Many senior activities are available locally

MARQUETTE – Here are some items of note for local seniors:

  • Drop-in workshops for seniors interested in art are being offered the first and third Tuesdays of every month at the Marquette Arts and Culture Center.

The workshops will run from 1 to 3 p.m. on those days.

Professional artists will instruct participants in this new program which is for seniors only. Each month a new professional artist will lead the group in instruction in painting, ceramics and drawing.

For more information, call the Community Services department of the Marquette Arts and Culture Center Office at 228-0472.

  • Computer instruction is also being made available to Marquette seniors.

The classes will take place at Peter White Public Library from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the following order:

Tuesday, March 26: computer basics, to learn the parts of a computer; using the keyboard to type and navigate the computer screen; how to use the mouse for movement such as “point and click,” “click and drag” and “right click”; and how to open programs, make screen adjustments and close down properly.

Tuesday, April 2: Internet basics to learn Internet terms and web page structure; how to use web page tools, including hyperlinks; how to use search engines; and how to search a topic on interest, separating good information from bad.

Tuesday April 9: Email basics, to open an email account; to learn how to email; and how to receive an email.

Tuesday, April 16: word processing basics including learning how to navigate the word processing program on an individual computer; how to write a letter and save it on your computer; and simple word processing tips.

All classes take place in the PWPL computer lab located on the top floor. There is no charge to attend the classes, but pre-registration is required.

Call the Marquette Senior Center at 228-0456 to register.

  • Marquette Adult Day Services will have a new home starting April 1.

The address will be 305 W. Magnetic, Marquette, in Messiah Lutheran Church.

Melissa Luttrell, program executive director, said the program was started 34 years ago by the First Presbyterian Church.

“It moved around in the beginning, but we’ve now been located in the church since 1987, rent free,” Luttrell said. “We’re moving to Messiah Lutheran Church because they have a larger space and it will allow us to expand hours.”

Currently Marquette Adult Day Services is open three days a week. Hopes are the program will to eventually go to five days a week.

“We are really grateful to both churches,” Luttrell said.

Marquette Adult Day Services is a private, non-profit organization that has been serving residents of Marquette County since 1979.

Our mission is to offer people with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, as well as isolated seniors, opportunities to engage in a program of meaningful social and recreational activities in a safe and nurturing environment. The program provides caregivers with much needed respite and helps to keep families together longer by delaying the need for a nursing home.

The program provides services to people throughout Marquette County, with a dedicated Marq-Tran bus providing door to door service with our staff assisting.

While the physical site for the program will change at the end of the month, it will keep the same website address ( and phone number (906-226-2142).

  • Nominations are being taken until March 31 for outstanding senior volunteers.

The Salute to Senior Service program, sponsored by Home Instead Inc., is looking to honor adults age 65 and older who give at least 15 hours per month of volunteer service.

State winners will get $500 for their favorite non-profit organization and will have their stories posted on the Salute to Senior Service Wall of Fame. The national winner will have $5,000 donated to his/her non-profit charity of choice.

After the nomination period, state winners will be selected by popular online vote between April 15-30.

A panel of senior care experts will choose the national winner.

To nominate a senior or get more information, visit

Renee Prusi can be contacted at 906-228-2500, ext. 253.