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GEARS News September 28

Sep 28th, 2015 | By | Category: Front Page, News

Smart Driver

            GEARS Recreation offers Smart Driver driving class.  This Penn Dot approved course may entitle you to a discount on your auto insurance (check with your insurance company). This eight-hour classroom refresher course is designed specifically to meet the needs of older drivers.  Participants will sharpen driving skills, develop strategies for adjusting to age-related changes in vision, hearing and reaction time, and learn about the effects of medication on driving performance.  Class is for motorists age 50 and older.

            Class will take place Tuesday & Wednesday, October 20 & 21 from 2-6 pm.  The fee for the class is $15 for AARP members and $20 for AARP non-members.  Class will take place at the GEARS Community Center, 70 South Poplar Street.  Call the GEARS at 367-0355 for more details and to register.


Medicare Madness

Updates to Medicare.  If you are currently enrolled in Medicare and concerned with congressional changes, this class is for you! The effects of Healthcare Reform on Medicare as well as other current legislative changes to Medicare, which will affect seniors will be discussed. Additionally, an explanation of the Medicare Open Enrollment process and how to select a health plan that will best fit your needs will be provided. Several rounds of Medicare Bingo will be played at the conclusion of the class!  Jonathan Ebersole is a Human Resource Benefits Specialist with over five years of experience working with Medicare and health benefit plans. He has a Masters in Business Administration from Millersville University.  Class is on Wednesday, October 21 from 6-8 pm in the Elizabethtown Area Middle School Recreation Room #2 (600 East High Street, Elizabethtown). Fee is $10 for GEARS members and $14 for non-members. To register or for more information, go online at or call GEARS at 367-0355.


BEARS Youth Basketball Sign-up

            GEARS will be accepting registration for girls and boys in grades 1-9 for the BEARS Youth Basketball Program.  Players will participate in practices and games from late-November through mid-February.  Participation levels are grades 1 & 2 (instructional), grades 3 & 4, grades 5 & 6 and grades 7-9.

Draft day for boys in grades 3-4 is Monday, November 9 from 6-7 pm. Draft day for boys in grades 5-6 is Monday, November 9 from 7:15-8:15 pm. Draft day for girls in grades 3-6 is Wednesday, November 11 from 6-7 pm.  All drafts will be held in the Elizabethtown Area Middle School Gym.

Boys and girls in grades 1-2 is a Saturday only program at East High Elementary.  Boys and girls in grades 3-4 will play one day per week and Saturdays. Grades 5 & 6 and Grades 7-9 will practice two days per week and play games on Saturdays.

Registration fee for the 1st & 2nd grade program is $55. Registration fee for 3rd -6th grades is $60. Fee is $60 for 7th -9th graders. Registration forms will be distributed to all 1st-9th graders in the Elizabethtown Area Schools.

To register or for more information, go online at or call GEARS at 367-0355.


GEARS is in need of volunteer coaches, referees and supervisors for this program.  Contact our office if you are interested in volunteering or 367-0355.


Eastern State Penitentiary “Cobwebs & Cobblestones”

Greet the guide and join the Ghost Tour of Philadelphia for a candle light stroll along the back streets and secret gardens of Independence Park, Society Hill and Old City. Next stop Eastern State Penitentiary, the home of “Terror Behind the Walls” of the nation’s largest haunted attractions. Trip is on Saturday, October 31 with a 2:30 pm departure time from the Elizabethtown Area High School Parking Lot (600 East High Street, Elizabethtown).  Trip fee is $140 per person ($147 non-member).  For a detailed itinerary go online at or call 367-0355.



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