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HOWLAND SCHOOLS: The Howland Schools Retirees will meet 11:30 a.m. Dec.7 at Enzo’s for the holiday lunch. The Howland High School Choir will perform at 11:45 a.m.

All who plan to attend must call Mary at 330-856-5226 by Nov. 29 to reserve a seat. School retirees and their spouses / guests are welcome to attend. Cost of the lunch, payable at the door, is $15.

There will be no collection of items for the HHS Paws Pantry at this meeting.

The new directories will be available at this meeting for those who paid the fee for the newsletter mailings. Due to the increase in postage to mail the directories, those who cannot attend the meeting are asked to have a friend pick up their directory.

This will be the last meeting until March.

PERI HOLIDAY LUNCH: The Public Employee Retirees of Mahoning County Chapter 180 will meet noon on Dec. 7 at the Avion on the Water Banquet Center, 2177 W. Western Reserve Road. The cost is $15 per person.

Reservations must be made by Tuesday by calling Mary Grace at 330-507-9718, Diane at 330-547-9612 or Carol at 330-758-5239. Cancellations must be in by the Tuesday deadline.

Rachell Joy-Tupaj will sing Christmas carols for entertainment.

Yearly dues of $10 for 2022 can be paid at the luncheon. Information for PERI membership can be obtained by calling Marilyn at 330-565-6913. The goal of PERI is to work together with legislation to preserve and protect our pension benefits for the welfare of members.

PERI welcomes OPERS retirees in the Tri-County area to attend luncheons. Except for the Dec. 7 meeting, reservations are required to attend.

RETIREES TO MEET: The TMH Retirees will meet at 11:30 a.m. Dec. 2 at Enzo’s Restaurant for the annual Christmas luncheon. Those planning to attend must RSVP Katie Savu at 330-856-7112 by Monday. No one will be admitted the day of the party without having previously RSVP’d.

Cost of the luncheon is $10.

NUTRITION SITES AVAILABLE: The Trumbull County Nutrition Program for the Elderly is provided by the Trumbull County Office of Elderly Affairs and operates nutrition sites at seven locations in the county. Meals will be delivered to county residents 60 and older who are homebound, unable to cook for themselves and not living with someone who can cook for them. Client donations are accepted. For information, call 330-675-2486. Reservations must be made by 2 p.m. two working days in advance.

• Cortland SCOPE, 153 Grove Drive, noon Monday through Friday. Call 330-637-3010.

• Girard Multi-Generational Center, 443 Trumbull Ave., 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call 330-545-5350.

• Hubbard Senior Center, 220 W. Liberty St., 1:45 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call 330-534-3812, Ext. 2200.

• Johnston Senior Center, 5922 Warren Road, noon Monday through Friday. Call 330-924-0412.

• Newton Falls Senior Center, 612 Broad St., Newton Falls, noon Monday through Friday. Call 330-306-9577.

• Warren SCOPE, 375 N. Park Ave., 11:30 a.m. Monday through Friday. Call 330-399-8846.

The menu is:

• Today — Closed for Thanksgiving;

• Friday — Closed for holiday;

• Monday — Baked meatloaf with gravy, scalloped potatoes, lima beans, wheat bread, peaches, vanilla wafer;

• Tuesday — Chicken marsala, wild rice, broccoli and cauliflower, diner roll, mixed fruit and cookie.

BUS TRIP: Jesus the Key Ministries still has a few seats available for its bus trip in December.

The bus will leave Dec. 8 and return the evening of Dec. 9. The trip includes the Winter Wonder Land Concert at the American Music Theatre and “Queen Esther” at the Sight and Sound Theater in Lancaster, Pa. Dinner will be at Good N Plenty Wednesday evening and lunch at Dienner’s Thursday before returning home.

The cost of the trip is $320. To make reservations call Bing Newton at 330-427-6578.

FARMINGTON SENIOR CENTER: 150 College St., Farmington, is open 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays and 7 a.m. to noon Mondays. Call 330-889-2733. Lunches featuring home cooking for $3 for 60 and older and $5 for younger than 60. The lunch menu is posted on the center’s Facebook page. For more information, contact the center at 330-889-2733.

• Chair yoga with Vera, 10 a.m. Wednesdays;

• Monday Morning Breakfast, full menu, 7 a.m.;

• First Monday of the month, University Hospitals sends a nurse for free blood pressure checks, 8:30 a.m. No appointment necessary;

• Chair massage with Jason, noon to 2 p.m. first Thursday of the month. Cost is $15 for 15 minutes. Call the center for an appointment time;

• TOPS meetings, 1 p.m. weigh-in; meeting 1:30 p.m. Wednesdays;

• Matter of Balance classes sponsored by Direction Home of Eastern Ohio, noon Mondays. No charge;

• Amish Ladies Day is the third Tuesday of the month. No lunches served this day. Next Amish Ladies Day will be Dec 21;

• Every lunch day, there are freshly made chef salads, a homemade dessert and a homemade soup that changes weekly.

MEDICARE CHANGES: Each year between Oct. 15 and Dec. 7, older adults are afforded the opportunity to decide their Medicare coverage. Medicare Advantage managed-care plans and Medicare Part D prescription drug plans are available for everyone covered by Medicare, the federal health insurance program for people 65 or older and some younger disabled Americans.

Changes are effective Jan. 1.

Plans change each year. Staff at Direction Home of Eastern Ohio offer free telephonic or video-based Medicare Check Ups. Ohio Senior Health Insurance Information Program-certified staff will review your current medications, doctors and pharmacies, and offering a comparison on plans that will provide coverage. Direction Home staff do not sell insurance and only provide unbiased information for consumers to make their own choice.

Those interested in having a free Medicare Check Up or who have questions regarding Medicare Savings Programs like Extra Help, can contact Direction Home of Eastern Ohio at 330-505-2300 or 1-800-686-7367.

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