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Mexican Train Dominoes

Time:Fridays 1:00 pm
Cost:None members
None non-members
Location:Game Room
Description: This month we’d like to shine the light no Mexican Train Dominoes. Mexican Train is a modern version of Dominoes, played with 91 double-twelve dominoes. Between four to eight players may participate, but if less than six people are playing, it is recommended that only the double blank through nine (or a set of Double 9 Dominoes) be used. A unique feature of Mexican Train is the little \"trains\" used for game markers. These may be any sort of marker (such as a bead, button, or coin), but the game\'s more fun if you use actual toy trains. The object of the game is to discard all your dominoes. You discard onto your own train, onto the Mexican train, onto other trains at the station, or onto other players trains. Mexican Train is a fun variation of dominoes, and a great party game. Make sure to have enough dominoes and plenty of the little trains on hand! The train leaves the station on Fridays at 1:00 p.m.

Senior Bingo

Time:Mondays 1:00 pm
Cost:$3.00 Buy - In members
non-members
Location:Highland Senior Center
Description: One of the largest, loudest, and some might say most fun programs at the Highland Senior Center is Bingo. Bingo is played every Monday afternoon at 1:00 p.m. for area Seniors. A person may have a fun afternoon for only $3.00 for a pack and you can play all the regular games. For $6.00 a person can play every game including the bonus games. The pay outs may reach up to over $25.00. Where else could a person have a whole afternoon of entertainment at such a bargain price! In addition to Mondays, Senior Bingo is also played at the center every second and fourth Saturdays at l:00 p.m. Bring a sack lunch and come early. Clara Henderson had a big birthday wish come true when she came to play on her special day. She ended up winning the big $210 pot. All are invited to come and try any or all of these Bingo events. Anyone who has not tried playing Bingo at the Highland Senior Center is missing out on a lot of inexpensive fun, plus the opportunity to go home with more than coming with. Give it a try!

Bunco

Time:Fridays 1:00 pm
Cost:$3 Buy-In members
non-members
Location:Sun Room
Description: If you’re ever here at the Center on a Friday, don’t be surprised if you here a bunch of noise coming from the Parlor. Especially if it’s yelling, laughing, and bell ringing! It’s all just a part of the social game of Bunco. Strictly speaking, bunco is a game of dice, played in rounds. Players take turns rolling the dice and trying to accumulate as many points as possible to win each round. The game is played at tables of four in competing teams of two. Players score points by rolling three dice and trying to match the number they\'re supposed to roll for that round. They get a point for each die that rolls the number, and if all three roll the number they score 21 points. They also score 5 points for rolling three of a kind of any other number. They get to keep rolling as long as they score one or more points with each roll. Once they fail to score they pass the dice to their left and the opposing team gets a chance to score. During each round the teams at the Head Table try to score 21 points. The first team to score 21 points wins the round and play stops. At all other tables play stops when the Head Table play stops and the team with the highest score at each lower table wins the round. At the end of the round players change seats, the winners at each of the lower tables move up a table, and the losers at the head table move to the lowest table. Players also switch partners at the end of the round, so you never play with the same partner twice in a row. During play, players track the number of rounds they win and lose as a team, and the number of Buncos scored individually, on their personal scorecard. At the end of the night wins/losses and Buncos are tallied. So if having fun sounds fun to you, join the bunco crew every Friday in the Sun Room from 1:00 to 3:00.

Aerobics

Time:Daily 9:00 am
Cost:1:00 per class members
same non-members
Location:Exercise Room
Description:Just like the lemurs in Madagascar the people in our aerobics class like to move it. The class is held Monday through Friday from 9 - 10 am in the exercise room. The class is taught by two instructors. Julia Ragan leads on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursdays. Penny Holt takes the reigns on Mondays and Fridays. Both Julia and Pennyh were originally trained for Jazzercise and have adapted their exercies and classes for older adults. They teach on a circuit, starting out with a short warm up, then “climbing” or increasing the intensity for 35 minutes, before cooling down. They finish with chair aerobics focusing on arms, abs, and legs. In her Wednesday class, Julia tries to mix it up with different types of exercise such as Zumba or Bollyrobics (a mixture of Bollywood and aerobics). You can come to either or both instructors classes. Classes are only $1 per class and are open to all seniors. Just wear some comfortable clothes, and bring water and a sweat towel and get ready to move it.

Water Aerobics

Time:Daily 10:00 am
Cost:No Free members
Must be a member non-members
Location:Jerry Lewis Community Center
Description:Join us Daily for Water Activites 10:00 - 10:30 Lap and Free Swim, 10:30 - 11:30 Water Aerobics Class 11:30 - 12:00 Lap and Free Swim You must be a member of the senior center to have access to the pool. This time is for exercise NOT socialize. Please leave the pool time for those who wish to work out.

Mens Poker

Time:Mondays 10:30 am
Cost:No Cost members
non-members
Location:
Description:Feeling Lucky? Come join us.

Womens Poker

Time:Tuesdays 1:00 pm
Cost:No Fee members
non-members
Location:
Description:I wanna hold ‘em like they do in Texas please Fold ‘em, let ‘em hit me, raise it baby stay with me, I love it Luck and intuition play the cards with Spades to start And after hes been hooked I will play the one that is on his heart - Lady Ga Ga Do you know when to hold ‘em? How about fold ‘em? If you do great. If not even better. You’re the kinda girl they’re looking for! Our women’s poker group started as a result of the growing popularity a few years ago. And while the buzz has died down, it’s still a popular game for a few lucky ladies here at the center. In recent years, Poker has seen growth in popularity not only with men, but with women. Poker tournaments such as the World Poker Tour, and Full Tilt, as well as the explosion of poker parlors and on-line games, and televised poker games, has seen to more people enjoying the game. The rules are pretty basic, but each group has adapted variations, including different wild cards. Don’t worry if this is your first time. This group is eager to welcome everyone into their game, even if you have a WSOP bracelet. We have the cards, tables, and chips. All you need to bring is some dark glasses, nerves of steel, and a great poker face. The group meets on Tuesdays at 1:00 p.m. So if you’d like to give it a try stop by the front desk and ask them to deal you in.

Pool

Time:Daily
Cost:Free members
Free non-members
Location:The Game Room
Description: With the recent restoration of our pool table, and the kind donation of a new pool bridge, we thought it only fitting to shine the spotlite on pool. Billiards is an umbrella term for billiards and pool, which are not the same thing. Billiards is pool without pockets, played with smaller balls (three balls; white, yellow, and red) striking a ball after a bank. A type of snooker could be played on our table with a bit of imagination. Snooker involves a larger table, smaller pockets and red and colored balls and a white cue, alternating sinking red and colored, except after sinking a colored ball you put it back in it’s original spot. Pool involves a table with 6 pockets, a clue ball, and 15 object balls that may or may not be pocketed in order, depending on whether you’re playing 8 or 9 ball pool. Nine ball is played with nine balls numbered one through nine, and a cue ball. On each shot the first ball the cue ball contacts must be the lowest-numbered ball on the table, but the ball need not be pocketed in order. Players are not required to call any shot. A match ends when one of the players has won the required number of games (as determined by the players. Eight ball is a call shot game played with a cue ball and fifteen object balls, numbered 1 through 15. One player must pocket ball of the solid colors, and the other player pockets the stripes. The player pocketing his group first and then legally sinking the 8-ball wins. If this sounds confusing we usually have someone in the room playing, especially in the late afternoons. If we get enough interest we can even set up a dedicated pool time for you sharks.

Scrabble

Time:Mondays 1:00 p.m.
Cost:Free members
Free non-members
Location:Game Room
Description: The scrabble group is looking for people who know how to mind their p’s and q’s. Or any of the letters of the alphabet. The group is down to a handful of players and are ready, willing, and able for more players to join them. Basically, “Scrabble” is a word game in which two to four players score points by forming words from individual lettered tiles on a game board marked with a 15-by-15 grid. The words are formed across and down in crossword fashion and must appear in a standard dictionary. Proper nouns, abbreviations, or hyphenated words, with some exceptions, are not allowed. You can however, come up with the theoretically highest known score of 1,778 points for joining 8 already-played tiles to form the word OXYPHENBUTAZONE across three triple-word-score squares, while simultaneously extending 7 specific already-played words to form new words. Our Scrabble group meets every Monday at 1:00 p.m. in the game room, and is free for everyone. Good luck on the OXYPHENBUTAZONE.

Tai Chi

Time:Mondays 11:30 a.m.
Cost:$3.00 members
$3.00 non-members
Location:Exercise Room
Description: The Chinese characters for Tai Chi Chuan can be translated as the Supreme Ultimate Force. The notion of supreme ultimate is often associated with the Chinese concept of yin-yang, the notion that one can see a dynamic duality (male/female, active/passive, dark/light, forceful/yielding, etc.) in all things. Force (or, more literally, fist) can be thought of here as the means or way of achieving this ying-yang, or supreme-ultimate discipline. Or it is possibly from it’s origins as a martial art and self-defense technique. Tai Chi as it is more commonly referred to, is practiced in the west today as a moving form of yoga and meditation combined. There are a number of so-called forms (sometimes also called sets) which consist of a sequence of movements. Many of these movements are originally derived from the martial arts and perhaps even more ancestrally than that, from the natural movements of animals and birds. Legend has it that a Taoist monk, first developed a set of 13 exercises that imitate the movements of animals. Some of the movements are even called the Monkey Pick and Horses Mane. It is an exercise almost anyone who can walk can do safely. Tai chi takes the joints gently through their range of motion, while the emphasis on breathing and inner stillness relieves stress and anxiety. Your instructor is Katsuko aka Kats Shiomi and classes held on Mondays and Wednesday from 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., and the cost is only $3.00 per class. Students should wear comfortable clothing and come ready to find their inner peace.

Canasta

Time:Thursdays 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Cost:Free members
Free non-members
Location:Parlor
Description: If you’d like to participate in a card game as where you need a poker face, bridge intellect, and rummy fun, then you just might want to try Canasta. What exactly is Canasta? It is a game of the Rummy family and was once the most popular American game. Originating in Uruguay in the early 1940s, it spread rapidly to Argentina and the rest of Latin America, and reached the United States about 1948 where it is played by millions. The usual number of players is four, in two partnerships, however, it may also be played by two, three, five, or six players. The packs are made up of 108 cards, two regular packs of 52 cards, plus four jokers, all shuffled together. They have 3-4 full tables going so a seat is always available. If you don’t know how to play but would like to learn you they are always ready and able to teach the ins and outs. They will gladly let you sit in and play and learn. After one hand you’ll get the basics. If you are an experienced Canasta player, or are just someone looking for fun time, stop by the Parlor every Thursday from 1 - 4 p.m.

Ukelele

Time:Wednesdays 10:00
Cost:$5.00 per class members
$5.00 per class non-members
Location:Game Room
Description: This month we’d like to re-shine the light on an activity that has had some changes. The Ukulele is undergoing a change with the departure of instructor Keoki Ariola. Keioki has left to go back to the islands, but not without leaving the class in some capable hands. The group will now be led by Joyce “Corky” Gebhardt, and Leti Hardt. Former students of Keioki, they will now head the group, but the “teaching” will be a group effort. They will be utilizing Keioki’s songbook and handouts. While more for continuing students, the class welcomes newcomers. They will show them the basic cords. Most songs will have 5 or 6 chords, but there are hundreds of songs you can play with only three chords. You can even play songs using only two chords! The group will still meet every Wednesday at 10:00 am in the Game Room, and classes are now free. All you need to bring is a ukulele and they will do the rest.

Double Pinochle

Time:Tuesdays 8:30 am - 12:00 pm
Cost:Free members
Free non-members
Location:Parlor
Description: This month we’d like to put out the call for some card sharks. Specifically for those who enjoy Double Pinochle (aka: Double Deck Pinochle). The game is slightly different from pinochle, but not much. A game consists of 4 players, two playing as partners sitting across from each other. The deck consists of 80 cards, containing A 10 K Q J in each of the four suits, and with four identical copies of each card. This deck can be formed by mixing together two normal Pinochle decks, having thrown out the nines, or from four regular 52 card decks from which you throw out all the numerals 2 to 9. After the deal there is an auction in which players bid the number of points their team will try to win. Whoever bids highest has the privilege of choosing trumps and leading to the first trick. The object of the high bidder\\\'s team is to win at least as many points as the amount they bid. Points can be scored in two ways: 1. by declaring and showing (melding) combinations of cards held in a players hand; 2. by winning aces, tens and kings in tricks The game is won by the first partnership to achieve a score of 500 or more. If both sides reach 500 on the same hand, the bidding side wins. Don’t worry if you still don’t feel confident. The group is more than willing to take on new players and ease them into the game. The fun takes place every Tuesday beginning at 8:30 a.m. and continues until 12:00 p.m.

Ballroom Dancing

Time:Tuesdays 6:30 p.m.
Cost:Free members
Free non-members
Location:Exercise Room
Description: This month we’d like the light to shine on a place that naturally deserves a spotlite...Ballroom Dancing. Our new evening Ballroom Dance instructor is Ricardo Tomboc. Ricardo takes over for his former instructor, Lucy Guss. The FREE class takes place on Tuesday, starting at 6:30 p.m., and is split into 2 halves a night. The first half is teaching, and the 2nd half is open dance, where generally, advanced dances pair up with beginners. He will also have guest instructors. Although he is an instructor, he enjoys going to other schools to keep up his skills and pick up new techniques. This is why he brings other instructors in. So the students will get a variety of techniques. When Ricardo is teaching, his classes run the entire gamut; the foxtrot, waltz, cha-cha-cha, tango, salsa, some disco, and the nightclub 2 step, to name a few. The class is open to everyone and students don’t have to bring anything You can bring dancing shoes if you have them, but you don’t need them to dance. Just a desire to learn and have fun.

Wii Bowling League

Time:Wednesdays 10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Cost:$10.00 per season members
$10.00 per season non-members
Location:Parlor
Description: Instead of wooden lanes and pins, Wii Bowlers hit the virtual lanes using Nintendo’s Wii game system. Wii bowling tends to start out easy, building confidence, while you get use to bowling with a hand held remote. However, the better you bowl, the harder it can become. You can put too much spin and throw a gutterball. You can even release it behind your and watch the audience scatter. Those who have trouble picking up a bowling ball will have no trouble lifting the remote control, which is a small plastic rectangular stick weighing only a few ounces. Play is done on our three big screen TVs. They are brand new 55\" HD TVs donated by our Wii Bowlers. If you want you can sign up to be a substitute to get your feet wet, or bring in a team. If you don\'t have other players we will try our best to put you onto an existing team. No matter which way you go, you’ll still have lots of fun in our Wii Bowling League. Sessions are only six weeks long. Next league registration takes place at 1:30pm on September 14th, with bowling starting on September 21st.

Striders

Time:Daily 6:30 a.m.
Cost:Free members
Free non-members
Location:Meet in Dining Room
Description: This month we’d like to put the spotlite on a group that already shines. The “Striders” is a walking club filled with members who believe that both exercise and social activities are important to a Senior’s physical and emotional health. The Striders want to stay fit, but enjoy doing this at their own pace while enjoying the company of others. Striders walk from 1/2 mile to 2 miles at a time. They walk on the paths around the Patton State Hospital grounds varying according to individual members. The group is open to anyone interested in “walking for health.” They meet Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 7:00 a.m. at the Highland Senior Center. This time was chosen to avoid smog and the heat. Anyone wishing to join this active group or just interested in more information may come to the dining room of the Highland Senior Center before 6:30 a.m. any Monday, Wednesday, or Friday morning. So put your best foot forward and come on out.

Single Deck Pinochle

Time:Tuesdays 12:30 - 3:00 p.m.
Cost:Free members
Free non-members
Location:Parlor
Description: The Pinochle group is looking for people who like to have fun. Card games used to be the way most families would play together, or adults would spend time other adults. Now, families spend time on individual events, and adults get together and do things requiring no interaction. However, if you fit the bill, and like good ole fashion fun, that’s all you need to come play Pinochle. Originally brought over by German immigrants, it is now mainly played here in the states. The game is played with four people - two acting as partners and an 48 card deck consisting of twelve cards in each of four suits - two in each of the ranks Ace, Ten, King, Queen, Jack, and Nine with the winners accumulating 250 points a game. The first team reaching 1,500 points wins. A version of the game can also be played with just two people. Varieties include two-hand, partnership, and most popular, auction pinochle, which is a bidding game, like bridge. Points are scored for card combinations declared by the winner of a trick. The rules are easy to learn and there are players who are more than happy to help you along. If you know how to play you are more than welcome. If you would like to learn, they are more than happy to help you get started. Just stop by the Parlor on Tuesdays from 12:30 to 3:00 p.m. or better yet, call their activity leader, Nancy Brown at 882-8070. They are always looking for someone new to share the fun with. If you can’t join them full-time you can always be placed on their substitute list.

Line Dancing

Time:Tuesdays 10:15 am to 12:15 pm
Cost:Donation suggested members
Donation suggested non-members
Location:Exercise Room
Description: This month we’d like to shine a light on our Line Dancing class. The class is actually divided into two classes: a beginners and intermediate. The beginner class is taught by long time instructor, Saundra Binney. She has been line dancing since the early 90\\\'s, and has been teaching since 2005. She teaches the basic steps, such as the chasse, grapevine, weave, triple step, shuffle ste, two-step, and lock step. Everything else stems off from the basics. Intermediate is taught by Glenda Lane. Glenda is fairly new to the center but has taught TAP and ballet for 30 years. Glenda also teaches at other centers as well. Her instruction includes silver lining, and stripes. Don’t worry if you don’t have a partner. You don’t need one. It’s a group dance. Classes are held in the exercise room on Tuesdays with the beginning class taught from 10:15 am to 11:15 am, with the intermediate class following from 11:15am to 12:15pm. The class is donation only. It’s up to students as to whether they want to donate. So put on some comfy shoes and get ready to step in line.

Cane Self-Defense

Time:Thursdays 10:00 a.m.
Cost:$10.00 members
$10.00 non-members
Location:Exercise Room
Description: This month we’d like to shine the spotlite one something all of us could use. Some self defense. Specifically Cane Self Defense. The class is how to defend yourself using your cane or walking stick. Taught by Senior Master Jim Willoughby. He has taught the class for nearly four years. He has been involved in martial arts for over 50 years, is a member of the Masters 2012 Hall of Fame. Senior Master Willoughby’s thoughts on the class is simple. Everyone else was teaching kids, and he had a bad knee so he and former instructor Grandmaster Pierre Bergere put a class together that takes seniors limits and disabilities into account. There are other cane classes out there, but they require a full range of motion. This class does not. The class also focuses on the redirection of power, and not necessarily attack.. It is a fun class for serious situations. Everyone is welcome, but remember to bring your cane or walking sticks. Also, dress in comfortable clothing. The class meets at 10 a.m., and the cost is $10 per week. For more information call us at (909)862-8104. Remember, the best offense is a good defense.

Cross Training Equipment

Time:Daily
Cost: members
non-members
Location:Execise Room
Description:Our members will appreciate this: New exercise equipment! A long while back we tried to take a survey of those who use the exercise room, assessing what types of equipment they would like us to get. No surveys were turned in, although thoughts were scribbled on the poster announcing the survey. Still, not to be deterred, we were able to purchase some “Life Fitness” equipment. We now have a new treadmill, an elliptical cross trainer, and a recumbent bike, replacing much older equipment. We hope to eventually replace all of our old equipment, getting several exercise circuits in place. Check your newsletter to see when the equipment is available for use and be prepared to break a sweat.

Yoga

Time:Fridays 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Cost:$3.00 per class members
$3.00 per class non-members
Location:Exercise Room
Description: In these stressful times we have the perfect solution to help you relax. Yoga. Yuki Mugimiya, our yoga instructor, came to us from Kumamoto, Japan. It was there that he mastered karate and yoga. It was this mastery that brought him to the states. He was hired in 1971 by the Cincinnati Police Department to teach them karate. While there he also taught at the University of Kentucky. Then he transferred to the west coast to teach at U.S.C. He said that he teaches seniors the same techniques he taught the police and college students. He just slows down the pace. It is a mixture of Japanese, Chinese, and Indian yoga. [Sendo which blends Asamas (postures), Seifuku-ho, Qi-Gong, Mantras, and a few other techniques into this unique style.] He is also certified with the Bodden Institute for Yoga Holistic Studies and the International Yoga Alliance. So whether you have trouble getting into the lotus position, or if you can get both legs behind your head, this class is for you, he’ll be able to get you relaxed. He also shows Shia-tsu and other massage techniques as well. The classes are on Wednesdays and Fridays at 10:00 am and are only $3 per class, so come and join them for a stress free time.

Scrapbooking

Time:Thursdays 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Cost:Free members
Free non-members
Location:Sun Room
Description: When we were younger, scrapbooking normally meant pasting pictures or newspaper articles about yourself or someone you knew on some paper. It has become something much more than that. While they still have photos and printed media, scrapbooks, or albums, are also part journal, with handwritten notes, borders, vellum covers, and lots and lots of decorations. One can put as much or as little time and effort into it as desired. Scrapbooking can be done by itself, but is best when done with friends. It becomes a social get together where people trade techniques, and share equipment and supplies. Our scrapbooking group meets every 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. So if you’re looking for something fun, creative, and social, come on down and get ready to share your memories.

Friendly Visitor and Phone Pal

Time:Daily
Cost: members
non-members
Location:
Description: This month we’d like to shine the light on two programs that not only help out those who participate, but the people they help out as well: The Friendly Visitor, and Phone Pal programs. The Friendly Visitor Program is a free program designed for those who have trouble getting out of the house on their own, to make friends and maintain social interaction. We have volunteers who go and visit people in their own homes and let them know that someone does care about them. Sometimes the two will simply talk or play a game of cards. Other times they will go out to lunch or a movie. The level of interaction depends on them. Our Phone Pal Program is similar to the Friendly Visitor Program, but is more designed for those who don’t want or need someone to come over to their house. They are happy with a simple phone call. Some enjoy long conversations, while others just want someone to check in on them once a week. This program has come in handy several times when a senior could not be contacted by phone. The Phone Pal volunteer either went over to the house or contacted us with their concern and we went over. On a few occasions we discover that the person had fallen and injured themselves, and had this program not been in place, might have died. If you would like to be a part in volunteering in these programs, or if you could benefit from any of these programs, or if you know of someone who could, please feel free to contact us at (909)862-8104 and ask for the Outreach Office.

Highland Pickers

Time:Wednesdays 11 am to 12 pm
Cost: members
non-members
Location:Game Room
Description: Are you a picky person? Are you named Peter Piper? If so, the Highland Senior Center has a new group that might be right up your alley. A group of singers, players, and strummers have formed the Highland Pickers Strummers and Singers. The club meets weekly at the Highland Senior Center on Wednesdays from 11 am to noon. They will hold additional jam sessions and club meetings at various locations to learn new songs or make plans for concerts. The objective of the club is to learn basic music theory, and then to apply it on the ukulele and other instruments, and we do mean other instruments. These have included kazoos, washboards, and pots and pans! Members will also develop their musical skills, either to perform solos or in ensembles. So if you’ve always wanted to learn to make music, pass on some musical knowledge, or just enjoy strumming strings, come on down to the center.

Cribbage

Time:Mondays 10:00 a.m.
Cost:Free members
Free non-members
Location:Dining Room
Description: Cribbage is one of the older games that we play here at the center. Introduced in the early 17th century, is a card game traditionally for two players, but can be, and is, commonly played with three, four or more. The game involves playing and grouping cards in combinations which gain points. To get started all you need is a standard 52-card deck, (cards are assigned a point value equal to rank. Aces are low and count 1; face cards count 10) and a Cribbage board. A regulation board has four rows of 30 holes, marked off in groups of five and organized in two rows of two (two for each player). The pegs that come with the board are typically different colors to identify individual players. Each player has two pegs. Before play begins, the four pegs are placed at the start end of the board. The movement of the pegs, up the outside row and down the inside row back to the start, shows the progress of each player\\\'s game. The complete trip of the pegs is equal to 61 points. The traditional game is two trips, or 121 points. Use the two pegs in alternating fashion (the first peg indicates the previous score; the second peg indicates the most recent score); in this way, scores can be checked for accuracy. If you’d like to try Cribbage before you buy a board you can use a pencil and paper. It’s a fun game that, due to its longevity, must be entertaining! The Cribbage group meets on Wednesdays from 10:00am - 12:00pm in the dining room. If you’d like to brush up on the rules first, a complete set of rules can be located in the Program Office.

Chair / range of motion class

Time:Mondays 10:00 - 11:00 am
Cost:0 members
0 non-members
Location:exercise room
Description:Get Arthritis Relief at the Highland Senior Center The Highland Senior Center is host to two unique programs designed for those suffering from Arthritis. On Mondays they have the “People with Arthritis Can Exercise” (P.A.C.E.). The Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program is held from 10-11 am. The Program is geared toward gentle range-of-motion exercises with additional activities designed to help those with arthritis.

Knitting

Time:Fridays 10am - 12pm
Cost:Free members
Free non-members
Location:Parlor
Description: Knitting has been has been around (depending on who you ask) for between 2000 to 600 years. The oldest real knitting (formed on two sticks by pulling loops through loops) object that have been discovered are the \'Coptic socks\' from Egypt, dating to around the year 1000 AD. The term ‘to knit,’ according to the Oxford Unabridged English Dictionary, wasn’t added to the English language until the 1400s. Our knitting group is headed by Keiko Holcombe. When Keiko joined the center ten years ago, she almost immediately began teaching others to knit. She has been knitting since she was six years old, and has been teaching here in the states for over 39 years. That’s not counting the years she taught in Japan. The students all work on individual projects, ranging from items as small as booties to items as large as afghans. Keiko helps each student on their projects and teaches skills to class when they are having a problem. The class is small, with about 12-15 students, so 1 on 1 time is guaranteed. If this art form sounds like something you might be interested in, the group meets on Fridays from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Hand and Foot

Time:Mondays 12:30 pm
Cost:Free members
Free non-members
Location:Game Room
Description:It might not sound like a card game, but Hand and Foot is just that. Related to Canasta, it is a North American game variation where each player is dealt two sets of cards using one as the “hand” and one as the “foot. There are numerous variations of the game and no “standard” rules. You can either play as individuals or as teams. The most common version of the game is played with four players in partnerships; it can also be played by six people in two teams of three or by any number of individuals. The following rules are for our “favorite” way to play with four people, two teams of two. To play you’ll need four to six full decks of 52 cards, including the jokers – Rules vary from one to two decks per player, or one more than the number of players). The aim is to get rid of cards from your hand (11 cards), and then from your foot (11 cards), by melding them. A meld is a set of three to seven cards of equal rank placed face up on the table. The play ends when one of the partners “goes out”. In order to go out, your partnership must: Have at completed at least two Red Piles and two Black Piles. Your partner must have picked up their foot and played at least part of a turn from it. You must ask your partners permission to go out. If your partner agrees you must meld all of your remaining cards, or meld all but one of your remaining cards and discard your last card. If your partner says “no” you cannot go out. You do not have to discard to go out, all possible cards can be melded to complete the game. If you like Hand and Foot, Canasta, or card games in general and you think you might be interested in play, the group was meeting on Mondays starting at 12:30 pm in the Game Room.

Hula

Time:Thursdays 11:00 am
Cost:$2 members
$2 non-members
Location:Exercise Room
Description: Get ready to shake your groove thing as we welcome back Hula! Starting March 3 Hula classes will be held from 1:30 - 3:30 pm. The class is officially called Hula for Health: “Walk In and Hula Out.” This will be a basic beginning hula class for men AND women and is only $2 per class. According to the instructors, Jacque Robertson, a native Hawaiian, and Irene Hernandez, Hula is a beautiful art form, that develops grace, poise, coordination, and body awareness through dance and low impact exercise. Hula provides flexibility, strength, and mobility. In fact, in the islands, the hula is a celebrated type of outlet for seniors, and is a great stress reliever. Students will learn the basic hula steps through graceful hand and body movements, as well as a series of beautiful modern hulas (Hula ‘Auana). No prior hula or dance experience is required. All you need to bring is water, comfortable loose clothing, and soft shoes (or you may go barefoot). This is a wonderful opportunity for seniors to get active in a fun, nurturing atmosphere and learn a bit about the Hawaiian culture.

Senior Bingo

Time:Saturdays 1:00 pm
Cost:$3 buy-in members
$3 buy-in non-members
Location:Dining Room
Description:Bingo is held on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month.

Nutrition Program

Time:Daily 12:00 pm
Cost:$1.75 members
$3.75 Non-seniors non-members
Location:Dining Room
Description: This week, the Highland Senior Center would like to give you a little background on a program that many people take advantage of but probably know little about: their Nutrition Program. It has been going on here at the center for nearly 40 years. When it first began, it was run by San Bernardino County. There was even a cook who prepared the meals at the center. The following year it was taken over by the City of San Bernardino through the Parks and Recreation program, which has been running it ever since. The meals are cooked downtown and delivered to the center Monday through Friday. From there, the center’s Nutrition team of volunteers take over feeding approximately 225 diners every week. Starting at 8:00 am, the group comes in and begins cleaning the kitchen and getting everything ready for the food. When it arrives around 11:00 am they prepare the trays and service begins at 12:00 pm. Once everyone is done, its time to clean the kitchen and dinning area in preparation for the next day. This needs to be done because they are inspected regularly by three different agencies. The County of San Bernardino, the City of San Bernardino, and the Department of Aging and Adult Service. However, its not all about the food. Many people come also come for the social interaction; coming hours early to chat and visit with friends, staying afterwards to participate in activities. As they say, man cannot live by food alone, and the crowd shows that they are hungry for more. The cost is only $1.75 for those ages 60 and older, and $3.75 for non-seniors.

Evening Yoga

Time:Thursdays 5:00 p.m.
Cost:$5 members
$5 non-members
Location:Exercise Room
Description: This month we’d like to shine on our newest activity involving one of the oldest known exercises, yoga. Yoga, of which there are various types, is a physical, mental, and spiritual practice or discipline which originated in India. However, while we have had yoga classes for some time, we now have evening yoga classes. These classes are open to the community, and while the day classes are for the more intermediate/advanced students, the evening class is for beginners. Yuki Mugimiya, our yoga instructor, came to us from Kumamoto, Japan. It was there that he mastered karate and yoga. He has taught both for police departments and universities. He said that he teaches seniors the same techniques he taught the police and college students. He just slows down the pace. It is a mixture of Japanese, Chinese, and Indian yoga. [Sendo which blends Asamas (postures), Seifuku-ho, Qi-Gong, Mantras, and a few other techniques into this unique style.] He is also certified with the Bodden Institute for Yoga Holistic Studies and the International Yoga Alliance. The classes are on Thursdays at 5:00 am and are only $5 per class. Students are encouraged to wear comfortable clothing, and to bring a towel and a yoga mat. Come and join them for a stress free time. Namaste.

Harmonica

Time:Daily 1:00 p.m.
Cost:$10 per week members
$10 per week non-members
Location:Game Room
Description:At a movie you can feel it touching your heart And on every day of the summertime You\'ll hear children chasing ice cream carts They\'ll play it on your wedding day There must be \'bout a million ways To add some music to your day - “Add Some Music” by The Beach Boys This month we’d like to shine the light on a class that is about one of those million ways. When one thinks about the Harmonica (or French harp or mouth organ as it is also called) it might bring about images of a campfire in the Wild West, or maybe the Blues, but it has been used in all types of music including Rock, Asian, and classical. There are three basic types of harmonica; chromatic, diatonic, and the Asian tremolo, although there are many other types. Our class is taught by Adrienne Riley. She started here in May 2016, but has been teaching since 2009. Adrienne is self taught having started back in 2007 at her church. She had been taking gerontology classes at Chaffey college and got interested in helping seniors. She combine the two and decided to teach here. Her classes takes all levels. The initial start up is $60 for 6 weeks which gets you a book and a brand new harmonica to start. After that it’s only $10 per week. You must be able to breath to play! According to Adrienne, breathing is everything. Other than that rhythm is also something good to have. So if you can breath, you can play. Classes are on a break right now, but check you newsletter to see when they’ll be back.