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Ongoing Activities at the Ashland Senior Center

Information and Referral/Assistance Specialist
Katie Merola, ADRC (Aging and Disability Resource Connection of Oregon) Lead Specialist will be on-site Wednesdays to help you get connected to the help you need…for free! Call, visit or make an appointment to learn about the public and private services and programs that fit your personal situation. (Information, assistance and referral services are also available on Mon, Tue, Thu and Fri, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. by Ashland Senior Services Division staff. For more info call 541.488.5342.)

Services you may need:

In-home service and support
Choosing a care facility
Family and caregiver support
Transportation
Medicare and Benefits counseling
Legal services
Home-delivered meals

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    50 & Better
    Wednesdays
    Ongoing
    10am to noon
    Free

FREE Watercolor Class for the 'Young at Art'
Open to all skill levels… Especially people who love to try new things! Learn a few hints and then let your creative side shine in this friendly, relaxed, FUN class. Young at Art will be held on the first Wednesday of the month, with different mediums and subjects for every class. This class is FREE and all supplies will be provided. Registration is required. To register, please call the Senior Center at 541.488.5342.
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    50 & Better
    1st Wed each month (excluding holidays)
    Ongoing
    2 to 3:30pm
    Free/Suggested Donation to the Senior Services Division

Repair SO (Southern Oregon)
Does your favorite blouse need a button or some pants need stitching? Come join Master Recyclers Heidi and Paulette for this free clothing repair event! Repairs will be provided by volunteers. They'll bring sewing machines, needles, thread and buttons; you bring whatever needs fixin' (no zippers or alternations, please). Please bring clean items only. This is a brand new idea for our area, based on the "Repair Cafes" begun in Holland and Sweden, and are now a regular feature in Portland.
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    50 & Better
    4th Mon each month (excluding holidays)
    Ongoing
    10am to noon
    Free/Suggested donation to the Senior Services Division

Hanna Somatics with Victor Novick
Do you want to increase mobility, strength and flexibility? Somatics is a series of slow, gentle and comfortable exercises designed to assist the brain to reconnect with the body. Pre-registration is not required.
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    50 & Better
    Tuesdays
    Ongoing
    2-45 to 4:15pm
    Free/Suggested donation to the Senior Services Division

Cribbage Club
Did you know we now offer a Cribbage Club? On Tuesdays each month you can play, learn or re-learn Cribbage. Haven't played in 20 years? Barely know the game? Love to play at every opportunity? No matter. All are welcome to join us for a game of Cribbage. Pre-registration is not necessary. We'll make it work for anyone who wants to give it a try. Lots of laughter, lots of counting and plenty of fun!
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    50 & Better
    Tuesdays
    Ongoing
    1 to 3:30pm
    Free

Gentle Yoga for Older Adults
This class is designed for seniors and people who have physical problems or limitations. Class members will be asked to get up and down from the floor once during the class. The class will be taught with the Iyengar-style alignments and sequencing, with a strong emphasis on releasing unnecessary tension.
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    60 & Better
    Wednesdays & Saturdays
    Ongoing
    Wed, 9:15 to 10:15am & 10:30 to 11:30am | Sat, 10:30am
    $15 (4 lessons); $5/class for drop-in
    Marion Moore

Tai Chi for Older Adults
Tai Chi is a moving meditation that also strengthens bones and muscles, improves balance, and increases flexibility. We have recently added Qi Gong, the movement of energy through the body. A recent study of 6400 adults showed that Tai Chi and Qigong offer additional benefits such as cardio-respiratory fitness, physical function, fall prevention and improved mental health. The class is ongoing and instruction is continuous so you may join us at any time. Your first class is as our guest.
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    50 & Better
    Basic, Mon, 9:15-10:45am at The Grove Gym
    Intermediate, Mon, 11am-Noon at The Grove Gym
    Advanced, Thu, 9-10:30am at the Senior Center
    Ongoing
    $4/class
    Char Hersh

Mah Jongg
Have you ever wondered how to play American Mah Jongg? It's a game of Chinese origin usually played by four persons with 144 domino-like pieces or tiles, the object being to build a winning combination of pieces. We are now offering Mah Jongg at the Senior Center. Both experienced players and beginners are welcome. Pre-registration is not required. For more information call the Ashland Senior Center at 541.488.5342.
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    50 & Better
    Thursdays
    Ongoing
    12-30 to 4pm
    Free/Donation to the Senior Services Division

FREE MAC and PC Computer Instruction for Older Adults
Individualized instruction is available to help you better understand your Apple or PC devices! Classes are by appointment only at the Ashland Senior Center. Please call 541.488.5342 to make an appointment.
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    60 & Better
    Wednesdays & Thursdays
    Ongoing
    Various times by appointment
    Free/Donation to the Senior Services Division

Hearts, & Spades for Older Adults
If you enjoy playing cards, consider joining us for an enjoyable afternoon of cards, friendship and laughter.
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    50 & Better
    Thursdays
    Ongoing
    1-4pm
    Free/Donation to the Senior Services Division appreciated
    Marty Burns

Line Dancing
Line Dancing is a great way to keep your brain on its toes! It enhances balance, provides fitness and strength, and improves mental acuity through complex movement. No partner is required and the class is on-going so you can join at any time!
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    60 & Better
    Beginners, Mon & Tue | Advanced, Thu
    Ongoing
    Beginners, 1-2:30pm | Advanced, 10:45am-12:15pm
    $2
    Marsha Newton


Foot Care Clinics
Foot Care Clinics are held every month and are by appointment. Preference is given to those with a limited income. The clinics are supported in large part by the Soroptomist International of Ashland, who graciously donated funds so income eligible seniors may have the care at a reduced cost.
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    60 & Better
    4th Thursday
    On-going
    By Appointment
    $20

Free Blood Pressure Checks
The Senior Center offers free blood pressure checks with a registered nurse the first and third Wednesdays of each month!
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    60 & Better
    1st & 3rd Wednesdays
    On-going
    11am to noon
    Free/Donation to the Senior Services Division
SHIBA — Senior Health Insurance Benefits Assistance
Every Friday at the Senior Center, specially trained volunteers help Medicare recipients receive as many benefits as possible and reduce out of pocket costs. SHIBA is funded by a federal grant from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid. These services are available at no charge and are by appointment. Please call the Senior Center at 541.488.5342 for more information.
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    65 & Better
    Fridays
    Ongoing
    By Appointment
    Free/Donation to the Senior Services Division

Please call the Senior Services Division at 541.488.5342 for more information. For a complete list of current activities and upcoming events, please view the Senior Newsletter Calendar at ashland.or.us/seniornews.