Last week I enjoyed reading Brian Nelson's column for the Friends of Lee Richardson Zoo. There is a lot happening at the zoo in 2014. There also is lots happening at the senior center this year. We are kicking the year off with our annual chicken noodle supper to commemorate Kansas' birthday. Did you know that in Kansas it used to be illegal to eat cherry pie with ice cream? Did you know there are 27 Walnut Creeks in Kansas? Did you know that Kansas has the largest population of prairie chickens in North America? Join us on Friday, between 5 and 7 p.m., for a Chicken Noodle Supper. Also on the menu is mashed potatoes, green beans, roll and dessert. The cost is only $7 per person. Entertainment is by "Too Many Strings." The celebration is open to the public. Come on down for good food and good music.

On Feb. 14 we will have Valentines for Singles. Our annual signature event is Mardi Gras, this year on Tuesday, March 4. Laissez les bon temp roulez let the good times roll at the senior center.

"YeeHaw for Our Volunteers" is the theme for our volunteer recognition in April. Our Luau is scheduled for June 19. September is Senior Center Month with a variety of activities planned. Oct. 18 will be the 48th annual bazaar. November and December are filled with activities.

Weekly dances are held here and a new program known as "Boomer's Bootcamp" starts in April. Watch for more information. There is a lot happening here. It isn't just for "old people!"

Thanks for help

Many thanks to last week's Meals on Wheels volunteers. Are you interested in helping with Meals on Wheels? Substitute drivers are always needed. If you would like to help with this wonderful service, call Patti at 272-3620 or 260-6282.

Scheduled activities

Thursday begins with TOPS at 9 a.m. Computer class is 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. Strength Training for Seniors is at 5:15 p.m. Yoga is at 6:30 p.m.

Friday 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 available from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Bridge starts at 12:45 p.m. Our annual Chicken Noodle Supper is from 5 to 7 p.m. Join us for good food and entertainment from "Too Many Strings."

Saturday has Prairie Land Food pick-up at noon. The pool room is open from 1 to 4 p.m. Fiddlers, Pickers and Singers meet from 5 to 9 p.m.

Sunday has duplicate bridge at 2 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 has walking at 8:30 a.m. Computer class is at 9 a.m. Gentle exercises start at 11 a.m. Pitch begins at 12:30 p.m. Bridge starts at 1:30 p.m. Bingo is at 1:30 p.m.

Jan. 29 begins with line dancing at 8:30 a.m. TOPS No. 1116 meets at 10 a.m. Pinochle begins at 12:30 p.m. Completely Unraveled meets at 1 p.m.

The dance at 7:30 p.m. features the Ortiz Band. This is not a free dance. The recommended donation is $5 per person.

Health tip

January's healthy eating goal is to add three servings of fruits and vegetables to your diet every day.

Lunch menus

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; Chicken Noodle Supper from 5 to 7 p.m.

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

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

Jan. 29: Barbecue beef brisket, au gratin potatoes, broccoli, roll, yellow brick road cake.

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