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2017-01-19

Silver Sage Community Center offers diversity

By Sandy Jennings BCC Staff Writer

Bandera’s Silver Sage Community Center, located at 803 Buck Creek Drive, offers community members a diverse opportunity to volunteer, enjoy numerous activities and events, exercise, receive meals, conduct business and host events with a fully furnished great room.
Founded in 1977, the original group of 12 women grew and organized as the Bandera County Committee on Aging receiving their 501(c)(3) status in 1986. They formed a planning committee with the help of the University of the Incarnate Word of San Antonio and after extensive research, the decision was made to build a senior center with craft rooms, kitchen and dining room, offices and a great hall for meetings and special events.
Reagan Peterson donated land and the Kronkosky Charitable Foundation and other foundations along with support from local businesses and individuals made it possible for the new building to open its doors, debt free in April, 2003.
Although the motto is “enriching the lives of Seniors,” Silver Sage offers something for every citizen of Bandera County.
For those wanting to start the new year off in shape, Silver Sage facilitates yoga classes on Mondays from 10 to 11:15 am, Zumba classes on Mondays and Thursdays from 6 pm to 7 pm, indoor video exercise Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8 am until 9:30 am and an exercise room open daily from 8 am until 3:30 pm. The exercise room and indoor video exercise is free to all adults. The yoga and Zumba classes require a $5 fee and are led by private instructors.
Exercising the mind is also encouraged at Silver Sage with Mexican Train dominoes at 1 pm on Tuesdays, Bridge at 9 am and 42 dominoes at 12:30 pm on Thursdays.
If you enjoy crafts, Silver Sage hosts craft sessions at 1 pm on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays, with quilting sessions on Wednesdays at 9:30 am.
The center shares the community’s love for music hosting several events throughout the year. The fourth Friday Night Jam will be back in full swing on Friday, Jan. 27, starting at 6:30 pm. This jam is open for anyone and Silver Sage encourages everyone to bring an instrument if they play, know what song you want to sing or just come to enjoy the local musicians. There is no admission fee, but participants are encouraged to bring snacks or finger food to share. Any donations taken will benefit the Silver Sage Meals on Wheels program.
One of the center’s most popular musical events is the Cowboy Capitol Opry held on the first Tuesday of every month. The next Opry will be on Tuesday, Feb. 7.
Scheduled entertainers are Dick Sisk and Ray Goodwin and the show is currently sold out. Interested parties can still get on the waiting list. Doors open at 6:30 pm and tickets are $5 per person or $12 per family. Popcorn, soft drinks and water are available for $1. Ticket stubs are drawn at intermission for gift bags. All proceeds go to benefit the Meals on Wheels program.
Silver Sage will also host the Bandera Sister City Partnership Music Event fundraiser on Tuesday, Feb. 21, 6:30 pm in the Great Room. Reservations are currently underway.
For those in need of a computer and internet access, the Silver Sage has acquired two new easy to operate touch screen computers. The computer area is in a private location in the facility and available for use Monday thorough Friday from 8 am until 3:30 pm.
Feeding the community is a big part of Silver Sage’s mission with two ongoing programs in full swing. Lunch is served daily, Monday through Friday from 11:30 am until 12:30 pm, in the dining room. To serve those outside of the facility, the Meals on Wheels program was initiated in 1984.
Silver Sage is the sole provider of Meals on Wheels in Bandera County. In order to qualify for Meals On Wheels program, the individual must be 60 years of age or older, homebound, disabled and/or elderly and cannot prepare their meals for themselves or they do not have anyone who can prepare their meals for them and live in Bandera County. Financial status is not a determining factor for services.
Meals On Wheels does not charge a fee for services. The program is mainly funded by grants, private donations and civic organizations. Opportunity letters are sent to those who wish to donate to the cost of their meals and some individuals can and do choose to pay for the full cost of their meals.
According to Silver Sage, donations are always gladly accepted and qualify as tax-deductible since they are a tax-exempt organization. You may also volunteer to deliver meals or become a "jumper". A "jumper" is someone who rides with the driver, gets the meals ready for delivery and then jumps out to take the meal to the client. All it takes is about one to two hours per week to help feed those in need.
All meals are prepared and packaged in the central kitchen at Silver Sage. Meal delivery is between 10:30 am and 1:30 pm Monday through Friday. All meals are delivered by a completely volunteer group of citizens who want to make a difference in their community.
“The individual connection that each volunteer has is as nourishing to our clients as the food provided,” Director of Client and Volunteer services John Cressey-Neely. “Whether you give your time once a week, once or twice a month or once a year, your support is invaluable to fulfill the Meals On Wheels mission and impacting the lives of thousands each day. We provide hot meals daily to people in need so they may maintain the highest level of independence and dignity possible.”
Volunteer opportunities are also available at the Thrift Store on Highway 16. The store, owned and operated by Silver Sage, relies entirely on volunteers. Store hours are from 10 am to 3 pm, Monday through Saturday. However, if there is not a volunteer for the day, the store remains closed. Proceeds from the Thrift Store go directly to the Meals On Wheels program.
If you happen to be planning a wedding reception or baby shower, Silver Sage rents the Great Room, which capacity ranges from 50 to 200. The front doors open to a lovely, newly furnished reception area. There are two large restrooms. The room is equipped with two sinks, counter space, and a refrigerator, making it suitable for catered meals. Tables and padded chairs are furnished.
If the Great Room is too large for your function, Silver Sage also offers a smaller dining room best suited for events of 20 to 50 people. The Dining Room is used frequently by groups and organizations as a meeting room. It is also suitable for events such as birthday parties and baby showers. The room comes with tables, tablecloths and padded chairs.
For more information about rentals, classes, Meals on Wheels, volunteer opportunities or upcoming events, call the Silver Sage Community Center at 830-796-4969 or email at silversageact@gmail.com visit their website at silversagecorral.weebly.com.