Over the past several weeks, we have discussed several scams out there. Here are two final scams to watch out for.

* Sweepstakes and lottery scams. Scammers inform their mark that they have won a lottery or sweepstakes and some sort of payment is required to "unlock" the prize. You are sent a check but it takes a few days before the (fake) check is rejected. During that time, the criminals will quickly collect money for fees or taxes on the prize, which they pocket. Meanwhile, the victim has the "prize money" removed from his or her account as soon as the check bounces.

* Another insidious scam is the grandparent scam. Scammers will place a call to an older person and when the victim answers, they will say something like, "Hi Grandma, do you know who this is?" When the unsuspecting grandparent guesses the name of the grandchild the scammer most sounds like, the scammer has established a fake identity. Now the fake grandchild will usually ask for money to solve some unexpected financial problem (overdue rent, payment for car repairs, etc.) to be paid via Western Union or MoneyGram, which don't always require identification to collect. At the same time, the scam artist will beg the grandparent "please don't tell my parents, they would kill me."

Next week, what you can do to protect yourself from scammers.

Ken Ostmeyer

The newest board member at the senior center and transit is Ken Ostmeyer. Ken retired this spring from Finney County Transit as one of our long-term bus drivers. He started here when we just operated a few mini buses. He saw a lot of change in his tenure here. Ken also brings to the board his office management/accounting experience.

Ken and his wife, Dorothy, have five children and numerous grandchildren. Ken enjoys computers, golf and walking.

When asked why he is active at the senior center, Ken stated "The senior center offers interesting opportunities to fill my spare time."

Welcome Ken.

Thanks for help

This year, 2012, is the 40th anniversary of Meals on Wheels in Garden City. Many thanks to the Nazarene 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.

Scheduled activities

Thursday begins with TOPS at 8:30 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. A Snooker Tournament will begin at 1 p.m.

Friday has line dancing at 8:30 a.m. Craft Shop check-in/out is from 10 a.m. to 1 p.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.

Saturday has Prairie Land Food pick-up at 7 a.m. The pool room is open from 1 to 4 p.m. Fiddlers, Pickers & Singers will enjoy an evening from 5 to 9 p.m.

Sunday has duplicate bridge at 2 p.m.

Monday starts 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. Zumba begins at 5:30 p.m. Duplicate bridge starts at 7 p.m.

Tuesday has gentle exercise at 11 am. Pitch begins at 12:30 p.m. Bridge starts at 1:15 p.m.

Feb. 29 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 the Pruitt Band. The recommended donation is $5 per person. Bring finger food for the break.

Lunch menus

Lunch is served at noon.

Thursday: Turkey, potatoes and gravy, cabbage, wheat roll, cranberry apple gelatin salad.

Friday: Baked fish or spaghetti and meat sauce, tossed salad, green beans, French bread, applesauce.

Monday: Creamy noodles with ham, peas, winter mixed vegetables, wheat roll, cinnamon apple slices.

Tuesday: Salisbury steak with mashed potatoes and gravy, copper penny salad, roll, gelatin salad.

Feb. 29: Roast pork, broccoli rice casserole, beets, muffin, tropical fruit.

Note: Fish is available on Fridays in Lent. Call 272-3620 to order by Wednesday.

Check out our website at www.seniorcenterfc.com.