MOUNDRIDGE — If you're hungry for one last taste of summer, put the Moundridge Senior Center's annual fish fry on your calendar.
The fish fry will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Sept. 11 at the senior center, located at 100 N. Schmidt Ave. in Moundridge.
"We're serving fried fish, scalloped potatoes, cole slaw, homemade pie and ice cream," said Pat Krehbiel, director of the Moundridge Senior Center.
The meal is offered for a freewill donation to raise money for improvements to the facility.
"We always have a project that we're working on," Krehbiel said.
This year, funds from the fish fry will go towards the replacement of the senior center's windows.
"These are the original windows from when the building was built in 1987," Krehbiel said. "They're just not energy-efficient."
Krehbiel said she plans to be able to feed around 250 people at the event with a variety of fish all caught by one man — Arnie Neufeldt.
Neufeldt and his wife, Helen, brings the senior center around 100 pounds of fish each year.
"They catch it all, clean it all and fry it all," Krehbiel said.
It is that spirit of volunteerism that makes the Moundridge Senior Center successful in its mission to enable seniors to live longer in their own homes by providing activities, fellowship and community.
"I rely on lots and lots of volunteers," Krehbiel said.
It takes a small army of people to cook, serve and deliver the lunch that the senior center offers at noon each weekday. The meal is open to diners of any age and grandparents often dine alongside their grandchildren.
It is not only senior citizens who volunteer their time at the center; teenagers also help out during the summer months.
"I think that's valuable for them to see what we offer here," Krehbiel said.
Also of value is the delivery of the weekday meals to people in Moundridge who are homebound with health or mobility issues.
"The churches in the community take turns delivering meals," Krehbiel said.
Krehbiel, who has been the Moundridge Senior Center director for 20 years, aids those who are 60 or older in finding resources for legal, health and governmental issues.
She also organizes activities like trivia or holiday observances, giving information and about the founding and history of traditionally celebrated days.
"I try to keep their brains alert," Krehbiel said.
There is plenty of fun and games to be had at the senior center as well, with two card-playing groups meeting on Monday and Tuesday afternoons. Several men are part of the local senior center pool league and sharpen their skills during the spring and summer for fall and winter tournaments.
There is also a ladies' group that hand-quilts items in return for a donation to the senior center.
An exercise group meets from 9 to 9:30 a.m. each Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
"I call them armchair exercises. They're not real aggressive," Krehbiel said.
The Moundridge Senior Center is open from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday. To learn more about volunteering or participating in activities, stop by or call 620-345-2729.
"We would love to have anybody and everybody," Krehbiel said.