Marquette is a progressive community and a great place to live, retire or raise your family.

Marquette is a progressive community and a great place to live, retire or raise your family. From children through senior citizens, we provide activities, events and opportunities that will interest every age.

Nestled in the ‘Opera House block’ on North Washington Street, you’ll find The Marquette Senior Center in the Uhler Memorial Building.

Marquette Senior Citizens were organized in 1975 with initial meetings held at the American Legion then the Lutheran Church. A building on Main Street was deeded to this group, which is still their permanent home. Papers for incorporation were filed in August of 1977, and the group became The Marquette Council on Aging, Inc.

Funds were acquired through donations and fundraisers, and a building was constructed to house a billiard room.

If you decide to buy a lot, build a house and relocate to Marquette, it would be a great move. Marquette is a great place to retire. Or, if you just come in for the day to visit the many museums, including the famous motorcycle museum or the 1888-built Hanson-Lindfors House where they give tours, don’t go away without stopping by the Marquette Senior Center. That’s where it’s at for activities and socializing for the senior set.

Coffee, tea and specials treats are shared every day at the center. Other ongoing events include potluck meals, usually held the first Saturday of the month at 6 p.m. This month, the potluck will be held on Saturday 13 due to the rodeo last weekend.

Every other month, those participating in the meal stay and play bingo.

They have recently added movie night for entertainment. The next movie showing will be “The Coalminer’s Daughter.” Come and enjoy food, fellowship and a movie all under one roof, and right in your hometown too.

Enjoy a full breakfast on the third Monday of each month. This month it occurs on Aug. 15 from 7 to 9 a.m. Come out to eat before going to work or starting those morning chores! Donations are accepted and appreciated.

Blood pressure checks are offered by the local Emergency Management team on the third Friday of each month. Additional health geared opportunities are blood pressure/diabetes/oxygen checks on the last Monday of the month. Miracle Ear comes to the center monthly to check and clean hearing aids. Foot Care is held the second Friday of the month. Call the center to schedule an appointment for appointment availability.

Pool players enjoy their sport daily in their billiard room. Bring a friend and join in on other games, including pitch or Mexican Train, a popular domino game. Patrons also find putting puzzles together is a relaxing pastime. Game days are on Thursday afternoons.

Other special parties, programs and events are held during the month. Call in to see if there’s an activity you would like to be a part of. Volunteers are always welcome and appreciated.

Senior Center Director Sharon Page says her volunteers help make the center run smoothly and states, “I could not function without them.”

Come in for activities or to help in several needed areas. Volunteering benefits all involved and it can enhance your life as well as those you serve.

McPherson County Emergency Management and Communications Supervisor Jill Brunsell will be presenting a special program at the Marquette Senior Center at 1:30 p.m. Aug. 25.

The Marquette Senior Center is located at 102 N. Washington St. Phone number is 785-546- 2747.

Hours of operation are 1 to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, plus 7 to 9 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Lori Hager-Johnson is the Senior Advisor for the McPherson County Council on Aging.