Monticello Senior Center news: Riverfest is a success

By Pam Loidolt, Director

As always, Monticello’s Riverfest celebration was a great success. Many, many people worked very hard to make it a fun time for all and they deserve our thanks.

Kitty Baltos serves up pop at the Thursday block party.
Kitty Baltos serves up pop at the Thursday block party.

I want to thank the many senior center volunteers for all they did for Riverfest – helping with duck adoptions, making desserts for the block party, representing the center in the parade and running bingo in the park. We have such awesome volunteers! By the way, we served about 1,000 hotdogs at our Block Party last week – it was a great turnout!

I am counting on those awesome volunteers to help make our annual Pie & Ice Cream Social a success.  This tasty event will take place in the community center’s Mississippi Room on Wednesday, Aug. 22 from 2-8 p.m. Please give us a call at 295-2000 if you can bake and donate pies for this event. Donations of vanilla ice cream and cash are also appreciated. Volunteers are needed to help at the social and there are two shifts to sign up for, 2-5 p.m. and 5-8 p.m. We would appreciate your help.

If you have balance or falling issues, a program that we will offer this fall can help you. Stepping On is a well-researched falls prevention program and will meet on seven consecutive Thursdays from 9:30-11:30 a.m. beginning Sept. 6.  Staff from Allina Hospital in Buffalo will lead the workshops. Sign up for this free program at the center.  Topics include simple balance and strength training, the role vision plays in keeping your balance, how medications contribute to falls, what to look for in safe footwear, how to check your home for safety and more.

You can learn more about gardening at the center. We are right in the midst of the growing season – do you have questions about lawns, vegetable plants, flowers, etc.?  If you do, be sure to come to the center on Friday, July 27 at 12:30 p.m.  Master Gardener Sue Johnson and her husband Jim will be on hand to answer gardening questions that people may have.  Please sign up if you plan to attend.

You don’t have to sign up to come and watch the Movie Matinee feature, “Decoy Bride.” Lara, a superstar actress, wants to marry James, her boyfriend, in a private ceremony somewhere the press can’t find them. However, when an ingenious paparazzo tracks them down on a remote island, Lara looks for a “decoy” bride to throw off the media vultures.  Unfortunately, when James and the new replacement meet, sparks fly. You can watch the comedy, “The Decoy Bride” on the community center’s big screen on Wednesday, July 25 at 1 p.m. This movie is rated PG and was just released on DVD at the end of June.  Popcorn will be served.

Bring your grandkids to see, “Alvin & The Chipmunks:  Chipwrecked” on the community center’s big screen on Tuesday, July 24 at 1 p.m. Playing around while aboard a cruise ship, the Chipmunks and Chipettes accidentally go overboard and end up marooned in a tropical paradise. They discover their new turf is not as deserted as it seems. This movie is rated G, is 87 minutes long and was just released on DVD in the spring. Fresh popcorn will be provided at this movie too.

Dick Szyplinski will be providing the music at the center dance on Thursday, July 26. The dance will be held at the VFW from 1-4 p.m. The $5 admission charge includes a lunch served at 3 p.m. and door prize drawings. Contact the center if you can bake a cake to serve with the lunch.  Those bringing cakes do not pay the admission charge.

The center card tournaments have a $2 entry fee and cash prizes are awarded to the winners. There will be a 500 tournament on Friday, July 27 at 9:30 a.m. and a cribbage tournament on Tuesday, July 31 also at 9:30 a.m. All tournaments are open to people age 55+ and you must sign up to play in each tournament at least one business day in advance.   John Howard was the winner of the bridge tournament held last week. Betty Halvorson earned second place honors and Ed Greninger came in third.

People age 60+ needing assistance with legal issues can get that help at the center. Staff from the Senior Law Project will be at our center on Monday, July 23 to meet one-on-one with people and can help with issues such as Social Security and SSI, landlord or other housing issues, public benefits, family law issues, nursing home problems, powers of attorney and more. Please note that no help is provided for criminal matters, wills, estate planning or real estate transactions. Appointments are required and are made at the center.  This is a free service.

In closing this article I need to thank our wonderful volunteer receptionists for “holding down the fort” while I have been on vacation this week. Thank you Doris Angell, Gerry Axvig, Gladys Bitzer and Shari Snyder for all your help – I really appreciate you!


Activities the week of

July 19-25

Thurs.  –  8:30 a.m., property tax assistance; 9 a.m., River City Riders; 11 a.m., Bingo Bash; noon, senior dining; 1 p.m., bridge

Fri. – 9:30 a.m., 500; 10:30 a.m., women’s pool; noon, senior dining; 1 p.m., euchre

Sat. – 8-11 a.m. center open

Mon. –  9 a.m., ceramics; noon, senior dining; 1 p.m., bridge, Legal Aid (by appt. only)

Tues. –  8:30 a.m., Pickleball; 9:30 a.m., cribbage; 10:15 a.m., choir; noon, senior dining; 1 p.m., 500, blood pressure checks, kid’s movie

Wed. – 9 a.m., ceramics; 11 a.m., bingo; noon, senior dining; 1 p.m., Movie Matinee, Writing Group



Senior Dining Week of

July 23-27

Mon. – Swiss steak, baked potato, beets, bread, pears

Tues. –  breaded fish, rosemary roasted potatoes, broccoli Normandy, bread, oatmeal raisin cookie

Wed. – pork roast, red skinned potatoes, gravy, steamed cabbage, bread, fruit cocktail

Thurs. – chicken marinara, egg noodles, Italian lettuce salad, corn, butterscotch bar

Fri. –  meatloaf, scalloped potatoes, carrots, bread, lemon chiffon