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Senior Center News

February 21, 2013

Upsides of Downsides

The upside to leaving home just before 7 a.m. every morning is getting to watch the sunrise. Glorious is the word that springs to mind. Some days the sprays of gold, rose and dusky blue splashed across the sky are so breathtaking, I have to stop the car and pull out my camera.

No matter how trying, disappointing or frustrating the circumstances, there’s a positive side to almost any situation. For the second year in a row, our senior center has experienced a major cut in funding. But in spite of financial stress, I am encouraged by the positive attitude of our participants. They are joining together to meet the challenge. There’s an atmosphere of proactive cooperation that inspires me with hope and confidence.

This attitude is most recently evident in the hard work our people are putting in toward the upcoming Gigantic Garage Sale fundraiser. Nellie Garcia is here practically from dawn to dusk, sorting and pricing donated items. Dora and Victor Calderon have made countless trips back and forth from the center to the storage unit that Armor Storage is loaning us for a few weeks and Emilio Luna and Glenn Summers have answered calls to pick up donations.

The Gigantic Garage Sale is coming up first thing in March. We’ll be set up at the Mineral Wells Activity Center, across from the city gym in old Ft. Wolters. The early-bird sale will open at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 7, with a $10 donation for admission. On Friday and Saturday, March 8-9, the sale begins at 9 a.m. and is open to the public. We will accept garage sale donations up through Wednesday afternoon, March 6. We’re hoping that this year’s sale will go far toward offsetting the funding cuts.

Another source of encouragement for me is the continuing support of our community. We are grateful for the monthly gifts and volunteer help we receive from businesses like Waddy’s Best Value Pharmacy, Cole’s House of Flowers, Abbi Home Care, Palo Pinto Nursing and Rehab and Home Health, Brenda Lee from the Mineral Wells Department of Parks and Recreation, IntegraCare, Mineral Wells Medical Supply, Bargains for Better Homes, Beall’s, My Father’s Business, Awesome Blossoms, Palo Pinto Hospital Gift Shop and Mr. Jim’s Pizza.

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    Linda Gilley has been named interim executive director of the Mineral Wells Senior Center, replacing Vivian Conrad.

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Hurrah for Volunteers!

    Great Britain’s King George IV (1762-1830) once said, “The highest of distinctions is service to others.”

    April 10, 2014

  • MARCH BD.jpg Spring Has Sprung

    Upon leaving the house Sunday morning, my husband and I startled a yard full of robins.

    April 3, 2014 1 Photo

  • Ordinary heroes

    It seems kind of funny to me that our society celebrates the abilities of some people while ignoring those of others.

    March 27, 2014

  • Strengths and Weaknesses

    I will never understand the kind of person who criticizes others for lacking ability in his own area of competency.

    March 20, 2014

  • FEB BD.jpg Treasures Galore

    Have you heard that old saying, “One person’s junk is another person’s treasure”? Well let me tell you, we’ve got treasure to spare!


    Since early Monday morning, our volunteers have been unpacking, sorting, pricing and arranging truckloads of treasure for the annual Gigantic Garage Sale that begins tonight. Our $10-per-person Early Bird Sale will run from 5-7 this evening, but the real fun begins tomorrow morning. The sale from 9-5 on Friday, March 14, and 9-1 on Saturday, March 15, is free to the public.

    March 13, 2014 1 Photo

  • Ready for Some Fun!

    Makeovers are so much fun.

    March 6, 2014

  • Creative Pursuits

    Like many other Americans, I’ve been heading straight for the television as soon as I get home from work each evening.

    February 20, 2014

  • A Great Place to Learn

    It is deeply satisfying to hear multilingual conversations floating around the Senior Center as the Spanish class dismisses every Tuesday.

    February 13, 2014

  • Thanks for your Help

    Last weekend my son and his wife showed up at our door and announced, “We’re here to help you clean your garage.”

    January 30, 2014

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