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Holiday Memories Things to do with Grandkids

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We at Lifestyles over 50 hope that you and your family enjoyed your Thanksgiving, and we extend that wish into the Christmas Season. This is always a happy time of the year and it gives us time to reflect on the past year and to look forward to the coming year. As always we have brought you information that we feel is of value to you and hopefully brought a smile to your face with some of our content. Our emphasis is on a healthier lifestyle and will continue to be so. In this issue we have an interesting article on Moravian Christmas traditions. On the health side we have an article on hearing aids and how it can improve the quality of life of the wearer. Our Nostalgia year goes way back to 1950 and the beginning of TV. It was also the dawn of the Baby Boomer generation.

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“My grandmother started walking five miles a day when she was 60. Now she’s 97 years old and we don’t know where the heck she is.” “The only reason I would take up exercising is so that I could hear heavy breathing again.” “I joined a health club last year, spent about 400 bucks. Haven’t lost a pound. Apparently you have to go there.” “I have to exercise early in the morning before my brain figures out what I’m doing.” “I like long walks, especially when they are taken by people who annoy me.” “I have flabby thighs, but fortunately my stomach covers them.” “The advantage of exercising every day is that you die healthier.” “If you are going to try cross-country skiing, start with a small country.” “I really don’t think I need buns of steel. I’d be happy with buns of cinnamon”. Ellen DeGeneres “My idea of exercise is a good brisk sit”. Phyllis Diller “Whenever I feel like exercise, I lie down until the feeling passes.”

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Lights in the Parkway. The drive-through light display covers more than a mile of one of Allentown’s most beautiful parks (Lehigh Parkway) and features lighted trees, light tunnels and animated displays. “Lights” has become an annual tradition for families throughout the Lehigh Valley and beyond (many visit from out of state). 1700 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Allentown. Nov. 23 - 26 and Nov. 30 through January 6, 2013 (closed Christmas Day). 5:30 to 10 PM. $6 per vehicle in advance - $10 per vehicle at the gate. www. lightsintheparkway.com/. 12 Shops of Christmas Tour. A shopping, food and fun adventure featuring 12 businesses, hand-picked for their uniqueness. Travel place to place enjoying all the special free things (refreshments, games, gifts, demos, etc) and coupons the businesses have planned for you, through Hellertown, Bethlehem and Easton. You will never travel more than 10 minutes between places and most are closer together. Every store has given you a valuable coupon to

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Pennsylvania Dutch Christmas on the Farm at the historic 1756 Troxell-Steckel Farm Museum in Whitehall Township. Saturday, Dec 1, 12:00 – 5:00 p.m. Meet living history performers portraying the Steckel Family as they prepare for a 19th century Pennsylvania Dutch Christmas, with carols, a tabletop Christmas tree, and holiday treats. Tours leave from the barn every 10 minutes, last tour leaves at 5:00 p.m. 4229 Reliance St. in the Egypt section of Whitehall Township. FREE to members; non-members $6 adults, $3 children.

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Moravian Christmas Traditions Art Villafane, Lifestyles over 50

The Moravian church is more than 600 years old. Persecuted for their faith they emigrated from Saxony to Colonial Georgia and Pennsylvania by 1740. They built house in Bethlehem (taken from the Hebrew “Beth-Lechem� meaning “House of Bread�) in 1741. The Moravians brought different Christmas traditions to the English colony of Pennsylvania. They made more of Christmas than any other religious denomination in the country. Some of them are: A Candle in Every Window This tradition goes back to Germany and continued in the colonies. Modern documentation mentions that Dr. Edwin Heath and his wife, Mabel, in the 1920’s began putting candles in the windows of some of the buildings of the Moravian College. They switched to electric lights in the late 1930’s. Around that time the Bethlehem Chamber of Commerce started to publicize the city as “Christmas City, USA�. From that point on having candles in windows spread throughout the area. Moravian Star The star started in 1850 as a geometry project in Germany. The stars are made of paper, plastic and leaded glass and come in many different shapes and sizes. The most common number of points is 26. The star is reminiscent of the star that lead the wise men to the Christ child.

Beeswax Candle This custom started in 1747 in Germany. The candles are made of beeswax which symbolizes the sinless purity of Christ. Currently Central Moravian Church molds and trims 10,000 beeswax candles. After molding the candles a group of individuals trim the candles with red fireproof tissue paper. The paper prevents the melting wax from dripping on to the candle holder. Many of the candles are shipped to Moravian communities around the world. The rest are used in the Valley for Christmas Eve vigils. Lovefeast What the Moravians call lovefeast is the consuming of buns (streisslers) and mugs of coffee as part of their religious service on Christmas Day. During the service, (continued on next page)

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Bethlehem at Christmastime

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The six Moravian churches in this area observe traditional Christmas Eve services. Everyone is welcome and for many families it has become a multi-generational experience. At the beginning of the service there is often music and the singing of “Jesus, Call Thou Me”. Following this there is a prayer and welcome from the pastors. More hymns and chorale music follow. Toward the end there are candles lit and passed out throughout the congregation. Finally, a benediction is given and the attendants quietly file out of the church. Much of the material in this article was drawn from the wonderful book “Christmas in Bethlehem - A Moravian Heritage” by Vangie Roby Sweitzer. The book is available at the Moravian Book Store in Bethlehem http://shop. moravianbookshop.com or 610-866-5481.

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Toys From When We Were Kids by Art Villafane, Lifestyles over 50

Mr. Potato Head is an American toy consisting of a plastic model of a potato which can be decorated with a variety of plastic parts that can attach to the main body. Mr. Potato Head was the first toy advertised on television and has remained in production since its debut. The toy was originally produced as separate plastic parts Mr. Potato Head with pushpins that could be stuck into a real potato or other vegetable. However, due to complaints regarding rotting vegetables and new government safety regulations, Hasbro began including a plastic potato body within the toy set.

The Slinky was invented and developed by naval engineer Richard James in the early 1940s and Slinky demonstrated at Gimbels department store in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in November 1945. The toy was a hit, selling its entire inventory of 400 units in ninety minutes. James and his wife Betty formed James Industries in Philadelphia to manufacture Slinky and several related toys such as the Slinky Dog and Suzie, the Slinky Worm. In 1960, James’ wife Betty became president of James Industries, and, in 1964, moved the operation to Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania. Betsy Wetsy was one of the most popular drink and wet dolls of the Baby Boom era, originally issued by the Ideal Toy Company of New York in 1935.

The Erector Set was invented and manufactured by the A. C. Gilbert Company in New Haven, Connecticut from 1913 until 1967. The Gabriel company of Lancaster, Erector Set Pennsylvania bought the Erector name, and continued to make identical sets into the 1970s and 1980s. Its great success made it part of American folk culture, although its popularity has faded in recent decades.

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Hearing Aids Developed out of a Father’s Promise to His Hearing Impaired Daughter by Amanda Henrikson

When most think about hearing aids, these amazingly tiny pieces of technology, it is in a begrudging manner, another notso-subtle reminder of the aging process. However when Sam Thomasson, founder and CEO of Zounds Hearing, thinks of hearing aids, he thinks of the joy he was able to bring to his hearing impaired daughter’s life.

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Signs That Mom Needs Help at Home by Miki Weaver, Comforting Care Home

Holiday time can be stressful. The last thing you need is to find out that your loved one can no longer live safely without help. Often we haven’t seen our loved ones since the last holiday season. When we do see them we are shocked at the downward spiral their health has taken. What happened? When did they become so frail? Some warning signs that help identify when assistance may be needed include trouble with walking, balance and mobility; a decline in personal hygiene; weight loss due to improper nutrition; dirty home and laundry; unpaid bills piling up; forgetfulness; and loss of interest in activities. These are just some of the warning signs to be aware of. These red flags are when families need to make the decision regarding help for their loved one. Home care is an affordable alternative to moving to a facility and helps your loved one maintain independence. What is home care? Home care means receiving services from a personal caregiver in your own home. Nine out of ten seniors would prefer to continue living at home rather than moving into any type of facility. But when age related issues such as frailty, chronic illness or forgetfulness makes living alone too difficult, home care enables them to maintain their quality of life and lifestyle in their own home.

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12 nations agree to the creation of North Atlantic Treaty Organization / NATO for the defense of the United States and Europe. Albert Einstein warns that nuclear war could lead to mutual destruction In South Africa, the Group Areas Act is passed formally segregating races Earthquake and floods in Assam, India - 574 deaths, 5,000,000 believed homeless President Harry Truman sends United States military personnel to Vietnam to aid French forces Saturday morning children’s programming begins. Phonevision, the first pay-per-view service, becomes available. Charles Schulz introduces the Peanuts comic strip. Col. David C. Schilling (USAF) makes the first nonstop transatlantic jet flight in 10 hours and 1 minute The first Xerox machine is produced. The first self-service elevator is installed by Otis Elevator in Dallas.

Automatic transmission was available on all Studebakers mid-year, but it was not very popular because the car had a small 6-cylinder powerplant. When a V8 became available the following year, the automatic became a much more attractive choice.

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Electric Christmas tree lights were first used in what year? A. 1865 B. 1895 C. 1905 D. 1932 Good King Wenceslas was king of what country? A. Bohemia B. England C. Germany D. Morocco Is There a Santa Claus? was the title of an editorial appearing in the September 21, 1897, edition of The (New York) Sun. The editorial, which included a famous reply, was address to whom? (First name is enough) Can you name Scrooge’s dead business partner from Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol?� A. Jacob Marley B. Tiny Tim C. Bob Cratchett D. Old William One of the pagan traditions that Christians have incorporated Your road to recoverY Begins at the Lutheran home at topton

into their Christmas celebration includes hanging mistletoe. Which of these is NOT a former pagan belief? A. Ancient Europeans believed that the mistletoe plant held magical powers to bestow life and fertility as well as protect against disease. B. French girls used to slip branches of mistletoe beneath their pillows to dream of their future husbands. C. The Celts believed mistletoe brought about peace and goodwill. D. Northern Europeans associated mistletoe with the Norse goddess of love, Freya and developed the custom of kissing underneath mistletoe branches.

Answers A. Jingle Bells B. 1895 A. Bohemia. D. Virginia A. Jacob Marley B. French girls used to slip branches of mistletoe beneath their pillows to dream of their future husbands.

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For a holiday that started out simply to honor the birth of the Savior, it certainly has evolved as no other in history. Nothing during our calendar year even comes close. And whether you bah-humbug through the entire month, keep the day quietly, have 120 Disney characters on your lawn, or fall somewhere in between, you have to admit it can play on your emotions and pull up memories with just four or five notes of a Bing Crosby or Johnny Mathis song.

As I cradled each piece, I mourned and rejoiced over situations I couldn’t possibly know and yet somehow felt. I thought about sacrifices people have willingly made to keep this country safe and about the ultimate sacrifice the Creator made by willingly sending His son to this earth for us that first Noel. Mostly I thought about the uncanny ability of the season to evoke such strong emotions in a heart and mind. Love it, tolerate it, or leave it alone, you can’t deny the power of Christmas memories.

by Lynda Allegra

I thought frequently about memories last Christmas season, perhaps more than usual, because for the first time, we put up two trees. One was the traditional fir, holding all the ornaments that have become dear to us through the years; boughs groaning with pictures of grandchildren and small tokens from friends and family. The second one held memories of a different kind. Most of them didn’t belong, at least originally, to us. I’ve dabbled in collecting vintage ornaments for some time; but got serious last spring when I discovered the plethora of things available on eBay. At first, I just gathered for acquisition. But at some point, the collecting became much more. I am fascinated by the early ’40s glass renderings. Apparently, once Europe was under siege, the ornament supply from Poland and Germany ceased and President Roosevelt asked glassmakers in the U.S. to take up the slack so children would have a somewhat normal Christmas. Corning Glassware answered the call and I’ve read that during that first year (1939) they made over 4 million ornaments. As the war continued, they were forced to alter their process; first by removing the sweet little pieces of tinsel contained in the clear glass balls, and then having to replace the metal caps with paper, all for the war effort and the conservation of the materials used. The above lesson was given to show why I was so touched by memories last year. Because of that progression, you are able to reasonably tell when an ornament was manufactured. Tinsel inside a clear glass ball denotes the years between 1939 and 1942. No tinsel means 1943 and paper caps signify 1943 to end-of-war. That manufacturing knowledge started me thinking as I hung those little pieces of history on our Frazier. Someone else decorated with those same ornaments during a dark period of time in the history of the United States. Who can know what was occurring in the life of that family during a wartime Christmas? Were there tears mingled with the positioning of each ornament because they had lost someone dear? Were they joyful because their son was coming home

Question and Answer Christmas Jokes Q: What do elves learn in school? A: The Elf-abet! Q: What do you get when you cross a snowman with a vampire? A: Frostbite. Q: Why was Santa’s little helper depressed? A: Because he had low elf esteem. Q: Why does Santa have 3 gardens? A: So he can ho-ho-ho. Q: Where do polar bears vote? A: The North Poll. Q: What do you get when you cross an archer with a giftwrapper? A: Ribbon hood. Q: What do you call a cat on the beach at Christmas time? A: Sandy Claus! Q: How do sheep in Mexico say Merry Christmas? A: Fleece Navidad! Q: What nationality is Santa Claus? A: North Polish. Q: What do you call a bunch of grandmasters of chess bragging about their games in a hotel lobby? A: Chess nuts boasting in an open foyer! Q: If Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus had a child, what would he be called? A: A subordinate claus.

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A New Goal for the New Year - You’ve Earned a Say by Pat Nemetch, President APRN, Member, PA State AARP Long Term Care Committee Happy Holidays, it is December! As the old year comes to an end, we find ourselves wondering where did the year go? We reflect on our accomplishments, set new goals for the upcoming year and begin to celebrate with friends and family our lives and the future. As individuals, couples and families, our hopes, dreams and plans lay ahead for us. A long time ago I was listening to a motivational audiotape in which the writer stressed that if we write our goals down they become real and we are more likely to achieve those goals, resulting in great self esteem and success. Will you join me in jotting a few of your goals for the New Year down on paper? Then at this time next year, we will check in with each other to compare how many of us reached our goals. The folks at AARP set their goals many months ago and, continue to forge ahead to meet their ultimate goal in 2013 and future years, preserve Social Security and Medicare for all. Through the You’ve Earned a Say initiative, AARP staff and volunteers continue this grassroots program and are preparing to take to congress the results of the millions of questionnaires its members and, non-member, completed regarding the future of Social Security and Medicare. Through this initiative, AARP representatives are already knocking at congress members’ doors. They have in hand the results of those millions of surveys and their comments that you submitted. A quick rundown of the results are: 1) “Seven in Ten Older Americans Don’t Want Changes to Social Security or Medicare During Lame Duck Nearly All Want Congress to Listen to Their Voices” 2) “No Last-Minute Deals on Medicare and Social Security” 3) “Any Changes to

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Medicare and Social Security Should Focus on People—Not Budgets” and more. On a state and local level, AARP staff and volunteers will be advocating and educating for issues that affect Pennsylvanians such as utility costs, health issues, Medicaid expansion, payday lending, long-term care supports, health insurance exchange and the list goes on. There is so much to do, so much help is needed. Which brings me back to the “goal list”. If on your goal list (this list is not a resolution list) you have the inkling to list to get involved as an advocate or broaden your volunteer experience, think about becoming an AARP volunteer. You need not be 50, 60 or retired, there is something for everyone. The people you meet are terrific, you work hard and have lots of fun – but, most of all, as an AARP volunteer – you help everyone, young, old, medium – everything you do helps present and future generations. No matter what is on your goal list – please be sure to add, have a healthy, happy and prosperous New Year! Happy New Year to all of you and thank you for continuing to be a faithful reader.

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On Saturday, November 10, 2012 Country Meadows of Allentown hosted a Veterans Day Ceremony and Brunch to honor 46 local military veterans. The event began with the posting of colors by the Macungie Memorial VFW Post 9264 led by Lieutenant Colonel Charles Jackson, U.S. Army-Ret. The guest speaker was Major Nathan Kline, USAF-Ret. Each veteran in attendance received a certificate recognizing their service. The certificates were provided by State Representative Ryan Mackenzie’s office.

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Memory Loss Is Not A Normal Part Of Aging By Jeff Tintle, Lifestyles over 50

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ome call it forgetfulness, others call it a senior moment, whatever you want to call it, memory loss is associated with getting older. “This is one of the biggest misperceptions in our society,” says Anne Grogan, Director of the Center for Positive Aging St. Luke’s Warren Hospital. “Memory loss is not a normal part of the aging process.” continued Grogan. The Center for Positive Aging at St Luke’s Warren Hospital is equipped to do many things for the elderly including cognitive testing. Cognitive issues can be difficult to identify and even more difficult to comes to terms with when it strikes our family. If you are experiencing problems with memory, powers of concentration, language or related issues, The Center for Positive Aging has new testing available to assist your physician with diagnosing and treating these cognitive problems.

physician to track the progress of an existing dementia and the effectiveness of medications your physician may have prescribed for your memory To learn more about Mindstreams or to schedule testing at St. Luke’s Warren Hospital call the Center for Positive Aging at 908-859-6722. The Center for Positive Aging professionals will work with you and your health care providers to establish a detailed plan to deal with any uncovered issues, should they arise. The Center for Positive Aging is located at the Hillcrest Professional Plaza, Building 302, 755 Memorial Parkway, Phillipsburg, NJ 08865.

The Mindstreams Cognitive Health Assessment is an advanced, scientific computerized system that can be selfadministered or given by a member of the St. Luke’s Warren healthcare staff. At the completion of the testing, a full report will be sent to your family physician. This testing is covered by Medicare and most other insurance plans. Mindstreams is a practical way to evaluate the patient’s cognitive health by testing Memory, Executive Function, Attention, Information Processing, Visual Spatial, Motor Skills, and Verbal Function. The test is very patient-friendly and requires little orientation. Although the test is performed on a computer, it does not require the patient to know how to use one. Testing time can take up to 60 minutes, depending on the tests selected. Mindstreams assesses the patient’s cognitive function by precisely measuring the patient’s performance on a series of interactive tests – revealing both the accuracy of the responses and the patient’s cognitive function by measuring the reaction times in milliseconds. Then, using standard algorithms, Mindstreams generates the results in comparison to that patient’s “normative” peer group (i.e., age and education level). The results are delivered from the Mindstreams software within seconds of the completion of the tests for your medical records and for easy transfer to an expert for clinical interpretation. Mindstreams is also an ideal way for your

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If you have a traditional Medicare supplement plan and you have had it for more than a couple of years, I encourage you to check into this and see if you can find the same plan for less. You might be surprised at how much you can save, without changing your coverage. I have seen people save a tidy sum of money switching from one company to another. Of course the savings will vary from person to person, but it is certainly worth a look. I realize some people do not like change, but this change might convert to dollars and be well worth the time! Daniel Banks is the President of Lehigh Valley Senior Solutions, an independent insurance agency specializing in Medicare plans. He can be reached at 610-868-5801 or email to dan@lehighvalleymedicare.com. Visit them online at www.lehighvalleymedicare.com

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Fifties annual Christmas Party at Northampton Hungarian Hall. Doors open at noon. Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Gessie will entertain. Tues, Dec 11 10 am. People Meeting People Club, Senior Social Group. Fellowship Hall, Asbury United Methodist Church. Tues, Dec 11 7-8:30 pm. Prayer & Share Together for emotional wholeness, women’s support group struggling, or have family, struggling with depression, bi-polar, etc. Asbury Methodist Church, Allentown. Linda 610-395-8756. Tues, Dec 11 8:30 AM Lehigh Co. TRIAD free continental breakfast. Emeritus of Allentown. 610-967-5454. Thur, Dec 20 AARP Chapter 4150 at Lower Macungie Twsp. Comm. Ctr. Brookside Rd. Thur, Dec 20 12PM Caregivers & Professionals Network Group. Country Meadows of Allentown, Bldg 3, 610-395-7160 Wed. Dec 19 Parkinson’s Support Group St. Luke’s Hospital Allentown campus 17th and Hamilton St. Refreshments 6 - 6:30, presentation 6:30 - 7:30 Different topics related to PD. Wed, Dec 19 LV Military Affairs Council – Saucon Manor in Hellertown. 12-1:30pm, 484788-0196, info@lvmac.org, or www.lvmac.org for info. Wed Dec 26 Men of Retirement Age Club 1-2;30pm, Advent Moravian Church, 3730 Jacksonville Rd, Hanover. The Lehigh Valley Chapter 1371 National Active and Retired Federal Employees (NARFE) Thurs, Dec 27 at St. Peters Lutheran Church community room, 1933 Hanover Ave., Allentown. Annual Christmas Party with lunch starting 12 noon. Gifts and music highlight festivities. A brief business session concludes meeting. First timers and those wishing to have lunch call Ken Zeiner 610-837-7246 before Sat, Dec 22. Cost is $8. Those wishing to attend only the program and meeting should


Tues, 1 pm. Trexlertown Area Senior Group. Trexlertown Fire Co. 610-395-5316. Tues 1:30-4:30 Palmer Senior Group, meet seniors, play cards, share good times. Charles Chrin Community Ctr Palmer Township 610-252-2098 palmercommunitycenter.org Wednesdays noon. Fogelsville Senior Group at Fire Company. Amelia, 610-395-2224. Schnecksville Senior Citizens Group Thursdays: games and social activities 12 noon. Schnecksville Fire Company Rt 309. Info: 610769-7570 Caregiver Support Groups: Live, Love, Learn (special grp. for memory impaired and loved ones), 2nd Tues of month Sacred Heart Hosp, 4:30PM-2nd floor. Upper Bucks Senior Center. See schedule: www.upperbuckssac. com Info: 215-536-3066.

Exercise Bethlehem YMCA. For info on Silver Sneakers and all pgms: www.ymcabethlehem.org/ or 610 867-7588. Allentown YMCA. For info Silver Sneakers and all pgms: Allentown www.allentownymcaywca.org/ or 610-434-9333 Easton YMCA. For info Silver Sneakers and all pgms: familyymca.org/ or 610.258.6158 Arthritis Aquatics M-W-F 11:0011:45 AM or 11:45-12:30PM. 3rd St. Alliance for Women & Children. Month:$38 drop-in: $6, more programs, memberships available. 610-258-6271. Aqua Pilates, Arthritis Aquatics, Aqua Aerobics. Rodale Aquatic Ctr Allentown 610-606-4670.

OxyFit Gym offers 1 hour Silver Sneaker classes on Mon, Tues, and Wed at 10:15 and Thurs. at 9:15 and 10:15. Yoga stretch classes Mon. & Wed. at 11:15. Info: 610-391-0040 or www.oxyfitgym.com.

Dances Wed Dances Lehigh County Senior Ctr 1-4 pm. 1st & 3rd Wed. $7 refreshments. 610-437-3700 www. lehighseniors.org. Sat. Eve Dance Lehigh County Senior Ctr: 8-11 pm. $7 610-437-3700. 3rd Friday – Easton Dance Party at Third St. Alliance, N. 3rd St., Easton. 610-330-9950. Ballroom Dance Sundays, Fearless Fire Co. Allentown, 610-398-8312. Allentown Area Swing Dance. Fearless Fire Co. 1221 S Front St. 610-390-7550. $9 includes lesson 7pm - 8:30, no partner needed. Dec 4 & 11 East Coast Swing, Dec 18 West Coast Swing www. allentownswingdance.org.

Bingo Mon & Thurs 7 PM. Memorial Hall, Liberty Fire Co. Stockertown. 610-759-6811 Wed 5PM game at 6:45PM Volunteer Fire Co Fogelsville Ladies Auxiliary Cash Prizes 610-395-5479 HTCC hosts monthly Community Bingo- 1st Thurs of month at 6:30 pm! Prizes range from $40 to $125. Wed 6PM 7PM Lehigh County Senior Ctr. Free coffee, snacks. $15 includes 4 double cards & 1 pack of specials.610-437-3700 Wed 1pm St. Stevens Church Franklin & Turner St. Allentown. Cards, bingo & refreshments. Thurs at 12.

Alz. Support Groups 2nd Wed 5:30 pm Arden Courts 5151 Hamilton Blvd. Allentown 2nd Tues Alz. support for the memory impaired and spouse or children Arden Courts 5151 Hamilton Blvd. Allentown 610366-9010 3rd Mon 1:00 pm Arden Courts 5151 Hamilton Blvd. Allentown 3rd Sat 3:15pm 410 Krocks Rd. Country Meadows Allentown 3rd Wed 3pm Phoebe Terrace 1925 Turner St. Allentown, 2nd Wed 5:30 pm Sarah Care Adult Day Care 7010 Snow Drift Rd. Allentown, 1st Thurs 1:00pm St. Andrew’s Church 1900 Pennsylvania Ave. Allentown 3rd Thurs 4:30 Westminster Village 2156 Hanover St. Allentown, 3rd Wed 6:30pm Country Meadows Living 4005 Green Pond Rd., Bldg. 4, Bethlehem, 3rd Tues 5:00 pm Kirkland Village 1 Kirkland Village Circle Bethlehem, 4th Mon 2:30pm Moravian Village 526 Wood St. Bethlehem, Last Monday 6:30 pm Traditions of Hanover 5300 Northgate Dr. Bethlehem, 3rd Wed 1:00 pm Third Street Alliance 41 North Third St Easton, 1st Wed 9:30am Moravian Hall Square 175 W. North St. Nazareth. Phoebe’s Alzheimer’s Support Grp 3-4:30 PM 3rd Wed. Phoebe Terrace, 1940 Turner St, Allentown. For those with loved ones with Alzheimer’s or other dementias. 610-794-5273. Phoebe’s Connecting Hearts Geriatric Care - service with

Community Events Bangor Area High School Gary Moffett Memorial Scholarship in memory of deceased classmates. $500 award to senior who exemplifies leadership, service, character and scholastic achievement. Lisa 215-997-2141, ljupright@msn. com. Lehigh County Senior Center 610-437-3700. Social activities throughout the month. Ritter Elementary School Plymouth St. Alletown, alumni, family and friends reunion rescheduled to May 4, 2013 more info to follow. ritterreunion@yahoo.com Hanover Township Comm. Ctr: Weekly or monthly activities: Monday Movie Matinee, Book Discussion Group, Cooking for Two, Pickle Ball, Cards, Red Hat Luncheon. Some have small fee or are free with membership. HTCC is a participating Silver Sneakers location covering your membership fees. 3660 Jacksonville Rd., Bethlehem 610-317-8701 www. hanovercommunitycetner.com

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Classes and Lectures Seniors Who Wish to Re-Enter Workforce. Lehigh County Senior Ctr 1633 Elm St. Allentown, Classes: Basic Computer I & II, Digital Camera, Digital Photos, Intro to Internet. Classes at center and Whitehall Library. 8- 1.5 hr. classes $40 members $80 nonmembers. Membership $20. 610-437-3700 or dndod@aol.com.

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