Bake sale planned by group of seniors

MOUNT UPTON — Mount Upton Senior Citizens will meet at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24, at the Rockdale Rod and Gun Club.

Members are asked to bring cookies, cake, candy or whatever else they may want to make for a bake sale.

Activities for seniors outlined by center

COOPERSTOWN — The Senior Community Center in Cooperstown opened its doors on Aug. 14, in the red building behind St. Mary’s Church on Elm Street in Cooperstown. It is open from 1 to 3 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays for cards, games and conversation. Euchre players are especially wanted at this time.

Upcoming programs include Yoga Stretch with Kathleen from 1:15 to 1:45 p.m. followed by a talk by Fran Raeder about her trip to Russia at 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19.

The Irish Step Dancers will teach Irish lining dancing from 1:15 to 2 p.m. Monday, Sept. 23.

Live Strong, exercising with Carole, will be presented from 1:15 to 1:45 p.m. and Sing-along with Sue will take place from 2:15 to 2:45 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26.

Live Strong will also be presented from 1:15 to 1:45 p.m. followed by a presentation by Harry Teich on Gardens and Landscape Monday, Sept. 30. Winterizing one’s garden will be one of the topics to be discussed.

Yoga Stretch with Kathleen will be held from 1:15 to 1:45 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3 and Joe Mayoka, a caseworker for the Otsego County Office for the Aging, will present Medicare 101 at 1:15 p.m. Monday, Oct. 7.

Course for drivers to be at area sites

The AARP Driver Safety course will be offered from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, at the Unadilla Neighbor Apartments at 71 Clifton St. in Unadilla. Call Lori White at 607-435-5398 for more information and to register.

The United Church of Christ at 11 W. Main St. in Norwich will also host the course from 9:30 a.m to 4 p.m Wednesday, Oct. 9. 

Anyone with a New York driver’s license that completes the course may earn a deduction on their automobile insurance for a three year period, or have points removed from their driver’s license. If a family owns more than one vehicle, a second person must take the course to qualify for the second vehicle discount.

The fee is $20 for AARP members (with proof of membership) or $25, payable to AARP on Sept. 10. Paying by check is preferred.

Participants are asked to bring lunch, a drink, their NY driver’s license, AARP card and a pen to class.

Call 607-337-1770 to register for the Norwich class.

Overnight journey set in late March

ONEONTA — Susquehanna Valley Seniors will present “Spring in Lancaster” featuring “Queen Esther” on Wednesday and Thursday, March 25 and 26.

Passengers will leave the Hale Transportation office in Oneonta at 6 a.m. Passengers in Sidney and Binghamton will also be picked up.

The Sight & Sound Millennium Theatre’s performance of “Queen Esther” a Bible story from the Old Testament set in the time of the Persian Empire, will be presented from 3 to 5:30 p.m.

After check-in at Best Western Eden Resort, passengers may dine at the hotel with included meal money.

Thursday will include shopping and the Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre for lunch and a matinee performance of “Grumpy Old Men.”

The bus will leave Pennsylvania at about 3:15 p.m., make one fast food rest stop and arrive in Oneonta at about 8 p.m.

The cost will be $360 per person per double occupancy; $318 for a triple; $308 for a quad; or $390 for a single.

Payment is due by Feb. 4. Checks should be made payable to SVSC and mailed to Linda Martinez at 131 Dorr Edison Road, Oneonta, NY 13820.

Call Martinez at 607-434-1054 for more information and to request a brochure for the trip. 

Elder Law session set at area library

SIDNEY — The Tri-County Seniors will sponsor a presentation on Elder Law at 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, in the Smart Community Room of Sidney Memorial Public Library at 8 River St. in Sidney.

Beth Westfall, a lawyer with the Coughlin & Gerhart law firm, will speak on legal matters affecting senior citizens. A question-and-answer period will follow. All area seniors are welcome.

Preregistration is requested by calling 607-563-8065 by Sept. 17.

Tai Chi sessions for arthritis set

Otsego County Office for the Aging will offer three Tai Chi for Arthritis workshops on Tuesdays and Thursdays from Sept. 24 to Nov. 14.

Tai chi is described as an ancient Chinese practice that combines slow movements with deep breathing. Medical studies have also reported that tai chi can reduce pain and increase flexibility for people with arthritis as well as prevent older adults from falling.

According to a media release, the twice-weekly, eight-week course is for people age 60 and older. There is no fee for the class, but voluntary, confidential contributions will be accepted.

One workshop will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. at Edmeston Central School at 11 North St. in Edmeston.

Another workshop will be held from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Elm Park Methodist Church at 401 Chestnut St. in Oneonta.

A third workshop will be held for participants who have already completed the basic movements series of Tai Chi for Arthritis. The advanced workshop will be from 11 a.m. to noon at Elm Park Methodist Church in Oneonta.

Registration is required. A commitment to at least 11 of the 16 sessions is required of participants.

Call the Office for the Aging at 607-547-4232 for more information and to register.

As further stated in the release, the program is made possible through the state Department of Health Older Adult Fall Prevention Program and supported by Title III D of the Older Americans Act and other state and local funding.

Seniors invited to tribute show

Area seniors are invited to join the Tri-County Seniors on a bus trip to Hunterdon Hills Playhouse in West Hampton, New Jersey, on Saturday, Oct. 19, for lunch and a rock ‘n’ roll tribute show featuring the music of Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and the king of rock ‘n’ roll, Elvis Presley.

Passengers will be served a lunch entree they select from a menu. An all-you-can-eat dessert buffet with more than 50 choices will be featured.

The bus will leave Sidney at 7:30 a.m. and return about 7 p.m. There will also be a 7 a.m. pickup at Hale Transportation garage in Oneonta, returning at 7:30 p.m. The cost is $140 per person.

Call Carol at 607-563-8065 for more information and to book the trip. Deadline for reservations and payment is Friday, Sept. 13.

Seniors need help with transportation

DELHI — The Delaware County Office for the Aging is seeking community members to help transport local seniors to and from non-emergency medical appointments. Mileage will be reimbursed. Anyone interested is asked to call 607-832-5750 for more information.

Volunteer drivers needed by agency

The Otsego County Office for the Aging, in partnership with GetThere, a regional transportation coordination service is looking for volunteers to drive seniors to their medical appointments. Travel expenses will be reimbursed and volunteers can accept transports that work with their schedules. Gas cards may also be distributed.

Those interested in volunteering are asked to call the Office for the Aging at 607-547-4232 or 607-432-9041. 

Medical equipment may be borrowed

WRIGHT — The Schoharie Valley Lions Club will loan medical equipment, including hospital beds, walkers, commodes and crutches to those in need. The club also accepts donations of medical equipment. Call 518-872-0802 or 518-296-8076 about donating or borrowing equipment and for more information.

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