Council on Aging Newsletter April 2024

Submitted by Alison Cservenschi, Director, Council on Aging          

April is great time to be able to get out and about, feel a bit better and visit friends and favorite places in nature that are waking up from their winter sleep. I already saw a chipmunk out of hibernation in my yard last month searching for some springtime sustenance.

We are fortunate to have had a somewhat mild winter this year and we have also been very fortunate to see so many people drop in to the COA, attending programs, and using the services. Thank you for making our day! It truly is the best part of working here for all of the COA and BLT staff. We also hope attending makes your days happier, lighter, and easier, too.

I extend our sincere thanks again to the excellent certified, volunteer tax aides who are wrapping wrap up another successful tax season. Every year, the COA provides more than 200 free tax preparations through this vital collaboration. More appointments were added this year due to more tax aides generously volunteering their time. Thank you to the 2024 volunteer tax team: Elaine, Dick, Pam, Denyce, Ron G., Luc, Marty, Joel, Ron S. and Barry for all the planning, training, support, care, and patience with residents. The COA is very fortunate to work with this professional team each season in helping residents save hundreds of dollars in tax preparation.   

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This month, the COA is pleased to hold the annual Jacob Wren Throckmorton Art Show. On Saturday, April 13, local artists who submit work for display will be showcased. The COA invites art in any medium and this year, there will be music by seasoned musicians or groups. Those who would like to participate in the show, please see page 5 of the April COA Connections Newsletter. If you are a musician, please come in and complete the submission form and provide the details of the performance.

At 1 p.m., all the artists will be recognized and the winners of the greeting card competition will be announced.

Funds raised by the art show last year supported the COA’s first ukulele program. The COA looks forward to more art-related classes and programs in Jacob’s name.

The Jacob Wren Memorial Art Show Fund accepts donations at any time during the year. If you would like to support this annual event, or other COA programs for the arts, please reach out.

People are encouraged to review the COA’s newsletter and sign up for what might be of interest. This month. there are lunches, breakfast, health programs, musical performances, and another LGTBQIA+ Saturday event on April 20. Also, the Barn Babies are back and there is an early sign up for another beginner’s watercolor program.

I thank you for your participation, attendance, and bringing smiles and energy to the COA every day. Wishing you all a wonderful start to the spring and we hope to see you soon.

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