Activities: FREE with membership

N’Balance

Every Thursday, 1:15 p.m.

This dynamic evidence-based class will help you improve your balance and decrease your risks for falls. We work on dynamic balance facilitation, CORE strengthening, gait skills and coordination. This class is taught by physical therapists Pat Aden and Gini Patterson who are certified N’Balance instructors. Optional class donations accepted. Please contact Gini at (303) 810-6879 or Pat at (970) 668-1812.

Great Decisions

Every Wednesday, 3:30 -5:30 p.m. | January – March

This U.S. foreign policy discussion group meets in the Fremont Room from mid-January to mid-March.

The topics are picked by the Foreign Policy Association, who also prepare a workbook with essays on the topic and a video further exploring each subject. Meetings are led by a volunteer who elaborates on the topic, shows the video and then we break up into small groups to process questions and conclude with a “report back” to the whole group.

Workbooks for these sessions are available at the front desk of the Senior Center for $25.00. They are useful, but not required.

To get more information contact coordinator Bob Cardwell at (770) 366-3399 or rtc048@gmail.com.

Fiber Art Club

Every Friday, 2-4 p.m.

Bring your spinning, crocheting, knitting projects for a couple of hours of social time. If you are interested in crocheting, knitting and felting beginner lessons let us know. Laura Amble, a professional knitter, will be there to help. Contact Loralee at (719) 510-1963.

Computer Help Seminar

Select Saturdays, 9 a.m.

Seminars on various tech topics take place in a classroom setting and are typically attended by anywhere from six to thirty people depending on the topics presented. Seminar topics are generally relatively basic, covering subjects such as getting organized on your computer; getting the most out of your operating system (lately Windows 10); downloading, organizing and editing your photographs; using the features of your smartphone or tablet; using Facebook and other social media; the basics of word processing and spreadsheets, etc.

Cards & Games

Every Thursday, 1 p.m.

Contact Sandy Ruggaber at sandra154@comcast.net for more information about bridge, dominoes, Mah-jongg, and other games played at the Senior Center.

Happy Hour Book Club

Second Wednesday of the month, 4:30 p.m.

The Happy Hour Book Club meets at 4:30 p.m. at the Senior Center on the second Wednesday of each month. Each fall, the members suggest and vote on a list of books for the following year. Discussions are informal with no designated leader or discussion prompts; we simply get together and have lively discussions about the books.

Page Turners Book Club

Third Tuesday of the month, 7 p.m.

The Page Turners is a co-ed book group. We meet at 7:00 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month, generally rotating our meeting spots. If you are a member of the Summit Senior Center, then you are eligible to participate whether you are a full- or part-time resident of Summit County. The reading list for the year is selected by group members. Book suggestions, both fiction and nonfiction, including biography, are requested in early fall and submitted to the group for a vote. Nearly all of the voting process is conducted online, so even if you are not in Summit County, you can participate in the book selection. After winning books are chosen, group members are asked to volunteer to host a meeting or lead the meeting discussion on a book-by-book basis. Most meetings begin with wine and a brief social time, but we really do dig into the books, sharing insights and learning from one another.

In order to join this group, please contact Karen Kugler at kareninbreck@gmail.com or (970) 547-0522.

Summit Older Bushwhackers (SOBs)

Wednesdays, 9 a.m. | June - September

Summit Older Bushwhackers (SOBs) backcountry hikes are weather dependent on Wednesdays, meeting at 9 a.m. Hiking trails average five to six miles round-trip with an elevation gain around 1,000 to 1,500 feet.

Tai Chi

Tuesdays, 9 a.m.

Evidence has shown Dr. Paul Lam’s Tai Chi for Arthritis program helps prevent falls and improves health and the quality of life for older adults. Tai chi movements appear gentle and graceful, but they contain much power and internal strength. This is an excellent opportunity to come and learn more about this exercise. Facilitator Kim Greene will review the basic principles of tai chi and provide a demonstration of its fundamental forms.

Yoga

Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, 10:00 a.m.

Yoga classes vary depending on the instructor, but all focus on breathing, balance, strength and flexibility. All levels are welcome. Most people leave a $5 tip for the instructor as they are not paid, however tipping is voluntary and not a requirement. Non members are also welcome but are charged $10 per class. Mats are available. Staying fit or getting fit really helps one enjoy the other activities available to you here in Summit County.

Meals on Wheels

Delivered Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday

The mission of Mountain Meals on Wheels is to provide healthy and nutritious meals to adults of any age who are homebound and unable to prepare their own meals due to health issues. Meals are prepared in a commercial kitchen located at the Summit County Community & Senior Center. Meats are delivered in insulated bags to ensure a safe temperature is maintained. This program is heavily reliant on volunteer drivers, who deliver meals Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays around noon. Drivers are required to have their own vehicle, and be able to pass a criminal background check. If you are interested in driving for this program, or for more information, please email seniors@summitcountyco.gov. This is a year round volunteer opportunity.

GALS Group

First Thursday of the month, 4:00 p.m.

All single females are welcome to come and meet each other. We always meet in a restaurant/bar or in a GALS home. Contact Sandy Ruggaber at sandra154@comcast.net or (970) 513-8468 for details.

Bridge

Summit Seniors offers a number of bridge groups for all levels during a range of days and times. Browse the list below to find the right game for you or view all bridge groups on the calendar.

 

Ladies’ Bridge

Second Wednesdays, 9:45 a.m.

Second Wednesday of each month, 9:45 a.m., at the home of Sharon Smith. Hosted by Sharon Smith and Lynn Kobelt. Sign up in Hobby Room bulletin board or contact Lynn Kobelt at lkobelt@gmail.com.

 

Novice Bridge

Select Wednesdays, 12:45 p.m.

Games up to 99 points.

 

Party Bridge

Every Thursday, 12:45 p.m.

Held in the hobby room

 

ACBL Duplicate Bridge

Every Monday & Friday, 12:45 p.m.

For details, call Mike Huiatt at (210) 310-6656. For partners, call Howard Brown at (970) 468-2313.

Walkie-Talkies

Tuesdays, 9 a.m. | June - September

Walkie-Talkies is a moderate-level hiking group, ideal for those who are comfortable with a faster-paced hike at shorter distances. They hike on backcountry trails on Tuesdays, meeting at 9:00 a.m. to carpool to the trailhead. Hike distances are two to six miles round-trip, with an elevation gain of no more than 1,800 feet. The group starts with easier trails in June and progresses to longer, more difficult hikes throughout the season. These hikes usually have a destination that includes mining artifacts, wildflowers and/or spectacular views (that’s where the talking comes in).

Canine Companions

Wednesdays, 9 a.m.| April – October

Canine Companions hike mostly moderate-level backcountry trails on Wednesdays. Reasonably well-behaved dogs, as well as dog-less (also well-behaved) people, are welcome. The group meets at 9:00 a.m. to carpool. Bring leashes.

Mountain Goats

Wednesdays, times vary | April – October

The Mountain Goats are our most strenuous hiking group, and are not suitable for beginners.  This group chooses trails which are difficult, challenging and invigorating, and addiction to the views are often a side effect!  The progression of the hikes from the beginning to the end of the season are from shorter, less vertical climbs to longer, higher vertical climbs with demanding terrains and route-finding opportunities. Some hikes are out of Summit County and overnights are sometimes planned at hotels. The Goats communicate through a closed Google Group “Summit Mountain Goats”.  Questions? Contact the group’s owners at summitmountaingoats@gmail.com. Tell us a little about yourself and why you would like to join the group.  We would love to hear from you.

Herd of Turtles (HOTs)

Thursdays, 9 a.m. | June - October

This hiking group is perfect for people new to Summit County. They normally hike a trail leaving at 9:00 a.m. and walk until around 11:00, then all turnaround and hike back to the trailhead. The fast hikers pick up the slower hikers on the way back. Everyone hikes at his or her own speed, so slow, medium and fast hikers are all welcome. After the hike, the group usually plans an optional lunch at a nearby restaurant.

Snowshoe Hares

Mondays, 10:00 a.m. | January - March

Moderate-level backcountry trails on Mondays, meeting at 9:45 a.m. to leave the senior center and arrive at the designated meeting point by 10:00 a.m. The distances are usually two to four miles roundtrip or about 1.5 to two hours. Outings are suitable for all levels of snowshoers, but may include some hills. Dress in layers and be prepared for fun. For more information, contact Becky Hopkins at beckyhopkins_43@live.com.