The Mahaska County Senior Center celebrated its 40th anniversary Tuesday morning.
The senior center opened its doors on Oct. 29, 1973, at the Downing Hotel, next to the Mahaska County Courthouse. The current location of the senior center is 715 B Ave. E.
The Mahaska County Senior Center was the first congregate meal site in the state of Iowa, Senior Center Site Manager Cheryl Brown said.
“It's a huge accomplishment for a local non-profit,” Brown said of the center's 40th anniversary.
Brown said the senior center was established to provide seniors and others a place to gather for fun, entertainment, education and lunch.
Brown said the senior center has thrived over the years as the center re-defines itself as times change. Seniors today are different than their counterparts of 30 years ago, she added.
“Seniors change — we change with the times,” Brown said.
Brown said William Penn music students under the direction of Anita Meinert performed at the senior center before lunch. The diners also got to enjoy a special senior center birthday cake for dessert.
There were 58 people who made reservations for the noon meal, Brown said. “We average about 30,” she added.