Making new friends

New program pairs seniors with tots

By:Mary Ellen Zangara
   Last week on one of their days off during the Christmas break, 10 five- and six-year-olds made some new friends at the Manville Recreation building.
   The youngsters teamed up with some senior citizens to spend some time together making a snowman craft.
   In the 90 minute gathering, the children were paired with a buddy to craft with. They made a snowman candy cane holder for each of them. The senior ladies helped the little ones trace, cut out, decorate and put together their snowman.
   The ladies enjoyed the time spent as well as the children. Mary Glod, Kate Tomasko, Pat Zangaro, Betty Domitrowski, Skip Piccano and Thelma Bartus along with Rachel Breese, Haley Furka, Jenna and Kayla Molesko, Troy Armstrong, Michael Zangara, Emily Faliconi, Jordan Kassick, Kristina Rogalski, and Emily Caswellall had some fun.
   As they worked together, the talked and learned about their buddies. They now look forward to the next craft with the children on Feb. 13. It will be a valentine craft and party.
   This is one of the new programs sponsored by the Manville Recreation Department at the remodeled facility.
   Josephine Pawlik has a whole month of activities planned for the seniors who want to come down and participate. The center is open on Monday and Thursday from 10:45 a.m.-2 p.m.; and Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Each day bring some new activities.
   Today and every Thursday, the lightweight class is being held at 9:30 and a cross stitch class at10:45 a.m.
   On Fridays the walk/chair class is at 1 p.m. and on Jan. 23 bingo will be played at 10:30 a.m. Coffee and donuts are served on Fridays, too. Mondays bring, the lightweight class at 9:30, cards and a craft class at 10:45 on Jan. 12th.
   For the men, on Tuesdays at 9:30 there is a men’s light weights class. Every Wednesday there is line dancing at 10. You can play cards and pool everyday.
   For more information on any of the programs, call the Recreation Department at 722-2656.