CENTERVILLE — The 10 senior center’s in Belmont County each have their own activities suited to the needs of the centers and the residents who frequent them.
But a few times a year, the centers, along with Belmont County Senior Services, try to put on a large-scale event for residents of the county.
The most recent event, the Centerville Country Hoedown, was held Thursday at the Centerville Senior Center. It was a grand turnout according to Donna Steadman, the center’s executive director.
‘‘We generally try to organize big events like this one about 2-3 times per year,’’ Steadman said. ‘‘This is a really good turnout, around 150 people.
‘‘Especially given the wet and cold weather.’’
With hay bales, corn stalks and other assorted fall decorations a plenty, the majority of those in attendance dressed the part. Cowboy hats, boots and related attire were the norm. Even Belmont County Senior Services Director Tim Johnson joined in the fun, donning a cowboy hat and offering up a rendition of Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys’ ‘’Big Ball’s in Cowtown’’ for the crowd.
The event started at noon with entertainment by Roger Shepherd.
Lunch was provided at 1 p.m. courtesy of Belmont County Senior Services and dancing ensued soon after.
At 2 p.m., those in attendance were treated to a performance and square dance from the Ohio Valley Promenaders, with Ron Anderson handling calling duties.
Finally, door prizes were handed out at 4 p.m. to close out a quality afternoon for all.
‘‘We have something in the works for spring, but it’s still in the planning stages,’’ said Case, noting that the bigger events generally alternate between the Centerville and Colerain centers since they are the two largest facilities in the county.
The Centerville Senior Center is housed in the Smith Township Community Center, the former location Smith Township High School. Upstairs in the building, Steadman pointed out a wall of honor, depicting previous graduation classes from Smith Township High, along with various pieces of memorabilia.
Also located upstairs is an extensive library and game room, featuring pool tables, air hockey and fooseball.
There is also an exercise room complete with massage tables.
Steadman noted that the seniors and residents of Smith Township share the usage of the facility and that it’s also open to the community for birthday parties and get-togethers.
‘‘It’s great for birthdays because the keys really love the use of the gameroom.’’
Downstairs has a large sitting room complete with a flat-screen television and tables for working on crafts and puzzles. Steadman said some of the puzzles have been framed and hung on the wall.
Also in the basement is the center’s full-service kitchen, which serves lunch daily for a minimal fee at 11:30 a.m.
A popular regular activity at the Centerville facility is the chair volleyball held in the building’s gymnasium.
Health and nutrition education is also offered, along with typical center activities of arts and crafts, quilting, cards and bunco.
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THE?OHIO Valley Promenaders entertain a large crowd gathered at the Centerville Senior Center for the Centerville Country Hoedown last Thursday. A couple of times per year, the various senior centers in Belmont County put on a large gathering.