Spring Fling

by Jackie Deal

Spring has sprung and it’s time for a Spring Fling!  

Sutherlin Senior Center is staging a Spring Fling Saturday, May 18 from 1pm to 3 pm.  (You might want to arrive a little early.) Our own Sharon Elliot will be the MC for a Style Show of fashions straight from Paris (via the Fashion Boutique at the Senior Centre) with “gentlemen” escorting the ladies. Definitely for the “gentlemen” (and a few curious ladies) will be a performance put on by the Sutherlin Belly Dancers.  Not to be missed, we promise you.

The speaker, “who may or may not have a felonious past will dazzle you with an obfuscating tale”.  Rumor has it the speaker may have been a criminal in the past. Lunch will be served: handmade scones, sandwiches, petit fours and more, and there will be live music during the lunch. All of this for only $8.00, let’s go, support our Senior Center and enjoy a Spring Fling.

And now a bit about the Senior Center. The center was built in 1913, the original building has been a school, an Odd Fellows hall and a gymnasium. In 1983 the Seniors were meeting at the Eagles club before they bought the Center building.  Much like our history, the Senior Center was built with the hands of the willing volunteers.

The main room is large and rented out for parties, reunions, weddings etc. Much of the Center’s income comes from bingo and from rental of their building. Three days a week, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, the County provides meals which are served at noon.  The meals are delicious (there’s a menu posted at our clubhouse) and on Thursday live music, starting around 11:45, enlivens the proceedings.

Their activities are almost too many to list (but I’ll try): bingo Monday afternoon and Thursday evening, Pinochle Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at 1 pm with a pot luck once a month.  The Old Time Fiddlers play the 3rd Sunday at 1 pm.

The Center has a Benevolent Fund that will help pay the gas or water bill when someone is in need. They can provide transportation to medical appointments and they donate to the local Food Bank each year with 500 pounds of food and $500 cash.

Their board is composed of local citizens and they are looking for people “with a new perspective” and possibly experience working for non-profits.  Volunteers are more than welcome.

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