Kansas Governor Mark Parkinson has declared June 17 as the Fifth Annual National Dump the Pump Day. Dump the pump. Save money. Ride City Link and Mini Bus for free.

With the economic recession still in effect and with the return of high gas prices, Finney County Transit has announced that it will join with other public transportation systems nationwide to participate in the Fifth Annual National Dump the Pump Day on Thursday. The slogan of this year's National Dump the Pump Day is "Dump the Pump. Save Money. Ride Transit."

Sponsored by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) the 2010 National Dump the Pump Day is a day that encourages people to ride public transportation and save money, instead of driving a car. Started in June 2006 when gas prices were $3 per gallon, this national day emphasizes that public transportation is a great travel option that also helps people save money.

In this economic climate, saving money is on everyone's minds and public transportation is the quickest way to beat high gas prices. According to the latest APTA Transit Savings Report, individuals in a two-person household can save an average of more than $9,000 annually by downsizing to one car. To find out more about Finney County Transit's Dump the Pump activities go to www.seniorcenterfc.com.

Check out next week's Senior Showcase about our upcoming landscaping work day on June 26.

Scheduled activities

Thursday: For Dump the Pump Day, Finney County Transit (FIT) is offering free rides on City Link. Take advantage of this opportunity. TOPS meet at 8:30 a.m. The art class meets at 10 a.m. The Ambassador Singers practice at 1 p.m. Dad's root beer floats will be served at 2 p.m., with all dads welcome to join us for floats and reminiscing.

Friday: Line dancing starts at 8:30 a.m., followed by STEPS at 10 a.m. A nurse is available from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Bridge begins at 12:45 p.m. Nutrition Council will meet at 1 p.m.

Saturday: The pool room is open in the afternoon.

Sunday: Sunday is Father's Day so check in with Dad that day if you can. Duplicate bridge begins 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. Transit Committee meets at 2 p.m. in the Transit Building. The Upbeats practice at 3 p.m. Duplicate bridge is at 7 p.m.

Tuesday: Pitch is played at 12:45 p.m. The Finney County Committee on Aging meets at 3:30 p.m.

June 23: Line dancing starts at 8:30 a.m. STEPS begin at 10 a.m. Pinochle starts at 12:45 p.m. Completely Unraveled meets at 1 p.m. The dance at 7:30 p.m. will feature "Ortiz Band." This is the Inez Wasinger Free Dance sponsored by Dr. Michael Baughman and Sandhill Orthopedic and Sportsmedicine. Bring finger food for the break.

Lunch menus

Lunch is served at noon.

Thursday: Baked ham, sweet potatoes, Harvard beets, wheat roll, ice cream with strawberries.

Friday: Chicken enchiladas, rice, tossed salad, wheat roll, apricots.

Monday: Barbecue ribette with barbecue sauce, tri-tators, copper penny salad, bun, tropical fruit salad.

Tuesday: Roast turkey with gravy, sweet potatoes, winter mix vegetables, wheat roll, blueberry crisp.

June 23: Swedish meatballs, rice, steamed cabbage, wheat roll, plums.