Potawatomi Bingo Casino trip is April 30, reservations due April 5
Join us on Tuesday, April 30, for a Casino Bus Trip to Potawatomi Bingo Casino in Milwaukee. Participants will receive $10 Bonus Play that day and $10 Food and Beverage Credit (participants will pay $2.00 if they choose the buffet). Seniors 55 and older will receive an additional $15 FKC (Firekeepers Club) Reward Play loaded on their Players Card. Potawatomi Bingo Casino has undergone a $240 million dollar expansion. It features more than 3,100 slot machines, classic table games, including poker, Three Card Poker, Craps, Blackjack and Let it Ride. You can also go over to the roulette table and spin the wheel. When you sign up, you will need to provide your legal name, address with zip code, telephone number, date of birth and your Player’s Club card number if you have one. The motor coach will leave the center at 8:30 a.m. and return at approximately 5 p.m. All casinos require patrons to have a valid photo I.D. to receive specials and collect jackpots. Winnings more than $1,199 require you to present your Social Security card. A minimum of 40 participants is needed to have this bus go. The cost for this excursion is $30 and you can register at the center or call Sue for more information. Reservations will be accepted until Friday, April 5.
Piano Music For Your Pleasure to be April 9 and April 23
Please join the staff of DeForest Area Community and Senior Center, 505 N. Main St., DeForest, for a special treat on Tuesday, April 9 and 23, for background piano music during lunch, performed by Hiroko Nelson from 11:20 a.m. - 11:50 a.m. Nelson is a volunteer home-delivered meal driver and a very talented pianist. Be sure to come and enjoy the music!
Rummikub – The Fast-Moving Rummy Tile Game to be play April 9 at DACSC
Rummikub is the classic game where players create sets and runs of numbers using high-quality, durable tiles. Be the first player to eliminate all the tiles from your rack by forming them into sets of runs and groups while trying to keep as few points in your hand as possible. At the start of the game, players determine how many points ends the game. Rummikub will be played the second Tuesday of each month at noon at the DeForest Area Community and Senior Center, 505 N. Main St., DeForest. Please join us Tuesday, April 9. If you have the game, please bring it along in case we need it for extra players. If you have any questions, please contact Sue.
Grandparents and Older Adults Back-to-School Lunches to be in April and May; starts April 10
The 21st annual Back-to-School Lunches will be in April and May in all area schools. Last year, more than 1,000 guests – mostly grandparents of students in the schools – attended. The DeForest Area School District and its LINK-ages program sponsor the events. LINK-ages is a school/community organization recognizing the talents of all age groups. For information, contact Debbie Brewster at (608) 842-6851 or Jane Henze at (608) 846-5482. Please contact each school office at least four days in advance to make reservations. Lunches are: Yahara Elementary School – April 10 (A-L) and April 12 (M-Z); DeForest Area High School – April 11; Morrisonville Elementary School – May 15; Eagle Point Elementary School – May 16 (A-L) and April17 (M-Z); and Windsor Elementary School – May 29 (A-I), May 30 (J-R) and May 31 (S-Z).
Nutrition Education program to be April 11 at DACSC
What do popcorn, cheese and peanut butter have in common? They are all tasty snacks that can help add nutrition to our day. Join Nutrition Educator Joe Muellenberg from the Dane County UW Extension at 11:15 a.m., Thursday, April 11, at the DeForest Area Community and Senior Center, 505 N. Main St., DeForest, and learn about healthy snacking. Share your favorite healthy snack ideas!
Chess Club at DACSC to meet April 12
Do you like to play chess? A new group is forming at the DeForest Area Community and Senior Center, 505 N. Main St., for people who enjoy playing chess. Please join us at 1 p.m., Friday, April 12, to play a few games. If you have a chessboard, please bring it along. If you have any questions, please contact Sue.
Diamond Dragons Book Chat to be April 12 at DACSC
The Diamond Dragons Book Chat group will meet at 10 a.m., Friday, April 12, at the DeForest Area Community and Senior Center, 505 N. Main St., DeForest. This month’s featured book is “One Thousand White Women,” by Jim Fergus. Read the story of May Dodd and a colorful assembly of pioneer women who, under the auspices of the U.S. government, travel to the western prairies in 1875 to intermarry among the Cheyenne tribe. The covert and controversial “Brides for Indians” program, launched under the administration of Ulysses S. Grant, is intended to help assimilate the Indians into the white man’s world. Fergus has so vividly depicted the American West that it is as if these diaries are capsules in time. Join library facilitator Jane Henze for a discussion on this imaginative work of fiction. Copies will be available at the center and library.
Caregiver Support Group to meet April 18 at DACSC
The Caregiver Support group can provide an opportunity for caregivers to meet regularly for mutual emotional support and to share coping skills with one another. By taking part in a support group, you will:
• Become part of a supportive community.
• Have an opportunity to talk and share.
• Have a chance to learn how others cope with similar situations.
• Promote personal growth and development.
• Create new informal support and social relationships.
• Take a break from care giving responsibilities.
• Have a chance to ask questions and receive support.
All information shared in the support group is confidential. The Caregiver Support Group meets at the DeForest Area Community and Senior Center (DACSC), 505 N. Main St., DeForest, from 3 p.m. - 4 p.m. the third Thursday of each month. On April 18, the group will have open discussion.
April 19 “Movies at the Center” to be “Cowgirls ‘n Angles”
On Friday, April 19, the noon movie at DeForest Area Community and Senior Center, 505 N. Main St., DeForest, will be “Cowgirls ‘n Angels.” Ida, a feisty and rebellious young girl, has dreams of finding her father, a rodeo rider. While searching for her dad, she connects with the Sweethearts of the Rodeo, a team of young female rodeo riders run by former rodeo star Terence Parker. Recognizing Ida’s innate talent for trick riding, Terence recruits her for their ranks. Accepted wholeheartedly by her new “family,” Ida finds a passion that redefines her life and may also help her find the father she’s been searching for. (2012).
“Lights, Camera, Action – Silence is Golden” to be a DACSC April 23
Please join the staff at the DeForest Area Community and Senior Center, 505 N. Main St., DeForest, at 10 a.m., Tuesday, April 23, at the center for a wonderful performance by Jeanne Felix and Laurie Riss as they play live music to the classic film, “The Haunted House.” The two also will talk about the history of silent movies and silent movie star Buster Keaton. The program is open to everyone in the community and is co-sponsored by the DeForest Area Historical Society, the DeForest Area Public Library and the DeForest Area Community and Senior Center. Donations to help offset program costs are greatly appreciated. Refreshments will be offered.
April 26 “Movies at the Center” to be “Torn Curtain”
On Friday, April 26, the noon movie at DeForest Area Community and Senior Center, 505 N. Main St., DeForest, will be “Torn Curtain.” It is an Alfred Hitchcock classic starring Paul Newman and Julie Andrews. An American scientist publicly defects to East Germany as part of a cloak-and-dagger mission to find the solution for a formula resin and figures out a plan to escape back to the West. (1966).
Fourth Annual DAHS Student Talent Show to be April 29 at DACSC
At noon on Monday, April 29, DeForest Area High School is proud to present their Fourth Annual Talent Show at the DeForest Area Community and Senior Center, 505 N. Main St., DeForest. The performance will feature a variety of acts. Please join the center’s staff and visitors to watch and support some of our community’s young adults at their finest.
Free Medication Reviews to be offered by the center
Taking five or more medications exposes older adults to a 50 percent chance of having a negative drug reaction. Taking multiple medications can make a person feel dizzy, fall or have other negative drug reactions and effects. Combinations of certain medications can even cause a person to forget dates or events. In an effort to remedy this, we have the privilege to work in collaboration with United Way of Dane County on a project that can impact you, our valuable senior. Throughout this spring, pharmacists from the community will be at the center to perform medication reviews. If you are interested in having a pharmacist review your medications, please contact Roxane or Natalie at the Center.
Nutrition Information program available at the center
Did you know that nutrition plays an integral role in keeping older adults safe, healthy, active and connected with their community so they are able to live in their own home for as long as possible? Lack of proper nutrition can impact an individual’s functionality by limiting strength, stamina and physical activity, which may increase the risk of falls and fractures. It can also impact an individual’s ability to perform instrumental activities of daily living (IADLs), such as grocery shopping and preparing meals and reducing the ability to remain independent. The goal of the Nutrition Program is to provide both congregate and home-delivered meals to assist seniors to live independently by promoting better health through improved nutrition and providing supportive services such as transportation, education, and socialization. Each meal provides one-third of the daily recommended dietary allowances and are served and delivered each weekday. Transportation to the congregate meal site also is available. If you have not yet had the opportunity to dine at the center, we encourage you to give it a try. We also encourage you to invite a friend to lunch. Meal certificates are available for a suggested donation of $3 for those aged 60 or older or you may offer to contribute the full cost of the meal, currently $6.15. Contact Jennie, Nutrition Coordinator at the center, to make arrangements.
Massage Therapy services available at the center
Massage therapy is relaxing and certainly feels great! The benefits of massage therapy are numerous. As we age, our bodies become more prone to joint stiffness, arthritis, muscle tightness and bursitis. Massage therapy may be beneficial for these and many other conditions that affect the senior population. Massage therapy is available at the center on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays through Care For You Massage. Rates for individuals aged 50-59: $45 for one hour and $35 for 30-minute massage. Individuals aged 60 and older receive the Senior Citizen rate: $35 for one hour and $25 for 30-minute massage. To make an appointment, please call Jeanette at (608) 849-5263.
Books, DVDs, CDs, Videos available from center’s library
Did you know the center’s library contains many quality books, large-print books, books on tape, DVDs, music CDs and VHS movies? Many of the items are labeled with a DeForest Area Community and Senior Center label. These center items can be checked out for your use for a month (you may extend this loan if needed). The Dane County Library System also delivers a rotating selection of large print books and DVDs to the center. These items are labeled with a regular library number on the spine of the book. Dane County books need to be returned the following month by the second Tuesday of the month before 10 a.m. When you check items out from the library, please make sure you completely fill in the correct sign-out sheets. The check-out binder contains two sections: one section is for center books, CDs and DVD/VHS movies and one section is for Dane County Library System books and movies. When you return items, please make sure to cross out your information and enter the date you return the items. Thank you for your assistance.
Try an Audio Book Today!
Audio books are great to listen to when you’re taking a walk, cooking, doing dishes, folding laundry, driving or riding in a car, for nights when you can’t sleep, gardening, sewing, knitting or crocheting, or just wanting to relax. They are perfect for those who have trouble reading print. Listening to a book instead of reading it can be a powerful experience. Many titles are now available at the center on CDs or cassettes. You can borrow audio books simply by signing the checkout sheet. Titles change monthly and books can be checked out for about four weeks. If you’ve never listened to an audio book before, come in and select an author you like. Books can be played on a CD or cassette player, with or without headphones. Please contact Jane at the DeForest Area Public Library at (608) 846-5482 if you have any questions.
Aquatic Exercise Class to be held at center
Aquatic Exercise is taught at the Kittelson Swim School at the Kindred Hearts Retirement Facility, Sun Prairie. If you sign up for a ride in advance, our bus will take you to Sun Prairie every Monday and Friday morning, leaving the DeForest area around 9:20 a.m. You will attend the Arthritis Foundation Exercise Class from 10 a.m. - 10:50 a.m. where you can take advantage of the water‘s buoyancy and resistance to increase your range of motion. Let the water offer your body support to improve flexibility as you experience a full range of motion for every joint. Aquatic exercise emphasizes flexibility, balance and coordination. It also builds endurance and is a non-impact form of exercise. Class prices are $5 per class or $45 for a 10-class punch pass. Price includes optional open swim following class; a hot tub also is available for use. We hope you will join this fitness class and receive the benefits of warm water in a group setting.
Reminder to All Volunteers – log your hours
Recording your volunteer hours is very important to the center. Please make it a practice to stop at the reception desk to record your volunteer hours using the touch screen as well as recording your hours in the Volunteer Hours binder at the Greeter’s desk in the café before you leave. Thank you for your help!
Activities available at the DACSC
· Tables are available during open hours.
· 8-Ball Pool meets every Monday and Tuesday at 9 a.m.
* Cards & Games
· Euchre meets every Monday at 1 p.m.
· Bridge meets the second and fourth Tuesday every month at 1 p.m. Call in advance to join.
· Sheepshead meets Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays at 1 p.m.
· Chess Club meets the second Friday at 1 p.m.
· Wii meets Monday to Friday. Check for specific times.
· Card Recycling Group meets the second and fourth Wednesdays at noon.
· Bingo is on the first and third Wednesdays and the last Thursday in March at noon.
* Other Events:
· Woodcarving: The DeWhittler’s meet every Monday from 9 a.m. to noon and Thursday from noon to 4 p.m.
· Chair Exercise meets Mondays at 10:30 a.m.
· Dancercise meets Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9:30 a.m.
· Chair Yoga meets Thursdays (in March) at 10:30 a.m.
· Exercise machines and weights are available during open hours.
· Bikers meet daily at 1:30 p.m.
· Computer Assistance: Carolyn Becker will be here to help you on Thursday, March 21, from 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
* Volunteer Opportunities
· Nutrition Program Volunteers - The Nutrition Program needs volunteers willing to work one day per week, or as a substitute, to help us package home-delivered meals and set tables from 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. and to serve meals, clear tables and load the dishwasher from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
· Greeters – We are looking for smiling faces and those individuals that would like to help us ensure people visiting or using the center know where to find a “Scoop” or make a donation. Please see Mary J if you are interested in learning more about this important opportunity.
· Medical Escort Drivers - If you enjoy conversing with others while helping those who are no longer able to drive, please consider becoming an RSVP Escort Driver. This opportunity offers flexible hours and a true sense of volunteerism.
· Please contact Mary J for more information about volunteer opportunities.