After COVID-19 shut down events, Hudson senior committee begins to plan for 2021

Group wants to host drive-by event before end of year

Hudson's Senior Advisory Committee typically hosts events and programs for senior citizens. This photo was taken at an event that happened earlier this year before the COVID-19 pandemic forced the cancellation of events starting in March.

HUDSON — Even though they canceled their 2020 events and classes due to COVID-19, the leaders of the city’s Senior Advisory Committee said the organization is still operating and is poised to start planning activities for 2021.

Heidi Schweighoefer, who is vice president of the committee, said the organization had its most recent lunch and lecture event in March, but then canceled the rest of the programs scheduled for the remainder of 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. She said the committee was slated to host two events and two wellness classes each month throughout this year.

“We are hoping to have a drive-by event before the end of the year,” noted Schweighoefer, who added that planning discussions for such an event are happening now.

Committee members will also begin meeting in the fall to create a versatile schedule for 2021, and the committee is looking forward to the time when they can safely offer programs again.

The city is reviewing safety measures that may impact room occupancy for both Barlow Community Center and the Community Room at City Hall, according to city spokesperson Jody Roberts. Once these areas have been deemed safe and are reopened by the city, the committee would be able to continue indoor activities in some capacity.

The committee was originally formed by then-Mayor David Basil in 2019. Roberts said the purpose of the committee is to determine senior needs, what services are already available and a way to pool the resources together. After Basil lost in his bid for re-election last fall, he remained as a member of the committee, and City Manager Jane Howington became the city contact for the group, Schweighoefer said.

Hudson seniors are invited to socialize and meet others through the Hudson Senior Citizens group. Rain or shine, the group meets on the second Friday of the month at noon, at the Western Reserve Christian Church on 516 W. Streetsboro Street, in Hudson. The boxed lunch is $10 per person. Attendees can either stay and enjoy lunch with others or take a lunch to go.

Make a reservation by mailing a check — payable to “Hudson Senior Citizens” — to Jim Rothgery at 157 Brentwood Drive, Hudson, 44236.

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