Saturday, June 25, 2022

Spring is in Full Bloom in our Upcoming Senior Trips!

Spring is in full swing, and the Senior Activity Center is taking advantage of the newly bloomed season to get outside and explore.

It’s finally nice and warm in Texas, so there’s no better time to admire the fresh spring flowers. Nature lovers, mark your calendars because two incredible trip opportunities are coming up in April that you won’t want to miss.

Friday, April 1, 8:30 AM- 5:30 PM: Texas Azalea and Spring Flower Trail in Tyler
Explore a new town and admire the natural beauty all around it! The Azalea National Historic District comprises about 950 homes built in the early 1900s and features endless miles of blooming flowers. The Azalea and Spring Flower Trail is a floral wonderland for photographers and admirers alike! Marvel at the residential gardens and historic home-sites during the best season of the year with a guided tour! This is a day-long trip, so plan accordingly and bring money for lunch. Register here.

Wednesday, April 6, 9:15 AM-3:30 PM: Chandor Gardens in Weatherford
Take a stroll outside and admire the beautifully designed Chandor Gardens in Weatherford. These gardens capture the ornate design of ancient Chinese architecture and the elegance of a formal English garden. Marvel at the 30-foot waterfall and relax by one of the numerous fountains. There is truly something for everyone at this aesthetic and tranquil destination. Join us for a guided tour as we discover this enchanting garden. Don’t forget to bring money for lunch, and be prepared to walk a lot! Register here.

Nothing makes us happier than planning fun excursions for our members! Claim your spot today!

Celebrating National Senior Center Month at the Southlake Senior Activity Center

It’s all about our Southlake Seniors this September, as the Senior Activity Center prepares to provide a month-long celebration to our beloved members!

September is National Senior Center Month, and the Southlake Activity Center is ready to celebrate our 55 and better community! National Senior Center Month provides an opportunity to showcase senior centers and promote a positive image of aging. This year is a time of reflection and of looking forward, always staying mindful of the present. To start the celebrations, the Senior Center is introducing “Thursdays in Memory Lane.”

Join us as we celebrate history at the Southlake Senior Activity Center by reminiscing and revisiting the bygone decades. Thursdays in Memory Lane will be held each Thursday from 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm at the Senior Center. Drinks, snacks, and fun surprises will be available! Travel through time as we explore the themes of the GI Generation, The Silent Generation, The Baby Boomers, Generation X, and the turn of the Millennium. Each week features a new 20-year time span. This program is free, but pre-registration is required.

Seniors also have the opportunity to continue learning through our signature Learn then Lunch program. This month’s seminars include Updates on Skin Cancer and Non-Surgical Cures by Hopkins Dermatology and Life Planning Seminar by Dignity Memorial. Learn all about aging skin and how to take care of it, and about pre-planning funerals, cremation, and cemetery property.

Don’t forget about our recurring activities such as Art Class, Duplicate Bridge, and Knitting Club. No matter what your interests are, there is a place for you at the Senior Activity Center!

There’s always something exciting at the Senior Activity Center, and we look forward to continuing to celebrate our members. This month, and every month, we are grateful to provide life-long memories to the Southlake Senior community.

Happy National Senior Center Month!

Knitting Connections: Weaving love and Understanding at the Senior Activity Center

A little old lady sitting in her rocking chair, knitting while a fuzzy cat sleeps at her feet, is the stereotypical image conjured when thinking about seniors.

While this may not represent all seniors, ask any Senior Services professional, and they will tell you that seniors love to knit! The Southlake Senior Activity Center began its Knitting Connection program five years ago as an opportunity for senior members to socialize and express their creativity with peers. Since then, this program evolved from a club to a genuine connection that is as tightly woven into the fabric of our senior community as the yarn around their needles.

Knitting clubs are a staple of many senior centers in the area, but in Southlake, we’ve experienced a beautiful bonding phenomenon that goes beyond the social and creative aspects of the club. The Southlake Senior Activity Center’s Knitting Connection is a fantastic program for senior members aged 55 years and better to get together, knit, and have fun. Every Friday, Knitting Connection meets in the Senior Center lounge to work on current projects, share instructions, advice, and camaraderie. Often, members bring projects that require outside help and get past these obstacles with the assistance of their friends.

Our objective at the Southlake Senior Activity Center has always been for seniors to make connections with each other. However, once philanthropy and social responsibility became a part of the program, it elevated its mission to something greater. When members complete projects, the Knitting Connection compiles them into easily transportable bags and boxes and donates them to a non-profit organization in need—from the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit to Warm Up America and the Craft Yarn Council. Donating their finished projects gives this group a greater purpose, a chance to feel needed, and the opportunity to give back to the community.

When the program began five years ago, it had four consistent members. These members spun the initial threads and turned this program into a crowd-favorite at the Senior Center. Participation at Knitting Connection has since tripled and currently has 10-12 participants of all backgrounds and ethnicities! This is due to the kindness and creativity of our seniors. Southlake Senior Center members hail from all over the widely diverse DFW metroplex, and many of them don’t speak the same language. When they join Knitting Connection, they are welcomed into the group and embraced with compassion regardless of their differences. This club demonstrates that creativity, a willingness to learn and teach, and the reward of giving back knows no borders. Truly living up to their name, Knitting Connection is constantly unraveling the barriers of culture and language and weaving together a community bound by their common humanity.

Senior citizens undeniably love to knit. Our members show us every year that despite differences in backgrounds, age, ethnicity, or language, seniors value socializing, teaching, learning new skills, and most of all connecting. The Southlake Senior Activity Center Knitting Connection is not just a bunch of little old ladies knitting in their rocking chairs. It is a sisterhood of experienced shakers and movers with the wisdom to know that the greatest impacts are made while sitting still—steadily and incrementally inching closer to a better world.

 

Life-Long Learning at the Senior Activity Center

Albert Einstein once said that “wisdom is not a product of schooling but of the lifelong attempt to acquire it.”

Members of the Southlake Senior Activity Center would agree that learning is a lifelong pursuit. Summer has flown by, and this month Southlake Dragons are not the only ones hitting the books. The Senior Activity Center is hosting two educational seminars in August for our senior members. It’s never too late to learn something new or rediscover a favorite topic.

American History Seminar
History aficionados are in for a special treat on Thursday, August 12. Educators from Tarrant County College will be at the Senior Center from 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm to present a condensed version of their American History lecture. Senior Center members will have the opportunity to ask questions after the presentation.

Technology 101 by Dragons for Seniors
Nothing is better than inter-generational collaboration. Dragons for Seniors students arrive at the Senior Activity Center to answer technology questions on Friday, August 13 from 10:00 am- 12:00 pm. Seniors are encouraged to register for a 30-minute slot and bring any device they would like to learn how to use.

Learn Then Lunch: Legal Seminar
If Law is more your style, then make sure to register for the Seniors Legal Seminar on August 17. Members of the McGee Law Firm will join our Seniors to present the 8 Costly Mistakes Families Make In Their Estate Plans from 11:00 am- 12:00 pm. This seminar will give you a complete picture of estate planning if you are interested in brushing up your knowledge of wills, trusts, probate, and more.

Learning never stops just because you are no longer in school. Senior Activity Center members know just how important it is to keep broadening their horizons, and the SAC is happy to provide our members with educational opportunities to continue their lifelong learning journey.

Save your spot for our educational seminars here.

Happy 105th Birthday, Miss Martha!

The Southlake Senior Activity Center would like to wish a very Happy 105th Birthday to Miss Martha (Watson) Wood!

Martha has been a resident of Southlake for nearly 30 years, but her early life was spent in the Southeast. She was born on February 13, 1915 in Humboldt, Tennessee but was raised in Columbus, Mississippi where she attended high school. She also attended college for two years and took Business courses. Martha’s main occupation was as a stenographer–someone who transcribes speech into written words, often through the use of shorthand.

In 1938, Martha was married to Joseph L. Wood. They lived in Greenville, Mississippi where they later had an adopted daughter, Julie Ann. Joseph passed away in 1978, and Julie Ann lived until 2003. She had a sister named Clarissa, and her grandson John lives in Farmington, Arkansas. Martha moved to Southlake in July of 1993 where she still lives today in a little house on her nephew’s property.

Martha loves playing the piano, reading, and cooking. Until the last two years, Ms. Martha had been part of the Southlake Senior Activity Center’s Party Bridge group for many years. She likes Italian food and loves sweets, especially Chocolate and considers herself a “chocoholic.” Martha has a positive attitude and her philosophy of life is that she tries to live with unselfish love and care for others.

Show Off Your Moves at the Legends Hall October Dance

Legends Hall at The Marq Southlake will be hosting its monthly dance on Thursday, October 18 from 7 to 9:30 p.m.

Show off your dance moves or just tap your toes and enjoy some good company at the Legends Hall October dance! Local favorites Now and Then will be providing live music and entertainment throughout the evening with a crowd-pleasing blend of ballroom classics, country favorites and oldies.

Legends Hall dances are open to guests age 21 and better. The entry fee is $6.00 at the door, and light refreshments will be provided. Attire is business casual (no shorts, please). We look forward to seeing you there!

Legends Hall October Dance

Where: Legends Hall at The Marq Southlake
When: Thursday, October 18 from 7 to 9:30 p.m.
Cost: $6.00
Ages: 21+

For more information, please contact Legends Hall at (817) 748-8900.

August Seminars for Senior Activity Center Members

Each month, the Southlake Senior Activity Center offers a variety of educational, legal and health seminars for its members. Visit the Senior Activity Center or call (817) 748-8315 to register for the seminar you want to attend!

Not a member of the Senior Activity Center? Anyone age 55 and better can become a member online or in person at 285 Shady Oaks Drive. There are no geographical restrictions on membership or attendance.

AUGUST SENIOR ACTIVITY CENTER SEMINARS

Pre-registration is required for all seminars. You can register for seminars via phone or in person at the front desk. Seminars are subject to change.

Identity Theft Awareness Forum
Date: Tuesday, August 7, 2018
Time: 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Description: Congressman Marchant and speakers from local, state and federal agencies will speak about identity theft and scams targeting our seniors. They will share insights and best practices to avoid falling for these traps. A Q&A session will follow the presentation.

Diabetes and Exercise
Date: Thursday, August 9, 2018
Time: 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Description: The Carlyle at Stonebridge Park will give a presentation teaching the proper exercises for folks who have diabetes. Get a free blood pressure check while you’re here!

Learn Then Lunch: Senior Living Solutions Series
Date: Thursday, August 16, 2018
Time: 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Description: Explore your options regarding long-term housing and how to accommodate the expenses. All transitional issues will be discussed: getting your home ready to sell, selling your home and what to do with all of those belongings.

The Palliative Pathways
Date: Thursday, August 23, 2018
Time: 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Description: Loretta Windman of Community Hospice Texas leads this program designed to provide information about complex medical decision making, resources, advanced directives and more.

Looking for more fun things to do in Southlake? Check the Senior Activity Center calendar for more classes, programs, events and trips tailored to mature adults! If you have any questions or would like more information about memberships, please call the Senior Activity Center at (817) 748-8315.

July Seminars for Senior Activity Center Members

Each month, the Southlake Senior Activity Center offers a variety of educational, legal and health seminars for its members. Visit the Senior Activity Center or call 817-748-8315 to register for the seminar you want to attend!

Not a member of the Senior Activity Center? Anyone age 55 and better can become a member online or in person at 285 Shady Oaks Drive. There are no geographical restrictions on membership or attendance.

JULY SENIOR ACTIVITY CENTER SEMINARS

Pre-registration is required for all seminars. You can register for seminars via phone or in person at the front desk. Seminars are subject to change.

Better Health, Better You Series: A Matter of Balance
Dates: July 17 – September 4, 2018
Time: Tuesdays, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Registration Fee: Free for SAC members and Tarrant County residents 60+
Description: Are you looking to manage your concerns about falls and increase your activity level? This eight-week seminar series is for you! The two-hour interactive sessions focus on reducing the fear of falling by teaching exercises that increase strength, flexibility and balance.

Better Health, Better You: Diabetes Presentation
Date: Tuesday, July 10, 2018
Time: 10:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m.
Description: Carleen Stout, a registered nurse and Certified Diabetes and Cardiac Educator from Medical City Health, will provide practical tips to help prevent and manage diabetes.

Learn Then Lunch: Senior Living Solutions Series
Date: Thursday, July 12; Thursday, August 16; Tuesday, September 18
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Description: Explore your options regarding long-term housing and how to accommodate the expenses. All transitional issues will be discussed: getting your home ready to sell, selling your home and what to do with all of those belongings.

History Seminar
Date: Thursday, July 16, 2018
Time: 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Description: Join us as we learn all about the modern history of the Texas Rangers (1860–present).

Looking for more fun things to do in Southlake? Check the Senior Activity Center calendar for more classes, programs, events and trips tailored to mature adults! If you have any questions or would like more information about memberships, please call the Senior Activity Center at 817-748-8315.

June Seminars for Senior Activity Center Members

Each month, the Southlake Senior Activity Center offers a variety of educational, legal and health seminars for its members. Visit the Senior Activity Center or call 817-748-8315 to register for the seminar you want to attend!

JUNE SENIOR ACTIVITY CENTER SEMINARS

Pre-registration is required for all seminars. All seminars are free for Senior Activity Center members unless otherwise specified. Seminars are subject to change.

Technology Class
Date: Friday, June 1, 2018
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Registration Fee: $5.00
Description: Learn how to navigate the internet safely and get comfortable using a variety of websites and apps, including Google Maps, social media, online shopping sites and more.

Financial Seminar
Date: Tuesday, June 12, 2018
Time: 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Description: The Foundation for Financial Education will explain the new tax laws and how they could affect your retirement.

Learn Then Lunch: Legal Seminar
Date: Tuesday, June 26, 2018
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Description: Enjoy a bite to eat while McGee Law Firm discusses current legal issues affecting seniors.

Technology Q&A
Date: Friday, June 29, 2018
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Description: Having technical difficulties? Register for a free 20-minute one-on-one session with a technology expert and get answers for all of your computer and technology questions! Participants must sign up in advance for each individual class and provide a brief description of their concerns. Sessions are filled on a first-come, first-served basis, and each class can accommodate a maximum of six registered participants.

Looking for more fun things to do in Southlake? Check the Senior Activity Center calendar for more classes, programs, events and trips tailored to mature adults! If you have any questions or would like more information about memberships, please call the Senior Activity Center at 817-748-8315.