Prairie Community Center Manager Ann Johnson proudly displays the center’s newest upgrade - a commercial grade Diamond American dishwasher. The appliance was installed in July and became possible through the fundraising efforts of the Prairie Action League, which raised $1,300 for the project. The total cost for the the dishwasher, which includes rack shelving, was $6,000.
“This was our last goal,” said Johnson of the dishwasher, referring to a list of improvements Center organizers decided to fulfill in the last several years. Among recent upgrades to the Center include: New windows, carpeting, tile and wood flooring and an outdoor sign.
Ann Johnson, who has worked at the Center since 2002 and moved into
the Center’s manager position in 2003, says the recent name change of
“Senior Center” to “Community Center” was an attempt to remove the
age stigma that may be associated with taking part in the Center’s activities.
The Prairie Community Center is located at 112 Garfield Ave.
Among other services the Center offers congregate meals twice a week, each Tuesday and Thursday at noon. For those 60 and over the meals are $3, while younger visitors pay $5 a meal. Those planning to attend a meal are asked to call at least a day in advance at 635-5364.
Johnson estimated about 30 people generally attend, which is partially funded through Action for Eastern Montana. Monthly menus are available at the Center.
Also offered at the Center are weekly exercise classes.
The Community Center has also been used to host a variety of gatherings for local organizations, including the Republican Lincoln Day dinners and women’s classes for the County Extension’s Winter Series. A $50 rental fee is charged for each event, which includes use of the building, appliances and dishware.
Published Sept. 19, 2012