The soft opening of the Highland Activity Center began this month

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The crochet/knit group meets at 10 a.m. Thursdays at the Highland Activity Center. Regular attendees include (from left around the table) Randi Talsma of Highland, Elaine Benoit of Highland, Joyce Cantalini of Milford, Joyce Smith of Highland and Aline Zabinski of White Lake. (Special to The Vertebral Column/ANNE SEEBALDT)

It’s been a long time coming, but the Highland Activity Center is open again. After being forced to close by the pandemic, the fun is back.

Heidi Bey, director of the Highland Activity Centre, called the July activities “soft open”, with more to come in August. “It’s a long-awaited family reunion,” Bey said. “Our new mantra has been, ‘You walk through the door and you’re part of the family’.”

Carolyn Kress started coming as a resident of the Highlands. “You come here and you feel welcome,” enthused Kress. “I have since moved to Fenton and still come to the center.”

She’s not alone: ​​When she visited the center, she brought along her friend Gail Domanik, who was also living in Highland at the time (she has since moved to Davisburg.)

Both enjoy the center where they volunteer and participate in various activities including exercise classes, lunches for special occasions and more. “We love it and keep coming here,” Kress added, even though all they do that day is sit with friends, chat and enjoy a coffee and a donut. or lunch when available, or a movie and popcorn.

Domanik said: “The Highland Activity Center keeps me busy.” She doesn’t know what she would do with her time without it. “I like to play cards, and they have several times when you can play cards. The exercise classes are awesome.

According to Bey, customers come from all over.

The “core” group of regular attendees to HAC events regularly come from Highland and neighboring communities – Milford, Hartland, Fenton, White Lake, Holly and Davisburg among them. For special events, such as travel, they can come from further afield, including locations such as South Lyon, Howell, Livonia, West Bloomfield, Walled Lake, Westland or Brighton.

Bey said pre-registration for two different fitness programs — Exercise with Matt and Chair Yoga began the week of July 19; historically, the center has also offered free exercises, which will start in the next two months.

Bingo will be Mondays and Wednesdays at noon, Old Radio will be at 10 a.m. on Tuesdays and Euchre will be played Tuesdays at noon through July. Small groups, like the crochet/knitting group, have also returned.

From August, the soup and salad lunch returns Monday to Friday at 11:45 a.m.

The center also offers online programs. Upcoming programs include: an interactive presentation on July 26th. “Meet Thomas & Mina Edison” and a free “Rosie the Riveter” presentation on August 10. Both will take place at 7 p.m. on Zoom. Find login information at www.spinalcolumnonline.com.

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