Activity center

GALLERY: Adult Activity Center reopens to full-service seniors and community – The Andalusia Star-News

Following an extended closure due to the pandemic, the Andalucia Adult Activity Center is open again and looking for more frequent visitors.

“The Adult Activity Center is a public facility provided by the City of Andalusia to meet the recreational needs of adults aged 21 and over. The center offers a wide variety of recreational services, activities and special events to improve the quality of life in our region. We place a high priority on recreation for older adults,” said program coordinator Sonja Godwin.

After being closed for 18 months due to COVID, the Adult Activity Center reopened for in-house activities on October 25, 2021. “Since opening, we have had a two-week period where COVID was at again at its peak. We had to close for the safety of our seniors at the time. We are so grateful and blessed to be open now.

The motto of the center is “Something for everyone!” according to Godwin. All the center’s activities are in full swing except one. There are plans to resume the popular “Dinner Dance” in April if COVID numbers drop enough for the event to take place. Activities include dominoes, quilting, sewing and knitting, crocheting, card games, ceramics, line dancing and crafts.

“If you are looking for courses in travel, excitement, fun, relaxation, teaching, education, health, fitness, arts and crafts, we offer it all. All our programs and activities are very affordable and many are free.We have a library on site.There are also two gym equipment rooms and toning beds for those who need a machine to assist with movement.

The property’s nutrition center also serves lunch Monday through Friday for seniors 60 and older. Proper documentation must be completed first before being added to the meal listing. For lunch information, call 334-222-4608.

The center also has trips planned for May and December this year.

“We will have our first trip in May to Pennsylvania and another to the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville in December. We will be going to Lancaster and historic Philadelphia, Pennsylvania May 22-27. Our trip in December will be ‘A Country Christmas’ from December 11-14,” Godwin said.

The center plays an important role for the local community.

“We keep our seniors physically and mentally active. They have so much to give back to our community, and we’re here to help them do just that. Our elders have aided the Andalusian Police and Sheriff’s Department by helping to make quilts for abused children. We also organize “Grandparents Day” where they can perform and complete activities with their children or grandchildren. Other outreach activities include Relay For Life fundraisers. We have a ‘praying hands program’ for our outreach to seniors at Christmas, as well as multiple other activities and programs throughout the year,” she said.

The facility is located at 401 Walker Avenue in downtown Andalucia, near the Ballet. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call the office at 334-222-6891.

“If this is your first visit, we ask that you come to the office with your photo ID and sign a release form while picking up a ballot. My staff and I are honored to serve you. We are very grateful to the mayor and council for supporting our efforts to keep our seniors active and productive in our community,” said Godwin.