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Volunteers prepare for center's arts and crafts sale

By Sonny Long
Nov. 1, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Updated Nov. 2, 2013 at 6:02 a.m.

Mary Kliem holds her collection of sock monkeys with college T-shirts from major universities in Texas. The Texas A&M monkey is the best-seller.


Chapter 829 of the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) in Victoria is seeking new members, said Yvonne Smith, chapter secretary.

Anyone 50 or older can be a member, said Smith. "We meet the last Tuesday of month at the senior citizens center. It's a good social outlet, good fellowship," she said.

Programs valuable to senior citizens are the mainstay of the monthly meetings, said Smith, a former director of the senior citizens center.

"It is a great organization. It's looking out for ways to help people enjoy life, not just live," Smith said. "We have a great group."

Dues are only $5 a year and include a monthly newsletter. If interested in joining AARP, call Smith at 361-573-0172.

Volunteers for the AARP free tax-aide program are also needed.

AARP provides the training for both counselors and trainers.

If interested in learning more about to help seniors with tax preparation, call Don Knowlan at 361-573-6525.

At 92, Alice Ferguson's fingers might not be as nimble as they once were, but she keeps on embroidering and crocheting.

Ferguson, one of the members of the Busy Bee Quilters & Crafters, was at the Victoria Senior Citizens Center creating items for the center's Jubilee Store and the annual Christmas in November Arts & Crafts Sale.

This year's sale is from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 9.

"I enjoy the companionship, being with other people," Ferguson said. "And it's for a good cause."

Mary Kliem, who has volunteered at the center for 17 years and heads up the effort to have items ready for the annual sale, said she is continually amazed at the group's craftsmanship and originality.

"Everybody stays busy doing something," Kliem, 81, said. "This year, there will be a lot of gift items with sayings on them that the ladies made."

"And, of course, we'll have the always popular sock monkey in a variety of outfits."

The event, at 603 E. Murray St., also includes $5 to-go plates of sausage, sauerkraut, German potatoes and green beans.

Admission is $1 for adults, and the first 100 adults receive a free gift.

There will also be a bake sale, door prizes and a raffle.

The November sale is the major fundraiser for the center.

Kliem encouraged shoppers to start their Christmas shopping at the senior citizens center.

"This sale will have things you won't see anywhere else," she said.



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