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PHOTOS: Love Abounds at The Maplewood Senior Center

From the Maplewood Department of Recreation:

Joan Crystal!
Photography by Erica Moffitt | Naki Studios

In celebration of Valentine’s Day, the Maplewood Recreation Department hosted Truffles and Puppies at the Senior Center at 106 Burnett Avenue.

February 14 was an unforgettable day, as friends gathered to enjoy lunch and laughter. An exciting demonstration followed, as Rita Dadaian of Cakes Couture did a live demonstration on cake decorating and truffle making amongst other artistic and delicious techniques. The seniors loved trying the delicious cake from Cakes Couture and got to keep the decorations, which were works of art.

Next up was a visit from five dogs and puppies to both entertain and cuddle.  There was a skateboarding spaniel,  a fun obstacle course, and seniors got to be a helpful part of the act.  For the show’s grand finale, puppies came out to be cuddled and bring smiles.

“There is nothing better than chocolate and puppies any day, but it seemed the perfect way to celebrate Valentine’s Day, a favorite holiday of mine,” said Melissa Mancuso, Director of Community Services.  “We had a full senior center, and a lot of happy faces and laughter – and that’s what we are here for.  Seeing tables full of newly found friends chatting over lunch makes any day a celebration, and we look forward to seeing more and more new faces at the Senior Center.”

Looking for an upcoming senior event to check out?  Here are a few offerings:

Tootsie on Broadway:  Wednesday, 4/17 [$111 for show and transportation]

Guided Painting for Seniors:  Wednesday, 3/27 from 11:15am to 1:15pm [$15]

Writings on Paper Class:  Friday’s beginning on March 1st from 1pm – 3:30pm [no class on 3/15.  3 classes for $20]

St. Patrick’s Day Party:  Thursday, 3/14 at 11am, hot corned beef lunch will be served [$5]

Volunteer to Help Stuff Eggs for our Spring Egg Hunt:  Thursday, 3/28 at 1pm and Wednesday, 4/3 at 10am

To sign up for any of the above programs, go online to: or call Michelle at 973.763.0750.

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