San Marcos to host 15th annual “Notorious at Ninety” birthday celebration

San Marcos Senior Center
The San Marcos Senior Center will hold its 15th annual “Notorious at Ninety” birthday celebration on Tuesday, August 27 at 10:45 am at the San Marcos Senior Center, 111 Richmar Avenue.
Hosted by the “Singing TV Guy” Mike Chamberlain, the event celebrates residents who are ninety years of age or older and provides an opportunity for guests to share stories over lunch while enjoying classic tunes from Frank Sinatra, Neil Diamond and The Beach Boys.
With more than 60 attendees over the age of ninety each year, seasoned community members look forward to attending the highly anticipated social to break bread and share life’s favorite memories together.
“This event creates an opportunity for us to rejoice and celebrate with our seniors who are more than 90 years old,” said Senior Services Supervisor Georganne Grotey. “Each year, the party is filled with bright-eyed, energetic and excited seniors who have incredible histories.”
Arthur Smith, former Director of the San Marcos Senior Citizens Club, arrived in California in 1944, after serving heroically during the invasion of Guam in 1944 for the United States Marine Corps.  Roughly 20 years later, Smith will be sitting among friends in San Marcos at this birthday event as he and other community members celebrate their ninth decade.
“My favorite part about the 90’s party is visiting with the other guests,” said Smith. “It truly is unbelievable to learn about the accomplishments of the people that attend and just have some fun.”
Turning ninety this month, Smith’s secret for longevity is simple: be a part of the community, stay active and play a lot of golf. Smith follows his own advice and has served on the Senior Center’s Nutrition Council, was an emcee for the Center’s annual holiday luncheon, and has lent his services on several occasions as a distinguished toastmaster.
Other event guests include Paul Battenberg who, at 103 years old, was living on his own, driving, taking walks and playing golf up until a few months ago; and Leona Koechert, a long-time Senior Center volunteer also celebrating her 90th birthday this year.
All community seniors and their families are encouraged to attend “Notorious at Ninety” and can RSVP by August 23 to Catherine Manis at (760) 744-5535.  Tickets are free to seniors 90 and above; a $4 suggested donation for individuals between 60 and 89 years of age; and $5 for those below the age of 60.

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