The Milton Freewater Neighborhood Senior Center.

The Milton Freewater Neighborhood Senior Center, 311 N. Main St., received $5,000 grants from the Milton-Freewater Area Foundation and Wild Horse Foundation. 

In addition, Baker Boyer Bank made a $500 donation to defray the costs of the center’s parking lot project. 

The funds helped pay for the resurfacing and striping of the Senior Center parking lot, emailed the center’s secretary, Judi Hammer

“The recently completed project is a huge improvement and it will be safer for all that use the lot, plus we will be able to maintain it easier in the years to come,” Judi said.

The site opens at 10 a.m. and offers bingo from 1-3 p.m. on Tuesday and pinochle at 7 p.m. on Fridays. A Country Music Jamboree holds forth on the second Saturday of the month with food trucks on site.

Meals are served at the center at noon on Tuesdays and Fridays. 

Meals are provided through the Community Action Program for East Central Oregon, which rents the use of the kitchen. The $3.50 suggested donation for meals money goes to CAPCO to pay for groceries and kitchen help. 

The Meals on Wheels program, also provided through CAPCO, is available to the community. Call 541-938-3311 for information about eligibility and to recommend someone for the program.

The Senior Center maintains the building and facilities with the meals provided through CAPCO. “We own the building itself, but get no help with the utilities, maintenance and such, so we are always fundraising to keep the doors open,” Judi said.  

To that end they have hosted ice cream socials, bake sales and dinners for the community.

Membership is $10 for the year and $8 for associate members. And members just voted to include Zip codes for residents in Weston, Athena and Adams should they be interested in joining. 

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Etcetera appears in daily and Sunday editions. Annie Charnley Eveland can be reached at or afternoons at 526-8313. 

Annie joined the U-B news staff in 1979 and since 1990 has written Etcetera, a daily community column. She was promoted to a copy editing post in 2007. She edits copy, designs and lays out pages, including the weekly arts and entertainment guide Marquee,

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