COLERAIN — The Colerain Senior Center is seemingly bustling with activity.
From the Monday morning bingo games and line-dancing to the bi-weekly bridge tournaments, there is always something going on for local seniors to partake in.
And according to Shirley Jo Case, the director of the Colerain Senior Center, that’s the idea.
Case believes the most important service the center can provide is community.
The center hosts a multitude of activities, along with the occasional trip or group venture in joint with other senior centers in the county.
But it’s the camaraderie that ensues that is the most beneficial.
‘‘This is a great opportunity to get out of the house and come to have a good time and have the opportunity to socialize with your friends and neighbors,’’ Case said.
That seems to be the emphasis of the Colerain center, the social benefit of bringing seniors from across Colerain and beyond together.
Taking a look at their monthly calendar of activities, it’s easy to see the focus.
Case listed some of the more popular activities that take place at the Colerain center and the majority of which require a larger group of people to participate in.
Take Mondays for example.
With center president Arguell Harris calling out the numbers, members enjoy a few rounds of bingo. This takes place both on Monday and Friday and is always well attended. Monday’s bingo games had more than 20 members in attendance.
Before the bingo got under way, linedancing was held. Afterward, the members sit down for the weekly meal provided by Belmont County Senior Services.
Monday’s meal consisted of stuffed green peppers, mashed potatoes and corn, along with staples like bread, juice or milk.
Case said that some of her residents live alone and after a lifetime of having to cook, or having someone cook for them, it’s a chance to have a quality meal with friends without all the hassle of preparation.
There is a suggested donation of $3 for the meal, but Case said that no member is turned away because of an inability to pay.
Another popular activity at the Colerain Senior Center is the weekly euchre tournaments held on Wednesdays.
According to the director, it’s not uncommon to see six to seven tables of players going strong well into the afternoon.
‘‘The really enjoy their euchre here and they take it very seriously,’’ said Case with a slight laugh. ‘‘It’s very popular.’’
So is the weekly woodcarving that is held on Thursdays.
To Case’s knowledge, Colerain is the only center in Belmont County that offers woodcarving. She encourages everyone to try it.
‘‘Our instructors are very knowledgeable and are more than willing to show you that not only is it a fun activity, but also how to perform it safely.
‘‘You don’t have to be highly skilled to start off. They will break it down so that it’s not so overwhelming.
‘‘People really tend to enjoy it.’’
Case has a pretty steady stream of members who attend various activities, but she’s always looking for more.
The center publishes a monthly newsletter that details what has happened recently, along with some of the up-and-coming activities at the center.
The members receive the newsletter and Case also distributes them to various places around town.
‘‘Maybe someone will pick one up, see something that looks interesting to them and decide to come,’’ she said. ‘‘Or maybe they will see one of their friends or someone that they know is involved and that is why they will come to an event.’’
Bridge is held every other Tuesday and the third Wednesday of the month a health assessment is offered.
Occasional trips to Amish Country are planned and the upcoming Christmas Party will be held on December 11.
This month, the members are helping to collect toys for the annual Toys for Tots campaign.
The majority of activities get under way at 10 a.m.
For more information on the Colerain Senior Center and its wealth of group-oriented activities, contact Shirley Jo Case at (740) 633-6823.
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MONDAY?MORNING?bingo is one of the more popular activities at the Colerain Senior Center according to center director Shirley Jo Case. The Colerain Senior Center is located next to St. Francis Cabrini church on U.S. 250 in Colerain. Seated in the first row, are, from left, Shirley Wick, Tony Bernardo, Bill Norris and Eleanor Norris.