Though many people don’t seem to know it, an Active Lifestyle Center is ready and waiting for community members throughout Westmoreland County. According to manager Cindy Tucker, the center is a place for “community spirit”.
Open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the center provides people a chance to get out of the house, meet people and enjoy activities.
At its current location in Riverside Meadows in Colonial Beach, the Westmoreland Active Lifestyle Center has been open for 17 years; before that it was housed at the American Legion.
This year Tucker said, the center is undergoing a reorganization and revitalization, so it is a great time to consider joining. After living in Alexandria for many years with a weekend house in Colonial Beach, Tucker made the move here not too long ago and took over directing the center. She said she likes being there with those that come and enjoys helping out.
Walking into the center, it was shocking to find that two of the spunky ladies playing Wii bowling were in their nineties. Everyone seemed to be enjoying each other’s company and having fun with the high scores gleaming on the screen. When asked what their secret is, Tucker said it must be their positive attitudes, but perhaps it is also the energy they put into staying active. One of the purposes of this center and the direction behind many of their activities is to keep people’s minds and bodies active no matter their age or ability.