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Ravenswood Senior Center news and updates: Column

Mary Lou Robinson
Ravenswood Senior News

I hope everyone had as nice a Thanksgiving Day as Robbie and I did. We chose to stay home and watch the football games on TV. Our daughter Bev Thompson cooked a huge dinner and she fixed us each a plate of food. All we had to do was pick it up at her house. We had turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, sweet potatoes topped with marshmallows, baked beans, green bean casserole, broccoli casserole, cranberry salad, dinner rolls and much more. We had pumpkin pie and other desserts at our house so we had a super meal that we were very thankful to get. Robbie and I did make a trip to town to check out the park and watch for river traffic for a while. We missed getting to go to Wendy’s in the evening to see our friends and chat for a while.

Friday night, Nov. 26, we watched the Christmas parade. It was quite chilly so we chose to sit in the car to view the parade participants. It wasn’t a huge parade but it was definitely a nice parade for a small town. We went to Riverfront Park to see all the Christmas displays and watch the kids walk around with anticipation of seeing Santa Claus. The city provided hot chocolate and cookies under a big tent for the little ones. The parade is definitely for the little ones as they get so excited picking up candy treats that are tossed by those in the parade and of course they always want to see Santa Claus. There was a large crowd of spectators on hand even though the temperatures were near freezing. Thanks goes to all who had a part in getting the parade organized.

Thanks also goes to Steve Bradley and all the volunteers for preparing the park for the Christmas season. Donations are being taken each evening as you drive through the park with volunteers manning the Gingerbread House and the donation box. These monies will be used to maintain the existing displays and to purchase new ones for the future years. I’m sad to say there has been some electric cords and a gas tank stolen. The tank is used to help fuel the heater to keep the volunteers at the Gingerbread House warm. If you know of anyone who may be a culprit in the missing items you may report it to the city police and they can take care of the problem. Hopefully there will be nothing else missing the rest of the Christmas season.

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The pool people are selling nuts as a fundraiser to help support the pool programs. The nuts may be purchased Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-noon at the center. The nuts available include pecans, cashews, mixed nuts, double-dipped chocolate peanuts, praline pecans and English walnuts. The cost is $10 per bag.

Winners of the November birthday monetary gifts were Richard Boyd and Carol Puster.

We are now serving meals in the dining area at the center. We still have pick-up meals for those who may feel uncomfortable eating at the center. Lunch is served at 11:30 a.m. You need to call our site supervisor, Stephanie Rhodes, at 304-273-5648 to reserve your meals.

We are now doing some of the normal activities at the center as we try to get back to a normal schedule of events. Call the center to check on activities of your interest.

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

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 traveling to the Grand Canyon, Las Vegas and the Hoover Dam. Visits to 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 are highlights of this trip to the West. Nine breakfasts and eights dinners are included in this trip.

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

Dec. 5-8 we will enjoy time in the Smokies. Highlights of this trip include the Dolly Parton Stampede Dinner, the Hatfield and McCoy Christmas Disaster Dinner Feud, two 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 dinners are included in this fun Christmas holiday trip.

We have scheduled a trip to 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 your trip will vary according to the accommodations you choose. You may pick up a flyer at the center with more details of this cruise trip.

We remind you that multiple-day trips may be paid in installments as listed on the trip flyer. Insurance is also available for multiple-day trips. All trips and insurance policies must be paid in separate checks. You may call trip coordinator Kay Parsons at 304-372-3970 for more information on trips of your choice.

We will be scheduling some one-day trips. We will announce these as they are scheduled.

The River Rats have changed venues for the winter months. They will be playing their music in the basement area of the North United Methodist Church a couple of times each month for the present time. You can call the center to learn what Thursday evenings the group will be playing. I will try to inform you as I learn the dates. You can always just drive by the church to see if cars are parked in the parking lot behind the church. Bring your own snacks and beverage if you wish to do so.

Have a great day!