Classes & Activities for Seniors
We need volunteers to help with our 55+ yard sale in September!
Want to donate? Call Kathy Beck to set up a time to meet. 541-688-4052.
Preregistration is recommended to avoid full or canceled programs. All activities held at River Road Park unless otherwise noted.
Come on over and save a life. Each single blood donation can help up to three Lane County patients. Donors must be 16 years of age or older, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in general good health. Contact Lane Blood Center at 541-484-9111 to schedule an appointment. For more information visit www.laneblood.org
1/7 . . . Sa . . . 9a-1p
2/28 . . . Tu . . . 3-6p
3/4 . . . Sa . . . 12:30-3:30p
AARP Safe Driver
Designed for motorists age 50+, but open to all ages. Auto insurance discounts available to participants 55+ who complete the class. You must repeat the class every two to three years to requalify. There are no tests. Fee is collected by the instructor. Feel free to bring a sack lunch.
3/29 . . . W . . . 9a-4p . . . $15 AARP member/$20 non-member
Step’n Out With Kathy
Get to know members of the River Road Park community by “Steppin’ Out with Kathy.” Group meets twice a week and is designed to promote the benefits of walking and a healthy lifestyle. Walks will last about an hour and will begin and end at the River Road Park Annex. Make sure you wear sturdy, comfortable walking shoes and dress in layers for variable weather. Walks take place rain or shine. Leader: Kathy Beck.
Meet at the River Road Annex, 1055 River Road.
TuTh . . . 9-10a . . . No Charge
Meditation and Visualization
Relax into a quiet space in which to explore your inner self with Grace Raphael, Spiritual Practitioner. Each week we will employ a different meditation as a vehicle to release stress and move into a more peaceful and joyful space. Chairs provided or bring a cushion if you would rather sit on the floor. Wear warm loose clothing.
Instructor: Grace Raphael.
1/9 . . . M . . . Free Introduction
1/16-3/13 . . . M . . . 6:30-7:15p
Adult: $60 ID/$70 OD . . . Senior: $50 ID/$60 OD
Optimal Core Alignment
Ages 50+. Are you ready to feel better than you ever imagined you could again? Reducing body stress, improving circulation, energizing musculature, and lessening or avoiding chronic strains and sprains is at your fingertips with this natural approach to pain management. Join a Doctor of Physical Therapy and a 50-year Professor of martial arts and bodywork master in this 4-session workshop. You will learn practical self-help practices to assess and improve your posture and body alignment. You will learn to improve function and reduce pain while standing, walking, sitting, and working. Each student will receive an evaluation of his or her optimal core alignment. Register soon, class fills quickly. Instructor: Don Cross and Melanie Carlone. No class on 2/3.
1/20-2/17 . . . F . . . 1:30-2:30p
Adult: $59 ID/$69 OD . . . Senior: $49 ID/$59 OD
River Road Bridge Tournament
Join us for our semi-annual bridge tournament. The entry fee is $5.00 per person. Reservations can also be made by phone or mail. Partners play together throughout the tournament. Partners must make reservations to assure themselves places at a table. Tables will be limited. The tournament will consist of six rounds of five hands each. Partners will be assigned new opponents after each round. Each round needs to be completed in 30 minutes. There will be prizes for the top team scores. No professional players please.
3/17 . . . F . . . 12:30-4p (sign in at 12p) . . . $5 per person
Tracing Memories is an art program designed to promote relaxation and stress reduction through coloring line art of photographs. Bring in your own photograph to convert to line art and practice coloring on images that are provided. Demonstrations will be given involving Copic markers. The Tracing Memories app will be available for free download to your device so that you can bring Tracing Memories home! Instructor: Nori Rice.
1/27 . . . F . . . 10:30-11:30a . . . Free
3/3 . . . F . . . 10:30-11:30a . . . Free
Every 2 seconds, someone’s identity gets stolen. That’s why AARP launched the Fraud Watch Network - to arm people of all ages with the tools they need to spot and avoid scams. Join us for this workshop and learn how con artists scam people, and learn how to protect yourself and your family from these scammers. Instructor: TBD.
2/7 . . . Tu . . . 1-3p . . . Free
Your Wardrobe and You
Rediscover yourself and your wardrobe. Get out of the winter blahs! Define your style and understand what you really need in your closet. Feel good about yourself and confident about the way you look! It’s everyone’s right to look good and style has no price point. Topics during this 3 part class include aging with style, a personal inventory, color, body shapes, our closets, and revitalizing our wardrobe. Bring notebook and pencil. Instructor: Patricia Hillyer.
1/31-2/14 . . . Tu . . . 6:30-8:30p
Adult: $30 ID/$36 OD . . . Senior: $26 ID/$30 OD
Declutter and Organize Your Home
Spring cleaning, downsizing or just too much stuff? Where do you start? Learn practical ways and helpful hints to make your house easier to maintain. This two-part class provides tips, ideas, and tools to immediately start a successful plan of action. Instructor Patricia Hillyer.
2/21 & 2/28 . . . Tu . . . 6:30-8:30p . . . $20 ID/$25 OD
Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer’s
Presenter: TBA . . . Held at 1400 Lake Dr.
Co-sponsored with Alzheimer’s Association, LCC Successful Aging Institute and River Road Park District.
Please pre-register. 541-688-4052.
Class 1- Dementia Conversations
When someone is showing signs of dementia, it’s time to talk. This class is designed to help you discuss with your family some challenging and often uncomfortable topics around Alzheimer’s and dementia. Some of the most difficult conversations to have are about:
Going to the doctor to get a diagnosis or medical care
Deciding when it is necessary to stop driving
Making plans for managing finances and legal documents to be sure the per son’s wishes are carried out and the costs of future care are covered
You may try to wait until the time is “right” to have these conversations, but in reality, that time rarely comes. The sooner these discussions can take place, the better, so you can include the person about whom you have concerns and avoid unexpected situations in the future. Join us and learn some tips for breaking the ice and setting the stage for meaningful and productive conversations about dementia.
Class 2- Effective Communications
Communication is more than just talking and listening — it’s also about sending and receiving messages through attitude, tone of voice, facial expressions and body language. As people with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias progress in their journey and the ability to use words is lost, families need new ways to connect. Join us to explore how communication takes place when someone has Alzheimer’s, learn to decode the verbal and behavioral messages delivered by someone with dementia, and identify strategies to help you connect and communicate at each stage of the disease.
Class 3- Understanding and Relating to Dementia Behaviors
Behavior is a powerful form of communication and is one of the primary ways for people with dementia to communicate their needs and feelings as the ability to use language is lost. However, some behaviors can present real challenges for caregivers to manage. Join us to learn to decode behavioral messages, identify common behavior triggers, and learn strategies to help intervene with some of the most common behavioral challenges of Alzheimer’s disease.
2/3, 10 & 17 . . . F . . . 10a-12p . . . Free
Memory Tones Choral Group
The focus is having fun singing old favorites. Experience or ability to read music would be helpful. Newcomers are welcome. Weekly practices and several performances per month. Group will be off August and September.
Weekly . . . F . . . 9:45-11:45a Free
Lunch @ the Annex—Everyone Welcome!
River Road Park District hosts the River Road Lunch Site, in cooperation with the Lane Council of Government’s Senior Meals Program. Luncheons are served twice a week at the River Road Park Annex, 1055 River Road. All meals are prepared fresh daily. Diabetic menus available upon request. Meal calendars available at the park office. People age 60+ pay on a donation basis. (Suggested minimum donation: $3). Those under 60 pay $8. To assure yourself a meal, call Kathy at 688-4052.
Weekly . . . TuTh . . . 12p
Wednesday Luncheons & Potlucks
Meet others and enjoy a delicious lunch once a month with various activities and entertainment. Held in the multi-purpose room. Menu posted in the 55+ corner. Please pre-register for all lunches. We are trying to get a better grasp on how many people to expect, so pre-registering really helps. 541-688-4052. Begins at 12p. We’re still green! Please bring a drinking cup and plate/bowl with you. No paper products please.
1/11 . . . Potluck . . . Bring a dish
2/8 . . . Potluck . . . Bring a dish
3/8 . . . Irish Potato/Salad Bar . . . $4 Wear Green!
4/12 . . . Potluck . . . Bring a dish
Cards & Games
We’re green! All card groups are now bringing their own coffee, creamer, sugar, cups, snacks, etc. You will now be required to hand in a roster to the front office so please ask Kat, Kathy or the main office for blank rosters if you need them. Enjoy!
Enjoy playing contract bridge in a social atmosphere. Singles welcome. Partners change after five hands. There are pay outs for high and low scores. Bring a brown bag lunch. Held at the Annex, 1055 River Road.
1/2, 1/16, 2/6, 2/20, 3/6, 3/20, 43, 4/171st & 3rd M . . . 11:30a-3p . . . $2 at the door
Grumpy Old Men Bridge
Men meet to play contract bridge. Partners change after five hands and play six rounds total, with a brown bag lunch break. There are payouts for 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th and low scores. Coffee will be available.
1/3, 1/17, 2/7, 2/21, 3/7, 3/21, 4/4, 4/18
Happy Lady’s Bridge
Enjoy contract bridge with women on the fourth Wednesday of the month. Partners change after five hands and play five rounds total. Payouts include high, 2nd, 3rd, slam pot and door prize. Bring a sack lunch. Refreshments are furnished. Held at the Annex, 1055 River Road.
1/25, 2/22, 3/22, 4/26
4th W . . . 10:30a-2:30p . . . $2 at the door
Who can resist some penny Bingo fun? Soup, fruit, bread, dessert and coffee are served. Please bring your own table service and cup. Held at the Annex, 1055 River Road. Please pre-register so we know how many people to expect. Pay at the door.
1/3, 2/7, 3/7, 4/4
(New day and time!) 1st Tu . . .1:30-3:30p . . . $2 at the door
Join fellow pinochle enthusiasts for an afternoon of pinochle play and fun. Singles welcome. Partners change after four hands of play. There are payouts for door prize, high and low scores, etc. Held at the Annex, 1055 River Road.
1/9, 1/23, 2/6, 2/27, 3/13, 3/27, 4/10, 4/24
Texas Hold’em Poker
Join in on the excitement that has everyone buzzing. Buying into this friendly game will cost you only $5/$7. Each table winner will be awarded a prize at the end of play. Coffee/tea and dessert will be furnished. You must be age 55+ to participate. Register and prepay in advance to get the discounted buy-in. Held at the Annex, 1055 River Road.
1/10, 2/14, 3/14, 4/11 . . . 2nd Tu . . . 6:30-9p
1/23, 2/27, 327, 4/24 . . . 4th M . . . 6:30-9p
We have punch cards available for Texas Hold Em’. Please get yours at the main office or buy one over the phone.
Punch cards will be discontinued with computerized registration. They will be honored until punches are gone.
Please pre-register/cancel even if you have a punch card so we know how many people to expect.
River Road Bridge Tournament
Join us for our semi-annual bridge tournament. The entry fee is $5.00 per person. Reservations can also be made by phone or mail. Partners play together throughout the tournament. Partners must make reservations to assure themselves places at a table. Tables will be limited. The tournament will consist of six rounds of five hands each. Partners will be assigned new opponents after each round. Each round needs to be completed in 30 minutes. There will be prizes for the top team scores.
3/17 . . . F . . . 12:30-4p (sign in at 12p) . . . $5 per person
Other Fun Activities
Travel E-mailing List
If you'd like to be on our travel e-mailing list, fill out the form that's available in the active 55+ corner or contact Kat at 541-688-4052.
Active 55+ Corner
Our active 55+ corner features photos and information for senior activities. If you've taken some fun pictures at a class or on a trip, please drop them off to Kat so that she can post them on the board.
Volunteer Opportunities & Outreach
Contact Kathy Beck at 541-688-4052.
Entertainment Scheduler. Help book/schedule entertainment for luncheons.
Special Events Committee. Help plan fun, themed parties through out the year.
If you know of a senior in the River Road area who would like to get information about how to receive help or would like to get acquainted with other seniors, call Kathy.