Erie Community Center Active Adults – Sept. 2013

Lunch at the Erie Community Center
Lunches are provided by the Weld County Senior Nutrition Program every Thursday at 12:15 pm. Join us for the social hour beginning at 11:00 am. Reservations are required by Tuesday at 12:00 pm by calling 303.926.2795.

After Lunch Entertainment

After the Thursday lunch, join us for free entertainment. Entertainment begins at approximately 12:45 pm and is open to anyone, whether you eat lunch with us or not.
September 05, 2013    Mike Befeler, local mystery author and presentation on “Rejection Is Not a Four Letter Word.”
September 19, 2013    Spellbinders – Stories

Drop-In Activities
You are welcome to drop in anytime during our lounge hours to play your favorite game. Join us during these times when others will be playing the following games or activities. These scheduled times are ongoing.
Monday & Friday 9:00 am – Coffee Talk, Columbine Lounge
Tuesday 12:30 pm – Bridge, Columbine Lounge
Thursday 9:00 am – Pool, Columbine Lounge
1st & 3rd Friday 9:00 am – 1:00 pm – Painting, Lehigh
Friday 1:00 pm – Mahjong, Columbine Lounge

Friday Afternoon Bingo

Join in on the fun in this friendly game of BINGO and an afternoon to socialize with friends. Registration is not required. Bingo is played in the Mitchell room.
Date: Friday, September 6
Time: 1:30 pm

Drop-In 50+ Adult Sports Schedule

Volleyball – Fridays – 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Racquetball – Tuesdays – 8:30 – 11:30 am (singles/doubles)
Tennis – Fridays – 11:00 am – 1:00 pm (weather permitting)

Pickleball Indoor – Mondays, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Tuesdays – 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Thursday – 12:30-3:30 pm
Pickleball Outdoor – Wednesday, 5:30-7:30- pm
Friday, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm


Qi-gong, in other words, “Energy Cultivation”, is the practice of coordinating ones mind, breathing, and body movement to improve circulation throughout the body. Based on ones practice, mental attitude, metabolism, sleep, physical strength and balance, and thus over-all health will display significant improvement. This 75 minute class will consist of warm-ups and learning such movements as the: Yuan Gong, Pai Da Gong and the Ba Duan Jin (Eight Section Brocade). Loose clothing is recommended. Registration deadline is one week prior to class start date.
Day:    Tuesdays
Date:   September 3 – 24
Time:   11:30 am – 12:45 pm
Fee:     R $35/NR $45

Erie Never Stops Walking

Join us on the Erie Community Center walking track for this indoor walking program. This program offers two days a week to walk as a group. We will gather on Mondays as a group on the bridge and then walk the track for an hour. You can then choose to walk one other day during the week as your second day. On Mondays the group is lead by a staff member who is there to assist and help you. The goal of each session is to “walk” the distance to a designated location on a map, and the ultimate goal after each session is to walk or run a 5K race together. After each session we will have a party to celebrate our great successes! Registration is not required. For questions or more information, please call 303.926.2795.
Day:    Mondays & One Other Day During the Week
Date:   September 9 – October 30
Time:   10:00 – 11:00 am
Fee:     Free for SilverSneakers members and ECC Pass holders
.    Daily admission for all others per visit


Foot Clinics 

A registered nurse provides a full range of services to treat your feet the 4th Tuesday of each month. Call Summercares at 303.651.5224 to make an appointment and for fee information.
September 24

Medicare or Medicaid Counseling
Free counseling is available to you for help with Medicare or Medicaid issues. Reserve a 45 minute, one-on-one appointment with a SHIP counselor, specially trained on Medicare insurance and Medicaid low-income programs. They can help you fill out forms or answer questions. For general questions about Medicare call Centura Health at 970.347.8743. Appointments are available from 1:00-4:00 pm on the 3rd Thursday of each month. Call 303.926.2795, to reserve your appointment.
September 19


Edelweiss Alpacas & Lunch
Edelweiss Alpacas, LLC began in 2009. They exist to breed exceptional quality alpacas for the alpaca industry, and animals with outstanding fleece for the fashion and textile industry. The farm store carries a variety of handmade and commercially-made alpaca finished products. This educational walking tour will allow you to pet the alpacas. After the tour we will have lunch at Pepper Jacks (price range $7-$10). Fee includes transportation and Alpaca Farm. Lunch is own your own. Registration deadline is August 29.
Day:    Friday
Date:   September 13
Time:   10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Fee:     R $9/NR $12

Rockies Game

Take me out to the Ball Game and watch the Rockies play the Diamond Backs! Enjoy a fall afternoon with a cold drink in one hand and hotdog in the other. Fee includes game and transportation. Food is own your own. Registration deadline is September 8.
Day:    Sunday
Date:   September 22
Time:   12:30 – 6:00 pm
Fee:     R $19/NR $25

Wild Animal Sanctuary & Lunch

A Sanctuary is a place where animals can come to live and be protected for the rest of their lives. This facility is situated on 720 acres of rolling grassland and was designed and built with a centralized compound located in the middle of the habitats. The facility also has a unique system of elevated cat-walks and observation platforms which allow people to view the rescued animals enjoying their new life in large acreage habitats. Lunch will be at Corner Kitchen. Fee includes transportation and sanctuary. Meals are on your own, price range $5-$10. Registration deadline is September 16.
Day:    Tuesday
Date:   October 1
Time:   8:30 am – 2:30 pm
Fee:     R $19/NR $25

Haunted House Hunt Mystery Dinner

Lumber Baron Murder Mystery Dinners are Killer Fun! Murder mystery dinners have been a main-stay on the dinner theatre scene for two decades! The Lumber Baron offers a unique fun night of entertainment like none other! Treat yourself to an evening of mystery, intrigue and gourmet dining, then laugh along with the hilarious cast of characters, inspect a few clues and see if you can solve the mystery! Fee includes transportation, dinner, tax, tip and show. There is an extra charge (on your own) for spirited drinks. Registration deadline is September 23.
Day:    Friday
Date:    October 25
Time:   5:00 – 10:00 pm
Fee:     R $49/NR $59

Extended Travel

Majestic Mountain Tour
Four days, three nights Majestic Mountain Tour includes winery in Palisade, hot springs & snow cat/ history tour in Ouray and fun in Telluride! More information to come in September. Call 303.926.2795 for more information.
Days: Tuesday – Friday
Dates: January 21 – 24, 2014
Fee: TBA

Special Events

Falls Prevention Week, September 23–27, 2013
Watch for more information on presentations, risk screenings, adaptive equipment and more in the Active Adult newsletter. Programs are co-sponsored by Front Range Hospice.

Talk on Balance and Exercise

Monday, September 23, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Take charge of your balance. You can improve it, like any part of your fitness. This talk will cover safe and effective exercises, habits and attitudes that work together to reduce your likelihood of falling or stumbling. The goal is to improve your strength, your endurance, your flexibility and to practice safe balancing. Life is more fun when you’re not worried about moving. Register by calling 303.926.2795, deadline is September 19.

Talk on Knowing Your Medications

Wednesday, September 25, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Medications are used to help us feel better and can be any prescription medicine, vitamins, herbal supplements, or over-the-counter remedies you buy at the store. Some medicines or combinations of medicines have side effects that make you feel drowsy, dizzy, or light-headed. These may cause you to lose your balance or feel unsteady on your feet. This talk is presented by a Safeway Pharmacist who can help inform you on the safe use of your medications. Register by calling 303.926.2795, deadline is September 22.

Fall Risk Screening

Thursday, September 26, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Using a specially developed software program, participants are screened to identify those with an elevated risk of falling. People who fit into this category are then asked if they would like to participate in an assessment, at a later date, to learn more about their individual situation. For more information on the Fall Risk Screening, call 303.926.2795.

Oktoberfest in Erie

It’s the first weekend of Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany so we are going to  celebrate with the Erie Active Adults at the Erie Community Center! We will serve you a traditional catered German meal, dance to polka music and have lots of fun and laughs. Add to the fun by wearing your Dirndl dress or lederhosen and you will have a chance to win a gift card. We will also celebrate our SilverSneakers® anniversary at the Erie Community Center. Bring your SilverSneakers® card to be entered into a drawing for an additional prize. This event is open to everyone, whether you belong to SilverSneakers® or not. Registration deadline for the event is September 15. This event is sponsored by State Farm Insurance.
Day:    Friday
Date:    September 20
Time:   6:00 – 8:00 pm
Fee:     R $10/ NR $13


Watercolor The Art Of Discovery
Students will be encouraged to “discover” their personal style and to develop it more fully, making use of the richness and vibrancy possible with the use of watercolor applied luxuriously and in layers. Students are encouraged to purchase a few large (37 ml) tubes of watercolor, allowing for greater freedom in creating rich and lively paintings. At least one of the six sessions will be devoted to portraiture. Instructor: Dianne Widom. For more information contact Dianne at, email, or call 720.524.4893.
Day:    Tuesdays
Date:   September 3 – October 8
Time:   1:30 – 4:00 pm
Fee:     R $59/NR $75

Rubber Stamping

Come join us to make beautiful handmade cards, using fabulous stamp sets and supplies, cool tools, and techniques. Bring your own scissors and double sided adhesive tape. Registration deadline is one week prior to class.
Day:    Monday
Date:   September 16
Time:   12:00 – 1:15 pm
Fee:     R $4/NR $6

Day:    Monday
Date:   September 16
Time:   1:15 – 2:30 pm
Fee:     R $4/NR $6

Medicare 101

Confused by all the terms and abbreviations? Join us for Medicare 101 to learn the acronyms, the options, and some decision-making tips. Learn the Medicare alphabet and the ins and outs of supplemental insurance, prescription drug coverage, and Medicare Advantage plans. Shelley Steele, Benefits Counselor from Centura Health Links will provide information about Medicare and Medicaid and how to sign up for benefits. Centura Health does not sell or endorse any Medicare insurance plan. Registration deadline is September 2.
Day:    Tuesday
Date:   September 10
Time:   9:30 – 11:30 am
Fee:     Free

A Matter of Balance

Are you afraid of falling? Have you stopped doing the things you enjoy? Join A Matter of Balance and learn ways to decrease your fear, increase you activity levels and make changes to reduce your risk of falling. Classes meet once a week for two hours. This eight-week program is sponsored by Boulder and Weld County’s Area Agencies on Aging. Registration deadline is September 29. You will pay the instructor the day of the class. Donations are always welcome.
Day:    Wednesdays
Date:   October 2 – November 20
Time:   1:30 – 3:30 pm
Fee:     Age 60 and better Free/ 59 and younger $15

Erie Community Center Active Adults

450 Powers St.

Erie, CO  80516
To register for all programs, call 303-926-2795.

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