Special to The Reporter

Can you believe just a couple of weeks ago we had snow on the ground and now all the trees are in bloom? You could hear the hum of lawnmowers all over town this past weekend! What a difference a couple of weeks makes.

Last week’s visitors to the center were Hervie and Lucy Lewis of Granbury, Sheila Keeling and Rick Chisholm.  Remember, anyone is welcome to have lunch at the center, but please call by 9:30 that morning to reserve a plate. Senior (60+) rate is $3.50 and all others are $5. Though we have mostly seniors, we’d love to have some younger people join us for lunch. The food is great and the price for a full meal with dessert and drink can’t be beat. 

It’s Swap and Shop time again this Friday, March 19. Rent a table for only $5 if you have items you want to sell or swap. We have people who sell everything from garage sale-type items to homemade goodies, jewelry, knives and grocery items. Come down and see what we’ve got and get here early for the best shopping and swapping, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

    Screening 4 Life by MIA Radiology will be at the center March 30 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. They will be conducting ultrasound screenings as follows: stroke/carotid artery screen, heart rhythm screen, abdominal aortic aneurysm screen, peripheral arterial disease screen and a general screen of kidney, liver, pancreas and gallbladder. The prices range from $119.99 to $149 and they are also offering a full-body screen for $199.  A 20 percent discount will be offered. Please call the center at 897-2139 for more information or to schedule your time slot.

AARP Tax service representatives are still available on Wednesdays through April 7 for FREE tax preparation. You do not have to be a senior citizen, but you do need to call the center to schedule an appointment with one of the representatives.

On Friday, March 26, we will take a group to see Greater Tuna at the Granbury Opera at 2:30 p.m. Since so many people are familiar with the original versions from the Metroplex, it has generated a lot of interest. So don’t delay.  There will be a different cast in Granbury.  Come by the center to sign up and pay for tickets in advance. The ticket price is $10.

Our St. Patrick’s Day party will be Wednesday, March 17, at 11:30 a.m. and don’t forget the wearing of the green. We’ll play some games and will be awarding prizes to the man and woman wearing the most green at the party.

The Dinosaur Valley Extension Education group will be take a tour of the Wiseman Chocolate House in Hico on Thursday, March 25. The cost is $10 per person and each will receive a $5 coupon for the chocolate factory store. Meet at the center for car pool at 9:45 a.m.  Contact Dot Brackin at 898-2547 or 592-9990 (cell).

We would like to remind everyone that we offer a “telephone reassurance” service to seniors at no charge. Someone from the center will call you by 10 a.m. and check to make sure you are okay. We also offer emergency response units from Alert Response for $35 a month. There is no deposit or purchase involved and we will set up and maintain the unit. Just call the center if you know someone who might be in need of either of these services.

     Activities at the Citizens Center beginning March 22: Wii games and exercise on Monday; needlework, ceramics and gospel music on Tuesday; AARP Tax Service and March birthdays celebration on Wednesday; exercise and David’s grocery shopping on Thursday; Greater Tuna in Granbury, quilting, bingo and Brookshire's grocery shopping on Friday.  Besides the scheduled activities, there are “42” games, puzzles, quilting and visiting going on every day. 

Menus for the week:

March 22: Butter-baked chicken, O'Brien potatoes, broccoli blend vegetables, roll, banana pudding

March 23: Pork posole, salad, cornbread, Jello/fruit

March 24: Pot roast, roasted potatoes, carrots, roll, birthday cake

March 25: Spaghetti with meat sauce, Italian vegetables, salad, garlic toast, lemon bars

March 26: Catfish, pinto beans, coleslaw, hushpuppies, cookie