by David Maas
SUGAR GROVEâ€”In mid-September, a joint program between the Sugar Grove Park District, Sugar Grove Township and Sugar Grove Library will open its doors to local senior citizens.
The Sugar Grove Center for Older Adults will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday, starting Tuesday, Sept. 14, offering numerous activities and programs for area residents aged 60 and up to take part in free of charge.
â€œWhile this program is meant for older adults in our area, it is open to anyone (meeting the age requirement) that wants to come in,â€ said Karen Pritchard, Sugar Grove Park Districtâ€™s Superintendent of Recreation.
The program will be held in the building that formerly housed the Sugar Grove Library and is now owned by the Sugar Grove Township.
Although the township is providing the space, the programming will be scheduled by the Park District and the library. Aside from board games, books, decks of cards, a television, and five computers with Internet access, the center will offer a range of programs.
“We don’t want to be known as a senior center that just sits around and plays cards; they want to contribute to the community,â€ said Marlene Magner, Sugar Grove Township office manager.
Programs the Park District and library hope to start at the senior center include special events and presentations, such as talks from the police and fire departments, drop-in health screenings, and various entertainment options.
As well as those offerings, the center may feature programs that the seniors provide for the community. There is also the possibility for mentoring, and talks from the adults about life experiences.
â€œWhat programs we hold depends on what the adults want,â€ said Pritchard. â€œIt all depends on their popularity when the center opens.â€
While initially the centerâ€™s activities will be offered free of charge, some events and presentations in the future may have a small fee attached.
So far, 14 different local organizations signed on to partner with the center, including event sponsors.
â€œWe are very excited,â€ said Pritchard. â€œA lot of organizations in the community want to help, and we hope that older adults will come and enjoy our program.â€