2012-11-15 / Lifestyles

Senior Center

Christmas party tickets are ready! We have set the date for Thursday, Dec. 13. The cost will remain the same, which is $9 per person. The evening will start out with social time beginning at 2 p.m. This time will allow you to have a few “snacks” and an opportunity to get your picture taken with Santa. Pictures are optional!

You will then get the chance to sit back and listen to Christmas music which will be provided by Darrell Dixson. By the time Darrell gets done we will all “believe” in Santa! The gift exchange will follow at 5 p.m. for those wanting to participate. Ladies are to buy a $5 gift exchange for a lady and men are to do the same and mark it for a man.

Hopefully your tummy will be settled from all those “snacks” by 5:30 p.m. and you will get the chance to enjoy a delicious dinner provided by Caterer, Bonnie Hokenson. Dinner will include baked ham and Swiss steak, real mashed potatoes with gravy, stuffing, caramelized carrots and rolls and butter. If you have room left for dessert, you will choose between cheesecake and frosted pumpkin bars. Yum, yum! Raffle and door prizes will end the evening.

Drop by the Center office and get your ticket.

The very next day we have Public Transit lined up to take us to the Island Resort and Casino in Escanaba to see the Broadway’s Spirit of Christmas Show. The bus will be departing from the Senior Center parking lot at 4:30 p.m. This will allow those who are riding the bus time to eat dinner or play before the show. The show begins at 8 p.m. The bus will head back to Manistique directly after the show.

Community Home Medical will be at the Center on today (Nov. 15) offering free blood pressure clinic and oxygen level readings from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. They have plans of doing this the first Thursday of every month.

CAA will be honoring those who have birthdays each month on the first Thursday of every month. Thursday is also their soup and salad bar day. Dec. 6, is the next date. If you sign up for the lunch on this date, you will get the chance to win one of four cute prizes. Call the kitchen at 341-5085 to register. Dinner is a $3 donation for those age 60 plus or $5 for those under the age of 60.

A little information to share with you, did you know you can sign up for more than one meal per day. Let’s say you like BBQ chicken. Sign up for two and freeze one. It then can be pulled out for a dinner on the weekend when CAA is closed. Another example: If you are playing cards in the afternoon at the Center, let’s say on a Friday. Call 341-5085 the day before and order up to two meals as take outs. The kitchen staff will leave your meals in the refrigerator and they will be available for you to take home after cards on Friday. (Just don’t forget! Saves a gal or guy from having to cook!

For those of you who have been looking for hearing aide batteries, we have received the shipment. Batteries are $2 per package. Northern MI Hearing will be at the Center on Thursday, Nov. 29. If you would like to make an appointment for a free test, call (800) 637-7816.

“Hi”. What a surprise to get a call all the way from Florida. I had a nice chat with Vicki Autree (sorry if I misspelled your name). Vicki wanted more information on our upcoming raffle. She was interested in the handmade jewelry boxes made by Mary Burns late husband. She graduated from Manistique High School with my brother Clayton.

For those of you who receive the newsletter and are wondering where the monthly menu is, feel free to drop by the Center and pick one up. Each newsletter has to weigh the same amount which means an added expense of mailing them to those out of town, etc.

Are you getting Social Security, VA or other federal benefits by paper check? After March 1, 2013, individuals will no longer be able to receive federal benefit payments by mail. You will be required to receive your payments electronically either by direct deposit at a bank or credit union, or you must use the Direct Express card.

To avoid a lapse in payment, you must make your selection prior to the cut-off date. You need to contact your local bank or credit union to make arrangements or contact Go Direct, for additional information regarding the upcoming changes.

If you sign up to receive your Social Security or Supplemental Security Income benefits using the direct Express card, your money will be automatically deposited to your Direct Express card account on your payment date. You can use your card to withdraw cash from ATM’s, make purchases at stores that accept Debit MasterCard and you can ask for cash back when you make those purchases. You can also use your debit card for online bill paying and to buy money orders at the U.S. Post Office. This is not a credit card. You must have money in your account to use your Direct Express debit card. While there is no monthly fee and most services are free, there are charges for other optional services such as a .90 fee for each additional ATM withdrawal during a month. (You get one withdrawal free per month.)

For more information you can call toll-free (800) 333-1795 or contact the local office of the agency providing your federal benefits, such as local Social Security Administration (906) 226-3596 or Department of Veterans Affairs. It is a good idea to make arrangements now instead of waiting until you must make them.

Madolyn Eberts gave a donation of miscellaneous cards.

BRIDGE Nov. 5: 1st-Pat Flint, 2nd-Joyce LaTulip, 3rd-Larry Savoie, 4th-Eileen St. Onge, 5th- George Lowman, CFC-Audrey Savoie. Hostess, Julie Hoholik served apple crisp with ice cream, cheese and mints.

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