On any given day, you can find big smiles on happy faces playing card games, swapping stories, playing pool or just relaxing and enjoying each other's company. No, they're not children enjoying their summer break, they're senior adults enjoying their retirement.

The Senior Citizens Center, operated by the Parks and Rec Deptartment, is in full swing year round with enough activities, events, dances and classes to keep any senior active.

The community is rich in retirees, from the military and from private business who chose to stay in the local area, and with those looking for a warmer climate to enjoy their twilight years. With more than 800 members, places such as the senior center are an integral part of their social landscape, bringing people with similar interests together in a fun and festive atmosphere.

As the community continues to attract "snow birds" from the North or weather weary residents from the South, it's essential that programs such as the senior center continue to thrive and grow.

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