Senior Programs for This Quarter

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ALZHEIMERS ASSOCIATION - UNDERSTANDING ALZHEIMER'S & DEMENTIA

The Alzheimer’s Association will lead this informative class focusing on the latest research regarding brain health. Learn tips to help keep your brain and body healthy as you age. Register in person or call 540-483-9238 to register. Wednesday, September 21, 2022 at the Essig Recreation Center from 10:00am-11:30am.  FREE!

ALZHEIMERS ASSOCIATION - HEALTHY LIVING FOR THE BRAIN & BODY

The Alzheimer’s Association will lead this informative class focusing on the latest research regarding brain health. Learn tips to help keep your brain and body healthy as you age. Register in person or call 540-483-9238 to register.  Wednesday, October 5, 2022 at the Essig Recreation Center from 10:00am-11:30am.  FREE!

ALZHEIMERS ASSOCIATION - MANAGING MONEY

The Alzheimer’s Association will help you prepare for the future as you learn about caregiving, finances and how to avoid scams. Register in person or call 540-483-9238 to register. Wednesday, November 16, 2022 at the Essig Recreation Center from 10:00am-11:30am.  FREE!

ALZHEIMERS ASSOCIATION - DEMENTIA CONVERSATIONS

Help plan for the future as the Alzheimer's Association will address some of the common issues surrounding dementia and how it affects you and your family.  Register in person or call 540-483-9238 to register.  Wednesday, December 7, 2022 at the Essig Recreation Center from 10:00am-11:30am.  FREE!

BROWN BAG BINGO

Join us the 2nd Tuesday of the month to play bingo for fun prizes. Register in person or call 540-483-9238 to register.

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Sep 13, Oct 11, Nov 1, Dec 1311:00am-12:30pmEssig Rec CenterFREE


CHRISTMAS WITH THE TEMPLETONS

Join us for an afternoon of Christmas tunes by Karen and Mark Templeton. Sweet treats will be provided for your enjoyment. Please call 540-483-9238 to let us know that you would like to attend.  Friday, December 16 at the Essig Recreation Center from 1:30pm-300pm.  FREE!

CREATIVE DRAWING

Develop familiarity with drawing materials, techniques and fundamentals to make representational drawings rooted in observation. The emphasis is on learning to SEE changes in shape, value, edge and developing your powers of observation for creating drawings. Learn shading, composition and spatial relationships. Register in person or online. Registration Deadline: One Week Before Session Starts

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Session 1: Oct 6, 13 & 20
Session 2: Nov 3, 10 & 17
Session 3: Dec 1, 8,& 15
10:30am-12:30pmEssig Rec Center$45.00 per sessionRegistration Now Button Opens in new window


CYBER SECURITY WORKSHOP

This workshop will teach you how to be safe while using the internet and other electronics. This class will be lead by the Franklin County Information Technology Department. Coffee and a sweet treat will be provided. Register in person or call 540-483-9238 to register.

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Tuesday, September 2711:00am-NoonEssig Rec CenterFREE


DAYTIME YOGA CLASSES-6 WEEKS

Join us for 6 consecutive Thursdays of yoga that will begin to improve your stamina and reduce stress and anxiety. A guided meditation concludes each peaceful class. Pre-registration required. Min 6 students. Registration Deadline: One Week Before Session Starts

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 Sep 22 - Oct 27
 Nov 10 - Dec 22
1pm-2pmEssig Rec Center$45Registration Now Button Opens in new window


FALL SOCIAL WITH ANIMALS

The Zoo is coming to the Essig Recreation Center, don’t miss out! Come celebrate Fall while we learn something new and fun. A festive snack and drink will be provided. Register in person or call 540-483-9238 to register. Wednesday, November 9 from 11:00am-12:30pm.  FREE!

FOLK ART PAINTING – 3 WEEKS

Immerse yourself in the joy of painting in watercolor or gouache. These Monday classes are a creative experience for all who wish to paint, offering the simple joy of expressing daily life with light and color, bringing delight to artist and viewers. The instruction and class atmosphere is informal. Come and express your inner folk artist. Includes demonstration, individual assistance and discussion. Supplies are not included. Register in person or online.  Registration Deadline: One Week Before Session Starts

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Session 1: Oct 3, 17, & 24 Session 2: Nov 7, 14 & 21 Session 3: Dec 5, 12 & 1910:30am-12:30pmEssig Rec Center$45 per sessionRegistration Now Button

 

LINE DANCING

Join us every Tuesday for a little dancing exercise! No experience needed – just a little bit of rhythm and a willingness to have fun! Register in person or online.  Registration Deadline: One Week Before Session Starts

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Tuesday's, each month beginning in October11:30am-12:30pmEssig Rec Center$10 per monthRegistration Now Button Opens in new window


MEDICARE INFORMATION FROM SAAA

Do you need help navigating Medicare? Let Ciera Wilson at Southern Area Agency on Aging help you. Please call 276-632-6442 to make a phone appointment or schedule an in-person visit at the Essig Recreation Center.

MOVIE MATINEES

Enjoy time with friends while eating popcorn and watching a movie. Movies will be announced a week before the showing. Register in person or call 540-483-9238 to register.

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1st Friday of every month
Oct-Dec
1pm-3pmEssig Rec CenterFREE


PICKLE A MILE ON ROUTE 40 CHALLENGE

This fun challenge will allow you to "travel" route 40 through games of pickleball. Are you up to traveling through 12 states? For this challenge four games equal one mile. If you play 572 games, you travel through all twelve states. Winners will be rewarded for their efforts.  Challenge is September - December.  FREE!

PICKLEBALL - INTRO

Want a better understanding of the basics of Pickleball? Come to this 1 hour clinic to learn the basics of the game. Register online or call 540-483-9238.






1st Thursday of month9:30am-10:30amEssig Rec CenterFREERegistration Now Button Opens in new window


PICKLEBALL DRILLS CLINIC

Looking to practice and get better at the game of pickleball? Each month we will focus on different aspects of the game such as dinking, drops, blocking and will use the ball machine to strengthen our skills. Register online or call 540-483-9238. Max 8 players.

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3rd Thursday of month9:30am-11:30amEssig Rec Center$10Registration Now Button Opens in new window


PICKLEBALL - GLOW CHRISTMAS SOCIAL

Start your holiday season off with some glow pickleball. Wear a white shirt and come glow the evening away. Pre-registration is required for this event. As with any social, food will be there! Register online or on-site. Deadline to Register: Friday, December 9, 2022

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Friday, Dec 164:00pm-8:00pmEssig Rec Center$10.00Registration Now Button Opens in new window


SENIOR EXPO

Hope that you can come to the largest Senior Expo in Southwest, VA and visit with over 50 vendors to learn more about opportunities to assist you as you age. This free event will include a food truck, live music, giveaways and yoga, line dancing, tai chi and pickleball demonstrations.

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Thursday, Oct 2710am-2pmEssig Rec CenterFREE


SENIOR GIVING TREE

If you would like to help an elder this holiday season, come by the Essig Recreation Center and pick up a “Star” to see what they need, beginning the week of November 14th. Franklin County Office of Aging hours are Monday-Friday 8:30am - 5pm. If you have questions, please call us at 540-483-9238. Unwrapped gifts should be returned no later than December 12th.

SMARTPHONE BASICS

Stumped by your phone? Come learn the basics of your smart phone. This class will be lead by the Franklin County Information Technology Department. Register in person or call 540-483-9238 to register.  Tuesday, October 11 at the Essig Recreation Center 11:00am-Noon.  FREE!

STRETCH & BREATHE CHAIR YOGA

Join us for 6 consecutive weeks of chair yoga to pair breathing with gentle movement and stretching. A guided meditation concludes each peaceful class. Pre-registration required. Min 6 students. Registration Deadline: Thursday, November 3, 2022

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Thursday’s
Nov 10 - Dec 22
10am-11:00amEssig Rec Center$45 per sessionRegistration Now Button Opens in new window


TAI CHI FOR BEGINNERS

This graceful form of exercise is used for stress reduction and a variety of other health conditions. Often described as meditation in motion, tai chi promotes serenity through gentle, flowing movements.  Registration Deadline: Wednesday, September 21, 2022

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Wednesday's
Sep 28 - Dec 21
11:30am - 12:30pmEssig Rec Center$60.00Registration Now Button Opens in new window


TAI CHI FOR ADVANCED

These advanced martial art classes are for those who have taken the beginner class and want to progress through learning more advanced Tai Chi.  Registration Deadline: Wednesday, September 21, 2022

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Wednesday's
Sep 28 - Dec 21
12:30pm-1:30pmEssig Rec CenterFREERegistration Now Button Opens in new window


VIRGINIA TECH TRIP TO BOTANICAL GARDENS

Tour the Virginia Tech Botanical gardens and learn all about the different plants from Forrest Brown who is working on his PhD in Botany. After touring the garden, we will go for lunch at Cracker Barrel. Transportation and garden tour provided and lunch is on your own. Register in person at the Essig Recreation Center. Registration Deadline: Tuesday, October 18, 2022

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Tuesday, Oct 25Bus departs 9:30am from Essig Rec Center60+$8.00


WATERCOLOR EXPRESSIONS-3 WEEKS

Three consecutive Tuesday mornings, join with others who wish to discover the joy and fluid beauty of watercolor painting. Includes demonstration, individual assistance and discussion. The instruction and class atmosphere is informal and self expression is encouraged. This creative class is designed for all levels of experience and to share the magic of creating art with watercolor. Brushes, palettes and water jars are available. Supplies are not included. Register in person or online. Registration Deadline: One Week Before Session Starts

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Session 1: Oct 4, 11 & 18 Session 2: Nov 1, 15 & 22 Session 3: Dec 6, 13 & 2010:30am-12:30pmEssig Rec Center$45 per sessionRegistration Now Button Opens in new window


WOHLFAHRT CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR

Join us for some of your favorite holiday music, dazzling dance numbers and beautiful costumes at the Wohlfahrt Dinner Theatre. Price includes transportation, meal and show. Register in person at the Essig Recreation Center. Trip will be on Thursday, December 15, 2022 and the cost is $60.00.  Bus will depart from the Essig Recreation Center at 10:00am.  Registration Deadline: Thursday, November 10, 2022