Vandalia Senior Center January calendar


Compiled by Rebecca Pruszynski



VANDALIA — The following is the January calendar of events for the Vandalia Senior Center located at 21 Tionda Drive. Contact the Senior Center at 898-1232 with questions. Please note, the Senior Center is closed whenever the Vandalia-Butler City Schools are closed due to inclement weather.

Dayton VA history

On Monday, January 4, at 1 p.m., Mark Conrad, MSgt., USAF (Retired) from The Miami Valley Military History Museum, will give a presentation about the Dayton VA from the beginning to the present day. This will include a 28 minute show of the campus since 1867.

Tax preparation assistance

Free income tax preparation by AARP Tax-Aid Volunteers will be available on Tuesdays from February 2 through April 12 with appointments from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. You can begin signing up on Monday, January 4, by coming into the center. Appointments cannot be made over the phone. All volunteers are IRS certified. The volunteers cannot do taxes for farms or businesses.

Please bring documents for ALL sources of income such as wages, dividends, interest, stocks, social security, gambling winnings, etc. If you are planning to itemize deductions then you will need information on medical expenses, property taxes, mortgage interest, charitable contributions, and more. Even if not itemizing, bring your medical and property tax information. It is important to bring a copy of your previous tax return, picture ID, and social security card. Please arrive fifteen minutes before your appointment. The Senior Center is closed when the Vandalia Schools are closed because of weather. Tax appointments will not be held if those days occur. A new appointment will need to be scheduled if the center is closed.

Movie day

A movie day will be held Friday, January 8 at 1 p.m. with Chris Leydig from Genesis Troy Healthcare. 90 Minutes in Heaven is a true story. Baptist minister Don Piper collides with a semi-truck and is pronounced dead at the scene. He experiences heaven for the next 90 minutes. Back on Earth, a passing minister is led to pray for Don even though he knows the man is dead. Piper miraculously comes back to life and the bliss of heaven is replaced by a long and painful recovery. Finally, friends and family convince him to share his remarkable story.

The Women of Woodland

Angie Hoschouser, from Woodland Cemetery, will join us again on Monday, January 11, at 1 p.m. You’ll meet some of Dayton’s most interesting and exciting women in history. You’ll hear about homemaker turned author, Erma Bombeck; madam and real estate owner, Lib Hedges; a visionary for the physically handicapped and disabled, Anna Barney Gorman; Queen of the Gypsies, Matilda Stanley; librarian innovator, Electra C. Doren; Dayton historical author, Charlotte Reeve Conover; rodeo rider Marquerite Doane; famous actress and woman scorned, Mrs. Leslie Carter; youngest Miss America in history, Marion Bergeron Ruhlman Setzer and many, many more.

Art Appreciation Group

This group will be meeting again on two Tuesdays at 1:30 p.m. On January 12, members will meet at the center. For January 26, Charlene Gratz has planned a field trip to the Dayton Art Institute to see the Grandma Moses exhibit and more. Meet at the center and plan to carpool to the museum. Anyone can come and join this group.

Spiritual Discussions

Retired Pastor Sharon Amos has offered to lead the discussions for this group. She is retired after twenty years of service. The group will meet for the first time on Wednesday, January 13, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. The discussions for this meeting will be “Studying the Psalms.” The group can also talk about what they want to cover and how often to meet. Please sign up on the bulletin board for this first meeting so she will know how many are attending.

Come Enjoy Some Brownies

Gina Havenar from Home Instead will be bringing brownies and more for you to enjoy on Wednesday, January 13, from 12:00 to 1:30 p.m.

Second Movie day

Friday, January 15 at 1 p.m. with Kelly Lundqvist from Crossroads Rehab. After spending two decades in England, Bill Bryson returns to the U.S. where he decides the best way to connect with his homeland is to hike the Appalachian Trail with one of his oldest friends.

$2.50 Breakfast

On Friday, January 15, Debra Burdick will be making a full breakfast including hot items at 9 a.m. She serves a different menu each time. Come try out her great food and enjoy talking with everyone who comes. Pay the $2.50 in the office ahead of time.

Women Aviators: The Gals That Dared

Richard Esposito will return on Monday, January 18, at 1 p.m. to talk about women aviators from the daring French balloonist to the unsung heroics of the WWII WASPs. He will give a Powerpoint presentation of the historic transformation that women made to advance flying and to create a place for women aviators.

Penny Auction

Come try out this lively activity! You don’t need to bring anything and you might win prizes! Amber Holley from Cottages of Clayton will be leading this game on Wednesday, January 20 beginning at 12:30 p.m.

Make a Quilled Paper Snowflake

Never tried quilling with paper before? Sheryl Scott will teach you how on Thursday, January 21, from at 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. She will bring all the materials and tools. Examples of the snowflake that you will make are in the window of the office. The entire process takes two and a half hours to allow for drying time. You can stay for the entire time and finish at the center or finish it at home. The cost for the materials is $3 to be paid at the beginning of the class.

Garden Design

Master Gardener, Michele Ruby, will teach garden design on Friday, January 22, at 10 a.m. January is a good time to start planning for spring. Before you start, you need to know your site details, what are they? You will also learn the difference between formal and informal gardens. Michele will teach you how to avoid being overwhelmed by completing one “room” at a time. You will also learn how to read a plant label. This is open to the public.

A Special Invitation from Vandalia-Butler High School

You are invited to dinner on Saturday, January 23, and the basketball game between Vandalia-Butler and Northmont. Drive on Alkaline Springs and turn left into the main entrance of the high school. Stay to the right and drive back to the SAC or Athletic Center. In the entrance, there will be high school students to direct you to the banquet room. Dinner will be served at 6:15 p.m. Soup will be on the menu that night. You can go to the basketball court about 7:00 p.m. The varsity game will begin between 7:15 and 7:30 p.m. The halftime performance will be by the impressive Troy Pop Rocks. The deadline for the sign-up is Monday, January 18.

A Poem of Steel: the Early Days of Bicycling

On Monday, January 25, at 1 p.m., Ryan Qualls from the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park will be here. Join us for a jaunt back to the early days of cycling. Learn about the wild and strange contraptions that roamed the earth before the bicycle we know today. Expect a light-hearted, hour-long talk about the history of the bicycle.

Membership renewal

Remember to LOVE Your Senior Center and Renew Your Membership by Valentine’s Day on February 14. Please write your check to the CITY OF VANDALIA and mail it to the Vandalia Senior Center, 21 Tionda, Vandalia, OH 45377. Also send in your current address and phone number to make sure we have the correct one on file. For Vandalia residents, it is $15 or $25 for couples. Outside Vandalia, the cost is $20 or $35 for couples. You can also come into the center to renew your membership. If you were born in 1926, congratulations! You are turning 90 in 2016. Your membership is now free! 90+ Members: You still need to call, stop in, or send a note that you still want to receive your newsletter and send in your current address and phone number to check the one on file.

Paint In Group

In January, on Wednesdays from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., bring your acrylic, oil, watercolor, pen & ink, pastels, or colored pencils projects and your own supplies. Come for support, advice, and critique. This group will be run with the help of the artists, Jean Lutz, Cass Barth, and Linda Lock. If there is enough interest in this group, it will continue the following months. This group would then have an art exhibit in the future. Please sign up for Wednesday, January 6, so we will know how many tables are needed for the first meeting.

Strength Training with Crossroads Rehab

The strength training on the first and third Fridays at 10:30 a.m. is not new but it will now be led by Julie Steinke. Julie is the therapy director and physical therapy assistant at Crossroads Rehab. Sign up to try out the training and come meet Julie.

Potluck and catered dinner information for 2016

  • No Potluck – Friday, January 1, 2016
  • Catered Dinners with entertainment
  • Friday, April 15 – will have a French theme
  • Friday, September 16 – will be an Oktoberfest (German theme)
  • Friday, December 16 – Christmas
  • Regular Potluck with game night – Friday, March 18 – Dime Bingo
  • Regular Potluck – Friday, June 17 – Dinner begins at 5:30 p.m. due to Air Show Parade
  • Regular Potluck with Entertainment (Reader Dinner Theatre Play) – Friday, May 6
  • Thanksgiving Dinner with entertainment – Friday, November 18 (bring side dish)
  • All dinners will begin at 6 p.m. except June. Members are welcome to stay and socialize until 9 p.m. when entertainment is not planned.

Compiled by Rebecca Pruszynski

Reach the Vandalia Senior Center at 898-1232.

Reach the Vandalia Senior Center at 898-1232.

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