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Upcoming senior expos

State Sen. Tina Tartaglione will hold two senior expos on upcoming Thursdays, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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The first is set for Oct. 21 at Mayfair Community Center, 2990 St. Vincent St. The second is scheduled for Oct. 28 at Lawncrest Recreation Center, 6000 Rising Sun Ave.

Masks are required.

All senior citizens and their primary caregivers are invited. Representatives from various government agencies as well as public and private service providers will be available to discuss programs and services for older Philadelphians.

Call 215-291-4653. ••

Shredding for seniors

There will be a free shredding event for seniors on Oct. 23, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Dedicated Senior Medical Center, 6431 Sackett St. ••

Concert on Saturday

John Primerano will perform The Soundtrack of Your Life on Saturday, Oct. 23, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Kelly Center, 4 E. Eagle Road, in Havertown.

Primerano will perform popular songs from the 1940s through the ‘80s.

For tickets, go to https://kellycenter.ticketleap.com/john-primeranothe-soundtrack-of-your-life/. ••


Bingo/lunch at country club

The Sisterhood of Temple Menorah Keneseth Chai will be holding a bingo on Sunday, Oct. 24, at Philmont Country Club, 301 Tomlinson Road in Huntingdon Valley.

Price is $36 and includes lunch and three bingo cards

For reservations or more information, call 267-481-0493. ••

Bingo on Nov. 13

St. Michael’s Lutheran Church, located at Trenton Avenue and Cumberland Street, will be having bingo on Saturday, Nov. 13, from 1-4 p.m.

Doors will open at noon. Packages are $20 and include lunch.  Masks are required.

Call 215-423-0792. ••

Rallying for life

The Northeast Philadelphia Pro-Life Coalition will hold a 40 Days For Life campaign at Planned Parenthood, 2751 Comly Road, through Nov. 7.

The prayerful protest will run daily from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Call 215-333-4313. ••

Sisterhood meeting Nov. 9

The Sisterhood of Congregations of Shaare Shamayim will be hosting a virtual general meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 9, at 7:30 p.m.

The program will be a presentation by Jim Palmquist, a past president of AARP – Pennsylvania. He will speak about civic engagement, volunteerism and local advocacy.

There is no charge for this evening, but the group will need your email address to send the link for the meeting. Call 215-677-1600. ••

Annual Shabbat on Nov. 19

The Sisterhood of Congregations of Shaare Shamayim will host its annual Sisterhood Shabbat service both in person and virtually on Friday, Nov. 19, at 7:45 p.m. The Sisterhood will conduct the service, and all members are invited to participate in either English or Hebrew readings. There is no charge. For those attending on Zoom, provide your email address so the link can be sent to you. Call 215-677-1600. ••


The Sisterhood of Congregations of Shaare Shamayim is hosting a virtual bingo on two consecutive Mondays, Dec. 6 and 13, starting at 7:30 p.m.

The cost is $36 per person and includes two cards for eight games of bingo each night. There is also a 50/50 for $5 that will be drawn on Dec. 13.

Send your payment to the CSS office, 9768 Verree Road, Philadelphia, PA 19115, attention: Bingo. Payment must be received no later than Nov. 24, and you must include your email address for the link to be sent to you.

Call Gerry or Nancy at 215-677-1600. ••

Upcoming bus trip, cruise

The Bristol Cultural and Historical Foundation is sponsoring a bus trip to the Mt. Hope Estate’s holiday dinner theater in Manheim, Lancaster County, on Nov. 29. Cost is $115.

The group is sponsoring a cruise to Charleston and Bermuda, June 2-12, 2022, on the Celebrity Summit, sailing from Cape Liberty, in North Jersey. Rates range from $1,577 to $2,387 per person, double occupancy.

Call 215-788-9408 for information and reservations. ••

PA partners with DoorDash to deliver meals to seniors

Pennsylvania has partnered with DoorDash to have healthy, nutritious meals delivered to homebound seniors in need. The initiative is designed to remove barriers and increase enrollment in the underutilized Pennsylvania Senior Food Box Program, which provides life-sustaining meal deliveries and nutrition services to eligible older Pennsylvanians.

Currently, 10 counties are being served by DoorDash as part of the partnership.

“It’s high time that Pennsylvania’s food assistance programs offer services tailored to the unique needs of their recipients and actively work to remove barriers to access,” said Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding. “This partnership with DoorDash to deliver Senior Food Boxes is a commonsense solution that will make saying ‘yes’ to the box easy. Accepting assistance can be hard enough for some, wondering how to get the food home should never be an added worry.”

More than 300,000 Pennsylvania seniors are eligible for the Pennsylvania Senior Food Box Program, but only about 35,000 are enrolled to receive it this year. Seniors often face barriers to access for food assistance programs because of issues such as transportation, mobility or technology.

Hunger-Free Pennsylvania, Feeding Pennsylvania and their network of food banks are partnering with DoorDash where its coverage overlaps with agencies administering the food box program. Dashers will then deliver boxes to seniors in need. As with any DoorDash delivery, Dashers are compensated.

Eligible participants for the Pennsylvania Senior Food Box Program include low-income individuals who are at least 60 years old and whose household income is at or below 130 percent of the U.S. poverty level. Seniors can fill out the self-certification form found at agriculture.pa.gov/seniorfoodbox or call 800-468-2433 to be directed to the regional food bank distributing the senior food box in their county of residence.

“DoorDash is proud to partner with Hunger-Free Pennsylvania, Feeding Pennsylvania and others to power the delivery of food boxes to seniors through Project DASH and to celebrate this work alongside Secretary Redding and Second Lady Fetterman. This partnership is another example of DoorDash helping to meet an ongoing need for underserved communities,” said Brittany Graunke, DoorDash Drive’s director of government and nonprofit. “Leveraging our last-mile logistics platform, we are committed to promoting convenience and dignity while reducing barriers to accessing meals, groceries and pantry items.” ••

Medicare annual open enrollment

The annual open enrollment period for Medicare runs through Dec. 7. Medicare beneficiaries can make changes to their Medicare Advantage Plan or Prescription Drug coverage until this date. This is a good time to re-evaluate insurance options to best meet current health needs.

PA MEDI (previously APPRISE) assists in Medicare education and provides unbiased, personalized, confidential counseling by counselors certified by the state Department of Aging. Counseling services are conducted by phone with limited in-person and evening appointments available. Call to make an appointment at 267-880-5700. Hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

PA MEDI may be able to help individuals save money by screening for a variety of discounts and subsidies (including MSP and Extra Help), comparing Medicare plans to help meet individual needs and budgets, and reviewing Medicare Preventive Services to help individuals stay healthy.

Medicare courses are available online at buckscounty.gov/PA-MEDI. ••

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