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Grand Living: Fun for the 50+ crowd in Grand Junction

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It’s almost 2014, and with it brings a new era for Grand Junction Parks and Recreation.

It has a new website and software system that will make your registration process easier than ever.

For a complete listing of activities, go to http://www.gjparkssandrec.org, create an account and register online. You may also pick up a Grand Junction Parks and Recreation Activity Guide at the office, 1340 Gunnison Ave., or the Senior Recreation Center, 550 Ouray Ave.



Call 970-254-3866 to register for the following:



Indoor Pickleball

It’s $30 for 10-punch pass or $5 to drop in Monday through Friday from 9-11:30 a.m. at the Lincoln Park Barn.

Senior Dances with Live Music

To participate, head to the Senior Recreation Center Thursdays from 7:30-10 p.m., and first and third Sundays from 1-5 p.m. Admission is $3.

Gentle Yoga

Achieve your body’s best through yoga! Relax, restore, and bring focus to your strength, flexibility, and well-being. This class is designed for all abilities. Come as you are and grow from there! It’s $64 per session — 1/13-3/20 — or $5 to drop into a class. Yoga starts at 7:45 a.m. at Lincoln Park Barn.

Line Dancing

Experience a great time learning fun dances that will improve your balance and coordination, strengthen your heart, and stimulate your mind! No partner or previous dance skills needed. Beginning line dance class is held Mondays – 1/13-2/17. It’s $19. Intermediate line dancing is $34 for a 10-punch pass or $5 drop in Mondays from 1-2:30 p.m. Both clinics are held at Lincoln Park Barn.

Detox Bootcamp

Look and feel great for the New Year with this educational course focusing on nutrition, detoxing the body, eating clean, and making smart food choices that will last a lifetime. You will complete the class with a meal plan, recipes, and a shopping list. When: 1/16-30 at 5:30 p.m. Cost — $25. Contact GJ’s Parks and Rec Office for more info.

Total Core Conditioning

Condition your whole body using weights, exercise balls, and your own body weight while focusing on deep torso and spinal muscles to improve balance, control, and strength. It’s $51 for the session — from 1/21-3/13 — or $5 to drop into a class. It starts at noon at Lincoln Park Barn.

Two-Step Dance

No more sitting on the sidelines! Here’s a chance for you and your partner to learn to dance, turn, and twirl in just two easy lessons. Fee is per individual but you must register as a couple. The cost is $14 for a session running from 1/23-30. Each class starts at 7 p.m. at Lincoln Park Barn.

Wills, Trusts & Power of Attorney — The Basics

Learn the difference between will and trust estate plans and how they can be used with powers of attorney to complete your estate plan. Also discussed will be probate and non-probate assets and how different types of trusts can protect your assets and your heirs. Call 970-254-3866 to register. This class is free; it’s scheduled or Jan. 29 at 4:30 p.m. at The Law Office of Brown and Brown.

Dyeing to Make It

Love to knit, but can’t find the right color yarn for your next project? Dying your own amazing yarns is the solution. This workshop will introduce hand-painting dye techniques for wool fibers using acid dyes. The class fee includes one skein (220 yards) of undyed, worsted-weight wool yarn and dye. You’ll leave with your finished, uniquely hand-painted yarn! This event is scheduled for Jan. 25 at CayaColourYarn, the cost is $24 and it starts at 1 p.m.

Friday Hikes – Big Dominguez Canyon

Just 20 minutes from Grand Junction in Whitewater, Colo., Big Dominquez Canyon offers a view of the Gunnison River, lots of waterfalls, and the opportunity to see Big Horn Sheep. Distance: 8 miles; Elevation Gain: 4,750-5,115 ft.; Difficulty: Moderate due to distance. This activity is set for Jan. 31 for $5; it includes a sack lunch. Participants should meet at Bridgeport Road Trail Head at 10 a.m.


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