Special to the Reporter

Wishing a happy Thanksgiving from the Citizens Center family to yours.

Christmas is fast approaching and you won’t want to miss our cookie swap on Friday, Dec. 3. You can bake up a couple of batches of your favorite cookies and go home with an assortment for giving or entertaining or just to enjoy yourself. We will bake a half-dozen cookies for each person signed up and will let everyone know a day before how many to make. Oh, and don’t forget to bring copies of your recipe to share.

Remember, too, that the center's cooks do baking for the public, including casseroles and all kinds of Christmas goodies. Just give Judy or Sandy a ring and they’ll be glad to give you more information.

We have scheduled some other Christmas activities in December, including Christmas caroling to some of our homebound folks on Tuesday, Dec. 14, at 1 p.m. and a drive around the county to see the Christmas lights on Dec. 20 at 6 p.m. You can call or come by to sign up.

Of course, we also will have our Christmas lunch on Wednesday, Dec. 8, at noon and our 11th annual Christmas party on Friday, Dec. 10. The doors for the party will open at 6 p.m. and dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. There will be door prizes, a visit from Santa, a band and maybe even some dancing. This party is free and for all county residents who are 60 and older. Please call or come by to sign up.

We had a great Swap & Shop this month with so many shoppers and sellers getting ready for Christmas. We have it every third Friday of the month and you will find everything from homemade jams and crafts to knives, groceries and garage sale items. It’s only $5 to rent a table, but you’ll want to try and reserve yours early because space is limited.

The winners of last week’s “42” tournament were: Roy Mercer and James Kelley in first place, Dorothy Jo Osborn and Ila Verne Stull took second, Grady May and Loveda Swaim came in third and in fourth place were Zula Hunter and Cora Harkins. Others competing in the tournament were: Marcy Copell and Janelle Gartrell, Eddie and Billie Flanary, Ann Parham and Trey Welch, Dortha Beck and Don Baker, Nancy Moore and Billie Jean Pickens and Patsy Thompson and Roger Jordan. Congratulations, winners, and thank you, Mary Baker, for judging the tournament.

Activities at the Citizens Center beginning Nov. 29 are: “42,” exercise, Wii bowling and chess on Monday; “42,” ceramics and needlework on Tuesday; “42” tournament, utility assistance and Clark Cole on Wednesday; “42,” exercise, chess and David’s grocery shopping on Thursday; and “42,” quilting, bingo, Christmas Cookie Swap and Brookshires grocery shopping on Friday. Besides the scheduled activities, there are games, puzzles, quilting, “42” and visiting going on every day.

Our condolences go out to the families of Kennith Clark, Thomas Graham and Rita Reyes. Our prayers and thoughts are with Floyd Flanary and his family this week also.

Remember, you don’t have to be a senior to come and enjoy all of our activities or eat lunch with us. Come join us.

Don’t forget to visit our website at www.glenrosesccoa.comfor menus, activities, articles, links to other sites and lots of pictures. Our number is 897-2139.

Menus for the next week, Nov. 29 to Dec. 3, are:

Monday

Butter beans w/ham

Fried okra

Stewed tomatoes

Cornbread

Banana pudding

Milk

Tuesday

Fried chicken

Mashed potatoes

Green beans

Roll

Peach cobbler

Milk

Wednesday

Chicken strips w/gravy

Mashed potatoes

Green peas

Roll

Chocolate cake

Milk

Thursday

Pork chop

Wild rice

Spinach

Biscuit

Lemon bars

Milk

Friday

Catfish

(Baked cod for homebound)

Pinto beans

Cole slaw

Hushpuppies

Cookies

Milk