Mineral Wells Index, Mineral Wells, TX

November 15, 2012

Growing up


Mineral Wells Index

— By VIVIAN CONRAD

My grandson was snickering at his 2-year-old sister and cousin.

“I used to be a little kid like that,” he informed me, “but I’m a grown-up now ‘cause I turned four.”

A year ago I felt a lot like a little kid when I took on the job of directing the Senior Center. But thanks to the help of my staff, the support of center participants, volunteers, and the Mineral Wells community, I feel like I’m beginning to “grow up” into this role.

This year has been full of adventure as we’ve tried new things and reprised some old standards.  Now in this season of giving thanks, my heart is overflowing with gratitude to the people who have given so generously and worked so hard to translate my ideas into reality.  

The Senior Center will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday next Thursday and Friday, Nov. 22-23. We’ll stay busy before then, though.  

Coming up Friday, Nov. 16, after our fried catfish lunch Janice Gable of Family Care of Texas will give a presentation on the prevention and care of colds and flu.  

This Saturday, Nov. 17, Avon representative Lisa Clutts and Friends will hold an open house here at the center from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. They will have lots of creative gifts for holiday giving.

Next Monday, Nov. 19, we’ll be showing the 1953 classic, “From Here to Eternity.”Our movie night begins at 6 p.m. with a free soup and salad bar supper. Everyone is welcome regardless of age.

Our turkey-and-dressing Thanksgiving meal at noon on Wednesday, Nov. 21, will feature a potluck dessert bar. The dessert table will be groaning with delicious desserts made by our center participants and staff. We may have a crowd, so be sure to call and make your lunch reservation early.

On Tuesday, Dec. 18, Life Line will hold a health screening from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Mineral Wells Senior Center. Participants will receive ultrasound screenings for Stroke/Carotid Artery and Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm and screenings for heart rhythm (atrial fibrillation) and peripheral arterial disease screening, and for an extra $10 may include osteoporosis risk assessment.

Pre-registration is required for an appointment. Anyone who registers under the Helping Hands program will receive a $10 discount on each package, making the total price $139 for the first four tests and $149 if the osteoporosis assessment is added. Life Line will also make a $10 donation to the Senior Center for anyone who registers under the Helping Hands program. To register under Helping Hands call 1-800-324-9458 or stop by the Senior Center to pick up a registration form.

If you have young children in your family, mark your calendars for Saturday morning, Dec. 8.  Santa Claus will be on hand for the Senior Center’s annual Breakfast with Santa. From 8:30-11:30 that morning we’ll be serving pancakes and sausage at $3 a plate ($1.50 for children 12 and under), and our photographer will be on hand to take pictures of the kids, young or old, with Santa Claus. 4x6 prints will cost $3 each.  

There is always room for growth. We are working hard to make Mineral Wells Senior Center the best senior hangout in town, so come on down and join the fun.