Maple Valley Senior News Updated 10-11-16
The Senior Program of Greater Maple Valley Community Center, located at 22010 SE 248th St. in Maple Valley, invites all adults 50+ (regardless of race, religion or culture) on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9:00-2:30. Come and enjoy lunch with us at 12 noon (see details under Menu below). Call 425-432-1272 with any questions or visit our website www.maplevalleycc.org.
We would like to offer our sincere thanks to Covington Place Sr. Apts. for their continued support of our programs.
Trips, Classes, Special Events
Payment for all trips is due at time of registration. Cancellations are refunded if seats can be filled; a $5 non-refundable service fee will be applied. Home pick-ups for trips are available for $1 each way inside or outside MV city limits. Trip costs include all Community Center expenses. Please note: if you are just “dropping in” for an activity (like Bingo) and/or a cup of coffee, we ask that you pay a “drop-in” fee of $1 (in the donation box).
PLEASE NOTE: Our Senior Program has free bus tickets for anyone that might have a need. When any car owner renews his tabs, he can check the box to receive transit tickets. If you choose to do this, we would happily take any free tickets as your donation.
Mon., October 17 Medicare Seminar – Bob Mitzel will be at GMVCC holding a UnitedHealthcare Medicare plan meeting to help you learn how to make the most of your Medicare. Meeting will be in the Main Hall from 1-3 p.m. There will be another seminar held Saturday, October 29. Availability is limited, please ask at the front desk if you are interested.
Thurs., October 20 Seattle Pinball Museum – No quarters needed! For one admission fee, you receive unlimited play! This 2-story Museum offers over 50 games to play and the machines date from 1934 to 2012. Pull up a stool and get ready to let the flippers fly and the bells ring. Lunch on your own in Seattle’s International District will be first on our trip. We will leave GMVCC at 10:00 a.m. Cost is $23; please bring $15 for admission at the door, and bring money for lunch.
Fri., October 21 Oktoberfest – You do not want to miss this fun and festive annual community event! Sit back and enjoy, or get up and dance to old-time German music by Happy Hans Band. Adults $25, Senior (60+) $15, Family of Four $60. Your adult or senior ticket will get you a German Bratwurst dinner and 2 tickets to our Beer Garden (or wine!) (21 and over), kids tickets include hot dogs and pop, and we will all have homemade apple turnovers for dessert. Event will run from 6:00-9:00 p.m. at The Greater Maple Community Center. Presale tickets are on sale now at GMVCC or online athttp://www.maplevalleycc.org/oktoberfest/. Prost!
Mon., November 7 – 50+ Book Club Reading is fun, interesting, and good for you! Join our monthly book club for lively conversation and to meet new people too. Don’t feel pressured to finish each book or dive deep into its meaning; this is supposed to be fun! Selections will made at each meeting, and will include titles from both fiction and non-fiction. We will meet on the first Monday of each month starting on October 3rd, from 10:00-10:45 a.m. in the GMVCC library. Cost is just $1, and you will be responsible for getting your own copy of the book. Our November selection will be The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown.
Cell Phone Drop Off – Drop off your old cell phones here to be distributed to US military as well as people in general disaster areas. This is part of the “Phones for Soldiers” Program. More information can be found atwww.cellphonesforsoldiers.com.
Eye Glass Drop Off – Drop off old prescription glasses here for the Lions Club to refurbish and redistribute to those who need them.
Computer Assistance – Sorry to say we no longer have a volunteer to help you with your computer problems, but if you or someone you know is interested, we would sure like to talk to you! Call 425-432-1272.
SHIBA Assistance – We now have a volunteer with SHIBA (Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisor) to help you! Lee Barto is available Tuesday and Thursday mornings to meet with you at the Community Center. If you have questions regarding Medicare, prescription drug coverage, commercial health insurance, long-term care insurance & planning, detecting & reporting fraud, coverage through tribal & Veterans health programs, or disability health insurance & resources, call the Community Center to make an appointment with Lee.
Mon. 1 p.m. and Wed. 8:30 a.m. Silver Sneakers: Activage Fitness – Join Silver Sneakers certified instructor, Lori Wilkerson, for a fun new exercise program at the GMVCC. “Activage Fitness” is a 30-minute class that is perfect for beginners through seasoned members. Classes combine a variety of exercises which: increase cardio endurance, enhance balance for fall prevention, and improve performance of activities of daily living. Done to a soundtrack of big band to swinging 60’s music, workouts can be done entirely while seated, assisted standing, or standing. Mondays in the Den from 1–1:30 p.m. or Wednesdays in the Main Hall from 8:30 – 9:00 a.m. $1 per class for Silver Sneakers eligible, $3 for non-eligible participants. This is a drop-in class; no prior registration required.
Mon., Thurs., and Fri. at 9 a.m. Walking Group Meeting in the Center’s lobby each Monday, Thursday, and Friday at 9:00 am, we will walk on the Lake Wilderness Trail as a group. Everyone walks at his or her own pace; distances will be loosely marked. Bring your water, your coffee, your leashed pup (with waste bags), or a 2-legged walking buddy. Tracy or Jamie will accompany you on each outing, rain or shine. This is a drop-in activity; no need to call ahead. Please check in with Tracy or Jamie before starting. Cost: $1 to support on-going GMVCC Health and Wellness programs.
Mon., Wed., and Fri. at 9:30-10:30 “Aging Well Yoga” Candi will help you gently increase strength, flexibility, posture and balance. Everyone will be working at their own pace. 4-class punch card is $23; 8- class punch card is $44; 12-class punch card is $60; drop in rate is $6. No reservations are necessary; pay in class. This class is held in “The Den.” Call with any questions.
Mon., Wed. and Fri. at 10:30 Move Strong Exercise. “The Fall Stop…Move Strong” exercise program was designed specifically to improve balance and strength. It is a series of 3 different 12-minute sessions. Exercise each Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 10:30. This is free and no sign-up is necessary. Please note, no exercise on party days.
Weds. at 2:30 Adult Line Dancing Join Janie to learn the joys of Line Dancing. Good fitness and fun all at the same time. Wear light-weight comfortable clothes and leather-soled shoes (or shoes that are conducive to dancing). Bring your own water bottle. Cost is $5 for drop-ins or $50 for a pre-paid ticket good for 11 classes. Call 425-432-1272 to learn more.
Fris. at 1:00 Painting
Calling all painters (all mediums) to paint, socialize, offer and give artistic “suggestions” each Fri from 1:00-4:00. Absolutely no experience is necessary; all levels of ability are welcome. Suggested donation $1.
SOCIALS & GAMES
Suggested donation of $1 for Ping Pong and other games
(Bingo times might vary because of holidays and parties.)
Mons. – Bingo at 11:00; Pinochle, Phase 10, and games at 12:30; Ping Pong 12:30-4:00
Weds. – 2nd & 4th Weds Quilting & Sewing at 10:45 (in the Den); Bingo at 11:00, Pinochle, Phase 10, and games at 12:30
Fris. – Bingo at 11:00, Painting at 1:00; Pinochle, Phase 10, and games at 12:30
Lunch served each Mon., Wed., Fri. at 12:00. For those age 60+ registered with ADS (Aging & Disability Services) living in King County there is a suggested donation of $3. For all others there is a $6 fee. PLEASE NOTE: all menus are subject to availability of food items. Milk, coffee and tea are available for all lunches.
Wed., October 12: Quiche, cinnamon roll, milk
Fri., October 14: Shepherd’s Pie, broccoli, oranges, milk
Mon., October 17: Chicken Fettuccini, broccoli, green beans, garden salad, garlic bread, milk
Wed., October 19: Chef Salad, pineapple chunks, roll, milk
Fri., October 21: 15-bean Soup, broccoli, roll, pear compote, milk
NEED A RIDE?
Dial-a-Ride. Due to a lack of funding, we are sorry to say that we are no longer able to offer this service. See “Volunteer Transportation” below for rides to medical appointments.
The Community Center Shuttle –Mon, Wed, and Fri between 9:00 am and 3pm provides rides to the Center for Programs and lunch. Van rides are $1 each way within our transportation boundaries. Call 425-432-1272 for availability at least 24 hours in advance. $20 bus passes (good for 20 rides) are available.
Volunteer Transportation– Need a ride to a medical appointment? Call Tracy at 425-432-1272 to arrange a FREE ride. This Volunteer Program is now in need of drivers. If you think you would like to help seniors get to medical appointments please call the above number to volunteer.
Please take note: call us with your transportation needs at least one week ahead of your appointment.
HEALTH AND WELLNESS
Foot Care Call for an appointment. “Karen’s Foot Care” is offered on the 1st & 3rd Friday of each month and the 3rd Thurs. Price is $27. Please call to make an appointment. Scholarships are available for those with limited income.
Fri: Blood Pressure Check: 1st and 3rd Fridays between 10:30 and 11:00.
Dental Hygienist. Deb Fredrikson, dental hygienist, will be here in September to offer reduced-cost dental hygiene services. Come in for an information packet (or now you can find everything on our Web Site–maplevalleycc.org–and print it out).
Meals on Wheels are by application only. Applications must be obtained from and submitted to Seattle Senior Services (call 206-448-5767 or www.seniorservices.org). A new, expanded menu is now available.
Senior Rights Health Care and Medicare Information Assistance We currently have a volunteer to handle this service. If you have questions, please call the Center to make an appointment. Our volunteer is available Tuesday and Thursday mornings.
Information and Referral Our knowledgeable staff is available to answer your questions and assist you in finding in-home care, financial assistance, senior housing, nutrition options, and transportation alternatives.
Free Pet Food for low-income seniors.
Free Walking Aids & Bathroom Equipment (call for current items)
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED AT GMVCC – The Greater Maple Valley Community Center (GMVCC) is looking for people-friendly volunteers to have a fun experience while giving back to the people of Maple Valley. Currently, we are looking for fill-in Front Desk Assistance. For more information on the Front Desk position, contact Cindy at firstname.lastname@example.org. Application and background check required. Check out our website www.maplevalleycc.org for more information on what the Center has to offer.