2012-08-02 / Lifestyles

Senior Center

Let the fun begin! You are never too old to play! If you are looking to meet, socialize and have fun with those of the same age as yourself, I encourage you to consider becoming active at the Center. There is no membership fee, you just drop in and staff and volunteers will greet you.

Activities available are a variety of one day and overnight bus trips (We are always open to suggestions.), monthly potlucks, which are held the third Thursday of every month at 4 p.m. , Low Impact Exercise Group, Craft Group and State Bingo.

If you have always wanted to write, try joining the Creative Writing Group. They not only have fun, you will find your story eventually gets published. The instructor is Betty LaPointe.

The Center also has a library with a free book exchange.

Annual events that have become very popular over the years include: Annual Fall Open House Picnic, Christmas Party with dinner, entertainment, Santa and a gift exchange (which is optional) and the men’s favorite, which is the Annual Hotdog Roast. Hotdogs are cooked by volunteers (all men) with everyone’s favorites which include homemade baked beans, potato salad, etc. You might even get treated to Guerda Frenette’s homemade Hot Fudge Ice cream Cake.

If you are a card player you might be interested in Euchre, Pinochle, Bridge, 500. If you like to make crafts, crocheted or knitted items, the Center have a craft and gift display whereas the Senior sells their item, giving 15% profit to the Center and the rest becomes yours. It is always nice to make a little “extra.”

The list goes on and on!! I encourage you to drop by, as I would love to give you a little “tour.” The Center is always open to “new” faces.

Not that I am trying to rush through summer but I wanted to give you an “ahead” notice of when the UP Senior Convention and Expo is scheduled for. We will be taking a bus on Tuesday, Sept. 18. The bus will be departing from the Center parking lot at 9 a.m. as they are opening half hour later this year.

The cost is $14 per person, which includes a ticket to the event and transportation. Once again, we will be taking the Public Transit bus. This years’ theme is “Western.”

I encourage you to get your cowboy hat, boots and attire out which will give you a chance of winning a prize. Last years’ prizes were cash.

They will be providing a breakfast bag, along with a western lunch. There will also be the usual pictures at $1 each, bingo, entertainment, raffles and more. I will try to keep you updated as I get the info.

Gladys LaFord gave a “Treasure and Trash” and miscellaneous donations. A military donation was received by Dave Anderson.

Mabel Patz volunteered to work on the newsletter mailings.

Monetary donations were received in memory of:

• Leatha Vallier from Eva Osterhout, and in

• Erma (Gray) Gundy from Theresa Gray and families.

A Maintenance and Support donation was received from Laura Lee Tegtman.

BRIDGE July 23: 1st-Helen Barton, 2nd-Janice Redeker, 3rd- Sandy Petrille, 4th-Bibi Duquette, 5th-Chris Orr, CFC-Hanna Mammen. Host, George Lowman served coconut mounds cake, chips and cheddar bacon dip.

BRIDGE July 27: 1st-Joyce Lesica, 2nd-Lois Bellville, 3rd- Helen Barton, 4th-Larry Savoie, 5th-Audrey Savoie, CFC-Bibi Duquette. Hostess, Mary Ann Thorell served brownies and ice cream and homemade cookies.

DUPLICATE BRIDGE July 25: 1st-Diane and Ray DuShane, 2nd-Joyce Lesica and Chris Orr, 3rd-Joyce LaTulip and Pat Flint.

PINOCHLE July 25: 1st-Pat Clark, 2nd-George Shampine, 3rd- Peggy Beckman, Should’a Stayed Home-Marie Sellman.

500 July 27th: 1st-Peggy Beckman,. 2nd-Cathy Wise, 3rd-Don’a Nelson, Should’a Stayed Home- Madolyn Eberts.

Birthdays this week: Aug. 2-Rita Nicholson, Ruth Ann Johnson, Diane Carlson, Aug. 4-Jim Cooper, Dora McAlpine, and Becky Nelson, Aug. 5-Rosemary Sablack, Aug. 7-Dave LaPratt and on Aug. 8-Betsy Farmer. Happy birthday wishes to all!!

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