Kanawha Valley Senior Services will host its annual Senior Picnic from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Wednesday, May 29, at the Tiskelwah Center, 600 Florida St. in Charleston.
All county seniors who are 60 are older are invited to attend the free event.
KVSS Executive Director Paulette Justice said the yearly picnic has taken place since the late 1970s or early 1980s. This year’s picnic menu will include hot dogs and barbecues, as well as a side serving of Southern Cookin’, the local band.
Justice said bingo, cornhole — and possibly a cakewalk — will be among the diversions at the picnic, and vendors will be on site to share information about their products and services. These include, at presstime, representatives from local housing agencies and entities, Hospice Care, the State Treasurer’s Unclaimed Property Office, the State Attorney General’s Office, West Virginia Bureau of Senior Services, Office of Veterans Affairs and others. Charleston Mayor Amy Shuler Goodwin has also been invited to attend the picnic, Justice said.
More culinary choices will be coming to the Tiskelwah Center in June, too, Justice said. Kanawha Valley Senior Services will host celebrity chef dinners, with Chef Tim Urbanic from Café Cimino on June 3, Chef Amy Dodson from Soho’s on June 10, Chef Mike Birurakis from Best of Crete on June 17 and Chef John Wright from Bridge Road Bistro on June 24.
The dinners will all be fundraisers in support of Kanawha Valley Senior Services’ Meals on Wheels program.
The dinners will be served from 6 until 8 p.m. every Monday during the month. Single dinner tickets cost $30 each. A series ticket, for all four dinners, costs $100. Wine will be available for $5 per glass during each dinner.
Funded through the Older Americans Act, with additional financing by way of the Kanawha County Commission and a United Way grant, KVSS provides meals for seniors at six nutrition sites in Kanawha County. Along with the Tiskelwah Center’s CANS (Charleston Area Nutrition Site) on the West Side, meal locations include the Hansford Center in St. Albans, the Rand Community Center in Rand, the Elkview Community and Education Center in Elkview, the Nitro Senior Center and Chesapeake Town Hall.
Meals for Wheels programs are also offered at the Kanawha County sites, Justice added.
At the Tiskelwah Center, Justice said, “We offer adult day care for persons with Alzheimer’s or dementia, as well as in-home care and respite care. We also have transportation and benefit counselors for seniors 60 and older.”
Seniors can also avail themselves of recreational activities at the center, along with the nutritional and informational ones, she said.
“We have computer classes, art classes and sewing, knitting and quilting classes. We have health and wellness activities such as Zumba and Tai Chi for Arthritis and the Walk Steady Program,” Justice said.
For additional information about the picnic, luncheons and other meals and other ongoing KVSS services, phone 304-348-0707.