This is a new year, and with that comes opportunities to be grateful for all that happened – last year.

This is a new year, and with that comes opportunities to be grateful for all that happened – last year.

At Shawnee Senior Center we have so much to be thankful for, beginning with Bobbi Gaglia’s initiative to write this column! Bobbi has retired and although I would never have thought to do this I am happy to continue the column. It is such a good way to keep Shawnee peeps (Shawnee-ites just sounds weird) abreast of what’s going on down the at the center!

You know that before Christmas Bobbi wrote about Johnna Lewis, our Environmental Diva, wanting to put the word out that our meals program needed support – and by golly we got it! Y’all filled SEVERAL boxes with dry goods, canned goods, baking goods (yummmaayyy!) and paper goods. We have also been contacted by an angel and she has been bringing fresh fruits and veggies! Thank you Johnna for implementing this idea and thank you everyone who donated to our “fill the shelves” project. This will be an ongoing project and if you have any questions, just call.

Another thing we are very grateful for is the number of people and businesses who are sponsoring and planning to attend our Blue Jeans Ball. Grand Casino Hotel and Resort is our presenting sponsor. Avedis Foundation is our food and beverage sponsor. Citizen Potawatomi Nation is a new partner, as is Route 66 Creative. There are also several table sponsors: Boomerang, M’s Dispensary, Primrose Retirement, Regency Skilled Nursing and Therapy, Shawnee Milling Company and others still pending. Blackwater Smoke Band will be providing the music – we will be dancing on a new dancefloor (Git’cher boots out!), there will be a silent auction with so many donors, and a mechanical bull! When was the last time you rode one of those?

Sponsorships and tickets for couples ($50) are available online at our website: or at Shawnee Senior Center.

We also have a couple of other special events in-house in January:

1) M’s Dispensary coming into Shawnee Senior Center to provide an informal educational program for anyone who might have questions about Medical Marijuana. The presentation will be this week – Tuesday, Jan. 8 at 11:45 a.m.

2) AARP’s Driver Safety class will be held Monday, Jan. 28, from 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. You may have auto insurance with a company that offers a Safe Driver Discount to people who have taken the class. Call 405.818.2916 to make your class reservation. The only fee is for the book - $15 to AARP members & $20 to non-members.

Most of us have goals for this year – getting fit, eating well, learning something new. I hope you remember that we provide those things here at Shawnee Senior Center – and for the most part – it’s FREE, though lunches run only $2. My new mantra this year is: “Living well is not just about Health, although that is truly important.  It’s about enjoying the life you have for all of the time that you have.”

So I hope you have a mantra for 2019 and that your resolution includes coming to Shawnee Senior Center (Where you have to be at least 50 to play!), 401 N. Bell Street!

Mike Askins and I will be chatting on KGFF, Wednesday morning at 8:35. And I will continue to steal Bobbi’s line… See you at the center!