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August 1, 2020
Senior Center Update
Happiness Happens!

Fun August Fact: Did you know that there is a Society of Happy People? Founded in 1998, the Society declared its first anniversary on August 8, 1999 to be national “Admit You’re Happy Day,” now known as Happiness Happens Day. This celebration of happiness has expanded ever since, and thanks to the support of members from around the world, the Society declared August to be Happiness Happens Month. The purpose of Happiness Happens Day and Month is to share happiness and encourage people to talk and think about happiness. You can learn more about the Society of Happy People here.


Every year on Happiness Happens Day, the Society organizes an online event known as HappyThon. The purpose of this event is to send inspirational messages via social networks, emails or texts, share happy moments, philosophy, quotes and more. In honor of Happiness Happens month and for your entertainment, we want to share this fun video clip of seniors performing the popular tune “Happy.”


In this edition of the North Olmsted Senior Center eNews, we have collected interesting articles and videos, and we’ve planned more outdoor events to reconnect with you, our members. We are happy to be of service to you, so do not hesitate to reach out by phone or email.


Jackie Chavez-Anderson, Administrator

(440) 716-5444


Tiffany Hunt, Outreach Coordinator

(440) 716-4264

Beth Reitz, Activities Coordinator

(440) 716-5434


We hope happiness finds you this month!

Jackie, Tiffany, Beth and Tim

Food, Fitness and Fun

The 5-Ingredient Fresh & Easy Cookbook Challenge
Do you love to cook and enjoy creating healthy and delicious new recipes using just a few ingredients? Would you like to win a $25 Giant Eagle gift card? If your answer is YES, then we have the perfect opportunity for you! Our friends at O’Neill Healthcare have generously donated The 5-Ingredient Fresh & Easy Cookbook for 15 of our lucky members to win. O’Neill Healthcare has also donated a $25 Giant Eagle gift card for the person who wins the 5-Ingredient Cookbook Challenge. Email Jackie or Tiffany or call the main line at (440) 777-8100 to enter our drawing for a chance to receive a free cookbook. The deadline to enter is Friday, August 7 by 4:00 p.m

This cookbook is jam-packed with easy to follow recipes using limited ingredients. Winners of the drawing will be contacted by staff to set up an appointment for cookbook pick up or delivery for those that do not drive. Cookbooks must be picked up by August 13. In order to be eligible for the gift card, challenge participants must share their cooking experiences using recipes from The 5-Ingredient Fresh & Easy Cookbook. Participants will earn points for cooking recipes and sending us their food photos and selfie shots. Every point received will count as a raffle entry for the gift card. The 5-Ingredient Cookbook Challenge will take place from August 15 to September 15. Food photos and comments from participants will be shared in future eNews. Don’t delay, enter today!

Laughter Yoga
Laughter Yoga is a modern exercise involving prolonged voluntary laughter, which is believed to provide similar physiological and psychological benefits as spontaneous laughter. In a laughter yoga session, intentional laughter often turns into real and contagious laughter! You can find various examples and opportunities to try laughter yoga online through a simple search. This video features a laughter yoga session from Robert Rivest, a certified laughter yoga master trainer who shares tools, tips and techniques for relieving stress during difficult times.

Geri-Fit with Carol Silvay
Beginning Monday, August 10, join Carol Silvay for Geri-Fit exercise classes on our outdoor covered patio every Monday and Friday from 8:45 to 9:45 a.m. Space is limited and pre-registration is required, so email Tiffany or Jackie or call us at (440) 777-8100 to sign up. Chairs will be pre-set 6 feet apart to maintain social distancing throughout the class. Please bring your own water bottle and dress accordingly for this outdoor program. Before class, please review the North Olmsted Senior Center COVID-19 Program Guidelines for Outdoor Activities here.

Virtual Trivia
Grab your friends and play a fun game of virtual trivia against other Westshore Senior Centers on Tuesday, August 11 at 1:00 p.m. This version of trivia allows you and your teammates to use a chat room to discuss your answers before submitting your response. It is a lot of fun to talk and laugh while playing an enjoyable game that tests your wits. You can play alone or have up to six members on your team. When you register please let us know your team name, captain’s name and members of your team. Only one person per team need register. Prizes will be awarded for the top three teams. Register by August 7 by calling the North Olmsted Senior Center at (440) 777-8100. This event is sponsored by Brookdale Senior Living.

Tiffany's Topics & Tips: August is National Water Quality Month
Outreach Coordinator Tiffany Hunt provides monthly updates on important information and benefit programs. This month, learn more about our local water quality, ways to conserve water and available discount programs. View our fact sheet.

Veterans Art Gallery Call for Entries
The North Olmsted Arts Commission invites Northeast Ohio artists who are veterans from all branches of the military (active, retired and prior service) to participate in the 2020 Veterans Art Gallery. The goal of this virtual exhibit is to provide a space for veterans to display art inspired by their combat and military service while giving the public a better understanding of the military experience. Submissions may include visual art or performance art of any medium. The exhibition will be hosted online from October 3 to November 13, 2020. See our flyer for submission details. Complete our online form by September 11, 2020.
Travel and Nature
Trail Blazers Series: Cleveland Metroparks, Rocky River Reservation, Lewis Road Riding Ring
Join Activity Coordinator Beth Reitz as she takes you on a video tour of another local walking path. In this eNews, we feature the Lewis Road Riding Ring trail in the Rocky River Reservation at the top of Lewis Road on the border of North Olmsted and Olmsted Township. View Beth’s video and learn more about the trail through photos. Visit the Metroparks website for detailed trail maps. 
Angel's Landing: Zion National Park
Angel’s Landing is a 1,488 foot tall rock formation in Zion National Park located in southwest Utah. The hike to the top features sharp drop offs and narrow paths. Check out the video for a firsthand view of this spectacular trail. If you are brave enough to try it yourself or want to simply look up at the daring individuals at the top, check out the park’s website.
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