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Seniors SO60+ Social Group Dec 2015

December 2015

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

Regular Events:

  • Free Lunch is served at 11:45 Monday through Friday!
  • Daily Walk ‘n Talk around Gillis Park at 9:30 Monday through Friday
  • Loteria at 10:30 each Wednesday
  • Tai Chi at 10:15 each Thursday
  • Bingo at 10:30 each Friday

Special Events This Month:

  • Tuesday Dec 15: Holiday Party
  • Monday Dec 28: Washers Tournament
  • Wednesday Dec 30: New Year’s Eve Pary
  • Thursday Dec 31: New Year’s Eve Raffle

Closures This Month:

  • December 21 – 25: Closed for the Holidays


  • 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


Although December has not been designated a special heritage month, it does contain celebratory days that are recognized internationally.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights is a declaration adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on 10 December 1948 at the Palais de Chaillot, Paris. The Declaration arose directly from the experience of the Second World War and represents the first global expression of rights to which all human beings are inherently entitled.

During World War II, the Allies adopted the Four Freedoms—freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom from fear, and freedom from want—as their basic war aims. The document set forth the basic civil standard of economic, political, and social rights that should be guaranteed to every person. Each December, the commitment to this universal document of rights is renewed and celebrated. The Guinness Book of Records describes the Declaration as the world’s “Most Translated Document”. The Declaration has been adopted in or has influenced most national constitutions since 1948. It has also served as the foundation for a growing number of national laws, international laws, and treaties, as well as for a growing number of regional, and national institutions protecting and promoting human rights.

The United Nations has established December 3 as the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. It aims to foster awareness of the importance of integrating persons with disabilities into every aspect of life.

Winter Solstice, December 21 Winter inspires both joy and woe. Some people can’t wait for the cooler weather, snow, skiing and ice skating, curling up by a fire, and the holiday spirit. Other people dislike the frigid temperatures, blizzards, and wild weather.

The word solstice comes from the Latin words for “sun” and “to stand still.” In the Northern Hemisphere, as summer advances to winter, the points on the horizon where the Sun rises and sets advance southward each day; the high point in the Sun’s daily path across the sky, which occurs at local noon, also moves southward each day. At the winter solstice, the Sun’s path has reached its southernmost position. Winter solstice is the day with the fewest hours of sunlight during the whole year.

AIDS Awareness Month: In December, we honor those who have become infected by the AIDS (acquired immune deficiency syndrome) virus by helping Americans become more aware of it. Caused by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), AIDS has killed more than 25 million people since 1981, not just in the United States, but all over the world.

World AIDS Day: Celebrated each December 1, World AIDS day is dedicated to raising awareness about the AIDS epidemic around the globe. AIDS has killed more than 25 million people becoming one of the worst epidemics man has ever faced.

The red ribbon is the global symbol for solidarity with HIV-positive people and those living with AIDS.

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