Remember when you were young? You wanted to be older and be able to do more things like drive, vote and drink alcohol. It always seemed to me that once I reached a milestone, it wasn’t all that important to me anymore, it was just old-hat. I felt like all I did was get older and one step closer to those golden years.
I was always taught to respect my elders and continue to strive to do that in my everyday life, but now that I consistently get literature to join AARP, it seems that I am on the verge of my senior years. For this reason alone, I really have turned my attention to what is happening for our seniors in our community. They certainly are the wise and unsung heroes of our community. They are our connection to our past and hopefully give us hope for our future. They have so much to share, if just given the opportunity.
I wonder how many people really know about the Bonner Senior Center in Portage at 5800 Lexington Ave. This center for seniors has been operated and funded by the Portage Township trustee's officer since 1977. It is certainly an ideal and inexpensive place for seniors to take part in so many different activities.
To be a member of this fine center you must be 55 or older and at least 60 to take part in the nutrition program. The center offers activities that vary every day Monday through Saturday.
The Bonner Center provides a great value for all our Portage Township seniors; they offer a free bus service to and from the center for the lunch program, every Friday for local shopping and to and from doctors appointments.
A big benefit to our senior members is their daily nutritional program. The center provides a hot, nutritious balanced lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. It is a cafeteria-style lunch that the seniors are asked to reserve the day before and it only costs $1.50 per meal. A great deal on a great hot lunch.
They have quite a few activities they do around Portage, including picnics, volunteer dinners, holiday dances, pool tournaments, pancake breakfast, informational speakers, local parades, craft shows, karaoke, fundraiser bingo games, bake sales, health screenings and tax services.
This Saturday will mark the Be Thankful Club’s annual Quarter Rummage Sale and Antique Car Show from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The club consists of the volunteers of the Bonner Center who host the parties and buy things for the center. Hundreds of hours are put in every year by these thankful seniors.
The Winemac Car Club will be there with its fine four-wheeled machines from yesteryear. There also will be other entries in the great car show waiting to see if they’ve won the coveted prize of “Best in Show”.
You can get a great lunch consisting of a Chicago-style hot dog, potato salad and baked beans for just $3 and don’t forget the great buys you can get at the Quarter Rummage Sale as well.
Come on out and get to know the great seniors in our community.
This column solely represents the writer's opinion.