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Senior Center offers activities, services

Seniors gather at the Stillaguamish Senior Center for exercise and many other services. A new housing complex next door being built by Himalayan Homes will be open for tours Sunday, March 15.   - Sarah Arney
Seniors gather at the Stillaguamish Senior Center for exercise and many other services. A new housing complex next door being built by Himalayan Homes will be open for tours Sunday, March 15.
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ARLINGTON — The community of the Stillaguamish Senior Center will be expanding soon.

While the senior center offers all kinds of services, from tax advice and art classes to exercise and health education, there is also low-cost housing in back of the center and a new market-rate housing complex for seniors 55 and older, Chelsea Village, opening soon.

The townhouses currently in construction are being built by Himalaya Homes and they are planning an open house and tour from noon – 6 p.m. Sunday, March 15 at the senior center, 18308 Smokey Pt. Blvd. in Arlington.

Food will be available throughout the day and live music will be provided by Gerry Andal from 1 - 5 p.m.

“We are offering tours of both the town houses and the senior center,” said Jo Olson, executive director of the center.

“We strive to make the center a place for seniors to come and socialize and participate in activities that enhance their mental and physical health,” Olson said. “We believe we can prevent institutionalization by limiting the isolation of seniors. We encourage them to be active and volunteer because volunteering keeps them involved and off the streets,” she said.

The senior center is all bright and clean now, after a bit of a spruce-up last fall, when the electrical heating and cooling system were upgraded, along with new carpeting, fresh paint and a new sound system for the stage.

“It adds a warm and inviting feeling,” Olson said.

Senior center activities include a pancake breakfast every third Saturday of the month. Pancakes will be served from 8 - 11 a.m., March 21 and subsequent third Saturdays each month. Breakfast costs $5 for seniors, $6 for adults, $4 for 12 and under.

Chicken dinners with live entertainment are also offered on the final Sunday each month. The next is March 29. Chicken dinner is $7 for seniors, $8 for non-senior adults, and $5 for children 12 and under.

“We have a lot of fun volunteer opportunities,” said the volunteer and program coordinator, Karen Kaye. For information call her at 360-653-4551 ext.228.

For information about the new housing units, call Dawnielle Shea at Himalaya Homes 425-377-8600 ext.229.

Center services:

• AARP offers tax preparation assistance from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays.

• Diabetes support group 1:15 - 2:30 p.m. on the first Friday each month.

• Lunch is served from noon to 1 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday every week with live music at 11 a.m. Fridays.

Health and

support groups:

• Diabetics support group - 1:15 p.m. first Friday monthly.

• Hearing aid service — 10 a.m. second Friday.

• Foot care — second and fourth Fridays, appointment required.

• Blood pressure checks — 10 a.m. Fridays.

• Caregiver support group — 10 a.m. Tuesdays (For information call Krystyna Simms 360-653-4551 ext.241).

Games:

• Bridge players gather around the table from noon to 4 p.m. on Thursdays.

• Pinochle is from 6 - 10 p.m. Thursdays in the Main Hall.

• Bingo starts 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays and 7 p.m. Fridays.

• Pool Room is open 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Exercise:

• Aerobics 9 - 10 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays.

• Yoga 2:30 - 3:45 p.m. and 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays.

• Weight Watchers, weigh in 8:30 a.m. meeting at 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. with meeting at 5:30 p.m.

• Clogging 10 a.m. Wednesdays.

Arts and crafts:

• Silversmithing 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays.

• China and glass painting, 10 a.m. Mondays

• Silversmithing 6:30 p.m. Mondays.

• Ceramics 1 p.m. Wednesdays.

• Lapidary 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays.

• Artists Studio 10 a.m. Thursdays.

• Writing group 9 a.m. - noon Thursdays.

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