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After a two-year hiatus, facility is once again offering a host of events, including birthday lunch and dancing, cornhole, line dancing, card games, and of course great lunches all week

RAMONA MCCALLISTER - A group of line dancers, led by Golda Condron, work on a new dance. Line dancing is offered on Tuesdays from 1 to 3 p.m.

On a Wednesday morning, couples are dancing to a western band, "Just For Fun," and meanwhile, a group of men are playing a mean game of Cornhole in the next room.

On Tuesday, a class of line dancers are kicking up their heels, and on Thursday, a gathering of pinocle players have a lively card game going. Most importantly, hungry visitors bring their appetites to enjoy congregate meals at noon on weekdays.

All these events are taking place once again at the venue of Prineville Senior Center after a lengthy break. Director, Stephanie Jones said that being able to resume activities at the senior center has been a huge benefit to the local seniors, since they were closed for remodeling then COVID for more than two years.

"It's really very beneficial for socialization and not feeling isolated anymore and having a sense of community and belonging to something. Our main focus is to make sure we provide meals to people, and especially the home delivery service, because if we were not doing that, some of them might not get a meal. That is an important piece," emphasized Jones.

She added that having her clients be able to get together and have face-to-face interactions is important for their mental health, as well. She indicated that they kept moving forward, in spite of the time they were closed. The home delivery meals never stopped during COVID, with the help of grants and community members.

Other activities that take place at the senior center include Bridge, exercise classes and a birthday lunch every fourth Wednesday of the month.

"Normally, the band comes for the birthday lunch," she added. "We celebrate with a birthday wheel."

Jones also wanted to remind participants that there are billiards available on Monday mornings and Wednesday afternoons.

Golda Condron leads the line dance class, and it was evident that she and her class were having a good time learning new dances.

"I do it for the brain stimulation, exercise, camaraderie, and it is a great group, and we have a lot of fun."

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