Phil Barber and Ed Dyrda play shuffleboard at the Golden Age Centre on Tuesday January 12, 2016 in Grande Prairie, Alta. Svjetlana Mlinarevic/Grande Prairie Daily Herald-Tribune/Postmedia Network

SENIOR'S WEEKThe City and County of Grande Prairie are celebrating Seniors Week. There are more then 20 unique events and activities available in both the City and County of Grande Prairie throughout the entire week.  ((Grande Prairie is in AB Canada))

The celebration kicked off with the Seniors Information Fair at the Golden Age Centre with displays and door prizes Monday. There will be a Bingo Blast event at the Heritage Lodge on Tuesday at 2 p.m. Seniors Day at the Great Northern Casino from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

There will be an afternoon of free activities and tea at the Entrec Centre in Evergreen Park on Thursday from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. To reserve a seat and to enquire about transportation, please contact Melissa Wideman, at 780-532-9727.

The week will conclude on Saturday with a free Afternoon Jamboree at the Golden Age Centre with lunch provided from 2 to 5 p.m.

According to Coree Ladwig, team lead-adult and senior program co-ordinator for the County of Grande Prairie, said this year marks the 30th anniversary of Seniors Week across Alberta.

“To celebrate seniors and all the contributions they’ve made, to shaping our local communities and areas. Seniors continue to be deeply involved in shaping our community,” said Ladwig. “Their just instrumental in shaping the stories and the history of event that shaped our area.”

Mary Sutherland, the president for the Golden Age Centre, says that the event is an excellent opportunity to catch up with old friends and meet new ones.

“It gives the seniors from here a chance to go, like to say Sexsmith, Wembley, Beaverlodge and see what those centres are doing too,” said Sutherland. “Meeting all the different people and from all the different areas, that is always really interesting.”

James W. Smith, past president of the Golden Age Centre said the week is an important opportunity to see people you don’t normally get the chance to chat with. He said usually from 200 to 300 people show up on the Monday.

“It’s the intermingling of members into different aspects of what you don’t see everyday,” said Smith. “Some that come may only once or twice a year, but come to see what has changed and any changes have been made.”

For more information on Seniors Week events taking place across the City of Grande Prairie visit http://www.cityofgp.com. For the County of Grande Prairie Seniors Week events visit http://www.countygp.ab.ca.

Article sent along by Bob Weber with THANKS!!  2016 06 07

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