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Auburn’s Senior Activity Center offers cooling relief amid heat wave

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As the Pacific Northwest bakes in a relentless heat wave this week, the City of Auburn’s Senior Activity Center has become a vital resource for community members seeking relief from the sweltering temperatures.

“Simply having access to air conditioning and water can make an enormous difference,” said Radine Lozier, manager of the Senior Center. “When designated as a cooling center by Auburn’s Emergency Management Department, our facility provides respite to residents of all ages, free of charge—just show up and we’ll take care of the rest.”

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Located at 808 Ninth Street SE near Les Gove Park, the Senior Center is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Typically serving adults aged 50 and older, the Center is now welcoming all ages during the extreme heat, provided children are accompanied by an adult. No appointment is necessary. For more information, call 253-931-3016.

Additional cooling locations in Auburn include the Ray of Hope Day Resource Center at 2806 Auburn Way North, which is open daily for persons experiencing homelessness. Overnight relief is available at the Sundown Overnight Shelter, located at the same address, from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m.

The Arcadia Shelter and Drop-In Center, at 932 Auburn Way South, offers daytime cooling from 2:30 to 6 p.m., Sunday through Saturday, for young people aged 12 to 24. Overnight shelter is available from 9 p.m. to 8 a.m., Sunday through Saturday.

For a complete list of resources, visit the City of Auburn’s Alerts and Updates webpage here.

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