50+ & Better

 
FIRSTENBURG COMMUNITY CENTER
700 NE 136th Avenue
General information: 487-7015 or 487-7036
 
ONGOING EVENTS

Special Morning Activities - Free: Activities begin around 10:30 a.m. in the Firstenburg Center. Call 360-487-7015 or 360-487-7036 for more information.

Blood Pressure: 1st Wednesday, 10-11 a.m. Sponsored by Highland Terrace in the Meals on Wheels lunch room.

Birthday Celebrations: 2nd Wednesday, noon, with Meals on Wheels lunch (suggested donation: $3 for 60 and over; or $6.80 under 60).

Karaoke with Howling Wolf: 1st Thursday, 11:30 a.m.-noon, in the Meals on Wheels lunch room.

Barbara Curry Piano/Songs: 2nd Thursday, 11:30 a.m.-noon. Meals on Wheels lunch room.

Dan and His Magical Guitar:  3rd Thursday, 11:30 a.m.-noon. Meals on Wheels lunch room.

Legal Clinic: 1st Monday, 10 a.m.-noon. Appointment required. Please call 487-7015 or 487-7036 to schedule your free half hour consultation with a volunteer attorney.

Wii Bowling: Mondays, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Try your hand bowling with the Wii Game. For more information, please call 487-7015.

CLUBS

All club activities are located in the Trapedero II Room. Club Fees are $1 unless otherwise noted.

If you would like more information, please contact Kelly Lund at 487-7036.

Bingo: 2nd and 4th Mondays, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Bring a white elephant gift (something clean, usable) in exchange for a bingo card, 4th Monday, extra Bingo prizes donated by Courtyard Village Retirement.

Bridge: At this time waiting list only; please call ahead before attending our bridge clubs;(360-487-7036). Tuesdays, 12:30-3:00 p.m.,Wednesdays, 12:30-4 p.m.

Computer Clubs: New 2014! Thursdays, 1-3 p.m., Beginning; Thursdays, 3-5:30 p.m., Advanced.

Cribbage: Fridays, noon-2:30 p.m.

Dominoes-Mexican Train: Fridays, 10 a.m.-noon.

Double Pinochle: Tuesdays, noon-3:30 p.m.

Hand & Foot Card game: Thursdays, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and Fridays, 12:30-3:30 p.m.

Knitting & Crochet: Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-noon. Bring your own needles and yarn. This is a social knitting club. No instructor provided.

Mah Jongg Chinese Style: 1st and 3rd Mondays, 1:45-3:45 p.m.

Quilters Club: 1st and 3rd Mondays, 1-3 p.m. (Quilts for sale - all proceeds go to charity.)

Please Note: All 50 and Better clubs are recreation based. club leaders regulate games and activities. Players must adhere to all club guidelines. Club guidelines can found at the Trapedero II Room

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CLASSES

Please check the Vancouver Parks and Recreation catalog for additional details on classes, registration fees, location, etc. If you are 60 or over, please ask for a 10 percent discount on Adult Enrichment classes. Call 487-7001 or 487-7100 for information on dates, etc., or visit our website at www.vanparksrec.org.

SENIOR FITNESS AND WELLNESS

Focus on Fitness this year! Become a pass-holder at Firstenburg, Marshall or the Vancouver Tennis Center. Swim, play work out, or take group exercise classes for a low monthly fee. You'll find ways to  stay healthy and meet new friends at the same time. Firstenburg Community Center offers both SilverSneakers® and Silver&Fit® programs. The SilverSneakers® Fitness Program is offered in partnership with select health plans at no additional cost for Medicare-eligible members. The Silver&Fit® Fitness Program is designed specifically for Medicare beneficiaries and includes a membership at our facility. The Firstenburg Community Center offers a variety of over 35 senior exercise classes per week, including SilverSneakers® and Silver&Fit® formats! We invite our regular senior members to participate in these classes as long as we have room. Contact Tammy Jones, Senior Advisor at 487-7038 today to learn more about these great programs, or to find out if you are eligible for a no-additional cost membership!

Marshall Community Center: 1009 E. McLoughlin Blvd., 487-7100
Firstenburg Community Center: 700 N.E. 136th Ave., 487-7001
Vancouver Tennis Center: 18th and Stapleton Rd., 696-8123.

Fitness

Indoor Walking Track

Stay warm, dry and safe while you get your exercise. Open to walkers, joggers, strollers, and wheelchairs. Open Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, 5:30 a.m. - 9 p.m., Fridays 5:30 a.m. - 8 p.m., Saturdays, 8 a.m. - 7 p.m. and Sundays noon - 6 p.m.

Aerobic/Dance Studio

Boomer Stretch/Strength: Mondays and Wednesdays, 8-9 a.m.

Boomer Boot Camp: Tuesdays, 8-9 a.m.

Boomer Circuit: Fridays, 8-9 a.m.

Community Rooms B&C

Silver&Fit® Dance endorsed by Zumba Gold: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 8:30-9:15 a.m., Mondays, 1:45-2:30 p.m.

SilverSneakers® Yoga Stretch: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8:30-9:15 a.m., Mondays and Wednesdays, 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

SilverSneakers® Circuit: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 9:30-10:15 a.m. and Mondays, 1:45-2:30 p.m.

Silver&Fit® Experience: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:30-10:15 a.m. and Wednesdays, 1:45-2:30 p.m.

SilverSneakers® Classic: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 10:30-11:15 a.m. and Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1:45-2:30 p.m.

T’ai Chi for Health: Tuesdays–10:30-11:15 a.m.

Aquatics/Pool

Water temperature is between 81-86 degrees.

Tone and Stretch: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7-7:50 a.m.

River Challenge: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 7-7:50 a.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8-8:50 a.m.

Gentle Moves: Monday, Wednesdays and Fridays, 11 -11:50 a.m.

SilverSneakers Splash®: Tuesdays and Thursdays, Noon-12:50 p.m.

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LUEPKE CENTER
1009 E McLoughlin Blvd.
(behind Marshall Center)

 
UPCOMING SPECIAL EVENTS

Special Morning Activities – Free: 10:30 a.m. in Luepke Center Community Room. Call 360-487-7055 or 360-487-7050 for more information.

Hearts Bingo: Friday, Feb. 14, 10:30 a.m. Join us for a Valentine theme of bingo filled with fun and surprises. Stay for a Meals on Wheels lunch (suggested onation: $3 for 60 and over; or $6.80 under 60).

Stay Healthy Check-in & Topics: Join us on the first Wednesday of each month in the Luepke Community Room. Blood pressure checks at 11:30 a.m. Presentation will begin at noon. Please call Kelly at 360-487-7055 for more information. Sponsored by Community Home Care.

Shamrock Shake Dance: Monday, March 17, 10:30 a.m. Wear green and shake, rock and roll to a morning of St. Patrick's Day music and fun; featuring Lyle Chaffee and sponsored by Bonadventure of Salmon Creek. Stay for a Meals on Wheels lunch (suggested donation: $3 for 60 and over; or $6.80 under 60).

Newcomers Welcome: Wednesday, April 2, 11-11:30 a.m. Tour our wonderful community centers and let us introduce you to our 50 and Better programs. Meet people and discover the things we offer.

Let’s Dance – Root Beer Floats: 2nd Thursday, 11-11:30 a.m. Sponsored by Pacific Specialty and Rehab Care.

Birthdays: 2nd Wednesday, 11 a.m.

Morning Dances and Bingo: 10:30 a.m.

Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays (alternating dance music provided by Florence & Friends, John Lazzari, Barbara Curry on piano, Smooth Country Blues with John Cannon, The Playmate and a monthly Mystery Music dance). Tuesday - White Elephant bingo, bring a new or used gift for a bingo card. Fridays - Bingo, bring a box or canned food item.

Legal Clinic: Wednesdays, 1-3 p.m. Appointment required. Please call 360-487-7050 to schedule your free half-hour consultation with our attorney.

Sunday Dances: Dance on Sundays from 2-4 p.m. Bands are subject to change. Tickets are $3 at the door with light refreshments provided; March 9 - band TBA; March 16 - John Bennett; March 23 - Beacock Dance Band; March 30 - Charles Suniga.

Go Green Recycle Bin—Located in the Luepke Parking Lot: Please join in this fundraising project by bringing your newspaper, cardboard and phone books for recycling. Funds received will go to 50+ Activities. Recycle bin available every day.

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CLUBS

Club Fees are $1 unless otherwise noted.

WANTED: PLEASE bring canned food or boxed food items; or any nifty gifty treasures you have that can be used as bingo prizes. Your support and good will are appreciated! For more information, please call 487-7055.

Bingo: Tuesdays and Fridays, 10:30-11:30 a.m. On Tuesdays, bring a white elephant gift (something clean, usable) and on Fridays, bring a can of food or purchased unopened food item in exchange for a bingo card.

Bridge Clubs: 12:30-3:30 p.m. New players must call 360-487-7055 prior to joining a club.
Tuesdays – Advanced Bridge; Fridays – Intermediate Bridge Plus

50+ Computer Lab: The computer lab is located in the Luepke lobby and available to people 50 and older during designated hours. Internet and computer use agreement must be siged. Users will be required to sign in at Luepke Center Front Desk each time prior to use. Computer time is limited to 45 minutes.

Cribbage: Thursdays, 12:30-3 p.m.

Drawing and Painting Club: Wednesdays, 12:30-3:30 p.m. Bring art supplies! Draw or paint with the Free Model Guild. No instructor provided. For details call 487-7055.

Hand and Foot Card Club: Wednesdays, 12:30-3:30 p.m.

International Folk Dance: Tuesdays, 3:30-5 p.m. Marshall Oak Room.

Knitting/Crochet Club: Mondays, 10 a.m.-noon. Bring your own needles and yarn. this is a social knitting club/no instructor.

Mah Jongg: Mondays, 9 a.m.-noon, and Thursdays, 1-4 p.m. New members welcome. Contact Kelly at 487-7055 for more information.

Mah Jongg Learning Club: Thursdays, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (extra supply fee payable to club leader.) For more information contact clud leader, Ellen Fanale at 360-210-5645.

Marshallaires Choir: Mondays, 1-3 p.m. For membership or performance information, contact Richard Smitley at 576-0752. New members welcome. No fee.

Men's Cooking: Fridays, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Call 487-7055 before joining. MCC Center Kitchen and Conference Room.

Page Turners Book Club: 1st Wednesday, 10 a.m.-noon.

Pinochle Clubs: Tuesdays at Luepke, 12:30-3:30 p.m., and Fridays at Marshall, 1-3 p.m.

Quilters Club: Mondays, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Marshall Center Craft Room East.

Red Herring Mystery Book Club: 2nd Monday, 1-2 p.m. Join this lively group for exciting and interesting monthly discussions.

50+ Basketball & Volleyball: Tuesday and Thursday, noon – 2 p.m. $2 per person. Marshall Center Gym.

Vancouver Metro Senior Softball Association: For more information, cost, etc. please contact John Aarhus at 574-3017 or jtaarhus@comcast.net

World Health Dancing Club: Thursdays, 3-4:30 p.m. Luepke Community Room.

Writing Group: Fridays, 10 a.m.-noon (no meeting first Friday of the month).

SENIOR FITNESS AND WELLNESS

Focus on Fitness this year! Become a pass-holder at Marshall, Firstenburg, or the Vancouver Tennis Center. Swim, play, work out, or take group exercise classes for a low monthly fee. You’ll find ways to stay healthy and meet new friends at the same time. Marshall Center offers both SilverSneakers® and Silver&Fit® programs. The SilverSneakers® Fitness Program is offered in partnership with select health plans at no additional cost for Medicare-eligible members and the Silver&Fit® Fitness Program is designed specifically for Medicare beneficiaries. If you are over 60, you may qualify for a free SilverSneakers® or Silver and Fit® pass which include Fitness classes listed below. For more information, please call a customer service representative at any of the three centers to learn more about these great programs, or to find out if you are eligible for a no-additional cost membership!

Marshall Community Center: 1009 E. McLoughlin Blvd., 487-7100
Firstenburg Community Center: 700 N.E. 136th Ave., 487-7001
Vancouver Tennis Center: 18th and Stapleton Rd., 696-8123.

Aerobic/Dance Studio

Fit for Life (low impact): Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 7:45-8:45 a.m.

Mat Pilates: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7:50-8:50 a.m.

Senior Circuit: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8:10-8:55 a.m. or 9-9:45 a.m.

Gentle Stretch: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 8:45-8:55 a.m.

Low-Impact: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 10:15-11:15 a.m.

Silver & Fit Excel: Wednesdays, 10:15-11:15 a.m.

Chair Fitness: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:30-11:25 a.m.

Qigong T’ai Chi: Mondays, 11:25 a.m.-12:10 p.m.

Sun Style T’ai Chi: Wednesdays, 11:25 a.m.-12:10 p.m.

T’ai Chi: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11:25 a.m.-12:10 p.m.

Zumba Gold: Wednesdays, 12:15-1:15 p.m.

Gentle Yoga: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 12:15-1:15 p.m.

Silver & Fit Experience: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1:30-2:20 p.m.

Aquatics/Pool - Water temperature is between 84-86 degrees.

Aqua Yoga: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 11:00 -11:30 a.m. Increase flexibility and quiet the mind as you join us for this class that is gentle on the muscles and joints.

Gentle Moves Class: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

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50+ Forever Young Hikers

Looking for a Volunteer Hiking Guide/Driver: The Vancouver Parks and Recreation 50+ Forever Young Hikers program is looking for a volunteer hiking guide and driver. Volunteers must be 50+ and willing to take first aid/cpr. If you are interested in being involved in the hiking program, have the time to research potential new hikes, evaluate trails and are comfortable driving a 15-passenger van, please give us a call. For more information contact Becky at 360-487-7084 or email becky.anderson@cityofvancouver.us

Free! Hike Orientation – Luepke Center. Please call Becky at 360-487-7084 to reserve your spot.

•  Thursday, March 6, noon-1 p.m.

If you are new to Luepke Center’s hiking programs, an orientation class is mandatory. Discussion includes what to expect, what to bring and what to wear; as well as program requirements.

All hikes are designed for hikers with experience. You must be able to maintain a 20-minute mile pace. Please check the rating on the hike and pay consideration to the distance and elevation gain. Many of these hikes are located in distant wilderness areas.

Join us on Tuesdays for year-round adventures throughout the great Northwest, from the Columbia River Gorge to the beaches of the Pacific Ocean. A great way to stay active, meet new people and have fun. Hikes are approximately 4-8 miles, round-trip. All hikes may include a second afternoon hike, time and weather permitting. Hiking boots, whistle, water bottle and walking stick are recommended.

Easy: 4 miles with an elevation gain of up to 300 feet. Must be able to walk a 20-minute mile on fairly level ground with little elevation gain.

Moderate: 4-6 miles with an elevation gain of up to 1,500 feet. May include slopes and/or steep areas.

Difficult: 6-8 miles with an elevation gain of up to 2,500 or more. Involves harder climbing, rocky terrain, possible steep and/or narrow paths.

Fort Stevens State Park-Astoria, Ore., March 4: Easy/Moderate. 5-6 miles, 100 ft. elevation gain.

Forest Park Arboretum Trail, Ore., March 11: Easy/Moderate. 4.7 miles, 425 ft. elevation gain.

Balch Creek to Pittock Mansion, Ore., March 18: Moderate. 4-6 miles, 800 ft. elevation gain.

Forest Park Maple Trail to Wildwood Trail, Ore., March 25: Moderate. 7.7 miles, 500 ft. elevation gain.

Rodney Falls & Beacon Rock, Wash., April 1: Moderate. 7 miles, 900 ft. elevation gain.

For questions or more information, please contact Becky at 487-7084.