Maple Valley Senior News Updated 10-29-19

 The Senior Program at the Greater Maple Valley Community Center, located at 22010 SE 248th St. in Maple Valley, invites all adults ages 50+ to come and see what we are all about! Call us at 425-432-1272 with any questions or visit our website www.maplevalleycc.org for more information and our monthly calendar.

We would like to offer our sincere thanks to Covington Place Sr. Apts. for their continued support of our programs. 

Trips, Groups, 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.

Wednesday, October 30 Halloween Lunch

Put on your best costume and join us for a festive and spooky lunch, served at noon! We will vote on who is wearing our favorite costume and the winner gets a prize!

Fridays, starting Nov 1 Brain Fitness

This program for 50+ utilizes individual and group activities designed to stimulate a variety of your brain regions. The class is social, interactive, and fun! You can expect to be challenged with visual puzzles and games, as well as participate in a variety of activities that use your short-term and long-term memory. Each week we will discuss memory tricks and cognitive health. The class is offered in partnership with MultiCare and is a part of their Celebrate Seniority program. Cost: $1 drop-in donation.  Fridays, 9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m., November 1, 8, 15, 22, and December 6 and 13, in the Den.  

Monday, November 4 Book Club

Get reading and join the conversation! Reading is fun, interesting, and good for you. Join our monthly book club for lively conversation and to meet new people, too. Selections for our club include titles from both fiction and non-fiction. We meet on the first Monday of each month (unless otherwise noted) from 10:00-10:45a.m. in the GMVCC library. Cost is just $1, and you are responsible for getting your own copy of the book. This month we will be discussing Ghosted by Rosie Walsh.

November 6 Fall Prevention

Did you know that 1 in 4 Americans aged 65+ falls every year? Falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries for older Americans. However, falling is not an inevitable part of aging. Join the discussion with a representative from King County Emergency Services as you learn practical lifestyle adjustments and resources that can help you avoid becoming a statistic. Join us in the GMVCC Library starting at 10a.m.

Senior Fitness

Mon-Fri at 9:00a.m. Walking Group Meeting in the GMVCC lobby each weekday morning at 9:00am, 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 and Weds., at 9:00a.m. 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.

Mons., Weds. and Fris. 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.

Socials and Games

Time and availability might vary because of holidays and parties.

Suggested donation of $1 in the activity donation box.

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

Weds. (2nd & 4th Weds.) 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

Fris. at 1:00 Painting

Calling all painters (all mediums) to come in to use our main hall to paint, socialize, and share ideas. Tables and space to spread out is available, however, there are no easels for use, and no instruction given. 

Lunch Menus

Lunch served each Mon., Wed., Fri. at 12:00. For those age 60+ 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., Oct 30: Orange-glazed chicken, rice pilaf, green beans, mandarin oranges, roll milk

Fri., Nov 1: Beef Stroganoff, egg noodles, Brussels sprouts, sliced apples, roll, milk

Mon., Nov 4: Pumpkin Soup, garden salad, pita wedges, mixed berries, milk

Wed., Nov 6: Chicken Rice Casserole, Normandy vegetables, peaches, roll, milk

Fri., Nov 8: Loaded baked potato, chili, broccoli, berries, 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 GMVCC to make an appointment as this popular service fills quickly. 

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

Services

Community Center Shuttle Need a ride in? Our shuttle runs M/W/F between 9am and 3pm 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.org and www.soundgenerations.org). A new, expanded menu is now available.

Free Pet Food In 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!

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+.