All persons age 50+ are welcome to participate in our activities at the Senior Center. We are fortunate to have dedicated volunteers as well as staff who make it possible to offer the variety of activities that we have here at our Senior Center. Participants are required to purchase their own materials and supplies required for specific activities.
Recently, the Senior Center implemented an annual fee of $25 per person to directly subsidize the cost of the Center's daily operations. A membership card is provided for those that pay the fee. Persons may be a guest and visit 3 times to see if they wish to become a member; after three times, a membership must be purchased. Persons taking only classes where there is already a fee in place, such as Tai Chi, Strong Woman, and Zumba, don't have to pay the membership fee.
Registration for the programs varies according to the program, and can be done in person or by calling the Senior Center. Registration dates are listed in the Senior Center newsletter. Some classes are not held during the summer.
Scroll down for a description of these classes and activities.
|Rock River Cloggers||M, W, F||9:30 a.m.|
|Beginning Quilting||T||9:00 a.m.|
|Big D Art Class||W||9:30 a.m.|
|500 Cards||M||12:30 p.m.|
|Blue Velvet Dance Band (practice)||W||9:30 a.m.|
|Bunco||4th W||1:30 p.m.|
|Ceramics||T & W||9:00 a.m.|
|The Choristers||M||1:00 p.m.|
|Computer Tutoring||T||1:00 & 2:00 p.m. by appointment|
|Dominoes (alternate Chicken Foot and Mexican Train)||M & W||9:30 a.m.|
|Drawing and Painting*||F||1:00 p.m.|
|Duplicate Bridge||M & Th||12:30 p.m.|
|Exercise-Prime Time Fitness||M, T, W, Th & F||8:30 a.m.|
|Extended Trips||International & Domestic|
|Friday Cards*||F||12:45 p.m.|
|Friday Dance Party*||F||9:30 a.m.|
|German Interest||W||9:00 a.m.|
|Leather Tooling||W||1:00 p.m.|
|Line Dance 1 (basic)*||Th||9:30 a.m.|
|Line Dance 2 (beginners)*||T||9:30 a.m.|
|Line Dance 3 (intermediate)*||M||9:30 a.m.|
|Monday Krafters||M||1:00 p.m.|
|Mountain Dulcimer||Th||1:00 p.m.|
|Ping Pong||M, Tu, & Th||10:30 a.m.|
|Pool (Billards)||M, T, W, Th & F||8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. unless specified|
|Porcelain Dolls||Th||12:00 p.m.|
|Recreational Day Trips||once a month||all day|
|Reminiscence Writing||F||1:30 p.m.|
|Water St. Band||M||2:30 p.m.|
|Scrapbooking||1st & 3rd Th||2:00 p.m.|
|Sheepshead*||T & Th||1:00 p.m.|
|Silver Sneakers||M & W||10-11:00 a.m.|
|Strong Woman||T, Th||2:00 p.m.|
|Tai Chi*||W||1:00 p.m.|
|Troubadours Men's Choir||T||9:30 a.m.|
|Wellness Room||M, T, W, Th, F||8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., sign up for equipment|
|Wood Carving||M & Th||9:00 a.m.|
|Zumba||M & W||5:30-6:30 p.m.|
Extended trips are held throughout the year for people of all ages. They include domestic trips and travel to other parts of the world. Scheduled travel previews and brochures are available at the Senior Center.
Friday Dance Party
Every Friday morning from 9:30 - 11:15 a.m. the Senior Center Band (the Blue Velvet Band) plays big band music for people to dance or listen to. The cost is $2 per person to cover the cost of coffee and treats.
Recreational Day Trips
The Senior Center has monthly day trips. A certain destination is planned whether it be to a theater, museum or casino. The cost of the trip includes the main event, meal and bus fare. The trips are listed in our bi-monthly newsletter. The free copy of the newsletter can be picked up at the Senior Center, or a subscription can be purchased for $1.00 per month, (pro-rated from $12 a year) and the newsletter will be sent to your home.
The Rock River Cloggers meet on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Clogging originated in the Appalachian Mountains and is done with metal taps on your shoes. Lessons are available upon request.
This class uses instructional videotapes shown on the Center's large screen television. This class increases your functional capacity and improves your quality of life through this fun, motivating, alternative exercise program. Anyone is welcome to join at any time. Classes meet Monday through Friday from 8:30-9:30 a.m.
This class teaches the basics and is for those who have never lined danced. The class meets Thursdays from 9:30-10:30 a.m. This class uses easy dances that teach the basics. Cost is $15 per year.
Line Dance 3 (intermediate)
A variety of patterned steps are taught and cued to music. This class is not for beginners, some experience in Line Dance is required. No partner is required. The class meets on Mondays from 9:30-11:00 a.m. Cost is $15 per year.
This centuries old exercise from China promotes relaxation, increases flexibility and improves concentration. The class meets on Wednesdays at 12:30 p.m. for 45 minutes. Cost is $3 per class. No class limit and no need to register.
This class is taught through the UW-Extension for middle aged and older women. Each class includes progressive weight training, flexibility, balance, and nutrition education. Classes meet on Tues and Thurs from 2:00-3:00 p.m. The cost is $35 per 12 week session.
The Wellness Room has three Commercial Treadmills and an exercise bike for Seniors to use free of charge. They must sign in at the reception desk each time they use the equipment. Equipment Instruction is provided for anyone that requests it.
Silver Sneakers encourages older adults to participate in physical activities that will help them to maintain greater control of their health through exercise. Class meets Mondays and Wednesdays from 10-11:00 a.m.
Zumba is a fitness program that combines Latin and international music with dance moves. Zumba routines incorporate interval training — alternating fast and slow rhythms — to help improve cardiovascular fitness.. Classes are held Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Cost is $3.00 per class.
"D" stands for diversity. This group enjoys exploring a diversity of interests, as well as art. Class is held Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m.
This ongoing class is offered on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. A certified instructor and an assistant conduct the classes. Various painting and glazing techniques are done. The Center has its own molds, pouring table, kilns and offers a variety of projects for students to work on. Students pay for their brushes, tools and projects.
This class is for all ability levels. The class content will vary from step-by-step technique instruction to experimental exploration in pencil sketching, watercolor and colored pencil. Art materials are the responsibility of the student. The class meets Fridays from 1:00-3:00 p.m. Cost is $3 per class.
This class teaches the fine art of Porcelain Doll making on Thursdays from 12:00-3:30 p.m. Dolls are poured from liquid porcelain, soft-fired, cleaned, bisque-fired, polished and painted with china paints. Clothing patterns are available for you to sew outfits for your doll. Materials are the responsibility of the student.
This class is for all ability levels and meets every Monday from 1:00-3:00 p.m. This class teaches awareness of technique, creative expression and development of individual style. Materials are purchased by the student.
The Senior Center has two computers with Microsoft Word Processing and internet access. Instruction is available on Tuesday from 1:00-3:00 p.m. Instruction is by appointment only. Please call the Senior Center to set up your scheduled time.
The Mt. Dulcimer is a simple stringed wooden folk instrument that you play on your lap. You play by fret numbers instead of music notes. The class meets on Thursdays from 1:00-2:00 p.m.
The Reminiscence Writing class focuses on learning to write about life experiences. The text book used in the class was written by Ruby Walton and can be purchased for $10 at the Senior Center office. Please register for this class prior to attending by calling 755-3040.
Learn to speak Spanish. Class meets Fridays at 10:30 a.m.
If you like to knit in company or wish to learn new skills, this weekly knitting class is for you. The class meets on Fridays at 9:30 a.m.
This class is for beginners as well as experienced leather crafters. They meet on Wednesdays from 1:00-3:00 p.m. The techniques of cutting, decorating and lacing leathers are taught.
Learn the beginning basics to create beautiful pieced quilts. This class meets on Tuesdays at 9:00 a.m. Students are responsible for purchasing materials.
This quilting class is for experienced quilters on Tuesdays from 1:00-4:00 p.m. Patterns and information are shared as well as "show and tell" sessions between the class members.
This group meet on Mondays and Thursdays, from 9:00-11:30 a.m. They use hand tools and dremel tools to carve their wood projects. Anyone at any skill level is welcome to join the group.
Senior Center Music Groups
These music groups perform out in the community. For booking engagements, contact the Senior Center. Donations are appreciated for any of the groups.
The Blue Velvet Band, under the direction of Dave Parrish & Ken EeVoe, performs at the Senior Center every Friday morning from 9:30-11:00 a.m. Rehearsals are Wednesday mornings at 9:30 a.m. The band is complete with brass, woodwinds, guitar, banjo, piano and organ. Anyone interested in joining the group can contact the Senior Center.
This singing group of men and women meets on Mondays from 1:00-2:30 p.m. They enjoy singing and performing at the Senior Center. This group performs in the community for outside engagements. They welcome new members who enjoy singing and having fun.
Troubadours Men's Choir
The Troubadours Men's Choir enjoys singing in 4-part harmony. New members are welcome. This talented group enjoys entertaining groups out in the community. The group meets at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesdays.
This group for musicians of all ages meets on Mondays at 2:30 p.m. to play acoustic (not electric) country, old time, and folk music. People are welcome to come and listen.
Senior Center Games
If you have always wanted to learn to play 500 cards, this group is for you. This game is called 500 because the first team (player) that reaches a total of at least 500 wins the game. It is an extension of Euchre in which other elements have been added. The group meets every Monday at 12:30 p.m.
Have you ever played Bunco? It is an easy-to-learn dice game that is quite popular. The players change tables and partners as the numbers change, so there is much fun and socializing. This group meets the 4th Wednesday of each month at 1:30 p.m.
Canasta is simple to learn and fun to play. No partner is needed. Come and join in the game. There is no cost to play. This group meets on Wednesdays at 11:30 a.m.
A card game for 2 to 4 players, in which the objective is to play so that the value of one's cards played reaches exactly 15 or 31. They meet every Thursday at 10:00 a.m.
Come join us for a game of dominos which is played on Mondays and Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m. in the Library. The game alternates between "Chicken Foot" and "Mexican Train" which are easy to learn and lots of fun.
This group meets twice a week Mondays and Thursdays from 12:30-3:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome to play but you will have to have a table of four. It is played with no master points and is a fun game. Lessons available upon request.
This group meets on Tuesdays at 1:00 p.m. All Euchre players are welcome. Cost is $1 to play.
The group enjoys playing this fast paced game each Monday, Tuesday and Thursday at 10:30 a.m. They would be glad to get others involved in the fun. No sign ups are required. Just show up to play.
Everyone is welcome to participate on Thursdays at 12:30 p.m. Dealer's choice is played. Players at all skill levels are welcome. Lessons are given to those who want to learn. Cash prizes are awarded. The cost to play is $2 per person.
Pool is played daily at the Senior Center. Friendly games and tournaments are held often. Persons at all skill levels are welcome to participate, instruction is available. The Senior Center has two pool tables.
Every Friday afternoon from 12:45-3:30 p.m. euchre is played. No sign up is necessary. You need to be a proficient player. The cost to play is $1 per person, which includes a treat and cash prizes.
Come and join this group for a friendly game of Scrabble. You will increase your vocabulary and become a better speller. Games are played at 12:30 p.m. on Monday's.
Sheepshead Card Game
Sheepshead is played every Tuesday and Thursday from 1:00-3:00 p.m. If you are interested in learning the game, or want to play, come to the Senior Center, no sign up is necessary. Cost is $1.25 to play.