The following information is provided by Brandon Werth, Social Security district manager in Dodge City.

Today, about 90 percent of all Social Security and SSI beneficiaries receive their payments electronically. That number is increasing because the law requires that by March 1, 2013, all federal benefit payments, including Social Security and SSI payments, be made electronically. Whether you receive Social Security or SSI, you can depend on your payment arriving in your account on time, every time. If you don't already receive electronic payments, there are many good reasons to sign up. For one, less money and time spent driving to the bank to cash your check helps you save. Second, fewer paper checks, envelopes, stamps and less fuel to deliver the checks means savings for the government.

Hurricane season is here for some areas of the country. Other regions bear the brunt of flooding. Some areas of the nation are plagued by tornadoes, and still others must deal with wildfires, severe thunderstorms or even earthquakes. If you are unfortunate enough to be in the path of a natural disaster, the last thing you want is for your income to be interrupted because of an evacuation or a missing mailbox. With electronic payments, you know your money will be in your account on time no matter what.

When on vacation, an electronic payment ensures payments will be deposited into your account on time, so there's no reason to worry about the safety of your benefit or to ask a neighbor to look out for your check when you are away. As an added bonus, many banks offer free checking accounts for people who use direct deposit because it saves the bank the cost of processing paper payments.

Skip the line at the bank, save money, get your payment faster and know you can depend on your payment being in the bank no matter what happens or where you are. You can do all of this with electronic payments.

This and that

You can still learn to play pinochle. Class started last week but it is not too late to learn pinochle. Join teachers Charles and Neva Maxfield and other beginning pinochle players at 1 p.m. Thursday.

RSVP is still accepting recipes for their cookbook. Bring your favorite recipe by the senior center or mail it to RSVP, 907 N. 10th St., Garden City, KS 67846.

Seniors are reporting receiving calls telling them they have won the $1 million raffle at the senior center. To claim the prize all they need to do is purchase a $450 green dot credit card. Don't fall for this. It is a scam.

Thanks for help

This year, 2012, is the 40th anniversary of Meals on Wheels in Garden City. 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 exercise begins at 11 a.m. The Ambassador Singers practice at 1 p.m. Beginning pinochle lessons begin at 1 p.m. Yoga is at 6:30 p.m.

Friday begins with 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 has Prairie Land Food pick-up at noon. 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 Humdinger Band practices at 12:30 p.m. Double pinochle begins at 12:30 p.m. The Upbeats Band practices at 3 p.m. Duplicate bridge meets at 7 p.m.

Tuesday has gentle exercises at 11 a.m. Dietician Linda Black with ElderCare/Friendship Meals will be here for the program "Go4Life." The presentation is on eating healthy and exercise. Pitch begins at 12:30 p.m. Bridge starts at 1:15 p.m. Bingo is at 1:30 p.m.

July 25 has line dancing at 8:30 a.m. Pinochle begins at 12:30 p.m. Life Writing meets at 1 p.m. Completely Unraveled meets at 1 p.m. The regular Wednesday night dance begins at 7:30 p.m. The band this week is Bob Walter. The recommended donation is $5. Bring finger food for the break.

Lunch menus

Lunch is served at noon.

Thursday: Oven-fried chicken, potatoes and gravy, cucumber and onion salad, wheat roll, tropical fruit.

Friday: Taco salad with cheese and tomatoes, corn, tortilla chips with salsa, pineapple.

Monday: Smothered pork chops, mashed potatoes, California blend vegetables, wheat roll, apricots.

Tuesday: Roast beef with parsley potatoes, steamed cabbage, muffin, peach cobbler.

July 25: Chicken and rice casserole, peas, carrot raisin salad, wheat bread, citrus fruit.

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