Getting to Know the Leon Mann Center for Enrichment

Seniors lying on their backs on yoga mats stretching their leg with a knee on their chests

Long known by current residents, military who served in the area early in their careers, and wandering (but not lost) adventurers, Carteret County is a good place to call home.

The environmental beauty – and the lifestyles it supports – as well as attractive opportunities for second starts in warm, safe small towns and communities – draws like-minded individuals.

As many of those who find their place in this landscape are retirees, it is no surprise that the County has earned its recognition as a Certified Retirement Community by the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina.

The Leon Mann Enrichment Center in Morehead City is the heart of the quality of life for many Carteret seniors.

In its ongoing effort to improve the lives of seniors living in Pine Knoll Shores, the town’s Council on Aging introduced the community to the Leon Mann Center for Enrichment at the Council on Aging’s May 11th forum at Town Hall. Director LaKisha Williams and Customer Service representative Melanie Reed described the services and activities offered at the Center.

Watch the video here.

THE Destination Place

Established in 1997, the Leon Mann Senior Enrichment Center is a modern multi-purpose, single level facility operated and managed by the Carteret County Senior Services Department.

It serves as the focal point in the community where independently functional older adults can participate in activities and programs based on their interests.

True to its name, no other County facility offers the range of programs and services on a continuous basis with this focus.

Activities include exercise classes, Bridge, Tai Chi, Bingo, Friday night dances, chili cook offs, caregiver support groups, travel to New York City during Christmas, and trips to Nashville, Memphis, and Gatlinburg.

The facility also supports an exercise room, computer center, library and a great room.

Several of the offerings are ‘portable’ and, if there is interest, can be offered at Pine Knoll Shores at no expense to the town. With advanced notice, transportation can be arranged between PKS and the Center with CCATS.

Located at 3820 Galantis Dr., the center is open Mondays through Fridays 8:00 am to 5 pm. Membership and all offerings are free to the over 50 resident population with a few exceptions. A general registration form is all that is required for membership. Guests are welcomed.

Dedicated to Serving Seniors

Director Williams oversees an enthusiastic staff of dedicated individuals. In spite of ever-changing COVID protocols, challenging day to day operations, the staff again secured the Certificate of Excellence from the North Carolina Division of Aging and Adult Services. This certification recognizes the Center’s exceptional standard of service.

The Center best serves citizens who:

  • Are interested in making new friends.
  • Are independently mobile.
  • Appreciate a free lunch (must be age 60+).
  • Who are curious and want to make the most of these well-earned years.

If this describes you or someone you know, please check us out in person and on Facebook. New members are always welcome to explore this best kept secret.

If you are planning a visit and/or if you have additional questions, please call the Center at: 252-247-2626.


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