Senior Center to also serve as community center

| September 19, 2016

COSHOCTON – Because of the willingness of people to work together, the community will soon be reaping the benefits of a new community center.

The Coshocton Community Center is operating out of the Coshocton Senior Center building on Browns Lane and is directed by Ray Hardesty who is thrilled to see the idea taking off.

“The support’s been phenomenal,” he said.

The first class the center offered was a cookie decorating one put on by Katie Bakes.

“The turnout for the first class was good and so was the feedback,” Hardesty said.

He’s been working hard to lineup more programming and will keep people up-to-date on the center’s Facebook page where he recently shared a list of community partners who have committed to classes. In addition to Katie Bakes the list includes: Miss Jennifer’s Dance Studio, Healthys, ABEL Program,
Crowtown Yoga, Coshocton Public Library, Jillian’s Salon, First Step, CBHC, and Phoenix Training.

“We are going to try to build and build on what we offer,” Hardesty said.

Times and dates will be shared as soon as Hardesty has everyone scheduled. He is planning on working up to being open three evenings a week, plus on Saturdays by the time the center has its official open house the first week of October.

“The center is basically for everyone, but we are gearing it a little more toward younger individuals and families,” he said. “It’s also really important to us to eliminate barriers. There will be no cost for the classes.”

Hardesty also is trying to make it work out so parents who are interested in a class don’t have to worry about childcare for their children.

“We will try to have something for the younger ages at the same time,” he said.

Participants may have to register for some classes so Hardesty suggests visiting the Coshocton Community Center Facebook page often. Anyone wanting more information on taking a class or possibly teaching one can call 740-622-4852 or e-mail [email protected]. He also welcomes suggestions for programming at the center.

The Coshocton Community Center is a collaborative effort between Job and Family Service and Kno-Ho-Ko.

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I started my journalism career in 2002 with a daily newspaper chain. After various stops with them, I am happy to be back home! I graduated from Coshocton High School in 1998 and received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication in 2002 from Walsh University. I also earned several awards while working for daily papers, including being honored by Coshocton County’s veterans for the stories I wrote about them. I am honored and ready to once again shine a positive light on Coshocton County. I also am the proud mother of a little girl named Sophia!

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