Rufty-Holmes Senior Center June Calendar
PEN PAL TRIP TO KANNAPOLIS: Friday, June 1. Van transportation scheduled to leave the Senior Center parking lot with our Senior Pen Pals at 11:00am enroute to Bakers Creek Park where we will meet and spend time with our 6th grade students from Corriher-Lipe Middle School while enjoying a picnic lunch. Seniors will return to the Center by 2:00pm. Let us know if you’re going and if you are riding the vans.
STAINED GLASS CLASSES: New eight-week classes begin June 4. For beginning, intermediate or advanced students. Two sections to choose from (Mondays 2-5pm or Mondays 5:45pm - 8:45pm). Instructor is Mike Ziegler. $55 class fee payable to instructor plus materials. Register at the Front Desk, or by calling 704-216-7714 beginning Tuesday, May 29. Space is limited.
MIND AEROBICS ART CLASS: An introduction to mass drawing, pastels and sculpture is explained and demonstrated by professional artist Robert Toth. Explore the novelty that keeps the brain alive through the inspiration that art can give you. Choice of Monday or Friday afternoons from 2-4pm. $10 per session payable to the instructor.
WATERCOLOR WORKSHOPS: Monday evenings at 7:00pm with Frank Saunders. Receive individual guidance and benefit from group instruction as you work on your own watercolor projects. $12 fee per session payable to the instructor. Pre-registration is not required.
BLOOD PRESSURE SCREENINGS: Wednesday, June 6 from 9:30-10:30am. Free blood pressure readings and consultation for interested older adults. Provided by retired Geriatric & Adult Nurse Practitioner Gail Kimball.
HANDMADE ALL OCCASION CARD WORKSHOP: Wednesday, June 6 at 1:00pm. Complete six handmade all occasion cards in one two-hour workshop session. All supplies will be provided. Cost is $12 per person payable upon arrival. Instructor is Daphne Houghton. Advance registration is required by calling the Center at 704-216-7714.
AARP MEMBERSHIP PICNIC: Thursday, June 7 at noon. AARP Chapter members and prospective members are invited to gather at the Center’s picnic shelter for lunch. A regular meeting will follow at 1:00pm. Guests are asked to RSVP to 704-216-7714 for planning purposes.
MEN’S HEALTH & FITNESS CLUB: Wednesday, June 13 at 1:00 pm. This month’s program will be “Mastering Your Minds Health-Facing Life’s Challenges.” The meeting is open to all men ages 55 and older. Sponsored by Rufty-Holmes Senior Center and Rowan Regional Medical Center.
THEM GREEKS WUZ FUNNY: Wednesdays & Fridays at 2:00pm June 13-29
“Them Greeks Wuz Funny” and none were funnier than the classic playwright Aristophanes who wrote comedies in the 5th century BC, many of them anti-war. The plays are fantastical, funny and more than a little bawdy. Rufty-Holmes Senior Center hopes you will take this chance to study and laugh at three of these plays under the leadership of Catawba Professor Emeritus, James “Parkie” Parker. Examine one play per week Wednesdays and Fridays at 2:00 pm: “The Birds”, June 13 &15, “Lysistrata”, June 20 & 22, “TBA” June 27 & 29. There is no charge for the program, but voluntary contributions will be accepted. Participants must purchase the text “The Complete Plays of Aristophanes” a Bantam Classic edited by Moses Hadas which can be ordered at Amazon.com for $6.95. Register for one or for all three play studies. The same text will be used for all three Greek Comedies. “The Birds” tells of earthly entrepreneurs who build Cloud Cuckoo Land to keep the sacrificial smoke from the gods. “Lysistrata” depicts what happens when women declare a sex strike until the 20 year war is ended. Language contained in the plays is considerably bawdy which may be offensive to some. The third play will be chosen by the participants. Professor Parker has designed a production of “The Birds” and directed his own adaptation of “Lysistrata” both at Catawba College. Pictorial and video materials will be shown as part of the class.
HEALTHY COOKING WITH LYNDA: Thursday, June 14 at 12:30pm. Join Lynda Teter Aquatic Fitness Specialist, Aquatic Personal Trainer and life-long vegetarian as she demonstrates her unique array of healthy, tasty entrees and snacks. Lynda will share a variety of recipes with you to help you on your way to healthy eating. The focus this month will be on whole grains. There will be food tasting, informative handouts, recipes and a short lecture. Bring your appetite. Please note that some of the food will contain soy nuts or wheat products. Participants must register and pay the $10 registration fee at the Front Desk by Monday, June 11. Space is limited.
NEW BEGINNERS BRIDGE CLASS: Fridays at 10:00am beginning June 15. An eight-lesson introduction to contract bridge meeting 10:00am – noon through August 10 (skipping July 6). Led by Carol & Harold Winecoff, all materials will be provided. $6 per lesson. Pre-registration is requested by calling the Center at 704-216-7714.
TOPS OPEN HOUSE: Monday, June 18 at 9:30am. Visitors are welcome and encouraged to attend the TOPS Chapter 139 meeting to learn about the organization and benefits of membership. Pre-registration is not required, and there is no cost involved in participating in the Open House.
GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY + LUNCHEON: Wednesday, June 20 at noon. A special recognition luncheon for those couples married fifty or more years, sponsored by Trinity Oaks Retirement Community. There will be a buffet luncheon followed by a program. Free to those who register in advance by calling 704-216-7714. Space is limited.
BUS TRIP TO LINBROOK HERITAGE ESTATES & THE WINSTON CUP MUSEUM: Wednesday, June 27. Motorcoach transportation leaves Senior Center parking lot at 8:00am enroute to Randolph County where we’ll visit a 32,000 square foot mansion built to replicate an 1800’s Georgian Manor house. One of the largest private homes in the southeast, we’ll see period pieces and collections from around the world within the sixty rooms open for viewing. Also at the site we’ll see a restored cabin displaying rural life at the turn of the 20th Century, as well as their sixty-plus John Deere tractor collection. We’ll enjoy a dutch-treat lunch as we make our way over to Winston-Salem to tour the Winston Cup Museum, a tribute to R.J. Reynolds’ thirty-three year sponsorship of NASCAR racing. We should be arriving back in Salisbury about 6:30pm. Cost is $45 per person which includes transportation, admissions, taxes and tips.
Interested older adults need to pre-pay at the Senior Center Front Desk in order to reserve a seat on the bus. Reservations are first-come, first-served, and you can pick your seat assignment at the time of purchase. You must be a member of the Center to purchase a ticket. Tickets go on sale Wednesday, June 6 at 2:00pm.
MOVIE OF THE MONTH: Wednesday, June 27 at 2:00pm. Sponsored by Mary Moose, Registered Financial Consultant & Planner, for interested older adults. Come out and enjoy “Tower Heist” with Ben Stiller, Eddie Murphy, Matthew Broderick & Casey Affleck, rated PG-13, on our big screen, complete with popcorn and drinks. Free. (Motion picture license # 12137390).
EXERCISE CLASS PARTICIPANTS PICNIC: Friday, June 29 at noon in the Picnic Shelter. Members participating in the Center’s exercise program are invited to a covered dish picnic social with their instructors. Those coming should bring a covered dish selection to share. The Center will provide paper products and drinks. In case of extremely hot or rainy weather, the social will be held indoors.
EXERCISE CLASSES: One may join one of our on-going senior exercise classes after screening and consultation with the Fitness Staff. A variety of offerings are available at different levels, and include Senior-Lite Jazzercise, Coed Fitness, SilverSneakers I Muscular Strength & Range of Movement, Strength-ercise, Cardio Strength Training, Tai Chi, and Chair Yoga, as well as arthritis water exercise and cardiovascular water exercise classes. Strength and aerobic fitness equipment is also available for use, with trained staff accessible to provide an orientation and instruction. Inquire at the Front Desk for more information or call 704-216-7714.
REGISTRATION FOR LIVING HEALTHY CLASS: Facing the challenge of managing an on-going health problem? This six-week class is aimed at helping older adults diagnosed with chronic conditions like heart disease, arthritis, asthma, diabetes and many others. “Living Healthy,” is also open to caregivers of people with chronic health problems. Participants learn practical ways to manage health conditions in partnership with their health care providers. The course covers healthy diet and nutrition, exercise, medications and other treatment choices, and symptom management. It also teaches participants better ways to talk with doctors and family members about the condition, and how to reduce stress. Each class will meet for 2 ½ hours beginning at 2:00pm on Mondays starting July 23 and ending August 27. Classes will be held at First Baptist Church, 223 N. Fulton Street, Salisbury. There is no charge for the class, but donations are accepted. Register at Rufty-Holmes Senior Center by calling 704-216-7714. Space is limited.
CHAIR MASSAGES: Twenty-minute sessions are available at Rufty-Holmes Senior Center by appointment with Travis Alligood, LMBT. Cost is $12 per session. To schedule an appointment call 704-640-3718.
COMPUTER CLASSES: Register and pay registration fee at the Front Desk.
-Introduction to Computers: The class will be offered Wednesday, June 6 through Friday, June 8 from 1:00-4:00 pm. Offered almost every month, this is the class for the true beginner. We spend a day on basics with Windows 7, then a day each on the internet and Microsoft Word. This will help you get started and over the fear of turning on the computer. Fee for Introduction to Computers is $28.
-How to Find It?: This Google program will meet Wednesday, June 13 and Thursday, June 14 from 10:00am until 12:00 noon. We have all heard of Google which is a phenomenal search engine. But, are there other ways to find what you need? Shopping, traveling, cooking-----where can you get help? Join the class to find out. The fee is $10.
-The World of Email: This email class meets Wednesday, June 20 and Thursday, June 21 from 10:00 am until 12:00 noon. Maybe your children or grandchildren have begged you to email them, but you just do not know how to go about getting started. Once your email is set up, you will be able to keep up with all your family, Rufty-Holmes Senior Center friends, church, clubs, and more. We will discuss security in your email and if you do not have an email, we will get you a secure address. (Participants who have an email address should bring their “sign on” information.) Class fee is $10.
-“My” Computer Class: The class will meet Thursday, June 28 and Friday, June 29 from 1:00-4:00 pm and is offered every couple months so you can come in and work on whatever you want on the computer. Think of it as your personal independent study. If you have a laptop and want to bring it for this class, feel free to do so. Prerequisite: Must have previously attended a computer class at Rufty-Holmes Senior Center since September 2011. The class fee is $20.
Enjoy BINGO every Tuesday from 1-3pm for $1.50, sponsored by Beltone Hearing Aid Centers.
LUNCH CLUBS: Rufty-Holmes Senior Center offers eight locations throughout Rowan County for adults age 60 and older to gather for lunch, fellowship and educational programs Monday thru Friday. Clubs are located in China Grove, Cleveland, East Spencer, Granite Quarry, Rockwell, Spencer and Salisbury. There is no charge to participate, but donations are encouraged and accepted. For more information, call 704-216-7702.
BROADCAST BINGO: Available through the Center’s Outreach Program for Rowan County older adults age 60 and older. Win prizes from Chick-Fil-A and My Farm Fresh MarketPlace by listening daily to Memories 1280 Radio. Contact Thomasina Paige at 704-216-7720 to enroll and for more information. Free.
LISTEN TO “SENIOR MOMENTS” DAILY MONDAY-FRIDAY AT 6:25am & 10:25am ON MEMORIES 1280 WSAT RADIO.
VETERAN SERVICES: The Rowan County Veterans Service Office is located at Rufty-Holmes Senior Center. Service Officer Elaine Howle is available to meet with Rowan County veterans to assist them in applying and receiving all VA benefits to which they are legally entitled. For an appointment, call 704-216-8138.
APPOINTMENTS FOR LEGAL ASSISTANCE: Several times a year an attorney with Legal Aid of North Carolina, Inc. will be available to meet with interested persons at the Center by appointment to provide assistance in non-criminal matters (family law, public assistance, housing, consumer protection, etc). The service is free to low-income adults age 60 or older, provided with regional funds from the Area Agency on Aging. For information, and to schedule an appointment, call the NC Legal Aid office at 1-877-579-7562 and identify yourself as an older adult residing in Rowan County.
ASSISTANCE WITH HEARING NEEDS: For individuals who are hard of hearing and need assistance with hearing devices or telephone communication. Sponsored by the NC Division of Services for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing. Schedule an appointment at Rufty-Holmes by calling 1-800-835-5302.
“SAFE” ASSISTANCE: Rowan County older adults age 60+, or those with a disability, are eligible for assistance through the Safety Assessment for Emergencies (SAFE) Project sponsored by the Senior Center and funded through the generous support of the Robertson Family Foundation. Free smoke & carbon monoxide detectors as well as high visibility, glow –in-the-dark house number signs can be obtained free of charge. For more information call 704-216-7704.
“ARE YOU OK?” SERVICE: Sign up for free daily automated telephone safety checks through the Center by calling 704-216-7704.
SUMMER FAN PROGRAM: Sponsored by Duke Energy for eligible older adults. Free box fans for seniors who may have health risks associated with the intense heat of summer. Eligibility requirements are sixty years of age or better; resident of Rowan County; and having a discernible need for a fan. Pick up at the Center or call 704-216-7700 for more information.
INSURANCE INFORMATION PROGRAM ASSISTANCE: Rufty-Holmes Senior Center is the Rowan County location for the Seniors Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) operated by the NC Department of Insurance. Staff and trained counselors are available to assist individuals and families with impartial information on Medicare supplemental and prescription drug plans by appointment. Call 704-216-7700 for more information.
GOLD CARDS: Rowan County residents age 62 and older can obtain passes to attend home Rowan-Salisbury Schools athletic, musical and drama events free of charge. These can be obtained at the Front Desk at the Center with a photo ID.
GENERAL INFORMATION & ASSISTANCE: Staff members are available to assist individuals and families with general information and assistance in utilizing various community services available to older adults. If you have a need, call the Center’s Information & Assistance Program at 704-216-7700.
NEED A RIDE TO THE SENIOR CENTER? THE CITY BUS SERVES THE SENIOR CENTER HOURLY (AT APPROXIMATELY 5 MINUTES PAST THE HOUR) MONDAY – FRIDAY ON ROUTE # 1. FOR INFORMATION CALL 704-638-5252.
COUNTY RESIDENTS AGE 60 AND OLDER CAN QUALIFY FOR TRANSPORTATION ASSISTANCE TO THE CENTER AT 704-216-8888.
SCHOLARSHIP ASSISTANCE IS AVAILABLE FOR ANY LOCAL OLDER ADULT WHO NEEDS HELP WITH PROGRAM FEES FOR CLASSES OR ACTIVITIES. NO ONE IS REFUSED PARTICIPATION BASED ON AN INABILITY TO PAY PROGRAM FEES. SUPPORT FOR PROGRAM SCHOLARSHIPS IS PROVIDED BY THE BLANCHE & JULIAN ROBERTSON FAMILY FOUNDATION. CONTACT ANY STAFF MEMBER FOR INFORMATION.
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