Four score or more .  The dining room at the Methow Valley Senior Center was packed on Friday to celebrate the annual Over 80 Party. Gentlemen 80 years old and better wore Uncle Sam-style top hats; ladies were draped with silver, red and blue beads; and anyone who had reached their ninth decade dined for free. After a round of “Happy Birthday,” some red, white and blue cupcakes and a little spirited bubble blowing, the celebrants assembled for a group portrait to document the day. Photo by Laurelle Walsh

Four score or more. The dining room at the Methow Valley Senior Center was packed on Friday to celebrate the annual Over 80 Party. Gentlemen 80 years old and better wore Uncle Sam-style top hats; ladies were draped with silver, red and blue beads; and anyone who had reached their ninth decade dined for free. After a round of “Happy Birthday,” some red, white and blue cupcakes and a little spirited bubble blowing, the celebrants assembled for a group portrait to document the day. Photo by Laurelle Walsh

By Susie Heller

We at the center are enjoying a little silence for a while. Seems we have been very busy!

The Over 80s Party was very well attended and soooo much fun. The men in their top hats and lovely ladies with their rings and necklaces were a sight to behold. The dollar store guaranteed that the necklaces were sterling silver with genuine rubies and sapphires. Pretty good at the cost of three for a buck! I think the only thing missing was dance music. Which brings me to the next topic.

This Friday (June 6) is dance day. We will be treated to another enjoyable day of toe-tapping and musical genius of Albert Ames. I look forward to this a lot.

As one drives the roads of the valley, the profusion of color everywhere strikes the senses. What a wonder to behold is our wonderful valley!  I am making rhubarb jam and love it immensely. Soft-boil five cups rhubarb with three cups sugar for 10 minutes. Stir in either strawberry, raspberry or cherry Jell-O and freeze when cool. I even added chopped almonds to one batch. Thanks to Janet Shannon for sharing the rhubarb with me. Yum.

I don’t have the results of bingo games this past Monday. Remember, we have bingo the first Monday and third Thursday of each month. Join us.

Our condolences to Margaret Rosenstine on her mother’s passing. Even when one knows this is imminent, it is still difficult. We love you Margaret and are there if you need anything!

If you have not heard about the buy-a-brick program being offered by the Community Center outside our door, do look into it. Bricks will bear the name or occasion of the buyer’s choice. Such a nice memorial to a loved one or way to commemorate for all time a cherished anniversary, etc.

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Senior menu

Thursday, June 5: Chicken cordon bleu, parsley vegetables, Capri vegetables, garden salad, Waldorf salad, whole wheat roll, Jell-O.

Friday, June 6: Barbecue country spareribs, twice-baked potato, three-bean salad, vegetable pasta salad, peaches, whole wheat bread or roll, sherbet.

Monday, June 9: Country fried steak, mashed potatoes and gravy, beets, mixed fruit, whole wheat roll, pudding.

Thursday, June 12: Swiss spinach quiche, pickled beets, melon cup, blueberry muffin.

Friday, June 13: Lasagna, Italian vegetables, Caesar salad, pears, garlic bread, ice cream.

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 $8 for those under 60. For more information, call 997-7722.