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Senior Programs for This Quarter
AGING IN YOUR COMMUNITY PANEL DISCUSSION
Come hear from expert panelists on resources, services and programs available to seniors here in Franklin County. This workshop is designed to help you stay informed so you can maintain your independence and overall well being. Tuesday, August 15th from 10am-Noon at the Essig Recreation Center. FREE! Register in person or call 540-483-9238. Registration Deadline: Tuesday, August 8, 2023
Join us the 2nd Tuesday of the month to play bingo for some fun prizes. May 9, June 13, July 11, and August 8, 2023. Essig Recreation Center from 11:00am-noon. FREE! Register in person or call 540-483-9238 to register.
Join us the 3rd Friday of the month to celebrate everyone‘s birthdays. Bring a dish and we will enjoy a variety of birthday activities followed by a birthday treat. May 19, June 16, July 21, and August 18, 2023. FREE! Register in person or call 540-483-9238 to register.
This group of bridge players play each week. If you know how to play bridge and are looking to join a group, give us a call at 540-483-9238; and we will connect you with others that play each week. Every Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday (May - August, 2023) from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at the Essig Recreation Center. FREE!
Join us for a relaxing hour as we explore developing our breath and practice restorative “yoga belly breathing” to self-regulate stress levels from a chair. Learning to pair your breath with gentle movement and stretching, we can maximize our own natural ability to promote better breathing, relaxation, wellness, flexibility and better health. Each class will end with a guided meditation. Bring a yoga mat and wear comfortable clothing. Pre-registration is required, no walk-ins the first day of class. Register in person or online. Registration Deadline: 1 week prior to start of classes
Session 1: May 17 - June 21
Session 2: July 12 - August 16
|10:00am-11:00am||Essig Rec Center||$55.00|
CONNECTED CAREGIVER WORKSHOPS
Join Affinity Hospice each month with fellow caregivers to cover topics listed below. Workshops begin at 10am at the Essig Recreation Center. Register in person or call 540-483-9238. Registration Deadline: One Week Before Workshop FREE!
|May 31st, 2023||"Spring in Your Step" Mobility - Getting into Action|
|June 28th, 2023||"Great Outdoors Month" - Self Care Activities|
|July 26th, 2023||"World Listening Day" - Advanced Directives|
|August 30th, 2023||"International Youth Day" - What makes you feel young?|
CREATIVE DRAWING - 4 WEEKS
Four consecutive Thursday mornings joy with others who wish to develop a fundamental understanding of drawing through various approaches, techniques, and media. Emphasis will be on building skills and knowledge through the act of drawing. Supplies are not included. Register in person or online at PlayFranklinCounty.com. Registration Deadline: One Week Before Session Starts
|Session 1: June 8 - 29|
Session 2: July 6 - 27
Session 3: August 10 - 31
|10:30am-12:30pm||Essig Rec Center||$55.00 per session|
DECLUTTERING TECHNIQUES & DOWNSIZING SOLUTIONS
Are you feeling overwhelmed by the clutter in your house? Liz, from Crowning Touch Senior Moving Services, will be here to ease your worries and give you tips on how to start the process of decluttering your house. Monday, August 14th from 11:00am - noon at the Essig Recreation Center. FREE! Register in person or call 540-483-9238. Registration Deadline: Monday, August 7, 2023
EVENING WITH ELVIS IN THE PARK
ELVIS will be in the park. Bring a chair, all of your friends and come ready for a great show. A food truck will be on site to serve up some good food as we enjoy the concert in the park. Saturday, June 24, 2023 at 6:00pm at Waid Park. FREE!
FAST & EASY AIR FRYER RECIPES
Join us as JoDee Jeans, from Ippy’s Restaurant, teaches how to use an air fryer and make delicious meals. Whether it be a meal for one or many, learn many new and easy recipes. Tuesday, June 13th from 1pm - 3pm at the Essig Recreation Center. FREE! Register in person or call 540-483-9238. Registration Deadline: Tuesday, June 6, 2023
FOLK ART PAINTING – 4 WEEKS
Immerse yourself in the joy of painting in watercolor and acrylic. These Monday classes will involve 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 viewer. The instruction and class atmosphere is informal. Come and express your inner folk artist. Includes demonstration, individual assistance and discussion. Supplies not included. Register in person or online. Registration Deadline: One Week Before Session Starts.
|Session 1: June 5 - July 3|
Session 2: July 10 - 31
Session 3: August 7 - 28
|10:30am-12:30pm||Essig Rec Center||$55 per session|
FRANKLIN COUNTY TRIAD RE-CHARTER MEETING
Come celebrate with us as we bring back TRIAD of Franklin County. TRIAD is a cooperative effort of law enforcement agencies (police/fire/sheriff’s), senior citizens and senior organizations that are focused on reducing crimes against our most vulnerable citizens; our seniors. Thursday, June 29th, from 9:00am - 10:00am at the Essig Recreation Center. For more information please call 540-483-9238.
HOOK AND NEEDLE CLUB
If you enjoy cross stitch, knitting or crocheting with like minded needle-crafters, then come join this group! Experienced leaders will be available for assistance, if you would like to learn one of these crafting techniques! Participants should bring their own supplies. Every Tuesday, May - August at Essig Recreation Center 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm. FREE!
HOSPICE VOLUNTEERING 101
If you have a desire to make a difference in someone’s life by giving your time, then you have the qualities we are looking for in a volunteer. Learn about the different volunteer opportunities throughout Carilion Clinic and the free flexible training program. Wednesdays, May 31, July 26, and August 30th, 2023 at 10:30am at the Essig Recreation Center. Register in person or call 540-483-9238. Registration Deadline: One Week Before Class
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
May - August
|11:30am-12:30pm||Essig Rec Center||$10 per month|
LIVING YOUR BEST LIFE AFTER YOU RETIRE
Join Rebecca Spaid, from Care Advantage, as she presents how to live out your best life in the home of your choosing. She will explain how a little extra help can go a long way toward maintaining your independence and keeping you out of the hospital or nursing home. Monday, June 12 from 10am - 11am at the Essig Recreation Center. FREE! Register in person or call 540-483-9238. Registration Deadline: Monday, June 5, 2023
MEADOWS OF DAN TRIP
Ride with us as we go to the Meadows of Dan. We will start out with a brunch at Mabry Mill and then head to the High Country Lavender Farm to see the beautiful lavender in bloom. We will finish up by visiting Nancy’s Candy Company before we head home. Transportation is provided, the rest is on your own. Friday, June 30th from 10am - 4pm. Ages 60 and up. $8.00 participation fee. Registration Deadline: Wednesday, June 14, 2023
Join us the 1st Friday of every month as we enjoy time with friends while eating popcorn and watching a movie. Movies will be announced a week before the showing. May 5, June 2, July 7, and August 4, 2023, at Essig Recreation Center. 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm. Register in person or call 540-483-9238 to register. FREE!
OLDER AMERICANS MONTH CELEBRATION WITH THE TEMPLETONS
Mark and Karen Templeton will join us on Wednesday, May 24th, from 1-3pm at the Essig Recreation Center as we celebrate Older American month. Bring your dancing shoes as we listen to the Templeton’s music. A sweet treat will be provided. FREE! Register in person or call 540-483-9238.
PICKLEBALL - DAYTIME
Come participate in the great game of pickleball and meet other folks who love the game. Balls and paddles are provided. Ages 50 & up. Monday - Friday from 10:30 am to 2:30 pm at the Essig Recreation Center. FREE!
PICKLEBALL - INTRO CLINICS
Want to learn about the fastest growing sport around? Come learn about pickleball equipment, scoring and the basics of the game. Pre-Registration is required. Ages 18 & up.
|1st Thursday of month||9:30am-10:30am||Essig Rec Center||FREE|
|3rd Tuesday of month||6:00pm - 7:00pm||Essig Rec Center||FREE|
PICKLING THRU THE NATIONAL PARKS
Want to travel to all of the National Parks playing the game of Pickleball? Calculations will be completed weekly and posted on the white board. A clipboard will be in the gym for you to write down your daily games as you take on this summer adventure.
POPLAR FOREST TRIP
Come with us as we learn and explore Poplar Forest, Thomas Jefferson’s home. Experience the natural beauty and architectural wonders of a National Historic Landmark. The price includes transportation and tour, lunch will be on your own. Friday, July 14th from 9am-4pm. Ages 60 and up. $28.00 participation fee. Registration Deadline: Friday, June 23, 2023
Would you like to join us every Thursday for a lunch and learn program? Thanks to STEP Inc. for partnering with us and offering this to our senior community. Every Thursday, May - August, 2023 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm at Essig Recreation Center. FREE!
SENIOR FARMERS MARKET NUTRITION PROGRAM
It’s that time of year again; Virginia Farm Market Fresh for Seniors. Seniors, 60 and older, beginning April 3rd, may apply for 2023 Farmers Market Checks! If you meet income guidelines, you may be eligible to receive $50 worth of checks to buy fresh and locally-grown produce at Authorized Farmers’ Markets. $50 booklets are limited and are first come first serve. Income requirements have changed, so you may be eligible if you were not in the past! To apply, call Southern Area Agency on Aging (276) 632-6442.
SENIOR WALK AND TALK
Move your feet and learn something while you have fun with friends. Wednesdays, beginning May 31st - August from 9:00am - 10:00am. Meet at Waid Park at the concession stand to join the group. We will have different community members join us on our walk to discuss various topics related to senior citizens. This activity is led by Carilion Clinic. Register in person or call 540-483-9238. FREE!
SILVER-CISE EXERCISE ROOM
Come check out our senior only exercise room. Whether you would like to walk a few miles on the treadmill, take a ride on a stationary bike or work on your rowing – you can, with folks your own age! The only payment required is that you sign in and out at the front desk! Monday - Friday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm at Essig Recreation Center. FREE!
WALK WITH EASE PROGRAM
Join this 6-week indoor walking program led by the United Way and the Virginia Department of Health. The goal is to increase your physical activity and ease your arthritis. Mondays, Tuesdays & Thursdays, beginning June 5th - August. 10:00am - 10:30am at the Essig Recreation Center. Register in person or call 540-483-9238. FREE!
Four 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 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 at PlayFranklinCounty.com. Registration Deadline: One Week Before Session Starts.
|Session 1: June 6 - 27|
Session 2: July 11 - August 1
Session 3: August 8 - 29
|10:30am-12:30pm||Essig Rec Center||$55 per session|
Join us for gentle Hatha style yoga that will increase your balance, flexibility, boost health, lung and immune function. Health benefits include lowering blood pressure, stress and anxiety while maximizing peace and calm. A guided meditation ends each class. Bring your own yoga mat. Pre-registration is required, no walk ins the first day of class. Register in person or online. Registration Deadline : One Week Before Session Starts.
Session 1: May 17 - June 21
Session 2: July 12 - August 16
|8:30am-9:30pm||Essig Rec Center||$55 per session|