Programs & Activities

Monthly Program Calendar


A calendar of programs, activities and special events is made available on a bi-monthly basis. You may pick up a hard copy of the schedule at the Center's front desk or view online.

January and February

Complete Listing of Programs and Activities


The Senior Center offers a large variety of different programs and activities each week to meet the diverse needs of those 50 years of age and older.

Complete Listing of Programs and Activities

Exercise Classes


There is an exercise class for any fitness level and classes are free of charge.

Exercise Class Descriptions and Schedule
 

Crafts


Drop-In Arts & Craft Groups


Come enjoy the fellowship of others who enjoy arts and crafts and meet new and old friends each week. Be sure to bring your current project or try something new. There’s no fee to participate. Join us! 
Art Group                            Mondays 2 - 5 pm
Tuesday Evening Crafts     Tuesday 5 - 8 pm
 

Beginner Quilting


Thursdays 1 - 3 pm, No Fee
Instructor: LaLe Lindley
Learn the basics of quilting with our volunteer instructor. Sewing machines and basic equipment are available for use to help you delve into the art of quilting.

Advanced Quilting


Fridays 10 am - noon
Join quilt enthusiasts as they explore more difficult and challenging quilting patterns and techniques.

Beginner Greeting Card Techniques


Tuesday, February 6, March 13, April 10, May 8, 10 am - noon
Instructor: Vicki Young, Fee $10 per class
Learn to make the perfect greeting card for every occasion by learning basic stamping techniques, embossed textures and more.

Advanced Greeting Card Techniques


Tuesday, February 6, March 13, April 10, May 8
1 - 3 pm
Instructors: Jan McCord & Carmel Mosley, Fee: $8 per class
Prerequisite: Beginner Greeting Card Class or the equivalent


Mug Rug a Month

Friday, February 16, March 16, April 20. May 18
1 - 3 pm
Instructor: Bettie Smith, Fee: $5 each class
Bring your favorite fabric scraps and make a seasonal mug rug (coaster) that is great for snacks and gifts. Basic sewing skills are needed.



Beginning Polymer Clay


Tuesday, March 27, May 22
9 am - noon
Instructor: Nancy Lotzer, Fee: $10
Learn various methods and techniques for working with polymer clay to produce beautiful pieces. All materials and tools are included.

Beaded Sun Catcher


Friday, April 6, June 1
1 - 3 pm
Instructor: Carol Slawson, Fee: $12 - $15
Pick a project from the assortment of patterns and create a beautiful sun catcher for your window or to give as a gift.

Intermediate Polymer Clay


Tuesday, February 27, April 24
9 am - noon
Instructor: Nancy Lotzer, Fee: $5
Learn more advanced techniques using various ways to embellish and create surface designs. Easy to 
     

Special Events


Monthly Breakfast

 
Monday,  February 5,  March 5, April 2
8:15 - 9 am   
Fee: $2 
Menu: sausage, gravy, biscuits, eggs, fruit, juice & coffee 
Come meet old friends and make new ones at the monthly breakfast. The Senior Advisory Board prepares and serves a great menu and there is great entertainment for you to enjoy.  
Entertainment Schedule:
January: Ron Jones, Musician 
February: Russ Warman, Vocals and Guitarist 

Birthday Lunch


Wednesday, February 21, March 21, April 18, May 16 
Noon 
Fee: $2 or free if it’s your birthday month.  
Join us as we celebrate those with birthdays each month with a great meal and fun. Cake donated by Brookdale Assisted Living in Farmers Branch and gifts donated by United Financial Services. 
Menu Schedule:
February 21: Turkey Vegetable Soup and Corn Bread
March 21: Corned Beef and Cabbage
April 18: Turkey a la King
May 16: Beef and Corn Pie

Spud and Show


Come enjoy a baked potato and a movie. Dessert provided by Acadia Estates. 

Tuesday, March 27, 11:30 am Fee: $2 
Purchase movie ticket at the front desk before Friday, March 23. 

Tuesday, May 22, 11:30 am Fee: $2 
Purchase movie ticket at the front desk before Friday, May 18. 

Valentine Tea Party: Once Upon a Time  


Friday, February 9, 1 pm Ticket Fee: $8 
Tickets are SOLD OUT.  Contact the front desk to be placed on the waiting list. 972.919.8740

Our annual tradition returns with a delicious selection of savories and sweets, paired with tasty hot teas. Participants are asked to bring in a childhood photo by February 1 to be used for a special slide show during the event. Bring your own tea cup for a chance to win a prize. 

Fishin' Fun in Farmers Branch


Saturday, April 28
8 am - Noon
Gussie Field Watterworth Park (next to City Hall)

Special Interest Groups


Random Acts of Kindness


February: Sponsoring Metrocrest Services


Collecting hygiene products for seniors such as, shampoo, hand cream, body wash, tissues, tooth paste & brushes, mouthwash. 
Meeting Date: February 8, 10 am

March: Sponsoring the Farmers Branch Police Department

Collecting individually wrapped snacks, water and sports drinks,
Meeting Date: March 8, 10 am

April: Sponsoring the Farmers Branch Fire Department


Collecting individually wrapped snacks, water, sports drinks and kitchen staples.
Meeting Date: April 12, 10 am

May: Sponsoring Mosaic, an organization that serves people with intellectual disabilities


Collecting laundry detergent (tabs preferred), dishwasher detergent, paper towels, toilet paper, 55 gallon trash bags, all purpose cleaner, sandwich bags, body wash and shampoo.


Texas Hold ‘em Tournament


Thursday, February 15, March 15, April 19, May 17
1 pm, No Fee
Snack sponsor: Acadia Estates Assisted Living and Memory Care.

Conversations in Neglected History


Fridays at 9:30 am, No Fee
Join this weekly class that explores past events and topics and discovers new ways of viewing history. Special guest speaker and book author, Dr. Richard McCaslin from UNT will speak:
  • February 16: Reconstructing Texas: Hill County in 187
  • March 23: Will Wright, Forgotten Ranger Captain
  • April 20: The Maceos and the Rebuilding of Galveston
  • May 18: Coppini's Protege: Waldine Tauch and Public Art in Texas

Talks


New Perspectives On Aging Series


Instructor: Ben E. Dickerson, PhD, Gerontologist
Well known in Texas for his involvement in issues regarding the aging population, Dr. Dickerson served as the Director of Baylor Institute for Gerontological studies and was appointed by a former Texas Governor to the Legislative Committee on Aging. He graduated from Texas A&M and received his PhD from LSU in Baton Rouge and is a retired Colonel with the US Army Reserves. He participates in the White House Conference on Aging and currently teaches at North Central Texas College and Weatherford College.

Grandparenting

Friday, February 16, 1 pm
Instructor: Ben E Dickerson, PhD, Gerontologist, No Fee
Grandparenting has become more than a role, it has become a career. It is not uncommon for grandparents to spend more than two decades with their grandchildren. The focus in this presentation will emphasize that grandparenting is more important then it has ever been; come see why. 

Brain Power

Friday, March 9, 1 pm
Instructor: Ben E Dickerson, PhD, Gerontologist, No Fee
Significant advances are being made in understanding the amazing part of our body referred to as a brain. In this presentation, focus will be given to improving memory. The steps you will be given are some very practical steps to take in order to improve your recall. It is up to make it work.

The Bonus Years

Friday, April 13, 1 pm
Instructor: Ben E Dickerson, PhD, Gerontologist, No Fee
65 years of age has lost its meaning in the life course it is being restructured since age is social and totally biological. It is relative to your definition. Come and learn how to maximize the added years that you are being blessed with. 

The Importance of "Play" 

                                                                 
Friday, May 18, 1 pm
Instructor: Ben E Dickerson, PhD, Gerontologist, No Fee
In our earlier years play was very much a part of our lives. For a number of reasons the majority of us have lost the ability to play. In this workshop you will have the opportunity to learn how to play again regardless of your age. Play contributes significantly to your well being. 
 

The Basics of Memory Loss and Dementia


Friday, February 2, 10 am, No Fee
Presenter: Alzheimer's Association
Are you concerned about memory loss or have a loved one who has been diagnosed with dementia? Learn the difference between Alzheimer's disease, other dementias and normal memory loss due to aging.

Eat Smart and Safely for Celebrations


Friday, February 16, 10 am, No Fee
Brittany Martin, Texas A&M AgriLife
Birthday parties and family gatherings can be a hot bed for food borne illnesses. Learn to keep your celebrations safe and healthy.

Medicare Fraud


Wednesday, February 21, 10 am, No Fee
Presenter: Senior Source and Texas SMP
Learn about the new Medicare card, how to prevent , detect and report Medicare fraud and what scams to look for.