Seniors’ Week set to kick off June 1st

The annual week of events celebrating seniors kicks off on June 1st.

The annual week of events celebrating seniors kicks off on June 1st.

From a seniors’ fair, bus tours, a garden party and speakers, there will be a variety of events showcasing 55-plus activities.

“Each year the Alberta government promotes Seniors’ Week on the first week of June to acknowledge the contribution that seniors have made over the years and the continued contribution they make in our communities,” said Ruth Riffin, Lacombe and District FCSS seniors program coordinator.

“The community of Lacombe has provided seniors activities for many years, and this year is no exception. We’ve added a few more programs and many more choices over the week.”

The week-long celebration kicks off on Monday, June 1st, with the seniors fair at the Lacombe Memorial Centre (LMC) running from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Up to 30 booths featuring seniors services and programs will be available for attendees to browse. A focus on yesteryear will also be included through ‘Remembering the Past,’ with a spinning wheel demo, rug making, quilting and butter making.

A proclamation will be read at 11 a.m. followed by a ladies’ fashion show. At 11:30 a.m. attendees can find out why laughter is the best medicine. At 2 p.m. the Rosedale Valley Dancers will perform.

On June 2nd, Burman University is hosting a seniors’ fitness talk starting at 10 a.m. followed by tours of the Gwen Bader Fitness Centre. An ice cream social and sing along will be held at the long-term care dining room of the Lacombe Hospital from 2:30 to 4 p.m.

The Mary C. Moore Library will be hosting a come and go tea from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on June 3rd. Kozy Korner will also be hosting a strawberry tea and entertainment afternoon from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.

On Thursday, bus tours of the murals will begin at 10:30 a.m. starting out at the LMC. The Lacombe Legion will be hosting entertainment and refreshments during the afternoon and at 6 p.m. a 55-plus trail walk and fitness equipment tour will be held near Cranna Lake.

The bus tour of murals will continue on Friday and at 2 p.m. a seniors’ garden party will be held at the Lacombe Seniors Lodge.

The week will be rounded out on Saturday with a free-guided walking tour of the many murals in the downtown core. The tour will begin at 10 a.m. at the Michener Museum.

“The community really rallies around and helps to provide their own programs,” said Riffin.

All of the events are in celebration of seniors but everyone is encouraged to attend.

For more information or for a full schedule, call Lacombe and District FCSS at 403-782-6637. Free Connex transportation to and from the events is offered. Contact 403-786-9000 to schedule an appointment.

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