Dinner dance provides Roaring ’20s flashback

Walnut residents Lisa and David Oh put their 15 years of dance lessons to the test at the Senior Dinner Dance Extravaganza held Sunday at the La Verne Community Center. The couple has been together for more than 48 years and took up dancing as a hobby. They practice several types of dances, including tango, waltz, foxtrot, West Coast swing and samba. /photo by Noel Cabrera
Walnut residents Lisa and David Oh put their 15 years of dance lessons to the test at the Senior Dinner Dance Extravaganza held Sunday at the La Verne Community Center. The couple has been together for more than 48 years and took up dancing as a hobby. They practice several types of dances, including tango, waltz, foxtrot, West Coast swing and samba. /photo by Noel Cabrera

Lauren Harchut
Staff Writer

The La Verne Community Center transformed into a Roaring ‘20s party full of wine, live entertainment and old-fashioned dancing, at the biannual Senior Dinner Dance Extravaganza Sunday.

The event was open to senior citizens everywhere, welcoming them to enjoy a night of dancing.

Lights hung over a crowded dance floor as seniors danced the night away to live music played by a DJ set up on a stage at the head of the ballroom.

The dance floor was surrounded by dinner tables to give everyone an up close view of the dancing action.

Each table was decorated with black table cloths, white and gold decorative napkins, gold silverware and gold painted bottles with feathers to add the finishing touch to this ‘20s extravaganza.

“I love seeing how excited the guests are to finally have a fun night out and I love to see how everyone gets dressed up and involved with the theme,” event coordinator Ashley Marston said.

Each guest was happily greeted at the door where they could check in to the event and pick up their tickets as well as a free glass of wine.

Once guests checked in, they were given their assigned table, where they could leave their belongings as they hit the dance floor for the night.

On the menu for the evening was a La Verne local favorite, Pizza N Stuff. Dinner was included with the ticket and was served at 6 p.m.

The night also featured a gift basket raffle. Inside the gift baskets were a bouquet of lottery tickets and two tickets to the next Senior Dinner Extravaganza.

The community center hosts two dinner dances each year, one in the spring and one in fall.

“I feel like there’s definitely more people here than at the last one,” La Verne recreation leader Austin Saunders said. “I’m glad that the event continues to grow so that we can keep hosting them in the future.”

The night was filled with nothing but smiles, laughs and good company. Nearly every seat was filled with anxious guests who couldn’t wait to get on the dance floor.

Guests at one table said their favorite parts of the night were the cha-cha, the boogie and the rock ‘n’ roll music.

“I think it’s great that we have this event because they don’t get out much so it gives them something fun to look forward to,” community center volunteer Tylor Jordan said. “I would definitely go when I get older.”

Seniors interested in attending the spring event can register online at the City’s website or can call the Community Services Office for more information on how to register at 909-596-8700. The event goes from 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Tickets are $10 each and include dinner.

Lauren Harchut can be reached at lauren.harchut@laverne.edu.

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