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July 2018

THE MARIELDERS is a nonprofit senior center dedicated to the enrichment of life for adults 55 years and older by providing activities and services. We were established in 1977 and serve the following communities: Mariemont, Fairfax, Madison Place, Plainville and Terrace Park.


It’s that time of the year to nominate someone for the MARIELDER of the Year Award. This person should be a member who has given time and talent to the Center. All previous members are listed on the plaques in our floor lunch room and cannot be renominated. Cast your vote at the Center’s front desk, Voting will take place during the month of July.


Happy Birthday to our July Members…

7/1 Charlene Metzger
7/2 Patsy Roy, Sharon Bevis & Irene Howell
7/3 Dennis Wolter & Dorothy Elliot
7/4 Marianne Jenkins
7/6 David Robisch & Holly Wood
7/7 Kelly Pharmer
7/9 Linda Kratzer
7/10 Cecil Ammerman
7/12 Nina Miller & Teresa Robinson
7/15 Christine Penman
7/16 Gwen Hawk
7/19 Gene Johnston & Shirley Mosteller
7/20 Barb Hampton
7/24 Marianne Beausejour, Nina Wessel & Janet Cleary
7/25 Jim Klocke & Sylvia Bongiorno
7/26 Pat Kemme, Anne Cherry & Barb WIlder
7/27 James Seiter & Carolyn Daly
7/31 Jay Williams

Planned Giving Program

For more than 40 years, MARIELDERS has been here to help older adults in living their lives with independence and dignity for as long as possible in their own homes.  Wouldn’t you like to be part of insuring that this help continues?  A charitable bequest to the MARIELDERS will allow us to carry on our important work.  Please discuss this with your family, friends and of course your attorney.  Thank you for thinking of us.

There are two free and easy ways to support the MARIELDERS!

Kroger Community Rewards:
1. Go to Kroger.com/communityrewards
2. Create an account using your Kroger Plus Card
3. Select Charity: MARIELDERS (#80279)

Amazon Smile:
1. Go to Amazon smile
2. It will prompt you to select an organization: MARIELDERS
3. Shop every time using this website.

 Community Business Sponsors

Yearly Patron Sponsor 
* Mariemont Kiwanis Club
Yearly Donor Sponsor
* Mariemont Community Church
Yearly Supporting Sponsor
* Forsee Plumbing (271-6720)
Yearly Sustaining Sponsor
* Thomas-Justin Funeral Home (271-0732)
* LaRosa’s Mariemont
* Mariemont Hearing Center
* National Exemplar
Yearly Sponsor
* Business Intelligence, Inc.
* Holtmeier Plumbing Co., Inc.
* Eyecare on the Square
* Terrace Park Auto Service
* Greiwe Development

Volunteer Drivers Needed! Please call Kim if you can help taking members to their doctor appointments.



NEW!!!Line- Dancing 55 and Up@ Fairfax Recreational Center

When: Thursdays, June 14th & 28th / July 12th & 26th
Time: 2:00-3:00 pm
Cost: $10.00 (monthly- pay at MARIELDERS)
Where: Meet at Fairfax Rec
Sign-up by: Tuesday, June 12th & July 10th
***Call if you need transportation to Fairfax Rec***

Kim Cafazo, with over 35 years of various dance experience, will be leading this fun group that will be geared towards seniors 55 and up. This class will have appropriate music, teach various routines that will accommodate different levels of fitness, and offer a fun way to stay physically and mentally active. MARIELDERS will provide van service for those need a ride. Be prepare for lots of movement and footwork.

We will be closed Wednesday, July 4th!!!!!

Weekly Programs

Mindful Maintenance Exercise (MME) Classes

***All classes (except for Meditation and Traditional Tai Chi) start at 10am***
Meet: Lower Level
Limited to 10 (no limit on Meditation or Laughtercise)
Sign-up begins Thursday, June 21st @ 9:30 am (July classes)
July 12th @  9:30 am (August classes)

Mondays: Meditation @ 9:15 am, Core and Balance
Tuesdays: Tai Chi Flow – First class free in July!
Wednesdays: Laughtercise
Thursdays: Restorative Chair Yoga
Fridays: Maintaining your Strength

Cost: $30.00/$45.00 members/non-members unlimited
$8.00/$10.00 a la carte

Weekly Games:

All games start at 1:00 pm except otherwise noted

Mondays: Canasta
Tuesdays: Mah Jongg
Wednesdays: Dominos
Fridays: Bridge @ 12:30 pm

Advance Bridge –

When: Fridays,July 10th & 31st 
Time: 1:00 pm
Meet: Lower Level
Sign-up by: Call center 271-5588 and leave message for Russ McMurray.

Learning MARIELDER’S Games- NEW!!!

When: Wednesdays, June 27th & July 25th
Time: 1:30 pm
Where: Main Level
Sign-up by: Monday, June 25th & July 23rd

Have you wanted to learn or freshen up on Canasta, Mah Jongg, or Bridge? MARIELDERS offers weekly card games with Canasta on Mondays, Mah Jongg on Tuesdays, and Bridge on Fridays. We are now offering teachers for each of these games to personally instruct you on this Wednesday.

Now Showing: In-House TV Show: The Crown – Season 2

When: Mondays
Time: 2:00pm
Where: Lower Level

Netflix-original drama chronicles the life of Queen Elizabeth II from the 1940s to modern times. The series begins with an inside look at the early reign of the queen, who ascended the throne at age 25 after the death of her father, King George VI. As the decades pass, personal intrigues, romances, and political rivalries are revealed that played a big role in events that shaped the later years of the 20th century.

Walking Club Outings

When: Tuesdays,June 26th, July 10th & July31st
Time:  9:15 am
Where: Meet at MARIELDERS (transportation limited to 6, minimum of 2)
Sign-up by: Previous Friday

As of June 5th, our walkers added 158.2 miles during month of May making our new total 1424.2 miles. We just passed the Wabash River and crossed into Illinois and are heading towards River to River Trail (mile 1452). Spanning from the Ohio River to the Mississippi River, this 160 mile trail passes through some of the most scenic areas of southern Illinois, including upland forests, wetlands, grasslands and bluffs.

Weekly Individual Private Piano Lessons

When: Wednesdays
Time: 1:30-3:45pm
Meet: Main Level Computer Lab
Cost: $5.00 (monthly)

Jim Lindenschmidt will be available for one-on-one 45 minute piano lessons where you will be able to form chords  both major and minor, learn how simple chord songs work, and be able to read tabulature.

Monthly Activities

Nonfiction Book Club- Norwich: one tiny Vermont town’s secret to happiness

When: Wednesday, June 27th
Time: 11:15am
Where: Main floor

Norwich, a charming Vermont town of roughly three thousand residents, has sent an athlete to almost every Winter Olympics for the past thirty years—and three times that athlete has returned with a medal. Full of inspiring stories of Olympians who excelled on and off the sports field—and had a blast doing so—Norwich is the book for every parent who wants to raise kids to be levelheaded, fulfilled, and successful.

“Is THIS Art?” Woodworking

When: Wednesday June 27th
Time: 1:00pm (Part II)
Where: Meet @ MARIELDERS (Part II) Thane Lorbach Custom Woodworking
Cost: $2.00 (transportation)

Part I we will be questioning when does woodworking change from a utilitarian object to a piece of art. Through examining several craftsman/artisan we will ask when does a craftsman become an artist? Part II we will be visiting Thane Lorbach Custom Woodworking studio in Pleasant Ridge to watch him demonstrate various woodworking techniques.

Members Meeting

When: Tuesday, July 3rd
Time: 11:00 am
Where: Main Level

Ted Talks/Discussion: How we can face the future without fear, together

When: Tuesday, July 3rd
Time: 2:00pm
Where: Lower Level

It’s a fateful moment in history. We’ve seen divisive elections, divided societies and the growth of extremism — all fueled by anxiety and uncertainty. “Is there something we can do, each of us, to be able to face the future without fear?” asks Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks. In this electrifying talk, the spiritual leader gives us three specific ways we can move from the politics of “me” to the politics of “all of us, together.”

In-House Movies
***All movies shown in Lower Level at 1:30pm***

A Good Year
When: Tuesday, June 26th

Failed London banker Max Skinner inherits his uncle’s vineyard in Provence, where he spent many childhood holidays. Upon his arrival, he meets a woman from California who tells Max she is his long-lost cousin and that the property is hers.

When: Friday, June 29th

Diagnosed with ALS, former NFL football player Steve Gleason starts to record video journals for his unborn son. This was a hit documentary at the 2016 Sundance Festival.

My Left Foot
When: Friday, July 6th

No one expects much from Christy Brown a boy with cerebral palsy born into a working-class Irish family. Though Christy is a spastic quadriplegic and essentially paralyzed, a miraculous event occurs when, at the age of 5, he demonstrates control of his left foot by using chalk to scrawl a word on the floor. With the help of his steely mother– and no shortage of grit and determination — Christy overcomes his infirmity to become a painter, poet and author.

Cactus Flower
When: July 20th
Distraught when her middle-aged lover breaks a date with her, 21-year-old Toni Simmons attempts suicide. Impressed by her action, her lover, dentist Julian Winston reconsiders marrying Toni, but he worries about her insistence on honesty. Having fabricated a wife and three children, Julian readily accepts when his devoted nurse, Stephanie who has secretly loved Julian for years, offers to act as his wife and demand a divorce.

Fiction Book Club: The Dry

When: Thursday, July 5th
Time: 11:15am
Where: Main Level

A small town hides big secrets in The Dry, an atmospheric, page-turning debut mystery by award-winning author Jane Harper. Amid the worst drought in a century, Federal Agent Falk and the local detective question what really happened to his best friend, Luke. As Falk reluctantly investigates to see if there’s more to Luke’s death than there seems to be, long-buried mysteries resurface, as do the lies that have haunted them.

The Benefits of Knowing Anatomy Class

When: Wednesdays, July 11th & 25th
Time: 9:15am
Where: Lower Level

This month we will be focusing on cell theory by examining various cell organelles that make each type of cell different and how these organelles assist in the cell’s overall function within a particular tissue.

Brunch at the National Exemplar

When: Wednesday, July 11th
Time: 10:30am
Where: Meet at the Inn
Sign-up by: Monday, July 9th

Join us for delicious food and wonderful company at the The National Exemplar.

Terracotta Army: Legacy of the First Emperor of China

When: Wednesday, July 11th
Time: 12:45 pm
Where: Meet at MARIELDERS
Cost: $10.00
Sign-up by: Friday, July 6th (maximum 6)

The exhibition will feature approximately 120 individual objects, which include Terracotta figures of warriors, arms and armor, ritual bronze vessels, works in gold and silver, jade ornaments, precious jewelry, and ceramics, all drawn from the collections of art museums and archaeological institutes in Shaanxi province, China. Dating from the Pre-Qin period (770–221 BC) to the Qin dynasty (221–206 BC), these works of art, excavated from the emperor’s mausoleum, as well as aristocratic and nomadic tombs, will represent history, myths, and burials in ancient China.

“Just the Guys” – Shooting Range Outing in Newtown

When: Thursday, July 12th
Time: 11:15 am
Where: Meet at MARIELDERS (maximum 6 for transportation)
Cost: $15.00 (weapon rental, ear/eye protection, and ammo not included)

Ready Line is a diversified well equipped retail facility employing educated, experienced range officers. After shooting range, we will be going to lunch at Urban Grill on Main Restaurant.

Welcoming Committee

When: Friday, July 6th
Where: Main Floor

Bring your lunch and ideas for welcoming new members for 2018. We will be working on finalizing our High Tea event. We’re always looking for members to join our committee.

Great Decisions: Russia’s Foreign Policy

When: Wednesday, July 18th
Time: 1:00 pm
Where: Lower Level

The Foreign Policy Association’s Great Decisions program model involves reading the Great Decisions Briefing Book and discussing the most critical global issues facing America today. This session we will be discussing Chapter 2, “Russia’s Foreign Policy”.

Cincinnati Mural Tours

When: Thursday, July 19th
Time: 10:00 am
Where: Meet at MARIELDERS
Cost: $3:00 (lunch on own)
Sign-up by: Monday, July 16th (transportation Maximum 5)

Let’s go discover the Artworks Murals that are painted all over Cincinnati. Thistrip will include driving, getting lost, walking and lunch.

High Tea with A Dulcimer Quartet!!!

When: Tuesday, July 24th
Time: 1:00 pm
Where: Lower Level
Cost: $5.00
Sign-up by: Friday, July 20th

We will be sharing various light English appetizers, tea cookies and fabulous teas while meeting our newest members.  A Dulcimer Quartet will be playing classical music while we enjoy each other’s company.

Nonfiction Book Club- Coming to My Senses: The Making of a Counterculture Cook”

When: Wednesday, July 25th
Time: 11:15am
Where: Main floor

Lecture/Lunch Series – Jenny Lohmann “Save the Food: Learn Tips and Tricks to Reduce Your Grocery Bill”

When: Thursday, July 26th
Time: 12:00 – 1:30 pm
Where: Lower Level
Cost: $5.00
Sign-up by: Thursday, July 19th (minimum 10) 

40% of all food produced in The U.S. is wasted.  In addition, the changing habits of Americans these last twenty years has led to a myriad of health issues. This presentation is intended to teach prevention of food waste. Jenny will discuss proper food storage, identify cultural shifts such as portion distortion, and the misconceptions behind date labeling of foods. Attendees will leave armed with information and resources needed to prevent wasting food and an understanding of the true value of food.

Cook-out/Potluck/Corn Hole

When: Friday, July 27th
Time: 12:00 pm
Where: Outside (weather permitting or Lower Level)
Cost: $5.00
Sign up by: Wednesday, July 25th (please note side dish/dessert)



Mindful Maintenance Exercise (MME)

SIGN-UP for June Classes begins Thursday June 21st @ 9:30am!!!

This exercise program’s purpose is to design classes which will enable our members to participate in classes that are specifically designed around their individual fitness assessments. All classes will address various components to increase balance, mobility, and reduce fall risks through a mindful awareness approach.

Personal trainer, Teresa Robinson, A.C.E. will be leading two classes, Core and Balance and Maintaining your Strength that will allow members to increase balance and strength through various strength maintaining/training exercises. She will be providing modifications for each individual based on their assessments.

Current Tai Chi instructor, Kristin Dietsche, will continue offering Tai Chi Flow classes based on the teaching of the Health Institute for Tai Chi for Arthritis and Fall Prevention. The Harvard Medical School has named Tai Chi the best exercise for improving balance.

Another component offered by our Mindful Maintenance Exercise program will be Restorative Chair Yoga, led by Joan Riemar and Diane Faul. Joan has developed “Long Life Yoga” programs for seniors and currently teaches Senior Chair Yoga at Mercy Anderson Health Plex. She has been involved with the Cincinnati Creative Aging organization for ten years. Diane has been practicing yoga for 45 years and has continued her studies throughout those years. Her mentor has been and remains Lilias Folan since the 1970’s. Yoga can help slow down the effects of the aging process by maintaining muscle softness and flexibility, keeping the mind alert and awake, encouraging relaxation and strengthening muscles and joints.

To keep with the philosophy of mindfulness, Meditation will initially be offered once a week. An eight week study conducted by Harvard researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) determined that meditation literally increased gray-matter density in the hippocampus. This area of the brain is known to be important for learning and memory, and in structures that provide self-awareness and introspection. By increasing our members’ self-awareness, it will empower them to examine and maintain attention during mobility.

We will be continuing to offer our Laughtercise class that is led by our volunteer member and president, Delores Tate. This class focuses on principles designed by the Rheumatoid Arthritis Foundation and is well attended. Members leave laughing which allows them to feel relaxed and wanting to come back.



GEE, I didn’t know MARIELDERS did THAT………………
We can’t begin to tell you how many times we have heard this comment in the last 37 years. We have written numerous articles for the newsletter listing all of the services, but still many of our members are not aware of the “helps” provided by the Center. Unfortunately, we cannot do all the things you need, but we know how to find someone that can. NOW, here are some of the services we do provide. If you have any questions call Kathy at 271-5588.
1.  Transportation – Currently our Van Service runs Monday through Friday from 9:15am till 4pm. We ask that you call 1 day ahead of time to schedule a ride.
2.  Medical Transportation – Volunteers provide rides to doctors, dentists, hospitals and testing areas by appointment. Call to let us know where you need to go 5 days prior to your appointment.
3.  Insurance Assistance – We help you make sense out of all the Medicare, Co-Insurance and HMOs statements. We also will review any of your doctor bills.
4.  Assistance with Finances – We will help you write checks to pay your bills, balance your check book and help keep your records straight.
5.  Grocery Shopping and Banking – For those of you who can’t get out and for the times when the weather is bad – call the Center and one of us will go shopping for you or pick up prescriptions etc.
6.  Miscellaneous Services – Includes almost everything else. Call with your questions and concerns and we will see what we can do.


When you take a trip or plan on attending any MARIELDERS programs there are several things you need to know.
These procedures make things easier for all of us.

1. You must sign up for all events at the front desk whether there is a fee or not. Fees can be paid at front desk.  No reservations will be taken without payment.

2. Once a trip is planned we do not change the schedule or where we are going.

3. Many trips must be paid for three to six weeks in advance. Please pay attention to the reservation deadline. Waiting to sign up at the last minute may not always work. A trip may be cancelled because members waited too late to sign up.

4. When money is paid out to a company (tickets, meals, etc.) no refunds can be made unless your “place” is filled by someone else. Every effort will be made to refund your money but the Center cannot pay the charge if you chose not to go.

5. Your friends are welcome to attend trips – there is a non-member fee for trips.

Thank you for understanding and following these procedures. If you have any questions please call the Center.