Laissez les Bon Temps Rouler! Let the good times roll. Good times are what you will find Tuesday at the senior center's Mardi Gras event.

Join us for Bingo starting at 3:30 p.m. (50 cents per card, limit of six cards). Following Bingo, we will have Pancake Games at 4:30 p.m. This includes pancake stacking, pancake flipping, pancake obstacle walk race and pancake skillet volleyball. Supper follows from 5:30 to 7 p.m., with pancakes and sausage, biscuits and gravy, applesauce and King's Cake. Supper is $5 per person, $3 for children 12 and younger. Buy your meal ticket at Bingo and receive a free Bingo card. This celebration is open to the public. Everyone come. There will be 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. The preparing and eating of 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.

Marsha Valentine

Board member Marsha Valentine is always busy. She spends more than seven hours each school day at Florence Wilson Elementary School volunteering in the library. When not volunteering at the school, you will find Marsha busy at the senior center, among other places.

Marsha is a retired registered nurse. She has three children, seven grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and two cats. Marsha enjoys reading and her family. When asked why she volunteers, Marsha stated "to stay busy and be of use in the community."

We thank you Marsha for all you do.

Thanks for help

This year, 2012, is the 40th anniversary of Meals on Wheels in Garden City. Many thanks to the First Southern Baptist 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 9 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.

Friday has line dancing at 8:30 a.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, the pool room is open from 1 to 4 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. Both RSVP and Nutrition Committee meet at 1 p.m. The Upbeats Band practices at 3 p.m. Zumba begins at 5:30 p.m. Duplicate bridge begins at 7 p.m.

Tuesday is Mardi Gras. Gentle exercises start at 11 a.m. Pitch starts at 12:30 p.m. Bridge begins at 1:15 p.m. The good times begin with Bingo at 3:30 p.m. Pancake Games (walks, flipping, stacking and volleyball) begin at 4:30 p.m. The pancake and sausage supper is from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

Feb. 22 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 Craig Stevens. The recommended donation is $5 per person. Bring finger food for the break.

Lunch menus

Lunch is served at noon.

Thursday: Roast beef, potatoes and gravy, Italian vegetables, wheat roll, angel food cake with strawberries.

Friday: Beef goulash, Corn O'Brien, coleslaw, wheat bread, rosy applesauce.

Monday: Chicken tetrazzini, creamed corn, oriental vegetables, roll, mandarin oranges.

Tuesday: Baked ham, sweet potatoes, Capri vegetables, wheat roll, fruit cocktail.

Feb. 22 (Ash Wednesday): Baked fish, creamed peas, carrots, wheat bread, citrus fruit.

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

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