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A new Muleshoe Senior Citizens Center board was recently seated. David Brown is president; Lucy Bachicha, vice president; Marie Brown, secretary; and Gary Hooten, treasurer.  Other board members are Earl Behrends, Helen Cook, Robert Johnson and Marcha Rasco. 

“The most important thing we want to do is keep the Senior Center going,” Brown said. “It is expensive. We own the building, but there’s the cost of insurance, food and utilities. We do receive finances from SPAG (South Plains Association of Governments) contingent on what we end up spending for meals. They help us along, but mostly we rely on donations.” 

The Senior Center offers midday meals, giving seniors a chance to meet and socialize. 

“Marion Duly, our cook, prepares well-balanced meals five days a week,” said Senior Center director Kaci Lee. “We serve from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. One of our best days is Friday when we serve fish and chicken. We slowed down over the holidays, but we’re picking back up. We had a really good day with over 100 people today.” 

The Senior Center is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays and offers a variety of activities including arts and crafts, dominoes and pool. 

“They play dominoes every morning, and some continue after lunch, playing 80. My wife is big into that. There are three pool tables. I shoot pool a little bit myself,” Brown said. 

Frequently, music accompanies the meals. 

“The Muleshoe Pickers come in and play for us, and we’ve had some other things. Ann Johnson comes in and plays the piano – those are all drawing cards,” Brown said. “They’re very good, and we enjoy having them there. Arts and Crafts come in almost every week on Wednesday, so that’s a drawing card too.” 

Both Brown and Lee say the Center is open for suggestions for activities. 

“We’re looking for activities to generate more involvement from the community and liven the place up a little bit,” Lee said. 

The board meets every second Monday of the month at the Senior Center, normally at 1:30 p.m. after lunch is over. Citizens are welcome to come. 

 “I have been really very proud of new board members stepping up to help out,” Brown said. “Things are looking better financially and better with new people coming in and signing up. We want to continue to make the Center more attractive to get people to come in and be members. We encourage all the participants that we can get to come up.” 

The Muleshoe Pickers are scheduled to play at Muleshoe Senior Center on Friday, Feb. 3. The Valentine’s Day Pancake Breakfast and Bake Sale is scheduled from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 11. 

“People can still sign up to donate baked goodies, candy or whatnot,” Lee said. “There’s a lady that comes who makes some really amazing bread.” 

The Center is located at 319 Main St. To learn more visit Muleshoe Senior Citizens Center on Facebook or call 806-272-4969. 

Gail M Williams


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