Exercise Registration: Registration for the summer semester of exercise classes is taking place this week. Classes offered will be men and women in motion, low impact aerobics, strength training, beginner and intermediate yoga, water workout, tap dancing and Nordic walking. The 12-week summer semester will run from June 1 through Aug. 21.
"Dr. Fix-It": Friday, June 5, 9:30 a.m., no charge, advance reservations, please join us for a continental breakfast and a most informative program. Statistics show that 90 percent of us want to stay in our own homes as we age. Bob Bakst, owner of "Dr. Fix-It" , will explain how existing homes can be modified to safely achieve this goal. Designated as a certified Aging In Place Specialist by the National Association Of Home Builders, Bob has been trained to provide supportive home improvement services that promote independent living for seniors. Come learn about modification solutions that promote independent living with comfort, safety and dignity.
"The Survey Of Western Architecture": Monday, June 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29, 1:30 p.m., $25; pre-registration necessary. This five-session course is a collaboration with the Explorers Lifelong Learning Institute at Salem State College. Come learn how Western architecture began with innovative solutions to structural problems. This fascinating survey course will begin with the Egyptians, continue to examine changes through different historical periods as culture and society demanded adornment and generated thousands of examples including Trinity Church in Boston, and end with examples of modern architecture. Instructor: Monty Morris.
Steak Night: Come join us on Wednesday, June 10 at 6 p.m. for steak night. $10 advance tickets only. Our dinner menu will be fresh fruit cup, salad, rolls, steak tips, baked potato, fresh grilled veggies and beverages. After dinner, stay and watch the Red Sox take on the Yankees on our new large screen tv. Coffee and desserts will be available during the game. If you're not into sports then bring your game boards or a deck of cards and enjoy a night out.
Positive Eating: This two session class will meet on Thursday, June 4 and 11 at 1:30 p.m.; Cost is $10; Diets are out and healthy eating is in. Learn to eat for both pleasure & health while choosing the best foods for your mind and body. Come learn how to stop the diet cycle! Instructor: Deborah Malone.
Tai Chi: Four session class meeting on Thursday, June 4, 11, 18 and 25, $16; Tai chi is a low impact, mind-body exercise practiced for health by millions of people of all ages. Because consistent practice has been recognized to have positive effects on several physical ailments, including balance issues, it has been recommended as a beneficial exercise system for seniors. This introductory course combines gentle warm-up and relaxation techniques with the slow flowing postures of Yang style tai chi to actively engage body and mind for better balance, increased flexibility and more energy.
Joint Replacement Forum: Friday, June 12, 9:30 a.m., pre-registration appreciated; Our presenter will be Neil Washington, a physical therapist from Northeast Rehab. The focus of Neil's talk will be how improved fitness and education prior to replacement, as well as appropriate rehab following surgery, can greatly improve outcomes. If there's a joint replacement in your future, then come hear how this total approach can help you better prepare for and recover from joint replacement surgery.
Sleep Well Workshop: Say Goodnight To Insomnia": Tuesday, June 2 and 9; pre-registration necessary; $10. Nearly 50 million Americans suffer from sleep problems. The focus of this two part workshop will be to learn some interesting and proven techniques including meditation, relaxation, visualization, stress-reduction and neuro-linguistic programming that will enable us to improve our "sleepability". Presenter will be Martha Erdem, R.N., member of the National Sleep Foundation.
Outdoor Adventures For Women: Shawsheen River; Monday, June 8, Hike and lunch option; pre-registration is necessary; Meet at the center at 9 a.m. and join us for a beautiful hike along the Shawsheen River from the Horn Bridge to the Ballardvale Dam and back to the Andover Deli & Pizzeria. The woodlands and river combine for beautiful viewing, and we'll hike 4 to 5 miles along a basically flat trail. A walking stick and hiking boots are needed due to probable wet conditions and the narrow trail which is adjacent to the river. The hike will end by noon and lunch is optional by 1 p.m.
Movie Matinee: Monday, June 15, 1 p.m.; "Nights In Rodanthe"; Adapted from Nicholas Spark's popular novel, director George C. Wolfe's "Night in Rodanthe" tells the tale of a doctor Richard Gere en route to reconcile with his estranged son. His mission is sidelined when he checks into an inn at a North Carolina beach town and enters into a relationship with an interesting woman played by Diane Lane.
Reiki Therapy: ¬ Friday June 12 and Friday, June 26, by appointment; Reiki therapy is a gentle method of hands on healing that was developed two centuries ago in Japan. Reiki mainly works around the idea of relaxing patients to relieve pain and stress. Reiki can also be focus on specific areas of pain. Due to supplemental temporary funding, the cost of our half treatments will be $10. Call Pat at the senior center if you would like to schedule an appointment.
Fix-It Shop: Monday, June 8, 1:30 p.m. Our fix-it volunteers will be happy to take a look at any small household item or appliance in need of repair. Cost is $4 plus parts for seniors ID required.
Travel Memories In Pictures and Words: Tuesday, June 23 and Friday, June 26, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.; This two part workshop will focus on recording and communicating your travels or vacation with photographs and words. The first session will look at image composition, editing and presentation. The second session will look at writing interesting journals, e-mails or blogs during the trip. The combination of photography and writing lends itself to scrapbook or photobook treatment after the trip.