?The Newton Area Senior Center is celebrating a milestone this year: 25 years as a part of the Newton community.?“We’re excited,” said director Kathy Schwarzenberger. “We’ve been doing some sprucing up in preparation. We’re just very excited to be celebrating that many years of successful operation.”?The center will kick off its celebration with a dance from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Friday. A band from Emporia will be performing, and donations will be accepted for admission. Schwarzenberger said the band was a hit when they performed during a previous event in the spring, and she thinks the center’s patrons will be excited to see them return.?The center also will host a potluck at 6 p.m. Oct. 9. The main dish will be provided, and attendees are asked to bring a side dish. Square dancers will provide the evening’s entertainment.?Schwarzenberger said the main event commemorating the center’s anniversary will be an open house from 3:30 to 6 p.m. Oct. 26 at the center. Refreshments will be provided, and the 20-member Golden Notes Choir will perform.?Schwarzenberger hopes people in the community will come out and support the center, and she hopes the center will be able to continue its mission for many more years to come.?“For 25 years, the Newton Area Senior Center has provided leadership and a facility for seniors 55+ from the Newton area to gather for social, physical, educational and recreational programs and activities,” she said. “As people retire and age, statistics show a direct correlation with staying actively engaged in their communities and mental, physical and emotional well-being.”?The center is at 122 E. Sixth St. in Newton. For more information, call 283-2222.