Activities To Beat The Winter Blues

Judy Kramer
County Reporter

Cold weather can provide the opportunity to get cozy next to a warm fire, while wearing fuzzy socks and drinking hot chocolate. After a while though, a certain gloominess can set in due to shorter, darker days. Some people even suffer Seasonal Affective Disorder that is directly linked to a decrease in exposure to sunlight. gives a few suggestions to help with lower moods in the winter, including using bright lights early in the morning that mimic a sunrise, exercise and a diet of healthy foods. It is also suggested that doing something enjoyable every day can chase away the blues. Check out some of the activities in the local area that can contribute to winter happiness.

Enjoyable local activities that are coming up soon are the Benton County Hunting & Fishing Expo, at the Warsaw Community Building on Saturday, February 23. It is sponsored by the Warsaw Chamber and is $5 at the door or $3 with a canned food item. Children 12 and under are free. There will be a Cole Camp Fair Fundraiser Dance, from 8 to 11 PM on March 2, at the American Legion Post 305. Also, on March 16, there will be a Daddy-Daughter Masquerade Ball, beginning at 5 PM at the Community Center in Warsaw, sponsored by Parks and Recreation. Kids should be 3 to 10 years. Cost is $15 per couple. Registration is due by March 11. Info. 660-438-5522. A short distance out of Benton County, there is a Sedalia Gun & Knife Show March 2-3, beginning at 9 AM each day.  It is in the AG Building. Also in Sedalia on March 9-10, is a Spring 2019 Craft Show at the AG and MEC Buildings. More information is available at 660-829-0632. A Rotary Fish Fry will take place on March 9, from 4:30 to 6:30, at 200 W. Franklin Street for $10 a ticket.
The Boonslick Regional Library in Warsaw will be offering Story Time on Thursday, February 21, from 10 to 11 AM, and Bring Your Own Lunch Movie, on February 22 from 12 to 2 PM. Other coming events include Writers Group on February 23, from 1 to 3 PM; Mah Jongg from 10 AM to 12 noon, and Tech Time from 10 to 11 AM, both on February 25. Also meeting on February 25 will be the Lego Club, from 2 to 3:30 PM, and the Chess Club from 3:30 to 5 PM.
Of course, the Warsaw Senior Center offers a variety of activities. Cards and Games Activities include Team Puzzle Competition on first Fridays, at 1 PM; Mary’s Card Game on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10:45 AM; Bingo on Wednesdays and Fridays at 10:30 AM; Fun and Games on Wednesdays and Fridays at 12:30 PM; and Hand and Foot Cards on the second and fourth Tuesdays at 4 PM. Crafting Activities include Beading, Crochet/Knitting, and Sewing on Tuesdays at 9 AM; and Card Making Class on the second and fourth Wednesdays at 12:30 PM.
Regular Exercise Activities at the Senior Center are Pilates on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 8:30 AM; Zumba Gold on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8:30 AM; Line Dancing-Steps on Mondays at 9:30 AM; Joint-friendly Exercise on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9:45 AM; Tai Chi on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 1:30 PM; and Low-impact Aerobics on Mondays and Thursdays at 4 PM. Other regular activities at the Center include an open computer room 8 AM to 4 PM daily when no computer classes are scheduled; Guitar lessons on Mondays at 10 AM; and Weight Watchers on Mondays at 5 PM.
For bowling enthusiasts, Jester’s House, at 23925 Hwy 65, is open Mondays through Thursdays from 5 to 9:30 PM, Fridays from 5 PM until Late, Saturdays from 12:30 PM til Late, and Sunday from 12:30 to 6 PM. On Saturday nights, after 9 PM, customers can have two hours of bowling with shoe rental included for $9 per person. There are $2 Fridays, and $1.50 Wednesdays for shoe rentals and games. Fast foods and drinks are also available. Leagues are offered Monday through Friday. Check for more information.