By GAIL GALOTTA
For The Daily News
IRON MOUNTAIN - I had just picked up my husband and son from the train station when I noticed the "service engine" warning light. "The car is overheating," I announced. As if it wasn't enough to watch the Cubs lose again, my guys would now be stranded in a gas station watching a volcano of brown water spew out from the car radiator. It was a hot Sunday, and as I sat on the curb wiping the greasy antifreeze from my shoes, I pondered the familiarity of this situation.
It was another hot Sunday many years ago. My sister and I were taking a ride in the country with family friends. Although the two boys were our best friends in the summer because they stayed at the cottage next to ours, their father was usually working back home in Connecticut. On this rare visit, he arranged a family outing in the woody station wagon that seemed so elegant to the eight and ten-year-old girls who were invited to join them. The plan included ice cream, an idea that was especially appealing on a summer's day.
The scent of sweet meadow grasses blew through the windows as we traveled down the country road. It seemed an idyllic journey for us four children whose days were usually spent as pirates and mermaids in the water. But it came to an abrupt halt when the father suddenly stopped the car. We filed out, as instructed, and began a walk that would later be recalled as the longest, hottest march of my life. Our destination was a gas station, which eventually appeared like an oasis in wavering currents of heat that distorted our vision along the dusty road.
I had never experienced such thirst, and when the father purchased us each a drink, I quickly drained the offered bottle of pop. But it was warm 7UP, a disappointing liquid that failed to quench my thirst, which returned with a vengeance on the long walk back to the car. My sister and I were too polite to complain and sat obediently on the side of the road while the boys' father filled the radiator with the borrowed container of water. The singing of birds mocked our dry, parched throats. Meanwhile, the father mumbled curses, clearly angry with the heat, the car, and fate, which had targeted him. There would be no ice cream that day.
Of course there have been other car problems that have presented themselves through the years: dead batteries, flat tires, broken alternators. And although these catch you unaware, the inconveniences are more easily dealt with today. As in the case of my overheated radiator, a cell phone call to a mechanic resulted in a quick fix with a new thermostat. Still, there was a moment when I felt like a stranded, helpless child again, back on that dusty road in the sweltering heat.
Sunday: Word Scramble, 10 a.m.; Protestant services, 2:15 p.m.; Pokereno, 3 p.m.
Monday: Resident council meeting, 10 a.m.; Resident birthday party, 2 p.m.; Ice cream, 3 p.m.; Bingo, 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday: Uno, 10 a.m.; Bingo, 2 p.m.; Gardening on the patio, 3 p.m.
Wednesday: Room visits, 10 a.m.; Rosary, 11 a.m.; Music by the Singing Strings, 2 p.m.
Thursday: Bible study, 10 a.m.; Pokereno, 2 p.m.; Sit and Be Fit exercise on the patio, 3 p.m.
Golden Living Center
Sunday: Bingo, 10 a.m.; Play Stones, 2 p.m.
Monday: Fitnessize, 10 a.m.; Sensations, 11 a.m.; Bowling, 2 p.m.; Bethlehem service, 3:15 p.m.
Tuesday: Pastor Doug, 10 a.m.; Lunch outing, 11 a.m.; Cards, 2 p.m.
Wednesday: Flippo, 10 a.m.; One to one room visits, 1 p.m.; Pretty Nails, 2 p.m.
Thursday: Yahtzee, 10 a.m.; Sensations, 11 a.m.; Karaoke, 2 p.m.
Coffee and cookies social daily, 10 a.m.
Sunday: Easy Listening music and movie, 10:30 a.m.; Bible Church, 2:30 p.m.; Visitation and Reminisce, 3 p.m.; Card Club and Sit and Be Fit, 3:30 p.m.
Monday: Pet therapy with Kathy and Toby, 9:30 a.m.; Trivia, 10:30 a.m.; Bingo, 2 p.m.; Social hour and Card Club, 3 p.m.; Sit and Be Fit and movie, 3:30 p.m.
Tuesday: Reading and reminisce group, 10:30 a.m.; Jackpot, 2 p.m.; Social hour and Card Club, 3 p.m.; Aroma therapy and movie, 3:30 p.m.
Wednesday: Rosary group with Margaret and communion, 10:30 a.m.; Exercise games, 2 p.m.; Social hour and Card Club, 3 p.m.; Sit and Be Fit and movie, 3:30 p.m.
Thursday: Sit and Be Fit, 10:30 a.m.; Piano music by George Hirn, 2 p.m.; Social hour and Card Club, 3 p.m.; Activity cart and movie, 3:30 p.m.
Coffee time daily, 9:30 a.m.
Movie, 10:45 a.m. (daily), 3:15 p.m. (Monday through Saturday).
Gathering place, 11:40 a.m. (daily), 4:30 p.m. (Monday through Friday).
Protestant Church service, Sunday, 3 p.m.
Games, 10:15 a.m. (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday), 5:45 p.m. (Monday through Thursday).
Exercises, 10 a.m. (Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday).
Sunday: Wet Your Whistle, 9:30 a.m.; Just Jokes, 10:15 a.m.; Morsels and More, 1:30 p.m.
Monday: Wet Your Whistle, 9:30 a.m.; Did You Know, 10:15 a.m.; Bingo, 2 p.m.; Games People Play, 5:45 p.m.
Tuesday: Wet Your Whistle, 9:30 a.m.; Pet visits with Toby, 10:15 a.m.; Wheel of Fortune, 2 p.m.; Movie and a manicure, 5:45 p.m.
Wednesday: Wet Your Whistle, 9:30 a.m.; Card Shark Bingo, 10:15 a.m.; Larry Jankowski and his Electronic Orchestra, 2 p.m.; Card Club, 5:45 p.m.
Thursday: Wet Your Whistle, 9:30 a.m.; Pet visits with Hannah, 10 a.m.; Bingo, 10:15 a.m.; Bingo, 2 p.m.; Karaoke, 5:45 p.m.
Rosary Sunday through Friday, 8:30 a.m.
Communion service Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.
Coffee social every day at 9:45 a.m.
Pet visits throughout the week.
Sunday: Catholic Mass, 9 a.m.; Derby Day, 10:15 a.m.; Exercise, 11 a.m.; Bingo, 1:30 p.m.; Protestant service, 2:30 p.m.
Monday: Shopping outing, 9:30 a.m.; Bible study, 10:15 a.m.; Exercise, 11 a.m.; Mind game, 2 p.m.; Chaplet of Divine Mercy, 3 p.m.; Whammo, 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday: Bingo, 10:15 a.m.; Exercise, 11 a.m.; Wii games, 3 p.m.; Movie, 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday: Bowling, 10:15 a.m.; Jokereno, 2 p.m.; Chaplet of Divine Mercy, 3 p.m.; Campfire, 6 p.m.
Thursday: Mass, 9 a.m.; Scattegories, 10:15 a.m.; Exercise, 11 a.m.; Prayer Shawl, 2 p.m.; Nickel Jokereno, 6:30 p.m.; Music in the Park, 6:30 p.m.
Sunday: Coffee and Danish, 8 a.m. to 9 a.m.; Suomikutsuu-Finnish music on Channel 6, 9:30 a.m.; Social hour with coffee and snacks, 3 p.m.; Oldies but Goodies movie matinee, 3 p.m.
Exercise, Monday through Friday at 11 a.m.
Juice time, daily at 10 a.m.
Shopping days: Tuesdays, 10 a.m. and Fridays, 1 p.m.
Sunday: Bible study, 2:30 p.m.; Refreshments, 3 p.m.
Monday: Bingo, 2 p.m.; Refreshments, 3 p.m.
Tuesday: Craft class, 2 p.m.; Refreshments, 3 p.m.
Wednesday: Golden Throats, 2 p.m.; Refreshments, 3 p.m.
Thursday: Trivia, 2 p.m.; Rosary, 3 p.m.
Friday: Bingo, 2 p.m.; Refreshments, 3 p.m.
Saturday: Movie and popcorn, 2 p.m.
Note: All centers ask for 24 hour advanced reservations for lunch. If you have meals delivered and will not be home, notify the center.
Meal every Monday and Thursday at noon. Reservations requested 24 hours in advance.
Open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
Lunch at noon.
Bingo on Tuesdays.
Craft time on Wednesdays after the meal. Ladies: bring your craft to work on.
Free meal drawing on Thursdays.
Meals: Monday through Friday.
Cards and games available 9 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Hostess on duty Monday through Friday.
Treats and coffee, 8:30 a.m. through noon.
Tuesdays, Craft class at 8:30 a.m. to noon.
Center retail store is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; volunteers and donations are welcome.
Birthday party, every third Tuesday.
Blood pressure and blood sugar testing, every fourth Wednesday.
Crystal Falls Center
Head Cook, Donna Sjoquist
Meals: Monday and Tuesday, noon. Wednesday meal is salad bar, 4:30 p.m. and dinner, 5 p.m. Suggested donation is $4. Center is closed Thursday through Sunday. The first Sunday of each month is a card party from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. ($3 for cards of choice and lunch). Potluck dinner and cribbage on the second Saturday of each month at 5:30 p.m.($2 for cribbage). A site council meeting on third Wednesday at 3 p.m. For members, a potluck lunch at noon on the third Thursday of each month with bingo afterwards. Blood pressure taken by request anytime the center is open.
Crystal Lake Center
The center is closed on the weekends.
Monday: Casino bus, 9 a.m. (through April); Woodcarvers, 10:30 a.m.
Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday: Cards.
Dances are held every second and fourth Friday of the month at 7 p.m.
Spinning Spools Quilters Guild meets Wednesdays, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Crafters, scrap bookers, etc. also welcome.
Transportation is available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; Call the center to book your ride.
Director: Norma Dixon
Meals served Monday through Thursday at 11:15 a.m.
Bingo on the first and third Wednesday of each month after lunch.
Congregate jigsaw puzzle done daily.
Please call for meal reservation.
Fence Center/Town Hall
Meal at noon on Wednesdays only. Reservations requested 48 hours in advance.
Florence Community Center/Town Hall
Meal at 11:30 a.m. Monday through Friday. Reservations requested 48 hours in advance.
Social hour, 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Monday through Friday. Jigsaw puzzles, cards, cribbage, board games, and recreational bingo. The coffee is always on.
Aging and Disability Resource Center of Florence County
Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Hillcrest Senior Dining Center, Aurora
Meal at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Reservations requested 48 hours in advance. Social hour from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Jigsaw puzzles, cards, cribbage, board games and recreational bingo. The coffee is always on! Walk Fit offered free on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Call (715) 589-2768 for information.
Coordinator: Pam Haluska
Meal is Monday through Friday at noon. Suggested donation is $3.
Bus goes to Norway the first Monday of the month for dinner. Check with center for time and cost.
Monday: Rides to Iron Mountain during the day.
Tuesday: Bingo, 12:30 p.m.
Wednesday: Movie Day once a month.
Thursday: Rides to Escanaba.
Friday: Bingo, 12:30 p.m.
Iron River Center
Directors: Katherine Bortolameolli and Brian Kassa
Meals served Monday through Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; $4 (over 60) and $5 (under 60).
Evening meal on Thursdays with salad bar at 4 p.m. and dinner at 4:30 p.m.
Bingo is on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 1:15 p.m.
Cards are played on Thursdays, 1 p.m.
Bus trip to Iron Mountain is on the third Wednesday of the month.
Dance on the second Saturday of the month from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Cover charge is $5.
Pancake Day on the third Saturday of the month, 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Transportation available Monday through Thursday with the bus running 8:30 a.m. through 3:30 p.m. $4 (over 60), $5 (under 60), wheelchair.
Niagara Northwoods Senior Cafe and Center
Meal site Manager: Kathy Schutte (715) 251-1603
Center Director: Jill Anderson (715) 251-4154
Noon meals served Monday through Thursday.
Transportation to the meal site from the Niagara area is offered.
Wii games, cards, puzzles, and board games available to play for your enjoyment.
Outreach worker on site available by appointment for fuel assistance, Homestead tax credit, Seniorcare, and other senior resources. Please call 24 hours in advance for meal reservations.
Senior groups who would like to use our meal site as their meeting place may join us for lunch and stay to have their meeting or social time.
Director: Susie Slining
Monday through Thursday: Meals served at noon with salad bar. Soup is also available on Tuesdays and Thursdays. (Suggested meal donation is $4.)
Cards daily before and after the noon meal.
Craft classes: Mondays and Thursdays, 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Exercise classes: Monday and Thursday, 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. All welcome.
Medical appointments to Iron Mountain can be arranged from the Crystal Lake Center.
Telephone reassurance is available. If you are a senior who doesn't get out much and would like a friendly daily phone contact, the center will have someone check in to see that all is well.
Aug. 4: Dinner, 5 p.m., serving company chicken, soup and salad bar, veggies and dessert. Bingo, prizes and 50/50.
Aug. 6: Blood pressure clinic, 11 a.m.
Aug. 11: Center board meeting, 10 a.m.
Aug. 12: CSFP food distribution, 8:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. at old Northland building.
Aug. 12: Summer celebration dinner, 50/50 drawing, bingo, and prizes.
Aug. 15: Center dance, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., $5 at door. Music by Paula D, snacks, sweets and coffee will be provided.
Aug. 20: DCHS blood pressure clinic, 11 a.m.
Aug. 21: Birthday Club dinner.
Aug. 26: Fair days dinner, 50/50 drawing, bingo, and prizes.
Note: Orders are being taken for the Sept. 13 pasty sale.
July 1 through Aug. 5: Diabetes-Path: free program for persons living with diabetes. A workshop will be held in Iron Mountain at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Tuesdays from July 1 through Aug. 5. Call UPCAP to register, 1-800-338-7227 or 211.
Attention: The Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program provides qualified older adults with free coupons for unprocessed, Michigan-grown produce from authorized farmers markets and roadside stands throughout Michigan.
Note: Ask about the Medicare Savings Program. This program helps people pay their Medicare part B premium. You may be eligible. Your local MMAP Counselor can be reached at 1-800-803-7174, or dial 211.
Director: Bette Christian
Meals: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 11:45 a.m.
Cards: Tuesday and Wednesday and Thursday.
Bingo every third Tuesday of the month.
Commodities every second Wednesday of the month.
Puzzle table for all to enjoy.
Treadmill available during Center hours.