Los Altos Recreation Coordinator Cheri Anderson believes that turning 40 means getting “stronger, better, wiser.”
In celebration of the Los Altos Senior Program’s 40 years of services, Anderson has planned a number of special events. The first was a 40th anniversary luncheon Jan. 11, held in the Hillview Community Center Multipurpose Room.
Anderson conducted the event with enthusiasm and good humor. Co-workers Barbara Wilmoth, Gladys Castro, Lori Stoia and several volunteers – including Daniel McCandless of the sock monkey group – ably assisted.
Recreation Director Manny Hernandez gave Anderson credit for the anniversary events and the camaraderie they create.
“They are a really good thing, especially with seniors,” he said. “They’re bringing them together.”
Approximately 35 seniors attended the luncheon, featuring food provided by The Terraces at Los Altos. During her introductory greeting, Anderson said, “When I turned 40, it was a big to-do. Forty is a special year.”
Decorations included a large red and white balloon arch topped by a silver mylar “40” and confetti, lilies and sparkly “40” centerpieces on the tables. Ruby is the traditional 40th anniversary gift, so red metallic beaded necklaces were distributed to the group.
Before the dessert of red velvet cupcakes, the group played a bingo-style trivia game, with questions on such topics as pop culture, world events and sports. A gift basket and a number of gift cards to local establishments were given as prizes.
The theme of the ongoing anniversary celebrations is “Catch the Wave.”
“There are so many activities and events, we want to make sure people catch on to it,” Anderson said. “Through at least June, there will be an event every month.”
Most of them are based on events the senior program already offers but are “more spectacular,” she added.
Anderson is hard at work bringing the Los Altos Senior Program’s many offerings into the spotlight. She said the goal of the special anniversary events is to “let the community know that we’re here and are expanding.”
She explained that while the facility may not be ideal, “what’s inside will exceed expectations.” She spoke of the community, camaraderie and friendship at the center.
Upcoming events include a February display of photos and other items from the past 40 years, a Feb. 16 speakers’ panel about the history of the program, a special coffee on the patio in April, a 1970s movie on a big screen in May, a dinner with live music at the Los Altos History Museum in June and an outdoor art show on the patio in July.
Established in 1976, the Los Altos Senior Program provides a wide range of activities and services, from classes to trips, in-home repair, notary service and a resource center. The program has two locations: Hillview Community Center, 97 Hillview Ave.; and the Grant Park Community Center, 1575 Holt Ave.