The board of directors is excited about reopening the Center, and we will reopen in the right way. The program offerings beginning in April are selected based on the CDC’s guidelines, the availability and commitment of activity leaders, time and day accessibility and member interest.
In March, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued its first set of recommendations on activities that people who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can safely resume.
Specific language described in the CDC announcement recommended that fully vaccinated people continue to take these COVID-19 precautions when in public, when visiting with unvaccinated people from multiple other households and when around unvaccinated people who are at high risk of getting severely ill from COVID-19: Wear a well-fitted mask and stay at least 6 feet from people you do not live with.
When the Center reopens on April 12, members entering the building will wear face coverings the entire time – from entrance, though the activities and upon exit. This will continue until the CDC guidance changes. This guidance represents a first step toward returning to everyday activities in our community.
It is also the first step toward the BA Senior Center’s programs and activities returning to pre-COVID levels. Be patient the next few months, and, before you know it, your Center experience will return to pre-2020 levels.
Every day, hundreds of Oklahomans join the V-Club. Oklahoma’s vaccine rollout is wide open, and virtually anyone who is eligible to receive the vaccine can get it. Moderna. Pfizer. J & J. They are all available, which means if you want to get vaccinated, you can. And as the number of vaccinated adults over the age of 55 increases, access to the BA Senior Center will increase as well.
Return to the BA Senior Center – but wear a mask and social distance. Be safe.
The Broken Arrow Seniors Board of Directors
Johnnie Parks, chair
Join the Circle of Readers book club by emailing Dorothy Minor at email@example.com. The group has the following book discussions and author visits planned for the coming weeks on the Mondays listed at 10 a.m. on Zoom:
April 5: “A Man Called Ove,” by Fredrik Backman • Fiction.
April 19: Zoom to stay connected and discuss other books.
May 3: “Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy: Four Women Undercover in the Civil War,” by Karen Abbott • Nonfiction • Author visit.
May 17: Zoom to stay connected and discuss other books.
June 7: “The Night Tiger,” by Yangsze Choo • Fiction • Author visit.
“Thlikachka.” No need to say “bless you.” Actually, the word “Thlikachka” is the way you pronounce Broken Arrow in the Native American Creek language.
If you find this bit of Broken Arrow history fascinating, you may also be surprised to learn that a large piece, literally, of Broken Arrow history stands within the walls of the BA Museum in the form of an original 150-year-old log cabin. Learn more about BA’s history during a virtual tour from the BA Museum at 1 p.m. on April 22.
An eye opening and amazing view of the past, the cabin in the museum was built by Napoleon Bonaparte Childers in 1861. The name Childers is familiar to all in the Broken Arrow and Tulsa area. Napoleon was Ernest Childers’ grandfather, and the cabin was inhabited for nearly a century. During the presentation, you will see the workmanship of the hand-hewn oak logs that have endured for more than 150 years. Fully furnished, the full-sized cabin tells many stories of the lifestyles and ways of doing things before electricity.
The BA Museum is a Broken Arrow gem on Main Street in the historic downtown area. Located near the site of the original train depot, the museum’s mission is to be a place where the community comes together to explore Broken Arrow’s past, appreciate its present and imagine its future.
To take advantage of this opportunity to learn more about the history of the dynamic, growing city of Broken Arrow, contact Member Services Coordinator Ami Bucher for Zoom connection information at firstname.lastname@example.org or 918-259-8377.