Ava Senior Center

The menu down at the Center this week is:  Monday, March 25—Chicken fried steak, potatoes and gravy, peas and carrots, roll, fruit.  Tuesday, March 26—Meatloaf, baked potato, green beans, bread, pudding.  Wednesday, March 27—Ham, sweet potatoes, peas and carrots, roll, pudding.  Thursday, March 28—Fish, hush puppies, cheesy potatoes, ice cream.  Friday, March 29—Swedish meatballs, rice, beets, fruit.

Happy birthday to Albert Lehman on March 27, Sherry Waters on March 28, Betty Hale on March 29, and Lena Hutchison and Roy Stephens on March 30, Sandra Yeisley on April 1, and Paul Scalora on April 2.

We appreciate Oxford Health for coming and sharing information on falls, medication, vision, walkers, and checking our oxygen level, blood pressure and pulse.  Was not overly eager for the weight information, but it came with the program!

Pinochle winners from the tournament on March 13 were:  Pat Murray (1074), Ila Harris (982), and Bruce Prater (946).  We played four games and had three tables.  Thanks to all who came and played.

The activities around the Center this week includes:  Monday—Tai chi senior exercise class 10:30, Jam session 6:00 pm.  Tuesday—OATS Board Meeting 12:30.  Wednesday—OATS bus to Mtn. Grove.  Thursday—Driver’s exam in the basement 9:30-3:30.  Friday—Tai chi senior exercise class 10:30, OATS bus in and around Ava.

The jam session on Monday night was again a huge success with about 95 in attendance.  The musical instruments and vocals were great.  Come again and bless us with your talent.

Antioxidants are being bragged about on our grocery shelves today.  There are thousands of antioxidants, but relatively few of them are vitamins.  Some are minerals and others are enzymes, which are protein molecules that facilitate chemical reactions necessary for cells to function properly.  Vitamins C and E, the minerals selenium and zinc, and pigments such as carotenoids are all promoted for their antioxidant abilities.  Antioxidants block the action of free radicals:  unstable chemical fragments that can wreak havoc on healthy components in your body’s cells.  This damage can cause cells to grow and reproduce abnormally, part of a dangerous chain reaction.  In time, that process is thought to play a role in chronic conditions including cancer, cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and eye diseases such as cataracts, and age-related degeneration.  Polyphenols (or flavonoids), the most common and plentiful form of antioxidants are found in fruit, vegetables, whole grains, tea, chocolate, and red wine.

Pitch tournament winners on Tuesday, March 19 were Hulda Tipton (182) Mary Baumgardner (180) and Bonnie Coffey (173).  We could only play four games, but we had six tables again.  Thanks to those who brought snacks.

Until next week, have a good one!