New or beginner Participants are always welcome to attend any of the following programs.
All programs are held at the Oneida County Senior Center, 100 W. Keenan St. (next to Trig’s Riverwalk Centre) unless otherwise noted. For more information about any of the activities, contact Stephanie Schroeder, Department on Aging Activities and Volunteer Coordinator at 369-6170 or toll-free 800-379-7499.
Crafter’s Circle: Meets every second and fourth Tuesday (April 8 and 22) at 12:30 p.m. Help embroider dishtowels for the craft room. Those wishing to take theirs home, must pay for materials. Those who want to socialize and work on or share their own projects are welcome. A knitting group also congregates to work on their own projects during this time. The group is always looking for others to lead new projects.
Watercolor Painters: Will be meeting April 8 and 22 at 9 a.m. to noon. Self-directed painting group. No oils or acrylics please.
Card Club: Every Friday afternoon from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Come play 500, Bridge, Pinochle or anything else there are players for. Refreshments served. Annual fee of $2 plus $.50 per week.
Cribbage: Thursday afternoons from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Betty Hargraves will also teach beginners who want to learn.
Duplicate Bridge: Wednesday afternoons from 12:30 to 4 p.m., new players always welcome. For more information, call Rose at 715-369-2272 or Flo at 715-362-6536.
Mahjong: (Ancient Chinese tile game)–Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to noon. New players are encouraged, Betty will offer lessons.
Creative Writing Classes: Friday mornings from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Taught by Jan Lambele (retired teacher), who volunteers to instruct this class including short stories, poetry and other interesting English class assignments.
Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program: Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 8:30 to 9:15 a.m. or Mondays and Wednesdays 12:45 to 1:30 p.m. Seated and standing exercise class focusing on range of motion, strength and flexibility exercises led by certified instructor, Susie Wegner. Exercise class punch cards are $20 for any 10 classes, get the 11th free. Good for any exercise classes at the Senior Center.
Feel Younger With Yoga: Monday and Wednesday afternoons from 1:45 to 2:30 p.m. Chair yoga poses taught by Susie Wegner. Exercise class punch cards are $20 for any 10 classes get the 11th free. Good for any exercise classes at the Senior Center.
Gentle Fitness Class: Wednesday and Friday mornings from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Group exercise following award winning senior fitness DVD byCatherine (MacRae) Joppa (Rhinelander resident). Seated and standing exercises. No cost.
Arthritis Foundation Tai Chi: Tuesday mornings from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Warm-up and cool-down exercises, six basic core movements and six advanced extension movements, direction changes to add challenge. Taught by certified instructor, Lois Kasmarek. Exercise class punch cards are $20 for any 10 classes, get the 11th free. Good for any exercise classes at the Senior Center.
Wii Fitness: Older adults are welcome to use the Senior Center’s Wii console and giant flat screen TV for Wii bowling, golf, boxing and tennis or Wii Fitness program, whenever the room is unscheduled. A fun way to improve balance using the Wii Fit Balance Board. Call the Center before coming or check in at the front desk.
Zumba Gold: Tuesday mornings from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Dance exercise for older active adults set to international rhythms including cha cha, mambo, merengue, cumbia, belly dance, hava nagila and more. Zumba Gold is not as intense as other Zumba sessions but is still a good workout and includes stretching and balance elements. Led by certified Zumba Gold instructor, Stephanie Schroeder. Exercise class punch cards are $20 for any 10 classes get the 11th free. Good for any exercise classes at the Senior Center.
Alzheimer’s Caregivers’ Support Group: Meets third Thursday (April 17) from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Sponsored by the Greater Wisconsin Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. Anyone with a loved one with any kind of memory loss is welcomed to attend. Respite care available to allow caregivers to attend meeting. Call ahead at least two days for this service.
Blood Pressure Checks: Every second Wednesday at 10:50 a.m. (April 9) by the Rhinelander Fire Department paramedics.
Foot Care: Basic foot care provided by Shirley Ryan from Aspirus VNA Home Health, Inc. for $25 per visit. Appointments required.
Muscular Sclerosis (MS) Support Group: Meets second Monday (April 14) from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Led by Catherine Joppa. This is a source of information and resources for persons and families dealing with M.S.
Oneida Co. Parkinson’s Support Group: Meets third Monday (April 21) from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Led by Norma Semling. Resource information as well as monthly speakers on topics of interest to individuals and families faced with Parkinson disease.
V.I.P. Support Group (Visually Impaired Persons): Meets third Tuesday (April 15) from 1 to 2:30 p.m. for persons dealing with vision loss. Led by Jim Unger, Rehabilitation Specialist, Office for the Blind and Visually Impaired.
Earth Day: Tuesday, April 22, at 12:30 p.m. a speaker at the Center to give a presentation on Home Options for Solar Energy in the Northwoods. There will also be a question and answer session afterwards.
The Mysterious World of Bats: April 6 to 12 is Bat Appreciation Week. Sandy Wickman, DNR Water Resource Management Specialist will be the guest speaker at the Center Thursday, April 10 at 1 p.m. to dispel some of the myths about bats and discuss their role in the ecosystem and how they can be a benefit to people. She will also have some patterns for bat houses available.
National Garden Month: Try something new. Visit the Center April 17 at 12:30 p.m. and learn to use the no dig garden method invented by Ruth Stout. Master Gardener, Tom Jerow will present a short video of the amazing 90 plus year old Ruth and her methods.
Senior Center Book Club: Meets the last Friday of the month (April 25) at 1 p.m. Selection will be “My Name is Mary Sutter” by Robin Oliveira. Call the Rhinelander District Library 715-365-1070 to reserve a copy or check their website at www.rhinelanderlibrary.org. Book World will give registered club members 20 percent off the club’s selected titles.