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Seniors’ fair promises to be ‘way better’

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Seniors are invited to attend a seniors’ fair at the Sister Kennedy Centre on Tuesday, Oct. 4.

Manager Cindy Noble said the event will be a bit different than the one held there last year.

“We just got local people to come and talk,” she recalled, adding this year’s event is being put on by the Older Adult Centres’ Association of Ontario, with funding from the Ontario Seniors’ Secretariat.

Dubbed the “Seniors Information and Active Living Fairs,” Noble said the OACAO is travelling throughout the province putting on events as way “to increase seniors’ awareness about the programs and services to which they are entitled, knowledge on healthy aging and lifestyles, and recognition of seniors contributions.”

A variety of exhibitors will be on hand once again, as well as guest speakers.

“We’ve got people from out of town coming in,” Noble noted.

The speakers include OACAO executive director Sue Hesjedahl, Jeremy Bertrand from the Ontario Ministry of Finance, Josée Miljours for elder abuse in Ontario, and senior driving presented by Tom Marinis of the Ministry of Transportation.

The event will run from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Doors will open at 9:30 a.m., with coffee and muffins available. A lunch also will be served.

“Last year was a little bit too long for people to sit,” Noble conceded.

“It’s going to be way better [this year],” she pledged.

Seniors are asked to register in advance by calling 274-7656, then they will sign in at the door when they arrive.

The event is free event and open to all seniors.

Noble noted plenty of other events are going on weekly at Sister Kennedy Centre, and all seniors aged 55 and older are welcome to join in the fun and games.

“It’s another place I don’t think is used as much as it could be,” said Diane Maxey, president of the Fort Frances Kiwanis Club.

“We have a great place here for people to come out and mingle, and take part in all the activities.”

For instance, the centre offers Tai Chi from 11-11:45 a.m. on Mondays, as well as 500 and Canasta from 1-4 p.m.

Then there is a music session from 7-10 p.m.

On Tuesdays, there is yoga from 8:45- 9:30 a.m., Smear from 1-4 p.m., and Line Dancing from 6:30-9:30 p.m., while on Wednesday there is Tai Chi from 11-11:45 a.m., as well as Learner Bridge and Canasta from 1-4 p.m.

Thursdays feature Cribbage from 1-4 p.m. and Duplicate Bridge from 7-10 p.m.

Sister Kennedy chairperson June Caul noted there also is a weekly luncheon every Thursday.

“There’s a group of them,” she noted. “They plan a menu and the menu is on the bulletin board for the month.”

“And anyone 55 years and over can stop in and have a delicious lunch,” echoed Maxey.

Caul said they’ve served everything from lasagna to perogies. And for $5 per meal, it’s a great deal.

“It includes lunch, beverage and dessert,” Caul noted.

Activities continue Friday with Euchre from 1-4 p.m. and Bingo, hosted by the Kiwanis Club, from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

“We started the Bingos last year and we’re looking to start them up again,” noted Maxey, adding they’re set to begin Sept. 30 and run each week.

“We need people to come out once again and support it,” she stressed. “It’s a lovely evening out for people.

“They really like it.”

The winnings are half the proceeds from each Bingo played. There’s also a jackpot game at the end of the night.

“We’re just really encouraging people to come out because it’s a fun evening,” Maxey enthused.

The weekly activities wrap up with Contract Bridge on Saturdays from 1-4 p.m.

Sister Kennedy Centre also has two pool tables for anyone interested in playing a friendly game, as well as a workshop area where seniors can bring projects of their own to work on.

The centre is open Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m.-4 p.m., or as scheduled.

For more information, call Noble at 274-7656.

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