LANCASTER – High Desert Medical Group and Heritage Health Care will present their always anticipated Senior Expo from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 3, at the Antelope Valley Fairgrounds.
Celebrating dance, the theme for this year’s Senior Expo is “Dancing Through the Decades.”
Highlighting the event is the Grand Prize raffle – a $500 visa card. Those who bring a canned food item to donate to the Grace Resource Center food bank and community shelter will be entered into a drawing to win a $100 Antelope Valley Mall gift card.
This year’s special celebrity guest is international song and dance artist Ben Vereen. Although a stage, film and television actor, Vereen is probably best remembered for his iconic character Chicken George in Alex Haley’s landmark TV miniseries, Roots. He’s also well-remembered for his role as Louis Armstrong in Louis Armstrong – Chicago Style. The Tony Award winning actor, a graduate of Manhattan’s High School of Performing Arts, has now added public speaking to his versatile repertoire. He often speaks of overcoming adversity and continuing education. In 2011, he was inducted into the American Theatre Hall of Fame.
Senior Expo offers a full day of local entertainment, free health screenings and seasonal flu shots for seniors 62 and over. Health screenings will include bone density, cholesterol, glucose, blood pressure, vision screening and more. Over 100 vendor booths will be located on aisles named after dance styles of the 20’s, 30’s, and 40’s. Health plan sales representatives will be available in the H.W. Hunter Pavilion with 2014 benefit options and enrollment information.
An event highlight is always the naming of the new “Senior of the Year.” The Award Ceremony will take place at 11 a.m., where winner and nominees will all be recognized. Added, this year, is the first “Veteran’s Community Service Award” (VCSA). The award recognizes an individual or organization that provides support and makes a difference in the lives of those who have served our country. The Lancaster High School senior class, who dedicated a year to raising funds for wounded warrior Jerral Hancock, will be named the recipient. (Read more here.)
The Antelope Valley Fairgrounds is located at 2551 West Avenue H in Lancaster. Parking and admission are free for this event.
For more information on High Desert Medical Group’s Senior Expo, call 661-951-3043 or 661-951-3046.