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Get Your Groove On! Celebrate with Year-Round OLLI Socials.

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Is it time for you get out and mix and mingle? If so, OLLI has you in mind with several upcoming socials planned throughout the year. These events are designed to provide an engaging evening of food, fun and entertainment. The galas feature live bands, dancing, competitions for prizes and more.

“Socials are a great time to reconnect with the OLLI family, but also to give back to the community we love so dearly,” said Michelle Girage, director of programs. “Even with all the fun, there is a sincere desire by all those involved in OLLI to think big and help those in need.”

Each event usually draws about 200 people, giving you the opportunity to meet new friends and catch up with old ones. All socials are held at KSU Center from 6 to 9 p.m. Cost is $10 per person and must be paid in advance by registering online at ksuolli.com, calling (770) 423-6765, or in person.

Upcoming Socials:
• Monday, May 12 – Spring Social (Cinco de Mayo)
• Monday, August 4 – Summer Social (Football Fanatics)
• Monday, October 27 – Fall Social (Masquerade Ball)

For more information or to register, call (770) 423-6765 or visit ksuolli.com. To request a quarterly newsletter, please call Michelle Girage at (770) 499-3340.

 

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The new game in town: Pickleball craze reaches Cobb rec centers, parks

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Bill Hess, an ambassador for Cherokee County who competes in pickleball tournaments holds the different kinds of pickleballs used in competition. Although they resemble whiffle balls, they are different.

The newest sports craze sweeping through retirement communities across the country has reached Cobb, with lessons and open court time available at local recreation centers and parks.

It’s called “pickleball.”

Enthusiasts and instructors had a pickleball exhibition Tuesday at the Fullers Recreation Center off Robinson Road in east Cobb.

Shouts of “I got it” filled the air along with the “pong, pong, pong” sounds of a hollow ball being batted back and forth by two ladies swinging paddles at center court.

Bill Hess, an ambassador for Cherokee County who competes in pickleball tournaments, said the new sport is designed for all ages and athletic ability.

“You can get to a level where you can play it and enjoy it very quickly,” said Hess, who has taken weeklong vacations to Jamaica, Costa Rica and Mexico with his wife to participate in the sport.

The average pickleball game, which takes 15 to 17 minutes, is played until a team scores 11 points or more.

The winner must finish ahead of opponents by two points. Only the serving team can gain a point.

The 20-foot-by-44-foot court is the size of a badminton court, with a net 34 inches high, 2 inches shorter than a tennis court net.

Pickleball uses a plastic ball with holes, much like a whiffle ball but with less bounce, to strike against paddles, similar to ping-pong paddles, made of wood and various composites with a fiber, plastic or aluminum core.

Lynn Paul, 66, who has lived in east Cobb for 13 years, said she has been playing tennis for 20 years until pickleball piqued her interest.

“I like the fact that it can be played almost anywhere,” Paul said.

For instance, she highlights that within the next month, Cobb County’s Shaw Park, off Canton Road, will have a flat surface painted with lines and fenced in for pickleball courts.

But the game is also just as easily played inside gymnasiums, meaning there are no rainouts or months for an off season.

Paul said pickleball also keeps her active and socializing because it is quick to learn and the type of people attracted to pickleball want more of a friendly wwcompetition.

“In tennis, I see more aggression,” Paul said.

Also, part of the sociability of pickleball is that 85 percent of the matches are played as doubles, Hess said.

The USA Pickleball Association was founded in 1984. In 2003, there were 39 places offering pickleball in the nation; today the list has grown to 2,000 places, Hess said.

Traci Thomas, 48, who has been the tennis director at Lost Mountain Tennis Center in Powder Springs for 27 years, said she first saw pickleball played while visiting a retirement community in Kissimmee, Fla.

“I think it is one of the fastest growing sports,” Thomas said.

She said it was just a matter of time before Cobb residents supported the momentum of pickleball.

“I just kept pushing towards it,” Thomas said.

Hess said pickleball is perfect for older players who have had a hip or knee replacement and can no longer make the moves that tennis requires.

“It gives them the competitiveness of tennis and a lot of their skills carry over from tennis,” Hess said.

Terry Mason, 62, who lives off Johnson Ferry Road, was getting in a good workout, breathing heavy and sweating on Tuesday morning on the makeshift pickleball courts at Fullers Recreation Center.

“I have been searching for this for months,” said Mason, whose twin sister in Virginia has been playing for over a year. “That is all she talks about and how addictive it is.”

Mason said she goes to the gym most days of the week and plays tennis, but pickleball is “a fun way to get exercise.”

Thomas is hoping to play host to more open pickleball court hours in the evening at Cobb recreation centers and parks to promote kids getting into the action.

Because of the smaller court in pickleball, the ball does not travel as far or as fast as tennis, making it an easier game for kids who are not star athletes.

Thomas has lived in Cobb since she was 9 years old and attended Pebblebrook High School, attaining college scholarships by playing basketball, softball

and tennis.

“This gives us another avenue or sport to keep kids off the street,” Thomas said.

Want to play?

Open pickleball sessions:

Fullers Recreation Center,

3499 Robinson Road in Marietta

April 14 to May 30

Mondays through Fridays, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Pickleball lessons:

Lost Mountain Tennis Center,

4845 Dallas Highway in Powder Springs

Starting April 14

Monday evenings

5 p.m. for kids, 6 p.m. for adults

(Reprinted from The Marietta Daily Journal. Written by Rachel Gray, April 09, 2014. Read more: The Marietta Daily Journal – The new game in town Pickleball craze reaches Cobb rec centers parks)

Poll workers needed for upcoming elections

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The Cobb Board of Elections is looking for people to work at voting precincts during the 2014 Primary Election on May 20 and the General Election on Nov. 4. A poll worker must be a United States citizen, Cobb County resident, at least 16 years old, not have a felony conviction in the past 10 years and able to read, write and speak English.

Poll workers must attend one or more mandatory training classes before working at the poll. Workers are paid $110 for Election Day, $20 for each training class and $15 for helping set up the poll. Workers must arrive at 6 a.m. on Election Day and stay until at least 8 p.m. (or when the poll closes) and they must provide their own transportation. For more information about this job opportunity, download a brochure and application by clicking here.

 

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Advanced Directives: Critical Conditions

Advanced Directives: Critical Conditions
Friday, April 11 l 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Free – Registration required

At these workshops you will learn how to talk with your loved ones about final health care decisions. Each participant will receive a free planning guide which outlines questions you and your family should discuss along with forms you can use to record your wishes. Presented by Amy Saye with Wellstar.

 

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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Retire in Style with OLLI

Are you apprehensive about what you are retiring to? Fear not as your OLLI friends present an upcoming Retirement and Social Security planning class designed with you in mind.

“Things happen; things change. You must be prepared for anything,” said Ted Sanders, certified estate planner and class instructor. For the past 14 years, Sanders has been providing invaluable financial wisdom to OLLI students to help them expect the unexpected.

“My role is to try and be a good listener, understand their needs and wants, and to help them develop a strategy that allows them an opportunity to make the most of their retirement without having to worry about the day-to-day minutiae,” Sanders said.

The class will provide practical knowledge from an expert in the field by implementing easy to use strategies. This free, three-hour course will help you determine when to retire along with discussing what benefits you may be eligible for before retirement. Additionally, you will learn who’s covered for specific benefits. Common phrases will be analyzed and additional benefits such as Medicare will be touched on.

Upcoming Sessions @ KSU Center:

  • Monday, April 14 – 6 to 9 p.m.
  • Wednesday, June 11 – 9 a.m. to noon

To attend, you must register at ksuolli.com or call 770-423-6765.

 

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Johnny Walker Photography at East Cobb Senior Center

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Johnny Walker Photography: Marietta Old & New
Friday, April 4 l 11am – 12:30 pm
Free. Registration required.

Join us for Johnny Walker’s wonderful photographs of the changing times of Marietta. The old and the new will make you appreciate and understand the beauty and the ever changing times of our area.

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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Stay Healthy with OLLI: FREE Hearing Screening Offered

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Many of us are guilty of taking our health for granted. The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) recognizes that and is glad to present a free hearing screening to those in need.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for anyone who’s a part of our OLLI community to come in and get their hearing checked,” Michelle Girage, program director, said, “We are proud to be able to host several health-related events like this one throughout the year.”

Attend the upcoming hearing screening on Friday, April 11, 9 am to noon at KSU Center,  3333 Busbee Drive, Kennesaw.

Each screening will take approximately 10 minutes per person. Otis A. Whitcomb, from Hear-Rite in Marietta, will be administering the procedures. He possesses a master’s degree in audiology, and is a Georgia Licensed Hearing Aid Dispenser.

Registration is required for the FREE event and space is limited. For more information or to register, call (770) 423-6765 or visit ksuolli.com.

To request a quarterly newsletter from OLLI, please call Michelle Girage at (770) 499-3340.

 

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AARP Tax-Aide Offers Free Tax Help to Cobb County Residents

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AARP Tax-Aide is set to begin another year of providing free assistance to low- and moderate income individuals and families in filling out income tax returns There is no income limitation and the service is available to everyone. Although AARP’s general mission focuses on people age 50 and older, the tax assistance program is for all ages. Those helped last year were 18 to 100 years old. It is free, individualized and no strings attached. In most cases the tax return is e-filed the same day the return is prepared. There is no charge for this service.

AARP is a nonprofit, nonpolitical charity organization. Tax-Aide was launched in 1968, providing confidential, free services to people with annual incomes between $10,000 and $100,000. You do
not need to be a member of AARP or a retiree to use this service.

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide volunteers are trained and IRS-certified each year to ensure their knowledge of revisions to the U.S. Tax code. Each counselor undergoes six days of intensive training
the first year and five days of training the second year. More experienced counselors receive 1.5 days of training. All must pass an IRS certification test through the advanced level.

AARP Tax-Aide sites may be found at any of the following Cobb County locations:

> Mondays: 10am-2pm
Cobb County Senior Wellness Center, 1150 Powder Springs Street, Marietta

> Mondays: 10:30am-2:30pm
Gritters Library, 880 Shaw Park Road, Marietta

> Tuesdays: 10:30am-2pm
East Cobb Library, 4880 Lower Roswell Road, Marietta

> Wednesdays: 10am-2pm
Wolfe Adult Recreation Center, 884 Church Street, Smyrna

> Wednesdays: 10am-2pm
West Cobb Senior Center, 4915 Dallas Highway, Powder Springs

> Thursdays: 11:30am-3pm
Mt. View Library, 3320 Sandy Plains Road, Marietta

> Thursdays: 11:30am-3:30pm
West Cobb Library, 1715 Dennis Kemp Lane, Kennesaw

> Thursdays: 10am-2pm
Word Of Faith Church, 7680 The Bluffs, Austell

> Fridays: 12-3:30pm
Central/Switzer Library, 266 Roswell Street, Marietta

> Fridays: 10am-2pm
East Cobb Government Center, 4400 Lower Roswell Road, Marietta

Remember, taxes are prepared by IRS – trained tax counselors. Consultations are free and confidential. Appointments are not required. Electronic filing is available at all locations.

If you plan to use this service, be sure to bring your 2012 return and your 2013 tax documents. Each taxpayer must present their social security cards or other identification documentation for yourself and all dependents. For direct deposit refunds, taxpayer must have their checkbook, a valid blank check or cancelled check. For more information go to www.aarp.org/taxaide.

 
 

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Foxtrotters Dance Club Keeps Seniors On The Move

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There is life after retirement, and members of The Foxtrotters Dance Club are a testament to that reality. Founded in 1997, this group of seniors “trips the light fantastic” on the fourth Friday of each month at the East Cobb Senior Center.

Doors open at 7pm, and dancing is from 7:30 pm to 10:30 pm. With the ballroom outfitted in linen-covered and decorated tables, dancers swing to live music and enjoy nonalcoholic beverages and a buffet table replete with sweet treats. Frank Godfrey, former Club President, said, “What’s not to like? Fine people, a good floor and wonderful music make Foxtrotters a great club.”

Ballroom dancing’s popularity may have been revived with “Dancing With The Stars,” TV show but most of The Foxtrotters were doing the waltz, cha-cha, rumba, tango and other steps long before many of those celebrities were born. Ranging in age from 55 to 93 years, members have celebrated wedding anniversaries that span over five decades. The Club is led by a dedicated group of board members, including Barbara and Jack Digulla, Co-Presidents, Betty and Lee Morgans, Marsha Stemme, Jinny and Doug Rowan, Marcia Curtis and Harry Owen. Averaging 70-100 people attending each dance, these seniors remain vibrant and active through ballroom dancing as well as with the socializing these events offer.

“Our intention was to create a warm and welcoming dance where seniors could feel comfortable and have a good time,” remarked Club Founder Naomi Davis.

The Foxtrotters are inviting singles and couples to join them. For $10, anyone over the age of 55 can enjoy one of the best events that East Cobb has to offer! Check out their web site at www.foxtrottersdanceclub.wordpress.com.

(Reprinted from the March 2014 issue of EAST COBBER. Written by Carolyn Davenport.) 

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Go With the Flow: Blood Vessel Health and Vascular Screenings at East Cobb Senior Center

Friday, March 28 | 10am – 2pm
Free; Registration required

Vascular disease, when detected in its early stages, can be treated effectively and its negative outcomes can be diminished, so join Vascular Surgical Associates for presentation on the importance of vein and artery health, problems to look for and treatment options. Following the seminar, free screenings will include a carotid artery evaluation, peripheral artery disease screening, as well as an optional visual examination of the legs to examine venous insufficiency.

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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