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February 1, 2021
Senior Center Update

February Greetings!

The month of February hosts a variety of holidays and happenings such as Groundhog Day, Valentine’s Day, Presidents Day and Fat Tuesday. February is also recognized as the American Heart Awareness Month that was established by President Lyndon B. Johnson under Presidential Proclamation in 1963. President Johnson urged “the people of the United States to give heed to the nationwide problem of the heart and blood-vessel diseases, and to support the programs required to bring about its solution.” Johnson’s action marked a pivotal point in the nation’s approach to addressing cardiovascular disease. To learn more about healthy heart living and how to prevent heart disease visit the American Heart Association


Fur-ever in Love with our Animals

February 20 is National Love Your Pet Day. According to the Center for Disease Control, there are many health benefits of having a pet. Having an animal in your life increases opportunities to exercise and socialize. Regular walking or playing with pets can decrease blood pressure, cholesterol levels and triglyceride levels. Pets can help manage loneliness and depression by giving us companionship. We invite you to meet the four-legged family members of the Senior Center staff. We love our fur-babies and we agree that our pets have enriched our lives through the years! Meet our furry Valentines here.

The Birds and the Bees

Not the birds and the bees that you learned about in health class… but now that we have your attention… discover these interesting and educational websites that allow you to observe birds and bees in their natural habitat. View six live birdwatching animal cameras from around the world. You can birdwatch from the comfort of your own home by visiting Birdwatching HQ website. Let’s not forget about the bees! Have you ever wanted to peek inside a live beehive to see what “busy as a bee” really means? To view live video footage of a beehive along with videos of cats, dogs, gorillas, bears and other amazing animals in the wild, visit Explore.org, the world’s leading philanthropic live nature cam network and documentary film channel here.

 
Activities
Nature Pam Presents the Romantic Grand Canyon National Park

Join us Friday, February 26 at 1:00 p.m. for a virtual Zoom presentation of the Romantic Grand Canyon with NOSC tour guide Nature Pam. Travel both sides of this magnificent canyon with Pam. She will include photojournalism, personal experiences and historical facts in her slideshow presentation to explore our national treasure. Call (440) 777-8100 to register by February 19. Sign in details will be given the week before this event.

Hot Lunch To-Go Fundraiser

The Senior Center will be offering lunch to-go on Tuesday, February 23. This month’s meal will consist of stuffed cabbage, potatoes, green beans and a slice of pie. The take-out meals will be distributed to registered participants 55 years of age or older beginning at noon. We will be accepting cash or check donations. Please make checks out to: City of North Olmsted. Change for large bills will not be available. Registered participants will drive to the front of the building and a staff member will place the meal in the trunk of your car. Please make sure there is room in your trunk before you arrive. North Olmsted residents without transportation can have the meal delivered to their home. This fundraiser lunch is sponsored by Jamie McGinty of Foundations Health Solutions and Avon Place. Meals are limited and registration before February 19 is required. Call us at (440) 777-8100 to register for this meal.
 

Virtual Bingo

Please join us Thursday, February 11 at 1:00 p.m. for Virtual Bingo sponsored by Devoted Health. Chuck Cheton will host this event played every second Thursday of the month and you may access the game by computer or by phone. Bingo cards, chips and treat bags will be provided and you may set up an appointment for pickup when you call to register. The computer link and phone number for the game will be on a flyer in your to-go bags. Prizes will be awarded! Please call (440) 777-8100 to sign up by February 8.
 

Valentine Chocolate Candy Kit

Have fun for Valentine’s Day with an easy pick-up and decorate chocolate candy kit sponsored by O’Neill Healthcare. Call us at (440) 777-8100 to register and to make an appointment to pick up your kit in the Senior Center lobby. Quantities are limited. The kit will consist of chocolate, molds and decorating accessories. Take pictures of your creations and email them to Beth at reitzb@north-olmsted.com so we may share your delicious works of art in our next newsletter. Program Update: This is now full. Please call to be on a waitlist.
 

Book Club

Next up, we are reading The Return by Nicholas Sparks. In the romantic tradition of Dear John, Nicholas Sparks returns with the story of an injured Navy doctor and two women whose secrets will change the course of his life in this #1 New York Times bestseller. This book will be available for scheduled pick up for participants who call and register for the February book club. Book Club discussion will take place on Friday, February 19 at 1:00 p.m. Activities Coordinator Beth Reitz will contact you with the phone number to join the meeting the week before. O’Neill Healthcare is sponsoring this program. Visit their website here.
 

Groundhog Day Celebration

Celebrate Groundhog Day Tuesday, February 2 virtually in Punxsutawney, PA with the famous groundhog Phil. In person guests are not allowed on the grounds this year so now is your opportunity to join in the fun from the comfort of your own home. Enjoy watching or even participate in the annual “Gobbler’s Knob Got Talent” competition, held virtually this year or sign up for the online scavenger hunt. If you really must be “in the crowd” you can even purchase a cardboard cutout of yourself that will be placed on the grounds. Find details and watch the video press release featuring Phil himself here.

 

Exercise & Health

Virtual Yoga

Join Shari for Virtual Yoga every Tuesday and Thursday. Seated Chair Yoga is at 9:30 a.m. and Standing Yoga is at 10:20 a.m. She is now offering Strength and Stretch classes in addition to her regularly scheduled Chair Yoga classes. Classes are free for SilverSneakers members and $2.00 for non-members. Your first class is always free. Pre-registration is required, so please call Shari at (216) 252-1398 or email flexwithshari@gmail.com to sign up for the month and for more information.


Geri Fit: New Session February 1-26
Join Carol Silvay for Geri-Fit exercise classes every Monday and Friday from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Classes will take place at the North Olmsted Recreation Center. You will be screened upon arrival and you must wear a mask to enter the facility but masks are optional during class. Space is limited and pre-registration is required, so call the Senior Center at (440) 777-8100 to sign up. Cost is $20 per 4-week session.


Winter Walkers Program
Every Wednesday at 3:00 p.m. join Activities Coordinator Beth Reitz in staying active and healthy on North Olmsted Park’s new walking path. We will meet at the Senior Center and will be walking the south side of the walking path. You may walk ½ mile or 1 mile at each session, your choice. Call us at (440) 777-8100 to register by 12:00 p.m. each Wednesday. Read our outdoor program guidelines here.

 
News You Can Use
How to Use Zoom
If you haven’t tried out our virtual Zoom programming yet, now is a great opportunity to test it out! This month we will be featuring a Zoom presentation from the popular Nature Pam. Using Zoom allows you to virtually connect with speakers, Senior Center staff and your friends. You do not need a computer for Zoom. Call in options are available for most programs. Once set up (if using a computer or smart device) you will be able to see the presenter, presentation and other participants. Turn on your camera if you choose and others can see you as well! It is a great way to connect while our building remains closed for in-person activities. View instructions here.

COVID-19 Vaccine Update

Search for a COVID-19 vaccine provider on the Ohio Department of Health’s new site. The site will be regularly updated as new providers are registered and begin receiving vaccine supply. Click here.


Income Tax Filing Assistance
Appointments are available for in person drop off and virtual tax filing assistance. Call United Way at 211 or (216) 436-2000 or visit this website to make an appointment. The nearest location is Baldwin Wallace University.

North Olmsted Residential Services
Check out the City of North Olmsted’s 2021 Residential Service Guide. For a complete overview of this year’s city services such as curbside recycling, household hazardous waste collection, bulk-pick up dates, important phone numbers for city services and more, view the brochure.