March 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.


The MARIELDERS will be hosting their annual Italian Festival from 5:30-9:00pm on Friday, April 13th at the Fairfax Recreation Center.

The Pete Wagner Band will be back this year and will start playing at 5:30pm. 
Dinner will include spaghetti/ravioli with meatballs, salad, Italian bread, dessert and drinks. Wine and Beer will be available for purchase.  During the evening you may purchase tickets for our RAFFLE BASKETS and SPLIT THE POT.
Tickets are $12.00 in advance and $15.00 at the door.  Children under 12 are $6.00.  Stop by the Center to purchase your tickets and remember your dancing shoes!



AARP Taxes – Fairfax Community Center

It’s that time of year again! Assistance will be available every other Tuesday starting February 13. The volunteers, from AARP, can do simple taxes only. Please remember to bring your completed 2016 papers with you as references and of course all your papers for 2017. Please bring your ID and a check if getting a refund. Appointments must be made through the MARIELDERS by calling 271-5588 (no walk-ins). Appointment times start at 9am and end at noon.

Dates are: February 27, March 13 & 27 and April 10.

Reservations can also be made for Hyde Park Health Center their dates are March 20 and April 3. Call the MARIELDERS 271-5588 for an appointment.

Happy Birthday to our March Members…

3/2 Beth Hopkins
3/3 Arlene Brill
3/4 Rosemary Slone
3/6 Loretta Conn & Kay Parker
3/7 John Gray
3/8 Ralph Blasi
3/9 Carole Ward
3/10 Claire Tully & Lynda Rominger
3/12 Linda Duff
3/13 Joan Cochran
3/17 Karen Berkich
3/18 Larry Yung & Carol Donaldson
3/21 Yvonne Howard
3/23 Paige Strickland
3/24 Carol Olberding, Cathy Coffin, Marianne Schmidt, & Mary Osterbrock
3/27 Delores Tate
3/ 28 Jean Tierney, Joyce Schmidt, Rita Zimmerman, & Betty Kuntzman
3/30 Ruth Wehage

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
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.


Home Energy Assistance Program applications are available at THE MARIELDERS. HEAP is a federally funded program designed to assist eligible Ohioans with their winter heating bills. Eligibility requirements are based on your total gross household income, proof of citizenship, and that your gas and electric bill be in your name. For a single person the income is $21,105, two people it is $28,420 etc. For an application please call Kathy 271-5588.

If the weather is bad and the Mariemont Schools are delayed or closed then so is MARIELDERS.


Mindful Maintenance Exercise (MME) Classes

***All classes (except for Meditation) start at 10am***
Meet: Lower Level
Sign-up by: Day before class (Limited to 10)

Mondays: Meditation @ 9:15am, Core and Balance
Tuesdays: Tai Chi
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

Fiction Book Club- The Nest

When: Thursday, March 1st
Time: 11:15am (NEW TIME)
Where: Main floor

The is a story about the power of family, the possibilities of friendship, the ways we depend upon one another and the ways we let one another down. In this tender, entertaining, and deftly written debut, Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney brings a remarkable cast of characters to life to illuminate what money does to relationships, what happens to our ambitions over the course of time, and the fraught yet unbreakable ties we share with those we love.

Walking Club Outings

When: Monday, March 12th, 19th, & 26th @ 11:00am
Thursdays, March 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, & 29th @ 1:00pm
Where: Meet at MARIELDERS (transportation limited to 7, minimum of 2)
Sign-up by: 2 days before each outing

Walking club outings are an opportunity for members to come together to walk while reaching personal step goals. We need a minimum of 2 walkers for outings. As of February 7th, our walkers added 192.5 miles during month of January!!! making our new total 539.5 miles. We just passed Wilsonburg, WV and are now heading towards Belpre, OH (628 mile marker).  The name Belpre is derived from a contraction of “Belle Prairie” (French for “beautiful meadow”), which is the original name given to the valley by French trappers prior to more permanent settlement by European Americans.

Art Club with David Laug (Session Two) (Session Three)

When: Session Two:Thursdays, February 15th – March 22nd
            Session Three: Thursdays, March 29th – May 3rd
Time: 1:00pm
Cost: $5.00
Meet: Lower Level
Sign-up by: Tuesday, February 13th (maximum 15)

David Laug from the Art Barn will continue his 6 week art class session teaching art techniques using a variety of mediums and platforms. David periodically shows art films to complement his classes.

Computer/Smart Phones 101 Classes

When: Fridays (Members can also schedule alternative days with Jake)
Time: 12:00 pm-2:00pm
Meet: Main Level Computer Lab

Jake Goodwin, a student from UC, is continuing to offer one-on-one 30 minutes technology assistance for not only computers, but laptops,tablets, and smartphones. Jake can assist members with Facebook and how to search the World Wide Web.

Men’s Bridge – NEW!!!!

When: Fridays, March 2nd, 9th and March 23rd
Time: 1:00pm
Meet: Lower Level
Sign-up by: Call center 271-5588 and leave message for Russ to join this men’s only bridge.

In-House TV-Show Foyle’s War

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

Foyle’s War is a BBC detective drama television series set during and shortly after the Second World War. It follows Detective Foyle and his team as they deal with the everyday crimes and events during the War.

Members’ Meeting

When: Tuesday, March 6th
Time: 11:00am
Where: Main Level

Join us for our monthly members’ meeting to discuss the current and future happenings at the MARIELDERS. We will
have guest lecturer, Leland (Lee) Cole, who will presenting Introduction to Genealogy. He will be demonstrating some
common techniques that he has extensively used in identifying and tracing family origins back many generations. He will
be available throughout the month of March to assist members in tracing their family roots by offering Genealogy 101 classes.

Genealogy 101

When: Tuesdays
Time: 1:00 pm-3:00pm
Meet: Main Level Computer Lab

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

The Departed
When: Tuesday, March 6th

Legendary director Martin Scorsese takes the helm for this tale of questionable loyalties and blurring identities set in the
South Boston organized crime scene and inspired by the wildly popular 2002 Hong Kong crime film Infernal Affairs.

When: Tuesday, March 20th

Georges and Anne are in their eighties. They are cultivated, retired music teachers. Their daughter, who is also a musician,
lives abroad with her family. One day, Anne has a stroke, and the couple’s bond of love is severely tested.

Brunch at the National Exemplar

When: Wednesday, March 7th
Time: 10:30am
Where: Meet at the Inn
Sign-up by: Monday, March 5th

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

Great Decision

When: Wednesday, March 7th
Time: 1:00pm
Where: Lower Level
Sign-up by: Thursday, March 1st
Cost: $30.00 for 2018 Book, $15.00 to share a book

Have you ever wondered how foreign policy decisions are made? If so, the Great Decisions group might appeal to you.  The Foreign Policy Association’s Great Decisions is America’s largest discussion program on world affairs.  The program model involves reading the Great Decisions Briefing Book and discussing the most critical global issues facing America today. Through its balanced, nonpartisan programs and publications, the FPA encourages citizens to participate in the foreign policy process.

Welcoming Committee

When: Friday, March 9th
Where: Main Floor

Bring your lunch and ideas for welcoming new members for 2018! We will be working on information folders to provide to our new members. We’re always looking for members to join our committee.

Just the Guys- Warbird Museum

When: Tuesday, March 13th
Time: 1:00pm Sharp
Sign-up by: Monday, March 12th  (maximum 6, minimum 4)
Cost: $8.00 (transportation & admission)

The Tri-State Warbird Museum was formed in 2003 with a commitment to preserve the aircraft of World War II, educate
our visitors on America’s role in WWII, and to honor the veterans who fought and those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

Senior Citizens’ Day Spring Musical- Guys and Dolls

When: Wednesday, March 14th
Time: 8:30am
Sign-up by: Friday, March 9th
Cost: $7.00 (transportation/lunch)

The students and staff of Maderia High School cordially invite senior citizens to their Spring Musical of Guys and Dolls. The day will include 9:00am Continental Breakfast/Door Prizes, 10:00am performance time, followed by a 12:00pm Luncheon including Roasted Turkey and Mashed Potatoes.

Documentary/Discussion:  Extremis

When: Wednesday, March 14th
Time: 2:00pm
Where: Lower Level

This documentary is a view into the daily dilemmas that occur in an ICU as doctors, patients, and families face the inevitability
of death, though they realize it at different times. It’s a fascinating conversation to watch, as any viewers will inevitably realize that they’ll face the same conversations themselves at some point. Nothing can truly prepare anyone for that, but this documentary is a good place to start the conversation.

The Benefits of Knowing Anatomy Class

When: Thursdays, March 15th & 29th
Time: 9:15am
Where: Lower Level
Sign-up by: Tuesday, March 13th & 20th

Our first 2 classes were canceled due to weather, therefore March 15th class will be introduction to anatomy and class structure. March 29th class we will be reviewing anatomy terms and be introduced to common elements of the human body, what are their roles and being able to identify them by their chemical symbols/structure.

St. Patrick’s Day Luncheon/Bingo

When: Friday, March 16th
Time: 12:00pm
Where: Lower Level
Sign-up by: Monday, March 12th
Cost: $5.00

“Céad Mile Fáilte” in joining us for our St. Patrick’s Luncheon where we will be serving Shephard’s Pie, Irish Soda Bread, and
Irish Crème Bundt Cake for dessert. Go n-eirí an t-ádh lea during our game of bingo with a St. Patty’s twist and to Nicole’s first
attempt in making these Irish recipes!

Souper Tuesday

When: Tuesday, March 20th
Time: 11:00am
Where: Lower Level
Cost: $5.00 (The soup this month will be Chicken Tortilla Soup)
Sign-up by: Friday, March 16th (maximum 6)

We will cook, laugh, and eat the soup we make together. Participants will be able to take up to 2 servings of soup home.

“Is THIS Art?”

When: Wednesdays, March 21st & March 28th Time: 1:30pm (Part I), 1:00pm (Part II)
Where: Computer Lab(Part I) MARIELDERS (Part II)
Cost: $2.00 (Transportation) + $5:00 (New participants)
Sign-up by: Monday, March 20th (maximum 6)

Food Market Friday- Country Fresh Market

When: Friday, March 23rd
Time: 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Cost: $3.00 (transportation minimum 4/maximum 7)
Sign-up by: Wednesday, March 21st

“Country Fresh Market” in Anderson Township is a unique family owned and operated farm market. Along with the freshest produce in the city, we offer a massive selection of specialty and discount wines, over 800 varieties of craft and import beers, endless unique and specialty grocery products and a full service deli! Come see the best kept secret in Cincinnati!

Go to the Movie and Ethnic Food Lunch

When: Tuesday, March 28th
Time: TBA (call center after March 12th)
Cost: $9.00 (for movie and transportation – lunch on own)
Sign-up by: Monday, March 27th (Space limited to 6)

Nonfiction Book Club- Steve Jobs

When: Wednesday,March 28th
Time: 11:00am (NEW TIME)
Where: Main floor

Driven by demons, Jobs could drive those around him to fury and despair. But his personality and products were interrelated, just as Apple’s hardware and software tended to be, as if part of an integrated system. His tale is instructive and cautionary, filled with lessons about innovation, character, leadership, and values.

Rocky and Philly Cheesesteak Luncheon

When: Friday, March 30th
Time:12:00 pm (Movie begins @ 12:30)
Where: Lower Level
Cost: $5.00

Mindful Maintenance Exercise (MME)

SIGN-UP for April Classes begins Thursday MARCH 15th!!!

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.