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Ripley Senior Center activities and information: Column

Janet F. Smart
Ripley Senior News
Ripley Senior Center

Hi, everyone.

My riddle for you this week is: What is a New Year’s resolution?

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; one 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.

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.

On Dec. 28 Shirley Godfrey won coverall bingo, and on Dec. 29 Lester Click won.

The center will be closed Monday, Jan. 17, for Martin Luther King Day and Friday, Jan. 28, for training. A reminder that the food box pickup at Bethel Baptist Church will be on Wednesday, Jan. 12, from 10 a.m.-noon, and the senior meeting will be on Tuesday, Jan. 18, at 10:30 a.m.

Carmen and I conducted craft class on Dec. 27. The seniors painted large sticks marked off in inches to look like a snowman to measure snowfall with. Now all we have to do is wait for snow to fall.

The seniors walked a mile and jogged their noggins with a word game on Dec. 29.

We have several seniors born under the signs of Capricorn and Aquarius. Those celebrating their birthdays in January are Velma McCune, Don Champ, Virginia Skeen, Lee Roy Murphy, Birdie Wood and Eileen Benson. We send Happy Birthday wishes out to them. A few other famous people who have birthdays in January are Elvis, Martin Luther King Jr., Mel Gibson, Tom Selleck and Betty White. The beautiful carnations and snowdrops are the birth flowers of this first month of the year.

Jan. 5 is National Bird Day. There are approximately 10,000 species of birds. Which one is your favorite? This time of year, the cardinals, blue jays, titmice, and woodpeckers abound. You can celebrate National Bird Day by getting out a bird identification book and seeing how many different birds you can identify. We have bird seed and suet feeders hanging from our bare tree branches, but it seems there aren’t as many birds visiting them as usual. Hopefully the birds will arrive when the snows start, and the cold weather returns. I hope so.

I want to 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 leave you with the following verses:

Romans 5:2 By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

Romans 5:3 And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience:

Romans 5:4 And patience, experience; and experience, hope:

Answer to riddle: A to-do list … for the first week of January!