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 Center) unless otherwise noted. For more information about any of the activities, please contact Stephanie Schroeder, Department on Aging Activities and Volunteer Coordinator at 715-369-6304 or toll-free 800-379-7499.
Crafter’s Circle: Meets this month on Jan. 17th & 31st at 1:00 p.m. We will be working on some Valentines Day table favors for the folks that come in for lunch. This will be fun and tasty too! We’ll also have an open craft if there is something you would like to finish up. If you are interested in leading a new class project or have an idea for something you’d like to try, please call Stephanie at the Center.
Card Club: Every Friday afternoon 1:00 – 3:30 p.m. Come play 500, Bridge, Pinochle or anything else we have players for. Refreshments served. Annual fee of $1 plus 50¢ per week.
Cribbage: Thursday afternoons from 12:30 – 3:30 p.m. Betty Hargraves will also teach beginners who want to learn.
Duplicate Bridge: Wednesday afternoons 12:30 – 4:00 p.m., new players always welcomed. For more info call Rose at 715-369-2272 or Flo at 715-362-6536.
Game Day: Thursdays from 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. Games available at the Center include Boggle, Chess, Hunting & Fishing Trivia, Mexican Train (Dominos-type of game), Scrabble, Trivial Pursuit, Uno, and Yahtzee. Chess players also wanted.
Euchre: Fridays from 9:00 – 11:30 a.m. Euchre is a plain-trick game for four players in fixed partnerships; partners sitting opposite. Just 5 cards are dealt to each player and the object is to win at least three of the five tricks – with an extra bonus for winning all five.
Mahjong: (Ancient Chinese tile game) –Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon. New players are encouraged, Betty will teach you!
NEW! Better Health at Your Fingertips Through Writing: Meets every 2nd and 4th Thursday (Jan. 12th & 26th) from 1:00 until 2:00 p.m. Everyone has a story to tell and through the process of telling that story, the teller experiences benefits to both mind and body. Participants will be encouraged to write through prompts and share their experiences. Pen, paper, and participation are required. Led by Jeff Anderson.
Civil War Discussion Group: Meets every 2nd and 4th Tuesday from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. (Jan. 10th & 24th). Discuss battles, events and people of the era, and relevance on the course of history. Occasional movie. Open to anyone. For more info call Walt Hobbs at 715-453-4056.
Creative Writing Classes: Friday mornings from 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. Taught by Jan Lambele (retired teacher), who volunteers to instruct this popular class including short stories, poetry and other interesting English class assignments.
Gentle Fitness Class: Wednesday and Friday mornings 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. Group exercise following award winning senior fitness DVD by Catherine (MacRae) Joppa (Rhinelander resident). Seated and standing exercises. No Cost.
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 great fun way to improve your 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 – 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.
Strong Bones Exercise Class: Tuesdays and Thursdays 10:30 a.m. – 11:30. Current session Nov. 29th through Feb. 23rd. Preregistration is required. Cost: $20 for the 12 week session. The benefits of this strength training class are increased muscle mass and strength; improved bone density and reduced risk for osteoporosis and related fractures; reduced risk of diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, depression, and obesity; improved self-confidence, sleep and vitality. Led by certified instructor Stephanie Schroeder.
Alzheimer’s Caregivers’ Support Group: Meets third Thursday (Dec. 19th) 1:00-2:30 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. Please call ahead at least 2 days for this service.
Alzheimer’s – Conversations about Dementia: Tuesday, Jan. 17th from 1:00 p.m. until 2:30 p.m. When someone is showing signs of dementia, it’s time to talk. The Alzheimer’s Association Conversations about Dementia Programs is designed to help you talk with your family about some challenging and often uncomfortable topics around Alzheimer’s and dementia. Some of the most difficult conversation to have are about: 1) going to the doctor to get a medical diagnosis or medical care, 2) Deciding when it is necessary to stop driving, 3) Making plans for managing finances and legal documents to be sure the person’s wishes are carried out and costs of future care can be covered. You may try to wait until the time is “right” to have these conversations, but in reality, that time rarely comes. Led by Julie St. Pierre, Community Outreach Specialist, Alzheimer’s Association, Northwoods Chapter.
Senior Center Book Club: Last Friday of the month (Jan. 27th). Selection will be “Boar Island” by Nevada Barr. Anna Pigeon, in her career as a National Park Service Ranger, has had to deal with all manner of crimes and misdemeanors, but cyber-bullying and stalking is a new one. The target is Elizabeth, the adopted teenage daughter of her friend Heath Jarrod. Elizabeth is driven to despair by the disgusting rumors spreading online and bullying texts. Until, one day, Heath finds her daughter Elizabeth in the midst of an unsuccessful suicide attempt. And then she calls in the cavalry—her aunt Gwen and her friend Anna Pigeon. This book will be available for distribution at the December 30th Senior Center book club meeting or see Stephanie.
Sing-Along before Lunch: Don Schindhelm, song leader and guitarist is at the Center on Fridays at 11:00 a.m. with several different “theme” collections of music for you to enjoy and sing along with before lunch. (Lyrics provided) such as his Stephen Foster collection, WWII hits, Music to Remember By, Cowboy Campfire (several Eddy Arnold, Marty Robbins and Roy Rogers songs), and Don’s latest: Riding the Rails, that includes City of New Orleans, Pat Works on the Railway, Ridin’ the Rails, Casey Jones, Folsom Prison Blues and many more.