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News and Events - December 2019

Calendar and Newsletter

Please remember to sign the sign-in book located on the front lobby table!!  Thank You!!

Thank You to these businesses for their continued support!!!

*Brookdale Senior Living
*Alpine Florist & Gifts
*Wellbridge of Pinckney 
*Independence Village Brighton
*Hands On Mind & Body Wellness Center
*Riverside Pizza


Hop on the Senior Center Bus for the following trips:

Lunch Bunch to Red Robin:  Wednesday, December 11 @ 12:00 pm

Lunch Bunch to Olive Garden:  Wednesday, January 15 a@ 12:00 pm

Movie Crew to MJR Theatre:  Wednesday, January 22

Great Lakes Shopping Trip:  Wednesday, December 18 @ 10:00 am

Okemos Mall Shopping Trip:  Wednesday, January 29 @ 10:00 am

October's raffle winner was...........Debra Bedell!!!!  :)

Kiwanis  Christmas Lunch

Click here to watch the video from the Luncheon

Join us for our annual Holiday Lunch!  
The Pinckney High School Choir will entertain us with Christmas singing, our very own
Pipe Chimes Band with start us off with a Christmas Sing-Along and of course, your lunch . 
The menu consists of:  sliced beef with gravy, mashed potatoes, corn, roll & a roll all for the very
low price of $5 per person!!  Tickets on sale beginning Friday, November 1 and sales are limited so
get your ticket early!!

When:  Tuesday, December 3
Time:  11:30 am - doors open at 10:30

Christmas Dove Giving Tree

The Livingston County Women's Club will have their annual Giving Tree for those in the area of need.  Please consider helping someone by granting their Christmas Wish and grabbing a dove off the tree.  Not only are you helping someone in need but it makes your heart soar to be able to help someone who needs it so much!  Please register your dove in the office so we know who has each dove.  Thank You so much for your generosity!!

Livingston County Catholic Charities
Christmas Blessing Project

LCCC is once again sponsoring their Christmas Blessing Project to help area seniors who are not able to provide themselves with the basic necessities.  If you can find it in your heart to help out these are the things they ask for the most:

Peanut Butter - smooth
Individual Fruit Cup or Applesauce Cups
Cereal or Cereal Bars
Canned Soups
Boxed Pasta
Personal Care Items - shampoo, soap, hand lotion
Laundry Soap
Paper Products - toilet paper, paper towels, Kleenex

We ask that you bring these items into the Senior Center by December 4 so the LCCC can put these items into a Christmas Basket for each senior they help.  Thank You for all your generosity!!  Last year we kicked "butt" when it came to donations so let's try and beat last year's donations!!

Christmas Caroling Party

Let's share some Christmas joy with a caroling party at the Senior Center!!
Our very own Pipers will entertain us and sing with us as we welcome in the Holiday Season and get us in the mood!  


When:  Tuesday, December 17
Time:  2:00 pm

2020 Yearly Membership Dues

Your yearly membership dues are due by January 1, 2020 and are $5 per person per year.  You may pick up your newsletter at the Senior Center by the beginning of the month or the end of the previous month.  If you have an e-mail address we will e-mail it to you but if you wish to have your newsletter mailed to you via snail mail it be an additional $15 per family per year.

Bad  Weather??!!

We follow the Pinckney Community Schools for all weather related closings
.  The closings will be posted on the radio (WHMI), the TV (all the major stations), our Facebook
page, this website and on our voicemail. 
So if the weather looks a little hinky please check to see if the schools
are closed as we will be too!!

Donate your old cell phones to benefit the
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation at the Senior Center

Sharon Wilson is a dedicated volunteer for CFF and raises money needed for vital
research to find a cure.  Donate your unwanted cell phones even if they are broken,
outdated or dinosaurs.  

Donation box in the office.

Artist Spotlight........................
       Roger Evans

On display at the Senior Center this month, we have the beautiful wood carvings of local artist Roger Evans.  Roger started carving after he retired and was spending his winters in Texas.  He has taken classes for 11 years on Relief Wood Carving.  He has instructed new carvers but doesn't claim to know everything.  He says "wood carving is a great hobby to do because wood carving is 5% carving and 95% BS."  Please stop by the Senior Center to see his amazing works of art!!

Snack  Time!!!!

The Senior Center now has a snack box!  Snacks are available for 50¢ a piece and
the box is located by the coffee table.

Paper  Shredding

We now have a container from Iron Mountain Shredding available to our members.  Due to limited space, please limit what you bring in to the most sensitive papers.  Once the container is full, Iron Mountain replaces the full container with a new one and takes the full container back to their facility for secure shredding.

Need Help with Medicare or Medicaid??

Call and set up an appointment if you are turning 65 and need help understanding what is available, or need help with Medicare, Medicare Part D, Medicaid, Supplemental insurance or Advantage plans.  

Mondays &  Tuesdays with Linda Bauby
Wednesdays by appointment with Melodie Valvano 
Call 517-545-5944

Tai  Chi  with Lill

So what is Tai Chi?  Tai Chi is an ancient Chinese art form combining mental concentration, harmonized breathing and slow graceful movements to relax, regulate heartbeat and improve muscular, neurological and organ function.  Tai Chi can give increased flexibility, bone density & energy and improve balance, cardiovascular fitness & muscle strength as well as lower blood pressure.  

What do you need for Tai Chi??  Wear comfortable clothing and shoes or ballet slippers.  You should also be able to stand and walk without assistance.  Sign up is on the lobby table!!  This will be a 12 week session.

When:  Wednesdays

Time:  2:30 pm  -  3:30 pm

Cost:  $6 weekly

Join  us for  EXERCISE!!
Mondays with Lil  
Thursdays with Shannon**
Time:  10:00

Classes can be done in the chair or standing if you are able.

**meet our new Thursday exercise instructor Shannon Kelly!!  Shannon is a Certified Personal Trainer, former Tri athlete and the former coach of the Pinckney Middle School Cross Country Team!  Come check out her class that starts Thursday, September 5 at 10:00 am.

Chair Yoga

Worried that if you sat on the floor you wouldn't be able to get back up again??  Have no fear......,...we can practice yoga in a chair!!  You will improve respiration, flexibility and joint health in just four sessions.  Yoga is about more than twisting like a pretzel - come in and find out how yoga can improve your quality of life.

When:  Tuesdays in the Dining Room
Time:  10:30 am

Fee:  Free Will Donation for all Yoga Classes

Guidelines for Ripple by guest writer...........the Ripple Players

As you may have noticed the group playing the card game Ripple has grown.  Due to the increase in players we have established a few guidelines.
And we will try to accommodate everyone as best we can.  We gather for Ripple at 12:30 at the Senior Center and it takes us a few minutes to determine how many players we have and how many tables will be needed.  If you want to play but are going to be late, please let Julie or Chris or one of the other players know and you will be counted to determine seats needed.  Once play has begun unless you have contacted Chris etc. no other players will be seated.
And we would love to have at the next Ripple game. We usually play on all Mondays & Thursdays.  If the play has begun and you do not know how to play please feel free to watch and this may help you when you can join us.  If you do not wish to watch don't forget to join us anyway the next time we play.
We have a good time playing Ripple and the more the Merrier!!!


Lions  Club

      The Lions Club out of Hartland is looking to expand and would like to get a group started here in the Hamburg/Pinckney area.   If you would if you would like to become a member of the Lions Club I have the phone  number of the Hartland Lions Club President in  my office.  They also left us with a box to collect used eyeglasses AND hearing aids so if you have any laying around collecting dust bring them here.  They clean them up and distribute them to the needy around the world.  

Senior  Advisory  Board  Meeting

The next board meeting will take place on:

Wednesday,   January 8,  2020
At  10:00 AM

ALL are encouraged and welcome to attend!! 

Senior Advisory Board

Chairperson:  Chuck Menzies
Bob Andrews 
Gary Kaiser
Patricia Kolasinski
Sue Pack
Gerry Przeslawski
Business Member-at-Large:  Janet Bater
Alternate Board Members:  Deb Kaiser & Barb Mitchell

Reflective  Address  Signs

    Hamburg Fire Department has reflective address signs available for purchase.  These signs make it real easy for the Fire Department to find your house if you ever have the misfortune of having to contact them.  The price  is reasonable..............only $15  or  $20 for  C.O.D. deliveries.  They can also be the difference between life or death so it is a really good idea to have one.  I have some forms for them in my office. 

Blood  Pressure  Readings

      Guess What???  We have sound someone to come in to read your blood pressure!!  Woo Hoo!! 
He is one of our seniors.............newly retired from the profession of nursing and wished to volunteer his time!!  His name is Matthew and he is also going to be available to do a blood sugar check once we get some supplies in.  Yay!!

When:  3rd Monday of every month*
Time:    9:30 am - 10:30 am 

Melodies & Memories

    And that’s just what we do in the Senior Kitchen Band.  

    We play melodies that bring back memories  We have a great group of people in our band.  We have 3 people who actually are musicians and play real instruments and they are great.  We also have 6 people, who also great, and they play just about anything they can find or make, to play in what we call our rhythm section.  We have brand new member in our group who sings and boy can she sing.  If you feel you would enjoy being a part of our group, no matter what you play, we would love to have you join us.  We meet Fridays at 10:30 am and play until our tummies tell us its time for lunch. 

Tech  Time

    We are going to re-institute a specific time for computer, tablet and smart phone help.  On many occasions we are asked to help out with your techie questions but sometimes the timing is just not great.  So to make it easier on us, we are going to ask you to please make an appointment on Wednesdays between 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm if need assistance that is more complicated in nature.  If it's easy-peasy, then just come on in Wednesdays between 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm and unless we are busy with someone who has made an appointment, we can help.

KROGER  Community  Rewards  Program

       We're IN!!  So what does that mean??  Julie with Janet Bater's help, was able to get us signed up for Kroger's Community Rewards Program..............Woo Hoo!!  That means you can use your Kroger's Plus card to allow them to donate a percentage of what you buy there to go to the Senior Center.  You do have to register your card on-line to participate in their Community Rewards Program;  and if you need help in this, Julie or I can help you.  

Then what happens??  Well, that percentage of your purchases (and this does not include gas or alcohol purchases)  will be tabulated and then a check will be sent to the Senior Center to use for whatever the center needs or could use.  I have no idea how much this entails until it actually happens.

 So thank you in advance for using your Kroger Plus card and sending your donations our way!!

Senior Advisory Board Meeting Re-Cap

Meeting called to order at 10:01 am.  All members present.

Pledge to the Flag

Roll Call of the Board:  All present except Janet Bater, Pat Kolasinski and Gerry Przeslawski

Approval of Agenda:  Gary Kaiser moved to accept the agenda, Bob Andrews supported. 

Call to Public:  None

Approval of Minutes of July 10, 2019:  Pat Kolasinski moved to accept the minutes, Gary Kaiser supported.  

Senior Program Director Report: 
a) Correspondence: Thank you cards from MOST Ministries and Andy Chapman

b) Important Dates:  Closure for Veterans Day on November11, Holiday Bazaar Set up on November 15, Kiwanis Lunch set up on December 2 at noon and Christmas closure from December 23 through January 2, 2020
c) Transportation Update:  Director of LETS approved bus usage to Great Kales Crossing Mall.  September rides total was 170 with a daily average of 15.45.  October rides total was 245 with a daily average of  18.85.
d)  Program Updates:  September programs included:  an Online Safety Program with the Attorney General's Office, a food storage class with Joannee DeBruhl, and a cooking class with Pat Kolasinski.  October programs included: a Fall Prevention Class, Kitchen Band Singalong, Chili Cooking Class and a Halloween Potluck.

e)  Upcoming Programs:  Holiday Bazaar - November 16, Beltone Hearing - November 22, Kiwanis Christmas Lunch - December 3, Paparazzi Jewelry - December 13 and Christmas Singalong with Pipes Choir - December 17.
f)  Attendance: September 2019: monthly total 1597, daily average 76.  October 2019: monthly total 1583, daily average 69.

Old Business:  (a)  New & Used Sale:  sales total was $1855;
(b) Holiday Bazaar:  31 tables are sold and raffle prizes are acquired, building will be closed on November 15 for set up;  
(c) Parking Lot & Sidewalk Repair:  parking lot lines are painted and look good.  Mike Dolan is looking into getting a contractor to repair sidewalks.
(d) Kiwanis Lunch:  100 tickets are being sold.  Limiting number of attendees has been a positive improvement.  This year there seems to be limited involvement from the Kiwanians.  Senior Center will purchase pizza for high school volunteers.  Gary Kaiser would like the emcee of the event to acknowledge groups that are helping with the event.
(e) Carpet Cleaning: the carpet cleaning is done.  $300 was the total cost.  board would like the carpets to be cleaned annually.  Gary Kaiser mentioned that members are noticing the improvements in the cleanliness of the building.  Having the building cleaned twice monthly is helping.

New Business:  (a) Christmas Closure:  the Senior Center will be closed Monday, December 23 through January 1, 2020;
(b)  Rugs for Dining Room:  Lisa, our yoga instructor, has requested to have floor mats at the door entrances  to the dining room to help contain the salt and snow from winter boots;
(c)  Wall of Honor:  Senior Center would like to have a "Wall of Honor" on the wall between bathrooms. Senior Center will take pictures of veterans or families can bring a photo in.  Discussion regarding the size of  photo used with the majority of the board feeling that  8 x 10 would be the best size.

Call to the Public:  Mike Dolan requested that seniors may be needed to speak on behalf of support for Meals on Wheels at the Livingston County Board of Commissioners meeting on November 19, 2020.

Board Comments:  None

Adjournment:  Bob Andrews made the motion to adjourn, seconded by Gary Kaiser, meeting adjourned at 10:48 am
Next meeting will be January 8
, 2020 at 10:00 am

Pinochle........Our  Year  in  Review  2019

         The following is summary of the special achievements made by our pinochle pals from November 15, 2018 to November 14th of this year.  We had 29 different people win first place for the high series and 27 different people win the double pinochle pot.

The highest first place series this past year included fourteen 800+ totals and thirty-four 700+ games.  The "800 Club Winners" this year on order of highest series scores were:  David Albaugh (872), Betty Sweet (842), Ken Pence (828), Bob Mauer (827), Deb Kaiser (823), Don Manekis (818), Frank Berendt (817), Gary Wojnaroski (815), Marion DeRoo (814), Sharell Martin and Joe Magda (809), Gary Anemaet (808), and Lil Evanoff (804).  Friends who won the first place series with 700+ scores included Barb Deagen (twice), Barb Mitchell, Betty Knebl (3 times), Carol Chopp, Dan Nowakowski (twice), Dave Sokal, Don Manekis, Donna Anemaet (4 times), Donna Cook, Frank Berendt, Gary Kaiser, Gloria Church, Jean Chiado, Jill Todt, Joe Magda (4 times), Ken Pence (3 times), Lil Evanoff, Marion DeRoo, Ron Houghtaling, Russ Harris and Shirley Dearth.  The lowest score to win 1st place was 714.

Our record books still hold Frank Berendt and Joe Magda as the only two members of the "900 Club" with Frank having 916 in January 2014 Joe scoring 901 on his birthday in May 2015.

And the lucky 27 folks who took home the double pinochle prize included:  Barb Deagen, Barb Mitchell, Betty Knebl, Bev Harris, Bob Mauer (twice), Bob Seibert (twice), Carol Chopp, Dan Nowakowski, Dave Sokal, Deb Kaiser, Don Manekis (twice), Donna Cook, Frank Berendt (3 time!), Gloria Church (3 times!), Jill Todt (3 times!), Joe Garner, Joe Magda (twice), Ken Pence (twice), Linda Ivey, Marion and Ray DeRoo, Sharell Martin, Shirley Dearth (twice), and Shirley Patrick.  One pinochle pal asked how often does the first place winner also win double pinochle and the answer is only 7 times this year (16% of the time)!

Some notable hands this year have included:  In December 2018, Jean Chiado was dealt aces around in 3 consecutive hands!  In September, Bob Mauer had double kings around in his hand (80 pints right there!).  With his partner,  he had 86 points in meld and took 13 points in tricks, earning 98 points in the hand and 161 for their game together. Bob came in 3rd place that day.  On Halloween this year, Donna Cook was dealt a hand with all four aces, 10's and queens around (16 points meld).  If you have a special hand, make sure you let Deb Kaiser know so that it might be included in this article next year!

We certainly had some low scores too!  Fifteen people with scores in the 500's and ten people fell into the 400's with the lowest score being 401.

This past year, the pinochle friends voted to accommodate everyone who comes to play pinochle by adding as many three 3-person tables as needed so that everyone can plan and no one is ever turned away.  The group also decided to play the three person tables by dealing 15 cards to each person, with the highest bidder taking the "kitty" (the three extra cards left over from the deal).  That person MUST  discard 3 cards from their hand (not used in the meld), BEFORE beginning to play the hand, otherwise they will go set for that hand.  The 3-person table also only plays 3 hands per game and each player is awarded an extra 25 points to equalize their scores.

After pinochle, many of the players continue to enjoy each others company by going out to area restaurants and sharing a meal.  "Supper Club" as this group has come to be known, frequently includes 2 different choices of restaurants where friends gather.

Time to start gathering new data for next year beginning with our November 21, 2019 game!  We always hope new players will come and join the fun!


Updated News About your Eye Glasses
By  Barb  Yek

       Thank you to everyone who brings in their gently used eyeglasses.  I am the new contact person and will be taking your donated glasses to MOST Ministries in Ann Arbor where I volunteer once a week.
        Many of you probably remember Katherine Carlton who was one of the previous contact persons.  MOST Ministry stands for Mission Opportunity Short Term and gives many people the chance to go on short term mission trips, many of which are taking eye glasses to developing countries around the world where people otherwise would not be able to get them.  

     This year around 10 teams have or are going out to Nicaragua, Guatemala, Guinea, India, China and South Africa to name a few.  They also send out additional teams for medical, dental, construction, safe water, nursing and health.

      I was blessed to go on my first mission trip which was a dental/eye glass combination the end of June to Nicaragua.  We saw close to 700 people and gave out almost 800 pairs of glasses.  It was very rewarding and uplifting to see the smiles on peoples faces when they received their glasses and could actually see & be able to read.  This then helps children to succeed in school, helps an adult to secure a job and support their family and helps a senior to continue living independently.  It was a wonderful way for me to share God's love & the many blessings He has given me.

     So thank you again for donating your glasses you are not able to use any more yourselves.  Someone will be so thankful  to receive them.

Membership Cards Update

     Hey, just a short blurb to ask that you update your membership cards if you have not done so in the past 10 years or so.  Or if you have had some kind of life change such as a new allergy, change in your   life-saving meds, address change, death or divorce of a spouse or simply a change of emergency contact.  We DO  rely on these cards so we like to have up-to-date information!!    Thanks so much!!

T.V. Usage Reminder

I’m sure most of you noticed that we have several T.V.’s in the center and they are for your use!!  So if anyone would like us to turn them on, please ask!  We would be happy to put the ball game or special news reports on for you!  My only request is that the sound is not blasting ……….but of course, that is coming from someone whose mother-in-law refused to turn on her hearing aid and was mostly deaf; she had her T.V. on so loud you can hear it  1/2 mile away!!  Really!! 
We keep the  remotes in the office so they do not “walk” away!


So what is VIABIL?? VIABIL stands for Visually Impaired And Blind In Livingston. Since 1989 the Visually Impaired and Blind in Livingston Inc., or VIABIL has served our community as a non-profit, growing group of people with serious vision impairments or blindness who live in Livingston County. They are open to persons of all ages with any variety of vision disorders and who are ready to reach out to other organizations that assist the visually impaired. VIABIL features dynamic guest speakers, free activities and events with programs specific to the visually impaired citizen. So how can you get involved?? Call them at 810-231-1277 VIABIL is sponsored by all five area Lions Club Organizations Attend a meeting - usually held the first Saturday each month at Brighton Lions Den in Brighton , 465 W. Main St. Free transportation to meetings is now provided by VIABIL VIABIL, Inc., has earned a tax exempt status from the IRS 501c-3 - your non-taxable contribution is appreciated!!

Hamburg Seniors Share -
Autumn Memories  -  December 2019  -  January 2020  

For the short month of December and all of January, let's fill our photo board with pictures of beautiful snowy  scenes from near and far.  Look for pictures of snowmen, sledding, children playing, animals passing through your yard, or birds visiting a feeder you may have outside your window.  Share with us some of your pleasant memories of winters gone by!!

As always, all photos will be returned at the end of each month in the large envelope on the photo board located next to our library.  You are also welcome to suggest themes for upcoming months as well!!

St. Paul Lutheran - Daisy's Pantry

          When/Where: Wednesdays - 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. 
            at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 7701 East M-36, Hamburg

        St. Paul Lutheran Church sponsors a pantry for anyone who has emergency needs. Their Daisy Pantry will supply food for those in need. There are no questions asked or appointment needed, just show up. If you have any questions, call St. Paul Lutheran Church at 810-231-1033.

Walking Group

  You do not have to sign up for it, just show up either here at the Senior Center at about 10:15 am or in the parking lot on Merrill Rd. just across from the Senior Center.  we walk on Mondays and Thursdays at 10:30 am for about 1/2 hour.  Since we start right at 10:30 it is a good idea to get there a few minutes early so you don't miss the group.  You do not have to stay with the group but we like to start off together.  The faster walkers go fast and we hang with the slower paced walkers.  Please make sure your doctor approves of your walking as we walk about 1 1/2 miles and please please wear  proper  walking shoes with thick soles so you do not hurt your feet!!  And remember to wear clothes appropriate for the weather although we do NOT walk when it's raining or super hot out!!   See you out there!!!

Sweatshirts, Shirts & Hats - Oh My!!

       I had a red sweatshirt in my office that once belonged to a long-time member and folks were asking where/how they can get something like that since it is embroidered with our senior center logo. Well, wonder no more!! I've gotten some current pricing*, colors and style of denim & performance shirts, sweatshirts and hats. The sweatshirts come in 2 different weights (8 oz. & 9.3 oz.) and are priced at $25 & $35; 1/4 Zip Sweatshirts $24 (8 oz. only); denim shirts $24; performance tee's $20 and hats $10. Turnaround time is approximately 2-3 weeks and payment HAS to be made at the time of the order (cash or checks made out to The Hamburg Senior Center). Plus sizes do run a little higher in cost.  We have some samples of what each item looks and we can place an order once a month or whenever we get a decent amount of orders in. Any questions - just come on in or give us a call and we will do our best to get your questions answered.

*these prices are a few years old so may have changed. We can get you current prices just come into the office and we can let you know.

2020 Directories

           Chris is working on the 2020 Directories even as we speak.  As usual, she will only print out a few copies so that any typo's can be corrected and the best way to find a typo is for  y'all to find them!!  :)   So if/when y'all find them, please bring them to my attention or to Chris so she can correct them.  And, as always, this stays in-house and is only given out to our seniors.  Y'all know she's been asked to share our address list before and she always refuses!!  

     If you DO  NOT  want your information printed in the directory please let us know!!  810-222-1140  or 810-222-1142 or email us at:  or

Book of Services

       Julie has put together a book of reputable and recommended service providers to keep in the office. If you have a handyman, cleaning service, lawn maintenance service, or small job trades company that you can recommend please call the office — or you can email Julie Please make sure the company is happy to have the Referral !!!

Gleaners Produce

        Gleaners has received a grant from the State of Michigan to provide fresh produce to our seniors. What that means to you is this: on the 3rd Thursday of the month Senior Nutrition will deliver a batch of fresh produce and will be available to you to take home. It could be apples and grapefruit or it could be potatoes and onions or even canned goods, it just depends on what they were able to get that month. And we will not know what they're getting until it arrives here at the center...........just so we don't get a bunch of questions on what is coming in!! :) And yes, this is at no cost to you. Enjoy!! 

Hamburg Senior Community Center
10407 Merrill Road
P.O. Box 157
Hamburg, MI 48139 USA

Phone: 1.810.231.1000 Ext. 225
Direct Dial: 1.810.222.1140

Fax: 1.810.231.3877


  • Julie Eddings
    Senior Program Director
  • Christine Hoskins 
    Senior Assistant Director
  • Carol Kolad & Linda Bauby
  • Assistants  

Updated January 2, 2020

Seniors/Senior Community Center