Portage Senior Center to Host Speed Dating For Older Adults

Are you looking for friendship, companionship, and maybe even love? Tired of looking in all the old places? Don’t have the time or patience for the been-there-done-that dating scene? “So many of our members find themselves in this boat,” said Kim Phillips, Manager at the Portage Senior Center. “So we decided to try something new. Speed dating for older adults.”


Speed dating has been around since the late 1980s. It typically takes the form of an organized event where a group of men and women rotate between tables and meet each other over a series of three- to eight-minute “dates” during which they converse, ask questions and learn about each other. At the end of each interval, the organizer signals the participants to move on to the next date.

Participants complete confidential rating sheets for each date, saying who they like and, most importantly, who may receive their contact information. At the end of the event, the organizers collect the score sheets, look for mutual likes and when there’s a match, forward contact information to both parties.

“We’ve been putting out the word for a few weeks now, and we have lots of ladies signed up. But we definitely are looking for more men to participate,” said Phillips. Speed dating events will be held at Jac’s Restaurant on July 17, July 24, and August 1.  

Individuals are encouraged to sign up for an evening of conversation, laughs, tasty hors d’oeuvres and non-alcoholic beverages, provided by Jac’s. Cost is $10 per person. 

This event is open to the public. Space is limited, so advance registration is required. Sign up at the Portage Senior Center, located at 320 Library Lane, or call 329-4555.

The PSC is a division of the City of Portage Parks, Recreation and Senior Citizen Services. Programs are designed to enhance the quality of life and promote independence for adults aged 50 and over. For more information on programs and services at the PSC, please call 329-4555.