HOWARD: Senior Center events abound in February

Hello Manistee County. I hope you are enjoying the weekend. I am so grateful I only have one meeting today and then I will be out having a little fun.

I am hoping it warms up just a little bit. I really want to take my grandkids sledding today. I am not a big fan of the cold, but I love the snow. No matter what the weather, maybe you should come in and join us at the Senior Center this week. There is a lot going on and the more the merrier.

I want to thank everyone for supporting us at the Snowshoe Stampede last Saturday. Jo, Nancy and I all had a great time bartending. We thought we did pretty well for our first time. Team Senior Center brought in $600 and we had a great time.

I know everyone has been hearing about the flu on the news, and even though we love having you at the Senior Center, if you aren’t feeling 100 percent, please stay home and rest. We have had several staff out with the flu so we are disinfecting like crazy. They say good hand washing and disinfecting helps, but staying home and resting is your best bet until you feel better.

We have some fun coming up and I am excited to share it with you.

We have the Valentine’s Day party which will be at the Kaleva VFW on Feb. 13. If this sounds like something you would like to come to, give us a call and reserve your seat. We will have a delicious meal prepared by Kaleva Meats and some really fun music and some surprises.

We also have a fun time planned for Feb. 22. We are going to “Run away to Rosie’s” for a great day of karaoke, pizza and fun. Give us a call and reserve your seat for this fun activity. We are also going to be celebrating National Floral Design Day on Feb. 28. We will be going to Gloria’s Floral Garden and will be designing a beautiful arrangement that you can take home. If this sounds like something you may want to try, give us a call.

This week we have the attorney Michael Herring coming in for appointments on Tuesday and the Valentines Party will be in Kaleva the same day.

Wednesday, we have Mary and Linda coming in for the foot clinic, fun bingo, weigh in for “Losing it at the Senior Center,” Tai Chi and Sweating to the Oldies.

On Thursday we have Sit & Get Fit at the marina, Carrie Selbee and Roger at the Senior Center, the drum circle at the marina and the eyeglass clinic all before lunch. After lunch we have the Tai Chi program at the Marina.

Friday, we have our senior food bank. This important program starts at 9 a.m. and goes until 11 a.m. All Seniors who live in Manistee County and are 60 years or older qualify. I don’t think there is anything more important than helping out your neighbors. The senior food bank helps many people and it makes life a little easier for seniors who are on a fixed income. We are always accepting monetary and nonperishable food donations.

We started scheduling appointments on Feb. 1 for the senior tax program. The appointments start on Feb. 22. They will be preparing taxes for seniors on Mondays and Thursdays this year. This is such a wonderful program. We have a great group of dedicated volunteers who will be ready to go. Give us a call to schedule your appointment at (231) 723-6477.

Last week I listened to the group who is doing the Senior Odyssey. They sure do sound like they are having a great time. There was a White Elephant Bingo Wednesday and boy were there a ton of great prizes. Thanks everyone for making the bingo program so much fun.

I will keep everyone up on the fun at the Senior Center. I hope you have a Happy Valentine’s Day and remember to try something new!


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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. The MCCOA is looking for a group, business, school or individuals to make seasonal centerpieces for the dining room tables. If you are interested in helping with this project, please call the Senior Center at (231) 723-6477.


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.


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


Linda Theisen will be offering computer/cell phone help at 1 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month 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.


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.


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 10:30 a.m. the Senior Center.

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.



· 9 a.m., Exercise (marina)

. 10 a.m., Senior Odyssey Practice (marina)

· 11 a.m., Social hour

· Noon, Lunch

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

· 6 p.m., Pinochle


· 10 a.m., Sit & Get Fit

. 11 a.m., Valentine’s Day Party Kaleva VFW (Bus leaves Senior Center at 10 a.m.)

· Attorney Services (by appointment)

· Noon, Meal

· 3 p.m., Senior Odyssey meeting


· 9 a.m., Exercise

· 10 a.m., Losing It

. 10:30 a.m., Foot Clinic (By Appointment)

· 11 a.m., Fun Bingo

· Noon, Lunch

· 1 p.m., Learning Kitchen

· 2:30 p.m., Tai Chi

· 3:30 p.m., Sweating to the Oldies


· 10 a.m., Sit & Get Fit (marina)

· 11 a.m., Social hour

. 11 a.m., Drum Circle (marina)

. 11 a.m., Eyeglass Clinic

. 11:30 a.m., Carrie Selbee

· Noon, Meal

· 1 p.m., Seated Tai Chi (marina)


. 9 a.m., Senior Food Bank

· 11 a.m., Social hour

· Noon, Meal

· 2:30 p.m., Tai Chi

MENU FOR WEEK of Feb. 12-16

Monday: Potato bacon cheddar soup, egg salad sandwich, coleslaw and peaches

Tuesday: Meat lasagna, Italian vegetable, tossed salad, mandarin oranges and garlic roll

Wednesday: Fish nuggets, baked potato, wax beans, pears and roll

Thursday: Chicken stew, potatoes and carrots, lima bean creole, tropical fruit and biscuit

Friday: Fish sandwich, seasoned potatoes, green beans and an apple

(Menu is subject to change)

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