The Cullman Commission on Aging shares upcoming senior events in April (Updated)

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CULLMAN, Ala. – The Cullman Commission on Aging has planned some exciting new events for this month, starting off with the Senior Easter Egg Hunt on April 13. It will start at 10:00 a.m. at Sportsman Lake Veterans Memorial, with 1000 eggs to hunt and candy provided by Kindred Hospice. The event will begin with a devotion by Pastor Tim Collier of Lonesome Dove Cowboy Church.

The Sheriff’s Office will be providing hamburgers and hotdogs. Encompass Health and Southern Care will also be giving out chips and bottled water. Seniors are encouraged to bring lawn chairs. The County Commissioners will also be in attendance. Garry Marchman will be handing out Moon pies, and Chairman Jeff Clemons will be awarding a cash prize to the person who finds the prize egg.

Director Stephanie Lawson is expecting around 200 to show. “It’s still hard to know at this point, still coming back from COVID. Our very first come together would’ve been last September with the Health Fair and we didn’t see too many people come out for that. We saw more come out at Ocktoberfest, and we had a pretty good crowd at the Senior Fair Day, both of those are outside. Going into this Easter egg hunt, we’re preparing for 150-200 folks, but if we only have a hundred that’s okay too.”

The Senior Fishing Day will be held at Veterans Park in Hanceville on April 22. Registration starts at 8:00 a.m. and weigh-in is at 11:00 a.m. Trophies will be presented to 1st place, Big Fish, Oldest Man in Attendance and Oldest Woman in Attendance. There will be a limit of five fish to take home. The event is made possible thanks to sponsors Mayor Kenneth Nail, Hanceville Park & Recreation, District Attorney Wilson Blaylock, Commission Garry Marchman, Southern Care Hospice and Cullman County Sheriff’s Office.

The seven full-time senior centers in Cullman County will be closed for each of the events. “Each time we have an event like this, we shut our full-time centers down and everybody goes to the event. We work with C.A.R.T.S in transporting folks that ride C.A.R.T.S to our full-time centers, and we work with them to pick those folks up and bring them to the different events,” said Lawson.

The full-time senior centers open at 8:00 a.m. and serve lunch at 11:30 a.m. The centers host various games every day including bingo with Encompass Health, Southern Care, Moss Service Funeral Home and several different organizations that support the seniors. The Cullman Center has karaoke every other Thursday and Gospel singing on Fridays. Attendance is currently down, so seniors are encouraged to join and invite their friends to the center.

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