The exchange of veterans is scheduled for April 18

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Happy Easter! I hope you have great plans for this weekend.

We were lucky to have beautiful weather so the Easter Bunny arrived with special treats. This Easter Bunny decided to bring experiments to my little ones this year instead of candies and toys. I think memories are valuable in the long run.

We had Produce Bingo and lunch at Copemish and I only mentioned it last week because my article has to be in the paper by Friday afternoon. But I wanted to share with everyone that we had such a great time. We had a great turnout of people from the region who came to have fun. This was our first time working with Doug and Susan of Benzie Area Senior Resources on a project. We thought that would be fun since Thompsonville is half Manistee County and half Benzie County. American Legion Post 531 in Copemish was kind enough to let us use their beautiful building and Commander Bill Dunham was kind enough to open the doors and let us do our jobs.

After such a successful day, we thought this would be a great monthly event at Copemish. Thanks to everyone who came out to try something new and thanks to the American Legion Post 531 for all your help, we really love bringing fun to our seniors in Manistee County.

Last Wednesday, Lori Wells from PACE North stopped by to give a presentation about their organization, then she stayed and called bingo for us. Everyone had a great time. She brought lovely fruit baskets to give away and some of our seniors walked away with some really fun prizes.

This week, Monday, we have our veterans exchange. It is such an important time for our veterans to come together and share experiences and stories of their time serving the United States and each other. I am so proud of all veterans. I certainly wouldn’t have been brave enough to join such an important and dangerous vocation in life. Thank you to all veterans for keeping us safe and free.


Tuesday we have Cards and Coffee with Maureen. I know everyone who comes to this activity has a great time. The group makes such beautiful greeting cards. They also do a lot of sightseeing and fun times. If you would like to participate, call us at 231-723-6477. Thank you, Maureen, for sharing your talents with everyone.

On Friday, Jeanne gives a class on how to make scrubs and bath salts. She gave me these as a gift for a year, and they are amazing. Call and register for this fun activity.

Monday: Baked ham, asparagus, gratin dauphinois, fruit cocktail, bread

Tuesday: Chicken and noodles, sliced ​​carrots, green beans, applesauce, biscuit

Wednesday: Salisbury Steak, Diced Baked Potatoes, Winter Vegetables, Sliced ​​Peaches, Bun

Thursday: homemade goulash, steamed corn, chef’s mix of vegetables, diced pears, garlic toast, oatmeal raisin cookie

Friday: Cheeseburger on bun, fries, baked beans, strawberries

Menus are subject to change.


I heard the line dancing will start later this month. I think you will enjoy this and it will definitely be a good time with Karen teaching the class. Watch for updates on the exact date. Hopefully we can form a good sized group to line dance. It’s so much fun. Even though I have two left feet, this is the one I appreciate.

I can’t believe how fast April is going by. We are having a big polka party on Sunday, May 1 to celebrate Flo Anderson’s 100th birthday at the Manistee County Fairgrounds in Onekama. It will be the perfect time to gather friends to hang out, dance and eat an amazing meal prepared by Jerry Zupin. Everyone is invited to this event, bring your family and friends and have a great time.

I hope you have a blessed Easter and a wonderful week. Don’t forget to try something new!

Group meals

The Wagoner Community Center catering site serves lunch Monday through Friday at noon. 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 at 11:15 a.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays. The Marilla Meals Site began serving Wednesday lunches at noon, and the Pleasant Valley Community Center in Arcadia serves meals Tuesdays and Fridays at 12:30 p.m. Another new restoration site in Maple Grove Township will be opening soon. Keep in mind that the menu is subject to change, as some food shortages may affect the kitchen.

food Bank

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 Friday, May 20, 9-11 a.m., 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 senior center has a program designed to help seniors maintain their independence 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, and 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. 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 at 3:00 p.m. on May 12. Contact Jacki Krolczyk, 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 Manistee County Council on Aging has launched a medication management program. Jean Anderson, the staff RN, is available to help with this. Call 231-723-6477 ext. 215 with your questions.

Events to come

April 18

• 9 a.m. – Tai Chi

• 12:30 p.m. – Exchange of veterans

• 1pm – Mah Jongg

• 2 p.m. – Zumba

April 19

• 10:00 a.m. – Cards and coffee

• 11:00 a.m. – Special music

• 1 p.m. – Pinochle

• 2 p.m. – Knitting/Crocheting circle

• 3:30 p.m. – Chair yoga

April 20

• 9 a.m. – Tai Chi

• 10:30 am – TOPS

• 11 a.m. – Fun Bingo

• 1:30 p.m. – Genealogy group

• 2 p.m. – Zumba

April 21th

• 10:00 a.m. – Cribbage

• 10 a.m. – Diabetic Meal Plan

• 11 a.m. – Parkinson’s support group

• 3 p.m. – Yoga

• 4 p.m. – Cardio drumming

April 22

• 9 a.m. – Tai Chi

• 1:00 p.m. – Exfoliation class in the bath

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