February Happenings

The monthly meeting will be held on Monday, February 13, 2017 at 9:00 am in the kitchen.  Meetings will be held every month on the second Monday.  All members of the center are invited to hear about upcoming plans for the center.  We will also take suggestions about activities and events that you would like to see. Please plan to join us.
Because of some changes in scheduling, we will now offer Chair Exercise Tuesday through Friday at 8:00 am in the Multi-Purpose Room.  We are using DVD exercises for the time being.

The winner of the coloring contest for January was Jean Seagle.  Congratulations!!  The coloring club meets every Tuesday beginning at 11:00 am in the kitchen.  We have some coloring pages, pens and pencils available for you to try, or you may bring your own.  Pages for the monthly contest are available at the front desk and must be turned in by the 28th of the month in order to qualify for judging.  The theme for February is "Valentines".    
Crafters will now have two different craft events to choose from:
1.  Every first and third Wednesday of the month, there will be an informal Craft Club.  Each crafter can bring a project to work on for themselves.  This can be any kid of craft life painting, scrapbooking, woodwork, etc.  Sometimes it can be easier to work on projects with others around.  This will also be a chance to get some new ideas and share yours.  We meeting from 1:00 pm until 4:00 pm.
2.  Every second and fourth Wednesday of the month, will be devoted to a group craft planning by the center.  There will be a fee to cover the cost of materials and everyone will complete their project that day.  For January, we will have:
      -  February 8, 2017 -- Valentine Porch Pot:  We will be decorating a terra cotta pot in valentine colors and decorations for a fun accent to your porch, doorway or wherever you would like.  The cost is $12 per project.  
       -  February 22, 2017 -- Jewelry Making:  Come and make a necklace in shades of blue which would be great to keep or to give as a gift.  The cost is $4 per project.  
Please sign up for all craft classes at least 48 hours in advance in the office, so that we can make sure we have enough supplies for everyone. 

Each year we make a point of traveling to Jamesville for herring.  This year we will be heading to the River's Edge Restaurant in Jamesville for lunch as a group.  The restaurant also serves other items for those who do not care for herring.  We will leave the center at 10:00 am on Wednesday, February 22, 2017.  Lunch is on your own and the cost if you want to go o the van is $2 for gas.  Please be sure to sign up in the office before space is limited.  
Craft Club
-- Wednesdays, 1:00 pm until 4:00 pm; Tai Chi -- Thursdays, 10:00 am until 11:00 am; Sewing -- Thursdays, 1:00 pm until 4:00 pm; and Ukulele -- Fridays, 9:30 am until 10:30 am.  ALL ARE FREE CLASSES!!!
The center has been selected to participate in the "Eat Smart Move More" Initiative and we will be receiving a new water fountain for your to enjoy in the very new future.

Please be patient with us while we are revamping the Exercise Room.  New carpet is expected shortly and then we will be able to update some of the equipment.  We appreciate your patience while we try to make this room better than ever.

Our annual tradition is to have a pancake breakfast for Mardi Gras.  We will offer pancakes, sausage, apples, coffee and juice.  Please sign up in the office.  The cost is $3 per person.

The policy for closings due to weather conditions are as follows: 
 -  If the Wilson County Schools are closed, we will also be closed on the day of the event.  Please call the center for further information after the initial event or storm.
-  The center may close early if a weather event happens during business hours.  You can call the center for further information as it happens.
There is a list at the reception area of all seniors who need information on their scan cards.  Please stop by whenever you have a chance to make sure that we have accurate information for you.
Join us on Friday, February 3, 2017 at 12:00 noon in the kitchen for a chili lunch in preparation of the Super Bowl.  We will be serving chili, cornbread, dessert and tea.  Wear your team colors and enjoy lunch with us.  The suggested donation is $3 per person. 

The meeting for February will be held on Wednesday, February 15, 2017 beginning at 10:30 am in the Multi-Purpose Room.

Starting in January, anyone who wants a takeout meal will need to let the office know by noon on Wednesday.  **If anyone has any of the takeout plates that belong to the center, please return them so they can be used.  **If anyone feels that they will not finish their entire meal and want to take leftovers home, please bring a container for that purpose.  The center does not always have extra containers and because we are trying to stay "green", we have no disposables.  The menu for February is:  February 2nd -- Spaghetti; February 9th -- Barbecue Chicken; February1 6th -- Pork Chop Casserole; and February 23rd -- Chicken Salad Plate.  
February 1, 2017 will bring the start of free Tax Preparation for seniors and low income adults.  The VITA?AARP Tax Preparers will be at the center on Mondays and Wednesdays as follows:
 -- February 1st, 6th, 8th, 13th, 15th, 20th, & 27th
 -- March 1st, 6th, 8th, 13th, 15th, 20th, 22nd, 27th & 29th
 -- April 3rd, 5th, 10th, & 12th
In addition, there will be appointments available on Tuesdays, February 7th and 14th and Thursday, February 23, 2017.  All appointments will be scheduled between 1:00 pm and 4:30 pm.  You need to have an appointment to have your taxes done.  Be sure to bring all necessary paperwork for your filer.  Please call the office for an appointment or for more information.

Join us for an information meeting where we will give information on all of our upcoming trips and answer any questions you may have.  The meeting will be on Thursday, February 23, 2017 at 6:00 pm.
During the month of January and the beginning o fFebruary, we will be asking our seniors to fill our a Valentine Card thanking our Legislators keeping the Older Americans Act reauthorized and keeping funding in place for a variety of programs for seniors throughout the county and the state.  When you get a moment, stop by the advocacy desk (near the kitchen in the hallway) and fill out a card.  The cards will be delivered before Valentine's Day.  If you would like more information, please see Sandra.
We are looking for people to bake something for a Valentine Bake Sale here at the center.  You can bring something in that morning (Tuesday) or on the evening before Monday.  Anything goes: pies, cakes, brownies and more!  Proceeds will be used to purchase food items for an Easter distribution to our seniors in need.  Homemade goodies will be available on February 10, 2017 from 11:00 am until 2:00 pm.

On February 14, 2017 beginning at 12:00 no one, we will have a potluck lunch to celebrate this special day.  Bring a dish to share and be sure to wear Valentine colors.  A signup sheet is available on the board.

Advisory Council: 
New members are needed to plan activities and bring new ideas to the staff.  We meet every month on the second Tuesday beginning at 9:00 am in the kitchen.  (February 13, 2017)
Birthday Party: The first Tuesday of the month immediately following Bingo (around 2:30 pm) is a chance to celebrate birthdays for the month with cake and drank.  Volunteers to set up and clean up are always welcome.  (February 7, 2017)
Instructors:  Do you have a skill that you would like to teach others?  Let the office know and we can arrange a schedule for you.
Library: Our books need to be shelved quite a few times every month due to people borrowing and returning.  Anyone who can spend a little time sorting and shelving would be greatly appreciated.
Reception Area:  We are in need of someone to answer phones, gives tours and greet guests on Mondays and Wednesdays after 12:00 noon.  No experience necessary.
Thursday Evening Dinner:  Between 4:00 pm and 5:00 pm, we need help setting up the tables and getting the food on the table.  Following the meal we need help clearing tables, washing and sanitizing tables and getting dishes prepared for the dishwasher.  (February 2nd, 9th, 16th, & 23rd)
The weather is turning colder and the time for walking outside is over.  We will start walking again in the spring.  Check your February newsletter for more information.