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SO60+ Social Group for Seniors Nov 2015

November 2015

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The “SO60+ Social Group” is the new name for the Durwood Senior Center. 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 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, November 17, 9:00 AM, So60+ Boutique
  • Wednesday, November 25, 10:30, Thanksgiving Celebration

Closures This Month:

  • Wednesday November 11, Veteran’s Day
  • Thursday & Friday November 26 & 27, Thanksgiving


  • 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

This is National American Indian American Heritage Month

The celebration of National American Indian American Heritage Month has happened every November since a resolution was signed in 1990 by President George H.W. Bush. But how did the month-long celebration of Native culture and history start?

It began as just a day. The first state to recognize an American Indian Day was New York in 1916, but the history of Native American Heritage Month goes back even further.

One of the early proponents of American Indian Day was Dr. Arthur C. Parker, Seneca. Arthur C. Parker was born in 1881 on the Cattaraugus Reservation of the Seneca Nation of New York. He was the director of the Museum of Arts and Science in Rochester, New York. He persuaded the Boy Scouts of America to set aside a day for the ‘First Americans’.

The year before the proclamation, Red Fox James, Blackfoot, rode horseback from state to state trying to get approval for a day honoring Indians. He presented the endorsement of 24 state governments on December 14, 1915 at the White House. “This month is a time to recognize everyone of Native American heritage and their achievements and accomplishments.”

John Bennett Herrington, PhD (born September 14, 1958, Chickasaw Nation) is a retired United States Naval Aviator and former NASA astronaut. In 2002, Herrington became the first enrolled member of a Native American tribe to fly in space.


Long before settlers came to the East Coast of the United States, the area was inhabited by many Native American tribes. The area surrounding the site of the first Thanksgiving, now known as southeastern Massachusetts and eastern Rhode Island had been the home of the Wampanoag people for over 12,000 years, and had been visited by other European settlers before the arrival of the Mayflower. The native people knew the land well and had fished, hunted, and harvested for thousands of generations.

The Pilgrims at Plymouth Colony celebrated the autumn harvest with a three-day feast. Governor William Bradford invited the chief of the Wampanoag tribe, Massasoit, to join the fifty colonists who had survived the harsh winter. The Native American leader brought ninety of his tribesmen to the feast. The celebration included athletic contests, a military review led by Miles Standish, and a feast on foods such as wild turkeys, duck, geese, venison, lobsters, clams, bass, corn, green vegetables, and dried fruits. In 1841, Dr. Alexander Young contended that this harvest celebration was the “First Thanksgiving,” and the origin of an American tradition.

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