Everyone 55 years of age or older is welcome at the Essex Junction Senior Center. Located at Five Corners between the fire station and the Brownell Library, the Center is open weekdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For information, call 878-6940.
Upstairs from the Senior Center, the Teen Center houses CHIPS, which has the following mission: “Uniting the community in an environment where people are empowered to make healthy choices through youth-adult partnerships, youth leadership and civic engagement.”
According to CHIPS, every year for Alternative Spring Break, they help “create several fun and meaningful service opportunities for Essex High School students. Instead of staying home, watching the tube or checking Facebook updates all day, students have the opportunity to get out of the house and serve their community during their week off.”
This year, a group led by Amy Wargowsky, an Americorp volunteer, chose to serve the Senior Center.
Fifteen volunteers treated seniors to a luncheon April 26. The soft tacos, fruit kabobs, and little cupcakes were a big hit, as were all the other goodies. Many heartfelt thanks to every volunteer and to the local merchants who donated supplies. It was great to be waited on and enjoy a delectable meal.
The Senior Center provides exercise, games and social time. Bridge and Skipbo are on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 1-4 p.m. Penny Bingo is Tuesdays at 1 p.m. Mah Jongg is Monday at 10 a.m. Seated Yoga is Wednesdays from 10-11 a.m.
On May 7, the bingo caller was Martha DiMaggio. Maddie Lister calls May 14, followed by Doris Farnsworth on May 21 and Donna Harnish on May 29. Thank you one and all.
The book club discusses “The Pact,” by Jodi Picoult May 16 at 10:30 a.m.
On April 21, 26 players enjoyed an afternoon of friendly competition at a cribbage tournament. Eight hands were played to determine high score, second place, third place and high hand as well as low score. Once again, Franklin County dominated, taking all the prize money. Frank Read of Georgia won the prize for high score as well as the 50/50 raffle. Said Frank, “I never bought a 50/50 raffle ticket before, but I did here last time, and I won then, so I bought them today and won again.” Will Frank’s luck hold up? Will Chittenden County win some prize money next time? Come to the final spring tournament May 19 at 1 p.m. to find out.
A cookout is planned at the pavilion at Maple Street Park for the Essex Senior Citizens luncheon May 15. For tickets, call Dan Canty at 879-1408. In case of rain, the cookout will move to St. James. Participants can look forward to lively music by the Essex High School Jazz Band. On May 22, the luncheon is inside at the Maple Street Recreation and Parks building, with Essex Alliance and St. Pius as hosts, and Karaoke is the program.
The senior van operates Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday 8 a.m.-12 p.m. Call 878-6940 the previous business day between 9 and 11:45 a.m. to reserve a seat.
On April 10, Loretta Masi and Marion Ferris bid and made a small slam with six diamonds. Loretta made six diamonds again on April 22, playing with Sue Moore.