Celebrate National Watermelon Day at the center on Aug. 9
National Watermelon Day is Aug. 3 and staff at the DeForest Area Community and Senior Center will celebrate on Friday, Aug. 9. Come and guess the weight of a watermelon we’ll have on display. Entries can be made starting on Wednesday, Aug. 7, up until lunch on Aug. 9. The individual with the closest guess wins the watermelon to enjoy! Watermelon is a delicious summer fruit that has become a staple at family picnics and cookouts. Did you know that watermelons are 92 percent water? No wonder they’re so refreshing! There are about 300 different kinds of watermelon in the U.S. and Mexico: you can find red, pink, white, and yellow varieties in various sizes and shapes. Watermelons are usually quite large, and many county fairs award prizes for the biggest ones. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the heaviest watermelon weighed 262 pounds. To learn more interesting watermelon facts, please visit www.watermelon.org. To celebrate National Watermelon Day, have some watermelon for dessert! Slice it up and eat it plain, cook it on the grill, mix it into a salsa, or blend it into a cocktail. Enjoy! TIP: Always remember to clean the watermelon under running water before cutting into it.
Line Dancing Class Offered
Line dancing is exactly what its name implies – people standing in lines dancing to music. Please join us from 5:45 p.m. - 6:45 p.m., Thursdays, from now to Aug.15 for this class. Line dances are choreographed dances with a repeating series of steps that are performed in unison by a group of people in lines or rows. All of the dancers performing a line dance face the same direction and perform the steps at exactly the same time. Line dancers rarely interact with each other during a dance, as everyone performs the steps at the same time. The instructor, Teri Kahel, has been dancing with the Dairyland Cowboys and Cowgirls in Madison for six years. She loves to teach and is very excited when her students “get it” and she sees their joy of dancing increase with each success. If you can walk, you can dance! You can wear anything for the class – boots or tennis shoes are great. The cost of this six-week class is $30 and needs to be paid when you pre-register with Sue. If there is enough interest in offering another class, the time and day may change.
Red Hatter Chatter
On Sunday, Aug. 4, the DeForest Red Hatters will go see the Mad-City Ski Team perform at 6 p.m. We will meet at the center at 4:30 p.m. to carpool. Our August meeting at the center will be on Wednesday, Aug. 7, at 10:30 a.m. We extend an invitation and welcome to all ladies aged 55 or older to join our group for fun-filled activities.
Secretary – Pat Allie Queen Mother – Karen Laufenberg
DeForest RSVP Sewing Group meet Aug. 5, 19 at DACSC
The RSVP Sewing Group will meet on the first and third Monday of each month at the center. All interested individuals are welcome to join this group at any time and work on projects they are interested in making for RSVP. Patterns and materials are provided for participants to complete projects. The group will meet on Aug. 5 and 19 from 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Typical items made by a sewing group include lap quilts, larger quilts, small tote bags for children, larger totes for adults and walker/wheelchair bags using recycled and donated materials. If you are interested in joining or have any questions, please contact Sue.
Memories Dinner Theatre – “Talley’s Folly” – Aug. 6
A day of shopping and dinner theatre awaits you on Tuesday, Aug. 6. The bus will leave the DACSC at 6:30 a.m. and will stop at the Cedar Creek Settlement shops in Cedarburg’s Historic Downtown. Enjoy a dazzling array of specialty and gift items, collectibles, clothing, original arts and crafts, jewelry and more! After shopping, the bus will travel to the theatre in Port Washington where the year is 1944 and Matt Friedman, an older Jewish accountant from St. Louis, has arrived at the Talley home to plead his love to Sally Talley, a young wealthy Protestant woman. This honest and delightfully funny comedy follows that evening’s events and explores Sally’s fears for her family’s disapproval of their courtship and Matt’s refusal to accept defeat. As the evening unfolds, the two unlikely lovers reveal their innermost secrets and determine their potential compatibility for marriage. The plated meal served will include: A themed main entrée with side dish, vegetable, bread, salad, and dessert served during intermission. The cost for this trip is $77.
Library Program @ Your Center
Diamond Dragons Book Chat - Friday, Aug. 9, at 10 a.m. – “Dreamers of the Day” by Mary Doria Russell
Agnes Shanklin, a 40-year-old teacher from Ohio, has come into a modest inheritance that allows her to take the trip of a lifetime to Egypt and the Holy Land. Arriving at the Semiramis Hotel just as the 1921 Cairo Peace Conference convenes, she feels free and finds herself being wooed by a handsome, mysterious German. At the same time, Agnes, with her plainspoken American opinions, is drawn into the company of Winston Churchill, T. E. Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia), and Lady Gertrude Bell who will redraw the world map to create the modern Middle East. As they change history, Agnes, too, will find her own life transformed forever. Author Mary Doria Russell illuminates the long, rich history of the Middle East with a story that clarifies today’s headlines. Join Library Outreach Coordinator Jane Henze for this discussion.
8-Ball Pool Tournament Results
Everyone had a great time at the 8-Ball Pool Tournament on July 10. Thank you to the 14 individuals who participated and congratulations to the winners!
First Place - Frank Genna and John Lipshein
Second Place - Loren Lathrop and Lisa Correo
Third Place - Mary Haug and Don Taylor
American Legion Auxiliary Coupon Collection
The American Legion Auxiliary Unit 348 is collecting coupon flyers distributed in the Sunday papers. Coupons are cut out and mailed to military bases in foreign countries where they can be used in the commissaries at these bases. They also are collecting soda can tabs, soup labels and Box Tops for Education labels that are distributed to local schools for their use to purchase education equipment for the schools. Please drop off coupons, tabs, and labels at the center for the Auxiliary to collect. Thank you for your help!
Unique Volunteer Opportunity
We are looking for a unique person to help on a monthly basis for our new Memory Café. This may be a former healthcare professional or caregiver knowledgeable about Alzheimer’s and other memory loss diagnoses. This person also could be interested in learning about memory loss and wants to find a rewarding way to stay connected with the community while helping to lead discussions, activities and other small groups for people with memory loss. Case managers will provide training, support and other resources necessary. We anticipate the group will meet monthly. If you would like more information about this volunteer opportunity, please contact Natalie or Roxane.
Every Wednesday at 1 p.m., please join us to play cribbage at the DACSC. If you have a cribbage board, please bring it along in case we may need more. This is a new activity request and provides you another opportunity to come and enjoy the center.
Free Personalized eBook, eReader Training Sessions
Have you purchased an eReader but aren’t sure how to use it? Help is on the way! Is that nice eReader or tablet your kids gave you for your birthday still in the box because you don’t know how to use it? Did you know that the DeForest Area Public Library offers free downloadable eBooks? You can learn how to use the library's free eBook service, Wisconsin's Digital Library, at a personalized eBook training session. The free sessions at the DACSC are available for all levels of eReader users. We’ll cover everything from setting up and registering your new device, to searching the eBook collection, and downloading free books to your eReader or tablet. The 45-minute, one-on-one, sessions will be conducted by helpful (and very patient!) staff from Dane County Library Service. If you have questions about these sessions or are interested in making an appointment, please contact Sue at the center.
Warrens Cranberry Festival – Sept. 28
Taste everything cranberry and plan on lots of walking at the Annual Cranberry Festival in Warrens on Saturday, Sept. 28. The bus will leave the DACSC at 8:45 a.m. to visit the world’s largest Cranberry Festival! A wide variety of American and ethnic foods can be found at more than 100 different food booths. Shop at the 850 arts and crafts booths, 350 antique and flea market booths, and more than 100 farmer’s market booths. Visit the school gym to see the various contests. Enjoy the music on the grounds while you shop or relax at the Old Towne Hall for Family Variety Time. Make sure to try the cranberry cream puffs, chocolate covered cheesecake, funnel cakes or some cranberry ice cream. There is plenty of room in the luggage area under the bus for your new found treasures. Marsh Tours are very popular so be sure to get your tickets early in the day: Advance reservations are not available. The cost for the marsh tour is $6 per person, buses leave every 15 minutes, and the tours last about an hour. Please plan ahead – good walking shoes are a must. This trip goes rain or shine so please plan accordingly. We will make a short stop on the way to Warrens and on the return trip to stretch our legs and to pick-up a bite to eat at your own expense. The cost for this trip is $65; please register with Sue at the center. Reservations will be accepted until Sept. 9 or until seats are filled.
Amish Country in Markesan – Oct. 11
Join us as we head north to Markesan at 9 a.m., Friday, Oct. 11, where we will begin our exploration of the Amish Community. Upon arrival at Bauman Meats, our local guide will take us on a tour of the Amish area including stops at the bakery, cheese store, and grocery store. Visiting the bakery and grocery stores are wonderful experiences; you might want to purchase fresh baked goods to take home from both! We will enjoy a casual, authentic lunch in an Amish home in the Kingston Area, which will be served by the Amish family. Lunch will feature a full all-you-can-eat meal similar to that served at an Amish wedding meal and includes dessert. You can casually talk to the family and learn some of their ways. After lunch, we will continue with our tour going to an Amish Woodshed and the Amish School. As we travel homeward, we will think of our new Amish friends and their ways. The cost of this trip is $103; please register with Sue at the center. Reservations will be accepted until Sept. 18; after this date you will need to check for availability.