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Castaic residents celebrate Grandparents Day

Posted: September 23, 2013 6:46 p.m.
Updated: September 23, 2013 6:46 p.m.

Castaic Middle School students laugh as they lear the secret to a coin trick demonstrated by Robert Dawe, left, during Grandparents Day at the Castaic Sports Complex on Friday. Signal photo by Dan Watson

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Pink and blue streamers hung high from the ceiling, and the walls vibrated as “Old Time Rock n’ Roll” reverberated through the speakers.

More than 100 guests, mostly seniors and children, enjoyed food and entertainment during a Grandparents’ Day celebration at the Castaic Sports Complex on Friday.

The event, sponsored by the Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation North County Community Services Agency, hosted a celebratory dinner for the community honoring local grandparents.

Volunteers arrived five hours before the event to set up. The celebration was organized by Erin McCorkel, 21, a recreation services leader, and Flo Lawrence, president of the Castaic Area Town Council.

“We just want to thank them for taking our kids off our hands when want to go out on a date, so that’s what it is,” quipped Lawrence, who has been planning the event for three months alongside McCorkel.

Jim Gahan, a member of the Castaic Lions Club, helped serve meals and enjoyed watching the children interact with the older guests.

“We have young children from our community here to kind of bridge the gap between the old generation and the young generation,” Gahan said. “It’s a real learning opportunity.”

Aside from the meal, guests also enjoyed classic rock and roll music, and the children played various games with the seniors.

“The best thing we do, besides feed them and entertain them, is we get the kids to sit down and visit with the seniors,” Lawrence said. “We get the young people here to really, kind of round out the event and make it memorable.”

Even though this was the sixth year the event was hosted, many seniors were first-time attendees, including Margaret Gomez, who brought along friends Tony Iglesias and Donna McGetrick.

“We appreciate our grandparents even though some aren’t alive anymore, but they’re with us in spirit,” Gomez said.

The three friends enjoyed the party, and even mentioned coming back next year.

Grandparents’ Day celebration is one of two events catered for seniors at the Castaic Sports Complex. The second is a Thanksgiving Day dinner.

 

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