July Senior News

The seniors had another wonderful month of activities to help stimulate both their minds and bodies. Our first field trip of the month of June was a visit to the UB Anderson Art Gallery.  The gallery is located in the quaint neighborhood right down the street from our center!  We have driven past the building many times and for most of us it was the first time we went inside.  What a treat!  The curator of education, Ms Ginny O’Brien spent time with us answering our questions as she guided us through the two floors of the gallery. The seniors even had the opportunity to create their own art work.  It was quite a treat.

     As the weather in June gave us a lot of rainy days, it did not stop the seniors from venturing out to the center.  Besides, it takes a lot to keep them from playing Bingo!  The Monday stretch band class taught by Brenda Favor from Erie County Senior Services is a class of movement that started each week off just right. Tuesdays and Thursdays offered the bingo sessions as well as computer classes on Thursday afternoon.  After the Wednesday morning Hustle for Health exercise classes, many of the seniors participated in the afternoon computer classes while others enjoyed playing WII Bowling.  Each Friday the seniors enjoyed the Tai Chi class as well as a few games of shuffleboard.
       This month we introduced a class entitled “Salsa for the Soul”.  The instructor, Sarah Haykel kept the seniors moving to the beat of salsa music.  The exercise classes were well attended, making the trial period a huge success.  The seniors enjoyed the class so much, they’re willing to pay $4.00 per class going forward.
Our second field trip of the month was a “Meet and Greet” held at the Northwest Community Center where seven senior community centers gathered for a full day of bingo games.  We enjoyed plenty of snacks as we played, winning prizes along the way.  After our lunch break consisting of delicious pizza and drinks, the games began again.  Everyone left the center with a prize and a big smile too! Fran Lull and her colleagues were great host!
     July promises to be just as busy.  Besides our regularly scheduled events, we plan to attend the Erie County Senior Picnic to be held at Bowen Road Grove, Como Park, in Lancaster.  In addition, we will visit the Botanical Gardens and enjoy a delicious lunch at a nearby restaurant.
The availability of a van and driver for our center has brought more seniors to participate in our programs.  Please call us at 832-1010 x200 to reserve a seat so that you too can join us.  We’d love to see you!