Rufty-Holmes Senior Center March Events
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.
AARP TAX AIDE PROGRAM: Continues each Tuesday in March & early April, at the Senior Center with a previous appointment. Free one-to-one assistance to moderate or low income persons in completing simple federal and state income tax returns. Sponsored by AARP with trained volunteers. Morning and afternoon appointments available each month. Call 704-216-7714 to schedule an appointment. At the time of appointment, persons should bring with them a copy of their 2011 completed returns, any statements of earnings or income received for 2012, their Social Security card, and a photo identification. Call for more information.
BLOOD PRESSURE SCREENINGS: Wednesday, March 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 CARD WORKSHOP: Wednesday, March 6 at 1:00pm. Complete six handmade cards in one two-hour workshop session. All supplies will be provided. Cost is $13 per person payable upon arrival. Instructor is Daphne Houghton. Advance registration is required by calling the Center at 704-216-7714.
WOMEN’S HEALTH & FITNESS CLUB: Wednesday, March 6 at 1:00pm. This month’s program topic will be “Nutrition 101.” Each meeting features a guest speaker or fun activity related to women’s health or fitness. Monthly programs will be led by Rufty-Holmes Senior Center Fitness Staff or Rowan Regional Medical Center Staff. Pre-registration is not required.
MEN’S HEALTH & FITNESS CLUB: Wednesday, March 13 at 1:00pm. All men age 55 and older are welcome. This month participants will be able to test their muscle strength. The men will also learn ways to use hand held weights to strengthen important muscles. Each meeting features a guest speaker or fun activity related to men’s health or fitness. Join other men your age on the second Wednesday of each month to find ways of improving your personal health and fitness. This program is sponsored by Rowan Regional Medical Center and Rufty-Holmes Senior Center.
25TH ANNIVERSARY LECTURE SERIES – Steps for Positive Aging: Thursday, March 14 at 7:00pm. Dr. Stacy D. Kennedy, a Rheumatologist with Rowan Diagnostic Clinic and member of the medical staff of Rowan Regional Medical Center, will address aging issues including but not limited to “Keeping Arthritis Under Control.” Dr. Kennedy is an energetic, dynamic speaker who can relate to and capture the attention of most any audience. She is board certified in both Rheumatology and Internal Medicine. After graduating from Temple University, she completed Internship and Residency at University of Maryland Medical Center; then a Fellowship at Duke University Medical Center before coming to Salisbury in 2009. There is no charge to attend the lecture. Pre-registration is requested by calling 704-216-7714.
LIVING HEALTHY WITH DIABETES: Fridays from 10:00am-12:30pm beginning March 15 at Rowan Regional Medical Center. Facing the challenge of diabetes? A new six-week program can help. This program is for adults 60 and over diagnosed with pre-diabetes or diabetes, or caregivers of people who have the diagnosis. Participants will gain practical ways to manage diabetes through healthy diet, nutrition and exercise. The classes will also cover medications and treatment choices, as well as better ways to talk with doctors and family members about the condition. This educational class is free of charge, but voluntary contributions will be accepted. Classes will be held at Rowan Regional Medical Center, 612 Mocksville Ave., Salisbury. Space is limited. For more information or to register, call Rufty-Holmes Senior Center, 704-216-7714.
BEGINNER/INTERMEDIATE GUITAR CLASS: Mondays 2:00-3:30pm for six weeks beginning March 18. Learn or re-learn to play the guitar with Bob Wingate. Bob has taught guitar lessons at RCCC and High Rock Church. Bring your own guitar. The cost is $25 for the course payable to the instructor on the first day of class. Pre-register by calling 704-216-7714 by Wednesday, March 13. For questions about the class call Bob at 704-636-9395.
SPRING STAINED GLASS CLASSES: Registration begins March 11 for new eight-week classes meeting March 25 – May 13. For beginning, intermediate or advanced students. Two sections (Mondays 2-5pm or Mondays 5:45pm - 8:45pm) to choose from. Instructor is Mike Zeigler. $55.00 class fee payable to instructor plus materials. Register at the Front Desk or by calling 704-216-7714.
BUS TRIP TO HISTORIC HILLSBOROUGH: Thursday, March 21. Bus leaves Senior Center parking lot at 8:00 am enroute to Hillsborough where we’ll tour the Burwell School Historic Site, one of the earliest, most reputable female academies in the state. A former slave from this site, Elizabeth Hobbs Keckley, would become a dressmaker, business woman and later a close friend to Mary Todd Lincoln during the Civil War. Lunch is dutch-treat at Saratoga Grill in Hillsborough (on the 2nd floor with no elevator-you must be able to walk up steps). After lunch there will be time to visit shops and a stop at Mebane Tanger Outlet where each participant will be given a coupon book. The bus will arrive back at the Senior Center by 6:00pm. Cost is $30 per person and includes motorcoach transportation, tour of Historic Hillsborough, taxes and tips.
Interested older adults need to pre-pay at the Senior Center 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, March 6 at 2:00 pm.
RETIREMENT & HEALTHCARE PLANNING CLASS: Thursdays March 21 – April 4 from 6-9pm at Rufty-Holmes Senior Center. This class, sponsored by RCCC, is designed to help one navigate the Healthcare Act of 2010, and how it will affect retirement. The course will give direction on where one should focus attention with retirement planning. Each student will receive a workbook that will address managing retirement savings. Registration fee of $49 includes workbook. One can register at the Front Desk or through RCCC phone or web options. For more information, call the Center at 704-216-7714.
ANNUAL DOGWOOD SECTIONAL BRIDGE TOURNAMENT: March 22 - 24. Rufty-Holmes will host this annual regional event beginning Friday, March 22 at 1:00pm. For more information, contact the Front Desk.
MOVIE OF THE MONTH: Wednesday, March 27 at 2:00pm. Sponsored by Mary Moose, Financial Planner with Victory Wealth Management, for interested older adults. Come out and enjoy “Hope Springs” with Meryl Streep & Tommy Lee Jones, rated PG-13, on our big screen, complete with popcorn and drinks. Free. (Motion picture license # 12137390).
COMPUTER CLASSES: Register in person at the Front Desk. Space is limited.
Introduction to Computers:
Wednesday, Thursday & Friday, March 6-8 from 9:00-12:00 noon or Wednesday, Thursday & Friday, March 20-22 from 1:00-4:00 pm. Still trying to figure out what to do with your new computer? Do not let it sit there in the box. Come to class and learn how to use your wonderful new piece of technology. This class is designed to introduce you to Windows 7, the internet, and Microsoft Word. Due to the popularity of this class, it is being offered twice in March. The fee is $28 for either 3 day class.
My Computer Class:
Thursday and Friday, March 14-15 from 1:00-4:00 pm. This class is for anyone who has taken a computer class with Debbie and would like to work on specific areas of interest. This is not the class to learn something completely brand new; rather, this is the time to improve on your current skills or something learned in a recent class. Class fee is $20.
To take a computer class one must be a member of Rufty-Holmes Senior Center. Classes without the minimum required registrants three days prior to class beginning will be canceled.
A MATTER OF BALANCE: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1-3:00 pm, April 2 through April 25. This educational exercise class is geared toward adults 60 years or older who have had a fall or are worried about falling. Caregivers are also welcome. Register at the Front Desk or by calling 704-216-7714. Spaces are limited. Participants are not required to be a member of the center. There is no fee for this class. Voluntary contributions are accepted.
“DO TELL” CREATIVE WRITING CLASS: Fridays from 1:30-3:30 pm beginning April 5. “Do Tell” is a 4-part interactive creative writing class to encourage participants to get their stories “from the brain on to the paper.” It targets those interested in writing family histories and journals, short stories, articles, and other human interest pieces (no poetry, plays or novels). The focus is on descriptive writing and capturing reader interest. Instructor Celeste Ward is a writer, photographer, traveler and teacher with thirty years of experience. Each session will include topical instruction, writing exercises, and roundtable feedback. Participants may attend any or all four of the Friday class sessions. Pre-registration is required. The fee for each session is $12.00, payable to the instructor at the beginning of each class. Participants should bring their own writing materials, legal pad, paper or laptop computer.
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.
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 980-640-3718.
Enjoy BINGO every Tuesday from 1-3pm for $1.50, sponsored by Beltone Hearing Aid Centers.
Members are invited to enjoy CARD & GAME DAY Thursdays from 1-4pm. Free with refreshments.
CLUB MEETINGS THIS MONTH:
TOPS Chapter - Each Monday at 9:30am
Men’s Breakfast Club - Each Tuesday at 8:30am
Rufty Holmes Lady Liners - Each Tuesday at 10:00am
Creative Needles Group - Each Wednesday at 9:30am
R-H Computer Club - Each Thursday at 10:00am
Woodcarvers Group - Each Thursday at 1:30pm
Evergreen Bridge Club - Each Friday at 1:00pm except March 22 & 29
Golf Association of Rowan Seniors - Monday, March 4 at 8:30am
Ambassadors Club - Monday, March 4 at noon
Walk-abouts – Tuesday, March 5 at 9:00am at The Farm House Restaurant
Busy Bees Craft Club – Thursday, March 7 at 9:30am
Seniors Morning Out - Thursday, March 7 at 10:00am
AARP Chapter - Thursday, March 7 at 12:30pm
Military Officers Association - Monday, March 11 at noon
Rufty-Holmes Garden Club – Monday, March 11 at 2:00pm
Rowan Amateur Radio Society - Monday, March 11 at 7:00pm
Salisbury-Rowan Retired School Personnel – Wednesday, March 13 at 10:30am
Better Breathing Club - Wednesday, March 13 at 1:00pm
Seniors Without Partners - Thursday, March 14 at 9:00am
Art Gang - Thursday, March 14 at 10:00am
Starry Night Quilters - Thursday, March 14 at 6:30pm
Duke Energy Retirees - Friday, March 15 at 11:00am
Southside Extension Homemakers - Monday, March 18 at 10:00am
NARFE - Monday, March 18 at 1:00pm
Salisbury-Rowan Quilters Guild - Thursday, March 21 at 10:00am
Ole Rowan Fiber Guild – Monday, March 25 at 6:30pm
Rowan County Council on Aging - Thursday, March 28 at 1:00pm
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. Call 704-216-7707 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 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.
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 704-216-7703 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.
WANT TO PROVIDE A SPECIAL HOLIDAY, BIRTHDAY, ANNIVERSARY OR THANK YOU GIFT FOR THAT OLDER ADULT WHO ALREADY HAS EVERYTHING? STOP BY THE SENIOR CENTER OFFICE TO PURCHASE A DISCOUNT COUPON FOR A CLASS OR ACTIVITY OFFERED AT RUFTY-HOLMES.
INCLEMENT WEATHER POLICY: In times of inclement weather, Rufty-Holmes Senior Center seeks, first and foremost, to insure the safety and welfare of participants and staff. The decision to close early, or not open the Center and Lunch Club sites, is made by the Executive Director based on weather conditions at the time and local forecasts. In any event, announcements about closings will be broadcast over local AM radio stations WSTP & WSAT. Whenever there is any doubt about sites being open, or a scheduled activity being held, call the Center first at 704-216-7714. If staff members are not on hand to answer your call, an appropriate message will be left on the answering machine. To find out about the rescheduling of activities that are canceled due to bad weather, call the Center once normal operations resume.
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