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Community members bring arts to Sierra seniors

Special to the Sun

TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; Dried flowers, colorful yarn, and confetti were among the recycled materials used to create beautiful greeting cards by a group of seniors at the Sierra Seniors community room last month. Led by local installation artist Jane Jenny, the group of ladies completed two unique projects.

Jenny, a North Tahoe Arts board member, with studios in Carnelian Bay and Malibu, Calif., taught the group how to use a diluted, non-toxic glue solution, wax paper, dried flowers and recycled gift material to create one-of-a-kind greeting cards. Jenny later finished the project at her studio by drying and cutting the sheets to fit the envelopes.

An additional work space was created for picture post cards, which were made with amazing pictures from old National Geographic magazines, and self-adhesive postcard paper. Seniors Erica and Lucy especially enjoyed this project as they were able to include wild animals such as monkeys and cheetahs on their post cards.

Marcela Smith of Performing Artists For Seniors collaborated with her friends from the Lahontan Community, Dr. Patty Dean and Jane Jenny to create this unique event for the seniors. Dean and Smith, along with other Lahontan volunteers and Sierra Seniors, have hosted several events at the community room of the Truckee Donner Senior Apartments, including An Afternoon of Jazz with JJ Morgan of Moodyand#8217;s Bistro, and a youth show featuring singers from the Truckee High School Drama Club and dancers from the San Ramon Valley Dance Academy. Performing Artists For

Seniors brings free on site cultural entertainment to low income seniors. Their unique program focuses on the interaction between the artists and seniors, in an informal and intimate setting.

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