If you’re 60+ there is! At the Polk County Senior Center at ML King and Forest Monday through Friday at 11:30 am. Approximately 50 to 60 people are served each day in the large meeting room. Reservations are strongly recommended as the food is catered in from the Count’s central kitchen and there is just enough ordered each for the next day based on the reservations. There is usually some left at the end of the reservations for walk-ins but that’s not guaranteed. The purpose of registration is two fold, you can attend any of the 16 centers and utilize the programs and activities that they have too. Also since the registration is with the County, they use the forms for possible referrals to other resources if needed. See Sara Baratta, Program Director for the forms to register at the center and get a free lunch.
The center has a variety of opportunities available for seniors. There is a craft room, weight and exercise equipment, a medical clinic (by appointment) for VNS personnel. There is also a computer lab with four stations with internet access. There is a small library and reading room. There are also two pool tables. Cribbage games are in progress just about every day. There is electronic bowling for those who may not be able to participate in the real thing.
The center manager is Sam McCrory. Sam is a native of Des Moines and graduated from Roosevelt high School and Iowa State University. He had management experience in the restaurant business prior to coming to the center. He has been at the center for about14 years.
Stop in and say hi to Sam and Sara and enjoy your time there.