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What summer break? Seniors centre a hub of activity with luncheons, movie nights

While many clubs at the Danube Seniors Leisure Centre are taking a break over the summer months, the centre remains open for activities such as a monthly luncheon

Straw hats, shorts, tropical prints – July’s Salad Days Luncheon at the Danube Seniors Leisure Centre brought out a colorful display of summer fashion, and it sold out.

And no wonder. It wasn’t the usual cold-cuts-and-coleslaw summer lunch.

Instead, members dined on cold roast pork tenderloin, ham, and turkey, cooked up in the Danube centre's kitchen, plus buns, and a selection of fresh salads, from potato salad to three-bean and tossed, some purchased and some prepared by the volunteers.

"We’ve been cooking (for days),” said president Elke Pitkin.

With 14 round tables decorated with floral table cloths and lily centrepieces to accommodate the guests, about 100 members came out to enjoy the lunch, a trivia quiz, organizer Jan Evans’ latest jokes, and even a door prize draw or two.

“We like to change it up a little bit every time,” said Evans.

Coming up at the Danube Seniors Leisure Centre:

  • Saturday, July 27, the centre hosts another Saturday Afternoon at the Movies, screening the film Green Book at 1 p.m. Admission is only $3 for movie, popcorn and refreshments.
  • The centre will be closed Aug. 5 for the civic holiday.
  • The monthly members-only luncheon in August will be a barbecue on Aug. 15. Tickets are only $10 for a lunch of salads and barbecued sausages, hot dogs and hamburgers. “The same as last year,” said Evans. Members are asked to purchase their tickets at the centre as soon as possible. The luncheon will be held indoors.
  • Carrot Fest takes place Aug. 16 and 17. This year, the Danube centre will not have a own booth. Instead, members of the BWG Seniors Association have been invited to share the booth of The Elden of Bradford Retirement Residence, where they will be selling their handmade Gwilly pins as a fundraiser for Ronald McDonald House Children’s Charities. This year, only 400 of the pins representing Carrot Fest’s carrot mascot have been made, a far cry from the 1,000 of previous years. While the price of the pins remains $1, the seniors are hoping that generous donations from the public will help top up the funds raised.


Miriam King

About the Author: Miriam King

Miriam King is a journalist and photographer with Bradford Today, covering news and events in Bradford West Gwillimbury and Innisfil.
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