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SOMETHING TO DO EVERY DAY! NEED SOMETHING TO LOOK FORWARD TO? HOW ABOUT A CALL FROM A FRIEND?
Seniors in Service offers free TelePals program for area seniors. Imagine living alone and having no one to talk with, no one with whom you can share your thoughts and feelings, no one even to validate your existence. Seniors in Service started a program called TelePals to address these issues by having volunteers call to check in and connect in real time over the phone. “Just having another human being say, ‘Hey, you matter,” can make such a difference for isolated, homebound seniors,” said Robin Ingles, Seniors in Service CEO. “Helping seniors age with dignity, particularly low-income elders, demands urgent attention, and now with COVID-19, it’s even more complex. “It’s easy to underestimate the danger of isolation,” she continued. “Loneliness in seniors eclipses obesity and even smoking in factors contributing to rapid decline”. TelePals was made possible by $20,000 in grants Seniors in Service received from the United Way, Community Foundation of Tampa Bay and Community Foundation of Pinellas. The new program also got a boost when it promoted a match campaign sponsored by Suncoast Credit Union that brought in an additional $12,000 in public donations. “I got a call from a woman in Sun City Center several years ago who told me her greatest fear was she would pass in the night and no one would know to take care of her dog,” recalled Wilma Norton, vice president of community connections for the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay, to illustrate the feelings of those without connection. “Isolation in seniors was already an issue before COVID-19, and the pandemic has compounded it.
“Anything we can do to help combat this issue is incredibly impactful,” she said.
The free program is working. Thus far, about 100 seniors have signed up to receive calls and about 150 volunteers have raised their hands to make calls. Riverview resident Carmen Bennett has been hearing from a woman named Lauren for the past three or four weeks, she said. “I very much appreciate her calling me,” she said. “I just love her. We have very good, two-way conversations.”  Bennett, 79, feels the TelePals program is of great benefit to her. “It helps those of us who live alone to have someone to talk to. I look forward to her call every Tuesday.”  According to the Seniors in Service website, volunteer callers are trained to ask considerate questions, communicate cheerfully about interests, check on the client’s well-being and refer concerns to expert resources. And they often get as much out of it as the people they contact. Ed Datz became a TeleVolunteer five weeks ago and currently has one TeleClient. The retired executive said he volunteered because he wants to spend his time doing things that do some good. “There’s a crisis for seniors in terms of loneliness, alienation and a need to connect,” said Datz, 70. That’s always been true but now more than ever. “I thought, ‘Wow, these people need to be called." The homebound man Datz presently calls is 83 years old. “We just shoot the breeze,” he said. “We talk about his life, his marriage, his kids…things like that. “He’s always so grateful for my call.” Datz said being a TeleVolunteer takes little time and yields big results. “It really does changes lives,” he said. For information on becoming a TeleClient or to sign up as a TeleVolunteer, visit www.telepalnow.org or call Lily Q. at 813-932-5228, ext. 292. A free sex-offender check will be made online by Seniors in Service to protect both parties. Copied from Observer News, written by Lois Kindle


MON. JUL 27 - Virtual - Smartphone Special Interest Group (SIG)
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon in the Computer Lab  Free
The topic of each SIG will be decided by the SIG leader and it will typically be based on the prior meeting discussions.  Members are expected to participate in the discussions.  The SIG is only for Computer Club members.  Available to CA and KP members only.


TUE. JUL 28 - VETERANS CORNER RADIO SHOW - HOST - BILL HODGES 
3:30 p.m. WSCO FM 96.3 SUN RADIO, SUN CITY CENTER FL. Guest: Clara Reynolds CEO of the Crisis Line.  If I asked you to describe what you would get if you dialed 211 on the phone, what would you say? Most people stare at me blankly when I ask that question. 211 is where you call if your life is in turmoil and you need help. 911 is for medical emergencies and 211 is for almost everything else. Anyone can call it and get free counseling, but if you are a vet when you call in, ask for a veteran to be your counselor. These folks are uniquely qualified to serve veterans and their families as they are trained to be able to open doors for you that you probably do not know exist. Whether you are a veteran or not, take a few minutes to listen to how they can help you. If you have no FM Radio or if you are out of our broadcast area, go to the station's web site on Tuesday and Thursday at 3:30 p.m. (www.WSCOFM.com) and click on "LISTEN LIVE"


THU. JUL 30 - VETERANS CORNER RADIO SHOW - HOST - BILL HODGES  
3:30 p.m. WSCO FM 96.3 SUN RADIO, SUN CITY CENTER FL. Guest: Bruce Murphy PhD President of Centenary University Hackettstown NJ.  Bruce Murphy, PhD is a retired LC from the US Army and is now the President of Centenary University in Hackettstown NJ. The program centers on four points, thinking about going in the military right out of high school and the options. Once graduating from College using the military to pay off loans. What one can do education wise while in the military and finally the education needs to transition from the military to the civilian world. If you are thinking of any of these or have children/grandchildren that might be facing these choices please listen.  If you have no FM Radio or if you are out of the broadcast area, go to the station's website on Tuesday and Thursday at 3:30 p.m. (www.WSCOFM.com) and click on "LISTEN LIVE"


TUE. AUG 4 - FREE WEBINAR FOR BONE HEALTH NUTRITION
10:00 a.m. Eating For Healthy Bones. A powerful free presentation covering bone health nutrition. You will learn the nutrients important for bones and food sources of these crucial nutrients. We will review the nutrition label and the components of a bone healthy diet. Understand when a supplement maybe necessary and determine gaps in your nutritional requirements.  Click the link here to register:  https://event.webinarjam.com/channel/ABHEatHealthyTGH , and you'll receive a link in your email to join this virtual event. Presented in partnership with Tampa General Hospital with support from Amgen. Part of the Healthy Bones Tampa Bay summer series presented by American Bone Health. 


FRI. AUG 7 - FUNDRAISER FOR AREA AGENCY ON AGING
7:00 p.m. on your computer. This year our annual fundraiser will be “Virtual Hearts and Hope.”  And will air LIVE on YouTube. ALL money raised goes directly to the care of our seniors and disabled adults in need.  Former Fox13 News Anchor, John Wilson, will MC our event to showcase a variety of Extraordinary Entertainment and Heartwarming stories of how we are “All in this together.”
Music Line Up:
The Angie Rey Project
Janelle Sadler and Robin Swenson
The Black Honkeys
Brother Brownlow
Ronnie Dee and the Superstars
Gumbi Ortiz
Stormbringer with Robby Steinhardt and the Music of Kansas
Tickets are only $10
Sponsorships available starting at $100
https://blspinellas.org/event-3868803
Better Living for Seniors (BLS) is a non-profit group of professionals that work hard to help those in need.


AUG. 12 - SECOND WEDNESDAY COMMUNITY FORUM Provided by the The Men’s Club of Sun City Center 
11:00 a.m. on the 2nd Wednesday of each month, The Men’s Club of Sun City Center has come up with a partial remedy for the stay-at-home blues with this one hour program. The club has announced the creation of the Second Wednesday Community Forum.  This will be a virtual meeting place for ALL community residents.  Each month a local leader will be speaking and will be available to answer questions.  The schedule includes:
August 12: Deputy Jeff Merry
September 9: South Bay Hospital CEO Dan Neal
October 14: Mike Bardell, Chief of the SCC Emergency Squad.
The forum is hosted on Zoom software and is free to attend.  To join the program, residents should simply open the following link int their browser: https://zoom.us/j/98653725137 
To connect by telephone for voice-participation, dial 312 626 6799, meeting 986 537 25137. 
The login information is always available by emailing  forum@sccmensclub.com.


WED. AUG 12 - SEP 16 - PAINTING WITH WATERCOLORS - CLASSES AT THE FIREHOUSE!
1:00 - 4:00 p.m. Firehouse Cultural Center, 101 1st Ave NE, Ruskin, FL 33570. Painting with Watercolors. Instructor: Barry Good. For students at all levels. Explore: color; brush strokes from flat washes to dancing with your brushes; techniques from wet to scrubbing; and more. Includes Materials. Six Weeks, 3-hour Class per week. Tuition: $175 Future Members / Members: $150. Limited Class Size CALL 813-645-7651 to register!


WED. AUG 12 - HOW HEARING LOSS EFFECTS OUR EMOTIONAL, PHYSICAL AND SOCIAL WELLBEING
Online access begins at 12:15 p.m. with meeting beginning at 12:30 p.m. with one click. HLAA Florida will present one of my favorite all-time talks from the Sarasota Manatee Chapter that Dr. Lyndsey Nalu of Adept Audiology has given several times over the years on How Hearing Loss Effects Our Emotional, Physical and Social Wellbeing. This talk is always updated based on the latest & growing research on this critical topic to focus the effects which hearing loss can bring on, which may be more pronounced during this pandemic, and how to prevent them. You can join us for this online meeting by Join Zoom Meeting - https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82217839641?pwd=SVhWcnhyYSt3L1ZiL3U1cHBTcWZCUT09 - Meeting ID: 822 1783 9641 - Passcode: 205686 


WED. AUG 12 - SEP 16 - PAINTING STUDIO ACRYLIC AT THE FIREHOUSE! 
6:00 - 8:30 p.m. at the Firehouse Cultural Center, 101 1st Ave NE, Ruskin FL 33570. Painting Studio. Instructor: Dee Hood. A multi-level class for anyone who would like to explore acrylic painting. Work with re-presentational painting, abstraction and collage while improving skills with color, composition and techniques.  A fun and flexible class for all students. Six Weeks, 2.5-hour Class per week. Tuition: $175 Future Members / Members: $150 - Limited Class Size CALL 813-645-7651 to register! 


THU. AUG 13 - SAT. AUG 15 - THE POETIC PROCESS 3 DAY WORKSHOP WITH JOHN DAVIS JR. AT THE FIREHOUSE!
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon at the Firehouse Cultural Center 101 1st Ave NE Ruskin, FL 33570. The Poetic Process Workshop: In this exploratory, generative three-day workshop, poet John Davis Jr. will take participants through the steps of invention, brainstorming, drafting, revising, proofreading, and publishing their own poems. Topics will include: overcoming creative blocks, prewriting strategies and techniques, working from a prompt and finding your own, and polishing initial drafts for workshops and publication. Attendees will create, refine, and complete their own poems by day three of this multi-session workshop. Finished products will be suitable for submission to literary journals and similar magazines and venues. Individual space provided to allow for social distancing. Class is limited to 10. Fee: $75 Non-Members/$60 Members. Call to Reserve a Space 813-645-7651 - www.firehouseculturalcenter.org 


TUE. AUG 18 - ALZHEIMER'S ASSOCIATION SUPPORT GROUP SPONSORED BY SUN TOWERS RETIREMENT COMMUNITY
2:00 - 3:30 p.m. Now in a virtual format hosted by Aging Care Advocates. Please gather on the phone to talk about your experiences, challenges, and victories. Directions to Join the Call:
Dial Conference Bridge Phone Number: 312-874-7636
At the menu, press 1 to enter the conference.
Enter the access code 01636 then press #
State your name (when prompted)
Katie Colwell Williams, MA, CMC, Director of Advocacy Services, Aging Care Advocates, Inc. Office (813) 246-4120


SAT. AUG 22 - UPSTAIRS DOWNSTAIRS: THE TAMPA BAY HOTEL at the Firehouse Cultural Center
2:00 p.m. FOR THIS FREE EVENT at the Firehouse Cultural Center 101 1st Ave NE Ruskin. Otis Freedman “The Bishop”, Head Waiter, 1905 Tampa Bay Hotel, Henry Plant’s grandest luxury railroad resort hotel, opened in 1891 at the height of America’s Gilded Age. More than 300 employees were needed for the opulent hotel to run smoothly. Step back in time & enjoy the single-character performances that brings two turn-of–the-century Hotel staff members to life.  In partnership with the H. B. Plant Museum. Made possible by a Grant from the Arts Council of Hillsborough County & the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners.  813-645-7651   


WED. SEP 9 - SECOND WEDNESDAY COMMUNITY FORUM Provided by the The Men’s Club of Sun City Center 
11:00 a.m. on the 2nd Wednesday of each month, The Men’s Club of Sun City Center has come up with a partial remedy for the stay-at-home blues with this one hour program. The club has announced the creation of the Second Wednesday Community Forum.  This will be a virtual meeting place for ALL community residents.  Each month a local leader will be speaking and will be available to answer questions.  The schedule includes:
September 9: South Bay Hospital CEO Dan Neal
October 14: Mike Bardell, Chief of the SCC Emergency Squad.
The forum is hosted on Zoom software and is free to attend.  To join the program, residents should simply open the following link int their browser: https://zoom.us/j/98653725137 
To connect by telephone for voice-participation, dial 312 626 6799, meeting 986 537 25137. 
The login information is always available by emailing  forum@sccmensclub.com.


WED. OCT 14 - SECOND WEDNESDAY COMMUNITY FORUM Provided by The Men’s Club of Sun City Center 
11:00 a.m. on the 2nd Wednesday of each month, The Men’s Club of Sun City Center has come up with a partial remedy for the stay-at-home blues with this one hour program. The club has announced the creation of the Second Wednesday Community Forum.  This will be a virtual meeting place for ALL community residents.  Each month a local leader will be speaking and will be available to answer questions.  The schedule includes:
October 14: Mike Bardell, Chief of the SCC Emergency Squad.
The forum is hosted on Zoom software and is free to attend.  To join the program, residents should simply open the following link int their browser: https://zoom.us/j/98653725137 
To connect by telephone for voice-participation, dial 312 626 6799, meeting 986 537 25137. 
The login information is always available by emailing  forum@sccmensclub.com.


SUN. DEC 6 - CAHT - Campaign Against Human Trafficking-SouthShore hosts PARADISE - CARIBBEAN PARTY AND SILENT AUCTION 
3:00 - 5:30 p.m. at Caloosa Golf and Country Club.  Performance by the Orange Blossoms Ukes, great appetizers, and Caribbean dancing and quality, unique items to bid on!  Questions? Please call event co-chairs Robbie Chaplin at 319-360-7025 or Bonnie Doll at 813-812-6355.  CAHT is the south shore’s anti- human trafficking and domestic violence nonprofit, which focuses on education/prevention, victim services, mentoring and scholarship activities for our most vulnerable members in our community.


SAT. DEC 12- SPRING ART & CRAFT FAIR AT ST. ANDREW PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. for our Spring Art & Craft Fair at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church at 1239 Del Webb W.   Over 40 tables will display wine racks, Quilted purses, sewn items, mosaics, pottery, couch pillows, painted barbeque aprons, painted visors& shoes, & more. Stop in at the bake sale and have a hotdog lunch.