Forks Senior Center activities will help keep older community members busy this winter

 

By MICHELLE MUELLER

Contributing Writer

©The Recorder January 16, 2020

During the chilly first three months of 2020, some special activities that may warm those that venture out are being offered by the Forks Senior Center, located at 101 N Albion Street in Albion. The following events are open to the public:

Members of the Forks Senior Center prepare for the Festival of the Forks parade.
  • On Friday, January 31, the Center will host its first Euchre Party of the year from 7-10 p.m. Cost is $10 per person for the euchre party.
  • On Friday, February 14, from 7-10 p.m., the Center, along with the Albion Chapter NAACP and the Albion Alumni Association, will sponsor a Valentine’s Day Dance in the cafeteria of the Opportunity High School (the former Albion Senior High building), located at 225 Watson Street. The Valentine’s Day Dance is for persons 60+ and costs $5 per person.
  • Finally, on Friday, March 7, the Senior Center will host an Elvis Presley tribute show to be held at the Opportunity High School auditorium from 7-9 p.m., 225 Watson Street. Tickets for the Elvis tribute show are $10 per person.

A benefit of membership is use of the gym.The Forks Senior Center, a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization established in 2005, offers a gathering place for adults over 50 years of age who reside in Albion, Homer, Springport, Marshall, and surrounding communities. While all of the events listed above are open to the public, there are benefits to joining the Forks Senior Center as well.

For instance, the Center’s yearly membership of $75 includes use of a fully equipped fitness center. A comprehensive health and wellness program offers daily exercise classes, twice weekly ping pong games, monthly presentations on topics ranging from health to legal issues, a diabetes support group, and individual foot care clinics. Bunco, Euchre, Bingo, a cooking club and a knitting and crochet guild meet weekly. Field trips allow members and non-members to enjoy area theatre, shopping, and museum outings together. Nominal fees may apply to certain activities.

Social activities for seniors include dinners.

Dedicated volunteers are the driving force behind the success of the FSC. Since 2005, the FSC has grown from 50 to nearly 350 members, with an average of 100 combined programs or activities every month with a reputation as a dependable resource within Calhoun County for senior services. The Board of Directors, represented by 11 community leaders, guides the organization with an administrative staff responsible for daily operations and development. Five fitness instructors provide contracted services for our impressive health and wellness program.

The Center’s hours are Monday – Thursday: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Friday: 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. Please call us at (517) 629-3842 to register for the special events and for program information and volunteer opportunities. Learn more about our programs and history by visiting this link online: forksseniorcenter.org


 

Michelle Mueller

Michelle Mueller

Michelle is the author of the book Mr. Bonner, that was released in 2019.   She has written for The Recorder, the Albion College Io Triumphe magazine, and she is an enthusiastic scrapbooker in her spare time.  See more articles by Michelle Mueller here: www.albionmich.net/writer-mueller/


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