We have recently begun the process of downsizing at our house.

Specialists recommend you allow yourself a year to complete the task and I can certainly see why! Looking at things and memories takes time. Then you must determine their value to you -- do you keep or give away the item in question?

As I look at things that I thought might be of value, I hear my father saying, "It will be valuable only if you have a buyer." He was so right.

They tell you that your children don't want your things so you should keep that in mind. But what if I like it? Should I get rid of it now so my family won't have to deal with it?

One thing I know that has increased in value is my membership to SCOR. I have made so many friends as well as rekindled old friendships. The support that I have received here is invaluable. People I've met here have been with me through the loss of my parents and the births of my grandsons. They kindly allow me to share my grandsons' pictures and accomplishments. They have supported my fundraising for the Buckeye Cruise for Cancer.

They have exercised my body and mind. Finally, they have allowed me to share my love of quilting by displaying my quilts.

So as you can see, SCOR has become a large part of my life. I'm sure it would do the same for you -- come check us out!

Now here's what's happening in September.

* Friday, Sept. 7: We will leave the center at 8:30 a.m. to travel to LaComedia's production of "Driving Miss Daisy." The cost is $42 per person; check the office for availability.

* Tuesday, Sept. 11: Allison Foche with Elder Care Mediation will be here at 11:30 a.m. to discuss, "What considerations need to be addressed if I can't handle financial responsibilities?" Topics will include bill payment, handling banking transactions, power of attorney for financial responsibilities and financial statements detailing all assets and liabilities. Call the office to reserve your space.

* Thursday, Sept. 13: OSU Extension Services will present a program on how to organize your information to make things easier for you and your family at 11:30 a.m.

* Saturday, Sept. 15: Alan Meisterman, a volunteer with OSHIIP (Ohio Senior Health Insurance Information Program) will be available from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. to answer questions/concerns regarding Medicare and supplemental health insurance. Call 614-866-5890 to make an appointment.

* Monday, Sept. 17: Our annual Thrift Shop Fashion Show will take place at noon. All items in being worn by our models were found at the Reynoldsburg Cancer Thrift Store. Call the office to sign up. Pleasebring an item to donate to the Thrift Store.

* Tuesday, Sept. 18: We will leave the center at 9 a.m. to tour the Yellow Springs area. We will go to Clifton Mill for a tour and shopping. Our buffet lunch will be at Mills Park Hotel. We will tour downtown shops with a local historian. Before heading home, we will stop at Young's Jersey Dairy.

* Thursday, Sept. 20: Member Mikhail Zhuravlev will demonstrate the art of bookbinding in the art room at 11:30 a.m.

* Friday, Sept. 21: Attorney James Hargrove will present a seminar on the wording of beneficiary designations and joint assets at 9 a.m.

* Monday, Sept. 24: Our popular Mystery Lunch returns. The group will leave the center at 10:30 a.m. and have lunch (on your own). Call the office for availability.

* Tuesday, Sept. 25: Regina Hill from New Directions Realty will discuss the pros and cons of senior housing at 11:30 a.m. Call the office to let them know you will be attending.

* Thursday, Sept. 27: We will leave the center at 8 a.m. to visit The Wilds. The trip includes a cold buffet in The Overlook Cafe. The cost is $20 per person. Call the office to check for availability.

* Friday, Sept. 28: The Food and Flicks group will head out to a local movie theater at 11 a.m. to catch a new release. Lunch is on your own.

Debbie Mullarkey is a Reynoldsburg resident, a retired teacher and a longtime member of the Senior Citizens of Reynoldsburg.