Tuesday , 21 March 2023

Seniors’ Week activities begin June 6

With Seniors’ Week approaching June 6, there is a myriad of activities to get out and enjoy in the Bonnyville and Cold Lake area.

In Bonnyville, the Seniors’ Society has a social evening planned on Friday, June 10 at the Drop-In Centre and a pancake breakfast going on Sunday, June 12.

President of the Bonnyville Seniors Society, Germaine Prybysh, says celebrating this week hasn’t happened in the past two years.

“Seniors tend to be a little bit hesitant. So we’re really excited to welcome everybody,” said Prybysh. 

“We do have a social event happening. And it’s to come and visit and shoot the breeze, there’s music, there’s drinks, you buy your own drinks, and snacks, and there may be games. We’ll put cards on the table. It’s just to come and have a good time.” 

Typically in year’s past, the group had put on a fish fry. But with some hesitancy, they decided to hold off on returning that until next year, said Prybysh.

“We’ll see how this social evening is something new, we thought well, less responsibilities and less work for the volunteers. We’re having a problem with volunteers because everybody’s getting older. They can’t lift the tables anymore…so this is just come and have a good time and not worry about that stuff,” she said. 

Then upcoming on Sunday, a community pancake breakfast is being held from 9:00am until noon, sponsored by Lakeland Family Eyecare.

For a $10 fee, you’ll be treated to pancakes, scrambled eggs, hash browns, sausages, strawberries and whipped cream, coffee and juice. 

Overall, the Bonnyville Seniors are looking for volunteers who are willing to help out at their different events. Plus, you don’t have to be over 50-years-old to become a member — not that you have to be a member to come to these events.

“People think that seniors is 50 plus, well, we actually accept younger people as associate members. And they can come and join us,” said Prybysh. 

“Memberships are only $30 a year and if you were gonna do to drop in fee, which is $2 every time you come, you’d reach that pretty quick.” 

Cold Lake events 

The Cold Lake and District FCSS is hosting a pancake breakfast for those 65 and older next Monday morning. Residents are being asked to register before June 3 at 4:00pm with the FCSS.

The following day on Tuesday afternoon, the Age-Friendly Cold Lake Society will have a community BBQ in behind the Husky and A&A Glass. There will be sandwich boards in the area to direct you on your way, from 11:00am to 1:00pm.

A host of activities are set for Friday at the Energy Center, including pickleball, flower arranging, a senior’s skate, and bingo. Contact the Energy Center for more information on the events and whether registration is required.

About Michael Menzies

Menzies is the editor-at-large for Connected Media Inc. Born and raised in Vermilion, he started in May 2018 during his NAIT Radio and Television practicum and reports on local politics, sports, and community issues. He became the Bonnyville Pontiacs play-by-play voice during the 2019-20 season. He also comments on provincial and national issues. Menzies hosts Connected! Evening Monday-Thursday at 5 o’clock. He also likes to buy books and read some of them.