By Paula Walter
Mountain City Care and Rehabilitation Center once again held its annual Valentines Day Ball. Residents of all ages are encouraged to participate, and this year approximately 50 men and women were dressed to the nines in their best party clothes. Regardless of their age, this group enjoys a party.
Each year, a king and queen are crowned, along with the selection of a prince and princess from each of the three halls that make up the center. Ocie Miller is now the reigning queen, along with D. C. Forrester as king. On hall 100, Elaine Robertson is the new princess, along with Tom Bible, the newly selected prince. Wilma Rhymer is the new princess on hall 200, along with Ray Jenkins as prince. Louella Dowell holds the title of princess of hall 300, with John Atkins as the prince.
According to Michelle McCloud, director of activities, this event has been held for the past four to five years and is a hit with the residents. D.C. was really excited, McCloud said.
They were like movie stars and more excited than they are for even the birthday parties. A party wouldnt be complete without food, and cake, ice cream, punch, chips and cheese and crackers were served for all in attendance.
Each month, the calendar in the hall at Mountain City Care and Rehabilitation Center is full of activities for the residents to enjoy. The staff makes sure there is something for everyone to do if they would like to participate in the many events that are available. On February 21, they are going to hold a snowball fight using marshmallows. They love that, McCloud said. On the 27th of this month, there will be a talent show at 2:30 pm. They will also be partaking in a science experiment that same day and will grow crystals. Residents may work on art projects over the weekends, enjoy movies and parties, and each month each of the three halls holds their own social get-togethers.
Age isnt a deterrent for many of the residents as they go bowling, enjoy trips to Branson, Missouri, play bingo and enjoy the Wi Fit bowling games, as well as a mystery auction. They play cards, a favorite and keep up with the news in current events. There are also morning devotions they can attend.
If you are interested in volunteering at Mountain City Care and Rehabilitation Center, stop by and see Tammy at the front office or ask for Shellie. You will need to fill out an application and a background check will be done. They can work with your schedule if you are interested in volunteering with the residents.
By Paula Walter