Allegheny County Announces 2013 Older Americans Month Events

PITTSBURGH – Today, County Executive Rich Fitzgerald proclaimed May as “Older Americans Month” in Allegheny County and urged residents to acknowledge and honor the contributions of older adults in our community.

“Older Americans Month is one more opportunity for us to appreciate and celebrate the vitality and aspirations of older adults,” said Fitzgerald.  “Their contributions and achievements in our county are truly remarkable.  Older adults play an important role in Allegheny County and I am proud to recognize their efforts in this small way.”

Allegheny County is marking Older Americans Month with a number of special events planned in cooperation with the Allegheny County Area Agency on Aging and its contracted senior center providers.  Unless otherwise noted, all of the events are free and open to all older adults.

Play & Sway in Riverview Park
Wednesday, May 1 – 10 AM to 2 PM

Come join us at the Riverview Park Activities Building for an energetic, interactive dance/exercise event sponsored by Citiparks. For more information, contact Christie Jennings at 412-422-6403.

Senior Games Kick-Off
Thursday, May 16 – 10 AM to 2 PM

Kick-off the Summer Senior Games with a hot dog roast and registration party at the Schenley Park Skating Rink, sponsored by Citiparks. Located on Overlook Drive in Schenley Park, Ray Fisher can answer questions you may have about the event at 412-422-6405.

Western-themed Evening
Thursday, May 16 – 5 PM

Seton Center, Inc. is providing a catered meal with entertainment and a western flair.  Reservations are required and can be made by calling 412-561-8400.  The cost is $10 per person with Hors d’oeuvres at 5 p.m. and dinner at 6 p.m. at the Seton Center, 1900 Pioneer Avenue in Brookline.  Ask for Amy Franey for more information.

Spring Walk in the Park
Monday, May 20 – 10:00 AM to 1 PM

The Catholic Youth Association invites you to join them for a walk in Squaw Valley Park in O’Hara Township with staff and friends.  Meet at the O’Hara Municipal Building, 401 Fox Chapel Road, and then enjoy a nature walk.  Contact Gretchen Fay at 412-621-3342 for additional details.

Senior Ball
Saturday, May 25 – 5 PM to 10 PM

The Hill House Association/Senior Services cordially invites you to join them at the Senior Ball – a semi-formal dinner dance with entertainment being held at the Hill House Association Auditorium, 1835 Centre Avenue. Tickets are $6 per person or $10 per couple and can be purchased in advance, or at the door.  Learn more about this great event by calling Eunice Boyd at 412-392-4492.

Senior Day at Highland Park
Wednesday, May 29 – 11 AM to 4 PM

Join Lemington Community Services for an old-fashioned picnic and Senior Community Day at the Rhododendron Pavilion in Highland Park.  Grace Kizzie has all of the details at 412-362-7301.

Picnic in the Park
Friday, May 31 – 10 AM to 2 PM

Finish out Older Americans Month with a celebration picnic full of fun, food, entertainment and prizes at the Blue Pavilion in McKeesport’s Renzie Park, sponsored by LifeSpan, Inc.  Contact Kim Rollinson at 412-464-1300 for a run-down of all of the events.

Many senior community centers throughout Allegheny County are holding special events in celebration of Older Americans Month.  For information on these events, contact your local community center – or, better yet, stop by and visit there soon!

Since 1963, May is celebrated as Older Americans Month, showing our nation’s commitment to honor the value that elders continue to contribute to our communities.  Across the county, like across the nation, we’ll recognize older Americans as productive, active and influential members of society.

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