You’re never too old to party

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By The Staff

URS invites everyone, even wallflowers to the first annual “Senior Prom.” The idea of it being the first annual event is only slightly true in that it actually took place more than a dozen years ago.


Community member, Lil Ortega worked with a high school group of students, to do the same way back when.

Assets in Action and the Friends of the Senior Center have banded together to offer the summer activity, “Sea of Love,” for folks of all ages whether they like to dance or just want to watch.

The event will kick-off at 6 p.m. June 26 with music from the 1940s and will rotate through the decades with the spinning of each disc.

The musical blend will include everything from the big band era to the Black Eyed Peas and the fun will continue through 9 p.m.

The $1 admission and donation of a non-perishable item will gain participants entry while helping out local programs in the process.

Mary Brooks, president of the Friends of the Senior Center, looks forward to the festivities.

“As President of the Friends of the Senior Center, I wholeheartedly support this joint effort and am looking forward to attending,” Brooks said.

Brooks and the FOSC Board supported the idea as they continue their work in benefiting the senior center and its offerings.

The donation of funds from URS has allowed for the family friendly event to be held at the end of the month.

Their effort allows coordinators to secure the location and musical equipment for the big dance.

KRSN AM 1490 has assisted in acquiring the music for the big bash with a variety of tunes from the ‘40s through 2010 and Lynn Ballew at Los Alamos Signs and Sound will aide in blasting the ballads to the delight of party goers.

Drinks and snacks will also be available for purchase as coordinators try to hearken back to the old days.

“It will be fun to see how the different generations respond to each other’s music,” said Pauline Powell Schneider, Los Alamos Retired and Senior Organization director. “We love hosting community events at our center and I believe music has a wonderful way of bringing people together for a good time. We’ve not done such an event in the nine years that I’ve been here, so I’m excited to see if people are up for it.”

The “Sea of Love,” theme was selected to tie in with the Agua Adventures, which Mesa Public Library, the Pajarito Environmental Education Center, the Bradbury Science Museum and Assets In Action are hosting.

The community venues each have a water-related twist and continue throughout the summer.

The activities will wrap up as the Fair and Rodeo parade comes to a close in August.

Several prizes will be awarded to those who cast their completed forms from community scavenger hunts into the prize bowl located at the Los Alamos and White Rock Visitor’s Center locations.

The “Sea of Love” will be the next hot spot for gathering all of the information needed to participate in these community events.

Additional handouts for joining the senior center, Friends of the Senior Center or signing the petition to keep AM 1490 on the air will be available.

The Bradbury Science Museum staff also contributes the decorations for the big dance as they have recycled their water themed activities to benefit the Assets In Action and Friends of the Senior Center event.

Those unable to attend the event can make a cash donation or donate canned goods to benefit the AIA and FOSC activities by calling the Betty Ehart Senior Center at 662-8920 or Assets In Action at 661-4846. Financial donations will assist programs including the Assets In Action’s  Cookies and Conversation or the FOSC’s goal purchasing a new video screen to benefit the senior center for any years into the future.