A senior center for Saturdays

Most senior centers in Pierce County aren’t open on Saturday. Point Defiance-Ruston Senior Center is an exception.
Starting in October, the center has been open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays. It’s on a trial basis for now, but if things go the way Kate Quebe expects, the weekend availability may become permanent.
“I see a need for activities and nutritious meals on Saturdays,” Quebe said. “No other senior centers are open on that day (though some schedule outings). And we’ve had requests” to be open on Saturday.
Ten people showed up on Oct. 4 for the Saturday debut. Center officials will decide at the end of next April whether to continue. Quebe anticipates larger turnouts once more people know about it and add it to their routines.
“As weather gets worse going into winter, I think the number will pick up” because of a lack of other activities, she said.
Visitors who want a hot lunch for $5 must order in advance by Fridays by calling 253-756-0601. Menus include green salads, Italian lasagna, roasted vegetables, Salisbury steak, baked snapper and pie.
Games and activities include ping pong, bingo, gardening classes and pinochle.
The center, run by the Franke Tobey Jones retirement community, is at 4716 N. Baltimore in the Point Defiance area.
“It’s our hope that seniors will find this programa benefit to them and utilize it,” said Mark Gustafson, president of Franke Tobey Jone.