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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 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. Click here for a virtual tour! (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, and other times) or City Hall 901-867-2717.

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Seniors 55+ Christmas Dinner
By Kim Odom, Lakeland Senior Center Manager

A holly, jolly, good-time, was had by approximately 70 attendees dressed in holiday style for the annual Seniors 55+ Christmas Dinner, Friday, Dec. 1, at I.H. Clubhouse. The evening featured a Pink Flamingo catered menu of roasted turkey, cornbread dressing, green bean and sweet potato casseroles, sourdough rolls, and fresh pecan pie.

Keyboardist and vocalist, Charles Norman, entertained the crowd, bringing them to their feet and out on the dance floor throughout the night. Norman played a variety of music, from oldies but goodies to country and blues, along with a few Christmas tunes for the occasion. Lakeland resident and recording artist, Berta Payne, joined Norman in a blues performance.

Arlington High School students, Alyssa Stephens, Jerry Jenkins, Genna Tuznik, and Caitlin Evans, pampered the seniors, making sure every glass stayed full during the event, and mingled with the crowd. The National Honor Society students took part in the fun by hopping out on the dance floor to a few tunes.  

In the midst of all the fun – Santa showed up – just in time to give away lots of prizes donated by local businesses and organizations of the mid-south, including Memphis Botanic Garden, Shelby Farms Conservancy, AutoZone, Gateway Tire & Service Center, Alma Bella Salon, Safety Nails, Victory Lane BBQ, Lakeland Lion’s Club, and more. The event sponsor was Lefler Financial. Stephanie Lefler and family were honorary guests of the evening.

Steve Pitcock said of the dinner he and wife, Sue, attended, “Although we didn’t win one of the many great prizes, it was a wonderful dinner. The food and entertainment was spectacular, and we made a few friends. It certainly got us into the spirit of Christmas.”

Left top: Pat and Bob Hudson were among attendees of the annual Seniors 55+ Christmas Dinner, Friday, Dec. 1, at I.H. Clubhouse, pampered by Arlington High School students, like Caitlin Evans, as they enjoyed a festival night out featuring a catered meal, entertainment, and prizes.

Middle top: Trudy Scholten, Betty Davis, and Linda Doyle, chatted it up with Santa, as he made the rounds to wish everyone a Merry Christmas.

Right top: Ron Brandon with wife, Sue, was greeted by Santa with gentleman’s handshake.

Bottom left: Dotty and James Marshall took advantage of the great entertainment provided by vocalist Charles Norman on keyboard.

Bottom middle: Old Santa found himself a dance partner (wife, Pat Golden) during the evening’s event.

Bottom right: Santa got a helping hand from elves, Alyssa Stephens and Caitlin Evans, Arlington High School National Honor Society students volunteering during the Seniors 55+ Christmas Dinner, Friday, Dec. 1, at I.H. Clubhouse.

Seniors_CPR_10.26.17.jpgSeniors CPR Class 

Senior participants used mannequins during a mock life-threatening situation during a CPR Class hosted by Shelby County Fire Department, Battalion Chief, Eric Jackson, and Lt. Terry Watts, on Thursday, Oct. 26, at Lakeland Senior Center.  Class participants learned proper CPR & AED techniques for adults, as well as for children and infants. “Our goal is to make you confident that you could handle an emergency if you had to,” said Chief Jackson.

All participants were CPR certified or recertified and passed the CPR tests with flying colors. Gaynelle Perry was glad she took Senior_Center_8.21.17.JPGthe class and is confident she could use what she learned during the class to stay focused and do what’s necessary during an emergency. 

“You never know when you might need to know CPR,” said Kim Odom, senior center manager. “Thanks to Shelby County Fire Department, class participants can confidently face an unexpected emergency situation and know they are doing everything they can to help save a life.”

Solar Eclipse 2017

Seniors celebrated the historical Solar Eclipse 2017 with friends at the Lakeland Senior Center, Monday, Aug. 21, 2017. They enjoyed Jack’s BBQ while waiting for the historical moment when most of the Sun was covered in the mid-south. Using special viewing glasses to protect their eyes, they watched the solar eclipse from its beginning to end.

Balance/Fall Prevention Workshop

7.13.17 photos.jpgSteady on their feet, a room full of seniors, participated the Balance/Fall Prevention Workshop presented by Matt Connell, MPT, LAT/ATC, Director of Physical Therapy with Arlington Physical Therapy, LLC, Thursday, July 13, at Lakeland Senior Center.

Connell started with conversation on how vital balance is to normal everyday living. As a physical therapy specialist, he described what happens when balance issues develop and discussed ways to prevent falls.  

He even put participants to a non-strenuous balance test, by asking those that wanted to participate, to stand and sit fives time within a few seconds. The hour-long presentation filled with facts and tips gave many a good sense on just how steady they are, or are not.

Linda Doyle said of the workshop, “It was very informative and makes you realize how vulnerable you are to falls. There was a lot of good information shared during the event. I’m glad I came.”

“For me the most important message was ‘don’t ignore it,’” Doyle added. “We are all good at ignoring it and thinking, oh it will get better. I think we were all reminded why we should not wait around to go to the doctor.”
-By Kim Odom, Lakeland Senior Center Manager

(Left photo) Matt Connell, MPT, LAT/ATC, Director of Physical Therapy with Arlington Physical Therapy, LLC., discussed how vital balance is to everyday living and provided helpful ways to improve your balance and prevent falls.

(Right photo) A room full of seniors participated in the Balance/Fall Prevention Workshop presented by Matt Connell, MPT, LAT/ATC, Director of Physical Therapy with Arlington Physical Therapy, LLC., Thursday, July 13, at Lakeland Senior Center.

Seniors 55+ Stars & Stripes BBQ Dinner

By Kim Odom, Lakeland Senior Center Manager

International Harvester Clubhouse was draped in red, white and blue, for the Seniors 55+ annual Stars & Stripes Dinner, Friday, June 16, sponsored by Saint Francis Hospital Bartlett and Trustmark Bank.

Approximately 50 guests followed suit for the occasion, dressing in patriotic apparel and coming out for a spectacular evening of fun and entertainment, and a chance to win the “Best Patriotic Dressed,” award. 

The event started with all heads bowed, as retired Chaplain, Randy Brown presented the Benediction; followed by the Pledge of Allegiance. Veterans in attendance were asked to remain standing to be recognized. The sound of applause rang out as veterans stood with pride. All guests stood again, and joined in patriotic harmony, as singer/keyboardist and event entertainer, Charles Norman, performed the National Anthem.

A traditional patriotic menu of pulled pork, buns, slaw, Barbecue beans, chips, and banana pudding, catered by Pink Flamingo Catering was served buffet-style, along with chicken fingers donated by Zaxby’s Lakeland, lasagna, along with a variety of desserts. 

Hit after hit of popular tunes from the 50’s and 60’s kept things perked up, as many took to the dance floor.  Occasionally, the tunes slowed down so couples could share in a slow dance or two. 

The “Best Patriotic Dressed,” prize, a $20 gift card, was awarded to Dick Rush, 93, who served in the U.S. Marine Corps. Kay Rush, wife of Dick Rush, was dressed in red, white and blue, and wore a hand-crafted sign pinned to her back, proudly displaying, “4th of July Baby.” She was born on Independence Day. Ironically, she wasn’t the only one there sharing the United States holiday - commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence 241 years ago on July 4, 1776. Karl Koch announced that he also, was born on the Fourth of July. Koch and Rush shared a laugh, a hug, and a sentimental moment of shared patriotism.  

Ticket drawings for prizes were held throughout the evening. Rush was honorably dressed, from head to toe, wearing in his military uniform. Donated prizes included a Victory Lane BBQ gift basket filled with a variety of rubs, sauces, a Koozie and t-shirt; three $10 Cracker Barrel gift cards; four VIP passes to Memphis Botanic Garden; two bags of pecans courtesy of the Lakeland Lions Club, one $40 Safety Nails gift card; a $25 gift card for Lakeland Cleaners, and more. 

 “Everyone seemed to enjoy evening,” said Kim Odom, Lakeland Senior Center manager, and organizer of the event. “It was a wonderful show of patriotism, and a great gathering for an early Independence Day celebration with friends.” 

Valentine's Lunch, Music & Movie!
By Kim Odom, Lakeland Senior Center Manager

SeniorsValentinesLunch2_14_17.jpgMusic, lunch, and a movie.

Many would consider that a nice day out. Participants of the Lakeland Senior Center’s (LSC) Valentine’s Day Lunch and Movie got all that and little more today (2.14.17).

Guests were serenaded by Trudy Scholten and Jean and Gordon Jones, regulars of the Jamming Group that play acoustic music at Center Monday afternoons. As guests enjoyed music and songs by the trio, they were treated to a catered lunch of Zaxby’s chicken, along with fresh salad greens and dessert.

Lakeland City Manager, Jim Atkinson, dropped by to wish everyone a Happy Valentine’s Day.

After lunch, some guests stayed to watch the movie “Elsa and Fred,” a romantic comedy starring Shirley MacLaine and Christopher Plummer. Popcorn and cold drinks were available.

Sprouts Partners with the Lakeland Senior Center to Honor Good Health

By Kim Odom, Lakeland Senior Center Manager

Heart_Health_seminar_1.19.17.jpgMore than a dozen seniors went to market, Thursday, Jan. 19, filling up shopping bags with fresh fruits and vegetables at the Lakeland Senior Center. The shopping bags were gifts to those attending the Heart Health seminar courtesy of Sprouts Farmers Market. The shopping bags were already filled with all kinds of heart health brochures and magazines, as well as, a variety of vitamin and supplement samples before seniors were presented an opportunity to shop for fruits and vegetables at the market stand set up by Sprouts at LSC.

Sprouts partnered up with the Lakeland Senior Center to honor good health by visiting the senior center to present good health tips for a healthy lifestyle. The topic was vitamins, supplements and the importance of getting daily nutritional needs.

David Tillman, assistant vitamin manager for Sprouts, talked to seniors about the importance of vitamins and introduced a variety of supplements to the group. Tillman shared many reasons why vitamins are vital to good heart health. He encouraged seniors to exercise, eat plenty of green vegetables, take a multiple vitamin every day, as well as fish oil for Omega 3. For those who have trouble tolerating vitamins, he suggested making a fresh smoothie each day, adding in vitamins and supplements to it. “Get your daily nutritional needs in one glass,” said Tillman. “And, it tastes good too.”

Tillman interacted with seniors by addressing questions from those attending the seminar. Johanna McArthur, said, “I am 67. Is it too late to start taking vitamins now?” Tillman responded, “Absolutely not. It’s never too late to start taking vitamins. If you have a need for it, your body will absorb it and rid what it doesn’t need.”
A variety of health programs have been added to the senior center’s calendar, honoring American Heart Month in February.

ChiliCookoffLSC_10.18.16.JPGJust for Fun Chili Cook Off - Full of Flavor -By Kim Odom

Chili was on at the first “Just for Fun! Chili Cook Off,” Oct. 18, hosted at the Lakeland Senior Center -- and so was the competition as participants threw together their chili recipes for the judged contest. Some of the recipes were longtime family recipes, while others were created solely by these participating amateur chefs.

Cleansing their palates in between tasting each chili recipe and serving as judges were Kevin Rooney (then recreation program director), Tom Skehan, planning director, and Mark Louderback, financial consultant with Edward Jones.

Judges tasted of a variety of chili recipes that woke up their palates. Among those special recipes was Grace McKenzie’s family recipe named “Deer Grace Chili,” cooked with venison. Judges also tested their taste buds with some savory elk chili made by Trudy Scholtzen. Other chili recipes were Bean Fantastic chili by Gerry Burditt, and Muy Bueno chili by Mitzi Pilcher.

Good to the very last bite, judges scored a tight contest. “It was really close,” said Mr. Rooney. “All of them were delicious.”

In the end it was Jack Otto’s chili, "Black Jack Chili," that made the judges palates dance. Mr. Otto took home the champion apron. The champ wore the apron with pride, stating, “I’ll treasure it forever.” Runners up were Mitzi Pilcher, Gerry Burditt, Grace McKenzie, and Trudy Scholtzen. Each received an engraved contest runner-up wooded spoon.

After the judged contest, participants and friends all sit down to feast on chili and all fixings. The event was held in honor of National Chili Month.

Kim Odom is the Lakeland Senior Center Manager.
Lakeland Senior Center webpage:

Photo caption: The competition was on during the first .“Just for Fun! Chili Cook Off,” Oct. 18, hosted at the Lakeland Senior Center. Winners were Mitzi Pilcher (left), Jack Otto (Champion), Gerry Burditt, Grace McKenzie.

8.12.16_Elvis_event.jpgElvis Music & Pizza Party

Things got all shook up as approximately 30 guests gathered for a Pizza Party & Elvis Music honoring Elvis Week, Friday, Aug. 12, at the Lakeland Senior Center. Guests of the event shared their Elvis stories with friends and some brought Elvis memorabilia from their personal collection.

The real fun began when Elvis (Mark Louderback, a friend of the LSC) surprised his fans as he made an entrance wearing the famous peacock jumpsuit featured on the cover of his 1975 album ‘Promised Land.’ The King mingled through the crowded room then performed “Blue Suede Shoes,” and “Love Me Tender,” as Trudy Scholten played the tunes on piano.

After lunch, Elvis emceed an exciting game of Trivia to see just how well the group knew Elvis’ history. A tie broke out between female Elvis fans, Alison Ely and Linda Doyle. Both took home gift cards for showing up fellow participants. Elvis, in all his bling, gave a final wave to his fans and said his signature, “Thank you, thank you very much,” as he left the building.

-Event/Photos by Kim Odom, 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.jpgBIBLE STUDY with Trudy Scholten 4.29.15 Bible Study.jpg
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.

12.14_Crafting_Class.jpgAbout 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!

Third Tuesday at 12:30 p.m. (Subject to change)

Is your birthday this month? The Lakeland Senior Center hosts a monthly birthday social 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.pngPIANO & POPCORN ...Come out for some fun!JeanneHamilton_piano_donation2.jpg
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.

Doug_Pilant_piano_tuner.jpgThanks 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.

bingo.pngFREE Bingo!
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.

bookclub.jpgBook_Club_1.15.jpgBOOK CLUB
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.pngCOFFEE & CHAT12.5.14 Coffee Chat.jpg
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_guitar2.jpgELECTRIC GUITAR JAM
One Friday each month, from 5 - 8 p.m. 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.


rivercityboppers.jpgLAKELAND DANCE
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. Admission is $4 for members and Lakeland residents; $7 for non-members. Guests are encouraged to bring snacks for their table. See website for more info.


tap_dance_picts_4.8.15.jpgBEGINNER'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 .

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 SESSIONJam_Session.jpg
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.

safe_driving.pngAARP 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 .

Sock_Hop_collage_9.11.15.jpgSENIORS 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!

Computer.pngPinterest-logo.pngGTO (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.

(Financial Seminar by Mark Louderback)
Friday, August 28th from 12 - 2 p.m.

Lunch was provided.


Absolute Home Health sponsored a free health check-up on August 24th. It included blood pressure, a weight check-up, etc.

Fall crafting 8.10.15.JPGCREATIVE CRAFTING
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.


lasagna_day.pngCANCELLED Due to Air Conditioning Issues:
Celebrating National Lasagna Day!
Wednesday, July 29th from 12 - 1:30 p.m.

film_reel.jpgMOVIE NIGHT (Eat, Love, Pray ...with Julia Roberts)
Friday, July 24th from 6 - 9 p.m.
$5 covered movie, popcorn, drinks.

picnic_watermelon.pngCelebrating National Picnic & Park Month!
Tuesday, July 21st from 12:30 2 p.m.
At the outdoor pavilion.

Senior Music Fest 7.10.15_jpeg.jpgSENIOR 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.

BBQ Dinner collage 6.19.15.jpgSeniors 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!

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.


5.22.15_3rdAnnivLSCcollage2.jpgOn 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 5.5.15.jpgcinco-de-mayo-clipart.pngCINCO 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.   

mark_louderback.jpgMark_Louderback_Edward_Jones2.gifOutlook & 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.

4.24.15 Arbor Day Tree Planting at LSC.jpgARBOR 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.”


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!

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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 .

3.27.15 Going Green collage.jpgSENIORS 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!

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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.

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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.

safe_driving.pngAARP 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 .

2.27.15 Sr Center Pie Bake-Off.jpgcherry pie.jpgLAKELAND 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.

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!

2.20.15_Mardi_Gras_resched.jpgMARDI 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!

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

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 .

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Friday, February 6th ...kick-off to National Pie Month!

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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 .

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 (2012- 2014), here.


Senior Center Grand Opening: 

The Lakeland Senior Center was constructed in 2011.

The ribbon-cutting was on 5/23/12.