Diabetic Meal Planning Course April 7

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Hello Manistee County! April has come in and March has come out like a lion, so I think it’s going to start looking more like spring. Thank God I’m not a meteorologist. I don’t think I could ever navigate the ups and downs of the weather. I think global warming is real, but sometimes I think it might be too late to correct everything that’s happened to get back to a more stable earth.

We had another great week – there is so much to see and hear. Last week, I loved hearing all the laughter and learning during Jean’s diabetic menu class. She actually made some great herbal treats and snacks. I can’t wait for the next course to try other great dishes.


Last Friday we went to the Pleasant Valley Community Center in Arcadia and took Produce Bingo on the road. We had a great time and everyone was so good at sports. Thank you for letting us come and play.

We had a tech class with Chrissy Streeter from the Manistee County Library on Monday. We only had a few people show up for the course, but they were thrilled with how knowledgeable she is and can’t wait to see her again. I have such a hard time with technology and I know I’m not the only one. Thank you Chrissy for taking the time to come and help us.

One of our favorite celebrities came over on Wednesday and called bingo. John O’Hagan and his family are great people and we love it when he comes around and has fun with all of us. Thank you John for coming and hanging out with all your friends!

I missed the Pickin’ With the Champ – a presentation on morels by Anthony Williams – which the Manistee County Library hosted. I really wanted to go but I was babysitting grandchildren. I think it would be fun to hunt morels as long as there were no bears around!

I just found out that the DPW has free water filters for people’s homes in Manistee due to lead. I know I have a bunch of grandkids who are still at my house and I give them tap water and I don’t have a filter. I’m going to go get one and use it at home for my little ones. I know lead can be dangerous for children and pregnant women.

I scheduled a Tigers game for the summer. I was unable to get a bus for the game on June 2, but I got tickets and a bus for the game on Wednesday June 15. I usually schedule a game on Thursday, but they mostly do Wednesday afternoon games this year. The trip includes first-class transportation to beautiful Comerica Park, a ticket to the Detroit Tigers vs. Chicago White Sox, and a voucher for a scrumptious hot dog, fries, and a drink. I hope you will consider this fun trip, everyone is welcome.

April 4-8

Monday: Homemade beef stew, cauliflower, steamed peas, diced pears, biscuit

Tuesday: Oven-roasted turkey, mashed potatoes with gravy, sliced ​​carrots, cranberry sauce, bread

Wednesday: Italian sausage in a bun, sautéed peppers and onions, seasoned cabbage, sweet cherries from Mich.

Thursday: Stuffed peppers, mixed vegetables, tomato compote, fruit cocktail, cup of pudding, bread roll

Friday: Grilled cheese sandwich, tomato soup, green beans, peach slices, bread

Menus are subject to change.


This week we have all of our regular programs and activities as well as some new ones.

On Wednesday, Lou will come play the piano for us at 10 a.m., just before we play Produce Bingo. Remember, everyone is playing bingo for great fruits and vegetables to take home. It is so important that these healthy choices reach our seniors. With prices going up on everything, we want everyone to have access to these healthy options.

On Friday we are going to Copemish for a program that we are collaborating with Benzie Senior Resources. We will be doing Produce Bingo and Lunch with seniors from the Thompsonville, Copemish and Marilla areas at the American Legion in Copemish. If this sounds like something you’d like to participate in, give us a call and sign up.

I hope you are having a wonderful week and don’t forget to try something new!

Group meals

The Wagoner Community Center catering site serves lunch at noon Monday through Friday. Remember to call and book your lunch before noon the day before. The Wellston Catering Site serves lunches on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The Onekama catering site at the Farr Center distributes meals on Mondays and Wednesdays at 11:15 a.m. The Marilla catering site has started serving Wednesday lunches again. New restoration sites in Maple Grove Township. and Arcadia will soon be open. Keep in mind that the menu is subject to change, as some food shortages may affect the kitchen.

Food banks

The Senior Center Food Bank takes place from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on the third Friday of the month. Manistee County seniors age 60 and older can participate. If you are picking up for another senior, make sure you have a power of attorney note, along with their name, address, date of birth, and household information. Cash and non-perishable food donations are always appreciated. The next food bank will be April 15 at 260 St. Mary’s Parkway.

Emergency food aid

If you are a senior in Manistee County and need emergency food assistance, call the Senior Center at 231-723-6477 and speak to a staff member. We have an emergency food pantry that we use to help prevent food insecurity for our elderly population during these times.

Senior Refund Program

The Manistee County Council on Aging has a program designed to help seniors stay independent, by reimbursing eligible expenses. If you are a senior in Manistee County, you may be eligible for reimbursement for payments you made for house cleaning, yard work, or snow removal services. For current Senior Reimbursement Program clients, please note that all receipts must be current and not older than 30 days. Income conditions apply. New customers must complete a registration form. Mail all receipts to 260 St. Mary’s Parkway in Manistee.

Call the Senior Center at 231-723-6477 ext. 214 for more information. Once a senior has moved out of their home, they are no longer eligible for the reimbursement program.

Exercise Opportunities

Sit and Get Fit is at 10 a.m. every Tuesday and Thursday at the Wagoner Community Center. Cardio-drums classes take place on Thursday evenings at 4 p.m. Yoga classes are Tuesdays at 3:30 p.m. for chair yoga and Thursdays at 3 p.m. for regular yoga. Tai Chi takes place at 9 am on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Zumba classes are at 2 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays. The indoor walking group starts at 1 p.m. on Friday and Monday at 11 a.m. All classes are free for all seniors and donations are accepted for those under 60.

Dementia Support Group

The Dementia Support Group will meet on the second Thursday of the month. The group is a friendly and supportive gathering for caregivers, family members, or anyone interested in learning about and supporting our community of seniors with dementia. The next meeting will be April 14 at 3 p.m. Contact Jacki Krolczyk at 231-883-1341 for more information.

Parkinson’s support group

The Parkinson’s Support Group meets at 11 a.m. on the third Thursday of each month. The next support group meeting will be April 21 at the Wagoner Community Center. Call Marcia Holbrook at 614-937-4442 for more information.

Medication management program

The council on aging has launched a medication management program. Jean Anderson, the staff registered nurse, is available to help with this. Call with your questions. 231-723-6477 ext. 215

Events to come

April 4

• 9:00 a.m. Tai Chi

• 1 p.m. Mah Jongg

• 2 p.m. Zumba

April 5

• 11:00 a.m. Music with Sonny

• 1 p.m. Pinochle

• 2:00 p.m. Knitting/crochet circle

• 3:30 p.m. Chair yoga

April 6

• 9:00 a.m. Tai Chi

• 10 a.m. Melodies with Lou

• 10:30 a.m. TOPS

• 11 a.m. Produce Bingo

• 1:30 p.m. Genealogy group

• 2 p.m. Zumba

April 7

• 10:00 a.m.

• 10:00 Diabetic Meal Plan

• 3 p.m. Yoga

• 4 p.m. Cardio-drums

April 8

• 9:00 a.m. Tai Chi

• 10:00 a.m. Cards and coffee

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