The McMinn Senior Activity Center has announced that it will reopen its doors to the community for the first time in more than a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The center will reopen its doors initially from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday June 23 and 30 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.. The senior center will officially reopen from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. daily from July.
“We are delighted to invite all of our current members to the center and encourage new seniors to visit the center to see all of the great programs and opportunities that we offer to the community,” said the centre’s CEO. activities, Tina South. “We invite anyone aged 50 and over to join in the fun.”
The center is slated to open in July with many of the same activities like bingo and choir. The billiard room, library and computer lab will also be open.
Bingo will resume from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.s, followed by Brain Games on Mondays and Crafting on Wednesdays. The quilt will also take place at 9:30 a.m. on Monday morning.
The choir will continue from 10 a.m. on Tuesday morning from 10 o’clock with quilting and knitting at noon.
Thursday morning games including shuffleboard, cornhole and horseshoes will start at 9:30 am.
The Friday morning Jam Session will return at 9:30 a.m.
A nutritious gathering meal will also be available at 11:30 a.m. by reservation starting July 1.
While the crowds of seniors who regularly visit the center disappeared last year due to the pandemic, the center is providing meals and support to seniors in McMinn County. From March 2020 to the first week of June, the center delivered more than 30,000 meals to seniors as part of the Meals on Wheels program.
“It’s been a long time with the pandemic,” South said. “The lack of socialization has not been good for our seniors and we are delighted to reunite with everyone with their friends and neighbors. For some, it is the focal point of their day, coming to the center.
For more information, contact the Seniors Center at 423-745-6830.