December 2020 Brunswick Senior Buzz

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Brunswick Senior Buzz THE MONTHLY MAGAZINE OF BRUNSWICK SENIOR RESOURCES INC.

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Contents

DECEMBER 2020

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CONTENTS Letter from Leland ...................................... 5 BSRI News .................................................. 6-9 SHIIP ................................................................ 9 Toys for Tots ............................................... 10 Volunteers ................................................... 11 Online Programs ....................................... 12 Holiday Events ........................................... 14 In the Garden ............................................. 16 Read All About It ....................................... 17 Healthy Bites ....................................... 18-19 Puzzles .......................................................... 28 What’s for Lunch? ..................................... 36

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SENIOR SITE CALENDARS

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Ash .................................................................. 19 Boiling Spring Lakes ................................ 20 Calabash ....................................................... 21 Leland ........................................................... 22 Oak Island .................................................... 24 Shallotte ....................................................... 25 Southport .................................................... 29 Supply ........................................................... 33

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Brunswick Senior Resources, Inc. 3620 Express Dr., P.O. Box 2470, Shallotte, NC 28459

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(910) 754-2300

(910) 754-9269 Fax | Office Hours 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

· Jim Fish, President & CEO · Yvette Gosline, Chief Operating Officer · Jennifer Sherman, Vice President of Human Services · Melody Stephens, Director of Operations · Debra Marlowe, Organizational Development Coordinator · Sarah Powell, Volunteer Coordinator · Mallory Balice, Wellness Program Manager · Anita Langin, Accounting Technician · Eddie Jackson, IT and Compliance Technology · Derissa Gore, Case Management Support Specialist · Mike McGurn, Manager of Thrift Store Operations · Chauvet “Mel” Jackson, Operations Technician · Glen Hemingway, Assistant Operations Technician

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· Victoria Hine, Ash and Shallotte · Mary Green, Boiling Spring Lakes · Courtney Bledsoe, Calabash · Holley Norris, Calabash · René Tarquinio, Calabash · Ellen Kleinerman, Calabash · Carol Schotter, Calabash · Teresa Muchler-Nogli, Calabash · Doug Russell, Calabash · Veronica Lett-McGee, Leland · Jade Robinson, Leland · Marilou Smith, Leland · Shelley Cooper, Leland · Sandy Porcaro, Leland · Janyce Jones, Leland · Pat Green, Leland · Teresa Nelson, Shallotte

i · Blair Stanley, Shallotte · Laura Collins, Shallotte · Jodi Young, Shallotte · Brett Baughman, Shallotte · Brenda Ambrose, Shallotte · Braden Greene, Shallotte · Dana Greene, Shallotte · Beverly Bridgers, Southport · Melissa Catlett, Southport · Jackie Knott, Southport · Vaughn Hatley, Southport · Casey Freed, Southport · Sherrill Jolly, Southport · Marilyn Stevens, Southport · Kevin Whiteheart, Southport · Melissa Starr, Supply · Jillian Hardin, Supply · Gloria Pieczarka, Supply · Ilona Smith, Supply · Tikila Morgan, Supply · Sherry Confer, Supply

Financial informa on about this organiza on and a copy of its license are available from the State Solicita on Licensing Branch at 919‐814‐5400. The license is not an endorsement by the state.

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BRUNSWICK SENIOR BUZZ Cover photographer Michelle Tinger is a re red marke ng professional. She moved to Sunset Beach from Albany, N.Y. with her husband 10 years ago. The beauty of this area is what inspired her to take on photography as a serious hobby. She par cularly enjoys photographing wildlife and natural landscapes. Teri M. Brown has authored five books on real estate, finance, and inves ng. She also started a wri ng business, TMB Crea ons, where she provides wri ng and edi ng services to businesses across North America and Europe (www.terimbrown.com). Teri and her husband rode a tandem bicycle from Oregon to Washington, D.C. last summer to raise money for Toys for Tots. See her story on page 10. Donna Ruth Morgan volunteers with Friends of the Library in Southport and Oak Island, Boiling Spring Lakes Library Commission, Brunswick County Library Board of Trustees, and the N.C. Friends of the Public Library. She inherited a love of reading and shares that enjoyment with her four children and three grandchildren. Find Donna’s book reviews on page 17. Pat Naughton and his family moved from Richmond, Va. to Winding River Planta on in Brunswick County in 2017 a er Pat re red as a mechanical engineer at a nuclear power plant. He has been an avid gardener for 35 years and is a Brunswick County Extension Master Gardener Volunteer. On page 16, Pat guides us on how to force bulbs indoors for winter color. Joan Leo a has been playing with words on page and stage since her childhood in Pi sburgh. Her poetry and essays appear in many publica ons. Her four historical fic on novels feature strong women in mes of U.S. wars, and her poetry chapbook, Languid Lusciousness with Lemon, was recently released. Joan gives us a glimpse into seniors’ online classes on page 12. Alyssa Schwinn is a UNCW student intern this fall. “I grew up just outside of Wilmington, in a one‐stoplight town called Rocky Point,” Alyssa says. She has competed in interna onal Crossfit contests, ranking in the top 15 compe tors in the world, and now coaches Crossfit. Alyssa’s Healthy Bites stories are on pages 18 and 19.

Contributors

DECEMBER 2020

BSRI STAFF MEMBER OF THE MONTH Victoria Hine (better known as Vikki) Case Manager Assistant

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ikki Hine assists other Brunswick Senior Resources case managers whenever she’s needed. Her responsibilities include the Prescription Assistance Program in the southern part of Brunswick County, home delivered meals assessments and reassessments, and assessing clients in need of respite and in-home aide assistance. “The most important part of being a case manager assistant is following BSRI's mission to promote the well-being and quality of life for seniors of Brunswick County, by advocating for programs and delivering services that encourage and sustain independence,” Vikki says. She grew up in Syracuse, N.Y. and Miami Shores, Fla., until she joined the Army for her 20th birthday. “For 22 years I worked in retail and with the general public. After retiring at the age 62, I decided to go to college and received a degree in Applied Science in Human Services,” Vikki says. “Four years ago the opportunity arose for a position with BSRI. I was so thrilled to think an organization would hire someone my age—by this time I was 65. Joining BSRI was the best decision I ever made. Being a case manager and working with the seniors in Brunswick County is a true blessing.” Vikki has both cats and a dog. The cats’ names are Meow, Minx, Guardian, Smokey, Kit Kat (inside cats) and Momma Kitty (outside stray). “We also have a Chihuahua named Amadeus,” she says. “Poor Ames is smaller than all the cats, but he stands his ground with them.”


Letter from Leland

DECEMBER 2020

ABOUT THE COVER

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Character is Like Tea T hey say character is like tea – its strength is revealed in hot water. This has been an incredibly challenging year for everyone. Not least are our most vulnerable seniors, who have been impacted not only from the risk of a deadly virus and the grief of losing loved ones and neighbors, but also from isolation and disruption to routine.

Photo by Michelle Tinger

This tree of lights was part of the holiday display at the entrance of Sea Trail at Oyster Pointe, probably around December 2012, says cover photographer Michelle Tinger. Tinger is a member of Coastal Carolina Camera Club and an avid documenter of Brunswick County scenes.

BRUNSWICK SENIOR BUZZ EDITOR Shelagh Clancy buzz@bsrinc.org (910) 622-1036 CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Teri M. Brown, Joan Leotta, Veronica Lett-McGee, Mike McGurn, Donna Ruth Morgan, Patrick Naughton, Teresa Nelson, Patti Quilliam, Alyssa Schwinn, René Tarquinio

Our caregivers have shouldered intensified responsibilities at home without the usual social outlets that can make the load feel more manageable. As relational beings, this pandemic has deprived us of the very instinctual coping mechanisms that we generally depend on to see us through difficult times. But through this ‘hot water,’ we have ‘brewed’ a strong tea of resilience and service to others.

A Time to Celebrate As we near what would normally be a time of recollection, celebration, and joy, let us not discount our triumphs. Although it may seem as though times are

We will rejoice in the ways our dedicated volunteers have continued to show up day after day in a global pandemic since March! We will have pride in our capacity for reinvention in order to continue to meet the needs of all seniors in Brunswick County, serving thousands of meals to

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Photo by Veronica Le ‐McGee

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dark, there is much to celebrate this season. We shall hold as our comfort, the resilience and adaptability we have shown, pivoting operations to provide virtual programming and creative solutions for staying engaged with one another.

CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS Jillian Hardin, Veronica Lett-McGee, Mike McGurn, Teresa Nelson, René Tarquinio, Michelle Tinger ADVERTISING SALES (910) 754-2300 Anita Langin alangin@bsrinc.org Shelagh Clancy buzz@bsrinc.org

Veronica Le ‐McGee, Director The Brunswick Center at Leland

CHARACTER, con nued on page 6

At le is one of the results of the Leland Center’s socially‐distanced succulent‐plan ng party. Turn the page for more informa on.


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Letter from Leland

DECEMBER 2020

Photo by Veronica Le ‐McGee

Tough mes call for crea ve solu ons, and the Brunswick Center at Leland steps up to the task with a recent event: an outdoor, socially‐distanced succulent‐plan ng party. Par cipants came to paint pots and plant succulent cu ngs. These made a great gi or household companion, and everyone got a chance to safely visit friends and neighbors. CHARACTER, con nued from page 5

homebound seniors, piloting a volunteer-led phone pals program to combat isolation, and collaborating with other community agencies to offer food assistance.

relationships are the key to our success in this world; we are more interconnected than ever before, despite what can appear to be overwhelming division and remoteness.

December is a time to reflect on the things we know for sure. Our

So, this holiday season, let us celebrate our resilience and

continued commitment to one another. Know that we love you and you have never been far from our hearts. Happy Holidays,

Veronica Lett-McGee, Director The Brunswick Center at Leland

Holiday Meals Delivered in Advance

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runswick Senior Resources, Inc. offices will be closed Dec. 23 through Jan. 4. During this time there will be no curbside lunch program. There will be no curbside lunch Dec. 28. This change is true for all BSRI centers and sites. Those who receive home-delivered meals will get frozen or shelf-stable meals in advance of this period. There will be no

deliveries during this time.

Need Extra Help? If you are experiencing hardship in December, please contact your BSRI center for a phone assessment for assistance. BSRI wishes you happiness during your holiday season. As always, please know we are here for you, especially during these times. We look forward to seeing you soon!


BSRI News

“It is a fair, even-handed, noble adjustment of things, that while there is infection in disease and sorrow, there is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good humour.” ― Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol


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Do Your Holiday Shopping at

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BSRI News

DECEMBER 2020

Exciting Changes on Wednesdays at BSRI Thrift Stores By Mike McGurn Thrift Store Operations Manager

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SRI Thrift Stores is designating Wednesdays as Senior Discount Day. We’re offering people 60 and over 10% off all regularly-priced items every Wednesday from now on! We love our seniors and truly appreciate your support of our Thrift Stores in Shallotte and Calabash. We launch “Senior Wednesdays” as a small but heartfelt thank-you and hope that folks will be able to stop by our stores on Wednesdays to take advantage of these savings this holiday season.

SHOP our BSRI thrift stores for the best selection! Two locations: 10001 Beach Dr. Calabash 5302 Main Street Shallotte

SHOP ONLINE: www.bsrincthrift.org DONATE your extra items to help senior programs and services in Brunswick County! For free pickup, call (910) 712-6458 VOLUNTEER at our thrift stores— it’s fun! Apply online at www.bsrinc.org/volunteers.html

New Hours, Lower Prices in Shallotte We are also excited to announce new low prices and new Wednesday hours at our Shallotte Thrift Store. The Shallotte Store has lowered standard pricing on clothing, linens, and many other items. Look for our Big New Pricing posters throughout the store and get ready to save even more. The Shallotte store will be open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays for the rest of the year, except for the Wednesdays before Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day. On those days the store will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

More Inventory! We are closing the Shallotte store three hours early on Wednesdays to process our huge inventory backlog of awesome donations so we can pack the store with as much high-quality merchandise as possible for your thrift shopping pleasure each Thursday. The Shallotte store will open an hour earlier at 9 a.m. on Wednesdays for you thrift shopping early birds. We hope to see everyone early and often this holiday shopping season, especially on Wednesdays and Thursdays in Shallotte! Merry Christmas and happy holidays to all! Let's hope for a much better and brighter 2021.


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BSRI News / SHIIP

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Shop new hours, lower prices, and more inventory at BSRI’s Shallo e Thri Store. See story on the opposite page.

Dec. 6–12 is National Influenza Vaccination Week

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ational Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW) is a national observance that highlights the importance of continuing influenza vaccination through the holiday season and beyond. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends an annual influenza vaccine for everyone 6 months of age and older to reduce the risk of illness and hospitalization. Now is a great time to vaccinate – to protect your family,

friends and yourself.

cover additional seasonal influenza vaccinations.

Medicare Part B covers one influenza vaccination and its Ask a SHIIP counselor for more administration each influenza season information. for Medicare beneficiaries. If For more information, call René medically necessary, Medicare may Tarquinio at (910) 754-6224.

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Brunswick Connections

By Teri M. Brown

boxes at each center, and hundreds of people responded by donating toys. This year, the centers are closed, but you can still participate. Here are a few ways you can help:

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oys for Tots makes a difference in the lives of the less fortunate children in our community, says Bruce Brown, assistant coordinator for Toys for Tots (TFT) in Brunswick County. “Thanks to your help and the support of this community, last year we were able to fulfill the needs of 5,322 children by collecting and distributing 16,776 toys within the county,” Brown says. Each child received three to four gifts, an activity, stocking stuffers, and a game, as inventory allowed.

You may remember an article in the July issue of the Brunswick Senior Buzz about Bruce and Teri Brown, the couple riding across the United States on a tandem bicycle to raise money for Toys for Tots (TFT). They posted their adventure on a daily blog, www.doublebuttedadventures.wordpress.com. Well, they are home now after pedaling 3,102 miles from the Oregon Coast to Washington DC and raising nearly $5000. However, they are not resting, because the local Toys for Tots campaign has just begun!

Participate in a Toy Drive at Walmart in Shallotte Nov. 27 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., in Southport Nov. 28 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., or in Leland Dec. 5 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Find a Toys for Tots donation box on the website (www.toysfortots.org).

Unfortunately, this year is going to be a difficult one for families and the organizations who serve them. COVID-19 has wreaked havoc with family finances, which will lead to a lean Christmas season. To make matters worse, the pandemic put a halt to many fundraising activities, leaving organizations with fewer resources to help those who need it most: the children of Brunswick County.

Donate money online at tiny.cc/TandemToys – all money stays within the area for local children.

Send a check made out to Toys for Tots to 7991 N. Balfour Dr. NW, Calabash, NC 28467

Volunteer to help sort and deliver toys by contacting Bruce Brown at 240-750-4028 or ba.jl.brown69@gmail.com.

The Marine Corps Reserve believes “Every child deserves a little Christmas,” and continues to send a message of hope to these families.

TFT typically ends up needing baby dolls and gifts for toddlers, and teenagers. They receive more toys for young boys than for girls. And they can accept gift cards of $25 or less for local stores, bookstores, or Amazon.

Last year, the Brunswick senior centers sponsored

TFT thanks you for your helping to make this a Merry Christmas for every child in our county.


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Volunteers

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We need volunteers in the following areas:

Leland Supply Shallotte

We need backup Meals on Wheels drivers. Back up drivers simply call monthly and ask what routes are available. They are then plugged in to the schedule based on what routes we have open! This is such a huge help. Our regular drivers have plans too. So when they are gone we need some help ge ng meals delivered to our most vulnerable seniors in these areas.

Calabash In Calabash we need regular, weekly

Meals on Wheels drivers. Mainly on Friday. But other days are available too!

Shallotte Thrift Store We need volunteers to help sort through dona ons and get product out to our sales floor in our Shallo e Thri Store. New and exci ng things are happening for this store. We want you to be part of its success! Growing our Thri Store business means growing profit for BSRI to con nue to serve the community.

Contact Sarah Powell, BSRI Volunteer Coordinator at spowell@bsrinc.org to find out how easy it is to join our team! Online applications can be filled out on our website www.bsrinc.org/volunteer Or call (910) 880-2777

We officially branded our Home Delivered Meal program:

We adopted the globally recognized brand through Meals on Wheels of America! Our meal program is now the official Meals on Wheels Brunswick County, NC! Take a look at our logo for our Meals on Wheels program!

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Virtual Programming

Growing Closer from Afar By Joan Leotta

homes. He specifically designed the features to make the experience easy for seniors.

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any of us have been scrambling to learn new technologies that will help us connect with our loved ones, take classes, or continue to attend groups we love—all while keeping socially distanced. These opportunities can be complex. Even the popular program Zoom requires a host to manage technical issues while, at the same time, conducting the class or monitoring the meeting. Yet such meetings have proven invaluable in maintaining personal contact while in-person contact is restricted.

Melissa Catlett, Director of the Brunswick Center at Southport, has found a way to offer classes and meetings using GeriShare. It solves many of the technical issues, she says.

Technology should be easier for seniors to use, thought Cary Volpert. So he designed Gerishare to make technology simpler. The Brunswick Center at Southport is using GeriShare to offer online classes and meetings to its participants.

Cary Volpert is a recent grad from UNC Chapel Hill, now living in California. He was inspired to develop a communication program for seniors because of his grandmother’s desire to stay connected with others when transportation became difficult for her. Even after his grandmother died, Volpert continued to work on the project. He used his knowledge of her needs and his experience working in skilled nursing facilities to construct GeriShare. This program integrates with Zoom to brings classes, meetings, and activities into people’s

“We are currently offering two exercise classes and two support groups using GeriShare. We don’t have to use our own Zoom account to manage these. Cary Volpert, developer of this program, makes it seamless for us,” Catlett says.

Volpert says, “With Zoom alone, each host has to let people in, track who was there, coordinate all aspects. With GeriShare, there’s no need to worry about the technical issues. We take care of all of that, including feedback posting to a website, and more.”

At present, up to twelve people attend each online exercise class. “We anticipate more,” Catlett says. “As people begin attending, they grow more used to using the technology.” She notes that GeriShare may well be a


Virtual Programming long-term solution to expanding the reach of senior centers into the homes of those with transportation difficulties. “Once our centers reopen, I believe we will continue to need virtual programming. We hope to be able to offer a wide variety of classes and support groups. People will be able to enjoy classes from the comfort of their homes for exercise, support groups, and for classes like crafts, devotionals, and social groups. “ Although so far Southport is the only BSRI center using GeriShare, the county and BSRI are looking into expanding its use. Right now all the classes are free, and the subscription service is free now to Brunswick County, as Volpert tries out GeriShare.

Volpert says, “I chose Brunswick first, because of the excellent programs Melissa Catlett was already offering, some of the best in the state, and I thought I cold help her continue offering such programs during the lockdown. Currently we’ve given away every part of GeriShare for free as we build it out and tailor it specifically for older adults. But eventually, we will start charging senior centers a monthly subscription to provide unlimited live video classes.” Some of the classes that Catlett has put on this system are now available on YouTube. Virtual offerings are becoming a regular part of the BSRI programming, and people can attend classes offered by any of the centers, bringing Brunswick County closer together.

The late Ruth Bidner, Volpert’s grandmother, checks her iPad with the help of canine Chloe. Bidner inspired her grandson to create GeriShare as daily life and travel became more difficult for her. “With the internet, it should be easy to allow older adults to self organize into any group they want, with any friend they want, new or old, anywhere they want, anytime they want, all across the country,” Volpert says.

CLICK HERE to see all Southport Center live virtual programming opportunities on GeriShare.


Out and About

Safe Seasonal Fun Around Brunswick County

by Patti Quilliam

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is the season for festive fun, and although this year is like no other, safer activities abound to make revelers jolly. The holiday season kicks off in Brunswick County with Oak Island’s annual Christmas by the Sea Parade Dec. 5—only this year, it has a twist. Instead of the floats parading down the street, the projected 75 parade units will “flip-flop” and remain stationary along the route, while spectators drive past them in their cars, trucks, or golf carts. Organizers had to get creative to meet the challenges of coronavirus safety, but they insisted on keeping one tradition intact: Santa and Mrs. Claus will be on the final float at the end of the parade route to wish all spectators the joys of the season.

festooned with authentic décor. Toys and games from the 18th century will be featured, but McKee says, “Adults will love it too!” On Dec.19, Brunswick Town will host “A Visit from America’s First Santa.” Santa Claus was first popularized by Clement Clarke Moore’s poem “A Visit from St. Nicholas” (later known as “The Night Before Christmas”) in 1837. Moore’s literary description of Santa captured his audience’s imagination, yet no physical image of Santa appeared until January of 1863, when illustrator Thomas Nast’s depiction of a “Patriotic Santa” appeared on the cover of Harper’s Weekly magazine. “Patriotic Santa”

will appear in Brunswick Town to greet children of all ages.

A unique take on seasonal festivities can be found at Ingram Planetarium in Sunset Beach, which offers two holiday programs in December. Planetarium Manager Katherine Hunt describes “A Starry Night” as an introduction to Christmas traditions from around the

Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson will evoke holiday celebrations of years gone by Dec. 13 with the special program, “An 18th Century Christmas.” Visitors to the site can learn about traditions followed by colonists in the 1700s, explore the grounds, and talk to interpreters dressed in period clothing. Christmas was “much more laid back and less gift-oriented” in the past, according to Site Manager Jim McKee. Holiday decorations were made of natural elements, and the ruins of St. Philip’s Church will be

Thomas Nast’s 1863 drawing of “Patriotic Santa” is the first known depiction of Santa Claus. Meet an old-time Patriotic Santa at Brunswick Town Dec. 19.


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Out and About

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If You Go Oak Island Christmas by the Sea Parade E. Dolphin Drive beginning at Middleton Avenue, Oak Island 910-457-6964 Dec. 5, 1-4 p.m.

The Oak Island Beau fica on Club enjoys the sunshine at the 2019 Christmas By the Sea Parade. The parade will flip‐flop this year; the floats are sta onary and spectators pass by.

world followed by a star show that depicts the winter highlights of the local night sky. The “Trans-Siberian Orchestra Christmas Special” is a colorful laser light show accompanied by the popular holiday music of the band.

All venues offering holiday events are following strict COVID-19 regulations including masks, social distancing, and occupancy limits. They are striving to keep this holiday season both safe and joyful for everyone.

The planetarium is also available for private shows. Book any program at a time outside of the public hours for a very reasonable cost: $80 minimum, or the per-person ticket price, whichever is greater.

Fruit and Music A short drive to the 1770 BurgwinWright House in Wilmington yields a different perspective of colonial-era Christmas traditions. On Dec. 12, visitors will be treated to the sight of period decorations made from fruit, considered a specialty of that era, and costumed interpreters will explain the origins of this and other traditions. Live music will provide a backdrop. Visitors can do last-minute holiday shopping at the outdoor market on the grounds with intriguing finds from local authors, artists, and craftspeople.

The Burgwin‐Wright House in Wilmington will be decorated with tradi onal fruit and includes an outdoor market with local cra s and books.

Brunswick Town/ Fort Anderson 8884 St. Philips Road SE, Winnabow 910-371-6613 An 18th Century Christmas: Dec. 13, 1-5:30 p.m. A Visit from America’s First Santa: Dec. 19, 12-4 p.m. Admission free; parking fee may apply Ingram Planetarium 7625 High Market Street, Sunset Beach 910-575-0033 A Starry Night: Thursdays through Saturdays at 3 p.m. Trans-Siberian Orchestra: Thursdays through Saturdays at 7 p.m.; Sundays, Dec. 6 and 20 at 3 p.m. General admission $9.50; Seniors 62+ $8.50; Children 3-12 $7.50 Burgwin-Wright House 224 Market Street, Wilmington 910-762-0570 Christmas Open House and Market: Dec. 12, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Open House: $5 suggested donation

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In the Garden

By Pat Naughton

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hy wait for spring to enjoy beautiful blooms when you can trick bulbs into thinking it’s spring? Forcing bulbs to bloom indoors is very simple. Most bulbs require a cooling period to simulate winter conditions. This involves planting the bulb in a container and then placing it in a cool location with a temperature range from 35 to 55 degrees for 10 to 15 weeks. During this time the roots begin to form and the stem begins to lengthen. December is too late for this approach.

Paperwhite narcissus and amaryllis are two bulbs that do not require a cooling period. They are readily available at nurseries and home improvement stores. Paperwhite is perhaps the easiest bulb to force. By starting a few bulbs every two weeks you can have blooms through the end of March. Start by placing 2 to 3 inches of pea gravel in a bowl without drainage. The gravel should be an inch below the top of the container. Then fill with water up to the top of the gravel. Finally, set the bulbs on top of gravel. Keep the water level up and the leave the container in low light. Once you see roots and shoots, move the container into direct sunlight. Blooms should begin in two to three weeks. Amaryllis bulbs can be purchased in prepotted box kits. They make a nice Christmas present for any gardener. You can also purchase

Photos courtesy NC Extension Gardener Plant Toolkit

amaryllis bulbs at garden centers or mail order. Amaryllis bulbs do best when potbound. They don’t need a lot of soil. Select a pot that allows for one inch of soil on the sides and two inches below. Use a high-quality potting mix. Plant with the tip up and leave 1/3 to ½ of the top exposed.

The key to getting amaryllis off to a good start is heat. Keep the container in a warm location. Adding bottom heat with a seed starter warming pad is beneficial. Water very sparingly in the beginning; once a week is enough. Overwatering will kill the plant. Once the sprouts appear, water more frequently. As the stem grows, rotate the pot each day so the stem stays straight. After the flower blooms you can fertilize with a water-soluble fertilizer. To sustain longer blooms, move the plant to a cooler location during the night. An amaryllis can grow outdoors in hardiness zones 7 to 8 or higher. Brunswick County hardiness zone is 8B, which makes it suitable. After the risk of frost has passed, plant the bulb outdoors the same way it was planted indoors, leaving 1/3 of the top exposed. The bulb will continue to grow. It will return to its regular bloom cycle of blooming in late spring.


Read All About It

By Donna Ruth Morgan

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hether you’re searching for a fun gift or just want something good to read on a chilly winter day, this month’s book selection fills the bill.

Explore a classic: The Twelve Days of Christmas in North Carolina (2009) is a fun holiday activity— especially if you “sing” the book! Judy Stead showcases a dozen Tar Heel State points of interest from history, geography, animals and special places to visit—presented as a series of letters from child to parents. Cute illustrations and amusing trivia are for all ages to enjoy together. Nutshell review: Highly recommended for family reading time in person or over the Web. Bibliophiles will be fascinated and repelled by the horrific destruction and remarkable restoration described in the pages of Susan Orlean's The Library Book (2018). This smorgasbord of memoir, cameos (of generally non-famous but fascinating characters), true crime, and exploration of the historical role of women in libraries is a feast without a theme. Nutshell review: Meanders like a rough draft in desperate need of editing. Irish author John Boyne’s ambitious novel A Traveler at the Gates of Wisdom (2020) spans two millennia and fifty locales. Each chapter is set in a different time and place with repeating characters’ challenges. The plots evolve in a whirl of history, literature and suspense but the theme of never-changing human nature is overdone. Nutshell review: The book sags under its own weight, then derails in its final chapters.

As the Americans with Disabilities Act turns thirty, Alice Wong presents Disability Visibility: First-Person Stories from the Twenty-First Century (2020). The honest and open essays—celebratory to angry to political—are grouped into four categories that inspire understanding and shine light on uncomfortable subjects. Nutshell review: This difficult-to-read, ambitious fiveyears-in-the-making project gives voice to thirty-seven individuals whose lives challenge us all. Cardiff, by the Sea (2020) is gothic suspense that will appeal to followers of Joyce Carol Oates’ familiar topics: predatory men, unwitting/naïve females, atmospheric settings, and quietly building dread. These previously unpublished stories offer a bit of the supernatural and plenty of psychological horror. Nutshell review: A quartet of chilling novellas perfect for (well-lit) evenings at home. You can find these books at the library, too. Brunswick County Library branches have reopened with limited hours and services, and curbside pickup is available. For more information, contact your library branch or go to www.brunswickcountync.gov/library.

Merry Christmas Happy Hanukah Happy Kwanzaa Happy New Year


Healthy Bites

By Alyssa Schwinn

The fiber in pear peels slows the digestive process which allows your body more time to process the carbs found in the flesh of the pear. That prevents an intense, uncontrolled insulin spike and plateau, reducing the risk of diabetes.

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ecember is National Pear Month. The U.S. is one of the largest pear producers in the world, and every pear produced in America is picked by hand. An overwhelming majority of these pears are grown in Oregon and Washington. Pears come in many breeds, colors, and sizes. There are 3,000 species of pears in existence today. But all pears have some features in common, so your pear decision can be made with ease. Pears boast multiple health benefits. They boost heart health,

reduce risk of diabetes, and provide numerous vitamins and minerals. Pears support good heart health due to some of their antioxidants, which lessen stiffness in contractile heart tissue and lower LDL (bad) cholesterol.

In addition, pears are a valuable source of vitamin C, folate, niacin, and potassium, needed for proper cell maintenance and growth. Get out of your snack rut and try a pear! Nutrition Facts (for a mediumsized pear, 178 grams): Calories: 101, Fat: 0g, Carbohydrates: 27g, Protein: 1g, Fiber: 6g, Vitamin C: 12% of daily value (DV), Potassium: 4% of DV

From usapears.org

Nutritional information per slice: Calories: 410, Carbohydrate: 57g, Dietary Fiber: 8g, Protein: 7g


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Ash Senior Site / Healthy Bites Ash Senior Nutrition Site Activity Calendar

Calendar is subject to change Teresa Nelson, Director Waccamaw Community Building 5859 Waccamaw School Road, Ash, NC 29420 Call 910-754-7636 For Reservations Operating Hours: 9:30 am.-1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday Lunch Served at noon

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By Alyssa Schwinn

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ecember is a seemingly month-long feast! Each day in December hosts its own food holiday, and most of the foods recognized within the month are household staples this time of year. Dec. 21 is dubbed National Kiwi Day. Many of us identify the kiwi as a bright, unmistakable neon green color. But in the wild, kiwis are found in red and yellow hues as well. Kiwi grows on vines of up to 33 feet. Kiwifruit plants are able to produce fruit for up to 30 years and can survive for up to 50 years. This means that around 20 years of their lifespan are spent dormant (non-reproducing). The kiwi originated in China where it is named “Yang Tao,” but early missionaries brought the fruit back to the island of New Zealand, where it earned its more common name. Native islanders named the fruit after a flightless bird endemic to the island. The main pollinators of kiwifruit are bees, but if a pollination season is slow or kiwifruit is needed out of season, farmers will pollinate the plant themselves by spreading pollen from the male plants over the female kiwi plants. Kiwis have many health benefits as part of a wellbalanced diet. Kiwis contain a high amount of antioxidants, compounds that are essential to the reduction of free radical contents in the body. Free radicals are harmful by-products created in the body as a result of cellular metabolism. Free radicals are suspected of being one of the root causes for cellular and genetic mutations that cause cancer cells to form in the body. Kiwis contain twice as much vitamin C as an orange. They also provide high amounts of minerals like manganese, iron, and magnesium. Next time you have the opportunity, grab yourself a kiwi….not the bird though, just the fruit!


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Boiling Spring Lakes Senior Site

BRUNSWICK SENIOR BUZZ

BSRI Nutrition Program at Boiling Spring Lakes Parks & Recreation Department 1 Leeds Road Boiling Spring Lakes, NC 28461 910-363-0018

December 2020

DECEMBER 2020

BSRI Nutrition Program Operating Hours: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, & Friday 910-754-2300 Program Information www.cityofbsl.org or 363-0018

*For more info call or email Sara at 910-363-0276 or sgoodwin@cityofbsl.org* **Schedule is Subject to Change**

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The Brunswick Center at Calabash 10050 Beach Dr. SW Calabash, NC 28467 910-754-7427

Courtney Bledsoe, Director Holley Norris, Assistant Director

Staff on Site: Monday - Friday 8:00a.m. - 3:00p.m.

Spread some holiday cheer by purchasing a cookbook for just $20! This cookbook is made up of special recipes passed down through generations from BSRI’s seniors & BSRI staff. It’s the gift that keeps on giving! To reserve & purchase your cookbook, mail check to: 10050 Beach Drive SW Calabash, NC 28467 Make check payable to: Brunswick Senior Resources, Inc. In Memo: Cookbook Fundraiser **Be sure to include your contact info so pickup from the Center can be arranged!**

View Brunswick Senior Resources’ Virtual Program Calendar by visiting: https://bsrinc.org/virtual-programming/

• Contributions appreciated • A BIG thank you to New Life Church for sponsoring the Brunswick Center at Calabash’s Senior Stocking Program again this year! Our participants were showered with love, holiday cheer, and the sweetest gifts.

Christmas Light Show: https://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=-VL9dQHMMfo For a little laugh: https://www.youtube.com/watch? v=_pnyXHlRLUQ 2 hours of music: https://www.youtube.com/watch? v=nJrKqc3rHMs


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

The Brunswick Center at Leland ~An NC Certified Senior Center of Excellence~ Veronica Lett-McGee, Director Jade Robinson, Assistant Director

DECEMBER 2020 Center Hours Mondays 8a - 5p Tues - Fri 8a - 4p

Leland Center Updates! HOLIDAY Outdoor Ac vi es Stay tuned to learn from Leland’s Asst. Director Jade what socially‐distanced ac vi es are happening to celebrate the holidays, and when! Brunswick Senior Resources, Inc. is on YouTube, check us out!


DECEMBER 2020 121 Town Hall Drive NE Leland, NC 28451 910-754-7701

The Brunswick Center at Leland ~An NC Certified Senior Center of Excellence~ Veronica Lett-McGee, Director Jade Robinson, Assistant Director

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A BIG Thank You... To Knights of Columbus for pu ng on a coat drive, collec ng over 300 coats, and providing the Leland center about 80 winter coats to distribute to our homebound seniors!!! Pictured: Ron Thompson, Rich Boccard, Tim Pflaum, Paul Normand

Are you interested in Par cipa ng in...  Zoom Trees?  Phone Calls?  Pen Pals? Contact Assistant Center Director & CTRS, Jade Robinson Phone: (910) 754‐2300 Email: jrobinson@bsrinc.org


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Oak Island Senior Site

BRUNSWICK SENIOR BUZZ

DECEMBER 2020

Deanna Eddinger, Community Center Director Rodney, Stephanie & Sam, Community Center Assistants Operating Hours: Mondays through Thursdays 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m.

47th Street Oak Island, NC 28461 Call 910-278-3622 or 278-6552 910-754-2300 for Reservations

Senior Activity Calendar December 2020 (Subject to Change)

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2 10:00 am Social Time 10:30 Pool Pals 11:45 am Senior Lunch 12:30 pm Rummikub 12:30pm Social Time

3 8am Sr. Errands 10:00 am Rummikub 10:30 Playing Pool 11:30 Sit & Be Fit/Yoga 11:45 am Senior Lunch 12:30 pm BINGO

7 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

8 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

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10 8am Sr. Errands 10:00 am Rummikub 10:30 Playing Pool 11:30 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

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Harold Bertrand 12/19 Varie Waren 12/23


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The Brunswick Center at Shallotte —An NC Certified Senior Center of Excellence—

3620 Express Drive Shallotte, NC 28470 910-754-2300 1002

Teresa Nelson, Center Director Blair Stanley, Assistant Director

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How to make paper Christmas Tree Ornaments Supplies needed: -Colored paper, scissors, needle and thread, and beads 1- Cut a 1cm strip of paper along the longest edge of a letter-sized sheet. 2- Thread a needle and tie a knot in the end of the thread. Add 2 or 3 beads onto the thread as the tree trunk. 3- Pass the needle and thread through the end of the paper strip and then add a bead to the thread after the paper. 4- Bend the paper back on itself and push the needle through the paper once again. 5- Thread on another bead. 6- Repeat step 4 ensuring the paper bends get smaller each time until they have formed a tree shape. 7- Add a final bead and tie a knot to secure it. Finally, tie a loop from the remaining thread to use for hanging up on your tree.

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**Calendar is subject to change**


The Brunswick Center at Shallotte 3620 Express Drive Shallotte, NC 28470 910-754-2300 1002

—An NC Certified Senior Center of Excellence— Teresa Nelson, Center Director Blair Stanley, Assistant Director

Center Hours: Wednesday Mon., Tues., 7:00am Thurs., Friday 4:00pm 7:00am - 3:00pm

Show Me the Money! BSRI Financial Statements and IRS Form 990 are online at www.bsrinc.org

Online Activities

Poetry Corner

https://lichess.org/

The Dreaded Christmas Fruitcake

https://www.memory-improvement-tips.com/ scrabble-online-free.html https://games.aarp.org/games/bridge https://www.travelandleisure.com/attractions/ museums-galleries/museums-with-virtual-tours https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/life/travel/ a31784720/best-virtual-tours/ https://www.travelandleisure.com/attractions/ museums-galleries/museums-with-virtual-tours https://www.heraldtribune.com/zz/ entertainment/20200320/coronavirus-freemovies-shows-and-audiobooks-to-stream-whileyoure-self-quarantining

Oh fruitcake, oh fruitcake, Why are you heavy like a rock? And why do people keep sending you to me? I really wish they would stop. Your texture is like rubber, And your fruit is chewy like gum. I think no one would give you as a gift, If they'd ever eaten some. I've tried re-gifting you, But you just keep coming back. If I have to look at you one more time, I think my mind will crack. I really hate to be wasteful, And I don't like to act rash, But I can't take it anymore, You're going into the trash! -Kelly Roper Directions:

Step 1 In a medium bowl, mix together cocoa, white sugar, and vegetable oil. Beat in eggs one at a time, then stir in the vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder, and salt; stir into the cocoa mixture. Cover dough, and chill for at least 4 hours.

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inch balls. Coat each ball in confectioners' sugar before placing onto prepared cookie sheets.

Step 3 Bake in preheated oven for 10 to 12 minutes. Let stand on the cookie sheet for a minute before transferring to wire racks to cool.

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Package your delicious cookies and Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 bring with you to all of your holiday degrees C). Line cookie sheets with events and parties! They’re sure to be parchment paper. Roll dough into one a hit.


The Brunswick Center at Shallotte 3620 Express Drive Shallotte, NC 28470 910-754-2300 1002

—An NC Certified Senior Center of Excellence— Teresa Nelson, Center Director Blair Stanley, Assistant Director

Center Hours: Wednesday Mon., Tues., 7:00am Thurs., Friday 4:00pm 7:00am - 3:00pm

A big thank you to Pinnacle Storage for partnering with us in Leland to do two food distributions in October!


Puzzles STATEPOINT CROSSWORD

HAPPY HOLIDAYS ACROSS 1. Taken where? 6. Vegas bandit's body part 9. Titian's Venus or Collier's Godiva 13. Indian metropolis 14. Flapper's neckwear 15. E-cigarette output 16. Galsworthy's "The Forsyte ____," pl. 17. Bovine hangout 18. UV light absorber 19. *Scrooge's late partner 21. *December 26th, a.k.a. ____ Day 23. Ideas worth spreading, acr. 24. Great deal 25. *Like Santa's suit 28. "____ Las Vegas," Presley song 30. 1/100th of a ruble 35. Pupil's place 37. *Sleigh bell sound 39. Fairytale dustsprinkler 40. German Mrs. 41. Chose between competitors 43. Type of ballistic missile, acr. 44. Not a gregarious one 46. Castaway's home 47. Fungal spore sacs 48. Pencil end, often 50. ____-a-Sketch 52. Summer color 53. Cuckoo 55. "____ the ramparts..." 57. *Santa's call 60. *Welcoming holiday decor 63. Bird of prey's hunting tool 64. 16th birthday gift? 66. Engages the services 68. Skirt shape 69. Beehive State native 70. Bikini, e.g. 71. Bibliophile's concern, sing. 72. D.C. bigwig

73. Australian Aboriginal's war club DOWN 1. *Do holiday ones start earlier every year? 2. Show pleasure 3. Aquarium organism 4. Navigational aid 5. *Hanukkah month 6. Competently 7. Wade's 1973 opponent 8. Not yes, nor no 9. Like Hitler's Germany 10. Second word in fairytale 11. *Ding follower in "Wonderful Christmastime" 12. *"But I heard him exclaim, ____ he drove out of sight..." 15. Public opinion, in Great Britain 20. Changes to a manuscript 22. Sturdy tree 24. Telephone part 25. *Ralphie's wish 26. Trial's partner 27. Late Princess of Wales 29. IV+IV 31. Type of cotton fiber 32. Exit plus s 33. Around 34. *Macaulay's famous character 36. Takes to court 38. *Hanukkah gift 42. "Magnolia" ware 45. Not in its original form 49. Pep rally syllable 51. TV variety show classic 54. Concentrate 56. Yogurt-based dip 57. *Manger's glow 58. Dish of stewed meat 59. "____ if you...," on a bumper sticker 60. Small songbird 61. Trampled 62. In custody 63. Coca Cola's first diet drink 65. *What Whos did to roast beast? 67. Silvester Stallone's nickname

SUDOKU

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The Brunswick Center at Southport

1513 N. Howe St., Ste. 1 Southport, NC 28461 Phone 910-754-7109

~An NC Certified Senior Center of Excellence~ Melissa Catlett, Director Jackie Knott, Assistant Director

BRUNSWICK SENIOR BUZZ Hours of Operation: Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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BRUNSWICK SENIOR BUZZ 1513 N. Howe St., Ste. 1 Southport, NC 28461 Phone 910-754-7109

The Brunswick Center at Southport ~An NC Certified Senior Center of Excellence~ Melissa Catlett, Director Jackie Knott, Assistant Director

DECEMBER 2020

Hours of Operation: Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Virtual Programming Opportunities

Click the logo above to check out the Brunswick Senior Resources YouTube channel, chock full of videos in areas of exercise, health and wellness, cra s, recipes, and other fun topics!

CLICK HERE to see all Southport center live virtual programming opportuni es on GeriShare.

Would you like to sharpen your computer skills? Learn a program like Word, Publisher or even Zoom? Helping grandkids with homework? Click the logo above to visit the Goodwill Founda on’s library of YouTube classes available for you to take part in. Happy learning!

And Don’t Forget our Facebook Page! Click Here


The Brunswick Center at Southport 1513 N. Howe St., Ste. 1 Southport, NC 28461 Phone 910-754-7109

~An NC Certified Senior Center of Excellence~ Melissa Catlett, Director Jackie Knott, Assistant Director

Hours of Operation: Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Remembering our dear Santa– missing you always, but especially at the holidays!* Our biggest cheerleaders! Audie and his lovely wife, Joyce, are so special to us here in Southport. Our hearts are with you, Joyce!

He loved you! Audie had such a way of making everyone he knew feel loved and important. Here are a few he made a difference for. Top row, left to right- Jane Jones, Suzan Fogle and Tedi Reiher. Bottom row, left to right– Beverly Bridgers, Amber Ramsey, Tammie Mullis, Beverly Bridgers and Jackie Knott.

A personal note. Santa, you never failed to make me smile, keep me laughing, or make me feel loved. I am a better person simply because I knew you. Thank you for always supporting us in everything we do. It was truly one of the greatest honors of my life to be your Elf #1. Love you buddy, Melissa *For the “In Memoriam” article about Audie, including his obituary and highlights with BSRI, please see page 7 of the November 2020 Senior Buzz, available on our website at https://bsrinc.org/senior-buzz/ . Scroll to the bottom of the page for past issues and select November 2020.


Puzzles / Holiday News

(StatePoint) This holiday season may look a bit different due to social distancing. But just because everyone is not physically together doesn’t mean your family can’t share its favorite traditions. Here are some tips for creating holiday cheer from anywhere: • Celebrate virtually. Nearly 80 percent of people say time with family is their favorite part of the holiday season. Whether your tradition is a Christmas movie marathon, a caroling session around the piano, or eating certain foods and baked treats, you can enjoy these activities together over video chat this year. • Share traditional foods. The sensory memories that good food creates are powerful. Send baked good through the mail and be sure to have at least one traditional favorite, even if the supermarket cooks it this year. • Plan ahead. When it comes to ordering gifts and specially baked treats, make sure to account for congested delivery services so your goodies arrive on time. Take note of shipping times and policies, as well

as ordering deadlines for each company. • Create hygge. Take a cue from Danish culture and embrace hygge. Pronounced “hoo-ga,” it means creating a cozy atmosphere and enjoying the good things in life, such as the warm glow of candlelight or a steaming cup of cocoa—and there is no better time of year to do it than the holiday season. Evoking the sights, sounds, and aromas of a typical holiday season will help make this year feel more cheerful.

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The Brunswick Center at Supply 101 Stone Chimney Road Supply, NC 910-754-7604

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday 8 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Friday 8 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Melissa Starr, Director Jillian Hardin, Assistant Director

DECEMBER 2020 - ZOOM Schedule Monday Let's Chat December 14 @ 2:00 p.m. Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 955 4312 0631

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Yoga w/ Emily 9:00 a.m. Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 934 1427 4281

Seated Tabata w/ Angela 10:00 a.m. Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 915 5752 9184

Balance-Core-Strength w/ Nancy 10:00 a.m. Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 971 1449 9321

Pilates w/Nancy Hired Hands Band 10:00 a.m. December 9 @ 11:00 a.m. Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 954 8209 7345 Muscle Move's w/ Mary Beth 11:00 a.m. Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 955 9261 7976

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Wellness Yoga w/ Mary Beth 11:00 a.m. Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 953 0411 6018

Let's Play Bridge December 1, 8, 15 1:30 p.m. Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 974 6514 8200 Passcode: 163862 What's Happening at Supply Center! December 15 @ 3:00 p.m. Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 937 0984 5894

Each Zoom class *(besides Let’s Chat, Let’s Play Bridge, What’s Happening) will be reoccurring in December. Each class now has the same meeting link during November.

program is appropriate for you based on physical ability, previous injury, etc. please seek a doctor’s advice before participating.

In order for The Brunswick *Regarding at home activities Center at Supply to have a Click here for all BSRI Virtual Programs and programs shared in this record of your agreement, calendar. Individuals who choose please click here, acknowledge that you have read the to utilize these resources to disclaimer, type your name and exercise, stretch, etc. assume any email to Jillian. We will print the email to keep on file. and all risk of accident or injury that may occur from participation. Brunswick Senior Resources, Inc. (BSRI), its If you are not a member of BSRI Supply Center, please staff, instructors, volunteers, and representatives shall be click here to complete a Client Registration Form. You can held harmless and not liable for any claim, demand, cause mail, scan or arrange to drop off the completed form so that of action of any kind whatsoever. If you are unsure a we can issue your membership ID. Thank you!


The Brunswick Center at Supply 101 Stone Chimney Road Supply, NC 910-754-7604

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday 8 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Friday 8 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Melissa Starr, Director Jillian Hardin, Assistant Director

Sending you our love on angel's wings as we remember our forever Santa, Audie Lowrimore.

We will miss your holiday spirit and the joy and wisdom you shared with us throughout the years.

Rest in Peace, Santa Audie.

Congratulations, Demetri Clemmons! Ms. Clemmons won our October At-Home Bingo. She is a Home Delivered Meals recipient and a participant at the Supply Center. We have played At-Home Bingo for several months now in an effort to keep our participants involved and reduce social isolation. Every day, we send two Bingo numbers to our homebound participants who are playing Bingo. If you are a Home Delivered Meals recipient and want to play At-Home Bingo, call the Supply Center at (910) 754-7604 and we’ll add your name to our Bingo list!

Click on the pictures to learn about Chanukah and Kwanza!


The Brunswick Center at Supply 101 Stone Chimney Road Supply, NC 910-754-7604

Melissa Starr, Director Jillian Hardin, Assistant Director

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday 8 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Friday 8 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Sherry Confer is now the Administrative Assistant! Sherry has been a very active volunteer. She played a large role in helping staff obtain our Senior Center of Excellence certification. In addition, she’s a member of our Advisory Committee and also volunteered with Curbside Congregate and Home Delivered Meals. Sherry moved to Brunswick County in 2019 after retirement. She served in the Mental Health field for 30 years as a Social Worker. One of the things that Sherry is most proud of is the wide circle of diverse new and long-term friendships she’s established and maintained throughout her life. She’s looking forward to meeting new people as she continues to settle into Brunswick County. Sherry looks forward to contributing to the mission of the Center at Supply in her new role.

Be On The Lookout! Senior Stockings 2020 is here! This year, we offered the Senior Stockings program to our Home Delivered Meals (HDM) recipients. This special initiative involves HDM Volunteers, Coastal Church and BSRI Board Members. Gifts will be sent out this month so that participants can put them under their tree by December 18th. They will be delivered by their HDM drivers with their meals. In past years seniors have asked for items like slippers, blankets, PJs, sweatpants, puzzles, and linens. We appreciate and thank everyone who took part in the Senior Stockings program!

WITH LOVE! Melissa, Jillian, Gloria, Sherry and Tikila


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What’s for Lunch? Brunswick Senior Resources, Inc. Provides Nutritionally Balanced Meals for Seniors

DECEMBER 2020

*Menus subject to change*

CONTRIBUTIONS ALWAYS WELCOME!

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10 Sloppy joes Coleslaw Potato wedges Diced peaches Hamburger bun Milk 2%

11 Baked salmon w/ herb sauce Steamed veggies Rice pilaf Tropical fruit Roll Milk 2%

15 Swiss steak w/ gravy Cabbage and noodles Diced carrots Fresh orange Chocolate pudding Roll Milk 2%

16 Balsamic chicken Capri blend veggies Roasted potatoes Fruit salad Roll Milk 2%

17 Baked ham Yams w/ marshmallows California blend veggies Pineapple tidbits Brownie Milk 2%

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22 Smoked sausages w/ peppers and onions Steamed cabbage White rice Fresh banana Peach cobbler Hotdog bun Milk 2% 29

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7 Bacon Eggs French toast Breakfast potatoes Blueberry crumble Orange juice Milk 2% 14 Vegetable beef soup Green salad Grilled cheese on white bread Fresh apple Chocolate chip cookie Crackers Milk 2% 21 Turkey tetrazzini Carrots Diced pears Roll Milk 2%

Thursday

Friday 4 Hawaiian pork chops Mixed steamed veggies Rice pilaf Baked apples Roll Milk 2%


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All proceeds from this fundraiser will assist in continuing & expanding programming & services for seniors in Brunswick County.


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