Seniors enjoyed a pizza lunch followed by an afternoon of bowling and socializing during Club 55’s Christmas Bowling Banquet at Railside Bowling last Tuesday.
It was just one of many enjoyable get-togethers the club holds throughout the year, and other seniors are being invited join in on the fun.
“We welcome everybody,” said club president Cinzia Cappella. “We’re fine if they just want to come out for a little bit, or even if they just want to be a spare where they can only commit to showing up once a month.”
The club currently has 22 members — a decrease from previous years. Though it’s considered a seniors club, adults as young as 45 are welcome to join, as are seniors with disabilities.
The club’s main goal, according to Cappella, is to create a fun, social atmosphere for adults to enjoy without the distraction of younger generations or small children.
“We’re trying to broaden it as an afternoon out with adults,” she said. “We don’t want the younger crowd with the kids.”
Gatherings are fun and non-competitive in nature, she added.
“If they have a good game, they are ecstatic, and if it’s a bad game, they just brush it off as an afternoon out,” said Cappella. “There’s no competition: if you get a spare or strike, everybody is happy for you. That’s one thing I love about going there.”
Cappella said some seniors arrive in couples, while others venture out to gatherings on their own. Being part of the club also creates opportunities for new friendships, she added.
“I’ve bowled all my life, and I didn’t know where to go when I first moved to Sylvan Lake,” said Cappella. “I wanted to join, even though I’m not a senior, and they welcomed me with open arms. I’ve made friends with these seniors and I feel like they’ve made an impact in my life.”
Brenda Humble has been a member for the past six years, and said she loves using gatherings as a chance to have coffee and visit with her friends in a comfortable atmosphere.
“It’s nice to get out,” she said. “We’re not competitive, we like the people here. They are really nice. I would encourage others to join.”
Bowling begins in September and ends in April, with the club meeting every Tuesday from 1 to 3 p.m. at Railside Bowling.
For more information on joining, contact Cappella at 780-719-2818.