For those of you who missed the Golden Times general meeting at Town Center in Merrillville in October, hopefully you can make the next one.

The center is quite comfortable and there's plenty of space to walk around. We would like to extend our thanks to Debbie and her wonderful staff who made it possible for our members to enjoy the afternoon. J. Elzinga, doctor of audiology, was our guest speaker. He was happy to address questions in regard to senior hearing problems.

Pat Holman made sure there were enough cookies to enjoy after the program.

There will be a few changes on how we'll handle the membership program for 2017. The first change is that we will have an increase in membership price. Cost will be $7 per person for the year.

Membership cards will be available at the New Year's Eve party. A new form will be available. Please fill out all questions. It's very important we have an emergency number. There have been several occasions where we needed that number. Thanks for your cooperation.

The next change is we will mail out the 2017 event calendar in January for those members who have paid their new dues ($7) at the party as well as those who are paying by mail early.

Members will be seeing our 2017 events in The Times' 219 section as well as the TV section of the Times. This column will be in another section of The Times once a month so be sure to look for it also.

Upcoming events

• Thursday, Nov. 17: Fellowship Luncheon and Retro Fashion Show. Cost is $20 per person, including lunch. Doors open at 11 a.m. Location is American Legion Post 80, 2703 Jewett St., Highland. Call Yvonne at (219) 808-1517 or Barb at (219) 844-1090.

• Thursday, Dec. 15: "Annie Warbucks" at Theatre at the Center, Munster. Tickets are $30 for members. Show starts at 2 p.m. Check made payable to: Golden Times (include membership number) and must be received by Nov. 16. Call Judy at (219) 365-5150.

• Saturday, Dec. 31: New Year's Eve party at Villa Cesare Banquet Hall, 900 Eagle River Drive, Schererville. Doors open at 11 a.m. Frank Knackman Orchestra will perform. Call Pat Holman at (219) 865-2745 to make reservations. You may also pick up dance tickets at First Merchants Bank, 1720-45th Ave., Highland or First Merchants Bank - 3853-45th Ave., Highland. Make checks payable to: Golden Times and include membership number on your check.

To become a member of Golden Times, send your yearly payment of $7, with check made payable to Golden Times to Pat Perry, 9204 W. 190th Ave., Lowell, IN 46356. Phone is (219) 696-7078. Please include: name/address/phone/city, state, ZIP code/date of birth/emergency number. Your email is welcome if you wish to share it.