Seniors walk and roll during HAM It Up week

Manistee Senior Center director

Seniors stroll down River Street on Friday during the sixth annual Richard Knechtges Jr. Memorial Walk and Roll, which is part of the annual Manistee HAM It Up week.  (Jeanne Barber/Courtesy photo)

Seniors stroll down River Street on Friday during the sixth annual Richard Knechtges Jr. Memorial Walk and Roll, which is part of the annual Manistee HAM It Up week. (Jeanne Barber/Courtesy photo)

Happy weekend!

I hope you are enjoying all of the fun activities going on in Manistee County this weekend; it is amazing when we get so many visitors coming to join in some of our wonderful county events.

I want to thank everyone who came and participated in the Richard Knechtges Jr. Memorial Walk and Roll yesterday at the Vogue Theatre. It was so nice that we were asked to be a part of such an inspiring and meaningful event.

We have some great things happening this week for all Manistee County seniors.

Monday, we have Kick up your Boots in Brethren. This is going to be a really fun event that is being held at the United Methodist Church in Brethren. First we will play Produce Bingo, then have a delicious box lunch from the Bear Claw Café in Copemish, and then the Seniorcize Lady will do line dancing with everyone. Wear your best western outfit, and come out to have a great time. I hope to see ya’ll in Brethren.

Tuesday, we have Toe Tapping Tuesday with the 3D’s.

Wednesday, we have Fun Bingo, which is always a good time. Nancy and Faye sure do a great job getting things set up and keeping the games going.

We also have our Veterans Exchange day at 1 p.m., and we will be celebrating May Birthdays with a cake donated by Olesen’s Food Stores. A big thank you to Olesen’s for always helping us and our Manistee County seniors.

Thursday, we have our Matter of Balance class. There are three classes left.

After Matter of Balance, we start our Personal Action Toward Health (PATH) classes. PATH is a diabetes self-management workshop. Class sizes are limited, call the senior center to get signed up.

We are setting up Project FRESH coupon days. We will have a lot of distribution sites this year; we will be in Bear Lake, Onekama, Arcadia, Copemish, Kaleva, Marilla, Brethren, Wellston and Manistee. I’ll have the times and locations next weekend, so give us a call at the senior center for more information.

We have some fun trips coming up, and I hope you will consider giving one of them a try.

We have our Detroit Tiger trip on June 25. This is the third year we’ve taken the baseball trip, and we always have a great time.

Another trip coming up in June is a special treat. We take the S.S. Badger over to Wisconsin and head to Green Bay for two nights at the beautiful Radisson Hotel at the Oneida Casino. We go to a huge farmers market and do some shopping (my favorite form of exercise) and end the day with dinner at a fabulous restaurant.

If these trips sound like fun, call (231) 723-6477.

Soon, we will start to name a “Senior of the Week.” I am asking for pictures from your younger years. We will put one up each week, and have everyone guess who it is. Some people will be easy to guess, but some won’t be. Each week we will have a winner from all of the correct guesses. I hope you will bring me your picture, and join in the fun.

I want to wish the best husband, dad and grandpa in the world a very happy birthday, I love you very, very much, Tony.

I hope everyone has a great week, and try something new.


The Manistee Senior Center Food Bank takes place on the third Friday of the month. Seniors from Manistee County who are 60 and older are eligible to participate. The next food bank will be from 1-3 p.m. June 19.


This program provides people on Medicare with free assistance and education to make informed health care coverage decisions. Bill Tod is our local counselor and he can help you understand eligibility, enrollment, coverage, claims and appeals; identify resources for prescription drug assistance; understand options under Medicare Advantage plans; solve problems related to Medicare and Medicaid coverage; and understand Medicare notices summary. Call the senior center at (231) 723-6477 to make an appointment.


Gaye Fett is can answer questions and assist with Medicaid nursing home applications. Call the senior center at (231) 723-6477 or toll free (888) 723-9060 to schedule an appointment.


The MCCOA has a program designed to help seniors remain independent by reimbursing qualifying expenses. Manistee County seniors could receive reimbursement from house cleaning, yard work and snow removal services. For current clients in the Senior Reimbursement Program, remember that beginning in January, all receipts must be current, no more than 30 days old. Call the senior center at (231) 723-6477 for more information.


There is a Parkinson’s disease support group that meets the third Thursday of every month at the West Shore Medical Education Center in room one. For more information, call Toutie Rowell at (231) 723-8854 or Linda Nickelson at (231) 398-9175.


Matter of Balance classes are held at the Manistee Senior Center from 1-3 p.m. on Thursdays for eight weeks. This session is full, but those interested in the next session can contact the senior center at (231) 723-6477.


Dale Picardat will teach a caning class at the senior center. Classes will begin at 1:30 p.m. June 11. Call the senior center to sign up.


Seniors who are interested in playing cribbage on a weekly or biweekly basis should call Charlie at (231) 889-0863.

The senior center is looking for pinochle players for Monday games that begin at 6 p.m.


The monthly senior potluck has been canceled.

Kick Up Your Boots in Brethren is scheduled for Monday at the Epworth United Methodist Church. There will be Produce Bingo, lunch and line dancing. Call the senior center to reserve a spot. Dress in your western best!

Remember Veterans Exchange days, the first and third Wednesdays each month. The next meeting will be at 1 p.m. May 20.

Carrie Selbee and her band members, Dan Miller on bass, and Bob Brenner on drums, are entertaining at the senior center once a month on the fourth Thursday. Their next visit will be May 21.



  • 9 a.m., exercise
  • 10:30 a.m., Kick Up Your Boots in Brethren (Produce Bingo)
  • 11 a.m., social hour
  • noon, lunch
  • 6 p.m., pinochle


  • 10 a.m., Sit & Get Fit
  • 11 a.m., Toe Tapping Tuesday
  • noon, lunch
  • 1 p.m., bridge


  • 9 a.m., exercise class
  • 11 a.m., Fun Bingo
  • noon, lunch
  • 1 p.m., Veterans Exchange
  • May Birthdays


  • 10 a.m., Sit & Get Fit
  • 10:30 a.m, classic movie day at the Vogue Theatre
  • 11 a.m., social hour
  • noon, lunch
  • 1 p.m., Matter of Balance


  • 11 a.m., social hour
  • noon, lunch
  • Mystery Trip
  • NAPH meeting


Monday: Country steak, mashed potatoes, fresh petite carrots, chocolate pudding, applesauce and roll

Tuesday: Sweet and sour chicken, scalloped potatoes, Venetian blend vegetables, bread and peaches

Wednesday: Swiss steak, mashed potatoes, Midori vegetable, roll and pears

Thursday: Goulash, succotash, cauliflower and garlic

Friday: Beef stroganoff over noodles, stewed tomatoes, wax beans, wheat roll and pineapple tidbits

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