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Senior Center plans out summer

From left, Bebe Fry, Earl Beaver and Dee Forrester, all of Maumelle, enjoy a game of cards recently at the Maumelle Senior Wellness Center. While there are many activities for seniors there, playing cards remains a tried and true pastime. (Greg Rayburn Photo)
From left, Bebe Fry, Earl Beaver and Dee Forrester, all of Maumelle, enjoy a game of cards recently at the Maumelle Senior Wellness Center. While there are many activities for seniors there, playing cards remains a tried and true pastime. (Greg Rayburn Photo)

There are numerous activities planned at the Maumelle Senior Wellness Center during the months of July and August, according to the center’s latest newsletter that was published late during the week of June 17.

“As class registration for the summer session approaches, you may find the following information helpful,” reads the July-August newsletter, which then spells out several upcoming events.

The center’s summer session begins on July 8 and concludes on Aug. 30. The center advises it will remain closed for July 4 in observance for the holiday.

Registration for all summer classes began on June 21 and stop on July 5.

“As classes fill, they will be closed to further registration, a list of closed classes will be posted,” according to the newsletter.

Classes that are not filled will either be canceled or re-opened for additional registration. Prospective class takers are advised to check at the Lakeside desk for a list of closed classes.

“All summer classes require participants to pre-register and pre-pay if a class has a fee,” states the newsletter.

Georgia’s watercolor class will be held on Tuesdays from 12:30 to 3 p.m. from the period of July 9 to Aug. 27. Participants are to pay a $3 fee to the instructor for each class he or she attends.

“This is a great way to try watercolor painting, as all supplies are furnished,” states the newsletter. “The group has a great time and they truly enjoy this class. Georgia and her class will welcome all painters at any skill level.”

The center also reminds seniors that they can take advantage of the daily shuttle service.

“Are you taking advantage of the weekday shuttles?” reports the newsletter. “Curbside pickup is at 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and return is at 3 p.m. which will be the last shuttle of the day.

Anyone wanting a ride from the shuttle service are advised to call 851-4344 at least 30 minutes in advance prior to pick up times, or to call the number if they want more information.

“Let us know if you require assistance with a walker or wheelchair when you call,” reports the newsletter. “Beginning July 1 all riders, including Audubon Pointe residents, must call daily for pickup.”

The change in policy is due to the raising costs and a decrease in the number of riders from Audubon Pointe.

Seniors are also being advised that they can spend extra time at the senior center to help with their utility bills at home and to deal with the hot summer temperatures.

“Join us for lunch and stay for a class, card game, or just to chat with your friends,” seniors are being told. “Keep your car in the garage and call the center for pickup.” Seniors wanting to catch a ride to the center are ask to adhere to the daily shuttle service calling schedule.

The center also has “Around Town Shuttle” service every Tuesday and Thursday.

“You can ride our Around Town Shuttle anywhere within the Maumelle city limits,” states the newsletter. We will take you to the salon, the bank or even to the dry cleaners.”

The shuttle starts at 9 a.m. And all riders will be home by 12:30 p.m. For persons interested they need to call the center at 851-4344 by 8:30 a.m.

Seniors were also advised that the Maumelle AARP meets at the center on the second Thursday of each month at 6 p.m.

“Most meetings feature a speaker and are really great,” states the newsletter.

June’s meeting featured a speaker who clarified new rules under the Affordable Care Act and how the act is changing Medicare. Annual chapter dues are $10 and may be paid at the first meeting.

In addition, a limited number of seats may be available for the Choctaw Casino trip. The trip is a fundraiser for the local chapter and includes a $10 fee, $5 food credit and deluxe motor coach transportation. The cost of the trip is $20 and reservations may be made by contacting Betty Hall at Away We Go Tours at 851-6828. The trip is scheduled for July 20 and reservations must be made by July 11.

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