Upcoming Events

SENIOR CENTER ANNOUNCEMENTS

The Saratoga Senior Center will be CLOSED:
Friday, December 24th on Christmas Eve
Friday, December 31st on New Years Eve

SAFETY GUIDELINES AND PROTOCOLS

Safety guidelines and rules at the Senior Center:

Members and program participants who are fully vaccinated are no longer required to wear a mask while participating in programs.

Anyone choosing to come into the Center is still more then welcome to continue wearing a mask if you feel more comfortable doing so.
Those who are not vaccinated will still be required to wear a mask when inside the Center and still be required to socially distance.
We are counting on the integrity of our members and guests to follow this guidance based on their vaccination status and we will not be requiring proof of vaccination.

Help us maintain a healthy and safe environment for all.
•If you feel sick, please stay home
•Wipe down your equipment before and after each use
•Keep your distance and practice appropriate social distancing
•Wash your hands often

The safety of our members, participants and staff remains our top priority. We will continue to uphold COVID-19 safety guidelines from the CDC and NYS DOH. We will continue to keep safety a top priority and cleaning and socially distant protocols will still be maintained and followed.

We are excited to welcome everyone back into the Center and look forward to seeing you.

Lois Celeste
Executive Director

WELCOME DOTTIE PEPPER! BOOK READING & SIGNING "LETTERS TO A FUTURE CHAMPION'"

Thursday, December 9th 1:00 PM

Dottie Pepper is a native Saratogian and is coming to visit us at the Senior Center. She is the lead walking reporter for CBS Sports' coverage of the PGA Tour, Masters, and PGA Championship. She played 17 years on the LPGA Tour, winning 17 times, including two major championships and one additional win on the JLPGA Tour. She represented the United States six times in the Solheim Cup matches, compiling a 13-5-2 record. Dottie retired from competitive golf in 2004. Since then, she has covered all levels of televised golf, including every majo rchampionship, international team events, as well as national amateur championships for ESPN, Golf Channel, NBC, and CBS. Call the front desk to RSVP 518.584.1621!

HOLIDAY GIVING FROM CDPHP

FREE PROGRAMS AND ACTIVITIES FOR DECEMBER

Our friends from CDPHP have done it again. In the spirit of the holiday season, CDPHD is covering all members $15
monthly activity and special event fees. Perfect time to try something new. Excludes trips, holiday party and dinners!

CAPITAL REGION GIVES BACK!

Thursday, December 9th

Join us in honoring 10 do-gooders from Saratoga and the greater Capital Region-and raising money for the charities they represent.
About this event:
Capital Region Gives Back is back-and this year we return to in-person celebration!
One year after the craziness of our "hybrid" in-person/virtual 2020 Capital Region Gives Back event (hey, we pulled it off!) Saratoga Living and Capital Region Living are thrilled to invite you to our third annual charity event.

Here's how it works:
1. Read up on the 10 impressive honorees (five from Saratoga and five from the greater Capital Region) and the important charities they're representing below.
2. Decide on one charity you'd like to support. (We know, it's hard!)
3. Choose that charity when buying tickets.
4. Fifty percent of the cost of your ticket will go directly to that charity. The rest will support local journalism!
5. Show up on December 9 for a festive evening of food, drinks and music and to see which honoree raised the most for his or her charity!
Click here to vote for Lois Celeste the Executive Director of the Saratoga Senior Center!

HOLIDAY FESTIVITIES!

Check out our holiday events below:

Monday is "Make is Holiday Gift"
- November 29th & December 6th at 2 pm. Bead a silver Lenox ornament or create a fully beaded ornament.
- December 6th & 13th from 10 am - 12 pm. Paint a ceramic ornament.
- December 13th at 2 pm. Create a beaded bracelet.

 


Holiday preparation with Wellcare

Friday, December 10th. 1 - 3pm
- Gift wrapping (bring 2-3 presents)
- Live Music with Rick Bolton & Jackie Dugas
- Ice Cream Social


Holiday Member Party -
Tuesday, December 14th. 1:30 - 3:30 PM. $5. Please RSVP!
Let's celebrate the holidays together by mixing and mingling while enjoying live entertainment, food and friends!
- Live Music with Michael Panza & Friends, guest appearance by Kelsey Dodd.
- Buffet prepared by Prime at Saratoga National
- Holiday Punch with a "punch"
Sponsored by Highmark BlueShield of Northeastern New York & Herzog Law

 


Holiday Breakfast
Wednesday, December 29th. 8:30-10:30.
Ring in the new year with friends and food! Eggs, sausage, coffee, pastries. Please Sign Up!

 

What's Happening at the Senior Center in December!

Tech Fair with Wyre Storm. Tuesday, November 30th. 1- 3 p.m. Employees of the firm Wyre Storm will be here to help you with ANY & ALL questions regarding technology! How to use: E-mail, cell phones, IPADS, Laptops, Kindles and more! Have you always wanted to try ZOOM, Facebook, Instagram, Spotify for music or order groceries for delivery? Here is your chance to learn.


Medicare Advantage Information at the Center. Medicare open enrollment ends Dec., 7th.
CDPHP Tuesday, Nov., 30th. 1-3pm.
Wellcare Wednesday, Dec., 1st. 10-12pm.

Dancing with Seniors - facilitated by Monica Stoeher. Monday 12/6 & 12/20. 2pm. Get your swing on! Learn the basic steps of dancing and listen to great music. No experience required. Let’s have fun!


Tai Chi. Mondays, 9-10am Tai Chi with Frank. Fridays, 9-10am Silver Sneakers Ener Chi with Shelia. Two chances to practice the ancient art of Tai Chi Tai chi is a series of gentle physical exercises and stretches. Each posture flows into the next without pause, ensuring that your body is in constant motion.


“Discussion About Long Term Care” facilitated by Renee Birnbaum and Melonie Pratt of Choice Connections. Thursday, December 16th. 11am. Please sign up . Enjoy a continental breakfast and learn all the updated information long term care. Topics include: Understand home care options; cost, levels of care. Understand senior housing; cost, amenities, levels of care. Review funding options available for care. Other care options and resources available in the community. Healthy snacks provided.


Conversational Spanish Fridays, 10:15-11am. Hola! Speaking in Spanish is now being offered at the center! Come and join Skidmore intern, Alejandra, if you would like to learn, practice or just converse in Spanish.


NEW! Bridge Game - Sanctioned Duplicate Bridge Fridays, 12-4pm. Beginning December 3rd. Bridge is in the house! Players welcome to join the group. Call the front desk for details.


Office for the Aging Lunches Are Back! Monday - Friday. 12:00. Participants must be age 60 or older. Participants must sign up at least one day in advance by 12 noon by calling OFA or in person with the meal Site Manager. An individual must have a reservation to be served a congregate meal. Lunch is served at 12 Noon. Call Office for the Aging at 518-884-4100 for details.


Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Group 11am-12pm, 2nd Friday of every month. Being a caregiver can present exhausting challenges and take a significant toll on your health. Our support group can give you the assistance you need.


BOOK CLUB AT THE CENTER Tues., Dec., 28th 3pm. NEW MEMBERS WELCOME!
“Lady in the Lake” by Laura Lippman - In 1966, Baltimore is a city of secrets that everyone seems to know—except Maddie Schwartz. Last year, she was a happy pampered housewife. This year, she’s bolted from her 20 year marriage determined to make good on her youthful ambitions to live a passionate, meaningful life.


TAROT CARD READINGS facilitated by Mary Shimp Last Thursday of the month. 10-2pm. $5 donation.
Do you have some unanswered questions about your life? A tarot card reading provides guidance to gain an insight into what the future holds. Call to make a 15 minute appointment.


BARBER AT THE CENTER! $5 haircuts for men. Mon., Dec.13th. 9:00-12pm.
Ryan will be coming to the Center to cut our men members hair. Must call the front desk to make an appointment.

DECEMBER FOOD PROGRAMS!

At the Saratoga Senior Center

Simply Food by Maura. $11 per dinner.
  - Tuesday, December 7th. Braised Cabbage with Kielbasa and Bacon. Served with pierogies.
  - Tuesday, December 21st. Spiral Ham, Scalloped Potatoes and Broccoli.
To Go dinner only 3-5:30, curbside pick up.
Dinners sponsored by Home of the Good Shepherd & Humana


Hot Holiday Breakfast!
Wednesday, December 29th. 8:30-10:30.
Ring in the new year with friends and food! Eggs, sausage, coffee, pastries. Please Sign Up!

Regional Food Bank

Regional Food Bank EVERY THURSDAY 11:30 am - 12 :30 pm.
Sponsored by Highmark BlueShield Northeastern New York. Free produce program. We are adding dry goods, and more. Call Phil 518.584.1621 at extension 206

PRESENTATION AND SPECIAL EVENT SCHEDULE

• NEW TIME! Wednesdays. 1:00. Bingo.
• NEW TIME! 2nd Fri of Mon. 11:00. Caregiver Support Group.
• NEW CLASS! Fri., 12pm. Bridge. Sanctioned, duplicate.
• Monday 9-12. (2nd Mon. of month). Men's Haircuts.
• 1st & 3rd Mon. 2pm. Beginning Dance.
• Thursdays(last Thurs of month). 10-2. Tarot Card Reading.
• Mon. Nov. 29th. 2pm. Beaded Ornament Workshop.
• Tues., Nov. 30th. 1-3pm. Tech Fair with Wyre Storm.
• Tues., Nov. 30th. 1-3pm. CDPHP Medicare is at Center.
• Mon., Dec. 1st. 10-12pm. Wellcare Medicare is at Center.
• Mon., Dec. 6th & 13th. 10-12pm. Ceramic Ornament Workshop.
• Tues., Dec.7th. Dinner To Go
• Mon., Dec. 6th. 2pm. Beaded Ornament Workshop.
• Thurs., Dec. 9th.1:00pm. Dottie Pepper Book Signing
• Fri., Dec. 10th. 1-3. Gift Wrap, Ice Cream, Sing-a-long.
• Mon., Dec. 13th. 2pm. Beading Workshop.
• Tues., Dec., 14th. 1:30-3:30. Holiday Party.
• Thurs., Dec., 16th. 11am."Long Term Care Presentation".
• Tues., Dec. 21st. Dinner To Go
• Tues., Dec., 28th. 3:00-4:00. Book Club.
• Wed., Dec. 29th. 8:30-10:30. Holiday Breakfast.
• Thurs., Dec. 30th. 10-2. Tarot Card Readings.

YOU MAY BE ELIGIBLE FOR FREE CLASSES AND PROGRAMS AT THE CENTER!

Do you carry United Healthcare & are 65+ years old? You maybe eligible for RENEW ACTIVE.

Do you carry any of the following Medicare Advantage Programs?
CDPHP, EMBLEM HEALTH, EMPIRE BLUECROSS, EMPIRE BLUECROSS BLUESHEILD, HEALTHFIRST, HUMANA, INDEPENDENT HEALTH, MVP, AND WELLCARE. You maybe eligible for SILVERSNEAKERS.

Did you know that your SilverSneakers and Renew Active membership allows you to attend all programming at the Center free, some exceptions may apply. It is not just for your exercise classes, it includes presentations, art classes, ZOOM classes, produce and food programs.

If you are taking a class in person, please register by calling the front desk at 518.584.1621