Here is the August newsletter from the Shelton Senior Center. \u00a0For a breakdown of events, click here. AUGUST SOCIAL DANCE: \u00a0\u00a0Join us for a Social get-together on Friday, August 9 at 1:00 PM. (Please note date correction.) Tickets are $4.00.\u00a0 Music by Vinnie Carr.\u00a0 Tickets on sale now.\u00a0 Tickets will be sold up until the Wednesday at Noon before the Friday dance. \u00a0 MEMBERSHIP MEETING:\u00a0 There is no meeting this month.\u00a0 Our next meeting will be Friday, September 13 at 10:30 AM. \u00a0 CELEBRATE ME HOME ~ HONORING A LIFE'S LEGACY:\u00a0 Please join us for an informational session presented by Celebrate Me Home on Thursday, August 15 at 10:30 AM. \u00a0This is a personalized concierge service that handles the many details of a funeral and collaborates with you to create a unique celebration of life.\u00a0 Need not be a member to attend. \u00a0 AARP DRIVER SAFETY PROGRAM:\u00a0 Did you know there are two (2) Safe Driver Discounts insurance companies give drivers?\u00a0 One is for not being involved in an accident; the other is for taking a Defensive Driving Course.\u00a0 Check with your insurance company.\u00a0 If you are 50 years or older, you can take the AARP Driver Safety Program. \u00a0We are very excited about the new one day, 4-hour course. The AARP Driver Safety Program 4-hour course offers the same valuable information as the 8-hour course utilizes the same Participant Workbook and video and provides the same insurance discount.\u00a0 No written, physical or driving tests given. Upcoming classes will be held Tuesday: August 20, September 17, October 22 and November 5 from 9:15 AM to 1:15 PM.\u00a0 There are no walk-ins.\u00a0 Limited seating to 30. Classes fill up quickly.\u00a0 Pre-registration is required at the Center.\u00a0 Make checks payable to AARP for $14.00 per person or $12.00 per person if you are a current member of AARP.\u00a0 You must show your current AARP membership card at registration and the day of your class or the discount does not apply.\u00a0 Cash is not accepted. \u00a0 SHELTON SONGSTERS: The Shelton Songsters are planning a Fall Concert on October 23.\u00a0 The concert will be \u201cAround the World in 60 Minutes.\u201d\u00a0 Our songs will take us to Mexico, Ireland, Brazil, Paris, British Aisles and many more places. Everyone is welcome to join our merry group of Songsters. If you are interested in joining, call Betty or Ron Goddard at (203) 929-4371 and we will see that you get a packet of songs before our first get-together as a group on August 21, or you can just come on that first day. You will need a black binder for your music.\u00a0 Need to be a Member to participate. AUGUST BIRTHDAY PARTY:\u00a0 Our Birthday Party will be held Friday, August 23 at 1:00 PM. Cost: $4.00.\u00a0 Music by Vinnie Carr. Tickets on sale at the Reception Desk Monday, August 5 from 9:30 to 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM.\u00a0 Tickets may be purchased at any time, after the first selling day.\u00a0 Tickets will be sold up until the Wednesday at Noon before the Friday Birthday Party. Tell us if it is your Birthday or Anniversary when purchasing tickets. \u00a0 BLOOD PRESSURE SCREENING: The Emergency Care Institute of Bridgeport Hospital will conduct Blood Pressure Screenings at the Senior Center on Monday, August 26 from 12:00 to 2:00 PM.\u00a0 Need not be a member. ELDER LAW PROGRAM: Join us Tuesday, August 27 at 10:00 AM, for a informational session all about General Estate Planning. Attorney Drazen has earned the distinction of becoming a Certified Elder Law Attorney from the National Elder Law Foundation, as authorized by the American Bar Association. Please join us for a very informative session.\u00a0 Need not be a member to attend. \u00a0 HEARING MAINTENANCE: Precision Hearing Specialists provide our members with free hearing maintenance at our Center the fourth Tuesday of each month from 10:30 am to 12:00 Noon ~ August 27. Appointments are necessary.\u00a0 Please call their office at (203) 381-9555 to schedule your appointment.\u00a0 Need not be a member to attend. \u00a0 QUILT RAFFLE WINNER: Congratulations to George Quadretti \u00a0~ the winner of the beautiful quilt.\u00a0 Thank you to all the members who supported our raffle.\u00a0 And another great big Thank You to our Quilters for all their hard work! BOOK CLUB:\u00a0 Our Book Club will not meet in August. Summer read is:\u00a0 The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton.\u00a0 Need to be a member to participate. See you in September! \u00a0 FREE AAA DRIVING IMPROVEMENT CLASS:\u00a0 Lower your auto insurance costs and improve your driving skills! Register for AAA\u2019s FREE Driving Improvement Program (DIP)!\u00a0 Our DIP program isn\u2019t driver education; it\u2019s one that\u2019s aimed at experienced drivers who simply wish to improve their driving skills and review the basics of defensive driving. The class will be instructed by Sgt. Pete Zaksewicz and Officer Mark Siglinger, both of the Shelton Police Department.\u00a0 The class will be held, Tuesday, September 10 and Wednesday, September 11 from 4:00 to 8:00 PM at the Shelton Senior Center (81 Wheeler Street).\u00a0 There will be an additional class Tuesday, October 8 and Wednesday, October 9 from 4:00 to 8:00 PM.\u00a0 By completing this free class, drivers 60 years of age and older in Connecticut qualify for a minimum 5% discount* on their auto insurance.\u00a0 In fact, some insurers provide that discount to experienced drivers as young as 55. So we encourage you to check with your insurer to see what they offer. When you complete the class, you\u2019ll receive a certificate to present to your insurance carrier.\u00a0 To register, call Jackie Pesticci at AAA at 203-937-2595, Ext 4684, or go online to www.aaa.com\/driverimprovement. \u00a0 SEPTEMBER BBQ: \u00a0Our \u201cEnd of Summer BBQ\u201d will be held Friday, September 13 from 12:00 Noon to 3:00 PM.\u00a0 Menu consists of one (1) each:\u00a0 Liver, Bacon & Onion Sandwich, Hamburger or Cheese Burger, Hot Dog, Potato Salad, Cole Slaw, Watermelon and Coffee or Tea.\u00a0 Cost: $15.00.\u00a0 Music by Vinnie Carr.\u00a0 Tickets on sale Friday, August 23 from 9:30 to 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM.\u00a0 Tickets will be sold up until the Wednesday at Noon before the Friday Party. ~ COMPUTER COURSES BEING OFFERED ~ \u00a0 BEGINNER\u2019S COMPUTER CLASS: Registration for the Beginner\u2019s Computer Class, which begins Monday, September 9, can be done now at the Reception Desk.\u00a0 Stop into the Center and fill out your registration form.\u00a0 Cost: $10.00.\u00a0 You will learn the basics from how to use the mouse, the word processor, the scanner, e-mail, spreadsheets, the Internet and file management.\u00a0 Instruction is kept light so people aren\u2019t overwhelmed.\u00a0 The eight-week course starts at 9:30 AM and runs until 2:00 PM with a lunch break at 11:45 AM.\u00a0 This class is limited to eight participants.\u00a0 There is a computer for each student to practice on.\u00a0 Stop in the Center and fill out your registration form. Students should own or have access to a computer. \u00a0Need to be a member to register. \u00a0 BASIC MICROSOFT EXCEL SPREADSHEETS: This course is an introduction to Microsoft Excel.\u00a0 We will be using Microsoft Excel 2003.\u00a0 It is focused on Windows-based PCs and is not compatible with Apple computers. Lessons will cover the building of a Household Budget and applying Pie Charts.\u00a0 Tracking an Investment record and its graphical representation, keeping a Stock Record in table and in Pie Charts and creating and using a Database for mailing labels, etc.\u00a0 Prerequisites for this course are:\u00a0 Have a working capability using a PC.\u00a0 This includes entering information through the keyboard and the ability to use the mouse to make selections from menus.\u00a0 Each Student must bring their own 1 GB USB Flash memory Drive to save their work on exercises.\u00a0 Course length is four (4) days, 9:30 AM to 2:00 PM on Wednesday beginning September 11.\u00a0 Cost:\u00a0 $5.00.\u00a0 Need to be a member to register. \u00a0 CAMERA AND COMPUTER IMAGING WORKSHOP:\u00a0 The Senior Center will be offering a Camera and Computer Imaging Workshop beginning Thursday, September 12. Class begins at 9:30 AM and will meet on Thursdays for eight weeks. Cost:\u00a0 $10.00. The course will be taught by Perry DeGeorge. Learn how to set your camera to get the best pictures and make them better by editing them in your computer.\u00a0 Printing in different sizes and saving them for the future and more. Stop in the Center and fill out a registration form. Need to be a member to register. CAREGIVER SESSIONS 2013:\u00a0 There is no Caregiver session scheduled for the month of August.\u00a0 The next session will be Thursday, September 19 at Griffin Hospital. \u00a0Please call the Shelton Senior Center (203) 924-9324 to register. Reservations will be taken up to the Tuesday before the event. \u00a0\u00a0If you need to cancel, please call the Center.\u00a0 Meals are ordered and paid for in advance of the event. SNAP PROGRAM: \u00a0Are you 50 years or older?\u00a0 Do you need help buying groceries?\u00a0 If so, you may be eligible for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. This program is an income and expense-based food assistance program for limited income households.\u00a0 Call Jessica Mahon (860) 519-4776 for more information.\u00a0 Appointments are scheduled by Jessica to meet at out Center. RENT REFUND FORMS TAKEN AT CITY HALL: The City of Shelton is accepting applications for partial refund of rent and utility bills from elderly and totally disabled renters, whose income for 2012 did not exceed $33,500 if single, or\u00a0 $40,900 if married.\u00a0 The program is available to renters who were 65 years old, on or before December 31, 2012, and to renters, regardless of age, who are totally disabled. \u00a0An individual who receives permanent full disability benefits under Social Security, or under any Federal, State, or Local Government Retirement or Disability Plan, including the Railroad Retirement Act, is eligible for the program.\u00a0 Applicants are to present their 2012 rent receipts, utility receipts and proof of all income, including Social Security.\u00a0 The 2012 Social Security Benefit Statement (Form SSA-1099) must be submitted.\u00a0 Applicants, who filed a Federal Tax Return for 2012, are requested to present a copy for verification of income. Forms can be filed preferably between 8:00 AM and Noon, Tuesday through Friday, in Room 204, City Hall, until Tuesday, October 1. If morning hours are a hardship for an applicant, the forms can be filed in the afternoon. \u00a0For more information, call the Shelton City Hall at (203) 924-1555 Ext 359 and ask to speak to the Renter's Rebate Coordinator. CodeRED EMERGENCY ALERT PROGRAM:\u00a0 Shelton has recently contracted CodeRED to provide its citizens with the latest in communications technology during city and state emergencies.\u00a0 Forms are available at our Center.\u00a0 Your registration will allow you to receive notices about Emergency Weather, Power Outages, Road Conditions and State of CT Emergency updates on your home\/cell phone or via e-mail. REMINDER FROM THE SENIOR COMMISSION:\u00a0 All individuals attending the Senior Center for activities scheduled in the monthly Membership Newsletter are required to be current Members of the Center.\u00a0 Members who participate in any of our programs should sign in on the Attendance Sheet provided by the Instructor and include their Membership Number.\u00a0 All participants need to complete a Medical & Physical Activity Consent form. Those not providing their current Membership Number or Activity form will not be able to participate in that program. \u00a0If an event allows non-Members to attend, it will be so stated in the announcement.\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0 Compliance of this policy will be monitored as requested by the Senior Commission. \u00a0 AS A COURTESY TO OUR SPEAKERS\u2026\u2026Please arrive before the program begins, turn off your cell phone and do not engage in conversations while the speaker is talking.\u00a0 It is very distracting to both the presenter and those attending.\u00a0 We thank you for your cooperation. Wii BOWLING:\u00a0 Join our members on Thursdays at 2:00 PM for a friendly game of Wii Bowling.\u00a0 Great fun and exercise! B \u2013 I \u2013 N - G \u2013 0! \u00a0Bingo is held on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 1:00 PM in the Bingo Room.\u00a0 Bingo will no longer be cancelled when there is a Birthday Party or Social Dance scheduled. Bingo is cancelled only when there is a catered dinner. Come and enjoy a relaxing and fun afternoon. \u00a0 SCRABBLE:\u00a0 Our Scrabble group meets Wednesday mornings at 10:00 AM.\u00a0 Need to be a member to participate. POOL LESSONS:\u00a0 Pool lessons are available for our members. Call (203) 924-9324 for an appointment. Need to be a member to participate. LIONS INTERNATIONAL RECYCLE FOR SIGHT AND HEARINNG PROJECT: \u00a0The Senior Center is now a drop off site for your old eyeglasses and hearing aids. \u00a0 MEMBERSHIP BOARD: Minutes and Agenda of your Membership Meeting and the Agenda and Minutes of the Senior Commission Meeting are posted on the Membership Board outside of the Assembly (Bingo) Room. \u00a0 SENIOR CENTER INFO LINE:\u00a0 Our Center has a special telephone number to call for daily announcements, cancellations and information.\u00a0 The information available:\u00a0 cancellations or changes in any of the daily activities, details regarding a special function for that day and the daily menu.\u00a0 The number is:\u00a0 (203) 924-2355. \u00a0 EMERGENCY LIGHT FLASHERS: The Shelton Senior Center provides Emergency Flashing Lights that help ambulance crews, police and firefighters locate homes more quickly in the event of an emergency.\u00a0 Flashers are limited and available to Shelton residents only who are over the age of 55. If interested, call the Center at (203) 924-9324. \u00a0 SHOPPING BUS SCHEDULE: The bus picks up and returns to the Center after shopping.\u00a0 There is no charge. August\u00a0 07 - Ansonia Stop & Shop or Shop Rite August 14 - Adams-IGA August 21 - Ansonia Stop & Shop or Shop Rite August 28 - Adams-IGA PARTY TICKET PURCHASE: When buying tickets for table-assigned parties all Members can pick up numbers at 9:00 AM for ticket sale at 9:30 AM.\u00a0 Members buying party tickets at 1:00 PM can pick up numbers at 11:30 AM.\u00a0\u00a0 When purchasing Birthday or Social Party tickets, no numbers are used. Please present your up-to-date Membership Card and your partner\u2019s Membership Card at sign up. \u00a0If you live out-of-town, you can have another member purchase your ticket with your Membership Card. Only on the first day of ticket sales do we follow the specified time for selling: 9:30 to 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM. Tickets will be sold up until the Wednesday (12:00 Noon) before the event. Checks payable to: Shelton Senior Center. TRIP REGISTRATION: On the day of REGISTRATION, all members interested in the trip should come to the Center at 9:00 AM and take a number at the Reception Desk.\u00a0 Each member may register them self and one (1) other member.\u00a0 Registration begins at 9:30 AM.\u00a0 Please have Membership Cards for both you and your partner; your check and meal selection if needed. Registration will be on a first come ~ first serve basis.\u00a0 After the initial Registration, you may register any time.\u00a0 Please Note:\u00a0 Trips must be paid for by check (no cash) made payable to the Travel Agency sponsoring the trip. IMPORTANT NOTICE: If you have to cancel your trip, please notify the Center.\u00a0 We will make every effort to reimburse your ticket from our \u201cWait List.\u201d\u00a0 Please do not transfer the ticket yourself or ask another member to do so \u2013 we will need the proper information for the replacement, registration and refund. TRIPS ~ TRIPS ~ TRIPS ~ TRIPS ~TRIPS \u00a0 LUSCIOUS LOBSTER:\u00a0 August 13.\u00a0 Cost:\u00a0 $97.00.\u00a0 Names Called:\u00a0 8:15 AM. Today you'll enjoy a Lobsterfest Lunch at the elegant Delaney House in Holyoke, MA.\u00a0 Lunch includes:\u00a0 Clam Chowder, Broiled Lobster, Roasted Corn, Baked Potato and an Ice Cream Sundae for Dessert.\u00a0 Each guest will receive a petite bottle of wine.\u00a0 You may substitute Chicken if order at the time of sign-up.\u00a0 After lunch, relax and enjoy a leisurely river Cruise long the Connecticut River aboard the Lady Bea.\u00a0 This is a 75 minute narrated river cruise.\u00a0 There is both indoor and outdoor seating.\u00a0 Gratuities included.\u00a0 Checks payable to Getaway Tours. INTREPID:\u00a0 September 5. Cost: $91.00. There will be multiple pickups due to the "no minimum" tour status. \u00a0Off we go to New York - upon arrival, we'll enjoy lunch at Carmine's - served family style.\u00a0 Platters will include Rigatoni & Broccoli and Chicken Parmigiana with all the fixings.\u00a0 After lunch we will visit the recently refurbished U.S.S. Intrepid.\u00a0 This carrier is now a floating museum on the Hudson River.\u00a0 The most recent addition to the museum is the Space Shuttle Pavilion.\u00a0 Gratuity included.\u00a0 Checks payable to Getaway Tours. FOXWOOD CASINO: September 24. Cost: $20.00. REGISTRATION:\u00a0 August 2.\u00a0 Names Called:\u00a0 7:45 AM\/Return:\u00a0 5:30 PM.\u00a0 Casino Package and gratuity included.\u00a0 Cash or make checks payable to Shelton Senior Center. \u00a0 GERMANFEST (THE WILLIAMS INN): October 24.\u00a0 Please note date change. Names Called:\u00a0 7:30 AM. Cost:\u00a0 $81.00. Registration: August 9. \u00a0Names Called: 8:00 AM.\u00a0 We depart from our Center heading to The Williams Inn in Williamstown, MA for a Germanfest Celebration. Enjoy authentic cuisine: Bratwurst, Knackwurst, Sauerbraten, Potato Pancakes, Pork Loin, Roast Baron of Beef and a fantastic Dessert Table!\u00a0 Laugh and enjoy the interactive German-influenced entertainment. Our next stop is in South Deerfield and the famous Yankee Candle Company.\u00a0 Enjoy a self-guided tour of their candle production and museum. There is also time for shopping. Gratuities included. Checks payable to Getaway Tours. SPELLBINDING DAY IN SALEM, MA:\u00a0 October 29.\u00a0 Cost:\u00a0 $95.00.\u00a0 Registration:\u00a0 August 16.\u00a0 Names Called:\u00a0 6:45 AM.\u00a0 Today we board our Motorcoach (not a broom) en route to Salem, MA.\u00a0 We will visit and tour the House of Seven Gables, which was built in 1668 and inspired Nathaniel Hawthorne's famous novel.\u00a0 Lunch is included today at Victoria Station located at Pickering Wharf at Salem Harbor.\u00a0 A choice of Prime Rib or Baked Haddock is served with all the trimmings.\u00a0 After Lunch, we will visit the Salem Witch Museum.\u00a0 View a powerful, half-hour, multisensory presentation on the famous 1692 Witch trials.\u00a0 Gratuities included.\u00a0 Checks payable to Getaway Tours. RADIO CITY ~ CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR:\u00a0 November 20.\u00a0 Cost:\u00a0 $155.00.\u00a0 This is a no minimum tour, there will be multiple pickups. Registration: September 13.\u00a0 We are off to NYC to enjoy the spectacular Christmas Show at Radio City Music Hall.\u00a0 Upon arrival you'll enjoy lunch at Carmine's~ served family style with platters of Rigatoni & Broccoli and Chicken Parmigiana.\u00a0 Then to RCMH to enjoy the 2013 Radio City Christmas Spectacular. This is a wonderful way to start the Holiday Season! Gratuities included. Checks payable to Getaway Tours.\u00a0 TRIP PARKING:\u00a0 When traveling with the Senior Center, please park in the Police\/Senior parking lot if there are spaces available.\u00a0 If there are no available spaces, you may park in the outer and far end area of the Senior Center Lot. Thank you for your co-operation.