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Crafternoons and Cornhole: Senior citizens staying busy

By Carrie Miller

Events Coordinator,

Davie Senior Services

Davie County Seniors know how to stay fit, active, and have fun.

This past week started off with the Bowling Lunch – a kick off to fall bowling season. The bowling group meets at Senior Services twice a year to host a lunch at the beginning of each league. The senior bowling league is referred to as SilverStrikers.

At the kickoff lunch, previous high scorers are named team captains and draw names from two baskets to pick their team at random. This allows for each team to be comprised of bowlers of all skill levels.

The SilverStrikers fill up Creekside Lanes in Winston-Salem every Monday morning, and each team gets to play three games. At the end of the season, the winning team will get a trophy which is awarded at the next pre-league lunch.

At the Senior Services main campus, there is a daily program at 10 a.m. before lunch is served at 11 a.m. Every Wednesday, the lunch program features several games of bingo.

This week’s programming also featured a special presentation on Egypt by Avery Boudreau. This past school semester, Boudreau was able to study abroad at the American University in Cairo. During her time there, she met people from several countries and was able to travel and see sites in Egypt. She was even able to take a kayak adventure on the Nile River, ride a camel, and see the pyramids. Folks were able to see items that she brought back from Egypt and asked questions. This is one of the opportunities Senior Services offers to encourage learning new things.

As the week continued, Woodcarving met with some awesome creativity. The classroom was filled with woodcarvers who took pride in their creations. Woodcarvers made jewelry, statues, figurines, and more. One of the most creative ways someone was working with was an avocado pit.Woodcarving is an intergenerational programming, so make plans to attend if you are interested.

Cornhole League continues to meet in the gym at the Senior Services Brock Health and Fitness Center every Monday and Wednesday in August. Teams are formed randomly so everyone gets the opportunity to meet new people and make new friends. Several compliments have been made about how much fun is going on and the participants are looking forward to the next league. It’s even more exciting to hear the encouragement between longtime players and newcomers.

Bocce league will begin in September, so if you’re interested at all in learning something new, this is an opportunity to become a part of the excitement.

Each month, Davie Senior Services and Davie County Public Library partner up to host a Crafternoon event. This month, folks joined Jazmyne Baylor for an afternoon of making DIY Suncatchers. Next month, Baylor will be teaching the attendees how to make DIY Terrariums. The participants are loving Crafternoon, so if interested, make sure to register for the monthly event.

Coming up next week, Senior Services special events will be the “All About Vaccines” health seminar with Allegra Tucker from the Davie County Health Department on Monday, Aug. 23 at 10 a.m. This seminar will be available by Zoom link as well.

Senior Services and Veterans Services will also host the Veterans Ice Cream Social on Aug. 25 (veteran only event for all ages).

If you’d like to register for an event coming up at Senior Services or would like to be added to the Senior Connection mailing list, contact Senior Services at 336-753-6230.