Hidden Gems for You Right Here in Knox County
You may not have heard of them or even be aware they exist. They have a lot to offer you. So, let’s help you to get to know about them.
What are we talking about? The senior centers here in Knoxville and Knox County.
Years ago, our local government realized that after giving so much to their workplaces and the community during their work lives, retired people frequently had quite a bit of time on their hands. There wasn’t much for them to do or to occupy their time.
So the local officials decided to open senior centers in the city and county. Each center would be a place where seniors could go and meet other seniors. The centers would have a variety of activities for them. They could get involved in those that interested them. In the process, they could relax and enjoy themselves.
Right now, there are eight senior centers in the Knoxville and Knox County. Residents age 50+ can take advantage of what these centers have to offer.
Knoxville-Knox County Senior Centers
Carter Senior Center
Corryton Senior Center
Halls Senior Center
John T. O’Connor Senior Center
Karns Senior Center
Larry Cox Senior Center
South Knox Senior Center
Strang Senior Center
Each center is run by professionals and has a wide range of programs specifically geared to what may interest you. These cover many different areas, such as
- Lifetime Learning Programs
- Art Classes
- Volunteer Opportunities
- Social Activities
The centers also offer health education and screenings. Some have book clubs, movies, special programs, and speakers. The O’Connor Center offers noontime meals for attendees and a cooperative gift shop. There may even be programs where you may have the opportunity to help out as a volunteer.
Some of the programs are free; some have a minimal charge.
If this is the first time you have heard of these centers, drop by the one closest to you. See what it offers. You will have the opportunity to meet new people and may even get involved in an activity you hadn’t even thought about. It’s fine to visit more than one center. Each offers different programs and services; all are open to residents of Knoxville and Knox County.
If you haven’t been to a center for some time, stop by and see what’s going on—it may have changed since you last visited.
There is no reason to stay at home alone all day and watch the same shows on TV every day. Get out, meet new people, have fun, and maybe even learn something. Enjoy yourself!