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      Exercise Options offered at Heritage Commons
By: Kitty Knoll, Senior Center Coordinator, Heritage Commons Senior Enrichment Center
Kinship Korner
Senior Times - February 2020
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  Family Enrichment Center
 415 S. 28th Street Battle Creek, MI 49015
Sharon Dewey,
Foster Care Navigator Email:
Ph: (269) 660-0448 Fx: (269) 963-0160
 Happy Valentines Day to all relative caregivers in Calhoun County. As Kinship Care Coordinator for the Family Enrichment Center, I welcome you all to come and participate in the family activities and support groups we offer. I also want to encourage you to take advantage of a new resource available through Michigan State University School of Social Work. They are offering services, such as: help access- ing counseling for children and adults, referrals for emergency food and clothing, health care and health insurance, respite care, and support groups.
We recognize that relative caregiving offers the best out- comes for children who cannot remain with biological parents. The ability to remain in their family culture minimizes the trauma these children experi- ence in being removed from their parents. As an agency,
we are here to help reduce that trauma by supporting those relative homes. Some activities we have scheduled for February include:
February 2-4 – Kinship Support Group, 10am-1pm, Ceramics Party at Howards Ceramics, 1522 E. Columbia Ave. Battle Creek. Child Care by appointment only. Lunch will be provided. Reservations required. Call Sharon Dewey (269) 274-4077.
February 2-15 – Quarterly Enrichment Series
Symptoms and Issues of Trauma, 9am-noon, Westlake Presbyterian Church, 415 S. 28th St., Battle Creek. Childcare available. Reservation required. Call Tia at (517) 292-4343.
February 2-20 – Kinship Support Group, 6:30pm, Westlake Presbyterian Church, 415 S. 28th St., Battle Creek. Childcare available. Reservation required. Call Sharon Dewey (269) 274-4077. Gas Card available.
 If you are interested in exercise but don’t know where to start, come to Heritage Commons and audit a class! Free visit cards are available as well, good for three free visits. Each program has differing guidelines, be sure to ask about them to be sure you choose one that is the right fit for you. There are many exercise programs with qualified instructors for many types of fitness training.
and your cardiovascular system while having fun! Prior experience is not needed.
(269) 558-6150 for the schedule and to register.
 Move to Improve is a cardio- based program, led by an experienced instructor from the Oaklawn Life Improvement Center (OLIC). Cardio training offers a chance to improve your flexibility
The Strong People class is a strength training program which includes progressive resistance training, balance training, and flexibility exercises. An assessment must be completed before class exercises begin. Please call
Please call (269) 558-6150 for information on class schedules or stop by for a tour. Heritage Commons is located at 13444 Preston Drive in Marshall.
Exercise for All is another OLIC exercise program. It utilizes exercises from the Arthritis Foundation, is led by a trained instructor, and emphasizes flexibility. You will enjoy a routine that is rounded out by exercise weights, and workout balls.
Yoga for Healthy Aging is a favorite at Heritage Commons!
The class begins with yoga practice basics and end at an advanced beginner level. Drop-ins are welcome. The class is taught with individual safety and alignment in mind. Please contact the instructor, Julie Jackson, for information and costs at (269) 579-4036.
Kool Family Community Center Tuesday, March 24 1:00pm-4:00pm
Forks Senior Center Wednesday, March 25 2:00pm–4:30pm
Heritage Commons Senior Center Thursday, March 26 11:00am–2:30pm
Calhoun County Senior Fair Wednesday, April 8 10:00am–1:30pm
Have questions about the 2020 Census?
We’re Here to Help!
Join us at a CareWell Services Senior Count Day!
You will receive a mailing from the U.S. Census Bureau with an access code. Please bring your access code to the event. We will not be able to help you if you do not bring your access code.
Call (269) 441-0930 for more information
  Albion High School Alumni Association, NAACP and Forks Senior Center host Senior Dance
By: Luann Sommers, Forks Senior Center Director
  The Albion Alumni Association, NAACP, and the Forks Senior Center are hosting a Valentine’s Dance on February 14, 2020, from 7-10pm. The dance is open to area residents, aged 60 and older, and will be held in the cafeteria of the Marshall Opportunity High School (formerly Albion High School) at 225 Watson Street in Albion.
person, payable at the door. Music will be provided by local DJ,
Tim McDowell, and will include a nice mix of oldies and more contemporary dance tunes.
dance for area residents. “Albion is really fortunate to
“We want older adults from our community to come out and have fun,” said Eddie Williams, one of the dance organizers.
“You can come to the dance by yourself, with a group of friends, or as part of a couple. It will be an enjoyable evening, with dancing, refreshments, laughter, and the chance to interact with old friends and make new ones,” said Jennifer Garvin, another event organizer.
have these great organizations that work so well together and truly care about our community,” said Luann Sommers, Forks Senior Center Director. “If you’re 60 or older and live in the area, I hope you’ll put on your dancing shoes and come to our dance for an enjoyable evening.”
 The cost for the dance is $5 per
The three organizations are excited to work together to host the
For more information about the Senior Valentine’s Dance, contact the Forks Senior Center at (517) 629-3842.

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