Wednesday Bingo at 12:30 pm – in the Great Room. We play hard cards, payouts are cash, we play sixteen games and the cost is 5 cents per card per game.  Bingo begins at 12:30 pm and is usually done by 3 pm.  Popcorn is Free.  Donuts and Coffee are available for purchase.  You can enjoy an afternoon of Bingo for less than $1.  Stop in and participate, it’s almost an Event!!

 Movies:  Catch a movie on a Friday at 1 pm and enjoy the free popcorn at The Center.  On January 12th, ‘The Ultimate Gift’  with Drew Fuller, James Garner, Abigail Breslin and Ali Hillis; on January 19th, ‘La La Land’ with Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone and on January 26th, ‘Cars 3’  .

Wednesday 9:30 am Morning Club Program   On January 17th Janice Hardesty will talk about the Card Recycling Group at The Center, on January 24th Rebecca Anakkala, The Finishing Stitch will be the presenter and on January 31st Jane Hampton, Accessibility Design will be the presenter.  There is always coffee and donuts available also.

Thursday Band is playing weekly in the Great Room at The Center. The music begins around noon, anyone who plays an instrument can be part of “the band”.   If you love to dance to country music you can  step out onto the dance floor.   If you just want to listen to wonderful music,  you can do that also.  On the Second Thursdays , this group celebrates the birthdays of the month with cake and ice cream. Come in and join us! You will find welcoming people, talented musicians playing great music and an enjoyable afternoon of toe tappin’ music

Lunch ‘n Learn at noon on Friday, January 26th.  Triad of Crow Wing County will be giving us information on SCAMS.  The cost of lunch is $5.00.  Purchase your $5 ticket at the Front Desk by noon on Monday, January 22nd.

Tailgate Bingo & Warm Winter Sale on Sunday, January 28th at 1-4:30 pm.  Cost is $7.00 per card for all 16 games.    This is held in the Great Room with the Warm Winter Sale starting at 11 am.  Each Bingo winner will receive a $25 Cub Foods Gift Card and the Coverall winner receives a $50 Cub Foods Gift Card.  Free Lunch Following Bingo:  A bowl of Dave’s Award Winning Chili, Corn Bread, Lemonade, Bar and Beverage.  Proceeds to benefit The Center – License#01066.   LIMITED SEATING.  COME EARLY!!!      We would appreciate donations of new or gently used quilts, throws or blankets in any size.

Bluegrass Jammin’ will happen the 1st, 3rd and 5th Tuesday of each month from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm in the Great Room.  We will be Jammin’ again on January 16th and January 30th, 2018.   Plan to join Butch in the band, come to enjoy the music or do some foot stompin’ to the banjo/fiddle music.

Day Trippers Theatre, Bloomington on Wednesday, April 4th.   You will board a bus at 8:45 am on the Southwest Corner of Westgate Mall and return about 6:30 pm.  At Noon you will have lunch.  The Buffet will feature Chicken Kiev, Roast Loin of Pork, Country Sausage with Sauerkraut, Sliced Beets, Salami, Cheese, Assorted Peppers, Red Potatoes, Cut Green Beans, Green Leaf Salad, Rolls & Butter, Spice Cake, Coffee, Tea and Water.  After Lunch, at 1:15 pm,  you will see ‘Drinking Habits’.   A humorous play about The Sisters making wine as a fund raiser.  Cost is $63 for Center Members and $68 if not a member.   The deadline to purchase your ticket at the Front Desk of The Center is March 23rd.  There is information in the The Center January News.

Center Choir is not meeting in December or January.

Silent Auction features a variety of items available for bidding.  You don’t need to be a member to get in on this ongoing event.   This is an opportunity to purchase something for yourself and possibly a gift for someone else.  The Silent Auction table changed out on Friday, December 22nd.    This Silent Auction has something for everyone.  There is a “Man Cave” Table/Bench & a Wall Hanging, Women’s Aqua Vest, Wine Rack w/wine, 60×70 ‘Vortex’ Batiks Quilt Kit, Red Plad Throw, Tea Set, Fruit Bowl & Cook Book, Purple Women’s Wool Jacket, Wall Sconce, M&M Dispenser, Snack Tray and a Puzzle.   It is really a fun mixture of goodies!!  Stop in and getting bidding on one of these fun items.

Pool Table has been donated by Hazelwood Corporation, Aitkin.  It is a gently used 8′ Commercial Dynamo pool table.  Center members have been ‘rackin up’ the balls.  Stop in to shoot a game!  We will begin scheduling leagues starting in January.

Tuesday Extended Evening Hours has us open until 9 pm.  You could be playing Bridge, Cribbage, Mahjong, Dominos or Woodcarving.  The Bluegrass Band Jam Sessions happen every other Tuesday.  You pre-sign up for the Bridge.  Stop in and get involved.

On Monday, December 11th we were entertained by Northern Lights.

Annual Christmas Party was held Friday, December 8th at 1 pm.  There was food, entertainment, prizes, holiday fun and a full house.

Dinner & Miracle on 34th Street happened on Friday, December 15th.  The Dinner was really good and the performance was spectacular.  There was a packed house!!

Let’s Go Fishing Trips are done for this year.  No matter what lake the LGFT is on, it is really a fun, relaxing and socializing few hours.  Make sure you get in on the action next summer!!!  You have the opportunity to fish or just have a pontoon ride with an enjoyable group of people.