February Happenings

Advisory Council
We are in need of new Advisory Council members for 2015.  All participants are invited to come to our meetings every second Monday of the month beginning at 9:00 am in the kitchen.  We discuss what's happening at the center as well as what we hope to accomplish in the future.  Your ideas and input are important to us.  Please join the group. 

Art Classes
We ware excited that we finally be able to start Art Class with Horace Raper.  Classes will begin on Wednesday, February 4, 2015 and continue for 4 weeks (4th, 11th, 18th & 25th) from 1:00 pm until 4:00 pm.  There were quite a few people on the interest list, but we could only take 10 students at a time.  If you are on the list and were not called for this class, you will be called for the next classes.  We will have a 4-week sessions until everyone has had a chance to take the class once.  After that, those who have taken the class will get a chance to take it again.  This is a free class.  Basic supplies will be available for all students.  If you need something that we do not have available, you will need to get that yourself.  If you are interested in an upcoming class and do not have your name on the list, please see the office.
 
Breakfast
Our monthly breakfast is held on the last Tuesday of the month beginning at 9:00 am in the kitchen on February 24, 2015.  Join us for eggs, bacon, grits and more.  Please sign up on the board if you would like to attend.  
     
Charming Chimers
The chime group has begun practicing again at the ProMusic Conservatory on Nash Street every Wednesday beginning at 10:30 am.  No musical talent is needed to enjoy this class.  See Sandra for more information.
   
Ceramic Painting Class
You can turn a plain plate, mug or any other ceramic into a hand painted work of art.  Your family will be impressed with what we can do with markers.  Join us for a class to help you get started with this craft on Wednesday, February 11, 2015 beginning at 10:00 am in the kitchen.  Please pre-register and pay $5.00 in the office so that we are sure of having enough supplies.

Drumming Yoga
Come and get the therapeutic rhythm of the beat with Arcelio.  This free class meets every Tuesday at 10:30 am in the Multi-Purpose Room.
 
Dine Out Club
February brings our annual trek to Jamesville to eat herring (or whatever else you like) at the Cypress Grill.  Wen enjoy lunch together outside of Wilson county every fourth Wednesday of the month.  For February that will be February 25, 2015.  We will leave the center at 10:00 am for this fun event.  A van will be available for transportation - the van is free and you pay for your own lunch.  Please sign up on the board if you would like to join the group.  

Fat Tuesday Pancake Breakfast
WOW, the year has already brought us to fat Tuesday (Mardi Gras, or whatever you like to call it), signaling the beginning of Lent and the 6-week period before Easter.  Traditionally, the center prepares a breakfast of pancakes, sausage, spiced apples and beverages for this day.  Plan to join us on Tuesday, February 17, 2015 beginning at 9:00 am in the kitchen for this festive event.  A signup sheet is on the board if you are attending.

Senior Games
Before we know it, the Down East Senior Games will be here.  Get ready for sporting events, performing arts and heritage arts, as well as lots of fun.  Many activities will be held in Wilson and all seniors 50+ are invited to participate.  Applications will be available at the center after February 6, 2015.  Stop by the office and get yours.  The center will be hosting games workshops in the months before the May games.
 
Tax Preparation
The Wilson County Senior Activity Center will begin offering free Federal and North Carolina Tax Preparation beginning on February 2, 2015.  This will be the thirteenth year that this service has been offered to senior citizens and those with low-to-moderate incomes.  All volunteers involved in this program have been trained by the IRS and have passed all IRS certification tests.  Last year, over 600 people took advantage of this service at the center.  The VITA/TCE Assistance Program will begin on February 2, 2015 and run through April 15, 2015.  Services will be offered on Mondays and Wednesdays from 1:00 pm until 5:00 pm and on Tuesdays from 1:00 pm until 5:00 pm through February 18, 2015.  To utilize this service, an appointment will be required.  To make an appointment, call the Wilson county Senior Center at 252/206-4059 between 8:00 am and 4:00 pm., Monday thru Friday, or stop by and make an appointment in person.  What you will need to bring to help with filing your return is as follows: Copy of your 2013 tax forms, if available; filer's picture ID; social security cards; W-2 and 1099's; documentation for other income; documentation for all deductions such as day care, education, property taxes and mortgage interest paid; bank account information if using direct deposit; and health insurance procured through Affordable Health Act and/or procured through other sources; ie., Medicaid, Medicare and private providers.

Valentine Bake Sale
On Friday, February 13, 2015 beginning at 11:00 am, the center will be having a Valentine fundraiser -- a bake sale,  We will have candies, cakes and treats for your valentine.  We can always use some help with baking, dipping chocolate, etc. or we would be glad of any edible donations.  Let Sandra know if you can help with this event.

Valentine Wreath, Door Hanger or Flag Class
Due to popular demand, we will continue our wreath and door hanger class from last month on Wednesday, February 4, 2015 beginning at 10:00 am in the kitchen.  We have also added painted burlap wreaths to this class.  JoAnn Harris will teach the art of mesh wreath making while Sandra will help you decorate a garden flat or heat door hanger for your home.  No experience is needed for these classes and all supplies will be included.  The cost is $10 per project and you can pre-register in the office.  We will be unable to take anyone extra on that day, because we need to get the supplies in advance.  Check out some examples in our hallway.

Volunteer Opportunities for February
Reception Area -- one person per day is needed to answer telephones in reception area.
Library --one volunteer is needed to shelf books two times per month.
Classes and Activities -- volunteers are needed who can lead new classes and activities (no limit)

February 3 -- Birthday Party -- set up and cleanup (2 needed)
February 5, 12, 19 & 26 -- Thursday Dinner -- set up and cleanup (2 needed)
February 9 -- Advisory Council -- 2 new members needed
February 12 -- Valentine Social -- set up and cleanup ( 2 needed)
February 13 -- Valentine Bake Sale -- cashiers (2 needed); bakers (5 needed); set up and cleanup (2 needed)
February 17 -- Fat Tuesday Pancake Breakfast -- pancake chefs (2 needed), set up and cleanup (2 needed) and servers (2 needed)
February 24 -- Monthly Breakfast -- set up and cleanup (2 needed)