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Senior Center offers a variety of services

The Pratt Senior Center offers a variety of activities including daily meals, games, singing, dancing, some medical services and free income tax preparation.

Singing and dancing, food, games, health care and income taxes are all activities available at the Pratt Senior Center.

Located at 619 North Main in the same building as the Pratt Community Center, the Senior Center is open for all seniors as a place to come some fun and fellowship, said Tiffany Ailstock, Senior Center supervisor.

A game room is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and features a pool table, cards, dominoes and jigsaw puzzles with no organized times in the game room. There are specific times for other events at the center.

At 12:30 p.m. on Mondays and Thursday, there are Chicken Foot games. Chicken Foot is played with dominoes and is a Senior Center favorite. For the card players, there is a game of pitch every Wednesday starting at 12:30 p.m.

Plans are under way to establish a time each week for “Wahoo” a marble game. If bingo is a person’s favorite, they can come to the center on the first and third Tuesday of every month at 1 p.m. for a chance to yell out “Bingo.”

Movie fans can take in a free movie at 1 p.m. on the last Tuesday of the month. Each movie comes with popcorn.

For people not in the mood to cook, the center offers friendship meals at noon, Monday through Friday. The menu changes each day and is posted in the Pratt Tribune or is available at the center. Diners need to call 672-6224 the day before to make reservations and a $3.50 contribution is suggested, Ailstock said.

Guests don’t have to eat a meal to take part in the other activities.

Friendship meals are also delivered for those that don’t come to the center. Contact Cheryl at the center to organize delivery. Friendship Meals is looking for a volunteer to deliver meals. It takes about 30 minutes a day.

For those in a singing mood, the center offers a sing-a-long at 7 p.m. on the last Friday of every month. The evening features a variety of songs. The next sing-a-long is Friday, Feb. 23. Once a quarter, a pot luck dinner is held before the sing-a-long.

An annual event at the center is a New Year’s Eve dance that features live music and lots of good food, games and party favors. The dance starts at 8 p.m. and culminates with a confetti drop at midnight. The event is a center favorite with dozens attending.

Part of the senior center activities revolve around health. At 11 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, a resistance band class is available. The class is a self led group but Dorothy Ballinger sets the routine and does the counting.

Other health care activities include complimentary blood pressure checks by Angels Care Home Health from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month. There is also foot care available at 12:30 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month.

The Center also offers an income tax preparation service. Contact Ailstock for more information.

Seniors, especially those that aren’t active in the community, are invited to come the Center to take part in the games and food and fun.

“It’s very important for seniors to get out and not become isolated,” Ailstock said. “It gives them a place to socialize. It gives the busy senior a chance to come and put a puzzle together or play a game of cards.”

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