Ava Senior Center

Our menu for this week includes:  Monday, June 24—Ham and cheese sandwich, broccoli cheese soup, salad, cookie.  Tuesday, June 25—Chicken livers, mashed potatoes, tomatoes, fruit crisp.  Wednesday, June 26—Turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, roll, ice cream.  Thursday, June 27—Baked potato bar, Frito pie, corn, fruit.  Friday, June 28—Ham, sweet potatoes, creamed peas, wheat bread, cookie.

Watermelon is a heavyweight in the nutrient department.  A standard serving has one-third of a day’s vitamins A and C, a nice shot of potassium, and a healthy dose of lycopene for only 85 fat-free, salt-free calories.  And when they’re in season, watermelons are often locally grown.

Happy birthday to Lee Barnett on June 26 and Faye Allen and Connie Osburn on June 30.

Activities around the Center this week include:  Monday—Jam session 6-9.  Tuesday—Tai Chi exercise class 10:00, OATS bus to West Plains.  Wednesday—OATS bus in and around Ava.  Thursday—Driver’s exam 9:30-3:30.  Friday—Tai Chi exercise class 10:00, OATS bus in and around Ava.

High blood pressure is one of the main risk factors for heart attack and stroke.  Check your blood pressure regularly and seek medical treatment if it consistently measures 140/90 and above.  A daily glass of fresh pineapple juice or a serving of fresh pineapple can help get blood pressure under control.  The fruit contains an enzyme called bromelain, which reduces plaque buildup on the walls of the blood vessels and opens them up again.

Winners in the pinochle tournament on Wednesday, June 12 were Millie Heavener (944), Joretta Sawyer (910) and Annabelle Walker (864).  Four games were played with three tables.

And how about that Monday night jam session attendance—biggest crowd so far with 111.  More chairs were brought out.  New people in attendance again.  Excellent music and the crowd was generous with their applause.  We’ve just got to get a bus and go on the road with this group!

With five games being played at five tables, Tuesday’s June 18 winners in the pitch tournament were:  Lena Hutchison (217), Juanita Shebiel (213), and Sybil Heckendorn (212).

A divorced man said there’s just one thing worse than a wife who can cook and won’t.  That’s a wife who can’t cook and will.

Until next week, have a good one!