STEUBENVILLE - The doors at the PrimeTime Senior Citizen Center at 300 Lovers Lane will open at 8 a.m. Thursday.
"I am a little nervous and excited at the same time. This will be the culmination of a lot of work to establish a senior citizen center in Steubenville. The support for this project has been tremendous, and I am confident we will be successful," said Owings.
An open house was held at the senior citizen center in June.
OPENING?DAY — Tammy Gregory, a fitness expert, and Judy Owings, interim director of the PrimeTime program, prepare for opening day at the PrimeTime Senior Citizen Center on Lovers Lane. -- Dave Gossett
"We have concluded a lot of years of effort and planning. And it is a good feeling to know this center is now becoming a reality. Most of our PrimeTime services will be moving from Trinity (Medical Center) East to the senior citizen center once we open. We will still maintain our transportation and meal services at Trinity East but eventually we will move those office to this location," Owings said.
"I appreciate the help we have received from everyone in the community. There has been a demand for a senior citizen center for a long time and we have accomplished that goal," she added.
Owings said she is looking for community suggestions for a name for the new center that is based in the former Temple Beth Israel.
"The services we will offer include health and wellness programs, recreational opportunities, arts programs, educational opportunities, volunteer opportunities, social and community action opportunities, information and assistance, intergenerational programs, support groups, meal and nutritional programs, transportation services and special services to address local needs," said Owings.
"I feel such a sense of accomplishment. We can properly develop programs for our area senior citizens. I believe this will be a real success for many years to come," Owings said.
The minimum age requirement for service at the center is 50 years old.
Owings said the annual membership fee for Jefferson County residents over the age of 60 is $25, while Jefferson County residents younger than 60 and non Jefferson County residents will pay a $35 annual fee.
"We will start each morning with a walking group at 8 a.m. From 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. we have PrimeTime fitness with Tammy Gregory. We will start our lunch program at noon next week. At 1 p.m. we will show a movie and from 1 p.m. until 2 p.m. we will have able body fitness again," explained Owings.
Owings said the movie on opening day will feature Paul Newman in "Cool Hand Luke."
"We also invite people to come in, watch television, have a cup of coffee and socialize with friends. I have talked to so many people in the area who are looking forward to the center opening. They see this as a great opportunity," remarked Owings.
"Our days have been hectic as we prepare for the opening of the senior citizen center. We have had people stopping in to check on our progress and I am already working on our September events," added Owings.
The telephone number is (740) 314-5197.
"Please call or stop by for more information. Visitors can purchase a day pass to check out the center or buy an annual pass," Owings said.