Waynesville, NC -- On Face Book today the Waynesville Police Deapartment reported the following:
[Part of a Waynesville community center has been heavily damaged because of two incidents since the beginning of the year.
The Pigeon Center is the hub for an after-school program for kids from kindergarten through 10th grade. Temporarily, those efforts are being run out of a nearby church.
On Jan. 8, a grease fire torched the kitchen and caused some $100,000 in damage.]
The center has March 22 as a reopening date. That’s the day of a spring fish fry.
About Pigeon Multicultural Community Center Waynesville, NC
Website: pcmdc Below is just part of what the center is all about!
Join the Community
Open to everyone, the Pigeon Community Multicultural Development Center offers opportunities to make friends, have fun, learn, get help, help others, and deepen connections to our community and world.
The Pigeon Center is located in the former Pigeon Street School, which served African-American elementary school students before desegregation. Programs include historical preservation initiatives, oral history projects and celebrations of African-American history and diverse cultures.
In addition, students connect and grow at after-school and summer enrichment programs. Veterans and seniors enjoy meals and camaraderie at regularly held events. Community members can use computers for free and borrow books from the lending library, and anyone can request an emergency food box.
Experience community as family at the Pigeon Center. Come to an event. Register for a program. Ask for help. Volunteer.
Programs and Services
The Pigeon Center hosts programs and services to strengthen harmony among residents and re-establish the long-standing tradition of community as family.
Prekindergarten through ninth-grade students enjoy a healthy meal , get help with homework and reading, have fun together playing games, outside playtime, and crafts. before they go home.
Summer Enrichment Program
Have fun, make friends, go on adventures and sharpen your academic skills through the Pigeon Center’s summer enrichment program.
Emergency Food Boxes
Emergency food boxes with enough food for about four meals are available upon request. Resources are limited to one box per family per month or every 30 days.
Gather for fellowship, cards and games at noon, and enjoy a healthy meal.
Veterans from the Charles George VA Medical Center join local vets for a day of food, fun, free haircuts, special entertainment/information, resource opportunities and fellowship.
Seven computers and Wi-Fi internet service are available to allow community members to check email and use online tools to stay connected with family, friends and their community, to prepare for job interviews or to complete class assignments.
Zumba exercise classes are held monthly on a Saturday afternoon.
The Pigeon Center annually supports a Martin Luther King Jr. pride march, commemorative service, and prayer breakfast; and hosts Black History Month educational programs. A Multicultural Festival in the fall features such activities as races; Latin-, African- and square-dance performances; music; food; a drum circle; and piñata. Then in December, the center’s Season of Light Multicultural Holiday Celebration brings community members together to learn about and enjoy winter traditions, holidays, festivals and foods from around the world.
Fish fry dinners are held throughout the year. Special events include a taco dinner for Cinco de Mayo to a costume dance party for Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead).
In addition to multicultural events for the community, the Pigeon Center hosts community forums and meals, healthy living activities and programs in concert with the Haywood Community College Development Club.