Brenda (centre) and Gordon Mounteney from Rimbey and Alfred and Lillian Raugust from Ponoka were among the participants in a whist tournament held at the Drop-In Centre last Thursday.

Rimbey Drop-In Centre offers a variety of activities

Rimbey Drop-In Centre is a busy place, not only during the fall season, when October Fest is the next activity on the agenda

Rimbey Drop-In Centre is a busy place, not only during the fall season, when October Fest is the next activity on the agenda, but all year long.

President Doreen Glanfield said the Drop-In Centre definitely fills a niche in Rimbey providing a bright, cheerful and friendly place for the 55 plus crowd to enjoy cards, dancing, floor curling and carpet bowling or simply hang out.

“We are very busy,” she said.

Last Thursday, Glanfield, a vivacious, friendly senior whipped off her apron, and took a few minutes out of her kitchen duties to chat about the Drop-In, a place that is obviously dear to her heart.

“We are called the Kitchen Wenches,” she said with a chuckle, referring to the 10 volunteers who help out in the kitchen.

“We have a lot of fun,” she said. “It’s not just about working in the kitchen, we have secret pals and at Christmas we all get together and enjoy an evening out.”

Glanfield has been at the helm of the Drop In for 11 years in total, taking some time off when her husband passed away a couple of years ago.

This year she said the Centre has been busier than ever.

She is looking forward to Fri., Oct. 17 when the Drop In will host its very own Oktober Fest.

Already she and the other kitchen wenches have gone through an authentic old German cookbook and have agreed to try some of the recipes they have found.

As with all of their work and play, the ladies have fun working, cooking and playing together.

As well as the meal, which is sure to be delicious, The Oktober Fest is to include entertainment by comedy ventriloquist Val Hilliker who does amazing things with puppets, and is sure to be a hit.

Music is to be brought to the crowd by Company’s 3, and, while the timetable for the musicians isn’t set in stone, the crowd can expect to enjoy a few dances throughout the evening.

There will also be a live and silent auction and a cash bar.

The Rimbey & District Drop-In Centre is open year round.

On Monday afternoon crib players are invited to come on down and have some fun. For more information contact Bill at 403-843-2579

Tuesday’s pool tables are set up from September to June. Contact Ivan at 403-843-6735.

League floor curling is held on Tuesdays and Wednesday afternoons. Call Doreen at 403-843-6498.

Senior jam sessions dances begin at 7 p.m. on Tuesdays. There is a donation jar set up at the jam sessions.

Cards 500 are also held on Wednesdays from 6:45 to 9 p.m. Contact Gladys at 403-843-6893.

On Thursdays the 55 plus group can do a little carpet bowling at the Drop-In. This activity begins at 10 a.m. Contact Bert at 403-843-6535.

Whist is held from 1 to 3 p.m. on Thursdays and Gladys is the contact. Her number is 403-843-3947.

Bridge is played on Fridays beginning at 1 p.m. Bill is the person to call about bridge. His number is 403-843-2579.

The Drop-In holds regular card tournaments for crib and whist as well as floor curling bonspiels four or five times throughout the season.

Events are posted on the bulletin board and announced in the monthly newsletter.

The Drop-In Centre is also available for rent on free days, evenings or weekends.

For more information call Doreen at 403-843-6498.