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Senior Lifestyles Volume XLIX No. 37

February 2017

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February 2017

JCSC Foundation News With the successful Christmas Box Fundraiser and distribution of 209 Christmas boxes to very appreciative seniors, the foundation is now concentrating its efforts to our next fundraiser, Deerslayer OCR and Deerslayer JR to be held April 1st at Wing Deer Park. This obstacle course race will be for individuals ages 7-70. We are seeking sponsors, race participants and volunteers for this event. Did you know that Kroger has a program that will benefit Johnson City Senior Center? Each time you use your Kroger card, our center will receive a percentage of what you have spent, but you need to go on line and register with Kroger. This needs to be completed each year. Also, we have Food City gifts cards that you can purchase. If you have questions, please see one of our staff. We would like to thank each of our board members who are willing to serve on our Foundation board: James Hunter, Janice Shelton, Jimmy Pierce, Mark Pollock, Frank Calderala, Rebecca Hennessee, Matt Mooney, Rebecca Henderson, Frank Hawkins, Charles Hough, Kenneth Cohen and our newest member, Deborah Marshall-Polon.

NEED A HANDYMAN? Light Electrical & Plumbing • Cabinets • Carpentry Doors • Hauling • Yard Work • Odd Jobs • 25 Years Experience • Reasonable Charges • References Available

Call Tony Smith 423-571-3463

Please call 434-5723, 48 hours in advance to reserve a meal or if you need to cancel a meal that you have already signed up for. Sign up sheets are also available outside of the dining room.

February 2017

Hip Hikers / Volunteers

Hip Hikers Hip Hikers will be taking a break until April 2017. A meeting concerning all things hiking will be held in March 2017. Have a safe and healthy winter. Coming Soon! Hip Hikers- Hiking Meeting Thursday: March 23, 2017 Meeting will be in rooms 144 & 146 (Media room) Time: 9-10:30a • Cost: Free This meeting will be to welcome all those who are returning hikers, and for anyone new who is up for fun and adventure. We will be discussing liability waivers, the 2017 hiking list of places we’ll hike with the Hip Hikers, a photo presentation, and overall Q&A for hiking 101 for beginners, and starting up walkers and talkers.

Volunteers Ready, Set, Serve Volunteer! On a mission to engage adults in Active Life through Active Living Monthly Volunteer Meeting, Monday, February 6, 10a in the Arts & Crafts Rooms

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Register Now and Save! Johnson City Senior Center Foundation

DEERSLAYER Obstacle Course Race

April 1, 2017 Registration / Information Facebook: Twitter: jc_deerslayer Deerslayer OCR Instagram: DEERSLAYER Jr. jcdeerslayer # JCDeerslayer YouTube:

Grief Support If you or someone you know needs grief support, please attend one of our support groups.

• Light refreshments will be served • See what’s upcoming for the Volunteers • A fun activity for all to enjoy!

We meet the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month at 6:30pm at the Memorial Park Community Center.

510 Bert St • Johnson City, TN 37601

E x p e r i e nc e a t ra dit i on of c ar ing.

(423) 282-1521 •

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Learning / Computers

February 2017

Lifelong Learning Sky watching: Understanding Cosmic Wonders-Video Lecture Series Tuesdays, February 7- March 14 1p Cost: Free Step outside at any time of day or night, look up, and you’re bound to see a world filled with limitless wonders: majestic rainbows, dramatic cloud formations, stirring sunsets, intricate constellations, captivating solar eclipses, and even the distant planets themselves. But these and other breathtaking natural phenomena are more than just pretty objects to be admired. Rather, they’re the result of fascinating atmospheric and astronomical processes that describe right in front of you important concepts in scientific fields such as cosmology, physics (including optics and electromagnetism), and meteorology and other atmospheric sciences. Naturally Yours V, Fall into Winter Monday, February 13 10:30a Instructor: Connie Deegan, Nature Program Coordinator Cost: Free This is an opportunity to painlessly gather information about snippets of the natural northeast Tennessee outdoors. With the help of photographs and lively discussion between the narrator and those present, folks will effortlessly learn more about things found in our surrounding area. Please Pre-register.

Spanish Tutoring Mondays at 11:30a Cost: Free Spanish Tutoring will be picking up from where it left off in December, a basic knowledge of Spanish is preferred. Conversational Spanish Instructor: Alberto Ceffalo Tuesdays, 3p Cost: Free If you have some knowledge of Spanish, would like to learn more, or refresh your speaking skills, join our new instructor. Mr. Ceffalo was a language instructor at ETSU, Milligan and NE State. Please register. The Film Club Third Thursday of every month Thursday, February 16 at 1-4p Cost: Free Join Rusty Sheridan, Professor of Mass Communications at E.T.S.U., as he leads a monthly club that views, thinks critically, and discusses a different film each month. So if you’re a film buff or interested in learning more about film, come join us. Everyone is welcome. Please Pre-register. This month’s film will be “Casablanca”. Johnson City German Club Thursdays, 9:30a-12p Cost: Free People of all ages and skill-levels are welcome. Attendance is not required. Our

goal is to promote the lifelong learning of the 3 C’s (Conversation, Composition, Culture) associated with the German language. Everyone receives free meeting minutes & special reports in German with English translations and full-color pictures. These documents are available via E-mail, a BLOG, and a limited number of complimentary paper copies brought to each meeting. Check us out on Mr. Pollock’s BLOG at http:// and see for yourself. Power of Attorney for Healthcare (Individual Consultation) Do you have questions about Power of Attorney when it comes to healthcare but don’t have funds for legal services? Or do you know someone who has a need w/o funds? Make an appointment to meet one on one with Wesley Wilson. He is a licensed attorney since 1962 and actively engaged in Power of Attorney. Call 434-6229 to set up an appointment. Coming in March!

Raised Bed Gardening Thursday, March 2 10:30a Instructor: John Hamrick Cost: Free Are you an experienced gardener or curious to start but don’t know how or where? Join John Hamrick from the University of Tennessee Extension, as he leads a class on how to start, work, and the advantages of a raised bed garden. Please Pre-register.

Computers Open Computer Lab Mondays, 9-11:30a Tuesdays, 10-11a

115 Woodlawn Drive • Johnson City, TN • (423) 975-0095

Please contact 434-6237 to schedule personal assistance/ instruction on the computer. Please contact the desk 434-6229 if you are interested in teaching classes.

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Outings Adventures in Outer Space Saturday, February 4 leave MPCC at 11:30a, return approx. 2p Cost: $0, Transportation Cost: $0 We will take a short drive to the campus of ETSU. There we will join Dr. Gary Henson at Hutchinson Hall to go on a space adventure in the newly renovated planetarium. This new planetarium has a great domed ceiling which creates a realistic view of outer space. Please preregister by February 3. Dixie Diners- Primo’s Thursday, February 16 Please note that for February we will meet in Elizabethton at Primo’s for lunch at 11:30, on Thursday, February the 16th. This will be a wonderful winter lunch so sign up early by the 13th. Primo’s is easy to find. Located at 151 Hudson Avenue in the same plaza as Berks Discount store. See you the 16th. ETSU Men’s Basketball Game Thursday, February 9: Leave MPCC at 6p, Return approx. 9p Cost: $5 per ticket Join us in supporting the Bucs basketball team at Freedom Hall. The Bucs are playing the Citadel. Register and pay for your ticket and let the driving to us. LIMITED SEATING, NO REFUNDS. Coming Soon! Charlotte’s Web at ETSU’s Bud Frank Theatre Cost: $6 Monday, April 10, 2017. Leave MPCC at 9:15a, return approx. 1p All the enchanting characters are here: Wilbur, the irresistible young pig who desperately wants to avoid the butcher; Fern, a girl who understands what animals say to each other; Templeton, the gluttonous rat who can occasionally be talked into a good deed; the Zuckerman family; the Arables; and most of all, the extraordinary spider, Charlotte, who proves to be a true friend and a good writer. Source: ETSU Theatre Limited seats, must be registered by April 7, 2017 Wohlfahrt Dinner Theatre- The Buddy Holly Story Thursday, April 13 Leave MPCC at 10a, return approx. 6p Cost: $38 (gratuity not included in price) charter bus Buddy Holly’s brief life has become the stuff of legend. Buddy is a celebration of the life and times of the young man with spectacles and catches that unique mixture of innocence, determination, humor and charm that was Buddy Holly, and wraps it up into a package that has become: “The World’s Most Successful Rock & Roll Musical” Source:Wohlfahrt. Registration begins March 7 at 10a. No refunds, limited seats.

Travel Corner Registration forms for motor coach trips are available at the Senior Services Desk. Clark Family Tours presents four fabulous motor coach trips in 2017: New Orleans March 19-25: offers 6 nights lodging, 10 meals, riverboat cruise on Mississippi River, National WWII Museum, guided tours of New Orleans and a Louisiana plantation, and much more. $735 pp based on double occupancy. Chicago May 21-27: includes 6 nights lodging, 10 meals, skyline cruise on Lake Michigan, Art Institute of Chicago, Navy Pier, 360 Chicago observatory, and the fabulous sights of downtown Chicago. $714 pp based on double occupancy. Myrtle Beach Show Trip and Charleston October 2-6: enjoy 4 nights lodging, 8 meals, 3 and 1 morning show, free time in Charleston, the amazing Brookgreen Gardens, and the warm ocean sands – one of the best times of year to visit this area. $605 pp based on double occupancy. Miami & Key West November 11-17: escape the cold weather and enjoy beautiful south Florida. Trip includes 6 nights lodging, 9 meals, cruise on Biscayne Bay, South Beach, and a trip across the famous 7-mile bridge to Key West. $739 pp based on double occupancy.

Gracious Retirement Living • A variety of cultural & social activities • Studio, one-bedroom, two-bedroom & luxury two-bedroom apartments • Support services for extra care as needed • No entry fee • Monthly rent 3207 Bristol Highway Johnson City



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February 2017

Sports Winter Bowling League Holiday Lanes Please contact: Ann Deakins @ 423-213-5861 or Holiday Lanes @ 423-282-6251 for more information. We still have a few openings in our winter leagues. Join us for lots of fun, exercise and meet new friends! Must be 55 or older and love to have fun! Senior Basketball Mondays at 10a Meet in the gym for pick-up games and shoot arounds Senior Billiards Monday - Friday, 7a to 8p Cost: Free Senior men and women are both welcome to play on four new tables. All levels of experience are welcome. Come swim with the senior sharks at the community center. Yearly tournaments held. Doubles Table Tennis Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 9:30a-Noon Cost: Free Senior men’s and women’s doubles table tennis. Keep your brain and body active with table tennis. Yearly tournaments will be held. Pickleball Monday, Wednesday, Friday 8-11:30a • Cost: Free This activity is a modified form of tennis and we play doubles.

Badminton Wednesdays, 7p • Cost: Free Open to all ages! Mixed Doubles Pickelball Thursdays: January, February and March • 8-11:30a Cost: Free This activity is a modified form of tennis and this will be a mixed doubles format. Senior Legend Golf Group Over the age of 50 and enjoy golf? Tuesdays and Thursdays, Tee times and location varies. Contact Gil & Bobbie Dietz @ 423-926-9824 for more information. Tri-Cities Senior Softball League Accepting Applications Cost: $40 Senior men 60+ are invited to join the Tri-Cities Senior Softball League. Applications are now being accepted for the 2017 season of slow-pitch softball. League fee is $40/each (includes hat and t-shirt). All skill levels accepted. A public information and organizational meeting took place on January 28, 1 p.m. at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert Street to discuss details. A softball camp is planned for late February. More information to come. Season begins in March and runs through November. The league plays twice a week (Tuesdays/Thursdays mornings) at Winged Deer Park and there

are opportunities for intra-league games, tournaments, and regional play during the season. Applications are available at Memorial Park Community Center, Winged Deer Park Administration Office, and online at www.tricitiesseniorsoftball. com. For more information, contact Jim Hastings, Senior Services at (423)491-0444, Ron Settle at (423)538-9612 or Charlie Mattioli at (423)543-1962.

Knowing that I needed to refresh my playing ability as well as master the rules, I would try to play against the better players rather than with them. Yes, it was frustrating not only for me, but also for my partner, because we almost never won a game. I hoped doing this would improve my game. One of the better players realized I was trying to improve and “took me under his wing” showing me some things that I was doing wrong as well as giving me tips to improve my game skills. Was it easy at first? Absolutely Winter Conditioning for Senior Not! Was it worth it? A thousand Softball Players times Yes! Now, after playing Cost: Free for about a year and a half, I can Instructor: Jim Hastings Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning see a huge improvement in my game. Not only that, I also noticed February 2. 10a Playing softball this year in a senior an improvement in my hand and eye coordination. It is better now league? Please join Jim Hastings as he loosens up that arm and those than ever in my entire life! I have read and now know 1st hand that hamstrings and all those other ping-pong is not only good for you muscles that may not have been used so much during the off season. physically, but it is great for your mind as well. Whether you have never played What Ping-Pong Can Do before, not played in a long time, for You – My Perspective like myself, or have been looking By: Alan Mautner for someone to play ping-pong with, I started playing ping-pong here, this is the place! This is one of the at memorial Park Community many FREE activities at the center. Center/Johnson City Senior Center The only thing we ask is that you in April 2015. It was about 15 years have your own paddle, but we have since the last time that I had played. loaners and will be glad to assist I had never before participated in you with one until you get your own. doubles table tennis. I had retired The other players and myself have in early 2015 and was looking for discussed the idea of attracting new some activity to help keep me fit players and we will be more than as well as occupy some of my free happy to assist you in any way we time. ca to teach you the game or help When I arrived, the other players you to improve your skills if you seemed glad to see a new player and haven’t played in a long time. We did make me feel very welcomed. play each Monday, Wednesday and It did not take them very long to Friday from 9am to 11am. A few realize that I had not played in of come early to set up the tables a very long time and that I had and get everything ready. I would no idea regarding the rules and be more than happy to come early regulations of doubles table tennis. to work with anyone on their game They were all very helpful and skills. By the way, our games are patient with me in not only teaching open and welcome to both men and me the rules and procedures women. Please consider joining us. of doubles table tennis but also With a little time and patience, you working with me to improve my will be glad you did. I know I surely skills. am!

February 2017

Healthy Living

5 Truths About Protecting Your Eyes

Healthy Living Balance Screening Instructors: ETSU Physical Therapy Students Cost: Free • Wednesday, February 1, 11a-1p The students will be offering balance screenings. These are simple, easy, physical test, that most everyone can do. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes. Learn if you are at risk for a fall and what you can do to help prevent a fall. Call 423-434-6237 to reserve a seat. Valvular Heart Disease Instructor: Janey Owens, Nurse Practioner Cost: Free • Monday, February 6, 11a-12p You will learn about how the heart muscle works, causes of valve problems, how it is treated and can it be prevented? Call 423-434-6237 for a seat Life`s Simple Seven Instructors: Patty Altman, RN, Elizabeth Hall, RDN from Food City, Deb Fogle and Crystal Rush, RDN from Health Resource Center Cost: Free • Each Wednesday for 7 weeks starting, February 8- March 29, 11a-12p (no class March 22) This new class is from The American Heart Association. Would you like a healthier lifestyle and help preventing heart disease? With Life`s Simple 7, you can make simple steps that will improve your health. The steps are not expensive or difficult to take and even a moderate improvement to your health will make a big difference. We will cover Get Active, Eat Better, Lose Weight, Stop Smoking, Control Cholesterol, Manage Blood Pressure, and Reduce Blood Sugar. Call 423-434-6237 or register at Senior Desk What goes up must come down! Instructor: ETSU Resident: Dr. Jennifer Treece Cost: Free • Tuesday, February 14, 10-11a When your blood pressure rises why is it so important for it to come down to a normal level? What happens inside your body when your blood pressure is on the rise? With high blood pressure being a big contributing factor in heart attacks, strokes and kidney disease, bringing it down is an important thing to do. Call 423-434-6237 for a seat Treatment of Heart Disease Instructor: Dr. Daniel Merrick Cost: Free • Tuesday, February 14, 11a-12p Dr. Merrick will guide us through the many treatments for heart disease and the pros and cons of each treatment. How do you know what is best for you? Call 423-434-6237 for a seat. Going into Medicare? Instructor: Andrew Price with the Mackie Group Cost: Free • Thursday February 16, 11a-12p Are you going onto Medicare this year? It can be very confusing to figure out how it works and what you need to do. We will be having an Educational Event with Andrew Price to explain all the ins and outs of Medicare. This is not a sales seminar and no plan material will be available. This is just for education purposes so bring any and all questions you may have.Call 423-434-6237 for a seat

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Blood Pressure Medications Instructors: Pharmacy Students from ETSU, Bill Gatton School of Pharmacy Cost: Free • Tuesday, February 21, 11a-12p Controlling your blood pressure is so important, but the world of blood pressure medicines is overwhelming at times. Come learn about the types of medications. Are you on 1, 2, or 3 blood pressure medications, how do they work and why are they necessary? This is a good time to ask questions about your medications. Call: 423-4346237 for a seat Invigorating Wellness Series Massage Therapy Tuesday, February 21st, 5:30-7:30p Cost: $5 • Instructor: Janet Rice, MT This series will highlight several complementary health approaches identified by the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Medicine. This is the second session of the series and it will highlight the health benefits of massage therapy. There are many types of massage therapy. You will learn the differences, and how massage therapy can help you to relax and de-stress. Refreshments will be served. Please pre-register and pay by February 17th. The other programs offered will be: Chiropractic – May 16, 2017; Supplements/Herbs – August 15, 2017 Irregular Heartbeats Instructor: Janey Owens, Nurse Practioner Cost: Free • Monday, February 27, 11a-12p Does your heart skip beats sometimes; is it too fast or too slow? Do you feel short of breath, dizzy or have chest pain with this funny beats? Can they be life-threatening? When is that something to report to your doctor? Come learn about irregular heartbeats which are called cardiac arrhythmias. Call 423-434-6237 for a seat Healthy Living for Your Brain and Body Instructor: Tabatha Ebert from the Alzheimer`s Association Cost: Free • Tuesday, February 28, 11a-12p For centuries, we’ve know that the health of the brain and the body are connected. But now, science is able to provide insights into how to make lifestyle choices that may help you keep your brain and body healthy as you age. Join us to learn about research in the areas of diet and nutrition, exercise, cognitive activity and social engagement, and use hands on tools to help you incorporate these recommendations into a plan for healthy aging. Call 423-434-6237 for a seat.

Of your five senses, which one are you most afraid of losing? If you’re like most people, your answer is your ability to see. Because our eyesight is so precious, it’s no wonder that myths abound about what can damage our eyes — and what can protect them. Here, we debunk five common myths — and tell you how to truly keep your eyes healthy. Myth: Doing eye exercises will delay the need for glasses. Fact: Eye exercises will not improve or preserve vision or reduce the need for glasses. Your vision depends on many factors, including the shape of your eyeball and the health of the eye tissues, neither of which can be significantly altered with eye exercises. Myth: Reading in dim light will worsen your vision. Fact: Dim lighting will not damage your eyesight. However, it will tire your eyes out more quickly. The best way to position a reading light is to have it shine directly onto the page, not over your shoulder. A desk lamp with an opaque shade pointing directly at the reading material is ideal. Myth: Carrots are the best food for the eyes. Fact: Carrots, which contain vitamin A, are indeed good for the eyes. But fresh fruits and dark green leafy vegetables, which contain more antioxidant vitamins such as C and E, are even better. Antioxidants may even help protect the eyes against cataracts and age-related macular degeneration. Just don’t expect them to prevent or correct basic vision problems such as nearsightedness or farsightedness. Myth: It’s best not to wear glasses or contact lenses all the time. Taking a break from them allows your eyes to rest. Fact: If you need glasses or contacts for distance or reading, use them. Not wearing your glasses will strain your eyes and tire them out instead of resting them. However, it will not worsen your vision or lead to eye disease. Myth: Staring at a computer screen all day is bad for the eyes. Fact: Using a computer does not damage your eyes. However, staring at a computer screen all day can contribute to eyestrain or tired eyes. People who stare at a computer screen for long periods tend not to blink as often as usual, which can cause the eyes to feel dry and uncomfortable. To help prevent eyestrain, adjust the lighting so it doesn’t create a glare or harsh reflection on the screen, rest your eyes briefly every 20 minutes, and make a conscious effort to blink regularly so that your eyes stay well lubricated. Harvard Medical School offers special reports on over 60 health topics. Visit our website at http:// to find reports of interest to you and your family.

February Special Events




February 2017




2 10:00 As the Page Turns

11:00 Balance Screening


8:30 Interval Training

7:00 Sweetheart Ball – Jerry Pierce Feb 4 11:30 Adventures in Outer Space

10:00 Volunteer Meeting 11:00 Valvular Heart Disease 1:00 Amateur Photography Club


13 10:30 Naturally Yours: Fall into Winter

20 1:00 Amateur Photo Club Workshop

27 11:00 Irregular Heartbeats

7 1:00 Sky watching: Video Lecture Series 6:30 Grief Support

8 11:00 Life’s Simple Seven

10:00 Writer’s Circle 3:00 JCSC Seniors on the Go monthly meeting


10 8:30 Interval Training

6:00 ETSU Men’s Basketball Game


10:00 Bingo 10:00 What Goes Up Must Come Down! 11:00 Treatment of Heart Disease 1:00 Skywatching: Video Lecture Series


11:00 Blood Pressure Medications 1:00 Skywatching: Video Lecture Series 5:30 Invigorating Wellness Series 6:30 Grief Support 6:30 Next Step Photography

28 11:00 Healthy Living for Your Brain and Body 1:00 Skywatching: Video Lecture Series

15 11:00 Life’s Simple Seven 1:00 The Film Club




11:00 Going Into Medicare? 8:30 Interval Training 11:30 Dixie Diners – Primo’s in Elizabethton

23 10:00 Writer’s Circle

24 8:30 Interval Training

Senior Lifestyles

February 2017

Social Security continues to innovate with new features By Karen King Social Security District Manager, Johnson City, TN. Social Security is always innovating and improving our technology to better serve you. In an effort to meet our goal to deliver innovative, quality services, we are improving how you can check the status of your Social Security benefit application online. Placing the “Application Status” feature behind our my Social Security portal provides a secure service delivery channel that will allow the Agency to provide detailed status information without requiring a confirmation number.   Our first service improvement will include status information for Social Security and SSI benefits

initial claims and appeals, but future modifications will allow you to check the status of medical and non-medical redeterminations. With the new Application Status, you will see: • The Re-entry number for inprogress online applications • Detailed information about the current status of the application or appeal; • The location where your claim is being processed; and • Scheduled hearing information for appeals. Log into my Social Security to see what other personalized features are available to you at www.

Dominion Senior Living of Johnson City Our Dominion Family is always here through any obstacle that God has placed along our path. Raymond Calhoun made Dominion his home again when he was faced with the loss of his beloved wife, Pearl. While this transition was not an easy one, Raymond continues to make the best out of each day. He is now involved in weekly bible studies, daily exercise, the Art from the Heart program, and many other activities and crafts. One favored interest that has become part of Raymond’s routine, is feeding carrots and apples to the horses and donkeys at the farm next door to us. Everyday Raymond uses his special call to attract the animals over to be fed. No matter the season, tending to the horses will always put a smile across his face, and warm the hearts of everyone around him.

Honoring God Through Service to Seniors • Assisted Living & Memory Care • All-Inclusive Monthly Rates • Caring compassionate 24/7 nurses and caregivers • Complete array of in-house services and amenities

Dominion Senior Living of Johnson City

2412 Knob Creek Rd. • Johnson City • (423) 930-9001

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Ongoing Events

February 2017

Ongoing Events MONDAY





7:00a to 8:00p Billiards Room Fitness Room 8:00 Pickleball 8:30 Fit and Toned 8:30 Blood Pressure Checks 9:00 Open Computer Lab 9:30 Love Handles 9:30 Doubles Table Tennis 10:00 SilverSneakers® Classic 10:00 Senior Basketball 11:00 Tai Chi for Arthritis and Fall Prevention 11:30 Spanish Tutoring 12:00 Qigong for Health 12:30 Open Art Studio 1:00 High Flyers Bowling @ Holiday Lanes 1:00 Musical Voices 1:00 Hand & Foot Canasta 2:00 Challenge Square Dance 3:30 Line Dance w/ Martha 5:30 Dandy Line Dancers 6:00 Ladies Monday Night Bridge Club

7:00a to 8:00p Billiards Room Fitness Room 8:30 Blood Pressure Checks 9:15 Zumba Zeniors 10:00 Heart Strings Instruments Jam Session 10:00 Open Computer Lab 10:00 Chess 10:00 Softball Conditioning 11:45 Silver Sneakers® Yoga 12:00 Rummy 1:00 Pencil Drawing 1:00 SilverSneakers® Yoga 1:00 Golden Rollers Bowling @ Holiday Lane 2:00 Needle and Fiber Arts 3:00 Conversational Spanish 5:30 SilverSneakers® Classic 5:30 Scrabble Group 5:30 NuLine Dance by TJ 6:00 Mexican Train Dominoes

7:00a to 8:00p Billiards Room Fitness Room 7:30 Fasting Blood Sugars 8:00 Pickleball 8:30 Blood Pressure Checks 8:30 Fit and Toned 9:30 Love Handles 9:30 Doubles Table Tennis 10:00 SilverSneakers® Classic 10:00 Bible Study 11:00 Tai Chi for Arthritis and Fall Prevention 12:00 Qigong for Health 12:30 Acrylics 1:00 Adult Coloring 1:00 Pinochle 5:15 Ballroom Dance Lessons 6:00 Senior Hatha Yoga 6:30 Advanced Square Dance 7:00 Badminton

7:00a to 8:00p Billiards Room Fitness Room 8:00 Men’s Bible Study 8:00 Mixed Doubles Pickleball 8:30 Blood Pressure Checks 8:30 SilverSneakers® Yoga 9:15 Zumba Zeniors 9:30 German Conversation 10:00 Senior Chorale (resumes in March) 10:00 Softball Conditioning 1:00 Rook 1:00 Ballroom Dancing 1:00 Golden Strikers Bowling @ Holiday Lanes 3:30 Partner Pass Pinochle 4:00 Brain-a-cise 5:30 SilverSneakers® Classic

7:00a to 8:00p Billiards Room Fitness Room 8:00 Pickleball 8:30 Blood Pressure Checks 9:30 Doubles Table Tennis 10:00 SilverSneakers® Circuit 12:30 Ace of Clubs Duplicate Bridge 1:00 Mahjong 2:00 Open Craft Time SATURDAY 8:30 Blood Pressure Checks 1:00 Line Dance by TJ, Intermediate Level

February 2017

Grandparents Corner / Groups

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Grandparents Corner Groups and Meetings SAVE-THE-DATE Spring Break Camp Registration Opens February 13 Memorial Park Community Center Camp dates March 13-17 (City) • March 27-31 (County) My Little Valentine - Daddy Daughter Dance February 4 6-8p Early ticket $10 Jan 4-27 • Late ticket $20 Jan 28-Feb 3 Join us for the inauguarl My Little Valentine Daddy Daughter Dance. Open to fathers / grandfathers / guardians and daughters of all ages. Light refreshments will be served.

As the Page Turns (Book Club): Free Books Provided 1st Thursday of month 10a If you like reading a variety of books and meeting new people, come join us. You are not required to join in the discussion or answer questions if you do not wish to. Book Selections: February: Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson March: The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga Weekly Bible Study Opportunities Wednesdays at 10a For each month an area clergyman leads a four week Bible study. Thursdays at 8:00 am Men’s Bible Study. Breakfast by donation Writer’s Circle Cost: Free 2nd and 4th Thursdays, 10a

February 4 Memorial Park Community, 510 Bert St., will offer the inaugural My Little Valentine Daddy Daughter Dance from 6-8pm. Dance is open to fathers/grandfathers/guardians and daughters of all ages. Photo vouchers can be purchased online ahead of time for $15. Light refreshments will be served. Early Ticket sales are Jan 4-Jan 27 for $10/person. Late Ticket Sales are Jan 28 - Feb 3 for $20/person (no multi-child discount). No day of ticket sales. Tickets will be available for pick up at MPCC after completing registration online. Call 423-434-5749 for more info.

Join this group to share ideas for writing better stories and share your own writings for discussion within the group. Grief Support Gathering Cost: Free 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month, 6:30p Sponsored by Morris Baker Funeral Home. Washington County S.A.L.T Council Cost: Free 1st Thursday of the month, 2p Location will rotate between Johnson City Senior Center and Jonesborough February - Jonesborough Senior Center March - Johnson City Senior Center April - Jonesborough Senior Center May - Johnson City Senior Center



Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St. or in person. Camp dates: March 13-17 (City); March 27-31 (County)

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Dance / Events

February 2017

Dance & Special Events Challenge Square Dance Mondays, 2p • Cost: $6 Join Don Williamson for this challenging square dance class. Line Dance with Martha (Intermediate Beginner) Mondays, 3:30p Instructor: Martha Davenport Cost: $ 6 or SilverSneakers® discount Dandy Line Dancers (Advanced) Monday 5:30p Instructor: Martha Davenport Group performs in the community NuLine Dance by TJ Tuesdays, 5:30p • Cost: $5 Ages 18+ Welcome! Ballroom Dance Wednesdays, 5:15p Cost: FREE Bring a partner or come alone. Men needed to join group.

Enjoying a drawing class. See page 13 for class times.

Free Tax Assistance Volunteers working through AARP-VITA will prepare your Federal and Tennessee taxes for free at the Memorial Park Community Center beginning Wednesday February 8, 2017. Tax preparation will be by appointment only between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. each Wednesday and Friday until April 14. All volunteers are trained using IRS and AARP-VITA standards and must pass an IRS test. They can prepare all individual and joint tax returns, with a few exceptions for certain complicated returns. There are no age or income limitations for this free service. For appointments, please call the Center staff at 434-6437 starting January 16, 2017. You must bring proof of your Social Security number and the Social Security numbers of all dependents on the return, photo identification for all individuals, and all tax documents such as W-2s, 1099-Rs, SSA-1099s, 1099-Bs, brokers statements, 1099-INTs and 1099-DIVs, as well as your filed 2015 tax return. If you purchased health insurance through the Marketplace, you must also bring your form 1095-A, which you will receive from the federal government. Until you have received all needed forms, the volunteers will be unable to complete your returns. All returns are e-filed, meaning refunds are generally issued with 10 days.

Advanced Square Dance Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30p • Cost: $6 Instructor: Don Williamson Some experience recommended for this class. Ballroom Dance Practice Thursdays, 1p • Cost: Free Come and enjoy an afternoon of dancing. Line Dance by TJ, Intermediate Level Saturdays, 10:30a • Cost: $5 Ages 18+ Welcome! Sweetheart Ball February 3 7:00-10:00pm Cost: $5/person, $10/couple (Discount for SilverSneakers® eligible participants) Registration and payment due by February 2 – No tickets will be sold at

the door Jerry Pierce and the Nightlife Band will help you dance the night away. This dance is being co-sponsored by MSHA Heart and Soul and Tetrick Funeral & Cremation Services. Refreshments and beverages will be served. Our sponsors will be crowning a king and queen of the ball. Don’t miss this special night. Rescheduled in March! Absolute Beginner Line Dance (Level 1) Instructor: Martha Davenport Cost: $30 (Silver Sneaker discount $20) Thursdays, beginning March 23 2017 5:30p-7:00p If you have ever watched line dancing and said to yourself, “I wish I could do that”, now is your chance to do just that. Line dance classes for absolute beginners are being organized for the first of the year. The first series of classes known as “Absolute Beginner Line Dance Class” will meet once a week for 5 weeks. The Absolute beginner class is recommended for anyone who has never line danced before – The class starts with the very basic steps, learning the terminology and sequence of steps. This class will teach the participants how to count steps, do basic steps such as a grapevine, scuff, toe-strut, and putting those steps together to make line dances. This class will be followed by second series of classes, “Beginner Line Dance” and it will take the participants to the next level of line dance steps. Each 5-week series is $30.00, or silver-sneaker discount of $20.00. Pre-registration is required. Set a New Year’s resolution for 2017 to learn to line dance! If anyone has any questions about the class, contact Martha at

Friday Night Dance- Come dance the night away from 7:00-10:00p. Beverages will be served. Price is $5. (SilverSneakers® discount applies for those eligible). For special dances, the ticket price is slightly higher and will be advertised as such. February 3: Sweetheart Ball, Jerry Pierce Band

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Arts/Crafts/Performing Arts Amateur Photography Club Cost: Free First Monday of the month 1-3p If you’re just starting out, or want to brush up on your skills, take field trips and photos then come and join us! Photo themes: February: Close Up/Black & White March: Snow, Grow, or Sew/Photographer’s Choice April: Animal, Vegetable, Mineral/NewPeople, Place, Things May: Old-People Place, Things/Something Blue Amateur Photography Club Workshop Cost: Free Monday, February 20 1-3p Instructor: Ron Zucker Workshop. Weather or not to take photos – Shooting in all kinds of weather Next Step Photography Club Cost: Free Third Tuesday of each month at 6:30p If you have a Basic technical knowledge of your camera, a desire to learn and experience more, understand some of the creative control functions like aperture, shutter speed, composition, use of the manual settings on your camera and ready to delve deeper in to image creation and gain a broader knowledge of photography, then Next Step Photography is for you. Heart Strings Cost: Free Tuesdays 10a–12p Bring your instrument and join in this open group, playing a variety of songs including old hymns, bluegrass, country and folk music. Needle and Fiber Arts Cost: Free Tuesdays 2–5p A gathering of folks who are interested in the fiber arts. Bring your project to work on and share ideas and skills. Join this group to share and learn and enjoy the company of others while you work. Please clean up when you are finished and don’t store items at the Center.

Acrylics Class Cost: $10 Wednesdays 12:30–2:30p Join “Art” Holsclaw to paint and share. Designed for beginners or experienced painters. Registration deadline is Monday before each class.

Photo Contest ‘Best Holiday & Winter Photos’ photo contest is underway! Entries have been submitted and now the voting begins. Voting will take place February 2nd through 13th. Prizes will be awarded. Coming in March!

Musical Voices Cost: Free Mondays 1p- 3p Join this welcoming group if you desire to sing gospel music and share the joy of music with local nursing homes. Writer’s Circle Cost: Free Second & Fourth Thursdays 10a-12p Join this group to share ideas for writing better stories and share your own writings for discussion with the group. Open Craft Time Cost: Free Fridays 2-5p Take advantage of our beautiful creative space! Bring a project and work in the company of other crafters. Just clean up when you are finished and please don’t store items at the Center. Adult Coloring Group Cost: Free Wednesdays 1-2:30p Join the new trend in Adult Coloring! Bring your colored pencils, crayons, markers (or use ours) and relax and color in the company of friends and new friends. Coloring sheets will be provided or you can bring your own. Pencil Drawing Made Easy Instructor- Ann Whitson Cost: Free Tuesdays 1-2:30p Ongoing class in pencil drawing welcomes new members. We work on basic drawing skills and techniques, such as line, shape, shading and perspective, in a relaxed and encouraging atmosphere.

Senior Chorale Cost: Free Thursdays at 10a – 12p Group will start back the first Thursday in March. Join this lively group who loves to sing a variety of songs including show tunes and popular songs. This group is led by Cherry Smith. The group is open to anyone who is looking for a low stress, less demanding group with which to perform. No audition required.

Let’s Play the Mountain Dulcimer Leader: Willis Jones Cost: Free Tuesdays beginning in March! March 7, 14, 21, 28 1:30-3p This 1 ½ hour session is for those who are wanting to fine tune their skills and get together with other people who want to play a tune or two. Please bring an instrument that is ready to play. Mountain Dulcimer Lessons Instructor: Willis Jones Cost: $15 for four sessions Tuesdays beginning in March! March 7, 14, 21, 28 1-1:30p Learn to play the old time mountain Dulcimer with Willis Jones! Please bring an instrument that is ready to play. This 30-minute session is for those who are interested in learning, have questions about the dulcimer or are very rusty in their playing technique

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Games / Pool Schedule

Pool Schedule

Games Chess Club Tuesdays 10a-12p Come and join our new Chess Club, everyone is welcome. Hand and Foot Canasta Mondays 1p If you don’t know how to play, they can teach you! Rummy Tuesdays 12-4p This group will be playing different varieties of Rummy, everyone is welcome. Ladies Monday Night Bridge Club Mondays 6p Scrabble Group Tuesdays 5:30p The scrabble group is always looking for new members! Mexican Train Dominoes Tuesdays 6p Join us every Tuesday afternoon at 6pm for an exciting fun-filled time with some marvelous BFFs. Pinochle Wednesdays 1p

February 2017

A trick-taking card game for four.

Lap Pool Schedule:

Rook Thursdays 1p Rook is a challenging trick taking game played with a special deck of cards.

Lap Swim Teens, Adults and Seniors M-F 7-8:30a, 11:30a-1:30p; M-W-F 7-8:45p; Sat 11a-1p Cost: $2 per session or $30 per month (Free to Silver Sneaker® participants) Need time to swim? Whether your choice is swimming laps, aqua jogging, or just doing your ow thing, we have a time slot to fit your needs.

Partner Pass Pinochle Thursdays, 3:30p Cost: Free Open to all skill levels. It is single deck Pinochle with a fun twist that provides players with potentially better hands when compared to the traditional “Kitty” or “Play what you are dealt” games. We play for fun in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere and are willing to teach the game. Ace of Clubs Duplicate Bridge Fridays 12:30p If you enjoy playing bridge, but haven’t tried duplicating bridge, join the fun! Mahjong Fridays 1p Mahjong is a Chinese game game of skill, strategy and chance. Bingo Tuesday, February 14 10a Cost: Free Sponsored by United Healthcare

Senior Lap Swim M-F 1:30-3:30p Cost: $2 per session or $30 per month (Free to Silver Sneaker® participants) Our senior lap times are offered to individuals 55 years of age and older Water Aerobics Teens, Adults and Seniors Instructor: Heidi Perry M-W-F 9-10a Cost: $3 per session or $25 per month Enjoy a shallow water class which combines cardiovascular work, muscle toning, balance and core work in a fun environment. No swimming skills are needed and all equipment is provided. A doctor’s clearance is required before participating in the class. Power Walking Adults and Seniors Instructor: Heidi Perry M-W-F 10-11a Cost: $2 per session or $20 per month This shallow water locomotion class is perfect for those who need a workout but require a low impact program. A doctor’s clearance is advised before participating in the class. All equipment is provided. Evening Aerobics Adults and Seniors Instructor: Heidi Perry T &Th 6-7p Cost: $3 per session or $25 per month Enjoy a shallow water class which combines cardiovascular work, muscle toning, balance and core work in a fun environment. No swimming skills are needed and all equipment is provided. A doctor’s clearance is required before participating in the class. Aqua Mix Aerobics Teens, Adults and Seniors Instructor: Kim McLeod T &Th 9-10a; Sat 9:15-10:15a Cost: $3 per session or $25 per month

Looking for a challenging workout? This class is a mix of shallow end and deep end aerobics. While in the deep end floatation belts are used to keep you afloat while doing exercises. The focus is on toning, cardiovascular strength, endurance and core work. No swimming skills are needed. A doctor’s clearance is required before participating in the class. Cardio Waves Teens, Adults and Seniors Instructor: Kim McLeod M-W-F 6-7p Cost: $3 per session or $25 per month This is a high intensity water aerobics program geared towards individuals who are looking to push their limits! All equipment is provided.

Therapy Pool Schedule: Adult Only Open Therapy Adults & Seniors M-W-F 7-10a; T & Th 7-11a; M-W-F 6-8:45p; Sat 9-11a Cost: $2 per visit or $25 per month (Free to Silver Sneaker® participants) An adult only time for therapy that you can engage in activities of your choice to fit your therapeutic needs. This pool is for low impact swimming. You will not be allowed to jump, splash or make big waves. Silver Sneakers® Splash Seniors Instructor: Heidi Perry T & Th 11:45a-12:45p Cost: $3 per class (Free to Silver Sneaker® participants) A fun low impact program geared toward senior citizens looking to improve the quality of their social life and physical well-being. Arthritis Class Adults & Seniors Instructor: Heidi Perry T & Th 11-11:40a Cost: $3 per class (Discounted to Silver Sneaker® participants) This class will help you get your gears moving, not grinding in the morning with an expertly tailored workout. Arthritis class is instructed by an American Arthritis Foundation certified instructor. All equipment is provided. A doctor’s note is required but you are welcome to try a class without the note and bring one to the next session.

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Fitness Focus

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Fitness Focus Fit & Toned Mondays and Wednesdays, 8:30a Cost: $2 Instructor: Sue Pentz One hour class that includes cardio endurance, strength, flexibility and balance challenges. Love Handles Mondays and Wednesdays, 9:30a Cost: Free Instructor: Sue Pentz A thirty minute class which focuses on the core muscles. Silver Sneakers® Circuit Fridays, 10a Cost: $3 (Free for Silver Sneakers® eligible participants) Instructor: Deb Fogle This class is designed to increase cardiovascular endurance and improve strength. This is a low impact class which offers upper body strengthening. Participant should possess consistent skills in agility, coordination and balance. Silver Sneakers® Classic Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5:30p Cost: $3 (Free for Silver Sneakers® eligible participants) Instructor: Jamie Aiello Increase muscular strength, range of movement and activities for daily living. Silver Sneakers® Classic Mondays and Wednesdays, 10a Cost: $3 (Free for Silver Sneakers® eligible participants) Instructor: Lauren Fowler Increase muscular strength, range of movement and activities for daily living. Tai Chi for Fall Prevention Mondays and Wednesdays, 11a Cost: $5 per class (50% discount for SilverSneakers® eligible participants) Instructor: Tonya Van Hook Concerned about falling, this is an excellent program to help prevent falls. Low-impact Tai Chi modified for seniors. Easy on the joints, recommended by the Arthritis Foundation and CDC for arthritis relief and fall prevention, Stretching, body alignment and slow, controlled, mindful movement. Improve your body and your mind.

Qigong Mondays and Wednesdays, Noon Cost: $5 per class (50% discount for SilverSneakers® eligible participants) Instructor: Tonya Van Hook ‘Q’ means energy and ‘Gong” means work. Qigong is a system of ancient Chinese self-healing exercises that combine proper body alignment and slow, controlled movement that is coordinated with breath and mental focus. This class is a moving meditation class including gentle movements that stimulate the meridian system of the body. Class also includes warmups, stretching, breath work and learning one of the most popular Qigong forms for health and relaxation. It benefits all chronic conditions and you will leave feeling energized and relaxed. Silver Sneakers® Yoga Tuesdays, 11:45a and 1p Cost: $2 (Free for Silver Sneakers® eligible participants) Instructor: Judy Jackson Move your whole body through a complete series of seated and standing yoga poses. Senior Hatha Yoga Wednesdays, 6p Cost: $5 Instructor: Darlene Hatley This class is for the beginner to intermediate participant. Learn the most basic Yoga moves with Flow and Hold Yoga moves. Zumba Zeniors Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:15-10:15a Cost: $3 Instructor: LeAnna Lawson LeAnna is a licensed Zumba instructor who will provide a low impact Zumba class designed for beginners of all ages and active older adults. Come enjoy this fun way to increase your daily activity. Even if you have never done Zumba before, you will want to try out this class. Functional Interval Training Fridays, 8:30-9:30a Cost: $2 Instructor: Lauren Fowler This high-energy interval training class combines athletic aerobic movements with strength and stabilization exercises. FIT workouts are designed to be unique in every session. Classes will feature a variety of movements and different exercise equipment to help maximize your success and reach your fitness goals. FIT will deliver a challenging, fun, interactive, and also efficient way to get stay in shape.

Brain-a-Cise Thursdays, 4:00pm • Cost: Free Your brain needs exercise just as much as your body. Come join this group for different brain stimulating activities. Keep It Moving A supervised exercise program for individuals who have finished Cardiac Rehab, Physical Therapy or been told by your physician that you need to exercise but don’t know how. This program serves as the next step in your progression in establishing a safe, independent exercise program. This program requires a referral from a medical professional. This is an ideal program for the individual who is facing total joint replacement both before surgery and after finishing post-surgical physical therapy. Please contact Deb Fogle at 4346231 for more information.

Fitness Tidbits! Functional Training

Functional training is a common fitness ‘buzzword’ that you might have heard or read about in some article. The purpose of functional training is to get your body ready for everyday activities, such as walking up and down stairs, picking things up properly, and carrying heavy bags. Conventional weight training usually isolates one or two muscle groups, where functional training teaches multiple muscles and your body to work together. Functional training focuses heavily on proper form during exercise to help strengthen your entire body and prevent injury in real life. A great example is the standing row exercise. It forces your legs and glutes to support your weight and the weight of the object you are lifting while using your back, arms, and shoulders to lift the weight of the object. This can be related to leaning over to pick something up and to yourself. Functional training should be incorporated into your regular workout routine, but can be dangerous if done incorrectly. Consult a professional for the proper form on functional exercises to minimize the risk of injury.

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February 2017

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