By NICK YAMASHITA
The United Seniors Inc. recently reopened the doors of the Overton Senior Center to local seniors. On Friday, October 16, the doors opened again for limited activities for seniors.
“We are excited to have the doors open again in this place,” said Senior Center Director Cindy Marino. “But even though we are open we are still limited on what we can do and not do. We are being cautious and following all CDC recommendations.”
Part of the process of checking in to the building is taking temperatures, answering COVID screening questions, and wearing a face mask. Cleaning and hygiene has been upped to the maximum level too.
“Though we are doing events and activities, we are only doing a few activities that are allowed and planning upcoming events which we know we can host without any health problems,” reassured Marino.
Senior Game Night is one of the activities that have begun again. It includes card games like Pinochle. Game Night is every Tuesday and Thursday from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm.
Cardio exercise classes are going on every Monday through Friday starting at 7:30 am until 9:00 am.
In addition, line dancing classes have begin again taking place on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00-11:00 am.
“We are now doing outside dining for dinners,” Marino said. “We also still have drive-up pick-up for meals too.”
Marino said that the Senior Center staff will also be helping with events in the community in the coming weeks. The team will be selling their famous Sausage Kielbasa and drinks at the upcoming Pomegranate Celebration held at the Old Logandale School on Nov. 6-7.
Thanksgiving Dinner will also take place at the center on November 26 starting at 11 am.
The biggest announcement on events is the Senior Center Christmas Breakfast Bazaar which will be held on December 5 from 8 am to noon. The cost is $5 per person for breakfast. Vendors are $20 to sell at the event. Vendor spots may be reserved now at the Senior Center.
“This is one of our biggest fundraisers of the year,” Marino said. “So we are happy we have the capability to host the bazaar this year. Currently we are limited on capacity to 250 people, but we should be fine as people will be rotating in and out.”
Along with recent changes, the Senior Center also has new staff members which include Nikki Robison for the kitchen staff and Jill Perkins who will head up the Meals on Wheels program.
“Changes are happening, but we are so happy to be open again and it is so great to have this ‘family’ together again,” Marino said. “We just now have to be team players and work together so we can maintain our activities and events.”
For more information regarding Senior Center events, call (702) 397-8002 during operation hours.