Activity schedule

Ripley Senior Center activity schedule and guidelines


Janet F. Intelligent

Hi all.

My riddle for you this week is: How does a cucumber become a pickle?

The centers for the elderly have reopened according to new guidelines:

  • The new hours will be 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday.
  • You have to enter through the front door. Before gaining entry, a screening will be done and your temperature will be taken. Wearing a mask is not compulsory, but optional.
  • Reservation is required for indoor dining and curbside dining. Curbside meals are always served from 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
  • If you are sick or have been exposed to COVID, please do not come to the center.
  • We will follow CDC guidelines for social distancing. If you have any concerns or questions, you can call the center at 304-372-5151.

Indoor activities have resumed. The schedule is as follows:

  • Monday: 9:30 am-10:30am – DIY
  • Tuesday: 9:30 am-10:30am – Bingo
  • Wednesday: 9:30 am-10:30am – Exercise
  • Thursday: 9:30 am-10:30am – Bingo
  • Friday: 9:30 am-10:30am – Exercise

We will respect social distancing in our activities. Bingo will be played with paper cards that can be thrown away.

We would like to send our love and prayers to Don Champ and his family. His wife Freda died on August 5. Freda attended the center years ago when she could. She loved to crochet and sent several pieces she made to the center for our elders to enjoy. She will be sadly missed.

Carmen and I hosted our first craft class! We made barn star shaped fridge magnets. They all turned out to be very pretty. A few years ago we did this craft in the German village of Cedar Lakes during the July 4th vacation. The tradition of the barn star in America dates back to the 1700s. They were most popular after the Civil War. Most craftsmen have chosen the six-pointed star; others chose the sun wheel to color their magnet.

The seniors were thrilled to play their first bingo game in over a year last Tuesday. Many thanks to Mountain View Care Center (Eldercare) and Jackson Home Health for the awards ceremony. Congratulations to Hazel Fleming for winning the wetsuit award.

For their first exercise class, they did gentle yoga with the elders. They also do memory games to exercise their minds.

It was so good to be back in the center and see everyone I haven’t seen in a long time.

The summer has been long and hot. As of this writing, we still haven’t received any rain to talk about it. It falls all around us, and we end up with a few sprinkles. Chinese call 2021 The Year of the Ox; I call this year the summer of insects! This summer, after we pulled up our old pea vines in the garden, something fell in my boot and stung my leg, and it got infected. I don’t know what it was; all I know is he was fat and black. I also got stung on my arm by a fuzzy white thing in the berry patch. And I was attacked by chiggers. They say things come in threes, so hopefully that will be the end of my bug afflictions for the summer.

And speaking of our garden, after harvesting our peas, we planted a new row. They arrive right away and even have flowers. Charley watered them. I just hope they can survive this heat. Peas don’t like hot weather.

I leave you with the following verses:

Matthew 5:10 Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Matthew 5:11 Blessed are you, when men will revile you and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you deceitfully, for my sake.

Matthew 5:12 Rejoice and be glad, for great is thy reward in heaven, for so persecuted the prophets who were before thee.

Answer to the riddle: It goes through a jarring experience!


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