If you were looking for me this past week you would have found me in White Pigeon, Mich. I was there over the Fourth of July where several of our family members met. What a great time we had. I even got a picture of my entire family for the first time since our new arrival, which can be found in my office. Feel free to drop by and check it out.
Because of this I owe a huge thank you to Brittany Baker, one of my employees, for jumping in and preparing and walking in the parade. Walkers included Koltyn Hubble, Clay Weigel, Cheyenne Schuetter, Trevor Ayotte and Brittany McNamara. Cheyenne Schuetter has been the organizer of walkers for several years. Thanks Cheyenne, you’re the best!
We have a nice variety of things going on at the Center and are always open to other suggestions. Feel free to contact me at 341-5923 or drop your info off at the Center which is located at 101 Main Street in Manistique. Let me share them with you:
We are now offering free IPad and Kindle classes from 10-11:30 a.m. every Monday and Thursday. Even though the classes have begun your more than welcome to join. We currently have three who have joined the class.
Our monthly potluck is scheduled for today (July 18) with entertainment beginning at 4 p.m. and dinner being served at approximately 5 p.m. Call a few friends and invite them to join us for a great evening of socializing.
Entertainment for the evening will be Tom Hoholik and Mike Johnson. If you see them on the street, don’t forget to mention how much they are appreciated, as they volunteer their time. Thanks Mike and Tom!
Northern Michigan Hearing Clinic will be at the Center on Thursday, July 25, at 10 a.m. To avoid waiting, call (800) 637-7816 for an appointment. Keep in mind batteries are always available at the Center for $2 per package.
Elder Law Attorney, Amanda Filizetti will be at the Center on Thursday, July 28, for those who had previous appointments and will return on Thursday, Aug. 22. If you are interested in a free 30 minute one-on-one appointment, call the Center to make an August appointment.
Our Annual Open House is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 5. This is one of our most attended events where you will find karaoke in the parking lot from local volunteers, a great BBQ rib lunch with all the fixings by calling 341- 5085 prior to the day to register. It all begins at 11 a.m. You are welcome to come and listen, or if your talented, your welcome to sign up to sing! The lunch is a donation of $3 for those age 60 plus or $5 for under the age of 60. If you are interested in volunteering or would like to donate items for our gift-give-aways, you would put a huge smile not only on my face but those attending. Please let us know. Items can be dropped off Monday through Friday between the hours of 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The next overnight Kewadin/St. Ignace/Hessel Bus Trip is scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday, Sept. 11 and 12. The cost is $77 per person (double occupancy). The cost includes transportation on the Kewadin Motorcoach, accommodations at Sault Casino, a great dinner buffet along with a breakfast buffet the next morning, $50 in coins and $10 added to your players card. The added bonus is on Wednesdays it is double point day and if you register your card before playing, put 50 points on your card you receive a $15 gas card. Senior Day is at all casino sites on Thursday (Subject to change.) Keep in mind we have to receive your money before your seat becomes reserved.
We have been doing a bus trip to the Senior Convention and Expo, which is held in Escanaba, for as long as I can remember. This year’s date has been set for Thursday, Sept. 26. The cost is $14, which includes transportation and your ticket to the convention. The bus will be departing at 8:30 a.m. and return at approximately 2:30-3 p.m.
This year the theme is “U.P. Seniors Have Talent”. If you have a talent you would like to share, which you can do yourself or have a group, you will have the chance of winning cash prizes. Contact the Center for more info.
Bingo will once again be held at the building next door and starts at 9:30 a.m. The day includes a breakfast bag, entertainment, a silent auction, glamour pictures for $1 which are really, really fun, so don’t be bashful about dressing up and of course a great lunch. This year the lunch will be chicken cordon bleu, green bean almandine, rice pilaf, roll and butter and dessert along with coffee and milk. Please sign up as soon as possible in order for us to make the final arrangements.
Mark your calendars for Thursday, Dec. 12, as this is the date we have chosen for our annual Christmas Party. The cost is $9 per person. Social time will be from 2-4 p.m., with entertainment from 4-5 p.m. Dinner will follow at 5:30 p.m. Pictures with Santa and a gift exchange will be optional. There will be raffles and door prizes. Once again, if you have any “extra’s” laying around that you would like to donate toward prizes we would gladly accept them.
I know it is a little ways off, but we have enough interest for the “Christmas on Ice” show at the Island Resort & Casino in Escanaba. The date is Sunday, Dec. 15. The cost is $37 per person, which includes the ticket and transportation provided by Public Transit.
We will be departing from the Senior Center parking lot at 11:30 a.m. allowing us a short time before the show which begins at 3 p.m.
If you are interested in going, please, please get your money in quickly so I can get the tickets purchased. This gives us the opportunity to sit near each other.
Project Fresh/Market Fresh coupons are now available for those that are age 60 or older and a resident of Schoolcraft County. If your income is $21,257 annually for one person or two people $28,694 you are eligible to receive $20 worth of free coupons to be used at any Michigan Farmers Market. Drop by the Center to register. Coupons are to be used by Oct. 31.
Did you know a Cruise Ship will be visiting Manistique on Sunday, Aug. 4? We are asking for your help. We are looking for a few bakers to make cookies, bars or anything else to serve with coffee at the Center. Due to the passengers being mostly elderly we certainly want to show off our Senior Center. Call the Center if you are able to help us out!
Are you looking for a lift chair? We have recently received one as a donation for our Medical Loan Closet. We also have an electric bed if anyone is in need of one.
Monetary donations were given in memory of:
• Gladys Hawkins from Kathy Peterson
• Gene Johnson from the Johnson family
BRIDGE July 5: 1st-Mary Lou Marx, 2nd-Ann Willcock, 3rd- Sandy Petrille, 4th-Joyce LaTulip, CFC-Jane Leonard. Hostess, Sandy Petrille.
BRIDGE July 8: 1st-Larry Savoie, 2nd-Audrey Savoie, 3rd- Chris Orr, 4th-Sandy Petrille, 5th- Don’a Nelson, CFC-Eileen St. Onge. Host, Larry Savoie.
BRIDGE July 12: 1st-Audrey Savoie, 2nd-Janice Redeker, 3rd- Larry Savoie, 4th-Lois Bellville, 5th-George Lowman, CFC-Mary Ann Thorell. Host, George Lowman.
PINOCHLE July 10: 1st-Carl Sundling, 2nd-George Shampine, 3rd-Peggy Beckman, Should’a Stayed Home-Carol Shampine.
500 July 12: 1st-Pat Clark, 2nd- Ruth Jones, 3rd-Audrey Newborn, Should’a Stayed Home-Sheila Haskins.
Birthdays this week: July 19-Lorraine Segerstrom, Herman Luitink and Donna Morden, July 20-Gail Guertin, July 21-Robert Leny, July 22-Betty Erickson and Laura Osterhout, July 23-Betty De- Sautel, July 24-Russ Ruggles, Ann Willcock, Addie McNally, Eva Noteboom, and Walter Zurawski.