Health and Fitness

Tai Chi (Morning)

Tai Chi (Morning)

Friday, April 19, 2019 | 8:45-9:45am

Stimulate your immune system, lower your blood pressure, decrease your stress and improve your balance: That’s not a bad scorecard for one hour’s worth of exercise each day! If you can walk, you can play. Visitors are welcome to try it out! Taught by Bryan McKenzie. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 8:45am-9:45am - beginners should start on a Monday.

Background The Center has offered Tai Ji (an alternate spelling of Tai Chi) for 14 years. The teaching method allows participants to learn health aspects of the discipline, its connection to Chinese medical theory, meditation techniques for relaxation and to bolster the immune system, and even self-defense techniques. The system is based on the Three Emperors style of martial arts taught by Wang Zhenhua, a former coach at Beijing University. The Center’s program was initiated by Mr. Wang’s student, John Alton, Charlottesville resident and someone recognized by the Chinese government as an expert in Chinese health practices. Lei Xilai, an instructor who came to the states from the Beijing area, taught advanced classes at The Center and introduced new forms to the class. The current instructor, Bryan McKenzie, has taught for the past 12 years. Bryan is a student of Mr. Lei and Mr. Alton. Bryan leads the TaiJi group with a clear mind, with firm hands and a warm heart, and above all with gentle words. He has a great sense of humor and no pretense at all.

About the Exercise The exercise is simple -- in a series of movements based on a Taoist martial art, participants slowly relearn how to balance, purposefully shifting weight from side to side and then increasing the difficulty of the movements. The slow movements not only redefine balance, but also provide a workout similar to the old Charles Atlas "dynamic tension" exercises for muscle development. Participants currently range in age from 50 to 94 and allowances are made for personal stamina, strength, medical history, and ability. The atmosphere is relaxed and easy-going; participants running late for class are welcome to join in whenever they arrive.

Also see Tai Chi evening classes.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Contact: Bryan McKenzie, Instructor - 434.978.7271

Pay for this event online

Tai Chi (Morning)

Members per month $36.00
Guests per month $49.00
Full Life Fitness

Full Life Fitness

Friday, April 19, 2019 | 9:00-10:00am

This is a member-led group that consists primarily of stretching and light weightlifting following instructions from an audiotape. Bands and hand weights of 1, 2, or 3 pounds are furnished; you may also bring your own equipment. Our program has no upper age limit and works with most physical challenges. This friendly bunch welcomes new participants.

Members only.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Primetime Fitness - Fridays

Primetime Fitness - Fridays

Friday, April 19, 2019 | 9:45-10:45am

 
 

Taught by certified instructors and featuring three class styles each week.  The class series is geared toward active people who want to build cardio-vascular strength, tone body, and improve balance.  It includes low-impact aerobics and body toning and stretching exercises.  The 2-day series includes low impact aerobics and weight and chair exercises for people who want to build cardio-vascular and muscular strength and improve balance.  

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Contact: Senior Center 974.7756

Pay for this event online

Primetime Fitness - Fridays

Members per month (M-F classes) $38.00
Guests per month (M-F classes) $48.00
Northside Walking Group

Northside Walking Group

Friday, April 19, 2019 | 9:45-10:45am

A slow-paced walk of about 2.5 miles with some short hills. Meet in the lobby at the Center. For more info, call Chuck St Clair, 434-978-2057.

Members only.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Water Workout Fridays

Water Workout Fridays

Friday, April 19, 2019 | 11:00-12:00pm

ACAC extends this program to Center members who do not belong to the club. Held at ACAC’s Albemarle Square location, with classes available five times per week, it’s great for anyone seeking a fun, low-impact workout. $56 per month payable directly to ACAC.

Members only.

Location: ACAC, Albemarle Square location, Charlottesville

Contact: Beth Nissen, Instructor 434.977.3989

Friday Beginner Line Dancing

Friday Beginner Line Dancing

Friday, April 19, 2019 | 1:00-2:30pm

FUN-TIME LINE DANCING If you love to dance and want to have fun and exercise physically and mentally, this is for you. This group cares more about having fun than the accuracy of steps. Beginners Classes: Fridays at 1:00 pm and Wednesdays at 6:30 pm Advanced Classes: Fridays at 2:30 pm and Wednesdays at 7:30 pm

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Pay for this event online

Friday Beginner Line Dancing

Guests $4.00
Members
Pickleball - Friday

Pickleball - Friday

Friday, April 19, 2019 | 2:15-4:15pm

Combine a bit of tennis, a touch of badminton, and a helping of ping pong and what do you get? Pickleball, the fastest growing sport in the country!

Although it appears very similar to tennis, key differences (the slower speed of the ball and a smaller court size) make it accessible to a wider range of players, particularly seniors.

Pickleball has great health benefits: it lowers blood pressure, burns body fat, improves balance and hand-eye coordination, and is great for your social life.

Warning -- Pickleball can be extremely addictive! We are thrilled to be partnering with the Central Virginia Pickleball Club for this program! The times listed take place at the Key Recreation Center and the cost is $2 (payable at the Key Rec. Center).

If you are interested in playing, please contact program leader Gene Rabois at cevapickleball@gmail.com.

See other Pickleball times below:

Mondays 6:45—9:00 pm

Tuesdays 2:00—4:30 pm

Wednesdays 12:00—4:30 pm

Thursdays 5:00—9:00 pm

Saturdays 1:00—4:30 pm

Open to all.

Location: Key Recreation Center

 Friday Advanced Line Dancing

Friday Advanced Line Dancing

Friday, April 19, 2019 | 2:30-3:30pm

FUN-TIME LINE DANCING If you love to dance and want to have fun and exercise physically and mentally, this is for you. This group cares more about having fun than the accuracy of steps. Beginners Classes: Fridays at 1:00 pm and Wednesdays at 6:30 pm Advanced Classes: Fridays at 2:30 pm and Wednesdays at 7:30 pm

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Pay for this event online

Friday Advanced Line Dancing

Guests $4.00
Members
Pickleball - Saturday

Pickleball - Saturday

Saturday, April 20, 2019 | 1:00-4:30pm

Combine a bit of tennis, a touch of badminton, and a helping of ping pong and what do you get? Pickleball, the fastest growing sport in the country!

Although it appears very similar to tennis, key differences (the slower speed of the ball and a smaller court size) make it accessible to a wider range of players, particularly seniors.

Pickleball has great health benefits: it lowers blood pressure, burns body fat, improves balance and hand-eye coordination, and is great for your social life.

Warning -- Pickleball can be extremely addictive! We are thrilled to be partnering with the Central Virginia Pickleball Club for this program! The times listed take place at the Key Recreation Center and the cost is $2 (payable at the Key Rec. Center).

If you are interested in playing, please contact program leader Gene Rabois at cevapickleball@gmail.com.

See other Pickleball times below:

Mondays 6:45—9:00 pm

Tuesdays 2:00—4:30 pm

Wednesdays 12:00—4:30 pm

Thursdays 5:00—9:00 pm

Fridays 2:15—4:15 pm

Open to all.

Location: Key Recreation Center

Hiking-Monday

Hiking-Monday

Monday, April 22, 2019 | 9:00-3:00pm

The Center hiking group hikes on Mondays and Wednesdays. We hike in many different areas, including around Charlottesville, in Shenandoah National Park and along the Blue Ridge Parkway. We meet at The Center and carpool to the trailhead. Hikes are chosen by hike leaders and range in length from approximately 5.5 to 7 miles on Mondays and 6 to 9 miles on Wednesdays. Total elevation gain can range anywhere from 600 to 2500 feet.

Please dress appropriately for hiking in the mountains, including rain gear and hiking shoes or boots. Trekking poles are highly recommended, and traction devices for boots may be necessary in the winter. Bring lunch, snacks, plenty of water, a change of shoes, and $5.00 for the carpool driver. Dogs are not allowed.

We usually carpool from The Center, leaving at 9:00 am and returning around 3:00-4:00, but times may vary. We encourage a spirit of camaraderie and always welcome new hikers. The Center hiking group is primarily for members only but if you are not currently a member you are welcome to join us for a couple of trial hikes.

Please keep in mind that there are inherent risks in hiking, as in any vigorous activity. We always take care of each other on the trail but everyone is responsible for their own safety.

Click here for the most recent hiking schedule.

If you have questions or would like to be put on our email list for the most up-to-date hike details, please click on our hiker email address: sccvillehikers@gmail.com

Current hike leaders

Anne Colgate – amc16633@hotmail.com

Claire Cline – clinec2@gmail.com

Gabriel Garretson – gcreative@hughes.net

John Herrity – harrid@aol.com

Lindsay Brown – lwb1428@gmail.com

Maynard Davis – davismk@sbcglobal.net

Terry Metcalf – keroppimom@gmail.com

Steve Braintwain – sbraintwain@comcast.net

Members only.

Location: Varies; check schedule

Fee: free

Primetime Fitness

Primetime Fitness

Monday, April 22, 2019 | 9:45-10:45am

Taught by certified instructors and featuring three class styles each week.  The Monday, Wednesday series is geared toward active people who want to build cardio-vascular strength, tone body, and improve balance.  It includes low-impact aerobics and body toning and stretching exercises.  The 2-day series includes low impact aerobics and weight and chair exercises for people who want to build cardio-vascular and muscular strength and improve balance.

Wear good athletic shoes and comfortable clothes.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Contact: Senior Center 974.7756

Pay for this event online

Primetime Fitness

Members per month (M-F classes) $38.00
Guests per month (M-F classes) $48.00
Monday Chair Yoga

Monday Chair Yoga

Monday, April 22, 2019 | 10:45-11:45am

Chair Yoga is a gentle form of yoga that is practiced sitting on a chair, or standing using a chair for support. Chair Yoga is one of the gentlest forms of yoga available. Complicated maneuvers and complex movements are not present in a chair yoga class. Within this type of yoga class, you can cover standing, seated and prone postures. Students can learn many kinds of yoga postures, breathing techniques, meditation, and ways of relaxation, with the aid of a chair. This class is taught by member Julie Horne.

Also see Thursday Chair Yoga

Members only.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Ageless Grace - Monday and Wednesday

Ageless Grace - Monday and Wednesday

Monday, April 22, 2019 | 1:15-2:15pm

Meets every Monday and Wednesday. 1:15-2:15 pm

A new and fun way to move that includes a chair (seated dancing; standing is optional)! great music from 40's big bands to today’s music, creativity and a sense of humor! A mind-body program designed by fitness specialists to stimulate the whole body-head to toe- as you listen, recall, move and sing along with hit tunes, promoting a sense of well-being and joy.

What makes this program more interesting and enriching is that Ageless Grace® is both a body and brain exercise. Ageless Grace® is based on the science of neuroplasticity: the ability of the brain and nervous system to change its structure and function, and to continue to change it throughout our lives, to keep us youthful and vital.

Each of the 21 exercise tools emphasizes a different technique, such as joint mobility, spinal flexibility, right-left brain coordination, kinesthetic learning, cognitive function, systemic health, balance, self-esteem, confidence and playfulness.

These classes are led by Sheila Queen, Certified Educator.  

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Contact: Margaret Fitch, Program Coordinator margaret@thecentercville.org, 434.974.7756

Pay for this event online

Ageless Grace - Monday and Wednesday

Members per month $30.00
Guests per month $40.00
Water Workout - Mon/Wed

Water Workout - Mon/Wed

Monday, April 22, 2019 | 1:15-2:15pm

ACAC extends this program to Center members who do not belong to the club. Held at ACAC’s Albemarle Square location, with classes available five times per week, it’s great for anyone seeking a fun, low-impact workout. $58 per month payable directly to ACAC.

Members only.

Location: ACAC, Albemarle Square location, Charlottesville

Contact: Beth Nissen, Instructor 434.977.3989

Pickleball - Monday

Pickleball - Monday

Monday, April 22, 2019 | 6:45-7:45pm

Combine a bit of tennis, a touch of badminton, and a helping of ping pong and what do you get? Pickleball, the fastest growing sport in the country!

Although it appears very similar to tennis, key differences (the slower speed of the ball and a smaller court size) make it accessible to a wider range of players, particularly seniors.

Pickleball has great health benefits: it lowers blood pressure, burns body fat, improves balance and hand-eye coordination, and is great for your social life.

Warning -- Pickleball can be extremely addictive! We are thrilled to be partnering with the Central Virginia Pickleball Club for this program! The times listed take place at the Key Recreation Center and the cost is $2 (payable at the Key Rec. Center).

If you are interested in playing, please contact program leader Gene Rabois at cevapickleball@gmail.com.

See other Pickleball times below:

Tuesdays 2:00—4:30 pm

Wednesdays 12:00—4:30 pm

Thursdays 5:00—9:00 pm

Fridays 2:15—4:15 pm

Saturdays 1:00—4:30 pm

Open to all.

Location: Key Recreation Center

Manicures and Pedicures

Manicures and Pedicures

Tuesday, April 23, 2019 | 9:00-1:45pm

Wendy Sacra visits the Center to provide this service. Appointments are encouraged, with walk-ins accommodated as available. Call the front desk at 434.974.7756 to schedule an appointment. Appointment options:

  • 15-minute Basic Manicure ($17) – polish removal; clip; file & shape
  • 15-minute Basic Pedicure ($20) – polish removal; clip, file & shape; massage
  • 30-minute Special Manicure ($22) – Basic + soaking; special attention to cuticles; moisturizer; three coats of polish (base, color, top)
  • 40-minute Special Pedicure ($32; $30 without polish) – Basic + soaking; special attention to cuticles; pumice scrub and filing to smooth out corns and calluses; moisturizer; three coats of polish (base, color, top)

Members only.

Location: The Center

Bowling Club - Tuesday

Bowling Club - Tuesday

Tuesday, April 23, 2019 | 9:00-11:30am

Senior Center members are invited to join a team and bowl weekly during the bowling seasons scheduled at Kegler's. If you are interested in joining or being a substitute, call Howard Ellis, League President at 434-361-1954. Fee: Kegler's Lane fees apply. Must be age 50 or better.

Location: Offsite at Kegler's Lanes, Charlottesville

Primetime Fitness - Tues/Thurs

Primetime Fitness - Tues/Thurs

Tuesday, April 23, 2019 | 9:30-10:30am

Taught by certified instructors and featuring three class styles each week.  The Monday, Wednesday series is geared toward active people who want to build cardio-vascular strength, tone body, and improve balance.  It includes low-impact aerobics and body toning and stretching exercises.  The 2-day series includes low impact aerobics and weight and chair exercises for people who want to build cardio-vascular and muscular strength and improve balance.

Wear good athletic shoes and comfortable clothes.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Contact: Senior Center 974.7756

Pay for this event online

Primetime Fitness - Tues/Thurs

Members per month (M-F classes) $38.00
Guests per month (M-F classes) $48.00
Robust Aging Toolbox

Robust Aging Toolbox

Tuesday, April 23, 2019 | 10:00-11:30am

Tuesdays in March and April, 10:00-11:30 am at Ivy Creek (Indoors)

In this series, Dan Kulund shows you tools for robust aging and how to use them. Each tool is a physical activity or mental skill to keep you healthy, vigorous, and strong, as you grow older. Choose the right ones for aging, walking, working, playing, falling, and thinking. You are welcome to attend any or all of the sessions on Tuesday mornings from 10-11:30 am. Tools provided. Dr. Kulund served as the United States Air Force Chief of Health Promotion. Free and open to the community. Location is Education Building at Ivy Creek, 1780 Earlysville Road.

Tuesdays in May and June, 10:00 - 11:30 AM at Ivy Creek Natural Area (indooors and outdoors)

Dan Kulund is bringing his robust aging toolbox to Ivy Creek for you.  The toolbox contains 25 tools.  Each one is a physical activity or mental skill to keep you healthy, vigorous, and strong as you get older.  You can use these tools in the woods and around your neighborhood, and even in your home or at work.  What's in your toolbox?  Dr. Kulund is a retired orthopedic surgeon and served as the United States Air Force Chief of Health Promotion.  Location is Education Building at Ivy Creek Natural Area, 1780 Earlysville Road.  Sessions begin indoors and often move outside for you to handle tools.

Free and open to the community. 

Open to all.

Location: Ivy Creek Education Building

Fee: free

Water Workout Tues/Thurs

Water Workout Tues/Thurs

Tuesday, April 23, 2019 | 10:15-11:15am

ACAC extends this program to Center members who do not belong to the club. Held at ACAC’s Albemarle Square location, with classes available five times per week, it’s great for anyone seeking a fun, low-impact workout. $56 per month payable directly to ACAC.

Members only.

Location: ACAC, Albemarle Square location, Charlottesville

Contact: Beth Nissen, Instructor 434.977.3989

Arthritis Exercise

Arthritis Exercise

Tuesday, April 23, 2019 | 10:30-11:30am

Exercise is important for joint motion and muscle strength. Maggie Schmidt leads this entry-level class, following the Arthritis Foundation Program, to help those with arthritis get moving again.

A chair is used for balance. Come to class in comfortable clothing and athletic shoes with stability.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Contact: Senior Center 434.974.7756

Pay for this event online

Arthritis Exercise

Members (per month) $30.00
Guests (per month) $37.00
Pickleball - Tuesday

Pickleball - Tuesday

Tuesday, April 23, 2019 | 2:00-4:30pm

Combine a bit of tennis, a touch of badminton, and a helping of ping pong and what do you get? Pickleball, the fastest growing sport in the country! Although it appears very similar to tennis, key differences (the slower speed of the ball and a smaller court size) make it accessible to a wider range of players, particularly seniors.

Pickleball has great health benefits: it lowers blood pressure, burns body fat, improves balance and hand-eye coordination, and is great for your social life.

Warning -- Pickleball can be extremely addictive! We are thrilled to be partnering with the Central Virginia Pickleball Club for this program! The times listed take place at the Key Recreation Center and the cost is $2 (payable at the Key Rec. Center).

If you are interested in playing, please contact program leader Gene Rabois at cevapickleball@gmail.com.

See other Pickleball times below:

Mondays 6:45—9:00 pm

Wednesdays 12:00—4:30 pm

Thursdays 5:00—9:00 pm

Fridays 2:15—4:15 pm

Saturdays 1:00—4:30 pm

Open to all.

Location: Key Recreation Center

Hiking-Wednesday

Hiking-Wednesday

Wednesday, April 24, 2019 | 9:00-10:00am

The Center hiking group hikes on Mondays and Wednesdays. We hike in many different areas, including around Charlottesville, in Shenandoah National Park and along the Blue Ridge Parkway. We meet at The Center and carpool to the trailhead. Hikes are chosen by hike leaders and range in length from approximately 5.5 to 7 miles on Mondays and 6 to 9 miles on Wednesdays. Total elevation gain can range anywhere from 600 to 2500 feet.

Please dress appropriately for hiking in the mountains, including rain gear and hiking shoes or boots. Trekking poles are highly recommended, and traction devices for boots may be necessary in the winter. Bring lunch, snacks, plenty of water, a change of shoes, and $5.00 for the carpool driver. Dogs are not allowed.

We usually carpool from The Center, leaving at 9:00 am and returning around 3:00-4:00, but times may vary. We encourage a spirit of camaraderie and always welcome new hikers. The Center hiking group is primarily for members only but if you are not currently a member you are welcome to join us for a couple of trial hikes.

Please keep in mind that there are inherent risks in hiking, as in any vigorous activity. We always take care of each other on the trail but everyone is responsible for their own safety.

Click here for the most recent hiking schedule.

If you have questions or would like to be put on our email list for the most up-to-date hike details, please click on our hiker email address: sccvillehikers@gmail.com

Current hike leaders

Anne Colgate – amc16633@hotmail.com

Claire Cline – clinec2@gmail.com

Gabriel Garretson – gcreative@hughes.net

John Herrity – harrid@aol.com

Lindsay Brown – lwb1428@gmail.com

Maynard Davis – davismk@sbcglobal.net

Terry Metcalf – keroppimom@gmail.com

Steve Braintwain – sbraintwain@comcast.net
 

Members only.

Location: Varies; check schedule

Fee: free

BeMoved®

BeMoved®

Wednesday, April 24, 2019 | 9:30-10:30am

Classes will be held in 6 week blocks; Dates are as follows:

April 17-May 22

June 5-July 10

Price for members for each 6 week block is $33; Price for guests for each 6 week block is $52.

BeMoved® is a dance-fitness experience, designed by Sherry Zunker a well-known choreographer, a professional with over 30 years of training. Classes begin with easy to follow movements that integrate the upper and lower body.

The warm up flows into dance styles inspired by a wide variety of dance genres such as Rat Pack, Bollywood, Disco, Gospel, Pop and Latin. BeMoved® is designed to inspire participants to experience dance as a means to health, joy, and fulfillment.

This Wednesday morning class is offered by Elly Tucker, certified instructor and Center member.

Chicago Tribune  says: "Numerous studies and experts have touted the health benefits of dance for seniors, including the National Institute of Aging, which counts dance among the activities that can prevent or reduce afflictions like arthritis, osteoporosis and Alzheimer's".

Click here to view BeMoved® video.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Contact: Margaret Fitch margaret@thecentercville.org

Pay for this event online

BeMoved®

Member: April 17-May 22 $33.00
Guest: April 17-May 22 $52.00
Bowling Club - Wednesday

Bowling Club - Wednesday

Wednesday, April 24, 2019 | 10:00-11:30am

Senior Center members are invited to join a team and bowl weekly during the bowling seasons scheduled at Kegler's. If you are interested in joining or being a substitute, call Howard Ellis, League President at 434-361-1954. Fee: Kegler's Lane fees apply. Must be age 50 or better.

Location: Offsite at Kegler's Lanes, Charlottesville

Pickleball - Wednesday

Pickleball - Wednesday

Wednesday, April 24, 2019 | 12:00-4:30pm

Combine a bit of tennis, a touch of badminton, and a helping of ping pong and what do you get? Pickleball, the fastest growing sport in the country!

Although it appears very similar to tennis, key differences (the slower speed of the ball and a smaller court size) make it accessible to a wider range of players, particularly seniors.

Pickleball has great health benefits: it lowers blood pressure, burns body fat, improves balance and hand-eye coordination, and is great for your social life.

Warning -- Pickleball can be extremely addictive! We are thrilled to be partnering with the Central Virginia Pickleball Club for this program! The times listed take place at the Key Recreation Center and the cost is $2 (payable at the Key Rec. Center).

If you are interested in playing, please contact program leader Gene Rabois at cevapickleball@gmail.com.

See other Pickleball times below:

Mondays 6:45—9:00 pm

Tuesdays 2:00—4:30 pm

Thursdays 5:00—9:00 pm

Fridays 2:15—4:15 pm

Saturdays 1:00—4:30 pm

Open to all.

Location: Key Recreation Center

Ping Pong

Ping Pong

Wednesday, April 24, 2019 | 3:00-5:00pm

We've got the ping pong tables, paddles, and ping pong balls! Now we need you, no matter what your skill level is. Stop by anytime during the scheduled event for an informal game. Free to members.

Members only.

Location: The Center

Square Dancing Lessons

Square Dancing Lessons

Wednesday, April 24, 2019 | 4:00-5:00pm

Jim Hassmer, a member of The Virginia Reelers Square Dance Club will guide participants in learning the 71 basic movements of 8-person square dancing. All levels are welcome! Terrific fun as well as good for your brain, body, and social life. Free and open to the community.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Wednesday Beginner Line Dancing

Wednesday Beginner Line Dancing

Wednesday, April 24, 2019 | 6:30-7:30pm

FUN-TIME LINE DANCING If you love to dance and want to have fun and exercise physically and mentally, this is for you. This group cares more about having fun than the accuracy of steps. Beginners Classes: Fridays at 1:00 pm and Wednesdays at 6:30 pm Advanced Classes: Fridays at 2:30 pm and Wednesdays at 7:30 pm

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Pay for this event online

Wednesday Beginner Line Dancing

Guests $4.00
Members $0.00
Charlottesville International Folk Dance

Charlottesville International Folk Dance

Wednesday, April 24, 2019 | 6:30-8:30pm

Beginning dances are taught by experienced teachers. Community dances from Eastern Europe are primarily the focus. Please join us for these communal village dances and enjoy the friendship of a small group. For information, please call Susan Roberts at (434)409-0264 or go to the web site: seniorcenter.org/calendar/events/54/ or charlottesvilleinternationalfolkdance.com/.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Tai Chi (Evening)

Tai Chi (Evening)

Wednesday, April 24, 2019 | 7:30-8:30pm

This is a great way to relax after a hard day, as this class teaches calmness in addition to balance and flexibility.

Background The Center has offered Tai Ji (an alternate spelling of Tai Chi) for 14 years. The teaching method allows participants to learn health aspects of the discipline, its connection to Chinese medical theory, meditation techniques for relaxation and to bolster the immune system, and even self-defense techniques. The system is based on the Three Emperors style of martial arts taught by Wang Zhenhua, a former coach at Beijing University. The Center’s program was initiated by Mr. Wang’s student, John Alton, Charlottesville resident and someone recognized by the Chinese government as an expert in Chinese health practices. Lei Xilai, an instructor who came to the states from the Beijing area, taught advanced classes at The Center and introduced new forms to the class. The current instructor, Bryan McKenzie, has taught for the past 12 years. Bryan is a student of Mr. Lei and Mr. Alton. Bryan leads the TaiJi group with a clear mind, with firm hands and a warm heart, and above all with gentle words. He has a great sense of humor and no pretense at all.

About the Exercise The exercise is simple -- in a series of movements based on a Taoist martial art, participants slowly relearn how to balance, purposefully shifting weight from side to side and then increasing the difficulty of the movements. The slow movements not only redefine balance, but also provide a workout similar to the old Charles Atlas "dynamic tension" exercises for muscle development. Participants currently range in age from 50 to 94 and allowances are made for personal stamina, strength, medical history, and ability. The atmosphere is relaxed and easy-going; participants running late for class are welcome to join in whenever they arrive.

Also see Tai Chi morning classes.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Contact: Bryan McKenzie, Instructor - 434.978.7271

Pay for this event online

Tai Chi (Evening)

Members $25.00
Guests $35.00
Wednesday Advanced Line Dancing

Wednesday Advanced Line Dancing

Wednesday, April 24, 2019 | 7:30-8:30pm

FUN-TIME LINE DANCING If you love to dance and want to have fun and exercise physically and mentally, this is for you. This group cares more about having fun than the accuracy of steps.

Beginners Classes: Fridays at 1:00 pm and Wednesdays at 6:30 pm

Advanced Classes: Fridays at 2:30 pm and Wednesdays at 7:30 pm

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Pay for this event online

Wednesday Advanced Line Dancing

Guests $4.00
Members
Ivy Creek Walking Group

Ivy Creek Walking Group

Thursday, April 25, 2019 | 9:00-10:00am

If you enjoy a brisk walk in nature, and stimulating conversation, join us!

We meet in the Ivy Creek Natural Area parking lot and walk the trails for approximately one hour. This is an ideal transition group for those who want to begin hiking.

Members only.

Location: Ivy Creek Natural Area Parking Lot

Contact: Patty Kalbfleisch, 434-270-7990, PLK092015@outlook.com

Fee: free

Medication Management Sponsored By Home Instead Senior Care

Medication Management Sponsored By Home Instead Senior Care

Thursday, April 25, 2019 | 10:00-11:00am

Thursday, April 25, 10:00 - 11:00 AM

Discover the ways medication can jeopardize an older adult's health and independence.  Learn about solutions that could help families and their older loved ones pinpoint potential threats and start conversations that can lead to effective solutions.

  • Identify their potential risks associated with medication mismanagement;
  • Understand common medication challenges for older adults and signs to watch for when medications are to blame for health issues
  • Recognize risks of common conditions that impact medication management;
  • Help strengthen the role of the family in reducing the potential for medication risks;
  • Learn about resources to help families feel confident about keeping older adults safe at home.

Join Christine Shaw from Home Instead Senior Care.  Free and open to the community.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Tap Dancing Lessons

Tap Dancing Lessons

Thursday, April 25, 2019 | 10:00-11:00am

All levels: 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Classes will be taught by Diana Freeman, a Royal Academy of Dance Instructor.  Diana has taught ballet and tap for over 40 years.  She was also a member of a Seniors Tap Dance team, competing in European championships and winning three consecutive years in two categories.  Tap dance offers a fun way to exercise.  If you "used to" tap, it's not too late to dust off your tap shoes and re-learn this skill.

Sign up at the Center Welcome Desk or online.  Members $40/month; Guests -$50/month.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Pay for this event online

Tap Dancing Lessons

Member $40.00
Guest $50.00
NIA Moving to Heal

NIA Moving to Heal

Thursday, April 25, 2019 | 12:00-1:00pm

The class will be taught by Sheila Queen, NIA Blue Belt and Moving to Heal Instructor.  

Nia is a holistic fitness practice that combines dance, martial arts & healing arts (mindfulness). It is based on the intelligent design of the body. Each workout brings mindfulness to your dance movement experience that will leave you feeling energized, mentally clear and emotionally balanced. It is non-impact, done barefoot and is adaptable to individual needs and abilities.

Nia Moving to Heal is a modified Nia experience, designed for anybody seeking a gentler movement practice to complement and facilitate healing of body, mind, emotions, and spirit. This class will help you feel better move by move, breath by breath. Each class has a focus & intention to assist you in “Dancing Through Life”.

For over 35 years Nia has been helping people use movement to feel better. Your body is designed to move! No matter what your physical circumstances, you can use movement as medicine.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Pay for this event online

NIA Moving to Heal

Members per month $25.00
Guests per month $30.00
Backgammon - 4th Thursday

Backgammon - 4th Thursday

Thursday, April 25, 2019 | 2:00-3:30pm

Join a friend or meet a new one in a game of Backgammon.  If you've never played, or are just a little rusty, or are a professional Backgammon player, come!  All skill levels are welcome.  If you have a board, you're welcome to bring it.  Meets the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month. Free to members; no sign up necessary.  Free to members.  Jon Rockett will be the program leader.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Thursday Chair Yoga

Thursday Chair Yoga

Thursday, April 25, 2019 | 3:15-4:15pm

Chair Yoga is a gentle form of yoga that is practiced sitting on a chair, or standing using a chair for support. Chair Yoga is one of the gentlest forms of yoga available. Complicated maneuvers and complex movements are not present in a chair yoga class. Within this type of yoga class, you can cover standing, seated and prone postures. Students can learn many kinds of yoga postures, breathing techniques, meditation, and ways of relaxation, with the aid of a chair. This class is taught by member Julie Horne.

Also see Monday Chair Yoga

Members only.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Medicare Consulting - Thursdays

Medicare Consulting - Thursdays

Thursday, April 25, 2019 | 4:30-6:30pm

Are you ready for Medicare? Do you need help navigating the system? Do you have lots of questions? Do you know when and where to sign up? Phyllis Payne, licensed insurance agent, will answer your questions. Phyllis Payne will assist with health insurance claims and long term planning care and to answer questions about medical insurance. Call Phyllis at 434.960.5833 to schedule an appointment

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Pickleball - Thursday

Pickleball - Thursday

Thursday, April 25, 2019 | 5:00-9:00pm

Combine a bit of tennis, a touch of badminton, and a helping of ping pong and what do you get? Pickleball, the fastest growing sport in the country! Although it appears very similar to tennis, key differences (the slower speed of the ball and a smaller court size) make it accessible to a wider range of players, particularly seniors.

Pickleball has great health benefits: it lowers blood pressure, burns body fat, improves balance and hand-eye coordination, and is great for your social life.

Warning -- Pickleball can be extremely addictive! We are thrilled to be partnering with the Central Virginia Pickleball Club for this program! The times listed take place at the Key Recreation Center and the cost is $2 (payable at the Key Rec. Center).

If you are interested in playing, please contact program leader Gene Rabois at cevapickleball@gmail.com.

See other Pickleball times below:

Mondays 6:45—9:00 pm

Tuesdays 2:00—4:30 pm

Wednesdays 12:00—4:30 pm

Fridays 2:15—4:15 pm

Saturdays 1:00—4:30 pm

Open to all.

Location: Key Recreation Center

Seated Massage (Wednesday)

Seated Massage (Wednesday)

Wednesday, May 1, 2019 | 9:30-12:30pm

Massage can help you relax, relieve stress, improve sleep, relieve muscle pain and tightness, and improve flexibility and range of motion. Sit fully clothed on a specially designed massage chair and choose which areas of muscle tightness—shoulders, neck, back, head, arms, or hands—on which you want the massage therapist to work. Sign up at the Welcome Desk. $20 for 15 minutes/$40 for 30 minutes.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Contact: To schedule an appointment, call 434.974.7756

Silver Swans Ballet Class

Silver Swans Ballet Class

Monday, May 6, 2019 | 11:00-12:00pm

Upcoming class dates are as follows:

 April 1, April 8

May 6, May 13

Whether you're a seasoned professional or brand new to dance, this class is a great way to move. Silver Swans incorporates classic ballet principles and will focus on flexibility, strength, and conditioning, but mostly on fun! Join Emily Pozek from Charlottesville Ballet to see what it’s all about. A professional dancer, Emily has taught numerous classes for the senior population.  

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Pay for this event online

Silver Swans Ballet Class

Members $0.00
Guests per class $6.00
Hearing Screenings

Hearing Screenings

Tuesday, May 7, 2019 | 11:00-2:00pm

Take advantage of free hearing screenings provided by Dr. Anne Delaney of Advanced Hearing Group.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

National Diabetes Prevention Program Info Session

National Diabetes Prevention Program Info Session

Thursday, May 9, 2019 | 10:00-11:00am

Thursday, May 9, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Originally created by the Centers for Disease Control to prevent type 2 diabetes, the National Diabetes Prevention Program can support anyone looking to lose weight through an evidence-based lifestyle change program.  The CDC's Prevent T2 curriculum is proven to empower you to lose weight and can cut your risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 58%.  It is also a covered benefit for eligible Medicare recipients.  Learn more about this 12 month progrm, get screened for eligibilty, and discover how key lifestyle changes can improve your overall health and reduce your risk for developing diabetes.  Lauren Palmer with ACAC Fitness and Wellness is the presenter.

Free and open to the community.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Move For Health With Darcy Higgins

Move For Health With Darcy Higgins

Thursday, May 9, 2019 | 1:30-2:30pm

Thursday, May 9, 1:30 - 2:30 PM

As you age, your sense of body awareness tends to decline, leading to difficulties with balance and problems with spatial orientation.  Learn how exercise can help you improve your sense of your own body's position and keep you safer and healthier at home.  The session is lead by Darcy Higgins, Doctor of Physical Therapy.

Free and open to the community.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

Hearing Health

Hearing Health

Wednesday, May 15, 2019 | 10:00-11:00am

Wednesday, May 15, 10:00 - 11:00 AM

Improve Your Balance and Prevent Falls - It's a startling fact that falls are the leading cause of injuries in people who are older.  You may not realize that part of your balance system is in your ears!  Join Dr. Kristin Koch, Audiologist at Evolution Hearing and guest sponsor, Visiting Angels, for simple tips and exercises that can help anyone who is worried about balance and falling.

Free and open to the community.

Wednesday, June 19th, 10:00 - 11:00 AM

Do You Think It's Just About Your Hearing? - Research shows there are many reasons why wearing hearing aids are beneficial for your overall health and mental fitness.  From decreasing your risk of depression to keeping you steady on your feet, your hearing impacts your health every day.  Join Dr. Kristin Koch, Audiologist at Evolution Hearing, for an educational class focused on improving your health!

Free and open to the community.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Alzheimer's And Wandering - presented by Home Instead Senior Care

Alzheimer's And Wandering - presented by Home Instead Senior Care

Thursday, May 23, 2019 | 10:00-11:00am

Thursday, May 23, 10:00 - 11:00 AM

Wandering is a significant issue for people living with Alzheimer's disease and their loved ones.  According to the Alzheimer's Association, three out of five people with Alzheimer's disease will wander.  If not found within 24 hours, up to half of the individuals who wander will suffer serious injury or death.  Christine Shaw of Home Instead Senior Care leads this informative session that will help you:

  • Identify potential signs and triggers of wandering;
  • Understand why individuals with Alzheimer's disease or other dementias might wander;
  • Identify ways to help prepare the home to prevent wandering; and,
  • Learn what to do if a person with Alzheimer's goes missing.

Free and open to the community.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

National Senior Health And Fitness Day

National Senior Health And Fitness Day

Wednesday, May 29, 2019 | 10:00-3:00pm

Wednesday, May 29, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

National Senior Health & Fitness Day is a nationwide health and fitness event for older adults.  More than 120,000 older adults will participate at local events across the country on the same day.  The event's goals are to promote the importance of regular physical activity, and to showcase what local organizations are doing to improve the health and fitness of older adults in their communities.  Join us as we celebrate healthy aging!  We will have free exercise classes, speakers on healthy nutrition as we age, blood pressure screening and more.  Stay tuned for schedule of events.  Mark the date and bring a friend.

Free and open to the community

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Fee: free

A Matter of Balance:  Managing Concerns About Falls Workshop

A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns About Falls Workshop

Monday, June 3, 2019 | 10:00-12:00pm

Mondays and Wednesdays, June 3 - 26, 10:00 AM - 12 Noon (except June 17 & 19, time will be 1-3 PM) Total of eight 2-hour sessions

Fear of falling can be just as dangerous as falling itself.  People who develop this fear often limit their activities, which can result in severe physical weakness, making the risk of falling even greater.  The Matter of Balance 8-session workshop can help people improve their quality of life and remain independent.  Participants learn to set realistic goals to increase activity, change their environment to reduce fall risk factors, and learn simple exercises to increase strength and balance.  The Center and UVa Health System are partnering to bring you this evidence-based program.  Space is limited; register online or at the Welcome Desk. No new participants can be accepted after the second session.  Open to the community; $20 (scholarships available)

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Pay for this event online

A Matter of Balance:  Managing Concerns About Falls Workshop

Register $20.00
Swing Dance Swap

Swing Dance Swap

Thursday, June 13, 2019 | 7:30-9:00pm

Thursdays, beginning June 13, 7:30 - 9:00 PM (through September 26)

Join the fun group from the Charlottesville Swing Dance Club and dance the evening away—no partner needed and all levels are welcome. Dance to mostly West Coast Swing, with a little bit of East Coast Swing, Hustle, Cha Cha, Night Club 2 Step, Salsa, Country 2 Step and maybe even a Waltz. All free and open to the community, just show up and have fun!

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Fee: free