Do you have an old cell phone gathering dust in the closet? What do you do with these old phones? Most of us would probably throw them in the Dumpster. However, cell phones contain harmful materials like lead and cadmium. These materials are released as the phones break down in the landfills. These materials can cause cancer and a range of reproductive and developmental disorders even when the materials are released in small quantities, such as leaching into our soil and drinking water.

So if you shouldn't throw them away, what do you do with these old cell phones? Donate them to the Senior Center! The Senior Center has collection boxes placed around Garden City to gather up these phones. The phones are sent in, refurbished and given to others needing phones. The Senior Center collects a small stipend for gathering up the phones. This fundraiser is used to enhance the noon meal site. You can also recycle old laptops, iPods, digital cameras and video game controllers. Look for the collection boxes at the Senior Center, Garden City Telegram, Garden True Value Hardware, Dr. Fry's office and the downtown Commerce Bank or drop them off at the recycling center.

Join us in protecting our environment, getting rid of junk in our closets and raising funds for the Senior Center.

Volunteer luncheon

National Volunteer Week is this week, April 18 to 24. The Senior Center could not function without the many fine people who volunteer their time and talents helping here. We wish to extend our thanks by providing lunch on Thursday. If you volunteer at the Senior Center, be sure to sign up for this free lunch. Reservations are required.

Scheduled activities

Thursday: TOPS meet at 8:30 a.m. The art class meets at 10 a.m. The Ambassador Singers practice at 1 p.m. The final session of the Eat Smart, Live Long class begins at 1:30 p.m.

Friday: Line dancing starts at 8:30 a.m., followed by STEPS at 10 a.m. Craft Shop check-in/out is from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. A nurse is available from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Bridge begins at 12:45 p.m.

Saturday: Prairie Land Food delivery begins at 7 a.m. The pool room is open in the afternoon. Fiddlers, Pickers and Singers will be jamming from 4 to 11 p.m.

Sunday: Duplicate bridge starts at 2 p.m.

Monday: Exercises are at 8:30 a.m. STEPS begin at 10 a.m. Humdinger Band practices at 12:30 p.m. Bridge and double pinochle begin at 12:45 p.m. The Upbeats practice at 3 p.m. Duplicate bridge is at 7 p.m.

Tuesday: Pitch is played at 12:45 p.m.

April 28: Foot care appointments begin at 8 a.m. Call 272-3620 to schedule an appointment. Line dancing starts at 8:30 a.m. STEPS begin at 10 a.m. Library outreach is at 11 a.m. Completely Unraveled meets at 1 p.m. Pinochle starts at 12:45 p.m. The Calhouns will be the band at the dance starting at 7:30 p.m. The cost is $4. Bring finger food for the break.

Scrapbooking class offered

At 2 p.m. April 29, we will offer an "Intro to Scrapbooking" class. The instructor is Beth Latta. Beth brings several years of experience to the class.

Cost for this two-hour class is $3. Bring photographs and other memorabilia of a specific event, vacation or memory.

Call 272-3620 to hold your place in the class.

AARP defensive driving class

AARP Defensive Driving, aka 55 Alive, will be held May 4. Cost of the class is $12 for AARP members and $14 for those who are not members. You must bring your membership card.

This class will be a refresher of driving skills. Reservations are required. Call 272-3620.

Lunch menus

Lunch is served at noon.

Thursday (free lunch): Smothered steak, creamed peas and potatoes, broccoli and cauliflower salad, wheat bread, cake.

Friday: Chili, baked potato, green beans, cinnamon roll, citrus fruit cup.

Monday: Meatloaf, sweet potatoes, spinach, wheat roll, rosy applesauce.

Tuesday: Roast pork, mashed potatoes with gravy, sunshine gelatin salad, wheat roll, pineapple tidbits.

April 28: Swiss steak, tomato sauce, rice, carrots, fruit muffin, strawberry Bavarian cream.