Happy New Year! After a weekend of snow, it's a good thing there's not a lot going on this week.
Friday night's Dinner at the Café will be Patti's Chicken Fried Steak. Reservations are required and can be made by calling Linda at 295-0875 by Wednesday. The meals include everything from beverage and salad to dessert for $10.
Monday has Burgers & Soup at the Café from 4-6. The choices include 1/3-pound beef, chicken or veggie burgers and mostly homemade soup. The new menu is now in place, reflecting the first price increase in over 5 years. For those who don't know, the meal service at the Café is operated totally by volunteers. The proceeds from this as well as other donations completely support the Café building. That's quite a success story.
This coming Monday, the 11th, will be "Open Mic" on its new day - the 2nd Monday of every month instead of the 2nd Saturday. Same time (7 p.m.) and same place (Café). These gatherings give our local musicians, usually joined by some visitors, a chance to perform and practice for whoever joins the audience.
The Senior Lunch menu on Tuesday the 29th will be Eggs Strata (layered with bread, cheese and ham), Potatoes O'Brien, Sliced Tomatoes and Sliced Melon. That's quite a meal deal for a bargain price: $3 if over 60, $5 for others. The meal is served at noon in Community Hall's Dining Room. Please call 295-3813 to make or break reservations by 3 p.m. on Monday.
This Tuesday will be the first session of the "Living Well with Chronic Conditions" Workshops. Anyone reading this is welcome to participate. The program is free of charge, but space is limited. Call (360) 577-4929 or 800-682-2406 to register. The presenters will be at the Town Meeting at 10 a.m. as well as at Senior Nutrition, after which the program will begin in the Auditorium; approximately 1 - 3 p.m.
Presented by the Area Agency on Aging, the 6-week long program is designed to help anyone who has, or cares for someone with, chronic conditions such as: Arthritis, Fibromyalgia, Heart Disease, Stroke, Dementia/Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, MS, Diabetes, Depression, Anxiety, etc. The Workshops discuss practical ways to deal with pain and fatigue; nutrition and exercise choices; making healthcare decisions; and learning better ways to talk with doctors and family members.
This is a reminder to all readers to put Thursday January 21st at 2 p.m. on your calendars. As part of the AMVETS Ryderwood History Project, there will be a showing of the historic 1926 silent movie about the Long-Bell Lumber Company in the Community Hall Auditorium. Long-Bell was the owner and developer of Longview and Ryderwood - Ryderwood's "world's largest logging crew" provided the timber transported to Longview's "world's largest sawmill". At the time, all systems were very "high tech".
Three panel members will be available to narrate and discuss the film: Jim Tweedie, author (The Long-Bell Story, 2014) and mill specialist; Jim LeMonds, author (Deadfall, 2000) and historian; Larry French, retired logger, Ryderwood resident. Cowlitz Museum Director, Dave Freece, is providing the film, projector, and screen. The Social Club will provide refreshments following the film.