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Canton, GA 30114
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21 February 2019

Not Your Average Senior Center

Written by Preston Pooser

The William G. Long Senior Center is a place where members expand their experiences and enjoy life through daily interactions, activities, special interest classes, and trips. By providing an inviting and comfortable environment for 630 members, the staff strives to make each senior feel welcome and at home every day.
Members enjoy many fun weekly activities, especially line dancing, exercise classes, billiards, woodcarving, and various card and board games. An extensive library on site and two computer stations provide members with a place to read, research on the internet, and email friends and family.

The Center also offers weekly special interest classes such as bridge, Mahjongg, painting, weight loss classes, sewing, knitting, and crocheting. In addition, members may attend ongoing informational/educational programs and classes on a variety of subjects, including an A.A.R.P. driver safety class, internet safety, wills and probate, and senior health issues.

For members who are interested in traveling with the companionship of other seniors, the Center offers a variety of day trips. The most popular are Atlanta Braves games, Atlanta United Soccer games, concerts, museums, botanical gardens, historical sites, and attractions in and outside of Georgia. For active and adventurous members, the Center organizes more extreme activities like white water rafting, zip lining, and later this year — sky diving.

The dedicated staff works closely with professional tour companies to plan and facilitate one, or more, extended-stay tours each year. In the past, members have enjoyed charter bus tours to Washington, D.C.; Branson, MO; Niagara Falls; Pennsylvania’s Amish Country; and Ashville, NC. Longer trips have included cruises to Mexico, the Bahamas, and Alaska, and an Amtrak train trip to New Orleans. The most adventurous trip will happen later this year when a group of seniors will travel to Hawaii.

Members come together throughout the year to celebrate holiday traditions and parties such as Black History Month, Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Halloween, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve.

Located at 223 Arnold Mill Road, the William G. Long Senior Center is open Monday through Friday from 9:00am-4:00pm. For additional information or to tour the facility, please call 678-445-6518. You can also find information by visiting the website at WoodstockParksAndRec.com or the Facebook page at Facebook.com/Woodstock.Senior.Center.

About the Author

Preston Pooser

Preston Pooser

Preston Pooser is director of Parks and Recreation for the City of Woodstock. 770-517-6788