Mineral Wells Index, Mineral Wells, TX

January 16, 2014

A Winning Streak

Mineral Wells Index

— It’s very satisfying to win a prize, especially if the victory results from your own creative effort.  

An award validates the decision to submit your labor to the judgment of others.

Some of our Senior Center participants and staff swept the awards at last week’s Palo Pinto County Fair.  Sandy Vinson’s apple pie and Phyllis Wright’s crocheted baby blanket and bonnet took the Grand Champion ribbons in their divisions.  

Five Reserve Grand Champion awards included two for Don Wright in the pies and cookies categories, two for Sandy Vinson in cakes and breads, and one for new board member JLonnie Stafford in black and white photos.

Our own Assistant Director Linda Gilley won first and third-place ribbons for her fruit and poppy seed cakes.

Karen Walker received a blue ribbon for a hand-crafted bib apron.

Kay Cornish’s oil paintings placed third, fourth and fifth in their division, and JLonnie Stafford came away with another blue ribbon for his photo of a white iris.  

Even I got in on the fun, winning two fourth, two third and one first-place ribbons for some of my photographs.

The county fair is a great way to share your talents with the community.  

We’re proud of our Senior Center folks who took part, and we urge others to consider joining the fun next year.

The center is off to a good start this year.  

After taking a holiday break, our Spanish class has resumed its Tuesday morning meetings and other regular activities are running at full steam.

As always, we are grateful to the volunteers who step up to teach classes, lead exercise groups, and sponsor weekly and monthly events.

A long-time Senior Center supporter, Lakewell House is going the second mile to help us this month.  

They are planning a BBQ dinner fundraiser at their own facility on Saturday, January 25 from 4-7 p.m.  

In addition to delicious food, the event will also include door prizes, silent auction items, and desserts and goodies home-baked by our Senior Center participants.

All proceeds will benefit the center.  Mark your calendars and invite your friends.

Just to let you know, the center will be closed on Monday, January 20 for the observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Meals and activities will resume on Tuesday as usual.

With tax season upon us, IRS-certified volunteers will once again offer Free Income Tax Preparation Assistance at the Senior Center, 102 NW 6th Ave., every Thursday from February 6 through April 10.  

Help will be given on a first-come, first-served basis for those who sign in from 8:30 a.m. to noon each Thursday.

Come prepared – bring a photo ID for you and/or any joint filer, Social Security cards or Individual Taxpayer Identification notices for you, your spouse and/or dependents, this year’s tax package and/or label, a copy of your 2012 tax return, proof of account for direct deposit of refund (e.g., voided check), and all forms that show income received in 2013 (W2, 1099, SSA 1099).  

Sports fans will be camped in front of their TV sets on Super Bowl Sunday.

We’ll be following the trend with an adults-only Super Bowl Party at the Senior Center on Sunday, February 2.

Doors will open at 5 p.m., in time to watch the 5:30 p.m kick-off on our big-screen TV.  

We hope attendees will be willing to pitch in a $3 donation to cover the cost of food and drinks.  Call us at (940) 325-6470 or stop by the center reception desk to let us know you’re coming.

If you haven’t already, plan to visit the Senior Center this year.  

We’re all winners here!