2014-04-24 / Senior Savvy

Savvy Seniors Get Out and Enjoy Springtime

By Florence Archambault

As I write this on Easter Sunday and the pace of the holiday winds down, I can finally see the light at the end of that long winter tunnel. It really feels like spring! It’s about time we had some decent weather, and today was filled with the promise of more to come. I hope you had a great day; I had nine for dinner and it was a wonderful time. I found a recipe for cooking a ham in the crockpot and it certainly freed up the oven for the other dishes, making the day – and the dinner – much easier.

Speaking of weather, now that it is getting warmer and the roads are clear, it’s time to think about some of the day trips coming up at the Middletown Senior Center. There is one heading to Providence to the Governor Henry Lippitt House Museum on Wednesday, April 30 and another on Saturday, May 10 to the 66th Annual Albany Tulip Festival. Treasures of Vermont, a two day trip with an overnight stay at the Summit Lodge in Killington, is on the docket, departing on Monday, June 23. Also on the drawing board for the summer are Rail & Sail in Essex Conn. on Friday, Aug. 15; the Big E in Springfield Mass. on Tuesday, Sept. 16 as they celebrate Rhode Island Day; and A Taste of New Hampshire leaving on Sunday, Oct. 12. For further information, contact the center at 401-849-8823.

The seniors at the Portsmouth Center surely do like to dance. They are offering two social dances on Thursday, May 8, and Thursday, June 12, from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Ballroom and line dancing are featured, but if you don’t want to dance you can just come and enjoy the music. A donation of $3 is requested, and coffee and lemonade will be provided. The public is welcome.

On Saturday, May 31, they will hold a fundraising dinner dance with music by the Meadowlarks. A rotisserie chicken dinner will be served at 6 p.m., and dancing will begin at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $16 and the deadline to reserve is Tuesday, May 27. The contact phone number is 401-683-4106.

Newport’s Edward King House Senior Center has started a new season of classes, clubs, and seminars. Monthly book clubs, writing workshops, bridge, cribbage, scrabble, and informational sessions are held regularly. In addition to the regular classes, Mediterranean cooking is offered on the last two Fridays of each month at 5:30 p.m. Registration is required and the cost is $30 for members and $40 for non-members. Up-to-date information may be obtained by calling 401-846-7426 or by visiting edwardkinghouse.org.

Currently, the King House is gearing up for the first Run for the Roses Spring Gala on Saturday, May 3 from 5:30 to 10 p.m. Tickets are $100 and include dinner, open bar, racing entertainment, dancing, and a silent auction. Attendees are urged to wear their favorite Kentucky Derby attire. Don’t forget those hats! The event sounds like a lot of fun and all proceeds benefit the center. I am going - keep an eye out for my hat!

Now that we do not need to worry about falling and slipping on the ice, there are plenty of activities at the Aquidneck Island senior centers that we should look into. The centers not only provide us with entertainment, they also offer valuable programming to help us keep fit mentally, physically, and socially. It seems a shame not to take advantage of some of them. Get out there and try a new program or activity!

Finally, May is National Older Americans month, and the theme for this year is “Safe Today, Healthy Tomorrow.” Programming will focus on preventing unintended injuries (as if any injuries were intended!) and falls, as well as being the best you can be – at any age. Check with your local senior center for more information.

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