HOWARD: Senior Center encourages public to attend Snowshoe Stampede

Tim Kozal, Manistee public safety director, spoke to a full crowd at the Manistee Senior Center at 457 River St., on Wednesday. (Ashlyn Korienek/News Advocate)

Tim Kozal, Manistee public safety director, spoke to a full crowd at the Manistee Senior Center at 457 River St., on Wednesday. (Ashlyn Korienek/News Advocate)

Hello everyone. I hope you are having a great weekend! If you don’t have any plans today, or if you just want to support a great cause, come out to the Snowshoe Stampede at the VFW.

Nancy, Jo and I are the Celebrity Bartenders from noon to 1 p.m. and we need all the help we can get. There are six teams, and whichever team gets the most in tips in their tip jar gets the bragging rights for the year. We are coming into this as underdogs and really could use any help we can get. All of the proceeds go to the Stomp Out Cancer Fund which raises money to benefit Manistee and Mason County cancer patients. The money is used to help those in treatment with costs that insurance companies don’t cover, and to help make their day a little easier. There is a lot going on at the VFW from a chili cook off, silent auction, games, lots and lots of music and great family fun. I hope to see you at the VFW today.

There isn’t much time before the Valentine’s Day party. If you want to enjoy a great meal, great music and a lot of fun, give us a call and get signed up.

Another fun and interesting activity that we have going on is the Senior Odyssey of Michigan. It encourages older adults to use their lifelong skills and knowledge in a creative way to keep their minds active and engaged.

We also have Runaway to Rosie’s on Feb. 22. This will be here before you know. If you want to hop on a bus and get away for some karaoke, pizza and fun, give us a call to get signed up.

This week on Tuesday, we have Toe Tapping at the Senior Center. Come in and show the guys how much we appreciate them taking the time to come in and play great music and spend time with all of us.

Wednesday, we have White Elephant Bingo. Come in and bring something from home you no longer want and have someone else take it home. I am always glad to see so many wonderful items that people bring in. Nancy, Faye and I always check out the tables. There are a lot of treasures to pick from.

Thursday, we have Tai Chi at the City Marina across the street from the Senior Center, so come in and try something new!

I did something I will regret the rest of my life. There are so many seniors that are at the Medical Care Facility and some don’t get many visitors and some don’t get any visitors. I had a special friend there recently and because of my own hang ups I missed seeing him one last time to tell him how much I cared for him. If you have a little time in your day, just stop up there and say hello. I will always regret not saying goodbye to my friend. Yes, we are all busy, or we don’t like to see people in certain states, or we want to remember them when they were healthy, but you will never know how much a short visit would mean to someone who is lonely.

Mystery Trips will start in March. Get ready for some fun, and take a chance. You only live once. One of the guys stopped in and told me the cutest story about when his son was little. It was so touching to hear him tell me about his Birthday Eve. When his son was little he would hear the pitter-patter of his little one-piece sleeper feet coming down the hall to hop in bed with his dad. How his dad always told him it was his Birthday Eve. He just turned 80 and his son still calls him to wish him a Happy Birthday Eve, the night before his birthday. Boy, what memories do for us. There is nothing better than remembering something that brings a smile to your face.

I hope you have many memories that make you smile. And remember to try something new!

FOOD BANK

The Senior Center Food Bank takes place from 9-11 a.m. 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 Feb. 16.

MEDICARE MEDICAID ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (MMAP)

This program provides people on Medicare with free assistance and education so they can 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/Medicaid coverage; and understand Medicare notices summary. Please call the Senior Center at (231) 723-6477 to make an appointment with Bill.

MEDICAID

Gaye Fett is available to 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.

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 for payments you have made for house cleaning, yard work or 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. Income requirements apply. New clients must fill out registration form. Please call the Senior Center at (231) 723-6477 for more information.

DIABETIC SUPPORT GROUP

There is a Diabetic support group that meets at 10 a.m. on the first Monday of every month at the Senior Center. The next meeting will be held at 10 a.m. on Feb. 5.

SENIORS VISITING SENIORS

We are seeking volunteers for the Seniors Visiting Seniors program. Volunteers will visit homebound seniors in Manistee County. Please call the Senior Center for more information.

PARKINSON’S SUPPORT GROUP

There is a Parkinson’s support group that meets the third Thursday of every month (no meeting in January and February) at the Munson Manistee Hospital’s Education Center, Room #1. For more information, call Jeannie Lewis at (231) 299-1286 or Linda Nickelson at (231) 690-5048.

MCCOA WISH LIST

The MCCOA is asking local businesses and individuals for donations of non-perishable foods for the senior food bank. These donations are always appreciated. Please contact the Senior Center at (231) 723-6477.

SENIOR ODYSSEY

The Senior Center is looking for participants for Senior Odyssey. Senior Odyssey encourages older adults to use their lifelong skills and knowledge in creative ways to keep their minds active and engaged. Working together with their peers, it provides an opportunity for seniors to utilize their minds and spirits by immersing older adults in creative problem solving with others. Participants tap into their personal wealth of knowledge and life experience, and share with their team members their ideas to solve creative problems. An informational meeting will be held at the Senior Center at 3 p.m. on Feb. 6. Call for more information.

DONATED ITEMS

The Senior Center has access to adult briefs and pads if you or a loved one are a senior and are in need. Please call the Senior Center to check on availability.

SIT & GET FIT & OTHER EXERCISE OPPORTUNITIES

The MCCOA has started a Sit & Get Fit exercise program in the Bear Lake Area. They meet Wednesdays and Fridays from 10-11 a.m. and Monday at 11 a.m. at the Bear Lake Methodist Church. There is also a Sit and Get Fit held on Monday & Wednesdays 10:30 a.m. (just before lunch) at the Farr Center in Onekama, and Tuesdays at 10 a.m. at the Norman Township Community Center in Wellston. Tai Chi (on DVD) group meets on Wednesdays and Fridays at 2:30 p.m. at the Senior Center. Sweating to the Oldies with Richard Simmons (on DVD) is held Mondays and Wednesdays at 3:30 p.m. at the Senior Center. Inside walking group meets Wednesdays and Fridays at 10 a.m. at the Marilla meal site. A new seated Tai Chi class will meet Thursday afternoons at 1 p.m. at the city Marina building. This class is open to the public. The class is free to Manistee County seniors, and $5/class for all others.

COMPUTER/CELLPHONE INSTRUCTIONS

Linda Theisen will be offering computer/cell phone help the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month at 1 p.m. at the Marilla meal site, after lunch.

Monday’s computer and cell phone help at the senior center will be by appointment only for the winter. Please call Linda at (231) 299-1552. She will make appointments.

MONDAY NIGHT PINOCHLE

The Monday night pinochle group is looking for more players. If you would like to play pinochle, come to the Senior Center by 5:45 p.m. on Monday night.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Feb. 3: Snowshoe Stampede at the VFW. There will be celebrity bartenders from the Senior Center from noon until 1 p.m. Come fill their tip jar and help stomp out cancer.

Feb. 6: Senior Odyssey meeting at 3 p.m.

Feb. 7: White Elephant bingo at the Senior Center. Join us at 11 a.m.

Feb. 7: Learning Kitchen cooking class. Begins at 1 p.m. (note day change).

Feb. 8: Sit and Get Fit will be held at 10 a.m. at the city Marina building, across the street from the Senior Center.

Feb. 8: Seated Tai Chi class at 1 p.m. at the city Marina building

Feb. 9: Valentine Craft day at 12:30 p.m.

Feb. 13: Valentine’s Day party at 11 a.m. at the Kaleva VFW. Music and lunch. Transportation provided. Call to register.

Feb. 14: Learning Kitchen cooking class. Begins at 1 p.m.

Feb. 15: Drum circle at 11 a.m. This event will be held at the city Marina building, across the street from the Senior Center.

Feb. 21: A representative from the Munson Hospice volunteer program will be at the Senior Center at 10:30 a.m.

Feb. 22: Run Away to Rosie’s with us at 11 a.m. Pizza and karaoke at Rosie’s Place. Transportation provided. Call to sign up.

Feb. 23: There will be a presentation on Alzheimer’s, dementia and family dynamics at 11 a.m. at the Senior Center.

Feb. 26: Police Talk with John O’Hagan at 12:30 p.m. This will be held at the city Marina building, across the street from the Senior Center.

WEEKLY PROGRAMS

Monday

· 9 a.m., Exercise (at the marina building)

· 11 a.m., Social hour

· Noon, Lunch

· 3:30 p.m., Sweating to the Oldies (at the marina building)

· 6 p.m., Pinochle

Tuesday

· 10 a.m., Sit & get fit

· 11 a.m., Toe Tapping Tuesday

· Noon, Meal

· 1 p.m., Bridge

· 3 p.m., Senior Odyssey meeting

Wednesday

· 9 a.m., Exercise

· 10 a.m., Losing It

· 11 a.m., White Elephant Bingo

· Noon, Lunch

· 1 p.m., Learning Kitchen

· 2:30 p.m., Tai Chi

· 3:30 p.m., Sweating to the Oldies

Thursday

· 10 a.m., Sit & get fit (at the marina building)

· 11 a.m., Social hour

· Noon, Meal

· 1 p.m., Seated Tai Chi (marina building)

Friday

· 11 a.m., Social hour

· Noon, Meal

· 12:30 p.m., Valentine craft day

· 2:30 p.m., Tai chi

MENU FOR WEEK of Feb. 5-9

Monday: Sweet & sour pork, rice pilaf, sliced carrots, peas, pears, roll

Tuesday: Baked chicken, mashed potatoes, corn, applesauce, roll

Wednesday: Beef stroganoff over noodles, stewed tomatoes, diced carrots, fruit cocktail, roll

Thursday: Meatballs, mashed potatoes, peas & pearl onions, lemon bars, roll

Friday: Beef pepper steak, red skinned potatoes, cauliflower, tapioca pudding, roll

(Menu is subject to change)

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