Birthday traditions -- we have some in our family.
My husband's February birthday has just passed and we had the traditional Big Birthday Bowlathon. It's a lot of fun. Since the group of us only bowls once a year, you can imagine how the scores look -- except four of them this year scored over 100. (Have they been sneaking out to practice?)
We have three March birthdays, but that can't compete with my friend Shirley's family that has seven March birthdays!
When our family gets together, we like to play Tripoley. People of all ages can play, with younger ones "helping" the older ones by placing cards and distributing the poker chips (of no monetary value). We look forward to the laughter and casual conversation that the game provides.
If you enjoy games and have no one nearby to play with, why not try the groups at the Reynoldsburg Senior Center? There are plenty of games going on: euchre, bridge, canasta, cribbage, mahjongg, pinochle, Rummikub, Texas hold 'em, Tripoley and Mexican train dominoes.
If you would like a bit more active game, you might want to try pickleball, pool or table tennis. If you want to learn, there are people who will help you. It looks like winter will hang on a bit longer and these activities are good for indoor socializing.
If you would like to know the days of the week and the times that games are being played, stop in to get the monthly newsletter with a calendar of events. You can join the senior center for just $15 per year and choose to have the newsletter and activity calendar emailed to you or sent to you by U.S. mail.
Here are some upcoming events:
* March 14, 11:30 a.m.: "Lunch & Learn -- Elder Fraud." A representative from the Ohio Attorney General's Office will provide information on how to avoid being a victim. Lunch will be provided by Cherry Blossom Senior Living. Call 614-866-5890 to sign up.
* March 15, 9 a.m.: Attorney James Hardgrove will present a program about powers of attorney.
* March 19, 11:30 a.m.: The Reynoldsburg Police Department will present a program about home safety.
* March 27, 2 p.m.: "Witty Wednesday Trivia" with a presidential theme, brought to you by Wesley Ridge. Prizes and light refreshments will be provided.
* April 4, 2 p.m.: The Burg Bookies book club will discuss "Strength In What Remains" by Tracy Kidder.
Vicki Albrecht spent 32 years as a teacher before retiring. She has been a member of SCOR since 2014. SCOR provides this column to ThisWeek Reynoldsburg News.