Briefs – Sept. 16

Posted: September 16th, 2016 | Briefs, Calendar, Opinion & News Briefs, News | No Comments

OASIS hosts Medicare education event

Baby boomers, Medicare beneficiaries, their families and caregivers in the San Diego area who are confused about Medicare will get a chance to be educated on the program at the Mission Valley OASIS. The education event is part of National Medicare Education Week held Sept. 15–21. This annual observance begins exactly one month before the start of the Medicare Open Enrollment Period which runs Oct. 15–Dec. 7. At the educational event, local UnitedHealthcare representatives will address people’s top questions and will be available to speak one on one. Walgreens will also offer pneumonia and/or flu vaccinations at the events. Charges may apply. Walgreens will ask for your insurance card, or accept cash or check. Vaccines are subject to availability. State, age- and health-related restrictions also may apply. Attendees will also be able to participate in a fitness demonstration through the SilverSneakers program.

The event will be held on Thursday, Sept. 15 at 5 p.m. at Mission Valley OASIS, 1702 Camino Del Rio N, Macy’s, third floor, San Diego, CA, 92108.

To RSVP, please go to and click on Find an Event; or call 855-434-4941. There is no cost to attend but registration is requested.

For those unable to attend the events, UnitedHealthcare will host a Facebook Q&A session on Sept. 15 from noon–2 p.m., where beneficiaries and their loved ones can get their Medicare questions answered in real time. To join, participants should visit Medicare Made Clear’s Facebook page. To learn more about Medicare through online resources, visit

Free rides for Jewish holidays

The Jewish High Holy Days – Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year) on Oct. 3-4 and Yom Kippur on Oct. 12 – are just around the corner.

For older adults who would not attend the religious services for these holidays because they’re unable to drive and lack transportation, Jewish Family Service of San Diego (JFS) is offering free rides to synagogues in 26 zip codes around San Diego through the On the Go program. The program provides seniors of all faiths and backgrounds with easy, accessible and affordable door-to-door transportation to medical appointments, social engagements, errands and more.

JFS is hoping to provide this free service to as many older Jewish adults as possible. Sign up before Sept. 20 at or by calling 858-637-3210.

Magnolia Charter gets top marks

On Aug. 24, the California Department of Education released the results from the 2015-2016 school year Common Core tests and Magnolia Science Academy was the highest performing middle school in the Navajo communities and second highest performing charter middle school in San Diego Unified School District.

In English, 71 percent of Magnolia’s students met or exceeded the standards. The state average was 49 percent. In math, 61 percent of Magnolia students met or exceeded the standards, compared to just 37 percent for the state average.

Across the entire school district, only Old Town Academy performed better among charter middle schools, beating Magnolia by 1 percent in English and 5 percent in math.

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