Sept. 25 Senior News

The Portales Seniors are busy with end of summer activities and are preparing for fall and winter activities. The second of two monthly game nights will be held at the center on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. This will be an ice cream social followed by an evening of fellowship and games. We urge all seniors to join us, and we especially invite those who have not joined us before. Those who have ice cream freezers are asked to bring a freezer of home-made ice cream. Others may bring cake or cookies. The first Tuesday night of the month, we enjoy sandwiches and desserts before the games; the fourth Tuesday night is just games, unless some special occasion is observed. Mark your calendars for game nights on the second and the fourth Tuesday nights of each month.

Seniors are responding to the needs of the hurricane victims. Farrell and Louise Odom reported a collection of $621 from the Saturday night dancers plus a nice collection of canned and non-perishable items. We appreciate the donations from Walmart, Ace Hardware and McCarty’s Cafe used as door prizes at the Saturday night dances. Proceeds from the White Elephant Sale will also benefit hurricane victims.

The ladies in the ceramics room are preparing lovely items to be sold at the Peanut Festival as well as many other Southwestern items. The ceramics room is well equipped and offers many interesting molds. Anyone interested in ceramics is welcome to come to the center any weekday.

Bridge Club meets each Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. in the center. Jerry Beck, Director, may be contacted for more information. They encourage new players to join them. Card and domino players continue to play daily. “Forty Two” and “88” players designate Monday and Friday afternoons for games. New players are welcome and may receive help in learning a new game. Seniors are available to assist when needed and will set up a special time for new players if requested. Contact Faye Keener, 356-3982 or Mary Lynch at 356-6107 for more information.

Plans are being made for the Senior Olympics next spring. We need seniors to participate in the various activities. There is an activity suitable, and of interest to, everyone and we would like each senior to choose something for personal enjoyment.

The quilters have completed the lovely quilt to be given away at the Peanut Festival. Tickets for the drawing may be purchased at the center for $1 each or six for $5. The quilt is on display in the center. Special thanks to Dorothy, Billie and Wanda for the many hours devoted to quilting. Dot Britton is available to those doing art projects and Marlene and Louise are directing the exercise group each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 8 a.m. The pool room, computers and literature/information are available.

The kitchen has been updated and the Thursday pot luck meals have resumed with good attendance and good meals. This is a special time for visiting and sharing before and following the meal. Each Thursday, Jim Good keeps us apprised of scheduled events and information affecting seniors. We appreciate the volunteer firemen who check blood pressure and others who bring special services to the center during the Thursday meetings.

The van drivers continue to make transportation available for seniors within a radius of five miles of the city. Those who need rides to Clovis for doctor appointments should schedule them between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Call the center to let the van drivers schedule rides. Jim Good would like to know of any senior anywhere in the county who may have a transportation need, even if they cannot be served by the center’s vans.

The Senior Center offers services to those who have attained senior status (55 and older) and who wish to remain active and alert. Social and physical activities keep the mind and body healthy. The seniors are happy and look forward to each day. There is a warm welcome to everyone, with no obligations other than “good living.” Join us at the Senior Center on Industrial Drive in Portales.