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I’m sure that there are many of you who might be in my age bracket who still love to have a good time, to laugh and dance and sing, maybe even be a little silly.

A few weeks ago I suggested you meet with a friend, Yvonne Baginski, who, once again, is chairing this year’s Celebrating Senior’s event for seniors and their families.

Yvonne has already held two meetings of folks who have volunteered to help. She is encouraging more of you to join her, and I think you just might, once you hear about some of the new plans for this year’s fun event.

Yvonne tells me that her group is very committed and enthusiastic, with lots of energy. Recently, they selected a new name for the event, “Celebrating the Power of Age, Cirque de Napa.”

Wonderful news: Barry Martin of Lucky Penny productions has agreed to be the master of ceremonies. Welcome, Barry! I’m smiling already.

The first two years of Celebrating Seniors, we were fortunate in having Napa City Council member Peter Mott as our master of ceremonies.

Actually, Peter Mott was the inspiration for our first Celebrating Seniors Event, six years ago. A group of friends, members of Napa County Commission on Aging invited Peter Mott to lunch, as he had just begun his plans for the ice skating rink for the city of Napa, and we believed with that wonderful imagination, it would be a piece of cake for him to help us come up with a fun idea where seniors could gather and listen to music, dance, play games, and just generally kick up our heels and have a great time.

Peter was very helpful and creative with his excellent ideas. With the help of Kelly Abernathy, who worked for the city, we were soon up and running, holding the first event at the Napa Veteran’s Park. It was great fun. Naomi Dreskin-Anderson and Kristi Lesnewich were my partners, and Naomi invited her friend, Yvonne Baginski to take over as chairwoman as she had enjoyed much experience in doing this sort of thing. Mayor Jill Techell graciously pitched in and added much to our first few years by taking the stage and reminding us what fun could be had with hula hoops, and other kid’s games that we all used to enjoy. Great fun. Thanks, once again, Jill and Peter.

So, Yvonne and her committee have set a circus theme for this year, and they are looking for performers, singers, clowns, jugglers, acrobats, fire eaters, dancers, face painters, psychics, hypnotherapists and magic acts. They are booking the “Amazing Bobble Man.”

There are plans for many activities and games, so if anyone wants to come and organize a carnival game or even Bingo, please come forward and contact Yvonne, 493-3198.

Yvonne and her committee are looking for donations for prizes and giveaways. There will be lots of vendor tables, costumes and a photo booth.

Yvonne is also looking for tattoos — people covered with them for their special “Body Art Parade.”

In addition, the event will include a Peddler’s Faire, so homemade arts and crafts and food will be available for sale.

Yvonne makes the point that this is a local event for local people. It will also be a fundraiser for Share the Care, the nonprofit program that has been filling in the gaps and helping hundreds of older people with such things as finding home care, food and dental care.

Folks, please give Yvonne a call and join the fun. Phone 493-3109 and join the next meeting on the last Monday in March, so you can say, “I helped with ‘Celebrating the Power of Age, Cirque de Napa.’”

This year’s event date will be on Saturday, Oct. 14 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Chardonnay Hall at Napa Expo Fairgrounds.

And if the name Yvonne Baginski sounds a little familiar, she is the publisher of the wonderful directory for older adults, called “Born to Age.” This year marks the 17th anniversary of this indispensable directory. I don’t know what I’d do without it. For more information, go to and download a copy, or pick one up at your city library or hospital.

Once again, it’s been great fun being with you. Find the things to do that make you happy and do them. See you soon.

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