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Seniors’ activities to include nutrition education



HICKORY — Seniors Morning Out participants will enjoy a variety of activities in March including cooking classes and nutrition education.

Any resident of Catawba County who is 60 or older is invited to join Seniors Morning Out, which is held between 8:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday at five locations. A hot, balanced lunch is served each day. Programs are free to participants, who may pick and choose which days to attend. Bus transportation to and from the sites is available in some locations.

Program highlights for March include the following activities.

At the Newton site, located at First Presbyterian Church, 701 N. Main Ave., Newton: March 1, hearing loss with audiologist Bill Beck from Mountain Ear Hearing; March 5, shopping at Walmart and lunch at Gold Mine Café; March 8, hoarding with Jeff Dula from Vaya Health; March 12, cooking class, mint chocolate chip cheesecake dip; March 13, “Is Your Indoor Air Healthy?” with Ann Simmons from Catawba County Cooperative Extension; March 15, celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, wear green and bring green snacks, Fred Wilson to sing; March 20, Sentimental Journey to perform; March 22, Movie Day: “A Quiet Man”; March 26, gospel group John 3:16 to perform; March 27, effects of medication on diabetes with Annette Nichols; March 29, bowling at Pin Station and shopping at Family Dollar then lunch at Pizza Hut. If you would like to participate in any of these activities, call Robyn Curtis at 828-455-4133 at least two days in advance.

At the West Hickory site, located at the West Hickory Senior Center, 400 17th St. SW, Hickory: March 1, trivia with Lisa and piano performance by Kathy Miner; March 5, shopping at Walmart; March 6, legal and financial with Julie Cook-Walker from the Alzheimer’s Association; March 8, Family Feud and Sentimental Journey to perform; March 12, Twisters and Polygons! What Do I Do? With Karen Youssy, Catawba County Emergency Management coordinator; March 14, craft class, blarney stones; March 15, cooking class on Irish potatoes and Saving Your Vision with Greg Morgan from Services for the Blind; March 19, Movie Day: “Oh Brother, Where Art Thou” at the Patrick Beaver Library; March 20, Hoarding with Jeff Dula from Vaya Health; March 21, breakfast at Hardees then mindful eating program with Ann Simmons at the Newton library; March 22, gospel music by John 3:16; March 28, breakfast at Bojangle’s then Change Your Protein: Meal Planning with Ann Simmons at the Newton library. Don’t miss the Senior Health and Wellness Fair on April 5 from 9 a.m. to noon. Information will be shared by these organizations: Adult Life, Life Transitions, Are you Ok?- Sheriff’s Department, Alzheimer’s Association, Catawba County Cooperative Extension, NC Lions Club, Catawba Valley Medical Center, Services for the Blind, Services for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing and Catawba Regional Hospice. RSVP by March 28 and call 323-8746, as a free lunch will be provided. If you would like to participate in any of other site activities, contact Lisa Adams at 828-323-8746 at least two days in advance.

At the East Hickory site, located at Huntington Hills Church of God, 2123 Fifth St. NE, Hickory: March 1, Eating for A Healthy Colon: Colon Cancer Awareness; March 6, breakfast at Bob Evans and shopping at Walmart; March 7, Sentimental Journey to perform; March 13, St. Patrick’s Day party with Suzy Killian; March 14, shopping at Hamrick’s and lunch at Red Lobster; March 15, Why They Say An Apple A Day with Ruthie Hill; March 20, Plant a Flower in a Pot for the First Day of Spring with Ruthie Hill and Rita; March 21, Medicare fraud with Diane Trainer; March 22, shopping at Walmart; March 27, cooking class on low-sugar Watergate salad; March 29, birthday party. If you would like to participate in any of these activities, contact Rita Pritchard at least two days in advance by calling 828-320-5963.

At the Catawba site, located at Hopewell United Methodist Church, 2211 Hopewell Church Road, Sherrills Ford: March 1, chronic fatigue awareness and treatment with Lupe Avalos from Catawba Valley Medical Center; March 6, gowling at Pin Station and shopping at Walmart; March 8, Healthy Hearing for the Elderly with Bill Beck from Mountain Ear Hearing; March 13, bowling at Pin Station and shopping at Walmart; March 14, Sentimental Journey to perform; March 15, craft class with Tonya Jarnac; March 20, Getting to Know My SMO Friends; March 21, cooking class on making spinach dip for National Chip and Dip Day; March 22 craft class on making spring centerpieces; March 27, hoarding by Jeff Dula from Vaya Health; March 29, shopping at Dollar Tree and lunch at Harbor Inn. If you would like to participate in any of these activities, call Wendy Thomas at 828-320-0434 at least two days in advance.

At the Maiden site, located at the Maiden Community Center, East Second Street and Klutz Street, Maiden: March 1, diabetic management and empowering with Doreen King, diabetes education specialist; March 5, cooking class on healthy green salad; March 6, hoarding with Jeff Dula from Vaya Health; March 7, Can Allergies Be Harmful?; March 12, craft class on St. Patrick’s Day wreath; March 13, shopping at Hamrick’s and lunch at Bob Evans; March 14 St Patrick’s Day and Easter party; March 19, Jason Myers to play piano and sing; March 21, Words That Confuse Us; March 22, how to eat healthy when you don’t feel like cooking, with Ann Simmons from Catawba County Cooperative Extension; March 26, Does Our Diet Affect Cancer?; March 27, Sentimental Journey to perform. If you would like to attend any of these programs, please call Loretta Hefner at 828-320-5966 at least two days in advance.

Seniors Morning Out is operated by Senior Nutrition Services of Catawba County Social Services and is in need of volunteers to assist with the program between 8:30 a.m. and noon, Monday – Thursday. Call 695-5617 if interested. In addition to SMO, Senior Nutrition Services operates Meals on Wheels and related programs in the county. Additional volunteers are urgently needed to deliver Meals on Wheels. You can volunteer as little as one and a half hours a month. The program is also conducting its annual fund-raising drive at this time. To find out more, contact Senior Nutrition at 828-695-5610 during regular business hours, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For the latest updates, like their Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/MealsonWheelsofCatawbaCounty, or visit their website at http://www.MealsonWheelsofCatawbaCounty.org.

Catawba County Senior Nutrition Services is a United Way funded partner.

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