Saturday, August 19, 2017

Although we are called Older, Wiser, Livelier, Seniors, all are welcome.  Folks gather from 11:30 am to 12:00 pm, we eat at noon, and then have an activity beginning about 1:00 pm and ending no later than 2:00 pm.  Lunch is $5.00 per person....a bargain for a home cooked meal. 

Mahalo to Mary Lou and Gary Oberlander for preparing a delicious, delightful Luau feast for OWLS on August 16th.  And, many thanks also to everyone who came in their tropical attire and participated in all the amusing activities.

September 20th we will again share a wonderful meal together and then our program will be presented by Leila Calhoon.   Leila is an enthusiastic, inexhaustible encyclopedia of all hair knowledge.  She is a former hair dresser who has been collecting objects such as wreaths and jewelry made from human hair since 1949 and her collection of thousands of items is on display at “Leila’s Hair Museum” in Independence MO.  This promises to be one of our most unique programs to date.  Please sign up in the narthex.

October 18th we will have our traditional Oktoberfest meal...brats, German potato salad, black forest cake and more.  And then, we will be entertained by Jenny Malottes’ trio (which she says will be a quartet for a few numbers this year).  This group of talented singers and their accomplished accompanist thrilled us last year with their lovely voices and range of song selection.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Guess how OWLS began 2017?   B4 we departed, I ate 2,2 much lasagna and Njoyed calling BINGO for about an hour which took some 40tude.  G, maybe even 41 a game. We had a such a good time it is hard to believe most of us are Over 61!  

Although we are called Older, Wiser, Livelier, Seniors, all are welcome.  Folks gather from 11:30 am to 12:00 pm, we eat at noon, and then have an activity beginning about 1:00 pm and ending no later than 2:00 pm.  Lunch is $5.00 per person....a bargain for a home cooked meal.  We already have some terrific activities planned for this year.  Mark your calendars now for every third Wednesday of the month and sign up in the narthex.

February 15th - Come enjoy a Valentines' themed afternoon with a variety of goodies to dip in chocolate fondue before, during and after lunch.  Our activity that day will be "Things We Love".  We're asking all attendees to bring  a sampling of something they collect to tell the group about.  If you don't have a "collection", bring something - maybe even a picture of something you love to share with the group.

March 15th - We  will have a St. Patrick's themed birthday party to celebrate OWLS 9th birthday.  Then plan to bring as many quarters as you would like to play the game "Left, Right, Center". You'll need 3 quarters to begin each game.  One-half of the "pot" for each game will go to the Summer Lunch Program and one-half will go to the winner of that round.  If you can roll dice, you can play this fun game!

April 19th - The New Harmony Handful under the direction of our own, Jim Bagby will entertain us.  This mini-chorus of men who sing barbershop harmony is a highlight every year.

May 17th - Ed and Sally Ingram & Bill and Shelley Melewski are going to give a travelogue about their Mediterranean Cruise last summer. 

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Why did the OWL say , “Tweet Tweet”?
Because she didn’t give a hoot! 
On August 17th, however, our OWLS were hooting and hollering with laughter (That might be a slight exaggeration but we had fun!) for our Wacky Wednesday celebrating National Joke Telling Day (a day late).  Several folks shared jokes but Shelley Melewski stole the show by enthusiastically telling 3 jokes without notes.  Gary Oberlander had grilled burgers for us and Mary Lou and Judy prepared all the fixin’s so we left with our tummies full of good food and our hearts full of laughter.

We have lots more good food, fun, fellowship and frivolity to look forward to in 2016 including:

September 21st—Sandy Moore will present “26 Years in the World of Quilting”.  Sandy has been a quilter since 1990 & will talk about classes she’s  taken, show some quilts & will be glad to answer questions.  Sandy’s bubbly personality is sure to make telling her journey a real “stitch”.

October 20th—Jenny Mallote’s trio and their accompianist will be performing for us.  If you were in worship on July 31st, you know how good they are!

November 16th—we’ll have a traditional Thanksgiving turkey dinner with all of the trimmings and then play board games as many families traditionally do.

December 21st—we’ll play Pass the Parcel  - no need to bring a gift—just come prepared to have a good time!

And, here’s one last joke in honor of the recent start of the school year…..
What is an owl's favorite subject?   Owl-gebra!

Thursday, August 27, 2015

The OWLS had a "hula" va good time on August 19th.  Everyone came dressed in their best island attire to enjoy our first every luau.  Lunch included giant croissants filled with fruited chicken salad, chips, and  a rainbow fruit salad that was a much a feast for the eyes as it was to the palate all topped off with a beautiful coconut cake.  Then we played some games to learn more about Hawaii and about each other.

September 16th - "School days, School days!

OWLS are celebrating our school days this month because for us "old folks" school days didn't begin until September.  Wear your school colors, bring your year book and/or other school picture(s). We'll eat and reminisce about those "good old golden rule days".

October 21st - Oktoberfest!
Starring brats, German potato salad, Black Forest cake AND...
German polka band, the Alpen Spielers. This dynamic and energetic group will perform a variety of music from waltzes to marches...ballads to polka's.
Ask anyone who heard them last year...they will all agree that it is not-to-be-missed-toe-tapping good fun!


Sunday, March 22, 2015


 No OWLS were pinched on March 18th.  Even if folks didn't arrive in green, there were lots of accessories to remedy that.  Everyone visited our photo booth to capture our "wearin' 'o the green" and each person received a copy of their picture as a memento at the end of our time together.  Mary Lou and Gary Oberlander once again outdid themselves by preparing a fantastic meal for us of Irish Stew, Soda Bread and Pistachio Pudding Dessert.  Then the shenanigans began with a tater toss which was won by Marleen Merrill with Dot Mitchell in close second place.  Our complete-the limerick contest and matching Irish slang words to the real meaning were won by the clever Linda Dickison.  The champion of our Roll-a-Leprechaun game was Connie McPherin.  And, everyone was a winner in our St Patrick's themed game of pictionary.


 April 15th - We've  all heard that April showers bring May've invited Master Gardener, Mary Wood to give a presentation that will  help us have a bloomin' good summer.

 May 20th - Director, Jim Bagby and The New Harmony Handful, a mini-chorus representing the Barbershop Harmony Society, will entertain us.  This has become a favorite event in our yearly programming.  We hope everyone will come and bring a friend....just be sure to let us know how many are coming.















Thursday, February 19, 2015

February 18th

Ca c’est bon!

(It’s good!) have Mary Lou back and looking so good after her surgery! have Gary to fix yummy gumbo AND jambalaya for us! have our guest speaker, Dee Roach, tell  us about her thought provoking trip to Africa to visit her daughter and family who are missionaries there.

March 18th, the lucky leprechauns have some lovely and some loony plans for everyone.  Wear your green and join us for Irish beef stew and soda bread followed by a wee bit ’o fun and some Irish shenanigans!



Tuesday, January 6, 2015

OWLS celebrated Christmas on  December 18th with baked ham, a gratin potatoes, Christmas cookies and more followed by a trivia game that required some serious thinking...

…..and a gift exchange that did not...well, at least not as long as our story teller, Mike Schumacher, didn’t read too quickly.!
January 21st, we’ll ring in the new year with good food, fellowship and BINGO!
February 18th, come to the Mardi Gras!  We’ll enjoy some New Orleans style decorations and food.  AND enjoy a  presentation by Dee Roach about her recent trip to Africa to visit her daughter who is a missionary there.  Dee has a very lively personality which we are sure will make the day delightful.
March 18th, keep out your “greens” for one more day since we’re going to keep our Irish eyes smiling with a St Patrick’s theme that day.  We’ll play some regular BINGO...and...some IRISH BINGO!