• Submitted by  Bruce Peck

Bigfork Senior News


Sponsored by Bigfork Drug We will continue on our regular schedule of congregate meals – Monday, Wednesday, and Friday every week. See our schedule of future events later in this newsletter. February’s menu appears later in this newsletter. We urge anyone with ideas or interest in future activities or improvements to please contact any of the board members or the center coordinator.

EVENTS Feb. 9 - Monthly Potluck At The Bigfork Community Center at noon. We encourage all members to attend AND invite all members of our community to attend – always plenty of great food.

OF NOTE: Learn more about Glacier National Park – Speaker series at Central School Museum, 124 Second Ave. E. – Kalispell 7 p.m., Feb. 27 – John Ashley, Professional photographer, Biologist and Educator – “The Nature of Night, What’s Been Lost and What’s Been Found” 7 p.m., Mar 27 – A representative of Two Bear Air will give a presentation on “Search and Rescue Procedures and Missions. FREE Admission – Sponsored by Glacier National Park Volunteer Associates.

Monthly And Weekly Activities 1. Hot lunch 3 – days per week at noon – all seniors age 60 and over donations are requested to defray the cost of meals $4.00 ($6.00 - non seniors). Menu page 5. 2. Meals on Wheels program with deliveries to home available to seniors who are homebound. Call for information 837-4157. 3. Monthly potluck lunches at noon the second Thursday of each month followed by a general meeting of members for discussion with question and answer session to provide information regarding the future of your Community Center and promote interest in future activities.

Of Note For Seniors Reminder LIEAP (Low Income Energy Assistance Program) may be able to help with high energy costs. Sponsored by CAPNM – may be contacted at 406-758-5433 OR 800-344-5979. ALSO regarding energy costs – Flathead Electric COOP and Northwestern Energy will allow averaging of energy bills to provide ease of budgeting. Contact your utility for information.

Future Plans For The Center Flathead County Agency On Aging (AOA) and our county commissioners are establishing a committee to investigate the potential for a new Bigfork Community Center, possibly including both the senior center and our community public library. They are seeking input from the community and are currently appointing representatives from Bigfork to participate in this endeavor.

NEW AND CONTINUING ACTIVITIES **Come and have lunch with us. Check out the menu. Donations for meals: Seniors $4, other $6. Continuing February – Wednesdays: FEB 1st and FEB 15th - 1:00 PM March - Wednesdays : MAR 1st and MAR 15th - 1:00 PM WINTER SOCIAL ACTIVITY – TWO

MORE MONTHS OF CARD PLAYING AFTER LUNCH Cut those long afternoon winter hours in half and join us at the Community Center to play cards. We are learning how to play EUCHER, HAND & FOOT, and WIZARD. Sometimes it’s fun to play something new and different. Leave Bridge and Pinochle at home and learn a new game. There is no charge for card playing – open to the public.

HAND & FOOT is an elaborate way to play CANASTA…. Fun! THE NUMBERS REALLY GET BIG when scoring.

EUCHER is a popular, quick playing, card game with a short deck of regular playing cards. It is played with partners. WIZARD is played with a specific deck that has eight additional cards not normally in a standard card deck. It is played on an individual basis. If you are familiar with “trump” and enjoy bidding type games you will enjoy these two card games. Have lunch at the Center and stay for a couple of hours of cards. No night time driving. A good way to get acquainted with some new people and a new game. If you can’t make it for the lunch, be at the Center at 1:00 PM to play cards. If you want lunch, RSVP on the Monday prior. A suggested donation for lunch of $4.00 for seniors and $6.00 for others. Call JoLynn at 756-8992 if you have any questions or suggestions for other games of interest. NOTE – CRIBBAGE has been requested. If you are interested let JoLynn know 756-8992 or jlyenne@gmail.com.

ANNOUNCEMENT: We are still looking for people who have knowledge about the history of our local churches that have been in existence for 50 years or more, for a possible speaker series in the new year. Please call JoLynne Yenne at 756-8992 if you have an interest in this program.

ATTENTION LADIES A knitting group is meeting Monday mornings at 10:00 AM continuing through 2:00 PM. Anyone interested is invited to join in the group. Knitting lessons are available and beginners, experienced, and anyone interested in learning to knit are welcome. Anyone interested in other fiber crafts are also encouraged to attend. For information or questions please contact Robin Sticka at 837-2294 or email robinsticka@gmail.com.

OR simply show up, introduce yourself – all are welcome – you need not be a “senior” to participate.

NEW PROGRAM – MIND & BODY EXERCISE

Qi Gong and Tai Chi – TUESDAYS – continuing in 2017 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM Bigfork Community Center - 639 Commerce St. (across from BF Elementary School) All levels – beginners and experienced All ages – sitting positions accepted Wear loose comfortable clothing, including indoor footwear. Instuctor: Adele Zimmerman Information: call center 837-4157 or Adele 755-4905 Email: adelez@cyberport.net

POLICY STATEMENT – PETS IN PUBLIC PLACES It is important to follow health and safety policies when pets are in public places. Pets are required to be under effective control of a competent person at all times when out in public. At the Bigfork Community center pets are allowed – we re

gularly have two well behaved dogs, one a service dog and the other a companion dog, that visit the Center frequently. They are quiet, are on short leashes at all times, and obey commands from their owners. They are not allowed in the food preparation and serving area. If there are left over food items, the owners are encouraged to have a container to take food home to a proper feeding area for their pet.

WE WILL NEVER MAKE PROGRESS WITHOUT PARTICIPATION AND INTEREST!!!

BIGFORK BEAGLE is a monthly newspaper (9 months out of 12) being published to bring community news to Bigfork readers. This is a welcome service – informing us what is happening in the community and upcoming schedule of events. The newspapers are conveniently placed at several businesses and public locations free of charge for people to publication will be February. We, at Bigfork Community Center are pleased to see the coverage Editor, Vince Lovato is giving the Bigfork Seniors. A big THANK YOU to the Bigfork Beagle and Bigfork Drug for making it possible to keep the Seniors and other activities at the Bigfork Community Center in the news. Look for senior coverage in the next issue. Bigfork Ladies Service Club (BLSC) “THREADS” program, a new resource for Bigfork Middle and High School students has reportedly started successfully – located in the Community Center. We encourage the community to look into this program and participate with donations.

FACTS FOR SENIORS: THINK ABOUT YOUR FUTURE. WHAT KIND OF PLANS ARE YOU MAKING FOR THOSE DAYS?? MONTANA IS AGING FASTER – according to the 2015 Census. Percent of population age 65+ 2015: 17% 2020: 19.5% 2025: 21.8% 2030: 23.2% Montana is the state with the 6th largest percentage of adults aged 65 + In year 2030 it will be one of the 10 states with more people age 65+ than under 18. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO HAVE A SERIES OF PROGRAMS TO LEARN ABOUT THE RESOURCES AVAILABLE IN AND AROUND BIGFORK, AS WELL AS KALISPELL THAT YOU MIGHT NEED IN THE FUTURE, CONTACT -- JOLYNN YENNE 756-8992 OR jlyenne@gmail.com

The Newsletter is published monthly. We attempt to provide items and activities of interest to seniors and all members of the Bigfork community. We encourage all community members and especially seniors to take advantage of the many programs we provide. We wish to encourage and solicit input from the community at large with ideas to improve our center and support programs to enhance our value to the community of Bigfork.

FEBRUARY 2017 LUNCH MENU All meals served with a choice of beverages, roll, and dessert. Feb. 6th - Cheeseburger on Whole grain bun, Baked beans, potato chips Feb. 8th - Swedish meatballs brown rice, vegetables dinner roll Feb. 10th - Chicken cutlet, mashed potatoes & gravy Blackeye peas Feb. 13th - Salisbury steak, Grilled onions/ Augratin Potatoes, peas, carrots Feb. 15th - Chicken Alfredo fettucine Veggies Wheat roll Feb. 17th - Bowl of chili w/ cheese and onions, oyster crackers, corn muffin Feb. 20th - Closed President’s Day Feb. 22nd - Chicken fajita on flour tortilla / pepper/onions salsa / sour cream Mexican veggies Feb. 24th - Spaghetti w/ meat sauce Greenbeans garlic roll Feb. 27th - Pork egg roll, Rice Pilaf, Cantonese blend veggies, sweet / sour sauce


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