It’s Sunday and I have decided that I need to get you back to the Shawnee Senior Center. Today I am going to remind you about the many things that go on at the Center. Some new one time things and some old everyday or every week things. I won’t be able to get them all in just one column but we’ll leave the rest for another time. So here we go.

It’s Sunday and I have decided that I need to get you back to the Shawnee Senior Center. Today I am going to remind you about the many things that go on at the Center. Some new one time things and some old everyday or every week things. I won’t be able to get them all in just one column but we’ll leave the rest for another time. So here we go.

I’m sure everybody who lives in Shawnee has seen something about the Blue Zone Pottawatomie County movement for better living and better health. There are “Blue Zone” signs everywhere and articles in the paper and people walking or running around wearing those neat blue shirts. Now, just in case you know about the same amount that I do about the Blue Zone program (and that’s almost nothing) there is going to be a meeting at the Shawnee Senior Center on Tuesday, September 19th from 6 to 8:30pm. This meeting is going to help everyone who attends to understand why changing just a few things in your life can help you live longer and happier. The Center only has chairs and room for 200 people so call 878-1528 and tell us you’re coming so we can make sure you have a place to sit. The Center Staff is gonna be there so we will see you there.

Let’s look at a normal Tuesday to start. First thing on Tuesday morning is the TaiChi class with Sharon Autrey. This is a gentle movement class that is designed for Seniors who want to be able to prevent falls that might happen due to a lack of balance. As you get older, falls become more and more of a health problem resulting in serious consequences and the ability to keep yourself from falling is a necessity. And that’s what Sharon will be helping you to do; every Tuesday and Thursday morning from 8:30 to 9:30. The class is free, you can come in once a week or both days, it’s up to you. Try it and see for yourself.

Remember also that on Tuesdays is the Heartland Mini-Health Check where you can come in and give your name to Nancy for her list and then Pam will take your blood pressure, record it and then take your pulse. This is a free service for everyone “50 and better” and usually takes less than 10 minutes to come in, sit down, relax, stick out your arm and get out of the chair when you’re done. The Ladies are there for two hours, 9:30 to 11:30 every Tuesday morning. Stop in or stay, the choice is always yours!

But if you decide to stay you might want to use those vocal cords for something other than just talking. There’s Gospel Singing from 10:30 in the morning until 11:30. They sing all the favorites plus some not to often heard. You can make a request if you have a special song you like but the bottom line is everyone is there to join their voices with others and make a joyful sound. New voices are always welcome so bring your voice in and blend in with the chorus that resounds through the Center every Tuesday. (Just as an aside I have heard staff in the office singing along although they would never admit that...)

And if you’re still there at 11:30 on a Tuesday Morning (or any day, for that matter) you can always stick around for lunch. The donation for lunch is $2.00 and I can personally attest that it is quite a deal. Bobbie Doss (who says she cooks like her grandmother because it was her grandmother who taught her how to cook) is a really nice person who loves to cook and I can certainly attest to the fact the meals are great. The Senior Center is working on the Blue Zone Pottawatomie County plan that states that healthier meals make for healthier people and so Bobbie is doing her best to make sure lunch at the Center is a nutritious meal that meets their criteria of looking good and tasting the same.

And of course the last scheduled thing on Tuesday is the Country Music & Dancing group known as the “Story Time Band”. Four guys and a gal who can play the old time Country music that we all love to hear (even those of us from Jersey). The music is just perfect for dancing and you can find someone there who would love to dance with you or you can even bring your own partner. Singing is allowed even if you don’t know all the words. It’s a free fun time and again I see people leaving with smiles on their faces. My idea of having a good time. Feet are tapping in the office every Tuesday afternoon, I know cause one set is mine.

Now for people who work, the Center holds an Enhance Fitness Class (also free) on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Enhance Fitness is a more physical class but also aimed at making one healthier and less likely to have falls. The class starts at 4:30 in the afternoon and goes on for an hour. Beth Perry teaches the Monday class and Sharon Autrey is there on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Come right from work, no need to change clothes (except for the shoes, they need to be comfortable) and join in the fun. Get healthier, happier and in better physical condition.

Don’t have a clue who will be Mike in the Morning’s guest on Wednesday so that will be a surprise, not only for you but for me and Mike too. So tune in and see who got the short straw (Ha Ha Ha) and will be on KGFF Radio (FM100.9 or AM 1450) on Wednesday morning, Sept. 13.

And remember at the Shawnee Senior Center “Age is just a number”. The website is www.SHAWNEESENIORS.ORG and our Facebook page is “Shawnee Senior Center”. SEE YOU AT THE CENTER!!