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Peggy Pearson Essex Junction Senior Center

Peggy Pearson
Essex Junction
Senior Center

“15-2, 15-4, two for a pair, and the right jack is seven,” counted Mary Carroll at a cribbage tournament Jan. 18. In years past, most of our prize money at cribbage tournaments has gone to someone from Franklin County, but finally, our own Mary Carroll took the grand prize, while Thad Wolinski, of Burlington, and Ray Allard, of Essex, tied for second. Five people tied for high hand with scores of 24. It was a pleasant way to spend a winter day and satisfying to watch local players triumph.

We are delighted to offer an exciting afternoon Feb. 21, when Bud Edgerton gives a presentation on his years living next door to Norman Rockwell and modeling for him. Edgerton is the author of “The Unknown Rockwell.” Seating is limited, and tickets are available to members of the Senior Center or Essex Senior Citizens.

Come have fun at the Center. On Mondays, we offer Mah Jongg from 10 a.m.-12 p.m., and bridge and other games, like Skipbo, Mexican Train, or Rummikubes, from 12:30-3:30 p.m. Tuesdays begin with Jazzercise from 8-9 a.m., followed by bingo at 12:30-3:30 p.m., and classes in hearts and bridge from 1-3 p.m. On Wednesdays, Seated Yoga is from 10 a.m.-12 p.m., and bridge, duplicate bridge, and other games are from 1-4 p.m. Every Thursday morning, Jazzercise is from 11 a.m.-12 p.m., and new canasta and cribbage are in the afternoon. On Fridays, bridge and other games begin at 12:30 p.m.

AARP volunteers offer income tax assistance on Friday mornings at the Center, and on Wednesdays at St. James Church. Call the Center at 878-6940 to learn how to make an appointment.

Essex Senior Citizens meet Feb. 4 at Maple Street Park at 12 p.m. hosted by their board.

On Feb. 19 at 10:30 a.m., the book club discusses “All the Light We Cannot See,” by Anthony Doerr. All are welcome. The Brownell Library has invited us to an intergenerational book discussion in the spring.

Make plans now for July 16, when we take a ride on a Premier Coach to the Lake Winnipesaukee Playhouse, where we will see “Table Manners.” Members pay $54 and non-members $60 for transportation and theater tickets. Lunch is on your own. Tickets are available soon for members of the Senior Center and Essex Senior Citizens, and after April, tickets will be available to the public. For tickets, see Lou Ann Pioli at the Center.

In March, Anne-Marie Dennis and June Keenan offer classes on knitting and crocheting. Call the center to sign up.

Our birthday celebrations are now the second Friday of each month to coincide with our soup and sandwich luncheons. Bring your own sandwich, and we provide the soup. Pre-registration is appreciated. If you like to make soup, we would love to hear from you.

The Senior Van provides free transportation for Essex residents aged 60 or more anywhere in Essex Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. To make a reservation, call 878-6940 the previous business day between 9 and 11:45 a.m.

Anyone 50 years of age or older is 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 876-5087 or visit essexvtseniors.org. To make a reservation for the Senior Van call 878-6940.