by: Chase Allgood,

Last Monday's lecture at the Senior Center, 'Cooking on a Budget' was cancelled when no one showed up for the class.

The Senior Center launched the series in December to reach out to the community through educational programs. The goal is to bring more people into the Senior Center, which celebrated 38 years in the community this month. Activities and programs have changed over the years, and the Senior Center hopes people other than seniors now identify with their services.

'The biggest thing I want to say is that this is for everyone, its for the community. not just for seniors,' said Lucy Warren, director for the Senior Center. 'We want people to look at us that way.

'The biggest problem is that people aren't taking advantage of this to get this information.'

Most of the classes are free and range in topic from crafts and travel to elder safety and nutrition. Speakers include bankers, health professionals, travel agents and police officers.

The Senior Center has published a booklet with class listings through March. It is available at a variety of banks, pharmacies and other businesses as well as at the Senior Center, 2037 Douglas St.

One of Warren's concerns is that speakers will quit donating their time if an audience doesn't come soon.

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