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"Maybe it will not lead to a love match, but it does offer the opportunity for companionship."While Lepo said officials had no trouble finding plenty of interested women to participate in the speed dating event, Arlington Heights resident Olga Pietka, 86, said that as a widow, she has no interest in dating these days."I like my independence and being able to come and go when I like," said Pietka, the volunteer in charge of preparing coffee at the senior center on a recent morning."The men are between the ages of 70 and 90?Some, like Jan Miller, of Peotone, just wanted to meet men with whom to socialize, and maybe go dancing....(Erin Gallagher)"It's like all dating, and you take a little bit of a risk," Lepo said.Y., who sign up for a speed dating event for 70- to 90-year-olds. 18 speed dating event will feature each of the women participants seated behind a café-style table labeled with their first names and a number, with the participating men making the rounds, and each couple engaging in a five-minute conversation, Lepo said.Programs will be provided and participants are urged to take notes, with both the women and men indicating which prospective partner they would be interested in dating, Lepo said.Central Road, has already reached its registration capacity for women participants, said Mary Jo Lepo, the library's special services coordinator.
(Karen Ann Cullotta / Pioneer Press) With an upcoming speed dating event for residents 70 and older this month attracting a contingent of interested women, the matchmakers at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library are now putting out a call for a few good men to join the ranks of the hopeful romantics.
Indeed, the village's first senior speed dating event, which will be held at 1 p.m. 18 at the Arlington Heights Senior Center at 1801 W.
With an upcoming speed-dating event for senior citizens already attracting a contingent of interested women, the matchmakers at the Arlington Heights Senior Center are putting out a call for a few good men to join the ranks of the hopeful romantics.
Pictured here are Bob Forton, left, and Fred Masek, right.
But I still think we have enough eligible gentlemen out there."Lepo said the library is partnering with the village for the senior speed dating program, which kicked off last month with more than 100 residents attending the Sept.
19 screening of "The Age of Love." The award-winning 2014 documentary, directed by Steven Loring, tells the story of 30 seniors in Rochester, N.