Special Events for Seniors 55+
Upcoming Presentations, Seminars, and Performances
Upcoming events at the Lakeland Senior Center, which are open to all local-area seniors 55+, are announced via a monthly calendar (contact the Senior Center Manager for info). Almost all events are held at the Lakeland Senior Center, located at 4527 Canada Road, next to the I.H. Clubhouse, unless otherwise noted.
Seniors are welcome to stop by to participate in scheduled programs or to simply look around and explore the facility for a first-time visit (open Mon-Fri from 10 am - 2 pm...refer to calendar for other open times).
If you are interested in performing or presenting a seminar at the Lakeland Senior Center, or have general questions, please call 901-746-8195 (10 am - 2 pm)/City Hall 901-867-2717, or email the Senior Center Manager.
A few details (please refer to calendar to verify current offerings):
For activities such as Bridge, Bunco, Dominos, Mah-Jong, Pinochle, etc. and Silver Sneakers, refer to the Senior Center Weekly Activities page
BIBLE STUDY with Trudy Scholten
2nd & 4th Mondays...from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Bible Study with Trudy Scholten at the Lakeland Senior Center is now held on the 2nd & 4th Monday of each month, 10 a.m. to noon. We will meet in the area to the left of the front desk, in the "den." Please join us!
2nd Monday of the month, from 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
About Creative Crafting: Calling all crafters! Come gather at the LSC for “Creative Crafting,” on the second Monday of the month, from 11 a.m. to noon.
No matter what your hobby is - quilting, knitting, crocheting, jewelry-making, painting, etc. - come join our circle of crafters for fun and fellowship.
Anyone interested in demonstrating a craft is more than welcome. The goal for the class is to enjoy crafting and camaraderie. All are welcome!
ICE CREAM SOCIAL & FORUM
Third Thursday from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Is your birthday this month? The Lakeland Senior Center hosts a monthly ice cream social on the third Thursday of the month. The purpose is to recognize seniors who are celebrating their birthday that month as well as for seniors to provide comments and suggestions for future Senior Center programming.
*** All local-area seniors 55+ are welcome...even if it's not your birthday. ***
PIANO & POPCORN ...Come out for some fun!
Third Friday from 12 - 1 p.m.
Join us as we sing-along to the piano. Popcorn will be served. Let's pack the place for a good time!
The first Piano, Popcorn & Sing-Along event, on 11/21/14, was dedicated to Jeanne Hamilton, who donated the piano to the Lakeland Senior Center. Thank you Jeanne for your generosity to our Center.
Thanks to Doug Pilant's Piano Moving and Tuning. Doug tuned the LSC piano on 12/23/14 (paid for by an anonymous donor) and it is sounding so beautiful. Doug is a local young man who is well known for his musical talents. He has a degree in music from the University of Memphis, been a music director for a couple local churches, and has sung in different groups, bands and quartets throughout his life. We appreciate Mr. Pilant and his talents so very much. Be sure to give him a call at 901-388-6555 for tuning or any type of moving your piano.
Third Friday from 1 - 2:30 p.m.
Don't miss your chance to yell, “BINGO!” No fee…just fun and free prizes!
B-I-N-G-O brings excitement to Lakeland Senior Center
Various versions of Bingo are played as players fill their cards during the game of chance. The fun has included small gift prizes for the winners of each game as well as a gift card to the player with the most wins for the day.
First Wednesday of each month, from 1:30 - 3 p.m.
Lakeland resident Jeannine Dillard hosts a monthly Book Club meeting at the Senior Center. The group will discuss thoughts and opinions on a chosen book. The person that makes the final decision of the book to read for the next month will act as the host/hostess for the discussion. The Book Club is a great way to make friends and build your own personal library. New members are welcome. For questions or more information, please contact Jeannine Dillard at 901-331-2839 or .
COFFEE & CHAT
First Friday of the month
...from 10 - 11 a.m.
Meet at the Lakeland Senior Center for fresh hot coffee and good conversation. Bring a friend and make new friends. Guests are more than welcome to join in on a friendly game of Chess or Checkers while you're here. Coffee will be ready and we usually plan on some yummy treats, too!
ELECTRIC GUITAR JAM
One Friday each month, from 5 - 8 p.m.
...at IH Clubhouse (every month on the Friday before the Lakeland Dance, unless noted)
Electric Guitar Jam is cranking up. Join in on the fun picking, singing and grinning. Come to play, come to enjoy...or both!!! Seniors & everybody welcome! Led by Linda & Wayne Knight.
One Saturday each month, from 7 - 10:30 p.m.
IH Clubhouse, 4523 Canada Road.
Sponsored by the River City Boppers. Open to all ages. Members/guests will enjoy a variety of different music including bop, shag, and west coast swing. Each dance has a food theme and participants bring a food dish to share. Admission is $4 for members and Lakeland residents; $7 for non-members.
Dance lessons available (bop, shag & swing). For more information, contact Jo Reynolds at or 662-536-2077.
BEGINNER'S TAP DANCE
Tuesdays from 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Kathleen Aronson teaches beginner's tap dance class at the LSC. It's great exercise and lots of fun! No tap shoes required (tennis shoes are fine). Kathleen can be reached at 850-830-1606 or
COMPUTER BASICS CLASSES
Wednesdays from 3 - 4 p.m.
...with Advanced Computing from 4 - 5 p.m.
Lakeland resident Howard Chick will provide computer instruction on Wednesdays.
Class topics include keyboarding, email, Internet, and Microsoft Word. Participants will learn how to communicate with family via email, including sending photos, write letters using MS Word, and search the Internet for news, weather, and recipes. Plus, advanced computing...
Mr. Chick’s background includes teaching college for 14 years as well as maintaining all of the City of Memphis software including the Mayors’ Citizens Services Center, Traffic Violations Bureau, MPD, CARTS, etc. He can be reached at 901-485-8800 or .
The Lakeland Senior Center has a limited number of laptops available on a reservation and first-come, first-serve basis. Participants should bring their own laptops, if possible. To reserve a laptop or for more information, call 901-746-8195.
LIVE! JAM SESSION
12 - 2 p.m. (Wed. except 1st Wed.)
The after-lunch bunch invites players and singers to come jam on Wednesday afternoons. Bring your guitar, mandolin, dobro, bass, harmonica, or other instrument to play and/or sing country, pop, rock, rockabilly, gospel, and other genres. Seniors are welcome to play, sing, or enjoy the entertainment!
A Few Past Events (2015):
Senior Safari at Memphis Zoo …It’s a Field trip!
On October 7th, we met at the Senior Center for a field trip to the zoo. In conjunction with the Professional Network on Aging, the Memphis Zoo hosted a Senior Safari with free parking, free admission and free tram rides to seniors 55+. For more information on this event, please call 901-222-4189.
AARP Driver Safety Class (Two-day class)
On Sept. 25th, George Coleman completed another two-day class at the Lakeland Senior Center. Participants learned about the effects of aging on driving, how to reduce the chance of having a collision, and much more. The classes cost $15 for AARP Members, $20 for non-members. TN law entitles participants to a discount on their auto insurance. For more information on future classes, contact George Coleman at 901-384-3581 or .
SENIORS 55+ DINNER & SOCK HOP
…Celebrating National Senior Center Month!
Seniors 55+ rolled back the clock to the 50s & 60s for a Sock Hop celebration, as the ladies wore classic poodle skirts and saddle oxfords, and the guys sported faded blue jeans, T-shirts, and leather jackets.
The Sock Hop was held in honor of National Senior Center Month during Lakeland Senior Center’s quarterly dinner event at I.H. Clubhouse, Friday, September 11th.
Approximately 40 seniors celebrated the good ole days with a delicious menu catered by Pink Flamingo, and old fashion homemade candied apples and boxes Cracker Jack for dessert. After dinner, a few guests took to the dance floor to join in the exciting Hula Hoop contest. After a few hoops, the real fun began as guests relived the fabulous 50s & 60s to some rock-n-roll oldies presented by DJ’s, Wayne & Linda Knight. These cool cats proved they’ve still got it as they jigged to popular tunes like, “Rock Around the Clock Tonight,” and “Twist Again.”
As the evening progressed there were plenty of prizes to go around during the drawing giveaway. Overall, the evening was filled with good ole fun, good ole music, and good ole fellowship, honoring the cool times of the 50’s and 60’s. It was a bash that these cats could dig!
GTO (Get Turned On) Computer Fun!
Thursdays in September from 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
The emphasis was on PINTEREST: sign-up, search, pin, and post! Pinterest is an online site for “how-to” activities to peak all interests. A laptop, tablet, or smartphone was helpful, but not required. The leader for the event was Mimi Beard. She and husband, Gary, recently moved to Lakeland from Tampa, FL to be active with their grandchildren.
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THE PAYCHECK STOPS?
(Financial Seminar by Mark Louderback)
Friday, August 28th from 12 - 2 p.m.
Lunch was provided.
FREE HEALTH CHECK-UP
Absolute Home Health sponsored a free health check-up on August 24th. It included blood pressure, a weight check-up, etc.
A group of crafty ladies got artistic during Creative Crafting at the Lakeland Senior Center on Aug. 10th, 2015, making decorative fall "pumpkins" using rolls of toilet tissue, fall leaves & flower stems, and lots of orange tissue paper.
Creative Crafting is held on the second Monday of the month. Join the group crafters and share your special talents and ideas.
CANCELLED Due to Air Conditioning Issues:
Celebrating National Lasagna Day!
Wednesday, July 29th from 12 - 1:30 p.m.
MOVIE NIGHT (Eat, Love, Pray ...with Julia Roberts)
Friday, July 24th from 6 - 9 p.m.
$5 covered movie, popcorn, drinks.
Celebrating National Picnic & Park Month!
Tuesday, July 21st from 12:30 2 p.m.
At the outdoor pavilion.
SENIOR MUSIC FEST
Lakeland’s senior citizens and family members showed how to cut a rug, jam with some favorite tunes and set out a delicious buffet on July 10th. The Senior Music Fest, a fundraiser for the city’s senior center, was held from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. at the International Harvester (IH) Clubhouse in Lakeland.
Attendees were invited to bring their musical instruments, music CDs and finger foods, as well as a little cash for the tip jar to benefit the center. The event kicked off the center’s monthly electric guitar jam. Linda and Wayne Knight will be hosting a monthly electric jam session. Attendees are encouraged to bring their instruments and CDs and be ready for karaoke and dancing. Snacks are welcomed.
Wednesday, June 24th from 12 n - 2 p.m.
Mark Louderback (Edward Jones Advisor) with special guest, Michael Stansbury. Topic: Nutrition.
Seniors 55+ Stars & Stripes BBQ Dinner
On June 19th, 65 enjoyed the Seniors 55+ Stars & Stripes BBQ Dinner! Pink Flamingo catered the delicious meal (cost was $10).
Mark Louderback, Edwards Jones Financial Advisor played a patriotic video by Red Skeleton. Special thanks to Dan Scott who sang many songs including Mean, Mean Woman (dedicated to Marilyn Parker), Crazy, Okie from Muskogee, Country Roads, and Take My Hand Precious Lord.
Special thanks to all the volunteers who helped. See you in September!
SENIOR DANCE PARTY
Tuesday, June 16th from 1 - 3 p.m.
We put on our dancing shoes to "Boot Scoot N Boogie"!
Standing Guard: Protect What you Have Worked For
On May 29th, Mark Louderback, Financial Advisor with Edward Jones, gave a seminar and provided lunch.
3rd ANNIVERSARY OF THE LAKELAND SENIOR CENTER GRAND OPENING!
On Friday, May 22, 2015, the Lakeland Senior Center celebrated the 3rd Anniversary of its Grand Opening (one-day early!). There was great food, entertainment, and giveaways.
Complimentary food provided by Osaka Japanese Restaurant on Germantown Rd (thanks to Dr. Van Le). There was a cake (thanks to Lakeland Cleaners), ice cream, and cookies. Entertainment was provided Linda and Wayne Knight of Waylin D.J. Services. They played a wide range of music genres from big band, oldies, to country and gospel, including some live music.
In addition to door prizes by Mark Louderback w/Edward Jones ($50 giftcard & flower arrangement), Stephanie Lefler w/Lefler Financial ($35 Sprouts giftcard), and Bartlett Nursery (hanging petunia plant), there were many nice party favors: Digger O'Dell (potted flowers), Sprouts Farmers Market (snack bags), Dr. Keaton Healthy Hearing (candy), Express Oil Change & Stonebridge Golf Club (discount cards, Fred's (pill boxes, pens & notepads), and City of Lakeland (smokeless ash trays)
It was an enjoyable afternoon spent among friends!
The Creative Crafting topic for May was Easy Alterations by Bobbi Cornett! The presentation covered mending seams, replacing zippers, sewing on buttons, hemming, etc. Several ladies joined us for a stitch-popping time! We learned little tricks to make clothes fit just right.
CINCO DE MAYO
LSC had a lot of fun celebrating Cinco De Mayo on, May 5th! Several ladies were in attendance and brought some wonderful food to share with everyone. Betty Ratcliff brought a Mexican blanket and pictures from mission trips she had taken to assist an eye surgeon and shared stories about patients and their recovery from the surgery. Trudy Scholten brought wonderful chunky guacamole and furnished the Mexican music and was dressed in a very colorful skirt & blouse. Marilyn Parker (then LSC manager), fixed a chicken dish to be used for fajitas, burritos, tacos and quesadillas...with all the trimmings: red & yellow peppers, pico de gallo, sliced avocados, black beans, salsa, sour cream & shredded cheese.
Outlook & Opportunities: Finding the Prevailing Winds
Friday, April 24th from 12 – 1:30 p.m.
On April 24th, Mark Louderback, Edward Jones Financial Advisor, did a financial presentation at LSC. The topic was: Which Way Are the Financial Winds Blowing? He spoke about the recent volatility in the markets and how to better position yourself to reach your financial goals. Mark provided lunch from Zaxby's.
ARBOR DAY TREE PLANTING
A pair of crepe myrtles now anchors the entrance of the yellow trail (one of three tracking trails) at International Harvester Managerial Park that cradles the 65-acre park and 5-acre fishing lake. The trees were a gift presented to the Lakeland Senior Center that is surrounded by the park’s presence.
The crepe myrtles were donated by Mark Louderback, financial advisor for Edward Jones, in honor of Arbor Day on Friday, April 24th, 2015. Louderback is a regular supporter of LSC and hosts seminars for senior participants on various topics.
Just 30-minutes prior to the tree presentation, Louderback finished up a workshop at LSC regarding the direction financial winds are blowing. The financial advisor offered tips that can be taken to help better position one’s financial goals.
Participants of the workshop stayed for the tree planting ceremony honoring Arbor Day. Also joining the celebration were Lakeland’s city manager, Jim Atkinson, (then) Public Works supervisor, Bristol Roberts, and special guest, June Spoonamore, a local horticulturalist.
Lakeland Commissioner Sherri Gallick (then vice mayor), who played a huge role in getting the city officially certified as an Affiliate of Keep America Beautiful, Inc., and bringing the “Keep Lakeland Beautiful,” campaign promoting pride in the city to Lakeland last year, is pleased with the choice of a crepe myrtle as the type of trees donated. The crepe myrtle is the city’s official tree. Gallick encourages residents and businesses of Lakeland to get involved in keeping the community clean. Arbor Day goes hand in hand with promoting beautification to a community by beautifying a landscape. Gallick assisted in the placement of the trees at IH Park, pointing out the perfect spot for the trees' new home.
Marilyn Parker (then LSC Manager) said of the generous donation, “Mark has been instrumental in supporting the senior center by sponsoring many of the special activities offered to seniors. He is a real blessing to us.” Parker added, “Every time the trees bloom, it will be a reminder of what a good friend he is to the LSC.”
PICNIC ON THE PATIO FOR EARTH DAY
On Wednesday, April 22nd, from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., we celebrated Earth Day by having a “Picnic on the Patio.”
Local senior & retired minster, Bob Cole, offered a moving prayer. Marilyn Parker's grandson served as the "grill master." Guests enjoyed mouth-watering hamburgers, hotdogs, side dishes, and desserts.
The Senior Center's Jamming Group performed some beautiful acoustic music. Trudy Scholten even yodeled upon request! Then, Lakeland’s own Bertha Payne and friend "Silver Star" performed some urban soul and rhythm & blues.
Nearly 50 came out to enjoy the day including several from City Hall, including City Manager, Jim Atkinson. Special thanks to everyone who helped with their time, brought food, and donated items (including Stephanie Lefler: two patio tables; Bob & Jeanne Hamilton: under-the-grill mat and a few other items; Marilyn Parker: grill).
Some ate on the patio, overlooking the beautiful IH Managerial Park with rolling hills and a 5-acre lake, while many ate inside as they enjoyed the entertainment. The weather was wonderful and it was a great day spent in the company of friends!
On April 21st (& June 10th), Bill Burditt did a Karaoke demo for us.
He has 100's of songs! If you want to tune up those vocal chords by singing karaoke, let us know if you'd like to see this activity on the calendar!
BEGINNER'S TAP DANCE
On Wednesday, April 8th from 10:30 - 11:30 a.m., Debbie Bain taught her first beginner's tap dance class at the LSC. Several more have expressed interest since then so it will continue based on interest. It's great exercise and lots of fun! No tap shoes required (tennis shoes are fine). Debbie can be reached at .
SENIORS 55+ GOING GREEN DINNER
Friday, March 27th from 6 - 8 p.m.
IH Clubhouse, 4523 Canada Road
It was a foot-stomping Friday night at the Seniors 55+ “Going Green” Dinner, March 27th, as the Delta Rhythm Cloggers entertained guests with their fancy foot moves, as they dined on a delicious feast catered by Amber Lovell with Pink Flamingo Catering. The dessert menu was presented by Lakeland’s own, Virginia Byrd. The evening was filled with delicious foods, delightful entertainment and great prize giveaways. Sponsors of the quarterly dinner were St. Francis Hospital-Bartlett and Kroger Lakeland. The cost of the meal was $10 per person, payable at the door. See you in June for the Stars & Stripes BBQ Dinner!
On March 25th, Mark Louderback, Financial Advisor with Edward Jones, gave an overview of tax-advantage investments such as municipal bonds, IRAs, and life insurance. Tax-free Investing: It’s not what you make; it’s what you keep! Lunch was provided. Mark offers financial seminars at the LSC on a regular basis.
YMCA SERIES: Blood Pressure Management & Nutrition
Blood Pressure Management & Nutrition was an 4-week complimentary program presented by Lisa Anderton, wellness director with the Millington YMCA. It ran on Tuesdays from March 3rd - 24th. The purpose was to teach seniors to manage blood pressure so they can live life to the fullest. Topics: Week 1- DASH Diet, Week 2- Low Sodium, Week 3- Shopping, Preparing & Cooking Food, and Week 4- Healthy Heart. Spouses, family members and caregivers were welcome.
ST. PATRICK'S DAY CELEBRATION
On March 17th, friends gathered for a St. Patrick’s Day celebration that included a delicious St. Patty’s potluck feast featuring pot roast and Irish stew as the main entrees. For dessert, guests were treated to lemon and strawberry creme cupcakes and turtle pie. A wonderful time was had by all 14 attendees.
Marilyn Parker (then LSC Manager) brought Irish Stew/Pot Roast; Bobbi Cornett: corn muffins; Betty Ratcliff: Spinach Quiche; Connie and Hank: fried chicken; Rosemary Crawford: pizza; Allison Ely: rum cake; Jean & Gordon: rice & quinoa; Faye Edleman: cantalope. Thanks to those who brought the wonderful salad, cabbage & corned beef, Prosciutto and cheese wrap, and the desserts.
AARP Driver Safety Class (Two-day class)
On March 12th, George Coleman completed another two-day class at the Lakeland Senior Center. Participants learned about the effects of aging on driving, how to reduce the chance of having a collision, and much more. The classes cost $15 for AARP Members, $20 for non-members. TN law entitles participants to a discount on their auto insurance. For more information on future classes, contact George Coleman at 901-384-3581 or .
LAKELAND SENIOR CENTER PIE BAKE-OFF 2015
The 1st annual Pie Bake-Off at the Lakeland Senior Center was the culmination of several events celebrating National Pie Month. Throughout February, there were several pie tastings including pies donated by Perkins, The Pie Folks in Germantown (two award-winning Slap Yo’ Mama Chocolate Pies), and Cracker Barrel (sugar-free apple), as well as homemade pies, tarts and a quiche.
The Pie Bake-off was held on Friday, Feb. 27th and the ribbons and cash prizes were sponsored by Mark Louderback, Financial Advisor with Edward Jones. He also brought Papa John’s pizza pie and salad for lunch.
Cash prizes were $20 for third and fourth places: Joyce Cole, Chocolate Chess Pie and Trudy Scholten, Sour Cream Raisin Pie. First and second places each received $40: Linda Walls, Berry Berry Pie and Betty Ratliff, German Chocolate Cream Pie. Pictured, from left, Linda, Mark and Betty.
LIVING WELL WITH CHRONIC CONDITIONS
Tuesdays, Jan. 13th through Feb. 24th from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Living Well with Chronic Conditions was an 7-week complimentary program presented by Lisa Anderton, wellness director with the Millington YMCA. The purpose was to provide information for seniors to manage their health and have the energy to do things that matter most. Topics included diabetes, arthritis, cancer, chronic bronchitis, high blood pressure, etc. Spouses, family members and caregivers were welcome.
On January 13th, Marilyn Parker (then LSC Manager) served turkey sandwiches on country oat bread, chicken tortilla soup, kale salad, fruit cups, and cottage cheese. She also coordinated food on other days, too. Thanks, Marilyn!
MARDI GRAS CELEBRATION! (re-scheduled from Feb. 17th due to weather)
On Feb. 20th, Bobbi Cornett brought red beans and rice w/garlic bread; Betty Davis brought brownies, cheese and crackers; Ande Payne brought homemade potato salad; and Marilyn Parker brought the King cake. Plus there were pecan, apple, & cherry pies left from the Ice Cream Social/Forum. There were also Mardi Gras beads and music!
ICE CREAM SOCIAL & FORUM
On February 19th, we had pies in honor of National Pie Month!
On Feb. 13th, the 2nd installment of this monthly retirement series was presented by Stephanie Lefler of Lefler Financial. The series covers realities of retirement. Stephanie provided lunch from Coletta's and Marilyn Parker (then LSC Manager), provided cherry tarts in honor of National Pie Month. January's topic was “Women & Retirement.” Future topics...March: Taxes, April: Final Expenses, and May: Long Term Care
COMPUTER BASICS CLASSES
Lakeland resident Howard Chick concluded another 6-class computer instruction for beginners series on Feb. 11th. The classes were taught from 3 - 4:30 p.m. Class topics included keyboarding, email, Internet, and Microsoft Word.
Mr. Chick’s background includes teaching college for 14 years as well as maintaining all of the City of Memphis software including the Mayors’ Citizens Services Center, Traffic Violations Bureau, MPD, CARTS, etc. He can be reached at 901-485-8800 or .
COFFEE & CHAT
Friday, February 6th ...kick-off to National Pie Month!
On January 30th, Mark Louderback of Edward Jones and attorney Chad Cardwell presented a seminar on Estate Planning and Finance. Over 30 enjoyed a Zaxby's lunch and received important advice. Mark's next seminar is Tax-Free Investing on March 25th. Mark can be reached at 901-867-1141 or .
AN ELVIS BIRTHDAY PARTY!
Our Elvis Birthday Party celebrating Elvis' life and legacy was great fun. We got “All Shook Up” as we celebrated one day before (Jan. 7th) what would’ve been Elvis Presley's 80th birthday. Several told their personal stories of getting to meet and talk with Elvis (one lady's sister received a kiss) and some brought memorabilia to share. LSC served Elvis' favorite Grilled Peanut Butter and Banana Sandwiches. Our last Elvis event was on August 15, 2014.
Past Events (2014):
NEW YEAR'S TOAST
On December 31st from 11 a.m. - 12 p.m., we had a lovely New Year Toasting to celebrate the fun we’ve shared throughout the year at LSC and toast to the year ahead and the new activities coming to the LSC. We enjoyed a vegetable tray, cheese platter, brownies, and homemade candies. Sparkling juice, soda, coffee and tea were served.
On Dec. 19th, seniors celebrated the holidays at the Lakeland Senior Center’s first Christmas Tea.
Friends gathered around the Christmas tree enjoying a variety of teas, coffee, hot chocolate, and snacks.
Special thanks to Trudy Scholten for playing Christmas music on the piano for the sing-along. Guests had the option of participating in a Christmas gift swap.
SENIORS 55+ CHRISTMAS DINNER
Nearly 70 came out to enjoy the annual Seniors 55+ Christmas Dinner at IH Clubhouse on Friday, December 12th from 6-8 p.m. The menu included spiral-sliced ham, baked & fried chicken, cranberry sauce, cornbread dressing, gravy, sweet potato casserole, broccoli & cheese casserole, green bean casserole, hot rolls, pecan and pumpkin pies, and drinks (catered by Amber Lovell/Charm City Catering in Lakeland...now Pink Flamingo Catering; chicken provided by Kroger). The cost was $10 per person, payable at the door. It was so yummy!
Annette Buffaloe, Glenn Payton, and Sammy Barone provided the evening’s entertainment including such songs as Jingle Bell Rock, Christmas in Dixie, and White Christmas. Poinsettia centerpieces were given away as door prizes.
Thank-you to Barbara Taylor (Dinner Coordinator), Alison Ely, Connie Hess, and Kim Odom for volunteering their time. The dinner was sponsored by Trustmark Bank Lakeland, Mark Louderback/Edward Jones, and Kroger Lakeland.
PIANO & POPCORN ...and Christmas Tree Decorating
The first Piano, Popcorn & Sing-Along event, held on Nov. 21st from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m., was dedicated to Jeanne Hamilton, who donated the piano to the Lakeland Senior Center.
She was presented with flowers, a card, and a cupcake cake. Thank you Jeanne for your generosity to our Center.
Trudy Scholten played Christmas tunes on the piano for the sing-along. Several decorated the Christmas tree and other areas of the LSC (thank-you to Alison Ely for the tree). Fresh popcorn was enjoyed as seniors played games.
RETIREMENT: MAKING YOUR MONEY LAST
On Nov. 14th, Mark Louderback of Edward Jones discussed strategies designed to help you work towards fulfilling your retirement expectations, focusing on providing not only for your income needs today but also well into the future. Complimentary lunch was provided. Mark can be reached at 901-867-1141 or . P.S. You may have seen Mark performing in the Nov. Dessert Mystery Theatre! Thanks for your involvement, Mark!
(2nd Monday of the month)
The first crafting workshop, held Monday, Nov. 10th, was full of creativity as crafters gathered with crafts projects in hand.
Special thanks to Carin Mills of Oakland who drove in to share her delightful snowmen craft made out of socks, rice, and embellishments, as well as her adorable tea light snowmen.
After making snowmen and other Christmas ornaments, crafters broke off into their own favorite crafting hobbies like knitting and crocheting.
DESSERT MYSTERY THEATER: “Dastardly Deed at Dry Gulch”
The Lakeland Senior Players gave a great performance on Nov. 7th, 2014 at IH Clubhouse before approx. 200 people!
The first ever senior play production called “Dastardly Deed at Dry Gulch” featured nine Lakeland seniors.
Toddlers to grandmothers and all ages in between attended the 7 p.m. performance. The attendees watched the play and had to guess who killed the sheriff as the finale of the evening. Dessert was provided at intermission.
Cast members included Cecil Tompkins, Bobbi Cornett, Barbara Hyatt, Bob Hamilton, Marie Wells, Ken Gurley, Trudy Scholten, Jeanne Hamilton, and Glen Payton. Mark Louderback, a friend of the cast and Arlington resident, was also in the play. And the culprit -- it was Sally Forth, played by Bobbi.
Thank-you to the Dessert Mystery Theater cast & crew for a wonderful performance! We appreciate all your hard efforts. A special thank-you to Director Jeanne Hamilton for donating her upright piano to the Senior Center after the performance.
Lakeland's Walk to Remember Alzheimer's
On Nov. 1st, 2014, Lakeland Elementary students, staff and families and Lakeland Senior Center members teamed up to participate in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s presented by the Alzheimer’s Association. The Lakeland’s Walk to Remember team was among more than 1,100 participants walking 1.5 miles at the Memphis Botanic Garden, Saturday, Nov. 1st, to bring awareness and raise funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research.
The Lakeland School System, with direction from the school health coordinator, and the Lakeland Senior Center manager teamed up to coordinate local participation.
FREE, Unbiased Medicare Part D Counseling
About fifteen seniors came out on Oct. 27th for Medicare Part D enrollment assistance to determine the best plan to meet their needs. Certified and trained counselors were available and no sales were involved.
Services were provided by the Aging Commission of the Mid-South 901-222-4111, the State Health Insurance Program (SHIP), and Senior Medicare Patrol. Annual Open Enrollment Period is October 15th through December 7th. New plans will begin on January 1, 2014.
Free Flu & Pneumonia Shots for Adults 55+
Walgreens offered FREE flu & pneumonia shots to seniors at the Lakeland Senior Center, Wednesday, Oct. 22nd, from 10 a.m. to noon. No insurance was necessary due to a grant.
NAVIGATING YOUR NEXT ADVENTURE:
Managing Your Money in Retirement
Seniors gathered at the Lakeland Senior Center, Friday, Oct. 17th, for a financial tips workshop presented by Edward Jones financial advisor, Mark Louderback. Participants enjoyed a delicious lunch from Emerald Thai restaurant provided by Louderback. Don't miss the next financial workshop, "Making Your Money Last," Friday, Nov. 14th, from noon to 2 p.m. Lunch will be served. Mark can be reached at 901-867-1141 or .
PROPERTY TAX RELIEF & FREEZE FOR SENIORS
Shelby County Trustee David Lenoir was the guest speaker on Wednesday, Oct. 15th, at the Lakeland Senior Center. Lenoir spoke to seniors about tax relief and tax freeze for seniors and additional senior benefits including the Shelby County Wheel Tax Reimbursement program. For more information regarding taxpayer benefits, 901-432-4829 or visit shelbycountytrustee
LAKELAND HISTORY TALK ...with Jim Atkinson
On Oct. 3rd, Jim Atkinson, Director of Planning and Administration for Lakeland, came to give a Lakeland History Talk, including an update on current projects in Lakeland.
AARP Driver Safety Class
George Coleman led a two-day AARP Drivers Safety class on September 25-26th, at the Lakeland Senior Center. Participants taking the class learned current rules driving laws and safety driving tips. Upon completion of the course participants had a greater understanding of driving challenges and learned how to avoid potential collisions.
The classes cost $15 for AARP Members, $20 for non-members. Upon completion, TN law entitles the participants to a discount on their auto insurance. For more information, contact George Coleman at 901-384-3581.
THRIVE HEARING & TINNITUS SOLUTIONS
On Sept. 24, Casie Keaton, Doctor of Audiology visited the senior center to discuss hearing loss, tinnitus (ringing in the ears), and the latest treatment options available. Dr. Keaton is dedicated to helping you thrive with individual treatment options to better connect with the important things in life. She had coupons for a free hearing screening and discount toward hearing care services. She can be reached at 901-651-3649 or .
HAPPY FALL Y’ALL Seniors 55+ Dinner
Organize and Stage Your Home goes beyond just the physical act of de-cluttering but also creating customized solutions that make everyday tasks easier. Teresa provides support, non-judgmental encouragement and transferring/teaching techniques to keep you organized for life. Teresa is well-versed in a variety of solutions and has excellent problem-solving skills to help you make the best decisions.
Nearly 90 seniors gathered at the I.H. Clubhouse for the Seniors 55+ Happy Fall Y’all Dinner on Friday, Sept. 12th, honoring National Senior Center Month. The evening featured a delicious Italian feast catered by Mary Jane Gullett with salad, bread, baked spaghetti/string pie, chicken alfredo, various side dishes, and desserts including an Italian Cream Cake.
Guests socialized as they enjoyed the delicious catered meal, as well as the evening’s entertainment, award winning duo, Doug and Sandy Bowles of Mill Creek. Throughout the evening, the duet performed traditional country sounds of country music stars including June Carter, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson and Linda Ronstadt. Songs like My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys, Jackson, Folsom Prison, and When Will I Be Loved, quickly enticed guests to the dance floor.
Specials thanks to Mark Louderback, local financial advisor at Edward Jones (901-490-4766) who sponsored the Happy Fall Y’all Dinner. Louderback made a special appearance during the dinner, and even took a swirl around the dance floor a time or two.
The Happy Fall Y’all Dinner was a time to celebrate the Lakeland Senior Center and its importance to the community. Thanks to the many active members and volunteers as the Lakeland Senior Center continues to grow and prosper.
SMOKE DETECTOR CHECK AND BATTERY REPLACEMENT EVENT
On August 21st, Shelby County Fire Marshal Haley and a city representative for Lakeland, made a presentation about the importance of checking smoke detectors. They provided free smoke detectors as well as batteries to interested seniors.
The season of cooler weather and weather-related situations is quickly approaching. It is vitally important to your safety that your smoke detectors are working properly!
Did you know that smoke detectors have a 10-year shelf life? If you or a friend or neighbor have old detectors, they should be replaced.
This program was made possible by an annual grant to purchase batteries and detectors for give away to Lakeland Seniors.
FREE Pizza Party & Elvis Music
On August 15th, twenty-five came out for Elvis music and free pizza from Papa Murphy's, 8950 Hwy 64, Suite 102. Special thanks to Barbara Taylor for the homemade banana cake, with fresh banana slices on the side, and peanut butter ice cream. What's an Elvis Week celebration without something with PB & bananas!
Special thanks to Ken Gurley, Glenn Payton, & Annette Buffaloe from the Senior Center’s Jam Session Group who performed many Elvis songs including Hound Dog, Blue Moon, Love Me Tender, and others. They played the entire hour and were very entertaining. J. Warren Horton told a few stories and even brought a title from a truck that he bought from Elvis himself. Special thanks to Stonebridge Golf for lending some Elvis décor for this event!
ORGANIZING YOUR SPACES
On August 12th, Teresa James, ASP®, CPO, returned to give a talk on Organizing Your Spaces. This class covered easy ways to organize your closets, cabinets and pantries so you can finally find what you need when you need it.
Integrating concepts of interior design and space management, discussed techniques to help achieve a home that is both organized and aesthetically pleasing. Teresa can be reached at 901-752-5522 or .
THE ART OF
On July 25th, Tom Hathaway of Lakeland Leatherworks (formerly Maj. Tom Harvey Leatherworks) taught a class for the first time at the Senior Center. Tom produces quality leather belts, billfolds, hat bands, chaps, and saddles. His wife, Donna, creates women’s apparel and accessories. Their customers are from all over the world and include celebrities in Hollywood and Nashville. Mr. Hathaway brought some of their unique leather creations including belts, purses, two racks of clothing, and a Western-style wedding dress (shown to left of orange jacket). Soon, their website will be re-launched as www.LakelandLeatherworks.com. They can be reached at 901-290-5726. Special thanks to Tom for taking the time to bringing out so many interesting items and for the history behind them. Photos by Kim Odom.
FREE PIZZA & BINGO!
On July 23rd, from 12 - 1:30 p.m., sixteen seniors played bingo and enjoyed free hot Papa Murphy's pizza. Right at Home caregiving provided a vegetable tray and two types of cookies. Small prizes were given away as well as two $25 gift cards. Congrats to Ms. Charlene and Ms. Willie for winning the gift cards! Several stayed for the Live! Jam Session at 2 p.m. (normally from 12 - 2 pm).
Caregivers: Making Sure You Can Go the Distance
On July 22nd, Debbie Hicks with Right at Home came to talk about how to plan for the care of your loved ones. Of those caring for someone aged 65 or older, the average age of caregivers is 63, with a third of these caregivers have health concerns themselves. The average length of time caregivers provide care is 4+ years with many providing for 10+ years. Debbie can provide answers on how to go the distance in this journey including support options are available to caregivers who are handling loved ones alone. She can be reached at 901-309-7933 or .
THE HOBBY OF COIN COLLECTING
On July 11th, Memphian David Yawn, who has studied coins for 40 years and who now helps others through appraisals and brokerage of their collections, came back to discuss hobby coin collecting (he gave a workshop in January). Mr. Yawn discussed the history of U.S. coinage, answered audience questions, and conducted mini-appraisals for participants at no cost. For more information, visit Mr. Yawn’s website at www.coin-worth.com.
On July 10th, Gene Gafford, retired minister and Doctor of Divinity, led a Bible study. The Book of Philippians was discussed.
“STARS AND STRIPES” Seniors 55+ BBQ Dinner
On June 27th, over 100 attended the “Stars and Stripes” BBQ Dinner at IH Clubhouse, sponsored by Lefler Financial/Stephanie Lefler. The featured entertainment for the event was Lakeland resident The Marvelous Bertha Payne. Bertha was so great that she was asked to give an encore where seniors got up to dance for the 2nd time that evening!
Bertha Payne sings urban soul and rhythm & blues and has previously performed at a Lakeland senior luncheon. Her latest CD “Let The Party Get Started," available at www.cdbaby.com/cd/berthapaynemarvelous. Bertha can be contacted at 377-6438 or .
It was a wonderful dinner celebrating friendship and freedom with great food from Baby Jack’s of Bartlett, great music, and door prizes by Safety Nails, Gateway Tire, Dunkin Donuts, Papa Murphy’s Pizza, candles, etc. Thanks to all the volunteers that made it possible! Photos by Jim Willis.
Howard Chick Wraps Up Computer Basics; Teaches Advanced Course
After six classes, Lakeland resident Howard Chick concluded his computer instruction for beginners, which began in May (on Tuesdays). Class topics included how to communicate with family via email, sending photos, writing letters using Microsoft Word, and searching the Internet for news, weather, and recipes. On June 24th, he taught an advanced class which focused on Microsoft Excel.
Becky Abbott Wraps Up Genealogy Series
On June 13th, Becky Abbott taught a class on using the Internet for genealogy. This was the final class of the 5-part genealogy series which began in February. Other class topics included immigration, military, and courthouse records, as well as preserving records & family documents. Special thanks to Becky Abbott for teaching these classes. She can be reached at .
Lakeland Senior Center Celebrates 2nd Anniversary!
On Friday, May 23rd, 40 seniors, staff, and friends came out to celebrate the 2nd Anniversary of the Senior Center Opening, including Lakeland Commissioner Clark Plunk.
Free pizza was provided by Papa Murphy’s of Lakeland, cake was provided by Don Stewart State Farm. Kroger and Trustmark Bank-Lakeland also sponsored the event. Entertainment was provided by the Senior Center’s Wed. Jam Sessions music group and magician/illusionist Michael Clayton (www.MidsouthMagic.com).
DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY TECHNIQUES
On May 22nd, Roger Cotton returned to teach an advanced photography technique class. The course examined practical examples of various camera modes such as Aperture Priority and Shutter Priority, and how each can benefit photography. The Exposure Triangle, as well as design and composition, were discussed.
FREE Hearing Screening & Seminar
On May 21st, Gary Dixon from Zounds Hearing Centers held a free seminar on the facts and effects of hearing loss on lifestyle and health. Zounds provided lunch from Lenny’s Subs. Contact: Gary Dixon at 901-791-2467 or
RETIREMENT ANALYZER: Uncommon Sense Retirement Strategies
On April 29th, Stephanie Lefler (Lefler Financial and Insurance Services) hosted a free retirement seminar. Lefler Financial is an agency committed to educating and being a resource those at or near retirement.
18 people attended the seminar. There were light appetizers and three $100 giftcards were given away. Stephanie can be reached at or 901-305-7488.
INTRODUCTION TO DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY (see Thurs. May 22nd for follow-up class)
On April 24th, Roger Cotton taught a class introducing digital photography for those with little or no previous knowledge. The course covered all technical aspects of digital cameras, from point-n-shoot to digital SLRs. The functions of all camera features were discussed including each button, dial, and camera setting.
FREE Seniors 55+ CPR Class
On April 1st, the Shelby County Fire Department taught CPR techniques. If you are interested in taking a future CPR class or have a programming suggestion, please call Senior Programs at 746-8195.
"GOING GREEN" POTLUCK LUNCHEON
On March 28th, 31 seniors and staff enjoyed a potluck luncheon at IH Clubhouse. Special thanks to the Lakeland Senior Center’s Wednesday Jam Session group for providing entertainment. They played/sang songs including Cool Water, Tumbling Tumbleweeds, Me & Bobby McGee, Restless Wind, and Elvis' Tender Feeling.
Jim Atkinson, Director of Planning & Administration, emceed. Sponsored by Don Stewart/State Farm (9998 Hwy 64) and the City of Lakeland. Helados La Michoacana Ice Cream (Canada Rd & Hwy 64) provided ice cream for dessert (coconut, cookies & cream, vanilla, coffee, rum raisin, pine nut, etc). Door prizes provided by Gateway Tire, Safety Nails Spa, Dunkin Donuts (coffee), Papa Murphy's pizza, and ATC Fitness. Thanks to all the attendees, sponsors, and volunteers. See you in June!!!
FLOWER ARRANGING BY REGIS
On March 21st, Regis Flowers (now located in Bartlett) provided instruction on flower arranging to seven students at the Senior Center. The cost for the class was $30, which included fresh flowers. Regis brought pink tulips, purple Stock, pink Baronia, yellow Billy Balls, seeded eucalyptus, and curly willow. Lunch was complimentary. Regis Flowers can be contacted at 901-372-2868 or FlowersbyRegis.net.
AARP Driver Safety Class (Two-day class)
On Feb. 27th & 28th, from 12 - 4 p.m., sixteen participants learned about new driving strategies, the effects of aging on driving, how to reduce the chance of having a collision, and much more.
The two-day class cost $15 for AARP Members and $20 for non-members. Upon completion, the participants are entitled to a discount on their auto insurance, per TN law. For more information, contact George Coleman at 901-384-3581.
LAKELAND PHOTOGRAPHIC NEIGHBORHOOD TOUR
On Feb. 7th, Jim Atkinson, City Planner/Deputy Growth Management Director for Lakeland, gave a photographic presentation of Lakeland neighborhoods. He spoke about the development history of specific subdivisions, the various types of homes throughout the City, and about the use of open space within neighborhoods and how it sets Lakeland apart.
SENIOR HEALTH SERIES
Charlotte Cavin, RN, BSN, CDE (Certified Diabetes Educator) wrapped up a four-part health series (Wednesdays in January). She spoke about adopting a healthy lifestyle by behavior changes and raised awareness of the disease process. Some of the topics included weight management, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. Ms. Cavin’s professional work in diabetes management spans 26 years, also encouraging diabetes prevention through community talks and counseling.
FREE HEARING TEST
On Jan. 24th, Sam’s Club sponsored free hearing tests and provided an on-site hearing specialist who spoke about hearing loss. The support of health-related programs ensures other providers will continue to offer free health clinics at the Senior Center.
THE HOBBY OF COIN COLLECTING
On Jan. 17th, Memphian David Yawn, who has studied coins for 40 years and who now helps others through appraisals and brokerage of their collections, discussed hobby coin collecting from both a collecting and investment perspective.
Mr. Yawn discussed the history of U.S. coinage, answered audience questions, and conducted mini appraisals for participants at no cost. For more information, visit Mr. Yawn’s website at www.coin-worth.com. (Photos by Kim Odom).
COMPUTER BASICS CLASSES
On Jan. 7th, Lakeland residents Tim Broughton and Howard Chick began providing computer instruction for beginners. The classes ran Tuesdays in January through Feb. 11th. They also taught classes in November.
JAMMING AT THE SENIOR CENTER
Homer Bunker began hosting Jamming at the Senior Center on Jan. 6th from 2-4 p.m. Seniors gathered and to play acoustic music (no microphones or amplifiers) including spiritual, country, blues and bluegrass.
Past Events (2013):
HOLIDAY POTLUCK LUNCHEON
Approximately 30 seniors, as well as volunteers and staff, attended the Seniors 55+ Holiday Potluck Luncheon on Friday, December 20th, at IH Clubhouse (re-scheduled from 12/6 due to weather).
Special thanks to Irving Evans who sang “Smile”, “New York New York”, “Moon River”, “My Way”, and “Old Man River”, among other familiar songs.
The luncheon was sponsored by Trustmark Bank of Lakeland and the City of Lakeland. Mayor Wyatt Bunker emceed and City Manager Chris Thomas spoke as well. Baked and fried chicken was provided by Kroger, a gift bag door prize was provided by Starbucks Wolfchase, and poinsettias were given away.
HOLIDAY SAFETY CLASS
On December 17th, a Shelby County Sheriff’s Office Deputy spoke on how to avoid being a victim during the holiday season. Topics covered included how to be alert, assertive body language that may prevent an attack, and carrying objects in a way that may reduce the likelihood of being targeted while holiday shopping.
SHELBY FARMS PARK: AMERICA'S NEXT GREAT URBAN PARK
On December 13th, Rebecca Dailey spoke on Shelby Farms Park background and history, amenities offered at the park, and answered questions about future plans for the Park.
At 4,500 acres, Shelby Farms Park is one of the largest urban parks in the U.S. A nationally recognized, innovative public-private partnership, the nonprofit Shelby Farms Park Conservancy developed an ambitious, community-driven Master Plan, which will establish Shelby Farms Park as a national model for regional park management and development.
On December 12th, there was a free workshop on how to put together three-day emergency kits. He also discussed how to tailor a kit to suit the needs of elderly, children, and family pets. In the event of a disaster, a supplies kit can help families stay safe and be more comfortable.
On December 5th, Lakeland resident J. Warren Horton was prepared to teach a gun safety class covering gun possession, carrying, and usage, under TN law (no firearms permitted in class). Due to inclement weather, there were not any attendees. We hope Mr. Horton will come back to the Center sometime to share his knowledge.
COMPUTER BASICS CLASSES
Tim Broughton and Howard Chick wrapped up their beginners computer classes for November but will resume in January 2014 and may continue depending on participation and interest.
Lakeland resident Tonya Paul taught scrapbooking classes Tuesdays in November from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
MEDICARE PART D COUNSELING
On November 21st, the Aging Commission of the Mid-South, State Health Insurance Program (SHIP), and the Senior Medicare Patrol provided Medicare Part D enrollment assistance. They provided certified and trained counselors to help seniors select a Medicare Drug Plan that best suited their needs. No sales were involved.
HOME SECURITY CHECK
On November 19th, a Shelby County Sheriff’s Office Deputy presented effective ways to secure your home against intruders. Topics included doors/windows, locks, alarms, sliding glass doors, lighting/timers, and trees/hedges.
FLU SHOTS FOR ADULTS 55+
On November 13th, Walgreens Pharmacist Adrienne Jones provided flu shots at the Lakeland Senior Center. Participants were asked to bring their insurance cards to see if covered or they had the option of paying out-of-pocket.
FINAL ARRANGEMENT PLANNING
On November 8th, Aimee Burnwatt, with the RISE Foundation, presented information on funeral service purchase. She covered prepayment policies, cemetery charges, Veteran’s and Social Security benefits, and documents needed for pre-planning.
BIG BAND, OLDIES, AND GOSPEL MUSIC
On November 7th, Linda and Wayne Knight of Waylin D.J. Services played a wide range of genres and music from big band, oldies, and gospel. There was a drawing for a free door prize.
LIVE JAM SESSIONS
Live Jam Sessions began on Oct. 23rd, from 2 - 4 p.m. The after lunch bunch invites players and singers to come and jam on Wednesday afternoons (except 1st Wed. of the month). Bring your guitar, mandolin, dobro, bass, harmonica, or other instrument to play and/or sing country, pop, rock, rockabilly, gospel, or other musical genres and forms. Seniors are welcome to play, sing, or enjoy the entertainment!
THE PITFALLS AND PLEASURES OF RETIREMENT
On Oct. 25th, Patricia Thompson spoke on getting the most from your retirement. She covered organization, setting goals and a budget, planning for travel, making final arrangements, and other financial decisions. Patricia is a Discover Your Future Coach and can be reached at 901-270-3131.
2014 MEDICARE OPTIONS
On October 15th, Stephanie Lefler (Lefler Financial and Insurance Services) and colleague Jeremy Manzetti hosted a free educational seminar, "2014 Medicare Options." They covered the pro’s and con’s of each type of plan and the questions to ask to make the best decisions for one’s own health coverage needs. They discussed Medicare supplement and Advantage plans, as well as Part D. There were light refreshments and door prizes. Stephanie Lefler can be reached at 901-305-7488.
PARKING LOT SAFETY
On October 15th, a Shelby County Sheriff’s Office Deputy spoke on how to avoid being a victim in parking lots. Topics covered included how to be alert and assert body language that may prevent an attack, as well as how to carry objects in a way that may reduce the likelihood of being targeted.
HOW TO TALK TO YOUR DOCTOR
On Oct. 9th, Connie Sabater Binkowitz, with "Healthy Memphis," spoke about the importance of patients becoming engaged and active participants in their health care. She used a brochure entitled “The 9 Things You Can Do to Get Better Care” to introduce patients to the concept.
SENIORS 55+ CATFISH FRY DINNER
On Sept. 13th, 2013, approximately 120 friends, neighbors, elected officials, and City of Lakeland staff attended the Seniors 55+ Catfish Fry Dinner, celebrating National Senior Center Month.
Dinner included farm raised fried catfish, hushpuppies, traditional cole slaw, potato salad, banana pudding, fudge brownies and drinks. The cost was $10. The dinner was catered by Hog Wild, 1201 Tully Street, Memphis, TN 38107, www.hogwildbbq.com. Chef Marvin Kelley cooked the catfish and hushpuppies.
The City extends a special thank you to the Wolf River Pipes and Drums Group for their wonderful program. The group featured the proud heritage of Scottish music in celebration of this event! The group, including several members from Lakeland, performs extensively in Memphis and the Mid-South, including Tennessee, Kentucky, Missouri, Arkansas, Alabama and Mississippi.
The City also gives special thanks Dr. Paul Criss, Pastor of New Salem Church, who served as served as Master of Ceremonies, and most especially, all the volunteers that helped make the event possible!
D.J. MIKE DOUGHERTY'S “GOLDEN ERA OF ROCK & ROLL”
On September 18th, Mike Dougherty of DJ Michaels Entertainment sang 50’s and 60’s music at the Senior Center. Mike sings classics from the “Golden Era of Rock & Roll” including the hits of Elvis, Deon & The Belmonts, Johnny Tilloston, Ricky Nelson, Buddy Holly and other artists of the era. (photo to left)
IDENTIFYING AND TREATING SHINGLES PRESENTATION
On September 13th, Dr. Charlotte Jackson, with St. Francis Hospital, explained the symptoms, causes and treatment for shingles, which is a painful rash disease caused by the same virus as chickenpox.
DE-CLUTTERING AND DOWNSIZING
On September 12th, Cathy Yawn gave a talk on techniques to gain control over the household clutter and organize your living space. For over eight years, Cathy has worked with individuals and presented at area senior centers on how best to reduce household clutter. (photo to right)
INTERNET SAFETY AND SECURITY
On September 10th, a Shelby County Sheriff’s Office Deputy gave a presentation on using the Internet safely by guarding against computer hackers and malicious software that can potentially damage computers as well as jeopardize personal information.
“DAVIES MANOR PLANTATION” PRESENTATION
On August 22nd, Mandi Pitt-Reed, museum assistant at the Davies Manor Plantation, gave a presentation on the history of Davies Manor and the Davies family. This local treasure, located in Bartlett, is the oldest log home in Shelby County open to the public. The grounds include thirty-two acres of plantation land and numerous outbuildings, as well as gardens and trails.
On August 14th, Meryl Klein, Executive Director of Creative Aging of the Mid-South, discussed the importance of aging creatively. Topics included how music, art, and even daily activities relate to the aging mind.
On August 13th, a Shelby County Sheriff’s Office Deputy presented a neighborhood watch class, which covered how to watch out for your neighbors and take care of each other. The presentation included a discussion about how to watch out for suspicious cars around and irregular activity, among other topics to ensure safer neighborhoods.
AARP Driver Safety Class
A two-day AARP driver safety class was taught on Aug. 8th & 9th. Approximately 21 seniors attended the two 4-hour classes. New driving strategies, the effects of aging on driving, how to reduce chances of having a crash, and other related topics were covered. Participants are entitled to a discount on their auto insurance. The cost for the two-day class was $12 for AARP Members, $14 for non-members. Membership was not required to attend.
FACEBOOK 101 WORKSHOP
On July 25th, Ronda Kelley, owner of Helping Bee, which specializes in computer/technology instruction, taught a Facebook 101 class. Topics to be covered include creating and editing a Facebook page, reconnecting with old friends and/or distant relatives, and how to handle friend requests and notification tools. There was a $20 fee for the class. Ronda Kelley can be contacted at 846-6189 or .
“THE PEOPLE OF SOUTH SUDAN” PRESENTATION
On July 24th, Joyce Wiggins spoke on the history and the people of South Sudan in Africa, which included a video presentation.
On July 18th, Mike Baldwin brought in 200 rock minerals and fossils to give a talk explaining rock and mineral formation and how they are utilized in the world.
TRAFFIC SAFETY PRESENTATION
On July 16th, there was an informative class on traffic safety guidelines including how to reduce your chance of having an auto accident by using defensive driving techniques.
On July 12th, Secretariat (a film chronicling the life of thoroughbred race horse Secretariat, including his owner and trainer) was shown. Secretariat won the Triple Crown in 1973.
LINE DANCING CLASS
Dance and fitness instructor Sherri Gallick taught eight Line Dancing classes from May until late June at the I.H. Clubhouse. Classes featured instruction for beginner as well as intermediate level students. Each dance was taught step-by-step, walked in a slow pace, and then put to music.
“STARS AND STRIPES” Seniors 55+ BBQ Luncheon
On June 21st, 71 attended the “Stars and Stripes” BBQ Luncheon, sponsored by St. Francis Hospital-Bartlett. The featured entertainment for the event was The Sgt. W. K. Singleton Pipes and Drums, an all-volunteer group that performs throughout the Mid-South. The band is associated with Detachment 476 of the Marine Corp League, Memphis, Tennessee, and performs as part of their Honor Guard.
The band kicked off the luncheon by playing the Star-Spangled Banner, then Scottish and Irish tunes, and even an Elvis song! It was a wonderful afternoon celebrating friendship and freedom with great food from Bozo’s BBQ, great music, and door prizes by St. Francis Hospital-Bartlett, ATC Fitness, and Starbucks Wolfchase.
We want to extend a special thank you to The Sgt. W. K. Singleton Pipes and Drums for their wonderful program and to St. Francis Hospital-Bartlett for sponsoring the event. We also want to thank Mayor Scott Carmichael, who served as Master of Ceremonies and Dr. Paul Criss, Pastor of New Salem Church, who gave the invocation. Thanks to all the volunteers that made it possible!
DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY 102
On June 20th, Mike Baldwin, senior Graphic Designer and Digital Photographer with International Paper in Memphis, taught a follow-up course to his Digital Photography 101 on June 13th. He discussed how to get the best performance out of your camera, which settings to use, when to use a flash, how to frame your image and plan your shots. Self-timers, tripods, filters, and special effects were also covered.
FLOWER ARRANGING BY REGIS
On June 18th, Regis Flowers (now located in Bartlett) provided instruction on flower arranging. The cost was $20, which covered the cost of fresh flowers. Participants brought their own vase to class. Regis Flowers provided a complimentary lunch.
DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY 101
On June 13th, Mike Baldwin, senior Graphic Designer and Digital Photographer with International Paper in Memphis taught an introduction to digital cameras. Baldwin has a degree in graphic design and 43 years’ experience as a photographer and artist. The class covered camera settings, maintenance, image storage, and formatting memory cards.
FREE CPR CLASS FOR SENIORS 55+
On June 6th, Rural Metro taught a CPR class based on the latest American Heart Association guidelines. The class provided hands-on training for 1 and 2 person adult CPR, infant and child CPR, as well as choking. Participants also learned how to recognize the warning signs of a heart attack and stroke.
The Senior Center hosted jewelry-making classes on several Fridays this May. The classes covered making drop earrings, beaded necklaces, and other items. Materials were made available for the first class, then participants brought their own supplies after the first class.
ESTATE PLANNING FOR SENIORS
On May 23rd, at both 11 a.m. and 6 p.m, Lakeland City Commissioner and Attorney at Law Randy Nicholson presented information on estate planning for seniors, including wills. Seniors had an opportunity to ask Randy questions at the end of these informative lectures.
REFLECTING YESTERYEAR MUSIC
Coley & Marilyn Graves performed old-time mountain, bluegrass and gospel music at the Lakeland Senior Center on May 15th. The Graves are always happy to share their many years of experience, and how they got involved with playing old-time music on an instrument called the “Hammered Dulcimer.” Their entertainment circle takes them throughout Western Tennessee, Northern Mississippi, and Eastern Arkansas. They are available as a couple only, or with a three, four or five piece group. For more information, contact Coley & Marilyn Graves at 382-1197 or .
HOME SECURITY EDUCATION CLASS
On May 14th, a Shelby County sheriff’s deputy was at the Lakeland Senior Center to secure and maintain a safe and secure home.
IMPACT! HOW COMET AND ASTEROID IMPACTS SHAPE HUMAN SOCIETIES
Dr. Gerrit Verschuur gave lectures on April 29th regarding cosmic impacts that have wiped out ancient civilizations. For example, back in 540 AD the Dark Ages, and the plague that preceded, it may have been precipitated by impacts of several comet fragments. The reality of the threat of objects from space causing great damage to life on earth was brought home in February when the Russian fireball injured 1,200 people. In 1996 Gerrit published a book entitled “Impact! The Threat of Comets and Asteroids” and a great deal has happened since then related to understanding the way cosmic impacts have wiped out several ancient civilizations. Gerrit is now working on a new book on the topic. Given that in November of this year a huge comet will pass so close to the sun that it may become the brightest ever seen in recorded history made his talks even more topical.
COMMON SENSE SELF-DEFENSE CLASS
On April 16th, a Shelby County sheriff’s deputy demonstrated simple ways to protect your-
self from a physical attack.
RHYTHM & BLUES BY
THE MARVELOUS BERTHA PAYNE
On April 15th, “The Marvelous Bertha Payne” performed urban soul and rhythm & blues, including cuts from her latest CD “Let The Party Get Started," available at www.cdbaby.com/
cd/berthapaynemarvelous. Bertha was born and raised on a farm in Arlington/Lakeland area, where she began singing in church as a teenager. She was inspired by favored singer KoKo Taylor, as well as the music of Etta James, Tina Turner and Betty Wright. Bertha Payne can be contacted at 377-6438 or .
VEGETABLE GARDENING 101
On April 11th, Laurie Williams gave a class on the basics of vegetable growing where she covered soil preparation, seed starting, planting, container growing, as well as pest and disease control.
"Going Green" Potluck Luncheon
On Friday March 22nd, about 50 seniors attended the potluck luncheon, sponsored by First Citizens National Bank of Arlington. Don Oliver, Community Bank President for First Citizens National Bank, Arlington, presented door prizes donated by the Bank (umbrella, caps and tickets to the Taste of Arlington) to the winners as well as door prizes donated by ATC Fitness and Starbucks at Wolfchase.
The featured entertainment for the luncheon was the Riverboat Cloggers. Marie Lovelace, leader of the family-oriented dance group, has been teaching clogging for over 20 years. She noted that clogging is a true American Heritage dance that was created by many different nationalities that settled in the United States.
The group gave a lively performance which included an Irish dance as well as the finale of Rocky Top Tennessee, which got everyone clapping to the music. Their spirited and enthusiastic performance was thoroughly enjoyed by all.
We want to extend a special thank you to the Riverboat Cloggers for their wonderful program, First Citizens National Bank, Arlington for sponsoring the event, and to Kroger on US 64 for providing the fried and baked chicken. We also want to thank Mayor Scott Carmichael, who served as Master of Ceremonies, Dr. Paul Criss, Pastor of New Salem Church, who gave the invocation, and Commissioner Gerrit Verschuur, who was the photographer for the event.
“CITY OF LAKELAND HISTORY” PRESENTATION
On March 18th, Lakeland Planning Director Jim Atkinson spoke about the history of the City of Lakeland. He focused on the geographic history of Lakeland using historic aerial photos and images. Atkinson compared historic photos to recent photos showing the former locations of the Lakeland amusement park, Huff ’n Puff train, both race tracks, and other notable landmarks from years past, showing just how much the City of Lakeland has changed over the last fifty years.
IDENTITY THEFT PREVENTION
On March 12th, a deputy with the Shelby County Sherriff’s Department described various ways identity theft happens, how to protect your personal information, and what to do if your identity is stolen.
GENEALOGY: SEARCHING FOR YOUR FAMILY HISTORY
On March 5th, Rebecca Abbott talked about the different ways to discover one's family ancestry, including accessing numerous records online.
LIVE COUNTRY MUSIC BY CORNELL WASHINGTON
On March 4th, Cornell Washington returned to sing country music at the Lakeland Senior Center, by requests following his January 9th performance. Cornell worked at a country post office for 38 years and has always liked the country life, most notably singing country music. Cornell enjoys variety of music as diverse as R&B, Rock, and Willie Nelson.
FRAYSER-RALEIGH CHORAL AND DRAMA GROUP
On February 27th, the Frayser-Raleigh Choral And Drama Group entertained with music from the 1950’s and 60’s era.
“MIND AEROBICS” PRESENTATION
On February 19th, Mary Alexander, a licensed clinical social worker, discussed simple techniques to increase focus and memory, while also providing stress reduction.
On February 15th, The Help movie was shown, which was the first Film Friday presentation for the Center. The Help is 2011 drama film set in Jackson, Mississippi. An aspiring author during the civil rights movement of the 1960s decides to write a book detailing the African-American maids' point of view on the white families for which they work, and the hardships they go through on a daily basis. The film received four Academy Award nominations and won the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture.
“TREE TALK” PRESENTATION
On February 11th, Wes Hopper discussed the most common tree care mistakes and how to avoid them, how to choose the right tree for the right place, and how to properly care for the trees you already have. Since trees are very much alive all winter and require proper care, Wes covered fall and winter tree care including pruning.
JAZZ AND COFFEE
The John Aldinger Jazz Band performed at the Lakeland Senior Center for the second time on Thursday, January 24th, from 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. Their “Jazz and Coffee” was a performance of well-known tunes from the 1920’s thru the 1960’s. A special feature, presenting “a little taste of ragtime piano music” was a part of the performance.
The Band has played jazz music in the Memphis area for nearly 20 years, and has performed for retirement communities, nursing homes, country clubs and numerous private functions. The J Band includes John Aldinger on the piano (keyboard), Mike McCaslin on the upright bass, and Jim Watkins on the chromatic harmonica.
AARP DRIVER SAFETY CLASS
On Jan. 22nd & Jan. 23rd, participants learned new driving strategies, were taught about the effects of aging on driving, and learned to reduce their chances of having a collision, and much more. The classes cost $12 for AARP Members, $14 for non-members. Upon completion, TN law entitled the participants to a discount on their auto insurance. Contact: George Coleman at 901-384-3581.
BARTLETT CHORAL AND DRAMA GROUP
On January 17th, Gail Marcum and Toof Brown presented a musical repertoire, of jazz to country to western to gospel. The performance included song, dance and skits, as well as musical performances on the sax, bass and banjo, incorporating story-telling and drama reading.
Gail Marcum is musical director. Toof Brown, former music director, now organizes and promotes the group. Toof was a member of the Steamboat Strummers for 25 years. The group, from the Bartlett Senior Citizens Center, practices weekly and performs at hospitals, nursing homes, churches and private functions.
Past Events (2012):
“THE ASTRONOMICAL UNIVERSE” SEMINAR Presentation By Dr. Gerrit Verschuur
Gerrit Verschuur, Ph.D, author and adjunct physics professor, presented a series of talks about the universe, at the Senior Center. On each of the three seminar dates, Dr. Verschuur gave two identical presentations: the first at 11 a.m., and the second at 6:30 p.m., each lasting about 50 minutes. We appreciate him donating his time and talent!
Monday, October 22nd, 2012: What is out there? A tour to the edge of space and time.
Tuesday, November 27th, 2012: Stars and Galaxies. How far away and how old? How can we possibly know?
Monday, January 14th, 2013: Is anyone else out there? On listening for voices from space.
Dr. Verschuur, a Lakeland resident and Commissioner, has written extensively about science for the lay person and is author of eight books and co-author of three textbooks ranging from the story of the Invisible Universe, Comets and Asteroids, Interstellar Matter, as well as Magnetism. He has published 70-plus articles in Astronomy Magazine and other popular science magazines and has authored nearly 100 technical research papers.
He has given talks to the general public on three continents and during the past 18 years has been a speaker at Mid-South Star Gaze, the annual gathering of a hundred or so amateur astronomers at French Camp in Mississippi.
Holiday Potluck Luncheon
On Friday, November 16th, IH Clubhouse was the setting for the Seniors 55+ Holiday Potluck Luncheon sponsored by Lakeland’s Trustmark Bank. More than 80 enjoyed a scrumptious meal featuring many holiday favorites. Congratulations to the guests who won door prizes and poinsettia centerpieces!
Nancy Harrell, Assistant Vice President and Branch Manager, Trustmark Bank, enjoyed the event and expressed appreciation for the opportunity to sponsor the event for area seniors.The Steppin’ Out Dancers brought a winning combination of sparkly holiday spirit, cheer, and enthusiasm to the all who attended. The tap dancers, with eight dazzling, “glam” costume changes, captivated the audience dancing to the treasured sounds of Holiday Music.
We are extremely fortunate and deeply grateful that so many talented groups have been willing to come and entertain us at our quarterly luncheons. Their only “pay” is a free lunch. Each group has contributed so much to making the luncheons fun and successful.
We extend a special thank you to the Steppin’ Out Dancers for the wonderful and engaging holiday program, Trustmark Bank of Lakeland for Sponsoring the Luncheon, and the door prizes donated by ATC Fitness Center (day passes and week passes), Starbucks Coffee, Wolfchase (two one-pound bags of coffee), Wayne’s Liquor ($25 gift certificate), and to Kroger on US Hwy. 64 for providing fried and baked chicken. We also want to thank Vice Mayor Tompkins, who served as Master of Ceremonies, Dr. Paul Criss, Pastor of New Salem Church, who gave the invocation, and Commissioner Gerrit Verschuur, who was our photographer for the event.
Bluegrass, Country and Southern Gospel Music
Special thanks to Gordon and Jean Jones who played Bluegrass, Country and Southern Gospel at the Center on November 15th, 2012, as well as for their donation of an American flag and stand at both the Center and IH Clubhouse.
The Jones met at the Memphis Area Bluegrass Association where they played music in a jam session. Gordon is a native Memphian who graduated from Humes High School in 1956. Jean is from Scotts Hill, TN and has lived in the Memphis area since 1957 moving to Lakeland in 1992. They have been married 3 and 1/2 years. Gordon began playing guitar after retiring whereas Jean has been playing guitar since age 12 and learned to play the dobro 5 years ago.
CERT Classes Completed
A group of Lakeland seniors completed Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training sessions at the Lakeland Senior Center. There were eight two-hour classes that ran from September 12 through November 7th, 2012. Topics included disaster medical, search and rescue, and terrorism.
The CERT course provided participants with the training necessary for responding to disasters or other emergencies potentially impacting the City. The City appreciates those who completed this training opportunity and are more prepared to assist other Lakeland residents in the event of a disaster.
Senior Center Grand Opening:
The Lakeland Senior Center was constructed in 2011.
The ribbon-cutting was on 5/23/12.