ACCA will be opening at 10 a.m. today.  The Center for Active Living will remain closed.

We will reopen all programs and regular business on Monday, February 17.

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ACCA Closure Update

Due to weather forecasts for a winter storm in our area, ACCA will close tomorrow, Wednesday and Thursday.  If the weather system does NOT develop, we will re-evaluate the situation and open.  If this happens we will let you know. To prepare, ACCA sent out 3 days of meals today with volunteers.  Adult Day Health nurses are checking medications and will send supplies home with clients today in both Winder and Athens.  We will triage those clients that are identified as most at risk and have emergency personnel check on them during the storm.  Thanks and be safe.

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Meals on Wheels Prepares for Bad Weather

Meals on Wheels volunteers arrive at ACCA to get today's meals and additional meals out to clients.

Local Meals on Wheels staff and volunteers have been in overdrive this morning getting ready for the impending weather forecast.  791 meals went out to Clarke County clients today and an additional 201 meals went out in Barrow County totaling 992 meals between the two counties.  These meals were a combination of hot meals, frozen meals, and a meals that are considered “shelf stable” meaning they will remain good and can be prepared even if there is a loss of power.  “Clients and volunteer safety are the biggest concerns for us and our staff at a time like this… we can’t predict what will happen with the weather but we can be proactive and prepared for the worst.  In the case that we aren’t able to get to the clients because of inclement weather, it is our job to make sure they have food available to them and at their table,” stated Jennie Deese, the Chief Executive Office at Athens Community Council on Aging.

29 volunteers gathered at the Athens Community Council on Aging and the Winder Adult Day Health this morning to help prepare and get these meals to the Meals on Wheels clients.  Tapley Bennett has been delivering meals for Meals on Wheels for the past 4 years.  She delivers meals 3 times a week and considers the clients her family.  She came in earlier than usual today to help get the extra meals out to the community.  “Delivering extra boxed meals when inclement weather is expected is so important to the clients that we serve guaranteeing them at least one complete meal each day.  We take for granted our ability to go to the grocery store and pick up bread, milk and anything else we may need.  Many are homebound and depend on the kindness of others and us as Meals on Wheels volunteers.  I am so grateful for ACCA’s Meals on Wheels program and others like it,” stated Bennett.

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Save the Date – Start Training Now for this Run or Walk!!

This year we are pleased to announce that our March for Meals race is now a Peachtree Road Race Qualifier AND we have added a new component, a 12K! We recognize the support this race generates and its reach in the community is wide. As a result, we wanted to freshen it up this year and  extend to our racers the ability to participate in a race that would count toward the Peachtree Road Race as well as adding the 12K race. Why a 12K you ask? Well, we think we are clever and the 5K/12K symbolizes ACCA’s commitment to serving the community 5 days a week, 12 months a year. It sets it apart from other races a little and is fun.

Did you know that almost 9 million older adults in the United States are at risk for hunger, and Georgia is 8th in state rankings for older adult risk of hunger? At ACCA we are working hard to fix that in our community. Programs like Meals on Wheels are an integral piece of community living for so many we serve. You can help us ensure no senior goes hungry in our community with your support of our March for Meals 5K/12K.

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ACCA Closure Update

ACCA has decided to remain closed on Thursday, January 30 because so many roads in the 12 county area that we serve are remaining closed. We love all of our clients, staff, and volunteers and don’t want to take any chances.  Stay safe out there and we can’t wait to see you on Friday.

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ACCA: Closure Update

ACCA will close today at 12:00 p.m. and will remain closed on Wednesday, January 29, 2014. Please check back for more updates or follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/accaging.

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ACCA Participates in MLK Day of Service

Pictured L to R: Cate DeMaria, Maggie DeMaria, Don DeMaria Jr., Don DeMaria Sr., and Melinda DeMaria at ACCA for their 6th year of service on MLK Day.

ACCA was excited to be a site today for the Martin Luther King Day of Service.  It was the 6th year the DeMaria family have participated in the day’s service projects.  They came out ready to work at the Athens Community Council on Aging.  It was a family day of service as they had 3 generations (shown to the left) making the effort lead by Don DeMaria, Sr. who is 80 years young.  The younger Don said it was just one way they could be an example to their children by volunteering and showing the importance service has on entire community.

“It is so great to come out and see such a diverse group and community members of all ages show up.  We had our youngest volunteer at 4 and our oldest at 80.  It just doesn’t get any better,” stated Sarah McKinney, the Director of Development and Volunteerism at ACCA.  The volunteers helped spread mulch in the flower beds, painted lines, arrows, and handicap parking spaces, and created a walk way from Hoyt Street into the ACCA parking lot making street parking more accessible.

The Athens MLK Day of Service centers on the idea of “building a peaceful community” and is led by HandsOn Northeast Georgia through the collaboration of a steering committee representing Athens-Clarke County government, school district, non-profits, the University of Georgia, and community members.

In its 12th year, the Athens MLK Day focuses on service projects on the morning of the holiday, when hundreds of volunteers work on sustainable projects such as playground maintenance, site beautification, and landscape restoration throughout Athens-Clarke County.  Funding for the projects is provided primarily by Service for Peace and the Corporation for National and Community Service, Athens-Clarke County government, Georgia Power, and Keep Athens-Clarke County Beautiful.

By joining together in service, we can help realize King’s dream and build a strong foundation for our future.

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CANCELLED: Line Dancing

Attention: Line Dancing will be cancelled this week because the instructor is sick.  We hope everyone gets well soon.  We will resume dancing next week.

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Do You Have a Nomination?

Ms. Senior Athens is growing. Now in its 4th consecutive year celebrating women from all over the Athens and Northeast Georgia area, Ms. Senior Athens has become ACCA’s most anticipated signature event. This experience is a true celebration of women aged 55 and over. All proceeds from Ms. Senior Athens support ACCA and its mission in the community.

Today Ms. Senior Athens is known for more than the one time event.  Proud participants of Ms. Senior Athens become part of the ‘Women of Distinction’. Including all past and future Ms. Senior Athens participants, the Women of Distinction have the opportunity to become part of a leadership circle at ACCA, serving the community in a variety of ways.

Do you know a Woman of Distinction? Nominate a friend or even yourself today. Click for the 2014 MSA Nomination Form. ACCA is now taking nominations for the 4th annual Ms. Senior Athens event. Nominees are women 55 and over who embody the ideals of living well and aging well.  One winner will be crowned on Sunday, May 4th, 2014 at the Athens Country Club. She will go on to represent the vitality of older women in Athens and the surrounding community throughout her reigning year.

Deadline for nominations is January 31st, 2014.Visit www.accaging.org for more information or please contact KaDee Holt kholt@accaging.org or Sarah McKinney smckinney@accaging.org at 706-549-4850.

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This Week’s Featured CAL Class

Come and learn how to defend yourself as well as the discipline that follows students of Kyuki-Do.  This beginner class is fun for all skill types.  Ken Blumreich leads the class and the group.  Kyuki-Do is a living, growing martial art that continues to expand and change.  In addition to the core elements of Tae Kwon Do, Judo and Hapkido, Kyuki-Do also includes techniques from Jujitsu, Karate, Boxing, Wrestling, traditional weapons from Okinawa and the Philippines, and many other arts and styles.  Come and enjoy the discipline of Kyuki-Do.

Where: ACCA Harris Room                When: Fridays
Time: 2:00pm-3:00pm                       Cost: FREE for CAL members

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