By Lorrie Conyac
Family – a word that encompasses such complexity that it is beyond my ability to analyze its meaning. However, I can tell you about the family at the Blaine Senior Center. It is the hope and goal of our board of directors that we provide a place for our members to go when they need someone to talk to, just want to be around the sound of other people taking part in some activity or want to take part in those activities themselves.
Our lunch program is the accumulation of the efforts of many partners and funding sources, including a federal grant, the Whatcom Council on Aging, the Blaine Senior Center and a host of volunteers.
The funds and efforts of those partners provide delivery of meals to the homes of people that need food assistance, (Meals on Wheels). Those delivery angels are checking to make sure everything is OK and that the recipient of the food has an opportunity to interact with another person. Isn’t that an integral part of being in a family?
For those who can come to the center, we offer lunch for a donation for those over 60 years old and for their younger friends, only a charge of $6. A place to meet, socialize and receive maybe the only hot meal they will eat that day. A gathering of friends and family at the senior center Monday through Friday to all our members and the public.
This brings me to Thanksgiving. We, the board of the Blaine Senior Center, are so thankful for the opportunity to serve our community but we couldn’t do it without the help of our city, our community, our partners, our members and most certainly our volunteers. We are thankful for all of you.
Please join the Sons of the American Legion, Post 86 for the 16th Annual Thanksgiving Day Dinner on Thursday November 24th from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Blaine Senior Center. All are welcome to share our facility and the blessings that make that dinner possible.
Shortly after Thanksgiving is another celebration of family; we call it Christmas.
For the past nine years the Blaine Senior Center has hosted a Christmas Bazaar. There you can find unique items for gifts to family and friends. This year is especially fun because we will not only have artists in the senior center, but also next door in the pavilion.
Everyone on your gift list will benefit from the items you find. Big ones, small ones, expensive ones, inexpensive ones, funny ones, serious ones and most importantly gifts lovingly chosen by you.
Our Bazaar will be held Friday and Saturday, December second and thirrd, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. As always, we will have our famous Cookie Walk, so be sure to stop by and stock up on fancy Christmas cookies and fudge. See you all there.
Blaine Senior Center is located at 763 G Street.