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SPECIAL EVENTS

UPCOMING 2019 EVENTS: PLEASE CHECK BACK REGULARLY FOR EVENT UPDATES:

SENIOR JOB FAIR(S): The Monroe County Office for the Aging, in partnership with Monroe County's Workforce Development Manager, and a few of our area partners to host four job fairs around Monroe County in 2019. Employers will be on-site with various part-time and full-time job opportunities tailored to meet the changing needs of older adult workers, including positions for people with limitations.  

Events will take place from 11:00am - 1:00pm on the dates and at the locations below. For more information please call 753-6280

  • Town of Chili Senior Center: 3235 Chili Ave, Rochester, NY 14624 - This event was held on Wednesday, June 19th - 4 area employers participated with 30 individuals attending to check out and apply for available positions.
  • Town of Henrietta Senior Center: 515 Calkins Road, Henrietta, NY 14623 - Wednesday, July 24th. 
  • Town of Greece Community & Senior Center: 1 Vince Tofany Blvd., Rochester, NY 14612 - Wednesday, September 4th
  • Multi-Aging Resource Center at the Eastside Penfield YMCA: 1835 Fairport Nine Mile Point Rd, Penfield, NY 14526 - Wednesday, October 2nd

SALUTE TO SENIORS: Friday, August 2nd, 2019 from 10am - 2pm at Ontario Beach Park. This annual event is held in partnership with several Monroe County Departments to help our community's older adults celebrate summer and enjoy a day at the beach.

Activities:

  • Come enjoy the musical stylings of the Gates Swingers Big Band and the Mambo Kings and dance!
  • Participate in a Tai Chi Demonstration from Lifespan's Tai Chi for Arthritis instructor
  • Take the opportunity to learn about Narcan (lifesaving medication for opiod overdoses) and walk away with a Narcan Kit 
  • Take a ride on the carousel or a walk on the beach
  • Join our area Senior Center participants to learn more about their programs, play games, and meet some of their members
  • Free Lemonade and Ice Water throughout the day
  • Pre-ordered lunches available per eligibility and details below
  • Thank you Giveways 

Vendor Tables (as of July 17, 2019  and will be updated weekly):

  • Monroe County Library
  • Monroe County Clerk's Office
  • Monroe County Department of Public Health
  • Monroe County Sheriff's Office
  • Monroe County Veteran's Services Agency
  • Barclay-Damon LLP
  • Aetna
  • Alzheimer's Association
  • Catholic Family Center
  • Clear Captions
  • Chateau at Heritage Square 55+ Community
  • Cornerstone Property Managers, LLC
  • Doyle Medical Monitoring
  • ElderOne 
  • Elite Choice 
  • Episcopal SeniorLife Communities
  • Foodlink
  • Goodwill of the Finger Lakes
  • The Good Food Collective
  • iCircle
  • Jewish Senior Life
  • Jewish Senior Life Adult Day Program
  • Living Well Companion Care
  • NYS OPWDD Senior Companion Program
  • St. John's
  • Tivity Health's Silver Sneakers Program
  • Thrive at Home
  • Veterans Outreach Center
  • Woodcrest Commons

Other Event Information:

  • Attending the event to listen to music, participate in activities and visit vendors is free, however for food: Eligible Individuals (age 60+, spouse of an individual age 60+, or adult disabled child attending with eligible participant) may reserve a boxed lunch by July 23rd. Those who do not meet the eligibility criteria may pay $7.50 for a boxed lunch but it must be reserved by July 23rd.
  • We ask that eligible individuals consider making a contribution of $3.50 per meal ordered. If you are eligible, you may not be turned away for failure or refusal to provide a contribution, but you may not be provided a meal if you do not reserve your meal by July 23rd.
  • To reserve a boxed lunch please contact your local senior center. 
  • If you do not participate in any senior center/community center programs, you can contact our office at (585) 753-6280 Monday - Friday from 8am to 5pm.
    • A list of meals ordered through our office will be maintained at the Monroe County Office for the Aging table and lunch tickets distributed to individuals on the reserve list. 
    • All lunch orders must be received by end of busines on July 23rd, 2019 or we cannot guarantee a meal will be available.
    • If you order a lunch through your area senior or community center, you may pick up your meal at their assigned area in the park (map will be available at MCOFA table).
    • If you order a lunch by calling our office, you must come to the MCOFA table to receive a meal ticket. 
    • Contributions for eligible individuals and full meal payment for ineligible individuals may be mailed to: Monroe County Office for the Aging, 435 E. Henrietta Road, 3rd Floor, Rochester, NY 14620. 
    • We do not recommend sending cash though the mail, however contributions will remain confidential and any personal information on a check will not be used for purposes other than depositing the check.
  • Please bring feel free to bring a chair and cooler.
  • All shelters are reserved for congregate meal participants from our senior centers. 
  • Picnic tables are available, but they are first come, first serve.

We would like to thank Peerplace Networks LLC for sponsoring the Gates Swingers Big Band. We'd also like to thank our community partners and vendors for their participation and assistance.

If you are interested in becoming a vendor for this fun event, please see attached forms and contact Hali Radecker at (585) 753-6953 or email: HaliRadecker@monroecounty.gov. 

2019 Salute to Seniors Event Flyer

2019 Salute to Seniors Vendor Letter

2019 Salute to Seniors Vendor Application

NEW for 2019: SENIOR DAY AT THE ZOO: Friday, September 20th from 10:00am - 2:00pm at the Seneca Park Zoo

This event will showcase Seneca Park Zoo's newest family members and exhibits. Individuals age 60+, their spouse of any age and adult disabled children that reside with the older adult are invited to attend free of charge. If the older adult cares for a non-school aged child and supervises that child, they are able to attend for free. Parents of non-school aged grandchildren will have to pay regular admission and non-school aged grandchildren are free of charge only if attending with an eligible older adult. 

A boxed lunch will be provided for eligible attendees. Boxed lunches can be ordered through your area senior center beginning Monday, August 5th thru Friday, September 6th, or by calling Hali Radecker at 753-6953 or email: MCOFA@monroecounty.gov.  The tram will run throughout the day at no charge. In addition, shuttle buses will run throughout the parking lots. There are some wheelchairs available at the ZooShop free of charge (first come, first serve) and a handi-cart is available for individuals in need of assistance to get back to the front gate. Please contact the Monroe County Office for the Aging at 753-6280 after September 1st for information on reserving a meal for the day and any additional questions about the event.

FALLS PREVENTION DAY WITH OUR PARTNERS AT LIFESPAN OF GREATER ROCHESTER, INC.: Tuesday, September 17, 2019 at Lifespan of Greater Rochester, Inc.

Falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries for older adults. Falls threaten seniors’ safety and independence. They can generate enormous economic and personal costs. In honor of National Falls Prevention Month, this open house event is held annually in September to educate our community on what they can do to prevent falls and how to fall safer when a fall does occur. In partnership with the Monroe County Office for the Aging, Lifespan of Greater Rochester, Inc. will host demonstrations, assessments, and education from area professionals about falls - what can cause them, how to avoid them and how to minimize/prevent injury when a fall happens. Please check back for more information soon!

COATS FOR SENIORS: Annual Kickoff date TBD. New and gently used clean coats will be collected at area senior centers, Monroe County facilities, and other partner locations. These will then be disseminated to older adults in need. Monroe County typically collects and redistributes 600-700 coats per year. If you are an older adult in need of a new or gently used coat for fall/winter in 2019-20, please contact our office at 753-6280 to be placed on a wait list. We will call when a coat with your size has been collected. Coats are typically collected October - January of each year.

INTERGENERATIONAL FALL CLEAN UP: Saturday, October 26, 2019 - kickoff at Monroe Community Hospital at 9:00am.

Volunteers  and Yards Needed! Please call Hali Radecker at 753-6953 or email: HaliRadecker@monroecounty.gov!

This event is held every fall in partnership with the Rochester/Monroe County Youth Bureau to help older adults who own their own homes prepare for winter. Volunteers throughout Monroe County rake the yards of frail older adults who have limited support to help them remain independent in their homes.

Eligibility: Home owners age 60+ who can no longer rake their own yard and/or have limited family or financial supports.  

Volunteers will need to transport themselves to yard assignments and youth under age 18 must be chaperoned by an adult. Rakes will be available and must be returned to Monroe Community Hospital when yard assignment(s) have been completed. If the volunteer has their own rakes they will not need to return after the event.

ANNUAL PUBLIC HEARING & ELDER LAW FAIR: Wednesday, October 16th from 7:45am - 12pm (speakers start at 8:15am) at Temple B'rith Kodesh on Elmwood Avenue.

The Annual Public Hearing portion of this event is held as a requirement under the Older Americans Month to educate individuals in the community about the Office for the Aging's plan for a coordinated system of community based long-term care services and supports. This is also an opportunity for individuals to provide feedback regarding the plan prior to submittal for state approvals. This event is combined with the Elder Law Fair, a partnership with the Monroe County Bar Association, Legal Assistance Center of Western NY, Lifespan, and AARP, to offer older adults and caregivers the opportunity to learn about and obtain assistance in understanding legal issues that may impact older adults and their caregivers. Check back for more information as we get closer!

HOLIDAY BALL: Wednesday, December 4, 2019 from 5:30pm to 8:30pm at the DoubleTree Hotel on the corner of Jefferson Road and E. Henrietta Road in Henrietta, NY.

This annual dinner and dance is held in early December from 5:30pm - 8:30PM to join together our community's older adults and youth from high school and college to celebrate the holidays and traditions from a variety of faiths and cultures.

  • Each senior center that participates puts together a basket that will be raffled off to older adult attendees at the event.
  • Four lucky attendees will make up the King and Queen's Court for the evening.
  • There will be a photo booth, dancing and live music.
  • Seating will be limited and each area senior center will be alloted a selection of seats.
  • Centers who receive transportation through Medical Motor Services will also receive a number of transportation slots.  

How to reserve your seat:

  • Beginning Monday, October 7th, interested older adults age 60+ or the spouse of an individual age 60+ may contact their area senior/community center to reserve their seat. There is a suggested contrbution of $3.50 for eligible older adults attending, though no eligible individual may be turned away for failure or refusal to provide a contribution.
  • Interested Youth may contact, Special Events Coordinator, Hali Radecker at HaliRadecker@monroecounty.gov or by calling (585) 753-6953.

Past 2019 Events:

SPRING FLING: This event was held on Friday, May 17th from 10:00am - 2:00pm at the Memorial Art Gallery on University Avenue. We 220 individuals in attendance, maximum capacity for the available space.

  • County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo honored all of Monroe County's Older Adults in recognition of Older American's Month and Nominees for Senior of the Year:
    • Susan VanStrydonck - Penfield
    • Paul Morehouse - Webster (unable to attend)
    • Lynn Smith - Henrietta
    • Luba Balycz - Ogden
  • Assemblyman Mark Johns was in attendance to honor the nominees from his district: Susan VanStrydonck (Penfield) and Paul Morehouse (Webster)
  • Senator Ortt was unavailable to attend but sent a proclamation honoring nominee Luba Balycz from Ogden.
  • Assemblyman Harry Bronson was also unable to attend but sent acknowledgements and congratulations to all honorees as his role of Aging Chair for the NYS Assembly and recognition for Lynn Smith from his district in Henrietta.

Picture of attendees enjoying Spring Fling Picture of attendees enjoying Spring Fling
Attendees enjoying Spring Fling

Picture of County Executive with nominee Lynn Smith Picture of County Executive with nominee Luba Balycz Picture of Executive with nominee Susan VanStrydonck and her family
Left:County Executive with nominee Lynn Smith
Center: County Executive with nominee Luba Balycz
Right: County Executive with nominee Susan VanStrydonck and her family

Picture of attendees touring Memorial Art Gallery Picture of attendees touring Memorial Art Gallery Picture of attendees touring Memorial Art Gallery
Attendees touring Memorial Art Gallery

BEAT THE WINTER BLUES: This NEW event was held on Tuesday, February 19th from 10am - 2pm at Radio Social, Rochester's newest Social Club. Located in the historic Stromberg-Carlson Building at 20 Carlson Road, 224 congregate meal participants and community's youth came together for a day of friendship, mentorship, and positive youth development. Our seniors had the opportunity to bowl, play skiball, giant jenga, billiards, corn hole and other games with our community's youth. A boxed lunch was provided. [Stay tuned - so much fun was had by all that we are planning another date!]

Two Generations - Learning Together Furthering Opportunities for Independence - Futhering Opportunities for Fun
Left: Two Generations - Learning Together
Right: Furthering Opportunities for Independence - Furthering Opportunities for Fun!


 
Left: Centro de Oro Senior Center & Monroe High School Students - Friendships Forming in All Languages
Right: Winter Blues Be Gone! Rest is Now On!

 

2018 EVENT UPDATES:

COATS FOR SENIORS: This event was kicked off with a press conference at the County Office Building on December 5, 2018 with County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo and our committed sponsors. The Coats for Seniors Campaign is an annual appeal to our community to look into their heart and their closets, and donate new and gently used coats to assist our community's older adults in need. Coats were collected from December 5, 2018 - January 11, 2019 and then picked up from area drop locations. On January 22, 2019, 700 coats were sorted and re-distributed to our community's seniors and others in need. We thank our generous sponsors and the community for their contribution to keeping our community's older adults safer and warmer this winter season. Sponsor's included: Medical Motor Services of Rochester and Monroe County, Inc., The Greater Rochester Area Partnership for the Elderly (GRAPE), Colony Dry Cleaners, Dry Clean Express and several Monroe County Departments. 

SALUTE TO SENIORS: On Friday, August 17, 2018 approximately 700 older adults from across Monroe County joined us at Ontario Beach Park to celebrate summer with a picnic lunch, entertainment, vendors, and more. 

 

PUBLIC HEARING & ELDER LAW FAIR: On Saturday, October 13, 2018, 83 participants came to Monroe Community Hospital, located at 435 E. Henrietta Road, to hear about Monroe County's plans to deliver person-centered community based long-term care services and supports with our contracted providers in 2019-20. Under the Older Americans Act, public review and comment is required prior to MCOFA submitting an annually updated plan of programs and services for state approval. In addition, attorneys and vendors from across Monroe County came to provide education and help older adults and caregivers understand their rights. Topics included Medicaid, Powers of Attorney, Guardian Rep-Payees, Social Security Issues, Estate Planning and more.

INTERGENERATIONAL FALL CLEAN-UP: As a joint event with the Rochester/Monroe County Youth Bureau, the Monroe County Office for the Aging held a kick-off breakfast on Saturday, October 27, 2018 at Monroe Community Hospital for about 293 volunteers. These volunteers then went to the homes of 68 older adult residents throughout Monroe County to rake their lawns and bag leaves to prepare for winter. This event creates postiive youth development and allows our community's young adults to pay it forward and help an older adult in need.

ZOO's CLUES: As a joint event with the Rochester/Monroe County Youth Bureau, approximately 110 youth ages 7-15 and 90 older adult participants from area senior centers came together on July 13, 2018 at Seneca Park Zoo to visit the zoo animals while performing a scavenger hunt to learn about the animals and their habitat. 


​​​​This event helps bring together Monroe County's multiple generations to learn and grow from each other.

SPRING FLING: On May 23, 2018, 380 individuals age 60+, who participate in Monroe County's Senior Nutrition Program at area community and senior centers, came together at the Double Tree Hotel in Henrietta to celebrate Older American's Month. This event allowed the opportunity for Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo and MCOFA staff to honor our community's older adults for their many contributions to our community.

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