"We are Meals on Wheels, so no senior goes hungry" is the theme of the Beef Empire Days Poker Run hosted by the Senior Center of Finney County benefiting Meals on Wheels. This fundraising event will be held on Saturday. As one of the most popular poker runs in southwest Kansas, we will be spreading the word about the face of senior hunger in our neighborhoods.

Each day, the largest volunteer network in America delivers more than a million meals to senior citizens. In 2011 in Finney County alone we served more than 39,000 meals to seniors, both homebound with the Meals on Wheels program, and with Friendship Meals served at the senior center. We provide nutritional support to help older persons stay independent in their own homes, and good nutrition pays dividends in the future for overall good health.

We have many challenges in the nutrition programs:

* Increasing food costs

* Increasing fuel costs

* Increasing client base as baby boomers turn 60

* Increasing competition for funds and budget cuts

We invite you to join us for the poker run which begins with registration and breakfast at 7:30 a.m. The participants will leave Garden City at 8:30 a.m. and travel to Sublette, to Dodge City and to HorseThief Reservoir where they will be able to visit the lake and see the facilities before returning to Garden City. Lunch will be prepared by Webb's Food Crew and BBQ. Come have a good time and help a worthy endeavor.

Platforms available

Eagle Scout Zach Champlin made free wooden platforms for recliners and glider rockers. These platforms add four inches to the height of the chair making it easier to get in and out of the chair.

There are still a few platforms available. If you would like to obtain a platform and have Zach install it for you, call Barbara Jensen at 272-3620.

Thanks for help

This year is the 40th anniversary of Meals on Wheels in Garden City. Many thanks to the First United Methodist Church volunteers and Duane Riley who delivered Meals on Wheels last week.

Are you interested in helping with Meals on Wheels? Substitute drivers are always needed. If you would like to help, call Patti at 272-3620 or 260-6282.

Join us Saturday for the Beef Empire Days Meals on Wheels Poker Run. For more information, call 272-3620.

Scheduled activities

Thursday begins with TOPS at 9 a.m., followed by art class at 10 a.m. Gentle exercise begins at 11 a.m. The Ambassador Singers practice at 1 p.m. Yoga begins at 6:30 p.m.

Friday is National Donut Day. Join us for coffee and donuts beginning at 8:30 a.m. Line dancing begins at 8:30 a.m. A nurse from St. Catherine Hospital will be here from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Bridge starts at 12:45 p.m. The Finney County Senior Citizens Association will have its monthly covered dish dinner beginning at 6 p.m. Come for dinner and hear from Beverly Schmitz-Glass with Downtown Vision about what is new in downtown Garden City.

Saturday is the Beef Empire Days Poker Run benefiting Meals on Wheels. The pool room is open from 1 to 4 p.m.

Monday begins with walking at 8:30 a.m. The Humdinger Band practices at 12:30 p.m. Double pinochle begins at 12:30 p.m. The Upbeats Band practices at 3 p.m. Duplicate bridge begins at 7 p.m.

Tuesday we will have a plant and bulb exchange. Need to thin out a flower bed? Bring your excess to the senior center to share with others. Gentle exercises will begin at 11 a.m. Pitch starts at 12:30 p.m. Bridge begins at 1:15 p.m.

June 6 begins with line dancing at 8:30 a.m. Pinochle begins at 12:30 p.m. Life Writing is at 1 p.m. The dance at 7:30 p.m. will feature Craig Stevens. The recommended donation is $5 per person. Bring finger food for the break.

Lunch menus

Lunch is served at noon.

Thursday: Roast beef with potatoes and gravy, broccoli and cauliflower, wheat roll, bread pudding.

Friday: Chicken tetrazzini, peas, Italian vegetables, wheat bread, tropical fruit salad.

Monday: Beef enchiladas, refried beans, marinated tomatoes, tortilla chips with salsa, pineapple.

Tuesday: Beef stroganoff with noodles, spinach salad, wheat bread, angel food cake with strawberries.

June 6: Sweet/sour chicken, rice, Capri vegetables, wheat bread, mandarin oranges.

Check out our website at www.seniorcenterfc.com.