Penny auction at Citizens Center

Special to the Current

Save your pennies for a good cause!

Save your pennies for a good cause!

You won’t want to miss this Saturday’s penny auction at the Somervell County Citizens Center! So many local businesses have graciously donated items, from passes to Fossil Rim Wildlife Center and golf for four to a night’s stay at hotels, gift cards and baskets and even homemade goodies from some of the best cooks in the county.

There will be drinks and sandwiches for sale and maybe a few goodies. The auction starts at 6 p.m., but you will want to be here early to get a good seat and buy your cups (what you’ll need to place your bids). Doors open at 5 p.m.

If you’ve never been to a penny auction, it works like this: You purchase as many cups as you’d like for bidding. The cups will be $1 each. Each cup has a number and a ball with the corresponding number. You keep the cup and the ball goes in the hopper. The auctioneer will display an item and tell you what the bid is for that item. The bids will go from 10 cents up to around $1. If you would like to bid on the item, you will place the amount in each cup. The auctioneer will spin the hopper and pull out a ball. If you have money in a cup with that number, YOU WIN. You can pick up some really nice items for just pennies…thus the name. All monies from this will go to help fund the programs and activities of the Somervell County Committee on Aging (also known as the Senior Center).

If you would like to enjoy seeing what friends far and near are doing and see pictures of your grandkids and their activities, Facebook has become the place to go to keep up with all that and more. This Thursday, Aug. 15, from 10 a.m. to noon, we will be having a Facebook tutorial on the big screen TV. Come sit on the comfy couches and recliners and grab a cup of coffee and learn how to connect to family and friends via the social network.

Did you know…we now have an exercise room, free WiFi for your devices and an expanded lending library? If you haven’t been by in a while…or ever…come see us!

We will be having a Pinterest tutorial on Thursday, Aug. 21, from 10 a.m. to noon. If you haven’t seen Pinterest, it’s a lot like the contents of a ladies magazine. People are going crazy for the recipes and DIY stuff on Pinterest and we will be scheduling a monthly crafting day to do some of the Pinterest projects in the near future.

Our next dance will be Friday, Aug. 28, featuring C.B. Sutton. Doors open at 6 p.m. Admission is $5  at the door. Now serving snacks at intermission.

Winners of last week’s Forty-Two tournament were: Dorothy Jo Osborn and Loveda Swaim in first place, Clark Stewart and Royce Stacy in second, Nancy Moore and Dortha Beck in third and Roy Mercer and James Kelley in fourth. Others playing in the tournament were: Janelle Gartrell and Ann Parham, Pat Thompson and Tamra Black, Zula Hunter and Roger Jordan and John and Phyllis Psencik.

Activities at the Citizens Center beginning Aug. 18 are: chess and bingo on Monday; bluegrass/potluck, Wii bowling and wood carvers on Tuesday; Tim’s Tidbits with Tim from the Cherokee Rose therapy department, Forty-Two tournament, health screenings by Lee Healthcare and line dancing lessons on Wednesday; Pinterest class, chess and David’s shopping on Thursday; and dance with C. B. Sutton, bingo and Brookshire’s shopping on Friday. Besides the scheduled activities, there are games, puzzles, quilting, Forty-Two and visiting going on every day.

If you know anyone who may need meals, transportation, an emergency response system, medical equipment, food stamp (SNAP), Medicaid or Somervell County Food Bank applications, utility assistance applications or any other senior oriented services, please call or come by the center.

Remember that you don’t have to be a senior to come and enjoy all of our activities or eat lunch with us. Don’t forget to visit our website at for menus, activities, articles, links to other sites and lots of pictures, or “like” our Facebook page, “Somervell Citizens’ Center.” Our number is 254-897-2139. Come see us!





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