Dec 29, 2010
The action was intense and the energy high at the Mount Shasta Martial Arts Program’s 3rd Open House & Food Drive on December 15.
“Children, teens, and adults demonstrated their developing skills, discipline, and good manners for a standing room-only crowd of family, friends, and visitors,” according to MSMAP program director Chuck Buhs.
“The younger children in the Tiny Tigers group were thrilled with the opportunity to show the wide variety of fun exercises for strength and flexibility,” added Buhs. “Older participants demonstrated more sophisticated skills including rapid-fire, coordinated kicks and full-contact sparring.”
“I couldn’t believe that the instructors managed to keep all the children focused, with so many distractions,” said Cloi Rowley mother of Jaymes, 6, and Thomas, 4. “I was blown away by how well my boys did. It was impressive to see so many kids performing in the demonstration, all at the same time”
Mike Rodriguez, director of the Mount Shasta Recreation and Parks District, stopped by to express his appreciation for the generous contributions of food for local seniors and share a few stories of how even a little donation of food goes a long way to spreading holiday cheer.
Rodriguez thanked everyone for their generosity and for “their thoughtful gesture.” He said the seniors are appreciative of the extra food.
Cindy Smith, administrative assistant at MSRPD, said, “We really appreciate MSMAP students and their parents helping our seniors!”
The children enjoyed helping our community, according to Rowley, who said, “I was also impressed by how aware my boys were that this demonstration was being held to help raise food for the seniors in the community. Jaymes talked about it all week.”
MSMAP collected 15 bags of groceries that chef Anne was thrilled to receive. She welcomed the opportunity to package up many of the food items for home deliveries just in time for the holidays.
The Senior Nutrition Program welcomes food and financial donations throughout the year. Contact 926-2494 to learn more about how you can help make a difference in the health and well-being of a local senior.
MSMAP specializes in building a better community by offering positive activities to develop healthy bodies, minds, and spirits. Contact MSMAP directly to learn more:
email: info [AT] MtShastaMA.org;
on the web: www.MtShastaMA.org and Facebook).
Senior Nutrition Program
The Recreation and Parks District is the official provider for the senior meal program thru a contract with the California Department of Aging and Planning and Service Area 2 - Agency on Aging. Year-round donations of food and money for the Senior Nutrition Program can be made by calling 926-2494.
“Since 1974, there has been a hot lunch program for senior citizens at the City Park Recreation Center...55+ meals are delivered to homebound seniors in the South County (Home Delivered Meals). Transportation to and from the Mt. Shasta lunch site is also available...The Senior Nutrition Program strives to not only meet the nutritional needs of its senior participants, but also recognizes the importance of socialization and life enrichment. Informational programs, special events, and other activities are a regular component of the senior lunch program schedule.”
Tell A Senior!
Great Northern Services manages two Community Cafés in Siskiyou County for seniors and non-seniors to frequent: one at the Mt. Shasta City Park and one at the Dunsmuir Community Center Building. All of the meals we offer feature complex carbohydrates, nutrient-packed vegetables, and healthy proteins. We also have options to meet common dietary restrictions, such as a diabetic or gluten-free diet.
Congregate hot meals are prepared and served at the Main Lodge in the Mount Shasta City Park at noon on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday (excluding holidays) to any Senior who is 60 years or older. The suggested contribution for a meal is $3.00. Individuals under 60 can participate in this program by purchasing their meal for $10. Their support makes our Community Cafes vibrant and sustainable and their patronage helps integrate seniors into the wider community.Seniors will not be denied a meal due to the inability to contribute.
A satellite meal service is now offered at the Dunsmuir Community Center at noon (excluding holidays) on Wednesdays. Reservations are required for meals at this satellite site. Call 24 hours in advance: 926-4611.
Transportation (with ADA accessibility) to and from the Mt. Shasta Community CafÃ© is available within the Mt Shasta City Limits **ONLY**. Seniors are encouraged to donate for daily round-trip transportation if they can. To make your reservation call (530) 926-4611.
Home Delivered Meals
This service provides safe and nutritious meals delivered to the door of seniors residing within the four South County communities of Mt. Shasta, Weed, Dunsmuir, and McCloud, who meet home-delivery service criteria. The goal of this program is to reduce hunger and food insecurity while promoting the health and well-being of older individuals in an effort to delay adverse health conditions. Priority is given to frail, homebound, or isolated older adults. Volunteers or paid staff deliver meals to homebound clients. The volunteers or staff members delivering the meals have an important opportunity to provide some social contact for the homebound elder. Home Delivered Meals offer needed support for a homebound elder to remain safe in his or her own home.
Enrollment is required: call (530) 926-4611. The suggested donation is $3.50 for home-delivered meals.
Bingo is played every Tuesday and Thursday at the Senior Dining Center in Mount Shasta beginning at 11:00am. A blackout game is played before lunch. Join the fun bring a guest.
Social activities include holiday celebrations, special events, excursions, and nutritional education.
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MSMAP's Open House
Each December, MSMAP hosts an Open House & Holiday Food Drive to celebrate the holidays with a unique, martial arts-based event of action, prizes, and food donations. First held in 2008, it is a chance for participants to display their growing skills and help those in need.
We've been doing the Open House for over a decade. Learn a little more about what previous events were like.Go to: What is Taekwondo?