The Mary Ann Young Center hosted a community event called the National “Noon” Out, a precursor event to National Night Out. The event was mainly for senior citizens and is primarily in the noon hour, the event was also set to be a community meeting event as well as a safety fact learning event.
Shelley Johnson, Director of the Mary Ann Young Center, was the host of the afternoon events. Shelley Johnson and the Mary Ann Young Center host this annual event, last year the Blaine Police Department showed up and gave a demonstration.
This year Shelley Johnson hosted a “Wheel of Fortune” type game where residents could guess letters and phrases to win prizes. The topic of the afternoon was safety facts, after each phrase was deciphered the group discussed the meaning of the phrases and how they relate to safety.
“Safety facts are important to everyone, we’re all about making people feel safe, wherever they are. Not just here but also in their homes.” said Shelley Johnson. “No one wants to hear about people being scammed or losing their identity. We just think it’s really important.”
The main goal of the afternoon was to help seniors and other resident understand possible dangers.
“Trying to help people be mindful of their environment,” said Shelley Johnson.
The Mary Ann Young Center is open Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and host many daily events. The Mary Ann Young Center also has times to be rented out for special events.