SOUTH PLAINFIELD, Nj - It may be cold outside, but at 90 Maple Avenue, the Senior Citizens Center of South Plainfield, the seniors are toasty and very busy. While golf and walks in the park are far off for now, the group is enjoying all kinds of celebrations, starting with a Brunch and Karaoke on Thursday, January 19 at 11:00 am.

January 23, 11:30 am is set for the date to celebrate Seniors' Birthday Celebrations, complete with lunch and birthday cake.

On Saturday, January 20, the Center will be open from 8 am to 12 pm, an unprecedented event. Previously the Center has been open strictly Monday-Fridays, but due to popular demand, Tree Olano, Director of Senior Citizens Services, has decided to try opening one Saturday a month. Members will be able to enjoy a light breakfast and coffee, the gym will be open, as well as the billiards room, crocheting, and coloring for adults. And, of course, the camaraderie and conversation are priceless on a cold winter's morning.

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The Metropolitan Dermatology Center, 114 Lakeview Avenue in South Plainfield, is offering a complimentary skin screening at their site on Monday, January 29 from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. Reservations for the screenings are required so please call the Center at 908-754-1047 to make an appointment for this potentially lifesaving service.

Plans for February are percolating as well. On Tuesday February 13, guests will don their best festive clothing to enjoy a Mardi Gras lunch, catered by Elmer's. Cost is $10 per person, and the party starts at 11:30 am. Senior Brunch is planned on Wednesday, the 28th from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm.

On Saturday, February 24 Mayor Matt Anesh will be on-hand to address and answer questions from the seniors from 9:00 am until 11:00 am. This is a unique opportunity for local citizens to bring their concerns directly to township leadership.

A new activity that has been added to the Senior Center's ever growing list of events is a monthly Book Club, run by the ambitious and clever Nancy Belardo. Each month the readers select a book to enjoy and Nancy frames challenging questions and comments, giving insight into the selection. The book of the month is posted on the Center's website, and meetings are held on Thursday's at 11:00 am. Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes has been selected for the February 22nd Book Club Meeting.

Kudos to the “Thelma and Louise” of the Center, Val Della Sala and Flourette Taylor, who have lived as neighbors in town for over sixty years. The team loves coming to the Senior Center, where Val says, “They treat us so well.” Both ladies are active grandmothers with 19 grandchildren between them. Yoga and the Healthy Bones programs help them keep fit, as well as their favorite cuisine, soup and cold salad.

Flourette and Val, Center favorites, adore each other, and are happy to spend productive hours together. “It's a terrific place,” Flourette avers. They also enjoy traveling with their friends from the Center and loved the trip last November to Hotel Bethlehem.

Please note that the Senior Center will be closed On Monday, February 12 and Monday 19.