As we head into fall, the weather is changing and so are some things around Heritage Commons. Last month, Jen Rice transitioned into the role of Senior Center Program Coordinator at Heritage Commons.

Rice moved to Marshall in 2015 and is very active in our community. Rice serves on the Marshall City Council representing Ward 4, and is the secretary for the Marshall Lions Club, Marshall United Way, and the Michigan Farmers Hall of Fame (which is based here in Marshall).

Before changing career paths in 2018, Rice was a chef for twenty years. She grew up working for her parents at their restaurant in Kalamazoo, and after they retired, she joined the original opening team for FireKeepers Casino, later helping to open their hotel and event center (she even cooked for and met Aretha Franklin!). After her time at the casino, Rice was the Executive Chef at Duck Lake Country Club for a season. She had also been employed as the General Manager of the Calhoun County Fairgrounds and, most recently, the Marketing & Outreach Coordinator for CareWell Services.

Rice says she looks forward to growing the senior center alongside all of the great people at Heritage Commons! October will be a busy month at Heritage Commons including cooking, crafting, and congregate meals available to adults 60 and over.

Congregate Meals

Head to the center every Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday at 12:00pm for a hot or cold lunch provided by Milestone Senior Services. Socialize and catch up with your friends over the lunch hour. Both Heritage Commons members and non-members are welcome for congregate meals (must be age 60 & over). There is a $2.00 suggested donation, and participants must register by the day prior at noon by calling 269-558-6150.

Smitten Kitchen

Open to members. Registration is required. Register with the front desk or by calling 269-558-6150.

Friday, October 28th at 12:00pm – Vegetarian Pasta Dishes – It’s hard to find meals more satisfying than pasta when it comes to vegetarian cuisine! From tortellini to spaghetti, learn and taste four meatless pasta ideas for every occasion and preference.

East End Art Classes at Heritage Commons

Open to members. Registration is required. Register with the front desk or by calling 269-558-6150

Thursday, October 27th at 3:00pm – Meditative Color Wheels – This class offers a meditative way to express yourself through mark-making and color. Tune into your free flow creative side and unwind with art.

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