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Ravenswood Senior Center updates: Column

Mary Lou Robinson
Ravenswood Senior News

Our washer problem is solved! We bought a new one at Aaron’s in Ripley last week. We try to buy local as much as we can and they offered to take the old washer away and install the new one — free of charge! Their serviceman was very friendly. I don’t recall his name but I do remember that he told us who his grandmother is and I do know the family. Our daughter Bev helped us in the process of finding a business who could help us and she took care of all the arrangements for us. It’s great to have an adult child who is willing to assist you.

Our great-granddaughter Payton Woodard who is on the Williamstown volleyball team that won the Class A State Championship recently was named to the second team on the LKC Volleyball team. She is a junior this year so hopefully she can stay injury-free and make the first team next year. Her team is still on Cloud 9 as they are still enjoying their accomplishment.

I celebrated my 89th birthday on Nov. 16. I have been wanting spaghetti for some time so I chose to have my birthday dinner at Gino’s. After our meal Robbie and I went across the street to Wendy’s and joined the “older generation” that gathers there almost every evening. My friend Inkey Arose was there and she had a birthday card with a dollar in it for me. The dollar in cards originated many years ago when Robbie said “a card isn’t worth a darn without a dollar in it.” We explained the dollar tradition to those at Wendy’s and suddenly everyone got their wallets out and showered me with dollars. They also sang Happy Birthday to me — four times! It was a really fun impromptu event and I enjoyed all the stories and birthday wishes.

The city’s Christmas parade will be Friday, Nov. 26, at 6 p.m. It will end at the Riverfront Park. Santa will be there and there will be treats for the kids. The official lighting of the Christmas displays will also be held at the park. We remind you that donations are taken at the Gingerbread House each evening. The donations help to purchase new displays and other needed items for the lighting of the park. If you would like to volunteer to man the Gingerbread House you can contact Steve Bradley and he will be happy to schedule you.

Ravenswood Senior Center

Ravenswood Senior News

We are trying to get back to normal at the center. We did get to play bingo one day which we seniors like to do. Judy Callahan was our overall winner.

The pool people are selling nuts again this year as a fundraiser to help support their pool programs. They have pecans, cashews, mixed nuts, double-dipped chocolate peanuts, praline pecans and English walnuts. The cost is $10 per bag. You may make a purchase at the center Monday-Friday during the morning hours.

Lunch is being served at the center each day. You need to call our site supervisor Stephanie Rhodes at 304-273-5648 to make a reservation for your meal. If you feel uncomfortable eating in the dining area you may get a “pick-up” meal and enjoy your food at home.

The Recycled Teenagers have scheduled several trips for the 2022 travel year.

March 19-27 we will travel to Miami and Key West, Fla. Highlights of this trip include a stop at the Riverbanks Zoo and Garden in South Carolina, a tour of the Coral Castle, a visit to the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Gardens, a visit to the Bayside Marketplace, a cruise by celebrity homes on Biscayne Bay, a visit to the southernmost city in the continental USA, Key West and much more. Eight breakfasts and five dinners are included in this trip.

June 20-25 we will journey to Mackinac Island, Mich. This trip includes tours of Mackinaw City and Mackinaw Island, a boat ride through the Soo Locks, a trip to the Kewadin Sault Casino, admission to Colonial Michillmackinac and more. Five breakfasts and three dinners are included in this adventure.

Sept. 7-19 we are going to the Grand Canyon, Las Vegas and Hoover Dam. We will visit the Hoover Dam Visitor Center, Grand Canyon National Park, Zion National Park, the famous Las Vegas Strip, the Valley of Fire State Park and the Petrified Forest and much more. Nine breakfasts and eight dinners are included in this fantastic trip to the West.

Nov. 15-17 we will travel to Lancaster, Pa., for an Amish holiday tour. We will see a Christmas show at the American Theater, see the show “David” at the Sight and Sound Theater and have shopping time at the Tanger Outlets and Kitchen Kettle Village. Two breakfasts and two dinners including a family-style dinner and a smorgasbord dinner are included in this fun holiday trip.

Dec. 5-8 we will enjoy time in the Smokies. Highlights of this trip include the Dolly Parton Stampede Dinner Show, the Hatfield and McCoy Christmas Disaster Dinner Feud, Christmas shows, a tour and tasting at Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine Distillery, a tour of the Great Smoky Mountains and much more. Three breakfasts and three diners are included in this fun Christmas Holiday trip.

We have scheduled a trip Hawaii for Feb. 23-March 4, 2023. This trip is over a year away but we want you to have time to make payments on your trip. The cost of the trip will vary according to the accommodations you choose. You may pick up a flyer at the center with trip details.

We plan to add some one-day trips to our schedule next year. We will announce these as trips are finalized.

We remind you that one-day trips must be paid in full when signing up for them. Multiple-day trips may be paid in installments as listed on the trip flyer. Insurance is also available for multiple-day trips. All insurance policies and trips must be paid in separate checks.

You may call trip coordinator Kay Parsons at 304-372-3970 to learn more about trips of your choice.

The River Rats are playing music each Thursday evening at the North United Methodist Church in the basement area. Music begins around 5:30 p.m. and ends around 7 p.m. Bring your snack and beverage and come out and listen to these local talented musicians.

Have a great day!