SARAH HOWARD: Senior Center welcomes new year

Holiday hi-jinx were the order of the day Wednesday as seniors celebrated the new year early at the Manistee Senior Center. There was great music, delicious treats and a good time was had by all.  (Courtesy photo)

Holiday hi-jinx were the order of the day Wednesday as seniors celebrated the new year early at the Manistee Senior Center. There was great music, delicious treats and a good time was had by all. (Courtesy photo)

By SARAH HOWARD
Senior Center director

Happy New Year!

I am so excited about 2016 and everything that it can bring for all of us.

You know there are so many wonderful changes that happen with the new year. It always feels as though there are more opportunities in life, almost like a new beginning.

I hope your year starts with many new possibilities and a fresh new start.

We had such a great time for our New Year’s party at the Senior Center.

To begin with, we had a great local band, Awesome Distraction, come in and do a wonderful job. They played beautifully and sang some great songs, I know they are a younger band but we all loved them. Thank you Chloe, Nick and Kyle. We all thought you were pretty awesome.

We had a big crowd, 90 seniors, and we were still adding on as the party went on. I know we are running out of space, but thank you for coming in and having fun with us.

If you want to check out the pictures from the party, like us on face book or go to our Facebook page at facebook.com/ManisteeCountyCouncilOnAging.

This week we also had one of our favorite bands come in to play some music on Tuesday. We had the 3Ds come in and play some fun country and western music. There is nothing that we like better than good looking men and great music, so if you play an instrument or like to sing, please give us a call.

Seniors celebrated the new year early on Wednesday at the Manistee Senior Center.

Seniors celebrated the new year early on Wednesday at the Manistee Senior Center.

Next week we have our first Matter of Balance class of the New Year.

If you are interested in this class please give us a call to get on the list for the next class. Our Matter of Balance classes seem to fill up fairly fast, but we will be having another one in eight weeks.

This Friday we have our world famous Produce Bingo. Come in and give this fun and exciting game a try. Everyone leaves with some wonderful fresh fruits and vegetables. Remember you can’t say you don’t like it if you haven’t even tried it.

Remember to enjoy the possibilities and try something new!

FOOD BANK

The Senior Center Food Bank takes place on the third Friday of the month. Seniors from Manistee County who are 60 years of age and older are eligible to participate. The next food bank will be from 1-3 p.m. on Jan. 15.

SENIOR REIMBURSEMENT PROGRAM

The MCCOA has a program designed to help seniors remain independent, by reimbursing qualifying expenses. If you are a senior from Manistee County, you could receive reimbursement from house cleaning, yard work, snow removal services. For current clients in the Senior Reimbursement Program, please take note, all receipts must be current, no more than 30 days old. Please call the Senior Center at (231) 723-6477 for more information.

DIABETIC SUPPORT GROUP

There is a diabetic support group that meets at 9 a.m. on the first Monday of every month at the Senior Center. The next meeting will be held on Jan. 4.

Seniors celebrated the new year early on Wednesday at the Manistee Senior Center.

Seniors celebrated the new year early on Wednesday at the Manistee Senior Center.

PARKINSONS SUPPORT GROUP

There is a Parkinsons support group that meets the third Thursday of every month, except January and February at the West Shore Medical Education Center, Room #1. For more information call Jeanne Lewis (231) 99-1286 or Linda Nickelson (231) 398-9175.

MATTER OF BALANCE

Next class will take place on Mondays, beginning Jan. 4. This class is full, but please call the Senior Center at (231) 723-6477 to register for the next class. Class size is limited.

SENIOR TAX PREPARATION

Each year the Senior Center offers tax preparation help for Manistee County seniors. Our tax team is looking for volunteers to join them preparing returns one day a week here at the Senior Center. Training will be provided for three to four days in January at the Manistee County Library. If you like numbers and enjoy being part of a fun team, call Mary Haw at (231) 723-9821.

UPCOMING EVENTS.

Veterans exchange day is at 1 p.m. on Wednesday. All veterans are welcome to attend. Veterans Exchange day will be held weekly at 1 p.m. on Wednesdays.

There will be blood pressure clinic from 11 a.m. to noon on Thursday.

Carrie Selbee and her band members, Dan Miller on bass, and Bob Brenner on drums, will be coming in once a month to entertain us. They will be here on the fourth Thursday of the month. Next visit will be at 11:30 a.m. on Jan. 28.

WEEKLY PROGRAMS

Monday

· 9 a.m., Exercise

· 9 a.m. Diabetic support group

· 11 a.m. Social hour

· noon, lunch

· 2-4 p.m. Matter of Balance

· 6 p.m. pinochle

Tuesday

· 10 a.m., Sit & get fit

· 11 a.m. Social hour

· noon, lunch

Wednesday

· 9 a..m. Exercise

· 11 a..m. Fun bingo

· noon, lunch

· Wednesday afternoon crafting (bring your craft projects in)

· 1 p.m. Veterans Exchange day

Thursday

· 10 a.m. Sit & get fit

· 11 a.m. Social hour

· 11 a.m. Blood pressure clinic

· noon, lunch

Friday

· 11 a.m. Produce bingo

· noon, lunch

MENU FOR WEEK OF Jan. 4-8

Monday: Braised beef over noodles, corn, carrots, pineapple tidbits, roll

Tuesday: Pub burger, baked beans, coleslaw, peaches

Wednesday: Sweet & sour chicken, scalloped potatoes, green beans, applesauce, poppy seed muffin

Thursday: Beef pot roast, mashed potatoes, Normandy vegetable, tropical fruit, roll

Friday: Meat lasagna, Italian vegetable, peas, pears, garlic rolls

(Menu is subject to change)

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