They say that April showers will bring May flowers, so we say bring them on! We are ready to see the beauty in those flowers. May is also Older American Month and we will have many different ways to enjoy what the 18-80 Club has to offer. Jim Senior, our wonderful mayor, was over Wednesday, May 1, officially proclaiming “May Older American Month” at the club. We were honored to have him eat chicken dinner with us too.
Friday, May 3 we will have bingo at 11 a.m., followed by lunch of pork cutlet, baked potato with sour cream, peas and carrots, hot rolls and cream pie.
Monday, May 6 you can start signing up for the over-night trip to Meskwaki Casino on June 26-27. The cost for this trip will be $50 per person based on double occupancy. It will include motor coach transportation, lodging, $40 for gaming and two $5 food vouchers. Only 56 will be able to go, so sign up soon.
Tuesday, May 7 will be our first Wii bowling tournament. It will start at 10 a.m. with a bracket of four every half hour. The final play-off will be just after lunch. The menu will be roast beef, potato, creamed spinach, fresh melon, wheat roll and gelatin parfait. Last month’s winners were Louise McCoy and Dorothy Rodgers.
Wednesday, May 8 we will have the Appanoose County Health Nurses in taking blood pressures. New pocket record books will be distributed to those that do not have one. As normal the chicken dinner will follow at 11:30 a.m.
Thursday, May 9 will be our monthly birthday party with co-op and bingo at 5 p.m. Seniors are encouraged to bring a covered dish and their own table service and enjoy the good old home cook in.
The group will be off to Red Wing, Minn. for a three day trip May 14-16. We will depart from the club Tuesday at 8 a.m. and head to Treasure Island where we will enjoy the gaming, bowling and touring. Tuesday afternoon we will settle into the hotel and enjoy a free buffet dinner. Wednesday morning we will tour the Red Wing area. This time we will be touring the local brewery which just opened a couple of months ago, visit the Red Wing Pottery Museum and the show room where the pottery is made. Lunch will be enjoyed at Liberty’s Restaurant downtown. We will also visit the Red Wing shoe outlet. We had intended to tour the boot factory however this will not be available this trip. We will have to pick it back up in the fall. The cost for this trip will be $165 per person based on double occupancy. It will include transportation, lodging and one free dinner buffet, one free game of bowling, a $3 food voucher and all charges and admissions including lunch on Wednesday. We have only five seats left, so if you are interested, come in as soon as possible.
Tuesday, May 21 we will have our second Wii bowling tournament. The menu will be pork-lion, oven browned potatoes, cheesy broccoli, mixed green salad and banana orange gelatin.
Wednesday, May 22 prior to our chicken lunch we will have the Caregivers program at 11:15 a.m.
Friday, May 24 we will have bingo at 11 a.m. just prior to lunch. We will have turkey club sandwich, sweet potatoes, kale and fresh watermelon.
Monday, May 27 the site will be closed for the Memorial Day weekend. If you are in need of an extra meal on Friday to cover for Monday, let us know ahead.
Wednesday, May 29 at 11 a.m. we will have Lynnette Winn, RN with the Acute Rehabilitation Unit from Ottumwa Regional Health Center in giving us information on stroke awareness. May is National Stroke Awareness month. The goal of the annual campaign is to raise awareness about the full continuum of a stroke by managing stroke risk factors, better understanding stroke symptom recognition and response time. The chicken lunch will follow.
Activities for the month of June will include; a one day trip to Boone which includes the transportation, admission to the Des Moines Botanical Center, lunch at Colorado Grill and the train ride on the Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad. We will also enjoy admission to the James H. Andrew Railroad Museum and History Center. Before leaving town we will stop at the Dutch Oven Bakery. We will leave from the club at 7:30 a.m.
The other trip for June will be on Wednesday and Thursday, June 26-27 to Tama.
In addition to our special month we have been notified by Carlene Russell the nutrition director for the Iowa Department on Aging that the Centerville site has been selected as one of two in the whole state to film a documentary on the Chef Charles Program. This will be filmed Friday, May 17 from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. We are not only honored but proud to know that the state, as well as Gail Smith, former Chef Charles, thinks that much of us. Gail is the daughter of Harold and Donna Dudley of Cincinnati. We look forward to showing the state the great group of seniors that support our local site. Set back this date in your little black books and plan to have lunch and participate in the program.