by Ethel M. Austin
Here is an opportunity for women who wish to go into business
for themselves. The Service Corps of Retired Executives Association
(SCORE) and the Connecticut University Small Business Development
Center (CSBDC) are offering a free Saturday morning seminar
"Beyond Business Basics", for a new and exciting meeting.
Networking and discussions on Marketing, Learning from the Competition,
Understanding the Numbers, and Legal Protection will be covered
by four competent speakers who are experts in their field.
Looks like a great idea for recently retired seniors who wish
to try something new in a different field from that which they
Registration is necessary and if this session is filled be sure
to leave your phone for them to contact you if another session
is going to be available. The program is from 8am to 1pm, this
coming Saturday, September 26. Call 570-9109 for more information
and to register.
Although the opening reception has passed by, those of you who
will be going to Bushnell mainstage events should make it a point
to see two presentations in the Promenade Gallery by Phyllis
Agne and Jane Rainwater, now showing until November l, l998.
Call Mary Kramer, 987-604l for more information.
Are you the kind of senior who is looking for an interesting
volunteer opportunity, other than answering the phone, stuffing
mail promotion material and otherwise being there but not using
your abilities and interests? The Attorney General, Richard Blumenthal
has openings in the Senior Advocates Program for men and women
who can help others escape from scam operators. The variety of
jobs to be done are many and can result in securing thousands
of dollars back for those who have been scammed. Please call
Meredith Field at 860-909-5420, for details.
For some time now I have been hoping and being a bit vocal about
the need for a senior chorus and a senior band for those with
talent who have nowhere use it. So I was happy to get a very
nice communication from Elsie Rickard telling me about the formation
of the New Horizons Band that meets in the Community Room of
the Hartt School of Music at the University of Hartford. They
meet once a week for two hour rehearsals in which there is musical
instruction by a professional teacher and they play music of
the 40s and 50s... typical band music, and are anxious to increase
their size from the present 30 to 60 members. They give two concerts
a year at the University, but also play for Senior Centers and
community organizations when they can.
You don't have to have had actual experience on an instrument
join. You will be given the necessary instruction. You would
meet new people and widen your horizons as well as enjoy the
music you are most familiar with. You must be over 50, and while
Elsie did not say anything about instruments, you might ask when
you phone Bill Willett the director, at 658-2433 or the Community
Division of Hartt at 768-4451 to get more information.
And as a little sideline of my own, if anyone has instruments
in good condition they would like to donate, why not offer them
to the director at the given number?
Make way for a new FREE program on Medical Insurance Counseling
which is now available at the Senior Health and Wellness Center
95 Woodland St.
With all the confusion about HMOs, Medigap, Personal Policies,
Long Term Insurance as well as the state assisted Medicaid Program,
this sounds like a very welcome program. Beginning on Tuesday
morning October 6th and Friday morning October 9th from 9:30
am to 12 noon it will continue the first full week of every month
on those days. For more information please call 714-4412 and
to make your appointment.
If you have no insurance other than Medicare, or wish to change
because premiums are hard to save for, this is for you. There
will be no insurance sold at these classes, it is purely informational
and to allow you to ask questions. Written material with be provided.
Who is a senior? AARP says 50, Ames Department Stores 55, A,C.
Petersons-senior menu says 60, Caldor Department Stores says
Friendly's Ice Cream Stores- senior menu says 63 and the University
of Hartford -free tuition says 70. (Ames and Caldor's only do
their discounts on certain days... call them to find out when
you are welcome).
If you have a family history of prostate cancer, are over 50,
or black and over 45, you need yearly screenings to detect the
possibility of this treatment. Nearly l85,000 American men will
be diagnosed this year with prostate cancer. They can be successfully
treated if diagnosed in time. St. Francis Hospital Canncer Center
at ll4 Woodland St. will offer free prostate cancer screenings
on Saturday October l7, from 9am to l2 noon. No appointments
are needed but for more information call TeleNurse at 1-888-575-5585.
Talk with you next issue.
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