News Categories: Precinct 4 Encore!

26 Aug
By: Communications 0

Precinct 4 Encore! Serves Adults Above 50

By Crystal Simmons

There’s plenty to love about turning 50 – discounts, more time with family and friends, and financial stability – but being called a senior citizen usually isn’t one of them.

Adults are living longer, healthier lives. Attitudes about aging are also shifting as people over 50 seek to redefine what it means to age.

These changes haven’t gone unnoticed in Harris County Precinct 4. Jan Sexton, director of Precinct 4 Encore!, has worked to modernize the precinct’s program for those over 50  for years.

Most recently, Sexton won approval from Commissioner R. Jack Cagle to change the name of the program from Precinct 4’s Senior Adult Program to Precinct 4 Encore!. Despite the name change, she said, Encore! will continue to provide activities, volunteer opportunities, and day trips to adults above 50, just as Precinct 4’s Senior Adult Program has done for the past 27 years.

“We don’t want to call our participants anything other than adults,” said Sexton. “We wish to focus on new ways to serve this growing population who challenge conventional thinking about aging and seek to discover and rediscover purposeful ways to make a difference throughout their lives.”

The changes come after a 2014 demographic study found that not only were Precinct 4 residents above 50 healthier and more youthful, but they craved new programs to fit their lifestyle.

“We began tailoring our programs several years ago to respond to this stage of life that included more active day trips and volunteer opportunities,” said Sexton. “We recognized that these adults are active, healthy, skilled, knowledgeable, and wise. So we combined educational and recreational opportunities with service to create social impact – which, in turn, creates purposeful lives.”

To learn more about Encore!, visit www.hcp4.net/encore/.

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21 Jun
By: Communications 0

Evening of Live Entertainment at the 18th Annual Precinct 4 Opry

Harris County Precinct 4 Encore! invites the community to enjoy three hours of live rock, folk, and country music during the 18th annual Precinct 4 Opry Friday, Aug. 16, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Humble Civic Center, 8233 Will Clayton Parkway in Humble.

Musicians Michael and Ginny Hix return with The Holla Band and other special guests to bring uniquely dynamic, high-energy performances featuring pop, rock, and country hits from the past. Michael Hix has been compared to entertainers like Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson, Dean Martin, Johnny Carson, Steve Martin, and Sammy Davis Jr. Ginny Hix sings traditional country music with hints of swing, blues, and jazz.

Tickets for the Precinct 4 Opry are $15 for adults and $10 for children 12 and younger. Transportation from 10 locations will be provided by Harris County Precinct 4 Encore for individuals above 50. For more information or to register online, visit www.hcp4.net/encore/events.

 

 

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23 May
By: Communications 0

Precinct 4’s Senior Adult Program Gets New Name

Goodbye, Senior Adult Program. Hello, Encore! Harris County Precinct 4’s Senior Adult Program has a fresh, new name to reflect modern attitudes about aging.

The Encore! program will continue to provide activities, volunteer opportunities, and day trips to adults over 50, just as Precinct 4’s Senior Adult Program has done for the past 27 years. But Jan Sexton, director of the Precinct 4 Encore! program, said the new name will help eliminate the negative stereotypes of aging.

“We don’t want to call our participants anything other than adults.” said Sexton. “We wish to focus on new ways to serve this growing population who challenge conventional thinking about aging and seek to discover and rediscover purposeful ways to make a difference throughout their lives.”

The name change comes after Precinct 4’s former Senior Adult Program conducted a demographic study on aging. The study found that not only were participants healthier and more youthful, but they craved new programs to fit their lifestyle.

“We began tailoring our programs several years ago to respond to this stage of life that included more active day trips and volunteer opportunities,” said Sexton. “We recognized that these adults are active, healthy, skilled, knowledgeable, and wise. So we combined educational and recreational opportunities with service to create social impact – which, in turn, creates purposeful lives!

To reflect this image, the senior adult program will be replaced with the new departmental name, Precinct 4 Encore!, starting June 1. Stay tuned for updates!

For more information on Precinct 4’s Encore Program, click here.

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01 Feb
By: Communications 0

Help4Hunger Food Distribution Event

Individuals and families needing food assistance are invited to a special food distribution event Saturday, Feb. 2, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Mangum-Howell Center, 2500 Frick Road in Houston.

“We stand ready to distribute food to whoever needs assistance,” said Harris County Precinct 4 Commissioner R. Jack Cagle. “Although the food drive will help those affected by the government shutdown, I invite everyone in need to apply.”

Registration is required at https://bit.ly/2WlD9l0 or by calling 713-274-4050.

Mangum-Howell Center is a Precinct 4 community center located in Doss Park, 2500 Frick Road, Houston 77038. Center hours are Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information regarding classes or other Center programs, please call 281-591-7830 or visit www.hcp4.net/ccenters. Mangum-Howell Center’s free intergenerational programs are part of Harris County Precinct 4 Commissioner R. Jack Cagle’s educational and recreational commitment to Harris County residents.

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01 Feb
By: HCP4 Admin 0

Help4Hunger Food Distribution Event

Individuals and families needing food assistance are invited to a special food distribution event Saturday, Feb. 2, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Mangum-Howell Center, 2500 Frick Road in Houston.

“We stand ready to distribute food to whoever needs assistance,” said Harris County Precinct 4 Commissioner R. Jack Cagle. “Although the food drive will help those affected by the government shutdown, I invite everyone in need to apply.”

Registration is required at https://bit.ly/2WlD9l0 or by calling 713-274-4050.

Mangum-Howell Center is a Precinct 4 community center located in Doss Park, 2500 Frick Road, Houston 77038. Center hours are Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information regarding classes or other Center programs, please call 281-591-7830 or visit www.hcp4.net/ccenters. Mangum-Howell Center’s free intergenerational programs are part of Harris County Precinct 4 Commissioner R. Jack Cagle’s educational and recreational commitment to Harris County residents.

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