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Holidays to be celebrated at local senior centers

December 1, 2011
By RENEE PRUSI - Journal Staff Writer ( , The Mining Journal

MARQUETTE - The Christmas season is here and senior centers are providing a variety of holiday-related activities and events in the coming month.


Kristy Basolo, coordinator at the Negaunee Senior Citizens Center, said several events are planned there, including a holiday dinner Friday for which the signup deadline has passed.

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Renee Wicklund joins other seniors at a special Thanksgiving Eve meal at the Marquette Senior Center Nov. 23. Senior centers throughout Marquette County will have Christmas activities taking place throughout the month of December to brighten the holiday season for the area’s elder residents. (Journal photo by Matt Keiser)

But there's still plenty of time to get involved in other Christmastime events, she said.

"We are doing our annual Christmas light tour Dec. 14," she said. "We have a real nice meal and entertainment at the center, then a Marq-Tran bus comes to pick up everyone. It's a lot of fun."

The event starts at 5 p.m. Dec. 14, with the registration deadline set for Dec. 9.

Other holiday-themed happenings:


Several Christmas-type activities are set for the Marquette Senior Center, said coordinator Jane Palmer.

"We are finishing up with our Christmas Placemat Project Friday," she said. "We've been working hard these past three months completing over 500 holiday placemats that will be distributed throughout Marquette County to nursing homes as well as the Jacobetti veterans facility."

The project was co-sponsored by U.P. Home Health and Hospice, Palmer said.

"On Wednesday, Dec. 14, the center will host our annual Christmas party beginning at 1 p.m.," Palmer said. "Everyone is welcome to join us at the center for an afternoon of holiday fun. This year we will enjoy entertainment by the Celebration Ringers from the First United Methodist Church. A tasty holiday treat will be served afterwards."

Seniors also will have the chance to view the brilliant Christmas light displays in the community.

"On Saturday, Dec. 17 will be our holiday light tour, co-sponsored by the Marquette Board of Light and Power," she said. "We hope seniors sign up today for the bus that leaves the center at 6:30 p.m. and travels the beautiful streets of Marquette as the Board of Light and Power maps out quite a light tour for us, making sure to stop at all the holiday light winners' displays."

Palmer said seating is limited, so those interested should call the center at 228-0456 as soon as possible to reserve a spot.


The staff at the Ishpeming Senior Center is cooking up - make that baking up - something special for its seniors.

"On Fridays, we have a dessert social," said Elyse Bertucci, center director. "On Dec. 9, the staff will doing the baking, making little Christmas treats for our seniors."

The social takes place from 1 to 3 p.m. Dec. 9.

The Ishpeming seniors are also headed out for a light tour. It will be at 5 p.m. Dec. 15, with sign-ups taken until Dec. 14.

"We let the Marq-Tran drivers plan the trip," Bertucci said. "They know all the best places to take us."

The Ishpeming Senior Center also is doing a special Christmas mitten tree, which is for donations of homemade or store-bought gloves, slippers, mittens, hats and children's sweaters. The deadline for that is Dec. 19, with Bertucci then delivering the items for the Christmas Cheer Club benefiting the Ishpeming Salvation Army.


Four holiday-themed events are planned at the Forsyth Township Senior Center, according to its director, Julie Shaw.

First, the seniors from the center will be going on a Christmas light tour starting at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 11. For $1, Gwinn-area seniors can get on the Marq-Train bus for a trip around the Marquette area to see the brightly decorated homes. A stop for dessert and coffee will end the evening.

On Dec. 14, the center's Merry Mixers will sponsor a dinner with turkey and all the trimmings. The cost is $8 for the meal, which starts at noon. The Gwinn High School Jazz Band and Chorale will be providing entertainment.

Then on Christmas Day, the entire community can partake in a free meal with turkey and ham. The meal will be from noon to 2 p.m. Dec. 25.

Renee Prusi can be contacted at 906-228-2500, ext. 253.



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