Are you still getting a paper Social Security check? If so, you will need to make some changes in the next two years. Social Security is going paperless. In an effort to save money, the Department of the Treasury has mandated that effective March 1, 2011, all new enrollees for Social Security, Supplemental Security Income, veterans, railroad retirement and federal civil servant retirement benefits will be required to receive their payment by direct deposit either into a bank account or a Direct Express Debit MasterCard. Existing beneficiaries, who currently receive their government benefits via paper check, will have until March 1, 2013, to switch to electronic payments.

Currently, approximately 85 percent of beneficiaries receive their payments electronically. Switching all beneficiaries to paperless payments should save around $300 million in the first five years and $125 million each following year. It costs $1 to cut and mail a check but only 10 cents for a direct deposit.

To sign up for Social Security direct deposit, call (800) 772-1213 or go to www.ssa.gov/deposit. To learn more about Direct Express Debit MasterCard, visit www.usdirectexpress.com or call (877) 212-9991. You can also learn more by going to www.godirect.org or (800) 333-1795, a national campaign by the Treasury Department and the Federal Reserve that provides information on direct deposit and a variety of easy, safe ways to sign up.

Thanks to all

Many thanks to the fine people who donated baby wipes to our soldiers in Afghanistan. We shipped two large boxes to the nephew of a Senior Center staff member. Today we received a thank you from this soldier. He and his comrades appreciate your kindness. The Senior Center appreciates you, too.

Scheduled activities

Thursday: TOPS meets at 8:30 a.m. The art class meets at 10 a.m. The Ambassador Singers practice at 1 p.m.

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. At 6 p.m., the monthly Finney County Senior Citizens Association covered dish dinner begins. Come join this organization which supports senior activities in Finney County.

Saturday: The pool room is open in the afternoon. The building is rented in the evening.

Sunday: 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. The Upbeats practice at 3 p.m. Duplicate bridge is at 7 p.m.

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

Aug. 11: Foot Clinic appointments begin at 8 a.m. 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 "The Calhouns." The recommended donation is $4 per person. Bring finger food for the break.

Lunch menus

Lunch is served at noon.

Thursday: Spaghetti and meat sauce, tossed salad, green beans, garlic bread, peaches.

Friday: Polish sausage, mashed potatoes, tomato slices, bun, strawberries.

Monday: Baked ham, sweet potatoes, three bean salad, wheat bread, pineapple tidbits.

Tuesday: Chicken enchilada pie, corn, broccoli, wheat roll, cherry crisp.

Aug. 11: Salisbury steak, baked potato, tossed salad, cut tomatoes, muffin, fruited gelatin.