Seniors invited to lunch

The city of Claremont is inviting citizens ages 60 and older to three free luncheons in the coming weeks.

The lunches, which will be held at the O’Cup Bean and Bakery in downtown Claremont, will give seniors a chance to socialize and give feedback to city officials, said Claremont City Manager Doug Barrick.

“We are trying to get their input on what Claremont is doing right and wrong as far as senior programs,” Barrick said. “It’s just trying to get some input on activities they would like to see in Claremont.”

The first date of the seniors program is Monday, but it will also be held March 19 and April 16. The events last from 9:30-11 a.m., Barrick said.

Barrick said the morning will include a time to gather, meet new friends and renew old acquaintances. He said that citizens will also get to play “Wheel of Fortune.”

In addition, there will be a drawing for a door prize, and participants will be asked to give their input about what types of activities they would like to see in Claremont.

Lunch will be provided at no cost, but advance reservations are needed.

To reserve your lunch, call 828-320-0434 by March 13 for the March meeting, and April 10 for the April meeting.

The events are sponsored by the Claremont Recreation Committee, Seniors Morning Out and O’Cup Bean and Bakery.

Claremont Mayor Dave Morrow said it is vitally important to hear questions and concerns from the area’s senior citizens, in addition to providing a place for them to socialize.

“A lot of our treasured history is based on those small-town values. Our seniors, those pillars of the community, have certainly some solid feedback to offer and we want to hear it and we want to listen,” Morrow said. “That’s going to help guide our future. It’s a big part of the information for our 2012 Action Plan as well."