These good ole’ boys play pool every week. Dennis Crezee, Bob Stemm, Eddie Hunt, John Myers, and JERRY PROCTOR (capitalized for emphasis). These men have lived in the area from 2 to 55 years respectively. Their lives have taken them all over from Sunset, Farr West, Logan, Salt Lake and New York but now it has brought them to the North Ogden area to become friends and enjoy their time together. This lively group gets together to visit and sharpen their pool skills every week. They have so much fun and want more players to come join them.
This is just one of the many wonderful activities that are available at our senior center in North Ogden. Operated in partnership between North Ogden City, North View Senior Citizens Board of Trustees and Weber Human Services. It is open to seniors age 55 and older. People come from all over to join in the fun. Logan, Morgan, South Ogden, all are welcome. People attending the center are from all of the Weber County Suburbs. Pleasant View City actually helps support the North View Senior Citizens Board of Trustees. It is located behind the North Ogden Library and City Hall at 485 E 2550 N. Zella Richards is the director of the center and she loves her job and all those who come to the center to participate in the activities.
In the main hall, 6 beautiful ladies float across the dance floor. Ages from early 60’s to a young 97 years, their faces show pure joy. Smiling and laughing as they learned some new moves. Aubry Hepburn said, “ Darling don’t ever be too shy to dance your heart out.” Albert Einstein said “ We dance for laughter, we dance for tears, we dance for madness, we dance for fears, we dance for hopes, we dance for screams, we are the dancers, we create the dreams. “
Sherry Maw (has lived in Harrisville for 28 years) and Michiko (North Ogden for about a year and before that, Pleasant View for 20 years) were in the kitchen serving something yummy for lunch. Lunch is available for a $3 donation (optional) for those 60+. Come by and enjoy a meal. Lunch is served Mon, Tues, Wed, Fri at 11:50 through 12:50. Thursday 5:00 – 6:00 pm
In the art room, a cute couple, Sherry and John Fristchle were found painting a picture that they drew. There was some wonderful talent displayed the day I was there. Holly Fuller has been the teacher for the last 5 years and you can join the class free of charge. Classes are Tuesday 9:30 to 11:30 am, students can work on any art project they want and Holly is there to assist.
Everyone I spoke with at the center was so grateful for the senior center and spoke of the community and how the senior center offers much more than fun activities, the best part is the connection with others and friendships which bring joy to life.
Weekly activities consist of playing cards, dancing, exercise, ceramics, crafts, crocheting, computer lessons, foot clinics, entertainment, social time, Alzheimer’s Respite, and so much more. Once a month we have a dance usually on the 3rd Saturday of the month where you can dance, enjoy one another’s company, listen to live music and enjoy the evening. Bring a potluck item to share. Statistics show that seniors that actively participate at seniors centers have higher levels of health, social interaction and life satisfaction.
Volunteers are needed and are vital to the success of the center. There is also a part-time paid position currently available in the kitchen. Three hours a day Monday – Friday. If you are interested in applying, please visit http://www.weberhs.org or call 801-625-3700.
Annually, the center has a big boutique/ rummage sale fundraiser held each November that is the major source of funds for all their activities throughout the year. If you are able to donate new or gently used items or even volunteer your time, anything would be appreciated. There is also a silent auction with baskets full of goodies, baked goods, and crafts. Also a little luncheon and some fun games to play. Please come join the fun. You are wanted.