The Unitarian Church Social Action Committee recently refurbished the City of Ashland Senior Program Center dining room with a project they call ''Spruce Up!'

The Unitarian Church Social Action Committee recently refurbished the City of Ashland Senior Program Center dining room with a project they call "Spruce Up!"

Eight members participated in the painting of the center over a weekend. There are several others creating covers for the old, hard dining room chairs in an effort to make them more comfortable for people with arthritis in their backs.

The group also planned to build some sound-dampening wall panels to help with the acoustics, especially benefitting those with hearing aids. Delores Nims was the organizer for "Spruce Up!"

"This was very needed and with our tight Senior Program budget," said Senior Program Director Christine Dodson said. "It would not have been possible without this community involvement."

The City of Ashland Senior Program Center is located in Hunter Park on Holmes Avenue and is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 to 4:30 p.m. The Senior Program provides a support system to the older residents of Ashland.

The Center offers a number of services designed specifically for seniors, including:

Health services, which includes preventative health care clinics, provided by medical professionals as well as pressure screening, flu immunization and foot care; Utility discounts available to Ashland residents over the age of 65 who qualify as low income. They receive a 20 percent to 30 percent discount on City utilities (water, wastewater, and electric); Trash collection discounts are offered to Ashland residents over the age of 65 and who meet income qualifications Call the Senior Center for more information. Noon Meals are provided by the local community non-profit Access Loaves and Fishes. The meals are served at the Senior Center at noon Monday through Friday. Weekly events are held which include dancing classes, movies, writing groups, computer learning and more.

For more information about the Senior Programs, call 488-5342.