting Florida seniors.
Florida Senior Day is dedicated to honoring the contributions of Florida’s seniors and their roles in our families, communities and workplaces. Other events this day include a special program on the back steps of the Historic Capitol where policymakers and elected officials will address more than 1,500 seniors.
Additionally, attendees can enjoy guided tours of the old and new Capitol buildings; complimentary lunch provided by Chick-fil-A and live music and entertainment happening throughout the day. More than 60 exhibitors will be on-site with helpful resources for seniors and free giveaways. As in years past, there also will be free health screenings to promote the ongoing health and well-being of Florida seniors.
Florida Senior Day is an excellent time to get involved in advocating for issues important to you and the senior community. We hope to see you there. The Tallahassee Senior Center will offer complimentary Park & Ride transportation from the Senior Center to the State Capitol throughout the day. For more information on how you can get involved and to register for free, visit www.FloridaSeniorDay.org or call 850-222-3868.
Bradfordville Classes get a New Location Starting January 4
Open House January 13.
The new year brings a fresh new location for Leon County Senior Outreach classes in Bradfordville. Starting Jan. 4, 2016, all activities except the Bradfordville Lunch and Learn will take place in Meeting Room 103 in Leon County’s Northeast Branch Library at 5513 Thomasville Road, just north of the intersection of Kerry Forest Parkway. (Note: The Bradfordville Lunch and Learn will still be held at Wildwood Presbyterian Fellowship Hall, 100 Ox Bottom Road.) To kick-off the new program location, please be our guest at an Open House:
Leon County Senior Outreach Open House
Wed., Jan. 13, 2016
1:00 – 2:30 p.m.
Northeast Branch Library, Room 103
The Open House will feature refreshments, an introduction to program activities (art, fitness and LifeLong Learning classes) that are offered for active adults living in the Northeast area, and an opportunity to provide input on programs and activitie attendees are interested in. The library’s meeting room is a great size for most of the classes we offer, has lots of natural lighting, and the floors will be newly refinished making it perfect for fitness classes. The library offers audio-visual equipment that will enhance LifeLong Learning presentations, as well as Wi-Fi connections to the Internet. Parking is plentiful and right next to the building. Class participants will also have access to the library’s treasures. Please join us in 2016! Leon County Senior Outreach is a program of the Tallahassee Senior Center and Foundation. For more information, call 891-4065.
LifeLong Learning in Bradfordville: Geological Wonders of the Earth
Discover the geological story behind some of Earth’s most amazing places– such as Iceland, the Galapagos Islands, the Bay of Fundy, the Himalaya Mountains, and Yellowstone National Park. Maureen Haberfeld, adjunct professor of Earth Science and Geology at Tallahassee Community College, will teach you the science behind plate tectonics, volcanic eruption, earthquakes, erosion, tides, glaciers and other fascinating geologic processes.
Classes will be held at the Leon County NE Branch Library, 5513 Thomasville Road, Program Room 103 on Mondays, Jan. 25, Feb. 1,8 and 15, from 10 – 11:30 a.m. $3 per class. For questions or to reserve your spot, call Maureen at 891-4033 or email Maureen.firstname.lastname@example.org.
By Maureen Haberfeld, LCSO Program Aide
Leon County Senior Outreach honored their volunteers and community partners at an appreciation luncheon on Friday, September 25 at the Capital City Country Club. Attendees were treated to a delicious buffet lunch catered by the country club. The featured guest speaker was Dr. Ken Brummell-Smith, FSU College of Medicine Professor and Tallahassee Senior Center and Foundation Board member, who gave an inspiring presentation on positive aging. The volunteers and community partners support Leon County Senior Outreach programs for senior citizens throughout the county including monthly Lunch and Learns, exercise, art, computer, and LifeLong Learning classes, as well as a support group for grandparents raising their grandchildren.
Tallahassee’s 50+ Athletes make a statement at the 2015 Florida Senior Games!
By Nick Gandy, Florida Sports Foundation
If there were ever a sign that the Capital City Senior Games is making an impact on keeping Tallahassee’s seniors active and healthy, look no further than the 42 local athletes competing in 10 of the 24 sports and events of the 2015 Florida Senior Games in Clearwater in early December.
Over nine days of competition, more than 2,000 senior athletes, age 50 and over, representing 32 states and 239 Florida cities took a dive in the pool, pedaled a bike, shot a basketball, took a spot at the starting line and picked up a spare along with a variety of other activities.
The athletes ranged from those recently turning 50 to the 80+ age group. There were those competing in the statewide competition for the first time and those who have a collection of gold medals from previous State Games.
“People are more aware of the benefits of staying active,” said swimmer Barbara Goltz, who swam in the 65-69 age group and medaled in all six events. “Maybe people are looking for more challenges and if they’re retired they have more free time. And it’s a fun event.”
To make things even more fun, Goltz and other Tallahassee swimmers Bonnie Wright, Mary Tappen and Susan Nichols formed one of only two women’s relay teams, freestyle and medley, at the end of both days of competition.
Charles Haworth took to the golf course at Innisbrook Golf Club and Resort in the first 36-hole golf tournament in the 24 years of the Florida Senior Games. He was just happy to be playing in a field of golfers his own age. He was edged out of a gold medal, due to the USGA tie breaker, after shooting a two-day 173.
“I’m just thankful to still be able to compete in events like this,” said Haworth. “Because it doesn’t take a life-threatening injury to keep you off the golf course . . . it could be something as little as a nagging wrist or knee injury.”
A member of Haworth’s foursome on the second day of the 36-hole competition was in a head-on collision and didn’t play golf for two years. He was told by doctors he would be unable to swing a golf club again. But there he was teeing off at Innisbrook.
It was a family affair for some. Discus and shot put gold medalist Ivan Maldonado, head of Tallahassee’s Para Transit services, was at Clearwater High School with his son. “He’s my coach today,” Maldonado said.
The husband and wife duo of Doug and Lisa Covert paired up in bowling mixed doubles along with the brother sister duo of Bobby Bacon and Sandra Petrizzo.
The following day, in singles competition, Douglas’ parents, who live in nearby Dunedin, were there to provide encouragement as he won the men’s singles silver medal.
It all starts over again in January when a year-long slate of Florida Senior Games Series Qualifiers begins and includes the Capital City Senior Games. Now in its seventh year, the Capital City games will once again serve as a north Florida qualifier for the 2016 Florida Senior Games, December 3-11, 2016, again in Clearwater. The 2016 Capital City Senior Games will be held Mar. 8-14. For a full schedule of events throughout the year, visit www.floridaseniorgames.com for more information.
The 2016 Games will commemorate the 25th Anniversary of the annual Olympic-style Sports Festival for Florida athletes age 50 and over. It will also be a qualifier for the 2017 National Senior Games in Birmingham, Alabama.
Visit www.floridaseniorgames.com for more information.
OLLI will present fun and learning opportunities at Spring Showcase
By Debra Herman, Director, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute
If you love learning and like puzzles, here’s a question for you: What do the following titles have in common? “Commotion in the Ocean,” “From Beowulf to Borg,” “Louis, Louis, Louis,” and “Are You My Mummy?” Give up? Well, these tantalizing phrases all describe courses that are part of the Spring Semester curriculum of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Florida State University.
These intriguing courses, ranging from oceanography to speculative poetry, from paleopathology to French Baroque and Rococo architecture, are just a few of the nearly 50 classes OLLI has scheduled from February 15-April 1, 2016. Fascinated? Consider “The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party,” featuring “tea, crumpets, savories and sweets; and a lively discussion of various topics tangentially related to "Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland" and "Through the Looking Glass." Warns instructor Robert Watkins, “Get ready for a surprisingly serious look at sense and nonsense, the nature and history of mathematics, meaning and word play, logic and set theory, phenomenology and post-modernism, and other conversations.”
If that’s not fantastic enough, FSU Dean of Motion Picture Arts Frank Patterson will explain “The Impact of Digital Humans on Society, Culture and Industry.” “World War II in Europe: Part 2” will be offered by FSU Professor Emeritus Jim Jones. Literature courses include “Reading Loss in the Works of Joan Didion” and “I’ll Have What She’s Having: The Works of Nora Ephron.” Also on tap, “The Theology and Philosophy of C.S. Lewis.”
Dozens of additional courses fill out the curriculum, including history, technology, language, self-improvement, current events, international relations, political science, film, music, tours of area plantations, and more. Course descriptions are available online at www.olli.fsu.edu. Instructors will also describe their courses at OLLI’s Spring Showcase January 25, 2016, 1 p.m., at the Turnbull Center on the FSU campus. Free parking is provided.
OLLI courses are open to all mature learners. There are no educational prerequisites, no grades and no tests. All that’s needed is a love of learning. Instructors include current and retired faculty from Florida State University, Florida A&M University, Tallahassee Community College and other area educational institutions. Graduates students from FSU also offer classes as do highly qualified community experts.
In addition to classes, OLLI also offers clubs, field trips, culture and arts experiences, social activities and travel opportunities. To learn more about how to become an OLLI member and how to register for classes and activities, visit olli.fsu.edu or call (850) 644-7947.
|Deck the Halls
Deck the Halls 2015 was a dashing, delightful, dressy, and dynamic affair celebrated with devoted fans and friends! Attendance topped 400 as friends, sponsors and shoppers enjoyed delicious appetizers, decadent martinis, decorated cupcakes, and the divine sounds of Jazz Etcetera as they bid on their favorite auction items–all to benefit Tallahassee Senior Services. Enjoy the photos!
Commissioner Scott Maddox, his wife Sha, and Sheila Salyer, Executive Director, delight in holiday cupcakes delivered by an adorable ballerina! Audiology & Associates sponsors these festive and delicious holiday cupcakes.
Capital Health Plan, Shining Star sponsor of this year’s stellar event, is represented by Tom Glennon, Senior VP, Business and Community Development with CHP and his wife Renee.
Past Board President Ed and Alberta Duffee look forward to Deck the Halls festive and fun event that gives back to our communities active adults.
Jazz Etcetera set the mood with their upbeat acoustical tunes, which add a flirty and festive ambiance to the evening.
The Cookies and Cream martini, among the five delicious martinis sponsored by Sniffen & Spellman P.A., was a jolly holiday favorite! The Sniffen & Spellman bartenders (l to r) are Karen Barger, Hannah McKinney, Board Member Kenyetta Mullins, Elizabeth Davis and Michael P. Spellman.
Glamorous friends Hazel Griner and Dot Carrol celebrate this most festive occasion that raises money to fund senior programming.
Robbie Brunger, in his jovial Hawaiian shirt and Santa hat, with delightful wife Sara, say aloha (hello and welcome) to the December holidays season at Deck the Halls!