Bosque Farms Community Center to hold open house Thursday

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The Bosque Farms Community Center is open and better than ever.

After a short closure this summer, the center has reopened, sporting a brand new look, ranging from new floor tile, brand new bathrooms and a spiffed up kitchen.

There are also safety improvements that include new wiring, a new roof, brand new entrance doors all around and a new ramp for those with limited mobility and in wheelchairs, and a smooth new parking lot surface.

If village residents haven't had a chance to come by and check out the upgrades, Community Center Director Rose Poitras is organizing an open house from 5 to 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 9.

Along with some light refreshments, Poitras is hoping to serve a little community awareness. As they walk through, Poitras is encouraging residents to ask questions and pick up flyers for all the various activities that are hosted at the center.

"We want the community to see what's available," Poitras said. "We are a senior meal site, but the programs aren't all for seniors."

Each month there is a line-up of live bands and dances, afternoon bridge games, Bingo and fitness classes.

"There is so much going on," Poitras said. "If people have never been here, or think it's just a senior center, they need to come and see."

Poitras said before the renovations, the center was the home of a local moms group. She is hoping the group will return, now that the work is finished.

"The center is available for rent for community activities, like picnics and pot lucks, and private events, like showers and family reunions," she said. "We are pretty booked up for rentals right now, but we do have some openings."

One new use the center will get is regular presentations by the Bosque Farms Historical Exchange Forum, a local nonprofit dedicated to preserving the village's history.

"We had a very successful presentation and turn out at the July 8 forum," Poitras said. "There is a very good speaker coming for September."

Regular groups, such as the Fiddlers and Musicians of New Mexico, will continue to call the center home, Poitras said.

"They meet here several times a month," she said. "We also have a quilting and fiber arts group that meets here."

Poitras said the center is also getting a sign with changeable letters that will be put on the street to alert the residents to what's going on at the community center.

"This is a very active community, a very active center. We would like to see more people us it," she said.

And since the community center is a senior meal site, Poitras said the seniors will have their own celebration of the completed renovation.

There will be live music and dancing from 10 a.m. to noon, with lunch following, on Friday, Aug. 10.


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