The ASC has been offering the Smart Driver Program through the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) since 1985, as well as classes through Clatsop Community College such as Exploring New Concepts of Retirement Education (ENCORE). The ASC also offers an excellent movie library. There are lots of card and board games available to play with friends. Another popular attraction at the ASC is the pool table. The ASC offers a bus service that makes two shopping trips per week to local grocery stores. Many of the members would not be able to live independently without these shopping trips. The bus also allows the ASC to plan trips outside of Clatsop County. For example, they take a monthly trip to Longview for shopping.
The ASC works with the community and volunteers in a variety of different ways. A mutually beneficial relationship between the Tongue Point Job Corps and the ASC began in 2003 when a group of students from Tongue Point painted the interior of the center. Since then, Job Corps students have greatly improved the facility with various projects including exterior paint and window replacements. Additionally, the culinary class preps hors d'oeuvres for the ASC's annual open house. The partnership is of obvious benefit to the ASC because the renovations made by students were necessary, and it was also a great opportunity for the students to gain hands-on experience in their chosen trades. Yet, perhaps the most important benefit to everyone involved is the cross-generational friendships that are formed.
Last, but not least, the ASC stays in contact with Northwest Senior and Disability Services in Warrenton, Oregon, which provides senior citizens with current, up to date, and pertinent information.
The general weekly schedule includes, but is not limited to:
The ASC offers a wide variety of activities to its members and the community. These activities and services are managed almost entirely by volunteers. The center hosts several events and activities such as potlucks, birthday parties, weekly bingo, line dancing, and exercise classes. We have several computers available, along with a copy machine. The computers help members stay in contact with friends and relatives, especially their grandchildren. This also allows members to surf the web, find information, and have access to Social Securityand Medicare websites. Our welcoming front room, with plenty of comfortable couches and chairs, has lots of reading material to include magazines and periodicals, such as the North Coast Senior.