Mineral Wells Index, Mineral Wells, TX

November 21, 2013

Lots Going On

Mineral Wells Index

— My parents have sold their farm and are relocating to Weatherford this Saturday. As the big moving day draws closer, packed boxes are piling up. Mom and Dad have sold truckloads of household goods and donated even more to the Senior Center for our annual Garage Sale in March. But it seems we’ve hardly made a dent in all the stuff that has accumulated over the 20-plus years they’ve lived there. I don’t know what they’re going to do with everything.

At the Senior Center we found a solution for some of our overflow. We have set up our annual seasonal rummage sale that runs through November and December. If you want some great bargains on new or gently used items that include many holiday decorations, drop by the center to shop any time during our operating hours between 8 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

Next week the holiday season will be in full swing as we celebrate with a Thanksgiving meal on Wednesday, Nov. 27. Our center cooks will prepare the turkey and dressing dinner, but salads and desserts will be potluck. You don’t have to bring a dish to take part in the meal, but advance reservations are required. If you plan to attend, please call us at 940-325-6470 or stop by the reception desk to let us know you’re coming.

The Senior Center will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday next Thursday and Friday, Nov. 28-29.

Coming up on Friday, Dec. 6, we’ll host our very first in-house Variety Show. This is not a contest – just pure entertainment. If you have a talent you’d like to share, be it singing, dancing, reciting a poem, or even telling a clean joke, contact our reception desk to sign up as a performer.

Holiday celebrations will continue on Tuesday, Dec. 10, with an International Food Fair featuring holiday foods from around the world.

We need individuals or teams to decorate tables with national themes and/or provide dishes from different countries.  Please let us know if you are willing to help with foods or decorations.

Another big event in the near future is our annual Breakfast with Santa fundraiser from 8:30-11:30 on Saturday morning, Dec. 14. Not only will patrons be able to buy a delicious pancake and sausage breakfast, but they will also get to have pictures made with Santa Claus. Children will receive gifts from Santa’s bag.  Vendors will be on hand to sell handcrafts, as well. Plan now to bring the kids over for a fun morning.

We’d like to thank Emerald Lane Salon owner Misty Taylor for sharing one of her hairdressers with us. Becky Turner is at the center from 9-12 noon the first Wednesday of every month to give free haircuts to seniors. We are grateful to them both for this wonderful service. If you are over the age of 50 and need a trim, contact the reception desk to schedule an appointment for Wednesday, Dec. 4.

Sandra Reed, the elder law attorney who led a workshop for our Senior Expo in September, will be visiting the Senior Center at lunch on Friday, Dec. 13. After a short presentation beginning at 12:45, she will be on hand to share information and answer questions about legal issues crucial to older adults. Anyone is welcome to come sit in on this session.

In this busy time of year, our center schedule is not so hectic that we forget those people who give so much of their time, energy and resources to help us. We are grateful to Misty Stekoll of Bethany HomeHealth Services for sponsoring the food and decorations for our dances on the second Friday of every month; to Ruby Kling of Abbi Home Care for sponsoring our weekly Wii Bowling League and providing the cake for monthly birthday parties; to Waddy Best Value Pharmacy for sponsoring birthday meals, popcorn and ice cream for our monthly birthday parties; and to Renew Home Health for being title sponsor of this year’s Senior Expo and conducting third Thursday health checks each month, to name a few. Their support is a great blessing to all of us at the Senior Center.

Let us be part of your holiday memories this year.  Come see us at the center. ••