The Sky Valley Senior Center opened this month, offering activities once a week at a Volunteers of America building

SULTAN — Seniors here finally have their own hangout.

The Sky Valley Senior Center opened this month, offering activities once a week for those ages 50 and older, at a Volunteers of America building.

The club grew out of a communitywide meeting in Sultan. Various groups formed to discuss how to improve the town. One of the groups was dedicated to seniors.

Dave Wood, director for the Volunteers of America, said the group realized that some seniors had trouble getting to the East County Senior Center in Monroe.

“Transportation is a real issue,” Dave Wood said. “Some seniors are still driving, but they don’t want to drive at night.”

Other seniors in the small mountain town felt that the Monroe center was in too urban a setting, Wood said.

The group decided their rural community needed its own spot.

The senior center opened in January, offering pingpong, pool, foosball and Nintendo Wii games. Seniors also can play cards and board games, or talk over a cup of coffee or tea.

Right now, the center is only open on Tuesdays, but expanded hours — and more activities — might be added.

“It will grow from there,” Wood said. “We’re talking with East County to expand their bingo license so we could do bingo and things like that.”

Andy Rathbun: 425-339-3455, arathbun@heraldnet.com.

Visit the Senior Center

The Sky Valley Senior Center is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays at 617 First St., Sultan. For more information, call Volunteers of America at 360-793-2400.

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