A free event intended to “bring the community together” is set from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 22 at the Eleanor M. Kahle Senior Center located in Willys Park. The annual community day will take place rain or shine, with food, entertainment, family activities and civic organizations, said Russ Simpson, president of the board of directors at the center.
The event will begin with a patriotic performance at 11:30 a.m., featuring “America’s Pride,” a youth drug prevention program, Simpson said. “Mud Hen Mania” will follow with appearances by team mascots, Muddy and Muddonna. Free hot dogs, drinks and popcorn will be provided. A Kids Karnival is scheduled from noon to 3 p.m., along with Lowe’s Build-A-Project for Kids.
Musical performers include Win.So.C.Al and Jim Bowser & Friends. Many social service agencies and local businesses will have booths to share information. Complimentary blood pressure checks will be available. Tours of the fire department’s “Smoke House” will teach families how to evacuate from a fire. Ronald McDonald’s Magic Show will take place from 1:45 to 2:30 p.m., followed by a pie baking contest sponsored by Toledo Councilwoman Wilma Brown. Door prizes will be awarded all day.
The senior facility is named for Eleanor M. Kahle, who served the community for many years.
“Eleanor was a dynamic woman who went into politics at age 65 when she was elected to city council,” Simpson said. Serving an average of 800 to 1,000 seniors a week, the center seeks participants for activities, such as exercise classes, card playing and the arts. The center is also a meeting place for many service organizations, including the Girl Scouts, block watch and church groups.
“This year, because of the economy, we haven’t been able to secure many sponsors,” Simpson said. “However, we are grateful for the financial support we just received from UAW Region 2B.”
The center’s executive director, Cathy McVicker, said she is also grateful for the many in-kind donations they have received from Milo Meats, New Life Community Church, West Park Place, Birkencamp Funeral Home, McDonald’s, Lowe’s, West Toledo Health Care and Anthem Blue Cross. McVicker said the reciprocal support is appreciated given that the Kahle Center is “a support system for the community. We are a cornerstone for the community.”
Last year’s event hosted nearly 1,000 people and organizers hope to surpass that number this year. Simpson is emphatic in declaring that the event is intended for people of all ages.
“We’ve got a little something for everybody. It’s not just for seniors only,” he said.
For more information about the event, contact the Eleanor M. Kahle Senior Center at (419) 476-2745.