SALEM - For the fifth annual Women's Night Out at the Salem Community Center on March 19, the goal remains the same: a fun, relaxing, educational evening to benefit the Children's Fitness Center.
The deadline to purchase tickets is March 12 at SCC, 1098 N. Ellsworth Ave., or by phone with a major credit card at 330-332-5885. The cost is $25 per person or a table of eight for $200.
New this year will be mini spa treatments featuring chair massages, hand massages, cuticle cleanings, paraffin hand treatments and more, along with a shortened time frame, two main speakers and cash prizes.
Salem Community Center front desk/building supervisor Connie Schoch, left, and Joyce Humphrey of the SCC front desk and child care help promote the Fifth Annual SCC Women’s Night Out set from 4 to 8 p.m. March 19 to benefit the SCC Children’s Fitness Center. Tickets are on sale at SCC for $25 each or a table of eight for $200. (Salem News photo by Mary Ann Greier)
"It's about taking time out for yourself," SCC Executive Director Heather Young said.
This year's event is set from 4 to 8 p.m., with shopping in the vendor's marketplace, the chocolate fountain and mini spa treatments available until 7:30 p.m. A buffet dinner by The Catered Affair featuring lemon chicken, red skin potatoes, pasta, green beans, rolls and more is set from 4:30 to 7 p.m.
A jazz concert with the Jack Halkides Quintet and vocal guest is from 4:30 to 6 p.m., followed by Jim Loboy, host of Daybreak on WYTV Channel 33, from 6 to 6:30 p.m.
Dietitian Linda Ro, who's been a presenter at Women's Night Out before, will speak from 7 to 7:30 p.m. on "The Fountain of Youth: Spicing It Up." Ro serves as a registered/licensed dietitian with the Salem Area Visiting Nurse Association and Adjunct Instructor with the Youngstown State University Department of Human Ecology.
As part of the presentation, questions about nutrition will be sought during the evening which Ro will then answer after her talk.
Young said as people age, their bodies require different nutritional needs and Ro will talk about that and how to not get bored with food choices.
To close out the evening, cash prizes ranging from $25 to $300 will be given away, along with a $500 gift card to Giant Eagle which was donated by the SCC and Giant Eagle. Also given away will be an annual membership to SCC, raffle baskets and a 50/50 drawing.
Young said the event has evolved over the years, largely in part due to the suggestions and evaluations filled out by guests at the end of the night. Some of the favorites remain, like the chocolate fountain, food, vendors, informative speakers and men in tuxedos holding doors for the ladies in attendance.
"We just want to meet the needs of the community attending the event," she said.
The whole idea behind Women's Night Out is to make a positive impact on programming for children, starting with the Children's Fitness Center and related programs such as FitKids which combines activities in the swimming pool, gym and fitness center. Children who may not have the financial resources have been sponsored so they can use the equipment in the Children's Fitness Center and schools still come for visits for programming for students in the third and fourth grades.
Sponsors for Women's Night Out include Salem Regional Medical Center, Sterling House-Salem, BOC Water Hydraulics, Copeland Oaks/Crandall Medical Center; Kent State University Salem/East Liverpool campuses, Salem Radiologists Inc. and Stitle Construction Corp.
"Come and enjoy. It really is a great night out," Young said.