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Second Seniors Week to be celebrated in Vernon

More events planned in 2024, from June 3-7, as week saluting local seniors expands
The second annual Vernon Seniors Week will take place June 3-7 with a number of events throughout the community. (File photo)

A special week has again been set aside to recognize a special Vernon demographic.

Vernon Seniors Week will run June 3 to 7.

“Seniors Week is recognized provincially and federally, but Vernon didn’t have any events for it,” said Marcy Kennedy, lifestyle consultant for Vernon’s Regency Parkwood Retirement Resort.

Kennedy enlisted the help of Diana Williamson, Kim Mcgarvey, and staff from the NexusBC Community Resource Centre in 2023, and started Vernon Seniors Week with a few events.

“We’re hoping to grow on it every year,” said Kennedy. “We want to bring in more people that want to provide low-cost, affordable opportunities for seniors to gather and to build community. That’s the whole point behind it.”

The second annual week of events will include trade shows, art classes, movie nights, lawn bowling, barbecues, corn-hole, dinner and dancing, and more.


Monday, June 3: Kick-off to Seniors Week; opening ceremony, 10 a.m. at Polson Park; the Silver Citizen will offer lawn bowling and corn-hole from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.;

Tuesday, June 4: Spring market at The Hamlets (3050-29th Ave.), 1-4 p.m.;

Wednesday, June 5: Barbecue and music at Orchard Valley Retirement Residence (2829-34th St.), 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Orchard Valley will host a complimentary barbecue for seniors, featuring live music and entertainment;

Thursday, June 6: NexusBC Community Resource Centre Seniors Fair, Schubert Centre (3505-30th Ave.), 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Connect with more than 40 kiosks on healthy aging. Learn about housing options and downsizing, wills and estate planning, home and health support, clubs and activities. Admission is free. Everyone is welcome;

Thursday, June 6: Regency Parkwood Movie Night, 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Join in at the movies for a night of fun, snacks, drinks, prizes, and more. RSVP to 250-558-0232 as limited seating is available;

Friday, June 7: Design and paint your own watercolour postcard, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., drop-in, Vernon Community Arts Centre, 2704A Highway 6;

Friday, June 7: Seniors Week Final Wrap-Up. Dinner and dance with The Backyard Band at the Schubert Centre. Doors open at 5 p.m. for cocktail hour; dinner served at 6 p.m., followed by dancing the night away. Cash bar available on-site. Tickets are $5 each.

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Roger Knox

About the Author: Roger Knox

I am a journalist with more than 30 years of experience in the industry. I started my career in radio and have spent the last 21 years working with Black Press Media.
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