Mark your calendars – the Monticello Senior Center Restaurant Appreciation Week is coming up soon! The senior center Dinner Program is successful thanks to the four restaurants providing the food.  We want to say “thank you” to Chin Yuen, Russell’s on the Lake, VFW Post 8731, and the Cornerstone Café.  The restaurant owners/staff will be invited to dine at the center on the day their restaurant provides the food during the week of June 11-14.  Please come to dinner that week and show your appreciation.  The meal cost is $4 and you do need to sign up at least one business day in advance by 1 p.m. and can do so by calling us at 763-295-2000.  

We owe VFW Post 8731 thanks for another reason besides partnering with the senior center for our Dinner Program.  We received two checks from that supportive organization last week for a total donation of $1,100.  How wonderful!  Thanks, VFW members and staff, for all you do for our center.  We appreciate you!

We are also thankful we were able to hold our senior center dance at the American Legion last week.  The Legion staff and members were very accommodating, helpful, and gracious and we thank them for their great hospitality and for helping us out of a quandary.

Professional photographer and author Doug Ohman will give another very interesting presentation at our center.  Enjoy America’s best-loved river with Doug as he paddles down the mighty Mississippi.  This part of the journey will take you from Little Falls to St. Paul.  This presentation will be given on Monday, June 24 at 10:30 a.m.  Please sign up if you plan to attend by calling the center at 763-295-2000.

You can also give us a call to sign up to take a driver safety course at the center.  People age 55+ completing an AARP Smart Driver Course are eligible for a 10% auto insurance discount.  The cost is $17 for AARP members and $22 for non-members and you must sign up and pay at the senior center in advance.  Included in this cost are the AARP class materials and a facility/host fee.  AARP members should bring their membership card to class and everyone should bring his or her driver’s license.  Refunds will not be given for no-shows.  Those taking a Smart Driver class for the first time must take an eight-hour course.  A refresher course must be taken every three years in order to be eligible to continue receiving the insurance discount.  You can call the senior center for a listing of class dates and times.

It’s time to have a reunion of the River City Readers Story Theater group and current and past members are invited.  The RCR has been a senior center activity for almost 20 years and as a group they have read to literally tens of thousands of elementary kids during that time.  If you were or are a member, please come to this get together on Thursday, June 6 at 10 a.m.  If you have a RCR shirt, please wear it.  Refreshments will be available, and you do not have to sign up in advance. 

If you can help us raise money for Monticello’s big community event, please give us a call.  The senior center committed to help with Riverfest duck adoptions on Friday, June 28 from noon to 8 p.m. and Saturday, June 29 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Hi-Way Liquors.  Please contact the center if you can volunteer to fill a two-hour shift.  Money raised from the duck adoptions helps pay for the Riverfest celebration in July.

The Parkinson Support Group has helped many people over the years.  This group will meet on Tuesday, June 4 from 1:30-3 p.m. and people with Parkinson’s and their care partners are welcome and encouraged to attend.  By attending you can get your questions answered, support, education, and the expertise of the facilitator.

Doug Pryzbilla was the last cribbage tournament winner, with Marv Kuechle coming in second place and Dick Ende third.  Last week’s euchre tournament winner was Dick Kantor, with Roger Harwarth and Glen Schlief tying for second place.  

Please don’t forget to sign up to eat at the senior center during Restaurant Appreciation Week, June 11-14.  The food that the restaurants are providing that week will be delicious as usual and we will throw in dessert each day!

Activities: May 30-June 6:

Thurs. – 7 a.m. Pickleball; 9 a.m. bike group; noon dinner; 1 p.m. bridge

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

Sat. – 8-11 a.m. center open

Mon. – 7 a.m. Advanced Pickleball; 8:30 a.m. casino trip; 1 p.m. bridge

Tues.  – 7 a.m. Pickleball; 9:30 a.m. cribbage tournament; 10:30 a.m. choir; noon dinner; 1 p.m. Hand and Foot; 1:30 p.m. Parkinson Support Group; 2:15 a.m. line dancing

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

Thurs. – 7 a.m. Pickleball; 9 a.m. bike group; 10 a.m. River City Readers reunion; noon dinner; 1 p.m. bridge

Dinner Menu the week of June 3:

Mon. – closed

Tues. – beef with broccoli, chicken wings, fried rice, fortune cookie

Wed. – herbed baked chicken, mashed potatoes, corn, dinner roll

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

Fri. – BBQ beef sandwich, pasta salad, pickle

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