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EDH Senior Center spreads holiday cheer

By: Margaret Snider, Telegraph Correspondent
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The El Dorado Hills Senior Center Christmas Luncheon will be held on Friday, December 9 at the El Dorado Hills Community Service District gym, at 1021 Harvard Way. Lunch is provided by the El Dorado County Senior Nutrition Program: $3.00 per person for seniors 60 and up, and $5 for all others. The doors open at 10:30 and entertainment starts at 11 a.m. with the Oak Ridge High School choir, dance team, and jazz band. Lunch is served at noon. Although reservations are required by Dec. 2 (call 916-358-3575), Janet Kenneweg, Recreation Supervisor for the EDH Community Services District, said they will accept walk-ins if there are seats available. “It’s a good thing to get here between 11:30 and 11:45 to sign in,” said Kenneweg, “so they can get a seat ready.” The Senior Center is collecting Toys for Tots, so bring a new, unwrapped toy if you can. “We’re working with the veterans from American Legion on that,” Kenneweg said. The luncheon is a regular Christmas event for the seniors, held for close to 15 years. “It’s quite a crowd,” said Connie Backers, 78. “That’s why they have it in the gym and not at the Senior Center.” She and her husband Carl go every year. Backers doesn’t recall what the menu was last year, but she does remember dessert. “It’s banana splits,” Backers said. “We all line up and we can choose what kind of ice cream we want, and what we want in toppings. … The ones that fix our banana splits are from the Rotary Club. And then the firemen and the paramedics, they serve us. So it’s quite an event for us. We don’t have to do anything but just go sit down and have a good time.” The Senior Support Council, along with Kenneweg, coordinates the annual senior parties in addition to overseeing other Senior Center activities. The president of the Council this year is Yvonne Griffin, and Evelyn Weick, 77, is the vice president. “It’s a wonderful way of just getting into the spirit of Christmas,” Weick said. She said that the Nugget Market and Raleys give them a discount for the gift certificates that are given away at the Bingo game. “And businesses in the community donate things for the raffle,” Weick said. According to both Kenneweg and Weick, the seniors really appreciate the involvement of the high school kids. It is also a good time to catch up on old acquaintances. “Everyone looks forward to it and we get a chance to see some of the seniors that maybe we haven’t seen for a while,” Backers said. “Kind of like a reunion.” * * * Know and Go What: El Dorado Hills Senior Center Christmas Luncheon When: Friday, Dec. 9, doors open 10:30 a.m., entertainment at 11 a.m., lunch at noon Where: El ?Dorado Hills Community Services District gymnasium, 1021 Harvard Way, El Dorado Hills Cost: $3 per person for those 60 years and up, $5 for all others accompanying a senior