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SAFETY GUIDELINES AND PROTOCOLS

Safety guidelines and rules at the Senior Center:

Members and program participants are NOT required to wear masks while at the Saratoga Senior Center.

Help us maintain a healthy and safe environment for all.
•If you feel sick, please stay home
•Wash your hands often

The safety of our members, participants and staff remains our top priority.

Lois Celeste
Executive Director

PROGRAMS AND EVENTS FOR DECEMBER

FOOD & DRINK EVENTS:

Hot Breakfast Buffet
Monday, December 5, 9:15-10:30
$3 member RSVP required. Call the Front Desk to reserve your spot!

GRAB & GO MEALS from PaL's Meals to Go
Pick-up on Monday & Tuesday, December 5 & 6.
Lasagna. Place order by noon on the Friday prior.
Missed placing an order? We'll have a few extra meals on hand, just ask at the front desk!

Holiday Lunch Buffet
Friday, December 16, 1:30
BBQ Chicken, Mashed Potatoes, and more! $10. RSVP required. Call the Front Desk

Dinner with The Olde Bryan
Tuesday, December 13, 5:30pm
Dine in dinner with friends. Chicken Cordon Bleu. $12 per dinner. Please RSVO at the front desk.

GRAB & GO MEALS from PaL's Meals To Go
Monday & Tuesday, December 19 & 20
Chicken Piccata with Ziti. Place order by noon on the Friday prior.
Missed placing an order? We'll have a few extra meals on hand, just ask at the front desk!

Member Holiday Party
Wednesday, December 21, 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Buffet prepared by Prime at Saratoga National. • Have you been naughty or nice? Santa will be here! $8.00 RSVP required. Call the Front Desk • Live music by Jay Yager & Chris Dollard. • Guest appearance by Kelsey Dodd. • Sponsored by Aetna

Continental Breakfast
Wednesday, December 28, 9-10am.
Start your day with friends, laughter and good food. Free. Sponsored by Albany Guardian Society



PROGRAMS AND WORKSHOPS:

Funding Options for Long Term Care
Thursday, December 1, 11:00am
Facilitated by Renee Birnbauam and Melonie Pratt of Choice Connections. What are some of the funding options available to help pay for care? How do I pay for home care? Assisted living? Nursing home care? What are the options? What do they offer? What is the criteria to become eligible?

Fidelis / Wellcare - Medicare Advantage Information Table.
Thursday, December 1, 12-2.
Medicare Advantage Information Sessions If you're dreaming of retirement or about to turn 65, it's time to make sure you know what to do as you become eligible for Medicare. Join this licensed agent who will go over the ABCD's of Medicare.

Revisiting TrueSongs with Lawrence, Margaret & Jeff
Monday, December 5, 11am
Did you miss the event at Caffe Lena's on November 12th? TrueSongs paired Lawrence Barisic with songwriter Jeff Brisbin and storyteller Maga ret French. They worked together over the course of several weeks to create a performance that shows the positive impact of the Senior Center. Join us for the showing of the recorded 10-minute, true, first-person story and original song played live at the Center, followed by a Q & A with Lawrence, Jeff and Margaret.

Aetna - Information Table
Monday & Tuesday, December 5 & 6, 11am - 2pm
Join a licensed agent who will answer your questions.

"The Widows" Club Holiday Get Together.
Tuesday, December 6, 2:30pm
Our goal is to help women and men restart life after the death of a loved one. It's a way to connect with others and learn ways to move forward and live. This is not grief support or grief counseling.

BARBER AT THE CENTER
Monday, December 12, 9:00-12pm
$5 haircuts for men. Ryan will be coming to the Center to cut our male members' hair. Call the front desk to make an appointment

Annual Board Meeting.
Wednesday, December14, 5:30pm.
All members are welcome to attend

Zentangle Art Program facilitated by Katie Long .
Thursday, December 15, 2:00pm.
Make a holiday card and ornament with Zentangle. Zentangle is an American method for drawing, which promotes concentration and creativity as well as increasing personal well-being. $5. Please reserve your spot at the front desk.

Member Meeting & Building Update
Friday, December 16, 11:00
There are a lot of rumors flying around about the building and our move. Come to the meeting for the latest news and get your questions answered.

Holiday Gift Wrap
Friday, December 16, 12-2:00.
Hate to wrap? Bring in your gifts and we will wrap them for you!

Decorating Holiday Cookies
Friday, December 16, 2:00-3:00.

Beading Workshop facilitated by Jerry Matthews.
Mondays, December 19th
Whether you are just beginning or an experienced beader, join Jerry to create beautiful and one-of-a-kind jewelry. Please sign up, seating is limited. $10 material fee

Holiday Sing-A-Long with Garland Nelson
Friday, December 23, 1:30-2:30
Holiday music with Garland Nelson. A well known and loved Saratoga staple, Garland will get us all in the spirit!

Book Club
Tuesday, December 27, 3pm
December Book: "The Kitchen Front" by Jennifer Ryan. Two years into World War II, Britain is feeling her losses: The Nazis have won battles, the Blitz has destroyed cities, and U-boats have cut off the supply of food. In an effort to help housewives with food rationing, a BBC radio program called The Kitchen Front is holding a cooking contest - and the grand prize is a job as the program's first-ever female co-host. For four very different women, winning the competition would present a crucial chance to change their lives. These four women are giving the competition their all - even if that sometimes means bending the rules. But with so much at stake, will the contest that aims to bring the community together only serve to break it apart?

Tarot Card Readings facilitated by Mary Shimp
Thursday, December 29, 10-2pm.
Do you have some unanswered questions about your life? A tarot card reading provides insight into what the future holds. Call for a 15 minute appointment. $5 donation.


ONGOING:

Bridge is back!
Mondays, 1-4pm
We have had many members ask about starting bridge back up. So, if you are interested in playing, come to the Center on Mondays and let's get the games rolling again.

Chit Chat Fun Group
Mondays, 1pm

Bingo
Wednesdays, 1pm

Heart & Soul Line Dancing.
Wednesdays. 2:45pm.
Line dancing with Mary and Frank Colby will continue. It is no pressure, fun dancing and you don't need a partner. Let's keep dancing

Chinese and American Mahjong.
Thursdays, 1-4pm.
New players welcome! Mahjong is fun and enormously popular, a classic Chinese game of strategy, skill, and summation

CONVERSATIONAL SPANISH facilitated by Roberto y Marco
Fridays from 10:00 - 11:00
Our small, but enthusiastic, Spanish class meets. We use tools to improve conversation and understanding, including video lessons, popular songs, brief short stories, and dialogues with each other and our resident native speaker. We constantly search for learning resources such as Duolingo and opportunities to hear Spanish language podcasts, TV shows, and movies. Classroom exercises are supplemented with handouts and links emailed for home practice.

Community Collaboration

Regional Food Bank EVERY THURSDAY 11am - first come first serve, upon availability.
Sponsored by CDPHP. Free produce program. We are adding dry goods, and more. Call Anna 518.584.1621 at extension 206

PRESENTATION AND SPECIAL EVENT SCHEDULE

• Every Monday. 1pm. Bridge
• Every Monday. 1pm. Chit Chat Fun Group
• Every Wednesday. 1:00. Bingo
• Every Wednesday 2:45pm Heart & Soul Line Dancing
• Every Thursday. 11:00. Regional Food Bank
• Every Thursday. 1:00. Mahjong- American & Chinese
• Thurs, Dec. 1st. 11:00. Long Term Care Funding
• Thurs, Dec. 1st. 12:00. Wellcare/Fidelis
• Mon., Dec. 5th. 9:15. Breakfast Buffet
• Mon., Dec. 5th. 11:00. TrueSongs revisited
• Mon., Dec. 5th 11am - 2pm Aetna - Information Table
• Tues, Dec 6th 11am - 2pm Aetna - Information Table
• Tues., Dec. 6th 2:30. Widows Club
• Tues., Dec. 6th 3:30. To Go Dinners
• Mon., Dec 12th 9-12. Men's Haircuts
• Tues., Dec. 13th 5:30. Dine in Dinner
• Wed., Dec. 14th 5:30. Annual Board Meeting
• Thurs., Dec. 15th 2:00. Zentangle Art
• Fri., Dec. 16th 11:00. Member Meeting
• Fri., Dec. 16th 12:00. Gift Wrap
• Fri., Dec. 16th 1:30. Holiday Lunch
• Fri., Dec. 16th 2:00. Cookie Decorating
• Mon., Dec. 19th. 1:00. Beading Workshop
• Tues., Dec. 20th 11:00. Regional Food Bank
• Tues., Dec.20th 3:30. To Go Dinners
• Wed., Dec. 21st 1:30. Member Holiday Party
• Fri., Dec. 23rd 1:30. Garland Nelson
• Mon., Dec. 26th CLOSED
• Tues. Dec. 27th 3:00. Book Club
• Wed., Dec. 28th 9-10. Continental Breakfast
• Thurs., Dec. 29th Tarot Cards
• Mon., Jan. 2nd CLOSED

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