2013-03-21 / Lifestyles

Senior Center

The Gift Shop at the Manistique Senior Center is open Monday- Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. They have a wide collection of handcrafted items. 
Courtesy photo The Gift Shop at the Manistique Senior Center is open Monday- Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. They have a wide collection of handcrafted items. Courtesy photo Don’t forget us! Keep in mind we need your help with the upcoming CBC Bake Sale which is scheduled for this weekend. We are looking for jams, jellies, bars, candies, pies, cookies, breads, cakes, cinnamon rolls or any other goodie you are willing to make. The Center donates 100 percent to CBC. Last year with your help, our volunteer baker’s, the Center gave a grand total of $728.25. Oh, the benefits of living in a small community!

Donations may be dropped off at the Center on Friday, March 22, between 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., or taken to the Manistique High School cafeteria before noon on Sunday, March 23.

Your donation not only benefited CBC, but the Manistique Senior Center benefited by receiving funding for the Long-Distance Medical Transportation Program. If you are 60 years or older and need a ride to a medical appointment out of town, we encourage you to contact the Center at 341-5923. A donation is requested, which goes back into the program.

Volunteer drivers provide this service. They put countless hours on the road. There are not enough words to express our gratitude to them. A sincere, and I mean sincere, thank you goes out to Joanne Annelin, Bob Elcoate, Richard Johnson, John and Joanne Kleis, Jennifer Neadow and Wesley Turan.

There is still a definite “chill in the air” so why not stop by the Gift Shop at the Center and check out all the beautiful handmade hats, mittens and scarves in every color you can imagine.

We also have a large selection of handmade baby quilts and baby afghans, baby sweaters and bibs, knitted slippers, kitchen towels and potholders, cross stitched lighthouse pictures, bookmarks and oak crosses.

Also on display you will find handmade purses, book bags, dolly diaper bags and other wonderful gifts that would be perfect for Easter or any other occasion. If you don’t see exactly what you want, the crafter will be happy to make something “especially for you”. You will also find U.P. jam the Center sells for $3.50 a jar. (Some of the flavors are Seedless Triple Berry, Strawberry, Blueberry, Strawberry- Rhubarb) The Gift Shop is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Come see us!

Are you caring for a loved one who might have the onstage of dementia, possible Alzheimer’s? The Center was recently notified of an upcoming Caregiver Conference which is scheduled for Monday, April 15, at Northern Michigan University.

The cost for a family caregiver is $35, which includes a lunch, coffee and dessert along with having vendor tables you can check out throughout the day. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and the session ends between 4-4:30 p.m.

I will give you a brief description of what will be going on throughout the day. Guest Speaker, Dr. Larry Skendzel, M.D., will be covering the topic: Holding tension in dementia care: Giving up vs. Letting be, along with, Teams and families work through conflict in care planning.

After a break for lunch you will get the chance to choose between different groups. Looking it over here are a few quick choices: The secret caregiver: Elderly male adults caring for a loved one with dementia; Telling the caregiver story; and Update on MI Medicaid. I encourage you to drop by the Center and pick up the conference schedule which will allow you to make other choices.

I know what you are going to say. I would love to go, but I don’t want to go alone. That is where our part comes in. Senior Center staff is required to take two trainings per year, and guess what; they don’t like to go alone either.

If you are interested, feel free to drop by the Center office and we will see what we can do to make the necessary arrangements. For further information, give us a call at 341- 5923. That is the great part of living in such a small community, giving each other a helping hand!

Do keep in mind we have to be registered by Friday, April 5, which is fast approaching.

John and Mary Lou Arnold gave a generous donation toward prizes for our upcoming activities and Betty Heinz dropped by the office giving hearing aide batteries.

Military donations were given by an anonymous donor and Mary Burns.

Monetary donations have been received in memory of:

• Clyde Chartier from Bill and Doris Norman

• Tom Jenerou from Bill and Doris Norman

• Cecilla Dalgord from Elvira Sebright

• Wilbert and Peggy Tanquay from Larry and Patsy Neelis

• Raymond and Susan Reed from Larry and Patsy Neelis

BRIDGE Mar. 8: 1st-Audrey Savoie, 2nd-Lois Bellville, 3rd-Pat Flint, 4th-Nancy Brown, 5th-Ray Krall, CFC-Sarah Bignall. Hostess, Eileen St. Onge.

BRIDGE Mar. 11: 1st-Lois Hoholik, 2nd-Pat Flint, 3rd-Don’a Nelson, 4th-Carol Leny, 5th-Audrey Savoie, CFC-Helen Barton. Host, Carol Leny.

PINOCHLE Mar. 6: 1st-Cathy Wise, 2nd-Gerry Henkel, 3rd-Don’a Nelson, Should’a Stayed Home-Carol Shampine.

PINOCHLE Mar. 13: 1st-Peggy Beckman, 2nd-Audrey Newborn, 3rd-Don’a Nelson, Should’a Stayed Home-Gerry Henkel.

500 Mar. 8: 1st-George Shampine, 2nd-Cathy Wise, 3rd-Audrey Savoie, Should’a Stayed Home- Don’a Nelson.

500 Mar. 15: 1st-Peggy Beckman, 2nd-Sheila Haskins, 3rd-Carol Shampine, Should’a Stayed Home- Chris Keener.

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