Basket weaving among classes at senior services

Published 9:51 am Wednesday, October 27, 2021

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By: Carrie Miller
October has been an exciting month for Senior Services participants! The month started with volunteer, Mary Garcia, decorating the lunchroom with beautiful fall floral table centerpieces. On October 7, Senior Services held their Harvest Party. Each table was decorated with centerpieces featuring candy corn, flowers, and a scarecrow to represent the Harvest season. All those in attendance received a box of food to enjoy during the entertainment, which was provided by Kip Snow, Mark Payne, Luke McCalister, and Ethan Williams from Counter Point Music. They performed for 30 minutes with bluegrass songs and ended with a sing-a-long to I’ll Fly Away. It was marvelous and well enjoyed.
On October 8, the Davie County Public Library held their monthly Crafternoon event where Senior Services participants were able to attend and create a Fall Leaves Bowl. For this craft, participants had a bowl, a balloon, glue, and artificial leaves that were shades of red, orange, and yellow. Each participant blew up a balloon, tied it, and placed the bottom in the bowl. Then, they took the leaves and glued them to the top of the balloon. Once their leaves were placed with no gaps between the leaves, a bowl was created. The participants were to wait a couple days before popping the balloons to make the bowl come to life. The end result was a dainty, decorative bowl – made completely of artificial leaves and Elmer’s glue! It was definitely an interesting experience and fun for all to attend. Senior Services is looking forward to the next Crafternoon event!
As the month continued, Senior Services held their quarterly seminar with Atrium Wake Forest Baptist Health on Thursday, October 14, titled Joints are Replaceable, Life is Not! Dr. John S. Shields provided much information to the group and answered their questions as well, all via Zoom. Most of Senior Services seminars are available through zoom as well as in-person.
On Monday, October 18, Senior Services held the Monthly Movie. This month, participants watched a haunted Halloween movie to get into the spirit for the holiday season. This movie was a comedy and accompanied by fresh individual boxes of popcorn.
On Tuesday, October 19, Senior Services held their quarterly Veterans Social. Veterans gathered together for a time of fellowship with pumpkin pie, pumpkin cream rolls, and hot apple cider or coffee. The speaker for this quarter’s event was Diana Parrish from the Parkinson’s Foundation Carolinas Chapter. Parrish discussed Parkinson’s Disease in Veterans and how many Veterans have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s or Parkinsonism from exposure to Agent Orange. If you are a veteran and have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s, please contact the Davie County Veteran Services Officer, Meagan Tomlin, at 336-753-6225, if you need assistance navigating through the process.
On Wednesday, October 20, Senior Services held their first Basket Weaving Class with instructor Cheryl Tilley. In this class, almost all participants were beginners. To make a basket, you must wet the wooden materials and then you weave them together. It was an interesting and informative class and all of the folks really enjoyed learning how to make something new. Basket weaving is a component of the SilverArts event in Senior Games. Anyone 50 and older can enter their handmade baskets into the contest to be judged locally. If you win locally, you can enter your piece in the State Final SilverArts competition in Raleigh.
On Thursday, October 21, the Senior Book Club met at Davie County Public Library for their monthly meeting where they discussed the book titled, The Engineers Wife, written by Tracey Enerson Wood. Coming up, the Senior Book Club will meet on November 18 at 12:30 PM at the Davie County Public Library to discuss The Room on Rue Amélie by Kristin Harmel. The books can be checked out at the Davie County Public Library each month. If you have any questions, please contact Senior Services at 336-753-6230.
Coming up, Senior Services will host a Senior Games Field Day on October 27 at the Davie County Community Park that will feature a few Senior Games activities that are not as well-known. These games will focus on team building and learning new activities together! On Friday, October 29, Barnette Heating & Air will be sponsoring the Halloween Bingo event.
October also means the start of Open Enrollment for Medicare! All those on Medicare are encouraged to make an appointment with a SHIIP counselor now through December 7 to go over your options for 2022. Even if you don’t think you want to make a change, it is always a good idea to look at your options. Call Senior Services at 336-753-6230 to set up an appointment before they are filled.
Looking ahead to November, Senior Services will host their annual Veterans Appreciation Lunch (1 PM) or Dinner (6 PM) on November 4. These events are open to veterans of any age and one guest. This event does require registration, so please call Senior Services and reserve your spot no later than October 29. Also in November, Grand Games will be held on Friday, November 12, which is a day off of school for Davie County students! Make plans to compete in a friendly, fun competition with your grandchild as your teammate.
For questions or to reserve a space for any activity, contact Senior Services at 336-753-6230.