Last week this column covered West Nile Virus and its symptoms. This week we discuss prevention.

Use mosquito repellent when you go outdoors. You should use repellent even if you're only going outside for a few minutes. Many of the mosquitoes that carry WNV bite between dusk and dawn. If you're outside during these hours be sure to use repellent and re-apply it as needed.

Look for repellents with EPA-registered active ingredients. EPA-registered active ingredients are recommended for use as directed by the product instructions. Research suggests that repellents containing DEET, picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus typically provide longer-lasting protection than other products. Permethrin is EPA-registered for use on clothing, shoes, bed nets and camping gear, though not directly on skin.

Wear clothing that can help reduce mosquito bites. Wear long sleeves, long pants and socks whenever possible outdoors. Mosquitoes may bite through thin clothing, so consider spraying clothes with repellent (including permethrin) for extra protection.

Be aware of peak mosquito hours. The hours from dusk to dawn are peak mosquito biting times. Take extra care to use repellent and protective clothing.

Mosquito-proof your home. Mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing water. Empty water from buckets, cans, pool covers, flowerpots, pet water dishes, birdbaths and other items weekly.

Install or repair screens. Keep mosquitoes outside by securing well-fitted screens to your windows and doors.

RSVP help

Like to eat out? Want to help support RSVP? Invite your friends and family and meet at Lone Star Restaurant on Thursday, anytime between 11 a.m. and 10 p.m. Fifteen percent of your dinner receipt will be donated to our good friends with RSVP. Pick up your "coupon" at the senior center.

Thanks for help

This year, 2012, is the 40th anniversary of Meals on Wheels in Garden City. Many thanks to the Sunrisers Kiwanis Club, RSVP 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 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. Yoga begins at 6:30 p.m. Join your friends and have dinner with RSVP at Lone Star.

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 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 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. Pitch starts at 12:30 p.m. Bridge begins at 1:15 p.m.

Aug. 15 has line dancing at 8:30 a.m. Meals on Wheels committee meets at 9 a.m. Legal aid appointments begin at 10 a.m. Call 272-3620 for an appointment. Pinochle begins at 12:30 p.m. Completely Unraveled and Life Writing meet at 1 p.m. The regular Wednesday night dance begins at 7:30 p.m. Music is provided by Richard Wilson. The recommended donation is $5. Bring finger food for the break.

Lunch menus

Lunch is served at noon.

Thursday: Roast pork with gravy, mashed potatoes, sliced tomatoes, wheat roll, frosted lime gelatin.

Friday: Spaghetti and meat sauce, tossed salad, corn, French bread, ice cream.

Monday: Beef enchiladas, tossed salad, refried beans, tortilla with salsa, cinnamon apple slices.

Tuesday: Turkey and potatoes and gravy, three-bean salad, wheat roll, fruit gelatin salad.

Aug. 15: Pepper steak with rice, carrots, wheat bread, ambrosia.

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