Senior News

New hours 10 to 2 Tuesdays and Thursdays

Coffee and conversation No fee -- bring a friend

Cinco de Mayo Celebration 11:30 a.m., May 3

Hot Meals 11:30 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday Social time is free Meals are $4 for seniors, $6 for adults Please RSVP two days in advance by calling 837-4157

Pot Luck Noon, May 9 Bring your own dish. No desserts, please.

Forest service officer speaks on fire prevention and safety 11:30 a.m., May 10

Gardening tips and tricks 11:30 a.m., May 17 Special speaker program 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., May 29 Pat McGlynn, Montana State University teacher Gardening for Flathead Valley


Meals On Wheels drivers 30 to 90 minutes on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays Rocky site manager - 837-4157 Meals On Wheels program with deliveries to home available to seniors who are homebound. Call for information 837-4157

Knitting Group 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays Knitting lessons are available. Beginners, experienced and other fiber crafts are encouraged to attend. Contact Robin Sticka at 837-2294 or Or simply show up and introduce yourself - all are welcome - you need not be a “senior” to participate.

Tai Chi Classes 10 to 11 a,m,, Tuesdays at First Baptist Church of Bigfork, on Hwy 35 north of Bigfork. $5 per month. Please call Adele Zimmerman, 755-4905, for information and Registration.

President's Letter

Hello. I am Chris Hagar, the new board president. I have recently been selected to join the other directors as Chuck Hubbard and Jolynn Yenne have gone off the board. We will miss their leadership a great deal and thank them for their service to seniors during the past years. Since coming on the board we have initiated a number of changes. We have updated our by-laws, developed new policies to guide our organization, updated an existing job description for the site manager and written a new one for a new position, social coordinator; more on that next month. We have responded with a plan to address the concerns of the meal program headed by Mr. J.R. Isles in Kalispell. As I assumed the position of president, I learned about the need for a new facility. Our current one does not meet the accessibility standards for wheelchair individuals and is woefully lacking in parking spaces. In addition other aspects of our facility are in need of upgrading. Working with the director of the

Flathead county agency on aging, Lisa Sheppard, I shall attempt to help the county commissioners understand our needs and the urgency for action. In addition for improvements for our facility, I have learned of the very important need for transportation for seniors from the Bigfork area into Kalispell for medical appointments, getting to the airport or train station in Whitefish and occasional essential shopping as well. I understand solutions to this concern have been tried before and not been successful. Nevertheless the need still exists. For that reason I am encouraging everyone to contribute their ideas to develop a workable system to solve this challenge. I understand it will not be easy and is unlikely to be solved quickly, but I really believe we need to tackle this challenge. Further, our organization does not have the funds to develop a private system right now, but back to my original point, what the board needs now is your ideas. Please send your thoughts to me at im4allkids@yahoo.Com. I look forward to serving you and the rest of the seniors in the bigfork area. The agenda for all meetings of the board will be posted at the senior community center at least one week in advance. We encourage anyone to come to our meetings. Normally they are held on the second thursday of each month followed by a potluck luncheon.

Chris hagar Bigfork community/senior center board president

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