Maple Valley Senior News Updated for November

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

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.

Thursday, November 17 Bunco

Gather your friends and join us for a fun afternoon of laughter, socializing, and PRIZES while playing this simple, addictive dice game! You do not need to know how to play, we will teach you. The fun will go from 12:30-3:00 p.m. in Main Hall. Bring a snack to share if you would like. Just $5 to play! Reserve your spot at the front desk.

Friday, November 18 Thanksgiving Lunch

Thanksgiving is all about gathering with friends and family and celebrating all that we have to be thankful for. At GMVCC we are surrounded by great friends and family and have much to celebrate! Plan to join us as Lorrie & Beth and our wonderful volunteers pull out all of the stops in preparing a traditional Thanksgiving feast. There will be turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, stuffing, homemade cranberry sauce, green bean casserole, rolls, and of course pumpkin pie! The cost for this meal is the usual $3, but you must pay in advance at the front desk to reserve your spot. Lunch will be served at noon. You don’t want to miss this wonderful meal!

Thursday, December 1 Mary Bridge Children’s Festival of Trees

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! During the first week of December, The Festival of Trees brings the joy of the holiday season with a wonderful display of beautifully decorated Christmas trees. The annual event benefits the many children and families at Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital and Health Center in Tacoma.

Each tree we will see is uniquely themed and trimmed with holiday decor and special gifts, all donated by the tree’s sponsor, and auctioned during the gala event. We will leave GMVCC at 9:30 a.m. Cost is $25.00; please bring money for lunch afterwards.

Monday, December 5 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. Selections will include titles from both fiction and non-fiction. We will meet on the first Monday of each month 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. This month we will be discussing A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman. Plan to join us!

affinity-11-15-16-webCell 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 at

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.

Mon. 1 pm 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 a.m., 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 a.m. 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 is $1.


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., November 16: Chef Salad, wheat roll, honeydew melon, milk

Fri., November 18: Turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes with gravy, roll, green bean casserole, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie, milk

Mon., November 21: Ham sandwich, 3-bean salad, beets, broccoli, tropical fruit, milk

Wed., November 23: Chicken salad croissant sandwich, spinach salad, cantaloupe, milk



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 a.m. and 3 p.m. 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.


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.


Meals on Wheels are by application only. Applications must be obtained from and submitted to Seattle Senior Services (call 206-448-5767 or A new, expanded menu is now available.

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 Application and background check required. Check out our website for more information on what the Center has to offer.