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Seniors to Enjoy Movie Night Feb. 8

Westchase Seniors are invited to the Westchase Swim and Tennis Center on Feb. 8 to watch the funniest and happiest movie you will likely see this year.

Secondhand Lions is a coming-of-age story about a shy, young boy. He’s sent by his irresponsible mother to spend the summer with his wealthy, eccentric old uncles, who live on an extremely remote and primitive ranch in Texas and who don't know anything about raising children. The movie will start at 5:30 p.m. at the swim and tennis center’s meeting room. Lewis and Rama Patterson are hosting this seniors (55 plus) activity and ask that you bring some type of finger food for everyone to share during the movie. Soft drinks, tea and water will be furnished. The movie is PG rated and one hour and 45 minutes long. Come, bring some friends and enjoy an evening of laughter with your neighbors.

Remembering the 1990s Each year the Westchase Seniors Group throws a party to remember and celebrates a decade from our past. Last month Bette Vance, Anita Steinfeld, and Phyllis Kanik hosted a pizza party and took our thoughts back to the 1990s. Bette Vance, with her usual excellent memory, helped us seniors with minds of steel to recall how exciting and important the 90s decade was.

By the way, seniors with minds of steel have worlds of information locked up in their brains. It just sometimes takes us awhile to find the right key to get into all that locked-up memory. One of the great benefits of becoming a senior is the flood of fond memories that brings smiles and laughs to our hearts and faces when we find the right keys. Thank you, Bette, Anita, and Phyllis, for another very enjoyable and well-attended seniors party.

Bus Trips Free bus trips and recreational activities are now being offered to Westchase seniors through the Westchase Recreation Center, located at 9791 Westchase Dr. in The Bridges. Some of the current offerings appear below and more will be offered as demand arises:

Wed, Jan. 22: Manatee Viewing Center, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. (Free)
Wed, Feb, 26: Tarpon Springs, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. (Free)
Wed, March 26: Ellenton Mall, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. (Free)
Wed, April 23: Pioneer Florida Museum in Dade City, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. ($4)
Wed, May 14: Shelby Gardens in Sarasota, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. ($15)

Call 903-3482 to register. All trips are limited to the first 25 to sign up although there will be a waiting list in case people cancel. Bus fair is free, however, participants should bring money for their meals and admission, as listed in parentheses for the destination activity. For additional bus trip information, call Coach Russell at 265-8541.

Recreation Center Activities for Seniors The Westchase Recreation Center also hosts a number of activities that are specifically geared toward seniors. These are listed monthly in the Rec. Center Programs pages in WOW’s Entertainment section; this month the programs appear on p. 84. For additional information about the programs below, call Dona Smith at 964-2948 or e-mail smithdj@hillsboroughcounty.org.

Senior Pickle Ball: Mon and Wed, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. (Free)
Senior Tone and Stretch: Mon and Wed, 9-9:45 a.m. (Free)
Senior Power Lifting: Mon and Wed, 10-11 a.m. (Free)

Tuesday Morning Coffee Each Tuesday morning from 9-10 a.m. Westchase seniors are invited to meet at the Westchase McDonald’s Restaurant for coffee, breakfast and friendly conversation. The coffee is free with any food purchase and the conversations are enjoyable. Grab your breakfast and join us! You can’t miss us: we are the “older” but “young at heart” people laughing and having a good time.

Join the Fun If you are a Westchase resident over 55-years-old and looking to enjoy life, join over 200 of your neighbors who make up the Westchase Seniors Group and add more life to your years. It only costs a smile to join and the dues are just as cheap. Members participate in only what they are interested and pay their own way. To receive e-mails about Westchase Seniors’ events, send your name, address and phone number to westchase.seniors@gmail.com or call Lewis and Rama Patterson (926-5473).

The Pattersons are residents of Kingsford and can be reached at westchase.seniors@gmail.com or 926-5473.

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