Thanksgiving is near, time to look back over the year.

Yes, we have many reasons to be thankful here at the Senior Center. We are very grateful for the 100 plus volunteers that serve in so many different capacities to help Sierra Senior Providers (SSPI)-Senior Center carryout its mission; for our staff and their ongoing dedication and commitment to serving the needs of seniors in our community; for all of our community donors throughout this past year in providing funding support to our various programs and services. A special “Thank You” to the Sonora Area Foundation and their respective donors in contributing $60,000 to Meals On Wheels and helping SSPI serve the homebound, frail and isolated seniors.

We have many other individuals, groups and reasons to be thankful. The Senior Center is grateful for having the opportunity to serve our community.

We recently received the following note from one of our Meals On Wheels clients: “To everyone involved with Meals On Wheels, in June and July I was recovering from shoulder surgery. I don’t know what I would have done without Meals On Wheels. This is my second time. I’m very grateful for their faithfulness and willing spirit. Because of this organization, I was able to keep my independence and heal without worry. There really are no words for the gratefulness I feel. Each and every one of you are so valuable. Thank you.” — N.D.

On a personal note, my wife, Kathy, with no previous health problems or warning signs, experienced a heart attack in June. She was med-flighted to Doctors Hospital in Modesto. Eight blockages were found and a quadruple surgery was performed. A week before my wife’s heart attack, my sister, Gloria, also in fairly good health, experienced liver failure, possibly due to a reaction to some new medication. It was determined that she would need a liver transplant. We came very close to losing her. In August, a liver was found and the transplant performed. I am very glad to say that both my wife and my sister are doing very well. Kathy is now on the go more than ever. For Gloria, life is returning back to normal each and every day! Life is fragile. Cherish what we do have and things that really do matter.

Community Thanksgiving lunch and holiday bake sale

Please join us for a community Thanksgiving lunch at the Senior Center with all of the traditional meal favorites. The lunch will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Nov. 16. Cost for lunch is a suggested donation of $4.50 for guests 60 and over and $6 for people younger than 60. A Holiday Bake Sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., offering lots of holiday goodies. The event is sponsored by the Senior Center Site Council.

See’s Candies
for the holidays

Perfect for every occasion, delight them with See’s Candies for the holidays. Keep our See’s Candies in mind, sold only at the Senior Center. Proceeds help support the programs and services of the Senior Center. Pre-orders are available.

Seeking volunteer receptionist

If you love greeting, serving and helping people, we are currently seeking volunteers to help serve as a receptionist for our front lobby. Tuesday or Thursday, flexible hours. If interested, contact Leon Casas at the Senior Center.

Nutrient of the Month

Niacin, also known as vitamin B3, is essential for healthy skin, blood cells, digestive system, hormone production, healthy brain and nervous system. Daily intake is necessary and may be used to treat high cholesterol and other cardiovascular diseases. Most people intake the appropriate amount through daily diet. Good sources of niacin include meat, fish and whole grains.

For more information on any of the above events, call or drop by the Senior Center between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays, call (209) 533-2622, or go online to