Just what used to go on at the Edmonds Senior Center? | Guest View

By Gary Haakenson | Jul 24, 2019

Over the past few years, as I’ve gone about the business of being a board member of the Edmonds Senior Center and the capital campaign co-chair of its replacement, the new Edmonds Waterfront Center, I’ve learned a lot.

I learned that most people knew of our Senior Center, but most had no idea of what went on in that building or how bad the conditions were inside.

Many people I talked to early on were of the belief that there was only bingo and dancing that went on at the Senior Center. And more than once I heard, “I’m never going to need a senior center,” or “I’m not a senior.”

From then on, I went to great lengths to try to tell people what actually does happen inside those four crumbling walls. And yes, there is some bingo. And some dancing complete, I might add, with a fight every once in a while on the dance floor between a couple of 90-something men over a particular female dance partner.

Some things never change.

When we shut down the old building recently, we had to find locations to run our many programs. I’m glad that wasn’t my task. And I’m proud of those who took it on. We are now operating 71 programs in 12 different locations throughout south Snohomish County.

I won’t list all of our programs, but here’s just a few: Bastyr Clinic, fitness, Bible study, legal advice, poker, yoga, bridge, ping pong, pinochle, Spanish, tech help, quilting, haircuts, and painting.

And many other support groups, as well as registered-nurse services.

So, as you can see, we are busy.

Now, you don’t have to be a senior to partake in these and many more activities. All you have to do is join the Senior Center for the yearly cost of a couple of drinks from Starbucks.

Our new Edmonds Waterfront Center will not only house all our existing programs, but many additional ones for people of all ages.

So there you have it. Want to participate in any of these programs? Simply join us for a minimal cost and start tomorrow.

Want to help us reach our last $3 million goal? Reach out to me, or any board member, and we can show you how to contribute. Or simply mail us a check at PO Box 717, Edmonds, WA 98020.

You can also donate securely at www.edmondssc.org.

The Edmonds Waterfront Center is going to be taking care of our community needs for decades to come.

Gary Haakenson is the former mayor of Edmonds.



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