Seeking programs to host at Community Center

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A new sign designates the former Zion Lutheran Church as West Jefferson’s new community center. An open house was held June 10.

(Posted June 15, 2017)

By Sandi Latimer, Staff Writer

A sign sitting in a flowerbed designates the former Zion Lutheran Church as the new West Jefferson Community Center, and the building is ready for a variety of activities.

“We don’t have set hours yet,” said Marci Darlington, parks and recreation director for the village of West Jefferson, at a June 10 open house at the center. 221 S. Center St.

One program already in place in Lunch & Learn, an activity for school-aged children held on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The children get lunch and work on fun, educational projects.

On display throughout the dining area are paintings the children did in the first Lunch & Learn program of the season, Darlington said.

“I’ve got my feelers out for more programs and want to have a schedule for July,” she said, adding that she’s looking for someone to lead senior aerobics and other programs for the 55-plus crowd, and some art classes, to name a few.

During the open house, face painting and live music took place in the sanctuary, from which the pews have been removed.

The kitchen off the dining area could be used for potlucks but no cooking since the center has no food license, Darlington said.

National Night Out activities will be held at the center the first Tuesday evening in August and, in case of rain, Movies in the Park will move indoors at the center.

Zion Lutheran church members will still hold services at the facility once a circuit minister is available.

To schedule a program or activity, call Darlington at (740) 490-8317.

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