Celebrating 10 years

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By The Staff

There’s only one way to be 10 years old and celebrate being a senior citizen; help the Betty Ehart Senior Center honor its anniversary. The Betty Ehart Senior Center celebrates its 10th anniversary from 1-4 p.m. Saturday.

“Sample the Senior Center” is an event created to entice some new faces to come out and sample figuratively and literally the many offerings of the BESC.

“We are so grateful to the county for stepping up with not only dollars to support this celebration but also staff/director time to help with planning, printing and a commemorative beautification project,” said Pauline Powell Schneider, director of the Los Alamos Retired and Senior Organization, which operates both the Los Alamos and White Rock senior centers.

Schneider and her planning committee planned a variety of ways to sample the senior center, including tasty treats from chefs Fred Ortiz and Michael Mason. The culinary crew will prepare an assortment of finger foods for guests to sample.

The center also offers a variety of yoga programs that will be highlighted from 1:30- 3 p.m. on Saturday. Noor Singh Khalsa, a full-time Los Alamos National Laboratory employee, teaches the ancient science of Kundalini.

“This yoga was designed for the householder, those who live in the world, who have families and jobs, and who want to balance the inner and outer world,” said Loretta Stubbs, member of the anniversary planning event and dedicated student.

Noor has been teaching for 33 years, according to Stubbs, who also persuaded him to give the senior center a try three months ago. The thing that attracted Stubbs the most was not only his charm, intelligence and wit, “but mostly the genuine gift that he has a teacher. Noor Singh Khalsa has been the most inspirational and dedicated teacher that I have every come across in my 30 plus years of teaching,” Stubbs said.

The Kundalini class has six students and would like it to grow in size. Participants do need to be a senior to attend this class, which asks for a $3 donation.

Saturday, the class will be stretching, working on breathing technique and relaxation to the sounds of the gong.

The Senior Olympians, AARP representatives, evening bridge players and all departments of the senior center will be hosting booths. Los Alamos considers residents seniors at the age of 50. Schneider defines one approaching that milestone as senior “gonna be,” and said this is a fine opportunity to learn about what’s here for you.

To learn more about the events this weekend or about any senior-related information, call 662-8920.