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Serving AUGUSTA & the CSRAInformation For Ages 50 PLUS!LearningThe Fine Art ofJanuary 2011Vol. 25, No. 1Embroidery!Story on Page 6


Page 2 • January 2011 • Senior NewsAugustaTaking CareCaregivers can thrive by reducing stress levelsby LISA M. PETSCHEFamily caregivers providepractical assistance and enhance thequality of life for frail seniors whomight otherwiserequire placement ina long-term carefacility. Typically,they are spouses oradult children, manyseniors themselves.Lisa PetscheTheir roleinvolves physical,psychological, emotional and financialdemands. It can be a heavy load.If you are a caregiver, consider thefollowing strategies for not only surviving,but also thriving, in the year ahead.Even if you're not a caregiver, theseself-care tips are worth checking out.Reduce your stress• Learn as much as possible aboutyour relative’s illness and its management,and educate family and friends tohelp them understand. Knowing what toexpect and how to deal with challengescan go a long way to reduce anxietyand foster a sense of control.• Accept realities you can’t changeand focus instead on those you caninfluence.• Pick your battles; don't make amajor issue out of every concern.• Use positive self-talk. Emphasizephrases such as "I can," "I will,” and "Ichoose."• Practice relaxation techniques,such as deep breathing.• Do things that bring inner peace,such as meditating, reading somethinguplifting, journaling or listening tosoothing music.• Create a relaxation room or cornerin your home – a tranquil spot youcan retreat to in order to rejuvenate.• Develop a calming ritual to helpyou unwind at the end of the day. Avoidwatching the news before going to bed.• Make healthy lifestyle choices:eat nutritious meals, get adequate rest,exercise and see your primary physicianregularly.• Seek ways to streamline your life.Set priorities and don't waste time orenergy on unimportant things. Simplifynecessary tasks, letting go of the needfor perfection. If finances permit, hire ahousecleaning service or a personalsupport worker or companion for yourrelative, to free up some of your timeand energy.• Be flexible about plans andexpectations. Take things one day at atime.• Minimize contact with negativepeople.• Don’t keep problems to yourself– seek support from family members,friends or a counselor. Join a communitycaregiver support group (some offerconcurrent care), or an Internet group ifit’s hard to get out.• Accept offers of help. Ask otherfamily members to share the load, andbe specific about the kind of assistanceyou need. Also find out about servicesin your community that may be of help.The local office on aging is a goodresource.• Take advantage of respite servicesin your community, such as day-careprograms and facilities that offer temporaryresidential care.Increase your joy• Stay connected to people whocare, through visits, phone calls, e-mailor letters.• Cultivate a healthy sense ofhumor. Read the comics, watch a TVsitcom now and then, or rent funnymovies. Don't take yourself or otherstoo seriously.• Do something you enjoy everyday, perhaps savoring a cup of tea,reading the newspaper or engaging in ahobby (revive a former pastime or trysomething new). Make it a priority,even if all you can manage is 15 minutes.• Put together a pamper kit of itemsthat give you a lift – for example, afavorite magazine or CD, scented candles,fragrant shower gel or body lotion,or gourmet coffee or tea – and delveinto it when you find your spiritsdrooping.• Bring a bit of nature into yourhome: get a plant to nurture or buyfresh flowers.• Do something nice for someonewho is going through a difficult time. Itwill bring joy to both of you.• Create little things to look forwardto: telephoning or visiting with afriend, watching a movie, orderingtakeout food or getting something newto wear.• Plan a special outing with orwithout your relative – perhaps to arestaurant or a cultural event.• Focus on the good things in yourlife, such as supportive relationships,and seek beauty and tranquility throughappreciation of art and nature. Learn tolive in the moment, enjoying life's simplerpleasures.*********Lisa M. Petsche is a social workerand a freelance writer specializing inadult care issues.Inaugural Jimmie Dyess Symposium presentedby the Augusta Museum of HistorySpecial to Senior NewsThe Augusta Museum ofHistory is proud to present the InauguralJimmie Dyess Symposium, on Tuesday,January 11, 2011, beginning at 5:00Do you have a leg wound that justwon’t seem to heal?If so, you may be eligible to participate in a research study thatinvestigates a new product that may aid in the healing process.Diabetic Wounds • Pressure Ulcers • Venous UlcersArterial Ulcers • Cellulitis • Osteomyelitis • InfectionsNow accepting new patients.Call today for an appointment or screening.629 Ronald Reagan Drive, Suite CEvans, GA 30809706.868.0315 • 706.868.0320Mon. - Fri.: 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.www.aiyandiabetescenter.comp.m., in the Museum’s Rotunda! Thepresentation is free to the public.The symposium is being createdand developed to recognize this nativeAugustan’s courage as both a citizen anda soldier of the United States and toidentify others who have shown similarvalor or made civic contributions aboveand beyond the call of duty.The symposium will include talksby Major General Perry Smith, whoserved thirty years in the United StatesAir Force flying missions over NorthVietnam and Laos. He has been a militaryanalyst for NBC TV and currentlyserves as secretary of the CongressionalMedal of Honor Foundation.Colonel Jack Jacobs, United StatesArmy Retired, author of the book, If NotNow, When and recipient of threeBronze stars, two Silver Stars and theMedal of Honor will be discussing currentmilitary situations around the world.He will be the first recipient of theJimmie Dyess Distinguished AmericanAward. He also is a military and politicalanalyst for NBC TV.Mr. Mike Ryan of the AugustaChronicle will be the Master ofCeremonies, Augusta State UniversityROTC will be doing the Presentation ofColors and the Heritage Academy choirwill be performing. There are manyother participating businesses, individuals,groups and sponsors who will berecognized in future press releases.Please come and join us for thisspecial evening! For more informationon the Symposium please contact theMuseum at 706-722-8454.


January 2011 • Senior NewsAugusta • Page 3Poets’ CornerH O P Eby Vera KingHow will I spend this New YearTo deal with pain and strifeThat has already enteredMy country and my lifeOh for the days of yester yearThese things seemed far awayFor someone else to settleBut now they’re here to staybalance sheet marked “Liability.”I searched for truthin the news media,and found it in thewastebaskets of the Liberals.Finally, I searched for truthin nature,and found itEVERYWHERE!*********Perhaps I could ignore themLike they were not a threatJust pass them on to othersWhom I have never metExcept I would feel guiltyFor things I’ve left undoneAs I played away the yearsFor the sake of having funSo this year let me pray for HOPEA light for all to seeThe beacon that can guide usTo our final destiny.*********Foolish Fearsby Jack GilmanIt’s always best to explore,Mechanics of the brain.When heartbreak is discovered,Eliminate the pain.We must hear life’s laughter,And we must feel the joy.Of a child lost in play,With life which is their toy.So why not learn this lesson,And wipe away our fears.For we should always master,Our worthless, foolish tears.Moan when it is moaning time,And wallow in your pain.Joy will mend our broken heart,There’s everything to gain.*********The Search For Truthby Doris Highsmith CharnockI searched for truthin the homes,and found itpacked away in the attic.I searched for truthin the churches,and found it in adusty Bible.I searched for truthin the schools,and found it underneath thefeet of progressive educators.I searched for truthin the courts,and found itlocked in a safe.I searched for truthin the market place,and found it on theOn Earthby Oliver CantrellOn this earth we all must beSo why not love and harmony.Instead of all the war and hateWe all deserve a better fate.Stamp out hunger, make air cleanWater that’s blue, grass that’s green.A better day for you and meIs all that we want to see.But all the politics, greed and wasteLeave you with a bitter taste.But trust in the LordAnd see the light.And do all the things you canTo make life right.*********Retirementby Fred HollandRetirement is so much fun!I wish it for everyone.If I had known what investing to do,I would have retired at fifty-two.No deadlines to meet,No traffic to beat.The beauty of retirement is you getto do whatever you please,I thank God for allowing me toRetire when I say a prayer on myknees.You get to do all those things youpreviously wished for,And stressful things you can mostlyignore.When you retire, don’t just sit!In order to stay healthy, you muststay fit.So I go to the gym at least twice aweek,It’s not muscles, but a good cardiowork-out I seek.You have time to do all thosecreative things that you alwayswanted to do,But while you were working thespare moments were just too few.I dabble in poetry, paint pictures andmake homemade wine,And I still have idle time.So I spend time with mygrandchildren, wolunteer to helpthose less fortunate, and get inchurch activities.Fishing with the buddies is also nice,And some weeks I’ll go bowling onceor twice.With the travel club I go tointeresting places,Sometimes we go to casinos, and Itry to pair-up Jacks and Aces.Shake ‘em up, shake ‘em up! sevenor eleven!Retirement is great, almost like beingin Heaven!Notice to Lower Income FamiliesAugusta Housing AuthorityPublic Housing Program• Quality, Independent Living For Seniors•Must Be At Least 55 Years Old• Rent Based On Adjusted Income (HUD Guidelines)• Elevators For Your Convenience• Free Laundry Rooms On Each Floor•Walk-in applications will be accepted from Elderly/Disabledcustomers for the Public Housing Program between the hoursof 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. at 1435 Walton Way, Augusta,Georgia 30901.• Applications from Elderly/Disabled Families for the PublicHousing Program will also be accepted by completinginformation at www.augustapha.org.• Applicants will be placed on the waiting list and notified inwriting for a scheduled appointment to bring relevantinformation to qualify for assistance.• The Augusta Housing Authority does not discriminate inadmission or access to its federal assisted programs. Anypotentially eligible individual who has a visual or hearingimpairment will be provided with information necessary tounderstand and participate in the Augusta Housing Authority’sprograms. Richard Arfman has been designated as theresponsible employee to coordinate the Augusta HousingAuthority’s efforts to comply with the nondiscrimination basedon handicap regulations.Equal Housing OpportunityThe Housing Authority of theCity of Augusta, GeorgiaBy: Jacob Oglesby, Executive Director


Page 6 • January 2011 • Senior NewsAugustaOn the CoverThe Fine Art of Embroideryby CAROLYN BRENNEMANPhotography by CarolynCOVER: Catherine, Christyand Libby are learning the fineart of embroideryEmbroidery, gaining greatpopularity today, is the process ofstitching designs either by hand ormachine on textiles such as fabric forwear or display. It embraces bothMirabilia Maidens of the Seasons – Stitchedby Kathy Shultz – Courtesy of Counted Stitchescontemporary and traditional needleworkas an art form. On the coverare three friends, Catherine, Christyand Libby, who have recentlybecome interested in the fine art ofembroidery. Christy is showing herblack wool sweater with intricatemachine embroidery stitchery whichmimics the elaborate hand embroideryfrom the past. Although the originsof embroidery are unknown butdate back to ancient Egypt, handembroidery stitches of the past – thechain stitch, buttonhole or blanketstitch, runningstitch, satinstitch, and crossstitch – remainthe fundamentalstitches ofembroiderytoday. Anyonecan learn thetechniques ofembroidery andmake beautifulpieces to wear orfor display.There is agreat group herein Augusta thatwill teach anyonethe art ofTHE LEDGES APARTMENTS• Quality, Independent Living For Seniors• Must Be At Least 62 Years Old• Rent Based On Adjusted Income (HUD Guidelines)• Utilities Included In Rent• Two Floor Plans – Efficiencies (Perfect For One) OneBedroom If You Need More Room• Emergency Call Systems In Each Apartment• Added Safety Features In Bathroom• Elevators For Your Convenience• Coin Operated Laundry Rooms On Each FloorINDEPENDENT RETIREMENT LIVING IN THE HEART OFNORTH AUGUSTA WITHOUT LEAVING FAMILY, FRIENDS,COMMUNITY AND CHURCH AFFILIATIONSHand Embroidery Piece of Angel – Courtesy of Natalie Farrellembroidery. It is the AugustaChapter of The Embroiderers' Guildof America, Inc. EGA is a nationalnon-profit educational organizationoffering study and preservation ofthe heritage and art of embroidery.“The Augusta Chapter is open toanyone interested in needlework,from the beginner to the professional,”says Natalie Farrell, our contactliaison. “We meet every 1st Mondayof each month and currently havearound 25 members, ranging in agefrom the 30s to 80s. Embroidery is aunique art form and fun activity. Weenjoy getting together and creatingthe handwork.” The Augusta Chapterconducts classes, stitch-ins and evenhas instructors from outside sourcescome in to teach. Visitors are welcometo attend the meetings. Justbring yourself and a needle to learnand enjoy some fun!Members of the group displaytheir artistic talents at public events,such as the Columbia County library,Fremont library, and the downtownlibrary. “The pieces range from smallprojects, framed pictures, pillows,eyeglass cases, carriers, needle cases,and show all varieties of stitchingand how it is used,” says Natalie.And where do we get our supplies?Many of the supplies are obtainedfrom Counted Stitches, owned andoperated by Nancy Bailey andcousin Sharon McCabe, 333Edgefield Road, North Augusta, SC,803.279.1867. “We specialize in afull line of counted cross stitch suppliesand accessories,” says ownerNancy, “and we have an emailnewsletter which described all of ouractivities and upcoming events.”Sounds like a great monthly activityfor learning needlework and socialization.Whether you are new to thisfine art of needlework or are experiencedin the craft, check out TheAugusta Chapter which meets atFirst Alliance Church, 2801Ingleside Dr, Augusta, GA 30909.Call Natalie Farrell at 706.736.5508for more information.Applications Taken at 550 Sikes Hill, North Augusta, SC803-279-1776Exquisite Hand Embroidery Piece – Courtesy of Natalie Farrell


January 2011 • Senior NewsAugusta • Page 7Christmas magic sometimes begins long before Decemberal intern gift exchange, time and moneywould be better spent bringingChristmas cheer to seniors. Thus wasborn the socks for seniors program.Lauren went about pitching the ideato the 11 other interns and collectivelythey set about contacting area businesses,friends, family, and professionalassociations to gather useful items to fillthe socks. The response from the communitywas so positive that they wereable to spread joy in the form of 45filled socks and treat bags for theColumbia County Senior Center participantsand a cash donation and filledsocks (for the home bound) to theHarlem Senior Center.Santa’s honorary elves included:Ashley Baldner, Mary Righton Brown,Jessica Holland, Holly Malcom, AshleyMcLane, Desha McNeair, Sara Pescoe,Kris Richman, Kelsey Rodgers, KirstenSchlein, Matthew Taft, and LaurenWhite.(l to r) Dietetic Intern Lauren White, Jeff Asmann (Santa), DieteticIntern Jessica Holland (back row) and Dietetic Internship DirectorJeanne Lee distribute socks for seniors at the Dec 17th ColumbiaCounty Senior Center (Euchee Creek) Holiday Party.Special to Senior NewsChristmas magic sometimesbegins long before December.In this heartwarming story it was acase of University Hospital DieteticIntern Lauren White completing a communitynutrition rotation at the CSRAArea Agency on Aging which prompteda really wonderful idea. Lauren decidedthat age has no bearing on Christmas joyand that rather than conducting the annu-Passing the Torch... the Morris announcesappointment of new Curator of EducationSpecial to Senior NewsThe Morris Museum of Artstaff is pleased to announce thatMichelle Schulte has accepted theposition as the Curator of Education.Schulte, the former associate curatorof education at the Morris, is assumingthe duties of David Tucker who retiredon Wednesday, December 15, 2010.“All of us at the Morris Museumare saddened by the departure ofDavid Tucker,” said Kevin Grogan,Director of the Morris Museum of Art,“but we feel completely confident thatMichelle Schulte is the ideal person toMichelle Schultefill his shoes. Her academic credentialsand prior experience – she hasbeen a classroom teacher and hasworked in the education department atthe Telfair Museum, for a time as itsinterim curator – and her completefamiliarity with this museum, its collections,personnel, and volunteersreally set her apart from the otherapplicants.”Schulte holds degrees in photographyand art education from ArmstrongAtlantic State University and theSavannah College of Art and Design,as well as a master’s degree in museumstudies from Johns HopkinsUniversity. She has been with theMorris for the past three years, overseeingthe museum’s public programs– she was instrumental in creating andrefurbishing the Morris’s EducationGallery, revamping programs such asthe Morris Arts Council andArtrageous Family Sunday!, rewritingmuseum curriculum for kindergartenthrough twelfth-grade students, anddeveloping partnerships with theMedical College of Georgia andAugusta State University, where she isnow an adjunct faculty member.*********The Morris Museum of Art wasfounded in 1985 and opened to thepublic in 1992. For more informationabout the Morris Museum of Art, visitwww.themorris.org or call 706-724-7501.


Page 8 • January 2011 • Senior NewsAugustaGeorgia eye doctor helps legally blind to see againHigh technology for lowvision patients allowsmany to drive again!Atlanta, Georgia –Ever looked through apair of field glasses or binoculars?Things look bigger andcloser and much easier to see.Georgia optometrist Dr.Brian Saunders is using miniaturizedtelescopes to help peoplewho have lost vision frommacular degeneration or othereye conditions. Dr. Saunders isone of only a few doctors whoprescribe bioptic telescopes tohelp those who have lost visiondue to macular degeneration,diabetic retinopathy, and otherdebilitating eye diseases.Here are some stories fromDr. Saunders’ Low Visionpatients:Randall Day of NorthGeorgia writes, “I am writingthis letter to thank you forby KELVIN COLLINSPresident/CEO, BBB of CentralGeorgia & the CSRA, Inc.Because of technologyand the creativity of charities,there are many different waysthat donors can give to a worthycause. Whether you’re givingmoney, canned goods, useditems or your time, BBB WiseGiving Alliance reminds donorsthat how you give is just asimportant as what you give.According to the Chronicleof Philanthropy, charitable donationsto the largest charitieswere down 11 percent last year.Despite the tough economy andthe overall decline in giving,donors are still looking for waysto help the less fortunate particularlyaround the holidays.According to the SalvationArmy, red kettle donations inNovember and December of2009 actually increased by $9million over the previous year.Despite the downturn in theeconomy, people are still lookingfor creative or small waysthat they can give back and supportthose who are even less fortunateover the holidays.However you decide to give, it’simportant to stop and take thechanging my everyday livingwith the bioptic glasses. It hasgreatly changed my outdooractivities, as well as the thingsI do in the house – like seeingTV, the computer, and readingbooks. This letter can in noway explain the changes in myeveryday living and no wordscould ever express my gratitude.I truly thank you.”“I wish to thank you for thetelescopic lenses you fitted forme. The game plan of readingthe Wall Street Journal andwatching FOX NEWS at thesame time is working perfectly.Thank you for a good job.” J.W. Buckley.Many states now allow theuse of telescopic glasses tohelp meet the vision requirementsfor driving.“After being diagnosedwith macular degeneration...This vision loss caused me tobe unable to drive unless conditionswere perfect. Sinceobtaining my bioptic telescopicglasses from you, I am nowtime to research the charity thoroughlyto make sure that yourdollar stretches the farthest itcan in this tough economy.How you give – and not justwhat you give – to a charitymatters. Following are five commonways that people donate tocharities and a few things toconsider:• Give items: Many organizationssolicit for donations overthe holidays including coats,toys, and canned goods.Whatever you’re donating, makesure the items are of good conditionand that the recipientcharity is accepting such itemsto help further its cause.• Give when you shop:Many charities have had greatsuccess partnering with businesseswho agree to donatesome amount of the purchaseprice from sales of items to aworthy cause. This type ofcause-related marketing meansthat you can help while youshop. Check if the promotionidentifies the actual or anticipatedamount of the purchase pricethe charity will receive. Alsosome businesses, like grocerystores, ask if you want to donateto a charity and have thatamount added to your receiptwhich is called embedded giving.See if the embedded promotionstates which specific charitywill receive the collected funds.• Give online : Giving onlinewith a credit or debit card isamong the most efficient waysto support a charity. Before youenter in your numbers, give thewebsite a thorough review andlook for the organization’s privacypolicy, and verify if theorganization has appropriatesecurity measures in place toprotect such transactions.• Give through text messaging:The option to give via textmessage took off in the wake ofthe disastrous earthquake inHaiti. After texting a message toa number, the donation is tackedon to your cell phone bill. Whiledonating via text is fast and easyfor the donor, the actual moneycan take months to reach thecharity so consider donatingdirectly to a charity through itswebsite if there is an urgentneed.• Give your time: In today’stight economy, you may nothave money, but you can alwaysgive a little bit of your time tohelp support a worthy cause. Inaddition to volunteering aroundthe holidays, you can also be aable to drive with confidenceand security. I have gainedback much of the independenceI had lost thanks to youand your staff.” H. H. Paul ofAtlanta.“Telescopic glasses cancost over $2,000 says Dr.Saunders. Low vision devicesare not always expensive.Some reading glasses cost aslittle as $475 and some magnifiersunder $100. Every case isdifferent because people havedifferent levels of vision anddifferent desires.For more information, contactDr. Brian Saunders at 1-877-948-7784, 770-948-7784or visit our website atwww.IALVS.com.*********– Paid Advertisement –No matter how you give, give wisely with advice from the BBB Wise Giving Alliancevocal supporter of a charity andhelp raise awareness amongfriends and family and on yourFacebook page or blog.The BBB Wise GivingAlliance reports on more than1,200 national charitable organizationsat www.bbb.org/charityand determines if they meet 20accountability standardsaddressing governance, financesand fund raising practices.To review charity evaluationsand get more advice onhow to give when times aretight, visit www.bbb.org/charity.*********Kelvin Collins ispresident/CEO of the BetterBusiness Bureau of CentralGeorgia & the CSRA, Inc. serving41 counties in CentralGeorgia and the CentralSavannah River Area (CSRA).This tips column is providedthrough the local BBB and theCouncil of Better BusinessBureaus. Questions or complaintsabout a specific companyor charity should be referreddirectly to the BBB at Phone: 1-800-763-4222, Web site: www.bbb.org or E-mail: info@centralgeorgia.bbb.orgor info@csra.bbb.org.


Page 10 • January 2011 • Senior NewsAugustaAugusta/CSRACALENDARAugusta State UniversityContinuing Education• Online Courses: Go to classes in your pajamas,at anytime day or night. Go towww.ced.aug.edu and click on ONLINECOURSES. Contact Byron Widener for moreinformation at 706-667-4215.*********The Senior Citizens Council218 Oak Street North, Suite LAugusta, GA 30907; 706-868-0120www.seniorcitizenscouncil.orgThe Senior Citizens Council is openMonday through Friday for the followingservices:• Advocacy Programs including: CaseworkerServices; Caregiver Support and Information;Bill Paying and Money Management;Benefits Counseling including informationabout the new Medicare Part D PrescriptionDrug Plans; and, Elder Abuse, Neglect, andExploitation Prevention.• Foster Grandparent Program and SeniorCompanion Program: Limited income personsage 60 and older needed to work from15 to 40 hours a week with special-needschildren or adults. Call for complete details.• Retired and Senior Volunteer Program: Areyou looking for a fun and exciting way tomake a difference in the community? RSVPoffers persons age 55 or older an opportunityto apply their skills and experience to meetcritical community needs. RSVP pairs talentedvolunteers with their choice of a variety ofnon-profit, health care, government, andfaith-based organizations. Call for completedetails.For additional information or to makean appointment for a needed service, call706-826-4480 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.*********CSRA Senior CentersOver 60? Enjoy socializing, parties,cards, crafts, Bingo and travel? Interested instaying healthy and active? Tired of eatinglunch alone? If you answered YES to thesequestions, then you need to check out aSenior Center near you!• Blythe Area Recreation DepartmentPatricia Strakosch; 3129 Highway 88,Blythe, GA 30805; 706-592-6668• Carrie J. Mays Recreation CenterSheryl Jones; 1015 11th Ave., Augusta, GA30901; 706-821-2831• East View Community CenterRoberta Sullivan; 644 Aiken St., Augusta,GA 30901; 706-722-2302• HH Brigham Senior CenterPat Jenner; 2463 Golden Camp Rd., Augusta,GA 30906; 706-772-5456• McBean Community CenterWillamae Shaheed; 1155 Hephzibah-McBeanRd., Hephzibah, GA 30815; 706-560-1814 or706-560-2628• Sand Hills Community CenterLillie Rosier; 2540 Wheeler Rd., Augusta,GA 30904; 706-842-1912 or 706-842-1916• New Bethlehem Community Center, Inc.Millicent E. West; 1336 Conklin Ave.,Augusta, GA 30901; 706-722-0086• Bessie Thomas Community CenterJeff Asman; 5913 Euchee Creek Dr.,Grovetown, GA 30813; 706-556-0308• Burke County Senior CenterJackie Brayboy; 717 W. 6th St., Waynesboro,GA 30830; 706-437-8007• Glascock County Senior CenterAnita May; 568 Brassell Park Ln., Gibson,GA 30810; 706-598-3050• Grovetown Senior CenterBetty Laverty; 103 W. Robinson Ave.,Grovetown, GA 30813; 706-210-8699• Betty Hill Senior Citizens CenterCathie Birdsong; 330 Waters Work Rd.,Sparta, GA 31087; 706-444-7532• Harlem Senior CenterTina Sidener; 405 B West Church St.,Harlem, GA 30814; 706-449-8400• Jefferson County Senior CenterMarie Swint; 209 E. 7th St., Louisville, GA30434; 478-625-8820• McDuffie Senior CenterMelinda Hill; 304 Greenway St., Thomson,GA 30824; 706-595-7502• Jenkins County Senior CenterShirley Chance; 998 College Ave., Millen,GA 30442; 478-982-4213• Lincoln County Senior CenterPam Parton; 160 May Ave., Lincolnton, GA30817; 706-359-3760• Sylvania Senior CenterCathy Forehand; 209 E. Ogeechee St.,Sylvania, GA 30467; 912-564-7727• Taliaferro County Senior CenterAllene Oliver; 119 Commerce St.,Crawfordville, GA 30631; 706-456-2611• Warren County Senior CenterGwanda Murray; 48 Warren St., Warrenton,GA 30828; 706-465-3539• Washington County Council on AgingJane Colson; 466 Maurice Friedman Rd.,Sandersville, GA 31082; 478-552-0898(Mon., Tues, and Thurs.)478-552-0013• Wilkes CountyDiana Hall; 108 Marshall St., Washington,GA 30673; 706-678-2518• Shiloh Comprehensive Community CenterElizabeth Jones; 1635 15th St., Augusta, GA30901; 706-738-0089*********H. H. Brigham Senior Center2463 Golden Camp Rd., AugustaContact: Patricia A. Jenner706-772-5456; 1 a.m.-3 p.m.*********Aiken County Parks, Recreation &Tourism902 Vaucluse Rd., Aiken, SC 29801; 803-642-7559; www.aikencountysc.gov/tourismCourtney Senior Center49 Roy St., Wagener, SC; 564-5211• Canasta Club: Wed., Jan. 5, 12, 19 & 26,12:00 p.m., Free• Senior Bingo: 3rd Fri., 2 p.m., FreeHarrison-Caver Park4181 Augusta Rd., Clearwater, SC; 593-4698Aiken County Recreation Center917 Jefferson Davis Hwy., Graniteville, SC;663-6142• Coffee Corner: Tues., Jan. 11 & 25, 11 a.m.FreeRoy Warner Park4287 Festival Trail Rd., Wagener, SC; 564-6149Boyd Pond ParkAiken, SC• Boyd Pond Park Day: Sat., Feb. 12. Fordetails call 803-642-0314.*********Academy for LifelongLearning, USC-AikenInformation: 803-641-3288*********Hearing Loss Association ofAugustaHearing Loss Associationof Augusta. For meetings informationcontact: Debbie Rish,President, at 706-650-2496; 624Kingston Rd., Grovetown, GA30813; or, by email athlaag.rish@yahoo.com.Meetings are held the 3rdMonday during Sept.-March.*********Hephzibah Lions ClubMeets the 2nd & 4th Thursdays,7 p.m., Jesse Carroll CommunityCenter, Windsor Spring Rd., Hephzibah. Foradditional information contact Lion DavidUsry, President, at 706-592-2752.*********Morris Museum of Art1 Tenth Street at Riverwalk in AugustaRiverfront Center. Call 706-724-7501 formore information or visit the Museum’s websiteat www.the morris.org.*********Gertrude Herbert Institute of ArtLocated at 506 Telfair Street, Augusta. Call706-722-5465 for information.*********Caregiver Support GroupAre you caring for a spouse or parent? Joinother caregivers to share experiences, gatherpractical resources and find the support youneed. The group meets the 3rd Monday ofeach month at 6:30 p.m. at the FriedmanBranch Library located at 1447 Jackson Roadin Augusta. For more information contactGeorgia Jopling, Caregiver Specialist, AreaAgency on Aging, 706-210-2000 or 888-922-4464.*********Augusta Museum of History560 Reynolds Street in downtown Augusta.Call 706-722-8454 for events information.• Into the Interior: A History of the GeorgiaRailroad and Banking Company: Ongoing• Augusta’s Story: Ongoing• Celebrating a Grand Tradition, the Sport ofGolf: Ongoing• The Godfather of Soul, Mr. James Brown:Ongoing• Voices of the Past Museum Theater Series –The Other Tubmans: Sat. 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Page 12 • January 2011 • Senior NewsAugustaBeautiful Sights at Phinizy Swamp Nature ParkWalking through Beaver Dam Trail!Check out Senior News’ Calendar Section... Phinizy Swamp Nature Park!by CAROLYN BRENNEMANPhotos Courtesy ofPhinizy Swamp Nature ParkHave you guys checkedout the monthly CalendarSection of Senior News? Thereare many great events and volunteeropportunities listed in thissection every month. Here isone such great place to take anature walk, view some wildlife,or find fun volunteer jobs. Howabout the great outdoors atPhinizy Swamp Nature Park?Phinizy Swamp Nature Park,is part of Southeastern NaturalSciences Academy campus, alarge complex that offers classrooms,laboratories, andresearch facilities to focus onaquatic and ecology-basedresearch projects and programsin the area. Phinizy is locatedonly a few minutes from downtownAugusta, and is over 1,100acres of natural beauty. Itincludes many miles of trails,nature walks, wetlands, streams,swamps, and an oxbow lake,river bluffs, and bottomlandforests. There are picnic pavilions,educational kiosks, an educationcenter, visitors center andcaretaker cottage. Visitors mayget a chance to see blue herons,bobcats, red shouldered hawks,otters, turtles, and alligators intheir natural habitat. Well, howabout a nice leisure nature walk?On the 1st Saturday of everymonth, there is a pleasant naturewalk at Phinizy Swamp. Thetrained volunteers of theAcademy lead 1.5 hour hikesthrough the park which is foranyone and everyone to enjoyand usually of any age. Usuallya group consists of 15 peopleaccording to Chenille, ofPhinizy. The hikes are leisurelypacedwalks through wetlands,over picturesque trails and scenicoutlooks. “Each volunteerleading the hike speaks aboutthe ecological aspects of thepark, shows the points of interestand may point out interestingfacts about tree species, birdspecies or ecological aspects ofinterest to the group,” saysChenille.Want to volunteer some timeat the Visitors Center? PhinizySwamp Visitor Center is acharming facility staffed entirelyby volunteers and is openSaturdays and Sundays from9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Volunteersgenerally answer questions, sellmerchandise and hand out mapsand literature about PhinizySwamp. All volunteers participatein a training session beforeworking one of the shifts onSaturday or Sunday according toChinelle of Phinizy. “All volunteers,ranging in age from the30s to the 60s are trained to leada group of hikes or are trained toparticipate and assist in the visitorscenter,” says Chinelle. “It isalso a great way to meet newpeople and get involved in aworthwhile organization.” If youare interested in volunteering orfinding out more about thenature walks, please contactAcademy offices at 706-828-2109 for more information. Anddon’t forget to check out themonthly events in the CalendarSection of Senior News!Vintage GardensAt SweetwaterSenior Living at its best!Enjoy the quiet gazebowith flowers, horseshoepit, individual gardeningareas, and a communitycenter with plannedactivities for everyone.Southeastern Natural Sciences Academy Campus showing theEducation Building, Visitor's Center, Administration Building andResearch Building.Apartment Features• Washer/Dryer Connections• Heated/Cooled Sunrooms• Fully Equipped Kitchens• Oversized Bathrooms• Large Walk-in Closets• Water and Sanitation Included• Garbage Disposal• Mini Blinds• Single Story, No Stairs• Handicap AccessibleCOME ON HOME!Section 8 vouchers accepted and transferablefrom Georgia to South Carolina!Equal Housing OpportunityResidents must be55 and over.Community Features• Community Center w/plannedactivities• Individual Gardening Areas• Gazebo with Flower Gardens• Horse Shoe PitVintage GardensAt Sweetwater3 Murrah Road ExtensionN. Augusta, SC 29860(803) 819-3139Monday-Friday, 9 am-3 pmSaturday, by appointment

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