Program Calendar

Current Program Schedule

February 22, 2024

Highlights In This Issue:

  • Family Fun Day – MONDAY!
  • Technology Class—“Getting to Know Your Smart Phone”
  • Steel River Preview Night
  • Funny Fundraiser
  • Income Tax Appointments  – LIMITED APPOINTMENTS AVAILABLE
  • NEW – Sponsor TRAAC Notes
  • Foster Grandparents Needed

Week of February 19, 2024               

Contact the TRAAC at (610) 323-5009

CANCELLATIONS & SCHEDULE CHANGES:

Mark your calendars in advance for these cancellations & changes

  • Cancelled–Linda’s Wed Core& Flexibility Class from Jan 29-March 4
  • Closed–March 29–Good Friday

GET CREATIVE:

  • Cardmaking w/ Kathy-Mon at 10a in Arts & Craft Room
  • Art with Daryl–Tues at 1p in Art & Craft Room
  • Knitting, Crocheting and More…–Tues & Thurs at 10a in the Art & Craft Room
  • Expressive Writing—Wed at 1pm in the Library
  • Origami–Fri at 10a in Art & Craft Room

GAMES GALORE:

  • Chess-Mon 1p–Cafe
  • Rummikub–Mon –1p–Cafe
  • Shuffleboard—Tues—Game Room
  • Dominoes—Tues & Thur—1p—Game Room
  • Texas Hold ‘Em—Wed & Fri at 12:45—Game Room
  • Pinochle—Wed at 1p
  • Bingo—Thurs at 1p—Dining Room
  • Mahjong—Thurs 1p–Art & Craft Room
  • Canasta—Fri at 1p—Dining Room
  • Family Feud w/ The Hill School–Seniors vs Seniors–Fri at 12:45p–Dining Room

 

OTHER TRAAC FUN:

  • Family Day–Mon. @ the TRAAC
  • Presidents’ Day–Monday
  • Reflective Moments–Mon at 10:30a–Library with Betty
  • Tax Prep –Tues & Wed by appt only!
  • Big Brothers/Big Sisters–Tues @ 10:45a–Cafe
  • Current Events–Tues @1p –Library
  • Participants’ Council Meeting–Tues @1p–3rd Fl
  • Birthday Luncheon-& Karaoke-Wed–11:30-1p
  • Haircuts w/ Natalie–Wed by appt only!
  • Technology Class with Janet—“Getting to Know Your Smart Phone”—Wed at 10a—Library
  • As Times Goes by Singers–10a & 1p–3rd Floor
  • Fundraising Committee Meeting–Thurs @ 1p–Classroom 1
  • Chair Volleyball–Fri @ 1p on the Track
  • Book Club–Fri @ 1p–Library–“Hang the Moon” by Janet Walls
  • History Club–Fri @ 1p on 3rd Floor–”Intro to World Civics”–Jay K and Greg G.

 

All Activities this week:

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:

  • 8:00—Pool—Game Room
  • 8:00—Early Bird 50+–Jolene-Track
  • 9:00—Senior Yoga—Joanne B. Classroom 2
  • 9:30—50+ Fit (Sponsored by Tower Health – Pottstown Hospital)—Track—Jolene
  • 9:30—Shuffleboard–Game Room
  • 10:00—Cardmaking w/ Jody—Art & Craft Room
  • 10:00–Drums Alive–Jolene–Track
  • 10:00–American Sign Language–Elaine & Ed–3rd Fl
  • 10:30—Reflective Moments—Library—Betty
  • 10:45—Youthful Hearts Low Impact Chair Exercise – Track—Jolene
  • 11:15–Fun Fitness Sampler–Jolene–Track
  • 12:45—Chair Dancing—Track– Joanne G
  • 12:45–Just Guts All Core–Classroom 2–Mihae
  • 1:00—Rummikub—Cafe
  • 1:00—Chess Club—Cafe
  • 1:15–Chair Volleyball–Jolene–Track
  • 1:30–Strength & Fit–Mihae–Classroom 2
  • 2:00–Movie and Treats–Dining Room
  • 2:30—Chair Yoga—Classroom 2—Maryellen

Tuesday:

  • 8:00—Billiards—Game Room
  • 8:30—Strength & Balance at Evansburg United Methodist Church, Collegeville—Joanne
  • 8:30—Small Group Training—Classroom 2—Jolene
  • 9:30—Sit ‘n Fit—Evansburg United Methodist Church, 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
  • 10:30—Sit & Fit—Track—Jolene
  • 10:45–Big Brothers/Big Sisters–Cafe
  • 11:00—Zumba Gold – Classroom 2– Joanne
  • 12:30—Self Defense—Track—Darrel
  • 12:45—Chair Dancing – Classroom 2—Joanne
  • 1:00—Art with Daryl—Art & Craft Room
  • 1:00—Shuffleboard – Game Room
  • 1:00—Dominoes—Game Room
  • 1:00–Participants Council Meeting–3rd Fl
  • 1:00–Current Events–Library
  • 1:30—Tai chi—Classroom 1—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
  • 10:30–Core & Balance–Track–Mihae
  • 11:30–Birthday Karaoke Lunch-Dining Room
  • 12:45—Texas Hold ‘Em—Game Room
  • 1:00—Pinochle
  • 1:00—Expressive Writing w/ Daryl—Library
  • 1:30—Line Dancing—Track—Robin

Thursday:

  • 8:00—Pool & Shuffleboard—Game Room
  • 8:45—Boom, Move, DANCE!—Track—Jolene
  • 10:00—Knitting, Crocheting and More—Art & Craft Room—Pat
  • 10:00–As Time Goes By Singers Small group–3rd Fl–Jay
  • 10:30—Sit & Get Fit—Track—Jolene
  • 11:00—Zumba Gold—Classroom 2—Joanne G
  • 1:00—Dominoes—Game Room
  • 1:00—Mahjong—Art & Craft Room—Linda R
  • 1:00—Bingo—Dining Room—Monica, Pat, Patti
  • 1:00–Protecting Your Legacy w/ Curran Law–Classroom 1
  • 1:00– As Time Goes By Singers Choir–3rd Fl–Arlene
  • 1:30–Super Senior Fit–Track–Mihae

Friday:

  • 8:00—Pool & Shuffleboard—Game Room
  • 8:00—PiYo—Classroom 2—Jolene
  • 8:30—Strength & Balance—Evansburg United Methodist Church, Collegeville—Joanne
  • 9:00—Gentle Floor Yoga Stretch—Maryellen
  • 9:30—Sit ‘n’ Fit—Evansburg United Methodist Church, Collegeville—Joanne
  • 10:00—Drums Alive—Track—Jolene
  • 11:00—Youthful Hearts Low Impact Chair—Track–Mihae
  • 12:45—Texas Hold ‘Em—Game Room
  • 11:00—Canasta—Café
  • 1:00– Chair Volleyball–Jolene–Track

 

Off-site TRAAC Programs

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 stop by and check these classes out! Address: 3871 Germantown Pike, Collegeville, PA 19426

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.
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.

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

 

COMING SOON…LOTS OF FUN AND LEARNING…

  • American Sign Language for Beginners starts back with another Beginners’ Course on Mondays from Jan 8- March 11 at 10a—Join TRAAC members Elaine & Ed for an introduction to ASL. It is not necessary to attend each weekly class. Hope to see you there—pre-register today!
  • Sign up for at front desk for My Health, My Life w/ Tracey–every Mon from Feb 26-April 1–9:30-11:30a
  • Amira, the Romance Rockstar is back again on Feb 26 @ 1p to help you “Perfect Your Dating Profile” and on March 25. she’’ll be talking about “Healthy Relationships as We Mature”–pre-register!
  • Trellis For Tomorrow Grow Tower check and questions–Feb 28 at 9:30a
  • Big Brothers/Big Sisters (BBBS) with Rupert Elementary School—March 12 & 26—10:45-11:45a—BBBS staff will email more details to eligible ‘Bigs’
  • Technology w/ Janet–Wed at 10a–Feb 28–”Affordable Home Internet”
  • Cooking with Brenda classes coming soon…all classes start at 2p in the Dining Room—sign up now:
    • March 5–”Cooking w/ Grains”
    • April 9–”Roux & Clarified Butter: Demo”
    • May 7–”Compound Butters & Guac”
  • Art w/ Daryl–Tues at 1p in Art & Craft Room–upcoming topics include:
    • Learn all about brushes
    • review the Color Wheel
    • One point perspective drawing
  • Montco Immunization Coalition Health & Wellness Education Program–March 13 @1p–pre-register!
  • Alzheimer Support Introduction–March 14 @10a–Learn more about the upcoming monthly support group tailored to those caring for, living with, or impacted by Alzheimer’s and dementia. This is a friendly and supportive environment to share, encouragement and learn from one another. Facilitated by TRAAC member and Alzheimer ‘s Association volunteer, Heidi Ripberger-Short. Pre-register today. Monthly meeting will be held 3rd Wed of the month at 10-11:30a starting in April.
  • March 18–”Budgeting at Any Age and Any Phase” w/ Beth Biehl from Tricounty Area Federal Credit Union–1pm
  • Meet with The Hill School students—12:45-1:30 on the following dates:
    • April 12 and 26
  • March 22–Book Club at 1p in Library
  • March 22–History Club–”Nuclear Submarine History w/ Bib Boyd”–3rd Fl.
  • Lunch & Learn w/ Pottstown Regional Library w/ Meghan–March 28–11:30a-1p
  • FUNdraisers coming in March! Get your tickets now before they’re gone…
    • Funny Fundraiser–March 15
    • Steel River Preview–March 25

 

Income Tax Appointments

Free AARP Tax Prep at the TRAAC
Additional appt dates added–BOOK TODAY before it fills up again! AARP preparers will be here Tues & Wed from Feb-April by appt only! Please call (610) 327-5009 X104 to schedule or leave a message and we will call you back to schedule if available. This is a free service and demand surpasses availability so please be patient with our staff and volunteers. We are doing are best to accommodate as many people as possible. 

February Birthday Celebration

Feb 21Karaoke Party–sign up to sing your fav karaoke tune with Hannah or Dave Herner in advance!
Please consider a $5 lunch donation to cover the cost of entertainment and cake—Thanks for your consideration! !

2024 TRAVEL NEWS

and More with Donna

Please stop by and check out the dining room or the second floor for a complete listing of all the trips for 2024. Donna is available Monday, Thursday and Friday for questions. Just a reminder that all 2023 trips need to be paid for one full month prior to the trip date.

2024–There are lots of plans for this year:

  • Of course, everybody loves mystery trips, so we have one planned for March 14, 2024. there might be a few hints dropped now and then.
  • April 10, 2024, is the date of the Mayflower Portugal, Douro River Cruise. Diane Wilhelm will be doing a travelogue about this trip along with 2 others (London/Paris, and the British Isles) we have open to members in 2024.
  • April 22, 2024, finds us traveling to the Tropicana for the show, “Bette, Babs, and Beyond. It features the songs of Bette Midler, Barbra Streisand, Cher, and others. One not to miss.
  • The Fulton Theatre, will be our destination on May 16, 2024, for the show “South Pacific.” It will probably be a stop at September Farms for lunch kind of day.
  • In September 2024, the two Mayflower trips, one to London and Paris, and the other to The British Isles (England, Ireland, Scotland) are scheduled.
  • We venture again to Dutch Apple dinner theatre on September 5, 2024, for “the Jersey Boys.”
  • On November 7, 2024, we are scheduled to go to Sight and Sound theatre for the Showing of “Daniel”. This will include dinner at Shady Maple restaurant following the play.
  • There are several other events that are being looked into, but they are only in the planning stages at this point.

Meals To-Go

Valentine’s Day Take Home Meal made fresh by Karin!! Pick up on Feb. 14th–Grilled chicken with a creamy lemon garlic sauce over pasta, Caesar salad and garlic bread; dessert to be announced later. Price: $15 for 2 meals or one meal for $8. Must order by 2/7.

NOTE: Extra lunch items are offered for sale when available—check daily with Chef Karin and the Kitchen Crew for availability!

 

LGBTQ Senior Social Group

A time to socialize and connect with other TRAAC members. The group meets monthly and provides an opportunity for LGBTQ friends and allies to meet and enjoy some refreshments, and each other’s company at a nearby restaurant. Everyone and anyone is welcome to attend. Contact Jolene (610.323.5009; ext. 107) to RSVP.

FUNdraisers coming in March!

Get your tickets now before they’re gone to…

  • Funny Fundraiser — March 15
  • Steel River Preview Night — March 25

Massage at the TRAAC

Mihae Blank is here two Wednesdays a month to do Chair Massage. Chair Massage is known to produce multiple benefits including increasing circulation, boosting energy, alertness & productivity, reducing muscle tension and pain as well as relieving emotional stress, and it relaxes and rejuvenates. Each 15-minute appointment will include a brief personal current health discussion and massage. Please arrive 5 minutes early. Appointments for a Chair Massage may be made at the front desk. Payment is due at time of massage–$15 for 15 minutes. For more information (610) 323-5009. Next appointments a available for  2/28

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 Pennsylvania state licensed beautician here to provide haircuts to both men and women one Wednesday of each month. Time slots for haircut appointments will begin at 10:00 a.m. and the last time slot will be 1:45 p.m. The cost for the haircut is $8.00. Your hair needs to be clean, dry and free of any creams, gels, or sprays since there will be no shampooing hair; the haircuts will be dry. If necessary, your hair can be lightly misted with a spray bottle using water. Haircuts only! Price is $8.00 and payable to the beautician. Sign up for Feb 21; March 6 & 20; April 3 & 17

Sponsor the TRAAC Notes!

Becoming a TRAAC Notes Sponsor is a great opportunity to expand your businesses’ reach—For sponsorship levels and benefits, please contact Brian Parkes, Executive Director, at brian@tricountyaac.org. Our TRAAC Notes reach over 3000 people per week. Your sponsorship goes a long way in supporting our programs and mission at the TRAAC.

Inclement Weather Closings – Changes

In the past, we have used the Pottstown School District as a gauge for closing.  Due to changes there, such as virtual learning, we feel this is no longer an accurate guide for our Center.  We will no longer be following the Pottstown School District closing schedule.

Please check one of the following to learn if we are closed on days with inclement weather:

  • Check our website at www.tricountyaac.org – if we are closed, there will be a banner at the top of the home page
  • Check our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/tricountyaac
  • Check WFMZ channel 69 – either on TV of their website at www.wfmz.com
  • Call the TRAAC at 610-323-5009 and listen to the message
  • If you are pre-registered for a program or lunch, you should receive an automated call telling you the Center is closed

Keep in mind we may be closed the day after inclement weather as well.  Our parking lot often re-freezes overnight, making it dangerous the next day.  Please check to ensure we are open before venturing out.  And, as always, please use caution when leaving your home. Do not risk slipping in your driveway or on the sidewalk just because the Center is open.

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!

Litter Patrol Green Team

Meets every 2nd Wednesday at 10a
Stop by and assist our dedicated Green Team as they clean up the TRAAC property. Thanks to all the Volunteers who keep our property green and clean! Tom W., Diane Pfanders, and Shelley Matthews were hard at working tending this summer to the TRAAC Garden–thanks! TRAAC Garden is officially closed for the season!

Recycle Bin in Lobby…

…for Plastic Bags, Plastic Wrap, Bubble Wrap, Plastic Shipping Envelopes and More…Check out the new collection box in our lobby! Bring in the specified items and support the efforts of the local Lions Club…if they collect enough items they get a free, highly durable, outdoor Trex bench for the community…Double your impact by supporting this great cause and caring for the environment! Learn more at https://nextrex.com.

Shuffleboard

Tuesdays at 1:00
Looking for some fun?  Join us and meet with others that are looking to play, learn the game and techniques.  All welcome!

SOCIAL HOUR

Social Hour will take a break over the winter and resume in April 2024.

Diabetes Programming       

Pottstown Medical Specialists Division of Education will be offering monthly diabetic support groups at two different times for persons with diabetes and their caregivers. Sessions are led by a staff of Certified Lifestyle Coaches, Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist, Registered Dietician and special guest speakers.  Each session will offer something for everyone who lives with diabetes, in a relaxed and fun atmosphere. Our programs will be held select Thursdays—at 10a and 1p. We hope to see you!

The Thursday 1p Group with Abigail will cover various topics such as what is diabetes and how it effects your body, simple nutritional changes you can make to help manage your blood sugar, how being more active can reduce your chance of diabetes progression, medication management and blood sugar tracking. Upcoming dates are: 12/14; 1/11; 2/8; 3/7

The Thursday 10a Support Group will be hosted on select weeks and will be structured as a support group, hosted by Chris Yocom, with group members guiding the topics members want to discuss. Upcoming Dates: 1/4; 2/1; 3/7

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!

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!