The Garden City Telegram
2/25/2014
SOUTHWEST LIFE

Good times to roll on Fat Tuesday

"Laissez les Bon Temps Rouler!" Let the good times roll. Good times are what you will find at the senior center on Mardi Gras, Tuesday. Join us for bingo starting at 4 p.m. (50 cents per card, limit of six cards). Following bingo we will have Pancake Games at 5 p.m. This includes pancake stacking, pancake flipping and pancake toss. Supper follows from 5:30 to 7 p.m., with pancakes and sausage gravy on biscuits, applesauce and King's Cake. Supper is $7 per person. Buy your meal ticket at bingo and receive a free bingo card. Our sponsor for this event is Golden Plains Credit Union. This celebration is open to the public. Everyone come for prizes, good food and good fun.

Mardi Gras, Fat Tuesday or Shrove Tuesday is the traditional day of celebration before the severe restrictions of Lent. Eating pancakes on Shrove Tuesday is a tradition that began in the United Kingdom. Pancake tossing, racing and stacking are still popular. One of the most famous is the competition between Olney, Buckinghamshire, England and our own Liberal, Kansas. It is a race for women only. An apron and head-covering are required. The course is 415 yards and the pancake must be tossed at least three times during the race. The winner receives a kiss from the Ringer of the Pancake Bell and a prayer book from the local vicar.

The traditional colors of Mardi Gras are purple (symbolic of justice), green (symbolic of faith) and gold (symbolic of power). Join us for a colorful, fun-filled late afternoon of activities and good food.

Meals on Wheels

Many thanks to the volunteers from Southern Baptist Church 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.

Scheduled activities

Thursday, the TOPS Club will meet at 9 a.m, followed by art class at 10 a.m. Gentle exercises start at 11 a.m. The Ambassador Singers practice at 1 p.m. Skip-Bo begins at 1 p.m. Snooker tournament begins at 1 p.m. Strength Training for Seniors is at 5:15 p.m. Yoga begins at 6:30 p.m.

Friday, the day begins with line dancing at 8:30 a.m. Craft Shop check-in/out is from 10 a.m. to noon. A nurse from St. Catherine Hospital will be here from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Bridge starts at 12:45 p.m.

Saturday, the pool room is open from 1 to 4 p.m.

Monday has double pinochle at 12:30 p.m. Strength Training for Seniors is at 5:15 p.m. Duplicate bridge starts at 7 p.m.

Tuesday is Mardi Gras. The day begins with walking at 8:30 a.m. Gentle exercises begin at 11 a.m. Pitch starts at 12:30 p.m. Bridge begins at 1:15 p.m. Join us for bingo at 4 p.m., pancake games at 5 p.m., and pancakes and sausage gravy served from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

March 5 has line dancing at 8:30 a.m. TOPS 1116 meets at 10 a.m. Pinochle starts at 12:40 p.m. The regular Wednesday night dance begins at 7:30 p.m. to music of the Moonshiners. The recommended donation is $5.

Health tip

February's healthy living goal is to work out three times a week for at least 30 minutes. Already exercising? Increase to five times a week.

March's goal is to be aware of portion sizes. Read the label. Eating smaller portions can control calories.

Lunch menu

Lunch is served at noon.

Thursday: Chicken and noodles, mashed potatoes, spinach, roll, apple crisp.

Friday: Taco salad, Corn O'Brien, tortilla chips, fruit mix.

Monday: Chicken Parmesan, scalloped potatoes, California blend vegetables, French bread, cinnamon apple slices.

Tuesday: Ham and beans, breaded tomatoes, steamed cabbage, corn bread, peaches.

March 5: Super crunch cod, au gratin potatoes, broccoli, wheat roll, yellow brick road cake.

Check out our website at www.seniorcenterfc.com.