Generations of fun at updated community center

Generations of fun at updated community center

The public is invited to attend the grand re-opening of Generations at Chopmist Hill Inn on Nov. 14 to discover the new classes and opportunities available at the old Senior Center. (Breeze photo by Jacquelyn Moorehead)
All invited to Nov. 14 ribbon-cutting luncheon

SCITUATE – Once an inn but later purchased by the town to be a recreation center, Generations at Chopmist Hill Inn will hold a grand re-opening celebrating another step in the building’s long history.

Purchased by the town in 2002 with the intention of operating a multi-purpose outdoor recreational facility, the 40-acre property at Chopmist Hill Inn, 1315 Chopmist Hill Rd., is showing off the next stage of its evolution after recent renovations. There will be an official grand re-opening Wednesday, Nov. 14. All are invited.

Generations Director Dina Elhelw transformed the Scituate Senior Center into a multi-generational community center by adding a selection of fun and informative activities for people of all ages.

“Chopmist Hill Inn belongs to everyone in Scituate, so we wanted to give the center a name that conveyed that sense of community,” Elhelw said.

“I want it to be a building in the community anybody can access,” she said.

The center’s regular hours are weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Lunch is served Monday through Friday, and should be reserved by seniors one week in advance. The suggested donation for lunch is $3 for members and $4 for non-member diners. Guests are welcome.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony will kick off the re-opening, followed by lunch and cake beginning at 11 a.m. Elhelw said she would like to add an adult twist on the evening’s events, serving appetizers and cocktails from 6 to 8 p.m.

The evening opening is “about bringing clarity of what changes will be made and how it will affect them,” Elhelw said. From 6 to 8 p.m., visitors can learn how to make lotion, get their tarot cards read, see a jewelry-hammering exposition, and more.

The cocktail hour will serve to show Scituate adults the center’s new program offerings, such as yoga and cooking classes, but also help Elhelw learn from visitors about the community’s needs.

She said the success of the Ladies Night shooting classes was due to listening to a member who expressed a desire to learn to shoot. The class sold out in weeks.

“It’s not just for 90-year-olds who want to play bingo. We’re so much more than that and we want to get people in the doors to show them,” Elhelw said.

Elhelw said new programs for people of all ages are coming to the center, as well as the established programming seniors have enjoyed for years. She said senior enrollment has doubled twice since the renewal began this year, and she said she expects it to double again before the end of the year.

“They’re having a blast; we’re keeping busy,” Elhelw said.

Elhelw was excited to begin the “Adopt a Grandparent,” program, where youths and seniors are paired up to share life events with each other.

“It’s about sharing your daily happiness, like a basketball game or a birthday, with someone else,” she said.

Generations will also begin offering a Lock Box Program, where seniors can put a spare key outside their homes that rescue services can access using a secret passcode.

Another new addition to Generations is the Boutique, where toiletries and gifts are available for members unable to make it out to the store. The store is for the benefit of the seniors, so items are sold at cost.

“They love it, and thought it was a wonderful idea. It’s for them, they want to handle it,” she said.

Longtime supporter of the Senior Center, Town Council Vice President Michael Payette, said he is proud of how far the center has come since he was elected and under the direction of Elhelw.

“I look forward to the continued growth for our seniors and for our youth. I’m just extremely proud,” Payette said.

Call 401-647-2662 to reserve your spot at the ribbon-cutting events.