Mill Creek Senior Center hits 1 year mark

  • Tue Sep 28th, 2010 9:25pm

By Katie Murdoch Enterprise editor

MILL CREEK — Mill Creek Senior Center staff celebrated its first anniversary in Mill Creek with 100 of their closest friends.

The first year anniversary celebration was held Sept. 25 at the Senior Center. Guests were treated to line dancing, Tai Chi demonstrations and food.

The Mill Creek branch of the Northshore Senior Center opened its doors last year after relocating to the bottom floor of the Annex Building at 15720 Main St., next to the Mill Creek City Hall. Prior to that, the Senior Center shared space with the Washington State University Extension in McCollum Park.

Manager Bill Durham said he was appreciative of the event’s main sponsors Merrill Gardens Retirement Community and Clare Bridge Senior Living center for donating food for the party and Jackson High School students who volunteered to set up and tear down.

“It’s like a blur it’s gone by so fast,” he said, speaking about the past year.

Meeting the growing demands of area seniors from the center’s cramped quarters at the Extension building was getting taxing. Often, Durham had to scramble to find locations for events to which people would be willing to travel.

Durham said the bottom floor of the Annex Building was his top choice for the Senior Center. This location was one of eight possibilities. About five years ago, he looked at the location and could visualize a lobby and areas for classes.

“It actually came true,” he said.

Last year 1,000 Mill Creek seniors, including more than 300 paying members, came to play Bunko, enroll in courses and take day trips organized by the center.