Oxford Senior Center resumes programs and meals, adds amenities

In the past, the schedule for the first Friday of each month was a celebration of that month’s birthdays and he said that would resume with the first Friday in May.

The April 8 program will be a Cleveland resident talking about old sitcom television series. Another popular Friday event at the center also returns – the Friday Afternoon Movies – which usually follow the take-out meal and program, around 1:30 p.m.

“Hopefully we’ll see some people coming back for the hospitality event,” Schnabl said. “We are always open to people’s ideas about the programs. We invite people to share their hobbies or interests.

A popular program has fallen victim to the pandemic.

The Big Band dances were put on hiatus during the pandemic and the band, which came here from Hamilton to play for them, moved the schedule to Pohlman Bowling Lanes in Hamilton, where Schnabl called the dances “still a big event in courses in the county.

Members returning to the center will notice changes throughout the building thanks to grants and renovations carried out over the past year. The great room has a brighter look with new flooring and a lighter paint color, replacing the pink color used in the room when it was built in the early 1980s. The office has seen the removal of the counter which was in place for many years, replaced by an office. The carpet has been replaced and paintings have been hung. Workspaces have been created and the clutter is removed. A new telephone system is also in place.

“Efficiency is time saved and it’s time to help the elderly, more time to visit and socialize,” Schnabl said. “In the library, we plan an archive space and elements of history on the shelves. We thought about better ways to use the space.

The library saw painting and new carpeting as well as the removal of the large conference table, which was replaced with smaller tables so more people could use it.

Other amenities added to the great room have included computer stations for those without access to a computer at home, a large screen TV, and more comfortable chairs.

Pool tables remain and are as popular as ever, the manager said.


The pool tables remain a popular attraction at the Oxford Senior Center with players turning up several days a week to play. CONTRIBUTE/BOB RATTERMAN

The pool tables remain a popular attraction at the Oxford Senior Center with players turning up several days a week to play.  CONTRIBUTE/BOB RATTERMAN
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The pool tables remain a popular attraction at the Oxford Senior Center with players turning up several days a week to play. CONTRIBUTE/BOB RATTERMAN

The large screen TV is on the east wall with a group of chairs. The space is to be used for Friday afternoon films as well as special video programs. He cited the example of exercise classes taught by Miami students. Videos of past classes can be used when students are away, such as last week’s spring break.

Television was used last week for a video on the city’s overall plan – Oxford Tomorrow – to inform residents of the first public input meeting and how to submit comments in time for the second meeting in April.

The kitchen added a commercial freezer as they were serving frozen meals during the pandemic and Schnabl joked that it would be great to have an ice cream social. A new dishwasher is coming soon to replace the one they haven’t used in two years and found “clogged.”

A new air treatment system has been installed to better clean the air in the building and another has also been installed in the adult day care area of ​​the Lutheran Church.

Toilet taps have been replaced with touchless taps.

The Lending Closet continues to be a grassroots, need-filled effort. They have an assortment of wheelchairs, walkers, and scooters to lend to those in short-term need.

Schnabl said they were grateful for the grants that funded improvements to the center. The city budgeted some funds and then provided money from COVID relief funds. In November, they learned of grants available from the Ohio Department of Aging. The catch was that the money had to be spent by the end of December and that set off a flurry of activity, grant writing, work planning and getting it done.

“We have received our large items. It was a stressful time, but it calmed down in mid-January,” he said.

Staff want to see a crowd at the first Friday meal in two years and are eager to meet new people who want to learn more about what the center has to offer.

Meals on Wheels meals are still provided by McCullough-Hyde Memorial Hospital/TriHealth, but are in compartmentalized serving dishes. The same meals are available Monday through Thursday at the center for $2.50. Reservations are required by 4pm the day before so they can get an accurate number to order.

The menu of the month is printed in the members’ newsletter, so that people can choose the days for the meals they prefer.