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From a rockin’ sing-a-long to a course on driver safety, the autumn programming at the Senior Center of York offers a wide range of classes and events.  

According to a York County press release, participation is open to seniors age 55 and up and their spouses, regardless of age. Unless otherwise noted below, the program is free.

Yoga-Tai Chi Instructor Nancy Geary demonstrates a stretching exercise to class participants at the Senior Center of York last April. (Courtesy Senior Center of York)
Yoga-Tai Chi Instructor Nancy Geary demonstrates a stretching exercise to class participants at the Senior Center of York last April. (Courtesy Senior Center of York)

Yoga-Tai Chi Classes – Tuesdays: Registration is now open for the next 10-week Yoga-Tai Chi class. Classes are Tuesdays, Sept. 6 to Nov. 8, from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Classes are led by experienced Yoga and Tai Chi instructor Nancy Geary and will combine elements and movements of both. Please complete a registration form and make a payment of $25 to the Senior Center’s front desk.

Antiques: Hampton Roads Style & Beyond – Wednesday, Sept. 7, at 1 p.m.: Do you know the value of your antiques? Gail Wolpin and Bill Welch of the Phoebus Auction Gallery, a local gallery with a worldwide audience, will talk about antiques and share what is popular on the collectors’ market. Ms. Wolpin, the owner of the Phoebus Auction Gallery, and Mr. Welch will also discuss values, downsizing, and the process of how to profit from various items. Participants can bring one small item for an auction estimate. For more information and to sign up, please call the Senior Center at 890-3444.

Jam-Along & Sing-Along – Mondays, Sept. 12 and Sept. 26, from 6 to 8:30 p.m.: This is an “all-comers” program for seniors who play an instrument such as the guitar, banjo, mandolin or harmonica, as well as those who sing and those who just prefer listening. Bring a friend and mark your calendars for the second and fourth Mondays of each month.

Embellished Notepad – Monday, Sept. 19, at 10 a.m.: Are you tired of losing your notes? Come make an attractive 5” x 7” cover for your loose notes. Please call 890-3444 or sign up at the front desk by Thursday, September 15 so the center can have adequate materials on hand.

AARP Driver Safety Program – Monday, Sept. 19 and Tuesday, Sept. 20.: This program is designed for drivers age 50 and up and will be held Monday, Sept. 19, from 12:30 to 4:45 p.m., and Tuesday, Sept. 20, from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. The cost for the two-day program is $15 for members of AARP and $20 for non-members. Fees should be paid by check and made out to AARP. Class registration may be made in person at the Senior Center, by phone or by mail. Note: AARP membership, which cannot be processed the day of class, is not required for class registration. There is no “behind the wheel” driving performed in this program. Drivers age 55 and up must attend both classes to receive the state mandated three-year automobile insurance reduction. Many insurance companies are giving insurance reductions to drivers age 50 and up with the same attendance requirements. Those less than age 55 should check with their insurance company to see if they are entitled to the three-year insurance reduction.

Chronic Disease Self-Management Workshop — Starts Tuesday, Sept. 20.: This free, six-week program includes materials and will be held at the Senior Center on Tuesdays, Sept. 20 through Oct. 25, from 2 to 4:30 p.m. The Chronic Disease Self-Management Program was devised through research performed by the School of Medicine at Stanford University. It is designed to enhance regular treatment and disease-specific education for persons with chronic illnesses such as arthritis, diabetes, heart disease, lung disease, depression and many others. Classes are highly participative, where mutual support and success build the participants’ confidence in their ability to manage their health and maintain active and fulfilling lives. The program is cosponsored by the Peninsula Health District and the Peninsula Agency on Aging. Space is limited! Please register by Friday, September 16, by calling the Senior Center at 890-3444.

September Birthday Bash – Friday, Sept. 23, at 1 p.m.: Have a fun, toe-tapping and foot stomping time with the sweet sounds of Elderberry Jam. The group will perform folk ballads and a blend of bluegrass and classic country music. Cake and beverages will be served. Call the Senior Center at 890-3444 to reserve a space.

Coloring Book Craze – Tuesday, Sept. 27, at 10 a.m.: Join the Senior Center for the enjoyable coloring fad that’s sweeping the country. Patron Laurel Vander Jeugdt will lead a program in which participants will use more advanced patterns while learning new coloring techniques to make their pictures even more beautiful. Sign up at the front desk or by calling the Senior Center at 890-3444 by Friday, Sept. 23.  

Crabtree Collection of Miniature Ships – Wednesday, Sept. 28, at 1 p.m.: Join Ron Lewis, Ship Scholar of the Mariner’s Museum, returns to the Senior Center to discuss the museum’s collection of miniature ships and how they relate to the story of the evolution of ships from the raft to steam power. The talk also includes biographical information on August Crabtree, the wood carver for the model ship collection. Sign up at the front desk or call 890-3444.

The Senior Center is located in the Washington Square Shopping Center at 5314 George Washington Memorial Highway (Rte. 17), and is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Reservations are required for all sessions and are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. To register, stop by the Senior Center or call 890-3444. For more information, please visit the center’s website.