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Canfield AARP turns up the heat on happenings

March 29, 2018
J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

The Canfield AARP (American Association of Retired Persons) has turned up the heat on happenings for spring. In April, the local chapter is planning a blood pressure screening, a history presentation, and a bus trip to Cleveland to hear the Celtic Women Homecoming tour.

"In the winter months we just have our meetings with a weather watch," said AARP spokesperson Nina Wisler. "If there is not school in Canfield we do not have a meeting. That way it is easier for members to watch the news to see if there is a meeting."

She said meetings are normally the first Monday of the month at 1 p.m. at the Canfield Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall. Since the church is not open the day after Easter the April meeting had to be moved to the ninth.

"We have blood pressure readings available and have light refreshments at all meetings," Wisler said.

"We do have speakers and programs at most all meetings. However, we have luncheons at A La Carte catering in July and December with entertainment instead of a program."

The April 9 meeting will feature the History of Canfield, presented by Susan McCabe, a school teacher who is President of the Canfield Historical Society.

Another activity that is a regular tradition for the Canfield AARP are the bus trips during the spring, summer and fall. The next one is set for Thursday, April 19 when members can travel to Cleveland to see the "Celtic Women Homecoming" at the Cleveland State Theater. Included in the trip will be a dinner at Harry's Steak House. Other planned trips for 2018 include a June 26-27 overnight trip to Erie Pa and Presque Isle State Park and an August Mystery trip. For information and reservations, members can call Barb at 330-757-0780. Non-members and guests are welcome at the meetings and bus trips.

"We normally have five to six bus trips a year," Wisler said. "Most are day trips or an overnighter. However there have been trips for several days to New England area, or Straights of Macinack to name a couple."

Presently the Canfield AARP has 150 members from all over the area. They come from Canfield, Boardman, Youngstown, Newton falls, Berlin Center, Columbiana, and Salem areas.

"We have been chartered since 1978," Wisler said.

Anyone interested in becoming an AARP member can join by becoming a national AARP member for $16 per year, then pay an additional $8 for the local chapter. There is a newsletter mailed out four times a year to members giving information regarding meetings, programs, bus trips and other info.

For membership information call Connie at 330-332-0121. The minimum age to join AARP is 50.



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