Ava Senior Center

Our menu for this week includes:  Monday, April 30—Swiss steak, rice, tomatoes, fruit.  Tuesday, May 1—BBQ pork on a bun, baked beans, potato wedges, Jell-o with fruit.  Wednesday, May 2—Bone-in chicken, mashed potatoes, gravy, peas, cake.  Thursday, May 3— Ham, cabbage, stewed tomatoes, bread, brownie. Friday, May 4— Chicken teriyaki, Oriental vegetables, egg roll, cookie.

Our activities include, but are not limited to:  Monday, April 30—Sunshine Singers at 11, OATS bus to Ava and Goodhope.  Tuesday, May 1—DCCA Board Meeting Wednesday, May 2—OATS bus to Ava.  Thursday, May 3—Grace Health Care foot clinic (with appointment) and driver’s exam in the basement.  Friday, May 4—OATS bus to Ava.

Our tax volunteers Ruth Barrett, and novice Tommy Roberts, prepared federal and state returns, property tax credits, and rent rebates for the seniors of Douglas County here at the center.  The amount of refunds and credits totaling over $122,000 was up over last year’s amount of $114,000.  An appreciation luncheon was given in Springfield for area volunteers in 17 counties.  We appreciate your work Ruth and Tommy.

Some seniors swear by oatmeal as a filling and nutritious breakfast, while others swear at oatmeal for being heavy and bland.  A group of 78 volunteers ate oatmeal every day for 30 days.  Some lost weight, but on average, the participants gained a pound.  Dr. Brian Wansink determined it was because they loaded it up with sugar or they rewarded themselves with a doughnut afterward.  So seniors, stick with oatmeal if you love it and if not, don’t torture yourself.  You could make it tasty by adding fruit or nuts.

We had fifteen quilts on display last week We appreciate you bringing them in for people to look at and reminisce.  One quilt was over 100 years old.

Our character word for this month is self-control.  Can we have some restraint in our lives and encourage our will power to not be rash in our thoughts and decisions and speak out before we think?  Have a little bit of discipline this month.

Until next week, have a good one!