Members of the Antioch Senior Citizens Club celebrated the holiday season at Antioch Senior Center on Friday with arts and crafts, coffee, lunch and live music.

The “Holiday Happenings” event took off at 10 a.m. with coffee, as some of the seniors danced to live music, while the others got a chance to catch up with their friends. The event also included raffles with wrapped presents, Amazon gift cards and sweet potato pies for the winners.

The event included participants between the ages of 60-100, who were either members of ASCC, a nonprofit organization sponsored by the City of Antioch’s recreation department, or who volunteered at the senior center and made friends within the community as they began to partake in the ASCC activities.

The oldest attendee at the event was 100-year-old Joseph Zamora, a realtor who moved to Antioch from Grand Junction, Colo., in the early 1960s. “My wife and I invested [in the senior center] and been associated with it since the 1960s. I love this community and always have a great time here,” Zamora said.

The City of Antioch offers several programs and activities at the senior center, including painting, tai chi, “Run, Walk & Roll With Seniors,” the lunch program “Cafe Costa,” etc.

Another attendee, Donald Strausheim, 80, moved in with his sister in Antioch after spending 90% of his life in Orange County.

“I love it at the senior center so much that I come out here every single day for lunch, and I have made many friends here. They even say that I have the highest attendance here,” Strausheim laughingly shared. “It is so good to see all of these people here to celebrate Christmas.”

Sharon Checchi, who had actively visited the senior center for almost eight years, had to slow down after the COVID-19 pandemic hit. Checchi shared that she missed going out on trips with club members to casinos and visiting some of the beautiful locations in the San Francisco Bay Area.

“It feels good to be back in a large group to celebrate Christmas with lunch, music, dance and games,” Checchi said. “It feels normal again. I wish to be able to go on our trips again.”