SENIOR 50+ ACTIVITIES AROUND THE GRAND VALLEY
Pre-register for all events by calling the Fruita Community Center, 324 N. Coulson, at 970-858-0360 or visiting fruita.org.
Adventure Hikes, every Friday
Explore with friends, the local area’s splendor! The Grand Valley has no shortage of beautiful hiking trails from short hikes in city parks to full-blown mountain trails. Hikes will be on trails labeled easy to moderate. Hikes are every Friday morning 7:30 a.m. Meet at the FCC Senior Center for carpooling. Cost $3/hike or $12/monthly pass.
Grandparents’ Day, Aug. 3
This event is held the first Saturday of every month from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., and grandchildren get in FREE to the FCC! (Limit two grandchildren for each paid grandparent).
Senior Social Night, Aug. 9 & 23
Social begins at 5:30 p.m. and takes place twice a month in the FCC Senior Center; activities may vary. Bring a dish to share in the potluck. Event is free. Make sure to register if you’re going to attend.
Mystery Night, Aug. 26
Dress the part, collect the clues and solve the mystery of the month. Dinner provided. Cost $10. Pre-register by Aug. 19.
Hawaiian Luau, Sept. 10
Enjoy live entertainment with Hawaiian dancing, Hawaiian music and catered luau entrees that are sure to create a tropical oasis in Fruita. The fun starts at 5:30 p.m. at the FCC outside by the pool. Cost $15. Pre-register by Sept. 6.
Pre-register at GJ Parks & Rec. Dept. for the following events, unless otherwise specified, by calling 970-254-3866 or visiting gjcity.org.
Gentle Yoga, Mon. & Thurs.
Designed for all abilities, this class will help increase flexibility, balance, strength and relaxation in a supportive atmosphere utilizing props such as a chair, blocks and straps. Class is at 7:45 a.m. at Lincoln Park Barn. Cost is $4 to drop-in.
Cell phone basics, Aug. 6
Learn how to use your cell phone. Class covers storing contacts, managing voicemail and speed dialing. Meet at 10 a.m. at the GJ Senior Rec Center. Cost $10.
Smartphones, iPads and You, Aug. 13
Take advantage of some of the advance features on your smartphone. Learn how to change settings and ringtones. Learn about apps and how to use them. Meet at 10 a.m. at the GJ Senior Rec Center. Cost $10.
Watercolor for Wild & Crazy Beginners, Aug. 17
Discover your inner artist through this intro workshop by Sara Alyn Oakley. Class runs from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at Stone Cellar Studio. Cost $75 and includes materials. For more information about the class, email Sara at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Advanced Smartphone & iPad, Aug. 20
Learn to send and receive email, browse the web, and use web-based apps like Facebook or Twitter. Meet at 10 a.m. at the GJ Senior Rec Center. Cost $10.
Free estate planning workshop, Aug. 21
Learn about estate planning for baby boomers and seniors. The session at 4:30 p.m. will be tailored to each unique age group. Come and get answers to questions you always wanted to ask a lawyer about estate planning. All workshops held at Brown and Brown, P.C. at 1250 E. Sherwood. Go to http://www.brownandbrownpc.com for directions or call 970-243-8250.
Aug. 8: Montrose Museums
Housed in the 1912 Denver and Rio Grande Railroad Depot, the Montrose County Historical Museum has an extensive collection of farming and mining equipment. The Ute Indian Museum has the most complete collection of Ute Indian artifacts in the nation. For lunch, we will have an outdoor picnic. All expenses included. Cost is $35. Bus leaves Lincoln Park Barn at 9 a.m.
Pickleball is a sport for all ages and is played on a badminton-sized court. Equipment consists of a wooden paddle and a whiffle-type ball. Come by Lincoln Park tennis courts most days around 10 a.m. and check it out. Equipment is available to borrow at the Parks office. Call 970-254-3866 for more information.
• UPDATE — Location change: In mid-June courts will go under construction. Pickleball will be held at Pine Ridge courts: Ridges Boulevard and Desert Trails Drive in The Ridges.
Senior Softball is open to men and women ages 50+ and is an excellent avenue for exercise and friendly competition. For more information, call Carl at 970-255-6688.
Western Colorado Senior Games, Aug. 26-30
The 12th annual Western Colorado Senior Games is for anyone 50 years and better as of Aug. 26. Compete in track and field, swimming, pool, golf, 5K running or walking, bowling, cards, dance, horseshoes, bocce ball, pickleball and much more! Registration forms are available at http://www.gjcity.org or the Parks and Recreation Department, the Senior Recreation Center, and in the July Senior Beacon. For more information call 970-254-3866. Registration deadline is Aug. 12.
PARKS & REC FALL ACTIVITY GUIDE
The upcoming guide will be available online Aug. 12 and will be mailed out Aug. 26.
For more information or to pre-register, call Sarah at the Palisade Rec Dept. at 970-464-5602 or visit http://www.townofpalisade.org.
Class: Weights for Life, every Thursday
Low impact cardio and strength training class designed to build strength and balance and enhance flexibility.
Meet at 10 a.m. at the Palisade Community Center; 120 W. Eighth St. $3 drop-in or $25 punch pass.
GJ Rockies Night
Enjoy a night at the ballgame. Meet at 5:30 p.m. at Palisade Town Hall. Registration is $14 and includes transportation, a picnic in the park and tickets to the game.
• Aug. 7 (register by Aug. 2)
• Aug. 21 (register by Aug. 16)
Fall Crops Garden Class, Aug. 14
Come learn about crops that you can start planting for the fall season. Bring a sack lunch to Palisade Memorial Park at noon and listen to a short lecture on fall planting, plus bring seeds if you want to participate in a seed swap. Program is free but pre-registration is required by Aug. 9.
Dog Days, Sept. 3
Palisade pool has gone to the dogs from 5-7 p.m. Bring your pooch for some splashing and socializing. Cost is $2 per dog and dogs must have proof of vaccination.
Black Canyon Trip, Sept. 24
Enjoy the fall colors of the Black Canyon National Park and a five-mile hike along the Dead Horse Trail. Bring a picnic lunch. Cost is $16. Meet at 7:30 a.m. at Palisade Town Hall. Register by Sept. 13.
Western Slope Non-Smoking Singles group for seniors
(not affiliated with any church)
• Aug. 10 — Potluck meeting followed by games at First Presbyterian Church, 3940 27 ½ Road, at 1 p.m.
• Aug. 17 — Meet at Coronado Plaza in Clifton at 10:30 a.m. for an outing to the Palisade Peach Festival at Riverbend Park. Call Flora for more info at 970-434-5277.
• Aug. 21 — Dine out at Blue Moon, 120 N. Seventh St., at 11:30 a.m. Call Winnie 970-589-9309 by the 20th for reservations. Guests are welcome but you must RSVP.
• Aug. 24 — Potluck at First Presbyterian Church, 3940 27 ½ Road, at 1 p.m. Games to follow. Guests are not only welcome but encouraged. Guests are not expected to bring food.
To join the group or for more information, call 970-434-5277.
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