SARAH HOWARD: Gathering meal site to reopen in Wellston on Tuesday

Hello Manistee County! I didn’t mention it last week (because I don’t like people knowing we’re out of town), but my husband and I spent the last week in Colorado to visit our son Jack and his girlfriend Emma.

We took a few days and went to Denver, then stayed there for one night, then we all headed to the mountains for the rest of the week. I’ve been to Colorado a few times and done Red Rocks, baseball games, soccer games and all the venues. But I have never been to the mountains in all the beautiful mountain villages.

We stayed in an Airbnb which was beautiful and high up in the woods. We went north to the Rocky Mountain National Park which was amazing. The food was amazing, I tried so many new things I was in heaven. You know, not going anywhere for so long because of the pandemic, I was nervous and a little worried, but boy, it felt good to be outside and see so many new things.

I have to say a big thank you to our excellent team at the Senior Center, we are already understaffed and they have all taken over to keep everything going while I was away. Thank you Jeanne, Beth, Nancy, Jean and Molly. You are all amazing!

Heard the meal week went very well and people love the food. We get to the heart of the matter. Wellston will begin their gathering meals this week at the Norman Township Community Center. They will serve this Tuesday, skipping Thursday, then resume the following week on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. to noon.

Monday at 1 p.m. we will start our ukulele lessons. Melinda from River City Music School will teach the class. If you have your own ukulele and want to use it, bring it.

If you don’t, that’s fine, we’ve got some here for you. I can not wait. I always wanted to learn to play. Maybe we’ll end up with a ukulele band? Who knows?

Next week is the first mystery trip, if you haven’t registered and want to go, give us a call to see if there’s room left.

Hope you have a great week and don’t forget to try something new!


Senior Project FRESH coupons have arrived. Manistee County Seniors (60 and over) who meet income eligibility criteria (For 1 person: $ 23,828. For 2 people: $ 32,227) Project FRESH coupons can be picked up at the Seniors Center up to ‘When stocks last. One coupon book per household.


The dining area for gatherings at the Wagoner Community Center is open by reservation only. Reservations for meals must be made before noon the day before. Call 231-723-6477 to make your reservations. The Wellston Restaurant will serve lunch on Tuesday July 27, then begin meals on Tuesday and Thursday the week of August 2 from 11 a.m. to noon.


The senior center food bank is from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on the third Friday of the month. Seniors in Manistee County who are 60 years of age and older are eligible to participate. If you are picking up another senior, make sure you have a power of attorney note, along with their name, address, date of birth, and household information. Donations of cash and non-perishable food are always appreciated. The next food bank will be on August 20 at 260 St. Mary’s Parkway.


If you are a Manistee County senior and need emergency food assistance, please call the Seniors Center at 231-723-6477 and speak to a member of staff. We have an emergency pantry that we use to help prevent food insecurity among our seniors during these times.


The council has a program designed to help seniors stay independent by reimbursing eligible expenses. If you are a senior in Manistee County, you may receive a refund for payments you made for house cleaning, yard work, and snow removal services.

For current Seniors Reimbursement Program customers, please note that all receipts must be current and no more than 30 days old. Income conditions apply. New customers must complete a registration form.

Please mail all receipts to 260 St. Mary’s Parkway, Manistee MI. Please call the Seniors Center at 231-723-6477 ext. 214, for more information.


Sit and Get Fit is at 10 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday at the Wagoner Community Center. Cardio drum lessons at 6 p.m. Thursday evening. Classes are free for all seniors and donations accepted for those under 60.


The Dementia Support Group will meet on the second Thursday of the month. The group is a friendly and supportive gathering for caregivers, family members or anyone interested in learning more about and supporting our community of seniors with dementia.

The next meeting will be at 3 p.m. on August 12. Contact Jacki Krolczyk, 231-883-1341 for more information.


The Parkinson’s Support Group meets at 11 a.m. on the 3rd Thursday of each month. The next support group meeting will be on August 19 at the Wagoner Community Center. Please call Linda Nickelson at 231-690-5048 for more information.


July 26 – 30 (group meals, by reservation only)

Mon: homemade beef stew, mixed vegetables, corn, mixed fruits, biscuit

Tuesday: Breaded pork chop, hubbard squash, asparagus, apple slices with cinnamon

Sea: Club sandwich with turkey, creamy cucumbers, coleslaw, pineapple, bread

Thursday: cod nuggets, pilau rice, chef’s vegetables, lima beans, peaches, bun

Fri: Cheeseburger, pieces of potatoes, baked beans, banana, bun


• July 26, 1 p.m. – Pinochle

• July 26, 1 p.m. – Ukulele lessons

• July 27, 12:30 p.m. – Bridge

• July 27, 11 a.m. – Toe Tapping Tuesday

• July 28, 10:30 am – TOPS

• July 28, 10 a.m. – Blood pressure clinic

• July 28, 1:30 p.m. – Genealogy group

• July 28 6:30 p.m. – AA Women’s Group

• July 29, 10 a.m. – Cribbage

• July 29, 11 a.m. – Bunco

• July 29, 1 p.m. – Chess group

• July 29, 6 p.m. – Cardio drums

• July 29, 9 a.m. – Mystery trip

• August 4, 11 a.m. – Produce Bingo

• August 6, 1 p.m. – Painting with Joann

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