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home : lifestyle : lifestyle today   August 1, 2014

5/20/2013 10:36:00 AM
Center reaches out to broader community


Submitted photoPutnam County Community Center in Standard is operating more evening and weekend program to attract a boarder audience. Director Autumn Keegan is hoping evening classes in photography, scrapbooking and euchre (shown here), among others, will draw more members of the community.
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Putnam County Community Center in Standard is operating more evening and weekend program to attract a boarder audience. Director Autumn Keegan is hoping evening classes in photography, scrapbooking and euchre (shown here), among others, will draw more members of the community.
Shannon Crawley-Serpette
Staff Writer



STANDARD — Putnam County Achievement Services in Standard now is offering services to more than just the county’s senior citizen population.
Now known as Putnam County Community Center, director Autumn Keegan and her staff are working hard to find activities for younger generations as well.
“We changed our mission statement. We want to try to gear our programs more toward other populations,” she said.
Switching from a senior center to a community center will give PCAS more opportunities to seek funding. Available funding for senior centers has been dwindling for years, she said.
At the center, senior activities traditionally have been, and will continue to be, during the day. In an effort to attract a younger crowd, many of the new activities will be at night. Euchre tournaments have proven to be popular, as has a scrapbooking class.
“Our euchre tournament is getting very big,” Keegan said. “Most of our activities are free of charge.”
The scrapbooking class, for instance, is free and the materials are provided, she said.
Other new classes will cover topics such as photography, quilting and technology.
The center also will be available for organizations, like the Girl Scouts, who need places to hold meetings, according to Keegan.
“We want to open up the building to them,” she said.
The community center will provide a wholesome, family atmosphere, Keegan said. See the “On the Go” calendar for programs.
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Shannon Crawley-Serpette can be reached at (309) 364-2268 or ntputnam@newstrib.com.












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