A big thank you to the volunteers, table and placemat sponsors, raffle item donors, and community members who attended our fourth annual Crab Feed Fundraiser.

With your help, Sierra Senior Providers Inc. raised more than $11,000 to support the critical programs and services offered to seniors in Tuolumne County.

St. Patrick’s Day buffet

On Friday, March 15, the Senior Center will hold a St. Patricks’ Day Buffet offering corned beef, cabbage, carrots, roasted red potatoes, honey-wheat muffins, orange wedges, milk, coffee and tea. Lunch will be served from noon to 1 p.m., and we will be celebrate those with a birthday in March with a cupcake for all.

Free tax help

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

Assistance will be offered from 8 a.m. to noon every Wednesday through April 10 at 540 Greenley Road, Sonora, and from 8 a.m. to noon every Thursday at St. Michael’s Church, 19632 Mono Way, Sonora. Appointments are on a first-come, first-served basis only; bring all 2018 documents and a copy of 2017 tax return.

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

See’s Candies

After selling out of candy on Valentine’s Day, our shelves have been re-stocked and we have an assortment of milk and dark chocolates, nuts and chews, soft centers, peanut brittle, and lollipops available for purchase at the Senior Center. We can satisfy your sweet tooth while you help us to support programs serving seniors in need in our community.

Nutrient of the Month: omega-3 fatty acids

According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Omega-3s can fight inflammation, reduce symptoms related to depression and improve eye health. NIH studies show that people who consume omega-3s regularly are less likely to be depressed and that DHA (Docosahexaenoic Acid) is a major dietary omega-3 that also happens to be a major structural fat that makes up the retina of the eye. Getting enough omega-3s is linked to a reduced risk of age-related macular degeneration. While the USDA does not have a recommended daily allowance of omega-3s specifically, they do recommend a balanced diet to include 8 ounces or more of seafood per week. Seafood high in omega-3s include salmon, herring, oysters, sardines, anchovies and Atlantic or Pacific mackerel.

Don’t like fish? You can get your omega-3s in walnuts, flaxseed, chia seeds and soybeans. Please consult your doctor before taking any omega-3 supplements.

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

Or visit our Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/SonoraSeniorCenter/