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Pumpkin Patio Success Seen
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A young artist consults with a senior participant during the inaugural Pumpkins on the Patio event hosted at the Gladys Lemmons Senior Center on Thursday, Oct. 17 in preparation for the coming Halloween observance. Teresa Hammond/The Leader

It was indeed an attendance record for a first time event at the Gladys Lemmons Senior Center, with a special event hosted on Thursday, Oct. 17.

A huge crowd made their way to the senior center, serving as the host location for the inaugural fun and festive ‘Pumpkins on the Patio’ event. Over 170 senior citizens and local youngsters gathered together to paint, carve or a bit of both – decorating Halloween pumpkins grown by Oakdale City Councilwoman Cher Bairos and her family.

Refreshments were served thanks largely in part to Starbucks and Sconza, while paint was donated by Crown Painting. A menagerie of art supplies was donated by community members and friends of Bairos and her lead volunteer Lisa Ballard.

The dynamic duo noted extreme pleasure with the turnout and said they plan to continue Pumpkins on the Patio as an annual event.

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Showing no hesitation at getting down to business and carving her very own pumpkin, this youngster was one of many young people in attendance at the inaugural Pumpkins on the Patio event, which brought senior citizens and local youths together. Teresa Hammond/The Leader