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Tasty Tuesdays to proceed at Senior Middle | Monticello – ECM Publishers

I got a wonderful surprise last week that really benefited our senior center!  Sandy from RiverWood Bank came to the center to drop off a $500 donation.  Isn’t that awesome?  I told her I feel very honored that they chose our senior center as the donation recipient.  Thanks, RiverWood Bank!

Our senior center Tasty Tuesday events were just to be held in November.  Well, they have been so well-received that we decided to hold more in December.  All meals are served with a dessert and bottle of water.  The November 24 meal includes a hot dog, baked beans, chips, and pickle.  The December 1 meal features goulash, mixed vegetables, and dinner roll.  We will print the December 8 and 15 menus in next week’s article.  You do need to sign up at least one day in advance by 10 a.m. and can do that by calling us as 763-295-2000.  The cost is $5 per meal and we ask that you bring a check or exact payment when you come to eat.  The meals will be safely served from 11:30 a.m. to noon in the large community center Mississippi Room.  Hope you can join us!

Do you need a ride to come to senior center events?  We are very lucky to have a transit system in this community.  Trailblazer Transit provides rides to people of all ages for just about any reason.  This Dial-A-Ride service is available throughout Wright, Sibley, and McLeod Counties plus some limited service into other neighboring cities.  Never used the Trailblazer and want to give it a try?  Call the senior center and we will help you a couple free ride tokens.

Do you need help with your smartphone, tablet, or laptop?  Want to join in on a Zoom meeting, but don’t how?  I am excited to say we have a new service that you could really benefit from.  A very knowledgeable volunteer will be at our senior center on Tuesday mornings starting November 10 to help with technology issues.  Just give us a call at 763-295-2000 to schedule a time to meet with Mary and be sure to bring your electronic device with you to your appointment.  Not able to leave your home?  Mary may be able to come to you.  This is a free service and you can call me if you have questions.  

The Tech Support Program I just talked about is part of our HOME Program.  What else does HOME provide you ask?  The senior center’s HOME Program can assist older adults with maintenance and cleaning both indoors and out.  Help is available on a sliding fee scale with housekeeping, minor repair services, painting, snow removal, etc.  Staff take precautions to ensure safety and these services are available for both Monticello and Big Lake residents.

Contact Joe, HOME Program coordinator, at 763-416-7969 for more information.  Joe is generally at our center on Thursdays in the afternoon and you can call him to make an appointment.

Just a reminder that the Senior Law Project provides free legal services to people age 60 and over.  They can help with Social Security, family law matters, consumer and housing and nursing home issues, Medicare, Medical Assistance and other public benefits programs, and Power of Attorney and Health Care Directives.  Staff will be at our center on Monday, November 23 to provide this valuable service.  Please note that help cannot be provided with wills, criminal matters, real estate transactions, or estate planning.  You can call us at 763-295-2000 to schedule an appointment.

The December senior center newsletters should be back from the publisher.  You can stop to pick up a copy, which are located in the senior center and also by the entrance to our room.  The monthly newsletters can also be found on our Facebook page and web page, monticelloseniorcenter.org.  

The senior center will be closed on November 26 & 27.  Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

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