Owasso Golden Agers is the service arm of the senior program. "Keeping Young While Growing Older" is their motto. They provide support, both financially and through volunteers, for the programs offered which includes a transportation program for seniors. They have fundraisers through the year. Popular fundraisers are two book sales and a spaghetti supper followed by bingo. The proceeds help supply and serve the needs of their active seniors program. Funds are used for activities, like crafts, decorations, party prizes and special recognition awards. OGA Membership - Members receive an informative monthly newsletter that includes monthly news and information, a schedule of weekday activities and seasonal fundraisers. Join today. Annual membership dues are $12.00 and are due by January 1st each year.
Owasso Senior Citizen Foundation is a tax exempt (501c3) organization whose primary purpose is to receive and manage a corpus of funds to assure that a viable Owasso senior program is not totally dependent on government funding. The foundation has made recent special purchases for the Center that includes bookcases and tables for the library, armchairs, two computers and a Wii game and fitness machine.
Seniors gather daily, Monday – Friday between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. to participate in a range of diverse activities.
This class is offered at 9:30 a.m. on Thursdays. This small group is led by a fellow Christian who has a developed lesson and encourages discussion and questions.
This event is scheduled on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at 9:30 a.m. There is no cost to play. Prizes are provided by local sponsors and include things such as candy, gift certificates, word search puzzles and household items such as tea towels, candles, paper towels and toilet tissue.
Seniors birthdays are celebrated monthly. The Newsletter informs seniors when these celebrations will take place. A local sponsor provides a birthday cake and everyone who attends has their picture in the newsletter to help spread the word about their special day.
The Owasso Golden Agers host a bi-annual during the second week of June and November. The sale is open from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Thursday and from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday and Friday. Books of all genres will be available.
Book donations are accepted year-round. Books of all authors, topics and genres are welcome – no magazines, please. Donations are accepted Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the reception desk at the center. For more information, call 918-272-3903.
Free Health Checks that include blood pressures are offered on the 1st and 3rd Fridays before the Fun, Food and Fellowship Luncheon. Checks are also offered on the 2nd, 4th and 5th Wednesdays after the exercise class.
The project helps provide food for people who are food insecure; create community, teach people to grow food so they in turn can teach others. Seniors may participate in the community garden project located directly behind the community center. If you wish to participate, complete an application at the office. Gardeners may follow garden newsfeeds on specific gardening activities on Facebook. Spring gardening will begin in April after danger of frost and end in the fall. Gardens will be cleaned up and all garden rubbish removed for the winter.
Classes teaching computer skills are offered seasonally according to the schedule.
Field trips are taken periodically and are advertised in the monthly newsletter and require advance sign up. Past field trips have included the Cherokee Cultural Center in Tahlequah, the Oklahoma Aquarium in Jenks and the Tall Grass Prairie in Ponca City. Participants are asked to pay for their own lunch, admission to the attractions (if applicable) plus gas money for the van.
Food is offered each Friday morning at 9:00 a.m. except on the Friday before the third Saturday. Grocery items such as bread, cakes, pies, yogurt, milk, cheese, salad and fruit are available at no charge. Each senior who would like some food is required to sign in and can choose items from each table according to the day’s limits. Because cakes and pies are so popular, vouchers for these items are provided at random.
Fun, Food and Fellowship Luncheon A potluck luncheon is held on Fridays at 11:30 a.m. Seniors take turns at cooking the main entrée and being hosts/hostesses in the kitchen. All participants bring a covered casserole to share or they contribute to the donation jar to help cover the expenses of the main dish.
The Owasso Golden Agers host several fundraiser dinners throughout the year, including a spaghetti dinner in the fall. Members volunteer their time and talents to plan, cook and serve the community. Dinner is from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. and is followed by bingo.
Seniors come to play Canasta, Rumikub, Phase 10, Dominoes and other games as well as work challenging puzzles, play sports on the Wii or whatever else is of interest.
Genealogy SeekersClub meet on the first and third Thursday of the month at Noon. Members use online and paper resources to track down their family history. Members share tips on things they have found helpful in tracking down family members and also share with each other what they have found since the last meeting.
Knit and Crochet Class is at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday mornings. Several women bring their projects with them and show each other what they are working on and talk and work together. One-on-one instruction is also available by appointment. Please call 918-272-3903 to arrange for instruction or bring your current knitting or crochet projects and join in the fun.
The community center has a library available for all seniors to enjoy. The library includes many books that have proven popular with seniors including: Love Inspired romance novels; Christian; Westerns; and Mysteries. Stop by and enjoy the library any time during office hours.
Letters from the Heart
This program is designed for all ages to communicate love, respect and appreciation through writing letters of encouragement to the troops. Working hand in hand with Blue Star Mothers, citizens convey their love through letters and gifts placed in monthly care packages to the troops.
A Nutrition Program is offered Monday–Thursday for all seniors. Lunch is served at 11:00 a.m. Seniors 60 and older are asked to make a donation to the extent of their financial ability. Those under 60 are charged the cost of the meal. Reservations for a meal are made by calling 918-272-3903 by 11:00 a.m. the day before you would like a meal. Those dining can communicate a reservation for the next day when they dine. To review the menu, please click on the link above.
Lunch and Learn Seminars
These seminars are periodically offered during lunch time and topics covered include Healthy Feet Habits, Healthy Aging, Nutrition and Chronic Diseases. It is not required that you eat the meal provided to attend these seminars, however, please feel free to bring your own lunch with you if you would still like to participate in the seminars.
Lunch Out takes place once a month at a local restaurant. Seniors are provided transportation from the Center to the restaurant in the community center car or 14-passenger van. Other seniors may meet us at the restaurant. Watch the monthly newsletter for the date and place of the next Lunch Out and call the office to make your reservation with the group booking!
Once a month seniors gather for an afternoon movie immediately following lunch. The movie varies from old favorites, such as Shirley Temple classics and White Christmas to newer movies such as Cool Runnings, Sister Act and Sleepless in Seattle. Snacks are provided and everyone is encouraged to enjoy a good movie with good friends.
Over the Counter Meds
There is a monthly distribution for over the counter medications at the center. Tulsa County Recycled Medication Program is the first program in the nation to legally "recycle" unused prescription drugs from long-term care facilities and over the counter medications to charity clinics. INCOG Area Agency on Aging helps facilitate the delivery of over-the-counter medications to seniors in nutrition sites and to home-bound seniors.
Pool tables are available for all area seniors. The Pool Room has 5 pool tables. Balls and cues are provided or you can bring your own. There is an In-house Tournament the first Tuesday of the month beginning at 9:00 a.m. Owasso hosts an Invitational 8-Ball Tournament four times per year. It is an excellent pool room with fun and fellowship for all. Pool players also travel to other venues to play at other centers.
The Quilters meet from 8:00 a.m. to Noon on Mondays and Wednesdays. The ladies work on one quilt together for members of the community. They donate their proceeds to either the Owasso Golden Agers or the Owasso Senior Citizens Foundation. These talented ladies have a waiting list for their services. If you have a special project for them, feel free to call 918-272-3903 to leave a message for the group and to be added to the list. It will be worth the wait!
Exercises are offered Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 9:30 a.m. Most of the exercises are chair exercises and are designed to increase range of motion and get the participants’ heart rate up. At the end of the hours’ class, members of the class may choose to participate in a walking video. This class has a lot of fun and has grown tremendously. A personal trainer leads the class once a month to offer more specialized exercises.
Scrapbooking class meets the third Tuesday of the month at 12:30 p.m. beginning February 15. This class is led by Glenda Payne. There is no cost to attend, but you will need to bring necessary supplies with you, including:
Paper for your album - always purchase acid free/archival quality paper to safe guard photos
Photos you wish to use, organized by theme or occasion
Gel pens - archival safe/fade proof
Scissors and a ruler
X-ACTO knife if you want to crop photos/cutting board
Acid free/archival safe scrapbook adhesives
Acid free stickers to complete the look you desire
Page protectors if your album does not come with them - archival quality
The most important thing is to get started. If you have photos or mementoes that mean a lot to you, then they are worthy of your time, effort and a little expense.
Thank you to all the Senior Program’s current sponsors:
Canoe Brook Assisted Living and
Alzheimer’s Care Community
Millennium Home Health Care
National Steak & Poultry
Wal-Mart Neighborhood Center
Free tax preparation is offered through the AARP Tax Aide program on Tuesdays and Thursdays, beginning in February until the tax deadline in April. Appointments are made for senior citizens age 50 and older from 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Walk-ins are also accepted between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. on those days. Please bring the following with you when you come to have your taxes prepared:
Copy of last year’s income tax return
W-2 forms from each employer
Unemployment compensation statements
Real estate tax documentation
SSA-1099 form if you were paid Social Security benefits
All 1099 forms (1099-INT, 1099-DIV, 1099-B, etc.) showing interest and/or dividends and documentation showing original purchase price of sold assets
1099-misc. showing any miscellaneous income
1099-R form if you received a pension or annuity
All forms indicating federal income tax paid
Dependent care provider information (name, employer, ID, Social Security number)
All receipts or canceled checks if itemizing deductions
Social Security cards or other official documentation for yourself and all dependents
Transportation is provided Monday-Friday between 8:30 and 9:30 a.m. to the Community Center for seniors living in the Owasso area. Rides home are scheduled at approximately 11:45 a.m. after lunch. Seniors may call 918-272-3903 between 8:00 and 8:15 a.m. daily or the day before to request a ride. Partial subsidies are provided for this program. Donations may be made to the Owasso Golden Agers.