Thursday, February 10, 2011

Free Income Tax Help Continues

        The City of Stillwater Senior Activity Center will continue with the free AARP income tax help through April 18th, Mondays through Thursdays, 9:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m., on a first come first serve basis. Main information you should bring with you includes: social security cards for all those people filing, photo identification, copies of last years returns, wage and earnings statements, and any interest and dividend statements from banks. Also, on Friday, February 11 at 12:00 noon the February birthday pot-luck luncheon will be held. You can bring a food dish or $3/person and join the fun and good eating. Regular center hours are: Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Thursday, 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. for music night. The facility is closed on weekends. Stop by 1015 E. 12th or call 747-8080 for more information and make sure to pick up a February calendar of events.

Seniors from Stillwater and Ponca City enjoyed the challenge of a pool tournament held at the City of Stillwater Senior Activity Center. Stillwater successfully kept the traveling trophy with a score of 17 to 15.
        Monday, Feb. 7 – Doors open at 9:30 a.m. for the first come first serve tax help, women’s pool playing, and painting class. The women pool players have a good time socializing while taking aim at the cue ball. There is always lots of friendly laughter around the tables. Also, painters come in and get creative with their paints and canvases. An exercise room is available for seniors. Exercise equipment includes a treadmill, exercise bikes, and a weight machine. A ping pong table or the Wii game system is also ready for use. The afternoon fun begins at 1:00 p.m. with bridge, canasta, dominoes, pool, and puzzle solving.
        Tuesday, Feb. 8 – Free AARP income tax help begins at 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon. Also, offered to seniors, at no charge, is a Sit ‘n Be Fit exercise class. It meets every Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 9:30 a.m. Chairs are provided for each person during the 45-minute, low impact exercise workout. Some exercises are done while sitting and some are done while standing by a chair. Bouncing balls, hand weights, and stretch bands are incorporated in to the exercises for an extensive workout. At 10:30 a.m. you can stay and continue your exercise while playing a variety of games on the Wii system or try some ping-pong. Tuesday afternoon activities include games such as; duplicate bridge, Mexican Train dominoes, canasta, pitch, Skipbo, puzzle solving, and dominoes. A representative from Veteran’s Affairs comes in on Tuesdays, from 1:00-3:00 p.m. to help with any questions or paperwork you may have pertaining to veteran’s assistance.
         Wednesday, Feb. 9 –Wednesday mornings you can choose from women’s pool, ping-pong or Wii interactive games for loads of fun. Don’t forget the income tax assistance at 9:30 a.m. Activities for the afternoon include; canasta, pool, dominoes, Texas Hold’em, pitch, puzzle solving, and a movie. The movie, “A Dog Year”, will be shown at 2:00 p.m.
         Thursday, Feb. 10 – At 9:30 a.m. the Sit ‘n Be Fit exercise class is held. After the exercise class, stay and have a good time bowling with the Wii or try the WiiFit system for some fun exercise. Also, a ping pong table is available for a game of laughter. Tax help at 9:30 a.m. Then in the afternoon you can join in games of canasta, social bridge, pool, pitch, dominoes, and puzzle solving. Bingo is played at 2:00 p.m. Music night begins at 6:00 p.m. with some good toe-tappin’ country tunes. Doors reopen at 5:30 p.m.
         Friday, Feb. 11 – Women’s pool time begins at 9:30 a.m. This is a time set aside for the women to practice their pool skills and enjoy some friendly competition. Exercise equipment, Wii, or a ping pong table is available for senior use, too. A pot-luck birthday luncheon will be held at 12:00 noon. There is always a puzzle out that needs pieces added. Afternoon brings out several games that include; pool, canasta, dominoes, Texas Hold’em, and pitch.
         Last weeks winners for rubber bridge were: Joyce Cox, 1st, and Doris Hester, 2nd. Social bridge winners were:  Norma Burk, 1st; and Lew Taylor, 2nd. The Texas Hold’em champion of the week was Don Lorett. A Stillwater vs. Ponca City, coed pool tournament was held last week. Stillwater kept the travelling trophy, with a score of Stillwater 17 and Ponca City 15.

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