One senior's opinion: Senior centers have much to offer

I had a chance to visit three local senior centers during the past month. On January 28, I attended the Dwyer Center in Bay Village for its second annual soup cook-off. A large crowd was on hand to taste and compare ten samples of wonderfully hot soup. The aroma drifting from each serving station filled the room with the scent of old-fashioned home cooking. Chefs represented various area senior living residences. From Lobster Bisque to Loaded Baked Potato soup (the winner) and eight delicious flavors in between, it was a food-lovers' dream. Salads, soups, rolls, beverages and dessert were also provided. At $5.00 a person, the soup cook-off was a real bargain. I definitely plan to return next year.

On February 3, I visited the Rocky River Senior Center for a presentation on the life of artist Leonardo da Vinci. The talk was given by art historian, Felicia Zazarella Stadelman. Ten little-known facts about Leonardo's life highlighted the lecture/slide presentation. What a great way to learn about the lives of famous artists at no cost.

The senior center was a beehive of activity that afternoon. Classes were in progress, people relaxed in comfortable chairs while others prepared to enjoy lunch, which is reasonably priced at $4.95 for the special of the day. A la carte items, such as soups and salads, are also available. No reservations are necessary.

On Sunday, February 6, the West Shore Senior Center hosted a Super Bowl party for Knickerbocker residents, families and friends. A lively crowd was on hand to enjoy all the chili dogs and snacks you could eat. After eating it was time to settle in to watch the game on the large screen TV. Animated conversation and laughter filled the social hall as the crowd cheered for their favorite team. Everyone seemed to have a great time.  The center is planning Breakfast with the Bunny on Saturday, March 27, from 9 to 11 a.m. All are welcome to attend. For information call Anne Nauman at 440-835-1111.

I would encourage all seniors who are looking for something to do to check area senior centers. They have  so much to offer at reasonable prices.

Dianne Borowski lives in Bay Village.

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Volume 2, Issue 4, Posted 10:02 PM, 02.15.2010