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SO60+ Social Group for Seniors Oct 2015

They’re not just “60!,” they’re SO 60+, living life to it’s fullest, and loving it!

The “SO60+ Social Group” is the new name for the Durwood Senior Center. It is in the South Austin Neighborhood Center at Gillis Park, 2508 Durwood Street.

October 2015

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  • Regular Events:
  • Free Lunch is served at 11:45 Monday through Friday!
  • Daily Walk around Gillis Park at 9:30 Monday through Friday
  • Ceramic Class at 10:30 each Tuesday
  • Loteria at 10:30 each Wednesday
  • Tai Chi at 10:15 each Thursday
  • Bingo at 10:30 each Friday
  • Special Events:
  • Friday Oct 23rd – Birthday Party
  • Friday Oct 30th – Halloween Party – Wear your costume, We have Spooky Surprises!
  • Closures:
  • Mon Oct 12th – Columbus Day


  • 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

October is Italian American Heritage month

Italians and their descendants in America helped shape the country, and were in turn shaped by it. They have gained prominence in politics, sports, the media, the fine arts, the culinary arts, and numerous other fields of endeavor. Italian Americans are the fourth largest European ethnic group in the United States. The Italian-American communities have often been characterized by strong ties with family, church, fraternal organizations and political parties. Today, over 17 million Americans claim Italian ancestry, third only to Brazil with 31 million, and Argentina, which has 24 million people with Italian roots.
The first Italian to reside in America was Pietro Cesare Alberti, who, in 1635, settled in what would eventually become New York City. The Taliaferro family, originally from Venice, was one of the first families to settle in Virginia.

Italians continued to immigrate to the United States, and an estimated 600,000 arrived in the decades following WWII. Many of the new arrivals had professional training, or were skilled in various trades. With better job opportunities and better educated, Italian Americans entered mainstream American life in great numbers. They made many significant contributions to American life and culture.

Italian Americans have served with distinction in all of America’s wars, and over thirty have been awarded the Medal of Honor. A number of Italian Americans have served as top-ranking generals in the military, including Anthony Zinni, Raymond Odierno, Carl Vuono and Peter Pace, the latter three having also been appointed Chief of Staff of their respective services. At the close of the 20th century, 31 men and woman of Italian descent were serving in the U.S. Congress and Senate.

Fiorello Henry La Guardia (1882 – 1947) was an American politician. He is best known for being the 99th Mayor of New York City for terms from 1934 to 1945. Previously he had been elected to Congress from 1916 to 1930. Irascible, energetic, and charismatic, he is acclaimed as one of the three or four greatest mayors in American history. Only five feet, two inches tall, he was called “the Little Flower” (Fiorello is Italian for “little flower”). La Guardia’s admirers credit him with, among other things, restoring the economic lifeblood of New York City during and after the Great Depression. Two airports (Idlewild, now JFK Airport, and, later, LaGuardia Airport) were built during his mayoralty.

Geraldine Anne Ferraro (August 26, 1935 – March 26, 2011) was an American attorney, a Democratic Party politician, and a member of the United States House of Representatives. She was the first female vice presidential candidate representing a major American political party. She served as a United States Ambassador to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights from 1993 until 1996.

Lido Anthony “Lee” Iacocca (born October 15, 1924) is an American automobile executive best known for spearheading the development of Ford Mustang and Pinto cars, while at the Ford Motor Company in the 1960s, and then later for reviving the Chrysler Corporation as its CEO during the 1980s. He served as President and CEO of Chrysler and additionally as chairman until his retirement at the end of 1992.

Iacocca was a passionate advocate of U.S. business exports during the 1980s. Portfolio named Iacocca the 18th-greatest American CEO of all time.


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