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NATIONAL CAUCUS AND CENTER ON BLACK AGING INC and the SENIOR COMMUNITY SERVICE EMPLOYMENT PROGRAM:
The National Caucus and Center on Black Aging Inc and the Senior Community Service Employment Program are cohosting a Job Fair for Mature Professionals on Monday, October 15, noon–2:30pm, at the South Regional Library (4505 S Alston Ave). Jobseekers age 55+ can attend workshops, gather information, and find out about jobs directly from industry reps and recruiters in the areas of customer service, food preparation, janitorial, production, and real estate. (Employers will include Full House Marketing, CVS, Golden Corral, Kramden Institute, and XLC.) Call 919-484-0123 for more info.
406 Rigsbee Ave, 2nd floor, 919-688-4772, seniorpharmassist.org:
Senior PharmAssist helps Durham County residents age 60 and up manage and get access to the medications they need. They’re able to find resources that make medicines available at low cost, and they help teach how to use medications safely and effectively. A staff pharmacist can take a good look at all of the medications being taken by a resident and can recommend which ones are inadvertently working against each other. (This sometimes happens when someone has multiple doctors who aren’t aware of what the others are prescribing.) Call to set an appointment.
DURHAM CENTER FOR SENIOR LIFE,
406 Rigsbee Ave, 919-688-8247, dcslnc.org:
The Durham Center for Senior Life serves people age 55 and up. There is no charge for membership—get your card today! See DCSL’s full monthly schedule on their website or pick one up at the front desk. There’s something going on every day (these are just a few activities):
DCSL’s Food Drive continues. You can help people in need by placing items in the Food Pantry box in the lobby. DCSL’s Food Pantry is open weekdays (by appointment), and men and women age 60+ can choose what they need. Any donations you, your house of worship, or other group can make would be appreciated.
The Senior Walking Club meets at the Hunt St entrance at 6am and 10am on weekdays, and the group walks for an hour.
Representatives from Durham County Department of Social Services will provide onsite services—Learn about and get help with Medicaid on Tuesdays from 1 to 3pm, and DSS Adult Services on Wednesdays from 9am to 1pm.
Here are this month’s movies—all will be shown in the Theater starting at 1:30pm (call in your movie suggestions):
A special Healthy Living with Diabetes seminar will be given on Monday, October 8, 10am–12:30pm, in the Lower Commons. Register at the front desk or call 919-688-8247.
A Voter Registration event will take place on Tuesday, October 9, 9:30am–12:30pm, in the Upper Commons.
This month’s Birthday Party will be held on Tuesday, October 9, 1pm, in the Lower Commons for people celebrating October birthdays.
Learn African Dance with Bentu on Tuesday, October 9, 1–2pm, in the Activity Room. Register at the front desk or call 919-688-8247.
Attend the Lunch & Learn on Thursday, October 11, 12:30pm, in the Lower Commons and hear about the history of the Triple Nickel Battalion.
A special Healthy Living with Diabetes seminar will be given on Monday, October 15, 10am–12:30pm, in the Lower Commons. Register at the front desk or call 919-688-8247.
Health Care Decision Day is Monday, October 15, 10am–12:30pm, in the Lower Commons. Don’t wait until you have a health crisis to figure things out. Learn about advance planning and get free, notarized documents to give to your doctor,, family, and/or attorney. Register at the front desk or call 919-688-8247.
The National Caucus and Center on Black Aging will meet on Tuesday, October 16, 9–11am, in the Theater.
The annual Police vs Senior Olympic Challenge will take place on Thursday, October 18, 12:30–3pm, in the Lower Commons. Enjoy head-to-head competition in table tennis, billiards, Wii games, and more. Register at the front desk or call 919-688-8247.
Get some advice and point in the right direction at the Legal Aid Onsite private session on Friday, October 19, 12:30–4:30pm. No walk-ins; be sure to sign up at the front desk.
A special Fraud Prevention with SunTrust Bank seminar will be given on Tuesday, October 23, in the Theater. Register at the front desk or call 919-688-8247.
Share your ideas for activities and special events at the Senior Forum on Wednesday, October 24, 10:30am, in the Lower Commons.
Celebrate October Fest on Monday, October 29, 11am–1pm. Take up to two of your grandkids and have them compete in the costume contest, and then decorate your own pumpkin. Suggested donation is $5.
There’s No Place Like DCSL. Dress as your favorite character from the Wizard of Oz on Wednesday, October 31, 1pm, and compete in the costume contest.
These are just a few special events at the Center. Pick up a full schedule at the front desk and see the full array of classes, meetings, and activities.
Please note: Parking is tight and some unauthorized people are trying to park in the DCSL lot. From now on, DCSL visitors will have to display a DCSL decal on their car windshields. Pick yours up at the front desk; it’s free.
DURHAM PARKS AND RECREATION,
Mature Adults office, Walltown Recreation Center, 1308 W Club Blvd, 919-560-4296 or 919-354-2710, website. The DPR Mature Adults office serves people age 55 and up.
Sign up for Gospel Movement and have fun exercising to rollicking music that’s good for the soul. The program is offered at Holton (401 N Driver St) on Mondays, 10–10:45am. It’s free.
Get a good workout at IR Holmes Sr/Campus Hills (2000 S Alston Ave, 919-560-4444) on Mondays, 10–11am or at Walltown Park (1308 W Club Blvd, 919-560-4296) on Tuesdays, 11am–noon. Mature Women on Weights have free weights, exercise machines, resistance bands, BOSU balls, and more at their disposal. Learn how to design a personal exercise program and how to use the equipment. The cost is $9.
Get a good workout at IR Holmes Sr/Campus Hills (2000 S Alston Ave, 919-560-4444) on Tuesdays, 10–11am. Mature Men on Weights have free weights, exercise machines, resistance bands, BOSU balls, and more at their disposal. Learn how to design a personal exercise program and how to use the equipment. The cost is $9.
Impress your family by learning the latest moves in a Line Dancing class on Wednesdays, 9–10am at IR Holmes Sr/Campus Hills (2000 S Alston Ave, 919-560-4444). The cost is $3.
If you like card games, play some Bid Whiz at Walltown Park (1308 W Club Blvd, 919-560-4296) on Tuesdays, 4:30–8:30pm; they play Bridge on Wednesdays, 1–2:30pm. You can also play Bridge at Edison Johnson (500 W Murray Ave, 919-560-4265) on Thursdays, 12:30–3:30pm. No cost.
Get active with Mature Adult Open Gym Basketball on Mondays, 6–9pm, at WD Hill (1308 Fayetteville St, 919-560-4292), and Wednesdays, 5–6:30pm, at Holton (401 N Driver St, 919-354-2750). The cost is $3.
Drop in on the Let’s Get Together! activities—checkers, movies with popcorn, guest speakers/discussion group, and more that you can help plan—at Lyon Park (1309 Halley St, 919-560-4288) on Tuesdays, 10:30–11:30am; Holton (401 N Driver St, 919-354-2750) on Mondays 10:45–11:45am; Walltown Park (1308 W Club Blvd, 919-560-4296) on Tuesdays noon–1pm. It’s free; call for more info.
DPR and the Interfaith Food Shuttle are working together to provide free fruits and vegetables at a special Farmers Market for seniors at Holton (401 N Driver, 919-354-2750) on Thursdays, September 6 and 20 and October 4, 11:30am–12:30pm. Be sure to take your own bag. Call for more info.
Learn more about the health benefits of fruits and vegetables at a session called What’s That and Why Should I Eat It? at Holton (401 N Driver St, 919-354-2750) on Thursday, September 20, 10:45–11:30 and at Lyon Park (1309 Halley St, 919-560-4288) on Tuesday, September 25, 11–11:45am. Get helpful tips and recipe ideas. Free admission.
Next month’s Mature Adults trip will be a visit to the Tweetsie Railroad in Blowing Rock on Friday, September 7. Enjoy a full day of fun, including a ride on the train, watching Diamond Lil’s Can-Can Revue, a country clogging jamboree, and a magic show. The group will stop on the way for breakfast and will have lunch and dinner in Blowing Rock. The cost, $82.75, will include admission, plus roundtrip bus transportation, but not the meals. Be sure to arrive at the Sears Auto parking lot in Northgate Mall (1058 W Club Blvd) by 5:45am; the bus will return around 8:30pm. Call Bridgette Robinson at 919-560-4355 for more info and to ask about special needs and assistance.
These are just a few of the many activities that are designed for seniors (mature adults, age 55+), and there are so, so many more activities listed in the latest Play More magazine.
JEWISH FEDERATION OF DURHAM–CHAPEL HILL,
Levin Jewish Community Center ("the J"),
1937 W Cornwallis Rd, 919-354-4936, levinjcc.org:
The JCC Women’s Group will meet on Friday, September 7, 10–11:30am, at the Levin Jewish Community Center (1937 W Cornwallis Rd). Jeniffer Bremer will give a talk on Redistricting. The JCC Men’s Group will also meet on Friday, September 7, 10–11:30am. Marc Edwards will give a talk, which will be an Introduction to Ayurved, an ancient system of medicine based in India, Nepal, and Sri Lanka. Call 919-354-4936 or click here to see the September calendar.
The JCC Women’s Group will meet on Friday, September 21, 10–11:30am, at the Levin Jewish Community Center (1937 W Cornwallis Rd). Bruce Jentleson will give a talk on The Peacemakers: Leadership Lessons from 20th-Century Statesmanship. The JCC Men’s Group will also meet on Friday, September 21, 10–11:30am. Rudi Colloredo will give a talk on Economic Anthropology. Call 919-354-4936 or click here to see the September calendar.
The JCC Women’s Group will meet on Friday, October 5, 10–11:30am, at the Levin Jewish Community Center (1937 W Cornwallis Rd). Sue Wartell will give a talk on Maintaining Balance. The JCC Men’s Group will also meet on Friday, October 5, 10–11:30am. Josh Sommer will give a talk on Chordoma: From Uncommon Diagnosis to Uncommon Progress. Call 919-354-4936 or click here to see the October calendar.
Wednesday is Senior Game Day at Southwest Regional Library (3605 Shannon Rd, 919-560-8590), where folks age 55+ can play games like Rumnikub, Chess, Scrabble, and games that people (including you!) bring in. Arrive at 1pm, ready to play. It’s free; call for more info.
The Resource Center for Women & Ministry in the South holds a monthly meeting, The Art of Conscious Aging, for “women of a certain age” at 1202 Watts St. The next one will be held on Tuesday, October 9, 11:30am–2pm, at the Colony Hills Clubhouse (3060 Colony Rd). This is an open group and there are no membership fees. Bring a bag lunch and be prepared to enjoy yourself and join in the conversation. Call 919-683-1236, write to email@example.com, or click here for more information.
The Nasher Museum of Art (Campus Dr and Anderson St) sponsors The Reflections program, which offers Free Group Tours on Tuesday, September 18 and Free Public Tours on Tuesday, September 25 for people with dementia/Alzheimer’s and their caregivers. Enjoy a guided tour, an art-making activity, or live music in the galleries in a calm setting. Contact Brittany Halberstadt at firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.