Brunswick Senior Buzz February 2019

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Brunswick senior Buzz

February 2019

Here When You Need Us Kindred at Home offers a variety of home health services to our patients in their homes or places of residence. Our experienced and compassionate nurses, therapists and other clinical team members provide unique care designed to get you back to doing the activities that you love. We serve Brunswick, New Hanover, Columbus and surrounding counties. (910) 655-4946 For more information, please call us at


We accept patients for care regardless of age, race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability, being a qualified disabled veteran, being a qualified disabled veteran of the Vietnam era, or any other category protected by law, or decisions regarding advance directives. Š 2018 Kindred at Home CSR 194322-01




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i BSRI Administration Staff · Jim Fish, President & CEO · Yvette Gosline, Vice President of Programs & Services · Melody Stephens, Director of Operations · Debra Marlowe, Organizational Development Coordinator · Anita Langin, Accounting Technician · Jennifer Sherman, Director of Case Management · Eddie Jackson, Technology & Reporting Compliance Administrator · Derissa Gore, Case Management Support · Chauvet “Mel” Jackson, Operations Technician · Glen Hemingway Assistant Operations Technician

Brunswick Senior Resources, Inc.

· Sarah Powell, Volunteer Coordinator · Mallory Balice, Program Specialist · Karen Tierney, Receptionist BSRI Center/Site Staff · Victoria Hine, Ash and Shallotte · Mary Green, Boiling Spring Lakes · Courtney Bledsoe, Calabash · Holley Norris, Calabash · René Tarquinio, Calabash · Carol Caldara, Calabash · Ellen Kleinerman, Calabash · Carol Schotter, Calabash · Mike Blandino, Town Creek · Veronica Lett-McGee, Leland · Jade Robinson, Leland · Marilou Smith, Leland

i · Shelley Cooper, Leland · Doug Russell, Leland · Sandy Porcaro, Leland · Janyce Jones, Leland · Pat Green, Leland · Anne Gass, Shallotte · Kathy Gehlhardt, Shallotte · Blair Stanley, Shallotte · Brett Baughman, Shallotte · Brenda Ambrose, Shallotte · Beverly Bridgers, Southport · Melissa Catlett, Southport · Jackie Knott, Southport · Vaughn Hatley, Southport · Cyndy Wallhausser, Southport and Supply · Melissa Starr, Supply · Gloria Pieczarka, Supply · Mike McGurn, Thrift Store


t’s Black History Month, and you can learn about Brunswick County’s African American heritage Feb. 8-10 at the Southport Community Building, 223 East Bay Street. Donnie Joyner, an amateur North Carolinian black history researcher and historian, will present Black History Symposium, A Three-Day Cultural Event. It’s a fascinating glimpse of history for all. On Friday, Feb. 8 at 7 p.m., Carolyn Evans will perform as Harriet Tubman, a leader of the Underground Railroad. Evans is an accomplished actress, educator, and author with many performances and TV appearances. Saturday, Feb. 9 offers a day of lectures and demonstrations. 10 a.m.: Black History Exhibit Opening 11 a.m.: Sweetgrass Basket Demonstration, by Kisha Kinard 2 p.m.: Lisa Anderson presents “African American History and Culture in Southport,” a discussion of black education in Southport followed by a visit to the Fort Johnston/Southport Museum to preview the new exhibit, African-American History and Culture in Southport. 3 p.m.: African-American History and Culture in Southport exhibit opens at Fort Johnston/Southport Museum 5 p.m.: Mike Powell, president and director of the Brunswick Civil War Round Table, discusses African-Americans in the U.S. Navy during the Civil War. On Sunday, Feb. 10 at 3 p.m. enjoy an Old Time Gospel Fest. For more information, visit

Shelagh Clancy Editor, Brunswick Senior Buzz

Letter from a Director

Sherry Wilson, Linda Lineberry, and Diane and Bill James join Melissa Starr, director of the Brunswick Center at Supply, at a recent craft program planning meeting.

Photo contributed

Commit to Healthy Living


he Brunswick Center at Supply happily reopened our doors to participants just in time to ring in the 2019 New Year. Everyone is extremely grateful to be back in our beloved senior center and excited about the changes that we’ve made and those coming in the year ahead. We have been welcoming new participants every day through the month of January and are glad to see former participants joyfully returning. At the end of January, a new assistant director, Casey Freed, joined the Supply Center family. I cordially invite everyone to a Meet & Greet with Casey on February 4 at 9:30 a.m. It’s a fantastic opportunity to get to know Casey and her ideas for upcoming programming, while you share your thoughts and ideas with her. I know that all of you will warmly welcome Casey, as you have me!

Our center has come back and come back strong! We have

exciting plans for the months ahead. Our programs and instructors are better than ever. At the start of February, many of us are looking in the rearview mirror at our thoughtfully crafted and healthy New Year’s resolutions. Supply Center staff and participants have embraced the yearlong commitment and resolve to create and offer center programs designed to make Healthy Living in 2019 a priority. We are offering a variety of fitness classes as well as art and crafting classes to interest all who attend. We are designing personal fitness challenges and developing creative ways to offer classes in the formats requested by you. Plans for a raised bed community garden are taking shape, along with an active Gardening Club and educational presentations on related sustainable gardening topics. We are creating committees to help plan and implement our goals and vision for new programming and the expansion of services. LETTER, continued on page 6

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Over the past six months, I have come to know our Supply center family and realize how multigenerational we are. Our BSRI centers currently have three and four generations of senior adults in attendance. Casey and I want to offer programming that meets the differing needs of those attending. We know that the common thread is that all who attend want to feel vital, valued, and vivacious! We hear you and are

BSRI’s Thrift Store 10001 Beach Dr. Calabash, NC Whether shopping, donating, or volunteering, your support of BSRI’s Thrift Store @ Calabash helps to provide vital services and resources for our senior participants.


Call (910) 579-7488 to schedule pick-up. Your support is greatly appreciated!

ready to help. Our commitment for the coming year is to create the type of programming that meets your personal growth and wellness goals. What we need in return is your commitment to keep showing up and letting us know what we can to do, to build it together. The Brunswick Center at Supply is not just a place, but the start of your healthy living journey!

Melissa Starr, Director The Brunswick Center at Supply

Pet Adoptions at the BSRI Thrift Store in Calabash By Mike McGurn BSRI Thrift Store Operations Manager


id you know that the BSRI Thrift Store in Calabash holds periodic pet adoption events throughout the year? We host the Pet Adoption Unit of The Brunswick County Sheriff's Office Animal Protective Services here at the store several times a year and have been very successful helping them find good homes for some beautiful cats and dogs. During our latest pet adoption event in January, we were able to get a very cute 8-year-old dog adopted to a loving new home!

Our next pet adoption event is scheduled for Saturday, March 9 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. We invite everyone to stop by and check out the animals. Please spread the word and help us in our pet adoption efforts. You can even do some great thrift shopping while you're at it, and grab lunch at one of Calabash's great restaurants. See you March 9!

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See the Barynya Russian Ensemble at the Intercultural Festival.

A Day in the Yard G

ardeners who are new to the N.C. coast can learn about our area at a 7-week course offered by the Brunswick County Extension Master Gardeners. Called Day in the Yard, this course will be offered in Carolina Shores, Leland, Oak Island, and St. James. The series is taught by Master Gardeners and covers Soils and Fertilization, Lawns and Irrigation, Woody Ornamentals and Pruning, Annuals, Perennials and Bulbs, Insects, Diseases & Pesticides, Native Plant Landscaping, and Vegetables & Herbs. Here are the four locations and dates: 

Carolina Shores: Southwest Brunswick Branch Library, 9400 Ocean Highway West. Meets Wednesdays from 1-3:30 p.m. from Feb. 6 to March 20.

Leland: Leland Library, 487 Village Road. Meets Thursdays from 1-3:30 p.m. from Feb. 7 to March 21.

Oak Island: Recreation Center, 3003 East Oak Island Drive. Meets Mondays from 9 to 11:30 a.m. from Feb. 4 through March 18.

St James: St. James Community Center, 4136 Southport-Supply Road, SE. Meets Tuesdays from 1-3:30 p.m. from Feb. 5 through March 19.

The cost is $85 and includes a copy of Gardening by the Month in Coastal Carolina, a publication of the Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Association of Brunswick County. To register, please contact Thomas Woods or Gina Britton of the extension office at (910) 253 2610.


WHEN: Wed. Feb. 20th 2:30-3:30 WHERE: 3620 Express Dr. Shallotte NC 28451 (Shallotte Senior Center upstairs) WHY: Grab a cup of coffee, relax and

Call Sarah Powell (910) 754-2300 ext. 1022 for more details and to RSVP for Joe and GO!!

turn your attention to our travel representative with Collette Tours. Christopher will be available to give you the inside scoop about all the exciting tours in 2019. There will also be time to talk about the Niagara Falls trip offered by PML tours. You will get to know fellow travelers and have a chance register for any trip offered! Tell us where you want to go and learn more about BSRI’s Travel Program! This event is open to anyone who may be interested in traveling with us. Call to Reserve your seat!

The Lusciousness of Lemon Photo by Joan Leotta

By Joan Leotta


hile no one disputes the romance that is chocolate, since I cannot indulge in that silky sweet, I’ve had to devise other exquisitely romantic desserts to share with my sweetie. My first choice for romance is lemon—after all, part of my heritage is the Amalfi area of Italy where lemons reign supreme and limoncello liquor was developed. Lemon’s bright color is an antidote to winter gray and more substantially, a wonderful source of vitamin C, one of the great helpers in warding off colds. The Meyer lemon is widely available in the U.S. and like its Amalfi cousin is touted for its less tart properties. However, with the addition of a little bit of sugar, all lemons are delicious. From my perspective, romantic lemon desserts are a bit like real life—tartness gives them a zest that the all sweet of chocolate ignores. I like my mini-lemon tarts because they require no cooking and are lovely to look at, easy to eat, and can be made in whatever quantity you wish. For those who require gluten-free sweets, the second recipe is from the wonderful food blogger Alida Zamperini’s website,

By Holly Tate A cup of coffee and a slice of pie were all it took to bring Marilyn and Ed Harvilchuck together. Well, almost all! They met at a country restaurant favored by locals and visitors alike for its friendly, neighborhood atmosphere and delicious pies.

Called the Station Diner, their meeting place was conveniently situated in Clarks Summit, Pa., near several major highways, and drew regular visitors like long-distance trucker Ed Harvilchuck.

Marilyn and Ed Harvilchuck were married in August 1968.

One day while sipping coffee, Ed asked a new waitress what kind of pie she recommended. She pointed to the freshest pies, which, she told him, were much better than the dayold ones. She probably wasn’t supposed to describe the pies that way, but Marilyn wasn’t a regular waitress; she was just filling in to help out the diner’s owner. Ed enjoyed kidding around with the waitresses. He’d listen to other patrons making the women laugh with flattering remarks and elaborate offers of trips to Las Vegas or Paris and other faraway locations. But not Ed; he didn’t exaggerate or offer insincere compliments. He

presented Marilyn with an invitation to dinner and the opportunity to take in some well-known sights in the area.

Ed borrowed a car for their first date. The restaurant he originally chose was closed, so they went to see the renowned Archbald Pothole, a 38-foot-deep vertical tunnel created by glaciers. They moved on to view an anthracite coal-mine fire that had been burning for years, and watched for a while as excavators worked to put it out. Then it was time for dinner at the popular Carbondale Hotel. The meal was

good, according to Ed, but he had forgotten his wallet and Marilyn had to pay the bill.

The Harvilchucks live in Boiling Spring Lakes. They are celebrating 50 years of marriage.

Dating Ed was met with raised eyebrows by Marilyn’s parents, since not only was he 15 years her senior, but they thought the trucking business wouldn’t provide a solid future. Marilyn thought Ed’s profession was just fine and Ed’s father thought the same about Marilyn.

Photo by Holly Tate

Ed’s father said, “Why the heck do you want to marry that so-andso?” Noting the big smile on his face, Marilyn responded, “Because I love him.”

Marilyn and Ed were married in Pittston, Pa., in August 1968. Ed subsequently sold his trucking business and joined the Teamsters union in 1976. After the early years of their marriage in Allentown, Pa., Ed and Marilyn lived for about 20 years in New Paltz, N.Y., where they raised three girls and Marilyn attended the State University of New York. She went to college at the same time as her children and earned a bachelor’s degree in business in her mid-40s. The Harvilchucks moved to Boiling Spring Lakes, near their daughter Gina, in 1998. They are justifiably proud of daughters Gina (married to Franklin Mertens), a computer designer and programmer living in Boiling Spring Lakes; Shelly (married to Carl Adams), who taught college-level computer science in North Carolina, now in California; and Helen, an

emergency physician in Naples, Fla. Marilyn and Ed have 10 grandchildren and three greatgrandchildren and love to share stories about their adventures.

Most weekdays now you’ll find Ed and Marilyn at the Brunswick Center at Southport. Whether chatting with staff, sharing family news with friends, or enjoying the camaraderie at lunch, the

Harvilchucks relish their social network and the welcoming atmosphere at the Brunswick Center. Ed also enjoys a game of pool or pickleball as well as a good boxing match to keep him on his toes. They both love the marriage game, as evidenced by their sweet dispositions, easy manner, and more than 50 years together. Happy Valentine’s Day, Marilyn and Ed!

By Donna Ruth Morgan


hese best-selling thrillers debuted in 2018 and are available through the Brunswick County Library System. The Boy at the Keyhole by Stephen M. Giles is a subtly frightening book—ominous, deliberate, and nudging at horror. The setting and characters are perfectly drawn for suspense: a stately, isolated home, a lonely child full of fantasies and misbeliefs, an aloof housekeeper who keeps secrets, and a mysteriously missing parent. This is a fast read with atmosphere and plot building in intensity to a shocking end. Mr. Giles captures the thrill of the unknown and a nearly

unbearable tension in his “can’t put it down” novel. Tanya French’s The Witch Elm is intense but a bit uneven. Family connections and long-buried secrets are the heart of this book. There is heavy action in the beginning, but characters are thinly drawn, with the exception of Toby, the injured protagonist, and dying Uncle Hugo, a genealogist. The end part of the novel is superlative—replete with imperfect memories and mistaken identities—and deftly closes the loop on the transitory nature of luck and privilege. Ms. French’s social commentary is nicely buried in psychological tension and builds to a satisfying and spine-tingling conclusion.

The Reckoning is not the usual John Grisham legal thriller. Its hook is murder, a trial, and the mystery of an undivulged motive from a self-confessed killer. Its middle segues into an over-long segment about the horrors and effects of being a Japanese POW of war. Compared to first-person accounts of this era, Mr. Grisham’s effort is more like a (boring) history lesson and less about character development. The finale highlights racism and white privilege, which failed to connect me with the characters. The out-of-left field resolution is crammed into a few pages—an unwelcome departure from the deftly-placed clues that grace previous works by this novelist.

hard black covering that allows it to survive in soil. Remove dead flowers off of the ground to prevent the fungus from spreading.

Caring for

Camellias C

amellias are cherished plants of the south. Their pink, red, and white flowers provide a sense of spring in fall and winter. Proper care can help keep this plant healthy all year long. Camellias are suitable for Brunswick County’s hardiness zone of 8A, but they are susceptible to cold injury. Cold injury may occur to flowers that open from December to April. Here a few things you can do to protect camellias from winter injury: 

Before a cold front arrives, make sure that camellias and other evergreen plants are watered well.

Established camellias appreciate regular water, as long as drainage it good. They can survive and even thrive on little supplemental moisture. Overwatering can lead to rot root. Yellowing leaves, with the oldest affected first, are a sign of root rot. 

Fertilizing properly throughout the year will improve the health of the plant and will make it better able to withstand cold temperatures.

Fertilize camellias with a commercial acid plant food after the flowers have dropped. Camellias should be fertilized with materials containing 10 to 16 percent nitrogen. Some examples are 12-4-8, 12-6-6, or 16-4-8. These materials often have some nitrogen in slow release form. Generally, about 2 to 4 pounds per 1000 square feet of a complete fertilizer like the ones listed above is recommended per year. It is best to apply this fertilizer in a split application. Apply about one pound of fertilizer per 1000 square feet in March, May, and July. Don’t fertilize after August since it may promote new growth that could be damaged by cold temperatures later. 

Planting in partial shade also provides protection from quickly changing temperatures.

It is important to remove dead flowers and prune back camellias. Flowers with irregular tan to light brown spots are a sign of flower blight. The fungus develops a small

Pruning lower branches will improve air flow and allow access to dead flowers near the center of the plant. Restricted air flow can lead to algal leaf spot and canker. Algal leaf spot is present when leaves have blotches of silver-grey or tan raised spots. Canker will cause new growth to wilt and drop off. Prune back damaged leaves and stems and discard. Sterilize pruning tools before using them on another plant. Aphids, scale, and spider mites are a few pests that can damage camellias. Aphids excrete honeydew that will cause the leaves to have a sooty mold. Scale lives on the bottom of the leaf and, in severe infestations, can look fuzzy in a cluster. Spider mites are very tiny (less than 1/50 inch) and found most commonly on the undersides of leaves. Eggs, cast skins, and silken webs are also signs of mites. Insecticidal soaps and horticultural oils may be used to control these pests. Wilmington, officially recognized as a Camellia City, will host the 69th Tidewater Camellia Club Show from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 23. The show attracts exhibitors from all across the Southeastern U.S. and has grown to one of the largest, best-attended shows in the country. Camellia experts will display more than 1,000 blooms for evaluation by American Camellia Society judges. An excellent selection of camellias will also be available for purchase. The show is free and will be held at the New Hanover County Arboretum, 6206 Oleander Dr., Wilmington.

ASH SENIOR NUTRITION SITE Activity Calendar Calendar is subject to change Victoria Hine, Manager Waccamaw Community Building 5859 Waccamaw School Road, Ash, NC 29420 Call 910-754-2300 Ext. 1053 For Reservations Operating Hours: 9:30-1:30 Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday Lunch Served at 12 PM

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9:30 Coffee with Friends 10:00 Puzzles 10:45 11:30 Exercise 11:30 12:15 Stretch 12:00 Lunch 12:00 Speaker 12:30 Rummikub

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9:30 Coffee with Friends 10:00 Puzzles 10:45 11:30 Exercise 11:30 12:15 Stretches 12:00 Lunch 12:05 Blood Pressure Check 12:30 Rummikub

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9:30 Coffee with Friends 10:00 Puzzles 10:45 11:30 Exercise 11:30 12:15 Stretches 12:00 Lunch 12:30 Rummikub

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9:30 Coffee with Friends 10:00 Puzzles 10:45 11:30 Exercise 11:30 12:15 Stretches 12:00 Lunch 12:30 Rummikub

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Coffee with Friends Puzzles 12:15 Exercise Lunch Games Stretch Exercise

Coffee with Friends Puzzles 12:15 Exercise Lunch Games Stretch Exercise

Coffee with Friends Puzzles 12:15 Exercise Lunch Games Stretch Exercise

Thursday 7 9:30 Coffee with Friends 10:00 Puzzles 10:45 11:30 Exercise 11:30 12:15 Stretch 12:00 Lunch 12:15 Nutrition 12:30 Bingo

14 9:30 Coffee with Friends 10:00 Puzzles 10:45 11:30 Exercise 11:30 12:15 Stretch 12:00 Lunch 12:30 Bingo HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY

21 9:30 Coffee with Friends 10:00 Puzzles 10:45 11:30 Exercise 11:30 12:15 Stretch 12:00 Lunch 12:30 Bingo

28 Coffee with Friends Puzzles 12:15 Exercise Lunch Games Stretch Exercise

9:30 Coffee with Friends 10:00 Puzzles 10:45 Exercise 12:00 Lunch 12:15 Cake and Ice Cream Social 12:30 Bingo

The Ash Senior Site recently had a cake walk. Cake walk winners, below from left, are Ruby Frink, Norbit Carlyle, and Wilbert Evans.

BSRI Nutrition Program

at Boiling Spring Lakes Parks & Recreation Department

1 Leeds Road Boiling Spring Lakes, NC 28461 910-363-0018 BSRI Nutrition Program Operating Hours: 10am to 2pm Monday, Wednesday, & Friday 910-754-2300 Program Information or 363-0018

February 2019 Monday

Boiling Spring Lakes Senior Site Activity Calendar

*Subject to change, email or call Karlin 910-363-0018 ext.2 or* Tuesday



Upcoming! Sunday, Feb 10th: Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat Show $37 Saturday, Feb 9th: Boat Safety Course Sunday, March 3rd: Patsy Cline Show $35 Tuesday, March 12th: Fritz Memorial Rummikub Tournament Saturday. March 23rd: Clean Sweep


1 10am Walking Class 11am TOPS 11am Fit 4 Life 11:30 FREE BP TESTING 12pm Senior Lunch 12:30pm Rummikub 12:30 Dominoes, Dice and Cards

4 9am Card Making 10am Qi Gong 11am Fit 4 Life 12pm Senior Lunch 12:30pm Rummikub 12:30 Cards & Dice 6:15pm All Levels Yoga

5 9:30-10:30am Clogging 6:30 Line Dance Club

6 10am Walking Class 11am Fit 4 Life 12pm Senior Lunch 12:30pm Rummikub 12:30 Cards & Dice 6:15-7:15pm Zumba

7 10am Mah Jong 6pm All Levels Yoga

8 10am Walking Class 11am TOPS 11am Fit 4 Life 12pm Senior Lunch 12:30pm Ice Cream Birthday Social 12:30pm Rummikub 12:30 Dominoes, Dice and Cards

11 10am Qi Gong 11am Fit 4 Life 12pm Senior Lunch 12:30pm Rummikub 12:30 Cards & Dice 6:15pm All Levels Yoga

12 10:30am Spa Day and Lunch 9:30-10:30am Clogging 6:30 Line Dance Club

13 10am Walking Class 11am Fit 4 Life 12pm Senior Lunch 12pm Spirit Day: Sweetheart Lunch 12:30pm Rummikub 12:30 Cards & Dice 6:15-7:15pm Zumba

14 10am Mah Jong 6pm All Levels Yoga

15 10am Walking Class 11am TOPS 11am Fit 4 Life 12pm Senior Lunch 12:30pm Rummikub 12:30 Dominoes, Dice and Cards

18 10am Qi Gong 11am Fit 4 Life 12pm Senior Lunch 12:30pm Rummikub 12:30 Cards & Dice 6:15pm All Levels Yoga

19 9:30-10:30am Clogging 6:30 Line Dance Club

20 10am Walking Class 11am Fit 4 Life 12pm Senior Lunch 12:30pm Rummikub 12:30 Cards & Dice 6:15-7:15pm Zumba

21 10am Mah Jong 12pm Lunch Bunch: Blue Cow 6pm All Levels Yoga

22 10am Walking Class 11am TOPS 11am Fit 4 Life 12pm Senior Lunch 12:30pm Rummikub 12:30 Dominoes, Dice and Cards

25 10am Qi Gong 11am Fit 4 Life 12pm Senior Lunch 12:30pm Rummikub 12:30 Cards & Dice 6:15pm All Levels Yoga

26 9:30-10:30am Clogging 6:30 Line Dance Club

27 10am Walking Class 11am Fit 4 Life 12pm Senior Lunch 12:30pm Rummikub 12:30 Cards & Dice 6:15-7:15pm Zumba

28 10am Mah Jong 11am Brown Bag and a Movie 6pm All Levels Yoga

Boiling Spring Lakes Parks & Recreation Department 1 Leeds Road Boiling Spring Lakes, NC 910-363-0018 Program Information

SHOWS! Sunday, Feb 10th: Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat $37 

Sunday, March 3rd: Patsy Cline Show $35 

Happy Birthday! February 8th 12:30pm 2nd Friday of every month, we celebrate the birthdays of the month with an ICE CREAM SUNDAE SOCIAL!

Upcoming! Saturday, Feb 9th: Boat Safety Course 

Saturday. March 23rd: Boiling Spring Lakes Clean Sweep 

Rummikub Tournament Tuesday, March 12th: Fritz Memorial Rummikub Tournament in Honor of Fritz Wackernagel

For both shows meet at the BSL Community Center at 11am to leave. Lunch before (on your own) then the show at 3pm. Return to the community center.

FREE EVENTS!! Friday, February 1st 11:30-12:30am Blood Pressure Testing provided by Community Hospice at BSL Community Center, first Friday of every month. Do you follow us on Facebook? Make sure you do, we have contest and other fun games to win great prizes! BSLparksandrecreation

We also email out our calendar monthly. Would you like to join? Email Karlin to request to be added at






DAILY “Drop In” Activities: Reading, Coffee w/Friends (8A), Fitness Room, Table Games (2P-4P), Coloring, and more! No Symbol = No Fee (Contributions always appreciated); $ = Fee Associated ; ^ = Requires Advanced Registration; * = New Offering/Time

8:30 Meditation 9:15 Tai Chi



10:30 20/20/20

10:30 Geri-Fit






Chair Arthritis


BINGO $0.50

10:30 Chair Arthritis+ 10:00 Line Dancing

12p Lunch 12p Lunch 12p Lunch 12:30 Yoga 12:00 Open Art 1:00 Ballroom Dancing 1:15 Beginner 1:00 Rummikub 1:00 BINGO $0.50 Mah Jongg 1:00 Dulcimer Group (Sign up in Lobby)

9:00 Hoop It Up! $3 9:30 Knitting & Crocheting 10:30 Geri-Fit

12 Lunch

12 Lunch

12:00 Painter’s 1:00 Chair Yoga Hour 1:00 Mah Jongg 1:30 Paint with 3:00 On Guard $5 Michelle Self Defense Class

2:00 Bridge




10050 Beach Dr. SW Calabash, NC


Tech Help 11:00-1:00P

Mallory’s Nutrition Class 12:15P Weight Loss Contest Meet-Up 12:30P Health Discussion with Saber Heathcare 12:30P 18


Cooking with Carol 2:00P

Tech Help 11:00-1:00P

Final Weight Loss Contest Meet-Up 12:30P


HRS: 8AM-4PM M-F 910-754-7427



Valentine Card Craft 12:30P Hope4NC Discussion/ Counseling 12:30P

5 Advance Directives 6 Blood Pressure Discussion 12:30P Checks Computer Applications 11:00A Class 1:00P



15 14 Senior Games Presentation 12:30P Common Shoulder Pine Needle Basket Weaving $22 Injuries Discussion 12:30P 12:30P Writers Bloc 1:00-3:00P

13 Betty’s Stylish Hats Class 1:30P Caregiver Support Group 2:00P

19 20 Computer Applications Betty’s Stylish Hats 1:00P 1:30P Visit with Bella 1:30P 26

Center Day Trip $ Details TBA, See Front Desk

Visit with Bella 1:30P

Financial Planning For Retirees 2:00-4:00P


21 22 Yoga for Better Sleep Cinema at the Center! 1:00P $5 1:00PM After Lunch

28 Birthday Celebration 12:30P Fall Risk Assessment Pine Needle 12:30P Basket Weaving $22 12:30P Yoga for Arthritis & Osteoporosis $5 1:00P Writers Bloc 1:00-3:00P


Want updates about Schedule Changes, Cancellations, Closings? Add your name to our ReGroup Notification list in the Front Lobby!

10050 Beach Dr. SW Calabash, NC 28467 910-754-7427

Courtney Bledsoe, Director Holley Norris, Assistant Director

Color/Symbol Legend: No Symbol = No Fee (Contributions always appreciated); $ = Fee Associated ; ^ = Requires Advanced Registration


Blood Pressure Screenings by Amedisys Feb. 6th , 11:00 Fall Risk Assessment by Level Up Physical Therapy Feb. 27th, 12:30 PRESENTATIONS Hope4NC with SAMSHA & Trillium Health Resources. Feb. 1st, 12:30 Counseling for natural & human-caused disasters through the provision of community-based outreach & psychoeducational services. Advance Directives Discussion with Haylie Long from Lower Cape Fear Hospice. Feb. 5th, 12:30 Health Discussion by Saber Health Care Feb. 11th, 12:30 Mallory’s Monthly Nutrition Class by Mallory Balice, BSRI’s Program Specialist. Feb. 11th, 12:15 Senior Games Presentation by Joyce Lowrimore Feb. 14th, 12:30 Common Shoulder Injuries Discussion by Coastal Integrative Health Feb. 15th, 12:30 Fall Risk Assessments by Level Up Physical Therapy Feb. 27th, 12:30 Financial Planning for Retirees by Matthew Weissman (Class Series, 3/3) Feb. 7th, 2:00-4:00 Advanced registration required. Sign up at the Center at Calabash or call (910) 754-7427.


Valentine Card Craft with Linda Genevie Feb. 1st, 12:30 Betty’s Stylish Hats with Betty Pratt Feb. 13th & 20th, 1:30 All you need to bring is a hat & neck tie. Betty will show you the rest! Pine Needle Basket Weaving with Zada Mae Feb. 14th & 28th, 12:30 $22 Zada Mae provides each participant with a weaving kit to craft their own basket. No experience needed!

Hours of Operation: Monday through Friday 8:00am to 4:00pm

OTHER GROUPS, WORKSHOPS, & CENTER ACTIVITIES Computer Applications with Barbara Bragg Feb. 5th & 19th, 1:00-2:30 This month will cover Personal Budget Planning based on your estimated income & expenses for a year. You will learn to put data into a worksheet to help with financial decisions. SHAG Lessons with John Hutton & Katy O’Neill Tuesdays Jan. 8th-Feb. 26th, 5:30-8:30 No Class 02/12 In just 7 weeks, $60 per person, you will be ready to tear up the dance floor with your perfected SHAG moves! Please Register in advance by calling (910) 619-8265 or email to save your spot! Caregiver Support Group facilitated by Ellen Cameron. Feb. 13th, 2:00 Writer’s Bloc Group with Buddy Worrell & Tom Rieber Feb. 14th & 28th, 1:00-3:00 Come join others who have a passion for writing and receive a friendly critique on your work! Weight Loss Contest Meet-Ups with Mallory Balice, BSRI’s Program Specialist. Feb. 11th & 25th, 12:30 The Annual “New Year, New You” Weight Loss Contest began in Jan. The winner will receive a grand prize for attending every meeting AND losing the most % in weight. Program lasts 4 weeks, with meetings every other Monday. Meetings include weigh-ins, discussions on health, & weekly challenges. Tech Help with Susan Mellady. Feb. 4th & 25th, 11:00-1:00 Bring in your PC, Tablet, or Cell Phone and Susan will be here to give you some one-on-one help with all things technology! Cooking with Carol Feb. 18th, 2:00 Join Calabash Nutrition Site Coordinator, Carol Caldara for a cooking lesson! Yoga for Better Sleep with Mary Beth Ribar. Feb. 21st, 1:00 $5 Stretches & breathing to help you fall asleep & go back to sleep Cinema at the Center Feb 22nd, begins at 1:00 (Just After Lunch) You are invited to enjoy a movie and popcorn on us! The Center Day Trip $ Feb. 26th Details TBA. Check in at the front desk for more info. Yoga for Arthritis & Osteoporosis with Mary Beth Ribar. Feb. 28th, 1:00 $5 Movements to keep joints flexible & to strengthen the muscles around them. Monthly Birthday Celebration After Congregate Lunch. Feb. 28th, 12:30

10050 Beach Dr. SW Calabash, NC 28467 910-754-7427

Courtney Bledsoe, Director Holley Norris, Assistant Director

Hours of Operation: Monday through Friday 8:00am to 4:00pm

More Reasons to Mark Your Calendar... OUR NEWEST WEEKLY CLASSES

Knitting & Crocheting with Kathy Simpson & Lili Meisner. Fridays, 9:30 Group open to all, no experience needed! Dulcimer Group Mondays, 1:00-3:00 No Experience Required! Come join in, learn how to play, or just listen & have some fun! Painter’s Hour Come and paint with other local Calabash Artists. Thursdays, 12:00 Mah Jongg Another Group of Mah Jongg lovers will be gathering Thursdays, 1:00 Paint with Michelle Fridays, 1:30-3:30 Each month you will explore a new method of painting with Michelle Harrison! A supply list can be found in the Art Studio or you can call 910-754-7427. ON GUARD Self Defense Class Thursday, 3:00-4:00

Hanging out with Santa

($5) Drop-In Fee

Learn protective strategies from instructor Dean Sutzer to keep you safe and aware!

Check out all of our smiling Geri-Fitters!

Kathie & Vera helping at our Christmas Party

Address: 10050 Beach Dr. SW Calabash, NC HRS: 8AM-4PM, Monday-Friday ~ PH: 910-754-7427 A FAMILIAR FACE FROM THE BRUNSWICK CENTER AT CALABASH BY BARBARA WEBER

Jim Rohan came to Calabash five years ago from Long Island to benefit his health with warmer weather. The second oldest of five children, he joins a brother living nearby. Jim is a retired custodian after 35 years of service at the John Glenn High School in the Elwood School District. With a beautiful white beard and a head full of white hair, one can hardly miss Rohan. “Everyone thinks I’m Santa,” he says with a laugh. “Actually, I just like to spend my time collecting records, CDs and DVDs,” he says. “I go to Record Conventions in Long Island to hunt for old, new, and rare pieces. I find that the best place to discover records is in Loris.” Rohan also likes rock music, going to concerts, and travelling to estate and yard sales. Ricky Nelson is one of Rohan’s many favorite singers. He was thrilled, while on one search, to find a Nelson record to purchase. Rohan always enjoys coming to the Senior Center for the good lunches & sociability.

By Mallory Balice Program Specialist


ebruary is National Canned Food Month. We like canned foods for their long shelf life and convenience. Below are some tips for using canned foods. 

Throw away dented, bulging cans. Always check the can before purchasing.

Read food labels – choose canned foods that are low in sodium, fat, and sugar.

Store canned foods in your pantry. Don’t keep them above the stove or anywhere with hot temperatures.

Use the “First In, First Out“ rule: Place older canned foods towards the front of the shelf.

Rule of Thumb: Always keep canned foods on hand (canned soup, tomatoes, fruits, vegetables, beans, etc.) for fast and easy meals!

By Holly Tate


ebruary is American Heart Month, an event that reminds Americans to focus on their hearts. It’s the perfect month to incorporate heart-healthy behaviors into your life and share heart health information. For starters, the American Heart Association (AHA) web site ( is brimming with ideas, tips, and suggestions for heart-healthy living, including healthy eating, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, and fitness for life. Here are a few:

Create lasting change in your health and your life by eating smart, moving more, and being well. Join Healthy for Good on the AHA web site, and receive

shareable tips and videos to help you follow this simple, highly effective approach to lifetime health.

Moving toward a healthier future after a heart attack can be overwhelming. What should you do to maintain heart health? How do you establish healthy eating habits and stick to them? To help, the AHA offers My Cardiac Coach, a personalized recovery toolkit that provides access via smartphone to all the information you need. Get this free mobile app on the Apple App Store and Google Play.

Volunteer, participate, or donate to the AHA Heart Ball to help build healthier lives, free of

cardiovascular disease and stroke. Heart Ball festivities include cocktails and dinner, an opportunity to Open Your Heart and further support AHA’s objectives, and an exciting live auction, entertainment, and dancing. The Cape Fear Heart Ball is on Saturday, Feb. 9, at the Hotel Ballast in Wilmington. For more information or tickets, please contact Ashley Miller at (910) 538-9270 or ashley.miller You can also visit The Myrtle Beach Heart Ball will take place on Saturday, Feb. 16, at the Marina Inn at Grande Dunes. For more information and tickets, contact Becky Fallan at (843) 282-2907 or

February 2019 - Weekly Activity Schedule EVERY MONDAY





Black = No Fee (Contributions always appreciated); Green or $ = Fee Based Class; Red ^ = Requires Prior Sign Up; Blue = New Offering/Time 10:30

Chair Aerobics


Strength & Core


Total Body Cond.


$-TRX Series^


Morning Yoga



10:00 Painting


Line Dancing-Int.

10:30 Balance Class



11:30 $-Zumba Gold


Computer Help

10:30 $-BINGO (cancelled 2/14)

$-Super Sampler^


10:00 Geri-Fit 11:00 Line Dancing-Beg.

10:30 Arthritis Exercise

11:30 Larks Choir Practice 12p Lunch

12p Lunch

11:30a EARLY Lunch

12p Lunch


Monday Crafts


Sleep Mats



12:30 Senior Bootcamp


Walk w/ Ease


$-Parkinson’s Ex. I^





Mah Jongg


$-Parkinson’s Ex. II^ 1:00


$-Cardio Dance^


12p Lunch 1:30


Oil Painting

Bridge Club $-Hybrid Yoga^

Class Rooms & Times Are Subject to Change. Look for Posted Flyers or Subscribe to email updates from

February 2019 - Monthly Calendar MONDAY




121 Town Hall Dr. Leland, NC. Hours: M 8a-5:30p, T-F 8a-4p 910-754-7701


A1c Screening 9a-1p

Sr. Citizens Academy10:15a 11


Wt. Loss 10a Sewing 12-3p



7 6 Hand & Foot 1p


Children’s Home Project Presentation 10:30a

14 V’Day Party 10a

Sr. Citizens Academy 10:15a

19 20 21 Wt. Loss 10a Sewing 12p Hand & Foot 1p Meet w/Sandy BP Checks Leland’s Case Tools for 10:30a Manager, 12p Caregivers 1:30p 26

Sr. Citizens Academy 10:15a

Tools for Caregivers 1:30p

27 Coups for Troups 9:30a

8 Understanding Hospice 10:30a

Vet Meetup1p

Nutrition Ed.12p


BIRTHDAYS Cake at Lunch Game Day 1p

Sr. Citizens Academy 10:15a 18


15 Game Day 1p

Caregiver Grp 10a


Caregiver Grp 10a Book Club 2-3p

22 Music w/Willie 10a

Regular Monthly & Semimonthly Events: Daily Announcements: During Lunch 1st Fridays, (At Lunch): Celebrate Birthdays 1st & 3rd Tuesdays, 12p: Sewing Bee 1st & 3rd Weds, 1p: Hand & Foot Card Game 1st & 3rd Friday, 1p: Game Day 2nd & 4th Thurs, 10a: Caregiver Support Grp 2nd Tuesdays: Monthly Outing (Details TBA) 2nd Tuesdsays, 12p: Monthly Nutrition Ed. 3rd Mondays, 10:30a Hired Hands Music (Rescheduled this month)

3rd Thursdays, 12p: Meet with a Case Mgr Last Wednesdays, 9:30a: Coups for Troops 4th Thursday, 2-3p: Leland Center Book Club 4th Fridays, 10a: Music with Willie Special Events & Presentations: 2/4: A1c Screening 9:00a—1:00p 2/4: Senior Citizens Academy 10:15a 4 Week Series by The Sheriff's Dept.

2/5 & 2/19: Weight Loss Challenge 10a 2/6: Veteran Meetup 1:00p American Legion Post #68

2/8: Understanding Hospice 10:30a LCFH Talk by Lower Cape Fear Hospice

2/13: Children’s Home Project Pres. 10:30a 2/14: Valentine’s Day Party 10:00a– 12p 2/19 & 2/26th: Powerful Tools for Caregivers 1:30p– 6 Week Series by Cape Fear Hospice

2/20: Blood Pressure Checks 10:30a

121 Town Hall Drive NE Leland, NC 28451 910-754-7701

~A NC Certified Senior Center of Excellence~ Veronica Lett-McGee, Director Jade Robinson, Assistant Director

Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday 8:00am to 4:00pm

The Leland Center Motto:

“Count your life by smiles, not tears. Count your age by friends, not years.”



A1c/DIABETES SCREENING February 4th @ 9:00a to 1:00p



Offered on Tuesdays 11:30a - 12:30p

Offered by the YMCA

Valentine’s Party February 14th, 2019 10a to 12p BINGO is CANCELLED

Offered by Lower Cape Fear Hospice

February 8th @ 10:30a



Fridays: 11a ARTHRITIS EX, 12:30p BALANCE

Offered by Liberty Homecare & Hospice

February 20th @ 10:30a

Veteran Meet Up Come Chat & Learn More About Veteran Admin Benefits!

AARP Tax Prep Effective January 1, 2019 Now Accepting Ages 50+ !!! $99 Annual Fee for Ages 50-59 Fee Does NOT Include Lunch or Fee-based Classes

ONGOING INDEPENDENT “DROP-IN” ACTIVITIES: Puzzles, Books, Magazines, Card Games, Rummikub, TV, Billiards, Exercise Equipment, Board Games, Simple Sewing, Horseshoes, Corn Hole, Socialization, Walking, & Coloring Sheets.

February 4th - April 15th Mon, Wed & Thurs. 1:30pm - 5:00pm Appointment slots will be assigned first come first served on day of service.

Please do not arrive before 1pm

First Meeting: February 6th at 1p

Bible Study! Exploring Interest See Flyer/Front for Details

Join Our Gardening Club!

Leland Food Pantry

Looking for dedicated volunteers to help establish a raised bed garden.

OPENING SPRING 2019 Eligibility Requirements at Front Desk

Email us your interest & availability

121 Town Hall Drive NE Leland, NC 28451 910-754-7701

~A NC Certified Senior Center of Excellence~ Veronica Lett-McGee, Director Jade Robinson, Assistant Director

Looking Back...

Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday 8:00am to 4:00pm

Many Thanks to all who came to celebrate with us!

We had so much fun at our Center Holiday Party! ! ! Meet Edna Roy & David Outlaw! “Be nice to someone else and they’ll be nice to you. Also, be nice to elderly women, little children, old dogs, and drink plenty of watermelon wine!” Wise words from a wise duo, Edna Roy and David Outlaw , who are this month’s “Senior Spotlight.” Edna is originally from Darlington, South Carolina, and David is a native of this area, born in Duplin County. While Edna moved closer to our area, moving to Wilmington in the 1950s, David moved away to Augusta, Georgia. Upon his return in 1984, David worked at DEG Film Studios for 17 years. During his career, David saw the local film industry boom, working on over twenty TV shows like Matlock and One Tree Hill. He has met and worked alongside actors such as Paul Newman, Robert Duvall, and George Clooney! Edna and David’s paths crossed 13 years ago, through church and participating at the original Leland Senior Center. They enjoy traveling to Lake Waccamaw to eat steamed oysters and watching “the soaps” together. On Saturday nights you can catch them grabbing dollar ice cream cones from McDonald’s and people-watching outside of the Piggly Wiggly. You can even catch them at Town Hall Meetings, advocating for senior issues. Together, they have witnessed and advocated for the tremendous growth seen both in our center and in the greater Leland area. We love having you, Edna and David!

102 47th Street Oak Island, NC 28461

Call 910-278-3622 or 278-6552 910-754-2300 For Reservations Deanna Eddinger, Community Center Director Rodney, Stephanie & Sam Community Center Assistants Operating Hours: (M,T, W, Th) 9:30 am-2:00 pm



Senior Activity Calendar February 2019 Monday



(Subject to Change)


Clarence C 2/10 Jocelyn M. 2/22. Mary M. 2/23 Randy W. 2/23 Gene Mc. 2/28 4 9am Trip to Wal Mart 10:30 Pool Pals 11:45 am Senior Lunch 12:30 pm Rummikub 12:30pm Social Time 1:30 Board Games

5 10:00 am Rummikub 10:30 Playing Pool 11:15 Sit & Be Fit 11:45 am Senior Lunch 12:30 pm BINGO 1:30 Board Games

9 10:00 am Social Time 10:30 Pool Pals 11:45 am Senior Lunch 12:30 pm Rummikub 12:30pm Social Time 1pm Drumming

10 8am Sr. Errands 10:00 am Rummikub 10:30 Playing Pool 11:15 Sit & Be Fit/Yoga 11:45 am Senior Lunch 12:30 pm BINGO

14 9am Trip to Wal Mart 10:30 Pool Pals 11:45 am Senior Lunch 12:30 pm Rummikub 12:30pm Social Time 1:30 Board Games

15 10:00 am Rummikub 10:30 Playing Pool 11:15 Sit & Be Fit 11:45 am Senior Lunch 12:30 pm BINGO 1:30 Card Games

16 10:00 am Social Time 10:30 Pool Pals 11:45 am Senior Lunch 12:30 pm Rummikub 12:30pm Social Time 1pm Drumming

17 8am Sr. Errands 10:00 am Rummikub 10:30 Playing Pool 11:15 Sit & Be Fit/Yoga 11:45 am Senior Lunch 12:30 pm BINGO

21 9am Trip to Wal Mart 10:30 Pool Pals 11:45 am Senior Lunch 12:30 pm Rummikub 12:30pm Social Time 1:30 Board Games

22 10:00 am Rummikub 10:30 Playing Pool 11:15 Sit & Be Fit 11:45 am Senior Lunch 12:30 pm BINGO 1:30 Board Games

23 10:00 am Social Time 10:30 Pool Pals 11:45 am Senior Lunch 12:30 pm Rummikub 12:30pm Social Time 1pm Drumming

24 8am Sr. Errands 10:00 am Rummikub 10:30 Playing Pool 11:15 Sit & Be Fit/Yoga 11:45 am Senior Lunch 12:30 pm BINGO

28 9am Trip to Wal Mart 10:30 Pool Pals 11:45 am Senior Lunch 12:30 pm Rummikub 12:30pm Social Time 1:30 Board Games

29 10:00 am Rummikub 10:30 Playing Pool 11:15 Sit & Be Fit 11:45 am Senior Lunch 12:30 pm BINGO 1:30 Board Games

30 10:00 am Social Time 10:30 Pool Pals 11:45 am Senior Lunch 12:30 pm Rummikub 12:30pm Social Time 1pm Drumming

31 8am Sr. Errands 10:00 am Rummikub 10:30 Playing Pool 11:15 Sit & Be Fit/Yoga 11:45 am Senior Lunch 12:30 pm BINGO

Weekly Activity Schedule EVERY MONDAY





“ It’s not about being the best, It’s about being better than you were yesterday” 9:00 Zumba Gold 10:00 Yoga w/ Kathryn 10:00 Beginner Line Dancing 10:30 Line Dancing 10:30 Weekly Updates 11:00 Exercise Class w/Angela 11:00 Tabata ($5) 11:45 Lunch 12:15 Bingo 1:00 Beginner Bridge 1:30 Tai Chi w/ Dean

9:30 10:00 10:30 11:15 12:00 12:30 1:15 1:30 2:30

“On the Ball” W/Angela ($5) Caregivers Support Group Geri Fit w/Angela Aerobics w/ Angela Lunch Bible Study Tai Chi w/ Dean Scrabble Beginner Line Dancing

8:15 9:00 10:00 10:00 10:30 11:00 11:00

11:45 12:30 1:00 2:00

Meditation w/ Keith Tai Chi w/Keith Tabata w/ Shelley Beginner Line Dancing Line Dancing Adult Coloring Exercise Class — Gentle Stretch w/Angela Lunch Bridge Shopping Rummikub

9:00 10:00 10:30 11:15 12:00 12:30

1:15 1:30

Zumba Gold w/ Kathryn Beginner Yoga w/Kathryn Geri Fit w/Angela Aerobics Lunch Introduction to Microsoft Office Suite Tai Chi w/Dean Art Class w/Joan

9:00 9:00 9:30 10:00 10:00 10:00 10:30 11:45 12:15

Pilates w/Angela Choral Group Ladies Pool/ Billiards Tabata w/Shelly Beginner Computer Class Craft Class BP Checks Lunch Bingo

Contributions Always Welcome

Monthly Activity Schedule for Shallotte MONDAY




Boost Available for Purchase During Center Hours

5 11:00 Walgreens Presentation 5:30 Homeless Coalition




13 9:00-12:00 Technology Assistance





12:00-3:00 Basket Weaving with Zada Mae

Presidents Day

11:00 Walgreens Presentation

25 12:00-3:00 Basket Weaving with Zada Mae


27 9:00-12:00 Technology Assistance


FRIDAY 1 10:00 Computer Class 10:30 BP Check w/ 11:00 Senior Games 11:00 Super Bowl Party 1:15 Watercolor Class #5


8 9:00 Food Pantry 10:00 Computer Class 10:00 Visually Impaired Support Group 10:30 BP Check w/ LCFH 1:15 Watercolor Class #6

3620 EXPRESS DRIVE SHALLOTTE, N.C. 2/1 National Wear Red Day 2/1 Senior Games Presents 2/1 Super Bowl Party 14 15 2/2 Ground Hog Day 10:00 Computer Class 12:15 Nutrition 10:30 BP Check Presentation 2/5 Chinese New Year w/LCFH With Mallory 2/8 Food Pantry 11:00 Senior Tar Heels 2/8 Visually Impaired 21 22 Support Group 9:00 Food Pantry 2/8 Grammy Party 11:00 Sip ‘n Chat 10:00 Computer Class 2/14 Valentines Day Party 10:30 BP Check w/LCFH 2/15 Senior Tar Heels 1:00 Movie 2/22 Food Pantry 2/22 Academy Awards Party 28

Birthday Day

Calendar subject to change. Please send us your email address to receive regular updates.

I would like to send a big thank you to St. Brendan’s Church. Because of their members’ generosity, all submitted senior wishes in our Stockings for Seniors Program were fulfilled once again this year. Anne Gass, Center Director.

Go Red for Women Day. One in three women die of heart disease and stroke each year. Celebrate National Wear Red Day on Fri., Feb. 1st by wearing something red in support of heart disease awareness.

Senior Tar Heel Representative Audie Lawrimore will speak on Fri., Feb. 15th, at 11am. Find out what’s happening in our legislature that affects senior programs and services and how you can help. Hand-Held Technology Help with Susan Mellady for your personal devices Wed., Feb. 13th and 27th, 9am to noon. By appointment only.

Nutrition Presentation by Mallory, Thu., Feb. 14th, at 12:15pm.

Valentine’s Day Party Wed., Feb. 14th. Wear your heart on your sleeve—or hat, or coat, or shoe. It doesn’t matter. Just celebrate Cupid’s day with us because we “heart” our seniors! Groundhog Day Party Fri., Feb. 1st. Celebrate this Pennsylvania Deutsch superstition that if a groundhog emerges from its burrow on this day and sees a shadow due to clear weather, it will retreat back into its den and winter will persist for six more weeks. 61st Grammy Awards Party Fri., Feb 8th. Which artists, producers or record labels will win a Grammy this year? Let’s create some “buzz!” 91st Academy Awards Party Fri., Feb. 22nd. Glitz up your “digs” and make your predictions about which nominees will win in each of the 24(!) categories. Monthly Joke: Why did the banana go out with the prune for Valentines Day? Because he couldn’t get a date.

Our Food Pantry will be open Fri., Feb. 8th and 22nd at 9am.

February is Black History Month. We owe the celebration of Black History Month, and more importantly, the study of black history, to Dr. Carter G. Woodson. Woodson chose the second week of February for Black History Week because it marks the birthdays of two men who greatly influenced the black American population, Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln. 31st Annual Senior (Gator) Games presentation by Ambassador Joyce Lowrimore, Fri., Feb. 1st at 11am. If you’re 50 or over, you are eligible to participate in over 70 athletic and artistic events! Super Bowl Party Fri., Feb 1st. Show your athletic prowess. Join us for a football toss. Chinese New Year Celebration Tues., Feb. 5th. In Chinese culture, pigs are a symbol of wealth. 2018 Tax Prep Help. AARP is offering free tax assistance beginning in February at the Rourk Library. Details coming.

Monthly Quote: The best things in life are the people we love, the places we’ve been and the memories we’ve made along the way.” Unknown

Crafty Fridays, 10am, Each Week. Craft schedule is posted at the front desk and in the craft room. Sign up is required and supplies are included in the cost unless otherwise specified. PLEASE CALL to CANCEL if you can’t make the class. Class changes are sent via email or voice mail. Please make sure we have a valid email and/or phone number and are able to leave the information on your email, phone or answering machine.

Paint “N” Take Feb. 1st Acrylic $5; Watercolor $2 (Watercolorists bring your own supplies)

Wire Jewelry Feb. 8th, $5 Choice of Earrings or Pendant; Gold or Silver

Decoupage Heart. Feb. 15th, $4. Choice of color and embellishments

Paint “N” Take—Special Session: Sky and Clouds Feb. 22nd Acrylic $5; Watercolor $2 (Watercolorists bring your own supplies)

Zada Mae’s Pine Needle Basket Weaving, Mon., Feb 4th and 25th, 12pm to 3pm. Cost $22. All supplies included. Sign up required. NEW! Attention: Sewers and Would-Like-To-Be Sewers! We now have four working mechanical sewing machines thanks to generous donors. In March, we’ll begin adding fun and easy sewing projects to our regular craft offerings for those who have a basic knowledge of sewing. For folks who would like to learn the basics of sewing, we will offer a Beginner Sewing Course (date to be determined) provided there are enough interested people. For more information or to sign up, call the center.

“At The Table” by Margarete O’Leary. Every day, many seniors gather “at the table” for lunch, sharing their lives with friends and making new ones. This month, we asked —>

Fran DiPaola “My parents’ anniversary”

James Hargrove “Month of receiving Love and giving Love”

our seniors to share their thoughts about “What makes February so special?” for them. Here’s what they had to say.

Helen McMillian “A short month, closer to Spring, and celebrating George Washington’s Birthday”

Jean Burns “My sister’s birthday, my brother’s birthday, Groundhog Day and President Lincoln’s birthday”

STATEPOINT CROSSWORD THEME: AMERICAN AUTHORS ACROSS 1. ____bat or ____phobe 5. *Old Man's turf 8. Old-fashioned "over" 11. Group of countries 12. Bayonet action 13. Sailing vessel with two masts 15. *"Up the Down Stair____" by Kaufman 16. Philosopher Marx 17. Poetic although 18. *Whaling writer 20. Soak some ink 21. Golf course 22. Hawaiian dish 23. *"Slouching Towards Bethlehem" essayist 26. Tax break 30. Singer Yoko 31. Bodily fluids 34. Three-ply snack 35. Parkinson's disease drug 37. Debt acknowledgement 38. Special way of doing something 39. EU money 40. Chevy Chase's 1985 comedy 42. One little piggie? 43. Plunder 45. Bias crime perpetrators 47. Pied Piper's follower 48. Feed the fire 50. Rare bills 52. *Female Nobel winner 55. Olden day calculators 56. Home-grown healer 57. H.S. math class 59. Azaria and Aaron 60. Known for its cabs 61. Sports award 62. 're 63. "But I heard him exclaim, ____ he drove

out of sight, Merry Christmas to all..." 64. Wander about DOWN 1. *"Dr. Seuss's ____" alphabet book 2. Chowder protein 3. "A ____ is a ____ is a ____..." 4. Plural of ocellus 5. Corn holder 6. British peers 7. Having the means 8. Doctor Octopus' first name 9. Not counterfeit 10. Greek R 12. Fit for some jeans 13. Shish ____ 14. *"Invisible Man" author 19. Actress Davis 22. Product of inflammation 23. Dished out 24. Empower 25. Morrison's "The ____" 26. "Open and ____" case 27. About to explode 28. Joanna Gaines' concern 29. Ox connectors 32. Grain grinder 33. *Master of the macabre 36. *"American Authors" genre 38. Shade of Dockers 40. In good shape 41. Movement disorder 44. Desert mirage 46. SAT administrator 48. Type of renewable energy 49. Figure of speech 50. Type of ski lift 51. Do like the moon 52. Lion's do 53. Guesstimate phrase 54. Australian palm 55. Norwegian band 58. Sweaty spot



Weekly Activity Schedule– Lunch Served at 11:30 daily EVERY MONDAY





DAILY Drop In Activities: Billiards, Coffee with Friends, Fitness Center, Library Green ($) = Fee Based Class; Red (#) = Requires Prior Sign Up; Blue (+) = New Offering/Time 8:00 9:00 9:30 9:30 10:00

Yoga & Pilates Mah Jongg Easy Does It Tai Chi Forms $ Hand & Foot Canasta 10:00 Card Making # 10:30 Beg. Tai Chi 12:15 STEP-tastic $ 1:00 Mah Jongg 1:00 Total Body Conditioning 2:15 Fit and Strong– Resumes on 2/11 6:30 Jam Session

9:30 Bridge 9:30 Boxing 12:00 Walgreens Presentation 1:00 Silver Paddles 1:00 Gentle Cardio & Core 2:00 HIIT 6:30 Square Dancing

9:00 9:30 9:30 10:00 10:30 10:45 12:15 12:30 12:30 12:45 1:00 2:00

Watercolor $ Geri-Fit Tai Chi Forms $ Shanghai Rummy Tai Chi $ You Can Do It Bible Study Silver Samurai $ Jewelry 101 # Afternoon Movie Mah Jongg Ballet and Tap

8:00 8:30 9:00

Yoga & Pilates Boxing $ Advanced German 9:30 Gerifit 10:00 Knit & Chain Gang 10:00 Quilting 10:00 Bible Study 1:00 Cardio Dance and Core $ 1:00 Beginning Line Dance 2:00 Int./ Advanced Line Dance 2:00 HIIT $

9:00 9:30 10:00 10:00 10:30 11:30 1:00 1:00 1:30

Technology Workshop Tai Chi Forms $ Sewing Hand & Foot Canasta Tai Chi $ Beginner Pickleball Pickleball Photography– 2nd and 4th Friday Hand Drumming

*** Calendar subject to change Email Jackie Knott at to receive regular updates.

Contributions Always Welcome for All Center Programming & Activities Monthly Activity Schedule for Southport MONDAY




The Brunswick Center at










Senior Games Presentation 12:00pm

Parkinson’s Support Group 9:30am








Photography 1:00pm

Wear Red for Heart Day– 2/1

AARP Tax-Aide– begins 2//5 -

22 A1C Testing 10am-1pm

9:00am-12:30pm Tuesdays and

Photography 1:00pm

Thursdays 

Senior Games Presentation– 2/6– 12pm




Caregivers Support Group 9:30am


A1C Testing- 2/21– 10:00am– 1:00pm

Fridays in February

Join us for Sewing with Sherry! Each Friday in February, come work on a beautiful ragtime tote like the one in the picture! Classes are at 10:00am each Friday in the craft room.

Welcome Back to our Friends with AARP! If you need help with your taxes, AARP will be back at our Southport Center on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9am12:30pm. They also offer some Saturday appointments, dates TBD. Bring all of your tax information and come let these well-trained volunteers help you with filing your taxes!

Celebrating Black History Month and Valentine’s Day 6th– 42– The Jackie Robinson Story 13th– The Notebook 20th– The Butler 27th– Sleepless in Seattle

Join us for a presentation by senior games ambassador Joyce Lowrimore and learn why you should join the senior games family!

Where: The Brunswick Center at Southport Date: Wednesday, February 6th Time: 12:00pm in the dining room

Join us on Friday, February 1st and wear red to raise awareness about cardiovascular disease and save lives. Because when we come together, there’s nothing we can’t do.

Free Diabetes Screening and Education Event!

Partners of the Brunswick Wellness Coalition (BWC) will host a free diabetes screening and education event Thurday, February 21st from 10am-1pm at the Brunswick Center at Southport. BSRI, County Health Services, and the YMCA of Southeastern North Carolina are partners of the BWC and will be available to answer questions about (pre)diabetes. There are also resources for diabetes prevention and management available from these BWC partner organizations that you can learn more about by attending. The free diabetes screening is a simple non-fasting blood test, obtained by a finger prick and will be provided to those who qualify (limited supplies: first come, first serve). No appointment is needed and anyone 18 an older is invited. One in three adults in the US has prediabetes, yet only about 11% know they have it so it is important for everyone to know the risk factors and to know their numbers.

Thank you to all who came to our holiday party on December 17th! A very special thank you to Jane Jones, Cape Fear Area Agency on Aging Director, and Audie Lowrimore, the best Santa around and our very own Brunswick County Senior Tarheel Legislature Delegate!

Looking Back With Gratitude A very special thank you to the ITS department at UNC Wilmington for making these adorable trees for our Meals on Wheels participants. A beautiful gesture that brought many smiles! Thank you all so much!

Thank you to Jill Heneka for bringing in these beautiful and yummy homemade holiday treats!

February 2019 - Daily Activity Schedule EVERY MONDAY





No Symbol = No Fee (Contributions always appreciated); $ = Fee Associated ; ^ = Requires Advanced Registration; ** = New Offering/Time Coffee w/ Friends



Coffee w/ Friends


Coffee w/ Friends

10:00 Paper Crafting




Rummikub//Dominoes 10:00

10:00 Crochet Class**


Zumba Gold**


Oil Painting


Coffee w/ Friends 8:30




Sew Simple



Coffee w/ Friends


11:00 Tai-Chi

10:00 Knitting Group 11:00 Pilates**

12:00PM Lunch

12:00PM Lunch

12:00PM Lunch



12:45 Tabata Seated**




Line Dancing


Sleep Mats


Watercolor Painting


Pine Needle




Coups for Troops

12:00PM Lunch 1:00 3:15

12:00PM Lunch

Crafts, Crafts


Silver Samurai



Latch Rug




February 2019- Monthly Calendar MONDAY


4 MEET & 5 GREET w/ CASEY 9:30A






Regular Monthly & Semimonthly Events: 1st Wednesday: Nutrition Class w/ Mallory Balice 12:00A 1 2nd Wednesday: Hired Hands Band Performance 11A 2nd Thursday: Caregiver Support Group 2P 2nd Friday: Recipe Swap 1P 1st & 3rd Thursday: Movie & Popcorn at the Center 2P Last Wednesday: Monthly Day Trip (Details TBA) 7 6 8 Last Friday: Birthday Celebration—Dessert @ Lunch CAREGIVER NUTRITION SUPP. GRP 2P RECIPE SWAP Special Events & Presentations: CLASS 12P 1P February 4: Meet & Greet w/ Casey-9:30A ,Come meet MOVIE 2P the new Supply Asst. Director February 11,18,25 & March 4: Pine Needle Basket Making, 10A Mini-Series w/ Joan Menninger. Register by 14 13 15 CELEBRATE 1/22/19 HIRED HANDS FRIENDSHIP February 12: Senior Games Presentation: 12P w/ Joyce BAND 11A PARTY 2P Lowrimore February 12: Garden Club , 2P, 1st Planning Meeting February 15 : Celebrate Friendship Party, 2P February 18: Donuts w/ the Director , 9:30A , Come 25 21 BLOOD 20 catch up with Melissa CELEBRATE PRESSURE FEBRUARY February 21: Blood Pressure Checks, 10A CHECKS 10A Offered by Saber Healthcare BIRTHDAYS MOVIE 2P 12:30PM




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8upply Center Holiday Arts & Crafts Fair!

101 Stone Chimney Rd. Supply, NC Hrs: M-F 8A-4P 910-754-7604

101 Stone Chimney Road Supply, NC 910-754-7604

Melissa Starr, MSW, Center Director Casey Freed, Assistant Director Gloria Piezarka, Nutrition Site Coordinator

Office Hours: Monday through Friday 8:00am to 4:00pm



RSVP for all screenings and presentations at the activities table in the main lobby


BLOOD PRESSURE CHECKS by Saber Healthcare/Autumn Care February 24th, 2019 @ 10:00AM


WEIGHT LOSS CHALLENGE Information and support meetings by BSRI’s Nutrition Program Specialist Mallory Balice January 2019 @ 12:00PM

Mondays @ 10:00AM Meeting in our new Textiles Room !

Mondays– February 11, 18, 25 & March 4 Learn how to craft beautiful long leaf pine needle baskets w/ Joan. Sign up necessary.

NUTRITION CLASS by BSRI’s Nutrition Program Specialist Mallory Balice February 6, 2019 @ 12:00PM


Tuesdays @ 10:00AM - Learn to crochet w/ Pandora in the Textile Room craft area


Tuesdays @ 10:00AM –w/ June Learn a variety of crafts that you can make with paper.


Tuesdays @ 12:45PM HIIT w/ Angela R


Wednesdays @ 11:00PM w/ Kathryn


Thursdays @ 11:00PM, w/ Nancy- Beginning February 7th


Thursdays @ 1:00PM in the Conference Room -Join a variety of center participants co-leading a weekly crafting project

SLEEP MATS GROUP (SERVICE PROJECT) Tuesdays @ 1PM in the Craft Room


Thursdays @ 10:00AM Participant lead oil painting class. Come learn painting techniques from fellow oil painters.


Fridays @ 1:00 PM Learn the art of rug hooking w/ Marian. Sign up.

Fitness After Fifty Check out our fitness opportunities!!! SUPPLY FITNESS ROOM– Open M-F 8:00AM-4:00PM Tai-Chi w/ Angela– M & F 11:00AM Tai-Chi/Qi-Gong w/ Dean-M @ 12:15PM Line Dancing w/ Pam– M @ 1:00 PM Tabata w/ Angela R– T @ 12:45PM Geri-Fit w/ Juanita T & Th– 3:15PM Zumba Gold w/ Kathryn-W @ 11:00AM Pilates w/ Nancy– Th @ 11:00AM Silver Samurai w/ Dean– F @ 1:00PM

Independent “DROP-IN” Activities: Puzzles, Books, Magazines, Card Games, Computer Lab, Rummikub, Exercise Equipment, Board Games, Simple Sewing, Corn Hole, Socialization, Walking, & Crafts.

101 Stone Chimney Road Supply, NC 910-754-7604

Office Hours: Monday through Friday 8:00am to 4:00pm

Melissa Starr, MSW, Center Director Casey Freed, Assistant Director Gloria Piezarka, Nutrition Site Coordinator

Healthy Living in 2019

Find a way of moving and exercising that you love! Give back to others and it will reward your heart! Our BIG THANKS go out to Audie Lowrimore (Santa) and Mary Hoffmeyer (Mrs. Claus) for making our holiday celebration so Merry & Bright! (seen here with Gloria)

Make new friends and spend time together! Help us make sleep mats for the homeless! Help us build our community garden for healthy eating options! Join our Garden Club!

Town Creek Senior Site Mike Blandino, Manager Town Creek Community Building 6420 Ocean Hwy., Winnabow, NC Operating Hours: 9:30AM - 1:30PM Tuesdays & Thursdays Lunch Served at 12pm


Activity Calendar February 2019 Subject to change



5 10:00 Rummikub 11:15 Yoga 12:00 Lunch

7 10:00 11:15 12:00 12:15

12 10:00 Coffee & Games 11:15 Yoga 12:00 Lunch

14 10:00 Rummikub 11:00 Valentines Day Party 11:15 Yoga 12:00 Lunch

19 10:00 Rummikub 11:15 Yoga 12:00 Lunch

21 10:00 Coffee & Games 11:15 Yoga 12:00 Lunch

26 10:00 Coffee & Games 11:15 Yoga 12:00 Lunch

28 10:00 Rummikub 11:15 Yoga 12:00 Lunch

February 7th at 12:15 PM Senior Games Presentation by Senior Games Ambassador Joyce Lowrimore

Coffee & Games Yoga Lunch Senior Games Presentation



Brunswick Senior Resources, Inc. Provides Nutritionally Balanced Meals for Seniors *Menus subject to change*





Friday 1 Breaded Fish Fillet Coleslaw Roasted Potatoes Chilled Peaches Hamburger Bun Chocolate Chip cookie Tartar Sauce Milk 2%

4 Chicken Teriyaki Brown Rice Asian Vegetables Vanilla Pudding Mandarin Oranges Soft Roll Margarine Milk 2%

5 Swedish Meatballs Buttered Egg Noodles Peas & Carrots Whole Wheat Roll Hot Spiced Fruit Margarine Milk 2%

6 Pork Marsala Seasoned Carrots Orzo w/ Spinach, Tomatoes and Parmesan Cheese Baked Apples Soft Roll Margarine Milk 2%

7 Stuffed Cordon Bleu Chicken Breast Rice Pilaf Mixed Veggies Soft Roll Fruit Salad Margarine Milk 2%

8 Mexican Fiesta Casserole Fiesta Corn Tropical Fruit Cornbread Cinnamon Bun Milk 2%

11 Chicken and Rice Bake Seasoned Green Beans Glazed Carrots Whole Wheat Roll Baked Apples Milk 2%

12 Vegetable Beef Soup Green Salad Grilled Swiss Cheese Saltines Dressing Jello w/ Fruit Milk 2%

13 Chicken Salad Lettuce & Tomato Potato Salad Whole Wheat Bread Chips Mandarin Oranges Milk 2%

14 Baked Lemon Pepper Fish Italian Veggie Blend Mac & Cheese Banana Fruit Cobbler Margarine Roll Milk 2%

15 Beef Chili w/ Beans White Rice Green Salad w/ Dressing Apple and Raisin Compote Saltines Sour Cream Milk 2%

18 Pork Cutlet w/ Gravy Great Northern Beans Rice Applesauce Soft Roll Milk 2%

19 Baked Chicken Breast w/ Mushroom Gravy Broccoli Au Gratin Mashed Potatoes Chilled Pears Whole Wheat Roll Margarine Milk 2%

20 Shepherd’s Pie Lima Beans Berry Cobbler Whole Wheat Roll Margarine Milk 2%

21 Vegetable Lasagna Green Salad w/ dressing Pears Breadstick Chocolate Pudding Milk 2%

22 Chicken Pot Pie Green Beans Biscuit Blueberry Crisp Margarine Milk 2%

25 Swedish Meatballs Buttered Egg Noodles Peas & Carrots Whole Wheat Roll Hot Spiced Fruit Margarine Milk 2%

26 Baked Pork Chop Potatoes Au Gratin Steamed Cabbage Applesauce Whole Wheat Roll Margarine Milk 2%

27 Chicken Dumplings Steamed Mixed Veggies Peach Cobbler Soft Roll Margarine Milk 2%

28 Mexican Fiesta Casserole Fiesta Corn Tropical Fruit Cornbread Cinnamon Bun Milk 2%


Join our growing Nutrition Team! Join our awesome team of volunteers! Who doesn't want to be a part of something great? BSRI is looking for volunteers, this means someone willing to simply help us accomplish something. We are working toward making Brunswick County the place to retire, aging comfortably and happily. We are putting all our effort into making BSRI a place for community and opportunity. We urge you to take an hour or two out of your week to help us out! Can you do that? Do you have a few free hours throughout your week? Most of us do. We would like to invite you to fill out an online application to volunteer! It’s super easy. You will then be contacted to talk a little more about being a volunteer, and we will do our best to find something that works with your schedule. One of our goals for 2019 is to expand our volunteer base for our nutrition program. This means more volunteers are needed to help out in our kitchens! This is an easy and exciting volunteer opportunity. Its easy to see the impact you’re making as you help us pack food for homebound seniors, serve lunch, and help keep our kitchen and eating space tidy!

BSRI is looking for a few talented volunteers whose passion is fundraising/outreach. We are preparing to expand our reach and gain more community support. We are kicking off our fundraising committee. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to help BSRI grow! We are exited to roll out some new ideas to help BSRI sustain its growth and touch more lives! We are eager to find a few special volunteers to be a part of this team! Sarah Powell Volunteer Coordinator (910) 754-2300 ext. 1022


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