For Part 1…. Creative activities for adults include making balloon animals 101 and 102, how to crochet a rug, learning flower arranging, making mosaics, soap making, and how to make stained glass. The dance activities teach belly dancing and country western dancing at beginner and intermediate levels. Exercise classes offer Tai Chi and Yoga. Gardening classes teach how to mix flowers with veggies in your yard and self help classes teach you the basics on how to de-stress and use hypnosis for better sleep and for weight reduction. Languages that are taught include English (as a second language), Japanese, and Spanish. Guitar lessons, piano lessons and mountain dulcimer lessons teach the musically-inclined how to make their own tunes. Quilting, sewing, shooting and hunting courses, dog obedience courses, couponing, voice-over work and history classes teaching about the Brazos County are also offered.
For senior citizens in the area, monthly programs are available to stay involved and active. Seniors can participate in one, or in several programs. Computer Club meets the first Wednesday of each month and reviews the basics of computer technology, 42 Dominoes meets on Thursday mornings, and Bingo and Birthday Party is available the last Friday of each month. Extracurricular activities include the Bluegrass Jam Session, Movie & Popcorn, Genealogy Group, Sr. Advisory Committee, Monthly Lunch Out, Bible Study, and Monthly Birthdays. For seniors interested in games, Bridge is available as well as Sensory/Memory Games, Crafts, Bingo and other games. Healthy living is still of the utmost importance later on in life, and to promote this healthy lifestyle, the city offers classes on Line Dancing/Stretching, Sit & Fit Chair Exercise, Hot Meals, Hot Breakfast, Sit & Be Fit, Health Screening, and Nutrition Education. All of these events are offered weekly or monthly for senior citizens.
There is an exploring history lunch lecture that is put on by the College Station Historic Preservation Committee and College Station Parks and Recreation each month. These lectures give insight into the history of our community and are held at Aldersgate United Methodist Church located between Southwest Parkway and Harvey Road, across Highway 6 from Post Oak Mall, next to Academy. The cost per person is $5, and the event includes lunch, which is served at 11:30 a.m. The speaker begins at 12 p.m. Some of the upcoming lectures include the Texas A&M Corps of Cadets History by Dr. John Adams, Hidden Treasures of Cushing Library by Dr. Mary Manning and Second Thoughts: Presidential Regrets with their Supreme Court Nominations by William T. Harper.
Health events for seniors include programs exploring family history, travel safety, sexuality later in life and strength and exercise. For seniors with more of an adventurous side with a love for exploring, there is a senior world passport program. The A&M International Outreach Program partners with the College Station Parks and Recreation Senior Services to promote different cultures around the world. This fall, the focus is on Chinese and Cuban culture. The titles of the fall programs are: Tai Chi: A Healthy Lifestyle, Chinese Tea House Culture, Scenery in the Basin (A Perspective on Chinese Horticulture) and Cuba.
Seniors can learn how to make scented candles in a class with Anita Williams from G & Me. They can take classes on the matter of balance which reduces their fear of falling and increases activity levels while setting realistic goals for themselves. Fit and be strong classes are part of an eight-week program designed to improve daily movement and functionality. Seniors can expect an increase in strength, flexibility and balance. The transitions of life series is a five-week session that provides information on healthcare resources and services. The senior fall fest invites seniors out to enjoy a picnic in the park with live entertainment, door prizes and more. Writing family history events are scheduled for the fall, antique show and tell, holiday open house and more!
The Senior Adult Xtra classes offer exciting classes on a variety of subjects from technology to fitness. The computer classes that are available include Computer Tips 101 A, B, C and D, Computer Tips 102 A, B, C and D, Email Workshop A and B, and Internet Workshop A and B. these classes range from $45 to $60. Exercise classes include Tai Chi A and B for seniors for $85. Special interest classes teach digital photography, bridge for beginners and genealogy for $35 to $50.
In addition to offering programs and classes specifically to youth, adults and seniors, the city has several events offered to families and to all citizens. Family Swim Nights at Adamson Lagoon are from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. and are half price admission for families. The End of Summer Spectacular at Adamson Lagoon is from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on September 3 and is half price admission for individuals. The G. Hysmith Skate Park “Come and Skate It” Competition is a five hour individual and doubles competition presented by the City of College Station, PepsiCo and C-Ment Skate Shop. The Lincoln Recreation Center hosts an annual fall festival on October 25 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. as well as breakfast with Santa on December 1 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. This year, Wolf Pen Creek will be home to Buddy Walk, Wiener Fest, Memory Walk, Brazos Valley Worldfest, Christmas at the Creek and BCS Marathon.
Programs, classes, events and parks are all part of what make the city of College Station such a friendly place. There is so much to do this fall, and so many different ways to enjoy the beautiful weather. Get involved, get outside, and get going!
Susan Hilton (979)764-2100
CENTURY 21 Beal, Inc.