READFIELD — A new senior center and cafe will open on March 19 at Maranacook Middle School on Route 17.

The center will be open from 9 to 11 a.m. every Monday and Wednesday and will provide tea, coffee, muffins, games and cards and presentations.

Attendees are encouraged to bring knitting, crafts, books, writing, instruments and friends. Seniors are also encouraged to stay for the school’s lunch, which is served at 11 a.m. Menus vary; the cost is $4.

On Monday, Lynn Boardway, Spectrum Generations’ consumer information specialist, will greet guests and give an informal talk. On Wednesday, Claire Hersom will read from her poetry.

There will be opportunities for seniors to work with students in the school’s gardens and on other special projects. Attendees will also be able to utilize the hiking trails situated behind the school.

Sponsored by the Maranacook Community Middle School Parent Association and Maranacook Adult Education, the school has partnered with Spectrum Generations and HealthReach RSVP to open the center.

“The first goal is to decrease the isolation of rural seniors and to start some conversation about rural senior needs,” said Rebecca Dorr, the project’s coordinator.

All area seniors and retirees are welcome. For more information, call Dorr at 685-7337 or email [email protected]

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