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Senior Centers in Centre County, PA

"Questions & Answers"

Seniors Welcomed Here!
By: Sandy Schuckers, Administrative Officer
Centre County Office of Aging   16 Aug 2011

Q: I’ve recently retired and want to meet some new people. Can you tell me about senior community centers in Centre County?

A: We have six community senior centers across Centre County:

  1. The Bellefonte Center, 355.6720, is located in the First Presbyterian Church on Spring Street.
  2. Centre Hall Center, 364.9511, can be found in the Fire Hall.
  3. The Centre Region Center, 231.3076, is at 131 S. Fraser Street in downtown State College.
  4. The Penns Valley Center,  349.8188, is located in Madisonburg. 
  5. Located on Front Street is the Philipsburg Center, 342.6549.
  6. On top of the mountain is the Snow Shoe Center, 387-4086, located in the medical building.

Q: What kind of activities are at the centers?

A: We offer an extensive selection of programs. Here is a small sampling: computer tutoring, Double Deck Pinochle, Canasta, Bridge, Mah Jongg, puzzling (jigsaw, Sudoku, crossword, Scrabble, etc.), learning how to Wii, bands (banjo and dance!), choirs, Bingo, trips to local plays, trips to see movies, local shopping trips, and picnics. We also offer many health programs. A calendar of senior center activities and contact numbers are posted weekly in this newspaper on Thursday.

Q: What do I have to do to join?

A: To attend a center, call the one closest center to you.  If you would like to ride the shared ride county van, please call 355-6807 at least 48-hours in advance or, if you live in an area served by CATA, call 238-2282.  Programs are open to any senior, but you must be age 60 or older to use county van transportation.  If you would like to drive, you are welcomed to attend any of the other centers.  Please call the center at least 48 hours in advance to attend and receive a noon meal.

Q: Who operates the centers?

A: The Centre County Office of Aging operates five of the centers and works in cooperation with COG and Centre Region Parks and Recreation to operate the Centre Region Center in State College.

Q: Is the Office of Aging a non-profit organization?

A: No, the Centre County Office of Aging and its senior centers are a local government agency and is permitted to accept donations. There is a group who recently formed a non-profit, Centre County Senior Center Coalition, that does do fundraising for activities and special projects at the centers.

Q: Do the Centre County Senior Centers accept donations?

A: Yes, the centers do accept a variety of donations; craft supplies, completed crafts, games, cards, Mah Jongg sets, jigsaw puzzles, and gently used exercise equipment are a few of the items that have been donated in the past.

Please send your questions by mail to:
"Aging Q & A" c/o Centre County Office of Aging, 420 Holmes St., Bellefonte, PA 16823, call: 355-6716 or email aging@co.centre.pa.us
 

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