RSVP to host trip to Boston, Cape Cod next year


BIG RAPIDS — Next year, the Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) will lead a group of travelers to explore Boston and Cape Cod.

The guided eight-day, seven-night trip will be held Aug. 24 to 31, 2013. Guests will explore Boston and Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard, Provincetown, enjoy whale watching, visit the John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum and travel to Plymouth, Mass., Nantucket Island, Mass., Newport, R.I., and Foxwoods Resort Casino.

An informational presentation about the trip will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. on Aug. 23 at the Mecosta County Services Building, located at 14485 Northland Drive in Big Rapids.

The tour includes a round-trip flight, accommodations, sightseeing, deluxe motorcoach ground transportation, baggage handing and the services of a professional tour escort. The cost of the trip is $1,934 per person, based on double occupancy. All ages are welcome on the trip and it is open to anyone. Guests will fly from their nearest airport and meet the group at the first designation.

For more information, contact RSVP at (231) 796-4848.


Senior Center planning several trips


MECOSTA — Anyone seeking a change of scenery should consider joining one of the two upcoming trips organized by the Mecosta County Senior Center.

Guests are invited to experience “a Capitol adventure” from Sept. 6 to 11. The six-day, five-night trip will include a guided tour of Gettysburg and Gettysburg National Military Park, including dinner at Gettysburg’s oldest building, the Dobbin House Tavern. Other tours include Arlington National Cemetery, the National World War II Memorial, several Smithsonian museums, the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, Mount Vernon, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Capitol Building and the Flight 93 National Memorial.

As the seasons change with the color of leaves, guests are invited to take “a fall foliage adventure” on the Mississippi River from Oct. 9 to 12. A day-long cruise up the river on the Celebration Belle will begin in Dubuque, Iowa and end in the historic city of Prairie du Chien, Wis. The trip also includes tours of the House on the Rock in Spring Green, Wis., the National Mustard Museum and the Wisconsin State Capitol.

For more information or to sign up for the trips, contact Dawn Ketchum at (231) 972-2884.


Senior Center to host art class


MECOSTA — Come and explore your artistic side at the Mecosta County Senior Center next month.

The Thursday Ladies Paint Group will host an art class where participants will paint a wine glass to take home. The class will begin at 12:30 p.m. on Aug. 9 at the center, located at 12954 80th Ave. in Mecosta.

The class is limited to the first 12 people who register. For more information or to sign up for the class, contact the center at (231) 972-2884.


Senior Center to hold euchre fun day


MECOSTA — Individuals interested in showcasing their euchre skills are invited to a euchre fun day at the Mecosta County Senior Center.

The games have a $5 registration fee and will be held on Aug. 21. Registration starts at 11 a.m., then lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m. The games will start after lunch. Anyone interested in participating is encouraged to register early.

For more information or to register, contact the center at (231) 972-2884.


Hospice of Michigan to host end-of-life care information meetings


BIG RAPIDS — Hospice of Michigan has started hosting a monthly resource night in Big Rapids to answer questions about the program’s services.

The monthly meetings will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on the third Wednesday of the month at Mecosta County Medical Center’s board room, located at 605 Oak St. in Big Rapids.

The sessions are an opportunity for anyone in the community to ask questions and get answers regarding the services Hospice of Michigan provides. The sessions also will provide various resources available for caregivers and those seeking comfort care measures at the end of life. Light refreshments will be provided at the meetings.

For more information about the monthly meetings, contact Hospice of Michigan at (231) 796-7371.


A Matter of Balance starting next week


MECOSTA — Older adults concerned about falling have a chance to join the award-winning program “A Matter of Balance” next week.

Sherry Marks teaches the eight-session course from 1 to 3 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays starting Monday at the Mecosta County Senior Center, located at 12954 80th Ave. in Mecosta. Early registration is recommended as classes fill quickly.

“The exercising we do focuses on strengthening, flexibility and range of motion to help be a little healthier and feel safe so we aren’t threatened by falling,” Marks said.

The course includes low-impact exercises to increase balance but also uses discussion to increase confidence in older adults.

“The program also helps us learn to be assertive in asking for help when we need it to indicate to family or medical staff how we are feeling or what we would like to have done,” Marks said.

For more information or to register, contact the Mecosta County Commission on Aging at (231) 972-2884.


Senior Center seeking SOAR volunteer


MECOSTA — The Mecosta County Senior Center is looking for someone to help volunteer with the Senior Outings and Recreation Program for one Tuesday a month.

The volunteer could offer their time every Tuesday or just once a month. The volunteer would be at the center from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesdays and at 1 p.m. on Fridays to help the senior citizens play bingo. Tuesday duties include planning crafts, outings, games or other activities.

The SOAR group provides transportation to the Senior Center for residents age 60 or older who no longer drive. Participants in the group can join in the daily activities at the center or are offered another activity to participate in with the group.

For more information or to volunteer, contact Joanne Jones at (231) 972-2884.


Arthritis exercise class available in Big Rapids


BIG RAPIDS — Residents interested in improving their arthritis have a chance to do so through a course offered in Big Rapids.

The Arthritis Foundation Exercise program is held at 1 p.m. on Mondays at the Salvation Army, located at 325 Linden St. in Big Rapids. The class is dedicated to improving lives through the prevention, control and cure of arthritis and related diseases. Through the hour-long class, participants will socialize and meet new friends in addition to exercising and learning more about their disease.

Each class will spend five minutes on health education, followed by a 50-minute exercise period and an additional five minutes will be spent at the end of the class to discuss breathing and relaxation techniques.

Participants should wear relaxed clothing and exercise shoes. The cost is $1 to help defray equipment costs.

For more information, or to register for the class, contact the center at (231) 972-2884.


Transportation volunteers needed in Big Rapids


MECOSTA — Residents looking for an opportunity to volunteer in the Big Rapids area should contact the Mecosta County Senior Center.

The Senior Center is in need of volunteers to transport homebound senior citizens to and from medical appointments. Because of health issues or the nature of the appointment, not all senior citizens can rely on Dial-A-Ride or Mecosta Osceola Transit Authority buses to get them to their appointments, said Dawn Ketchum, transportation coordinator.

Volunteers also are needed to help deliver meals to homebound senior citizens.

The center is looking for individuals who can volunteer for a few hours a week or month. Individuals who cannot commit to specific times can be considered on-call in the event the center needs someone on a shorter notice. Volunteers are reimbursed for mileage.

To volunteer or for more information, contact the center at (231) 972-2884.


Take and bake items available at the Senior Center


MECOSTA — Support the Mecosta County Senior Center while receiving an easy and complete meal.

The center is selling homemade, frozen, ready-to-bake pizzas and pasties. Both items are already completed and only require baking. Pizzas are available in a 16-inch large or three 7-inch mini pizzas for $10. Pasties cost $2.50. All proceeds benefit the Senior Center.

The center is located at 12954 80th Ave. in Mecosta.

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