June 2019

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 provide transportation to the following communities: Mariemont, Fairfax, Madison Place, Plainville and Terrace Park.


Happy Birthday to our June Members

06/02     Judy Kagrise & Eleanor Lawhorn
06/03     Sally Santoro & Bonnie Bishop
06/05     Joseph Cruz
06/06     Ruth Bullock & Ed Berkich
06/08     Margery Mattox
06/10     Tom Calder & Kathie Hertenstein
06/11     Frank Doggett
06/14     Rodolfo Heredia
06/15     Lloyd Lindner
06/16     Bonnie Kleinmeyer
06/18     Linda Gee
06/22     Larry Daniels & Joan Bender
06/23     Jack Wineland & Kevin Mahoney
06/25     Debi Schuh
06/27     Jolene Dancey
06/28     Arnold Morelli
06/29     Nina Coates
06/30     Mary Sakelos


New this MONTH!!!

Lunch Bunch
Incline Public House

Wednesday, June 5th
Meet at MARIELDERS at 11 am
Cost: $3.00 (transportation)

Cincinnati’s Incline Public House located in Price Hill is a laid-back
gastropub that has a seasonal outdoor deck with skyline views
and an American menu. 
Lunch Bunch will take members to unique restaurants within the Greater Cincinnati Area


Gene Johnston Lecture Series: Art of the World

Thursdays – 8 part series
Lower Level at 2:00 pm
Cost: $5.00 (series)

“Travel the world” during this lecture series with Gene Johnston, we’ll view and discuss what experts tell us are the greatest historic and current creative achievements worldwide. We will also review how humanity’s visual voice propels us into the future and influences how we interact with our world. Exploring how new materials and methods make new legacies exciting as we enter a new world of creative thinking.
     Gene Johnston is an American/Parisian living in Paris and the US. She is also a designer of interiors, furniture, fashion, jewelry, and owner of retail stores and art galleries and a Center member.


SKYSTAR Ferris Wheel & Carol Ann’s Carousel Outing

Friday, June 7th
Meet at MARIELDERS at 1:00 pm
Cost: $18.00 (ticket, 1 token, transportation & parking)

The climate controlled gondola ride is very smooth and lasts about 12 minutes and has four full revolutions that give you a full 360 view of the entire city. We will be able to get a birds-eye view of the Roebling Bridge and Northern Kentucky riverfront. Last chance before it will be taken down after June 16th.

     Then, take a ride on one of 44 whimsical Cincinnati-centric characters that make up Carol Ann’s Carousel. The carousel is an amazing work of art featuring original artwork by Jonathan Queen with panels depicting animal characters playing in one of the numerous Cincinnati parks. Additional panels celebrate the many historic landmarks of Cincinnati. The carousel is housed inside a glass building so it can operate year-round.


Lunch and Learn
Twin Lakes
The Upside of Downsizing

Thursday, June 27th @ 12:00 pm
Lower Level
Cost: $3.00 (lunch and discussion)/$1.00 (discussion only)

Louisa Adams from Twin Lakes Senior Living Community will present steps to downsizing which will include assessing your actual needs, your storage areas and how to get rid of clutter fast. She will ask participants to think and question their living spaces and how to configure furniture and items into each of these spaces. We will be serving Skyline Chili with all of the fixings, compliments of Twin Lakes, and dessert at 12:00 pm. Discussion begins at 12:30 pm.


Reds and Astros Game

Wednesday, June 19th 
Meet at MARIELDERS at 11:15 am
Cost: $20.00 (ticket & transportation)

Bring your lunch and enjoy our covered seats conveniently
located near amenities and easy access.    


Egypt: Time of the Pharaohs

Friday, June 21st
Meet at MARIELDERS at 11:00 am
Cost: $28.00
(Omnimax ticket, exhibit admission, transportation & parking)
to enjoy the newly renovated Cincinnati Museum Center

     Egypt: The Time of Pharaohs unveils the mysteries and explores the realities of daily life in ancient Egypt. This extraordinary exhibition looks beyond popular culture’s fantastical portrayals to examine the lives of commoners and god-kings and queens alike. More than 350 original artifacts dating back over 4,500 years, stunningly detailed models of once-lost cities and landscapes and vivid interactive multimedia spaces will combine to conjure up ancient Egyptians’ economic, mythological and cultural world. Egypt will bring the land of pharaohs back to life at Cincinnati Museum Center.

     Following we will be viewing Omnimax’s film, Mummies: Secrets of the Pharaohs which follows researchers as they piece together the archeological and genetic clues of Egyptian mummies. In addition to increasing our understanding of the culture, religion, medicine and daily life thousands of years ago, scientists today are reconstructing mummy DNA and deciphering ancient texts to gain insight into modern human genetics and advance medical treatments. To unravel the secrets of the pharaohs is to perhaps glimpse the future of our own civilization. This film is available with assisted listening.

Cook-out with Jim & his guitar

Tuesday, June 25th at 12:00 pm
Outside weather pending
(Lower Level otherwise)
Cost: $5.00
Bring a favorite salad or dessert!



Weekly Programs
NO Activities at Center June 10th – 14th

Mindful Maintenance Exercise (MME) Classes
***First class of each free***

Meet: Lower Level
Limited to 10 (no limit on Meditation or Laughtercise)
Sign-up begins Thursday, June 20th @ 9:30 am (July classes)

Mondays: Mindfulness @ 9:15 am, Core and Balance @ 10:00 am (no classes 6/10 & 6/17)
Tuesdays: Tai Chi Flow I @ 10 am (no class 6/11 & 6/18)
Wednesdays: Laughtercise @ 10:00 am (no class 6/12)
Thursdays: Restorative/Yin Chair Yoga @ 10:00 am (no class 6/13)
Fridays: Mindfulness @ 9:15 am & Maintaining your Strength @ 10:00 am (no classes 6/14)

Cost: $30.00/$45.00 members/non-members unlimited
$8.00/$10.00 a la carte
MME monthly members can sign-up for Line Dancing for an additional $5.00

In-House TV Show: A Touch of Frost

When: Mondays (no showings 6/10 & 6/17)
Time: 2:00 pm
Where: Lower Level

     A Touch of Frost is a television detective series produced by Yorkshire Television for ITV from 6 December 1992 until 5 April 2010, initially based on the Frost novels by R. D. Wingfield. The series stars David Jason as Detective Inspector William Edward “Jack” Frost, an experienced and dedicated detective who frequently clashes with his superiors. In his cases, Frost is usually assisted by a variety of different detective sergeants or constables, with each bringing a different slant to the particular case. Comic relief is provided by Frost’s interactions with the bureaucratically-minded Superintendent Norman “Horn-rimmed Harry” Mullett, played by Bruce Alexander.

Art Club at The Barn with David Laug – Members Only

When: Tuesdays 
Time: 1:00 pm
Meet: TBD
Cost: $15.00 (spring session ends in June)
Limited to 15 participants

     David Laug from the WACC/Art Barn will continue his weekly art class session teaching various techniques using a variety of mediums and platforms.

Individual Technological Support with Aileen – Members Only

When: Wednesdays
Time: 10:00-12:00 pm
Meet: Main Level Computer Lab

     Aileen Beatty is the founder of AB Tech, providing technical services to those needing help navigating today’s world – all aspects of using smart phones, tablets and computers (focus on Apple products).  She has been doing this for 2 years now.  But most of her experience comes from years and years of helping friends and family! Aileen has a Masters in Math and Statistics and worked in the field of Marketing Research for 15 years. 

Conversational Spanish with Paola Biro

When: Wednesdays
Time: 11:15 am – 11:45 am
Where: Lower Level
Cost: $ 5.00 (8 members only/monthly)

     Conversational Spanish simply refers to the ability to converse in Spanish using complete sentences, understand short sentences and respond appropriately. This is a beginner’s course where participants will learn how to causally converse with our native speaker, Paola Biro.

Weekly Individual Private Piano Lessons – Members Only

When: Thursdays
Time: 1:30-3:45 pm
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.

Line- Dancing for Balance and Agility 
55 and Up@ Fairfax Recreational Center
***First class free***

When: Thursdays (no class 6/20)
Time: 2:00-3:00 pm
Cost: $15.00/$25.00 (per month members/non-members-PAY at MARIELDERS)
Where: Meet at Fairfax Rec
***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.

Monthly Activities

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

Under the Tuscan Sun (2003) 1h 53m
When: Tuesday, June 4th     

      When Frances Mayes (Diane Lane) learns her husband is cheating on her with a writer to whom she gave a bad review, her life is turned upside down. In an attempt to bring her out of a deep depression, her best friend, Patti (Sandra Oh), encourages Frances to take a tour of Italy. During the trip, the new divorcée impulsively decides to purchase a rural Tuscan villa and struggles to start her life anew amid colorful local characters, including the handsome Marcello (Raoul Bova).

I dream of Africa (2000) 1hr 55m
When: Friday, June 28th  

     Inspired by the true story of indomitable Kuki Gallmann, the film tells of a beautiful and inquisitive woman who had the courage to escape from her comfortable yet monotonous life in Italy to start anew in the African wilderness with her son, Emanuele, and her new husband, Paolo. Gallmann faces great danger there but eventually becomes a celebrated conservationist.


Fiction Book Club- The Alice Network (Kate Quinn – 2107)

When: Thursday, June 6th  
Time: 11:15 am
Where: Main floor

     In an enthralling new historical novel from national bestselling author Kate Quinn, two women—a female spy recruited to the real-life Alice Network in France during World War I and an unconventional American socialite searching for her cousin in 1947—are brought together in a mesmerizing story of courage and redemption.

Great Decisions Ch. 6 Cyber Conflicts


When: Wednesday, June 19th
Time: 1:00 pm
Where: Lower Level

     Cyber conflict is a new and continually developing threat, which can include foreign interference in elections, industrial sabotage and attacks on infrastructure. Russia has been accused of interfering in the 2016 presidential elections in the United States and China is highly committed to using cyberspace as a tool of national policy. Dealing with cyber conflict will require new ways of looking at 21st century warfare. Is the United States prepared to respond to such threats?


Ted Talks Discussion
The power of vulnerability

When: Tuesday, June 25th
Time: 2:00 pm
Where: Lower Level

     Brené Brown studies human connection — our ability to empathize, belong, love. In a poignant, funny talk, she shares a deep insight from her research, one that sent her on a personal quest to know herself as well as to understand humanity. A talk to share.


Nonfiction Book Club: Inheritance (Dani Shapiro – 2019)

When: Wednesday, June 26th
Time: 11:15 am
Where: Main floor

     What makes us who we are? What combination of memory, history, biology, experience, and that ineffable thing called the soul defines us? Timely and unforgettable, Dani Shapiro’s memoir is a gripping, gut-wrenching exploration of genealogy, paternity, and love.


“Is THIS Art?” Installation Art
No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man


When: Wednesday, June 26th
Time: Meet at MARIELDERS at 1:00 pm (Part I & II) 
Where: Cincinnati Art Museum (maximum 6 for transportation)
Cost: $4.00 (transportation) /$2.00 (ticket only)
We will be offering this experience for all members in August!!!

     Fresh from the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, stunning immersive room-sized installations, mutant art vehicles, creative costuming, films, jewelry and more will transport Cincinnati Art Museum audiences to the Burning Man gathering.

      Burning Man attracts more than 70,000 active participants from all over the globe who gather in the desert outside Reno, Nevada. This thriving temporary metropolis is a hotbed of artistic expression and innovation through its shared
principles. Both a cultural movement and an annual event, Burning Man is one of the most influential happenings in
contemporary American art and culture. Lee Crooks will be our docent once again!!! 


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.

Memorial Gift for Kay Wilson from Carol Olberding and Linda Kratzer
Memorial Gift for Ellie Clark from Jan Davis

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
* Business Intelligence, Inc.
* Holtmeier Plumbing Co., Inc.
* Eyecare on the Square
* Greiwe Development
* Powers Family Dental Care
* National Exemplar

Mindful Maintenance Exercise (MME)

SIGN-UP for next month classes begins the second Thursday of each month @ 9:30 am

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 personal goals.

Current Tai Chi instructor, Kristin Dietsche, will continue offering Tai Chi Flow I and II 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/Yin Chair Yoga, led by Joan Riemar and Lynn Montag. 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. Lynn is certified in Yin Yoga and has 19 years as a fitness instructor with 10 years leading Silver Sneakers Cardio classes. 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 is offered on Mondays and Fridays led by Activity Coordinator, Nicole Christ. 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.