Another busy weekend in Manistee County


Manistee County Council on Aging Executive Director

Happy Saturday! We have another busy weekend in Manistee County and I am really looking forward to some fun.

Kaleva Days is underway. They always have some of the best music throughout the festival. A couple of great things today at Kaleva Days is their antique tractor show. This is not something you see everywhere and it is so neat.They also have the Finnish Wife Carrying contest on Saturday. I love this! It is so fun to see men hauling their wives around. If you haven’t seen this part of Kaleva Days you really need to go check it out.

Sunday there will be more great music but also Kaleva’s Grand Parade; lots of kids waiting for some fun and candy. I hope if you have time this weekend, you will go check out Kaleva Days.

We had another great week at the Senior Center and I am excited that there is so much coming up. Monday, we had STRUT with Susan Morris. She is such a great instructor and it is always fun to see the group dancing up a storm. Wednesday we celebrated July birthdays with another beautiful birthday cake that was donated from Meijer. Thank you Meijer, for everything you do for the seniors in Manistee County.

On Wednesday, we also recognized a special woman who is a volunteer for our Senior Visiting Seniors program. Beth Klajda is one of our many wonderful volunteers who visits seniors throughout Manistee County. Beth has been visiting for a year and a half and has been such a reliable, helpful and wonderful visitor to her special friends. Thank you Beth for being such a super senior visitor. We appreciate all that you do.

Friday, was our monthly senior food bank. This program reaches about 170 seniors throughout Manistee County. When you live on a fixed income and gas, food, medicines go up in cost, something has to go. The food bank helps seniors to be able to stretch their dollars a little when times get tight. The Senior Center always accepts donations of non-perishable foods and monetary donations for this important program

There is another group heading to Wisconsin for a three-day Oneida Casino trip. If this sounds like something you may want to do, give us a call for some information. There is another Mystery Trip coming up on July 27. This one filled up pretty quickly. If you have wanted to try something different or new, stop by to get signed up for the next one on Aug. 24.

We have another Runaway to Rosie’s coming up. We are going to head out to Rosie’s, enjoy some delicious pizza and moose nuts and have fun singing karaoke. Give us a call and get some information on this fun time.

We also have our Senior Center Beach Bash heading this way. We will be at the beautiful Lions Pavilion at First Street beach on Aug. 17. We will take care of the meat and drinks and you bring a dish to pass and be ready for some fun. We will have some great entertainment and some fun surprises. Last year we had chilly, windy weather, but still a full house. We are looking forward to a big group this year. Call the Senior Center to sign up, so we have enough brats and hot dogs.

This week we have Toe Tapping Tuesday, with the 3Ds and if you haven’t come in to hear their great music then I suggest you stop by and give it a try. I am always so proud to know volunteers like the 3Ds, they sure do help out a lot when it comes to the Senior Center and the seniors of Manistee County.

Wednesday we have Fun Bingo which is always fun. Stop down on Wednesday by 11 a.m., and spend some time with the bingo crowd.

On Thursday, Carrie Selbee and Roger Tarczon will be here. What a great day to come in, bebop around and listen to some excellent music.

If you have seen our Blessings Box, it just got a face lift. Paul Glaser gave it a fresh coat of paint and it looks beautiful. The Blessings Box is a place you can put non-perishable foods or toiletries to help anyone, any age that might be in need. This box gets quite a few visitors every week. Anyone can put stuff in it and anyone who may need a hand is welcome to stop by and get what you may need. The seniors in Manistee County are always looking for ways to help their communities. Think about some small way you could give your neighbor a hand. It is really a wonderful way to show that you care.

I hope you have a great week and remember to try something new!


On Aug. 9 and 10 the Senior Center will be holding an AARP Safe Driving class. The AARP Smart Driver Course, offered by AARP Driver Safety, is the nation’s largest classroom and online driver safety course and is designed especially for drivers age 50 and older. The AARP Smart Driver Course teaches the current rules of the road, defensive driving techniques, and how to operate your vehicle more safely in today’s increasingly challenging driving environment. Call (231) 723-6477 to register.


The Senior Center will putting together a cookbook and is looking for recipes. If you have a recipe you would like to share, please bring/send it to the Senior Center at 457 River St. by Aug. 17 to be included.


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 Aug. 17.


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 on at 10 a.m. on Aug. 6.


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 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 Mondays at the Bear Lake Methodist Church. There is also a Sit & Get Fit held at 10:30 a.m. on Mondays 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. Stretch & Strength for Seniors (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.The 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 there is a fee per class 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. 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.


Are you interested in learning a new game? The Senior Center is looking to begin game days/or nights. Call us at (231) 723-6477 and let us know what games (card games, board or dice games) you would like to play and what time is best for you.


July 24: Toe Tapping Tuesday with the 3Ds.

July 26: Game day at 10 a.m.

July 26: Carrie Selbee & Roger Tarczon.

July 27: Mystery Trip.

Aug. 9-10: AARP Safe Driving class.

Aug. 16: Karaoke day at Rosie’s.

Aug. 17: Senior picnic at First St. beach Lions pavilion. Bring a dish to pass.

Aug. 22: Alzheimer’s presentation at 12:30 p.m.

Oct. 7: Lions vs Packers trip.

Aug. 24: Mystery Trip.

Sept. 14: Painting class with Susan Morris at 9 a.m.



· 9 a.m., Exercise

· 10 a.m., Strut

· 11 a.m., Social hour

· Noon, Meal

· 3:30 p.m., Sweating to the Oldies

· 6 p.m., Pinochle


· 10 a.m., Sit & get fit

· 11 a.m., Toe tapping Tuesday

· Noon, Meal

· 1 p.m., Bridge


· 9 a.m., Exercise

· 11 a.m., Fun bingo

· Noon, Meal

· 2:30 p.m., Stretch & strength for seniors

· 3:30 p.m., Sweating to the Oldies


· 10 a.m., Sit & get fit

· 10 a.m., Bunco/Game day

· 11 a.m., Social hour

· 11:30 a.m., Carrie Selbee/Roger Tarczon

· Noon, Meal

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


· 9 a.m., Mystery trip

· 11 a.m., Social hour

· Noon, Meal

· 2:30 p.m., Stretch & Strength for Seniors

MENU FOR WEEK of July 23-27

Monday: Braised beef over noodles, beets, green beans, chocolate pudding

Tuesday: Ham, macaroni salad, cucumber and tomato salad, tropical fruit

Wednesday: Sausage and gravy, mashed potatoes, stewed tomatoes, fruit cocktail, roll

Thursday: Chicken tenders, french fries, three bean salad, watermelon, roll

Friday: Potato crunch Pollock, baked potato, California vegetables, fresh orange, roll

(Menu is subject to change)


Posted by Dylan Savela

Dylan is the county reporter for the News Advocate, he also is in charge of the Small Town Life, religion and senior pages. He can be reached at (231) 398-3111 or

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