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February 18, 2010

Weather put chill on Valentine's celebration, coronation

MINERAL WELLS — Brrrrrrr! So much for the Valentine’s king and queen. The center will have to operate a full year without official rulers, due to the bad weather last week. The carriage in which the king and queen were to arrive was caught in a snowbank, which is a highly and completely unexpected event in the life of Texas’ Valentine’s Day celebration.

Latest word is that they were melted and floated away sometime during the weekend, to be found in New Orleans on Monday celebrating the results of the most recent Super Bowl game. We’ll try again next year.

In the meantime, things will progress at the Senior Center with the announcement that we have several craft instructors and no students. Have we had so many of these classes that everyone has turned into teachers with the things they have learned? I suggest those who have grown so much in the crafter skills see if you can think of a craft which you do not know and find someone to teach that one, or just come to the classes we already have and which you already know, and hone those skills you already have to a fine edge, so that you might be enabled to create unbelievable crafts.

Seriously, there is a need for these bright instructors to find those whom they might teach, so think about some younger members of your families who might be interested in learning a craft that their grandmothers considered part of their homemaking “job.” They will enjoy learning and making their grandmothers proud.

It has been mentioned that there are several lunch tables at the center set aside especially for men, from which women are barred. There seems to be a dearth of men who have lunch at the center, and it is suspected they are averse to female conversations taking up all the time for male discussion of fishing, pool playing, the neighborhood widows, replacing it with information regarding the latest in make up for the older lady. With this possibility in mind, the men now have some sort of exclusive seating which prevents unmanly discussions. You men who spend so much time in the pool room and not enough time at the lunch table, consider the change in the situation, planned and carried out just for you! The price of the meal is the same, and may be much more enjoyable.

Thursday quilters (rather a definitive name, don’t you think, since they quilt on Thursdays?) have completed a “Sun Bonnet Sue” quilt and have placed it on the block for a fundraiser to augment the Senior Center budget. It will go on display around town, at the center and in the newspaper pages right away.

Tickets will go on sale at $1 each or six for $5. A great way to help finance the center, raise your interest level in cozy sleeping and becoming famous for being the recipient of the Sun Bonnet Sue award. Tickets may be purchased at the center and probably at any place you see the quilt exhibited (except for the newspaper. If you donate there, be sure you get the name of the person taking your money!) Look around!

The annual drivers education classes are scheduled for March 23. It may be a little early, but you need time to make application for the all-day session (9:30 a.m.-3 p.m.) and get your fee paid to the office at the center. The fees are $12 for members of the AARP and $14 for those who are not members. Remember, the completion of the course cannot be used to satisfy tickets given for traffic offenses, but may be used for some Insurance Company reduction of annual premiums for senior drivers. Mr. Rich Stanford will again be the instructor for the day. Lunch will be served at noon, but the class fee does not include the requested donation amount for the food. If you wish to enjoy a great meal at the Center, you should know that previous reservations are necessary. Sufficient time for lunch will be given for those who wish to eat elsewhere.

Don’t forget the upcoming garage sale and the need for your “unused, but usable” goods and gosh-knows-what, to add to the sale. Call the center at 325-6470 if you have any questions regarding the sale.

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