Maple Valley Senior News Updated 8-6-19

The Senior Program at the 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 “dropping in” for an activity (like cards or Ping Pong) and/or a cup of coffee, we ask that you pay a “drop-in” amount of $1 (in the donation box) to help us continue to offer these activities.

Tuesday, August 13 Talapus Lake – Join Tracy on this 3.6 mile out and back hike near Snoqualmie. Hike is considered “moderate-difficult”. Bring plenty of water and snacks for the trail. Cost is $18, and we will leave GMVCC at 9:30 a.m.

Wednesday, August 14 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 12:45-2:30 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.

Thursday, August 15 Thunder Dome Car Museum – Thunder Dome Car Museum is a nonprofit organization that was created to bring the community together to enjoy a fantastic collection of cars in a uniquely designed facility for the benefit of charity. We will leave GMVCC at noon, stop for lunch in Enumclaw, then wander through the museum. Cost for this trip is $13, plus $13 for your admission at the door and money for your lunch.

Tuesday, August 20 Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium – Explore the only combined zoo and aquarium in the Pacific Northwest. You’ll see the seahorses, polar bears, walruses, wolves, elephants, rays, primates, tigers and more!  Point Defiance Zoo is large enough to offer a huge array of animals and small enough for you to get close to them.  You’ll have plenty of time to roam the park at your own pace, visit the gift shop, and get lunch in one of the zoo cafés.  This trip requires a good bit of walking, but there are lots of places to rest. We will leave GMVCC at 9 am. Cost for this trip is $17 plus you will want to bring money for your lunch, or pack a lunch and bring it with you. This day is Senior Day at the zoo, so your admission is free!

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-Fri at 9:00amWalking Group– Meeting in the Center’s lobby each weekday morning at 9 a.m., we walk on the Lake Wilderness Trail as a group, rain or shine. Everyone walks at his or her own pace; covering approx. 3 miles round trip. This is a drop-in activity; no need to call ahead. Cost is $1 suggested donation to support on-going GMVCC Health and Wellness programs.

Mons., Weds., Fris from 9-10 Aging-Well Yoga Instructor 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 or the Main hall. 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. This is free and no sign-up is necessary. Please note: no exercise on party days.

Fris. at 1:00 Painting

Calling all painters (all mediums) to come in to use our main hall to paint, socialize, and share ideas each Fri from 1:00-4:00. All levels of ability are welcome. Tables and space to spread out is available, however, there are no easels for use, and no instruction given. Suggested donation $1.

Socials and Games

Time and availability might vary because of holidays and parties. Suggested donation of $1 for games

Mons. Bingo at 11:00; Pinochle at 12:30; Ping Pong 12:30

Weds.(2nd& 4thWeds.) Quilting & Sewing at 10:45 in the Den; Bingo at 11:00, Pinochle at 12:30

Fris.Bingo at 11:00, Painting at 1:00, Ping Pong 12:30, Pinochle and Mah Jong at 12:30

Lunch Menus

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 $4. For all others, there is a $7 fee.

All menus are subject to availability of food items. Milk, coffee, and tea are available for all lunches.

Wed., Aug 7: Chicken fajita, mexi rice, tropical fruit, dessert, milk

Fri., Aug 9: Pancakes with blueberry topping, sausage patty, scrambled eggs, cantaloupe, milk

Mon., Aug 12: Chili, cornbread, kale salad, pineapple, milk

Wed., Aug 14: Chef Salad, tropical fruit pudding, roll, milk

Fri., Aug 16: Ham & Potato Casserole, asparagus, peaches, roll, milk

Health and Wellness

Routine Pedicure/Footcare“Karen’s Foot Care” is offered to seniors on the 2nd & 4th Friday of each month and the 4th Thurs. Cost is $32. Please call the Center to make an appointment as this popular service fills quickly.

Blood Pressure Checksare offered on the 1st and 3rd Fridays between 10:30 and 11:00. This service depends on availability of MV Firefighters.

Services

Community Center ShuttleNeed a ride in? Our shuttle runs M/W/F between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. and provides rides to GMVCC for programs and lunch. Shuttle 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 Janet at 425-432-1272 at least one week in advance 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 become a volunteer.

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.

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 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 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.orgfor more information on what the Center has to offer.