Friday, December 12, 2014

Senior Center Getting Ready for the Holidays

        The City of Stillwater Senior Activity Center participants will decorate their Center for the holidays on Monday, December 1 at 10:30 a.m. Senior volunteers are needed and welcome to take pride in their Center and help in decorating. There is no cost to enjoy any of the various activities offered for persons 50 and over. Stop by 1015 E. 12th Ave. or call 405-747-8080 for more information. Make sure to pick up a December calendar of events when you stop by. The Center is open Monday through Friday, 9:30 am to 4:30 p.m. and Thursday, 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. for music night. The facility is closed on weekends.

        Monday, Dec. 1 – If you are worried about all those extra calories you ate over the Thanksgiving holiday and those to come during the month of December you should try out the free  Sit ‘n Be Fit exercise class offered at the Center every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings at 9:30 a.m. The reason for the name, Sit ‘n Be Fit, is because everyone has a chair to use for some sitting and stretching exercises and to use for stability while also doing some standing, limbering up exercises. Stretching bands, rubber bouncing balls, sponge balls, and wooden dowel sticks are all used for various exercises that help with your coordination and flexibility. Or, if exercise is not for you, there is women’s pool playing time and a painting/crafting class that meets at the same time of morning. The women pool players play several rounds of 8-ball while enjoying the social time with each other. The painting/crafting class gets together to share their creative ideas. You can bring your art supplies or a craft project and join the good time. Remember at 10:30 a.m. the Center will be transformed with Christmas décor. Come lend a hand with decorating. Also, at 10:30 a.m. seniors can come try their footwork out to some country music during the line dancing class. Beginners to more advance dancers are all welcome. They have a good and invigorating time. Later, during the afternoon games of bridge, canasta, pool/snooker, and jig saw puzzle solving are popular.

        Tuesday, Dec. 2 – Wii bowling is a fun and popular activity to participate in on Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 9:30 a.m. Then at 10:30 a.m. you can Zumba to some Latin class. Afternoon games include; canasta, duplicate bridge, dominoes, and jig-saw puzzle solving. Exercise equipment that includes a treadmill, two exercise bikes, and a weight set are available for use, too. At 1:00 p.m. a coed 8-ball pool tournament will be held. Women are encouraged to participate. Don’t let the men have all the fun! Bingo is played at 2:00 p.m. It is a lot of laughs and everyone gets a prize!

         Wednesday, Dec. 3 – Work off those calories again with the Sit ‘n Be Fit group or join the women pool players at 9:30 a.m. Then at 10:30 a.m. line dancers start kicking up their heels to some swinging country tunes. In the afternoon games of canasta and other card games are played, and also pool and snooker. An afternoon movie is shown at 2:00 p.m. The movie for this week is, “Maleficent.”
       Thursday, Dec. 4 – The Wii gaming system is brought out for some wild games of bowling starting at 9:30 a.m. Guitars are also out during that time for some free guitar lessons. Bring your guitar and check out the class. Then at 10:30 a.m. you can Zumba with Angie. This is an aerobic workout while moving to mostly American Latin type music. This exercise will surely eat up the calories and there is no charge for the class. In the afternoon, canasta, bridge, other card games, and pool and snooker are played. At 2:00 p.m. bingo is played with a guest caller and everyone is a winner.

        Friday, Dec. 5 – Friday mornings get busy with exercise class, women’s pool, and painting/crafting class at 9:30 a.m. Line dancing gets under way at 10:30 a.m. This is a good workout that is fun while testing your coordination. Stay for the afternoon and play canasta, other card games, or pool and snooker. A jig saw puzzle is always out for some challenging puzzle solving. Also, at 2:00 p.m. participants can say goodbye and wish well wishes to the Center’s intern, Andrea Nealy. She is graduating from Oklahoma State University this month and Friday will be her last day at the Center.

      Game champions announced for last week were:  for social bridge; Anna Cooper, 1st and Sally Simmons, 2nd; and duplicate bridge winning partners; Lionel Raff and Al Perry, 1st; and Meg Kletke and Adrienne Hyle, 2nd. Winner of the pool tournament last week was Vic Berryman. 

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