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We're Decking the Halls
by Rosetta Stone Land
It's time to get snazzy and jazzy. On Friday, December 5, join us at the Tallahassee Senior Center for the 10th annual Deck the Halls holiday party. It's a "Celebration of Wreaths" so come to bid and buy a handcrafted wreath - or better yet, one for each season. Our wreaths are not just for the winter holidays...find the perfect decorative design for your very own special occasion. Or, purchase one for a friend. Of the 100 wreaths...one or more is bound to be fancied by someone you know, or someone you don't. Buy and keep or buy and give away. Your purchase benefits senior programming.
Capital Health Plan takes being the event's presenting sponsor seriously! A crew of crafters from CHP gathers annually to make and donate about 35 wreaths for the center's signature benefit event. This year is no exception!
But wreaths are not the only gifts for purchase...this fundraising holiday celebration offers one-stop shopping for everyone on your list. The silent auction stretches round and about the stage with 150 gift items that even the most discriminating recipient will enjoy. Bid on a stay in an Alligator Point beach house; win Hot Air Balloon Rides; and for the right price, enjoy a Celebrity Encounter with TSO conductor, Darko. "Buy it now" and take a Helicopter Ride with Leon County's Sheriff. Also in the auction is a gold, opal and diamond ring from the Gem Collection, massages, gift certificates for massages and fine restaurants, as well as Chico's jewelry.
And still, that's not all you can shop for! Aprons for your creative chef or best friend are handcrafted with fancy flair. Star Fairies add that special artsy look to your holiday motif.
But don't expect Deck the Halls to be a "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer" holiday event. It's the strains of jazz greats as the Deborah Lawson Group takes center stage. It's a musical delight with contemporary fun and breezy Gypsy Jazz, together with traditional jazz. Returning as featured entertainer, Lawson sings Right as Rain and Temptation with style. Fly Me to the Moon, Mack the Knife and Caravan, along with other jazzy tunes promise a toe-tapping night.
Sniffen & Spellman, sponsors and volunteers, promise to shake things up at the always colorful martini bar and our cupcake kids, sponsored by Waldoch & McConnaughhay, P.A., make sure that everyone savors the absolutely delectable desserts.
One lucky person will have an extra $500 for the holidays if they hold the winning cash giveaway ticket (a separate purchase available to the public at the Senior Center NOW, two tickets for $10!). Or, buy your giveaway chances from Ben Franklin and Larry King at the event.
The nighttime extravaganza begins at 6:30 p.m. Event tickets are $45 and on sale now at TSC. Call 891-4003 to order your ticket or to inquire about available discounts. Get a $30 savings with the purchase of six tickets. Save $100 with a purchase of 10 tickets. You can really rack up a $350 savings by purchasing 20 tickets for $550. It's the perfect way to entertain your office staff or have a group party - and leave the food, entertainment, shopping opportunities and clean up to us!
There's free valet parking (thank you Seven Hills Health & Rehab!) during Deck the Halls and we'll even help you carry your many purchases to the car. So join us for the night of merriment and festivity and make a positive contribution to active aging. It's the most fun way to pay it forward.
Special thanks to all of our 2014 Deck the Halls Sponsors
Capital Health Plan
Waldoch & McConnaughhay, P.A.
Sniffen & Spellman, P.A.
Seven Hills Health & Rehabilitation
Allegro Independent Living
Audiology Associates of North Florida
Bevis Funeral Home
Steve Halsell, Prudential
Midtown Merchants Association
ADT Health Services
Broadview Assisted Living
Tallahassee Memory Care
Wendy & Jim Davis
Eye Associates of Tallahassee, P.A.
Home Instead Senior Care
Linda Roberts, Prudential
Sweat Therapy Fitness
Bobbie Bailey Sweet Creations
E. Ann Cleare, Realtor
Angie Goodman, Realtor, Keller Williams Realty
HarborChase Assisted Living & Memory Care
Interim Health Care
Dr. De Lopez, DDS, PA
SPA Concepts, Inc.
Eligible Veterans Get Bus Pass
According to the Leon County Veteran's Service Center, there are approximately 18,500 veterans living in Leon County. Of these, approximately 400 are considered homeless and do not have reliable, consistent transportation to many of the resources and opportunities Tallahassee has to offer.
As a way to meet the needs of our veteran community, the City of Tallahassee and StarMetro worked with the Leon County Veteran Services Center and the Tallahassee VA Clinic to start a Veterans Bus Pass Program. Through this program, eligible Veterans will receive an annual bus pass to be used on all of StarMetro's fixed routes. For more information on the Veterans Bus Pass Program, go to StarMetro's website under "Helpful Services."
In addition, The City of Tallahassee is the first "Capital City" in the nation to be named a Purple Heart City. As a way to recognize Purple Heart recipients as well as salute all veterans within the Capital region StarMetro wrapped a bus. This bus wrap was made possible through the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Veterans Community and Transportation Living Initiative (VTCLI) grant which StarMetro was awarded in 2011.
Capital City Senior Games Bowling to State Championships
By Nick Gandy, Director of Communications, Florida Sports Foundation
The Capital City Senior Games will provide its own international flair to the 2014 Florida International Senior Games & State Championships when German-born Helga Turner and Susan Beauchesne, of French descent lace up their bowling shoes in Lee County, the first weekend in December.
While the 2014 State Championships serve as a qualifier and stepping stone to the 2015 National Senior Games for many of the 2,000+ athletes who will attend, their story is one heard often in the Senior Games circles.
"If we do well, that's ok," said Turner. "If we don't, that's fine also. Who knows? We might have a really good day." "We'll try our best," said Beauchesne. "It's all fun for me. If I do as well as I normally do, I'll be happy. Maybe we'll surprise ourselves."
The two ladies formed a doubles team after meeting at a weekday bowling league in Tallahassee. Both are recent retirees. Turner is a longtime Florida State University employee, in the Supercomputer Computations Research Institute, who has lived in Tallahassee since 1971.
Beauchesne, a retired teacher, moved to the Capital City from Arcadia. While Beauchesne bowled in her younger years after taking a class in college to fulfill a physical education requirement, her bowling ball Saturday dormant for 25 years as she taught science to high school students. She returned to the lanes with her same old ball, five years ago. (She's since purchased a new ball.) Turner didn't start bowling until after retirement.
Their decision to participate in the 2014 State Championships is an admirable one for the Tallahassee duo since their bowling is limited to their weekly league. At the state level, their competition will provide a challenge as some of their opponents will have traveled around the state and country to tournaments.
"We just decided to have some fun," said Turner. "At our age it's very important to connect with others. It's always good to have friends." Beauchesne agrees with her new friend about the social element provided at Senior Games events. "It's a win-win for me," she said. I've enjoyed going to the events, meeting new folks and the competition." Besides their participation in the 2014 Capital City Senior Games, both Beauchesne and Turner are involved in classes and opportunities provided by the Tallahassee Senior Center.
Beauchesne has taken computer classes, used the library, attended Tai-Chi classes and even ventured onto the Pickleball courts for the first time. "I gave it a shot, but I blew out my knee," she said. "It was fun but I think I gave it too much of a shot."
Turner recently returned from the Georgia Mountain Fair trip to North Georgia, offered by the Senior Center. Included in the itinerary of the trip was a Festhalle Octoberfest and Bavarian Village, allowing her to return to her Bavarian roots. "I usually travel to Germany every year to visit my sister," she said. "But I was unable to make it this year."
These two Tallahassee ladies don't have their sights set on scouting the opposition, collecting medals or setting records in Lee County and future senior games events. What is in their sights is staying active while enjoying life and enjoying sports.
How about you? There's still a chance to register for 2014 State Championships in Lee County.
While the opportunity to qualify for certain sports of the 2014 Florida International Senior Games & State Championships is no longer an option with all local games completed for the year, there are several open sports where athletes may compete without qualifying.
Athletes can register until Friday, November 21 to compete in Archery, Bag Toss, Billiards, Bocce, Fencing, Powerlifting, Power Walk, Race Walk, Racquetball, 5K and 10K Road Race and Volleyball. Fencing is new to the roster of sports in 2014 and online registration is available at www.flasports.com.
Look for the 2015 Calendar of more than 20 Local Senior Games, between January and November, to be posted at www.flasports.com as well.
Big Bend Hospice Invites You to Remember
Each year during the holiday season, Big Bend Hospice hosts annual Services of Remembrance to honor the memories of loved ones during a very special time of the year. Big Bend Hospice Services of Remembrance are ecumenical services held in each of the eight counties BBH serves, to bring communities together and reflect on the lives of loved ones who have died. The theme for each of this year's services is: When the heart grieves over what it has lost, the spirit rejoices over what it has left.
During a Service of Remembrance, community musicians and Big Bend Hospice music therapists sing and provide heart-warming music; BBH chaplains, along with a family served by our care will guide the time-of-reflection ceremony, and following the service, attendees will enjoy light refreshments and conversation with friends, family, Big Bend Hospice staff and advisory council members. Grief packets for children, with age-appropriate materials will be available to children who attend.
Whether or not you've received Big Bend Hospice services, anyone who has experienced or is experiencing loss is welcome to be a part of this time of remembrance.
"Many times, people become overwhelmed with emotions during the holiday season. Big Bend Hospice Services of Remembrance provide wonderful opportunities to pay honor, reflect and find hope," said Cathy Adkison, president and CEO of Big Bend Hospice.
Big Bend Hospice Services of Remembrance are open to the community, and will be held on each of the listed dates, in the following locations:
- November 11, 10am
Veteran's Memorial Plaza (Three Servicemen Statue)
71 Avenue B
- November 18, 7pm
Telogia Baptist Church
19800 Florida 65
- November 23, 4pm
Big Bend Hospice Jean McCully House
1723 Mahan Center Blvd.
- December 1, 6pm
First United Methodist Church
348 SW Rutledge Street
Madison, Florida 32340
- December 2, 6pm
First United Methodist Church
325 W. Walnut Street
- December 4, 6pm
Joe Burns Funeral Home
1400 N. Johnson Stripling Rd
- December 7, 4pm
21 Ochlocknee St
Everyone who attends shares a common purpose - to honor and remember a loved one who has died, and to be surrounded by others that share a similar journey.
The service is proof that death ends a life, but not a relationship. The holidays can still be a time of hope, love and connection to all the things and all the people who have ever been important to us.
If you would like additional information about Big Bend Hospice's bereavement services, please contact Pam Mezzina at 850-878-5310, or email@example.com.
Big Bend Hospice has been serving this community since 1983 with compassionate end of life care along with grief and loss counselors available to provide information and support to anyone in Leon, Jefferson, Taylor, Madison, Gadsden, Liberty, Franklin or Wakulla County. If you would like additional information about services, please call 850-878-5310 or visit www.bigbendhospice.org.
The Art of Storytelling
Participants at the Bradfordville Lifelong Learning class "The Art of Storytelling" learned to spin tales. Linda Schulyer Ford, a master storyteller, taught several novices what storytelling is and the art itself. They learned true storytelling is interactive. Ford told of the differences among several types of stories - epic, fables, fairy tales, folk tales, and myths (to name a few). Best of all, she enthralled everyone with a couple stories at each class.
Ford's stories and storytelling technique kept everyone coming back to learn - and hear -every week. By the end of the four-week class, a few brave participants told their own stories.
For anyone interested in telling stories or learning more about storytelling, there are several resources. The Big Bend Storyteller's Circle is an area guild that open to anyone regardless of experience. There are also state and national associations and local storytelling slams. As storytelling gains in popularity, there are more options to hear local master storytellers.
LifeLong Learning classes offered by the senior center and Leon County Senior Outreach are open to everyone; if full, preference given to those 55+. Call 891-4018 or 891-4065 for more information.
New Activity Book Available
Hot off the press! The 2014-2015 Activity Book is now available at the Tallahassee Senior Center. The new publication is a comprehensive guide to TSC programs, classes, activities, games and recreation, fundraisers, special events and volunteer opportunities. The Activity Book provides an introduction to the Tallahassee Senior Center and the Tallahassee Senior Foundation, their focus and mission, respectively, and lists members of the Tallahassee Senior Advisory Council, the Foundation Board of Directors and staff at TSC. Drop by the center at 1400 N. Monroe St. between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday - Friday to pick up your copy today.
|Active Living Expo
|Active Living Expo fills the house again! It was an upstairs/downstairs mega show. With 100 different exhibitors and more than 400 attendees, ALE brought products and services together with forty-somethings, boomers and seniors alike. The aroma of popcorn filled the air as participants received information from non-profits, state agencies along with for-profit organizations. Everyone enjoyed learning about new conveniences, places to travel, available assistance in our community, classes at the senior center and much more.
Participants were able to get their flu shot along with a variety of screenings ranging from blood pressure, balance, vision and lots more. All of this was possible through sponsors of this magnificent event which included: Tallahassee Senior Citizens Foundation, Area Agency on Aging, Bath Fitter, Walgreens, Pacifica/Woodmont, Tallahassee Memorial Health Care, Tallahassee Democrat and AARP/United Healthcare Insurance Company.
|(l to r) Bridget Elwell and Tamara Verheyen represent Pacifica/Woodmont and distribute information on senior living options.
||Lisa Bretz and Jawanna Whetzel of the Area Agency on Aging for N FL Inc., help host the 2014 event.
||Joanie Sharman of Travel Leaders - a travel partner of TSC chats with Ben Brown about upcoming tours that benefit the senior center.
|From the Leon County Sherrifs Department, Tim Randolph and Jauquin share a knuckle bump as Connor Randolph looks on. Jauquin's mom Valerie Brookens approves!
||Jean Coyne, a 2014 Silver Star, a volunteer with both Big Bend Hospice and the Parkinson's Association assists attendee with information.
|Active Living Expo enjoys the company of Choose Tallahassee winners Bill and Cathy Campbell (center). Kristy Carter and Sheila Salyer (far left and right respectively) greet the special guests and make them feel at home.
||Which is more colorful...Vi Taylor, the food, or the library books?
|(left and center) Briana Horne gets Expo experience helping mom Regina Timms and they share TMH Philips Lifeline information with Darlene Wilke, a participant and volunteer at TSC.
||Patti Cook finds Bob Wool loaded with literature useful to seniors shopping for a Medicare supplemental policy.
|What's an Expo without a little fun? Neil and Gail McDonald, Allegro's sales and marketing director, strike a quick pose for the photographer. Humor is a good thing!