Ripley WV Senior Center Activities, Updates and Reminders

Janet F. Smart

Hi all.

My riddle for you this week is: how does a rainstorm tie its shoes?

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 are not comfortable eating indoors, curbside dining will still be offered and served from 10:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.; reservation is required. Also, if you are having lunch at the centre, let Teresa know the day before.
  • If you are sick or have been exposed to COVID, please do not come to the center.

The schedule for indoor activities and lunch is as follows:

  • Monday from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.: Crafts
  • Tuesday from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.: Bingo
  • Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.: Exercise
  • Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.: Bingo
  • Friday: Exercise from 9:30 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.; Bible study from 10:15 a.m. to 11 a.m. (optional)

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

On exercise days, the seniors did gentle yoga for the golden oldies and walked a mile.

Carolyn Monday won the March birthday drawing.

On March 24, Ruth Henthorn won the bingo combination and on March 29, Cathy Backus and Janice Clark both won the bingo combination and shared the prize.

On Monday, March 28, Carmen and I hosted a craft class. Elders made wreaths by tying colorful bows and flowers onto embroidery hoops. If you have an embroidery hoop that you no longer use, you can make this wreath easily.

On Tuesday, March 29, Kathrine Clark, a nutrition consultant, visited the center and talked to seniors about eating nutritious foods. She distributed useful information sheets. You should limit added sugars to less than 50 grams per day, saturated fats to less than 22 grams per day, and sodium to less than 2,300 milligrams per day. And don’t forget about physical activity. Being active can help prevent disease and manage your weight.

Out of sight, out of mind. Keep these tasty, but not-so-healthy treats out of sight to avoid overindulging.

The Senior Club still sells Rada knives. Call the center at 304-372-5151 if you are interested in purchasing some.

I want to remind you of the Adverse Weather Policy of Jackson County Centers. When schools in Jackson County are closed due to inclement weather, senior centers are closed. If school is delayed two hours due to inclement weather, senior centers will be open from 10 a.m. to noon. When Jackson County schools are closed or delayed due to inclement weather, meals will not be delivered.

The capricious month of March is over. Spring has officially arrived and I hope April brings more good weather and less cold. Have you been cheated on April Fool’s Day? I always play at least one trick on Charley – and he falls for it. No one knows for sure where this special day originated on our calendar, but it has been celebrated in many cultures and countries for hundreds of years.

I leave you with the following verses:

Psalm 31:1 In you, O LORD, I trust; let me never be ashamed: deliver me in your righteousness.

Psalm 31:2 incline your ear to me; deliver me quickly: be my strong rock, for a house of defense to save me.

Psalm 31:3 For you are my rock and my fortress; therefore, because of your name, lead me and guide me.

Answer to the riddle: With a rainbow!

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Richard V. Johnson