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Wine and Dine for Seniors on Thursday, May 3

Wines & cuisine from more than a dozen area restaurants available for sampling at the Church of the Messiah in Chester.

On Thursday, May 3, from 6:30 to 9 p.m., the Senior Resource Center of New Jersey (SRC) is hosting its annual Wine & Dine event at .

The (SRC) has been offering exercise and nutrition classes, Lunch & Learn sessions, and support to seniors and their families and caregivers in Chester and surrounding areas for more than 10 years. The mission of the organization is to help seniors remain as healthy and independent as possible for as along as possible.   

The community is invited to support the work of the SRC with an evening dedicated to enjoying fine wines donated by Tewksbury Fine Wines and sample cuisine from area restaurants including: The Metro Grille, The Publick House, The Long Valley Pub & Brewery, Valley Restaurant & Pub, Taste of India, Sally Lunn’s, Mama’s & Café Baci, Morris Tap & Grill, Redwoods Grille, Fresco De Noche, Maria’s Café, the Pizza Pub. 

Admission to the event is a tax-deductible donation of $50 per person.

"The work of the SRC is more vital than ever. New Jersey is on the brink of a population shift since the baby boom population began to turn 65 in 2011,” said Kathy Kremins, Board Member of the SRC. “As the population ages, older adults and their families must come to terms with the choice that best fits their needs and whether they are ready to make those decisions. Choices are often limited by finances."

The Senior Resource Center currently serves the local communities in Western Morris County with a few clients from Warren and Somerset Counties. Currently the SRC is located within Church of the Messiah, but is an entirely separate not-for-profit organization.

Jim Hackett, Director of the program which offers classes such as: Chair Yoga, Chair Pilates, Gentle Yoga, Line Dancing, Tai Chi, Stretch Band Exercise, and Lunch & Learn sessions about health and nutrition said in 2011, the SRC provided over 12,000 hours of support through activity programs.

For Hackett, seeing the difference the program makes in the lives of seniors and their families is extremely rewarding.

“One woman said that her husband died at a young age and for a time she didn’t feel she had much to live for. She said she loves taking part in the lunch and learn programs which have not only given her valuable information but also a sense of purpose,” Hackett said.

To purchase tickets for the Wine & Dine event on May 3, call: 908-879-2202 or e-mail.

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