TRUCKEE, Calif. — Performing Artists For Seniors, along with Sierra Senior Services, invite seniors to participate in another exciting hands-on art project with local installation artist Jane Jenny on Friday, Sept. 21 at 1 p.m. at the Truckee Donner Senior Apartments. Jenny will lead the seniors in creating a colorful wooden welcome sign for their front door or entry.
Volunteers from the Lahontan Golf Club brought several artistic events to Truckee seniors and residents of the Truckee Donner Senior Apartments this summer. On July 19, back for their second year in a row, the students attending Moody’s Jazz Camp led by JJ Morgan performed a jazz jam session live for the seniors. Marcela Smith, Lahontan Golf Club member and founder of Performing Artists For Seniors, instructed the seniors to tear up sheet music to demonstrate a method used by the award-winning musicians who teach at the week-long jazz camp. What ensued was a one-hour “front row seat” into techniques used to teach learning a song by feeling it, rather than reading the notes. Many of the children broke out into solos and the audience clapped along to the beat of familiar tunes.
On Aug. 7, Lahontan residents Art and Colleen Chapman provided a shuttle bus for 10 smiling seniors to travel to a private concert in the park at Lahontan. During the warm summer evening, volunteers from Lahontan including Anne Birdsong, Anne Rusello, Suzanne Smith, and Colleen Haig provided and served a homemade meal while enjoying conversations and laughter with their special guests.
On Aug. 16, artist Jane Jenny, a Lahontan member and Lake Tahoe resident helped the seniors create what she calls “fish stakes,” using recycled materials left over from a construction project. Jenny and her husband Ron cut the recycled wooden stakes into the shape of long fish, and then glued on triangular pieces of wood for fins. Participants then fastened a wire to their fish and used bright paint to create colorful fish to take home and display on their walls. Lahontan residents Patty Dean, Glennis Jones, Colleen Haig and Kayley Jones provided refreshments and helped facilitate the project.
Performing Artists for Seniors provides cultural entertainment to low-income seniors in the Truckee area. Their mission is to provide an interactive experience and encourage the seniors to make new friends. Many are on fixed incomes and cannot afford tickets to attend cultural events while others simply value the variety of experiences offered through this organization.