It’s a Friday Night Dance Night


Senior center hosting new event Friday; BBQ Bingo June 1

By Jeff Gilliland - jgilliland@timesgazette.com



Highland County Senior Citizens Center members pose for a photo for an upcoming bingo event with Mr. Hot Dog. The members are (seated, l-r) Jackie Noble and Patty Ziesemer; and (standing, l-r) Sue Thornhill, Judy McCray, Sylvia Clark, Ruth Spendlove, Joy Fetters and Janice Myers.

Highland County Senior Citizens Center members pose for a photo for an upcoming bingo event with Mr. Hot Dog. The members are (seated, l-r) Jackie Noble and Patty Ziesemer; and (standing, l-r) Sue Thornhill, Judy McCray, Sylvia Clark, Ruth Spendlove, Joy Fetters and Janice Myers.


Photo courtesy of Mechell Frost

A new event is coming to the Highland County Senior Citizens Center and Executive Director Mechell Frost said it could become more regular, depending on how well the public responds to it.

Friday Night Dance Night will be open to the public. It will be held for the first time Friday, May 17. The doors will open at 6 p.m. and there will be dancing until 10 p.m. The admission price is $10 per person.

“It’s just a dance for singles, couples or anybody, and you don’t have to be a member of the senior center,” Frost said. “We’ve been having a lot of people ask if we could have a dance, and we think it will be a lot of fun. If a group shows up and wants to line dance, they can line dance. If a group shows up and wants to square dance, they can square dance. It’s going to be what the people show interest in. Show up and tells us what you want.”

Deejay Rockin’ Ron will be spinning the tunes that night and Frost said it will likely start with 1950s and ’60s music, along with requested songs. But she said there could also be other music, and that the event is not limited to dancing alone. She said people are welcome to come and play cards or just visit with friends.

Food and drinks will be available to purchase.

“If it’s popular enough, we can do it more than one time. It’s just something new we’re trying to do.” Frost said. “We’re just trying to get more people out that want something to do on a Friday night. There is no particular theme. If you don’t want to dance, just come and get some snacks and talk with friends.”

On Saturday, June 1, the senior center will host a BBQ Bingo — Let’s Win Some Ribs event.

It is also open to the public and Frost said the game winners will receive 5- to 6-pound racks of ribs.

The doors open at noon and bingo is from approximately 1-4 p.m.

“There is no limit to how many times you can win, and if two or three people bingo at the same time, they all get a rack of ribs,” Frost said.

Lunch, snacks and drinks will be available for purchase.

Cards are 25 cents per card per game, and you must be 18 or older to play.

“The community is invited. You don’t have to be a member and you don’t have to live in Highland County,” Frost said. “We’ve been having good turnouts for bingo, and the ribs are a nice prize.”

The bingo event is sponsored by United Health Care with Wilmington Savings Bank, Lincare, Edgewood Manor and Save A Lot serving as co-sponsors.

The center also has an event with the Ohio Department of Insurance coming up at 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 21. Frost said representatives from the Ohio Senior Health Insurance Information Program will be on hand to talk to the public about Medicare. She said a followup event will be held July 16 at the center where local residents can schedule one-on-one Medicare counseling with OSHIIP representatives.

Those interested in either event should RSVP with the center at 937-393-4745.

The center is located at 185 Muntz St. in Hillsboro.

Reach Jeff Gilliland at 937-402-2522.

Highland County Senior Citizens Center members pose for a photo for an upcoming bingo event with Mr. Hot Dog. The members are (seated, l-r) Jackie Noble and Patty Ziesemer; and (standing, l-r) Sue Thornhill, Judy McCray, Sylvia Clark, Ruth Spendlove, Joy Fetters and Janice Myers.
https://www.timesgazette.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/33/2019/05/web1_BBQ-Bingo-2019-pic.jpgHighland County Senior Citizens Center members pose for a photo for an upcoming bingo event with Mr. Hot Dog. The members are (seated, l-r) Jackie Noble and Patty Ziesemer; and (standing, l-r) Sue Thornhill, Judy McCray, Sylvia Clark, Ruth Spendlove, Joy Fetters and Janice Myers. Photo courtesy of Mechell Frost
Senior center hosting new event Friday; BBQ Bingo June 1

By Jeff Gilliland

jgilliland@timesgazette.com