Senior Center celebrating 20 years

A group of area senior citizens poses for a picture at Mount Airy Bowling Lanes. Bowling is one of the many activities offered by the Surry Senior Center.

Area senior citizens crochet as part of a class offered by the Surry Senior Center.

The Surry Senior Center is holding a 20th anniversary celebration Thursday evening at L.H. Jones Family Resource Center in Mount Airy. The event, which is free of charge, begins at 6 p.m. and will last about two hours.

The event will feature door prizes, refreshments and live entertainment by the Reunion Band.

Annalisa Davis, a staff member at the center, said the event is already set to be well-attended. “We’ve had a lot of people already say they are coming,” said Davis, “It’ll be a great event, with good food and great entertainment.”

Davis said the featured entertainment will be playing “beach music” and some “classic rock.” She said the Reunion Band is somewhat special. Davis said the band is comprised of a few local musicians, some of whom are in other area bands, who have come together for this one special event.

The county’s two senior centers are located at L.H. Jones in Mount Airy and on Old 52 Bypass in Pilot Mountain. The centers offer a number of programs in which area senior citizens can take part, ranging from social events to health and wellness programs. Activities for seniors include arts and crafts, bingo, dancing, bowling and even an arthritis Tai Chi class.

Participating seniors may enjoy most activities at no cost or a nominal fee, according to Davis. The two senior centers also play a pivotal role in helping to organize Surry County’s Senior Games, an event which engages seniors in athletics and arts. This year’s senior games wrapped-up last month. However, the mission of positively impacting the lives of senior citizens continues on a daily basis at the centers.

According to Davis many of the area’s senior citizens reap the benefits of the county’s two centers. “Our classes and services are always well-attended,” said Davis, adding that “there’s a big demand for our services.”

The senior center mission statement states, “Our goal is to positively impact our community by creating opportunities for healthy aging through social engagement, physical well-being, civic involvement, creativity, and lifelong learning.”

Davis said the senior centers live up to that goal, pointing to the fact the Surry Senior Center was named a North Carolina Senior Center of Excellence last year.

According to Davis the “Surry Senior Center operates under the umbrella of the Yadkin Valley Economic Development District (YVEDDI).” Davis added that “YVEDDI, which offers a variety of programs dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and families in Davie, Stokes, Surry and Yadkin counties, is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.”

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