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SO60+ Social Group for Seniors – Sept 2015

They’re not just “over 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.

September 2015

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  • Regular Events:
  • Free Lunch is served at 11:45 Monday through Friday!
  • Walk ‘n Talk at 9:30 Monday through Friday
  • Special Events:
  • Tue Sep 1st – HAS Oral Hygiene Screenings
  • Fri Sep 4th – Celebrate all Workers
  • Wed Sep 16th – Diez y seis Party
  • Thu Sep 17th – Fall Fitness Kick-Off
  • Mon Sep 21st – Fall Fitness Challenge Begins
  • Fri Sep 25th – Bingo & Birthdays
  • Closures:
  • Mon Sep 7th – Labor Day

Eligibility:

  • 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!

Contact:

  • 512-972-6891

National Hispanic Heritage Month

During National Hispanic Heritage Month we recognize the contributions made and the important presence of Hispanic and Latino Americans to the United States and celebrate their heritage and culture.

It is not uncommon to walk down the streets of an American city today and hear Spanish spoken. In 1950 fewer than 4 million U.S. residents were from Spanish speaking countries. Today that number is about 45 million. Hispanic Americans have origins in Mexico, Central and South America, and other Spanish cultures. Hispanic Heritage Month, whose roots go back to 1968, begins each year on September 15, the anniversary of independence of five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Mexico, Chile and Belize also celebrate independence days during this period. Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated with community festivals, government gatherings, and educational activities. Many schools celebrate the month by learning about contributions of Hispanic Americans both past and present. Please share in this special annual tribute by learning and celebrating the generations on Hispanic Americans who have positively influenced and enriched our nation and society.

Hispanic Americans in the Military Hispanic Americans serve in all elements of the American armed forces and fought in every major American battle in World War II. During the Vietnam Conflict (1963-1973), approximately 80,000 Hispanic Americans served in the American military. Although Latinos only made up about 4.5% of the total U.S. population at that time, and incurred more than 19% of the casualties. In all, thirteen Hispanic soldiers, including three Puerto Ricans, won the Medal of Honor during this conflict. Cesar Chavez (March 31, 1927 – April 23, 1993) an American farm worker, labor leader and civil rights activist. A Mexican American, Chavez became the best known Latino American civil rights activist. After his death he became a major historical icon for the Latino community, with many schools, streets, and parks being named after him. Romana Acosta Bañuelos (born March 20, 1925) was the thirty-fourth Treasurer of the United States. Appointed by President Richard Nixon, she served from 1971 to 1974. Born into a poor family of Mexican-Americans, Acosta became the first Hispanic treasurer of the United States, and owner of a multimillion-dollar business, Ramona’s Mexican Food Products, Inc.

Sonia Maria Sotomayor (born June 25, 1954) is an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States and has the distinction of being its first justice of Hispanic heritage, and its third female justice.

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