Ava Senior Center

Our menu for this week includes:  Monday, June 17—grilled chicken sandwich, savory potatoes, baked beans, sherbet.  Tuesday, June 18—Ham and beans, potatoes, tomatoes, cornbread, fruit.  Wednesday, June 19—Meatloaf, baked potato, carrots, pudding.  Thursday, June 20—Country fried steak, mashed potatoes, gravy, peas, fruit.  Friday, June 21—Tuna salad sandwich, cucumber and tomato salad, fruit.

Don’t miss out on powerhouse greens like kale, collards, spinach, turnip greens, mustard greens, and Swiss chard.  These stand-out leafy greens are jam-packed with vitamins, A, C, and K, folate, potassium, magnesium, iron, lutein, and fiber.  Serve with a splash of lemon juice or red wine vinegar.

If you are not recycling your aluminum cans, please bring them by here so we can.

Activities around the Center this week include:  Monday—Jam session 6-9.  Tuesday—Pitch tournament 12:00.  Wednesday—OATS bus in and around Ava.  Thursday—Driver’s exam 9:30-3:30.  Grace Health Care Foot Clinic (must have an appointment), Douglas County Health Department blood pressure screenings 9:30-10:30.  Friday—OATS Bus in and around Ava.

We say happy birthday to Lou Meile on June 19.

Parkinson’s disease results from the loss of neurons in an area of the brain known as the substantia nigra, which controls motor movement and produces the neurostransmitter dopamine.  The reduction in the supply of this neurotransmitter leads to shaking, muscle rigidity and slowing down of intellectual and motor activity.  A deterioration of the mental faculties can follow in 30 to 40 percent of cases as the disease runs its course.  Information and events are retained, but they are apparently recalled very slowly and with great difficulty, so it would be wrong to use the term amnesia here.  The treatment currently used is dopamine therapy, which minimizes the results of losing neurons by restoring the dopamine balance in this vital area.

Barbara Sanders has been good to bring by thornless blackberry bushes.  We also appreciate the farm fresh eggs from others.

Monday night jam session was good.  The attendance was 87 with new people continuing to show up.  We invite you to come and enjoy.  Music and snacks were really good.

A teenager said to his dad, “The trouble with people your age is that you don’t have faith in my generation.”  “Oh, yes we do,” replied the father.  “Just look at the national debt we’re leaving you to pay!”

Until next week, have a good one!