2012-11-29 / Lifestyles

Senior Center

We need your help! We have military packages ready to mail out and a very small list of addresses to send to. Please, please take the time to share addresses of family or friends you might know who are serving our country. We will gladly send packages overseas or within the states. We have enough to share with both. It doesn’t matter where they are serving; we need to show them our support!

A quick reminder, Northern Michigan Hearing Clinic will be at the Center doing free hearing tests today (Thursday, Nov. 29) and Dec. 19. Call (800) 637-7816 for an appointment. Hearing aide batteries are available at the Center for $2 per package.

Creative Writing will also be meeting this today at 4 p.m. If you are interested in writing short stories this is the place to be. Betty LaPointe is the Instructor and can be reached at 341-6101 or blapointe@chartermi.net Next meeting date for this group will be Thursday, Dec. 20.

Ok, someone tell me where November went! Looks like the Center will be gearing up for two exciting events in December. The first one is the bus trip to the “Broadway Spirit of Christmas Show” which is being held at Chip-In Casino in Harris. The cost is $35 per person, which includes the ticket to the show along with transportation provided by Public Transit. We recently had a cancellation and have one ticket available if anyone is interested.

The bus will depart from the Senior Center parking lot at 4:30 p.m., allowing time for dinner or playing. The show begins at 8 p.m.

If you have never been to our Annual Christmas Party, you might want to consider making it your first. We have set the date for Thursday, Dec. 13. The cost is $9 per person. Social hour will begin at 2 p.m. Take the time to visit with old friends, make new friends or even getting your picture taken with Santa. If you like gifts, you are welcome to bring a $5-7 range gift exchange. All we ask is if you are a lady, please buy for a lady or man for man and mark accordingly. Entertainment provided by Darrell Dixson will follow the social hour. If anyone can put you in the Christmas “spirit” it will be Darrell.

Are we hungry yet? I hope you saved room after all the snacks. Dinner will be served at approximately 5:30 p.m. Dinner will consist of Swiss steak, ham, dressing, homemade mashed potatoes and gravy, caramelized carrots, rolls with butter. Now for the best part, you will have a choice of a pumpkin bar or cheesecake for dessert.

We promise an evening to remember! Hohoho and a Merry Christmas to all as they climb back into their cars and head home for a good night rest!

The tickets are on sale now and can be purchased in the Center office.

Mary and Len LaFleur are already in the Christmas mode and you will be seeing their faces at the Center throughout the next several weeks getting the Center to look like a Christmas wonderland!

And if you are looking for a unique gift don’t forget to check the Center’s Gift Shop. All the gifts on display are homemade. (This is worth the stop.) We have Christmas centerpieces, hats and mittens, purses, baby sweaters and booties, dresses, bibs, wooden carved crosses and snowmen sets. You will also find the famous scrubbies, quilts and afghans. As we all know, there is nothing like a gift that is homemade!

We are looking for new card players. If you are interested in playing bridge, “500”, pinochle or duplicate bridge let us know. We will forward your name to the right group. Why not take an afternoon for yourself, drop by for the Noon Meal, which is only a $3 donation then stay after for cards. If you are new in the area, it is a great way to meet new friends. Call 341-5923 for further information.

Ron and Pauline from Rainbow’s End gave the Center a huge donation of peppers. Thanks! Lorraine Walter gave a military package donation and Mary Lou Marx dropped by with a coffee donation. Miscellaneous donations were given by Eva Wendling and Bob Wright.

A Medical Loan Closet donation was given by Bob Johnson.

If you missed our last potluck you missed an awesome treat. North Woods Home Nursing and Hospice treated those in attendance to pie of your choice, along with ice cream. Caleb Varoni was even a gentleman taking the time to serve everyone! Thanks Caleb.

Being married for 37 years and only remembering one year Joe didn’t get his buck tells me this isn’t going to be a good year. We have the freezer all cleaned out and ready and so far no buck. Ouch!

Did you know there is a new law going into effect beginning in March 2013 which allows disabled veterans free hunting and fishing licenses? Who is more deserving!

The bill allows a disabled veteran to obtain any resident hunting or fishing license for which a lottery is not required, free of charge. The veteran will be required to provide proof of eligibility and carry this proof when using the license. What a small token for their sacrifice for us!

A tip for the day: If you don’t have any eggs or oil handy to add to your boxed cake mix (per the instructions), or you’d prefer to cut back on a few calories, exchange one can of soda pop (any flavor) in place of the oil and eggs that the cake mix calls for. It’s amazing, moist and perfect! You’ll never know the difference!

Monetary donations have been received in memory of:

• Dick Sobieski from Elaine Hartman

• Addie Boyd from Cheryl Robere

PINOCHLE Nov. 21: 1st-Peggy Beckman, 2nd-George Shampine, 3rd-Pat Clark, Should’a Stayed Home-Sheila Haskins.

500 Nov. 16: 1st-Nancy Casey, 2nd-Carl Sundling, 3rd-Ruth Jones, Should’a Stayed Home-Pat Clark.

Birthdays this week: Nov. 29- Rita Salter, Nov. 30-Helen Norbotten and Janice Redeker, Rick Tallman Happy birthday wishes to all!!

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