Welcome to summer! And because it’s summer and we are the Shawnee Senior Center, there are all kinds of fun things to do all week long at the center (401 N. Bell just east of the municipal auditorium) and today is the perfect day to tell you all about them.

Welcome to summer! And because it’s summer and we are the Shawnee Senior Center, there are all kinds of fun things to do all week long at the center (401 N. Bell just east of the municipal auditorium) and today is the perfect day to tell you all about them.

Everything that is going to be mentioned today is also in the July calendar, which can be picked up any day at the front desk of the center. Valorie has listed all of the events going on for the month and, on the back side, she has also added the noon meals for each day that Bobbie Jean has come up with for the meals for the month. When you pick up that calendar, don’t forget to check out both sides. Meat loaf day is my favorite, but I must admit tomorrow’s (that’s Monday’s shepherd’s pie) is also one of my favorite reasons to make a noontime trip to the center. Remember, lunch is the only thing at the center that has a cost attached and because of the grant received from Walmart, you can get a complete lunch with a main course, a salad or veggie or both and a dessert for only $2.

Now to get back to the “events” side of the calendar. As I’m sure you may remember (because I know I’ve mentioned it before) there are exercise classes every day with instructors who’ve been teaching them and continue to update their skills. TaiChi has beautiful exercise moves that help keep you agile, and Enhance Fitness is a zero or no impact series of exercises with light weights for strength training. Both of our classes are specifically aimed at fall and injury prevention. Every morning from 8:30 to 9:30 there is a class. You can also check out both classes from 4-5 in the afternoon on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday.

Card games can be found at 12:30 p.m. in Craft Room 2 on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Fridays. Thursdays are the only day that pinochle is played, and that’s from 1 p.m. to approximately 4. Newbies are welcome on any card playing day. Wanna play and don’t know how? Come anyway and someone will be only too happy to help you learn.

Have the ladies from Heartland check your blood pressure and your pulse rate every Tuesday from 9:30 until 11:30.

Then get that pulse rate up a bit by joining the group listening and dancing to the live five-piece Storytime Band that is at the center from 1 in the afternoon until 2:30 every Tuesday and Thursday. You might even sing a bit.

Are you a quilter and have a problem with something you are doing? Come on down to the center on Wednesday morning after 9 and you will find some of the best quilters in Shawnee who would love to help you at no charge. They just love to quilt and want everyone to enjoy quilting as much as they do, and they are there to help make quilting problems go away.

There is a “Golden Chain Crochet Group” that meets on Thursdays from 1 until 3:30 p.m. or so, and they love to have newbies too. Wanna learn the art of crocheting? This is the group to join.

There’s also a history and geography bible class that meets at 10:30 Thursday mornings and discusses the past and future prophecies and how they have affected history.

And one of the staff’s favorite things is listening to the singing that comes down the hall from the Wood Room when the seniors who love singing their favorite gospel hymns come to the center. If you listen, sometimes you can hear a voice or two from the office area joining in and, if not in words, humming the tune. Singing starts at 10:30 on Tuesday and Friday mornings and ends about 11:30. Have a favorite, let the director know and if he can find it — you all will be singing it.

I’ve only touched a tip of what goes on at the center every day. Remember we have people playing pool, occasionally playing dominoes (we need players, know any? Call ‘em). We have a ping pong table that needs players and a dart board that could also use someone(s) to play on it. A table set up with a chess board needs a couple people to sit down and give those pieces some exercise.

Now I have a message for the lady who came to the “Swing Tunes in June” dance and asked the ticket taker who painted the mural on the foyer wall. She didn’t know but said she would find out and let me know so I could tell you in the column. Here’s the information we have: Linda Dixon is the artist, and though she and her family no longer live in Shawnee, we still enjoy her beautiful mural. Thank you for asking!

Now I know that I said Kate would be chatting with Mike from “Mike in the Morning” last week but I lied. It was a holiday and I forgot that. So this week Kate really will be chatting with Mike on KGFF Radio (FM 100.9 or AM 1450) about anything that comes to their minds. So … give it a listen, there’s always something they chat about that comes as a surprise to me and I know you will enjoy the banter.

Please remember that at the senior center “50 is just a number,” our website is “ShawneeSeniors.org,” and our Facebook page is Shawnee Senior Center. Check ‘em out, Val is always updating the information in there.

And, as always, see you at the center!