Peralta to hold Senior Spring Fling Saturday

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What better way to show people they matter the most to you than to give them a party?

What better way to show people they matter the most to you than to give them a party?

That's exactly what the Peralta Senior Affairs Committee is doing this weekend for the elders of the community. From noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 27, food, fun and entertainment will be part of the town's first Senior Spring Fling, a celebration to honor the seniors in Peralta.

Lucy Romero, a member of the Peralta Senior Affairs Committee, which was officially established by the town council earlier this year, said the celebration is a way to get to know the seniors and learn what their needs are.

"We want the seniors in the community to learn about what we're trying to do here," Romero said. "We also want to know what they want, what kind of programs will help them."

Romero said the information gathered at this weekend's Spring Fling will be taken back to the town council to give them a better picture of what it means to be a senior living in Peralta.

"We're not doing this for ourselves," she said. "It's for the seniors."

Eventually, Romero and the rest of the committee hopes to establish a senior program in the town, as well as one day building a senior center. While a lot of local seniors go to the Fred Luna Senior Center in Los Lunas and the senior center in Bosque Farms, she is hoping that a new program will be a benefit to the seniors in Peralta.

"There's a lot of seniors in this community," Romero said. "They have a lot of questions about different things, and we want to be a resource for them."

The committee's ultimate goal is to build a new senior center, but Romero knows that takes a lot of time, effort and money. But she said she and the other members of the committee want to be able to provide a place where seniors can socialize, feel productive and feel part of a community.

"This is something I've always wanted to do," Romero said. "I'm not going to give up on this because it's very important. I'm adamant about seeing this through."

While organizing the Spring Fling, the Peralta Senior Affairs Committee has continued to work on establishing a seniors' program by talking with several representatives and Jose Campos, director of the local Older Americans Program.

The Spring Fling will be held at the Peralta Town Hall on Molina Road. There will be food, prizes and entertainment. All of the costs associated with the celebration was funded through donations from the community and local businesses.

Romero said if seniors need a ride to the celebration on Saturday, call her at 859-6223.


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