Ripley Senior Center news, activities and updates: Column

Janet F. Smart
Ripley Senior News
Crafters' Christmas trees

Hi, everyone.

My riddle for you this week is: What do snowmen do on Christmas?

The center is now open for lunch and activities.

Here are the guidelines they will follow:

  • Meals on Wheels clients are still being served. If you’re not comfortable eating inside, curbside meals will still be offered and served from 10-10:30 a.m. A reservation is required. Also, if you are eating lunch at the center, inform Teresa the day before.
  • If you are sick or have been exposed to COVID, please do not come to the center.
  • It is encouraged for everyone to wear a mask; a mask will be provided if you don’t have one.
  • We will be observing CDC guidelines for social distancing. If you have any concerns or questions, you may call the center at 304-372-5151.

Hopefully staff and participants will stay healthy, and we won’t need to shut down again.

The schedule for inside activities and lunch is as follows:

  • Monday from 9:30-10:30 a.m.: Crafts
  • Tuesday from 9:30-10:30 a.m.: Bingo
  • Wednesday from 9:30-10:30 a.m.: Exercise
  • Thursday from 9:30-10:30 a.m.: Bingo
  • Friday from 9:30-10:30 a.m.: Exercise

Lunch will be served from 11 a.m.-noon.

We will be practicing social distancing during our activities. Bingo will be played with paper cards that can be thrown away.

Christmas lunch will be served on Thursday, Dec. 16. We will have Christmas bingo on Tuesday, Dec. 21. On Wednesday, Dec. 22, we will have a small Christmas celebration observing COVID guidelines. The center will be closed on Fridays, Dec. 24 and 31. It will close early on Thursdays, Dec. 23 and 30, and a late breakfast will be served these days instead of lunch. Subject to change, the breakfast those two days will be scrambled eggs, gravy, sausage, hash browns, hot apples and biscuit.

We will have our birthday lunch on Thursday, Dec. 9, to celebrate our December birthdays. Seniors celebrating their birthdays this month are Janice Clark, Hazel Fleming, Fern Friend, Lloyd Hunt, Betty Ramsey and Jim Kay. Happy Birthday to all of you!

For those of you who signed up, this is a reminder that you may pick up your first senior food box at Bethel Baptist Church on Pleasant Valley Road, Kenna, on Saturday, Dec. 11, from 10 a.m.-noon. You may pick up a box every month on the second Wednesday from 10 a.m.-noon. There will be a few Saturday pick-up days. You will be given a schedule when you obtain your first box.

The coverall bingo winner on Nov. 30 was Charley Smart. The coverall winners on Dec. 2 were Gene Harpold and Junior Spinks. We would like to thank GM Storage of Ripley, Patty Myers, Eldercare and Cookie’s Hair Gallery for providing prizes for bingo coverall winners.

The Senior Club will vote on new officers on Wednesday, Dec. 15.

Our Crazy Crafters made Christmas trees on Nov. 29. I constructed the cones and they wound different colors of yarn around them. They topped them with their choices of glitter-covered stars, small Styrofoam balls or pom poms. We glued each onto a felt-covered tile and placed a deer near the tree. They turned out so pretty and every one of them was unique. I would like to thank Charley, Loretta, and Rowena for helping on craft day. I appreciate your helping hands.

The seniors have been doing gentle yoga to the oldies during their exercise classes.

Since cold weather is here and winter is on the way, I thought I’d remind you of the Jackson County centers' inclement weather policy. When Jackson County Schools are closed due to bad weather, the senior centers are closed. If school is on a two-hour delay due to bad weather, the senior centers will be open, but vans will not run. When Jackson County Schools are closed or delayed due to bad weather, meals will not be delivered.

I hope everyone is staying warm during these cold days. Bundle up when going outside.

I leave you with the following verses:

Luke 2:1 And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed.

Luke 2:4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:)

Luke 2:5 To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.

Luke 2:7 And she brought forth her first-born son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.

Answer to riddle: Play with the snow angels!