Shawnee Senior Happenings: fun activities for 55+

Hey, Shawnee! Remember when the Shawnee News-Star Sunday newspaper started shipping on Saturday? We sometimes call it the Sunday paper on Saturday. Well now the News-Star Weekender is starting to deliver on Sundays again! Same Weekender, only on Sunday! So, happy Sunday!

We appreciate The Shawnee News-Star and all of their support over the years. In February, they were purchased by CherryRoad Media, and we can’t wait to see that transition.

Here at the Senior Recreation Center, we are always open Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. We always offer fun activities for people aged 55 and over. You can always find coffee and iced tea all day, and our game room offers pool tables, pool table, puzzles, cards, dominoes, and other board games. You can sit and read, sit and talk, sit and watch TV or just sit!

If you want to be more active, we have plenty of choices for you! And we hope you’ll try a few, because one of our main goals is to encourage active and healthy aging! Our gym is open every morning at 8:00 am for walking. We offer free Pickleball sessions for people aged 55 and over every Tuesday and Thursday morning from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Additional Pickleball sessions are available for a small fee.

Have you thought about trying Pickleball, but aren’t sure how? Do you want to learn to play or develop your skills? Then mark your calendars for the next Pickleball for Beginners Workshop on April 5 from 9-10:30 a.m. The cost is only $5.00 and you can register for your spot by calling 405-878-1528 or by visiting us at 401 N. . Bell. Kerri Foster will lead this Pickleball 101 clinic.

For more active choices, check out our group fitness class schedule. Morning and afternoon classes are available, and we teach Tai Chi for better balance, chair fitness stretches, chair fitness strength, gentle restorative yoga, SAIL (Staying Active and Independent for Life) and Improving Physical Fitness. These classes are offered free of charge to people aged 55 and over, so call or drop by for a schedule!

Our next Wellbeing Wednesday theme is an information board on “Adjusting to Visual Impairment”. Ms. Pam Holloway from Oklahoma Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired will be with us from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, March 30. She will be available to answer questions, describe services and make referrals as needed. If you or someone close to you has any questions, please join us as everyone is welcome.

Mark your calendars for the following Wellness Wednesday which will feature The Barr Agency on Wednesday, April 6. Ms. LaKeesha Barr will provide information on Medicare, Medicaid and potential additional benefits. If you have any questions about what you may be eligible for, please stop by to visit him in our lobby from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

do you like music? Our gospel singing group meets on Tuesday and Friday mornings. We also host the Storytime Country Band every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Both groups provide lots of fun and camaraderie, so come and bring a friend!

Our April calendars will be ready next week. They provide a complete listing of all of our fitness programs and classes, as well as any special events. You can pick one up or we’ll be happy to send you a copy. Our calendars also show the lunch menu for Project Heart meals served at the Community Center located at 804 S. Park. For more information on the Project Heart Breakfast Program, please call their office at 405-275-4530.

Thanks for reading! Please check back weekly for more updates on senior activities. You can also tune into your radio every Wednesday morning at 8:35 a.m. to hear current senior events during the “Mike in the Morning Show,” found at KGFF on your radio dial at 100.9 FM or 1450 AM. This show is streamed live at

Take care, stay healthy and we hope to see you soon at the Senior Rec Center!

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Richard V. Johnson