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Painting, woodworking, bingo and more: seniors staying active

By Carrie Miller

Events Coordinator,

Davie Sr. Services

Davie County Senior Services officially re-opened their doors to the public on July 1.

Senior Services offers a variety of parties and special events as well as the daily lunch program, but there are also several ongoing weekly and monthly activities and events.

On Mondays, the building fills with artists for the newly formed art club, which focuses on painting. The club gives artists an opportunity to work on their painting skills with one another and offer suggestions and improvements to their work. Participant Carol Huffman told staff how thankful she is that Senior Services re-opened the doors so they can meet again and enjoy the time of fellowship. This club meets every Monday from 9 a.m.-noon.

As the week progresses, the Seniors and Technology classes meet every Tuesday and Thursday morning from 10-11. These classes feature the ins and outs of using smart phones. In July, the class is covering Android Basics, and August will cover Apple Basics. If you have an iPhone or iPad that you want to learn more about, call and reserve a space. If you are interested in an iPhone or iPad, but do not yet own one, this also may be the class for you. Senior Services has a limited number of iPads that participants can borrow for tthe class. The last session will be in September and will focus on Android Basics. If you have any interest at all, contact Senior Services at 336-753-6230.

The Woodcarving group meets on Wednesday mornings from 9-11. This group is facilitated by Tim Trudgeon and is open to all ages. If you are new to woodcarving, call before attending your first session, and Tim Trudgeon can provide you with starter supplies for a small fee.  If you have what you need, just come and join this group.

The Duplicate Bridge group will start meeting again on Wednesdays in September. The group will meet from 1-4:15 p.m. You will need a partner to join.

Thursday afternoons are reserved for Texas Hold ‘Em players. This group meets every Thursday beginning at 1 p.m. There is no real betting allowed, just the enjoyment of the game.

Starting in September, the Davie County Singing Seniors will begin meeting again on Thursdays at 10 a.m. This group is open to anyone who loves to sing.  They practice each week and perform at local churches, civic groups, long term care facilities, and community events.

While all of these social activities take place at the Senior Services main campus, you will find a variety of health and wellness activities at the Senior Services Health and Fitness Center.  Located in the Brock Recreation Center, this facility includes all day access to the fitness room, as well as scheduled exercise classes such as Yoga, Zumba, Tai Chi, Cheerleading, and Line Dancing.  The gym is reserved from 8-10 a.m.  each weekday for walking.  Afterwards, individuals are invited to come use the gym as they wish – walking, basketball, cornhole, and more. Stay tuned for more fitness activities coming soon. Pickleball nets should arrive in October.

Senior Services hosts several regular monthly events, including monthly bingo. On July 29, Senior Services will host bingo at 1 p.m. sponsored by Prevette & Son Plumbing.

The August gingo will be a special “Grands Bingo” game where participants can bring their grandchildren or great-grandchildren to play with them. Grands Bingo will take place on Aug. 5 at 6 p.m. and will be sponsored by Laurie Laucks, Edward Jones Financial Advisor.  The bingo events are sponsored events, and Senior Services is always looking for sponsors.  Sponsors have the opportunity to call out the bingo game if desired. If interested, email Carrie Miller, at cmiller@daviecountync.gov.

Other monthly activities include health seminars, blood pressure screenings, movies, book club, scrapbooking, and more.

Activities are open to anyone 55 and older. Find information about the social happenings at Senior Services in the Senior Connection newsletter. If you did not receive your newsletter, or for more information about any of the above programs, call Senior Services at 336-753-6230.