Big Spring Senior Center Announces Events and Activities | Vts Community News


The Big Spring Senior Center, 91 Doubling Gap Road, is open 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Our Monday, Wednesday and Friday Grab ‘N Go Takeout program includes a hot meal and a frozen meal for a recommended donation of $2 for those 60 and older. Our seated meal program is Tuesday and Thursday and includes a hot meal. Our newsletter can be found on our website:, where you can find our monthly menu and activities. Our $25 annual membership fee entitles you to a newsletter by mail, reduced travel costs and reduced exercise fees. To register for activities and events, call the center at: (717) 776-4478.

Activities, events include:

Monday, October 31 at 9 a.m., Zumba Gold: Held at First United Presbyterian Church, 111 W. Big Spring Ave., Newville, the cost is $3 per class for ages 60 and older and $5 per class for ages 50-59. Zumba Gold is a low-intensity version of the Latin dance-inspired fitness class aimed at a more mature audience. Research conducted at Minot State University in North Dakota indicated that Zumba not only influences physical fitness, but also cognitive (mental) function. Just enter.

Tuesday, Nov. 1, at 9 a.m., Crafts: We are going to redecorate the Senior Center for the upcoming holidays, and we could use your help, your hands and your ideas. Plus, we make ornaments for the Capitol Christmas tree and other fun treats.

Tuesday, November 1 at 9 a.m., “Walk with ease” group walking program: Looking for a walking group? Well, here it is! We meet at the Newville trailhead, do some stretches before the walk, walk for about 45 minutes to an hour, and finish with stretches after the walk. Come join us at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesdays and Fridays. The walk will be at your own pace.

Tuesday, November 1, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., T’ai Chi for arthritis: T’ai Chi helps your balance; it is a good fall arrester. To register, call: (717) 776-4478. Location: First United Presbyterian Church, 111 W. Big Spring Ave., Newville. If you would like to participate in the T’ai Chi class, but cannot attend in person, consider zooming in. For login information, please contact the Senior Center for more information. Until further notice, the class is free (compliments from the County Office of Aging and Community Services), but we will be asking for a $1 donation toward space rental.

Tuesday, November 1 at 1 p.m., jewelry making class: Kathleen Schungel, who studied jewelry making in college, will teach techniques for creating a variety of jewelry. The cost for the jewelry class is $5.

Wednesday, Nov. 2, at 8:30 a.m., Yoga: Class is held at First United Presbyterian Church, 111 W. Big Spring Ave., Newville. Yoga is a mind-body practice that combines stretching, controlled breathing and relaxation exercises. There is a cost for the 10 week program. Registration and payment are due before starting a course. Dial: (717) 776-4478 to register.

Wednesday 2 November at 9.30 a.m., Tea & Talk: Join us for a cup of tea, coffee or bring your favorite drink. Our subject will be “Sleep habits”.

Wednesday, November 2, at 1 p.m., Bible study: Every Wednesday in November at 1 p.m., Pastor Chris Faylor of First Church of God, Newville, will lead us in study in the Mount View Senior Apartments Community Hall (adjacent to the Senior Center). Don’t hesitate to pass.

Wednesday, Nov. 2, at 1:30 p.m., Club Vélo: Join a group of senior cyclists at Newville Trail Head on Rails to Trails for a leisurely hour-long ride on this well-maintained trail.

Future event:

Wednesday, November 9, trip – Camp Eder senior day camp, Fairfield: Camp Eder staff always have great food and programs in store for us. This trip is all-inclusive (travel, breakfast, lunch, and two programs) for $23/member and $28/non-Big Spring Senior Center member. Elva Hurst will present an amazing Chalk Talk in the morning. She will use chalk to create a Thanksgiving-themed picture. She will also talk about the Thanksgiving holiday season and a bit of history with it. In the afternoon we will do a Christmas story/Christmas activity. Register no later than Wednesday, November 2 at noon. We will leave the Seniors Center at 8 a.m.

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Richard V. Johnson