On Thursday, Oct. 8, the Senior Adult Program (SAP) hosted its 14th annual Concierto de las Americas, an event called “Music from the Decades.”
According to director Mary Yanez, the EPCC Senior Adult Program is a department “where knowledge is [as] ageless” as the elders who attend the events.
The EPCC SAP uses the donations from the “Music of the Decades” event to fund the annual Senior Love Conference that is held every February.
Although the “Music from the Decades” event usually features music by Frank Sinatra, the Beatles, and classical pianists, for the past 5 years, the EPCC SAP has given out “The Rock and Roll Music Legends Award,” where local seasonal musicians are given local recognition.
Over the years, Yanez said the event has “recognized 63 musicians and singers for their 40 plus years performing” their music within the community and for their dedication to music.”
This year, instead of the usual Rock and Roll music, volunteer music director, Tony Serrano, arranged a larger variety of music with Latin favorites, jazz, 40’s classics, and Mexican Rancheras featuring a female singer, “La Perla” Malena Cano.
Yanez said the event “was a great success” and “well attended” and as the energy began to fill the room with “warmth and gratitude” the audience “went wild, dancing, swinging, whistling, and applauding to the music[al] numbers.”
The program is looking for experienced photographers for events like these.
Anyone interested in becoming involved with future events or taking pictures of events can contact Mary Yanez and may receive a volunteer certificate for their help.
“More people need to stay in touch with our Senior Adult Program and even celebrate National Grandparent’s Day and the annual Navidad on the Border Christmas Show in December," Yanez said. "Students can invite elderly family members to engage in lively activities, educational classes, fun, experiences, and an opportunity to stay connected and make new friends.”
The Senior Adult Office is located inside the EPCC Administrative Services Center Bldg B420 at 9050 Viscount.
You can also reach them by telephone at (915) 831-7801.