The Grand Forks Senior Center was bursting at the seams Friday, Sept. 20, as a crowd gathered to take part in an event designed to showcase what the building has to offer.
About 175 people attended the “Discover the World of the Grand Forks Senior Center" during the first hour, and organizers expected more than 200 to participate before it concluded.
During the event, visitors to the Grand Forks center for people ages 55 and older, received information about programs offered there. Each person who attended the Friday event received a “passport” to be stamped at nine stations located throughout the Grand Forks Senior Center.
Stations included chair yoga, foot care and library, all of which are offered at the center. Visitors who had stamps for seven of the nine stations were entered into a drawing for prizes.
“We wanted an event that would be both for our regular people and our new people,” said Jami Schumacher, senior center public relation manager, noting here aren’t many events in Grand Forks targeted toward senior citizens.
“We have found, when we have events for older adults in the community, we have a good turnout,” Schumacher said.
Leon and Donelda Lauer decided to check out the Friday event because they wanted to learn more about what the Grand Forks Senior Center offered, they said. While they were getting their passports filled out, they learned about several things the center offered that they weren't aware of earlier.
“She’s a reader,” Leon Lauer said, nodding at Donelda. “That library upstairs really intrigued her.
“The social part of it, also, I think, is a good deal,” Leon Lauer said.
While the Lauerses were newcomers to the senior center, Jane Dufault attended the event because she wanted to re-acquaint herself with what it had to offer. She had been an active member at the center several years ago, but hadn’t been there much recently, she said.
“I would like to get involved with helping with the mailings,” she said.
The Laurses and Dufault also were interested in the foot care the center offers, they said. The center periodically offers foot care for seniors at Foot Care clinics. Individuals also can make appointments for foot care.
Besides the educational programs, the “Discover the World of the Grand Forks Senior Center” included entertainment by the band Too Old to Die Young. Entertainment and music also are amenities offered by the center.
For more information, call (701) 772-7245 or go online to gfseniorcenter.org.