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Building strength: Seniors aim to 'Age Strong! Live Long!'

Staff Photo: Erin Evans
 “Age Strong! Live Long!” is the goal of seniors Cislyn Farquharson, left, and Louise Done who are participating in the Wednesday morning workout at Newton County Senior Center. Seniors at the center are celebrating Older Americans Month during May with a variety of activities. For more information on the center and opportunities offered to seniors, call 770-787-0038. 

Staff Photo: Erin Evans “Age Strong! Live Long!” is the goal of seniors Cislyn Farquharson, left, and Louise Done who are participating in the Wednesday morning workout at Newton County Senior Center. Seniors at the center are celebrating Older Americans Month during May with a variety of activities. For more information on the center and opportunities offered to seniors, call 770-787-0038. 

COVINGTON — Seniors at the Turner Lake Recreation Complex are celebrating Older Americans Month with the theme, "Age Strong! Live Long!"

"That is just what we are doing at Newton County Senior Center," said Freda Reed, center administrative specialist and activities coordinator in a printed press release.

Kicking off the May events will be a walk in support of senior citizens Friday. The theme for that event is "Be There 4 Seniors," and it will begin at 9 a.m. at the steps of the Historic Courthouse on the Square.

According to Director Josephine Brown, Covington Mayor Kim Carter and Newton County Commission Chairman Kathy Morgan are expected to join the group at the courthouse and walk with them back to the Turner Lake Complex gymnasium, where they are expected to arrive between 10 and 10:30 a.m.

At that point, the Annual Chairman/Mayor's Walk event inside the gymnasium for those who could not make the trek from the courthouse will begin.

"We will end this great event with a hot dog lunch at Turner Lake Pavilion," Reed said. "We are excited because a few friends will be joining us from local schools, businesses, law enforcement, county, city, community and the seniors of Turner Lake to help us."

Sponsors for this event include General Mills, Newton Federal, Snapping Shoals EMC and Wal-Mart.

Also, coming up this month is the Annual Tri-County Event on May 27 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

"At this event we invited other senior centers to join us in celebration," Reed said. "Our theme for this event is ‘Senior Mardi Gras.' This will be something to see because our seniors usually go all out for themed events."

Reed said included in this event will be door prizes, entertainment, games, fellowship and good food. The cost is $5 and tickets can be purchased beginning May 10 at the Newton County Senior Center.