Out and About for June 17th, 2008

Last week I mentioned that the St. Joe County Transportation Authority would be inaugurating their “Three Rivers Circle Line” yesterday, June 16. A minor technicality has delayed the start-up of this service. The Sturgis Circle Line has been running successfully for several weeks now, and the Three Rivers Circle Line will soon be up and running. Please watch the Commercial-News for further updates as soon as they become available. The CTA reminds you that bus and van service are still running a normal schedule, so please phone them at (269)273-7808 or (800)964-5700 to arrange transportation.

Those concerned about “Victims Fraud” will want to attend a meeting this Thursday, June 19, from noon until 12:30, at the Three Rivers Commission on Aging, 103 South Douglas. St. Joseph County Prosecuting Attorney Doug Fisher will present this topic, followed by a question and answer session.

The 52nd Annual Three Rivers Water Festival is now in the books. For the most part, the weather was great. The threat of bad weather challenged the Friday evening parade, but after some deliberation, the parade committee decided to make it happen. The parade committee thanks all those parade participants for their cooperation. From what I have heard, everyone had a great time. From the first bite of that ox roast sandwich to the final burst of fireworks, the Water Festival was a time to remember.

We are indeed fortunate to have the Commission on Aging in our area to provide so many activities for our senior citizens. A six-week session of belly dancing classes will begin once a minimum of three students sign up. Indra Sanford, of the Sultan’s Sisters Dance Troupe, is the instructor. Belly dancing helps to improve your overall mental health as a way to experience true relaxation and stress relief. To register for this class, please call the Commission on Aging at 279-8083 or 800-641-9899.

A “Moonlight Serenade Senior Prom” on Friday, June 30, will begin with a social time at 4:30, followed by dinner from 5 to 6 and dancing from 6:30 to 7:30. The Three Rivers Big Band will provide dance music. The cost for this fun evening is $7 per person; call the COA at either 279-9685 or 800-641-9899 to make reservations.

If my mother were alive today, she would be 105. I miss her because of the many things she taught me. Here are three samples:

1. Mom taught me about RELIGION: “You better pray that will come out of the carpet.”
2. Mom taught me LOGIC: “Because I said so, that’s why!”
3. Mom taught me about CONTORTIONISM: “Will you look at the dirt on the back of your neck!”

Our senior citizens are a special group who so often are among the forgotten. A fact that most of us ignore is that someday we will also be a senior citizens. Another fact is that as we grow older, we have to deal with less peer pressure. If you are lucky enough to know someone in her or his golden years, spend some time with that person. Take the person out to lunch or just sit and chat. You’d be amazed how much you can learn from someone who has lived sixty or seventy years. Sometimes you can make someone happy by just listening to her or him.

This week, contact a senior citizen and get Out and About.

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