Event open to first 500 Monmouth County senior citizens who respond

FREEHOLD, NJ – Reservations are filling up quickly for the first annual “Senior Spring Swing,” a free dance party for Monmouth County senior citizens.

The “Spring Swing,” sponsored by the Monmouth County Office on Aging and Monmouth University, replaces the Senior  Picnic, which was canceled last year due to rain. It will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on May 4 at the university’s Multi-Activity Center (MAC), West Long Branch.

“This is a truly wonderful way to honor older Americans and particularly the residents of Monmouth County,” said Freeholder Amy A. Mallet, liaison to the Office on Aging. “Reservations are filling up fast, so I would urge our seniors to act fast and reserve their seats.”

The “Spring Swing” is being held in observance of Older Americans Month 2010, which is celebrated in May of each year. There is room and boxed lunches for 500 residents who are 60 or older.

Reservations can be made by calling the Office on Aging at 732-431-7450. For transportation assistance, please call the Monmouth County Senior Citizen Area Transportation (SCAT) program, which will provide a bus to bring seniors to and from the event. Call SCAT at 732-431-6480.

“This year we won’t have to worry about the weather,” Freeholder Director Lillian G. Burry said. “Senior citizens will be treated to an array of dance music. Attendees can dance themselves, or watch as professional ballroom dancers and the Monmouth University Dancers strut their stuff.”

Performers at this multi-generational event include dance bands from Manasquan High School, Monmouth Regional High School and Neptune High School. In addition, the Colts Neck Swing Band, comprised of adults, will perform as well.

“There will be continuous music because there are two stages, enabling one band to set up while another is performing” said Tom Pivinski, director of the Office on Aging. “I am looking forward to this event and I hope many of our seniors will attend. It’s going to be a good time.”