Brunswick community center to celebrate new headquarters

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BRUNSWICK — People Plus will hold a series of events next week to formally celebrate the opening of its 35 Union St. center.

The community center has been at that address since June, after moving from the former St. Charles Church building on Noble Street. That building was demolished soon after the move as part of development of Maine Street Station.

When the school superintendent’s office moved to the Hawthorne School, the Union Street building was designated for People Plus and renovated, People Plus Executive Director Susan Cole said last week.

“The town renovated … the whole building, and designed it so it would accommodate our program and activities,” Cole said. “So it’s quite wonderful. It’s like a brand new place.”

Although People Plus started in 1976 as a senior center, it has expanded its focus to all ages in recent years, including a merger with the Teen Center.

“Originally it was seen as a place to help people stay as independent and engaged in life as fully as possible, and I think that’s still what we’re about,” Cole said. “And that has to do with wellness or social activities, and sometimes it’s support services.”

She also said “we’re teaching teens to be independent and with seniors we’re helping their health and well being so they can be as independent as possible.”

A ribbon-cutting for the new location will be held from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 20, followed by tours and refreshments. A special tour for service providers and partner organizations will run Tuesday at 3 p.m.

Additional public tours will be held Wednesday at 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m., and Thursday at 10 a.m. and noon. The Teen Center will have an open house Thursday from 4-6 p.m.

Log onto www.peopleplus.org for a schedule of the week’s activities. Several courses that usually require membership and a small fee for instructors will be free during the open house. Contact Betsy at 729-0757 or betsy@peopleplusmaine.org to RSVP or learn more.

Alex Lear can be reached at 373-9060 ext. 113 or alear@theforecaster.net.

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A Maine native and Colby College graduate, Alex has been covering coastal communities since 2001, and currently handles Bath, Topsham, Cumberland, and North Yarmouth. He and his wife, Lauren, live in the Portland area, and Alex recently released his third album of original music.