The Cochrane 50-and-Over Club will soon be moving into a spacious new home at the Spray Lake Sawmill’s Family Sports Centre.
Cochrane council voted unanimously, May 17, to supply the club with about 5,000 square feet in the recreation centre, providing the Cochrane 50-and-Over Club with more than six times its current space.
“For my part, I am absolutely elated,” said Vice President Claudette Geals. “You can only do so much when your hands are tied by the lack of space. It will be like walking into a big, elaborate castle as opposed to what we have now.”
The club is hoping to be in the new space in early December and needs to furnish it with dining tables, card tables, a pool table, shuffleboard and kitchen equipment.
To raise funds for these amenities, it is planning a concert on June 12 from noon to 5 p.m. in Cochrane’s Midford Park.
The event is open to the public and will feature local entertainers including country western songstress Mary Resek, renowned yodeler Miriam Dreher and performer Wayne Dolen. The Rotary Club along with Cochrane High School student group Interact will provide a concession.
The cost of the concert is $10 per person, while admission for children ages 10 and under is free.
“The town is contributing to the new senior’s centre and this is our contribution to be able to furnish our own place,” said Geals. “It will be a family day; there will be entertainment for everyone.”
Organizers are advising attendees to bring lawn chairs and umbrellas as the event will occur rain or shine. No pets are allowed.
The club currently has 125 members from Cochrane and surrounding areas, including Springbank and Bragg Creek. The club offers activities for seniors including game nights, arts and crafts sessions and potluck meals.
For more information about the club or the concert in the park, contact Geals at 403-932-3504 or 403-481-7115.