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New Sign Lights Up Thunder Bay 55 Plus Centre


April 30, 2008 - Mayor Lynn Peterson joined members of the Thunder Bay 55 Plus Centre Board of Directors to officially light up the Centre's new road-side sign at a special ceremony this morning.

The Board of Directors has been planning and fundraising for this permanent sign since 2001. The sign will be used to promote the Centre's activities, programs and special events. The new sign was funded entirely through the Board's fund raising activities.

On behalf of City Council, I am pleased to recognize and salute the continued efforts of the Thunder Bay 55 Plus Centre Board of Directors and all involved in the development of this attractive new sign, said Mayor Lynn Peterson. It's in keeping with the City's beautification efforts and I am sure the sign, which was made possible by the Board's fund raising efforts, will prove to be a valuable asset.

Board volunteers, staff and local firm Kuch Stephenson Gibson Malo, Architects and Engineers worked together on designs to create an eye-catching sign and new 55 Plus Centre logo to draw attention to the Centre. Construction on the sign began in November 2007.

Board members are very hopeful that passers-by will see something of interest and join us at the Centre, said President John Duncanson. The wide variety of programs and services we offer has something for everyone!

On average, 300 to 500 people visit the Thunder Bay 55 Plus Centre every day. Located at 700 River Street, the Centre first opened in 1991 for residents 55 years of age and older. The Centre offers registered programs such as Fitness and Visual Arts classes, Tai Chi, Jazz Dance, Computer, Woodcarving and Guitar lessons. Daily drop-in, pay as you go activities are also offered including cards, badminton, line dancing, painting, carpet bowling, billiards and use of the computer room. The Café is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm.

Upcoming special events include:
- Annual Art Exhibit & Sale - May 23-28
- Shoppers Drug Mart Northwest Senior Games - June 9-12 
  (Registration: May 26-30)
- Annual Yard Sale - Sunday, June 22 

For more information on Thunder Bay 55 Plus Centre programs and events call 684-3066, visit www.thunderbay.ca/55pluscentreor consult the Key.

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Contact:  John Duncanson, President, Thunder Bay 55 Plus Centre Board of Directors, 344-6648