Registration now available for 31st annual Senior Enrichment Day

Betty Anderson carefully traces a cardinal with a wood burning tool during Senior Enrichment Day last year. This year’s event is scheduled for Wednesday, June 26, at Big Rapids High School. (Pioneer file photo)

BIG RAPIDS — A day filled with information, creativity and excitement awaits area seniors during the 31st annual Senior Enrichment Day.

The event, organized by the Mecosta County Commission on Aging and Activity Center, is scheduled for Wednesday, June 26, at Big Rapids High School, 21175 15 Mile Road, Big Rapids.

Registration begins at 8 a.m., and includes time slots for four, 45-minute class sessions, which begin at 9 a.m. and continue throughout the day. Registration also includes a luncheon.

Beth Whyte, activities coordinator at the Mecosta County Senior Center, said there are at least 20 classes available during each session, ranging in subject from CPR training to watercolor painting, insurance benefits to woodcarving.

However, people are encouraged to register by Monday, June 17, due to limited class sizes.

“It people want to do certain classes, they will want to register early,” Whyte said.

She noted some of the creative take-home classes may include additional costs for materials.

In addition to the classes, there will be a wide variety of vendors available at the event for seniors to speak with, including Spectrum Health, the COA and local insurance providers.

Whyte explained Senior Enrichment Day originally began as a way to gather all the area services for seniors in one location, but after the creation of the senior center, the event evolved into the activity-filled day it is now.

“It’s just a really fun day for everybody,” she said.

Other activities during the day include the presentation of the Mary Pine Award and a Quilts of Valor quilt for a local veteran.

For more information and to register for the event, visit seniorenrichmentday.com. People also can register by stopping into the senior center, located at 12954 80th Ave., Mecosta.

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Posted by Taylor Fussman

Taylor is the city/county reporter for the Pioneer and Herald Review newspapers. She can be reached at (231) 592-8362 or by email at tfussman@pioneergroup.com.

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