In lining up columns for the next month or so I realized I had not done an activity review in quite some time. That’s a big mistake because the classes, exercises, and fun things to enjoy at the center each day are the reason we are all here. So today is reminder day….reminding you of all the different ways to enjoy spending your time at the Shawnee Senior Center.

In lining up columns for the next month or so I realized I had not done an activity review in quite some time. That’s a big mistake because the classes, exercises, and fun things to enjoy at the center each day are the reason we are all here. So today is reminder day….reminding you of all the different ways to enjoy spending your time at the Shawnee Senior Center.

There are always fun exercise classes (you’ve heard of them before – Tai Chi and Enhance FItness) every morning at 8:30 a.m. and Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 4 p.m. There is a new Stretch & Tone Class each Wednesday afternoon at 2 p.m. with Mark.

You can learn to play bridge with Justine at 9 a.m. on Mondays and figure out how to play pinochle on Thursday afternoons at 1 p.m. with the people who love the game. And, also, there are Canasta players as well as all kinds of strangely named card games on every Monday, Wednesday and Friday starting at 12:30 in the afternoon.

The Woodcarvers meet every Tuesday from 9 to 12 so if you like designing something special from a branch or a big chunk of wood bring it to the center and join the group. Tuesdays are also the days that Pam and Nancy arrive with their equipment to provide the Heartland Mini-Health blood pressure and pulse rate checks. Now if singing is your “thing” remember that Gospel singing is every Tuesday and Friday morning starting at 10:30 and the Storytime Band music is available every Tuesday and Thursday afternoons starting at 1 p.m. for your listening and dancing pleasure.

Want to learn to quilt or need some help finishing one you started? Come on down to the center on any Wednesday during the hours of 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. and let the quilters there help you to finish your quilting project.

At 1 p.m. on Sept. 26 there will be a free question and answer session on Medicare and Medicaid for all who may be looking for more information on the different types of services that you see advertised on TV.

Free legal advice is available on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month so the next one is on Sept. 25 from 3 until 5 p.m. Have a legal problem — perhaps you need a will or are thinking about advance planning for medical emergencies — come in and visit with the attorney on Tuesday afternoon.

All of the things you can find at the center listed above are free to all seniors. Your cost in any of those activities comes from your getting in your car and driving on down to the center (but if you have a friend with a car maybe you can just ride along with them).

Now there are some things that involve a small cost. Although breakfast is always free, lunch is served daily for $2 and consists of a meat, veggie, salad and dessert. (Lunch is primarily subsidized by a Walmart grant and food donations from Shawnee Milling Company.)

The items listed below are provided by businesses, groups or individuals at a reduced cost:

The 24th of September there is an AARP Defensive Driving class available to all who have a license which “for a small fee,” may enable you to get a discount on your car insurance. If you are an AARP member the cost for the class is reduced and I can tell you honestly that it reduced my Shelter premium for my little car by almost $50 and that’s good for every 6 months for 3 years.

Chair Massages by Tammy are available every Thursday morning from 8:30 a.m. until 11. Your privacy is always considered and after 15 minutes for $15 you’ll feel like a new person.

Flu shots will be available to all Seniors on Thursday, Sept. 27 from 10 a.m. until noon through the Medicine Shoppe. Individuals who have Medicare need to bring their new Medicare Card to receive the shot which is then paid by Medicare with no cost to the recipient.

Most Saturday mornings at 9:30 a.m. for only $5 you can join Zumba classes with Candi in the Community Room with hot music and cool people.

Hope all of the above reminds you that at the Shawnee Senior Center we have something for everyone. Drop in and check us out for yourself. And, while you’re here, take a minute to say “Hi” to a staff member or smile at another visitor and remember to pick up a calendar and check out both sides to see what’s going on at the center during the month.

Just as a reminder, please remember that Kate Joyce will once again be joining Mike Askins on “Mike in the Morning” on Wednesday at 8:35 a.m. on KGFF Radio (FM 100.9 or AM 1450). Listen for the theme from “The Love Boat” and know that our very own Shawnee Cruise Director Kate will once again be chatting with Mike.

Information on the center is always available on our website at ShawneeSeniors.org, and our Facebook page is “Shawnee Senior Center.”

And, as always, see you at the center!