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Coming together . . . Preparations for a dinner and dance are under way, an event being hosted collaboratively by a range of organisations. Among those involved are (from left) Toni Velenski, of Age Concern, Paula Ryan, of Parkinson's Otago and Donna Watt, of Alzheimer's Otago. PHOTO: ALEXIA JOHNSTON

A dinner and dance is on the agenda in Alexandra.

The event, taking place on November 18 at the Alexandra District Club, aims to give people aged 55 and over a chance to socialise like the good old days, complete with music from the 1940s to 1960s.

A range of organisations and groups have collaborated to make the event, which was on the drawing board pre-Covid-19, happen.

Alexandra Community House manager Carole Gillions said the event was more important than ever following a year of restrictions, and anyone from the age of 55 was welcome to attend.

“It’s just giving people an opportunity to have a social event where they could come along, even if they were on their own,” she said.

The event was something neighbours were also encouraged to attend together.

She said the key was to give people an “enjoyable function”, which did not have any barriers.

It was important people did not give up the opportunity because they could not get themselves there, or because they were on their own, she said.

Instead, organisers will provide transport to and from the event for people who need it and hostesses will be on hand to chat to people at the tables throughout the night.

The event will also include musical entertainment from about 5.30pm to 6pm, followed by dinner at 6.30pm.

Songs from the 1940s to 1960s will then be played, giving everyone a chance to have a dance if they wish to.

“It’s a low-key opportunity just to come and have some good discussion and some good music, food and a laugh.”

The event is $20 per person.

To book contact Alexandra Community House on 440-0740 or admin@ach.org.nz.