Wow! Can you believe it is already March?  Be sure to join us on Wednesday, March 17,  as we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. We will award prizes to the man and woman wearing the most green that day. 

Also this month, we are having our annual Collectibles Day on Wednesday, March 10.  Bring your collections of whatever you collect and we will display them.  Come check out everyone else’s cool stuff.

We had a big turnout for our monthly birthday party. Those in attendance with a February birthday were Charles Grimmett, Lucille Lewis, James Kelley, J. D. Armstrong, Pauline Price, Bob Striff, Lanelle Sandlin, Loveda Swaim and Alice Lance. Wishing a happy birthday also to employees Cindy Rios and Johnetta Crane.  J. D. was our oldest man and Loveda was our oldest woman. Margie Hartsfield provided the wonderful music and celebrated her birthday as well.

Visitors last week to the center were Pat and Judy Abrego, Perry and Shirley Elkins, Glenna Dodson, Sharon Calvin, Albert Thomas and Wynona Swaim. We’re always glad to see new faces and look forward to them visiting with us again soon.

We will have exercise classes in the Paluxy Room at 10 a.m. every Thursday beginning March 4. Alice Lance will be leading the exercises with a DVD from the Arthritis Foundation and one on preventing falls for those at risk. Lace up your tennis shoes and join us.

Don’t forget to join us again this month for an evening of bluegrass and gospel music on Wednesday, March 16,  from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Bring a covered dish and your acoustic instruments.

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.  There may be some discounts offered but details are not yet available. Please call the center at 254-897-2139 for more information or to schedule your time slot.

Representatives from AARP Tax Services will continue to be available at the Citizens Center on Wednesdays in March and possibly longer.  Please call the Citizens Center at the number above to make an appointment with them.

In the month of March we have three trips scheduled.  On Saturday, March 13, Thoroughly Modern Millie will be playing at the Cleburne Plaza Theater at 3 p.m.  Then on Friday, March 26, Greater Tuna will be showing at the Granbury Opera at 2:30 p.m.  If you are interested in one or both of the shows, come by the center and sign up and pay your ticket cost.  

The ticket for the Cleburne Plaza Theater is $9 and the Granbury Opera is $10. On Saturday, March 20, we’ll be taking a group to Mineral Wells to the Vanity Fair outlet and we will have lunch at the Mesquite Pit.  

We would like to remind everyone to please call the center by 9:30 in the morning if you plan to have lunch with us that day. You can even call the day before. Lunches for seniors (60+) are $3.50 and for those under 60, lunches are $5. Anyone can eat at the center.

Activities at the Citizens Center beginning March 8 are: WalMart shopping on Monday; needlework and ceramics on Tuesday; AARP tax service, health screening, Dollar General shopping and Collectibles day on Wednesday; exercise class and David’s grocery shopping on Thursday; 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. Come join us.

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Our condolences go out to the family of Millie Harkins.

Menus for the week: 

March 8 - chicken w/penne pasta casserole, green peas, garden salad, garlic toast, key lime pie and milk

March 9 - taco soup, garden salad, cornbread, pineapple pudding and milk

March 10 - barbecue chicken,     potato salad, baked beans, roll, oatmeal cake and milk

March 11 - meatloaf, cheese potatoes, spinach, roll, Jello/fruit and milk

March 12 - catfish, pinto beans, cole slaw, hushpuppies, cookies and milk.