Crawford County Council on Aging is offering outdoor activities this year
BUCYRUS – The Crawford County Council on Aging plans to keep seniors active this summer, even though its building remains closed to the public.
Director of Activities Courtney Moody has posted a schedule of events for May and promises to have “a lot more planned for June.”
âI’m just excited to be able to hang out with my seniors again,â Moody said. “I know everyone is stuck indoors due to COVID and the weather, so bringing our outdoor activities back is going to be a fun time. Hopefully the weather cooperates.”
Doing activities on the road
One of its goals this year is to make sure seniors across the county have access to activities, so Moody’s is hosting its events on the go.
âThis year I’m trying to expand across the county, so people don’t feel like they have to come to Bucyrus for everything,â she said. “So even though our indoor dining sites are closed because we can’t have people inside, I’ve been looking for outdoor sites where we can do activities.”
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This month, a senior walking club in Galion will benefit from a new cycling and walking path. âIt’s paved – really nice and easy terrain,â Moody said.
Outdoor bingo games are planned at Crestline, presumably at the United Methodist Church’s outdoor pavilion, although it is awaiting final approval of the plan.
As usual, many activities will be offered outside the council building at 200 S. Spring St., Bucyrus.
“I also hope to have something on the New Washington schedule in June,” she said. âI don’t know what or where yet. “
Moody said council officials hope they can host events again in time for winter.
The month’s activities were to begin with a Cinco de Mayo giveaway with themed goodie bags on Wednesday.
Events to come
Activities are open to Crawford County seniors aged 55 and over. Moody released this calendar for May:
â¢ Senior walking club. Meet Moody at 8:30 a.m. each Thursday in May at the new Galion Bike / Walk Path in the 800 block of Harding Way West, across from Pizza Hut. The path mainly follows the Olentangy river. Those interested in participating should call to register.
â¢ Treats behind the wheel. Seniors can drop by the council office between 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. on Tuesdays for free donuts and coffee, while supplies last. No registration necessary.
â¢ Outdoor bingo at Bucyrus. From 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. on May 20 (rain date May 25) outside the council building. Participants will use paper bingo cards, daubers and clipboards. There will be no tables and the chairs will be spaced out. Prizes will be awarded to the winners.
â¢ Crochet circle. Crochet artists, knitters and other artisans can join Moody’s from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. on May 24 in front of the main council entrance. Those interested in participating should call to register.
â¢ Outdoor bingo at Crestline. Bingo is scheduled from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. on May 26 at the United Methodist Church Pavilion, 202 N. Thoman St., Crestline, where the Farmers’ Market is held. Participants will use the paper bingo cards, daubers and clipboards provided. Prizes will be awarded to the winners. This activity is provisional as the approval of the church board is pending. Registration is compulsory and limited.
â¢ Free meal box. To celebrate Older Americans Month, the council will be handing out free boxed meals to registered seniors, aged 60 and over, from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. on May 27. The meal will include a chicken salad on a croissant, a macaroni salad, fries, a cookie and a bottle of water. People must register by May 20 to receive a meal.
Moody said she is still looking for activity sponsors. Bingo sponsorships are available at $ 25, or $ 50 covers special and regular prizes. Other sponsorship opportunities include entertainment sponsors for parking lot concerts, treats, crafts and more.
For information or registration, call Moody at 419-562-3050, Opt. 4, or send an email to [email protected]
Seniors can share their stories
To celebrate Older Americans Month, the Crawford County Council on Aging is asking older people in the area to share their answers to three questions, according to a press release. Responses will be included in a newsletter; names will not be included.
The theme for this year’s national celebration is Communities of Strength, recognizing the important role older people play in fostering the connection and engagement that build strong and resilient communities.
The questions are:
â¢ What would you say to your 20 year old self?
â¢ What do you think your 20 year old self would tell you now?
â¢ What lessons have you learned from difficult times in your life and how have those experiences made you stronger?
Responses can be mailed or dropped off in the brown slotted drop box outside the front doors at 200 S. Spring St., Bucyrus. For details, call 419-562-3050.