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col Senior center on display with week-long celebration

National Senior Center Week is an annual celebration of the mission of senior centers. The week promotes the value of senior centers locally and across the country.

The foundation of senior centers is to enhance the quality of life of older adults and their families by providing or referring them to a broad spectrum of services. The first senior center was founded 60 years ago; now there are an estimated 15,000 senior centers nationwide. Nationally, senior centers serve millions of older adults and provide a variety of services.

During the week we invite the community to visit our center and learn more about our programs and services. We encourage people of all ages to check out our programs and activities. We encourage sons, daughters, and grandchildren to bring in their dads, moms and grandparents to see how our "Senior Center Can Add More to their Lives."

We especially encourage older adults to come in and learn more about their local center. The following activities are open to the public this week. This is a sample of what the center offers Monday through Friday.

Monday:

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8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. -- Pool room is open.

9 a.m.-11 a.m. -- Blood pressure clinic.

9 a.m. -- Horseshoes at Central Park.

9 a.m. -- Noon quilting group.

9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. -- Exercise group.

9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. -- Gift Shop open.

10:30 a.m.-Noon -- Macular Degeneration Support Groupwith guest speaker Diane Swanson, a rehabilitation counselor for Services for the Blind.

11:45 a.m. -- Lunch in center's dining room. On the menu are beef tips and noodles. Reservations: 287-1406.

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12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m. -- Heartland Tours travel talk program.

1 p.m.-4:30 p.m. -- Pinochle.

1:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. -- Bingo at $1 per card.

Tuesday:

8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. -- Pool room is open.

8 a.m.-11 a.m. -- Ping pong.

9 a.m.- noon -- Ladies pool.

8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. -- Woodcarving group.

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9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. -- Gift Shop open.

11:45 a.m. -- Lunch in the center's dining room. On the menu is pork roast. Reservations: 287-1406.

12:30 p.m.-3 p.m. -- Crochet.

1 p.m.-3 p.m. -- Silver Treads Square Dance Club.

3 p.m.-4 p.m. -- Round dance.

Wednesday:

8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. -- Pool room is open.

9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. -- Exercise group.

9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. -- Gift Shop open.

11:45 a.m. -- Lunch in the center's dining room. On the menu is beef vegetable soup. Reservations: 287-1406.

Thursday:

8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. -- Pool room is open.

8 a.m.-11 a.m. -- Ping pong.

8:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m. -- Walking club at Silver Lake.

8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. -- Ceramics ($2.50 plus supplies).

9 a.m.-10 a.m. -- Coffee with executive director Sally Gallagher.

9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. -- Gift Shop open.

11:45 a.m. Lunch in center's dining room. On the menu is baked chicken. Reservations: 287-1406.

Noon-3 p.m. -- Ceramics ($2.50 plus supplies).

1 p.m.-3 p.m. -- 500 cards.

2 p.m. -- Older Americans' Month and Senior Center Week Social. An orientation of what the center has to offer. Meet the staff and advisory council.

Friday:

8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. -- Pool room is open.

8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. -- Ceramics ($2.50 plus supplies).

9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. -- Gift Shop open.

9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. -- Exercise group.

10 a.m.-noon -- Free computer seminar on power point. (If you plan to attend call 287-7154.)

11:45 a.m. -- Lunch in center's dining room. On the menu barbecue rib pattie or cod. Reservations: 287-1406.

Noon-3 p.m. -- Ceramics ($2.50 plus supplies).

12:30 p.m.-3 p.m. -- Knitting.

1:30 p.m. -- Class on financial exploitation.

Sally Gallagher is executive director of the Rochester Senior Center

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