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Le Mars Senior Center adds monthly dances

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Ready to polka, waltz or swing?

There will be a new activity at the Le Mars Senior Center starting this Saturday: monthly dances.

Marjorie Anderson and Mary Ann Arens have been busy putting up posters in Le Mars and surrounding areas inviting people to the activity.

The dance is just one of several activities the Le Mars Senior Center is offering, thanks to a Recreation Grant from the Siouxland Aging Services, Inc.

Siouxland Aging Services is a non-profit organization which enable older Iowans to live with maximum possible dignity, well-being, and independence by offering services and activities, according to the organization's website.

It is one of 13 area agencies on aging in Iowa.

The Le Mars Senior Center is located at 110 1/2 Sixth St. N.E., on the east side of Floyd Valley Apartments and has a separate entrance.

Arens serves on the Siouxland Aging Services board and chairs the advisory board.

Anderson said the Le Mars Senior Center plans to hold the dances the second Saturday of the month, from 1-3:30 p.m. Snacks will be served at 2 p.m. There is a $3 admission charge.

Music for this month's dance will be by Terry Durr & Three on the Road, of Le Mars. The group plays a variety of music, including polkas, waltzs, western and swing.

Anderson said the group is popular at the senior center dances in Sioux City and she's pleased they will be playing in Le Mars.

Arens wrote the grant application for the Recreation Grant.

The Le Mars Senior Center began receiving monthly payments from the grant in July.

The center offers a number of activities each week for senior citizens and others.

Line dancing is held Mondays and Thursdays at 9:30 a.m., led by Anderson.

Pinochle is offered at 1 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Exercise time is offered at 10 a.m. Friday.

Table and card games are played each Thursday at 1 p.m.

Potluck lunches are served on the days cards are played.

Arens said the senior center members are looking at adding more activities and may purchase a Wii gaming system.

"We want to get people involved and active," said Arens.

The center is also a Congregate Meal site, and Meals on Wheels meals are also prepared there, Arens said.

Among those who regularly attend the congregate meals is 102-year-old Alma Osbourne, who lives in Floyd Valley Apartments, Arens noted.

"We have good meals at the congregate meal site," Arens said.

There is no age requirement for those attending senior citizen center activities, Arens said.

There is, however, an age requirement, 60 years old, to participate in the congregate meals.

"The city provides us with the building and utilities," Arens explained.

Senior center dues and rent income help pay for the utilities and supplies needed to keep the center clean and furnished.

The senior center facility may also be rented for activities such as birthday and anniversary celebrations, meetings for organizations and dinners.

"We have a very nice senior center. We're very lucky," said Arens.

By offering more activities and allowing rentals, Arens said it is the hope to make the senior center self-supporting.

The Siouxland Aging Services serves Plymouth, Woodbury, Ida, Cherokee and Monona Counties.

One of its popular regional events, Sun and Fun, has been held at the Plymouth County Fairground for the last two years.

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