Program Calendar

May 29, 2024

 

 

 

Highlights In This Issue:

  • Mobile Art Exploration with ArtFusion 19464
  • Sex & Dating After 50
  • SEPTA Senior Key Card event
  • Senior Prom Night!
  • Aqua Fitness
  • TRAAC Morning at the Challenger Center

Week of May 27, 2024               

Contact the TRAAC at (610) 323-5009

CANCELLATIONS & SCHEDULE CHANGES:

Mark your calendars in advance for these cancellations & changes
  • Closed Memorial Day–May 27
  • No Spanish Classes–May 29 thru the summer (will restart in Sept)

GET CREATIVE:

  • Knitting, Crocheting and More…–Tues & Thurs @ 10a in the Art & Craft Room
  • Art w/ Daryl–Tues  @ 1p in the Art Craft Room
  • Expressive Writing—Wed @ 1pm in the Library–”bring  an article to share with the group and talk about publishing”
  • Art Exploration w/ Kayla from ArtFusion 19464–Fri @ 1p in Arts and Craft Room

GAMES GALORE:

  • Chess-Mon–1p–Cafe
  • Rummikub–Mon –1p–Cafe
  • Texas Hold ‘Em—Wed at 12:45—Game Room
  • Dominoes—Tues & Thurs—1p—Game Room
  • Pinochle—Wed at 1p
  • Bingo—Thurs at 1p—Dining Room
  • Mahjong—Thurs 1p–Art & Craft Room
OTHER TRAAC FUN:
  • Omelette Tuesday–8-10a–Dining Room
  • Weight Watchers–Tues–9:30a–3rd  Floor
  • TRAAC Board Meeting–Tues @ 8a–Classroom 1
  • Dating Over 50 w./ the Romance Rockstar–Tues @1p in Classsroom 1
  • Haircuts w/ Natalie by appointment only –Wed
  • Technology Class with Janet—Wed at 10a—Library
  • As Time Goes By Singers Practice–Thurs @ 10a and 1p–3rd Floor
  • TRAAC Book Club–Fri @1p in Library
  • Prom Prep and Decorating–Thurs and Fri- @1p-Classroom 1
  • Bean Bag Baseball–Fri @1p–Track
  • Senior Prom–Fri @5p–Dining Room

All Activities this week:

Please note our lunch registration policy/procedure: We have moved to a 2-day ahead preregistration policy. For example, pre-register by Mon. at 4p for Wed. All cancellations will be filled until noon; we will do our best to accommodate all guests to offer a meal The above applies to the monthly Birthday lunch, as well. We encourage a $5 optional donation that can be paid at lunch like a regular lunch donation. Please consider making this donation as funds collected that day offset the expense of the entertainment and birthday cakes.

Preregistration helps ensure your spot and assists with planning!
Pre-registration assists with unexpected cancellations, giving us the ability to contact you via phone, email, or text.  We encourage you to try new programs and activities. There is no charge to try a class/program or lunch to see if you like it. It is a requirement that you check-in at the front desk or on the second floor, when you arrive. Your patience is greatly appreciated.  Thank you! To ensure your safety, please wear proper footwear and attire when attending all fitness classes!

Activity & Class Payment: For all fee-based classes, you may purchase an activity card at the front desk, and it will be initialed when you come in OR pay per class at the front desk. Just mention which class it’s for! The price for select classes is $2. We have several free programs as well as the Silver Sneakers, Renew Active, and Silver & Fit programs for eligible members.

Monday:

Tuesday:

  • 8:00—Billiards—Game Room
  • 8:00-10:00–Omelette Tuesday–Dining Room
  • 8:30—Small Group Training—Classroom 2—Jolene 
  • 8:30—Strength & Balance at Evansburg UMC Collegeville—Joanne
  • 9:30—Sit ‘n Fit—Evansburg UMC Collegeville – Joanne 
  • 9:30—Weight Watchers – 3rd Floor
  • 9:45–Yoga Stretch & Tone–Classroom 1–Patty
  • 10:00—Knitting, Crocheting & More – Art & Craft Room—Pat
  • 10:30–Barre Balance–Classroom 2
  • 10:30—Sit & Fit—Track—Jolene
  • 11:00—Zumba Gold – Classroom 2– Joanne 
  • 12:30–Self-Defense–Darrel–Track 
  • 12:45–Chair Dancing–Joanne–Classroom 2
  • 1:00–Dating Over 50 w/ The Romance Rockstar, Amira–Classroom 1
  • 1:00—Art with Daryl
  • 1:00—Shuffleboard – Game Room
  • 1:00—Dominoes—Game Room
  • 1:30—Tai chi—Classroom 2—Darrel

Wednesday:

  • Haircuts w/ Natalie by Appt Only!
  • 8:00—Pool & Shuffleboard—Game Room 
  • 8:00—Early Bird 50+ Fit—Track—Jolene
  • 9:30—50+ Fit (Sponsored by Tower Health – Pottstown Hospital)—Track—Jolene
  • 10:00–Technology–Janet–Library
  • 10:30–Core & Balance–Mihae–Track
  • 12:45—Texas Hold ‘Em—Game Room
  • 1:00—Pinochle
  • 1:00—Expressive Writing w/ Daryl—Library
  • 1:00–Core & Flexibility–Classroom 2–Linda
  • 1:30—Line Dancing—Track—Robin
Thursday:
  • 8:00—Pool & Shuffleboard—Game Room
  • 8:45–Boom, Move!–Track–Jolene
  • 10:00—Knitting, Crocheting and More—Art & Craft Room—Pat
  • 110:00–AARP Smart Driver 2-Day Course–Classroom
  • 10:30–Sit and Fit–Track–Jolene
  • 11:00—Zumba Gold—Classroom 2—Joanne G
  • 11:30–Memorial Day Performance–’As Time Goes By Singer”–Dining Room
  • 1:00—Dominoes—Game Room
  • 1:00—Mahjong—Art & Craft Room—Linda  R
  • 1:00—Bingo—Dining Room—Monica, Pat, Patti
  • 1:00–Prom Decorating–Classroom 1
  • 1:30–Super Senior Fit–Mihae–Track
Friday:
  • 8:00–PiYo–Classroom 2–Jolene
  • 8:00—Pool & Shuffleboard—Game Room 
  • 8:30—Strength & Balance—Evansburg UMC Collegeville—Joanne 
  • 9:00—Gentle Floor Yoga Stretch—Maryellen
  • 9:30—Sit ‘n’ Fit—Evansburg UMC Collegeville—Joanne 
  • 10:00–Drums Alive–Track–Jolene
  • 11:00—Youthful Hearts Low Impact Chair—Track–Linda
  • 12:45—Texas Hold ‘Em—Game Room
  • 1:00—Canasta—Café
  • 1:00–History Club–Classroom 1
  • 1:00–Art Exploration w/ Kayla, ArtFusion 19464–Art & Craft Room
  • 1:00–Bean Bag Baseball–Track–Debbie from Walnut Run
  • 1:00–Book Club–Library
  • 5:00–Prom Night

COMING SOON…LOTS OF FUN AND LEARNING…

  • American Sign Language for Beginners on Mondays at 9:30a w/ Elaine & Ed for a 10-week introduction to ASL
  • Mobile Art Exploration with ArtFusion 19464 starts May 3-June 7 at 1p–this is a 6-week, 1-hour program each Friday; PREREGISTER NOW–we encourage you to attend every class–limited spots available! so sign up today!!
  • Art with Daryl–Every Tues at 1p in Art & Craft Room; if you have questions leave a message for Daryl at the Front Desk
    • May 28– candle holders  and work on watercolor self-portraits
    • June 4–Recycle old /used canvases and intro to charcoal drawing techniques
    • June 11–BYO lantern decorations to decorate a lantern to take home
    • June 18–Tole Painting on wood; bring your own wooden piece
    • June 25–watercolor painting; finish your self-portrait
  • June 3 Trip to Schuylkill River Greenways Interpretative Center and Bike Ride–optional–1p–See Hannah to sign up
  • Game Show Fun @TRAAC
    • 1st Monday Family Feud  w/ Dave , Pat & Connie-June 3 @1p in Dining Room
    • June 14 @1p–Join TRAAC Board Member, Tammy, for games and prizes!!
    • 3rd Monday Trivia w/ hosts Dave  –June  17 @11a in Dining Room
  • Big Brother Big Sister Recruitment Events on June 4at the TRAAC for interested parties
  • Caregiver Support Group w/ Polly–First Fridays at 1p –Next Date: June 7–Classroom 1
  • Hear4Life is back to offer hearing screenings–June 10–Classroom 1
  • National Iced Tea Day–June 10–selection of fresh-brewed ice teas made by Karin–Cafe–11:00a
  • Rep. Joe Ciresi’s Office will be here June 12 from 10a-1p in Classroom 1 to assist with Septa Pass Info and Sign up
  • Stencil Class w/ Lisa at 1p–sign up for June 17–$2 suggested donation to offset supply costs
  • Cooking with Brenda classes coming soon…all classes start at 2p in the Dining Room—sign up for these :
    • June 18–”Scrumptious Asparagus” 
  • Alzheimer Association Support Group at the TRAAC -monthly support group meets the 3rd Wed from 10-11:30a to offer those caring for, living with, or impacted by Alzheimer’s and dementia the support and encouragement they might need and benefit from. Facilitated by TRAAC member and Alzheimer ‘s Association volunteer, Heidi Ripberger-Short. Next dates: June 19
  • Fraud and Scam Prevention with Lt Morrisey from Pottstown Police Dept–June 20 at 10a in Classroom 1
  • Grief & Bereavement Support Group w/ Polly–Third Fridays at 1p; Next date:  June 21 –Classroom 1
  • Amira, the Romance Rockstar is back at 1p for the following dates–pre-register for more informative topics!
    • June 24 & July 22–topic TBA
  • April Book Club last Friday of the month at 1p in Library:
    • June 28–”The Invisible Hour”  by Alice Hoffman
  • Learn more about Veterans’ Benefits–appointments now AVAILABLE to find out if you qualify for Veteran Benefits. Visit Polly on the 3rd floor or call 610-323-5009 x 105 to book your appt

Off-site TRAAC Programs– 3871 Germantown Pike, Collegeville, PA 19426 Evansburg United Methodist Church in Collegeville is hosting the TRAAC on Tuesday and Friday mornings. Joanne teaches a Strength & Balance class at 8:30 and a Sit ‘n Fit class at 9:30 on Tuesday. Friday Strength & Balance at 8:00 and Sit ‘n Fit is at 9:00. **Please note that the 4th Tuesday and Friday of the month, Sit ’n’ Fit’ will be replaced with Chair Dancing.**

Sneakers, Renew Active & One Pass, Silver & Fit
Several of the Medicare, Medicare Supplement & Medicaid providers have new partnerships with fitness programs. Check to see if you can get your classes for free at the TRAAC!  We are partners with Silver Sneakers & Renew Active/One Pass & Silver&Fit programs.  The groups below are just a few that have this available.  Bring in your card or number and we can enter you…
  • United Healthcare Medicare Advantage     
  • Humana
  • AARP Medicare Supplement    
  • Keystone 65
  • Independence Blue Cross     
  • Aetna
Litter Patrol Green Team will meet every 2nd Wednesday at 10a–Stop by and assist our dedicated Green Team as they clean up the TRAAC property and care for the TRAAC Garden. Thanks to all the Volunteers who keep our property green and clean! The TRAAC Garden is back so talk to talk to Tom Wojton about helping to care for it–he needs help with weekend watering!
Recycle Bins at the TRAAC–We have added recycling bins in the Dining Rooms for cans, bottles, and paper. Plus, we still offer the partnership with the Lions Club who hosts a bin in the Lobby for Plastic Bags, Plastic Wrap, Bubble Wrap, Plastic Shipping Envelopes and More…Learn more at https://nextrex.com.

 

Summer Holiday Salads for Sale—Pre-Order fresh-made cole slaw, potato salad and/or pasta salad for your 4th of July picnics! $4/quart–Pre-order at the front desk by 7/1 for 7/3 pickup for the 4th of July.

June Birthday Celebration—June 19–Dean Garofolo is back! Please consider a $5 lunch donation to cover the cost of activities, entertainment, cake and decor–Thanks for your consideration!

Social Hour –Thurs, June 27 @ 4p at TBD–Join TRAAC friends the 4th Thurs of each month for an evening out at a local restaurant TBD monthly. RSVP at the Front Desk or on Co-Pilot to save your spot.

LGBTQ Senior Social Group—June 12 at noon–Copperfield’s–594 W Ridge Pike, Limerick–A time to socialize and connect with other TRAAC members. The group meets monthly and is an opportunity for LGBTQ friends and allies to meet and enjoy a meal and each other’s company at a nearby restaurant. Everyone and anyone is welcome to attend. The destination will be Copperfield at 594 W Ridge Pk in Limerick on June 12th at noon. Contact Jolene (610.323.5009; ext. 107) to RSVP by June 10.

TRAAC Prom Night–Fri., May 31 , 5-9p–STILL TIME TO GET YOUR TICKET–Join our TRAAC community for an elegant evening. Dress to impress (formal attire is optional) and be ready to dance the evening away with friends or that special someone. No date is required–all are welcome–so grab your bestie, come with friends, or ask your sweetheart…Tickets are $15/person–purchase today at the front desk; our special guest DJs will be taking your fav song requests!

Join the Healthy Living Group hosted by the Pottstown Medical Specialists Education Team to promote wellness through education, encouragement, accountability and shared experiences. Chris Yocom, will help the group focus on developing healthy nutrition habits, positive activity, weight management and keep you informed on all the latest health and nutrition information to encourage you to live a healthy and active life! Meets on a Thurs monthly at 1p: June 6, July 11, August 1

Hydroponic Grow Towers Coming to the TRAAC Cafe — Come learn about hydroponic gardening from our friends at Trellis from Tomorrow. Two grow towers have been installed in the Cafe and will produce herbs and microgreens for use in TRAAC Kitchen. Trellis’ staff will come monthly to maintain the towers and provide information. Check for upcoming dates…

AARP Driving Classes 2024 — The AARP Smart Driver Course is the nation’s largest driver safety course, designed especially for drivers age 50+. The AARP Smart Driver™ is approved by the PA Department of Transportation. Insured drivers age 55 and older may be eligible for a reduction in auto insurance premiums after completion. Please check with your insurance company. AARP United Healthcare supplemental insurance members are free–bring your ID card to class.  Cost–AARP Members: $20; Non-AARP Members: $25; Payable to instructor day of class.  Pre-register today at the Front Desk. Class dates as follows:

  • First-time students (2 days; 8 hrs): Aug 14 and 15 or Dec 11 & 12–two days; 10a-2:30p
  • Refresher Course (4 hrs) for repeat students: Aug 27 or Dec 3–10a-2:30p
Rent & Property Tax Rebates — Swing by Representative Joe Ciresi’s office located on the 3rd floor of the TRAAC –Monday and Wed from 9a-2:30p or call their office at 484-200-8265 for more details and/or assistance. at their other constituent locations. Please note: Rep. Ciresi’s office hours may vary and is not affiliated with the TRAAC.

Celebrate Juneteenth with the Pottstown Community and Our TRAAC Community–Sat, June 15 @ 11a-6p–Smith Plaza @ Pottstown Borough Hall–TRAAC will have a booth and activities set-up–consider volunteering at our booth or stopping by to show support for Juneteenth and our wider community. Please see Hannah if you are interested in helping at the TRAAC booth.

Egg-citement at the TRAAC

Fresh omelets every Tuesday 8-10a at Cafe 288—Chef Karin will be whipping up omelets specials every Tuesday! Swing by and grab a hot breakfast–omelets of the day, sausage and hash browns for $3 ($3 for members. $5 for non-members)!!

Volunteers Wanted!
  • Extra dishwashing and kitchen prep volunteers needed–see Karin! 
  • Front desk helpers and folks to assist with other tasks, special events, and more also needed–see Polly!
TRAAC Travel Notes 2024–There is still time to sign up for the June 14 Whale Watching Trip to Cape May–just a few more spots available–reserve now!! On July 12, we are headed to Toms River for a trip on the River Lady Paddleboat. As requested, we have a trip to the Flight 93 National Memorial on August 15. In September, some travelers are off to London and Paris, while domestic travelers will head to the Dutch Apple dinner theatre for “Jersey Boys” on September 5. On October 17, we will visit the Wolf Sanctuary to learn more about these often-misunderstood animals, followed by lunch on our way home. November 7, we will be visiting the Sight and Sound Theatre for the production of “Daniel”.

Fun Quick Trips in Pottstown — Join us for two short jaunts nearly–RSVP w/ Hannah:

  • June 3–Visit Schuykill River Greenways w/ us–1p
  • July 15–The Challenger Center at MontCo Community College–9:30a

 

Massage w/ Mihae at the TRAAC–Two Wed/month by appt. Chair Massage is known to have multiple benefits. Each 15-minute appointment will include a brief personal check-in and massage. Please arrive 5 minutes early. Chair Massage appointments may be made at the front desk. Payment is due at time of massage–$15 for 15 minutes. Next dates: June 12 & 26


Haircuts at the TRAAC

Haircuts at the TRAAC–Are you in need of a haircut but don’t have the time to get out? We have a solution! Natalie is a PA-licensed beautician who provides haircuts to both men and women three Wed/month. Timeslots for haircut appointments are 10:00a-1:45p. Your hair needs to be clean, dry and free of any creams, gels, or sprays; the haircuts will be dry. Haircuts only! Price is $8.00 and payable to Natalie. Make appt at front desk. Coming dates: May 29; June 12, 19 &26; July 10, 17, 31

 

Foster Grandparents

A child needs YOU to become a classroom Foster Grandparent! The Foster Grandparent Program of Montgomery County is looking for older adults* interested in volunteering with children in local schools and day care centers. YOU could be that special person in the lives of local children as you provide the extra attention, support and mentoring they need to build their school readiness and academic skills.
Did you know that becoming a foster grandparent volunteer doesn’t just benefit children? Volunteering has been shown to improve physical and mental health, provide a sense of purpose, and prevent loneliness and isolation in older adults.

Join our team of dedicated Foster Grandparent volunteers and make a difference in the lives of children while reaping all the benefits of volunteering!  Foster Grandparent volunteers receive a small, non-taxable stipend in exchange for their service, meal and transportation reimbursement (if applicable), on-going training, paid holidays, recognition for their service, opportunities to connect with others, and MORE!

Reach out to the Foster Grandparent Program at FGP@ywcatricountyarea.org or 610-323-1888 option 4.

Foster Grandparents are a part of AmeriCorps Seniors, a national service initiative funded by the federal government and sponsored locally by YWCA Tri-County Area.
*Must be 55 years or older and fall within certain income guidelines.  Please reach out for more details!

 

 

Giant Gift Card Fundraiser

We are now part of the “Cash for Causes” with Giant and Martin food stores supporting non-profits. We have $25.00 gift cards available for purchase. The TRAAC receives 5% on each purchase. The cards are available at the front desk during normal operating hours. Cash & checks are accepted. Help support the TRAAC while doing your grocery shopping!

Redner’s Receipts

Please continue to send in your Redner’s receipts!  This is an easy fundraiser for us, and for you.  If you are a Redner’s Rewards member, just send us your entire receipt, including the bottom section with the rewards information.  We turn the receipts in and receive a portion back as a donation.  Drop them at our front desk, or mail them to us at: TRAAC, 288 Moser Rd, Ste. 1, Pottstown, PA  19464.  Thank you!

Becoming a TRAAC Notes Sponsor is a great opportunity to expand your business’ reach!  For sponsorship levels and advertising benefits, please contact Brian Parkes, Executive Director, at brian@tricountyaac.org. Our TRAAC Notes reach over 2000 people per week. Your sponsorship goes a long way in supporting our programs and mission at the TRAAC.

TRAAC Notes Disclaimer

We do our best to include all activities and avoid grammar errors and misspellings. But mistakes still occur, so please be patient with us and feel free to let Hannah know if anything should be corrected for future issues of the TRAAC Notes. Thanks!

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