A few weeks ago, Judy Doran, SCOR director, received a phone call from people at the Ohio State Fair. They were looking for ideas for older adults to implement during the upcoming fair.
They heard about our center and all that it has going on and mentioned that they had heard we were "not your grandmother's senior center." What a compliment that is!
It is so very true. If you think we are a group that sits in rockers reminiscing about the past, you couldn't be more wrong. We are a very active group. On some days, we have so many activities going on that we have every room in use and have to send classes outside.
You can exercise every day and dance on several days. These groups are not made up of just a few members. You can learn new skills in many of our classes, ranging from art to woodcarving. We have thought-provoking groups as well, such as our current events group and our book club.
The center invites a variety of speakers to help us improve our lives. These include our lawyer series, Healthy U programs and older-adult issues. If you are musically inclined, we have a wonderful chorus.
Our members are active outside the center as well.
Some of us volunteer in places such as the food pantry, the cancer thrift shop, nursing homes, Columbus Metro Parks and for numerous charities.
We care about our community and fellow members. Every month, we designate a food item to collect and donate to the Helping Hands food pantry. We set a goal of 200 items but readily surpass that goal every month.
As you can see, we are not a traditional "grandmother's senior center." We are an active, community-oriented group of adults -- but don't you worry, we still have lots of Nanas, Gigis, Omas, Grams, Memes and Grandmas!
Now, here's what our active group has planned:
* Friday, May 18: Attorney James Hargrove will present a "Discussion of Surviving Spouse's Rights in an Estate" at 9 a.m.
* Wednesday, May 23: A group will leave the center at 9:30 a.m. to visit COSI. We will visit all the classic exhibits and the live atrium shows. We will also be able to see the new Dinosaur Gallery and the Silk Road exhibit.
* Friday, May 25: Food & Flicks heads out to a local movie theater to see a new release and then lunch on your own. The group leaves at 11 a.m.
* Friday, June 1: We will leave the center at 9:30 a.m. to enjoy SRO's production of "Company," a comedy of interactions. The cost is $17 with lunch on your own. Contact the office for availability.
* Thursday, June 7: We will leave the center at 10:30 a.m. to enjoy the Franklin County Office on Aging Day at Huntington Park. The Clippers will be playing the Norfolk Tides. The cost is $5. There is a waiting list for this trip.
* Saturday, June 9: Our annual garage sale will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
* Monday, June 11: The Reynoldsburg Community Band Concert begins at 7 p.m. out on the deck, if the weather permits.
* Tuesday, June 12: Janet Adams, a local photographer, will offer an introductory class on how to take a great picture. Contact the office for availability.
* Wednesday, June 13: We will leave the center at 10 a.m. to see CATCO's production of "Aspects of Love." This chamber musical looks at love in its many forms. The cost is $18 with lunch on your own. If you are interested in attending, please call the office to check on availability.
Debbie Mullarkey is a Reynoldsburg resident, a retired teacher and a longtime member of the Senior Citizens of Reynoldsburg.