Seniors 55+ Special Events (2012-2014)

Past Events, 2014:

New Year’s Toast

Champagne GlassesOn December 31st from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., we had a lovely New Year Toasting to celebrate the fun we’ve shared throughout the year at LSC and toast to the year ahead and the new activities coming to the LSC. We enjoyed a vegetable tray, cheese platter, brownies, and homemade candies. Sparkling juice, soda, coffee and tea were served.

Christmas TeaChristmas Tea

On Dec. 19th, seniors celebrated the holidays at the Lakeland Senior Center’s first Christmas Tea.

Friends gathered around the Christmas tree enjoying a variety of teas, coffee, hot chocolate, and snacks.

Special thanks to Trudy Scholten for playing Christmas music on the piano for the sing-along. Guests had the option of participating in a Christmas gift swap.

Seniors Christmas DinnerSeniors 55+ Christmas Dinner

Nearly 70 came out to enjoy the annual Seniors 55+ Christmas Dinner at IH Clubhouse on Friday, December 12th from 6 to 8 p.m. The menu included spiral-sliced ham, baked and fried chicken, cranberry sauce, cornbread dressing, gravy, sweet potato casserole, broccoli and cheese casserole, green bean casserole, hot rolls, pecan and pumpkin pies, and drinks (catered by Amber Lovell/Charm City Catering in Pink Flamingo Catering; chicken provided by Kroger). The cost was $10 per person, payable at the door. It was so yummy!

Annette Buffaloe, Glenn Payton, and Sammy Barone provided the evening’s entertainment including such songs as Jingle Bell Rock, Christmas in Dixie, and White Christmas. Poinsettia centerpieces were given away as door prizes.

Thank-you to Barbara Taylor (Dinner Coordinator), Alison Ely, Connie Hess, and Kim Odom for volunteering their time. The dinner was sponsored by Trustmark Bank Lakeland, Mark Louderback/Edward Jones, and Kroger Lakeland.

Piano & Popcorn ...and Christmas Tree DecoratingChristmas Decorating

The first Piano, Popcorn and Sing-Along event, held on Nov. 21st from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., was dedicated to Jeanne Hamilton, who donated the piano to the Lakeland Senior Center.

She was presented with flowers, a card, and a cupcake cake. Thank you Jeanne for your generosity to our Center.

Trudy Scholten played Christmas tunes on the piano for the sing-along. Several decorated the Christmas tree and other areas of the LSC (thank-you to Alison Ely for the tree). Fresh popcorn was enjoyed as seniors played games.

Edward JonesRetirement: Making Your Money Last

On Nov. 14th, Mark Louderback of Edward Jones discussed strategies designed to help you work towards fulfilling your retirement expectations, focusing on providing not only for your income needs today but also well into the future. Complimentary lunch was provided. Mark can be reached at 901-867-1141 or P.S. You may have seen Mark performing in the Nov. Dessert Mystery Theatre! Thanks for your involvement, Mark!

Creative CraftingCreative Crafting

(2nd Monday of the month)
The first crafting workshop, held Monday, Nov. 10th, was full of creativity as crafters gathered with crafts projects in hand.

Special thanks to Carin Mills of Oakland who drove in to share her delightful snowmen craft made out of socks, rice, and embellishments, as well as her adorable tea light snowmen.

After making snowmen and other Christmas ornaments, crafters broke off into their own favorite crafting hobbies like knitting and crocheting.

Dessert Mystery Theater: "Dastardly Deed at Dry Gulch"

Dastardly Deed at Dry GulchThe Lakeland Senior Players gave a great performance on Nov. 7th, 2014 at IH Clubhouse before approx. 200 people!

The first ever senior play production called "Dastardly Deed at Dry Gulch" featured nine Lakeland seniors.

Toddlers to grandmothers and all ages in between attended the 7 p.m. performance. The attendees watched the play and had to guess who killed the sheriff as the finale of the evening. Dessert was provided at intermission.

Cast members included Cecil Tompkins, Bobbi Cornett, Barbara Hyatt, Bob Hamilton, Marie Wells, Ken Gurley, Trudy Scholten, Jeanne Hamilton, and Glen Payton. Mark Louderback, a friend of the cast and Arlington resident, was also in the play. And the culprit -- it was Sally Forth, played by Bobbi.

Thank-you to the Dessert Mystery Theater cast & crew for a wonderful performance! We appreciate all your hard efforts. A special thank-you to Director Jeanne Hamilton for donating her upright piano to the Senior Center after the performance.

End Alz

Lakeland’s Walk to Remember Alzheimer’s

On Nov. 1st, 2014, Lakeland Elementary students, staff and families and Lakeland Senior Center members teamed up to participate in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s presented by the Alzheimer’s Association. The Lakeland’s Walk to Remember team was among more than 1,100 participants walking 1.5 miles at the Memphis Botanic Garden, Saturday, Nov. 1st, to bring awareness and raise funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research.

The Lakeland School System, with direction from the school health coordinator, and the Lakeland Senior Center manager teamed up to coordinate local participation.

Free, Unbiased Medicare Part D Counseling

About fifteen seniors came out on Oct. 27th for Medicare Part D enrollment assistance to determine the best plan to meet their needs. Certified and trained counselors were available and no sales were involved.

Services were provided by the Aging Commission of the Mid-South 901-222-4111, the State Health Insurance Program (SHIP), and Senior Medicare Patrol. Annual Open Enrollment Period is October 15th through December 7th. New plans will begin on January 1, 2014.


Free Flu & Pneumonia Shots for Adults 55+

Walgreens offered free flu and pneumonia shots to seniors at the Lakeland Senior Center, Wednesday, Oct. 22nd, from 10 a.m. to noon. No insurance was necessary due to a grant.

Financial Tips Workshop

Navigating Your Next Adventure: Managing Your Money in Retirement

Seniors gathered at the Lakeland Senior Center, Friday, Oct. 17th, for a financial tips workshop presented by Edward Jones financial advisor, Mark Louderback. Participants enjoyed a delicious lunch from Emerald Thai restaurant provided by Louderback. Don’t miss the next financial workshop, "Making Your Money Last," Friday, Nov. 14th, from noon to 2 p.m. Mark can be reached at 901-867-1141 or email Mark Louderback.

Property Tax Relief & Freeze for Seniors

Property Tax Relief PresentationShelby County Trustee David Lenoir was the guest speaker on Wednesday, Oct. 15th, at the Lakeland Senior Center. Lenoir spoke to seniors about tax relief and tax freeze for seniors and additional senior benefits including the Shelby County Wheel Tax Reimbursement program. For more information regarding taxpayer benefits, 901-432-4829 or visit Shelby County Trustee.

Lakeland History Talk ...with Jim Atkinson

On Oct. 3rd, Jim Atkinson, Director of Planning and Administration for Lakeland, came to give a Lakeland History Talk, including an update on current projects in Lakeland.

AARP Drivers Safety ClassAARP Driver Safety Class

George Coleman led a two-day AARP Drivers Safety class on September 25-26th, at the Lakeland Senior Center. Participants taking the class learned current rules driving laws and safety driving tips. Upon completion of the course participants had a greater understanding of driving challenges and learned how to avoid potential collisions.

The classes cost $15 for AARP Members, $20 for non-members. Upon completion, TN law entitles the participants to a discount on their auto insurance. For more information, contact George Coleman at 901-384-3581.

Thrive Hearing & Tinnitus Solutions

On Sept. 24, Casie Keaton, Doctor of Audiology visited the senior center to discuss hearing loss, tinnitus (ringing in the ears), and the latest treatment options available. Dr. Keaton is dedicated to helping you thrive with individual treatment options to better connect with the important things in life. She had coupons for a free hearing screening and discount toward hearing care services. She can be reached at 901-651-3649 or email Hear Heal Thrive.

Fall DinnerLeaves

Happy Fall Y’All Seniors 55+ Dinner

Nearly 90 seniors gathered at the I.H. Clubhouse for the Seniors 55+ Happy Fall Y’all Dinner on Friday, Sept. 12th, honoring National Senior Center Month. The evening featured a delicious Italian feast catered by Mary Jane Gullett with salad, bread, baked spaghetti/string pie, chicken alfredo, various side dishes, and desserts including an Italian Cream Cake.

Guests socialized as they enjoyed the delicious catered meal, as well as the evening’s entertainment, award winning duo, Doug and Sandy Bowles of Mill Creek. Throughout the evening, the duet performed traditional country sounds of country music stars including June Carter, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson and Linda Ronstadt. Songs like My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys, Jackson, Folsom Prison, and When Will I Be Loved, quickly enticed guests to the dance floor.

Specials thanks to Mark Louderback, local financial advisor at Edward Jones (901-490-4766) who sponsored the Happy Fall Y’all Dinner. Louderback made a special appearance during the dinner, and even took a swirl around the dance floor a time or two.

The Happy Fall Y’all Dinner was a time to celebrate the Lakeland Senior Center and its importance to the community. Thanks to the many active members and volunteers as the Lakeland Senior Center continues to grow and prosper.

Smoke Detector Check & Battery Replacement Event

Smoke Detector Check and Battery Replacement PresentationOn August 21st, Shelby County Fire Marshal Haley and a city representative for Lakeland, made a presentation about the importance of checking smoke detectors. They provided free smoke detectors as well as batteries to interested seniors.

The season of cooler weather and weather-related situations is quickly approaching. It is vitally important to your safety that your smoke detectors are working properly!

Did you know that smoke detectors have a 10-year shelf life? If you or a friend or neighbor have old detectors, they should be replaced.

This program was made possible by an annual grant to purchase batteries and detectors for give away to Lakeland Seniors.

Free Pizza Party & Elvis Music

Pizza and Elvis PartyOn August 15th, twenty-five came out for Elvis music and free pizza from Papa Murphy’s, 8950 Highway 64, Suite 102. Special thanks to Barbara Taylor for the homemade banana cake, with fresh banana slices on the side, and peanut butter ice cream. What’s an Elvis Week celebration without something with peanut butter and bananas!

Cake and Ice CreamSpecial thanks to Ken Gurley, Glenn Payton, and Annette Buffaloe from the Senior Center’s Jam Session Group who performed many Elvis songs including Hound Dog, Blue Moon, Love Me Tender, and others. They played the entire hour and were very entertaining. J. Warren Horton told a few stories and even brought a title from a truck that he bought from Elvis himself. Special thanks to Stonebridge Golf for lending some Elvis décor for this event


Organizing Your Spaces

On August 12th, Teresa James, ASP®, CPO, returned to give a talk on Organizing Your Spaces. This class covered easy ways to organize your closets, cabinets and pantries so you can finally find what you need when you need it.

Organize and Stage Your Home goes beyond just the physical act of de-cluttering but also creating customized solutions that make everyday tasks easier. Teresa provides support, non-judgmental encouragement and transferring/teaching techniques to keep you organized for life. Teresa is well-versed in a variety of solutions and has excellent problem-solving skills to help you make the best decisions.

Integrating concepts of interior design and space management, discussed techniques to help achieve a home that is both organized and aesthetically pleasing. Teresa can be reached at 901-752-5522 or email Teresa James.

Art of Leather Crafting Class

The Art of Leather Crafting

On July 25th, Tom Hathaway of Lakeland Leatherworks (formerly Maj. Tom Harvey Leatherworks) taught a class for the first time at the Senior Center. Tom produces quality leather belts, billfolds, hat bands, chaps, and saddles. His wife, Donna, creates women’s apparel and accessories. Their customers are from all over the world and include celebrities in Hollywood and Nashville. Mr. Hathaway brought some of their unique leather creations including belts, purses, two racks of clothing, and a Western-style wedding dress (shown to left of orange jacket). Soon, their website will be re-launched as Lakeland Leatherworks. They can be reached at 901-290-5726. Special thanks to Tom for taking the time to bringing out so many interesting items and for the history behind them. Photos by Kim Odom.

Pizza and Bingo PartyFree Pizza & Bingo!

On July 23rd, from 12 to 1:30 p.m., sixteen seniors played bingo and enjoyed free hot Papa Murphy’s pizza. Right at Home caregiving provided a vegetable tray and two types of cookies. Small prizes were given away as well as two $25 gift cards. Congrats to Ms. Charlene and Ms. Willie for winning the gift cards! Several stayed for the Live! Jam Session at 2 p.m. (normally from 12 to 2 pm).

Caregivers: Making Sure You Can Go the Distance

On July 22nd, Debbie Hicks with Right at Home came to talk about how to plan for the Handscare of your loved ones. Of those caring for someone aged 65 or older, the average age of caregivers is 63, with a third of these caregivers have health concerns themselves. The average length of time caregivers provide care is 4+ years with many providing for 10+ years. Debbie can provide answers on how to go the distance in this journey including support options are available to caregivers who are handling loved ones alone. She can be reached at 901-309-7933 or email Debbie Hicks.

The Hobby of Coin Collecting

On July 11th, Memphian David Yawn, who has studied coins for 40 years and who now Hands and Coinshelps others through appraisals and brokerage of their collections, came back to discuss hobby coin collecting (he gave a workshop in January). Mr. Yawn discussed the history of U.S. coinage, answered audience questions, and conducted mini-appraisals for participants at no cost. For more information, visit Mr. Yawn’s website at Coin Worth.

Bible Study

On July 10th, Gene Gafford, retired minister and Doctor of Divinity, led a Bible study. The Book of Philippians was discussed.

Bertha Payne

"Stars & Stripes" Seniors 55+ BBQ Dinner

On June 27th, over 100 attended the "Stars and Stripes" BBQ Dinner at IH Clubhouse, sponsored by Lefler Financial/Stephanie Lefler. The featured entertainment for the event was Lakeland resident The Marvelous Bertha Payne. Bertha was so great that she was asked to give an encore where seniors got up to dance for the 2nd time that evening!

Seniors BBQ Dinner

Bertha Payne sings urban soul and rhythm and blues and has previously performed at a Lakeland senior luncheon. Her latest CD "Let The Party Get Started," available at Bertha Payne Marvelous. Bertha can be contacted at 377-6438 or email Bertha Payne.

It was a wonderful dinner celebrating friendship and freedom with great food from Baby Jack’s of Bartlett, great music, and door prizes by Safety Nails, Gateway Tire, Dunkin Donuts, Papa Murphy’s Pizza, candles, etc. Thanks to all the volunteers that made it possible! Photos by Jim Willis.


Howard Chick Wraps up Computer Basics; Teaches Advanced Course

After six classes, Lakeland resident Howard Chick concluded his computer instruction for beginners, which began in May (on Tuesdays). Class topics included how to communicate with family via email, sending photos, writing letters using Microsoft Word, and searching the Internet for news, weather, and recipes. On June 24th, he taught an advanced class which focused on Microsoft Excel.

Becky Abbott

Becky Abbott Wraps up Genealogy Series

On June 13th, Becky Abbott taught a class on using the Internet for genealogy. This was the final class of the 5-part genealogy series which began in February. Other class topics included immigration, military, and courthouse records, as well as preserving records and family documents. Special thanks to Becky Abbott for teaching these classes. She can be reached at email Becky Abbott.

Woman with BalloonsLakeland Senior Center Celebrates 2nd Anniversary!

On Friday, May 23rd, 40 seniors, staff, and friends came out to celebrate the 2nd Anniversary of the Senior Center Opening, including Lakeland Commissioner Clark Plunk.

Free pizza was provided by Papa Murphy’s of Lakeland, cake was provided by Don Stewart State Farm. Kroger and Trustmark Bank-Lakeland also sponsored the event. Entertainment was provided by the Senior Center’s Wednesday. Jam Sessions music group and magician/illusionist Michael Clayton (Midsouth Magic).

Digital Photography Techniques

On May 22nd, Roger Cotton returned to teach an advanced photography technique class. The course examined practical examples of various camera modes such as Aperture Priority and Shutter Priority, and how each can benefit photography. The Exposure Triangle, as well as design and composition, were discussed.

Free Hearing Screening & Seminar

On May 21st, Gary Dixon from Zounds Hearing Centers held a free seminar on the facts and effects of hearing loss on lifestyle and health. Zounds provided lunch from Lenny’s Subs. Contact: Gary Dixon at 901-791-2467 or email Gary Dixon

Retirement Analyzer: Uncommon Sense Retirement Strategies

On April 29th, Stephanie Lefler (Lefler Financial and Insurance Services) hosted a free retirement seminar. Lefler Financial is an agency committed to educating and being a resource those at or near retirement.

18 people attended the seminar. There were light appetizers and three $100 giftcards were given away. Stephanie can be reached by email at Stephanie Lefler or 901-305-7488.

Introduction to Digital Photography

(see Thursday May 22nd for follow-up class)
On April 24th, Roger Cotton taught a class introducing digital photography for those with little or no previous knowledge. The course covered all technical aspects of digital cameras, from point-n-shoot to digital SLRs. The functions of all camera features were discussed including each button, dial, and camera setting.

Free Seniors 55+ CPR Class

On April 1st, the Shelby County Fire Department taught CPR techniques. If you are interested in taking a future CPR class or have a programming suggestion, please call Senior Programs at 746-8195.

"Going Green" Potluck LuncheonGoing Green Potluck Luncheon

On March 28th, 31 seniors and staff enjoyed a potluck luncheon at IH Clubhouse. Special thanks to the Lakeland Senior Center’s Wednesday Jam Session group for providing entertainment. They played/sang songs including Cool Water, Tumbling Tumbleweeds, Me and Bobby McGee, Restless Wind, and Elvis’ Tender Feeling.

Jim Atkinson, Director of Planning and Administration, emceed. Sponsored by Don Stewart/State Farm (9998 Highway 64) and the City of Lakeland. Helados La Michoacana Ice Cream (Canada Road and Highway 64) provided ice cream for dessert (coconut, cookies and cream, vanilla, coffee, rum raisin, pine nut, etc). Door prizes provided by Gateway Tire, Safety Nails Spa, Dunkin Donuts (coffee), Papa Murphy’s pizza, and ATC Fitness. Thanks to all the attendees, sponsors, and volunteers. See you in June!!!

Flower Arranging by Regis

On March 21st, Regis Flowers (now located inFlower Arranging Class Bartlett) provided instruction on flower arranging to seven students at the Senior Center. The cost for the class was $30, which included fresh flowers. Regis brought pink tulips, purple Stock, pink Baronia, yellow Billy Balls, seeded eucalyptus, and curly willow. Lunch was complimentary. Regis Flowers can be contacted at 901-372-2868 or Flowers by Regis.

AARP Driver Safety ClassAARP Driver Safety Class (Two-day class)

On Feb. 27th and 28th, from 12 to 4 p.m., sixteen participants learned about new driving strategies, the effects of aging on driving, how to reduce the chance of having a collision, and much more.

The two-day class cost $15 for AARP Members and $20 for non-members. Upon completion, the participants are entitled to a discount on their auto insurance, per TN law. For more information, contact George Coleman at 901-384-3581.

Lakeland Photographic Neighborhood Tour

On Feb. 7th, Jim Atkinson, City Planner/Deputy Growth Management Director for Lakeland, gave a photographic presentation of Lakeland neighborhoods. He spoke about the development history of specific subdivisions, the various types of homes throughout the City, and about the use of open space within neighborhoods and how it sets Lakeland apart.

Senior Health Series

Charlotte Cavin, RN, BSN, CDE (Certified Diabetes Educator) wrapped up a four-part health series (Wednesdays in January). She spoke about adopting a healthy lifestyle by behavior changes and raised awareness of the disease process. Some of the topics included weight management, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. Ms. Cavin’s professional work in diabetes management spans 26 years, also encouraging diabetes prevention through community talks and counseling.

Free Hearing Test

On Jan. 24th, Sam’s Club sponsored free hearing tests and provided an on-site hearing specialist who spoke about hearing loss. The support of health-related programs ensures other providers will continue to offer free health clinics at the Senior Center.

Coin Collecting Presentation

The Hobby of Coin Collecting

On Jan. 17th, Memphian David Yawn, who has studied coins for 40 years and who now helps others through appraisals and brokerage of their collections, discussed hobby coin collecting from both a collecting and investment perspective.

Mr. Yawn discussed the history of U.S. coinage, answered audience questions, and conducted mini appraisals for participants at no cost. For more information, visit Mr. Yawn’s website at Coin Worth. (Photos by Kim Odom).

Computer Basics Classes

On Jan. 7th, Lakeland residents Tim Broughton and Howard Chick began providing computer instruction for beginners. The classes ran Tuesdays in January through Feb. 11th. They also taught classes in November.

Senior Center Jam

Jamming at the Senior Center

Homer Bunker began hosting Jamming at the Senior Center on Jan. 6th from 2 to 4 p.m. Seniors gathered and to play acoustic music (no microphones or amplifiers) including spiritual, country, blues and bluegrass.

Past Events, 2013:

Holiday Potluck Luncheon

Holiday Potluck LuncheonApproximately 30 seniors, as well as volunteers and staff, attended the Seniors 55+ Holiday Potluck Luncheon on Friday, December 20th, at IH Clubhouse (re-scheduled from December 6 due to weather).

Special thanks to Irving Evans who sang "Smile", "New York New York", "Moon River", "My Way", and "Old Man River", among other familiar songs.

The luncheon was sponsored by Trustmark Bank of Lakeland and the City of Lakeland. Mayor Wyatt Bunker emceed and City Manager Chris Thomas spoke as well. Baked and fried chicken was provided by Kroger, a gift bag door prize was provided by Starbucks Wolfchase, and poinsettias were given away.

Holiday Safety Class

On December 17th, a Shelby County Sheriff’s Office Deputy spoke on how to avoid being a victim during the holiday season. Topics covered included how to be alert, assertive body language that may prevent an attack, and carrying objects in a way that may reduce the likelihood of being targeted while holiday shopping.

Shelby Farms Park: America’s Next Great Urban Park

On December 13th, Rebecca Dailey spoke on Shelby Farms Park background and history, amenities offered at the park, and answered questions about future plans for the Park.

At 4,500 acres, Shelby Farms Park is one of the largest urban parks in the U.S. A nationally recognized, innovative public-private partnership, the nonprofit Shelby Farms Park Conservancy developed an ambitious, community-driven Master Plan, which will establish Shelby Farms Park as a national model for regional park management and development.

Build-a-Bag Workshop

On December 12th, there was a free workshop on how to put together three-day emergency kits. He also discussed how to tailor a kit to suit the needs of elderly, children, and family pets. In the event of a disaster, a supplies kit can help families stay safe and be more comfortable.

Gun Safety

On December 5th, Lakeland resident J. Warren Horton was prepared to teach a gun safety class covering gun possession, carrying, and usage, under TN law (no firearms permitted in class). Due to inclement weather, there were not any attendees. We hope Mr. Horton will come back to the Center sometime to share his knowledge.

Computer Basics Classes

Tim Broughton and Howard Chick wrapped up their beginners computer classes for November but will resume in January 2014 and may continue depending on participation and interest.

Scrapbooking Class

Lakeland resident Tonya Paul taught scrapbooking classes Tuesdays in November from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Medicare Part D Counseling

On November 21st, the Aging Commission of the Mid-South, State Health Insurance Program (SHIP), and the Senior Medicare Patrol provided Medicare Part D enrollment assistance. They provided certified and trained counselors to help seniors select a Medicare Drug Plan that best suited their needs. No sales were involved.

Home Security Check

On November 19th, a Shelby County Sheriff’s Office Deputy presented effective ways to secure your home against intruders. Topics included doors/windows, locks, alarms, sliding glass doors, lighting/timers, and trees/hedges.

Flu Shots for Adults 55+

On November 13th, Walgreens Pharmacist Adrienne Jones provided flu shots at the Lakeland Senior Center. Participants were asked to bring their insurance cards to see if covered or they had the option of paying out-of-pocket.

Final Arrangement Planning

On November 8th, Aimee Burnwatt, with the RISE Foundation, presented information on funeral service purchase. She covered prepayment policies, cemetery charges, Veteran’s and Social Security benefits, and documents needed for pre-planning.

Waylin DJ Services

Big Band, Oldies & Gospel Music

On November 7th, Linda and Wayne Knight of Waylin D.J. Services played a wide range of genres and music from big band, oldies, and gospel. There was a drawing for a free door prize.

Live Jam Session

Live Jam Sessions

Live Jam Sessions began on Oct. 23rd, from 2 to 4 p.m. The after lunch bunch invites players and singers to come and jam on Wednesday afternoons (except 1st Wednesday. of the month). Bring your guitar, mandolin, dobro, bass, harmonica, or other instrument to play and/or sing country, pop, rock, rockabilly, gospel, or other musical genres and forms. Seniors are welcome to play, sing, or enjoy the entertainment!

The Pitfalls & Pleasures of Retirement

On Oct. 25th, Patricia Thompson spoke on getting the most from your retirement. She covered organization, setting goals and a budget, planning for travel, making final arrangements, and other financial decisions. Patricia is a Discover Your Future Coach and can be reached at 901-270-3131.

2014 Medicare Options

On October 15th, Stephanie Lefler (Lefler Financial and Insurance Services) and colleague Jeremy Manzetti hosted a free educational seminar, "2014 Medicare Options." They covered the pro’s and con’s of each type of plan and the questions to ask to make the best decisions for one’s own health coverage needs. They discussed Medicare supplement and Advantage plans, as well as Part D. There were light refreshments and door prizes. Stephanie Lefler can be reached at 901-305-7488.

Parking Lot Safety

On October 15th, a Shelby County Sheriff’s Office Deputy spoke on how to avoid being a victim in parking lots. Topics covered included how to be alert and assert body language that may prevent an attack, as well as how to carry objects in a way that may reduce the likelihood of being targeted.

How to Talk to Your Doctor

On Oct. 9th, Connie Sabater Binkowitz, with "Healthy Memphis," spoke about the importance of patients becoming engaged and active participants in their health care. She used a brochure entitled "The 9 Things You Can Do to Get Better Care" to introduce patients to the concept.

Seniors 55+ Catfish Fry Dinner

On Sept. 13th, 2013, approximately 120 friends, neighbors, elected officials, and City of Lakeland staff attended the Seniors 55+ Catfish Fry Dinner, celebrating National Senior Center Month.

Dinner included farm raised fried catfish, hushpuppies, traditional cole slaw, potato salad, banana pudding, fudge brownies and drinks. The cost was $10. The dinner was catered by Hog Wild, 1201 Tully Street, Memphis, TN 38107, Hog Wild BBQ. Chef Marvin Kelley cooked the catfish and Bagpipe Grouphushpuppies.

The City extends a special thank you to the Wolf River Pipes and Drums Group for their wonderful program. The group featured the proud heritage of Scottish music in celebration of this event! The group, including several members from Lakeland, performs extensively in Memphis and the Mid-South, including Tennessee, Kentucky, Missouri, Arkansas, Alabama and Mississippi.

The City also gives special thanks Dr. Paul Criss, Pastor of New Salem Church, who served as served as Master of Ceremonies, and most especially, all the volunteers that helped make the event possible!

Mike Dougherty

D.J. Mike Dougherty’s "Golden Era of Rock & Roll"

On September 18th, Mike Dougherty of DJ Michaels Entertainment sang 50’s and 60’s music at the Senior Center. Mike sings classics from the "Golden Era of Rock and Roll" including the hits of Elvis, Deon and The Belmonts, Johnny Tilloston, Ricky Nelson, Buddy Holly and other artists of the era. (photo to left)

Identifying & Treating Shingles Presentation

On September 13th, Dr. Charlotte Jackson, with St. Francis Hospital, explained the symptoms, causes and treatment for shingles, which is a painful rash disease caused by the same virus as chickenpox.

De-Cluttering & Downsizing

De-Cluttering Presentation On September 12th, Cathy Yawn gave a talk on techniques to gain control over the household clutter and organize your living space. For over eight years, Cathy has worked with individuals and presented at area senior centers on how best to reduce household clutter. (photo to right)

Internet Safety & Security

On September 10th, a Shelby County Sheriff’s Office Deputy gave a presentation on using the Internet safely by guarding against computer hackers and malicious software that can potentially damage computers as well as jeopardize personal information.

Davies Manor Plantation

"Davies Manor Plantation" Presentation

On August 22nd, Mandi Pitt-Reed, museum assistant at the Davies Manor Plantation, gave a presentation on the history of Davies Manor and the Davies family. This local treasure, located in Bartlett, is the oldest log home in Shelby County open to the public. The grounds include thirty-two acres of plantation land and numerous outbuildings, as well as gardens and trails.

Aging Creatively

On August 14th, Meryl Klein, Executive Director of Creative Aging of the Mid-South, discussed the importance of aging creatively. Topics included how music, art, and even daily activities relate to the aging mind.

Neighborhood Watch

On August 13th, a Shelby County Sheriff’s Office Deputy presented a neighborhood watch class, which covered how to watch out for your neighbors and take care of each other. The presentation included a discussion about how to watch out for suspicious cars around and irregular activity, among other topics to ensure safer neighborhoods.

AARP Driver Safety ClassAARP Driver Safety Class

A two-day AARP driver safety class was taught on Aug. 8th & 9th. Approximately 21 seniors attended the two 4-hour classes. New driving strategies, the effects of aging on driving, how to reduce chances of having a crash, and other related topics were covered. Participants are entitled to a discount on their auto insurance. The cost for the two-day class was $12 for AARP Members, $14 for non-members. Membership was not required to attend.

Facebook 101 Workshop

Facebook 101 Workshop

On July 25th, Ronda Kelley, owner of Helping Bee, which specializes in computer/technology instruction, taught a Facebook 101 class. Topics to be covered include creating and editing a Facebook page, reconnecting with old friends and/or distant relatives, and how to handle friend requests and notification tools. There was a $20 fee for the class. Ronda Kelley can be contacted at 846-6189 or email Helping Bee.

"The People of South Sudan" Presentation

On July 24th, Joyce Wiggins spoke on the history and the people of South Sudan in Africa, which included a video presentation.

Geology Class

On July 18th, Mike Baldwin brought in 200 rock minerals and fossils to give a talk explaining rock and mineral formation and how they are utilized in the world.

Traffic Safety Presentation

On July 16th, there was an informative class on traffic safety guidelines including how to reduce your chance of having an auto accident by using defensive driving techniques.

Film Friday

On July 12th, Secretariat (a film chronicling the life of thoroughbred race horse Secretariat, including his owner and trainer) was shown. Secretariat won the Triple Crown in 1973.

Line Dancing Class

Dance and fitness instructor Sherri Gallick taught eight Line Dancing classes from May until late June at the I.H. Clubhouse. Classes featured instruction for beginner as well as intermediate level students. Each dance was taught step-by-step, walked in a slow pace, and then put to music.

"Stars and Stripes" Seniors 55+ BBQ Luncheon

Bagpipe PerformersOn June 21st, 71 attended the "Stars and Stripes" BBQ Luncheon, sponsored by St. Francis Hospital-Bartlett. The featured entertainment for the event was The Sgt. W. K. Singleton Pipes and Drums, an all-volunteer group that performs throughout the Mid-South. The band is associated with Detachment 476 of the Marine Corp League, Memphis, Tennessee, and performs as part of their Honor Guard.

The band kicked off the luncheon by playing the Star-Spangled Banner, then Scottish and Irish tunes, and even an Elvis song! It was a wonderful afternoon celebrating friendship and freedom with great food from Bozo’s BBQ, great music, and door prizes by St. Francis Hospital-Bartlett, ATC Fitness, and Starbucks Wolfchase.

We want to extend a special thank you to The Sgt. W. K. Singleton Pipes and Drums for their wonderful program and to St. Francis Hospital-Bartlett for sponsoring the event. We also want to thank Mayor Scott Carmichael, who served as Master of Ceremonies and Dr. Paul Criss, Pastor of New Salem Church, who gave the invocation. Thanks to all the volunteers that made it possible!

Digital Photography 102

On June 20th, Mike Baldwin, senior Graphic Designer and Digital Photographer with International Paper in Memphis, taught a follow-up course to his Digital Photography 101 on June 13th. He discussed how to get the best performance out of your camera, which settings to use, when to use a flash, how to frame your image and plan your shots. Self-timers, tripods, filters, and special effects were also covered.

Flower Arranging by Regis

Flower Arranging ClassOn June 18th, Regis Flowers (now located in Bartlett) provided instruction on flower arranging. The cost was $20, which covered the cost of fresh flowers. Participants brought their own vase to class. Regis Flowers provided a complimentary lunch.

Digital Photography 101

On June 13th, Mike Baldwin, senior Graphic Designer and Digital Photographer with International Paper in Memphis taught an introduction to digital cameras. Baldwin has a degree in graphic design and 43 years’ experience as a photographer and artist. The class covered camera settings, maintenance, image storage, and formatting memory cards.

Free CPR Class for Seniors 55+

On June 6th, Rural Metro taught a CPR class based on the latest American Heart Association guidelines. The class provided hands-on training for 1 and 2 person adult CPR, infant and child CPR, as well as choking. Participants also learned how to recognize the warning signs of a heart attack and stroke.

Jewelry-Making Class

The Senior Center hosted jewelry-making classes on several Fridays this May. The classes covered making drop earrings, beaded necklaces, and other items. Materials were made available for the first class, then participants brought their own supplies after the first class.

Estate Planning for Seniors

Estate Planning for Seniors

On May 23rd, at both 11 a.m. and 6 p.m, Lakeland City Commissioner and Attorney at Law Randy Nicholson presented information on estate planning for seniors, including wills. Seniors had an opportunity to ask Randy questions at the end of these informative lectures.

Reflecting Yesteryear Music

Coley and Marilyn Graves with Guitar and Hammer DulcimerColey and Marilyn Graves performed old-time mountain, bluegrass and gospel music at the Lakeland Senior Center on May 15th. The Graves are always happy to share their many years of experience, and how they got involved with playing old-time music on an instrument called the "Hammered Dulcimer." Their entertainment circle takes them throughout Western Tennessee, Northern Mississippi, and Eastern Arkansas. They are available as a couple only, or with a three, four or five piece group. For more information, contact Coley and Marilyn Graves at 382-1197 or email Coley Graves.

Home Security Education Class

On May 14th, a Shelby County sheriff’s deputy was at the Lakeland Senior Center to secure and maintain a safe and secure home.


Impact! How Comet & Asteroid Impacts Shape Human Societies

Dr. Gerrit Verschuur gave lectures on April 29th regarding cosmic impacts that have wiped out ancient civilizations. For example, back in 540 AD the Dark Ages, and the plague that preceded, it may have been precipitated by impacts of several comet fragments. The reality of the threat of objects from space causing great damage to life on earth was brought home in February when the Russian fireball injured 1,200 people. In 1996 Gerrit published a book entitled "Impact! The Threat of Comets and Asteroids" and a great deal has happened since then related to understanding the way cosmic impacts have wiped out several ancient civilizations. Gerrit is now working on a new book on the topic. Given that in November of this year a huge comet will pass so close to the sun that it may become the brightest ever seen in recorded history made his talks even more topical.

Sheriff Deputy

Common Sense Self-Defense Class

On April 16th, a Shelby County sheriff’s deputy demonstrated simple ways to protect your-self from a physical attack.

The Marvelous Bertha PayneRhythm & Blues by The Marvelous Bertha Payne

On April 15th, "The Marvelous Bertha Payne" performed urban soul and rhythm and blues, including cuts from her latest CD "Let The Party Get Started," available at Bertha Payne Marvelous. Bertha was born and raised on a farm in Arlington/Lakeland area, where she began singing in church as a teenager. She was inspired by favored singer KoKo Taylor, as well as the music of Etta James, Tina Turner and Betty Wright. Bertha Payne can be contacted at 377-6438 or email Bertha Payne.

Vegetable Gardening 101

On April 11th, Laurie Williams gave a class on the basics of vegetable growing where she covered soil preparation, seed starting, planting, container growing, as well as pest and disease control.

Going Green Potluck Luncheon

"Going Green" Potluck Luncheon

On Friday March 22nd, about 50 seniors attended the potluck luncheon, sponsored by First Citizens National Bank of Arlington. Don Oliver, Community Bank President for First Citizens National Bank, Arlington, presented door prizes donated by the Bank (umbrella, caps and tickets to the Taste of Arlington) to the winners as well as door prizes donated by ATC Fitness and Starbucks at Wolfchase.

The featured entertainment for the luncheon was the Riverboat Cloggers. Marie Lovelace, leader of the family-oriented dance group, has been teaching clogging for over 20 years. She noted that clogging is a true American Heritage dance that was created by many different nationalities that settled in the United States.

The group gave a lively performance which included an Irish dance as well as the finale of Rocky Top Tennessee, which got everyone clapping to the music. Their spirited and enthusiastic performance was thoroughly enjoyed by all.

We want to extend a special thank you to the Riverboat Cloggers for their wonderful program, First Citizens National Bank, Arlington for sponsoring the event, and to Kroger on US 64 for providing the fried and baked chicken. We also want to thank Mayor Scott Carmichael, who served as Master of Ceremonies, Dr. Paul Criss, Pastor of New Salem Church, who gave the invocation, and Commissioner Gerrit Verschuur, who was the photographer for the event.

"City of Lakeland History" Presentation

On March 18th, Lakeland Planning Director Jim Atkinson spoke about the history of the City of Lakeland. He focused on the geographic history of Lakeland using historic aerial photos and images. Atkinson compared historic photos to recent photos showing the former locations of the Lakeland amusement park, Huff ’n Puff train, both race tracks, and other notable landmarks from years past, showing just how much the City of Lakeland has changed over the last fifty years.

Identity Theft Prevention

On March 12th, a deputy with the Shelby County Sherriff’s Department described various ways identity theft happens, how to protect your personal information, and what to do if your identity is stolen.

Genealogy: Searching for Your Family History

On March 5th, Rebecca Abbott talked about the different ways to discover one’s family ancestry, including accessing numerous records online.

Live Country Music by Cornell Washington

On March 4th, Cornell Washington returned to sing country music at the Lakeland Senior Center, by requests following his January 9th performance. Cornell worked at a country post office for 38 years and has always liked the country life, most notably singing country music. Cornell enjoys variety of music as diverse as R&B, Rock, and Willie Nelson.

Frayser-Raleigh Choral and Drama GroupFrayser-Raleigh Choral & Drama Group

On February 27th, the Frayser-Raleigh Choral And Drama Group entertained with music from the 1950s and 60s era.

"Mind Aerobics" Presentation

On February 19th, Mary Alexander, a licensed clinical social worker, discussed simple techniques to increase focus and memory, while also providing stress reduction.

Film Friday

On February 15th, The Help movie was shown, which was the first Film Friday presentation for the Center. The Help is 2011 drama film set in Jackson, Mississippi. An aspiring author during the civil rights movement of the 1960s decides to write a book detailing the African-American maids’ point of view on the white families for which they work, and the hardships they go through on a daily basis. The film received four Academy Award nominations and won the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture.

"Tree Talk" Presentation

On February 11th, Wes Hopper discussed the most common tree care mistakes and how to avoid them, how to choose the right tree for the right place, and how to properly care for the trees you already have. Since trees are very much alive all winter and require proper care, Wes covered fall and winter tree care including pruning.

Jazz & Coffee

The John Aldinger Jazz Band performed at the Lakeland Senior Center for the second time on Thursday, January 24th, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Their "Jazz and Coffee" was a performance of well-known tunes from the 1920s thru the 1960s. A special feature, presenting "a little taste of ragtime piano music" was a part of the performance.

The Band has played jazz music in the Memphis area for nearly 20 years, and has performed for retirement communities, nursing homes, country clubs and numerous private functions. The J Band includes John Aldinger on the piano (keyboard), Mike McCaslin on the upright bass, and Jim Watkins on the chromatic harmonica.

AARP Driver Safety Class

On Jan. 22nd and Jan. 23rd, participants learned new driving strategies, were taught about the effects of aging on driving, and learned to reduce their chances of having a collision, and much more. The classes cost $12 for AARP Members, $14 for non-members. Upon completion, TN law entitled the participants to a discount on their auto insurance. Contact: George Coleman at 901-384-3581.

Bartlett Choral and Drama GroupBartlett Choral & Drama Group

On January 17th, Gail Marcum and Toof Brown presented a musical repertoire, of jazz to country to western to gospel. The performance included song, dance and skits, as well as musical performances on the sax, bass and banjo, incorporating story-telling and drama reading.

Gail Marcum is musical director. Toof Brown, former music director, now organizes and promotes the group. Toof was a member of the Steamboat Strummers for 25 years. The group, from the Bartlett Senior Citizens Center, practices weekly and performs at hospitals, nursing homes, churches and private functions.

Past Events, 2012:

"The Astronomical Universe" Seminar Presentation By Dr. Gerrit Verschuur

The Astronomical Universe Seminar PresentationGerrit Verschuur, Ph.D, author and adjunct physics professor, presented a series of talks about the universe, at the Senior Center. On each of the three seminar dates, Dr. Verschuur gave two identical presentations: the first at 11 a.m., and the second at 6:30 p.m., each lasting about 50 minutes. We appreciate him donating his time and talent!

Seminar Dates/Topics:
Monday, October 22nd, 2012: What is out there? A tour to the edge of space and time.

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012: Stars and Galaxies. How far away and how old? How can we possibly know?

Monday, January 14th, 2013: Is anyone else out there? On listening for voices from space.

Dr. Verschuur, a Lakeland resident and Commissioner, has written extensively about science for the lay person and is author of eight books and co-author of three textbooks ranging from the story of the Invisible Universe, Comets and Asteroids, Interstellar Matter, as well as Magnetism. He has published 70-plus articles in Astronomy Magazine and other popular science magazines and has authored nearly 100 technical research papers.

He has given talks to the general public on three continents and during the past 18 years has been a speaker at Mid-South Star Gaze, the annual gathering of a hundred or so amateur astronomers at French Camp in Mississippi.

Holiday Potluck LuncheonHoliday Potluck Luncheon

PoinsettiaOn Friday, November 16th, IH Clubhouse was the setting for the Seniors 55+ Holiday Potluck Luncheon sponsored by Lakeland’s Trustmark Bank. More than 80 enjoyed a scrumptious meal featuring many holiday favorites. Congratulations to the guests who won door prizes and poinsettia centerpieces!

Nancy Harrell, Assistant Vice President and Branch Manager, Trustmark Bank, enjoyed the event and expressed appreciation for the opportunity to sponsor the event for area seniors.The Steppin’ Out Dancers brought a winning combination of sparkly holiday spirit, cheer, and enthusiasm to the all who attended. The tap dancers, with eight dazzling, "glam" costume changes, captivated the audience dancing to the treasured sounds of Holiday Music.

We are extremely fortunate and deeply grateful that so many talented groups have been willing to come and entertain us at our quarterly luncheons. Their only "pay" is a free lunch. Each group has contributed so much to making the luncheons fun and successful.

We extend a special thank you to the Steppin’ Out Dancers for the wonderful and engaging holiday program, Trustmark Bank of Lakeland for Sponsoring the Luncheon, and the door prizes donated by ATC Fitness Center (day passes and week passes), Starbucks Coffee, Wolfchase (two one-pound bags of coffee), Wayne’s Liquor ($25 gift certificate), and to Kroger on US Highway 64 for providing fried and baked chicken. We also want to thank Vice Mayor Tompkins, who served as Master of Ceremonies, Dr. Paul Criss, Pastor of New Salem Church, who gave the invocation, and Commissioner Gerrit Verschuur, who was our photographer for the event.

Man Playing Guitar and Woman Playing DobroBluegrass, Country & Southern Gospel Music

Special thanks to Gordon and Jean Jones who played Bluegrass, Country and Southern Gospel at the Center on November 15th, 2012, as well as for their donation of an American flag and stand at both the Center and IH Clubhouse.

The Jones met at the Memphis Area Bluegrass Association where they played music in a jam session. Gordon is a native Memphian who graduated from Humes High School in 1956. Jean is from Scotts Hill, TN and has lived in the Memphis area since 1957 moving to Lakeland in 1992. They have been married 3 and 1/2 years. Gordon began playing guitar after retiring whereas Jean has been playing guitar since age 12 and learned to play the dobro 5 years ago.

Community Emergency Response TeamCERT Classes Completed

A group of Lakeland seniors completed Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training sessions at the Lakeland Senior Center. There were eight two-hour classes that ran from September 12 through November 7th, 2012. Topics included disaster medical, search and rescue, and terrorism.

The CERT course provided participants with the training necessary for responding to disasters or other emergencies potentially impacting the City. The City appreciates those who completed this training opportunity and are more prepared to assist other Lakeland residents in the event of a disaster.

Senior Center Grand Opening

Senior Center Grand Opening:

The Lakeland Senior Center was constructed in 2011.

The ribbon-cutting was on May 23, 2012.