The Zavoras family was in the kitchen at the Ralston American Legion and Paul Linnell, the fish expert, came in to assist on March 15.

The catfish was delicious, as was the carp. We had a good crowd, no long lines or looking for a table. They were back on the third Wednesday for food and bingo night. Jeff Zavoras was cooking, Zakk was taking orders and my chicken Philly was terrific. Jeff is thinking of adding something new — fish tacos. I’m looking forward to giving it a try.

My usual group was back at our lucky table, table 9, and most of us won. In fact, Larry Dyer won three times. Verne Mecseji won the blackout as did Scott Fouts. Marty and Charlene from Ralston House came back for the Friday catfish again. Rosemary Hansen joined us and we introduced her to the appetizers of fried cauliflower and onion rings, which we all shared.

Last Wednesday Larry Pallet and Paul Linnell were back in the kitchen. The sun was shining and it was warm and we had a good turnout and good food. Mozzarella sticks were a new item on the menu. Both Verne and Anne Mecseji got bingo which was nice since Verne supplies the bag of candy for the blackout winner.

Dean Betzer was surprised to hit a bingo and at our table 9, we watched Margaret Fouts call bingo four times in a row, then Jerry Fouts got one, then Marilyn Dyer leaving Larry Dyer and I thinking we had picked the wrong cards. I told them I was waiting for the last one, the blackout and a bag of candy. Was I ever surprised when it happened and I got my Kit Kat bar plus a bag of miniature Kit Kats.

March 20 was birthday cake day at the senior center. We arrived to find the center decorated for spring and Easter and all the tables were set for us. Diane West’s grand daughters, Jillian and Emma, are on spring break and enjoyed helping us out.

We sang the birthday song. Oh, how we miss our pianist, Helen Weber. Diane West took the group picture which consisted of Marge Patterson and Jo Polifka. Others celebrating a March birthday but not with us that day were Darlene Hagerty, Leonard Blecher, Marita Deeds, Charlotte Sunde, Gerry Day, Steve Johnson, Peggy Stephens and Manuel Doria. We enjoyed a variety of cakes provided by Janet Rentko, Helen Savich (for Len Blecher), Marge Patterson and Jo Polifka. The senior center provided a huge cake as well as the ice cream.

Saw Jo Kowal when I made my monthly visit to a friend at Fountain View on 108th Street. Jo said it’s not like home but she does enjoy living there and can be found socializing and taking part in the many activities.

Some members of my exercise class were surprised to receive a gift of a pedometer. The gift was thanks to Lee Onken who had donated them to me for my class.

Dorothy Schultz called bingo for the fourth Thursday bingo party and there were winners all around the room and some multiple times.

The refreshments at break time looked fantastic, strawberry cream cheese muffins and assorted breads. Marlene Cross was kept busy being in charge of refreshments. The bingo parties are the second and fourth Thursday of the month at 1 p.m. Come join us.

Mary Perry was looking forward to her recent Metro Tech bus trip to see the cranes. Despite the weather of on and off heavy rain she had a good time. They got to see lots of cranes in the fields and also saw buffalo. They made a visit to the Museum of Nebraska Art and a renovated 1800s post office. She’s been a Nebraskan long enough to just accept the weather as, “It’s Nebraska.”

The April calendars are on the back table. The menus for the remainder of the month are: April 10 — sloppy Joe’s, potato salad and pudding. April 17 — beef and noodle casserole, vegetable and Jell-o. April 24 — pulled pork sandwich, macaroni and cheese and applesauce. On April 10 we will have a presentation by Michaela Howard from ENOA on Snack Attack and April 24 we will be entertained by John Worsham. John writes his own songs, sings and has been playing the guitar since he was 10 years old. Be sure to call Diane at 402-885-8895 to make your reservation.

Thank you for all your comments and input. You know how to reach me.

— Janet Rentko is a

member of the

Ralston Senior Center

Email: Phone: 402-505-3613

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