West Hollywood is very fortunate to have an active Senior Community. My favorite visits are to the WeHo Senior Advisory Board. They keep me on my toes with loads of questions when I am there to present on a public safety issue. Some of them also run circles around me. Recently, after the Mayoral Installation, I was making an effort to go home and get ready for bed while Ric Rickles, Rae Mitchell and Rita Norton were deciding on where to go for a late night snack. Seriously! Seniors played an integral part in creating West Hollywood and 25 years later they are continuing to their efforts to make WeHo the wonderful place that it is. I have learned so much from our older residents, many of whom I proudly call friend.
From the West Hollywood City web site a list of activities to highlight Senior Month:
The City of West Hollywood will host a series of events throughout May for the City of West Hollywood’s Annual Senior Month celebration. The City has celebrated Senior Month for more than 20 years in honor of its vibrant Senior community.
“Senior Month gives us an opportunity to recognize all of the contributions that Seniors make to our community throughout the year,” said West Hollywood Mayor John Heilman. “We are so lucky to have so many Seniors and are fortunate to be able to fund a variety of services for them. We recognize that some Seniors have a need for transportation and social services. The City of West Hollywood remains committed to all of our Seniors in need,” continued Mayor Heilman.
Activities taking place during Senior Month include:
- The Senior Awards Luncheon and Dance will honor outstanding Seniors on Tuesday, May 4, 2010 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Rooftop Ballroom at the Andaz West Hollywood, 8401 Sunset Boulevard.
- The City of West Hollywood’s Ninth Annual Senior Health Fair will take place on Wednesday, May 12, 2010 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Community Center at Plummer Park, 7377 Santa Monica Boulevard. The Senior Health Fair will feature presentations, health screenings and representatives from more than 50 community organizations. Admission to the Senior Health Fair is free. A complimentary lunch is available for those who make reservations in advance. For more information or to RSVP and reserve a lunch, please call (323) 848-6820.
- The May Senior Advisory Board Meeting and Reception will take place on Wednesday, May 26, 2010 starting at 2 p.m. in Rooms 5 and 6 at Plummer Park, 7377 Santa Monica Boulevard. The City’s Senior Advisory Board will discuss important community issues impacting Seniors. The Senior Advisory Board Meeting will be broadcast live on Citychannel 10 on Time Warner Cable. Admission isfree. A reception with refreshments will follow the meeting. For more information, please call (323) 848-6510.
- The Senior/Youth Photography Project Opening Reception will take place on Thursday, May 6, 2010 starting at 7 p.m. at The Village, 1125 N. McCadden Place, Hollywood. The Senior/Youth Photography Project is a collaboration of LGBT, Senior and youth photography exhibits.
- The 65th Anniversary of Victory in Europe Day will take place on Saturday, May 8, 2010 starting at 11 a.m. at Plummer Park, 7377 Santa Monica Boulevard. A ceremony will be held to honor West Hollywood and Greater Los Angeles area residents and citizens who are veterans who fought during WWII and have contributed significantly to the City of West Hollywood, socially, culturally and civically. The ceremony will also pay tribute to individuals who lost their lives during the war. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, please call (323) 848-6826.
During Senior Month, a free lecture series regarding Senior health and safety will be held at the West Hollywood Community Center, 7377 Santa Monica Boulevard. The following is the lecture series schedule:
- The “Discover the Art in Your Own Front Yard – A Tour of Urban Art Installations in West Hollywood” will be held on Thursday, May 6, 2010 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Join Andrew Campbell, City of West Hollywood Cultural Affairs Administrator, as he guides you through West Hollywood on a “moving” tour of some of the City’s public art treasures. The tour shuttle will leave from the Martel Avenue and Santa Monica Boulevard parking lot. Cost is $3 members and $5 for non-members. For more information, please call (323) 876-1717.
- The “Discover the Architecture of West Hollywood – A Review of West Hollywood’s Best Old and New Buildings” lecture will take place on Tuesday, May 11, 2010 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. in the Community Center at Plummer Park, 7377 Santa Monica Boulevard. Join John Chase, City of West Hollywood Urban Designer, in an illustrated talk presenting the City’s landmarks, both old and new. For more information, please call (323) 876-1717.
For more information regarding the City of West Hollywood’s Senior Month activities, please call (323) 848-6510. For the deaf and hard of hearing, please call (323) 848-6496.