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Senior Center to Celebrate 40th Anniversary in July

Over four decades, Rockville has served its older community at the Rockville Senior Center, a converted elementary school at 1150 Carnation Drive. The city will be celebrating this 40-year milestone with events throughout July.

Since opening, the city’s 60-plus population has been on more than 1,000 day trips and 50 overnight trips, taken 5,000 fitness classes, 6,000 arts and enrichment programs and 4,000 tech classes, and attended more than 7,000 wellness or support resource seminars. More than 1,000 members use the center.

Older adults in Rockville had gathered formally since 1973. In 1982, a need for more space became evident. With the help of Senior Citizen Commission fundraisers, what had been the Woodley Gardens Elementary School was converted into the City of Rockville’s senior center.

Now, the senior center offers free transportation to residents, a meal program, drop-in programs, a state-of-the-art fitness room, woodshop, and new classes, seminars, and activities every season.
For more of the senior center’s seasonal events, see the “Adults 60+” activities and recreation guide, printed quarterly, and available at www.rockvillemd.gov/guide.

Use the course numbers to register for anniversary events at www.rockvillemd.gov/registration.

Donuts and Coffee with Staff
10-11 a.m. Wednesday, July 6. Enjoy donuts and coffee with center staff and peruse artifacts and pictures from past years. Registration is required with course #23686. Free to attend.

’80s Dance Party
6-8 p.m. Thursday, July 14. The whole community is invited to celebrate the Rockville Senior Center’s 40th anniversary! Dress in ’80s best, dance to ’80s tunes and enjoy a cash bar of wine and beer. All ages welcome. Transportation is available to Rockville residents 60 or older. Register with course #23678. Cost is $5. Registration is required.

Rockville Senior Center Open House
1-2:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 20. Explore everything Rockville Senior Center has to offer at the center during this open house. Take part in a behind the scenes tour, class demonstrations and entertainment, and refreshments. A detailed schedule will be available closer to this event. Members who bring guests will be entered into a raffle with fantastic prizes. The open house will be cosponsored with the Rockville Senior Citizens Commission. No registration is necessary.

Learn about 60-plus programs, courses, activities and services at www.rockvillemd.gov/seniorcenter or by calling 240-314-8800. See the “Adults 60+” recreation guide at www.rockvillemd.gov/guide for more information.

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