Grace Martin Harwell Senior Center



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HOURS: Monday to Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Any local senior age 55+ is welcome to join and participate in our activities and events.

We kindly ask that ALL members enter through the main entrance which is located on the side of the building opposite the “big orange caboose”.

Please read below for more information about programs, events, and activities.  If you have any questions, feel free to call us at any time.

Contact information:

252-975-9368 or

We hope to see you soon!

Mission Statement

The mission of the Grace Martin Harwell Senior Center, as a division of the City of Washington Parks and Recreation Department, is to provide programs and activities to enhance the quality of life and promote independent living for area adults 55 and older. The Grace Martin Harwell Senior Center is a certified Senior Center of Excellence.  Centers of Excellence are those that go above and beyond what typical centers provide for their senior populations.  We strive to provide exemplary service to individuals 55 and older.

We provide a wide array of services and activities to meet the needs of the community.  We offer a variety of on-going programs, trips, special events, and fun activities. Whether you are interested in lively exercise classes or learning a new skill, you will find that and everything in between here! Check out our monthly calendar for all of the details.

Volunteer Opportunities

Share your talents at the Senior Center.  You can lead programs and activities; serve on boards and committees; work as front desk receptionist and help plan special events. Contact the Senior Center on the opportunities that are available or click →Volunteer_Job_Descriptions to see a listing of possible available volunteer jobs.

Regular Programs Offered:

  • Aerobics
  • AHOY (chair exercise)
  • Card Games
    • Bridge
    • Canasta
    • Mah Jongg
  • Computer Classes
  • Painting
  • Quilting & Sewing
  • Tai Chi
  • Yoga (morning)
  • Mat Yoga (evening)
  • Restorative Yoga (evening)
  • Traditional Music Group Performances

Groups & Clubs

  • Helping Hands Club
  • Pamilico Senior Club
  • Golden Card Ladies
  • Book Club
  • Grand Ideas (Grandparents raising grandchildren)

Walk In Activities

  • Billiards Room
  • Fitness Room
  • Media Room
  • Computer Lab

Special Events

  • Lunch and Learn Programs
  • Lifelong Learning Programs
  • Movies – Every 2nd Friday & Seasonal
  • Fall Festival
  • Christmas Party


  • Grief Support
  • Grand Ideas
  • Caregiver Support
  • Diabetic Support
  • Blood Pressures
  • Flu Shots
  • AARP Taxes
  • AARP Driver’s Class
  • Volunteer Training
  • Information & Assistance
    • Legal Aid
    • Caregiver Assistance
    • SHIIP – Senior Health Insurance Information Program
    • Home Repair referrals


  • Day Trips
  • Over Night Trips

Evidence Based Classes

  • Matter of Balance

Senior Games Activities

  • Basketball
  • Swimming
  • Shuffle Board
  • Pickleball
  • Cornhole
  • Silver Arts (painting, dance, etc.)