Senior Citizen Activities in the Portage community

Senior Citizen Activities

For those senior citizens who are looking for things to do in the Portage community, this page is just for you. Get out and experience all these classes, workshops, games and more! Be aware that schedules may change. Some activities are only held seasonally, too. Please call ahead.   

ADRC of Columbia County – Aging and Disability Resource Center

111 E. Mullett Street (608) 742-9233
Offering various programs for people throughout the county. Look at their Resource Guide for Columbia County for elderly and disabled: CLICK HERE

Home Delivered Meal Program provides a hot, nutritious meal to individuals who are: age 60 and over and are unable to prepare adequate meals on their own, caregivers or spouses who are in need of respite meals, disabled co-resident of an individual age 60 or over who receives meals. Disabled individuals may also be eligible to receive meals at full cost. Please contact the ADRC for complete program qualifications and requirements. Meals are provided on a long term or short-term basis. Anyone receiving this service is asked to contribute toward the cost of the meal but will not be denied due to their inability to pay. Please call 1-888-742-9233 for more information.

The ADRC is also seeking volunteer drivers and meal site managers for our Home-Delivered Meal Program.  If you have an hour or two that you could spare in the early morning/afternoon, please give us a call. We can be reached at (608)742-9233 and ask for Maddie. Please note we ask that our volunteers fill out a volunteer application and a background check to keep our participants safe. All volunteers receive mileage reimbursement.

ADRC Portage Dining Center
The Portage Dining Center is now open Monday through Friday with lunch served at 11:30am at the Aging & Disability Resource Center of Columbia County, 111 E. Mullet Street. Please remember to make your reservation by 11am the business day prior.

If you have any questions or to make a reservation, call 608-742-9211. Open to adults 60 and older.

The Columbia County Aging and Disability Resource Center provides transportation to non-ambulatory medical appointments for Columbia County residents ages 60+ and/or living with a disability. Due to grant funding, these medical appointment rides must be prioritized first, however, other rides may be considered on a case-by-case basis. Transportation to the pharmacy, grocery stores, banks, etc. may be considered by the Columbia County ADRC upon request. Madison appointments can start as early as 7:00 a.m., and no later than 2:00 p.m. Local appointments can start as early as 6:00 a.m. and no later than 3:00 p.m.

Call 888-742-9233 or 608-742-9233 today to inquire about current rates and schedule a ride.


117 West Pleasant Street (608) 742-2174
For senior citizens throughout Columbia County. The mission statement of the group is, “To reduce the criminal victimization of seniors through education, publication, and socialization.” The group assists the Portage Police Department with its annual fall open house, as well as the twice-yearly drug take back collection at Walgreens. The group also holds two events during the year, one being a spring training/luncheon and the second is in the fall, for bingo and a light dinner.

If you would like more information, please contact Officer Teresa Johnson. There is also a Facebook page: Portage WI Area Triad.

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253 W. Edgewater Street (608) 742-4959

Join us for our Euchre Club program! Portage Park and Recreation and the Portage Public Library offer a weekly Euchre Club. This is a free program; we just ask that you register ahead of time so we know how many people to expect.

Come with a partner, or if you don’t have a partner, you’ll be paired with another single player each week! You can attend every week, or just show up when you’re able to. We’ll provide the cards and tables; we just need you!

This program will run on Mondays from 1:00-2:30pm through May 20, 2024.

Register at the Portage Library Front Desk, by emailing, or calling the Library at 608-742-4959.

Many more programs are planned each month.  When it comes to Adult Services, the Portage Public Library provides book discussions, performing artists, workshops, and other special programs to meet the information and cultural needs of the community. Visit their website for the updates.

More Activities…

Wauona Trail Women’s Club
Meets monthly at various locations and all women in the Portage area are welcome to attend. Call Sherry at (608) 742-4067, Veronica at (608) 617-9139 or Sue at (608)-244-1472.

Women’s Civic League of Portage
506 West Edgewater Street (608) 742-7744
Women are welcome to join and meet to combine their common interests to support community causes, and simultaneously work to preserve a part of our area history – the Zona Gale home on the Wisconsin River. Contact Joan Jacobson at (608) 617-5441 to become a member and find out more.

Portage VFW Post 1707
215 West Collins Street (608) 742-5350
Texas Hold’Em Poker on Wednesday night at 7pm. $20 buy-in

Concerts at the Portage on Wednesday evenings (June-August) at 6:30pm.   Free and bring a lawn chair.

Bethlehem Lutheran Church
W8267 Highway 33 East (608) 742-8502
Community card games are held on Monday from 1pm-4pm. Call ahead of time to confirm.

Saddle Ridge Golf Course
100 Saddle Ridge (608) 742-2181
Bingo sponsored by the Portage VFW held on Thursday evenings at 6pm. (call ahead to confirm)

St. John’s Lutheran Ministries
850 Armstrong Street (608) 742-9000
Strength Training Exercise Class. Fall season. Call for schedule.