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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.


Beginning Genealogy

Come find your lost ancestors and create your own family tree. We will begin at ground zero, do research, find family members and personalize them. You will learn how to add photos, stories, and documents to each family member. We will look at all the family history programs on the web, work on your family line. Students must have basic computer knowledge and the understanding of how to search the web and locate specific addresses. Instructor: Ron Jordan.
9/20-10/18 . . . F . . . 1:30-3p
Adult: $30 ID/$35 OD . . . Senior: $25 ID/$30 OD


New! Classic Literature Book Club

Group will meet to discuss and choose which  books to read. We will study character development, setting descriptions, plot development and historical accuracy. Members are asked to write a short review. Each person’s point of view must be respected as different points of views are interesting to share and discuss. Bring your favorite cup of tea and come join us. Book list can be picked up at the front office. Leader: Rhoda Wilcox. No class on 11/11.
9/16-12/16 . . . M . . . 1-3p
No Cost: Student must purchase their own books.


Creating a Life You Love Workshop

New class. Discover who you are, what you want, your dreams and your goals.  Angie will lead you through several exercises to look inside yourself.  You need to see who you are now and what is important to you before you can create where you want to go. You will walk away with a new vision for your life and goals to help you get there.  Workshop includes snacks, a workbook, pen and materials for creating a vision board. All you need to bring is yourself and a lunch if you don't want to go out. Instructor: Angie McNulty, Life/Financial/Leadership Coach.
10/12 . . . Sa . . . 10a-4p . . . $99 ID/$119 OD


Lane Writers Series

We have so much local talent! Enjoy monthly authors’ readings of poetry, fiction, non-fiction...you name it! This FREE reading series is held at the River Road Annex, 1055 River Road. Authors’ books are available for purchase and refreshments are served.
9/29, 10/27, 11/24, 12/29 . . . Su . . . 4:30-6p


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! Most people go about it the wrong way. Lisa 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, in your own time, and with practically no overhead! And NOW is the best time to make this happen as new companies are looking for new voices like never before. This exciting and fun class could be the game changer you’ve been looking for! Lisa Foster’s voice can be heard on commercials and narrations for such clients as: Crest Toothpaste, Olay, Café, LA Weight Loss, Advanced Laser Clinics and Sleep Train.
11/19 . . . Tu . . . 6:30-8:30p . . . $30 ID/$40 OD


New Series! Creating Green and Resilient Homes, Neighborhoods, Economy and Culture

This series of classes offer a college level look at the state of the world as it is in 2019 and what can be done to improve the situation. The classes are intended to motivate and provide practical information about moving towards green and resilient lifestyles, culture and economy, from home scale and into the community and region. The Instructor, Jan Spencer has decades of experience making presentations from coast to coast about urban land use and culture change. His 1/4 acre suburban property is a permaculture landmark in the Northwest and was the first entry on YouTube under the heading “Suburban Permaculture” nearly 20 years ago. Classes alternate weeks and will be on Tuesdays at the Rec Center. 

Class #1 will lay the foundation for the entire series of classes. We will take a critical look at economics as we know it.  We will learn about earth lifestyles and how the wisdom of the world’s great spiritual traditions point the way towards more green, resilient and peaceful homes, neighborhoods, economy and culture.  We will have a good look at the benefits to be gained.
10/1 . . . Tu . . . 6:30-8p

Class #2 will include a fascinating history of suburbia. It is a perfect example of how economics has had a profound impact on individuals, society and the natural world. Jan will show and tell his own quarter acre property as an example of how a suburban property can produce more basic needs on site such as food, water, energy, creativity, well-being and reducing the eco footprint.
10/22 . . . Tu . . . 6:30-8p


Class #3 will be a history of permaculture in Eugene’s River Road Neighborhood. Permaculture can trace its roots in River Road back to the previous century. Over the past 20 years, there have been educational events, site tours, new projects, River Road Community Organization, our very own recreation center and new collaborations to encourage the transformation of River Road towards a more green and resilient future. More than a few people have moved to River Road because they want to be a part of this emerging transformation. Expect others in the neighborhood to participate.
11/5 . . . Tu . . . 6:30-8p

Class #4 will show and tell permaculture in Eugene. There are many inspiring examples of permaculture in Eugene such as homes, eco villages, businesses and organizations. When we know more about all the good work that surrounds us, we can participate and support these projects and businesses. We might see guest speakers for Class Four.
11/12 . . . Tu . . . 6:30-8p

Class #5 will be a show and tell of social and economic transformation in the Pacific Northwest including Portland, Olympia, Corvallis, Seattle, Port Townsend and more. We will also have a look at a few locations further afield in California and elsewhere in the US. Permaculture is an emerging new language and has been a powerful tool for social and cultural transformation all of the US and the world.
12/3 . . . Tu . . . 6:30-8p

Class #6 Allies and assets. With whom and what do we have to work with for the enormous task of creating far more green and resilient homes, neighborhoods, region and the world? There are non-profits, city programs, neighborhood associations, ad hoc groups, communities of faith, businesses and more that all have a part to play in creating a more green and peaceful world. There are many members on the green and resilient team. It’s important to know who they are.
12/17 . . . Tu . . . 6:30-8p

Special Events


Thursdays in the Park

Come out and join us at Emerald Park on Thursday nights throughout the summer. We will feature a different local band each week along a food truck and Artie the Art Bus for the kids. Bring the kids and come early to enjoy all the music, food and activities. From June 27 to August 22; food starting at 5:30p with music following at 6:30p
8/15 . . . Lloyd Tolbert | Navarro
8/22 . . . Mhondoro | Foodtopia


Summer Concerts

Grab a blanket or your favorite lawn chair and join us in the park for some great entertainment as we welcome back two of Eugene’s favorite bands.

The Sugar Beets | Mon. Sep. 2 | 4-7p
The Sugar Beets help celebrate the end of summer with their foot stomping traditions of bluegrass, country and pop-inspired music. They have been entertaining audiences with original tunes and inspiring sounds for over 25 years.

Health & Wellness


Hospice 101

When a cure is no longer a possibility and treatments are not working, what’s next? When quality of life is desired over quantity, what are the options? Come and learn about the wonderful benefits of Hospice designed to physically, emotionally and spiritually support those facing the end of their lives, as well as their family and friends.
9/20 . . . F . . . 10-11a


Flu Shot Clinic   

It’s that time of the year! Time to get your flu shot, folks. Today we’re teaming up with our local River Road Health Mart Pharmacy to make it easy for you to get your shot. We do not need you to register prior to coming in that day. Appointments are first come first serve.  If you are not certain whether your insurance covers your flu shot or if you have other questions regarding the shot, please call the pharmacy staff directly at River Road Health Mart Pharmacy 541-636-3522. Please bring your insurance card with you so the insurance company can be billed directly.
10/4 . . . F . . . 10-11:30a


Understanding and Responding to Dementia-Related Behavior

Learn to decode behavioral messages, identify common behavior triggers, and learn strategies to help intervene with some of the most common behavioral challenges of Alzheimer’s disease.
9/27 . . . F . . . 10-11:30a


Living with Alzheimer's: For Caregivers - Early Stage

In the early stage of Alzheimer’s disease, families face new questions as they adjust. This three-part program provides practical answers to the questions that arise in the early stage.

Part 1
We look at the nature of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, acceptance and adjustment to the diagnosis, and joining with the person with Alzheimer’s disease to form a partnership.
10/25 . . . F . . . 10-11:30a


Part 2
We talk about working with your health care team, disclosing the diagnosis to others in your circle of friends and family, work issues and community resources.
11/1 . . . F . . . 10-11:30a


Part 3
We discuss the legal, financial and safety plans that you will need to make now, and we talk about the importance of making plans before you need them to prevent futre difficulties, and aobut caring for yourself in the process.
11/8 . . . 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.

9/4 . . . W . . . 9a-4p

11/25 . . . M . . . 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. The entry fee is $5 per person. Reservations can be made by phone. 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 - 541-687-0905.
9/27 . . . F . . . 12:30-4p (sign in at 12p)       
$5 per person


Holiday Luncheons

Come join us for our annual holiday lunch in November and December. We will supply the main dish and you can bring a side. Please bring enough food to feed a large group of people. The main dish will be turkey in November and ham in December.  We hope you can join us in the MP room for some holiday fun and food! Please RSVP.
11/13 & 12/18 . . . W . . . 12-2p
We will provide the main dish. Please bring a side dish.






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. 
9/3, 9/17, 10/1, 10/15, 11/5, 11/19, 12/3, 12/17

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.
9/25, 10/23, 11/27        

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. No session on 11/11.

9/9, 9/23, 10/14, 10/28, 11/25, 12/9, 12/23

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.
9/10, 10/8, 11/12, 12/10   . . . 2nd Tu . . . 6:30-9p
9/23, 10/28, 11/25, 12/23 . . . 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.




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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