LSC Happenings

Upcoming Events


Come out and join the fun. Participants must preregister for all activities. The link will be updated monthly. The calendar can be seen below. For more details on special activities or events, click on the appropriate month’s Special Events links. For assistance, contact Kim Odom at (901) 746-8195 or 


Throughout the month of February, we have lots going on at Lakeland Senior Center. Here’s a calendar of activities happening at Lakeland Senior Center in the second month of 2022. Participants must preregister online for those activities marked with an asistrik (*). Here's the link to online preregistration:

For more information, contact Kim Odom at (901) 746-8195.



The new year will be here soon enough. Here’s a calendar of activities happening at Lakeland Senior Center in the first month of 2022.

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Participants interested in Craft Corner (Heart-shaped Pinecone Wreath by Vickie) on January 11, 2021, or Pop-Up Craft (mini cat canvas by Penny) on January 18, 2021, are encouraged to PICK ONE of the two classes. This gives our crafters more of a chance to get in on the crafting fun. Online preregistration required:

Jewelry Making

For all you jewelry makers, we have earring jewelry class by Debbie Rike on Thursday, January 6, at 10 a.m. We will be making snowflake earrings. (This is not included in the pick one, but it is limited to 10 participants.) Online preregistration required:

Grant Studios (Drawing/Sketching & Mosaics) 

Thanks to Creative Aging, we have two morning time grant classes this month. Starting Monday, January 3, 2022, at 10 a.m. we will start a 6-Weeks Drawing/Sketching Studio by Sarah Nowlin. Kristi will be here Thursday, January 20, at 10 a.m. with a 4-Week Mosaics Studio on Thursdays. Participants MUST ATTEND all classes to complete the project. Please do not register if you can’t be here for all 4 weeks of the Mosaics classes. The project is a heart-shaped mosaics piece – just in time for Valentine’s Day. Limited space for both classes.

Online preregistration required for the Grant Studios:


Hand & Foot (card game) on Wednesdays, January 12 & 19, 11 a.m. Beginners are welcome to join the group. Sometimes this group switches up and plays other card games like Rummikub. Join the fun. No registration required.


Our Monday Jamming Group is gathering again, and they are better than ever. If you like classic country, gospel, and a little rock n roll, come enjoy the entertainment at the Center, from 2 to 4 p.m. On occasion the group plays next door at IH Clubhouse. No registration required.

Book Club

Our long-standing Book Club will gather for their annual Book Club Social on Wednesday, January 5, 2021, at 1 p.m. to discuss book titles for 2022. If you like to read and socialize – this is a great group of ladies to get to know. Let’s make 2022 the best Book Club gathering ever! No reregistration required.


Our most popular classes will be in full stride for 2022 as we continue Whimsical Art for beginners by Vickie on the first Tuesday of the month at 10 a.m., Watercolor by Karen every Thursday at 1 p.m., and Canvas Art by Penny on fourth Tuesday and Wednesday of the month at 1 p.m.

Online preregistration required:

EXCITING NEWS on Yoga Classes! 

As you may know by now, we have a Yoga (chair and floor) combo class on Wednesdays from 3 to 4 p.m. Starting Wednesday, January 12, we have a separate floor yoga class, from 2 to 3 p.m.; followed by chair yoga at its regular time (3-4 p.m.). We’ve had several requests for floor-only yoga. So, let’s give it go! This is a trail-run to see how much interest there is for floor-only. We will hold floor yoga classes throughout January to see how it goes. Cost is $3 person. Bring a mat, bottled water and towel. For more information, contact Kim Odom at (901) 746-8195.

SPECIAL NOTE: City Offices including the Senior Center will be closed in observance of MLK Day on Monday, January 17, 2021. 


A December

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at Lakeland Senior Center. The month is filled with activities, including festive art and crafts galore. You MUST preregister online for all activities on the calendar that are marked with an asistrik (*). 

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You can also see the calendar online at:

Online preregistration link:

To allow as many participants as possible to participate in the craft classes, please pick a combination of three of your favorite "Craft Corners" or "Pop-Up Crafts" for the month. You are welcome to check back a week before the upcoming Craft Corner or Pop-Craft class to see if there are openings. At this point, it is free game to sign-up no matter the number of crafts you have signed up for. Thank you in advance for your cooperation. 

PLEASE NOTICE: Participants must preregister for our Free Christmas Bingo event hosted on Friday, December 17th to be part of the gift-giving by Santa activity.  

For more information, contact Kim Odom at (901) 746-8195.


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November is right around the corner. It's time to fill your calendar with fun activities at Lakeland Senior Center. 

You may notice there are still a few activities are not on the schedule. We will get them back as soon as possible.

Among the excitement this month, we have some holiday arts and crafts planned, along with regular standing programs. For a fair chance at getting as many as possible into the art and craft activities, we encourage those interested to pick three of their favorites and preregister for those. This should give crafters a chance at participating in a few art and craft projects. One week prior to an art or craft class, anyone regardless of how many activities they are registered for can sign up if space is available.     
All participants must preregister for any activity marked with an (*). You can register online at:
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Don't forget, you can also find the calendar and other announcements on Lakeland Senior Center's Facebook page at:

Programs are subject to change. If you have issues registering online, contact Kim Odom at (901) 746-8195. 

NOTE: Participants must wear a mask at all times while inside Lakeland Senior Center.


October Happenings at LSC
You may notice that a few activities are not on the schedule. Out of precaution some programs that are difficult to maintain social distancing are on hold. These activities will return as soon as possible.
We do have some exciting fall and Halloween arts and crafts planned, along with some regular standing programs. For a fair chance at getting as many as possible into the art and craft activities, we encourage those interested to pick three of their favorites and preregister for those. This should give crafters a chance at participating in a few art and craft projects. One week prior to an art or craft class, anyone regardless of how many activities they are registered for can sign up if space is available.    
All participants must preregister for any activity marked with an (*). You can register online at:

You can also check out the calendar online at:

Programs are subject to change. If you have issues registering online, contact Kim Odom at (901) 746-8195. 
NOTE: Participants must wear a mask at all times while inside Lakeland Senior Center.

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Sneak Peek at Upcoming Art & Craft Projects (jewelry sets will vary in styles and color):

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Can you believe we are halfway through August already? It’s time to check out what’s happening in September at Lakeland Senior Center. Participants must register for the activities that have limited space or supplies. On the calendar (below), these activities are marked with an asterisk (*).

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Here’s the link to register for any activities with limited space:

For more information, contact Kim Odom at (901) 746-8195.

Note: Masks are highly recommended.  

Lakeland Senior Center is located at 4527 Canada Rd. Hours of operation are Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (and other hours as determined.)

Other Happenings for Seniors:

Creative Aging’s Senior Arts Series featuring Swingtime Explosion

Wednesday, September 15, 10:30am and 1:30pm performances

Theatre Memphis at 630 Perkins Extended

Tickets will be available starting on August 15 at  Limited tickets will be available at the door for a minimum donation of $5 (cash or check). 


The summer heat is on. It is a great time to come in and cool off. Lakeland Senior Center is always a cool place to be. There are lots of fun activities going on in August. Check out the calendar to see for yourself.  

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GREAT NEWS! Preregistration is going away for several programs at the Center.

Registration is no longer required for the following activities:


Book Club (1st Wednesday of month)

Bunco (FULL group – no need to register)

Coffee & Chat

Free for All on Tuesdays

Game Day (FULL group for Hand & Foot – no need to register)


LSC Garden Club

Mexican Train (FULL group – no need to register)

Preregistration will continue for those activities that have limited space, such as craft and art classes, Studio and Workshop classes provided by Creative Aging, luncheons, and dinners. 

Here’s the online link to registration for classes with limited space:

Participants can preregister here for July activities.

In July we are focusing on "Christmas in July" with lots of exciting Pop-Up Crafts added to the calendar in addition to our “regular” once-a-month “Craft Corner” and once-a-month “Canvas Art” classes – as well as the weekly Watercolor class. To be fair to all the crafters out there – we recommend that anyone interested in doing crafts this month, “pick two” crafts and sign up for those two classes. If there are opening spaces one-week prior to any Pop-Up craft event – anyone can sign up for that craft. Samples of “Pop-Up Crafts,” for July are on display at the Center. If you get the LSC email blast - pictures were included in the LSC Happenings (July) emailed sent on July 15, 2021. 


The “Pick-Two” process should ensure that all craft lovers get in for at least two of the “Pop-Up Craft” classes. We realize it is hard to get into the classes with limited space and are trying to come up with ways to get everyone in a craft or two a month.

If you have any questions, please contact Kim Odom at or call (901) 746-8195.

July Calendar:

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Participants can preregister here for June activities

June calendar:

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Participants can preregister here for May activities.

May calendar:

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Upcoming events at the Lakeland Senior Center, which are open to all local-area seniors 55+, are announced via a monthly calendar (contact the Senior Center for info). Almost all events are held at the Lakeland Senior Center, located at 4527 Canada Road, OR next door at the I.H. Clubhouse, unless otherwise noted.

Seniors are welcome to stop by to participate in scheduled programs or to simply look around. See a virtual tour! (open Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 4 pm...refer to calendar for other open times).

If you are interested in performing or presenting a seminar at the Lakeland Senior Center, or have general questions, please call 901-746-8195 or City Hall 901-867-2717.

Upcoming activities sent by email and posted on Facebook.

See some of latest photos on Facebook!

Some Past Events:

April LuncheonAll was good at the Seniors Potluck Luncheon

~Kim Odom, Senior Center Manager

More than 40 attendees gathered for the Seniors 55+ Potluck Luncheon, Wednesday, April 10, hosted at IH Clubhouse, featuring a feast of homemade dishes, and a dessert table that would make anyone crave sweets.

Entertainment was provided by Creative Aging through the Lakeland Senior Center’s membership with the organization. Paulman and Weir, (Jimmy Paulman and Billy Weir are the last two members of Conway Twitty’s original band.) seemed right at home on guitar and vocals. The duo had folks singing along and tapping their feet as they listened to familiar country tunes.

Good food, good entertainment, and good friends. What more could you ask for?

Seniors 55+ Dinner & Sock Hop

Photos by Camden Korsmo and Kim Odom, Senior Center Manager

Seniors Dinner and Sock HopBringing back the 50s era was no sweat for nearly 60 attendees of the Seniors 55+ Dinner and Sock Hop hosted at IH Clubhouse, Friday, March 15, 2019. The facility decorated with 50s memorabilia just for the occasion was hoping with some cool cats for an evening of fun and entertainment. Guests dug the menu of old fashion burgers and all the condiments catered by Pink Flamingo that fit right along with the evening’s theme.

Matching skirts and cardigan sweaters on the gals, and leather jackets and white socks on the guys, added to the fun of the Sock Hop event. Poodle skirts swirled, and leather shoes scuffled as guests cut a rug to the music by the Jim Mahannah Band provided by Creative Aging.

Friends and sweethearts got a lot of laughs as they posed for pictures at the photo booth mocking a burger joint straight from the 50s.

It was a swell evening at the Hop in Lakeland!

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River City Boppers Donation CheckThe local River City Boppers Chapter, that meets monthly at IH Clubhouse in Lakeland, enjoys giving back to the community. Upon hearing about various activities hosted at Lakeland Senior Center (located in the facility next door the Clubhouse), the Bop Club selected the Center as its charity project for 2018. Members of the Chapter volunteered during various activities and special events hosted by the Senior Center, as well as City-hosted events.

On Saturday, January 12, 2019, President of the RCB Chapter, Pete Lemmon, presented a fundraised gift in the amount of $500 to the Lakeland Senior Center. Kevin Rooney, (then) Parks and Recreation Director, and Kim Odom, Senior Center Manager and Special Events Coordinator for the City of Lakeland, were honored to attend the River City Boppers monthly dance to except the check.

The gift is greatly appreciated, said Mrs. Odom. The funds will go a long way in bringing more fun activities to the Center. We also appreciate the numerous hours that River City Boppers member, Barbara Taylor and others, have spent volunteering throughout the year, not to mention other in-kind donations that were made by members of the Club. We have been blessed with all of your gifts.

Mr. Lemmon announced after the check presentation that the local Chapter of the River City Boppers will extend their charity project with the Lakeland Senior Center in 2019. It has been a pleasure working with Kevin and Kim to make this partnership happen.

The River City Boppers host a dance at IH Clubhouse located at 4523 Canada Road, Lakeland, TN, on the second Saturday of each month, from 7 to 10:30 p.m. Fees are $6 for members and Lakeland residents; $9 for guests.

Valentine's LuncheonValentine’s Luncheon 2018

By Kim Odom, Lakeland Senior Center Manager

The rain couldn’t keep cupid away from the Lakeland Senior Center for today’s annual Valentine’s Day Luncheon to celebrate love and friendship. Guests, combined of couples and friends, were showered with a catered feast from Tellini’s and entertainment provided by vocalist and keyboardist, Charles Norman.

Additional fun included Valentine’s Day Bingo and TV Couples Trivia. Winners of Bingo took home a box of chocolates. Three Trivia winners, who knew their TV couples, each took home a $10 Chili’s restaurant gift card.

This holiday goes hand and hand with my motto regarding Lakeland Senior Center. I feel like the senior center plays cupid all year by bonding friendships and couples, said Kim Odom, senior center manager. Senior centers are a gathering place for friends, and it’s easy to make friends here.

2018 Christmas Dinner

Photos by Kim Odom, Senior Center Manager

More than 70 guests at the Seniors 55+ Christmas Dinner hosted at IH Clubhouse, Friday evening, got into the Christmas spirit with a catered meal from Cracker Barrel, good entertainment by Charles Norman (keyboardist and vocalist), and wonderful prizes.

Christmas DinnerGuests also had fun checking out Santa’s Workshop setup for a recent visit Santa made to Lakeland’s North Pole for the community-wide Christmas Festival. Lots of smiles and laughter was shared, as cell phone flashes captured delightful moments with friends and family bringing holiday cheer.

Thanks to Saint Francis Hospital-Bartlett for sponsoring the event and for their continued support; and, for student volunteers with Saint Francis of Assisi for pampering our guests throughout the evening.

Pop-Up Library

Wednesday, Oct. 3rd, 12:30 p.m. Pop-Up Library with discussion by guest speaker, Chip Holiday, manager of the Bartlett Public Library.

Beverly BrothersMusic with the Beverly Brothers!

The Beverly Brothers performed at I.H. Clubhouse (next door to the Lakeland Senior Center) during this month’s Pot Luck Luncheon on Friday, October 12, at 11:30 a.m. Chicken was provided. Guests were asked to bring a dish or dessert.

The Beverly Brothers performed harmony-based songs ranging from classic country to classic rock and roll favorites. This guitar duo always delivers a spirited, high energy show that invites and incites audience participation. The live entertainment was provided by Creative Aging through our membership with the organization.

Jewelry Making (for beginners)

Tuesday, Oct. 23rd, 10 a.m. Supplies needed. (Limit is 8 per class). RSVP by calling 901-746-8195.

Historic Talk by Jimmy Ogle

Wednesday, Oct. 24th, 10 a.m. "Historic Memphis to Modern Memphis." Mr. Ogle is the Shelby County Historian and tells the history of the Mid-south like no other!

Seniors 55+ Happy Fall Y’all Dinner

Friday, Sept. 14th, 2018 at 6 p.m.
I.H. Clubhouse, 4523 Canada Road

The dinner menu featured pot roast with gravy, mashed potatoes, green beans, salad, bread, and fresh peach cobbler for dessert (catered by Pink Flamingo).

Side Street Steppers (presented by Creative Aging) entertained with vintage music from the 20s and 30s (blues, jazz, country, hokum, jug band, fiddle tunes and more, along with some fancy footwork).

Lefler Financial sponsored the event.

Acrylic Pouring Art Class

Aug. 31 to 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Come learn techniques to acrylic pouring. Limited to 8 per class. Supplies needed, call for details and RSVP.

Historic Talk by Jimmy Ogle

Aug. 29 to 10 a.m. Bring a friend and come hear about the history of Bartlett. Seating is limited. Please register with Mrs. Odom.

Jewelry Making for Beginners

Aug. 28 to 10 a.m. You will purchase your own supplies for this class. Supplies needed for class will be provided when you register. Limit is 8 per class. RSVP.

Elvis Week: Pizza Party and Music

Aug. 15 to noon – IH Clubhouse. Put on your blue suede shoes and gather with friends to celebrate Elvis Week with a Pizza Party and Elvis music and others from his era. Music performed by Gary Hardy and provided by Creative Aging. Win a prize for best-dressed Elvis costume or 60s apparel. Bring your Elvis memorabilia and share your favorite Elvis stories. Must RSVP.

Ice Cream Social

Aug. 9 – 11:30 a.m. – Rec Room of IH Clubhouse. Come enjoy a cold treat, billiards and music on the jukebox. RSVP.

Seniors 55+ Stars & Stripes Dinner

Friday, June 29, 6 p.m. at IH Clubhouse. A catered meal will include BBQ and all the fixings, drinks and dessert. Gold Sponsor of the dinner is Pop-A-Lock.

The Sturges Daily Band, will take us on a journey through the 50’s to 80’s with vintage rock and roll, country, etc. This spectacular band is provided by Creative Aging of the Mid-South.

Best Patriotic Dressed will win a prize. Advance Tickets Only. Cost is $10.Tickets are available at Lakeland Senior Center. Deadline for tickets is June 25.

Note: If you have a loved one who served or is serving in the military and would like to share a photo of him/her in uniform, please scan the photo and send an email to Kim Odom to be included in a PowerPoint presentation honoring our heroes. Please include, full name, the branch served, rank, and years served, and any additional information you’d like to share.

Historic Talk by Jimmy Ogle

Wednesday, June 27, 10 a.m. Bring a friend and come hear about "Historic Tall Buildings of the Midsouth." Seating is limited. Please register by calling Kim Odom at (901) 746-8195.

Crafts with Nancy

Friday, June 8, 12:30 p.m. Participants will be painting glass. (Bring your own glass piece – a cooking dish, wine glass, etc.) Art materials supplied. Limited to 8. Call to register. (901) 746-8195.

Music with Double D Band & Potluck Luncheon

Friday, May 4, 11 a.m. The Double D Band consists of a wide variety of songs and genres, but especially music from the 50s. Entertainment provided by Creative Aging of the Mid-South. It’s a Potluck Lunch. Zaxby’s chicken fingers will be provided. Bring a dish. Thanks to Zaxby’s in Lakeland for donating the chicken fingers!

New! Knitting/Crochet Group

1st and 3rd Tuesdays at 10 a.m. Calling all knitters. Join a friendly group of crafters in a relaxed sitting. Beginners are welcome. Limited materials available.

Creative Coloring Returns

4th Tuesday at 10 a.m. Coloring for adults has returned upon request. Bring a friend and color with us. Materials supplied.

Ice Cream Social

2nd Thursday of the month (through August), 11:30 a.m. (in the Rec Room of IHC). Meet and mingle, and enjoy a cold treat, billiards, and music on the jukebox.

Firearm Safety & History

Tuesday, May 15, 10 a.m. Seminar by Warren Horton, former Capt. of Shelby County Sherriff’s Department, 10 a.m. Talk on firearm safety, the history of handguns in TN and present-day handgun permits.

Genealogy Research

Wednesday, May 16, 10 a.m., TN Genealogy Society, 10 a.m. Come learn about the TGS, and hear how to research your family tree. RSVP (901) 746-8195.

Historic Talk by Jimmy Ogle

Wednesday, May 23, 10 a.m. Bring a friend and come hear about "Historic Homes of the Midsouth." Seating is limited. Please register by calling Kim Odom at (901) 746-8195.

Jewelry Making with Karen

Tuesday, April 17, 10 a.m. to Noon.

Staying Safe in the Home

Friday, April 20, 11:30 a.m., presented Kelly Inman with Next Day Access. Ms. Inman also sponsored Bingo at 12:30 p.m. and was the caller of the day.

Art with Lois

Tuesday, April 24, 10 a.m. to noon. Acrylic Pouring, 10 a.m. to Noon.

Diamond Stitch Painting

Diamond Stitch Painting with Vicky

Artwork went from stitches to stone during, "Diamond Stitch Painting with Vicky," at Lakeland Senior Center, on Tuesday, April 10. Class participants worked with diamond-shaped tiles in a variety of sparkling colors.

Diamond Stitch Painting is an art form, where it breaks images down into patterns that are similar to cross stitch patterns. Small, coded glossy tiles are applied to a patterned canvas, featuring a matching code process. The process is based on the same concept as paint-by-number art, glossy tiles are used. In the end, the pattern comes to life with lots of shine and sparkle.

It’s so easy, and is truly therapeutic to do, said Vicky Dubois, who instructed the class. Once you get started, it’s hard to stop. You can’t wait to see the finished product. I’ve done quite a few pieces since I discovered it.

Music with Mike Dougherty

Music with Mike Dougherty!

Vocalist Mike Dougherty engaged an audience, of approximately 40, as he sang his way down memory lane with popular classic hits, of mostly 60s tunes, at the Lakeland Senior Center Luncheon held Friday, April 6, 2018, at IH Clubhouse.

The Potluck Luncheon was the first event featuring entertainment provided by Creative Aging of the Midsouth. Guests enjoyed a huge spread with dishes to fit a Mexican-themed luncheon.

The ladies were smitten with Dougherty, as he made his rounds from table to table serenading some with Elvis hits, causing a few blushing cheeks. There wasn’t a dry eye in the room from the reaction of one guest, when Dougherty got down on one knee and sang "You’re So Young and Beautiful."

Guests couldn’t resist hitting the dance floor to a selection of late 50s and 60s hits, including The Twist by Chubby Checkers. Dougherty slowed it down a bit, so couples could share a slow dance.

Other songs on Dougherty’s playlist were "Return to Sender," by Elvis Presley, and Paul Anka’s "Puppy Love."

Dougherty said he likes guests to feel good when they leave from one of his performances. He joked with the men, and had the ladies giddy.

It was a quality performance, said Kim Odom, Lakeland Senior Center manager. He had everyone engaged with humor, charisma, as he took us down memory lane. I’m looking forward to more featured entertainers provided by Creative Aging of the Midsouth.

Free Balance and Fall Prevention Workshop

On Tuesday, April 3, Arlington Physical Therapy taught about ways to keep yourself safe from falls.

Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Group

On Tuesday, March 27, an Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Group was held the Senior Center. The purpose was to meet with other caregivers or loved one of someone diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease. Refreshments were served.

Iris Folding Craft with KarenCrafts with Karen

Crafters put scraps to good use at the Lakeland Senior Center, Thursday, March 22, while learning a technique called Iris Folding. They created art by arranging and layering strips of paper in a spiraled pattern that resembles the iris of a camera lens – thus how the craft got its name.

The class was instructed by Lakeland resident Karen Parsley. The former program supervisor at various libraries throughout the Mid-south, volunteered her time and supplies to teach crafters the magic of Iris Folding. When participants finished their embellished Easter designs – some chose to make them into a holiday card, while others decided to have their work framed. Iris Folding is a craft originated from Holland, explained Parsley. You can literally use any type of paper you can get your hands on, and you get a nice surprise at the end.

AARP 2-Day Driver Safety Class

George Coleman led another successful driver safety course at the Lakeland Senior Center (on Tuesday, March 13, and Wednesday, March 14). The cost was $15 for members and $20 for non-members. For future class info, call George Coleman at (901) 384-3581.

Going Green LuncheonGoing Green Luncheon

Photos by Kim Odom, Senior Center Manager

Bartlett Choral and Drama Club brought some New York City scenery to the annual Seniors 55+ Going Green Dinner, Friday, March 9, during their Broadway presentation.

The 16-member Bartlett Choral and Drama Club had attendees at IH Clubhouse tapping toes and clapping hands in no time with hits including, "Everybody Loves My Baby," "Getting to Know You," and "It Don’t Mean a Thing."

Approximately 90 attendees enjoyed a catered menu of roast beef with gravy, mashed potatoes, green beans, fresh garden salad, and strawberry shortcake for dessert. Trustmark Bank sponsor, Christy Fitzwater, made an appearance. Also attending were sponsors, Jimmy and Amy Wilkins, with Pop-A-Lock, who donated the big prizes of the evening.

Student volunteers were on hand to fill drink glasses and clear plates throughout the evening.

It was a great evening celebration of St. Patty’s Day and the arrival of spring, said Kim Odom, Lakeland Senior Center manager. The entertainment by the Bartlett Choral and Drama Club, was icing on the cake. Every time they are here, it’s a real treat.

Historic Talk by Jimmy Ogle

On March 7 and March 28, Jimmy Ogle presented his seminar "Historic Memphis to Modern Memphis". Mr. Ogle is a lifetime Memphian, historic buff, and Duckmaster at the Peabody Hotel in 2016 to 2017. He had plenty of stories to share. It was such an honor!

Valentine's Luncheon 2018Valentine’s Luncheon 2018

By Kim Odom, Lakeland Senior Center Manager

The rain couldn’t keep cupid away from the Lakeland Senior Center for today’s annual Valentine’s Day Luncheon to celebrate love and friendship. Guests, combined of couples and friends, were showered with a catered feast from Tellini’s and entertainment provided by vocalist and keyboardist, Charles Norman.

Additional fun included Valentine’s Day Bingo and TV Couples Trivia. Winners of Bingo took home a box of chocolates. Three Trivia winners, who knew their TV couples, each took home a $10 Chili’s restaurant gift card.

This holiday goes hand and hand with my motto regarding Lakeland Senior Center. I feel like the senior center plays cupid all year by bonding friendships and couples, said Kim Odom, senior center manager. Senior centers are a gathering place for friends, and it’s easy to make friends here.

2017 Seniors 55+ Photo Collage

See more photos on the Senior Memories page!

Seniors 55+ Christmas Dinner

By Kim Odom, Lakeland Senior Center Manager

Christmas DinnerA holly, jolly, good-time, was had by approximately 70 attendees dressed in holiday style for the annual Seniors 55+ Christmas Dinner, Friday, Dec. 1, at I.H. Clubhouse. The evening featured a Pink Flamingo catered menu of roasted turkey, cornbread dressing, green bean and sweet potato casseroles, sourdough rolls, and fresh pecan pie.

Keyboardist and vocalist, Charles Norman, entertained the crowd, bringing them to their feet and out on the dance floor throughout the night. Norman played a variety of music, from oldies but goodies to country and blues, along with a few Christmas tunes for the occasion. Lakeland resident and recording artist, Berta Payne, joined Norman in a blues performance.

Arlington High School students, Alyssa Stephens, Jerry Jenkins, Genna Tuznik, and Caitlin Evans, pampered the seniors, making sure every glass stayed full during the event, and mingled with the crowd. The National Honor Society students took part in the fun by hopping out on the dance floor to a few tunes.

In the midst of all the fun – Santa showed up – just in time to give away lots of prizes donated by local businesses and organizations of the mid-south, including Memphis Botanic Garden, Shelby Farms Conservancy, AutoZone, Gateway Tire & Service Center, Alma Bella Salon, Safety Nails, Victory Lane BBQ, Lakeland Lion’s Club, and more. The event sponsor was Lefler Financial. Stephanie Lefler and family were honorary guests of the evening.

Steve Pitcock said of the dinner he and wife, Sue, attended, Although we didn’t win one of the many great prizes, it was a wonderful dinner. The food and entertainment was spectacular, and we made a few friends. It certainly got us into the spirit of Christmas.

Left top: Pat and Bob Hudson were among attendees of the annual Seniors 55+ Christmas Dinner, Friday, Dec. 1, at I.H. Clubhouse, pampered by Arlington High School students, like Caitlin Evans, as they enjoyed a festival night out featuring a catered meal, entertainment, and prizes.

Middle top: Trudy Scholten, Betty Davis, and Linda Doyle, chatted it up with Santa, as he made the rounds to wish everyone a Merry Christmas.

Right top: Ron Brandon with wife, Sue, was greeted by Santa with gentleman’s handshake.

Bottom left: Dotty and James Marshall took advantage of the great entertainment provided by vocalist Charles Norman on keyboard.

Bottom middle: Old Santa found himself a dance partner (wife, Pat Golden) during the evening’s event.

Bottom right: Santa got a helping hand from elves, Alyssa Stephens and Caitlin Evans, Arlington High School National Honor Society students volunteering during the Seniors 55+ Christmas Dinner, Friday, Dec. 1, at I.H. Clubhouse.

Seniors Performing CPRSeniors CPR Class

Senior participants used mannequins during a mock life-threatening situation during a CPR Class hosted by Shelby County Fire Department, Battalion Chief, Eric Jackson, and Lt. Terry Watts, on Thursday, Oct. 26, at Lakeland Senior Center. Class participants learned proper CPR and AED techniques for adults, as well as for children and infants. Our goal is to make you confident that you could handle an emergency if you had to, said Chief Jackson.

All participants were CPR certified or recertified and passed the CPR tests with flying colors. Gaynelle Perry was glad she tookPeople with Eclipse Viewing Glasses Onthe class and is confident she could use what she learned during the class to stay focused and do what’s necessary during an emergency.

You never know when you might need to know CPR, said Kim Odom, senior center manager. Thanks to Shelby County Fire Department, class participants can confidently face an unexpected emergency situation and know they are doing everything they can to help save a life.

Solar Eclipse 2017

Seniors celebrated the historical Solar Eclipse 2017 with friends at the Lakeland Senior Center, Monday, Aug. 21, 2017. They enjoyed Jack’s BBQ while waiting for the historical moment when most of the Sunday was covered in the mid-south. Using special viewing glasses to protect their eyes, they watched the solar eclipse from its beginning to end.

Balance/Fall Prevention WorkshopBalance and Fall Prevention Workshop

Steady on their feet, a room full of seniors, participated the Balance/Fall Prevention Workshop presented by Matt Connell, MPT, LAT/ATC, Director of Physical Therapy with Arlington Physical Therapy, LLC, Thursday, July 13, at Lakeland Senior Center.

Connell started with conversation on how vital balance is to normal everyday living. As a physical therapy specialist, he described what happens when balance issues develop and discussed ways to prevent falls.

He even put participants to a non-strenuous balance test, by asking those that wanted to participate, to stand and sit fives time within a few seconds. The hour-long presentation filled with facts and tips gave many a good sense on just how steady they are, or are not.

Linda Doyle said of the workshop, It was very informative and makes you realize how vulnerable you are to falls. There was a lot of good information shared during the event. I’m glad I came.

For me the most important message was ’don’t ignore it, Doyle added. We are all good at ignoring it and thinking, oh it will get better. I think we were all reminded why we should not wait around to go to the doctor.

-By Kim Odom, Lakeland Senior Center Manager

(Left photo) Matt Connell, MPT, LAT/ATC, Director of Physical Therapy with Arlington Physical Therapy, LLC., discussed how vital balance is to everyday living and provided helpful ways to improve your balance and prevent falls.

(Right photo) A room full of seniors participated in the Balance/Fall Prevention Workshop presented by Matt Connell, MPT, LAT/ATC, Director of Physical Therapy with Arlington Physical Therapy, LLC., Thursday, July 13, at Lakeland Senior Center.

Seniors 55+ Stars & Stripes BBQ Dinner

By Kim Odom, Lakeland Senior Center Manager

Stars and Stripes DinnerInternational Harvester Clubhouse was draped in red, white and blue, for the Seniors 55+ annual Stars and Stripes Dinner, Friday, June 16, sponsored by Saint Francis Hospital Bartlett and Trustmark Bank.

Approximately 50 guests followed suit for the occasion, dressing in patriotic apparel and coming out for a spectacular evening of fun and entertainment, and a chance to win the "Best Patriotic Dressed," award.

The event started with all heads bowed, as retired Chaplain, Randy Brown presented the Benediction; followed by the Pledge of Allegiance. Veterans in attendance were asked to remain standing to be recognized. The sound of applause rang out as veterans stood with pride. All guests stood again, and joined in patriotic harmony, as singer/keyboardist and event entertainer, Charles Norman, performed the National Anthem.

A traditional patriotic menu of pulled pork, buns, slaw, Barbecue beans, chips, and banana pudding, catered by Pink Flamingo Catering was served buffet-style, along with chicken fingers donated by Zaxby’s Lakeland, lasagna, along with a variety of desserts.

Hit after hit of popular tunes from the 50’s and 60’s kept things perked up, as many took to the dance floor. Occasionally, the tunes slowed down so couples could share in a slow dance or two.

The "Best Patriotic Dressed," prize, a $20 gift card, was awarded to Dick Rush, 93, who served in the U.S. Marine Corps. Kay Rush, wife of Dick Rush, was dressed in red, white and blue, and wore a hand-crafted sign pinned to her back, proudly displaying, "4th of July Baby." She was born on Independence Day. Ironically, she wasn’t the only one there sharing the United States holiday - commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence 241 years ago on July 4, 1776. Karl Koch announced that he also, was born on the Fourth of July. Koch and Rush shared a laugh, a hug, and a sentimental moment of shared patriotism.

Ticket drawings for prizes were held throughout the evening. Rush was honorably dressed, from head to toe, wearing in his military uniform. Donated prizes included a Victory Lane BBQ gift basket filled with a variety of rubs, sauces, a Koozie and t-shirt; three $10 Cracker Barrel gift cards; four VIP passes to Memphis Botanic Garden; two bags of pecans courtesy of the Lakeland Lions Club, one $40 Safety Nails gift card; a $25 gift card for Lakeland Cleaners, and more.

Everyone seemed to enjoy evening, said Kim Odom, Lakeland Senior Center manager, and organizer of the event. It was a wonderful show of patriotism, and a great gathering for an early Independence Day celebration with friends.

Valentine’s Lunch, Music & Movie!

By Kim Odom, Lakeland Senior Center Manager

Valentine's LunchMusic, lunch, and a movie.

Many would consider that a nice day out. Participants of the Lakeland Senior Center’s (LSC) Valentine’s Day Lunch and Movie got all that and little more today (2.14.17).

Guests were serenaded by Trudy Scholten and Jean and Gordon Jones, regulars of the Jamming Group that play acoustic music at Center Monday afternoons. As guests enjoyed music and songs by the trio, they were treated to a catered lunch of Zaxby’s chicken, along with fresh salad greens and dessert.

(Then) Lakeland City Manager, Jim Atkinson, dropped by to wish everyone a Happy Valentine’s Day.

After lunch, some guests stayed to watch the movie "Elsa and Fred," a romantic comedy starring Shirley MacLaine and Christopher Plummer. Popcorn and cold drinks were available.

Sprouts Partners with the Lakeland Senior Center to Honor Good Health

By Kim Odom, Lakeland Senior Center Manager

Sprouts Health ProgramMore than a dozen seniors went to market, Thursday, Jan. 19, filling up shopping bags with fresh fruits and vegetables at the Lakeland Senior Center. The shopping bags were gifts to those attending the Heart Health seminar courtesy of Sprouts Farmers Market. The shopping bags were already filled with all kinds of heart health brochures and magazines, as well as, a variety of vitamin and supplement samples before seniors were presented an opportunity to shop for fruits and vegetables at the market stand set up by Sprouts at LSC.

Sprouts partnered up with the Lakeland Senior Center to honor good health by visiting the senior center to present good health tips for a healthy lifestyle. The topic was vitamins, supplements and the importance of getting daily nutritional needs.

David Tillman, assistant vitamin manager for Sprouts, talked to seniors about the importance of vitamins and introduced a variety of supplements to the group. Tillman shared many reasons why vitamins are vital to good heart health. He encouraged seniors to exercise, eat plenty of green vegetables, take a multiple vitamin every day, as well as fish oil for Omega 3. For those who have trouble tolerating vitamins, he suggested making a fresh smoothie each day, adding in vitamins and supplements to it. Get your daily nutritional needs in one glass, said Tillman. And, it tastes good too.

Tillman interacted with seniors by addressing questions from those attending the seminar. Johanna McArthur, said, I am 67. Is it too late to start taking vitamins now? Tillman responded, Absolutely not. It’s never too late to start taking vitamins. If you have a need for it, your body will absorb it and rid what it doesn’t need. A variety of health programs have been added to the senior center’s calendar, honoring American Heart Month in February.

Just for Fun Chili Cook Off - Full of Flavor

-By Kim Odom

Chili was on at the first "Just for Fun! Chili Cook Off," Oct. 18, hosted at the Lakeland Senior Center -- and so was the competition as participants threw together their chili recipes for the judged contest. Some of the recipes were longtime family recipes, while others were created solely by these participating amateur chefs.

Cleansing their palates in between tasting each chili recipe and serving as judges were Kevin Rooney (then recreation program director) and Mark Louderback, financial consultant with Edward Jones.

Judges tasted of a variety of chili recipes that woke up their palates. Among those special recipes was Grace McKenzie’s family recipe named "Deer Grace Chili," cooked with venison. Judges also tested their taste buds with some savory elk chili made by Trudy Scholtzen. Other chili recipes were Bean Fantastic chili by Gerry Burditt, and Muy Bueno chili by Mitzi Pilcher.

Good to the very last bite, judges scored a tight contest. "It was really close," said Mr. Rooney. "All of them were delicious."

In the end it was Jack Otto’s chili, "Black Jack Chili," that made the judges palates dance. Mr. Otto took home the champion apron. The champ wore the apron with pride, stating, "I’ll treasure it forever." Runners up were Mitzi Pilcher, Gerry Burditt, Grace McKenzie, and Trudy Scholtzen. Each received an engraved contest runner-up wooded spoon.

After the judged contest, participants and friends all sit down to feast on chili and all fixings. The event was held in honor of National Chili Month.

Kim Odom is the Lakeland Senior Center Manager.

Photo caption: The competition was on during the first ."Just for Fun! Chili Cook Off," Oct. 18, hosted at the Lakeland Senior Center. Winners were Mitzi Pilcher (left), Jack Otto (Champion), Gerry Burditt, Grace McKenzie.

Elvis ImpersonatorElvis Music & Pizza Party

Things got all shook up as approximately 30 guests gathered for a Pizza Party and Elvis Music honoring Elvis Week, Friday, Aug. 12, at the Lakeland Senior Center. Guests of the event shared their Elvis stories with friends and some brought Elvis memorabilia from their personal collection.

The real fun began when Elvis (Mark Louderback, a friend of the LSC) surprised his fans as he made an entrance wearing the famous peacock jumpsuit featured on the cover of his 1975 album ’Promised Land.’ The King mingled through the crowded room then performed "Blue Suede Shoes," and "Love Me Tender," as Trudy Scholten played the tunes on piano.

After lunch, Elvis emceed an exciting game of Trivia to see just how well the group knew Elvis’ history. A tie broke out between female Elvis fans, Alison Ely and Linda Doyle. Both took home gift cards for showing up fellow participants. Elvis, in all his bling, gave a final wave to his fans and said his signature, Thank you, thank you very much, as he left the building.

-Event/Photos by Kim Odom, Senior Center Manager

Bible Study MembersBible.jpgBible Study with Trudy Scholten

Bible Study with Trudy Scholten at the Lakeland Senior Center was held on the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month, 10 a.m. to noon.

Creative Crafting

...was held on 2nd Monday of the month, from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Quilting, knitting, crocheting, jewelry-making, painting, etc!

Birthday Social

...was held on Third Tuesday at 12:30 p.m.

The Lakeland Senior Center hosted a monthly birthday social to recognize seniors who celebrated their birthday that month as well as for seniors to provide comments and suggestions for future Senior Center programming.

***All local-area seniors 55+ were welcome...not just those with their birthday that month.***

Jeanne Hamilton and Piano

Piano and PopcornPiano & Popcorn

Piano and Popcorn was held on Third Friday from 12 to 1 p.m.

The first Piano, Popcorn and Sing-Along event, on November 21, 2014, was dedicated to Jeanne Hamilton, who generously donated her piano to the Lakeland Senior Center.

Mr. Pilant with PianoThanks to Doug Pilant’s Piano Moving and Tuning. Doug tuned the LSC piano on December 23, 2014 (paid for by an anonymous donor) and it is sounding so beautiful. Doug is a local young man who is well known for his musical talents. He has a degree in music from the University of Memphis, been a music director for a couple local churches, and has sung in different groups, bands and quartets throughout his life. We appreciate Mr. Pilant and his talents so very much. Be sure to give him a call at 901-388-6555 for tuning or any type of moving your piano.

CoffeeCoffee & Chat

Coffee and Chat was held First Friday of the month, from 10 to 11 a.m.

Meet at the Lakeland Senior Center for fresh hot coffee and good conversation. Bring a friend and make new friends. Guests are more than welcome to join in on a friendly game of Chess or Checkers while you’re here. Coffee will be ready and we usually plan on some yummy treats, too!
Electric Guitar

Electric Guitar Jam

...was held One Friday each month, from 5 to 8 p.m. IH Clubhouse (every month on the Friday before the Lakeland Dance, unless noted)
Electric Guitar Jam is cranking up. Join in on the fun picking, singing and grinning. Come to play, come to enjoy...or both!!! Seniors and everybody welcome! Led by Linda and Wayne Knight.

Rivery City BoppersLakeland Dance

One Saturday each month, from 7 to 10:30 p.m.
IH Clubhouse, 4523 Canada Road.
Sponsored by the River City Boppers. Open to all ages. Members/guests will enjoy a variety of different music including bop, shag, and west coast swing. Admission is $4 for members and Lakeland residents; $7 for non-members. Guests are encouraged to bring snacks for their table.

Tap Dance

Beginner’s Tapdance

...was held Tuesdays from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Kathleen Aronson taught beginner’s tap dance class at the LSC. Kathleen can be reached at 850-830-1606 or email Kathleen Aronson.

ComputerComputer Basics Classes were held:

Wednesdays from 3 to 4 p.m.
...with Advanced Computing from 4 to 5 p.m.

Lakeland resident Howard Chick provided computer instruction on Wednesdays.

Class topics included keyboarding, email, Internet, and Microsoft Word. Participants learned how to communicate with family via email, including sending photos, write letters using MS Word, and search the Internet for news, weather, and recipes. Plus, advanced computing...

Mr. Chick’s background includes teaching college for 14 years as well as maintaining all of the City of Memphis software including the Mayors’ Citizens Services Center, Traffic Violations Bureau, MPD, CARTS, etc. He can be reached at 901-485-8800 or email Howard Chick.

Live! Jam Session

12 to 2 p.m. (Wednesday except 1st Wednesday)

The after-lunch bunch invites players and singers to come jam on Wednesday afternoons. Bring your guitar, mandolin, dobro, bass, harmonica, or other instrument to play and/or sing country, pop, rock, rockabilly, gospel, and other genres. Seniors are welcome to play, sing, or enjoy the entertainment!

A Few Past Events (2015)

Senior Safari at Memphis Zoo …It’s a Field trip!

On October 7th, we met at the Senior Center for a field trip to the zoo. In conjunction with the Professional Network on Aging, the Memphis Zoo hosted a Senior Safari with free parking, free admission and free tram rides to seniors 55+. For more information on this event, please call 901-222-4189.

Safe DrivingAARP Driver Safety Class (Two-day class)

On Sept. 25th, George Coleman completed another two-day class at the Lakeland Senior Center. Participants learned about the effects of aging on driving, how to reduce the chance of having a collision, and much more. The classes cost $15 for AARP Members, $20 for non-members. TN law entitles participants to a discount on their auto insurance. For more information on future classes, contact George Coleman at 901-384-3581 or email George Coleman.

Sock HopSeniors 55+ Dinner & Sock Hop

…Celebrating National Senior Center Month!

Seniors 55+ rolled back the clock to the 50s and 60s for a Sock Hop celebration, as the ladies wore classic poodle skirts and saddle oxfords, and the guys sported faded blue jeans, T-shirts, and leather jackets.

The Sock Hop was held in honor of National Senior Center Month during Lakeland Senior Center’s quarterly dinner event at I.H. Clubhouse, Friday, September 11th.

Approximately 40 seniors celebrated the good ole days with a delicious menu catered by Pink Flamingo, and old fashion homemade candied apples and boxes Cracker Jack for dessert. After dinner, a few guests took to the dance floor to join in the exciting Hula Hoop contest. After a few hoops, the real fun began as guests relived the fabulous 50s and 60s to some rock-n-roll oldies presented by DJ’s, Wayne and Linda Knight. These cool cats proved they’ve still got it as they jigged to popular tunes like, "Rock Around the Clock Tonight," and "Twist Again."

As the evening progressed there were plenty of prizes to go around during the drawing giveaway. Overall, the evening was filled with good ole fun, good ole music, and good ole fellowship, honoring the cool times of the ’50s and ’60s. It was a bash that these cats could dig!


GTO (Get Turned on) Computer Fun!

Thursdays in September from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.
The emphasis was on Pinterest: sign-up, search, pin, and post! Pinterest is an online site for "how-to" activities to peak all interests. A laptop, tablet, or smartphone was helpful, but not required. The leader for the event was Mimi Beard. She and husband, Gary, recently moved to Lakeland from Tampa, FL to be active with their grandchildren.

Mark Louderback Financial SeminarWhat Happens When the Paycheck Stops?

(Financial Seminar by Mark Louderback)
Friday, August 28th from 12 to 2 p.m.

Lunch was provided.

Free Health Check-up

Absolute Home Health sponsored a free health check-up on August 24th. It included blood pressure, a weight check-up, etc.

Craft PumpkinsCreative Crafting

A group of crafty ladies got artistic during Creative Crafting at the Lakeland Senior Center on Aug. 10th, 2015, making decorative fall "pumpkins" using rolls of toilet tissue, fall leaves & flower stems, and lots of orange tissue paper.

Creative Crafting is held on the second Monday of the month. Join the group crafters and share your special talents and ideas.

LasagnaCancelled Due to Air Conditioning Issues:

Celebrating National Lasagna Day!
Wednesday, July 29th from 12 to 1:30 p.m.

Film RollMovie Night (Eat, Love, Pray ...with Julia Roberts)

Friday, July 24th from 6 to 9 p.m.
$5 covered movie, popcorn, drinks.

WatermelonCelebrating National Picnic & Park Month!

Tuesday, July 21st from 12:30 2 p.m.
At the outdoor pavilion.

Senior Music Fest

Senior Music Fest

Lakeland’s senior citizens and family members showed how to cut a rug, jam with some favorite tunes and set out a delicious buffet on July 10th. The Senior Music Fest, a fundraiser for the city’s senior center, was held from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. at the International Harvester (IH) Clubhouse in Lakeland.

Attendees were invited to bring their musical instruments, music CDs and finger foods, as well as a little cash for the tip jar to benefit the center. The event kicked off the center’s monthly electric guitar jam. Linda and Wayne Knight will be hosting a monthly electric jam session. Attendees are encouraged to bring their instruments and CDs and be ready for karaoke and dancing. Snacks are welcomed.

Nutrition Talk

Wednesday, June 24th from 12 to 2 p.m.
Mark Louderback (Edward Jones Advisor) with special guest, Michael Stansbury. Topic: Nutrition.

Stars and Stripes DinnerSeniors 55+ Stars & Stripes BBQ Dinner

On June 19th, 65 enjoyed the Seniors 55+ Stars and Stripes BBQ Dinner! Pink Flamingo catered the delicious meal (cost was $10).

Mark Louderback, Edwards Jones Financial Advisor played a patriotic video by Red Skeleton. Special thanks to Dan Scott who sang many songs including Mean, Mean Woman (dedicated to Marilyn Parker), Crazy, Okie from Muskogee, Country Roads, and Take My Hand Precious Lord.

Special thanks to all the volunteers who helped. See you in September!

Couple Dancing
Senior Dance Party

Tuesday, June 16th from 1 to 3 p.m.
We put on our dancing shoes to "Boot Scoot N Boogie"!

Mark Louderback

Standing Guard: Protect What you Have Worked For

On May 29th, Mark Louderback, Financial Advisor with Edward Jones, gave a seminar and provided lunch.

3rd Anniversary of the Lakeland Senior Center Grand Opening!
3rd Anniversary of Grand Opening

On Friday, May 22, 2015, the Lakeland Senior Center celebrated the 3rd Anniversary of its Grand Opening (one-day early!). There was great food, entertainment, and giveaways.

Complimentary food provided by Osaka Japanese Restaurant on Germantown Road (thanks to Dr. Van Le). There was a cake (thanks to Lakeland Cleaners), ice cream, and cookies. Entertainment was provided Linda and Wayne Knight of Waylin D.J. Services. They played a wide range of music genres from big band, oldies, to country and gospel, including some live music.

In addition to door prizes by Mark Louderback w/Edward Jones ($50 giftcard and flower arrangement), Stephanie Lefler w/Lefler Financial ($35 Sprouts giftcard), and Bartlett Nursery (hanging petunia plant), there were many nice party favors: Digger O’Dell (potted flowers), Sprouts Farmers Market (snack bags), Dr. Keaton Healthy Hearing (candy), Express Oil Change and Stonebridge Golf Club (discount cards, Fred’s (pill boxes, pens and notepads), and City of Lakeland (smokeless ash trays).

It was an enjoyable afternoon spent among friends!

Creative Crafting

The Creative Crafting topic for May was Easy Alterations by Bobbi Cornett! The presentation covered mending seams, replacing zippers, sewing on buttons, hemming, etc. Several ladies joined us for a stitch-popping time! We learned little tricks to make clothes fit just right.

Cinco de Mayo FoodCinco De Mayo

LSC had a lot of fun celebrating Cinco De Mayo on, May 5th! Several ladies were in attendance and brought some wonderful food to share with everyone. Betty Ratcliff brought a Mexican blanket and pictures from mission trips she had taken to assist an eye surgeon and shared stories about patients and their recovery from the surgery. Trudy Scholten brought wonderful chunky guacamole and furnished the Mexican music and was dressed in a very colorful skirt and blouse. Marilyn Parker (then LSC manager), fixed a chicken dish to be used for fajitas, burritos, tacos and quesadillas...with all the trimmings: red and yellow peppers, pico de gallo, sliced avocados, black beans, salsa, sour cream and shredded cheese.

Mark Louderback

Outlook & Opportunities: Finding the Prevailing Winds

Friday, April 24th from 12 to 1:30 p.m.
On April 24th, Mark Louderback, Edward Jones Financial Advisor, did a financial presentation at LSC. The topic was: Which Way Are the Financial Winds Blowing? He spoke about the recent volatility in the markets and how to better position yourself to reach your financial goals. Mark provided lunch from Zaxby’s.

Group Standing with Two Crepe Myrtles

Arbor Day Tree Planting

A pair of crepe myrtles now anchors the entrance of the yellow trail (one of three tracking trails) at International Harvester Managerial Park that cradles the 65-acre park and 5-acre fishing lake. The trees were a gift presented to the Lakeland Senior Center that is surrounded by the park’s presence.

The crepe myrtles were donated by Mark Louderback, in honor of Arbor Day on Friday, April 24th, 2015. Louderback is a regular supporter of LSC and hosts seminars for senior participants on various topics.

Just 30-minutes prior to the tree presentation, Louderback finished up a workshop at LSC regarding the direction financial winds are blowing. The financial advisor offered tips that can be taken to help better position one’s financial goals.

Participants of the workshop stayed for the tree planting ceremony honoring Arbor Day. Also joining the celebration were (then) Lakeland’s city manager, Jim Atkinson, (then) Public Works supervisor, Bristol Roberts, and special guest, June Spoonamore, a local horticulturalist.

Lakeland Commissioner Sherri Gallick (then vice mayor), who played a huge role in getting the city officially certified as an Affiliate of Keep America Beautiful, Inc., and bringing the Keep Lakeland Beautiful campaign promoting pride in the city to Lakeland last year, is pleased with the choice of a crepe myrtle as the type of trees donated. The crepe myrtle is the city’s official tree. Gallick encourages residents and businesses of Lakeland to get involved in keeping the community clean. Arbor Day goes hand in hand with promoting beautification to a community by beautifying a landscape. Gallick assisted in the placement of the trees at IH Park, pointing out the perfect spot for the trees’ new home.

Marilyn Parker (then LSC Manager) said of the generous donation, Mark has been instrumental in supporting the senior center by sponsoring many of the special activities offered to seniors. He is a real blessing to us. Parker added, Every time the trees bloom, it will be a reminder of what a good friend he is to the LSC.

Picnic on the Patio for Earth Day

Picnic on the PatioOn Wednesday, April 22nd, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., we celebrated Earth Day by having a "Picnic on the Patio."

Local senior and retired minster, Bob Cole, offered a moving prayer. Marilyn Parker’s grandson served as the "grill master." Guests enjoyed mouth-watering hamburgers, hotdogs, side dishes, and desserts.

The Senior Center’s Jamming Group performed some beautiful acoustic music. Trudy Scholten even yodeled upon request! Then, Lakeland’s own Bertha Payne and friend "Silver Star" performed some urban soul and rhythm and blues.

Nearly 50 came out to enjoy the day including several from City Hall, including (then) City Manager, Jim Atkinson. Special thanks to everyone who helped with their time, brought food, and donated items (including Stephanie Lefler: two patio tables; Bob and Jeanne Hamilton: under-the-grill mat and a few other items; Marilyn Parker: grill).

Some ate on the patio, overlooking the beautiful IH Managerial Park with rolling hills and a 5-acre lake, while many ate inside as they enjoyed the entertainment. The weather was wonderful and it was a great day spent in the company of friends!

Karaoke Fun!

On April 21st (and June 10th), Bill Burditt did a Karaoke demo for us. He had 100s of songs!

Karaoke Demonstration

Beginner’s Tap DanceTap Dancers

On Wednesday, April 8th from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Debbie Bain taught her first beginner’s tap dance class at the LSC. Several more have expressed interest since then so it will continue based on interest. It’s great exercise and lots of fun! No tap shoes required (tennis shoes are fine). Debbie can be reached by emailing Debbie Bain.

Going Green Dinner

Seniors 55+ Going Green Dinner

Friday, March 27th from 6 to 8 p.m.
IH Clubhouse, 4523 Canada Road

It was a foot-stomping Friday night at the Seniors 55+ "Going Green" Dinner, March 27th, as the Delta Rhythm Cloggers entertained guests with their fancy foot moves, as they dined on a delicious feast catered by Amber Lovell with Pink Flamingo Catering. The dessert menu was presented by Lakeland’s own, Virginia Byrd. The evening was filled with delicious foods, delightful entertainment and great prize giveaways. Sponsors of the quarterly dinner were St. Francis Hospital-Bartlett and Kroger Lakeland. The cost was $10 per person, payable at the door.

Tax-Free Investing

On March 25th, Mark Louderback gave an overview of tax-advantage investments such as municipal bonds, IRAs, and life insurance. Tax-free Investing: It’s not what you make; it’s what you keep! Lunch was provided. Mark offers financial seminars at the LSC on a regular basis.

YMCA Series: Blood Pressure Management & Nutrition

Blood Pressure Management & Nutrition was an 4-week complimentary program presented by Lisa Anderton, wellness director with the Millington YMCA. It ran on Tuesdays from March 3rd through 24th. The purpose was to teach seniors to manage blood pressure so they can live life to the fullest. Topics: Week 1- DASH Diet, Week 2- Low Sodium, Week 3- Shopping, Preparing and Cooking Food, and Week 4- Healthy Heart. Spouses, family members and caregivers were welcome.

St. Patrick's Day Dinner

St. Patricks Day HatSt. Patrick’s Day Celebration

On March 17th, friends gathered for a St. Patrick’s Day celebration that included a delicious St. Patty’s potluck feast featuring pot roast and Irish stew as the main entrees. For dessert, guests were treated to lemon and strawberry creme cupcakes and turtle pie. A wonderful time was had by all 14 attendees.

Marilyn Parker (then LSC Manager) brought Irish Stew/Pot Roast; Bobbi Cornett: corn muffins; Betty Ratcliff: Spinach Quiche; Connie and Hank: fried chicken; Rosemary Crawford: pizza; Allison Ely: rum cake; Jean and Gordon: rice and quinoa; Faye Edleman: cantaloupe. Thanks to those who brought the wonderful salad, cabbage and corned beef, Prosciutto and cheese wrap, and the desserts.

Safe Driving

AARP Driver Safety Class (Two-Day Class)

On March 12th, George Coleman completed another two-day class at the Lakeland Senior Center. Participants learned about the effects of aging on driving, how to reduce the chance of having a collision, and much more. The classes cost $15 for AARP Members, $20 for non-members. TN law entitles participants to a discount on their auto insurance. For more information on future classes, contact George Coleman at 901-384-3581 or email George Coleman.

Senior Center Pie Bake-OffCherry Pie

Lakeland Senior Center Pie Bake-Off 2015

The 1st annual Pie Bake-Off at the Lakeland Senior Center was the culmination of several events celebrating National Pie Month. Throughout February, there were several pie tastings including pies donated by Perkins, The Pie Folks in Germantown (two award-winning Slap Yo’ Mama Chocolate Pies), and Cracker Barrel (sugar-free apple), as well as homemade pies, tarts and a quiche.

The Pie Bake-off was held on Friday, Feb. 27th and the ribbons and cash prizes were sponsored by Mark Louderback. He also brought Papa John’s pizza pie and salad for lunch.

Cash prizes were $20 for third and fourth places: Joyce Cole, Chocolate Chess Pie and Trudy Scholten, Sour Cream Raisin Pie. First and second places each received $40: Linda Walls, Berry Berry Pie and Betty Ratliff, German Chocolate Cream Pie. Pictured, from left, Linda, Mark and Betty.

Living Well with Chronic Conditions

Living Well with Chronic ConditionsTuesdays, Jan. 13th through Feb. 24th from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Living Well with Chronic Conditions was a 7-week complimentary program presented by Lisa Anderton, wellness director with the Millington YMCA. The purpose was to provide information for seniors to manage their health and have the energy to do things that matter most. Topics included diabetes, arthritis, cancer, chronic bronchitis, high blood pressure, etc. Spouses, family members and caregivers were welcome.

On January 13th, Marilyn Parker (then LSC Manager) served turkey sandwiches on country oat bread, chicken tortilla soup, kale salad, fruit cups, and cottage cheese. She also coordinated food on other days, too. Thanks, Marilyn!

Mardi Gras Celebration

Mardi Gras Celebration!

(re-scheduled from Feb. 17th due to weather)

On Feb. 20th, Bobbi Cornett brought red beans and rice w/garlic bread; Betty Davis brought brownies, cheese and crackers; Ande Payne brought homemade potato salad; and Marilyn Parker brought the King cake. Plus there were pecan, apple, and cherry pies left from the Ice Cream Social/Forum. There were also Mardi Gras beads and music!

Ice Cream Social & Forum

On February 19th, we had pies in honor of National Pie Month!

Man Carrying Moneybag

Retirement Roundtable/Workshop

On Feb. 13th, the 2nd installment of this monthly retirement series was presented by Stephanie Lefler of Lefler Financial. The series covers realities of retirement. Stephanie provided lunch from Coletta’s and Marilyn Parker (then LSC Manager), provided cherry tarts in honor of National Pie Month. January’s topic was "Women and Retirement." Future topics...March: Taxes, April: Final Expenses, and May: Long Term Care

ComputerComputer Basics Classes

Lakeland resident Howard Chick concluded another 6-class computer instruction for beginners series on Feb. 11th. The classes were taught from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Class topics included keyboarding, email, Internet, and Microsoft Word.

Mr. Chick’s background includes teaching college for 14 years as well as maintaining all of the City of Memphis software including the Mayors’ Citizens Services Center, Traffic Violations Bureau, MPD, CARTS, etc. He can be reached at 901-485-8800 or email Howard Chick.

Coffee & Chat

Friday, February 6th ...kick-off to National Pie Month!

Estate Planning

On January 30th, Mark Louderback and attorney Chad Cardwell presented a seminar on Estate Planning and Finance. Over 30 enjoyed a Zaxby’s lunch and received important advice. Mark’s next seminar is Tax-Free Investing on March 25th. Mark can be reached at 901-867-1141.

Women with Elvis Pictures

An Elvis Birthday Party!

Our Elvis Birthday Party celebrating Elvis’ life and legacy was great fun. We got "All Shook Up" as we celebrated one day before (Jan. 7th) what would’ve been Elvis Presley’s 80th birthday. Several told their personal stories of getting to meet and talk with Elvis (one lady’s sister received a kiss) and some brought memorabilia to share. LSC served Elvis’ favorite Grilled Peanut Butter and Banana Sandwiches. Our last Elvis event was on August 15, 2014.

Past Events

View past events (2012 to 2014).

Senior Center Grand Opening:

The Lakeland Senior Center was constructed in 2011.

The ribbon-cutting was on May 23, 2012.