Local seniors celebrate July 4, family reunions | Butterfly

Last Wednesday, the Ralston Senior Center hosted a special picnic with hot dogs.

Everyone was surprised with a slice of watermelon. Before lunch, Anna Curry from Whispering Roots gave a nutrition talk on sugars in our packaged foods. Then 20 played bingo.

The Ralston Senior Center is looking for participants to play cards and other games on the second and fourth Thursday mornings. Bingo is played from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on these days.

The lunch menu for next week, July 20, is ham and Swiss on croissant, coleslaw and vegetables. The July 27 menu is pasta with meat sauce, vegetables and pudding. Lunch is served at 11:30 a.m.; the cost $4.50. One must reserve; call Diane at 402-885-8895.

Entertainment will be provided by The Links from the Merrymakers on Wednesday July. It’s always a great show. Games and bingo are played after lunch.

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At La Vista Senior Center, lunch is served at 11:30 a.m. Monday through Friday. The ENOA menu can be found in the Omaha World=Herald each week. One must reserve.

Tai chi classes on Tuesday and Thursday at 11 a.m. returned to 50 cents a session.

The Merrymaker John Worsham will host Monday, July 18 at 12:30 p.m. There’s a movie release at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, July 19 and a screening of “First 50 Dates” at the center on Tuesday, July 20 at 1 p.m. There is bingo every Friday at 1 p.m.; the cost is $1.

An outing to the Lauritzen Gardens is scheduled for Thursday, July 21. The cost is $15 plus tax. One must reserve.

A lunch outing to Longhorn Steakhouse on Thursday, July 28 is at 12:30 p.m. Reservations are required.

The craft class on July 25 at 12:45 p.m. will be for seniors and children and/or grandchildren. There will be enough crafts for everyone. Call 402-331-3455 to make all reservations.

St Gerald’s senior group Friends on Q will hold their July event next Wednesday, July 20. It will be a “McFarland, USA” movie night and it will start at 6:30 p.m. The cost is $5 and must be paid by July 18. Reservations can be put in an envelope with your name and check and put in the collection basket at Mass or brought to the parish office. Call Dee 402-253-2737 or Kay 402-537-1917 with any questions.

Saturday June 25 was a special day for the Fouts family. Margaret and Jerry celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary with a mass and dinner at St Gerald’s. Fifty-five family members, including Jerry’s sister, attended.

Reverend Gary Ostrander, former pastor of St Gerald’s, said mass. He started his homily on burning bridges and everyone laughed when he could relate it to his blessing for Margaret and Jerry at the end of the mass. They received a papal blessing as well as a flag that had flown over the Capitol.

Niece Katie did a wonderful job arranging dinner decorations and beautiful flowers. On Sunday morning, she welcomed everyone to her home for a light breakfast where they could chat, the children could play and everyone could say goodbye.

They had started the family reunion weekend on Friday, with pizza at Mama’s in La Vista. On Saturday morning, there was a brunch with Sister Cathi’s family. Sunday there was a visit to the cemetery and dinner with Cathi and Tim’s family. It was great having the whole family in town and being able to visit. It only took Les Fouts five days to recover from all these fun activities.

The elderly also enjoyed the 4th of July in different ways.

Ron Wilson hosted Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 279 with a hamburger lunch at the Ralston Senior Center. They then loaded up their trailer and participated in Ralston’s Independence Day Parade. Ron said it was gratifying to receive the thanks from the crowd after the reception they received when they returned home earlier.

Marge O’Reilly said her whole family would be in Omaha for the 4th. The whole family met in their backyard at 10 a.m. for a group photo with Liz Polivka as the photographer. Many years ago, Liz won the Megan O’Reilly Memorial Scholarship when she graduated from Ralston High School. This 39th year, the winner is a young man, Eli Smith, also valedictorian.

Marge can’t wait to attend the Ralston Community Theater’s regional premiere of “Something Rotten,” a brand new musical. Todd, although retired, has returned from his vacation on the Danube and will direct the production.

Jerry, Margaret and Scott Fouts enjoyed dinner and fireworks at their niece’s house.

Carolyn and Tom Sullivan spent six fun-filled days as a family. One of the highlights was an airboat cruise on the Platte River. The weather cleared and it was fine out on the river.

I had a visit from Andrew and Jennifer and that evening was surrounded by fireworks in the front and back yards but I stayed inside and watched the concert and the fireworks “A Capitol Fourth” on PBS, then Macy’s Fireworks from New York.

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Sara H. Byrd