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Senior Activities

Swedish Festival Queen 2018 Claire Bennett, center, is pictured with Kingsburg Mayor Michelle Roman and Councilmember Jewel Hurtado at the Kingsburg Senior Center's annual Pancake Breakfast that took place April 20.

Senior lunch

Lunch is served for those 60 and better at 11:30 a.m. Mondays-Fridays at both Kingsburg’s and Selma’s senior centers. The cost is $2. The non-senior rate is $4.60. Make reservations by 10:30 a.m. one day in advance for lunch.

Details: Kingsburg Senior Center, 897-3013; Nick Medina Senior Center, 891-2239.

Funding for the meal program is provided by the Fresno-Madera Area Agency on Aging.

In Kingsburg, if you are homebound and have no one to help you with groceries or meals, call us at 897-3013 to find out about having meals delivered to your home.

Weekly menu:

Wednesday, May 22

Chinese chicken stir-fry, rice cantaloupe, pudding.

Thursday, May 23

Cheese lasagna, carrot and raisin salad, sourdough bread, tropical fruit.

Friday, May 24

Barbecue pork sandwich, coleslaw w carrots, honeydew.

Monday, May 27

Closed for Memorial Day

Tuesday, May 28

Chicken thigh with mushroom sauce, California mixed veggies, wheat bread, applesauce.

All meals include low-fat milk.

Wednesday, May 29

Salisbury steak, baked potato with sour cream, dinner roll, cantaloupe.

Kingsburg Senior Center

Message from the President Cathy Sanchez: The Kingsburg Senior Center has been busy these last few months in preparation for a great year ahead. We have celebrated many holidays and hosted several events since January. I am looking forward to these next several months as we welcome summer and all the season has to offer.

Mothers were honored with a Mother’s Day Bingo fundraiser on May 11. Kingsburg is preparing for its 53rd annual Swedish Festival on May 18. If anyone would like to volunteer at the event, contact the Chamber of Commerce.

I want to thank everyone for their hard work at this year’s pancake breakfast that was April 20 during the Car Show. The event was a huge success and we couldn’t have done it without our volunteers. The Kingsburg Lions Club provided the breakfast and many volunteers helped flip Swedish pancakes and grilled delicious sausages.

Senior Inc. members along with Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Key Club, city officials and city staff all coordinated to manage the dining room and serve our guests.

We served more than 460 breakfasts and brought in a total of $2,300 to the Center, a 20 percent increase over the previous year.

The winner of the 50/50 raffle took home $211 and second place took home a beautiful afghan graciously donated by Linda Webb.

Kingsburg May birthdays: Wanda Orum, Shirley Ito, John McIntyre, Pet Reeve, Wayne Schulte, Jerry Fry, Michiko Deguchi, David Hauck, Laurie Wright, Carlos Melendez, Marie Ramirez, Laurece Bonander, Ron Dawson, Gary Starr and Barbara Gibson.

May birthday luncheon is May 21.

Activities

The Kingsburg Senior Center offers exercise classes, hobby classes, trip excursions and social activities. Tour the facility at 1450 Ellis St., Kingsburg. Details: 897-3013. Website: http://www.cityofkingsburg-ca.gov/161/Senior-Center

The Community Services Director is Adam Castaneda. Email him at acastaneda@cityofkingsburg-ca.gov or by calling 897-5821.

Mondays and Fridays: Bingo from 9:30-11 a.m. Cost is $1.

Tuesdays and Thursdays: Chair and floor exercises from 8:30-9:30 a.m.; Tai chi from 9:30-10:30 a.m. (Contact Mike Conway.)

Tuesdays: Knitting and crochet class from noon to 2 p.m.; Self-paced painting from noon to 2 p.m.

Wednesdays: Line dancing from 9-10 a.m. (Contact Linda Allen.); Quilting class from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Contact Bertha Bailey.)

Saturdays: Music Jams from 5-9 p.m. First of the month only. Event is free. Bring a snack to share.

Selma Nick Medina Senior Center

Selma May birthdays: Shirley Booloodian, Ruthie Norris, Dianna  Nicacio and Ninfa Deleon.

Activities

Activities at the Nick Medina Senior Center include dominoes, cards, exercise, ceramics, billiards, bingo and educational programs Monday through Friday. Blood-pressure checks are 10 to 11 a.m. the first Wednesday of the month courtesy of Golden Living Center.

The senior center is also collecting used cellphones and needs donations of DVD movies and plastic bags. The phones are recycled or used for 911 phones. Drop off the phones from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays at 2301 Selma St., Selma.

The fourth Tuesday of the month is commodities day. Free bags of food are given out to people whose income qualifies.

Details: Recreation Coordinator Liz Martinez, 891-2239 ex 3607, LizM@cityofselma.com

Ongoing

Dementia Support: Alzheimer’s Foundation Director Marie Espinola hosts a free dementia support group starting at 12:30 p.m. on the third Thursday of every month at the Kingsburg Senior Center, 1450 Ellis St. Details: Kim Jensen, 737-7443. “We put families in touch with resources, help guide them through payment methods and educate people about different forms of dementia,” Espinola said. See full story at: http://bit.ly/2JBQZM9.

FMAAA: The Fresno-Madera Area Agency on Aging has many programs and services for older adults, adults with disabilities and family caregivers. Call FMAAA at 600-4405 for help with finding resources to meet your needs.

Bingo: Bingo is 2:30-3:30 p.m. Mondays at Park Kingsburg. Free prizes with wins. Bingo is also offered the second Tuesday of the month with Golden Living Center at Park Kingsburg. Details: 897-5885.

Burn prevention program: The Central Valley Burn Prevention Coalition has partnered with the Selma Fire Department to offer the Remembering When program to the Nick Medina Senior Center, retirement communities, senior mobile home parks and other areas in Selma. The program includes a presentation about staying safe from fires, falls and other things that can cause injury. The events will include trivia games with prizes that will be given to seniors who score well. Seniors will also be given safety sheets to take home. Schedule a presentation by emailing Selma Fire Department Public Education Coordinator Gerald Reeser at geraldr@cityofselma.com.

Volunteering

Selma’s Second Chance Animal Shelter: Volunteer opportunities include walking a dog, playing fetch, laundry, finding homes for dogs or cage cleaning. Volunteers attend an orientation to learn about the shelter and various volunteer opportunities. More details online at https://www.2ndchanceanimalshelter.org/volunteer. Details: 896-7227.

KCAPS: Kingsburg Community Assistance Program needs volunteer receptionists to sit at the front desk of their office to welcome guests and answer phone calls. Needed from 9:30 a.m.-noon on Mondays. Volunteers are also needed to help run their thrift store which is open Monday through Saturday. Contact Patti Blayney at 897-7961, blayney.patti@gmail.com. Registers volunteers are needed from 2-4 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays. Contact Mona at kcapsthrift@gmail.com.

Spirithorse Connections: General yard and grounds care is needed around their facility where horses assist with therapy for those with special needs. Volunteers may assist as often as possible. Contact Kasey Thiesen at spirithorsekingsburg@gmail.com, 393-1948.

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