Senior social clubs return to Vancouver’s community centers

The city’s ‘50 and Better’ club program is an important part of social life for many Clark County seniors, providing low-cost opportunities to connect with others over shared hobbies and interests.

The city’s ‘50 and Better’ club program is an important part of social life for many Clark County seniors, providing low-cost opportunities to connect with others over shared hobbies and interests

VANCOUVER – The city of Vancouver’s popular “50 and Better” social clubs for seniors are back at Firstenburg Community Center (700 N.E. 136th Ave.) and Marshall/Luepke Community Center (1009 E. McLoughlin Blvd.). 

The city’s “50 and Better” club program is an important part of social life for many Clark County seniors, providing low-cost opportunities to connect with others over shared hobbies and interests. Most clubs do not require prior knowledge or experience and are an excellent environment to learn new skills. 

A wide variety of clubs are available including book clubs, card groups, mah jongg, knitting and ukulele. Participants are invited to join an established club or stop by during open hours to enjoy friendly conversation.

Clubs are held in the Trapedero II room at the Firstenburg Community Center, which is open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. The Luepke Senior Center, located behind the Marshall Community Center, is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. No advanced registration is required; most club materials are provided. 

Senior clubs and programs were put on hold in March 2020 due to COVID-19. To ensure the safety of participants and staff, the Vancouver Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Department is taking a tiered approach to reinstating in-person programs. Other senior programming, including hikes and trips, are likely to return in early 2022.

View the “50 and Better” club calendars at www.cityofvancouver.us/50AndBetter. For more information contact Firstenburg Community Center at (360) 487-7001 or Marshall/Luepke Community Center at (360) 487-7100. Face coverings are required at both community centers. 

Information provided by city of Vancouver.

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