WESTMINSTER — Senior citizens looking for some additional social contacts and fun will have a new place to meet beginning Nov. 22.
The Department ofAging and the Cranberry Mall have been working together since summerto coordinate a new club for active, independent senior citizens, said Kathi McAvoy, marketing director for the mall.
"We have a lot of senior citizens who come to the mall to socialize and meet with friends, so we thought it would be nice to give themsome place to meet on a regular basis," McAvoy said.
The club, yet to be named, will meet the second and fourth Fridays of the month at the mall. Seniors will meet at 9 for breakfast at Everything Yogurt, then move to Leggett's department store meeting room from 10 to noon.
Donations of up to $3 for the breakfast will be accepted, although the Department of Aging will cover that cost, McAvoy said. Reservations for the Nov. 22 breakfast are required by Friday.
A varietyof activities will greet the seniors at Leggett's. Waldenbooks is donating a selection of books for reading, and there will be table games, cards and a program.
Next week's program features Carrie McFadden of Jazzercise.
"We will be providing programs focusing on physical fitness and nutrition," said Lynn Brewer, supervisor of communityservices for the Department of Aging. "It will be a chance for them to hear speakers of an educational nature that we hope will help themmaintain good health and independence for as long as possible."
Brewer noted that a nucleus of younger senior citizens who do not go to the senior centers frequent the mall. It is from this group that the Department of Aging and the mall are hoping to form the club.
"We saw the need to reach out to the community, and this is a good opportunity to do that," she said.
The first meeting also will includea contest of sorts to name the club. The person whose name is selected will receive a $20 Cranberry Mall gift certificate.
Additionally, the mall is making up a list for seniors of merchants that offer discounts to the older population.
"We're getting together the senior discount list, and most merchants will be honoring that," McAvoy said. "We will issue the card and list of merchants to seniors to use."
The second club meeting will be Dec. 13.
For information and breakfast reservations, call McAvoy at 876-8870 or Brenda Lerner at the Department of Aging at 848-4049.