Polka Party on May 1 at Onekama

Hello Manistee County! I hope you have enjoyed all that our beautiful Manistee County has to offer. I was at a conference last week. I love adventures and trying new things, but I was really frustrated. The conference was held in a huge hotel and conference center and since COVID things have really changed. So many things need to be accessed by your phone and I already feel like I can’t get away from my phone and the internet. I like that I can leave my phone and enjoy a nice dinner without being interrupted here, if I just leave my phone in the car or at home. But when you travel, you need to have it attached to you, so you can unlock your hotel door or search for a menu with a QR code. Over time, I hope we can go back more to the pre-COVID days.

This week we have another Popcorn & Movie at the beautiful Vogue Theater. The show will probably be Home Team with Kevin James, I think you’ll really like this one. It’s a true story, with lots of humor. I hope you decide to come downtown on Tuesday afternoon and have fun with us. Thursday, we celebrate April birthdays at 12:30 p.m., come treat yourself and have fun.

If you haven’t already secured your tickets for the huge Polka Party at the Onekama Fairgrounds on May 1, stop by the Senior Center. It’s going to be a fun party and everyone is welcome to attend. Young and old are invited to come and have a delicious meal prepared by Jerry Zupin Catering. The menu includes chicken, Polish sausages, roast pork, potatoes, gravy, corn, sweet and sour cabbage, rolls, and desserts will be prepared by the Onekama St. Joseph Church Guild. Music and entertainment is provided by Butch Baker and the Just 4 Fun Band. We hope you will come and have fun with everyone.

On May 7, Rats & Rods will be at the Wagoner Community Center. It will feature over 100 vehicles dating from 1985 and up, including a wide range of doodle bugs, muscle cars, model cars, pickup trucks and more. Everyone is welcome to participate in the free event from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., or until guests depart on Saturday. The car party showcases some of the most unique vehicles and this year will be no exception.

We also have a Spring Craft Show for Seniors on May 14 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Wagoner Community Center. Stop by and let our artisans know how much you appreciate them and their talents.

Last week we had the veterans exchange program, it’s always a nice group of people who come to share their stories and what’s going on in their lives. We had cards and coffee with Maureen on Tuesday. There is always a large group of people who come to learn something new. They make beautiful greeting cards, have a coffee and visit. Everyone is invited to come and take part in this fun activity. We also had a very special musical guest on Tuesday. Cheryl Wolfram did a great job replacing Sonny. She’s such a talented musician and she did a fantastic job entertaining our group. Thank you Cheryl, you are amazing! On Friday, Jeanne taught a friendly group how to make bath scrubs. With Mother’s Day just around the corner, this would be a great gift for someone special.

With the summer months coming up, we are working on fun and friendly classes and activities for everyone. If you have an idea that you think people would like, let us know.

April 25-29

Monday: Scrambled eggs and sausages, sautéed peppers and onions, potato wedges, apple juice, blueberry muffin

Tuesday: Parmentier, yellow beans, Hubbard squash, banana, bread

Wednesday: Marinated chicken breast, garlic mashed potatoes, steamed peas

Thursday: Cod nuggets, lima beans, diced carrots, tangerines, roll

Friday: Lasagna, spinach, root vegetables, pineapple, garlic toast

Menus are subject to change.

I hope you are having a wonderful week and don’t forget to try something new!

Group meals

The Wagoner Community Center catering site serves lunch Monday through Friday at noon. Remember to call and book your lunch before noon the day before. The Wellston Catering Site serves lunches on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The Onekama meal site at the Farr Center distributes meals Mondays and Wednesdays at 11:15 a.m. The Marilla Meals Site serves lunches on Wednesdays at noon, and the Pleasant Valley Community Center in Arcadia serves meals on Tuesdays and Fridays at 12:30 p.m. Another new restoration site at Maple Grove Twp. serves meals on Thursday lunchtimes. The menu is subject to change, as some food shortages may affect the kitchen.

food Bank

The Senior Center Food Bank takes place from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on the third Friday of the month. Manistee County seniors age 60 and older can participate. If you are picking up for another senior, make sure you have a power of attorney note, along with their name, address, date of birth, and household information. Cash and non-perishable food donations are always appreciated. The next food bank will be Friday, May 20, 9-11 a.m., 260 St. Mary’s Parkway.

Emergency food aid

If you are a senior in Manistee County and need emergency food assistance, call the Senior Center at 231-723-6477 and speak to a staff member. We have an emergency food pantry that we use to help prevent food insecurity for our elderly population during these times.

Exercise Opportunities

Sit and Get Fit is at 10 a.m. every Tuesday and Thursday at the Wagoner Community Center. Cardio-drums classes take place on Thursday evenings at 4 p.m. Yoga classes are Tuesdays at 3:30 p.m. for chair yoga and Thursdays at 3 p.m. for regular yoga. Tai Chi takes place at 9 am on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Zumba classes are at 2 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays. The indoor walking group starts at 1 p.m. on Friday and Monday at 11 a.m. All classes are free for all seniors and donations are accepted for those under 60.

Dementia Support Group

The Dementia Support Group will meet on the second Thursday of the month. The group is a friendly and supportive gathering for caregivers, family members, or anyone interested in learning about and supporting our community of seniors with dementia. The next meeting will be May 12 at 3 p.m. Contact Jacki Krolczyk, 231-883-1341 for more information.

Parkinson’s support group

The Parkinson Support Group meets at 11 a.m. on the third Thursday of each month. The next support group meeting will be May 19 at the Wagoner Community Center. Call Marcia Holbrook at 614-937-4442 for more information. There are no meetings in January or February.

Events to come

April 25

• 9 a.m. – Tai Chi

• 1pm – Mah Jongg

• 2 p.m. – Zumba

April 26

• 11 a.m.: Toe tapping Tuesday

• 1 p.m. – Pinochle

• 1pm – Movie & popcorn at Vogue

• 2 p.m. – Knitting/Crocheting Circle

• 3:30 p.m. – Chair yoga

April 27

• 9 a.m. – Tai Chi

• 10:30 am – TOPS

• 11 a.m. – Fun Bingo

• 1:30 p.m. – Genealogy group

• 2 p.m. – Zumba

April 28

• 10:00 a.m. – Cribbage

• 12:30 p.m. – April birthdays

• 3 p.m. – Yoga

• 4 p.m. – Cardio drumming

April 29

• 9 a.m. – Tai Chi

Joseph K. Bennett