Welcome

WEATHER CONCERNS

WHEN THE WEATHER IS BAD PLEASE CALL THE SENIOR CENTER AND LISTEN TO THE VOICE MAIL BEFORE VENTURING OUT.  THE VOICE MAIL MESSAGE WILL INDICATE IF WE ARE CLOSED.  IF THE SCHOOLS ARE CLOSED WE WILL BE CLOSED.  BEST WAY TO FIND OUT IF THE SENIOR CENTER IS CLOSED IS TO CALL FIRST(610-265-4715).

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SAVE THE DATE

ANNUAL HOLIDAY PARTY

CELEBRATE THE HOLIDAYS WITH US!  MONDAY, DECEMBER 10 FROM 11:00 AM TO 2:00 PM IN THE PARKVIEW ROOM OF THE VALLEY FORGE CASINO RESORT.  Tickets on sale now.  Cost: $30.00. The menu will be a choice of chicken or salmon. Entertainment, Cash Prizes, Door Prizes and a $10.00 Slot Play compliments of the casino.  Don’t forget your photo ID for the casino.

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WINNERS OF OUR ANNUAL FUND RAISER - CHANCE BOOK DRAWING

FIRST PRIZE -  JOHN WEABER

SECOND PRIZE - TINA SMITH

THIRD PRIZE - PAUL BUCE

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE WINNERS AND THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO PARTICIPATED!

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HERE'S WHAT'S COMING IN NOVEMBER

 

CLOSED FOR THE HOLIDAYS

THE SENIOR CENTER WILL BE CLOSED FOR THE THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY:

 WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 21, THURSDAY NOVEMBER 22 & FRIDAY NOVEMBER 23

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OUTREACH

An aide from Representative Tim Briggs’ office will be here on 2nd Thursday of the month from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM. 

Senator Daylin Leach's aide will be here on the 5th Thursday of the month from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM.  SEPTA passes can be obtained at this time.

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GENERAL MEETING

WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 14 AT 9:30 AM 

Our monthly meeting is open to all members.  Learn what is going on at the Senior Center.  We hope you will join us to celebrate birthdays with some cake, a 50/50 raffle, a birthday raffle to win a hoagie from Angelo's Pizza and the "JACKPOT". 

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SAVE THE DATE

EXCURSION TRIP TO FONTHILL CASTLE & MORAVIAN TILE WORKS

Thursday, November 15 carpool trip to tour Fonthill Castle and the Moravian Tile Works in the Doylestown area. The “castle” was built by the ceramist Henry Chapman Mercer to showcase the famed tiles he made in the nearby Tile Works. Carpool will meet and depart from the upper pool club parking lot.  Important Note:  there are three (3) sets of stairs on this tour. Cost will be $15.00 for UMSSC members and $16.00 for non-UMSSC members.  Complete a registration form and hand in with your payment by November 7.

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FRIDAY FLICKS!

FRIDAY NOVEMBER 16 - SICILIAN DELIGHT PIZZA ($3.00) AT 11:30 AM - MOVIE (FREE) STARTS AT 12:15 PM Coordinator Don McCree. THIS MONTH "THE SHAPE OF WATER".  From master story teller, Guillermo del Toro, comes THE SHAPE OF WATER - an other-worldly fairy tale, set against the backdrop of Cold War era America circa 1962.  In the hidden, high-security government laboratory where she works, lonely Elisa (Sally Hawkins) is trapped in a life of isolation. Elisa's life is changed forever when she and co-worker Zelda (Octavia Spencer) discover a secret classified experiment.

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BOOK CLUB

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 19 at 1:00 PM. Coordinator: Patricia Ackah. This month's book "MY BELOVED WORLD" by SONIA SOTOMAYOR.   The first Hispanic and third woman appointed to the United States Supreme Court, Sonia Sotomayor has become an instant American icon. Now, with a candor and intimacy never undertaken by a sitting Justice, she recounts her life from a Bronx housing project to the federal bench, a journey that offers an inspiring testament to her own extraordinary determination and the power of believing in oneself.

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VALLEY FORGE CASINO

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 21 (Cut-off date MONDAY, NOVEMBER 19) THE OFFER FOR THE GROUP IS $20.00 IN SLOT PLAY: TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THIS OFFER YOU MUST COMPLETE REGISTRATION FORM AVAILABLE AT THE SENIOR CENTER OR ON OUR WEBSITE AT WWW.UMSSC.ORG.  If you are planning to take the Shuttle, please register in advance. Shuttle departs the center at 9:30 AM and returns at 2:30 PM.   For those driving, please meet in the Casino lobby between 9:30 AM and 10:00 AM. THE RAMBLER NOW MAKES A STOP AT THE CASINO.  Everyone must bring a valid photo ID.

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AARP DRIVER SAFETY COURSE (4-HOUR REFRESHER)

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 26 from 9:30 AM to 2:00 PM (1/2 hour lunch break - not provided by UMSSC).  A 4-hour REFRESHER driver safety course (you must have completed the 8 hr. course) to review driving with goal of keeping everyone safe, aware of new driving laws and handling driving situations encountered.  Class maximum is 35.   No late comers admitted after 9:30 AM.  Cost is $20.00 for AARP members and $25.00 for non-AARP payable in advance.   Sign up and pay (pay only with check or money order payable to AARP) in lobby.  NO TELEPHONE REGISTRATIONS WILL BE TAKEN.

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GARDEN CLUB LUNCHEON

WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 28 AT 1:00 PM.  The Garden Club would like to invite everyone to a "HARVEST LUNCH".  Please look for the sign-up sheet in the lobby.  We hope to have some surprises in store.  If you would like to help with a salad, dessert or beverage please call Terry Stevens at 610-265-1294.  LUNCHEON WILL BE LIMITED TO 30 MEMBERS.

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HERE'S WHAT'S COMING UP IN DECEMBER 

 

FESTIVE LONGWOOD GARDENS

We have scheduled a carpool trip to Longwood Gardens for Thursday, December 6 to enjoy the beauty of the holiday season there. Cost is $20.00 for UMSSC members and $22.00 for non-members. There is a lovely café where we can have lunch on our own if we wish.  We will leave the pool lot at 9:30 and return to the Center by 3 p.m. We kindly ask that those who are not driving make a small donation to their driver to defray the cost of gas. Sign up in the lobby. (PLEASE BRING EXACT CHANGE OR CHECK). 

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"ADOPTED" FAMILY FOR HOLIDAYS

Just as in the past, we are adopting a family in need for the holidays.  We are helping a family of four (Dad, Mom with two little boys 6 and 4) who are working through a rough patch in their lives.  We want to surprise this family and let them know they deserve a great holiday even though times are hard.   Please choose an item from our "gift basket" to purchase and donate.   Please make your purchase and bring in to the Senior Center by DECEMBER 6.

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COMING UP IN 2019

 

FUTURE EXCURSION TRIPS

March 15 – The Constitution Center (via SEPTA)

Late April – Lunch Theater in Lancaster County (by bus)

May – Mt. Cuba natural gardens in Delaware (by carpool)

June – Baltimore Inner Harbor (by bus)

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INTERESTED IN PLAYING POKER?

Call Bill Reynolds (UMSSC member) at 610-666-0356 for more info. 

Games would be on Fridays from 10:00 am to 2:30 pm

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FROM OUR SUGGESTION BOX:

WE HAVE PUZZLE MANIA!  A member suggested that we put a puzzle out for members to complete.  She had seen this in some hotel lobbies and people would stop, put in a couple of pieces and move on.   We  thought it was a great idea so we set up a table in the lobby.  When you come in to the center stop by the table set up in our lobby and see if you can find some pieces to complete the puzzle.  

WE HAVE BOARD GAMES!  Another suggestion from a member was to put out board games for members to play.  Well, it just so happens we do have Scrabble, Monopoly, Clue, Checkers, etc.  They are available in the "game room".  So, help yourselves and get a game going!  It's a great way to improve your brain and make new friends!

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LEARN TO PLAY CANASTA

Phyllis, a UMSSC member has volunteered to teach those interested in learning Canasta On Wednesdays at 12:30 pm.  Please call ahead.

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NEWSLETTER POLICY

PAPER COPIES OF THE MONTHLY NEWSLETTER ARE NO LONGER MAILED.  PLEASE BE SURE WE HAVE YOUR CURRENT EMAIL ADDRESS.  FOR THOSE MEMBERS WHO DO  NOT HAVE EMAIL PAPER COPIES ARE AVAILABLE AT THE SENIOR CENTER (IN THE LOBBY AREA).  

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MEMBERSHIP 

MEMBERSHIP FEE IS $20.00. 

MEMBERSHIP TERM IS FROM JANUARY 1 TO DECEMBER 31

MEMBERSHIPS FOR 2019 WILL BE ACCEPTED BEGINNING NOVEMBER 1, 2018

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DID YOU KNOW?

At the Upper Merion Senior Service Center we have our own separate and wonderful new space for our members to enjoy a plethora of activities, special events and trips.  So, why not join us Monday through Friday between 9:00 am and 3:00 pm?  You'll be glad you did!  

And please remember: YOU DO NOT HAVE TO BE A MEMBER OF THE COMMUNITY CENTER TO BECOME A MEMBER OF THE UPPER MERION SENIOR SERVICE CENTER.

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