The City of Evanston will mark the 10th anniversary of the opening of the Levy Senior Center with an open house from 1 to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 15, at the center at 300 Dodge Ave.

The entire community is invited to the free celebration, which will include light refreshments, lively music, door prizes, raffles and tours of the facility. Evanston residents who need transportation to the open house should call the Levy Center at 847-448-8250.

Honorary event chairpersons are Mr. Joseph H. Levy Jr., Evanston Mayor Elizabeth B. Tisdahl, former Mayor Lorraine H. Morton, U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky, 8th Ward Alderman Ann Rainey, Gunnar Forrest and Joan Hickman.

The Levy Center is one of only six nationally accredited senior centers in Illinois. It has earned several awards for its modern facility and for its innovative recreation programs and classes for people over the age of 55, which include computer classes; fitness classes ranging from Tai Chi to Zumba; and classes in the arts, such as wood carving, jewelry making and piano lessons.

The Fitness Room has proven to be a very popular option, leading some members to make dramatic positive changes in their health. Several Senior Olympics basketball teams representing the Levy Center have participated in state and national games.

The Levy Center is home to the “Grandparents Raising Grandkids” support group and the City of Evanston’s Senior Services. The Levy Center is a great resource for seniors and their families who may be seeking more information about programs in the community. Senior services include a subsidized taxicab program, the handyman program, the snow shoveling program and the Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program, to name a few.

Every weekday, the Levy bus shuttles seniors to and from the Center at no charge and lunch is available for seniors in the community. For more information about Levy Center programs, call 847/448-8250 or visit

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