MVSeniorCenterWe feel a strong need to give back to the community, especially in response to horrific life events. We opened our doors to help those families who lost everything in recent house fires. Three families lost it all two weeks ago. If you have good items these families can use, contact us, local churches or The Cove. We are unable to take large furniture items, but can be a conduit with The Cove to help meet the acute needs of these families.

I can’t imagine what it would be like to one day have nothing. Absolutely nothing! We are all so very blessed and should thank God each day for that. I was surprised to learn that the Salvation Army and Red Cross are responding to these needs too. Thank Glenn Schmekel for his tireless work on this tragedy. Cool.

Happy Birthday, Lulu Belle! You are one of my very favorites!

Things are heating up for our Houser family benefit. We have over 70 silent auction items with more coming, as well as a wonderful dining experience compliments of Hank’s Harvest Foods and our own five-star cooks. Have Saturday (Feb. 22) at 4:30 p.m. at the Methow Valley Community Center in Twisp on your calendar!

Here are a few of the donors or donated items: Twisp River Suites, Sun Mountain Lodge, Rock ‘n’ River Guest House, Old Schoolhouse Brewery, a scenic plane ride, Poppie Jo Galleria, Courtyard Quail, French Quail, NAPA Auto Parts, Quality Lube, Twisp Feed, The Country Clinic, Methow Valley Chiropractic, Blue Star Coffee Roasters, Twisp Daily Business, The Outdoorsman, antler art, Terry Mathis, jewelry, Samantha’s glasses, Timberline shirts, personal training, La Fonda Lopez, Misty Fjord Smoked Salmon, yoga and piano lessons, hand-crafted items, Loup Loup Ski Bowl, Trimline & Co., Valley Video, Susie’s Yoga, Twisp River Pub, Pete Scott, and more and more. You will have to come see for yourself!

Susie Heller

Senior menu

Thursday, Feb. 20: Beef stroganoff, tossed vegetable salad, beets in sour cream, Oregon berries, whole wheat roll, carrot cake.

Friday, Feb. 21: Hot roast beef sandwich, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, garden salad, peach crisp.

Monday, Feb. 24: Meat loaf, mashed potatoes and gravy, garden salad, green beans, whole wheat bread or roll, Oregon berries over ice cream.

Thursday, Feb. 27: Spaghetti and meat sauce, tossed vegetable salad, California blend vegetables, chilled pears, garlic bread, cookies.

Friday, Feb. 28: Italian meatballs in marinara sauce, rice, Italian vegetables, Caesar salad, fruit cocktail, garlic bread, pudding.

Meals are at noon in the Methow Valley Senior Center on Highway 20 in Twisp. The suggested donation is $3.25 for seniors over age 60; cost is $7.50 for those under 60. For more information, call 997-7722.