Senior Center News

By Carol Greve, Manistee County Senior Center

SENIOR CENTER WATER AEROBICS CLASSES

The new fall session of water aerobics has started for the 2011-2012 year. The classes are instructed by Kathy Fenstermacher and Vicki Sheffield at the Manistee High School Pool “Paine Aquatic Center.” Classes start at 8 a.m. on Tuesday and Thursday. You can come as often as you like once a week or twice a week, but the benefits of going to the classes is so great you will want to do it. These classes are for senior adults, male or female. Go check it out if you have never done this before and see the fun they have. These classes are held in the big pool at the shallow end. Kathy or Vicki would love to have you.

HOME CHORE OR HOME MAKER SERVICES

Are you over 60 years of age and need assistance with chores or cleaning around your home? Help is available at the low cost of $8 per man hour for jobs such as regular cleaning, washing windows, cleaning out a refrigerator or freezer, cleaning a garage/basement/attic and recycling. Call Chris at the Senior Center 723-6477 to set up an appointment. Those of you who like to get things done early, specially the garage, basement and outside work before the weather gets cold, call today and schedule a work time to get it done soon.

MEDICARE 2012 SEMINAR

On Wednesday, Oct. 5 during the noon hour luncheon there will be an educational seminar on Medicare. Every year you hear in the media that changes are happening to Medicare. This year has not been different. There are many people who are not really sure how Medicare works. When is the Annual Election Period? What is Part A and B? What is a Medi-gap plan? What about the “donut hole”? What is an Advantage plan? These topics will be covered during this one hour or less seminar.

Come join us for this informative time. Please call at least a day or two ahead to make your lunch reservation if you plan on eating here. Cost is $2 per senior 60 and older or $5 for 59 and under for your lunch. Call 723-6477 or 723-6461 to make your reservation.

CROP WALK

Come join us on Sunday, Oct. 2 for the annual walk Ending Hunger again this year. CROP stands for Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty. Together we raise awareness and funds to international relief and development as well as meeting local hunger needs. Twenty five percent of income from the walk goes to Meals On Wheels of Manistee County, Salvation Army of Manistee, and Area Council on Aging to help meet the needs on a local basis. Seventy five percent goes for world hunger relief. Meet by 1:30 p.m. at the senior center at 457 River St. in Manistee to walk that day with us. Because Crop walks are ecumenical, interfaith and multi-cultural, you can sign up with your church or a specific group. If you do not know anyone or have a church you are more than welcome to come to the center and sign up under us and walk with our group. If the local crop walk group as a total raised $20,000 the local food pantries would be sent $5,000 to share between them. So help us fight hunger both on the world wide level and also on the local level. Each individual donor has a choice of several options on your envelopes as to where you would like your donations sent to. If you want more information on Crop Walk you can contact your church who may be a sponsor or call us here at the center at 723-6477 and ask for Connie.

STOP SENIOR HUNGER FOOD DRIVE

Comfort Keepers of Northwest Michigan is sponsoring a food drive for the Manistee Senior Center from Sept. 16 through Sept. 30. They are collecting dry and canned goods to help put healthy food on the plates of our local senior citizens. You can drop off your donations at these locations: Manistee Area Chamber of Commerce, Manistee Ford Dealership, Oleson’s Food Store and the Manistee Council On Aging/ Senior Center. There are boxes in each location that are marked. Help us by giving from the heart to help your local seniors who need the extra help. Comfort Keepers and the Council On Aging thank you in advance.

N.A.P.H. MEETING

The monthly meeting for N.A.P.H. will be held on Friday, Sept. 30 here at the senior center at 2 p.m. till 3:30. This group helps to make access ability to some difficult areas for the handicapped. If you are handicapped or a family member or friend of a handicapped person you know how difficult it can be for them to access many areas. This group helps to promote change in our community and our out county areas. They could use your support, help and ideas if you would be willing to come to the meetings. They have done a lot for this community already that many of our local citizens don’t even know.

MEDICARE PART D-OPEN ENROLLMENT

It’s that time of year again for those of you who have a Part-D Prescription drug insurance. From Oct. 15 to Dec. 7 you can either change your insurance or if you are just going on Medicare and you need to find a Part-D program to sign into. Note the change of date, you have a shorter time period to do this in this year, (only till Dec. 7). So call Chris to set up an appointment with her if you need help with this. She is very knowledgeable in this area. You will have to set up an appointment with her and bring a copy of all the drugs you are taking when you come. Call 723-6477 and ask for Chris.

HANDMADE QUILT RAFFLE

We are selling tickets for a handmade quilt that was donated to the center to be given away at the Halloween Party on Oct. 31. This is a gorgeous fall theme quilt and would look great on a couch or end of a bed. Colors are green, brown and orange. You have to see it to appreciate the work that has gone into making it. Come down to the senior center and look at it first hand. You don’t need to be present to win the day of the drawing. We will draw the winning ticket on Monday, Oct. 31 around 3 p.m. All proceeds go to the Manistee Senior Center for items or projects.

FREE LAWYER SERVICES

We have a lawyer Michael Herring who comes monthly for one free consultation if you need some help with a legal question. Mike will be here on Tuesday, Oct. 11 from 10 a.m. till noon. You must call the senior center to set up an appointment at 723-6477.

BRANSON SHOW EXTRAVAGANZA TRIP

A Branson Trip is scheduled Nov. 27 through Dec. 3. This trip has seven shows included and is a great price. This will be a good time to go because of all the holiday music and decorations that will be up that time of year. Many of the shows I’m sure will be holiday-themed and all the Christmas lights should be up at that time. Trip includes motor coach transportation, six nights lodging, ten meals (six continental breakfasts and four dinners), seven fabulous Branson Shows — one being the Showboat Branson Belle including dinner aboard the Belle while watching a spectacular show. We have a real fun time on these longer trips and you get to see some beautiful country and make great new friends if you have never been on one of these trips. If you have been, you may get to see some of your old friends again. These trips are offered by the senior center and fully escorted with me going along on most all trips. Call and find out what is available for seniors from age 50 on up. Time is getting short on some of these so call 723-6477 very soon. You can still sign up, but final payment is due at sign up. I still have some seats left, but Oct. 7 is the last date to sign up. Call me at 723-6477.

FALL COLOR AND CASINO TRIP

There was an error on the price of the trip in last week’s article. Please take note.

I have a great trip coming up October 17 and 18 to the U.P. We will be going up to Kewadin Casino on those dates and hopefully hit some great fall color on the way up. This will be a great time to take a fall trip and get away after all the hustle and bustle of summer. Call the senior center for cost and any other details at 723-6477.

SENIOR CENTER HOURS

Many of you have asked about our hours of operation, so here they are: Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., closed on Saturday and Sunday. The center is also closed on certain holidays throughout the year.

The center is open Monday through Friday and dinner is served each day at noon.

Come join us for lunch and enjoy the time with other seniors. Out of town visitors are always welcome to join us. If you can call a day ahead to sign up for the noon lunch at 723-6477 it is appreciated.

WEDNESDAY IS FUN BINGO DAY

Check out our Fun Bingo on Wednesdays from 11 till 11:45 a.m. We give away lots of little treats and food at this game. Come see what you can win, stay for lunch and make a lot of new friends or meet up with old ones. You would be surprised what fun we have.

V.A. REPRESENTATIVE

There will be no V.A. Representative here until further notice. You can call (231) 398-3587 at the office and leave a message if no one is available. A new person will be taking over shortly.

SENIOR MENU

  •  Monday: Gary’s ham, scalloped potatoes, beets, corn muffin, cantaloupe
  • Tuesday: Swiss steak, baked potato, peas and carrots, bread, tropical fruit
  • Wednesday: veal cutlet, mashed potatoes, Key West vegetable, dark roll, fresh apple
  • Thursday: sweet and sour meatballs, au gratin potatoes, winter blend vegetable, roll, fresh orange
  • Friday: chili, ground bologna sandwich, tossed salad w/spinach, diced pears.

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