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Durwood Senior Center May 2016

May 2016

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The Durwood Senior Center program is also known as the “SO60+ Social Group”. It is in the South Austin Neighborhood Center behind Gillis Park, 2508 Durwood Street. Click HERE for a Google Map.

Regular Events:

  • Mon-Fri 11:45 Free Lunch is served!
  • Mon-Fri 9:30 Daily Walk ‘n Talk around Gillis Park
  • Wednesdays 10:30: Loteria
  • Fridays 10:30: Bingo

Special Events This Month:

  • Thursday, May 5th: Cinco de Mayo Party
  • Friday, May 6th: Mother’s Day Treat
  • Monday, May 16th: TC Senior Fraud Protection
  • Tuesday, May 17th: So60+ Boutique
  • Thursday, May 19th: HAS Nutrition & Diabetes Prevention

Closures This Month:

  • Monday, May 30: Memorial Day Holiday


  • Anyone 60 and over can take part in the activities and free lunch. Reservations are not necessary, but the first day you attend, we have you fill out a form to register with us. The Manager will ensure that everyone gets a meal!


  • 512-972-6891

Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month

To commemorate Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month, we highlight the state of Hawaii and it’s history. “The Aloha State” became the 50th state in 1959, but the history of Hawaii goes back centuries earlier. Roughly 1,500 years ago Polynesians from the Marquesas Islands first set foot on Hawaii Island. With only the stars to guide them, they sailed over 2000 miles in canoes to migrate to the Islands.

Hawaii sits on a geological hot spot, and many of the volcanoes that helped create the archipelago are still active. Mauna Loa, on the Big Island, is the Earth’s largest volcano, rising two and a half miles above sea level. It is also one of the most active volcanoes, having erupted 33 times since records began in 1843. The most recent eruption was in 1984. Nearby Kilauea, believed to be the home of the Hawaiian volcano goddess Pele, is even more active—it has erupted continuously since 1983. Both volcanoes are part of Hawaiian Volcanoes National Park, which is also a U.N.E.S.C.O. World Heritage Site. The park covers about 360 square miles and features both the Kau Desert, an arid section formed by lava, and tropical rain forests that shelter many species of birds.

Hawaii is best known for its beaches, with their powdery white sand and calm turquoise water or curling waves. Surfing was invented by the islands’ earliest settlers, and it was popular among both men and women. Tourists and locals hang ten at beaches throughout the islands, including Oahu’s famous Waikiki Beach.

Don Ho, a singer of Hawaiian and Chinese descent on his paternal side and Hawaiian and Portuguese descent on his mother’s side, was born in the small Honolulu neighborhood of Kaka`ako. He was a graduate of the Kamehameha Schools in 1949 and he attended Springfield College on a football scholarship in 1950. In 1954 Ho entered the United States Air Force doing his basic training at Keesler AFB, Mississippi and spent time flying fighter jets in both Texas and Hawaii. He bought an electronic keyboard from a music store, and recalls, “That’s when it all started.”

Ho released his debut album, Don Ho Show, in 1965 and began to play high profile locations in Las Vegas, Lake Tahoe, and New York City. In 1966 he released his second album, a live compilation called Don Ho – Again! In the fall of 1966, Ho released his most famous song, “Tiny Bubbles”, which charted on both the pop and easy listening charts and caused the subsequent Tiny Bubbles LP to remain in the album Top 20 for almost a year. Don Ho was Hawaii’s Ambassador of Aloha to the world. A favorite son of Hawaii, he brought people together with his charismatic personality, Hawaiian values, and music. Don Ho is Hawaii’s icon and a personification of the Aloha Spirit.

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