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JFBC Magnolia Ball celebrates seniors

The Johnson Ferry Jazz Band, under the direction of Dr. Brian Hedrick

The Johnson Ferry Jazz Band, under the direction of Dr. Brian Hedrick

What do you get when you put 175 residents of local Assisted Living Communities, a great Jazz Band, and good food together?  The answer:  Johnson Ferry Baptist Church’s annual Magnolia Ball!

And that occurred on Sunday, October 5, when guests from Arbor Terrace of East Cobb, Atria of Paces Ferry, Benton House in Woodstock, Bickford of Marietta, Chambrell of Roswell, Elmcroft, Freedom Pointe, Parc at Piedmont, Sunrise of East Cobb and The Jewish Tower came together in the Fellowship Hall of Johnson Ferry Baptist Church at 955 Johnson Ferry Road in Marietta, GA.

The Johnson Ferry Jazz Band, under the direction of Dr. Brian Hedrick, and guest vocalist, Andrea Mueller, had the guests packing the dance floor to jazz favorites, such as Take the A Train, Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy, and Summertime. Before and after the Jazz Band performed, Tom Olsen, pianist at Sunrise East Cobb, played memorable 1930’s and ‘40’s standards, such as Sentimental Journey.

Between songs, guests enjoyed light refreshments, including dessert cookies donated by Arbor Terrace of East Cobb and bananas foster, demonstrated by Brian Knapp, chef at Atria of Paces Ferry.  John Morgan Photography took professional photos of the guests.

Each year residents are asked about their unfulfilled dreams and two to three residents have their “dreams” filled by Johnson Ferry Church.  This year, Gene Sullivan of Atria, who said his favorite place is the dance floor, was awarded free dance lessons from Atlanta Dance on Roswell Road.

Dale Elbert Jones of Parc at Piedmont, who will be 100 in early November, had a dream that his “Ole Bull” model violin be played by an expert.  This violin was purchased by his grandfather from a tramp while enroute to Arizona in 1886.  Dale later inherited the damaged violin and completely restored it.  His dream was accomplished when Colleen Lively, a local violinist and violin teacher at Johnson Ferry Conservatory of Music, performed the song, When I Fall in Love, on Dale’s heirloom violin.

Sonia Lohmeyer of Sunrise of East Cobb was the third “dream” recipient, but was unable to attend this year’s Ball.  She will receive her dream later this month.

Also honored was Jim Neyland, who was celebrated by Johnson Ferry for his years of ministry to local assisted living communities.

Over 100 members of Johnson Ferry Church volunteer to make the Magnolia Ball a joyful experience for local seniors.  Next year’s Ball will be held in early October 2015 and all local area seniors are invited.

Taking Care of Your Home with East Cobb Senior Center

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Taking Care of Your Home
Monday, October 20 | 11am -12:30pm
Free; Registration required

Want to continue living in your home, but need to learn more about how to take care of it? Learn the basics of home maintenance such as what do to if your house has water damage, to prevent mold, when to change your filter and
much more with this free course. Paul Davis with Restoration of North Atlanta shares his knowledge of basic home maintenance, home safety and emergency information mitigation. Complimentary light lunch will be provided.

 

All Cobb residents age 55+ are invited to participate in activities at various senior centers throughout Cobb. This activity is scheduled at the East Cobb Senior Center located at 3332 Sandy Plains Road, Marietta 30066. Call the East Cobb Senior Center at 770-509-4900 for reservations and/or more details.

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Larry McDonald named Kiwanian of the Year

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Congratulations to East Cobb’s Larry McDonald, recently named Kiwanian of the Year. The Kiwanis Club of Marietta Golden K meet at the East Cobb Senior Center, 3332 Sandy Plains Road.

For more information call 770-509-4900.

 

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You & Your Ears – Free Hearing Screening at East Cobb Senior Center

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You & Your Ears – Free Hearing Screening
Thursday, October 9 | 10am-1pm
Free; Registration required

This seminar will teach you not only the basics of how we hear, but also how to spot the signs of hearing loss in yourself or a loved one. The audiologist will present latest advances in hearing aid technology, including digital devices, Bluetooth, iPhone hearing aids and remote microphones. Free hearing screenings will be available for everyone after the seminar from 11am-1pm. You do not have to attend the seminar to get a free hearing screening. Provided by Dr. Bret Greenblatt.

 

All Cobb residents age 55+ are invited to participate in activities at various senior centers throughout Cobb. This activity is scheduled at the East Cobb Senior Center located at 3332 Sandy Plains Road, Marietta 30066. Call the East Cobb Senior Center at 770-509-4900 for reservations and/or more details.

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East Cobb Senior Center offers Health Workshops this Week

Ask the Pharmacist
Friday, October 3 | 10-11:30am
Free; Registration required
Meet with a Walgreens pharmacist to discuss your concerns about your medications. Bring your medications and questions.

Understanding your Medicare Choices
Friday, October 3 | 10-11am
Free; Registration required
If you are newly eligible or soon to be eligible for Medicare, this seminar is designed especially for you. The seminar will cover the basics of Medicare and what you need to know to make an informed decision about your coverage options. Presented by Dottie Denham, Cigna Health Spring.

All Cobb residents age 55+ are invited to participate in activities at various senior centers throughout Cobb. This activity is scheduled at the East Cobb Senior Center located at 3332 Sandy Plains Road, Marietta 30066. Call the East Cobb Senior Center at 770-509-4900 for reservations and/or more details.

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Senior bridge tourney raises money for Meals on Wheels

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On September 18, the Senior Citizen Council of Cobb County presented a countywide bridge tournament to benefit the Cobb County Meals on Wheels program. One-hundred bridge players gathered from around the county at the Windy Hill Community Center. More than 30 local businesses including WellStar Health System, Delmar Gardens Assisted Living, Georgia Funeral Home and the Marriott Hotels donated funding or in-kind contributions. The Atlanta Bread Company, Kennesaw State University, Auto Bell Car wash and Panera Bread were among the supporters.

The tournament raised $1,400 for Meals on Wheels.

 

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Senior Field Trip: Oakland Cemetery and Six Feet Under

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Field Trip: Oakland Cemetery and Six Feet Under
September 30 | Check-in 8:30am; 9am – 2:30pm.
$57, Senior Citizen Council members; $62, Non-members.

Price includes motor coach transportation, tickets, lunch, and driver’s tip. No refunds will be given unless the trip is cancelled. This early fall excursion begins with a guided tour of Oakland Cemetery discovering the gardens, history, customs, architecture and art that gives Oakland its distinctive character. After the tour we will head to an Atlanta institution for lunch, Six Feet Under.

All Cobb residents age 55+ are invited to participate in activities at various senior centers throughout Cobb. This activity is scheduled at the East Cobb Senior Center located at 3332 Sandy Plains Road, Marietta 30066. Call the East Cobb Senior Center at 770-509-4900 for reservations and/or more details.

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Attend the Medicaid & Long-Term Care Lunch-n-Learn at Aloha to Aging

Aloha to Aging will host a Medicaid & Long-Term Care Lunch n Learn on Tuesday, September 30 at 12:30 pm. This program comprehensively covers Medicaid coverage for long-term care including; nursing home Medicaid, Medicaid Waiver programs, Medicaid application and eligibility issues and Estate Recovery. Presented by Chris Brannon, attorney specializing in elder law.

For more information call 678-439-1177 or email info@alohatoaging.org. Meeting held at Aloha To Aging, Inc. 4608 Lower Roswell Rd. Marietta, GA 30068.

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Seniors can fight the flu at Walgreens

Fight the Flu & Get your Flu Shot!
September 29 | 10-11:30am
Registration required.

Protect yourself, get a flu vaccine. Flu shots will be provided by Walgreens. Please stop at the front desk to register and pick up the paperwork.

 

All Cobb residents age 55+ are invited to participate in activities at various senior centers throughout Cobb. This activity is scheduled at the East Cobb Senior Center located at 3332 Sandy Plains Road, Marietta 30066. Call the East Cobb Senior Center at 770-509-4900 for reservations and/or more details.

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Senior Soiree: BOOKED for Lunch Club Author’s Luncheon

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BOOKED for Lunch Club Author’s Luncheon
September 29 | 11:30am
$5 Cobb residents, $6 Non-residents

This month, the BOOKED for Lunch Club is reading On the Other Side, by Marianne Smith. Ms. Smith will be joining the group for of a discussion of her book based upon her life growing up in Germany during World War II. A terrific opportunity for all who love to read and enjoy history. Ms. Smith will be happy to sign a copy of her book for you.

 

All Cobb residents age 55+ are invited to participate in activities at various senior centers throughout Cobb. This activity is scheduled at the East Cobb Senior Center located at 3332 Sandy Plains Road, Marietta 30066. Call the East Cobb Senior Center at 770-509-4900 for reservations and/or more details.

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