Can you believe it's already mid-October? Neither can the folks at the Somervell County Citizens' Center! They are trying to get their minds on Thanksgiving and Christmas. In the meantime, the community is invited to join in some silly Halloween fun. The traditional costume contest, carnival-style games and spooky refreshments will be served beginning at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 31.

If you need to sign up for health insurance under the new Affordable Care Act, a “Navigator” will be at the center to help applicants navigate the maze and get signed up. Dates have not yet been set, so stay tuned for details.

The center is still in need of shower benches and wheelchairs to lend to community members in need. Donations are being accepted.

Do you know someone who has been down with sickness, surgery or just not getting around so well anymore? They may qualify for the Meals on Wheels program. Income is not a consideration. There is no charge for the meals, but donations are accepted. Applicants must be 60 years old or older and have difficulty performing routine activities of daily living. Call the center for more information.

If you missed this week's flu shot clinic, don't miss the next opportunity. Lee HealthCare will administer the vaccine 9-11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23 in the Paluxy Room. Just bring your Medicare card.

The next dance, featuring Steve Blackmon, will be held Friday, Oct. 25. The doors open at 6 p.m., and the band starts at 7. There is a $5 admission fee at the door.

The next movie, Don Knotts Halloween classic "The Ghost and Mr. Chicken," will be shown at 1 p.m. Monday, Oct. 28.

A half-hour exercise class will be held 3 p.m. every Wednesday beginning Oct. 30. Michelle Fisher will lead the group in different activities every week.

Winners of last week’s Bunco tournament: Carole Kofke with the most Buncos, Rosemary Cooper with the most wins and Marcy Capell with the most losses. Betty Flanagan, Doris Carnes, Ann Parham and Roger Jordan also participated in the tournament.

Activities at the Citizens' Center beginning Oct. 21: Walmart shopping, chess and Bingo Monday; Bluegrass, wood carvers and sewing/quilting Tuesday; Forty-Two tournament and blood pressure checks from Lee HealthCare Wednesday; chess and David’s shopping Thursday; and Bingo and Brookshire's shopping Friday.

In addition to the scheduled activities, there are games, puzzles, quilting, Forty-Two and visiting daily.

If you know anyone who may need meals, transportation, an emergency response system, medical equipment, food stamp (SNAP), Medicaid, food bank or utility assistance applications or any other senior oriented services, call or stop by the center.

Remember you don’t have to be a senior citizen to enjoy activities or eat lunch at the center. Don’t forget to visit for menus, activities, articles, links to other sites and lots of pictures or find “Somervell Citizens’ Center” on Facebook. Call the center at (254) 897-2139 for more information.