Senior Activities - The Messenger, March 2013

50+ & Better

700 N.E. 136th Avenue
General information: 360-487-7015 or 360-487-7036


Blood Pressure: 1st Wednesday, 10-11 a.m. Sponsored by Highland Terrace in the Loaves & Fishes lunch room.

Birthday Celebration: 2nd Wednesday, noon, with Loaves & Fishes lunch (suggested donation: $3 for 60 and over; or $6.80 under 60).

Bob and Friends: 1st Thursday, Karaoke with Bob and Friends, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., in the Loaves and Fishes lunch room.

Barbara Curry Piano/Songs: 2nd Thursday, 11:30-noon. Loaves and Fishes lunch room.

SHIBA (State Health Insurance Benefit Advisors): Information and Assistance on Health Care Insurance, Medicare and Prescription Drug Program. Free. 2nd and 4th Mondays, FCC Trapedero Lounge, 10 a.m.-noon. Call 360-735-3692 to schedule your free half hour appointment.

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.


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

If you have ideas or suggestions for new Friday clubs, we are interested in your input. Please contact Kelly Lund at 487-7055.

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 Balloon Bingo prizes donated by Courtyard Village Retirement.

Bridge: Wednesdays, 12:30-4 p.m. Please call Kelly at 487-7055 prior to attending.

Computer Basics: Learn about Internet Access and Outlook Express, Beginning Computers: Thursdays, 1-3:30 p.m., Intermediate Computers: Tuesdays, 4-5:30 p.m. Trapedero II room.

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

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

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

Knitting & Crochet: Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-noon. Bring your own needles and yarn, teaching assistance available.

Mah Jongg: 1st and 3rd Mondays, 1:45-3:45 p.m. Trapdereo II room.

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

Quilting for Kids at Firstenburg: 1st and 3rd Mondays, 1-3 p.m. Quilts will be donated to low income children and NW Children’s Outreach Program in Portland and Vancouver. Donations accepted. Needs: Cotton or poly light-weight quilt batting (at least 34 x 34 inches), cotton fabrics, child friendly prints and colors, fat quarters and larger pieces are great (NO little bits and scraps, please); pieces of flannel for the quilt backs. For more information, or if you are interested in donating supplies, please contact Kelly at 360-487-7055.


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 to register. Pre-registration is required for all classes.

Firstenburg Community Center

Beginning Line Dance: Boot and scoot into some dancing fun. No partner needed.

Belly Dance: Get fit while having fun with the basic foundations of belly dance.

Foot Care Clinic: Basic 30-minute routine treatment. Set appointment at time of registration.


Firstenburg Community Center

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 40 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! 


Indoor Walking Track

Heart Walk: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7-8 a.m.

Aerobic/Dance Studio

Strong Boomers: Mondays and Wednesdays, 8-8:30 a.m.

Stretch with Janne: Mondays and Wednesdays, 8:30-9 a.m.

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

Community Rooms B&C

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

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

SilverSneakers® Cardio Circuit: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 9:30-10:15 a.m.

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

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

T’ai Chi: Tuesdays,10:30-11:15 a.m.


Tone and Stretch: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7-7:55 a.m.

River Challenge: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 7-7:55 a.m. and Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8-8:55 a.m.

Gentle Moves: Monday, Wednesdays and Fridays, 11:15 a.m.-noon.

SilverSplash®: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 12:05-12:55 p.m.

1009 E McLoughlin Blvd.
(behind Marshall Center)
General information: 487-7050


Upcoming Events

Tea and Topics: Join us on the first Wednesday of each month at 1 p.m. in the Luepke Community Room. Informative, free monthly presentations by guest speakers. Tea and cookies served. Sponsored by Community Home Care and Global Health Alerts.

March 6, 1 p.m. Tea Remedies and Healthy Living, Part 1. Learn how different teas, home care and emergency preparedness can provide healthy home remedies and prevention.

Mark your calendar for the 24th Annual Senior Citizen Prom “A Night Under the Stars,” Friday, May 17, 6-9:30 p.m. Food, dancing and fun! Live music with Charles Suniga and Friends. Sponsored by Courtyard Village Vancouver and the Messenger. Call 487-7100 to register for activity #93642 or sign up at the Marshall or Luepke Community Centers. $13 per person. For details contact Kelly Lund at 487-7055.

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. Sunday dances on March 3-John Lazzari, March 10-John Bennett, March 17-Lee Nicholas, March 24-Beacock Dance Band; March 31-closed for Easter, no dance.

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.

Health Information

SHIBA (State Health Insurance Benefit Advisors): Information and Assistance on Health Care Insurance, Medicare and Prescription Drug Program. Free. 1st and 3rd Mondays, LC Suite 1, 10 a.m.-noon. Call 360-735-3692 to make an appointment or drop by on specified days and time. FREE.

Theme Activities - Luepke Center

Join us in the Luepke Center Community Room for special theme activities and morning fun.

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

1st  Monday – Florence & Friends (dancing).

2nd Monday – Barbara Curry on Piano (dancing).

3rd Monday – Jukebox Monday (dancing).

4th Monday – Smooth Country Blues, John Cannon (dancing).

Tuesday – White Elephant bingo, bring a new or used gift for a bingo card.

1st and 2nd Wednesday – John Lazzari & Jazzical Dance Music (dancing).

3rd and 4th Wednesday – Suzanne with Swing Sensations (dancing).

Thursdays – The Playmates (dancing).

Fridays – Bingo, bring a box or canned food item.
Morning Special Activities

Festivities will begin around 10:15 a.m. Call 487-7050 or 487-7055 for activity details.

Shamrock Bingo: Friday, March 15. Be sure to wear green, bring a canned or boxed food item and join us for an exciting morning of bingo.

Good Friday Easter Party: Friday, March 29. Bring your friends and join us for a morning of fun filled celebration. Stay for a  Meals on Wheels special luncheon ($3 suggested donation).


Luepke Center – Club Fees are $1 unless otherwise noted.

WANTED: Looking for donations of bingo prizes. 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. Beginners please call 360-487-7055 prior to joining a club. Tuesdays – Beginning and Intermediate. 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. All users must check in at Luepke Center Front Desk each time prior to use. If you have questions, please call 487-7050.

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

Drawing Club: Wednesdays, 12:30-3:30 p.m. Bring art supplies! Draw or paint with the Free Model Guild. For details call 487-7055. Marshall Center.

Hand and Foot Card Club: Wednesdays, 12:30-3:30 p.m. New members welcome!

International Folk World Health Dancing: No Folk Dance February through April; resumes in May on Wednesdays, 1:30-2:30 p.m. Luepke Stage.

Knitting/Crochet Club: Mondays, 10 a.m.-noon.

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

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

Mens Cooking: Fridays, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Call 487-7055. MCC Center Kitchen and Conference Room.

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

Pinochle Clubs: Tuesdays, 12:30-3:30 p.m., and Fridays, 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. New members welcome! Call 487-7055.

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

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


Blood Pressure Clinic: 1st Friday of every month, 8:15-10:15 a.m.

Diabetes Support Group: 2nd & 4th Thursday of every month, 1-2 p.m. Call 487-7055 to register.

Legal Clinic: To inquire about our free legal clinic, please call 487-7055.

Stay Healthy Check In: 4th Monday, 11:15 a.m. Sponsored by Clearwater Springs Senior Living.


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. If you are over 60, you may qualify for a free Silver and Fit® pass which includes Fitness classes listed below. For more information, please call a customer service representative at any of the three centers.

Marshall Community Center: 1009 E McLoughlin Blvd., 487-7100

Firstenburg Community Center: 700 NE 136th Ave., 487-7001

Vancouver Tennis Center: 18th and Stapleton Rd., 696-8123.


Classes listed below are appropriate for seniors – all levels

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.

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.


Water temperature is between 84-86 degrees.

Aqua Yoga: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 11-11:30 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.

Improve range of motion and joint health as you move through the soothing medium of warm water. Improve muscle tone, flexibility, and balance.

50+ Forever Young Hikers

Free! Hike Orientation – Luepke Center.

Please call Becky at 360-487-7084 to reserve your spot.

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 feet. Involves harder climbing, rocky terrain, possible steep and/or narrow paths.
Mosier Twin Tunnels, Hood River, Ore., March 5: Moderate. 5-6 miles, 500-ft. elevation gain.

Steigerwald and Lewis & Clark Trails, Wash., March 12: Easy. 6.8 miles, 100-ft. elevation gain.

Forest Park, Germantown to Gasline Road, Ore., March 19: Moderate. 5 miles, 900-ft. elevation gain.

Deschutes River, Ore., March 26: Moderate. 7 miles, 500-ft. elevation gain.

Shellburg Falls Loop, Ore., April 2: Moderate. 6.7  miles, 1,200-ft. elevation gain.

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


Please check Vancouver Parks and Recreation catalog for additional details on classes, registration fees, dates, locations, etc. If you are 60 and over, please ask for a 10 percent discount on Adult Enrichment classes. Call 487-7100 for information on dates, etc., or to register. Pre-registration is required for all classes.

Marshall/Luepke Campus

Health and Wellness 

Foot Care Clinic: Routine treatment, pre-registration required. Call 487-7100 to schedule your 30-minute session.