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East Point senior center plans music, auction, exhibit
by Nneka Okona
May 22, 2013 11:28 AM | 3594 views | 0 0 comments | 59 59 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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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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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