Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

September 19, 2013

Greensburg Adult Center hosts annual game day

By Amanda Browning Daily News
Greensburg Daily News

---- — GREENSBURG – Area seniors gathered for a day filled with friends and fun at the Greensburg Adult Center for game day Wednesday.

The Greensburg Adult Center moved to its current location on Main Street in 2004 and has been offering meals, services and entertainment to adults over the age of 50 ever since. The Adult Center offers a daily lunch at 11:30 a.m., which is often followed by some kind of activity.

The Adult Center also has a bus service that runs daily between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. for adults over the age of 60 to help get them around town for shopping or appointments. The bus service operates on free-will donations. Additionally, the center offers a number of clubs that meet for games and activities, such as Scrabble, euchre, bridge, bingo and a weekly exercise program geared toward people over 50-years-old. There are usually several monthly trips as well as monthly lunch time and night time pitch-in meals.

Several years ago, Diana Robbins started the yearly game day as a mini fundraiser. With a fee of just $5 per person, the full day of games and activities provided entertainment and companionship to all involved. The proceeds are split down the middle between the Adult Center and the nutrition program in which they partner with Thrive Alliance to provide daily meals.

After enjoying coffee, tea and donuts, the group of roughly 25 began the game-filled day with “Name That Tune” hosted by Cheryl Johnson from Morning Breeze Retirement Community. Snippets of tunes from the 1950s were played for the four teams and members had to guess the name of the song and the artist who performed it.

Following “Name That Tune,” Penny Dolph from Grace Lutheran Manor led the group of seniors in a game called “Penny Ante.” Large piles of pennies were set on all the tables and statements were made. For each statement that applied to a player, he or she took one penny form the pile. Some of the statements required a player to return a penny to the pile. For example, most players gained a penny for taking a vitamin every day and knowing the words to the National Anthem. Some players lost pennies for not having made their beds that morning or never having written a thank you note. Players were tested when asked to take a penny for every pet they had through their lives. The winner of the game was 92-year-old Belva Stapp, with 120 pennies.

Jamie Snoddy from Crown Pointe Senior Living Community then led the group in a rousing game of hangman, featuring actors and actresses from the 1950s. Other games and prizes were provided by representatives from Aspen Place Health Campus, Skybird Manor, Arbor Grove Village, Heritage House, The Waters of Batesville and Hickory Creek. Anyone wanting to play games at the center or host a game for next year’s event is invited to contact Diana Robbins at 812-663-2232.

Arbor Grove Village provided donuts and danishes in the morning, Morning Breeze Retirement Community provided snacks throughout the day and Aspen Place Health Campus provided a delicious homemade lunch of lasagna, salad, and garlic bread.

Game day organizer Diana Robbins said the various facilities in the area for seniors are wonderful about participating in the event, which happens once a year and is usually in September.

In October, the Greensburg Adult Center will hold their big fundraiser for the year. October 25 will be the annual fall harvest dinner at the center, which is open to the public at a cost of $8 per person. Robbins said they usually serve more than 300 people.

In December, the Adult Center will hold a craft day where community members can come make crafts during the day-long event, many of which make wonder gifts. Also in December will be a cookie exchange.

Robbins said the Adult Center has several activities that they could use volunteer assistance with and invited anyone interested to contact her or Jerry Schwendenmann at the Greensburg Adult Center. She added that if there was something that one wanted to see at the center to please let them know.

Additionally, there will be a new electronic sign in operation soon that will advertise Adult Center events. The newsletter is $7 per year and also includes all Adult Center events, games, recipes and general information. To sign up for the newsletter, contact Robbins at 812-663-2232.

Contact: Amanda Browning 812-663-3111 x7004