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Senior Center Now Open

The Lenox Hill Senior Center at Saint Peter's Church, located at 619 Lexington Avenue at 54th Street has been officially open and operating since late July, however, the formal Grand Opening celebration for members and elected and appointed officials will not be held until September 20, 2001.

"Not only will this be a celebration of the first senior center ever to open in East Midtown, it's a celebration of the first new senior center to open in Manhattan in 20 years," said Fredericka Mabon, Director of the facility.

Activity has been steadily increasing, with attendance as high as 100 people on many days, and, through late August, the Senior Center had already registered over 300 seniors. While membership (which is free) and usage of the Senior Center's facilities is limited to people 60 years of age and over, volunteers of any age are welcome and needed.

"We are thrilled that the response has been so strong," says Lynn Appelbaum, Deputy Executive Director for Programs for Lenox Hill Neighborhood House. "Word of mouth publicity has been good and those who come have a wide variety of classes and activities from which to choose." Activities include arts and crafts, counseling and referrals, creative writing, exercise and fitness, movies, films, games, jazz performances and lectures and presentations.

The Senior Center is open between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. on Monday, and Wednesday through Saturday (closed Tuesday and Sunday). A hot lunch is served at 12:00 noon daily (suggested fee of $1/day), and you must arrive by 11:45 a.m. for a lunch ticket. Transportation assistance is available for East Midtown residents unable to use public transportation. The entrance on Lexington Avenue is wheelchair accessible, though the 54th Street entrance is not.

As mentioned in our last issue, volunteers are still being recruited in many areas. If you have questions, or an idea for a class or activity that you think would be of interest to the Senior Center's members, please call and discuss your ideas with the staff. Volunteers can work as much or as little as their time permits.

For more information about the Center, or if you would like to volunteer, please call (212) 935-2200, extension 338, or visit their website:

Mark Your Calendar

Street Fair: Tudor City Association Festival
Sunday, September 23
11:00 A.M.-6:00 P.M.
Second Avenue, 43rd to 53rd Streets

Community Board 6 Full Board Meeting
Second Wednesday of the month
NYC Medical Center,
550 1st Avenue
Public hearings generally take place at this time. Call CB6 for complete calendar of hearings and committee meetings: 697-0907.

17th Precinct Community Council
Last Tuesday of month, 6 PM
Sutton Place Synagogue,
225 E. 51st St
The 17th Precinct Community Council is the neighborhood forum for issues dealing with safety, crime prevention and quality of life. Meet your local police officers and get the scoop on Turtle Bay. You can also join Community on Patrol, a program that helps keep our streets and parks safe.

TBA Fall Trip
Tentative date is October 14. Details and destination still being arranged. Call or email Barbara Connolly at the TBA office for further information.

TBA Annual Meeting
Tuesday, November 13, 7:30 P.M.
Grey Advertising, 3rd Floor
777 Third Avenue at 48th Street

TBA Annual Toy/Gift Drive
Sunday, December 16
3:00 - 6:00 P.M.
Turtle Bay Cafe
Admission: New unwrapped toy for child up to 18 years of age
Nibbles and cash bar
Call 751-5465 for more information

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