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PERI CHAPTER 18 MEETINGS CANCELED: With the coronavirus pandemic moving toward 2021, Ohio Public Employee Retirees Chapter 18, which encompasses Mahoning County, members meeting luncheons are canceled until further notice.

Chapter 18 will continue to recruit new members, both retired and current employees. Interested public employees and retirees may contact President Walter M. Duzzny at colduzz@zoominternet.net, or visit www.mahoningperi.com.

OPERS has stated that the organization will remain active in the investment area and watch market trends. Duzzny said that to ensure that retirement benefits are secure, chapters throughout the state will continue to work with OPERS and local state legislators.

Duzzny said there are more than 450 active members in Chapter 18.

GIRARD CENTER: The Girard Multi-Generational Center, 443 Trumbull Ave., welcomed back participants in September.

All participation in programs and services at the center now require an appointment made by telephone. No walk-ins will be permitted. There will be limited programming and a limited number of participants at any given time so that social-distancing guidelines can be maintained at all times.

Doors will open at 8:30 a.m. for participants with fitness room appointments Monday through Friday. Coffee bar and mind exercises will be in the gym at 9 a.m., and stretching class will be in the gym at 9:30.

Coffee bar, mind exercises and stretching class will be held in person Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. There will be virtual programming on Thursdays. The computer cafe will be available between 1:15 and 4 p.m. five days per week. One-on-one supportive service appointments will be scheduled by telephone.

Participants are asked not to arrive more than 10 minutes prior to their appointment. For more information, contact Laura Carey at 330-545-6596 or go to www.multigen.org.

RSVP IN THE VALLEY: The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program of Mahoning Valley is a national service program for individuals 55 and older who want to volunteer in Mahoning and Trumbull counties.

For more information, contact program coordinator Leah Sakacs at lsakacs@fcsohio.org or at 330-480-0352, Ext. 3.

PROGRAM FOR SENIORS: Action and MYCAP, along with Christ Centered Church, will present Seniors Offering Services for men and women 65 and older.

Three days per week, seniors will participate in a structured virtual program of exercise, classes, game time, community awareness, movies and television, healthy cooking, chit chat and humor, among other things. Once per week, lunch will be delivered while they participate in either game time, television, movies or guest speakers.

Pre-registration is required. Call Elisa Hosey at 234-232-9043 or Micki Coylar at 330-788-7530.

FOOD DELIVERY: Direction Home of Eastern Ohio is partnering with various agencies for Families First Coronavirus Response Act funding for no-contact food deliveries to seniors 60 and older. Agencies include: Mahoning and northern Columbiana — Easter Seals, 330-884-2513, or Jewish Family Services, 330-746-7929; Columbiana — Easter Seals, 330-884-2513.

SENIOR WATCH PROGRAM: Liberty residents 60 and older may sign up for the Liberty Township Senior Watch Program.

Contact Marcy Orlando, police secretary, at 330-759-1315, or Joy, fire secretary, at 330-759-0363, Ext. 102.

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