MAILED: Feb. 27, 2001
Area people age 55 and older can rustle up some fun at the 13th annual Senior Americans Day PrimeTimers Spring Round-Up Tuesday, March 20.
This years event will provide entertainment and educational activities with its cowboy theme in the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claires Davies Center. Activities will run from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
In cooperation with a committee comprised of community representatives committed to the interests of older adults, the day is sponsored by UW-Eau Claire Continuing Education, Grace Lutheran Foundation Inc., Eau Claire County Department on Aging, Age AdvantAge Inc., Mental Health Association (Eau Claire County) and Xcel Energy.
The River City Ramblers will perform country western music beginning at 8:30 a.m. followed by an opening session at 9 a.m. with master of ceremony Sheriff Bob Dawson and a welcome from Sue Abboud and Diane Zahorik, co-chairs of the Senior Americans Day steering committee. Keynote speaker Joan Kennedy will give a presentation based on her newest publication, Everybodys Doing It: A New Reality on Aging and Living Longer. Kennedy, who is a professional speaker, trainer, consultant and author, will talk on how to dispel the myths of aging, build a more positive self-image and raise levels of expectation.
Attendees may choose one workshop from two sets in the morning. The first set, which will meet from 10 to 11:30 a.m. with lunch following, includes options ranging from Golf for Golfers to Investments Option: Investing Online. The second set of seven workshops, which will meet from 10:15 a.m. to noon with lunch following, includes Genealogy and Jewelry Road Show.
The 14 early afternoon workshops will run from 12:45 to 1:45 p.m. Safety for Seniors offers ways to avoid putting oneself in dangerous situations. Touring Australia and New Zealand takes participants Down Under.
From 2 to 3 p.m., 13 workshops will provide participants with useful information in such sessions as Avoiding the High Costs of Medical Errors and Making Time for Fitness and Proper Nutrition.
At the end of the day there will be a closing campfire with the music of Bruce OBrien, who will lead singing around the campfire with banjo, guitar and fiddle accompaniment.
Two exhibitor halls will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. with more than forty exhibitors displaying their products and services. From 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Grace Lutheran Foundation will sponsor the opportunity for each participant to have his or her picture taken free of charge in the Photo Galleria. There also will be a free osteoporosis screening sponsored by Novartis Pharmaceuticals from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Tickets are $21, including instruction, lunch and refreshments. Preregistration is required, and the registration deadline is Tuesday, March 13.
For more information or to register, contact La Vone Sneen at (715) 836-3636 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: Feb. 28, 2001