Senior prom

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Illustration by Estefania B. Alonso

District 4 seniors to dance the day away at Palo Alto College.

By Rebecca Nicole Flores

An estimated 350 senior citizens are expected to put on their boogie shoes and attend a dance full of fun, food, music and laughter at this year’s District 4 Senior Sweetheart Dance, hosted for the first time by Palo Alto College, said Timothy Salas, chief of staff for District 4 City Councilman Rey Saldaña.

Saldaña encourages local seniors ages 60 and older to attend the dance 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday at the PAC gymnasium, Salas said.

Although the dance is usually at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, construction led to its relocation.

Jerry Arellano, director of public relations at PAC, looked forward to the event on campus.

“This is an opportunity for Palo Alto to collaborate with community partners to allow older generations to come celebrate on our campus,” Arellano said.

Sara and Ysrael Garcia, from the Willie M. Cortez Senior Multi-Service Center, plan on attending the dance.

“We are going to go as the King and Queen from Willie Cortez, and we are honored,” Sara Garcia said.

“I have a new dress that is long and very lovely. My daughter helped me pick it out.”

Guests will not only enjoy music provided by a DJ, but will also be entertained by a mariachi band of students from South San High School.

Selrico Services will cater a lunch that includes roast beef, mashed potatoes and a roll.

To RSVP, email or call 210-207-0880.

Students wanting to volunteer with the city’s senior services should call Angel Lerma at 210-207-5843.


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