By John Underwood / [email protected]
ROBERTSDALE – Activities at the George P. Thames Adult Activity Center / Robertsdale Senior Center are back in full swing starting October 1. In addition to the daily, weekly and monthly activities scheduled for October at the Center, officials are planning a pair of great events in November at PZK Hall.
“We just want people to know that we are open for business,” said Mary Williams, who manages the day-to-day operations of the center with center director Amy Ochello.
After organizing activities for the first time in more than a year after Governor Kay Ivey lifted statewide mandates on June 1, the Center was forced to cancel some of its more activities. important in July, August and September after being asked to limit activities to less than 20 guests.
“We haven’t really closed the Center since June,” said Williams. “While we could still have some of our daily small group activities with enough room for social distancing, some of our more important activities such as the birthday party and lunch and learning had to be canceled. “
Masks are optional for all events and can be provided by the Center, Williams said.
In addition to the regular activities, the Center is bringing back two of its largest annual activities in November to PZK Hall which were canceled last year due to concerns over COVID-19.
The annual Veterans Day program will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on November 10 at PZK Hall on Alabama 104.
There will be an exhibition of photos, certificates, awards, medals and other memorabilia. Veterans and their families are encouraged to provide materials for the exhibit and are asked to contact the Center for more information.
All veterans past and present will be honored in a special ceremony at PZK Hall. If you wish to participate, you are asked to pre-register and provide your name, rank, branch of service, years and location of service so that the information can be shared at the ceremony.
“We want to make sure we honor and recognize all of our veterans for their service,” said Williams, “and want to encourage anyone who wishes to participate to let us know and provide all of their information in advance so that we may we prepare for this important event.
To pre-register or for more information, call the Center at 251-947-8973.
The 2021 17e The annual Christmas Bazaar will take place from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, November 20 at the PZK Hall, featuring local artists and artisans.
A total of 14 booths will be set up and all booths are filled, Williams said, with a variety of local arts and crafts.
New this year will be a “Kids Corner”. Santa will be available to take pictures with the children and there will be a workshop where participants can make handmade gifts for loved ones, or they can buy a small gift.
“We know how much children love to give gifts to their parents and loved ones and this will be an opportunity for them to do so,” said Williams. “We will also have freebies available with anything over $ 5, so it will be a little something everyone can afford. It is also an opportunity for parents to do a little shopping while leaving their children with supervised activities.
In October, the Southern Star Band will perform at PZK Hall starting at 6 p.m. on Thursday, October 7.
October full of activities
Starting October 1, the Center, located at 22651 E. Chicago St., will offer activities such as:
- Lunch-N-Learn, starting at 11 a.m. on October 8, with a video presentation on aquatic forests followed by lunch at noon.
- A prayer lunch, hosted by the Gulf Coast Prayer and Healing Center, will start at 11 a.m. on Monday, October 11, followed by lunch at noon.
- The monthly birthday party on Wednesday October 13 starting at noon which will include a meal, special gifts for those with a birthday in October and a birthday cake.
- A seminar on fire prevention starting at 11 a.m. on Friday, October 15, followed by lunch at noon.
- Lucky lunch on Friday, October 29 from noon. Participants are asked to come in costume to celebrate Halloween and bring their favorite covered dish.
A thrift store shopping trip and lunch is scheduled for Tuesday, October 26. The bus leaves at 9 a.m. with a location for lunch to be determined.
Several clubs will also resume their monthly meetings at the Center in October, including Stitch-N-Friends, starting at 1:00 p.m. on the second Tuesday of the month (October 12); Sit-N-Sew, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of the month (Oct 29); and TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensably) every Tuesday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Other activities at the Center include exercise from 8:30 am to 9:30 am every Monday and Thursday, with Bingo starting at noon on Tuesdays (except when special activities are scheduled).
Matches are also scheduled daily at the center from 8:00 a.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays and 9:30 a.m. on Mondays and Thursdays.
While dominoes and cards are still popular at the center, there are also a variety of board games available, Williams said, including Scrabble, Aggravation, Chess and Rummikub.
“Everyone is welcome to come and enjoy a variety of activities at the Center,” said Williams. “It’s about staying active, keeping a sharp mind and promoting the social interaction that is so important to all of us, but especially to the elderly. “
For more information, you can pick up a monthly calendar at the center, call Williams, Ochello or the staff volunteers at 251-947-8973, or email [email protected] You can also check out the Robertsdale Senior Center page on Facebook.