St. Martin de Porres Senior Center grand reopening March 9

A grand reopening of St. Martin de Porres Senior Center, 4650 Taney Ave., Alexandria, will be held March 9 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

After an Oct. 15 fire temporarily suspended center programming, activities were held at nearby Queen of Apostles Church for about two months.

The reopening will include a blessing by Oblate of St. Francis de Sales Father Mark S. Mealey, entertainment by the Alexandria Harmonizers and lunch provided by Jeffery's Catering.

"We are excited to welcome the whole community to the event and show them the renovated center," said Gracie Ortiz, director of senior services for diocesan Catholic Charities.

The fire was caused when a lightning bolt struck the roof during a severe fall thunderstorm. No one was injured in the fire, but flames caused damage to the roof and carpet. Along with repair work, the center was given needed upgrades, according to Ortiz.

St. Martin de Porres offers meals, recreational activities and a variety of programs for seniors to promote well-being and independence. It is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

If you go

RSVP for lunch by March 6 at 11 a.m. to Kathryn Toohey or Luis Angel. No reservation needed for the blessing and entertainment.

© Arlington Catholic Herald 2015