Essex Junction Senior Center

Peggy Pearson

Peggy Pearson

Our new Senior Activities Coordinator, Lou Ann Pioli is already busy planning lots of new activities at the Senior Center and learning how to manage volunteers for the Senior Van. She’s met many members, but if you haven’t had the pleasure yet, please introduce yourself. She’s off to a great start, and she would love to hear your ideas on activities you’d like at the Center. Watch for information on Jazzercize Gold soon.

Come to the Senior Center any weekday to see what’s happening. On Mondays and Fridays, you can play Mah Jongg at 10 a.m. followed by contract bridge or other games from 12:30-3:30 p.m. Penny Bingo is Tuesdays at 12:30 p.m. Get some gentle exercise at Seated Yoga on Wednesdays at 10 a.m. Contract bridge and other games are played from 1-4 p.m. Wednesdays.

Duplicate bridge is bringing in new people on Wednesdays from 1-4 p.m., and everyone is welcome.

Crafters, volunteers, baked goods and white elephants are all needed for the Craft Fair Nov. 8. If you know any crafters, ask them to visit our website for information about registration, or call Anne Marie Dennis at 734-0755. Tables are $15-$25. We would appreciate volunteers who can work 3-hour shifts at the white elephant table or the snack bar, as well as runners to assist crafters. You don’t need to be a member to volunteer.

Healthier Living with Diabetes runs Tuesdays from 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Oct. 7-Nov. 11.

Maddie Lister calls bingo Oct. 21, followed by Kathy Burke on the 28th. Many thanks to you both.

Everyone 50 years of age or older are welcome at the Essex Junction Senior Center. Located at the Five Corners between the fire station and the Brownell Library, the Center is open weekdays from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. For information, call 878-6940 or visit


Cribbage classes with Gil Myers begins Thursdays from 1-3 p.m. Oct. 23-Nov. 13 at a cost of $2 for an instructional booklet for anyone who does not already have one.Want to learn how to trace your family’s roots? Sherry Marcoux leads Genealogy Workshops for beginners on Friday afternoons from 1-3 p.m. Oct. 24-Nov. 7.

Our fall bridge tournament Nov. 14 is a fun afternoon with great refreshments. Maplefield’s, Sweet Clover Market, and Essex Cinema have generously donated gift cards as prizes, and there will be several door prizes. Questions? Call 878-6940 or visit

Essex Senior Citizens meets for luncheon Oct. 22 and 29 at Maple Street Park 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 29 is the monthly pot luck/birthday celebration, and everyone is encouraged to dress for Halloween.

So far this year, Loretta Masi has bid and made 28 small slams — most recently playing with Donna Powell, Nancy Smith, Newt Garland, Mary Holmes and Marge Shepard. Not only is Loretta an ace bridge player, she’s also one of those people who makes the world a little better.

Congratulations to Loretta, who received an award from Governor Shumlin at the 10th annual conference for Vermont Kin As Parents (VKAP). Loretta was one of the founding members and serves on the Board of Directors for VKAP, whose mission is to support relatives raising children and to educate the public and community partners about the joys and difficulties these families experience.

Lou Ann Pioli, left, the new Senior Activities Coordinator discusses the Senior Van schedule with Donna Harnish. PHOTO CONTRIBUTED

Lou Ann Pioli, left, the new Senior Activities Coordinator discusses the Senior Van schedule with Donna Harnish.