The center has a great event planned for Wednesday, April 4, and I am excited to tell you all about it.

The center has a great event planned for Wednesday, April 4, and I am excited to tell you all about it. However, before I do that there is some information about the center that you should know. And, just in case you may have forgotten what that is, I am now going to remind you. First of all the Shawnee Senior Center is a Not-For-Profit 501 C 3 business. That means that businesses and individuals who donate money or physical items to the Center can get a credit on their taxes for the value of what they have donated and it also means that we do not make money (otherwise known as profit) on the things we do. And, if you’ve been at the Center, you can attest to that too.

We have classes (they are almost always free), we do not charge a membership fee to come into or “join” our Senior Center. You just come in and enjoy whatever you came to do from singing gospel songs, dancing to country western music, exercising to TaiChi and Enhance Fitness, or playing cards and “shooting pool”. Breakfast is free to all over 50 who come to the Center from 8:15 to 9:00 in the morning. Lunch is $2.00 to help cover the cost of the food along with the grants that Kate and Val can get to support it. And we now have joined with the Morpho Identogo.com Company to provide fingerprinting services to the public to help cover some of our costs.

Our employees all receive payment for the hours they work but they all also donate hours to the Center for events that the Center puts on to raise additional funds that help to cover the Center’s costs. They also donate hours for some of the free events that are planned outside the regular Center hours.

Now all this information is leading up to what the Center has done to provide our event for the upcoming “Health Week” in Shawnee. Our event is the second time we are sponsoring the “Senior Stroll” which will be held this year on Wednesday, April 4th and is a mile walk around downtown that we are asking everyone to join us in. The walk is free, no donation required or ticket to buy! Just come on down to the Center around 5:00pm on Wednesday evening and join us in some warm-up exercises (or not if you don’t feel you need warm up exercise) and start your mile walk around 5:30. If you are among the first 150 people to join us you will receive a free T-Shirt in your free registration packet. Some sponsors of the “Stroll” are providing small goodies for inclusion in these bags so don’t forget to pick one up along with your free T-Shirt when you arrive. There will be water stations along the route and route markers will be there also so no one gets misplaced during our walk. And, by the way, if you can’t manage the whole mile there will be a ½ mile route marked for you also.

If you haven’t decided by now, I want to remind you again of all the fun we are going to be having on April 4th at the Senior Stroll so mark it on your calendar to be sure you remember.

And for your information I am also going to mention now the many Companies and Businesses have joined us in making this an event to be remembered and enjoyed. Please keep in mind that without their help we would not be able to provide all of the services for Seniors that we do on a daily basis by remembering them when looking for services or information available in Shawnee and Pottawatomie County:

OD Brown Family, Demco Printing, Gateway to Prevention & Recovery, Harrison Discount Pharmacy, Humara Market Point, Neil’s Home Furnishings, St. Anthony/Shawnee, Solar Innovative Design, Arvest Bank, ComFor Care Home Health, The Lunch Box, MidFirst Bank, Grace Living Center/Rose Manor, Visit Shawnee, City of Shawnee, WalMart, Signworks, Shawnee Milling, P.A.T.C.H. and C.O.E.D.D.

These organizations and businesses help to support the Center and its programs for Senior Citizens in Shawnee and surrounding areas. Please help us by supporting them and letting them know how much we all need them in our lives and in our community. All the Staff (that’s Kate and Marian and Val and Johnna and Bobbie Jean and Esther and Beth and Sharon and Richard and me) are looking forward to meeting you on April 4th outside the Center and walking with you on our One Mile Senior Stroll.

Director Kate Joyce will be joining Mike Askins on “Mike in the Morning” on KGFF Radio (100.9 FM and 1450 AM) at 8:35. Any new information and reminders on the Stroll will be given then along with their usual happy laughing patter.

Remember at the Shawnee Senior Center “Age is just a number” and the Facebook page is “Shawnee Senior Center” and the website is ShawneeSeniors.org’

Here’s hoping to see you at the Shawnee Senior Center on April 4.