Center in the Woods offers variety of activities

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Center in the Woods offers variety of activities for older adults

The Center in the Woods is a non-profit, senior facility with the goal of hosting fun activities and community events for adults ages 60 and older.

Kelly Newcomer, Activity and Fundraising Coordinator, said she’s looking to “keep the atmosphere fun” by hosting a variety of events and activities for the seniors.

Activities range from exercise classes to line dancing and monthly evening dances, with bands and music styles ranging from classical to country.

Weekly activities include: Watercolor Painting, Cards, Choir, Piano Lessons, Chair Dancing, Healthy Steps, Bingo, Dart Ball, Bible Study, Basketball Guild, Jam Sessions, Wii Bowling and Euchre. Activities are held Monday-Friday.

Newcomer is planning to bring additional programs to the Center to create a more fun environment and to include more exercise classes, such as Tai-Chi and Yoga, to help seniors stay active. She is also planning to add a Karaoke event for the seniors because she said “they love to sing.”

Another new addition is a class on cell-phone and tablet use.

Newcomer is also hoping to add classes for younger seniors ages 55-60.

The Center in the Woods has a Beauty Shop that’s open Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. For appointments, call Robin at 724-938-9799 or 724-938-3554, Ext. 127.

The center also helps seniors feel relaxed and pampered with massage therapy services.

“Why not make time to pamper yourself?” asked Newcomer. Appointments are available Wednesday through Saturday. To schedule an appointment, call Bethany at 724-678-3308.

“We’re a big family here. I just want to keep the atmosphere fun and see them smile,” said Newcomer.

On October 3, Center in the Woods will host their annual steak dinner at 5 p.m., which will include entertainment by magician T. J. Hill, wine and cheese tastings and multiple vendors. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door.

On November 6, the center will hold a “Paint and Sip” at 6:30 p.m., a “Bring Your Own Beverage” painting event, but pop and water will be available for purchase. An instructor will guide the seniors step-by-step to create a holiday painting. The cost is $30 per person which includes supplies and snacks.

The Center in the Woods houses a health clinic with laboratory services provided by Mon-Vale Primary Care Practices. Lab and EKG services are offered Monday- Friday with no appointment needed. Podiatry services are provided by Dr. Michael Perozzi. To schedule an appointment, call 724-438-1003.

The Center in the Woods is more than a place for seniors to sit and play Bingo, and offers seniors a variety of activities and exercises to keep the atmosphere fresh and exciting.

The mission of the Center is “to provide the highest quality of life for older adults in southwestern Pennsylvania.”

The Center in the Woods is not a retirement home, but rather a place for busy families who need help with the care of their older loved ones. The Center gives seniors a place to go for the day to stay active and, above all, to have fun.

For more information on programs and other activities, contact Kelly Newcomer at 724-938-3554 Ext. 103, or knewcomer@centerinthewoods.org.

Visit centerinthewoods.org for a listing of all services, activities and programs. For a tour of the Center, contact Mary Beth Barreca at 724-938-3554, Ext. 123.

CITW is located at 130 Woodland Court, Brownsville, PA.

Activities planned for October:

10/03- Steak Dinner &Show featuring magician/comedian TJ Hill. Wine tasting, chocolate tasting, cheese trays, vendors, silent auction and 50/50.

5-9 p.m. $25 Advance tickets. $30 at the door.

10/07 – 55 Alive Drivers Refresher Course. Call to make reservations; 10/12- Wear Black & Gold, and bring in your favorite appetizer

10/21- Identity Theft Info at 10 a.m.

10/30 – Halloween Costume Party and Sing-a-Long with Geno from Solid Gold

10/31- Saturday Evening Dance with Sound Of Country from 6-10 p.m. $7 admission. Food available for purchase, free pop, 50/50, and cake walk.
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Story by Aaron Dalzell for Pennsylvania Bridges