Do you need help with yard work, cleaning your house, or minor repairs?  I am extememly excited to say that the HOME Program can provide that help.  HOME services are provided on a sliding fee scale and include handyperson tasks, housekeeping, grocery shopping, and seasonal yard maintenance.  These services are available to residents age 60+ in Monticello.  You can contact Joe at 763-416-7969 for more information.  This program is administered by Senior Community Services, the same non-profit organization that I have worked for as director of the Monticello Senior Center for the past 26 years.  It is an amazing organization that has my full trust!

The Monticello Women of Today is another amazing organization that does a lot of good in our community, including supporting our center.  In fact, the group just recently donated $250 to the center to purchase a new bariatric wheelchair.  Isn’t that great?  Our thanks go out to the Women of Today members, as their donation will potentially benefit not only senior citizens, but people of all ages who use the community center. 

Monticello Senior Center volunteers will be honored at the center on Wednesday, April 24.  The noon dinner will be catered by Russell’s on the Lake, followed by a short program, entertainment, and prize drawings.  Invitations will be handed/mailed out to everyone who volunteered for the center in 2018 soon.  If you do not receive an invitation and should have, talk to Pam.  Please sign up for this event by April 22 in person or by calling us at 763-295-2000.                                              

You can also call us to sign up for the Easter dinner that will be catered by the Cornerstone Café on Friday, April 12 at noon.  The meal will be served at our center and includes baked ham, cheesy potatoes, vegetable, dinner roll, and Easter dessert.  The cost is $5 and people need to sign up at the senior center by April 11.  

Prepare your favorite dish of food and come to the senior center potluck on Wednesday, April 17.  Dinner will be served at noon and this is the day that April birthdays and anniversaries will be celebrated.   Everyone is welcome to attend.  You can enjoy accordion music by George after dinner.

And yet one more special event we have coming up involving food that we hope to see you at is the Law Enforcement & Fire Fighter Appreciation.  Law enforcement officers and fire fighters put their lives on the line daily to help others and we want to thank them.  Active and retired people who have filled those positions are invited to a luncheon served in their honor at the senior center on Monday, April 15.  Senior center participants and others in the community are also encouraged to come and help us honor our guests.  Come any time between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. to join us for lunch.  You are asked to sign up in advance, 763-295-2000, so we know how many to plan for.  There is no charge to attend this appreciation event.  Everyone is welcome!

Anyone who likes to bike ride is welcome to check out the River City Riders senior center bicycle group.  This active group goes on weekly bike rides all summer and into the fall.  There will be a meeting at the center on Thursday, April 11 at 9:30 a.m. to plan this season’s rides and we hope you can attend.  Please call me at 763-295-2000 if you have questions.

Anyone who is a caregiver for another person is welcome to attend the Caregiver Support Group that will meet at our center on Wednesday, April 10 at 1 p.m.  This group is facilitated by staff from Great River Area Faith in Action and offers both support and education.  There is no charge to attend.

There is a $2 charge for people to play in the senior center card tournaments and all money is given back to the winners.  Steve Soltau was the winner of last week’s cribbage tournament.  Dick Ende came in second place and Loren Heckman third.  The last euchre tournament winner was Milt Grambart and Ed Lewis came in second.  There was a three-way tie for third between Jerry Bistodeau, Alice Halverson, and Sandy Schlief.

We will be hosting the Silver Snookers from Elk River during the team pool tournament on Monday, April 8.  The games begin at 9:30 a.m. and the winning team will earn the right to hang the traveling plaque in their center for the next month.  Good luck to our Cue Masters!

Four March Trivia Contest forms turned in had all the answers correct and they were submitted by Krisie Garvin, Karen Hanson, Paul & Dianne Klein, and Pete Stupar.  Pete’s name was randomly drawn as the winner of the Dinner Program meal ticket.  If you like a challenge, stop by the center and pick up an April Trivia Contest sheet.

I hope your week is a good one.

Activities the week of April 4-11:

   Thurs. – 7 a.m. Pickleball; 8:30 a.m. tax assistance (by appt. only); 9:30 a.m. Bell Museum trip; noon dinner; 1 p.m. bridge

   Fri. – 10 a.m. women’s pool; noon dinner; 1 p.m. euchre tournament

Sat. – 8-11 a.m. center open

   Mon. – 7 a.m. advanced Pickleball; 9:30 a.m. team pool tournament; 1 p.m. bridge tournament; 4:30 p.m. Board of Directors meeting

   Tues.  – 7 a.m. Pickleball; 8:30 a.m. tax assistance (by appt. only); 9:30 a.m. cribbage tournament; 10:30 a.m. choir; noon dinner; 1 p.m. Hand and Foot; 2:15 a.m. line dancing

   Wed. – 9 a.m. ceramics; 10 a.m. Bible Study, bowling; 11 a.m. bingo; noon dinner; 1 p.m. 500, Caregiver Support Group

   Thurs. – 7 a.m. Pickleball; 8:30 a.m. tax assistance (by appt. only); 9:30 a.m. bike group meeting; noon dinner; 1 p.m. bridge

Dinner Menu the week of April 8:

   Mon. – no dinner today

   Tues. – beef egg foo young, chicken wings, fried rice, fortune cookie

   Wed. – liver & onions, mashed potatoes, green beans, dinner roll

   Thurs. – pork roast, mashed potatoes, gravy, vegetable, dinner roll

   Fri. – baked ham, cheesy potatoes, vegetable, dinner roll, Easter dessert


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