Glendale Adult Recreation Center’s new building had its very first New Year’s Eve celebration. More than 100 seniors gathered on Friday for their own version of welcoming in 2011. The doors opened at 10 a.m. and at 11:15, a lavish lunch of roast beef au jus was served.
Just before noon, the countdown began and when they hit one, noise makers went off, confetti was tossed, sparkling apple cider flowed and DJ “Danny” played Auld Lang Syne. Dancing went on until 1 p.m.
These seniors wanted their fun during daylight hours and planned to be in bed by the time midnight rolled around. But the real partiers were looking forward to their own evening gatherings, as well. Four close “Best Friends Forever” from Glendale, Andrea Curiel, Julia Amezcua, Josefa Riviera and Noemy Martinez, had family parties planned.
All, except Martinez, have been coming to New Year’s Eve lunch at the Adult Rec Center for 20 years.