SARAH HOWARD: Seniors center gearing up for fall activities

Wow, what a week! It’s not summer anymore and fall is officially here.

I have been very busy with family events and work. Our eldest daughter Emily got married last Saturday. We have added two new family members to our crazy family. Josh and daughter Addie, 4, got married to our Emily and daughter Addie, 7, and are now a family.

Everything turned out perfect for their special day. My son Jack was the officiant and did a wonderful job. I was so proud of him for taking on this huge responsibility. Our daughter Molly planned and organized everything. It was beautiful. Our children are so close, even when they are frustrated with each other, I am always the proudest of their relationship.

Well, our October schedule is pretty busy. Jeanne worked on the newsletter and I can’t believe there isn’t much room left to add anything. We’re going to have to figure out how to put more in the little boxes, but I think you’ll need a magnifying glass to read it.

We’re going to have a big Halloween party this year at the Wagoner Community Center. We decided to do something a little different. We’re going to do a Sock Hop. Dress like your favorite 50’s, 60’s girl or guy and have a great time dancing, sightseeing and eating at Zupin’s Diner. We’re ready to have a hell of a good time. Tickets are available at the Wagoner Community Center.

We had another flu shot clinic last week and it was another success! So grateful that Rite Aid has provided this wonderful service to the Wagoner Community Center and our seniors. Thanks, Leah, and … you’re awesome.

We also had a large group of card makers here on Tuesday. It was so nice to hear everyone visit and create. Thanks Maureen, such a great group.

We also had financial abuse prevention training that was sponsored with a grant from the Department of Justice. It’s amazing how much you can learn from these types of programs.

On Friday we had a beautiful birthday cake from Meijer to celebrate our wonderful September birthdays. Thank you, Meijer, we all appreciate all you do for our senior community and all of Manistee County!

This early Tuesday evening, if you’re on the go, stop by the Lion’s Pavilion in First Street Beach for the family-friendly suicide prevention and awareness event. There will be speakers, games, goodies and boxed meals. There will also be tables from community organizations, including us, the Manistee County Council on Aging. It is so important for all of us to support our service agencies. You never know when you might need information on a certain topic or help with something or someone you love. You can always learn something new, no matter how old you are.

The Tai Chi group that gathered at 5th Avenue Beach will be moving their classes to the Wagoner Community Center starting this Friday at 9 a.m. They will meet on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Classes are free, so stop by and try the class. I think it’s gonna be really fun!

I think there are still two spots left for the mystery trip this week. If you like a little adventure and fun, call us to register.

We have a color tour coming up on Thursday October 7th. If you want to see how beautiful the colors are across the county and have a delicious pie, call us to sign up.

Hope you have a wonderful week and don’t forget to try something new!


Senior Project FRESH coupons have arrived. Manistee County Seniors (60 years and over) who meet income eligibility criteria (For 1 person: $ 23,828. For 2 people: $ 32,227) Project FRESH coupons can be picked up at the senior center. There are a few more coupons, allowing us to distribute a second book to senior families while supplies last.


The collective meal site at the Wagoner Community Center is open by reservation only. Reservations for meals must be made before noon the day before. Call 231-723-6477 to make your reservations. The Wellston catering site will serve lunch from 11 a.m. to noon on Tuesdays and Thursdays.


The senior center food bank is from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on the third Friday of the month. Seniors in Manistee County who are 60 years of age and older are eligible to participate. If you are picking up another senior, make sure you have a power of attorney note, along with their name, address, date of birth, and household information. Donations of cash and non-perishable food are always appreciated. The next food bank will be on October 15 at 260 St. Mary’s Parkway.


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


The MCCOA has a program designed to help seniors stay independent by reimbursing eligible expenses. If you are a senior in Manistee County, you may receive reimbursement for payments you made for house cleaning, yard work, and snow removal services. For current Senior Refund Program customers, please note that all receipts must be current and no more than 30 days old. Income conditions apply. New customers must complete a registration form. Mail all receipts to our new address, 260 St. Mary’s Parkway, Manistee MI. Call the Seniors Center at 231-723-6477 ext. 214, for more information. Once a senior leaves their home, they are no longer eligible for the reimbursement program.


Sit back and get in shape Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10 a.m. at the Wagoner Community Center. Cardio drums lessons, Thursday evenings at 5:45 p.m. Yoga classes are Tuesdays at 3:30 p.m. (chair yoga) and Thursdays at 4:30 p.m. (regular yoga). Tai Chi begins October 1 at 9 a.m. Zumba resumes on October 4 at 2 p.m. Classes are Monday, Wednesday and Friday. All classes are free for all seniors and donations are accepted for those under 60.


The Dementia Support Group will meet on the second Thursday of the month. The group is a friendly and united gathering for caregivers, family members or anyone interested in learning more about and supporting our community of seniors with dementia. The next meeting will be at 3 p.m. on October 14. Contact Jacki Krolczyk, 231-883-1341 for more information.


The Parkinson’s Support Group meets at 11 a.m. on the third Thursday of each month. The next support group meeting will be on October 21 at the Wagoner Community Center. Call Linda Nickelson at 231-690-5048 for more information.


The Manistee County Council on Aging has launched a medication management program. Jean Anderson, the registered nurse on staff, is available to help in this area. Please don’t hesitate to call with your questions. 231-723-6477, ext. 215


Sep 27-Oct 1 (group meals are by reservation only)

Monday: Ravioli with cheese, spinach, corn, diced pears, garlic toast

Tuesday: BBQ pulled pork on bread, fiesta beans, diced baked potatoes, cinnamon apples

Wednesday: Chicken & homemade noodles, sliced ​​carrots, mix of winter vegetables, banana, biscuit

Thursday: Breaded chicken drumstick, mashed potatoes with sauce, asparagus, tropical fruits, bun

Friday: Tater tot casserole, green beans, mixed vegetables, fresh fruit salad, bun

Menus are subject to change.


September 28

• 12:30 p.m. – Bridge

• 3.30 p.m. – Chair yoga

September 29

• 11 a.m. – Fun bingo

• 10:30 am – TOP

• 1:30 p.m. – Genealogy group

• 6:30 p.m. AA Women’s Group

September 30

• 9:00 am – Mystery Journey

• 10am – Cribbage

• 11 am – Bunco

• 1 p.m. – Chess group

• 4:30 p.m. – yoga

• 5.45 p.m. – Cardio battery

October 1st

• 9h00 – Tai Chi

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