First Posted: 8/27/2013

Falls Center

The Falls Active Adult Center, sponsored by the Area Agency on Aging for Luzerene/Wyoming counties, recently enjoyed watching their first monarch butterfly release.

Center member, Master Gardener, Pudgy Raymond, oversaw the butterfly project as part of her master gardener requirements under the Penn State Cooperative Extension.

Pudgy has successfully done her own butterfly releases for the last two years. This year, Pudgy searched four counties, with no success to find monarch eggs on milkweed. Special thanks to Creekside Gardens who gave us some eggs. We were able to purchase some caterpillars. Pudgy provided information on the life cycle of the monarch.

The monarch population is rapidly declining. Next year we hope to have a much larger butterfly project to help do our part to keep the monarchs, which are excellent pollenators.

The center offers the following activities:

Mondays: 10-11:30 a.m. WII bowling competition with Tunkhannock center (alternating sites); 1-2 p.m. Crocheting Club ( all levels welcome); Tuesdays and Fridays: 11-11:45 a.m. “Healthy Steps” exercise program; Wednesdays: 10-10:45 a.m. Walking group; Tuesdays: brain games at lunch; Thursdays: Nutrition talks at lunch; Fridays: 9-12 noon Geocaching activity;

Thursday, Sept. 5: Lunch & Learn with Jenny Gonzalez from CEO, the Weinberg Food Bank, to discuss the Supplemental Nutrition Assistant Program, formerly named Food Stamps. Friday, Sept. 6: Drum Circle with Al Cabral, 12:45 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 9: Picnic at Frances Slocum State Park at 9 a.m.

Thursday, Sept. 12: Active Aging Day at Market Square in Wilkes- Barre, sponsored by the Area Agency on Aging. Bag lunch must be ordered by 1 p.m. day before; Saturday, Sept. 14: Art Show & Bake Sale 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday, Sept. 15: Art Show & Bake Sale, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Meet and Greet the artisits from 3-5 p.m.

The Falls Lions Club will be selling hot dogs and hamburgers at the center on Sunday. Sept.15. Anyone wishing to join us for a hot meal at noon for a suggested donation of $2 should RSVP to Twila at 388-2623 by 12:30 p.m. the day before.

The center is open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Pittston Center

The Pittston Active Adult Center is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. New members are welcome to come aboard. Free coffee is available from 8:30 am to closing. The center now has wi fi available as well as three computers w/internet access.

Exercise classes are now being offered at the center five times a week. On Monday, Wednesday, Friday at 9 a.m. Healthy Steps classes with Ruth and Catherine are held. On Tuesday at 11 a.m., and Thursdays at 9 a.m., Sit and Be Fit Chair Exercise Classes with Mary and Sandi are held. There is no charge for these classes. On Tuesday afternoons at 2 p.m. Zumba Gold classes are offered for a small fee. Anita LoPresto is the instructor.

On Mondays at 10 a.m. Line Dancing class with Sue is held. The crochet club with Katherine meets at 10 a.m. as well on Mondays.

Cards, shuffleboard, Wii bowling, and computer with internet access is also available throughout the day. The pitch group is seeking new members to join them on Tuesday and Thursday afternoon at 1 p.m.

Ceramic classes are offered on Wednesdays. Ann Pisano is the instructor. There is a fee for this class and for purchasing of supplies. Needlepoint class with Mary is held on Thursday mornings at 10 a.m.

Superior Home Health will be giving flu shot at the Center on Tuesday, Sept. 17. Pre-registration is required by calling the center at 655-5561.

The center will be closed on Monday, Sept. 2 in observance of Labor Day.

Reservations are now being taken for the following trips: Tuesday, Oct. 22 – Penn’s Peak. Cost is $65.00 which includes motorcoach transportation, dinner and the King Henry Show. Thursday, Nov. 7 – Sands Casino in Bethlehem. Cost is $25 with a $20 in free play and a $5 food voucher. Thursday, Dec. 5 – Pines Dinner Theater. Cost is $72 which includes meal, motorcoach transportation and Walkin in the Winter Wonderland Christmas Show.

To make reservations for further information contact Connie Andrews, Center Director at 655-5561.

Wyo., West Wyo.

The Wyoming, West Wyoming Seniors will meet on Tuesday, September 3, at St Monica’s meeting rooms at 1:30 p.m. with Frank Perfinski presiding. Servers are Paul Delaney and Betty O’Hara.

Fifty-Fifty winners were, Donna Pocceschi, Angie Mastruzzo and Betty O’Hara.

The Bingo jackpot winners were, Paul Delany and George Yurek.

There will be refreshments after the meeting and Bingo will be played.

New members are welcome and there is plenty of parking.


The Cosmopolitan Seniors next meeting is at 1 p.m. in St. Anthony’s Center on Tuesday, Sept. 3. Host/hostesses are: Lou Bryja, Charlie Cheskiewicz, Marie Cheskiewicz, Rosemary Golenski, and Helen Zarychta.

The previous meeting was attended by 52 members. After the call to order, Vice President Joe Kleback led the group in prayer, pledge of allegiance and a patriotic song. Terri Mislan read the minutes of the previous meeting, and Amy Alpaugh gave the Treasurers report. Afterwards the group enjoyed refreshments and Bingo was played. The 50/50 winners were: Theresa Blasavage, Toni Hall, Johanna Malinowski, Irene Parini, and Frank Schall. Theresa Blasavage and Florence Stankoski shared the special game prize, and Helen Zarychta won the Bingo jackpot.

A Casino trip is planed for Sept. 11, to Mt. Airy with pickups in Exeter and Pittston. You do not have to be a member to come on these trips. Details can be obtained from Johanna at 655-2720.

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