June, 2016 Posted in Community
Eilene Ward, left, Sharon Dodge, Ruby Calkins, Diana Fox, Sue Woodhouse, Margaret Wallbaum, Kaye McNally, Chris Berg and Jeannie McCall. Front: Doris Music

Eilene Ward, left, Sharon Dodge, Ruby Calkins, Diana Fox, Sue Woodhouse, Margaret Wallbaum, Kaye McNally, Chris Berg and Jeannie McCall. Front: Doris Music

By Mary Owen

Line up and start dancing!

Each Monday for an hour and a half, ladies at the Santiam Senior Center in Stayton do just that.

“We dance mostly to country western,” said Zelma Tupper of the line dancing class that starts at 4 p.m. and is taught by Doris Music, who Tupper said, “Makes it so much fun!”

The 83-year-old teacher has been line dancing for some 40 years, she said.

“I thoroughly enjoy line dancing,” Music said. “All the dances are different, and I have no favorites. I enjoy every one.”

Santiam Senior Center
Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
41818 Kingston-Jordan Road
Stayton; 503-767-2009
email: sscenter@wvi.com
www.santiamseniorcenter.com

Good exercise coupled with a friendly group is what keeps Music going.

“They are all so appreciative,” she said of the ladies.

The group used to have three men, but they have since dropped out.

“Everyone is welcome,” Music said. Class attendance averages between 10 and 15 members, and many in the group have joined in performances at such places as Marion Estates in Sublimity and Brookdale in Stayton.

“Other places are planned for the future,” Tupper said.

Word of mouth drew Eilene Ward, Berdie Chantler and Kaye McNally to the class. All three were invited by friends.

Margaret Wallbaum wanted to dance with her grandson, and many just thought it was an opportunity to have fun.

Diana Fox said the class is “healthy and makes me happy.”

Sharon Dodge, who signed up when the class became available, and Ruby Callkins love the “great exercise.”

“It makes me feel good,” Callkins said.

“It feels great,” Ward said about dancing. “Gives me lots of energy.”

McNally added, “It brightens my day.”

Tupper said class members plan to continue to dance and enjoy themselves performing for “others in and around our community.”

The Santiam Senior Center was established in March 2006 as a nonprofit for seniors in the Santiam Valley.

After meeting at various temporary facilities, the organization went from active to dormant off and on until 2009 when Stayton Cooperative Telephone Co. agreed to let the center rent a portion of the premises at 41818 Kingston-Jordan Road.

On Jan. 10, 2014, SSC opened its doors once again.

Dubbed “a club for kids over 50,” the center offers myriad activities, including a writing class, Bingo, a computer class, yoga, bridge and bridge lessons, cribbage and cribbage lessons, tai chi, pinochle and pinochle lessons and bunco.

The Cascade Country Quilting Group and the Veterans Group meet at the center, legal counsel and hearing testing and hearing aid cleaning is available by appointment once a month.

Upcoming is the center’s annual Rummage Sale. Hours are 10 a.m. to5 p.m. on July 23-25 at 1300 Highland Dr., Stayton. Items can be dropped off at the senior center. All donations are tax deductible.

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