Cars have changed. So have the traffic rules, driving conditions and the roads you travel every day. Some drivers age 50-plus have never looked back since they got their first driver's licenses, but even the most experienced benefit from brushing up on their driving skills. The AARP Defensive Driving course will be offered at the senior center from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday. Call 272-3620 to enroll.

When you enroll in this defensive driving course, you can expect to learn current rules of the road, defensive driving techniques and how to operate your vehicle more safely in today's increasingly challenging driving environment. You'll learn adjustments to accommodate common age-related changes in vision, hearing and reaction time. You will learn:

* How to minimize the effects of dangerous blind spots;

* How to maintain the proper following distance behind another car

* To change lanes safely and make turns at busy intersections;

* To properly use safety belts, air bags, anti-lock brakes and new technologies;

* To monitor your own and others' driving skills and capabilities;

* The effects of medications on driving;

* The importance of eliminating distractions, such as eating, smoking and cell-phone use.

After completing the course, you will have a greater appreciation of driving challenges and of how you can avoid potential collisions and injuries to yourself and others.

You may be eligible to receive an insurance discount upon completing the course, so consult your agent for details. Also, you may be eligible to receive a discount on roadside assistance plans. The AARP Driver Safety Program has helped millions of drivers stay safe on the roads since its inception in 1979. Although it is geared to drivers age 50 and older, the course is open to people of all ages.

The classroom course costs only $15 for AARP members and $20 for non-members. Call 272-3620 to enroll in the class. Everyone must bring their valid driver's license. Bring your AARP membership card to receive your class discount.

Craft Shop info

Do you have a talent for making craft items? Are you looking for a place to sell your hand-crafted items? The Craft Shop at the senior center is available for all Finney County seniors to sell their wares. Bring your handcrafted items the second and fourth Friday between 10 a.m. and noon. You set the price. Items are sold without commission if you can volunteer for two, three-hour shifts each month in the store. Otherwise, a 10 percent commission is charged.

The Craft Shop is a wonderful place to do your graduation and wedding shopping. It is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Thanks for help

Many thanks to the volunteers 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. 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 has Prairie Land Food pickup at noon. Fiddlers, Pickers and Singers meet at 5 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, 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.

April 2 has AARP defensive driving training from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sign-up is required. Line dancing is 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 Bob Walter. The recommended donation is $5.

Volunteer Luncheon

April 17 is the annual Volunteer Luncheon sponsored by the Finney County Senior Citizens Association. Pick up your ticket in the senior center office.

Health tip

April's healthy eating goal is to eat three or more servings of whole grain each day.

Lunch menu

Lunch is served at noon.

Thursday: Spaghetti and meat sauce, green beans, tossed salad, French bread, peach pie cake.

Friday: Tuna salad sandwich, potato soup, diced chilled tomatoes, apricots.

Monday: Meat loaf, au gratin potatoes, oriental vegetables, bread, strawberries.

Tuesday: Barbecue pork, au gratin potatoes, broccoli, roll, applesauce gelatin.

April 2: Roast beef, potatoes and gravy, cauliflower and peas, roll, poke cake.

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