Here it is Sunday morning and we are meeting once again so we can let you know what is happening at the Shawnee Senior Center. I’ve done columns on just about everything we do here over the past months, but today I’m gonna do it again. But this time from my viewpoint when I sit behind the front desk and do my bit for the center by volunteering to be the “meet and greet” person for people coming in and going out at the center. This is the really fun part.

Here it is Sunday morning and we are meeting once again so we can let you know what is happening at the Shawnee Senior Center. I’ve done columns on just about everything we do here over the past months, but today I’m gonna do it again. But this time from my viewpoint when I sit behind the front desk and do my bit for the center by volunteering to be the “meet and greet” person for people coming in and going out at the center. This is the really fun part.

Now, I know that several times in the past few months I have mentioned that we would love to have some additional Domino players along with some more 8-ball pool players. Now I’m gonna tell you why I’ve done that. I’m sure you’re thinking because we want lots of both groups, and this is a true statement, but the reason I keep reminding you that we have three clean pool tables and four tables that were made to handle 4-handed Domino games is because we have pool players and Domino players that come to play every day. And they will tell you, as they’ve mentioned to me, that they love to have new players join their groups so there is a more diverse group to play with and against every day. Getting to know the people who play pool or Dominos is part of the reason for being there and makes coming to the center fun for everyone. And by the way ladies, you are certainly not to feel left out of this group. We have a very nice couple who come at least once a week to play. Our lady pool player was taught to play by her husband and she has fun with it and he says she’s the better player now. I’ve seen ladies at those Domino tables too, so don’t feel like it’s only a guy’s game. Get three of your friends to come with you and play some Dominos or join in on a table that could use one or more players. We have everything you need to play.

Valorie, our program coordinator, was on the air with “Mike in the Morning” on KGFF Radio (FM100.9 or AM 1450) last Wednesday on the Senior Center Review that happens at 8:35 in the morning every Wednesday and mentioned our “Wish List” for the center’s recreation room that presently holds the pool and domino tables. So I’m gonna mention it here and see if anyone out there can help us. We would like a ping pong table (maybe even one that has a net and some ping pong balls to go with it, but we would happily take it without those items). We also would like a dart board or two. We feel the pool room is perfect for darts because the windows are really way up there in that room so no trouble with any misguided darts leaving the room through the windows. It’s a big room and we would love to see it full of seniors having fun.

And if you are in the center, there is a lovely quilt hanging on the door going to the offices behind the receptionist desk that seriously would like a new home. The quilt was donated by the Spinning Spools Quilting Guild to the senior center to be used as a fund raiser item and we are really excited to have it. And even more excited to have someone out there in Shawnee Senior Land win it.

Tickets are $1 each or, for bargain hunters, 6 chances for $5. Come see it and buy a chance (or five or more – there’s no limit) and the money all goes for a great cause … our Shawnee Senior Center! The drawing will be held on May 1 just in time for Mothers’ Day this year, and you do not need to be present to win.

The senior center is sponsoring a free “Tech Savvy Class for Seniors,” which includes everyone over the age of 50. Are you one of those seniors (like me, I’m sorry to say) that often finds yourself saying, “I don’t know how to do that on my phone (or my ipad or tablet)”? Well if you are, this is the one class you cannot afford to miss. The class is scheduled for 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 31 right here in the senior center at 401 N. Bell, next to the municipal auditorium. Bring that piece of necessary electronic equipment you have and learn how to domesticate it. We all will be learning together.

And the last thing I would like to mention this week is not about the center but concerns seniors just because we are seniors and most of us love animals and consider them a part of our family.

There appears to be a misconception about the new Shawnee commissioners ruling on animals in your homes. I would like to clear up any misunderstanding you may have concerning this recent change.

Any residence/household in the city may have no more than two unaltered dogs (not neutered or spayed) at their residence – but you may have up to three dogs at your home if they are all spayed and/or neutered. As for the feline members of our households, you may have up to three unaltered cats or you may have up to six cats if they have been spayed or neutered.

If you remain confused about the new ruling, I’m sure you can call the city and ask for clarification.

If you haven’t been out of your house lately, remember we are still located at 401 N. Bell and we have a new sign up on the building that identifies our location with our new logo. Stop in, pick up a monthly calendar (and remember meals for the month are on the back) and visit with the person behind the desk, check out the beautiful quilt, and walk around and see if there is someone you know. In other words, come visit!

Remember, “Mike in the Morning” (FM 100.9 or AM 1450) will be visiting with someone from the center on Wednesday morning at 8:35 and updating you on the “goings on” at the Shawnee Senior Center. And remember that at the center “age is just a number,” our Facebook page is “Shawnee Senior Center,” and our website is www.SHAWNEESENIORS.org. Check us out!

See you at the center!