Seniors get cyber-savvy

POULSBO — Area senior citizens have a newly improved place to call their own.

The North Kitsap Senior Citizen Center (NKSCC) in downtown Poulsbo is boasting a handful of changes that have made the Little Norway gathering place warmer, cozier and more comfortable than ever.

Plus, the center is now hooked up with some cool new technology: a computer office and cable television.

The club’s golden-agers can now join the computer age with ease.

Club president Dolores Davis said the new additions and rearrangements are meant to encourage visitors both from in and out of town. Tourists often stop by to rest from shopping or have a cup of Joe and a snack. Travelers from all over the state, Idaho, California and even Utah have enjoyed the Front Street lounge this year. Davis said a group from Tacoma recently gave the place rave reviews.

“They said this is the nicest, coziest senior center they’ve ever been in,” she said. For local residents, too, the club is a treat. “The coffee pot’s always on, we have snacks and nice, comfortable chairs if they just want to stop by for a rest, or TV viewing or to work on a puzzle.”

Donated by a new member, the computer, as well as an accompanying printer, copier and scanner donated by Davis, is now available to club users, as are operational how-to lessons.

Davis said for many computer technology can be a bit foreign, but the machine is there for those who want to learn some digital skills. The club also offers a reading and people-watching sitting space, as well as books, magazines, newspapers and an organ and piano that Davis said is in of need playing.

Last year, the center boasted about 130 members.

Also on the NKSCC list of activities are trips and tours to various area locations. Davis said excursions, in conjunction with the Poulsbo Parks and Recreation department, could include trips to Sequim, Leavenworth, the San Juan Islands, stage shows in Seattle and Mariners games.

She’s hoping to schedule tailored voyages after gathering interest from a members’ questionnaire.

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