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MARCH -  INCOME TAX –  Community Care is  completing income tax returns for County seniors who are 60+ and whose single income is $30,000 or lower or whose household income is $40,000 or lower, you may be eligible for the program. Volunteers have been trained by Canada Revenue Agency to complete Income Tax Returns for eligible clients. Volunteers do not complete income tax and benefit returns for: deceased persons, bankrupt individuals; for those with more than $1000 of investment income; for individuals with capital gains/losses; or for people with business or rental income and expenses. There is no charge, donations are accepted. Home visits can be arranged for seniors who are shut-in. For information call 613-476-7493. www.communitycareforseniors.org

March – Thrift Shop Volunteer Orientation coming up – Prince Edward Community Care will soon be holding an orientation for new Thrift Shop volunteers.  If you can spare 3 hours a week and you love people then volunteering in Community Care’s Thrift Shop might be just the thing for you.  Work in the shop with sorting/cleaning, customer service or on the cash register.  Orientation and support is provided.  Call Community Care at 613-476-7493. Volunteers of all ages are welcome.

March 2 – Community Wildlife Monitoring Program by BQRAP – 7 p.m. at Quinte Conservation, 2061 Hwy 2., Belleville. You will receive training and support through the Community Wildlife Monitoring Program. For more information contact Terry Sprague, Community Wildlife Monitoring Coordinator at naturestuff.tours@gmail.com or 613-848-4549 or the Bay of Quinte RAP at 613-394-3915 ext 214.

March 2 – Thrift Shop Clothing Bag Sale begins – Good used clothing for the whole family is on sale at Prince Edward Community Care’s Thrift Shop.  Fill a Metro grocery bag or two!  Hurry on in early for the best selection.  100% of the proceeds help County seniors live at home.  For more information call the Thrift Shop at 613-476-1555.

March 3 – Seniors Support TV Show – Watch a new edition of the show “Seniors’ Support” only on TVCogeco, at 7:00pm on Tuesday, March 3rd.  The topic is Scooters, Walkers and Other Devices for Seniors.  This show is co-produced by the Executive Directors of Prince Edward Community Care and Community Care for South Hastings.  If you miss the show on the 3rd, check your local listings for when it will be shown again.

MARCH 3 – Drop-in Knit & Chat – All levels welcome. Milford Library from 10 am – noon.

MARCH 3 – Drop-in Chess – Beginner to advanced from 1 – 4 pm. Picton Library.

MARCH 3 – After School Fun Club – Drop-in weekly Yoga & Zumba for kids. Wellington Library from 4 – 5 pm.

MARCH 3 – AL-ANON (adults) and AL-TEEN (for teens) – 8 pm at Gilead Fellowship Church, for persons affected by someone’s drinking. 1-866-951-3711

MARCH 4 – FREE HOT MEAL – with food to take too by Food Not Bombs. 5:30 – 7 pm. Picton Town Hall above Fire Station. All welcome

March 4 – Picton Seniors Luncheon Social – Enjoy good food and conversation on a cold winter day at Prince Edward Community Care’s Seniors Luncheon Social in Picton on Wednesday, February 4th at 12 noon.  Bill Grieve, the chef with Wheel House and Occasions Catering, is preparing homemade soup, bangers and mashed, onion gravy, peas, coleslaw, bread and butter, coconut cream pie, coffee and tea for $10.00 per person. Reserve your place by the Tuesday prior at 12 noon by calling 613-476-7493. Seniors are asked to bring their own soup bowl, plate, cup and cutlery. If you can’t come to the hall for this meal it can be delivered to housebound seniors who live near Picton.   If you wish to have a take-out meal, please advise when you register. The price is the same for take out and eat in.  www.communitycareforseniors.org

MARCH 4 – FREE MOVIE – Wellington Library at 7 pm. Showing “Noah” with Russell Crowe.

March 5, 12, 19, 26, and April 2 – Lenten Bible Study – held from 9:30 – 11:00 a.m. at 27 Roseland Drive, Carrying Place. Led by the Reverend Sue. All are welcome. Friday, March 6, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. World Day of Prayer Service Consecon United Church All are welcome. Refreshments following. Sunday, March 29, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. Palm Sunday Worship Service Consecon United Church All are welcome. Friday, April 3, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. Good Friday Worship Service Carrying Place United Church Old Portage Road, Carrying Place All are welcome. Sunday, April 5, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. Easter Day Service of Holy Communion Carrying Place United Church Old Portage Road, Carrying Place All are welcome. Thank you for your help. Diana Duncan-Fletcher (613)394-3939

MAR 7 – Natural Approach to Women’s Health – with herbalist Tamara Segal, from 1 pm at Picton Library

MARCH 7 – Zumbathon to support PECMH Foundation – We’re back for our third year in Picton. Once again instructor Wanda Anderson has an amazing night of Zumba lined up for you. We will have the prizes out again for top fundraisers and silent auctions all in support of the PEC Memorial Hospital Foundation. Some may be concerned with recent hospital cutbacks but we have confirmation that all funds donated from this event will be used in the Picton Hospital. As always entry is free with $50 in donations. Be sure to download your pledge forms below and registration package below. We look forward to another wonderful evening in beautiful Picton. Registration at 6:30 pm – Zumba starts 7:15 pm.

March 8 – Spring Forward – Remember to set your clocks one hour forward. Daylight Saving Time starts

MARCH 9 – NEW FRENCH IMMERSION PROGRAM IN PICTON INFORMATION SESSION - 6 – 7 p.m. at Queen Elizabeth School, 35 Barker St., Picton. We are pleased to advise that based on the analysis of surveys from Prince Edward County schools, a new French Immersion Program will be offered at Queen Elizabeth School in Picton for Grade 4 students, beginning in September 2015, subject to sufficient enrolment.

MARCH 11 – Sophiasburgh Over 60 Club – Dinner & meeting at noon at the Friendship United Church Hall. Served by Demorestville WI. All welcome. Call Peggy 613-476-3755 by Monday prior to reserve.

March 11 – Windy Village Open Stage in Wellington – 7:00pm and on the second Wednesdays of the month. Performers (any level) welcome. 2 songs performed in order of sign-up. Hosted by: Gord Sirot. Sound by: Through the Cedars Music Production, held at the Wellington Legion 364 Main Street, Wellington. Cash donations to the Storehouse Food Bank are accepted.

Mar. 14 – Huff Estates presents The Oyster Experience – from 2 – 4 p.m. Mmmm, the wonderful world of oysters & wine! Join us in a demonstration on how to shuck oysters, preparing delicious mignonettes and of course what wines to pair with these creations. Price includes six oysters per person plus a wine tasting to go along with each and everyone will take home the mignonette recipes shared during the class. $30 p.p. (40 seats). To reserve your space, call 613-393-1414 or e: jason@huffestates.com

March 16 – 20 – PEFAC March Break Daycamp – $30 per day or $130 full week, early drop-off(7:30am) and late Pick-up(5:30pm). also available for an additional $5. Registration required. Please feel free to contact us at (613) 476-7776.

March 17 – St. Patrick’s Day

March 18 – Milford Seniors Luncheon Social with entertainment – Seniors will gather for good food and conversation at Prince Edward Community Care’s Seniors Luncheon Social in Milford on Wednesday, March 18th at 12 noon. There will be musical entertainment following the meal with Dave & Lenore Bongard, Dayton Johnson & Roy Rorabeck.  Bill Grieve, the chef with Wheel House and Occasions Catering, is preparing homemade soup, bangers and mashed, onion gravy, peas, coleslaw, bread and butter, coconut cream pie, coffee and tea for $10.00 per person. Reserve your place by the Tuesday prior at 12 noon by calling 613-476-7493. Seniors are asked to bring their own soup bowl, plate, cup and cutlery. If you can’t come to the hall for this meal it can be delivered to housebound seniors who live near Milford.   If you wish to have a take-out meal, please advise when you register. The price is the same for take-out and eat in.  www.communitycareforseniors.org

MARCH 18 – Cherry Valley WI Ham Supper – Assisted by the Athol Rec Committee at 6:00 pm, Athol (Cherry Valley) Community Hall. Raffle. Mouth-watering Dinner and Desserts. $12.00 per adult, $6.00 under 12. To guarantee a seat, call Josie at 613-476-4120.

Mar. 21 – Huff Estates presents The Nose Knows – from 2 – 4 p.m. Have you ever over heard two people discussing a wine with words like rose water and grapefruit or even leather and all spice? Well it’s not always hogwash (although some of it may be), like a chef being able to pick spices and flavours out of a dish, winemakers & sommeliers train their nose to pick out certain aromas. Let our in-house sommelier, Brian Hanna, guide you through an exercise of smelling and  detecting certain aromas and then putting your nose to the test with various wines! $20 p.p. (50 seats). To reserve your space, call 613-393-1414 or e: jason@huffestates.com

MARCH 25 – South Bay United Church 2029 County Road 13 St. Patrick’s Day Dinner Wednesday, March 25, 2015 5-7p.m. Irish stew, soda bread, salad, jellied apples, home-made desserts Adults $15, Children 12 & under $8  Tickets at the door. Bake Sale. Take-out available

March 25 – The Canadian Hearing Society Hearing Clinic – In partnership with the Canadian Hearing Society (CHS), Prince Edward Community Care for Seniors will be hosting a Hearing Help Clinic at The Armoury, 206 Main Street in Picton.  This is your chance to have a Hearing Care Counsellor answer your questions about hearing loss, give information about hearing health care, provide communication strategies for hearing loss, provide tips for hearing aid maintenance and demonstrate technical devices.  Schedule your free, personal and confidential half hour appointment with a CHS hearing care counsellor by calling 613-476-7493.  www.communitycareforseniors.org

March 25 – Wellington Seniors Luncheon Social – Seniors will gather for good food and conversation at Prince Edward Community Care’s Seniors Luncheon Social at the Wellington United Church on Wednesday, March 25th at 12 noon. Bill Grieve, the chef with Wheel House and Occasions Catering is preparing homemade soup, bangers and mashed, onion gravy, peas, coleslaw, bread and butter, coconut cream pie, coffee and tea for $10.00 per person. Reserve your place by the Tuesday prior at 12 noon by calling 613-476-7493. Seniors are asked to bring their own soup bowl, plate, cup and cutlery. If you can’t come to the hall for this meal it can be delivered to housebound seniors who live near Wellington.   If you wish to have a take-out meal, please advise when you register. The price is the same for take-out and eat in.  www.communitycareforseniors.org

March 28 – Our BABY SITTING COURSE at PEFAC – registration now – for ages 11-15. www.pefac.ca or 613-476-7776 for more information.

April 1 – Hearing Help Classes start - The Canadian Hearing Society will be offering a Hearing Help course at the Prince Edward Community Care office in The Armoury. This course is designed for the hard of hearing person who is experiencing difficulty communicating in day-to-day situations. The course will do the following: give information on the hearing system, hearing loss and its ramifications as well as other related topics; teach speech reading skills and discourse strategies; give instruction on hearing aid use and how to obtain maximum benefit from hearing aids; discuss and demonstrate technical devices; develop practical strategies for difficult listening situations; and help people to become aware of and more comfortable in expressing communication needs.  Classes start on Wednesday, April 1st and will run for 8 consecutive Wednesdays. The cost is $30.00 per person.  Participants are invited to bring along a spouse, friend or family member at no extra cost.  Anyone with financial difficulties is welcome to discuss this in confidence to have the fee reduced or waived entirely.  For registration at the course contact Prince Edward Community Care at 613-476-7493. Space is limited so call today

April 3 – Good Friday

April 4 -  Milford Easter Parade – with the egg hunt to follow.  Hot chocolate and cold drinks can be purchased along with hotdogs ( we will have also some veggie dogs).

April 5 – Easter Sunday

April 8 – Windy Village Open Stage in Wellington – 7:00pm and on the second Wednesdays of the month. Performers (any level) welcome. 2 songs performed in order of sign-up. Hosted by: Gord Sirot. Sound by: Through the Cedars Music Production, held at the Wellington Legion 364 Main Street, Wellington. Cash donations to the Storehouse Food Bank are accepted.

May 5 – 55 ALIVE Mature Driving Classroom Refresher Course – A 55-Alive safe driving course for seniors will be held on Tuesday, May 5TH at the Prince Edward Community Care office in Picton.  This course is from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm.  The Canada Safety Council developed this mature driver retraining program and it is designed specifically to help older drivers improve their driving skills.  The cost is $30.00 per person, which includes workbook, refreshments and a light lunch.  Call 613-476-7493 to register or for more information.  Space is limited so call today.  www.communitycareforseniors.org

May 10 – Mother’s Day (countylive.ca celebrates 5 years serving Prince Edward County!)

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Ongoing Events

Feel good about yourself! Aromatherapy massage, private and small group yoga and chair yoga classes with Janet Elson, of Heartwood Holistics, Cherry Valley. Visit the website or call 476-5440 for details.

The Alzheimer Society of Prince Edward County welcomes volunteers and board members! Call for more information 613-476-2085.

Seniors Walking Program – Community Care for Seniors walking programs at Picton and Wellington Monday to Fridays at PECI, CML Snider and Wellington arena. Register by calling 476-7493.

TOPS-Take Off Pounds Sensibly- Tues/ Bloomfield  Betty-476-3894, Wed/Picton -Gena 399-3461, Thurs-CarryingPlace-Cindy 210-0440. First visit free, no obligation to join

MONDAYS – Overeaters Anonymous meets at Bloomfield United Church Hall at 9:30 am. 613-476-0351 or 613-476-3949

TUESDAYS – Come & Enjoy Tai Chi – Bloomfield Town Hall at 9:30 a.m. Drop-in cost $3 per class.Tuesdays – Babies & Beyond program for teen parents and their babies. Meet in basement at Picton United Church from 11:30 to 2. Lunch, baby care and parent resources provided. Family Health Team nurse, Resource Consultants, Infant Development, Early Childhood Educators and Health Nurses available weekly. call Susan at 613-476-8142 or Bonnie at 613-476-8252 ext. 243

History book Club – Third Thursdays of the Month -  Macaulay hosts a special book club for history lovers, featuring both contemporary and historical literature. Visit www.countymemorytrail.ca for the reading list. 10 a.m. 35 Church Street, Picton Free Membership. Contact: Jennifer Lyons, Head Curator 613-476-2148 x258

CAREGIVERS SUPPORT AfternoonsThe Alzheimers Society of Prince Edward County welcomes caregivers and their partners on the second Tuesday of the month at 1pm at 90 King Street, Picton office. Couples who face challenges inherent in living with dementia can share common concerns in a safe, understanding environment.  Call 613 476 2085 for more information.

CAREGIVERS SUPPORT EveningsThe Alzheimer Society of Prince Edward County caregivers group meets the second Thursday of each month at 7pm. The focus of the group is on the challenges of looking after someone living with dementia, experiences and solutions. The latest progress in research also discussed.

BUSY FEET PLAYGROUP – The Hub child and family centre offers a free Busy Feet program every Thursday night 5 to 7 pm at QE school auditorium for 2 to 6 year old children. Lots of physical activity wear your running shoes. Call 613-476-8142 for information

AL-ANON - for people affected by someone’s drinking. Tuesdays and Thursdays. AL-ATEEN Tuesdays. Contact 1-866-951-3711.

Hospice Prince EdwardIf you are having trouble coping with the death of a loved one, this group could be of some support for you. Call 613-476-2181 ex 4519.

Volunteer Drivers Needed – Volunteer Drivers escort seniors to medical appointments and essential shopping. Prince Edward Community Care for Seniors   www.communitycareforseniors.org

Donate used items to Community Care’s Thrift Shop -  Take your good used items to Prince Edward Community Care’s Thrift Shop, 153 Main Street, Picton Monday 1pm-4pm, Tuesday to Saturday 10am-4pm.  100 per cent of the proceeds go toward helping seniors live at home. 613-476-1555.  www.communitycareforseniors.org

The HUB child and family centre has the Baby Box store at 10 McFarland Court . Baby products at discount costs. Sponsored by the United Way and Community Development Council. Call 613-476-8142

The Hub child and family centre offers free playgroups.  Call 613-476-8142 for information

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