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Seniors celebrate Christmas in style

FIRST IN LINE — Nancy Hopper, left, of Placerville loads her banana split with "everything but a cherry" at the Senior Christmas Luncheon in El Dorado Hills Friday. Rotarian Kathy Witherow scooped the pineapple onto Hopper's banana split. Village Life photo by Noel Stack
FIRST IN LINE — Nancy Hopper, left, of Placerville loads her banana split with "everything but a cherry" at the Senior Christmas Luncheon in El Dorado Hills Friday. Rotarian Kathy Witherow scooped the pineapple onto Hopper's banana split. Village Life photo by Noel Stack

FIRST IN LINE — Nancy Hopper, left, of Placerville loads her banana split with "everything but a cherry" at the Senior Christmas Luncheon in El Dorado Hills Friday. Rotarian Kathy Witherow scooped the pineapple onto Hopper's banana split. Village Life photo by Noel Stack

A jazz band played, an a cappella choir sang and seniors filled their bowls with mounds of ice cream at Friday’s annual Senior Christmas Luncheon.

About 250 seniors, the biggest crowd ever, attended the lunch held at the El Dorado Hills Community Services District gymnasium, according to Janet Kenneweg with the EDH Senior Center.

“It’s because of the banana splits,” Kenneweg said of the large crowd.

Every year the Rotary Club of El Dorado Hills provides and serves the delicious treats. Nugget Market donated the bananas; Rotary brings the rest of the fixin’s — chocolate and vanilla ice cream, chocolate and caramel sauce, pineapple, nuts, whip cream and, of course, those sweet cherries. The lines were long and some came back for seconds.

GEORGE BLONDINO of El Dorado Hills tries to convince Santa Claus he belongs on the "Nice" list this year. Village Life photo by Noel Stack

Prior to dessert the seniors dined on a more nutritious lunch served by El Dorado Hills firefighters. While they ate and caught up on their gossip the Oak Ridge High School’s a cappella choir, chamber choir and jazz band filled the air with sweet music — Christmas classics and big band tunes.

Seniors also got a chance to chat with Santa and Mrs. Claus, who made a special appearance. The conversations gave Santa a chance to add some people to his “naughty” and “nice” lists.

MRS. CLAUS chats with Folsom resident Bernice Silverman. Village Life photo by Noel Stack

The El Dorado Hills Senior Support Council hosts this annual tradition with the CSD, Rotary Club and the county Senior Nutrition Lunch program as sponsors.

nstack@villagelife.com

DANCERS hit the floor as the Oak Ridge High School Jazz Bands plays Glen Miller classics. VIllage Life photo by Noel Stack

THE OAK RIDGE High School a cappella Choir sings at the Senior Christmas Luncheon. Village Life photo by Noel Stack

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