Triton Community Ed expanding reach to district communities beginning with senior citizen group
Triton Community Ed is starting a new program this month for senior citizens that will move between the three communities in the Triton School District.
O.A.S.I.S (Older Adults Sharing Ideas and Socializing) will have its first meeting on Jan. 14 in West Concord. The group will meet from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. in the temporary library location at 207 W. Main St. Beth Hanggi from New York Life in Dodge Center will explore issues for seniors around long-term care options.
The group will meet the second Monday of each Month and the locations will rotate between Claremont, Dodge Center and West Concord, Triton Community Education Director Kristine Faber said.
Each month there will be time to ask questions of the speakers, socialize and enjoy coffee and treats, Faber said. While not required, she said, pre-registration is requested if possible so that there will be enough refreshments and materials available. Cost for pre-registration is $1 each meeting and $2 at the door.
Faber said that O.A.S.I.S will be a “casual, social gathering” for seniors, a “time to get together.”
Programs have been scheduled through June, she said, with a break in July and August. If there is an interest, she said, it will continue with the next school year.
In February, librarians from Dodge Center Public Library will talk about resources available to seniors.
Dodge Center meetings will be at the Annadine.
In March, the group moves to the Claremont City Hall where Jana Nawrocki from State Farm will answer questions about beneficiaries on insurance and Medicare Part D and car and homeowners insurance. It’s back to West Concord in April where Master Gardener Marian Kleinwort will talk about container gardens for vegetables as well as flowers. This session will be at City Hall.
The second meeting in Dodge Center will be in May, again at the Annadine, when Branden Strong from the Triton Public Schools will talk about the types of computer sage scams that target senior citizens.
Final session of the school year will be at the Claremont City Hall when Nan Babcock talks about keeping bees and making honey in Dodge County.
“All the cities have been super responsive and welcoming,” Faber said. Faber said she would like to expand the Community Ed offerings in both Claremont and West Concord beyond the senior citizen program. Getting 4H clubs in each of the three towns is one of her goals, she said. She also would like to have an art club or crafting in both towns.
Getting volunteers to help with the programs and finding the space for them are among the challenges, she added.
To register for the senior citizens program, offer suggestions for other programs or volunteer to help contact Faber at the Triton Community Ed office at 507- 418-7550.