Activities For 50+

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*NEW* WATERCOLOR PAINTING FOR BEGINNERS

Join us to discover the joy and fluid beauty of watercolor painting. In these beginner classes you will share in the magic and fun of creating art with watercolor. Materials list provided upon registration. Registration Deadline: One week before session starts.

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Session 1: Mondays, January 29 - February 26 Session 2: Mondays, March 4 - 25 
Session 3: Mondays, April 1 - 22

10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Essig Center

$55 / Session

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ADVANCED WATERCOLOR PAINTING

Looking to advance with others who have had previous watercolor class experience? In these classes we will continue to build on the skills we learned in the beginner class. Let your creative juices flow as we watercolor. Materials list provided upon registration. Registration Deadline: One week before session starts.

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Session 1: Tuesdays, January 9 - 30 Session 2: Tuesdays, February 6 - 27 Session 3: Tuesdays, March 5 - 26
Session 4: Tuesdays, April 2 - 23

10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Essig Center

$55 / Session

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*NEW* DRAWING FUN

Successfully develop your individual drawing style through games and exercises. You will gain a fundamental understanding of drawing through different approaches, techniques and media. Materials list provided upon registration. Registration Deadline: One week before session starts.

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Session 1: Thursdays, February 1 - 22
Session 2: Thursdays, March 7 - 28
Session 3: Thursdays, April 4 - 25

10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Essig Center

$55 / Session

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LINE DANCING CLASSES

Join us every Tuesday for a little dance exercise! No experience needed — just a little bit of rhythm and a willingness to have fun! Registration Deadline: One week before session starts.

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Tuesdays, each month beginning in January
11:30 am - 12:30 pmEssig Center$10 / MonthRegister Here!


BEGINNER TAI CHI

This graceful form of exercise is used for stress reduction and a variety of other health conditions. Often described as meditation in motion, tai chi promotes serenity through gentle, flowing movements. Registration Deadline: Friday, January 19, 2024

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Wednesdays, January 24 - April 10
11:30 am - 12:30 pmEssig Center$60 / PersonRegister Here!


ADVANCED TAI CHI

These advanced martial arts classes are for those who have taken the beginner class and want to progress to more advanced Tai Chi.  Registration Deadline: Friday, January 19, 2024

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Wednesdays, January 24 - April 10
12:30 pm - 1:30 pmEssig CenterFREERegister Here!


*NEW* YIN YOGA CLASSES

Each class starts with a series of long-held, passive floor poses that mainly work the lower body — hips, pelvis, inner thighs, lower spine — which are especially rich in connective tissues. The poses are held for up to five minutes, sometimes longer. Bring a yoga mat and wear comfortable clothing.   Registration Deadline: Monday, January 15, 2024 

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Mondays, January 22 - March 18
8:30 am - 9:30 amEssig Center$55 / PersonRegister Here!


*NEW* CHAIR YOGA CLASSES

This gentle yoga class utilizes a chair for support and balance. All experience levels are welcome. Students are encouraged to bring a mat and block. Wear comfortable clothing that allows for gentle movement   Registration Deadline: Tuesday, January 23, 2024 

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Tuesdays, January 23 - February 13
10:00 am - 11:00 amEssig Center$45 / PersonRegister Here!


YOGA CLASSES

Each class starts with a flowing series to warm up the spine and heat up the body, followed by a series of held postures to build strength, stability, and stamina. Class ends with gentle stretches to improve flexibility. Bring a yoga mat and wear comfortable clothing. Registration Deadline: Friday, January 19, 2024

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Wednesdays, January 24 - March 13
8:30 am - 9:30 amEssig Center$55 / PersonRegister Here!


*NEW* MEAL PREP & AIR FRYER CLASS

Join JoDee Jeans, from Ippy’s Restaurant, as we prep, plan and prepare food in an air fryer. Come learn tips on using your air fryer for amazing results. You'll learn the basics of cooking from scratch in your new favorite kitchen appliance. Registration Deadline: Tuesday, March 12, 2024

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Tuesday, March 19, 2024
1:00 pm - 2:00 pmEssig Center$10/ PersonRegister Here!


*NEW* GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP

Please join us as we will provide a safe space to talk about your deceased loved one, and help you maintain a connection to the person you have lost. Carilion Clinic therapists will lead and conduct group interactions. 

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Wednesdays, January - April 
3:00 pm - 4:30 pmEssig CenterFREERegister Here!


AARP MEETINGS

Join us the 2nd Wednesday of the month to learn about AARP’s mission. Various speakers will bring ideas and suggestions to empower you to assist with your daily tasks.

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January 10, February 14, March 13, April 10
11:00 am - 1:00 pmEssig CenterFREERegister Here!


SENIOR CAFÉ 

If you are over 60 years of age and live in Franklin County, you may want to join us every Thursday for a lunch and learn program. It’s free and will be at the Essig Recreation Center from 11:00 am - 1:00 pm. Thanks to STEP Inc. for partnering with us and offering this to our senior community. Register in person or call 540-483-9238.

*NEW* VETERANS COFFEE HOUR

Join veterans from a variety of eras and branches of service the 4th Friday of every month for coffee and camaraderie. This program is part of the We Honor Veterans program sponsored by Carilion Clinic Hospice of Franklin County and in partnership with the Veterans Administration and NHPCO.

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January 26, February 23, March 22, April 26
9:00 am - 10:00 amEssig CenterFREERegister Here!


SILVER-CISE EXERCISE ROOM

Come check out our senior-only exercise room at the Essig Recreation Center. It is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 am - 4:30 pm. Whether you would like to walk a few miles on the treadmill, take a ride on a stationary bike or work on your rowing — you can, with folks your own age! The only payment required is that you sign in and out at the front desk! 

BRIDGE

This group of bridge players play each week. If you know how to play bridge and are looking to join a group, give us a call at 540-483-9238, and we will connect you with others who play each week. 

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Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Fridays
9:00 am - 1:00 pmEssig CenterFREE


HOOK AND NEEDLE CLUB

If you enjoy cross stitch, knitting or crocheting with like minded needlecrafters, then come join this group! Experienced leaders will be available for assistance, if you would like to learn one of these crafting techniques! Participants should bring their own supplies. 

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Tuesdays1:00 pm - 3:00 pmEssig CenterFREE


FARKLE

Come learn to play the fun and easy-to-learn game of Farkle. It is a dice game that can be enjoyed by two or more people. 

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Tuesdays2:00 pm - 3:00 pmEssig CenterFREE


MAHJONG

Come learn to play a tile game called Mahjong. Groups of four play at a time. 

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2nd Friday of the Month
1:00 pm - 4:00 pmEssig CenterFREE


BINGO

Join us the 2nd Tuesday of the month to play bingo for some fun prizes. 

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January 9, February 13, March 12, April 9
11:00 am - 12:00 pmEssig CenterFREE


*NEW* CREATIVE EXPRESSIONS HEALING ARTS

Carilion Clinic Community Health and Outreach will lead these creative art classes. Come express yourself through art in guided workshops and get creative in a safe space. Registration Deadline: Wednesday, March 27, 2024

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Wednesdays in April1:00 pm - 2:30 pmEssig CenterFREERegister Here!


*NEW* FINANCIAL LITERACY

Carilion Clinic Community Health and Outreach will lead these creative art classes. Come express yourself through art in guided workshops and get creative in a safe space. Registration Deadline: Wednesday, March 27, 2024

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January 17, 2024 | Social Security February 21, 2024 | Financial Bingo March 20, 2024 | Financial Myths 
April 17, 2024 | Financial Trivia

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Essig Center

FREE

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TAX PREP BY AARP

AARP offers free in-person tax preparation and assistance to anyone, especially those 50 and older, who can’t afford a tax preparation service. Give us a call, beginning January 22nd at 540-483-9238 to schedule your appointment for this free service. Office hours: Monday - Friday, 8:30 am - 5:00 pm. 

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February 1 - April 11, 2024
By Appointment OnlyEssig CenterFREE


*NEW* COMPUTER BASICS

Looking to better understand your computer? If so, come learn all the tips and tricks needed. Registration Deadline: Wednesday, April 10, 2024

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Monday, April 15, 2024
11:00 am - 12:00 pmEssig CenterFREERegister Here!


*NEW* ESTATE PLANNING 101

These classes, taught by attorney Sarah Bidwell, meet the third Friday of the month and will cover the basics of estate planning and answer common questions such as: the difference between a will and a living will; who needs a will; what is a power of attorney; and more legal issues. Registration Deadline: One week before class starts

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January 19, 2024
February 16, 2024 
March 15, 2024

10:30 am - 11:30 am

Essig Center

FREE

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MOVIE MATINEES

Join us the 1st Friday of the month and enjoy time with friends while eating popcorn and watching a movie. Movies will be announced a week before the showing. 

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January 5, 2024
February 2, 2024 
March 1, 2024 
April 5, 2024

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Essig Center

FREE


*NEW* POTLUCK CELEBRATIONS

Join us the 3rd Friday of the month and share your favorite dish as we gather to socialize and celebrate birthdays for the month. Desserts and paper products will be provided.

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January 19, 2024
February 16, 2024 
March 15, 2024
April 19, 2024

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Essig Center

FREE


*NEW* ESCAPE TO MARGARITAVILLE TRIP

Join us as we head to Mill Mountain Theater for a performance of Escape to Margaritaville. Cost includes transportation and your ticket to the show. After singing along at the show, we will head to the Great 611 for dinner on your own. Registration Deadline: Wednesday, March 6, 2024 

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Wednesday, March 27, 2024
12:30 pm - 6:30 pmRoanoke, VA$50 / PersonRegister In Person


*NEW* ROCKY MOUNT, YESTERDAY & TODAY BUS TOUR

Ride with us through the Town of Rocky Mount as you hear about local history, past and present. A tour guide will dazzle you with many stories of our little hometown. Lunch will be on your own at a local restaurant. Registration Deadline: Friday, March 29, 2024

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Friday, April 12, 2024
10:00 am - 2:00 pmRocky Mount, VA$8 / PersonRegister In Person


SOUP FOR SENIORS

Can you help us collect canned soups, peanut butter, crackers and fruit during the month of January? You can make a difference in our community by starting a soup drive at your church, business or organization or donating a few cans of your own. Please deliver items to the Essig Recreation Center the week of February 5th - 9th. We are located at 295 Technology Drive in Rocky Mount, VA. All items collected will be bagged into reusable cloth bags and distributed to the elderly in Franklin County. The more we collect the more we can serve. For more information, please call the Franklin County Office of Aging at 540-483-9238.

*NEW* BIRDING 101

So you want to be a birdwatcher? A member of the Roanoke Valley Bird Club will give you a presentation on developing this new hobby — one that is guaranteed to last a lifetime. We will learn how to identify birds, recognize backyard birds and how to attract birds to your yard. Registration Deadline: Monday, January 29, 2024

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Monday, February 5, 2024
10:00 am - 11:00 amEssig CenterFREERegister Here!


*NEW* BALANCE SCREENING & HOME SAFETY SEMINAR

H2Health will lead this interactive seminar that assess your balance and home safety. You will learn how to stay safe in your home if you have fall. Registration Deadline: Tuesday, January 30, 2024

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Tuesday, February 6, 2024
1:00 pm - 2:00 pmEssig CenterFREERegister Here!


10 WARNING SIGNS OF ALZHEIMER’S

In this class we will learn to recognize common warning signs of Alzheimer’s and learn what symptoms to look for in yourself and others. Registration Deadline: Wednesday, February 14, 2024

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Wednesday, February 21, 2024
10:00 am - 11:00 amEssig CenterFREERegister Here!


*NEW* SMART PHONE 101

Looking to better understand your phone? If so, come with your phone and questions and we will learn all the tips and tricks needed. Registration Deadline: Friday, February 16, 2024 

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Friday, February 23, 2024
11:00 am - 12:00 pmEssig CenterFREERegister Here!


*NEW* BLUEBIRDS & HUMMINGBIRDS

Hummingbirds and bluebirds are everyone’s favorites. Come learn useful tips for attracting them to your property and facts about each species. Registration Deadline: Monday, February 26, 2024

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Monday, March 4, 2024
10:00 am - 11:00 amEssig CenterFREERegister Here!


*NEW* SELF DEFENSE CLASS

Officer Ryan King from the Rocky Mount Police Department will teach you how to keep safe and be aware of your surroundings. Topics of discussion will include home safety, self preparedness and general personal safety. Registration Deadline: Monday, March 4, 2024 

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Monday, March 11, 2024
11:00 am - 12:00 pmEssig CenterFREERegister Here!


*NEW* BEGINNERS GUIDE TO CONTAINER GARDENING

Come learn gardening basics, container selection and learn about soil types. Registration Deadline: Thursday, March 7, 2024

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Thursday, March 14, 2024
1:00 pm - 2:00 pmEssig CenterFREERegister Here!


UNDERSTANDING ALZHEIMER‘S & DEMENTIA 

Alzheimer’s disease is not a normal part of aging. It’s a progressive and fatal brain disease and is the most common form of dementia. This class is for anyone who would like to know more about how Alzheimer’s affects the brain, detection, causes and risk factors, stages of the disease, treatment and much more. Registration Deadline: Wednesday, March 13, 2024

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Wednesday, March 20, 2024
10:00 am - 11:00 amEssig CenterFREERegister Here!