Recreation Centers

(Formerly Senior Citizens Center)

Meridian Activity Center

3300 32nd Avenue


Directions: From 29th Avenue, turn west on 36th Street, drive three blocks, and turn left on 32nd Avenue. Look for the signs.

This recreation center is open to adults 21 and older. It is equipped with conference rooms, classrooms, and a dining area to seat 75 people comfortably. There is a fully equipped kitchen, billiard room, snooker room, exercise room, and lending library. The Ceramic Studio is led by Carole Ewing; payment is on a per-piece basis. The primary use of the center is for instruction programs and workshops.

Seniors 55 or older have first choice of the classes. Class size is limited. You are enrolled in the class of choice only when payment is made. Supplies are furnished by the participant.

If you did not preregister for your class, call to be sure it is still scheduled. We need at least six people to make a class!

Class Schedule for 2017

Below is the schedule of class sessions and breaks for the 2017 calendar year. We ask that all instructors and students please follow this schedule. It eliminates numerous issues if everyone will follow the same schedule. There are two-week breaks between each session except during May and December. There are three-week breaks during those months. Break time is used for maintenance of the buildings as well as other purposes.

Session Dates
Winter I 2017 January 9-March 3
Break March 4-March 19
Spring 2017 March 20-May 12
Break May 13-June 4
Summer 2017 June 5-July 28
Break July 29-August 13
Fall 2017 August 14-October 6
Break October 7-October 22
Winter II 2017 October 23-December 15

Classes That Meet Multiple Times per Week

Class Time
Yoga with Rene 8-9 a.m.  
Floor Exercise 8:30-9:30 a.m.  
Strength Training with Pat 8:30-9:30 a.m.  
Strength Training with Rene 9-10 a.m.  
Yoga with Pat 9:30-10:30 a.m.  
Slimnastics 4:30-5:30 p.m.


Monday thru Thursday Classes
Class Time
Seated Exercise Class 9-10 a.m.


Monday & Thursday Classes
Class Time
Kripalu Yoga with Pat Wilson FREE 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Monday Daytime & Evening Classes


Class Time
Hand Quilting 9 a.m.-Noon
Machine Quilting for Beginners 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Smocking 11 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Decorative Painting 12:30-3:30 p.m.
Swedish Weaving 1-4 p.m.
Hand Quilting 1-4 p.m.
Machine Quilting 1:30-4:30 p.m.
Smocking 2-5 p.m.



Class Time
Line Dancing (4 weeks $15) 6-8 p.m.
Color Pencil Drawing with Don 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Computer (5 weeks $15) 6-8 p.m.
Floral Design 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Decorative Painting 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Machine Quilting 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Smocking with Teresa 5-8 p.m.
Stained Glass 6-8 p.m.

Tuesday Daytime Classes

Class Time
Cake Decorating 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Smocking 8:30-11:30 a.m.
Crochet 9 a.m.-Noon
Hand Quilting 9 a.m.-Noon
Machine Quilting 9 a.m.-Noon
Painting 9 a.m.-Noon
Smocking Noon-3 p.m.
Machine Quilting 1-4 p.m.
Hand Quilting 1-4 p.m.
Beginners Knitting 1-4 p.m.
Painting with Peggy 1-4 p.m.
Stained Glass 2-4 p.m.

Wednesday Daytime Classes

Class Time
Computer (5 weeks $15) 9-11 a.m.
Smocking with T. Anders 8:30-11:30 a.m.
Heirloom Sewing with K. Anderson 9 a.m.-Noon
Smocking with T. Anders Noon-3 p.m.
Colored Pencil Technique 1-4 p.m.
Sewing Club with K. Anderson 1-4 p.m.
Painting 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Floral Design 1-4 p.m.

Thursday Daytime Classes

Class Time
Pine Needle Basket Weaving 9 a.m.-Noon
Heirloom Sewing with Kathy 9 a.m.-Noon
Computer (5 weeks $15) 9-11 a.m.
Jewelry Construction 9 a.m.-Noon
Knitting 9 a.m.-Noon
Bridge 10 a.m.-Noon
Crochet 1-4 p.m.
Children's Clothing 1-4 p.m.

Friday (Game Day)

Class Time
Beginners Bridge 10 a.m.-Noon

Other Classes

Call for information about various workshops: 601.485.1812.

Class Fees

Checks are to be made out to City of Meridian.
$20 for adults under 55 living in Meridian
$25 for adults under 55 living outside Meridian
Adults 55 or older, half price.

Special Activities

Ask for Details

The Center is always on the lookout for new classes; if you can teach, give us a call. Watch the local newspaper Community Calendar for information.

Activity Time
Gopher Turtle Literary Group Third Wednesday each month
Otha Barham & The Daydreamers Last Saturday each month
Bingo Every first & third Thursday each month, 1 p.m. (for Adults 55+)
Dominoes, Canasta, Bridge, Pool/Snooker, Rook Various times
The Blue Yodelers First Friday each month, 6:30-9:30 p.m.

Call about possible new classes in:
Cutout Heirloom Sewing

Retired Group Meetings

Day Group Time
First Wednesday each month DAR 2 p.m.
First Friday each month Retired Teachers 2 p.m.
First & third Tuesday each month Writers Group 10 a.m.
Third Monday each month Doll Collectors 1 p.m.
Second Tuesday each month Telephone Pioneers 2 p.m.
Third Tuesday each month United Auto Workers 2 p.m.
Second Wednesday each month AARP 10 a.m.
Third Wednesday each month Robert E. Lee UDC 2 p.m.
Second Thursday each month Retired Railroad Noon
Second & fourth Thursday each month Magnolia Quilters 9:30 a.m.
Third Thursday each month Foster Grandparent Inservice 8 a.m.
Third Thursday each month Council on Aging 3 p.m.
Third Saturday each month Society of Decorative Painting 10 a.m.
Last Friday each month NARFE (Federal Employees)

8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Class Time
Bridge Group Play Monday, Wednesday, Friday
Ping-Pong Anytime
Pool Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday
Snooker Anytime
Canasta Anytime
Dominoes Anytime

Annual May Activities

Golf Tournament—Lakeview Golf Course
Bowling Tournament—Family Bowl Lanes
Bridge Party & Luncheon—Meridian Activity Center
Pool Tournament—Meridian Activity Center
Cake Walk—Meridian Activity Center (sponsored by Aldersgate)
Bingo—Meridian Activity Center
Health Fair—Frank Cochran Center
Fish Fry—Frank Cochran Center

Ceramic Studio

3300 32nd Avenue


Instructor/Supervisor: Carole Ewing

The studio is complete with most equipment and supplies needed to practice the art of ceramics.

Basic Ceramics

Class Teacher Time
Open Participation Carole Ewing Monday
5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
Open Participation Carole Ewing Tuesday & Thursday
9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Open Participation Carole Ewing Wednesday
By appointment only

Ceramic classes and open participation run continuously throughout the year. Beginner through advanced participants are welcome.

Wednesday classes available if prearranged.

Frank Cochran Center

1725 Carousel Drive

601.485.1904 or 601.485.1809

Directions: Highland Park, 42nd Avenue and Carousel Drive

The Frank Cochran Center is a 16,184-square-foot multipurpose building used primarily for rentals and special events. The building contains a concession area and some kitchen facilities.

Facility Rental Fees:

$500 per day
$150 cleanup fee
$150 chair & table rental

Insurance is required for all events held at the Frank Cochran Center.

Velma Young Center

2400 16th Avenue


The center includes a television room, multi-purpose room used for instructional programs, recreational games and activities, and special events. The building can be rented for special purposes.

Facility Rental Fees:

$150 each three-hour period
$25 each additional hour

Insurance is required for all activities except family reunions.

Shelter/Pavilion Rental Fees:

SHELTER #1—located next to Velma Young Park Swimming Pool

Fee for all shelters is $25

Register at the Parks and Recreation Office.