Maple Valley Senior News Updated 11-27-18

The Senior Program of Greater Maple Valley Community Center, located at 22010 SE 248thSt. 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. Trip costs include all Community Center and travel 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) to help us continue to offer these activities.

Thurs., Nov 29 Victorian Country Christmas – The Victorian Country Christmas Festival at the Washington State Fair Events Center in Puyallup is one of the Seattle region’s favorite holiday traditions. In addition to being a massive Victorian-themed marketplace featuring crafts, food, and commercial booths, the festival includes a variety of holiday entertainment and activities each day. We will leave GMVCC at 9:15, and depart the festival at 2:30.  Cost for this trip is $36. Bring money for lunch, which is available on site.

Fri., Nov 30 Dot Painting Class– Join instructor Rosie Kennedy for a make-and-take class on Dot Painting. On this day you will paint and complete your own 5×7 canvas masterpiece. Cost is just $5 and includes all your supplies. Class begins in the Main Hall starting at 1:00 pm and will last until approximately 3p.m. Please sign up and pay at the front desk to reserve your spot, space is limited!

Tues., Dec 4 Enchant at Safeco Field – The world’s largest holiday light maze is coming to Seattle’s Safeco Field! Enchant Christmas will set up shop at the home of the Mariners with a holiday event like nothing you have ever seen! The outfield will be transformed into a light maze where guests search for Santa’s missing reindeer, and the infield will become the skating trail. There will also be a holiday shopping market, Santa’s workshop, food and drink options, and the main stage with musical performances. This is an evening trip, leaving GMVCC at 4:00p.m. Cost for this trip is $50, which includes all transportation costs, a GMVCC staff member, and admission to the event. Please bring money if you would like to purchase food/drink or do something shopping.

Tuesday, December 18 – Molbak’s Home + Garden  – During the holiday season, Molbak’s goes all out converting most of the store to holiday home and garden decor.  Browse the beautiful displays and get inspired for your own holiday festivities! We will all have lunch together after shopping! Plan to leave GMVCC at 10 am. Cost for this trip is $23; bring money for lunch and shopping.

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 at www.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 – Volunteer, Curtis Patterson, specializes in working with senior citizens and provides free, caring, patient, one-on-one computer assistance including repairs, upgrades, diagnostics, tutoring, virus/spyware cleaning, and more. PC and Android are his specialty, but Curtis is willing attempt to help with Apple products as well. Call us at 425-432-1272 to arrange and appointment. Age requirement is 50+.                                     Mon., Wed., and Fri. at 9:00amWalking Group– Meeting in the Center’s lobby each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 9:00am, we will walk on the Lake Wilderness Trail as a group. Everyone walks at his or her own pace; covering approx. 3 miles round trip. Bring your water, your coffee, your leashed pup (with waste bags), or a 2-legged walking buddy. The group will walk rain or shine. This is a drop-in activity; no need to call ahead. Please check in at the front desk before starting. Cost: $1 to support on-going GMVCC Health and Wellness programs.

Mon., Wed., and Fri. at 9:00-10:00 “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 $30; 8- class punch card is $50; 12-class punch card is $70; drop in rate is $10. 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 Fall-Prevention 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 instructor 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 come in to use our main hall to paint, socialize, and offer artistic “suggestions” each Fri from 1:00-4:00. Absolutely no experience is necessary; all levels of ability are welcome. Suggested donation is $1. Tables and space to spread out is available, however, there are no easels for use. No preregistration required.  $1 to participate.

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& 4thWeds) 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; Ping Pong 1-3:30, Pinochle, Phase 10, and games at 12:30

MENU

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., Nov 28:Baked chicken, mixed veggies, berries w/ cream, rice pilaf, roll, milk

Fri., Nov 30: Beef Stroganoff, green beans, pear compote, fruit cup, milk

Mon., Dec 3: Mac & Cheese, green salad, mixed berries, milk

Wed., Dec 5:Cheeseburgers, chips, fruit cup, milk

Fri., Dec 7: Baked Potato, broccoli, tropical fruit, milk

NEED A RIDE?

The Community Center Shuttle–Our shuttle runs Mon, Wed, and Fri between 9a.m. and 3p.m. and provides rides to GMVCC for programs and lunch. Shuttle rides are $1 each way within our transportation boundaries. Call 425-432-1272for 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 Janet at 425-432-1272 to arrange a FREE volunteer-provided ride. This Volunteer Program is now in great 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& 3rdFriday of each month and the 3rdThurs. Price is $32. Please call to make an appointment as this popular service fills quickly. Scholarships are available for those with limited income.

Fri:  Blood Pressure Check:1st and 3rd Fridays between 10:30 and 11:00 as MV Firefighters are available.

SERVICES

Meals on Wheels(by application only).  Applications must be obtained from and submitted to Sound Generations (call 206-448-5767 or mealsonwheels@soundgenerations.organd www.soundgenerations.org). 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 FoodIn partnership with the Seattle Humane Society, the Greater Maple Valley Community Center offers free pet food for qualifying low-income seniors.

Medical Lending Closet Free walking aids & bathroom equipment are available from our lending closet free of charge(call for current items). We also welcome donations of these 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 Stefanie at stefanieg@maplevalleycc.org.  Application and background check required.  Check out our website www.maplevalleycc.org for more information on what the Center has to offer.