MLT Senior Center has open house
The Mountlake Terrace Community Senior Center will hold an open house and reception to celebrate the center’s 20th anniversary and the 90th birthday of Virginia Lincoln, one of the founding members, from 2-5 p.m. Saturday April 29.
The public is invited to tour the center and a champagne, wine and appetizer reception. During the event, there will be a short presentation about the history of the center and recognition of early leaders followed by a toast and cake.
According to Executive Director and former Edmonds Mayor Mike Cooper, Lincoln and a small group of community members started meeting as the Mountlake Terrace Seniors Group around 1995. The group met to have lunch, play cards, do arts and crafts and went on neighborhood walks.
In addition, they assisted other seniors with family emergencies and wellness needs. The seniors also actively supported the "Neutral Zone" and Tour de Terrace. In the early days the Seniors Group held their lunches in the Ballinger Club House, current home of the Senior Center.
In 1997, the center formally incorporated as a nonprofit organization. The first board of directors included Lincoln as well as Tom Pearce, Anne Marie Klinke, Ernita Roberts, Arvy Toms, Bob Lytle and current mayor Jerry Smith.