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Centennial Senior Center set to open

The Centennial Senior Center is now open in its new location on North State Street.

After years without a center to call its own, the organization has leased and renovated space inside the Smokestack Center. It held open houses last week and will host a grand opening tomorrow, said Executive Director Vivien Green.

The organization had rented space in the city’s West Street Ward House since 2009. Financial problems had forced the center to close its large building on Regional Drive in 2006, just two years after it opened.

Green said many seniors have shown interest in the new location, and more than 150 visited during open house hours last week.

“So our grand opening (tomorrow) is kind of the culmination,” she said.

The new location will host yoga, Tai Chi, meditation, Wii bowling, pastel painting and book club for seniors, according to a press release. The center will offer programs about topics such as personal finance, Medicare and health. Green said seniors have also shown interest in field trips; several have been scheduled for the next year.

The new center has classrooms, a meeting space for larger events, a living room for seniors to gather and two dozen parking spaces.

“We’re very excited,” Green said. “And our living room actually looks like a living room.”

The grand opening celebration will begin at 11 a.m. tomorrow, in the new center at 254 N. State St.

(Laura McCrystal can be reached at 369-3312 or or on Twitter @lmccrystal.)

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