White Rock Senior Center Celebrating 27th Birthday Friday

Former volunteer Lisa Givler, shown here with her dog Bear, will be remembered with a food pantry named in her honor as part of the White Rock Senior Center birthday celebration at 10 a.m. Friday. Courtesy/LARSO

The Betty Ehart Senior Center pantry was dedicated in November and named for Patsy Casias, the first Los Alamos senior lost during the pandemic. Each pantry is a gift from the Los Alamos Finishing Touch, and helps to provide food items for seniors, in the community. Donations are gratefully accepted and the wish list includes; cereals, oatmeal, healthy snacks, shelf stable milk, juices, and easy to prepare meals. Items may not be expired. Monetary donations to stock the pantry also are welcome. Courtesy/LARSO

LARSO News:

The White Rock Senior Center will celebrate its 27th birthday 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday.

The center is at 133 Longview Dr., in the White Rock Municipal Complex.

The fun will include many throwbacks to past celebrations. Birthday cake and FREE snacks will be available while supplies last, and a car show begins at 10 a.m., in the main parking lot. Those attending the car show are asked to vote for the People’s Choice Award. The winning driver will receive a prize.

A new horseshoe set has been purchased, and the lunch of the day is an old fashioned cat fish fry! Those 60 and up who are members of the senior centers can order lunch by 10 a.m., at either site. Lunch is available for a $5 donation. Membership is free and if you need to join, stop by or call the center nearest you!

Raffle tickets are already on sale for $1, which benefits the employee morale fund. A variety of items are available and include items like gift cards, crafts, free lunches and a special Movie Box. If you can’t make it to White Rock, the Betty Ehart Senior Center also will be selling raffle tickets and passing out FREE cupcakes and snacks.

“I’m most excited about the addition of the White Rock food pantry,” Executive Director Bernadette Lauritzen said. “The Finishing Touch blessed us with a pantry last November and the White Rock one has arrived, in time for the birthday celebration.” The pantry will allow seniors to stop by as needed and pick up food supplies. Those wishing to make donations are asked to bring items like cereal, oatmeal, shelf stable milk, soups and easy to prepare items.

The pantry will be named for former volunteer Lisa Givler who was the first senior to pass after the pandemic began in 2020. While she did not pass from COVID, the loss was deeply felt by staff and members. Givler and her lovely, three-legged dog, Alex, were regulars at the center. Alex was adopted by a family friend and is doing well.

A small ribbon cutting to honor the moment will take place shortly after 10 a.m., and include members of her family.

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