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Lauritzen: Life After 50 ... So Much To Do!

on September 3, 2019 - 9:15am
Executive Director

I have a face for radio and a heart for fundraising! When I was a young radio intern, I worked the overnight shift, until a new young student came in the door. I don’t recall his name, but he was an adorable, red-haired, freckle faced, high school student, who always said he had a face for radio, and it stuck with me ever since.

I do have a heart for fundraising, relationship building and promotion, too. There is never enough time in the day to talk about all of the good that takes place. Here are just a few items in store for the month of September, at your local senior centers and with our community partners.

On Friday, Sept. 6, we will be starting, “Senior Singles.” The idea began after a suggestion at our monthly gathering called, Baked Goods with Bernadette. The idea isn’t to set people up to look for love, but to add to our plans of fun, friendship and fellowship. If you are 50 and up, we invite you to stop by for an ice breaker or two, a chance to make some suggestions and to hear about our first venture. This Friday will be held at the Los Alamos center 11-11:30 a.m., or you can email me with questions, suggestions and to get our first gathering location. I am at

On Saturday, the annual House of Hope, Tea and Fashion Show, will be held at Trinity on the Hill, Episcopal Church. The tea starts at 2:30 p.m. and the show begins at 3 p.m. The church is located at 3900 Trinity Drive and you can call the church office to see if tickets are still available at 505.662.5107. There will be a silent auction and volunteers may still be needed to assist. You can check out their website at The funds will be used to build homes in Juarez, during the month of February. Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for kids.

The White Rock Senior Center has a veritable plethora of events, during National Senior Center Month. Sept. 19, Beverly and Martin Cooper will present Canada and Chef Michael Mason will prepare a wonderful meal for just $10, but a RSVP is a must. The menu includes; Montreal Smoked Roast Beef, Poutine (French Fries with Cheese curd and brown gravy), and Nanaimo Bars, a delight that consists of Chocolate, Vanilla, Coconut, and Graham Crackers.

The senior centers also have free equipment you can borrow, just for asking. We have wheelchairs, canes, walkers, rollators (a wheeled walker with a seat), crutches, bedside toilets, shower chairs, knee scooters, gait belts, transfer boards and more. You don’t even have to be a member, stop by or call 505.661.0081 to check for availability.

Check out our website for daily, weekly and monthly events, request our newsletter and more. This holiday weekend, we underwent some major website changes, so come have a look: click here.