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.
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.
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.
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.
We are a volunteer team dedicated to helping Senior Center members with your technology issues and problems. We provide tech help sessions at the Senior Center on the first three Mondays of every month from 4:00 to 5:30 PM.
We also provide occasional monthly seminars on Saturday mornings. Sign up for any of these sessions is through the Front Desk of the Senior Center. When signing up for a Monday afternoon help session, please provide us with details on your needs and let the Front Desk know how to contact you. Bring your devices with you so we can help you work with your own equipment. Space is limited to six attendees (or partner pairs). So, please be sure to sign up by 9:00 a.m. on the Friday before the session.
While the Senior Center remains closed due to COVID-19, the Senior Center Tech Help team will provide remote help to Senior Center members. If you need tech assistance, please submit our Remote Help Form.
Zoom is a free video conferencing app that allows you to set up a virtual get-together where you can visit with your friends & family. On April 18, 2020, the Senior Center’s volunteer Tech Help Team conducted a webinar on how to use Zoom. If you were unable to attend or would like to watch portions again, here are links to the accompanying slide deck and a useful article. The webinar follows below.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com. This is a year round volunteer opportunity.
Find out latest information and sign up at Senior Center front desk.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Select Wednesdays, 12:45 p.m.
Games up to 99 points.
Every Thursday, 12:45 p.m.
Held in the hobby room
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).
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.
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 email@example.com. Tell us a little about yourself and why you would like to join the group. We would love to hear from you.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursdays, 3-5 p.m. | December - March
Originally affiliated with the Over the Hill Gang International (which today exists in Copper), the Loosey Goosey Group (LGG) has been loosely organizing the 50-plus population committed to celebrating and sharing the joys of living and playing during the snow season in Summit County for more than 30 years. Please note, additional costs may apply for Après ski activities.
Starting the first Thursday in December, the group holds weekly Après ski parties at the Summit County Community and Senior Center, culminating in the Arapahoe Basin Beach Party the first Monday in April. Attendees and group members are asked to bring a dish to share.
The annual Arapahoe Basin Beach Party will be on Monday, April 6, starting at 11:30 a.m. with the option to ski before and/or after. If you wish to attend, please bring a side dish, salad or dessert item to share; the main course of barbecue will be catered by A-Basin. Water, wine and beer will be provided. Weather permitting, the party will be held outside on “The Beach” so please ensure all food items, dishes, serving utensils, chairs and personal belongings are heavy enough to avoid blowing away.
In the case of bad weather, we will host the party inside the A-frame on the 2nd floor; however, due to Colorado liquor laws, the Loosey Goosey Group will not be able to provide wine and beer inside the A-frame. If desired, group members can purchase drinks at the 6th Alley Bar.
Newsletter updates resume October with information about the upcoming ski season.
Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m. | January – March
Moderate-level backcountry trails on Wednesdays, meeting place and start time varies week to week. A weekly email is sent out with details. The distances are usually four to six miles roundtrip. Outings are suitable for all levels of skiers that have mastered snowplow and herringbone skills. You will need backcountry skis with metal edges and fish scales, or know how to wax and/or bring skins.
After each outing, a volunteer host will provide light appetizers, hearty soups, desserts and beverages in his or her home (a $5 donation is suggested). For more information, contact Carol Hess at email@example.com.
The Summit County Seniors Golf Program is an excellent way to meet other seniors who have the same passion for the sport. The golf courses in the area are beautiful, challenging and provide opportunities for players of all skill levels. Golf courses in the program include the Keystone River and Ranch courses as well as the Raven Golf Club at Three Peaks.
If you would like to help with the Senior Golf Program, please contact Tom McCullough at Tmccull567@aol.com.