Whether it's through physical, mental or social health, the Salem Community Center and its programs have impacted the community in a positive way over the past 10 years, SCC Executive Director Heather Young said.
The facility located at 1098 N. Ellsworth Ave. is celebrating its 10th anniversary since opening the doors on Nov. 15, 2002 - a wish fulfilled through the generosity of the Ruth McKeown family estate with funds earmarked for a community center in Salem.
SCC members and non-members alike can participate in a variety of activities and programming opportunities this month to mark the anniversary, focusing on wellness, music, sports, crafts, history, aquatics, movies, bus trips and a post turkey-n-trimmings 5K run/walk.
Salem resident Zack Morris, 16, runs in preparation for a workout with Salem Community Center Executive Director Heather Young. SCC is celebrating its 10th anniversary this month with lots of activities and opportunities for members and visitors of all ages and all levels of fitness. (Salem News photo by Mary Ann Greier)
"Each department has events. Everybody can participate, from kids to adults to seniors," Young said, adding there are prizes, too.
A 10-year anniversary activity card can be picked up at the SCC Front Desk and anyone who completes 10 activities on the card will be entered into drawings for annual memberships, gift certificates valued at $250, $100 and $25 that can be used in the building, sweatshirts, T-shirts, day passes and class passes. The local quilt guild donated two quilts that will be given away. A lot of activities are free.
Code words can be found on the website at www.salemcommunitycenter.com and if someone finds one, they can report it to the Front Desk and get something in return, such as fulfilling an activity on the activity card. The website will also feature coupons for aerobic class each week, allowing members to take a class for $4 or $5 for non-members.
The celebration kicks off with Wellness Week from Monday through Nov. 11, with a free line dance class at 1 p.m. Monday and Nov. 14, 19, and 28, a free aerobics Group X Roulette class at 6 p.m.Tuesday, Zumba-thon at 6 p.m. Wednesday for $3, Walk Till You Stop Day on Wednesday, Fitness Feast Wednesday with exercisers asked to bring a healthy non-perishable food item to the fitness floor, Wellness Week Prize Wheel on Thursday to win prizes on the fitness floor and fitness talk by Wellness Assistant Laurie Camp at 7:30 p.m., Support Your Sport Day on Friday and circuit circus on Saturday.
Free Musical Event Week begins Nov. 12 with a Southern Gospel Concert at 7 p.m. featuring Ted Thorne, a Fall Jazz Concert at 6 p.m. Nov. 13 with the Jack Halkides Quintet with Peggy Coyle, the 4 in 1 Gospel and Barbershop Quartet at 7 p.m. Nov. 15 with Clair Besse, and the Newman Brothers, Matt and Mike, at 5 p.m Nov. 16.
On Nov. 17, the Aquatics department will host a cannonball contest at 4 p.m., followed by pool movie night at 5:30 p.m. They'll also host LAPS practice, hold lifeguard training, CPR class and private swim lessons during the month.
A Mountaineer bus trip is planned for 8:30 a.m. Wednesday and a Ross Park Mall trip at 8:30 a.m. Nov. 30. Free Scrapbook Classes will be held at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 20 and 1:30 p.m. Nov. 26. SCC History, Facts and Tour will be 11 a.m. Nov. 27.
Anniversary Day on Nov. 15 will feature lots of activities, including the Center Circle Hot Shot Basketball Shootout at 7 p.m. (registration 6:30 p.m.) and Play Dough Fun at 11:30 a.m. and on Nov. 21, which will be Kids Sports Day.
Two big events will be the Sixth Annual Holiday Bazaar Extraordinaire from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 17 and the Post Turkey-N-Trimmings 5K Run/Walk on Nov. 24.
Over 10 years, the goal of SCC remains the same: improving the health of the community. Young said everybody is welcome at SCC, no matter what kind of shape they're in, and nobody should ever feel that they can't come to SCC. She said it's multi-generational and serves over 5,000 members, but also serves non-members through all types of ways, from meetings, to parties, community events and Center Circle games for all types of sports to watch.
Young said the opening of the indoor soccer facility and additional gymnasium in November 2007 really made an impact on the community and became a turning point for SCC and exposing more people to the facility.
"All of our departments and programs have flourished over 10 years," she said.
Young has been there all 10 years, first as the Wellness Director and then as Executive Director. She wanted to grow the programs and membership and headed up the opening of the Childrens Fitness Center within the facility, tapping into family needs.
The SCC receives funding from the Salem Community Foundation, memberships, programming and rentals. Young offered thanks to SCC members for all their support over the past decade and invited anyone who's never been there to come in and try the place out.
"We're here to serve everybody," she said.
Mary Ann Greier can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org