Activity center

Athens Activity Center to Open May 2 | Community

The city of Athens will welcome the elderly back to its Pryor Street facility on May 2, with plans to hold activities from Monday to Thursday.

The former Athens Seniors Center will now be the Athens Activity Center with seniors activities being held from 9am to 2pm every week for these four days.

The city partners with the non-profit group Foundation for Aging to provide programs and activities such as Dancercise, games, live music and more. Amy Golden, who oversees special projects for the city, will serve as coordinator and liaison with the foundation.

Golden said seniors interested in the Athens Activity Center and its programs are invited to a lemonade party on May 2 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be lemonade, coffee and cookies.

“We want to welcome everyone and share our ideas for the center,” Golden said.

Other opening week activities include:

• May 3 – Games day with corn hole, dominoes, card games, etc.

• May 4 – Dance from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. (After this first week, the dance will take place every Monday and Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.)

• May 5 – Live music from 9 to 11 am and games.

Seniors are encouraged to bring a lunch bag. There will be a coffee station available each day of activity.

The city invested $50,000 in the installation, first replacing the roof in late December/early January, and most recently revamping the interior entrance with new carpet, tile, paint, and a small restroom renovation. The investment also included a thorough cleaning of the entire facility.

“I’m ready to see older people back in our building laughing, socializing and having fun,” Athens Mayor Ronnie Marks said.

The facility will be available for seniors-related community activities, such as the second annual Senior Fun Fest taking place May 10 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. featuring hot dogs, funnel cakes, dancing, door prizes, bingo and vendors.

Additionally, Marks said the facility will be available for community rental.

For more information on rental costs, availability and requirements, contact Golden at (256) 262-1525.