By Kristi Conforti

CEO-Sierra Senior Providers

Join us at the Senior Center on Saturday, Feb. 23, for an All-You-Can-Eat Crab Feed fundraising event to support the essential programs, services and activities that the Senior Center provides to our community.

Tickets cost $45 per person, and dinner includes clam chowder, salad, dinner roll, dessert and all the crab you can eat. Soda, beer and wine will be available for purchase, and buy some raffle tickets to win a variety of prizes.

Doors open at 4:30 p.m., and dinner service will begin at 5 p.m. Tickets are available at the Senior Center. Call or come by to reserve your spot, this event will sell out.

Free tax help

The AARP Foundation will provide free tax preparation at two locations this tax season:

• 8 a.m. to noon Wednesdays, Feb. 6 through April 10, Senior Center, 540 Greenley Road, Sonora;

• 8 a.m. to noon Thursdays, Feb. 7 through April 11, St. Michael’s Church, 19632 Mono Way, Sonora.

• Also, V.I.T.A. (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) tax preparers will be available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays, Feb. 16 through April 13, at the Senior Center.

No appointments necessary; first come, first served. Bring all 2018 documents as well as a copy of your 2017 tax return.

Posture perfect aging

This exercise class focuses on improving flexibility, strength and balance. A fee of $5 per class, includes one-on-one assistance in a group setting with instructor David Keller. Morning and evening classes are offered as follows:

• 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays

• 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays

See’s Candies

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and the Senior Center has an assortment of chocolates and sweets available for your sweetheart! Make Valentine’s Day special and help support the Senior Center.

Nutrient of the Month-Potassium

The body doesn’t naturally produce potassium, yet it is a vital mineral and electrolyte that supports cell function and can decrease the risk of kidney stones. The recommended daily allowance of potassium is 4,700mg and the nutrient can be found in fruits, vegetables and beans. Prunes, plums and potatoes with their skin are particularly high in potassium. Potassium, along with a reduced sodium diet, has been shown to reduce high blood pressure. Decrease sodium intake by cooking potassium rich foods with herbs and spices to add flavor instead of salt.

For more information on any of the above, call the Senior Center at (209) 533-2622 or go online to www.sierraseniorproviders.org.

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