The hottest spot in Fountain Valley on Friday night was certainly the Senior Center. The house rocked as about 150 seniors danced and swayed to the music of The Phil Anthony Band. According to Spring Dance event coordinator and Recreation Specialist Teresa Muche, the dance is one of four held each year, and according to 88-years-young Dean Evans, “Fountain Valley has the best senior center around.”
Evans, a retired public accountant and his partner, Rita Marchetti, 83, a retired nurse, said that “Age is just a number.” This busy couple spends their time keeping active. Aerobics and billiards are among the activities that they have enjoyed at the center. They have also been volunteers at the center for six years. “The people here are like a big, happy family,” Marchetti said.
Richard Jasinski and Carol Cotton agreed that the Fountain Valley dances are events not to be missed. This couple met decades ago at a dance studio in the city. They perfected their skills, dancing weekly at The Hop, formerly located on Brookhurst, near Ellis. With dancing a big part of their history, it’s only right that they continue “rug-cutting” at the senior center.
Recreation Department staffers Sonia Painda and Justin Thomas attend all of the big events at the center. “We love seeing familiar faces at the dances,” Painda said. “Our jobs are all about fun!”
The center will host a Senior Expo on June 21, where 60 vendors will present products and services to about 700 seniors. Muche recommends the event because guests will receive wonderful information about health care and other products and services that they will appreciate. The next dance is in September, but many great events are planned for the summer.