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55-and-older dance group to perform



A local dance group of women 55 and older – the RSVP Kickers – will perform for free next Tuesday, Feb. 2, in downtown Reno.

When: 10 a.m., Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2010

Where: Laxalt Auditorium of the Nelson Building, 401 W. 2nd St., Reno, NV

The Kickers’ performance will be part of a free educational talk for volunteers with the Senior Outreach Services (SOS) program of the University of Nevada, Reno’s Sanford Center for Aging. The center’s wellness coordinator, LuAnne Steininger, will be talking about how playfulness can extend youthfulness and vigor.

Steininger formed the RSVP Kickers, who aim to bring smiles to people’s faces, in 1992. The group is now directed by choreographer Jan Savage. Also performing will be members of the Clown Arounds, a group of elders who have performed as clowns to brighten the lives of people in nursing homes and other venues.

Senior Outreach Services is part of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) of Washoe County. RSVP is sponsored by the Sanford Center for Aging and funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service and the state Aging and Disability Services Division. SOS recruits volunteers to visit and assist homebound seniors living alone for two or more hours each week, to give rides to the store or doctor’s appointments and otherwise act as friends to frail elders.

RSVP recruits people 55 and older to volunteer with local community and not-for-profit agencies. The Sanford center also is home to a related program, Legacy Corps, which recruits volunteers to provide breaks to people who care for elderly and disabled loved ones full time.

Although the talk and performance are intended for volunteers in these programs, the public is also invited, space permitting.

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