BLUE EARTH - The Blue Earth Senior Center is more than just a place to get a meal, says Linda Jahnke, assistant director. It's a place where a lot is happening.
The Center serves a noon meal, but has activities all day.
Jahnke took over running the Senior Center in August after director Middy Thomas went on medical leave, but Jahnke worked in the Senior Center kitchen for a couple years prior. She has a long list of things seniors can do.
Games are at the top, with bridge twice per week, 500 every Friday, and pool tables in the back.
A foot clinic is scheduled twice per month. A Bone Builders exercise class meets twice per week. Coffee drinkers can appear at any time.
"I try to come up with different activities through the month," Jahnke said.
Coming up soon will be Hope United Methodist Church to host a sing-along. Potlucks are served once a month. The Dr. Johnson Family will lead some singing later this month.
Folks can usher in the new year a bit early with a celebration on New Year's Eve afternoon with games, prizes and treats.
"They can bring family if they want," said city administrator Kathy Bailey.
Annual events are tax-preparation help, clinics for flu shots and a health fair.
During rare lulls, seniors can walk through the door that connects the Center to the Blue Earth Library and access books, newspapers and computers.
"Seniors quite often come here with questions like who do I talk to about Social Security (and other) issues," Bailey said.
"We do have someone come down from Senior Linkage Line once a month," Jahnke said.
"We have family members of people aging in our community who don't know who to call," Bailey said. "They'll call the Senior Center to get connections. We get a lot of thank-yous."
The Senior Center also can be rented on the weekends and evenings, and several civic groups meet there.
"There's a lot of programs," Bailey said. "It's nice to get the word out and get them used."