www.seniorcenterkennebunk.org

December 2018

 

 

 the Center

175 Port Rd.

Kennebunk, ME 

967-8514 

In This Issue

Monday:
Gentle Yoga 1 pm
Tuesday: 
Open Bridge 9:30am
Men's Bridge 12:30pm
Board Games 1 pm
Wednesday:
American Mahjong 1 pm
Cribbage 1 pm
Thursday:
Yoga 9am & 10 am
Grief Support  11 am
Chinese Mahjong 1 pm
Friday:
Art Workshop 10 am
Knitting 10 am
FISH Transportation
If you need a medical ride call 967-8514 to register as a rider.  We need drivers too.  Call the Center FMI.  
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Greetings!  
     I'm working from home today and enjoying the first "snow day" of this winter season. I can't help but reflect on what is soon to be the end of my second year here at The Center.  I'm feeling tremendous gratitude as I type on a new laptop courtesy of a Kennebunk Savings Bank grant. This time last year I had to drive in challenging weather to work on an inefficient desktop. Our good fortune continued in 18' with a gift of property and the addition of Natalie, a wonderful new asset to The Center team.
       The things that I am most grateful for are the things that are truly irreplaceable - the people in my life. The Center's membership is a community-minded, interesting group of people. They bring a lifetime of experience and wisdom that our greater community desperately needs. They rise to the occasion, whether it's operating a table at a fundraiser, or providing a ride to an elderly person that can no longer drive. Every day I feel honored to walk through the doors of our Center and have made it a personal goal to emulate the positive attitudes I witness here as I continue to age. 
       If you, or a family member or friend, has benefitted from The Center I ask that you consider a gift to our Annual Appeal. Or, if you are looking for an impactful, local nonprofit to support please consider us as we have been serving the greater community of the Kennebunk's for over 28 years! We are currently $14,000 away from our goal and need your help to end our fiscal year in the positive. If you haven't already sent in your Annual Appeal envelope, I ask that you do so, or visit our website and click the donate button, or stop by in person. 
      With exciting things on our horizon, we still need to sustain what we do every day and look to you for help. I wish you the happiest of holidays and I thank you for all that you do to support The Center!
     Best,   Pat Schwebler,  Executive Director

 
Programs, Clubs, Lessons, Luncheon

Holiday Fair - Saturday, December 1st from 8:30 am to 2 pm.    Join us to find just the right gift or greens for your home. 
Note: member sneak peak is Friday, Nov. 30 - 1 to 3 pm.

December Luncheon - Tuesday, December 4th - noon.  Enjoy lunch with the gals of Kennebunk Center for Health and Rehabilitation.  After lunch stay for a game about staying healthy through the holidays and this winter.  $8 per person.  Please call the Center to sign up by Monday.
 
December Book Club - Dec. 4th - 1 pm
All welcome to discuss "Forty Autumns."  

MEMBERSHIP DIRECTORY UPDATE!
Last chance to be in the Center's first Membership Directory! The Directory, which will be available in early 2019, will contain names, contact information, and interests of Center members who sign-up with Natalie. Only those who are in the Membership Directory will get a copy of it! You have until Friday, December 7 to sign-up to be included in the Membership Directory. See Natalie in the back office or email her at info@seniorcenterkennebunk.org

Movie Day - Friday, December 7th - 1pm.  
"It's a Wonderful Life" will be shown in the Center Living Room.  Join us for this classic and popcorn.  

Keeping the Keys with AAA - Tuesday, Dec. 11th - 1 pm.  Learn tips to keep you safe this winter on the roads.  Last time this program was popular - don't miss it.  We need 5 students to run it.  Free.  Please sign up.

Elder Elves - Bag packing day is Friday, Dec. 14th - 1 pm.   
Our elves will pack the wonderful gift bags.  If you want to request a bag please see Natalie or Carol.  If you'd like to help we are in need of $35 Hannaford Gift Cards and books of stamps.  We also have a wrapping station in the Center if you would like to help with that.  Thank you to all who make this outreach effort a success every year!

Center Christmas Party - Tuesday, Dec. 18th 2-4 pm.  Many thanks to Barbara Marran for organizing this lovely event.  Christmas music provided by Women of Note, a quartet of talented singers.  Please bring a goody to share.  Free to members.  $10 for non member guests.  Please sign up.

Need a gift idea?  Get the Center's Cash Calendar for just $10.   The recipient has a chance to win 31 times in January.  Plus you help our nonprofit.  See Natalie to purchase.  Thank you for your support. 

Please note the Center will be closed from Monday, December 24th through Tuesday, January 1st for the Holidays.  Thank you for understanding.  Have a wonderful holiday with family and friends.

Other happenings:

Friday, December 14th - 3 to 7 pm.
Visit our friends at the Brick Store Museum as they celebrate the completion of recent renovations at a Free Open House.
You're invited to walk through our new front entrance to celebrate the holidays with us.   
RSVP is encouraged. Please contact Caroline Brown at 985-4802 or at cbrown@brickstoremuseum.org.

Grief Support -Thursdays - 11 am. 
We all have or will lose someone we love.  As we age, loss becomes a more common experience and the grief that comes with it becomes a part of us.  Self-care at this time includes having the support of others experiencing grief.  Carol MacLeod, a retired advanced practiced nurse in psychiatry, has background in this area and leads the group.
The Grief Support Space is sponsored by the Bibber Family and Bibber Memorial Chapel.  The Center is grateful for their support and Carol's leadership of this program that helps so many in need.  

"Coping with the Holidays" is a program provided by Pastor Charlotte Bell of First Congregational Church in Kennebunkport on Wednesday, Dec. 5th from 10 to 11:30 am in Ober Hall.  This is a FREE and informal presentation on caring for your needs and those of the person with Alzheimer's/Dementia.  Light Refreshments. 
 
SMAA, Wednesday, Dec. 5th  -  Meet privately with a representative  from the Southern Maine Agency on Aging. Call 800-427-7411 to make an afternoon appointment.

Coming in January:

An all new newsletter!  Per your requests, the newsletter will now include two months of news in one so you can plan ahead.