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East Point senior center plans music, auction, exhibit
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HJC Bowden Senior Center artists
Staff / Katherine Frye <br>Vangerlin Bolden, of East Point, last week finishes framing some of her art that will be donated for the silent auction at the HJC Bowden Senior Center during An Evening of the Arts.
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Staff / Katherine Frye <br>Vangerlin Bolden, of East Point, last week finishes framing some of her art that will be donated for the silent auction at the HJC Bowden Senior Center during An Evening of the Arts.
Staff / Katherine Frye
Vangerlin Bolden, of East Point, last week finishes framing some of her art that will be donated for the silent auction at the HJC Bowden Senior Center during An Evening of the Arts.
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Staff / Katherine Frye<br>Jamal Jones, Art Instructor at the HJC Bowden Senior Center, teaches many of the artists that are donating pieces to auction at An Evening of the Arts.
Staff / Katherine Frye
Jamal Jones, Art Instructor at the HJC Bowden Senior Center, teaches many of the artists that are donating pieces to auction at An Evening of the Arts.
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Staff / Katherine Frye<br>
Stella Hardy, of East Point, last week displays some of her work that was created at the HJC Bowden Senior Center for the silent auction during An Evening of the Arts.
Staff / Katherine Frye
Stella Hardy, of East Point, last week displays some of her work that was created at the HJC Bowden Senior Center for the silent auction during An Evening of the Arts.
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Staff / Katherine Frye<br>Betill Yarborough, of Hapeville, gets some advice on her painting from art instructor Jamal Jones last week at the HJC Bowden Senior Center in East Point.
Staff / Katherine Frye
Betill Yarborough, of Hapeville, gets some advice on her painting from art instructor Jamal Jones last week at the HJC Bowden Senior Center in East Point.
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Staff / Katherine Frye<br>Betill Yarborough, of Hapeville, last week works on a piece of art that will be donated to sell at the silent auction during An Evening of the Arts at the HJC Bowden Senior Center in East Point.
Staff / Katherine Frye
Betill Yarborough, of Hapeville, last week works on a piece of art that will be donated to sell at the silent auction during An Evening of the Arts at the HJC Bowden Senior Center in East Point.
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Staff / Katherine Frye<br>Stella Hardy, of East Point, last week displays some of her work that was created at the HJC Bowden Senior Center for the silent auction during An Evening of the Arts.
Staff / Katherine Frye
Stella Hardy, of East Point, last week displays some of her work that was created at the HJC Bowden Senior Center for the silent auction during An Evening of the Arts.
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Staff / Katherine Frye<br>Jean Bean, Manager at the HJC Bowden Senior Center, holds a painting last week that she will donate for auction at An Evening of the Arts.
Staff / Katherine Frye
Jean Bean, Manager at the HJC Bowden Senior Center, holds a painting last week that she will donate for auction at An Evening of the Arts.
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The HJC Bowden Senior Center, as a part of Older Americans Month, began this month to plan an Evening of the Arts event.

Besides an exhibit of featured art created by seniors at the center, a silent auction is slated to sell some of the artwork.

The centerpiece of the evening may be a musical tribute to the late Sam Cooke, performed by Nate George.

Cooke’s hits include “Cupid,” “You Send Me,” “Chain Gang” and “Twistin’ the Night Away.”

“The topic of the tribute will be ‘A Change is Gonna Come,’” said Barbara Cook, program director at the center, said about another of Cooke’s hits.

“[George] has done the production before at the Fox Theatre, so we thought it would be great to have it here at the senior center.”

Proceeds from the event, she said, will benefit Friends of Bowden Inc., a nonprofit affiliated with the center.

Jean Bean, the senior services manager at the center, said although this may be the first event of its kind at the center, if it is successful she hopes it will become an annual tradition in the future.

“Most of our Older American Month events become annual,” she said, adding there were three events in May. “We wanted to try something new and we thought this would be new and different.”

On average, anywhere from 200 to 300 people attend events at the senior center, the same level of attendance both Cook and Bean hope for at this new event.

“You don’t have to be a senior to attend,” said Bean. “It’s a great opportunity to get some new people through the door. I can’t tell you how many people have told me they’d been driving by our building for years and had no idea what it was.”

Plans include light refreshments.

The center is at 2885 Church St/ in East Point.

Information: (404) 762-4821.
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