2013-09-19 / Lifestyles

Senior Center News

It’s new! For the very first time, CAA will be offering an evening meal. The first ever evening meal will be held on Thursday, Sept. 30, between 5-6 p.m.

The meal will consist of homemade pasties, with or without gravy, creamy broccoli salad and everyone’s favorite, strawberry shortcake.

As many of you know there is now a new head cook in the kitchen. Drop by and welcome Amanda Kandell. If you are interested in attending the evening meal, call 341-5085 to register or drop by the Center. Sounds like a yummy meal!

Did you know that MDS Community Action Agency, who leases the Senior Center kitchen, has meal coupon booklets available? For a $50 pre-paid booklet you will receive 20 meal coupons good for 20 home-delivered meals or 20 congregate meals at the Senior Center.

The suggested meal donation is $3 per meal, which means this is a savings of $10! Drop by the kitchen office Monday through Friday, between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. (Try not to come at noon, as you will catch them serving lunch.) These booklets also make wonderful gifts.

Do you love to put your thoughts on paper? Have you ever wanted to write short stories? If so, I encourage you to join the Senior Writers Group. Their first meeting to start up for 2013 will be on Thursday, Sept. 26, at 4 p.m. They meet at the Center under the direction of Betty LaPointe.

The group will meet throughout the winter on the last Thursday of each month through the end of May.

You do not have to make every meeting in order to join. You are encouraged to invite a friend. For further information give Betty a call at 341-6101 or email her at blapointe@chartermi.net. Please note: December’s meeting will be held on Thursday, Dec. 19, due to the holidays.

We do have a collection of writings of booklets they have had published for sale. They sell for $12 and make awesome gifts.

The Senior Center U.P. Senior Convention Bus Trip will depart from the Senior Center parking lot at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 26.

It’s back! The Senior Center will once again do a Holiday Bazaar and Bake Sale. Get your calendars out and mark Saturday, Nov. 16, down. It will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Kim Chartier and Joanne Milavec have taken on this huge project. They are requesting some help.

If you would like to volunteer let us know by calling the Center at 341-5923 or give Kim a direct call at 573-2462.

If you are interested in having a table, booth space is $15 for a 6 foot table and 2 chairs. You need to get your money in to reserve your booth as soon as possible. We have forms which need to be filled out at the Center. Feel free to drop by.

Plans are being made to have a lunch area, along with a bake sale, including homemade bread. If you would like to volunteer to bake for this day, we couldn’t thank you enough.

Donations can be dropped off the day of the sale. If you are unable to do so, you may drop your goodies off the day before between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.

What a nice trip this past Thursday. It is always nice to see new faces!

And to have a $5,000 and $1,200 winners at Hessel even made the trip more exciting! Congratulations!

How does it happen that the largest winner ended up having hubby win $500 on top of that. Way to go!

Mary Burns surprised everyone with her homemade treats. Thanks, Mary!

We only have another week left to fill the Branson Holiday show Extravaganza bus.

The cost is $749 per person and the dates are Saturday, Nov. 30 through Sunday, Dec. 8. This is my third try due to request, but if we don’t fill it, I will be waiting awhile.

It is an awesome package. I encourage you to drop by the office at the Senior Center and pick up a flyer.

We will continue to offer our Homemaker Aide and Longdistance Medical Transportation Programs as the Center was approved funding for 2014. Homemaker Aide Services was awarded $13,017 and transportation $5,109.

Homemaker Aide Services allows us to go into homes of those ages 60 plus to do the harder tasks of cleaning their home, such as mopping, vacuuming, general cleaning of the kitchen and bathroom, etc.

Long-Distance Medical Transportation Program lets us offer rides to and from the outlying areas such as Marquette, Escanaba, etc. to medical appointments. We ask you notify the Center at least a few days in advance, as we use volunteer drivers.

We know $5,109 doesn’t go very far, that is why we feel very fortunate to have received part of the Community Charities award from CBC.

Both programs request we ask for a donation which goes back into offering more services.

We are always looking for volunteer drivers.

Drivers receive .5650 cents per mile as a stipend. You must have a reliable vehicle.

Applications can be picked up at the Center office.

Donations received for our Medical Loan Closet were given by Helen Tuttle, Doug Hall and the Ozanich Family,

Veggies, veggies, veggies! Oh, how they have been long awaited, as everyone was saying the gardens didn’t do as good this year. Could it be because of our strange weather? Those who have been so kind as to share from their gardens include Bea and Maurie O’Connor, Grant and Ruth Taylor, Bill and Nancy Cheney, Dennis and Debbie St. Pierre and Michael Grady.

A great big thank you goes out to Jean Flodin for donating so generously to our bingo snack concession. All those who attend bingo for the afternoon wish to thank you also.

Kristen Anderson has been working especially hard on her project of cleaning the bingo machine. She has significantly more patience than me, as using Q-tips takes a lot of time. Kristen also gave a donation of potluck gifts and a Treasure and Trash donation.

Perry and Cathy Wise gave donations towards the military packages and Treasure and Trash.

The Center goes through a lot of coffee, so the donation given by Mary Lou Marx, was more than appreciated. Miscellaneous donations were given by Edith Greene, John and Mary Lou Arnold, Ed Renton, Multhaupt family and Don Erickson.

Monetary donations have been received at the Center in memory of:

• Eileen Renton from Rosemary Sablack

BRIDGE Sept. 9: 1st-Nancy Brown, 2nd-Judy Provo, 3rd-Julie Hoholik, 4th-George Lowman, CFC-Eileen St. Onge. Hostess, Eva Wendling.

BRIDGE Sept. 13: 1st-George Lowman, 2nd-Julie Hoholik, 3rd- Larry Savoie, 4th-Lois Bellville, 5th-Eileen St. Onge, CFC-Helen Barton. Host, George Lowman.

500 Sept. 13: 1st-Don’a Nelson, 2nd-Larry Peterson, 3rd- George Shampine, Should’a Stayed Home-Ruth Jones.

Birthdays this week: Sept. 19-Jeri Bertrand, Jeanine Zellner and Lynn Henry, Sept. 20-Phyllis Burge, Orville Noffke and John Arnold, Sept. 21-Jim Wolfe, Sept. 23-Jeff Inman and Sally Carlson, Sept. 24-Lucille Boyd, Sept. 25-Fern Robinson and Richard Fiegel, and Sept. 26-Mary Ann LaPratt.

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