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Anybody who wants to feel great simply needs to find a sign to give to the Milton Senior Center. According to the Center’s President Sandy Parr, they need one so folks can more easily find their establishment, which serves senior citizens and works in support of many local charities.
The unmarked Senior Center is located inside the Milton Activity Center,1000 Laurel St., but except for word-of-mouth communications, Parr says, nobody really knows it’s there. “There’s no sign that says ‘The Senior Center,’ so when people call, I have to say we’re at the police station.”
In addition to keeping a closet full of walkers for seniors who might suddenly need one, Parr said the Senior Center has never lagged about hosting fundraisers for local charity groups and it has always offered daily activities for participating seniors.
“We will have a booth during Milton Days and will be selling raffle tickets for $1 for the beautiful quilt made by our lady’s quilting group. The proceeds from that raffle will go to the kids at Christmas,” Parr said. “We also had a huge rummage sale in April, where all that money went to the kids too.”
The children that  Parr refers to are affiliated with Discovery Primary School and the general secretary there, Vicky Franklin, said that the school networks with a few programs that help students in need, including the Underprivileged Children’s Fund, the North Pierce County Coalition, and Brightening 4 children, which involves a food and clothing bank and  provides winter holiday-help for families in need.
According to Parr, during in the wintertime young adults who have graduated from Fife School District’s special education program and are learning work skills all come to help set up tables before special events. Parr said the young volunteers have been invaluable at decorating for parties.
In addition to fundraising, the Senior Center hosts lectures, where the speakers vary and might come from a local prosecutor’s office to discuss topics like elder abuse or how to avoid criminal scams. The Senior Center also supports AARP programs and offers income tax help at a reduced price for seniors.
For its members, the Senior Center keeps track of anniversaries and birthdays. “So every month, if there’s a special event for someone we know, we might have a special cake on the first of the month and when it’s someone’s birthday they also get a ticket for a free meal at the Senior Center,” Parr said.
“All these lunches, which cost $4, are home cooked,” Parr said. “Members of the board make a good crew in the kitchen and then we have another crew of volunteers that cleans up.”  
Then, the Senior Center presents the following classes for the wiser generation: pinochle, Mondays from 12:30-3:30 p.m.; adult fitness, Tuesdays 9-10 a.m. and Wednesdays 3:30-4:30 p.m.; craft classes, Thursdays from 10 a.m. to noon; Quilting ladies group, Fridays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and bingo happens on the last Wednesday of every month after lunch at around 12:30 p.m.
While the city had installed big brick planters out back of the Milton Activity Center, nobody had put any plants in it and that bothered Parr, so she negotiated with the new Edgewood Nursery at 11000 36th St. E., which opened in June. Edgewood Nursery & Plants then donated plants to the Senior Center, which paid for soil and bought a garden hose then Parr volunteered time and effort potting to make the planters look really nice.
For more information about Milton’s Senior Center, visit their website at cityofmilton.net/general-information/milton-activity-center. Also call or email Parr: (253) 987-5669, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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