Lunch Bunch brings senior citizens and young together in creativity

NEIGHBORS

January 31, 1994|By CINDY PARR

Senior citizens who participate in the Lunch Bunch program at Westminster Senior Center enjoy being creative.

Just ask 81-year-old Maude Little, who will be one of about 35 seniors taking part in a craft day beginning at noon Feb. 8 at the center.

Mrs. Little, who has been going to the senior center for 15 years, will learn how to make a Valentine's Day centerpiece from members of Roland Backhaus' horticulture class at the Carroll County Career and Technology Center.

Members of the horticulture class have been visiting the center to demonstrate and help seniors make craft projects for the past several years.

"This will be my first one with the high school students," Mrs. Little said. "I have been in all the craft classes here, and I like to sew and quilt and do a lot of things. I am looking forward to making these centerpieces. I just hope it's not snowing or raining so I can get to the center."

Senior high school students taking Mr. Backhaus' horticulture class will visit the center with red carnations, mixed greens and small centerpiece bowls.

"The students will first do a demonstration on how to make the piece," Mr. Backhaus said. "Following the demonstration, the students will walk around and help the seniors finish their piece. It's usually about a two-hour session."

Mr. Backhaus said that in past years, projects for seniors from his class have included demonstrating and helping the senior citizens make fall corsages and Thanksgiving and Christmas centerpieces.

Much is gained on both sides from the annual association between the Career and Technology Center and the Westminster Senior Center.

Students can share and teach their horticulture skills, while seniors can pursue another entertaining and creative outlet.

Olivia Schrodetzki, assistant program coordinator, said the annual program is popular with the senior Lunch Bunch.

"We usually have 100 percent participation from the seniors who are here that day. Depending upon the weather, that could be 30 to 40 people," Ms. Schrodetzki said.

"This program is a good intergenerational experience for the seniors and the high school students. It also allows the seniors to be creative and have something to take home with them."

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During winter, we don't think of taking many outdoor adventures because of chilling temperatures and the threat of dangerous precipitation.

But it's important to note that programs are available in central Carroll that allow true naturalists an opportunity to admire the wonder of the woodlands in winter.

nTC For example, Bear Branch Nature Center in Westminster continually serves numerous programs in winter for all to enjoy.

Bear Branch naturalist Heather Davis said the nature center holds about 60 programs throughout the year for members and nonmembers of all ages.

"The age group that seems to really like coming out to the Nature Center are those children ages 8 to 12," Ms. Davis said.

"We have programs for everyone. We do a variety of things -- hiking, canoeing, photography and the planetarium. We also have guest speakers who come out and share a special skill or technique."

Saturday, Bear Branch will offer a Winter Safari from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. for ages 8 to 12.

A park naturalist will lead participants on a hike through the woods to view winter landscapes and seek out animal tracks. Participants should wear warm clothing and appropriate shoes for hiking.

The cost is $2 for members and $4 for nonmembers.

Registration is required. To register or for more information: 848-2517.

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Sandymount United Methodist Church in Finksburg will be the site for an all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday.

The dinner is sponsored by Boy Scout Troop No. 395 and will include spaghetti -- of course -- salad, Italian bread, beverages and dessert.

Adult tickets cost $5; $3.50 for children 5 to 11; and children 4 and younger are free.

Carry-out dinners will be available, as will baked goods and crafts.

Information: 861-8793.

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