December 2019 Brunswick Senior Buzz

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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 · 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 · Shelley Cooper, Leland

i · 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 · Sherrill Jolly, Southport · Melissa Starr, Supply · Casey Freed, Supply · Gloria Pieczarka, Supply · Teresa Nelson, Supply · Ilona Smith, Supply · Mike McGurn, Thrift Store

Contributors Barbara Weber and her husband moved to Calabash in 2010 to be closer to family. A former elementary school teacher who grew up in N.J., she always chose writing as a hobby. When she retired she wrote a monthly column for over 12 years for Connection Magazine in the Pocono Mountains. Barbara loves reading, crossword puzzles, knitting, and spending time with family. Find her senior profile on page 21. Barbara says, “Wishing you all peace, love, and good health in the days ahead.” Holly Tate is a beach-loving North Carolina transplant who grew up on Long Island and never wants to be too far from the ocean. A self-proclaimed “grammar geek,” Holly recently retired from a career in marketing communications. She loves books, travel, and exploring our beautiful state. Holly investigates BSRI Thrift Shops on page 10. “Enjoy happiness and good health now and throughout the new year!” Holly says.


isions of sugarplums will be dancing in the heads of children all over the world this month. Santa Claus will fill stockings and leave bicycles under the tree, and kids will wake up to a magical day. When I was small, Santa came to my house in a big way. Presents spilled out from under the tree (we were given to understand that Santa didn't always have time to wrap his).

Pat Naughton and his family moved from Richmond, Va. to Winding River Plantation in Brunswick County in 2017 after Pat retired 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. To celebrate the season, Pat shows how to decorate with backyard plants on page 14. May your garden and plants bring you . peace and joy

When I grew old enough to doubt the big guy, I figured there had to be someone distributing gifts. My frugal parents could never have afforded such luxury—nor were they so inclined.

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 same enjoyment with her four children and three grandchildren. Donna reviews new books from 2019 on page 14, and she shares this thought from Cicero: "A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue, but the parent of all the other virtues."

We do the same today. We may not buy lots of presents, but we try to remember everyone. We help those less fortunate through a Toys for Tots program (see page 7) or Stockings for Seniors or by becoming a Secret Santa.

Joan Leotta has been playing with words on page and stage since childhood in Pittsburgh. Her poetry and essays appear in many publications. Her four historical fiction novels feature strong women in times of U.S. wars, and her poetry chapbook, Languid Lusciousness with Lemon, was recently released. Joan makes a Christmas tree out of a rosemary plant on page 16. “Blessings to you. May the joy of Christmas fill your life. Light and love also to those who celebrate other holidays at this time,” Joan says.

They did it, though. The spirit of the season swept my folks in, and they made a Christmas for kids the way kids like best: with toys.

And we invite in those who have fewer people to celebrate with. Because families may be far-flung and some family members may be gone forever, seniors are vulnerable to being alone during the holidays. This holiday season, won’t you please remember your neighbors and play Santa for them? Shelagh Clancy Editor, Brunswick Senior Buzz

Letter from Shallotte

’Tis the Season to Stay Engaged


he holidays can be a time of joy and merriment, of family gatherings and a spirit of charity and gratitude. For many seniors, however, this can also be a time of difficulty, loneliness, or grief.

Photo by Pat Naughton

A top of a pine tree sapling in a clear Christmas bulb makes a unique holiday decoration. Buzz garden columnist Pat Naughton made this ornament. “I couldn't find any short needles on my pine trees. Then I looked below and there was a short pine sapling just begging to be admired in a holiday centerpiece,” Pat says.

Simply by virtue of having lived longer, many older adults have suffered losses and may receive cruel reminders of their bereavement during the holidays. Also, many of our local seniors have relocated from other areas and may be farther away from their families, making gatherings more difficult or costly. Later life often brings with it role changes in many families, and these may be heightened in the face of the rituals and tasks involved in holiday preparations. Finally, many of our seniors are in the “sandwich” generation, caregivers responsible for both adult children and aging parents. This can enhance the stress of what can be an already emotionally charged time. Despite our increased interconnectedness through technology, social isolation is a growing concern among older adults. Recent public health research has shown that loneliness and social isolation affect mortality in a similar way to that of a 15-cigarettes-per-day smoking habit and has more of an impact on mortality than other risk factors, like obesity and sedentary lifestyle. Luckily, our BSRI centers are proud to be part of the effort to reduce isolation and be a support to others who may be balancing

Veronica Lett-McGee, Director The Brunswick Center at Leland

the challenges mentioned above. Here are some tips to stay engaged and calm during this holiday spirit: 

Join us for a hot meal at any of our nine congregate lunch locations.

Take part in an exercise class to boost those feel-good endorphins.

The friends you make at a senior center can be a “chosen family” minus the typical family drama.

Or volunteer with us: Helping make another’s holiday season brighter can have a reciprocal feel-good effect.

Overall, be sure to attend to your basic needs, like eating and sleeping well, take breaks as needed, and communicate with others if you start to feel down. We hope your season is merry and bright. See you soon! Veronica Lett-McGee, Director The Brunswick Center at Leland



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Join a doctor-led walking group on the second Saturday of each month from 9-10 a.m. These groups are a fun, safe place to walk, learn about health, and meet new friends. It’s free and everyone is welcome! Join a group at the Boiling Spring Lakes Senior Site, 1 Leeds Road, Boiling Spring Lakes, or at Mulberry Park, 123 Mulberry Street, Shallotte. For more information, contact the Brunswick Wellness Coalition at (910) 444-1872 or

Shag Dance Lessons in 2020 Brunswick County Parks and Recreation will host shag lessons at BSRI centers in the new year. Beginner classes start at 6 p.m. and intermediate classes at 7 p.m. The fee is $60 per person and preregistration is recommended. Brunswick Center at Shallotte Mondays: January 6-February 17, 2020 Instructors: John Hutton & Katy O’Neill To register, contact John at 910-201-9993 or email jsh66@ Brunswick Center at Calabash Tuesdays: January 7-February 18, 2020 Instructors: John Hutton & Katy O’Neill To register, contact John at 910-2019993 or email jsh66@earthlink. net Brunswick Center at Leland Wednesdays: January 8-February 19, 2020 Instructors: Chuck & Sandy Boney To register, call 910-454-4150 or 910-523-3987, or email or Brunswick Center at Southport Thursdays: January 9-February 20, 2020 Instructors: Chuck & Sandy Boney To register, call 910-454-4150 or 910-523-3987, or email or

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hat’s Christmas without toys? To make sure every Brunswick County child will celebrate Christmas this year with a toy, the Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Foundation has begun its annual campaign.

Thanks to the support of this community, last year Toys for Tots in Brunswick County served 3,621 local children and collected 8,657 toys. They received 8,274 toys from foundation partners Hasbro, Funko, Lego, Blue Sky Marketing, Simply Fun Toy & Game Company, and MGA Marketing. The best part is that all toys and money collected stayed right here in the county!

Bring donations to any of all five BSRI senior centers.

volunteers from the community: The Brunswick County Campaign has been expanded significantly this year with new volunteers, including BSRI. All five senior centers are drop-off sites for anyone in the county who wants to donate a toy. Please bring new, unwrapped toys to the center as you enjoy your classes and activities. Remember, Toys for Tots serves babies, toddlers, boys and girls, and teens. We are always in need of baby dolls, bicycles, toddler toys, and teen toys. If you don’t know what to buy, consider donating money instead. Donations will be used to purchase toys at wholesale prices, making your donation go even further. The Toys for Tots campaign desperately needs

Dec. 7 Walmart Toy Drive – Need volunteers from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at both the Shallotte and Southport Walmarts

Dec. 14 Walmart Toy Drive – Need volunteers from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at both the Shallotte and Southport Walmarts

Drivers through Dec. 16 to pick up toys from collection sites, and collect boxes after the campaign

People to help organize toys for distribution from Dec. 17 to 20

For more information or to volunteer, call Bruce Brown, Assistant Coordinator for Toys for Tots Brunswick County, at (240) 750-4028.

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BSRI Thrift Stores

National 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.

SHOP our BSRI thrift stores for the best selection! Two locations:

10001 Beach Dr. Calabash NEW! 5302 Main Street Shallotte 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

Medicare Part B covers one influenza vaccination and its administration each influenza season for Medicare beneficiaries. If medically necessary, Medicare may cover additional seasonal influenza vaccinations. Ask a SHIIP counselor for more information: call (910)754-2300. —M. René Tarquinio, LBSW

Case Manager/SHIIP Co-Coordinator

I like to compare the holiday season with the way a child listens to a favorite story. The pleasure is in the familiar way the story begins, the anticipation of familiar turns it takes, the familiar moments of suspense, and the familiar climax and ending. ~Fred Rogers


BSRI welcomes Randell K. Woodruff as the new Brunswick County manager. The Brunswick County Board of Commissioners recently voted unanimously to appoint Woodruff.

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Woodruff previously served as Pender County manager, and he succeeds retiring county manager Ann Hardy. “I’m very excited about coming to work for Brunswick County government and am looking forward to serving the board and interacting with the talented staff and department heads,” Woodruff said. “Brunswick is a county positioned for a future filled with numerous growth opportunities both internally as well as in the region.” BSRI works closely with Brunswick County as one of our funding sources and the county manager is key in making BSRI's budget revisions. BSRI President Jim Fish looks forward to working closely with Woodruff to continue BSRI’s and Brunswick County’s support of seniors and senior programs. Brunswick County commissioners are enthusiastic in their praise of Woodruff. “Randell Woodruff is an experienced, proven county manager who understands the unique challenges associated with leading a fast-growing, diverse coastal county,” said Frank Williams, chairman of the Brunswick County board of commissioners. “Randell has the background, skills, and experience required to build on Ann Hardy’s great work. Our board is excited to welcome him to the Brunswick County team, and we look forward to a smooth transition and a great future with him at the helm.” “Randell is an outstanding public servant whom I am proud to have join the Brunswick County Government team,” Cooke said. “I’ve known and worked with Randell for a long time, and I can personally attest to his strong work ethic, knowledge, leadership, and professionalism.”

Happy Holidays

By Holly Tate


f you’re a dedicated thrifter, you know the value of reusing or recycling previously owned items. Even if you’ve never thriftshopped before, you’ll enjoy the hunt for low-priced clothing, household goods, and other interesting items at BSRI’s thrift stores in Calabash and Shallotte. Get shopping! Buy something new-toyou and help support BSRI. BSRI’s thrift stores have just about anything you might need, says Operations Manager Mike McGurn. Regular inventory includes clothing for men, women, and kids, plus shoes, toys, jewelry, collectibles, florals, housewares, electronics, furniture, kitchen items, linens, and seasonal items. At this time of year, holiday wreaths, ornaments, and decor are good sellers, McGurn says, along with toys, books, and games just right for holiday giving. According to McGurn, the volume of BSRI thrift store donations is enormous. This means plenty of inventory at both locations to meet shoppers’ holiday gift-giving and ongoing needs. Eight staff members and 36 volunteers ensure all donated items are properly organized, priced, displayed, and sold. The spacious Calabash store, a former restaurant, features attractive displays that provide an upscale boutique atmosphere. The roomy Shallotte store, which opened in August 2019, is located in a former Sears store and is already filled with striking fashion finds, jewelry, collectibles, china, glassware, furniture, and more. You’ll soon have the opportunity to shop some BSRI’s thrift store offerings without leaving home, adds McGurn. BSRI will launch an online shopping site for donated items like fine china and collectibles in early 2020.

All sales help fund BSRI’s programs, services, and activities. Shop our Calabash store at 10001 Beach Dr. SW and our Shallotte store at 5302 Main St. Stores are open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call (910) 712-6458 regarding donations. For more information, visit

Top: BSRI’s spacious Calabash thrift store resembles an upscale boutique. Finding such reasonably priced clothing, jewelry, home decor, collectibles, housewares, furniture, and seasonal items can make shoppers feel like a million bucks while only spending a few. Below: Visit BSRI’s Shallotte Thrift Store and scoop up the bargains! All proceeds benefit BSRI.

Happy Holidays

Top left: Volunteer Loretta Todd tempts us with necklaces at the Shallotte thrift store. Below left: Seasonal items like this festive snowman abound at BSRI’s Shallotte and Calabash Thrift Stores. Center top: Antique Podmore Walker stoneware waits for its next home. Center: Margaritaville, majolica, and maritime treasures can be discovered. Center bottom: Calabash Assistant Manager Lois Little uses donated materials to create beautiful, affordable holiday décor. Right top: Thrift Store Operations Manager Mike McGurn and Assistant Manager Lois Little welcome shoppers to BSRI’s Calabash location. Right below: Lois Little creates wreaths in her workshop.


Interested in helping? Consider these two opportunities to serve:

Meet Howard, MaryAnn, Chuck and Betty Ann, our Volunteers of the Month from our Brunswick Center at Calabash. Howard and MaryAnn Ballard (left) set up and break down tables and chairs in the main hall at Calabash daily for recreation and congregate lunch programs, and help with special events like Pump & Paws last June. Howard also lends a hand as a Bingo caller when needed. Chuck and Betty Ann Johnson (right) help with the monthly newsletter distribution, and also call Bingo!

Volunteers are almost always needed to help keep our homebound clients fed. Please consider donating your time to help with meal deliver or meal prep for home delivered meals. We have volunteer locations for these roles at Calabash, Shallotte, Southport, Leland and Supply Senior Centers. We also always are searching for volunteers to help out at either our Calabash Thrift Store or the new Shallotte Thrift Store.

Contact Sarah Powell, BSRI Volunteer Coordinator at: to find out how easy it is to join our team! Online applications can be filled out on our website Or you can call (910) 880-2777

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Tips for a Stress-Free Christmas Season By Mallory Balice, BSRI Wellness Program Manager


he holidays can be such a busy time for everyone, especially Christmas. With shopping, cooking, decorating, and parties, it can sometimes get hectic and stressful, and stress can have an effect on our body and impact our thoughts and behaviors. Here are some ways to prevent stress during the holidays.

Make a list to get organized for Christmas gift shopping and hosting parties. Try not to take on too many responsibilities and let family and friends share the responsibilities. Don’t hesitate to ask for help.

Loneliness is a major concern for many people during the holidays.

Stay active by exercising, picking up a new hobby, or taking time to hang out with friends and family members.

Do not punish yourself if you overindulge in food. Eating mindfully is simply putting the fork down between each bite and using portion control with food.

Take a break and take the time for yourself. If you have been waiting to do something fun for yourself, now is the time to do so. Remember, Christmas is a time to be happy and joyful. Finding positive ways to manage stress will help you to have a worry-free Christmas. We wish you a happy and healthy holiday season!

In the Garden

Holiday Decorations By Pat Naughton Bring the beauty of the back yard to your table to brighten up the holidays. Evergreens, pinecones, and bright berries can be used to make colorful center pieces. Here are a few decorations made from plants in my back yard.

For more decorating ideas, check out Pam Duncan’s demonstration on holiday decorations using yard plants Dec. 17 at the Brunswick Center at Supply. Class size is limited to 10, so please call Supply at (910) 754-7604 to register. See page 36 for details.

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Using Yard Plants

Photos by Pat Naughton

Happy Holidays

A Very Rosemary Holiday By Joan Leotta

January 6 to celebrate the arrival of the Three Wise Men.


ooking for a gift that is pretty, practical, thoughtful, and good for the person who has everything? Yes, such a gift does exist—a rosemary plant—and you can even buy one shaped like a Christmas tree!

Shelton says she likes to combine oranges and rosemary in a bowl for Christmas decoration. In the kitchen she likes to add it to roasts and, as the folk song advises, combine rosemary with parsley and sage to use in many dishes, including stuffing, roasted potatoes, and other vegetables. My own favorite ways to use it are when roasting chicken and potatoes.

Rosemary is a thoughtful holiday gift for all winter holidays. Not only is it a fragrant herb that brings wonderful flavor to your meal, the herb’s wonderful piney odor has been shown to actually improve memory. Medical research confirms the Shakespeare saying, “Rosemary, that’s for remembrance.”

This property makes it an ideal gift for a time of year when we want to sharpen our memories of holidays past as we make new memories in the present. A spring of rosemary in a holiday card makes a lovely culinary gift and gives the recipient the message that your memories together are important. Sending a plant or spring to someone in memory care may help them recall good times of past years. According to Margaret Shelton of Shelton Herb Farm (right here in Brunswick County), the plant also symbolizes fidelity and is often tucked into the groom’s boutonniere and bride’s bouquet to encourage faithfulness to vows. Whatever rosemary plant you purchase, know that our climate is

This small rosemary tree is just waiting for a string of cranberries and popcorn to make the season bright.

very friendly to the plant and as long as you put in well-drained soil in a sunny spot, even the tiniest plant from the store can become a huge bush in a few years. As an evergreen, the plant is an attractive addition to any garden and in winter it offers tiny blue flowers. These flowers are a part of several Christmas legends. One says the bloom occurred when Mary laid her cloak on the bush while the Holy Family was escaping to Egypt. Another says the plant blooms on

While you can purchase Christmas-tree-shaped rosemary bushes online and in big box stores, it is likely that these were started and trimmed in greenhouses in another state. Shelton, who carries more than two dozen varieties of rosemary, says, “Buying plants that are started here means they are better acclimated from the beginning. These will do well when replanted outside. The plants from another climate might not do as well.” You can start putting them outside when we have warmer days, but be sure to protect them from freezing while they are small and tender. If you plan to keep any herbs inside, Shelton advises keeping the plants in a sunny room. You can visit Shelton Herb Farm at 340 Goodman Road NE in Leland. What better idea for the holidays than to give a gift that has us remembering the true meaning of such celebrations—love.

Ash Senior Site 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 910-754-7636 For Reservations Operating Hours: 9:30 am.-1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday Lunch Served at noon







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The Brunswick Social Services Outreach Program will be at the Ash Senior Site on Dec. 11 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. They will be conducting interviews for assistance applications.

Artencie, Beverly, Cathy, Hazel, and Avis attend the new craft class at Ash Senior Site.







31 09:30 Puzzles 10:45 Exercises 11:30 Stretch 12:00 Lunch 12:30 Rummikub Cathy Miller and Avis Smith work together to finish a project.

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

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

*Subject to change, email or call Sara at 910-363-0276 or*




2 10am Walking Class 11am Fit 4 Life 12pm Senior Lunch 12:30pm Rummikub 12:30 Cards & Dice 6:15pm All Levels Yoga

3 9:30 Clogging 1:30pm Mikes Farm 6:30pm Line Dance Club

4 10am Walking Class 11am Fit 4 Life 12pm Senior Lunch 12:30pm Guest Speaker: Elderhaus 12:30pm Rummikub 12:30pm Cards & Dice

5 10am Mah Jong 6pm All Levels Yoga

6 10am Qi Gong/Tai Chi 11am TOPS 11am Fit 4 Life 11:30 FREE BP Testing 12pm Senior Lunch 12:30pm Rummikub 12:30pm Dominoes, Dice and Cards

9 10am Walking Class 11am Fit 4 Life 12pm Senior Lunch 12:15pm Guest Speaker: BSRI Nutritional Talk 12:30pm Rummikub 12:30 Cards & Dice 6:15pm All Levels Yoga

10 9:30 Clogging 6:30pm Line Dance Club

11 10am Walking Class 11am Fit 4 Life 12pm Senior Christmas Party & Ugly Sweater Contest 12:30pm Rummikub 12:30pm Cards & Dice

12 10am Mah Jong 10:30 Leland House Bingo and Lunch 6:15pm All Levels Yoga

13 10am Qi Gong/Tai Chi 11am TOPS 11am Fit 4 Life 12pm Senior Lunch 12:30pm Ice Cream Birthday Social 12:30pm Rummikub 12:30pm Dominoes, Dice and Cards

16 10am Walking Class 11am Fit 4 Life 12pm Senior Lunch 12:30pm Rummikub 12:30 Cards & Dice 6:15pm All Levels Yoga

17 9:30 Clogging 4pm The Office Meet & Greet 6:30pm Line Dance Club

18 10am Walking Class 11am Fit 4 Life 12pm Senior Lunch 12:30pm Senior Cookie Exchange 12:30pm Rummikub 12:30pm Cards & Dice

19 10am Mah Jong 12pm Lunch Bunch: The Grillin’ Crab 6pm All Levels Yoga

20 10am Qi Gong/Tai Chi 11am TOPS 11am Fit 4 Life 12pm Senior Lunch 12:30pm Rummikub 12:30pm Dominoes, Dice and Cards

23 10am Walking Class 12pm Senior Lunch 12:30pm Rummikub 12:30 Cards & Dice 6:15pm All Levels Yoga




27 10am Qi Gong/Tai Chi 11am TOPS 11am Fit 4 Life 12pm Senior Lunch 12:30pm Rummikub 12:30pm Dominoes, Dice and Cards

30 10am Walking Class 12pm Senior Lunch 12:30pm Rummikub 12:30 Cards & Dice 6:15pm All Levels Yoga

31 9:30 Clogging 6:30pm Line Dance Club

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12/8 Sea Notes Concert 3:00pm 12/14 Walk with a Doc 9:00am 12/14 Pancake Breakfast 8:00am 12/15 A Christmas Carol @ The Brunswick Little Theatre 3:00pm

The Brunswick Center at Calabash Courtney Bledsoe, Director Holley Norris, Assistant Director

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

Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday 7:00a.m. - 3:00p.m.






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 8:00 Country 8:45 Zumba GOLD 8:00 Zumba Gold $3 8:00 Tai Chi 8:00 Country Zumba $3 Zumba $3 8:15 Barre 9:15 ^Tai Yo 8:45 Zumba 9:00 TCF Chair 9:00 Hoop It Up! $3 9:30 Beginner Barre $3 9:30 BINGO $0.50 Class $6 10:30 20/20/20 9:30 Knitting & 9:30 Chair Arthritis Beg. 10:30 20/20/20 10:00 Gentle Pilates Crocheting Bring stability ball

10:30 Chair Arthritis Adv. 10:30 Line Dancing

10:30 Geri-Fit

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12p Lunch 12p Lunch ^Bridge Group 12:45 Line Dancing Dulcimer Group Crafts with Mary 1:00 BINGO $0.50 Ballroom Dance ^Beginner Ballroom Dance

12p Lunch 12:30 Yoga 12:30 ^Beginner Mah Jongg

10:30 Geri-Fit

12p Lunch 12p Lunch 12:00 Painter’s Hour 12:45 Hand & Foot Card Game 12:30 Mah Jongg Grp 1:00 Chair Yoga





5 4 3 • Hope4NC Resource • Tech Help 10:00 • *Last day of Beginner • LIHEAP Info, Table 11:45 • Tabata Class 11:00 Applications, and Resource Dulcimer until February!* • Blood Pressure Checks • ^Trivia with Steve 1:00 • Visit with Bella the Table w/ CommWell Health Therapy Dog 1:30 10:00-2:00 11:00 • ^Memory Loss Support • BSRI Nutrition Class • ^Chair Caning 12:45 Group 2:00 12:15




Health Discussion w/ Saber Health 12:30

11 • Tech & TV 101 10:00 • Zumba GOLD 10:45 • ^Caregiver Support Group 2:00

Elder Law Attorney, Helayne Payne here for Q&A on Caregiver’s legal concerns.


• Writer’s Bloc 1:00 • ^National Gingerbread House Day! Come build one with Courtney & Holley! 1:00



• ^Pine Needle Basket Weaving 9:00 $22 • ^Bowtie Pasta Angel Ornament 12:30 $3

13 • ^Pine Needle Basket Weaving 9:00 $22 • Educational Discussion with Hearing Life 12:30

16 17 18 19 20 Center Closes at 2pm • LIEAP Info, Applications, • Discussion on General • Tabata Class 11:00 • ^Make & Take: CENTER CHRISTMAS and Resource Table Lower Extremity • ^Chair Caning 12:45 Peppermint Scrub & PARTY! 10:00-2:00 Exercises 12:45 • Diabetes Support Group Chapstick from Essential Fellowship, games, w/ Coastal Int. Health NO TCF CHAIR CLASS 1:00 Oils 12:45 refreshments, ugly • Visit with Bella the OR GENTLE PILATES • Center Day Trip: sweater contest, & a visit Therapy Dog 1:30 TODAY Brookgreen Gardens, from Santa!! 11:00-1:00 Night of 1,000 Candles ^Reserve your lunch if you Register at Front Desk plan to eat! 23 24 25 26 27


30• Cinema at the Center 9:30 •Birthday Celebration Sponsored by Kindred at Home 12:15




• ^BLOOD DRIVE 10:00—2:00 • Visit with Bella the Therapy Dog 1:30

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

Courtney Bledsoe, Director Holley Norris, Assistant Director

Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday 7:00a.m. - 3:00p.m.

A HUGE “Thank you” to all Volunteer Drivers who delivered meals to Homebound Participants on Thanksgiving Day. You are so incredibly special to us! SAVE THE DATE! We will be holding a Blood Drive at the Brunswick Center at Calabash on Tuesday, December 31st from 10 am to 3:30 pm. Let’s ring in the new year by making the resolution to Give More.. Just ONE pint of blood saves THREE lives! To schedule your appointment, e-mail

Are you a Senior with a Christmas Gift Wish? Ask us how you can join the Brunswick Senior Resources Senior Stocking program! *Gifts sponsored by New Life Church Calabash Congregation

Helayne Payne, J.D., LL.M. Elder Law & Life Care Planning Attorney Wednesday, Dec. 11th, 2:00 If you are a Caregiver, please take advantage of this opportunity for a Q&A with Helayne and hopefully become a part of our monthly Caregiver Support Group (2nd Wednesday at 2:00).

Having trouble hearing? Be sure to come out for an educational discussion with Glenda from Hearing Life on December 13th at 12:30. We will not have hearing tests, as a sound booth is needed for that, however, Glenda will be providing you with info & pointers!

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

Courtney Bledsoe, Director Holley Norris, Assistant Director

*As a reminder, we will be CLOSED the week of Christmas & on New Years Day*


Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday 7:00a.m. - 3:00p.m.

Trivia with Steve December 5th @ 1:00pm ^Sign up in advance in the Front Lobby , 16 person max. All are welcome! Trivia questions will cover a variety of topics including some Holiday Trivia to get you in the Christmas spirit!

By Barbara L. Weber

Tryphine Jenrette, better known to friends as “Bobbie,” has lived in Carolina Shores for 15 years. She enjoys coming to the Calabash Center for the exercise programs, Bingo, and socialization. Talking with others helps her with mourning the death of her husband, John Jenrette. One year later in 1999, Bobbie lost her 19year-old grandson, Nicolas, who passed in a motorcycle accident. She has a granddaughter, Nikki, a grandson, Nicholas, and a great grandson, Kadence. Her grandkids call her “Bobbo” instead of “Grandma.” Bobbie comes from a family of five sisters and brothers. Family is very important to her and visits are often. A retired custodian after 29 years of service with Horry County School District at the North Myrtle Beach High School, Bobbie says, “I loved the children, they are my heart.” She attends worship at the popular AME Episcopal Church (on Hwy 9). Bobbie says, “God is good to me.”

Come out to the Brunswick Center at Calabash on December 2nd or 16th from 10:00-2:00 to learn more about LIHEAP, ask questions, and to submit your application. For info and eligibility, please call (910) 253-2077 OR visit

Do you have a loved one who’s experiencing memory loss? Please come join the Memory Loss Support Group (1st Tuesday of each month) to learn techniques to best communicate with them. ^Sign up in advance in the Front Lobby.

Read All About It

For Holiday Fun, Read a New Book By Donna Ruth Morgan


ecember is Read a New Book Month. Try one of these books published in 2019, perfect for gift-giving. Call Sign Chaos: Learning to Lead by Jim Mattis and Bing West will enthrall aficionados of military history and strategy. A focus on three levels of leadership and lessons from ancient to modern strategies are woven into the memoir. Circumspect at times, scathing at others, the book is long on history but reveals precious little of the man behind the four stars or details about General Mattis’ service after the Marine Corps. Nutshell review: Readers will understand the monikers “Chaos” and “Mad Dog” but not the more personal “Warrior Monk.” Charming romantic comedy, anyone? Waiting for Tom Hanks by Kerry Winfrey spotlights one woman’s longing for perfect love and a happy ending à la the movies she watched with her late mother. Quirky characters, a sad backstory, and klutzy humor combine in a

perfect formula for rom-com fans. The author’s thoughtful treatment of grief and the protagonist’s acceptance of the past add nuance to a fairly predictable plot. Nutshell review: From “meet-cute” to grand gesture, this novel seems scripted for Hallmark.

Spying on the South: An Odyssey Across the American Divide follows the pre-Civil War travels of landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted. The late Tony Horowitz visited with people from West Virginia to Texas, traveling by coal barge tug on the Ohio River, on a Mississippi steamboat, riding on a mule, and mudding in a monster truck. The author’s encounters with a wealth of memorable characters is entertaining yet troubling as they show polarization in our country similar to what Olmsted found so many years ago. Nutshell review: Southern America is displayed in its glory and shame. A genre-straddling satire by Robert Lawson and Benjamin Powell is a tongue-in-cheek travelogue melded with economic history and theory. Rating societies by the quality of their beer and wine, Socialism Sucks:

Two Economists Drink Their Way Through the Unfree World is a nonscholarly, instructive contrast between systems and nations, from Scandinavia’s democratic socialism where beer is “good and cold” but “prices are high” to Venezuela where “the entire country has run out of beer.” Nutshell review: Socialism fails in beer-making because it is bad in theory.…

Support local libraries while saving money! Friends of the Library groups have $1 books at continuous in-library sales at the Leland, Shallotte, and Carolina Shores branches. Friends of the Library Southport Oak Island’s Dec. 14 book sale theme is Celebrate the Holidays, held 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Southport Realty, 727 N. Howe Street.


The Brunswick Center at Leland December 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 11:30

Chair Aerobics $-TRX

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

12p Lunch 1:00 4:30

Strength & Core Morning Yoga Painting Balance Class $-TRX Larks Choir Practice

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

12p Lunch

Mah Jongg $-Cardio Dance^

1:00 1:00 2:00

Total Body Cond. 10:30 $-BINGO Geri-Fit 10:30 Arthritis Exercise Crafts Line Dancing-Int. Tech Help w/Callum

11:30a EARLY Lunch

Sleep Mats 12-4 $-Parkinson’s Ex. I^ 12:30 $-Parkinson’s Ex. II^ 1:00 1:00 2:00

Bid Whist Painting $-Tabata^ Bridge Club $-Step-Tastic Express (30min)^

8:30 $-Super Sampler^ 10:00 Geri-Fit 11:00 Line Dancing-Beg.

12p Lunch 1:00

Oil Painting

12p Lunch 1:30


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

December 2019 - Monthly Calendar MONDAY



Nutri. Ed.11:30a 9

10 Mo. Outing

Holiday Shopping

Hope4NC: Winter Blues 10:30a 16


Hired Hands Music 10-11a

Wellness Ed Grp 10:30a Bible Sty 10:30a




We will be CLOSED the Entire Week of Christmas and on New Year’s Day. We are OPEN Dec. 30th & 31st 30 31 Mystery Monday Tech Tuesday Activity 10:30a 10:30a

Regular Monthly & Semimonthly Events:

**=Date Change This Month Daily Announcements: During Lunch PRN Sewing Bee 9a 1st & 3rd Tuesdays, 10:30a: Bible Study 1st & 3rd Weds, 1p: Hand & Foot Cards Birthdays at Holiday Tea Lunch 12p 10:30a 1st Tuesday, 11:30a: Monthly Nutrition Ed. 1st Fridays, Lunch: Mo. B-day Celebration 11 12 13 1st & 3rd Friday, 9a: Sewing Bee LIEAP 10a Poetry Lounge w/ Louise 10:30a 2nd Tuesdays: Monthly Outing 2nd Thursday, 10a: CG Support Grp** (no 4th) Caregiver Support Grp 10a Game Day 1-3p 2nd Friday, 10:30a: Poetry Lounge w/ Louise 2nd Friday, 1p: Game Day ** (no 4th) 3rd Monday, 10-11a: Hired Hands Music 19 18 20Sewing Bee 9a Coups4Troops 9:30a 3rd Weds, 10:30a: Blood Pressure Checks CLOSING 3rd Thursdays, 12p: Meet with a Case Mgr Blood Press 10:30a Holiday Party w/ EARLY Last Wednesdays, 9:30a: Coups for Troops** Santa 10:30a After Lunch Hand & Foot 1p Special Events & Presentations:

3 4 Bible Sty 10:30a LIEAP 10a



Jan 1, 2020 CLOSED Happy New Year

12/4: Holiday Tea Party 10:30a 12/10: Mental Health & Holiday Coping Offered by Hope4NC at 10:30a 12/4 & 12: LIEAP Energy Assistance 10a-2p 12/14: Quarter Auction (Saturday) 5:00p 12/17: Wellness Ed. Support Grp 10:30a Topic: Balance & Falls Prevention 12/19: Center Holiday Party & Santa 10:30a 12/30: Mystery Monday w/ Jade 10:30a 12/31: Tech Tuesday 10:30a

The Brunswick Center at Leland 121 Town Hall Drive NE Leland, NC 28451 910-754-7701

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

Holiday Tea Wed. 12/4/2019 10:30am - RSVP at desk

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

What’s the “Buzz” in Leland?! Low Income Energy Assistance Program(LIEAP): A Dept. of Social Services Representative will be on-site to accept applications for energy assistance. Wed., Dec. 4th, 10a - 2p Thurs., Dec. 12th, 10a-2p

Wellness Education Support Group Tuesday, 12/17/2019, 10:30am December Topic: Balance & Fall Prevention

TECH TUESDAY Smartphone tips & questions w/ Veronica & Jade

Tuesday, 12/31/2019 10:30am Join the Bid Whist Players on their NEW DAY:

Wednesdays, 12 - 4p

Beat the Winter Blues! Join us as Hope 4 NC presents a workshop:

“Mental Health & Coping For the Holidays” Tuesday, Dec. 10th at 10:30am The Center will be CLOSED the week of Christmas and on New Year’s Day. We will be open Dec. 30 & 31

QUARTER AUCTION NEW DATE! Sat. Dec. 14, 2019! Doors Open at 5p, Auction begins at 6p $5 per Bidding Paddle; Concessions available to purchase

This Month’s Outing will be a shopping trip to various shopping locations: TJ Maxx, Home Goods, Old Time Pottery, Dollar Tree

Tuesday, Dec. 10th, 9am $5 per person Space is limited! Sign up at the front desk. Must have own transportation to/from center.

The Brunswick Center at Leland 121 Town Hall Drive NE Leland, NC 28451 910-754-7701

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

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

Merry & Bright!

With the holidays quickly approaching, this is just a small reminder of how grateful we are for all of our lovely Leland Center participants!

Senior Spotlight Meet Kathy! Kathy Sanderson was born in Mount Kisco, New York on August 3rd, 1950. She later moved to Upstate New York from 1982 to 2003, after which she, her husband, and her two children moved to Cheshire, England for 13 years. For 17 years, Kathy worked with individuals with developmental disabilities in health centers and “I am never more group homes until she retired in 2002. Since moving tickled than when to Brunswick County four years ago, Kathy has I laugh at myself.” become very involved with the Brunswick Center at Leland and is also active with her Reach Community Church family. Kathy identified health as a - Kathy Sanderson motivating value in her life, and is why she stays as active as she is. Kathy loves plants and even has her own container garden, which she says is but a small piece of the former glory of the lovely garden she cultivated for her England home. A committed front desk volunteer, Kathy brings constant smiles and laughs to everyone she meets and is always eager to lend a helping hand. This month, she will be hosting a “Holiday Tea” and has creatively constructed centerpieces for the occasion. Through the Leland center, Kathy says she has gained a great support system. We are certainly blessed and lucky to have her with us!

Oak Island Senior Site 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: Mondays through Thursdays 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m.

Carolyn Rock 12/3 Peggy Kentner 12/10 Kathy Watlington 12/14 Varie Waren 12/23

Senior Activity Calendar December 2019 Tuesday

Monday 2 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 9 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 16 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

3 10:00 am Rummikub 10:30 Playing Pool 11:15 Chair Tai Chi 11:45 am Senior Lunch 12:30 pm BINGO 1:30 Card Games 10 Christmas



30 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

Party 10:00 am Rummikub 10:30 Playing Pool 11:45 am Senior Lunch 12:30 pm BINGO 1:30 Card Games 17 10:00 am Rummikub 10:30 Playing Pool 11:15 Chair Tai Chi 11:45 am Senior Lunch 12:30 pm BINGO 1:30 Board Games

(Subject to Change)

Wednesday 4 10:00 am Social Time 10:30 Pool Pals 11:45 am Senior Lunch 12:30 pm Rummikub 12:30pm Social Time 11 10:00 am Social Time 10:30 Pool Pals 11:45 am Senior Lunch 12:30 pm Rummikub 12:30pm Social Time 18 10:00 am Social Time 10:30 Pool Pals 11:45 am Senior Lunch 12:30 pm Rummikub 12:30pm Social Time 25

Thursday 5 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 12 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 19 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 26

The Brunswick Center at Shallotte 3620 Express Drive Shallotte, NC 28470 910-754-2300 x1001

—An NC Certified Senior Center of Excellence— Anne Gass, Center Director Kathy Gehlhardt, Assistant Director

Center Hours: Mon., Tue., Thur, Fri: 7am-3pm Wed., 7am-4pm

Center Closures Christmas Holiday

Cooking with Tammie

Tue., 12/10, 12:30pm. Learn how to cook food that supports a healthier you as well as how certain foods may help prevent or mitigate some health concerns. Class is free. Let’s cook! Come meet and visit with

“Icee” the Therapy Dog! Tue., 12/3, 12/17, and 12/31 at noon!

Christmas Party!

Friday, 12/20, closing at 12:30. Closed week of Monday, 12/23, through Friday, 12/27. We’ll reopen, Monday 12/30 at 7 a.m. Wishing you and your family a safe and wonderful holiday. Note: Bingo will be on held Thur., 12/19, at 12:15pm, as the center will be closing early on Fri., 12/20.

Christmas Cookie Swap

Fri., 12/20. ’Tis the season for giving, so bake a batch of your favorite cookies to share. Bring a copy of the recipe, too (unless it’s a family secret!).

Fri., 12/13. Entertainment by Larry Johnson & Company.

Cake Walk Fri.,12/6. Cakes, pies, cookies, etc., are appreciated for the event. Pie Sale Fundraiser! Join us for this fun-raising event. You want pie? You need pie? We have pie: Pumpkin, Apple, Pecan, and Fruit of the Forest. All pies 10". It’s a win-win! Order and pay by 12/11. Pickup 12/18. All proceeds go to our senior programs.

Quote “There is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good humor.” Charles Dickens

Trim the Tree Party

Mon., 12/2. Help decorate our tree whilst munching on yummy cookies, sipping creamy hot chocolate, and singing favorite Christmas carols.

Movie Days!

Friday, 12/6, noon: “The Holiday.” Thursday, 12/19, noon: “Christmas Jars” (Movie on Thursday just this once.) Free admission, popcorn, and candy. Soft drinks and water available for purchase.

Essential Oils Class

Wed., 12/4, 12:30pm. Presented by Synergy Wellness. Sign up required.

New Year’s Eve Party

Tue., 12/31, 11am. Don’t stay up past your bedtime to ring in 2020! Celebrate with us during the day.

NEW! Specialty Coffees, Sandwiches and Wraps Now available for purchase. Check at the reception desk for menu.

Monthly Joke What do you get if you eat Christmas decorations? Tinselitis!

Senior Stockings

Help fulfill a senior’s Christmas wish. Call for more information or to participate.

LIEP (Low Income Energy Program) applications are being taken on Fri., 12/6, and Wed., 12/18, from 10am-2pm. Call us for more information.

Holiday Shopping Trip

Thur., 12/5, $3. Shop, shop, shop and enjoy lunch out on your own. Sign up required.

Get Connected Receive up-to-date news about new center activities, schedule changes, etc., by phone, text, or email. Send your information to We never share or sell your email. Show Me the Money! BSRI Financial Statements and IRS Form 990 are online at

Protect Your DNA

Fri., 12/6, 11am (upstairs). Learn how stress-management, exercise, essential oils, and nutrition all combine to keep your DNA healthy. This light-hearted and free presentation is hosted by our own Yoga and Zumba Instructor Kathryn Stutey.

The Brunswick Center at Shallotte Weekly Activity Schedule EVERY MONDAY





“ Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love“ -Hamilton Wright Mabie 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 11:45 Lunch 12:15 Bingo 1:30 Tai Chi w/Dean

8:30 10:00 10:30 11:15 12:00 12:00 12:30 1:00 1:30 2:00

Gentle Yoga ($5) Caregivers Support Group Geri Fit w/Angela Aerobics w/Angela Beginner Line Dancing Lunch Bible Study Tai Chi w/ Dean Scrabble Tai Chi Forms With Dean ($5)

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

Beginner Bridge Tabata w/Shelley Beginner Line Dancing Line Dancing Exercise Class — Gentle Stretch w/ Angela Lunch Bridge Shopping Rummikub

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

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

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

Pilates w/Angela Pool/Billiards Beginner Computer Class Tabata w/Shelley BP Checks Lunch Bingo (No Bingo 12/20)) Movie 1st and 4th of the month

Contributions Always Welcome

Monthly Activity Schedule for Shallotte MONDAY






Trim the Tree

5 Shopping Trip 4 3 12:00 Meet Icee 12:30 Essential 12:15 Nutrition Presentation Oils Class 1:00 Cash Bingo 12:30 Introduction 5:30 Diabetes Windows 10 Management

6 9:30 10:00 11:00 12:00



11:30 Basket Weaving with Zada Mae

10 11 12:30 Cooking Class 1:00 Cash Bingo 6:00 Homeless Coalition




19 11:00 Sip ‘n Chat 12:00 Meet Icee 10:00 LIEP 12:00 Movie 1:00 Cash Bingo Applications 12:15 Bingo

20COOKIE SWAP 9:30 Computer Class NO BINGO TODAY Center will close today At 12:30





30 11:30 Basket Weaving with Zada Mae

31 New Years Eve Party 12:00 Meet Icee 1:00 Cash Bingo


CAKE WALK Computer Class LIEP applications DNA Class Movie

9:00 Food Pantry 9:30 Computer Class 10:00 Visually Impaired Support Group



Boost Available for Purchase During Center Hours


3620 EXPRESS DRIVE SHALLOTTE, N.C. 12/2 Trim The Tree 12/3 Diabetes Self Management 12/3 Meet Icee 12/4 Essential Oils Class 12/5 Shopping Trip 12/6 Cake Walk 12/6 LIEP Applications 12/6 DNA Class 12/6 Movie-”The Holiday” 12/9 12/30 Basket Weaving 12/10 Cooking with Tammie 12/10 Homeless Coalition 12/13 Christmas Party 12/18 LIEP Applications 12/19 Movie-”Christmas Jars” 12/20 Cookie Swap 12/23-12/27 Center Closed 12/31 New Years Eve Party 12/31 Meet Icee Calendar Subject to Change

The Brunswick Center at Shallotte 3620 Express Drive Shallotte, NC 28470 910-754-2300 x1001

—An NC Certified Senior Center of Excellence— Anne Gass, Center Director Kathy Gehlhardt, Assistant Director

No Crafts this Month! The holidays are upon us and our social calendars are reflecting the festivities we’re looking forward to. With that in mind, we’re taking a short break from crafting so everyone can fully enjoy the sights, sounds, tastes, and smells of the season. Merry Christmas, Happy Kwanzaa, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Holidays! However you say it, we wish you all Peace, Joy, and Blessings. See you in 2020!

Center Hours: Mon., Tue., Thur, Fri: 7am-3pm Wed., 7am-4pm Zada Mae’s Pine Needle

Basket Weaving

classes Mon.,12/9 and 12/30, 11:30am to 2:30pm. Cost $22. Choice of basket or trivet. All supplies included. Sign up by Friday before class.

Oh! What Fun it is!

We don’t have pictures of our members on sleighs, but clearly they’re all having fun here at the Shallotte Center!

Instructor Kathryn Stutey and Admin. Ass’t Brenda Ambrose

Exercise Class!

Craft Class—Stretch Bracelets Cooking Class with Tammie

Donation from Mason Dixon in Shallotte

Puzzles STATEPOINT CROSSWORD Classic Children’s Books ACROSS 1. Tetanus symptom 6. *Giant bird of "One Thousand and One Nights" 9. Cooking grease 13. Home to Buccaneers 14. Major division of geological time 15. Dressmaker's measurement 16. Brown, Dartmouth and Yale, e.g. 17. "To ____ is human" 18. Provide, as with some quality 19. *Brian Jacque's fictional world 21. *One of Mr. Popper's visitors 23. Like a fox? 24. Play charades 25. International Monetary Fund 28. Reproductive structures 30. 7th planet from the sun 35. *Arnold Lobel's "Mouse ____" 37. Approximately, two words 39. 50th state greeting 40. Cannonballs to cannon 41. Big Dipper shape 43. Niels ____ of quantum physics 44. Change the Constitution 46. *Hugo Cabret's "wheel" 47. Arctic jaeger 48. *a.k.a. Caroline Augusta Woodlawn 50. '70s hairdo 52. "Be quiet!" - onomatopoetically speaking 53. Like never-written story 55. Mining product 57. *"Roar of ____, Hear My Cry" 61. *"The ____ in Times Square" 65. A variety show 66. *Peter Parker's Aunt 68. Escape 69. Signs of things to come

70. Military activities 71. Burdened 72. Black or green, hot or cold, pl. 73. No longer working, abbr. 74. "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood" trick DOWN 1. Cookbook direction 2. Make way? 3. In the thick of 4. What Old Faithful does 5. Indian spice mix 6. Movie roll 7. Hockey legend Bobby 8. Plural of carpus 9. Carol on Christmas Eve 10. Pakistani language 11. Evening purse 12. *"That Was ____, This Is Now" 15. Plural of genus 20. Popular disinfectant 22. Second-largest bird in world 24. Error in a card game 25. Babel or Stern 26. *____ Beaumont in "Savvy" 27. Was furious 29. Rugged rock 31. Priests' robes 32. Located near crannies? 33. Yeah or aye 34. *Plain and tall one 36. *"The Witch of Blackbird ____" 38. *"The Series of Unfortunate Events" villain 42. Fielding mistake 45. Type of semiconductor, pl. 49. *"But I heard him exclaim, ___ he drove out of sight" 51. Bay windows 54. Knight's shiny garb 56. "Bravo! Bravo!" 57. *Mother Goose's "Dame ____ and Her Cat" 58. Part of hemoglobin 59. Iris holder 60. *Miss Clavel and such 61. Benign lump 62. Spiral-horned antelope 63. Biblical paradise 64. Backpacker's shelter 67. *Ivan of "The One and Only Ivan"



The Brunswick Center at Southport 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 8:30 9:00 9:30 9:45 10:00 10:00 10:30 12:15 1:00 1:00 2:15 6:30

Yoga for Healthy Bones $ Mah Jongg Tai Chi Forms $ Chair Yoga $ Hand & Foot Canasta Card Making # Beg. Tai Chi Restorative Yoga $ Mah Jongg Total Body Conditioning Fit and Strong Jam Session

9:30 9:30 12:30 1:00 1:00 2:00 6:30

Bridge Boxing Pinochle Silver Paddles Gentle Cardio & Core HIIT $ Square Dancing

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

Watercolor $ Geri-Fit Tai Chi Forms $ Shanghai Rummy Tai Chi $ You Can Do It Bible Study Silver Samurai $ Afternoon Movie Fit and Strong

Yoga & Pilates Boxing $ Advanced German 9:45 Gerifit 10:00 Knit & Chain Gang 10:30 Bible Study 1:00 Cardio Dance and Core $ 1:00 Beginning Line Dance 2:00 Int./ Advanced Line Dance 2:00 HIIT $ 8:30 9:00 9:00

8:30 9:00 9:30 9:45 10:00 10:00 10:30 11:30 12:30 1:00

1:30 2:00

Yoga for Healthy Bones $ Technology Workshop Tai Chi Forms $ Chair Yoga $ Sewing Hand & Foot Canasta Tai Chi $ Beginner Pickleball Intermediate Pickleball Photography– 2nd and 4th Friday Hand Drumming Advanced Pickleball

*** Calendar subject to change Monthly Scheduletofor Southport Email Jackie Knott atActivity receive regular updates. MONDAY 2


Senior Tar Heel Legislature Presentation 12:30pm Tappers Extraordinaire Holiday Show 2:00pm
















Parkinson’s Support Group 10:15am

16 Holiday Party– 11:30am Stroke Support Group 1:00pm




Photography 1:00pm

The Brunswick Center at Southport 




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Senior Tar Heel Legislature Presentation– 2nd Tappers Extraordinaire– 9th Holiday Party– 16th CLOSED THE WEEK OF CHRISTMAS– 23rd-27th CLOSED Jan. 1, 2020

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

To all of our volunteers and vendors who helped make our Crafters Bazaar the most successful one ever! To our amazing SHIIP volunteers, Celeste Korpon and Linda Rahilly, for all of their hard work helping our people make informed Medicare decisions during open enrollment! To everyone who helped make our Veterans Day celebration a wonderful event!

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

Pretty Pumpkins! Many thanks to the Sisters of Southport (SOS) group for providing these beautiful pumpkins to our homebound people in Southport.

Art Invitation for Seniors– Brunswick County Parks & Recreation Discover your inner artist! Use your own life experiences, your unique point of view, and of course, your imagination to create works of art in collage, drawing, painting, printmaking, and sculpture. Let artists from around the world and the materials themselves set your creativity free. The emphasis of each class is on the experience and process of creating, so no previous art training is required. All supplies are included.

MONDAYS: 9:30-10:30am Brunswick Center at Southport - 1513 N. Howe St, Smithville Crossing Center Suite 1 Fee: $60 per person/per 6 week session Session 1: January 6-February 10, 2020 Session 2: February 17-March 23, 2020 Session 3: March 30-May 11, 2020 (no class April 13) Pre-registration is required. Contact Kelly at: or call 310-913-0106.

And the Winner Is… Congratulations to Jan Johnson, the big winner of our October wine basket drawing!

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.


Monday, December 2nd– 12:30pm

Sewing with Sherry! Sign up at the front desk for this fun project to make your holiday table festive. Classes are on Fridays at 10am.

Please join us to hear all about our Senior Tar Heel Legislature in Brunswick County and learn what you can do to help advocate for our seniors and our center. This is your opportunity to impact our funding and future. Let your voice be heard!

Let’s Party!

Don’t Be a Grinch...Come Celebrate the holidays with the Tappers Extraordinaire! Brunswick Senior Resources, Southport Monday, December 9th at 2:00 P.M. Singers, dancers, and musicians will be there for your entertainment. Come sing Christmas carols and enjoy some refreshments. Santa may even make a visit!

Please join us on Monday, December 16th at 11:30 for our holiday luncheon. There will be great food, door prizes and a visit from Santa himself! Don’t forget to sign up in advance!

The Brunswick Center at Supply 101 Stone Chimney Road Supply, NC 28462 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

December 2019 - Weekly Activity Schedule EVERY MONDAY





No Symbol = No Fee (Contributions always appreciated); $ = Fee Associated ; ^ = Requires Advanced Registration; * = New Offering/Time 8:00

Chair Yoga


Coffee w/ Friends 8:30

Coffee w/ Friends 8:00

Chair Yoga


Coffee w/ Friends


Beginners Yoga




Coffee w/ Friends 9:30








Tai –Chi**

10:00 Crochet Class

10:30 Water Color Painting 11:00 Zumba Gold


Genealogy Group


Coffee w/ Friends Rummikub

10:00 Tai-Chi**

10:00 Wool Rug Hooking 10:00 Genealogy Group 11:00 Pilates

12:00PM Lunch 12:15



Line Dancing Intermediate Beginner Line Dancing


12:00PM Lunch 3:15

12:00PM Lunch 12:45 Seated Tabata


12:00PM Lunch

12:00PM Lunch

12:30 Bridge*$$


Silver Samurai



Latch Rug Hooking


Crafts, Crafts, Crafts Geri-Fit

Monthly Activity Schedule MONDAY



Show & Tell 12:30P



Quilting Bee 9-4P

10 Essential Oils For Winter Health 10:30A 17 Santa Visits Supply 11A


Nutrition Class 12P Grandparents Raising Grandchildren 5-7P



12 Hired Hands Band 11A


Caregiver Support Group 2P

24 Center Closed



Hanukkah Celebration 11A-Noon

New Year’s Celebration Toast 12P Kwanzaa Celebration 11A-Noon

Ladies Under the Hood: Winterize Your Car 12:30P


Movie 1P 18 19 Grandparents Raising Grandchildren 5-7P

Create Native Plant Centerpieces 1P $5 23 Center Closed



Center Closed

26 Center Closed

Reindeer Games 10-noon CBD Monthly User’s Group 1-2PM


Secret Santa Gift Exchange 11A Supply Center closing at 1:00

27 Center Closed

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

Melissa Starr, 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.

Kwanzaa Celebration of African Heritage

December 31st—11A

Celebrate Family, Community and Culture Together

“Red noses accepted.”

“Join in our Reindeer Games at Supply.”

Reindeer Games

SECRET SANTA Gift Exchange

Friday, December 13th 10A-Noon

Bring a wrapped nongender specific present with a value no greater than $5 to exchange with friends.

Lose Weight and Reduce Your Risk How it Works  Attend 25 one-hour sessions over the course of a year (16 weekly sessions and 9 monthly sessions)  Small-group, supportive environment, led by a trained Lifestyle Coach  Enjoy additional supports for physical activity with a free 4-month YMCA membership for non-members Do I Qualify? If any of the following apply, you may be at risk and qualify for the program: Overweight Hypertension Family history of diabetes Not physically active Above normal cholesterol levels History of gestational diabetes

Friday, December 20th at 11A

W What is Hanukkah? Let’s Celebrate And Learn December 30th -11A

Santa Claus Is Coming to Town Santa will visit the Supply Center Tuesday, December 17th At 11:00A

Sign Up and Take Part in The Festivities!

Diabetes Prevention Program

Registration fee is $30 that is refundable after participant attends 9 of the first 16 sessions. Thursdays 11:00-12:00PM Begins January 23, 2020 Supply Senior Center, 101 Stone Chimney Rd. Supply, NC To Register Contact Bridget Carroll 910-251-9622 x273 or Or come by the Center at Supply

Synergy Wellness is presenting

“Essential Oils for Winter Health” Tuesday, December 10th @10:30A

The Brunswick Center at Supply 101 Stone Chimney Road Supply, NC 18462 910-754-7604

Melissa Starr, Director

Honoring Our Veterans

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.

New Happenings In December: Quilting Bee– meets 1st Tuesday -9A-4P Genealogy Group– meets on Mondays & Thursdays 10A-12P CBD Users Group– meets 2nd Friday @1P In January: Quilting Class– 4weeks– starts on Monday, January 13th @ 10A Garden Club Speaker– Monarch Butterflies– with Susan Gurski– Tuesday, January 21st @1P Diabetes Prevention Support Group– starts Thursday, January 23rd @ 11A-12P

Create Holiday Center Pieces From Your Own Backyard

Thank you Amedisys Hospice for helping us honor our veterans!

Happy New Year! Bring in the New Year with a sparkling cider toast. Supply Participants will be turning up their cups Tuesday, December 31st at 12P.

December 17th @ 1PM Registration fee is $5 Participants are asked to bring various evergreen clippings, gloves, pruners, decorative container & decorative items such as candles, pinecones, berries, etc. Class is limited to 10. Please call Supply to register.

Bridge isn’t hard if you have the right teacher! Beginner’s Bridge Club at Supply will teach you the basics from an experienced instructor.

Join car expert and BSRI volunteer Bill James at the Supply Center for

Ladies Under The Hood Get tips on winterizing your car and win some cool prizes that will help you get the job done. Friday, December 6th at 12:30P

Thursdays at 12:30P Call Sherrill at Supply to register. Classes are $6.00 per class

Town Creek Senior Site Town Creek Senior Site


Mike Blandino, Manager Town Creek Community Building 6420 Ocean Hwy., Winnabow, NC Operating Hours: 9:30 am to 1:30 pm 9:30 am.-1:30 p.m. Tuesdays & Thursdays Lunch Served at noon

Activity Calendar December 2019 Subject to change

Tuesday 3 10:00 11:15 12:00 12:15 10 9:30 10am 11:15 12:00 12:15

Coffee & Games Yoga Lunch chat with Mallory

LIEP Applications Coffee & Games Yoga Lunch Meet with Sandy

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

12 10:00 Rummikub 11:15 Yoga 12:00 Santa Claus

Christmas Party

17 10:00 Rummikub 11:15 Yoga 12:00 Lunch

19 10:00 Coffee & Games 11:15 Yoga 12:00 Lunch



Site Closed for Christmas Holiday

Site Closed for Christmas Holiday

31 10am Coffee & Games 11:15 Yoga 12:00 Lunch

The best gifts to give: To your friend, loyalty. To your enemy, forgiveness. To your boss, service. To a child, a good example. To your parents, gratitude and devotion. To your mate, love and faithfulness. To all men and women, charity. ~Oren Arnold

What’s for Lunch? DECEMBER Monday

Brunswick Senior Resources, Inc. Provides Nutritionally Balanced Meals for Seniors Tuesday

2 Baked chicken thigh Ziti w/ tomato sauce Steamed broccoli Breadstick Orange Milk 2%

3 Ham and bean casserole Spinach Chocolate chip cookie Cornbread Grape juice Milk 2% margarine

9 Herb & parmesan cheese crumbed bake fish Mac & cheese Steamed mixed veggies Diced pears Wheat roll Milk 2% Margarine

10 Cheeseburger Lettuce/tomato Baked beans Potato wedges Mustard/mayo Ketchup Hamburger bun Fruit cocktail Milk 2%

16 Beef hotdog Coleslaw Potato salad Hot dog bun Fresh orange Mustard/relish Milk 2%

17 Swiss chicken bake Parslied red potatoes Normandy veg blend Garden salad w/ dressing Apple crisp Wheat roll Milk 2% margarine



30 Santa fe chicken Black beans Spanish rice Diced pears Roll Milk 2%

31 Country style steak Succotash Potato’s au grain Chilled pears Soft roll Margarine Milk 2%

*Menus subject to change* Wednesday Thursday 4 5 Golden baked Pineapple glazed chicken breast ham Red skinned Black eye peas mashed potatoes Mixed greens Green salad w/ Cornbread dressing Banana Diced peaches Milk 2% Soft roll Margarine Margarine Milk 2% 11 12 Herb & parmeWhite chicken chili Steamed rice san cheese Carrots crumbed bake Crackers fish Banana Mac & cheese Steamed mixed Milk 2% veggies Diced pears Wheat roll Milk 2% Margarine 18 Chicken tenders Mac and cheese Squash melody Apple Wheat roll Milk 2%


Friday 6 Pot roast Broccoli au gratin Mashed potatoes Applesauce Wheat roll Margarine Milk 2%

13 Smothered pork chop w/ mushrooms and onions Roasted brussel sprouts Garden salad w/ dressing Applesauce Roll Margarine Milk 2%

19 Meatballs w/ marinara sauce Whole wheat penne pasta Green salad w/ dressing Buttered peas Mandarin oranges Breadstick Milk 2%

20 Stuffed chicken cordon bleu Brown rice Mixed steamed veggies Chilled pears Soft roll Margarine Milk 2%




Pack your bags, we are going places! We are launching these trips early to give our travelers plenty of time to book in advance and take advantage of early booking discounts with Collette Tours. You can pick up a flyer for any of these trips at any of your local senior centers. Or email to find out more information. Here are a couple of things to consider when booking yourself for upcoming travel opportunities:  When you book a trip through BSRI a portion of your fees go toward BSRI’s valuable community programs, like Meals On Wheels.  Traveling through BSRI includes free parking, hometown pickup, allinclusive planned trips, and a caring staff to help direct you toward your next destination.

New Tour Company partnership update: Our Mountains of Music Nashville Tour, which was our first offering from a new tour group called Excursions Unlimited, filled up very quickly! Trips with Excursions Unlimited will be offered throughout the year to provide opportunities for more local motor coach group travel. We are exited to be trying out a new company: So far, so good. Stay tuned to hear more trips planned by Excursions Unlimited! Also, please send any suggestions for trips you would like to see featured to

Departing May 19 28, 2020 Rates: Per person Double $4,049 Single $4,549 Triple $4,019 Collette Tours Call:800-851-8942 Booking# 969954

Sunny Portugal Departing July 17 23, 2020 Rates: Per person Double $2,599 Single $3,199 Triple $2,569 Collette Tours

Discover South Dakota Departing Sept. 23 - October 1, 2020 Rates: Per person Double$3,399 Single $3,849 Triple $3,369 Collette Tours Call: 800-851-8942 Booking#969927

Call:800-851-8942 Booking#969968

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BE TOGETHER Many families tell us they wish they would have known about hospice sooner. More time to hold a hand, spend with family and friends, kiss your grandkids and say I love you.

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