If you are 55 or older and looking for a place to go for some socialization, opportunity to make new friends and enjoy meals, then go to the Clinton County Senior Center located at 201 E Walker Street in St. Johns. They are open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. There is no cost to come into the center each day and there is no cost to become a member. Here are some of the activities going on in October:
Every Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday a nutritional meal is served at Noon for senior citizens. The meals are available for a suggested $3 donation. If you cannot afford the $3, you are not required to pay. Some of the meals in October include Rosemary Turkey, Pork Medallions and Meat Lasagna. For a complete schedule, call the center at 989-224-4257 or stop in and pick one up.
Each month the center celebrates the birthdays of anyone that is celebrating a birthday in that month. If it is your birthday month you get a free lunch, cake and ice cream and a special sweet treat. The party for October birthdays is planned for Wednesday, October 14.
Bingo will be held every Tue and Fri at 12:30 p.m. The cost is only $1 and every player will walk away with 4-5 items. Prizes include things like canned goods, personal care items, cereal, peanut butter, snacks, cookies and of course Chocolate!
Monday Euchre Tournaments
On October 12 and 26 Euchre tournaments will be held from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. If you eat lunch at the center before cards the tournament is only $1. If you come just for the tournament it is $2. On October 5 the Euchre Tournament will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. and everyone pays $2. On October 19 the tournament will start at 12:30 pm, with a break at 1:30 pm for a fun auction. After the auction the Euchre Tournament will continue until 3:30 p.m. You need to know the basics of the game, but you don’t have to be a great player to come and have fun.
On Monday, October 5 there will be a no cost Trivia Contest from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. There are a lot of clues given, so don’t worry about being the smartest person in the room. Small prizes are awarded throughout the contest.
Monday Fundraising Lunches
Every Monday lunch is open to senior citizens and everyone from the general public – no matter what age. A fundraiser meal is made by volunteer cooks each week in their licensed kitchen. The cost is only $5 for the full meal or $3 for a sandwich and chips. Meals in October include: October 5: Ham, October 12: Chicken, October 19: Brunch and October 26: Pork Chops. Homemade pie is also available for only $1.50 a slice. Monday meals are served between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Take outs are available.
October 21 Fundraiser
On Wednesday, October 21 the center will hold it’s annual Rock-a-Thon from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The Premier Sponsor for this year’s event is McLaren Health Plan. Throughout the day participants rock in rocking chairs while playing games, making a craft, telling stories, having lunch, etc. The theme for this year’s event is “Popcorn”. Prior to the event participants collect donations from friends, family members, businesses and neighbors. Anyone wishing to participate or donate should call the center ASAP.
If you are a senior and have any other ideas of activities they should be doing at the Senior Center just let them know – they are always asking members for activity ideas and work to keep everyone happy.
In addition to the planned activities senior citizens are always welcome to stop in to use the Exercise Room, work on a puzzle, play other card or board games or just to socialize.
If you don’t think you are old enough for the center, but want to support them in some way, consider donating items they can use for bingo, in their gift shops or things they can pass on to volunteer crafters. They take things like stuffed animals, nic naks, puzzles, books, magazines, fabric, yarn, stuffing for pillows and quilt batting.
If you have any questions about the Senior Center stop in or give them a call at 989-224-4257.