The Garden City Telegram
2/6/2013
SOUTHWEST LIFE

Senior center prepares for Mardi Gras celebrations

"Laissez les Bon Temps Rouler!" Let the good times roll. Good times are what you will find at the senior center on Mardi Gras on 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, biscuits and gravy, applesauce and King's Cake. Supper is $6 per person. Buy your meal ticket at Bingo and receive a free Bingo card. Our sponsors for this event are Golden Plains Credit Union and Kearny County Bank. 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. 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.

Changes to Medicare for 2013

Medicare Part A: Most people do not pay a Part A premium because they or their spouse paid Medicare taxes while working. Only a few people pay Part A premiums. In 2013, that premium will be $441 per month. Medicare Part A deductibles will increase to $1,184 for each benefit period (60 days in a row) and $296 per day for days 61 to 90. Medicare Part A pays 80 percent of covered hospital expenses.

Medicare Part B premiums have increased from $99.90 per month to $104.90 per month for most people. Persons with income of more than $85,000 per year ($170,000 for couples) will pay higher premiums. Part B deductible will be $147 per year, up from $140. This means either you or your supplement must pay the first $147 in Part B costs before Medicare Part B begins to pay. Once this deductible is met, Medicare Part B pays 80 percent of covered services.

Thanks for help

Many thanks to the volunteers from the Nazarene Church, Jamie Hitchcock 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 8:30 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. Zumba starts at 5:30 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.

Sunday has duplicate bridge at 2 p.m.

Monday begins with walking at 8:30 a.m. The Humdingers Band practices at 12:30 p.m. Double pinochle begins at 12:30 p.m. Zumba classes begin again at 5:30 p.m. Duplicate bridge starts at 7 p.m.

Tuesday is Mardi Gras. 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 start at 5 p.m. Pancakes and sausage will be served from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

Feb. 13 has line dancing at 8:30 a.m. Library outreach is at 11 a.m. Pinochle begins at 12:40 p.m. The regular Wednesday night dance begins at 7:30 p.m. The recommended donation is $5.

Lunch menus

Lunch is served at noon.

Thursday: Chili, baked potato, carrots, cinnamon roll, fruit cocktail.

Friday: Grilled chicken breast, rice, Italian vegetables, wheat roll, brownie.

Monday: Swiss steak with tomatoes, baked potato, mixed vegetables, wheat roll, tropical fruit.

Tuesday: Mexican chicken casserole, corn, tossed salad, wheat roll, baked apple.

Feb. 13: Baked fish, creamed pears, carrots, wheat roll, strawberries and bananas.

2013 — Celebrating 35 years at the Senior Center of Finney County. Check out our website at www.seniorcenterfc.com.