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Senior Center hosts Valentine’s Day party

by Susan Holland | February 22, 2022 at 8:32 a.m.
Westside Eagle Observer/SUSAN HOLLAND Several ladies enjoy a special Valentine's Day lunch Feb. 14 at the Billy V. Hall Senior Activity Center. Marisa Atteberry, Jeanie Easley, LaVonda Augustine, Mavis Standifer and Mary Griffin were among the group eating chicken parmesan over spaghetti, asparagus, garlic bread and tiramisu. Most diners stayed for a Valentine's Day party after the meal.

GRAVETTE -- Patrons of the Billy V. Hall Senior Activity Center enjoyed a Valentine's Day party to kick off their week. Monday, Feb. 14, was designated as Wear Red Day on the Center's activity calendar, so most guests came dressed in red.

Voting had been going on for Valentine King and Queen for several days. Participants cast votes for their favorite Valentine by contributing a penny per vote and writing the name of their choice on a slip of paper to place in the ballot box. The man and woman receiving the most votes were to be crowned Valentine King and Queen.

Center director Melissa Provence broke the suspense just before lunch by announcing that James Vancleave and Sandy Steinhaus were winners of the voting. James and Sandy each had 1,350 votes. James was crowned by the 2020 Valentine king Jack Kinney and was given a carrot cake. Sandy received a crown and a bouquet of red roses.

Guests enjoyed a special Valentine's Day lunch of chicken parmesan over spaghetti with sauce, asparagus, garlic bread and tiramisu. Candy kisses were scattered on each table and a Valentine card, Valentine napkin and small box of candy were available at each place setting.

Games were played when the tables were cleared after

lunch. Two popular games were the Oreo game and the Saran Wrap game. In the Oreo game, each player was given an Oreo to place on his forehead and instructed to move the cookie down his face and into his mouth without touching it or dropping it. Mary Griffin and Sandy Steinhaus were winners by using various facial contortions to accomplish their goal. Each was given a gift bag filled with candy and a soft drink. Players unwrapped sheets of Saran Wrap from a large ball in the Saran Wrap game and were allowed to keep whatever prizes they unwrapped during their allotted playing time.

Monday is the day members of the Gravette Lions Club visit the Center with a bookmobile from the public library so several guests checked out new titles and were able to end their day by reading a good book.

photo Westside Eagle Observer/SUSAN HOLLAND James Vancleave smiles for the camera as Jack Kinney places the crown on his head designating him as Valentine King at a party Monday, Feb. 14, at the Billy V. Hall Senior Activity Center. Kinney, who was the reigning king from the 2020 Valentine's Day party, passed on the crown to Vancleave after he was chosen by vote of Center patrons.
photo Submitted Photo Mary Tipling, Sandy Steinhaus and Penny Leonard use various techniques to try to win the Oreo game at the Valentine's Day party at Billy V. Hall Senior Activity Center. The object of the game was to move an Oreo from one's forehead to one's mouth and eat it without dropping it and this trio of ladies were all trying hard to succeed.
photo Submitted Photo Jack Kinney and Linda Schmitz are deep in concentration as they work hard to win the Oreo game at the Billy V. Hall Senior Activity Center's Valentine's Day party Feb. 14. The object of the game was to move an Oreo from one's forehead down to one's mouth and eat it without dropping it on the floor and both were hoping to succeed.
photo Submitted Photo Jack Kinney is intent on unwrapping a big ball of Saran Wrap while Linda Schmitz awaits her chance to give it a try during a game at the Valentine's Day party at the Billy V. Hall Senior Activity Center. Each player was given a few minutes to unwrap the ball and was allowed to keep whatever prizes fell out during his turn.
photo Submitted Photo Sandy Steinhaus holds the prize she received for being a winner in the Oreo game Feb. 14 at the Billy V. Hall Senior Activity Center. Meanwhile she seems to be seriously considering biting into another one of the cookies she holds on her lap. Sandy was one of two winners in the game played at the Center's Valentine's Day party.
photo Submitted Photo Mary Griffin displays the prize she received as winner of the Oreo game at the Valentine's Day party at the Billy V. Hall Senior Activity Center Monday, Feb. 14. Mary was one of two winners rewarded for being able to move an Oreo from her forehead down her face to her mouth and eating it without dropping it on the floor.
photo Westside Eagle Observer/SUSAN HOLLAND James Vancleave and Sandy Steinhaus pose with their gifts after being crowned Valentine King and Queen at the Billy V. Hall Senior Activity Center. Both were given crowns, James received a carrot cake and Sandy a bouquet of roses at the Center's Valentine's Day party at the Center. Winners were chosen by vote of Center patrons.

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