Covenant Cafe invites everyone to its Open House

PHOTO PROVIDED The Susquehanna Hay Balers 4-H Club will be bringing their petting zoo to the open house.

LOCK HAVEN — The Susquehanna Hay Balers 4-H Club will bring their petting zoo to an open house hosted by Covenant Cafe, an early stage Alzheimer’s activity group, on Tuesday, June 18 from 1-3 p.m. at Covenant United Methodist Church, 44 W. Main St., Lock Haven in celebration of their third anniversary.

The Covenant Cafe is an activity group for people in the early stages of Alzheimer’s or other memory loss diseases. Participants in the group do arts and crafts, physical exercise, games, have entertainment, speakers, food and fun. It is a way for people who might otherwise be isolated and unstimulated to keep active, meet new people and try new things.

The public is invited to come and observe or join in on the fun. Attendees are asked to encourage people they might know with a memory loss to become part of the Covenant Cafe group. Refreshments will be served and a drawing will be held as part of the festivities.

Everyone is welcome at the Open House where Mary-Jo Langston, AmeriCorps worker at the Ross Library will lead the group in an adult coloring class. Coloring has many benefits, including clearing one’s mind, bringing a calming effect, reducing stress, improving sleep and mental health, helping to focus and encouraging creativity and self-expression. Because one can easily multi-task while coloring, it becomes a very social activity. Mary-Jo also conducts a coloring class at the library that is open to the public.

The coloring activity is in keeping with the Longest Day event of art activities to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association. The Longest Day is the day with the most light-the summer solstice. It is the day the Alzheimer’s Association calls on everyone to fight Alzheimer’s disease by raising funds and awareness for care, support and research.

The Potter’s Palette at 105 E. Main St., Lock Haven will participate with an event on June 19 where proceeds will benefit the Alzheimer’s Association. Avenue 209, located at 209 Bellefonte Ave. in Lock Haven will also host a “make and take” art activity with local artist Marianne Olivo and Mary-Jo Langston. In addition, walkers at the STEP Center for Healthy Aging are making contributions to the Alzheimer’s Association through “Seniors Lapping Alzheimer’s.”

The Open House will conclude with the Susquehanna Hay Balers 4-H group who will bring small animals including rabbits and goats for a petting zoo.

The Covenant Cafe is a joint venture between the Outreach and Witness Committee of Covenant United Methodist, the Alzheimer’s Support Group and the Alzheimer’s Association. Participants in this group are given an opportunity to be involved in socially and physically stimulating programs which will help them remain as active as possible.

New members are always welcome. Individuals and families who are interested in being involved in this special program are invited to call Fran Decker, MSW at (570) 748-4302 or (570) 263-2084 or at fdecker@kcnet.org for further information.