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Classes & Activities for Seniors


Classes & Activities

Preregistration is recommended to avoid full or canceled programs. All activities held at River Road Park unless otherwise noted.

Lane Writers Series

We have so much local talent! Enjoy monthly authors’ readings of poetry, fiction, non-fiction...you name it! This is a FREE reading series. Authors’ books are available for purchase and refreshments are served.
1/26, 2/23, 3/29 . . . Su . . . 4:30-6p . . . Annex
4/26, 5/31, 6/28 . . . Su . . . 4:30-6p . . . Annex


Poets Get Inspired (Poetry Immersion)

During each 2 hour session we will read, listen to, and write poetry. We will work with various poetic forms; there will be inspiring writing exercises, guest poets, gentle workshopping sessions and altogether a poetry-filled experience. The term ends with the publication of a group chapbook. Instructor: Joan Dobbie.
1/6-3/9 . . . M . . . 6-8p
Adult: $70 ID/$85 OD . . . Senior: $55ID/$70 OD


Overview of long term care and the role of Ombudsmen

Volunteers needed. Want to make a meaningful New Year’s resolution? Join Debbie Boures, Deputy State Long Term Care Ombudsman, to learn about issues facing residents in long term care. Those living in nursing homes, assisted living and memory care facilities often feel they have no voice. Ombudsmen serve as advocates for people who need support. Learn how you can make a difference in someone’s life by volunteering to serve as an Ombudsman. Training will be taking place in February.
1/10 . . . F . . . 10a . . . Free


Is Your Home a Happy Place?

Do you enjoy your home or just live there? Make your space feel UNIQUELY YOUR OWN. Learn some tips and tricks to update, refresh and redesign your space for the way you live today. You’ll fall in love all over again every time you come through the door. Instructor: Patricia Hillyer of Your Style Connection.
2/10 . . . M . . . 5:30-7:30p . . . $8 ID/$10 OD


Valentine Tea/Dessert Social

55+. Today we will enjoy live love songs and hot tea with yummy treats that will have your mouth watering. A variety of delicious treats and teas will be available to indulge in! Please wear red, pink or white! Your cost includes desserts, hot beverages and live entertainment. Your cost includes assorted sandwiches, desserts, hot table side tea and live entertainment. Please rsvp. Price is $15 at the door.
2/14 . . . F . . . 1-3p . . . $10


Downsizing Your House

Downsizing happens for a number of reasons ... kids leaving the nest, retirement, moving or changing communities. In this class you’ll learn some methods to downsize successfully: how to organize the process, which questions to ask yourself about getting rid of things, and suggestions for when you get stuck. Learn how to handle emotional bumps in the road and tips for how to make it a positive experience if other family members aren’t on board. Downsizing your house doesn’t mean downsizing your life! Instructor: Patricia Hillyer of Your Style Connection.
3/9 . . . M . . . 5:30-7:30p . . . $8 ID/$10 OD


Irish Green Celebration @ the Annex

Tonight we celebrate! Come enjoy our 3rd annual event filled with Irish festivities. We’ll begin with a delicious dinner followed up with music that will have your feet a tappin’. Please wear green, your Irish garb or anything that shows some Irish spirit. Your cost includes: a delicious Irish dinner, drinks, dessert and entertainment.  This event will be held at the River Road Annex, 1055 River Road.  Space is limited. Extra parking is available at the church just north of the Annex.
3/13 . . . F  . . . 6-8p (doors open at 5:45p) . . . $25


Beginning Genealogy

Come find your lost ancestors and create your own family tree. Begin at ground zero, do research, find family members and personalize them. Learn how to add photos, stories, and documents to each family member. Students must have basic computer knowledge and the understanding of how to search the web and locate specific addresses. Instructor: Ron Jordan.
4/3-5/8 . . . F . . . 1:30-3p
Adult: $30 ID/$35 OD . . . Senior: $25 ID/$30 OD


Shouldn’t You Be Doing Voice-Overs?

You’ve heard Lisa Foster on TV and radio commercials! Now hear Lisa live as she illustrates how you could actually begin using your speaking voice for commercials, films, and videos! She will show you a unique, outside the box way to cash in on one of the most lucrative full or part-time careers out there! This is a business that you can handle on your own terms, on your own turf and in your own time. This exciting class could be the game changer you’ve been looking for! Lisa Foster’s voice can be heard on commercials for such clients as: Crest Toothpaste, Olay, LA Weight Loss, and Sleep Train.
4/20 . . . M . . . 6:30-8:30p . . . $30 ID/$40 OD


Declutter and Organize Your Home

Confused with all the magazine, TV and video advice on minimalism, organizing and decluttering your life and home? No need to be overwhelmed – work with me and build a customized solution made just for you. This two session class will provide you with many tips and tools to develop your own personalized plan of action that will work for your lifestyle -- get rid of the stress and feel happy in your home again!
Instructor: Patricia Hillyer of Your Style Connection
4/27 & 5/4 . . . M . . . 5:30-7:30p . . . $16 ID / $20 OD


Africa Thru Kat’s Eyes - Slideshow

Want to learn more about Kat’s trip to Uganda? Come today and get a chance to discover Uganda without leaving Eugene.  This is a fun and informal slideshow of my journey to Africa. I hope you can join me. Please RSVP, sign up by calling the  main office.
5/8 . . . F . . . 11a-12p . . . Free


Health & Wellness


Virtual Dementia Tour

“Through the Virtual Dementia Tour you will experience the physical and mental challenges those with dementia face with a patented simulation device that alters your senses while trying to complete common everyday tasks and exercises.” 
2/7     F  . . . 11:30a-12:30p


Living with Alzheimer’s: For Caregivers - Middle Stage

In the middle stage of Alzheimer’s disease, care partners become hands-on caregivers. During this three-part series, you will hear caregivers and professionals discuss helpful strategies to provide safe, effective and comfortable care.

Part 1
Symptoms of middle stage, effective communication, relationship changes, and practical tips for providing personal care.
1/24 . . . F . . . 10-11:30a


Part 2
We will discuss behavior symptoms, wandering and keeping the person with Alzheimer's safe, planning and asking for help, and informal care options.
1/31 . . . F . . . 10-11:30a


Part 3
Finding, engaging and monitoring home care assistance, planning for future care in the late stages, handling behavior issues, medication management and coping as a caregiver. Virtual dementia tour will follow this class.
2/7 . . . F . . . 10-11:30a

Living with Alzheimer's: For Caregivers - Late Stage

In the late stage of Alzheimer’s disease, caregiving typically involves new ways of connecting and interacting with the person with the disease. In this two-part series, you’ll hear from caregivers and professionals about resources, monitoring care and ways to engage in meaningful connections.

Part 1
We’ll explore the resources available for providing the care and services for the range of needs seen in the late stage of Alzheimer’s and other dementias.
4/24 . . . F . . . 10-11:30a


Part 2
Ideas and strategies for communicating and spending time together, providing care for the person with Alzheimer's or another dementia.
5/1 . . . F . . . 10-11:30a

Are you interested in joining an Alzheimer support group? If so, please get in touch with Kat (541-688-4052 or katrinas@rrpark.org)


AARP Safe Driver

Designed for motorists age 50+, but open to all ages. Auto insurance discounts available to participants 55+ who complete the class. You must repeat the class every two to three years to requalify. There are no tests. Fee is collected by the instructor. Feel free to bring a sack lunch.

3/25 . . . W . . . 9a-4p
6/9 . . . Tu . . . 9a-4p

$15 AARP member/$20 non-member


Step’n Out With Kathy

Get to know members of the River Road Park community by “Steppin’ Out with Kathy.” Group meets twice a week and is designed to promote the benefits of walking and a healthy lifestyle. Walks will last about an hour and will begin and end at the River Road Park Annex. Make sure you wear sturdy, comfortable walking shoes and dress in layers for variable weather. Walks take place rain or shine. Leader: Kathy Beck.

Meet at the River Road Annex, 1055 River Road.
TuTh  . . . 9-10a  . . . No Charge




Get Togethers


Memory Tones Choral Group

The focus is having fun singing old favorites. Experience or ability to read music would be helpful. Newcomers are welcome. Weekly practices and several performances per month.

Weekly . . . F . . . 9:45-11:45a Free


Lunch @ the Annex—Cafe 60

River Road Park District hosts Cafe 60, in cooperation with the Lane Council of Government’s Senior Meals Program. Luncheons are served twice a week at the River Road Park Annex, 1055 River Road. All meals are prepared fresh daily. Diabetic menus available upon request. Meal calendars available at the park office. People age 60+ pay on a donation basis. (Suggested minimum donation: $3). Those under 60 pay $8. To assure yourself a meal, call Kathy at 541-688-4052. 
Weekly . . . T/Th . . . 12p . . . Donation


Bridge Tournament

55+. Join us for our semi-annual bridge tournament. Partners play together throughout the tournament. Partners must make reservations to assure themselves places at a table. Tables will be limited. The tournament will consist of six rounds of five hands each. Partners will be assigned new opponents after each round. Each round needs to be completed in 30 minutes. There will be prizes for the top team scores.  Call Dick with questions -
3/20 . . . F . . . 12:30-4p (sign in at 12p)        
$5 per person




Cards & Games

We’re green! All card groups are now bringing their own coffee, creamer, sugar, cups, snacks, etc.You will now be required to hand in a roster to the front office so please ask Kat, Kathy or the main office for blank rosters if you need them. Enjoy!


Grumpy Old Men Bridge

Men meet to play contract bridge. Partners change after five hands and play six rounds total, with a brown bag lunch break.  There are payouts for 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th and low scores. 
1/7, 1/21, 2/4, 2/18, 3/3, 3/17, 4/7, 4/21, 5/5, 5/19

1st & 3rd Tu . . . 10a-2:30p . . . $3 at the door


Happy Lady’s Bridge

Enjoy contract bridge with women on the fourth Wednesday of the month. Partners change after five hands and play five rounds total. Payouts include high, 2nd, 3rd, slam pot and door prize. Bring a sack lunch. Refreshments are furnished. Held at the River Road Annex, 1055 River Road.
1/29, 2/26, 3/25, 4/22, 5/27          

4th W . . . 10:30a-2:30p . . . $2 at the door



Join fellow pinochle enthusiasts for an afternoon of pinochle play and fun. Singles welcome. Partners change after four hands of play. There are payouts for door prize, high and low scores, etc. Held at the River Road Annex, 1055 River Road.

12/23, 1/13, 1/27, 2/10, 2/24, 3/9, 3/23, 4/13, 4/27, 5/11

2nd & 4th M . . . 1:30-4p . . . $2 at the door

Texas Hold Em’ Poker

Join in on the excitement that has everyone buzzing. Buying into this friendly game will cost you only $5/$7. Each table winner will be awarded a prize at the end of play. Coffee/tea and dessert will be furnished. You must be age 55+ to participate. Register and prepay in advance to get the discounted buy-in. Held at the River Road Annex, 1055 River Road.
12/10, 1/14, 2/11, 3/10, 4/14, 5/12  . . . 2nd Tu . . . 6:30-9p
12/23, 1/27, 2/24, 3/23, 4/27 . . . 4th  M . . . 6:30-9p
Pre-register: $5 ID/$7 OD . . . At the door: $10
Please pre-register/cancel so we know how many people to expect.


Bridge Tournament

55+. Join us for our semi-annual bridge tournament. Partners play together throughout the tournament. Partners must make reservations to assure themselves places at a table. Tables will be limited. The tournament will consist of six rounds of five hands each. Partners will be assigned new opponents after each round. Each round needs to be completed in 30 minutes. There will be prizes for the top team scores.  Call Dick with questions -
3/20 . . . F . . . 12:30-4p (sign in at 12p)        
$5 per person




Other Fun Activities

Travel E-mailing List

If you'd like to be on our travel e-mailing list, fill out the form that's available in the active 55+ corner or contact Kat at 541-688-4052.


Active 55+ Corner

Our active 55+ corner features photos and information for senior activities. If you've taken some fun pictures at a class or on a trip, please drop them off to Kat so that she can post them on the board.


Volunteer Opportunities & Outreach

Contact Kathy Beck at 541-688-4052.

Entertainment Scheduler. Help book/schedule entertainment for luncheons.
Special Events Committee. Help plan fun, themed parties through out the year.



If you know of a senior in the River Road area who would like to get information about how to receive help or would like to get acquainted with other seniors, call Kathy.









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