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June 1, 2020
Senior Center Update

A Note from Your Senior Center Administrator and Staff

Hello Friends,

We very much look forward to when we can open our doors again. Until then, we are still here and working to serve your needs.


It was nice to hear from several of you by phone and email with feedback about how much you have enjoyed our eNews. We hope you find the programs and resources we are sharing to be helpful. Our phones rang off the hook for the face masks donated by Pins and Needles! We appreciate their generosity and were glad that it was a big hit.


Check out some of the virtual programs and activities we’ve compiled in this issue. Our staff has also created an online bulletin board with senior information and opportunities.


Since it’s June and Father’s Day is around the corner, we thought you might enjoy a little humor to honor dads and grandpas. Watch this video for Jokes with Jackie as she tells some fun and corny “dad jokes.”


We are here to help! Connect with us by email or phone.


Jackie Chavez-Anderson, Administrator

(440) 716-5444


Tiffany Hunt, Outreach Coordinator

(440) 716-4264

Beth Reitz, Activities Coordinator

(440) 716-5434


Stay well,

Jackie, Tiffany, Beth and Tim

Senior Center Bulletin Board
The Senior Center's new online bulletin board is a platform for non-profit, community and senior services groups to share information about free educational seminars, socially-engaging presentations and volunteer opportunities that will enlighten, entertain, educate and enhance the lives of seniors. If you are aware of no-cost events or volunteer opportunities for older adults to share, email Outreach Coordinator Tiffany Hunt at Check out the latest bulletin board posts here.
Virtual Travel

Zoom Passport Program: Travel with Tiffany

Join us Wednesday, June 17th at 11 a.m. as Tiffany Hunt takes you on a tour of Rarotonga, Cook Islands. This beautiful island paradise has some unique attributes, interesting wildlife—and no snakes or spiders! While we may not be able to plan a trip now, we can still virtually travel all over the world. Registered participants will receive an email link to the Zoom meeting. RSVP to Tiffany at

Virtual Tours of the Grand Canyon

Take a hike through the Grand Canyon or enjoy a rafting adventure on the Colorado River through the canyon. Start your adventure on the National Parks Service website here.


Yoga and Wellness

Unfold Digital offers a series of free, live, web-based, 20-minute movement and meditation classes. Recorded sample classes also available any time. Live classes are offered Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:30 to 2:50 p.m. Learn more here


Walking Challenge

Let’s get moving! The Senior Center has jump-started its walking program this year with a fun challenge open to all. It’s not too late to keep track of your time walking in hours and minutes from noon Friday, June 5th to Friday, June 12th. This format will help those who do not own a fitness tracker or pedometer. At the end of each week on Friday by noon, participants will report their walking times by calling Activities Coordinator Beth Reitz at (440) 716-5434 or emailing her at To register for the Walking Challenge, call or email Beth.  


The participant logging the most time walking will receive a Panera gift card mailed directly to them compliments of Jamie McGinty, district manager of business development and clinical liaison, at Foundations Health Solutions. Learn more about Foundations Health Solutions and its seven local facilities here.

Reading Resources

Summer Reading Program

Beginning June 1st, the Senior Center is holding a summer reading program and contest. During the months of June, July and August, participants will keep track of how many books they read each month. Registered participants will have the opportunity to win a Barnes & Noble gift card for first place and an Amazon gift card for second place, compliments of Caroline James, business development specialist of Independence Village in Avon Lake. At the end of each month, participants must contact Activities Coordinator Beth Reitz by phone or email so she can record each participant’s monthly number of books read. The persons reading the most books will receive the gift cards for that month. Registration is required in order to win a prize. To register, contact Beth at (440) 716-5434 or email


Library Access

As businesses throughout Ohio start to reopen, the Cuyahoga County Public Library will begin drive-through and curbside service at select branch locations on June 1st. The drive-through locations include the Beachwood, Garfield Heights, Mayfield, Middleburg Heights, North Royalton, Olmsted Falls, Orange, Parma, Parma-Snow, South Euclid-Lyndhurst and Warrensville Heights branches.


Curbside service will be available at the Fairview Park and Solon branches. These branches will be open for service Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For details, visit the library system website here.

Puzzle and Book Lending Library

We have a variety of puzzles and books available to lend by appointment. Keep them as long as you need, and return them when you are ready. To make an appointment to pick up a puzzle or book at our front door, please call the Senior Center at (440) 777-8100.


Arts, Culture & Education

Chatter Pack

This site offers a variety of online resources for enrichment: virtual tours, online learning and information on geography and nature, music, arts and culture, literature, entertainment, anxiety and mental health. Learn more here.


Smithsonian Open Access

Download, share and reuse millions of the Smithsonian’s images—right now, without asking. New platforms and tools offer access to nearly 3 million 2D and 3D digital items from its collections. This includes images and data from across the Smithsonian’s 19 museums, nine research centers, libraries, archives and the National Zoo. Learn more here.

Ensemble Theatre

Ensemble Theatre is dedicated to the responsible production of works that celebrate the human spirit drawn from the rich canon of modern American classics as well as other significant contemporary plays. Ensemble serves Greater Cleveland and the Midwest by reintroducing the classics, examining them with new eyes and supporting the development of new works for the American theater. Visit their website to join their virtual mic night on Fridays or view their prior performances of “The Hairy Ape” and “Anna Christie” for free here.

Ivy League Online Classes

Over 450 online courses are available for free through all eight Ivy League schools. Browse course options here.

Mather Telephone Topics

With Telephone Topics, simply call a toll-free number to listen to a wide range of interesting discussions and programs. Dial into these topics:

  • Wellness programs: Live, guided chair yoga or meditation sessions to stretch your body or mind.
  • Education programs: Learn about history, healthy habits, architecture and more.
  • Discussion topics: Share a piece of your mind when you join a lively discussion on sports, movies and other topics.
  • Music reviews: Listen and learn about opera, early rock ’n’ roll and other musical genres that get your toes tapping.
  • Live performances: Enjoy a live vocal performance or master storytelling session in the comfort of your own chair—with no cover charge!

Learn more here.

Senior Planet: Aging with Attitude

Senior Planet harnesses technology to change the way we age. Courses, programs and activities help seniors learn new skills, save money, get in shape and make new friends. Senior Planet is about much more than just the latest gadgets and apps and websites. Those are just means to an end: enabling older adults and people of all ages to come together and find ways to learn, work, create and thrive in today’s digital age. Learn more here.

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