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Updates from the Senior Center - September 1, 2021


ANNOUNCEMENTS

What's new with the Senior Center and the City of Iowa City?

The Senior Center will be closed on Labor Day

The Center will be closed Monday, September 6, 2021, in observance of the Labor Day holiday. The Center will reopen for regular business hours, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. weekdays, on September 7. 


40th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION

The Senior Center is excited to celebrate a milestone anniversary this month--40 years of helping older adults stay active, curious, and connected! 

The Senior Center's 40th Birthday Bash featuring a free outdoor movie screening with FilmScene in the Park:
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

Thursday, September 2
Cake & ice cream social at 6:00 p.m. | Movie at 7:30 p.m.
Chauncey Swan Park, 405 E Washington St, Iowa City
FREE and open to all

You’re invited to celebrate the Senior Center’s 40th “birthday” with a community party in the park! Join us at Chauncey Swan Park for cupcakes and ice cream, then settle in for an outdoor screening of E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982). All are welcome to join us for this free event—bring your favorite lawn chair or picnic blanket! Presented in partnership with FilmScene and Iowa City Parks & Recreation.

Intergenerational Storytime and Birthday Party!

Thursday, September 9, 10:30-11:00 a.m.
Meets at Mercer Park

Both Iowa City’s Senior Center and Public Library are recognizing landmark birthdays, so we’re getting together for an outdoor party at Mercer Park! And with Grandparents' Day just around the corner (September 12), there’s even more reason to celebrate and cultivate the special bonds between older and younger people. Kids, grown-ups, grandparents and grandfriends—bring your buddy from another birth year and join us outside for stories, songs, crafts, and birthday treats!

$40 for 40 YEARS

Celebrate the Senior Center's longevity with a $40 donation to Friends of The Center! Give at www.icseniorcenterfriends.org.


NEW & IN-PROGRESS PROGRAMS

  • Registration is required for all programs. When needed, Zoom meeting IDs and links will be provided via your registration confirmation email.
  • To sign up for classes, visit icgov.org/senior/registration or call The Center at 319-356-5220. Check out our online registration how-to video at tinyurl.com/SC-onlinereg
  • Fees & Membership: Programs are free and open to all unless otherwise noted. Senior Center membership is required for some classes. Instructions for paying class fees will be provided at the time of registration or soon after. Please pay instructors on or before the first day of class.

Painting and All 2-D Techniques

Wednesdays, September 1 - October 20
     - Morning session: 9:30-11:30 a.m.
     - Afternoon session: 12:00-2:00 p.m.
Meets at the Senior Center (Room G07)
Register online or call 319-356-5220

Instructor: James Ochs

This class is open to oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastel, and all other 2-D media. Jim Ochs has a BFA in painting and MA and MFA in printmaking and has been teaching art at The Center for more than 30 years. Membership required; register for the morning or afternoon session. Fee: $80; pay instructor.

Use it, don't lose it! Spanish Conversation with Jessica

Wednesdays, September 1 - October 27, 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Meets on Zoom
Register online or call 319-356-5220
Instructor: Jessica Ortiz

Let's practice your Spanish with a native speaker. We will have a different topic and vocabulary every week. This will be a conversation group for intermediate to advanced levels. Membership required.

Yoga with Esther

September 1-29
Wednesdays, 10:30-11:30 a.m. and Saturdays, 8:30-9:30 a.m.
Meets on Zoom
Register online or call 319-356-5220

Instructor: Esther Retish

This class emphasizes breathing, balance, and focus while increasing strength and flexibility. Some yoga experience helpful. Fee: $7/class (up to $30/month maximum); pay instructor.

WWII: Up Close and Personal

Wednesdays, September 1 - November 17, 1:00-3:30 p.m.
Meets at the Senior Center (Room 302)
Register online or call 319-356-5220

Facilitator: Beth Stence

The story of WWII is often told as a series of great campaigns by famous generals, dramatic turning points, and cataclysmic combat. But what about the millions of ordinary people, the citizens and soldiers whose names most of us don’t know but whose impact rippled through every aspect of the war? In this video lecture series, Dr. Keith Huxen, a historian and project director at the Henry M. Jackson Foundation, takes you into the story of ordinary people doing extraordinary things, bringing history to life through the flesh and blood of battles, the diplomatic skirmishes, or beleaguered civilians eking out their next meal while avoiding the dangers all around them. Each class we will watch two lectures and have time to discuss and share. Membership required.

Let's Play Scrabble!

Wednesdays, September 1-29, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Meets at the Senior Center (1st Floor Lobby)

Exercise your vocabulary and crossword skills, and join us for some fun, friendly word play on a giant Scrabble board. All are welcome!

The Pomtastiks!

Wednesdays, September 1-29, 3:45-4:45 p.m.
Meets at the Senior Center (Room G13)
Register: Contact Shirley Myers at 319-351-5872

Do you like to dance, have fun, and get an aerobic workout all at the same time? Join the Pomtastiks! Founded in 2006, the Pomtastiks have performed at the Downtown Block Party, Walk to End Alzheimer's, UI Dance Marathon, and numerous nursing and assisted living homes in the area. The Pomtastiks love to entertain and use poms and other props to add to the fun and variety! Those who don't care to perform in public are welcome to share the learning and practice experience. Come for laughs, friends, and a head-to-toe workout! Public dance troupe members must be dedicated to memorizing and performing selected routines at a skill level comparable to the rest of the group. For additional information, or to book a performance, contact Shirley Myers at 319-351-5872. Membership required.

Slow Flow Yoga

September 2-30
Tuesdays, 11:00-11:50 a.m. and Thursdays, 3:00-3:50 p.m.
Meets at the Senior Center (Room 103)
Register online or call 319-356-5220

Instructors: Christoph Weismayer, Tonja Robins

This class starts with a slow flow warm-up and then slows down to study a few poses in greater detail with optional prop use. Then a few poses to re-energize and we conclude with passive stretches, relaxation techniques, and Savasana. Membership required. Fee: $25/month; pay instructor.

Spanish for Beginners with Tony Sanchez

Thursdays, September 2 - October 14, 4:00-5:00 p.m.
Meets on Zoom
Register online or call 319-356-5220

Instructor: Tony Sanchez

Language learners with little to no experience can come and learn Spanish vocabulary, greetings, numbers, colors, animals, body parts, and much more in a conversational setting. This class is open to new and returning students. Membership required.

Intermediate T'ai Chi

Fridays, September 3-24, 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Meets at the Senior Center (Room G13)
Register online or call 319-356-5220

Instructor: Robin Ungar

This class serves ongoing students of t’ai chi and others with previous experience who wish to re-start a practice. Classes will work progressively through the Cheng Man Ching style of the form, applying the basic principles of t’ai chi, such as balance, posture, groundedness, efficient movement, relaxation and others. T’ai Chi is like an onion—there are always new layers of understanding and refinement to peel away. It is a lifelong journey with a multitude of physical and mental benefits. Fee: $25/month; pay instructor.

The Finkbine Story

Friday, September 3, 1:00-2:00 p.m.
Meets at the Senior Center (Assembly Room)
Register online or call 319-356-5220

Presenter: Tom Schulein

The name of a golf course, known to all. But, who was Finkbine? The Finkbines left their mark on a major Iowa landmark in Des Moines, and their work extended far and wide.

Tech Help Virtual Office Hours

Fridays, September 3-24 1:00-2:00 p.m.
Meets on Zoom
Register online or call 319-356-5220

Instructor: Brad Mowrey

Do you need to troubleshoot issues with your tech devices, apps, or web-based services? Or maybe you want to take part in Zoom events, but would rather test it out first? Drop in to this no-pressure Zoom meeting for a little while to chat, connect, and ask questions. All experience levels welcome; no questions are too big or small. If you can’t make it to our Friday session, call Brad at 319-356-5211 for an appointment.

Keep Us in Stitches

Fridays, September 3-24, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Meets at the Senior Center (Room 311)

Join an informal group of "fiber friends" in an afternoon of knitting, sewing, crocheting, weaving, or whatever fiber craft strikes your fancy. Gather a group of your friends and find more who share your interest in the fiber arts. Conversation, sharing, and helpful support make this a relaxing break from a stressful day. Come and go any time.

Iowa City New Horizons Band

Tuesdays, Thursdays, September 7 - December 16, 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Meets at Robert A. Lee Recreation Center
Register: Email joyce.marner01@gmail.com

The Iowa City New Horizons Band provides opportunities for older adults to play musical instruments. The band performs under the direction of UI Music Education students and professional music educators from within the band. Rehearsals this fall will be held at the Robert A. Lee Recreation Center. Meeting details are subject to change. For current information, visit www.iowacitynhb.org.

Making Healthy Food Taste Great

Tuesdays, September 7 - October 12, 2:00-3:00 p.m.
Meets on Zoom
Register online or call 319-356-5220

Facilitator: Michelle Buhman

In this video lecture series you will learn how to move your dietary choices toward healthier, more enjoyable options and away from nutritional missteps and the extremes of indulgence and deprivation. We will watch one 30-minute lecture, followed by time for discussion. Membership required.

Reading Spanish Texts in Spanish

Tuesdays, September 7-28, 2:00-3:00 p.m.
Meets at the Senior Center (Room 305)
Register online or call 319-356-5220

Facilitator: William Heald

In this program we read and translate intermediate level Spanish texts, then discuss them as a group. We will read some famous Spanish authors and other works of interest to the group. This is not a Spanish conversation group.

Walk With Ease

Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, September 8 - October 15, 8:30-9:30 a.m.
Meets at Terry Trueblood Recreation Center
Register online or call 319-356-5220

Certified Leader: Michelle Buhman, BBA, MFCS

The Arthritis Foundation Walk With Ease Program is an evidence-based program that has been proven to improve the quality of life of people with arthritis. It is the only walking program identified as arthritis appropriate by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The program can benefit people with or without arthritis who want to live a healthier lifestyle. It’s a fun, safe 6-week program that is done as a group with a trained leader. While walking is the central activity, Walk With Ease is a multi-component program that includes health education, stretching exercises, and motivational strategies to stay physically active.

This program is known to improve physical and mental health, teach proper stretching and pain management techniques, and build stamina, strength, confidence, and walking pace. This group will meet three times per week for approximately 50-95 minutes. Each session will include time for socializing, announcements, discussion topics, walking warm-up, stretches (can be done sitting or standing), walk, cool down, and cool-down stretches. The first week the group will meet on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. Following weeks we will meet Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Masks are required when we cannot social distance. Membership required.

University of Iowa Stanley Museum of Art Presents: Face to Face

Thursday, September 9, 10:00-11:00 a.m.
Meets on Zoom
Register online or call 319-356-5220

Join Amanda Lensing, Senior Living Communities Program Coordinator at the Stanley Museum of Art and Co-Director of Connected for Life, for a presentation called Face to Face. Amanda will be talking about portraits in the Stanley Collections featuring works by Catlett, Igbo, Pollock, and more.

Intermediate Spanish: Conversation Practice & Skill Maintenance

Thursdays, September 9-30, 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Meets on Zoom
Register online or call 319-356-5220

Facilitator: Emily Edrington

Keep your Spanish language skills fresh with weekly sessions dedicated to themed conversation and review of grammar and vocabulary relevant to our conversation topics. The format of this class will vary and may involve guest speakers, conversation/cultural exchanges with native Spanish speakers, resource and media recommendations, games, field trips, and other opportunities for community-based practice.

The History of Hollywood Cartoons

Fridays, September 10 - October 29, 10:00-11:30 a.m.
Meets at the Senior Center (Assembly Room)
Register online or call 319-356-5220

Instructor: Dewey McGuire

This course will cover cartoon history with a look at Walter Lantz cartoons, Terrytoons, Columbia cartoons, Popeye’s transition from the Fleischer years to Famous Studios, the cartoon soundtrack, Hollywood caricatures, and a deeper dive into the Warner Brothers cartoons. Membership required.

Air Traffic Control

Friday, September 10, 1:00-2:00 p.m.
Meets at the Senior Center (Assembly Room)
Register online or call 319-356-5220

Presenter: Tom Schulein

How does air traffic get routed between airports in the US? Who directs the movement of airplanes? In some cases, private pilots like Tom Schulein performed all of the control without any help required, but an airliner is a whole different story. This presentation covers both.

Write Your Life Story

Fridays, September 10 & 24, 1:00-2:30 p.m.
Meets on Zoom
Register online or call 319-356-5220

Facilitators: David Curry, Diane LaDuke

Write Your Life Story gathers together persons to write about the people, places, and events that have created their memories. We encourage and inspire writing using our own everyday vocabulary, grammar, etc. We find that writing about yesteryears is a pleasure for our self as much as for others. Authors usually read their stories for the other writers to listen and to offer supportive and constructive comments to help your story (sharing is optional). Membership required.

The Art of Collecting

Friday, September 10, 3:00-4:00 p.m.
Meets on Zoom
Register online or call 319-356-5220

Presenters: Carolina Kaufman, Elizabeth Riordan, Amanda Lensing

Please join us for a presentation on the Art of Collecting with Carolina Kaufman from the Pentacrest Museum, Elizabeth Riordan from UI Special Collections, and Amanda Lensing from the UI Stanley Museum of Art. They will share what it means to collect something and why people it. What does it say about us as humans, society, and history? Explore the meaning behind the art of collecting. We will meet people with unique personal collections and explore the stories their collections tell. If you would like to share something from your own collection, please email michelle-buhman@iowacity.org and she will pass the information along to our presenters. Co-sponsored by TRAIL and the Senior Center.

Braille and Self Advocacy

Mondays, September 13-27, 10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Meets at the Senior Center (Room 305)
Register: Email marcella.edmonds@blind.state.ia.us

Instructor: Terri Wilcox

Students will spend 1.5 hours learning the Braille code. This will involve learning the dot combinations and how to write them. After these are mastered, students learn to read Braille and improve reading speed. The last hour of class is devoted to learning to adjust attitudes toward blindness. Students learn through articles and discussion that it is respectable to be blind and that they can live the lives they want.

Gentle BeMoved Dance

Mondays, September 13 - October 18, 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Meets on Zoom
Register: Email hillster2942@icloud.com

Instructor: Hillary Granfield

A dance fitness experience for people of all movement abilities, moves from a chair can be included; newcomers welcome anytime. Learn more at www.bemoveddance.com. Fee: $60 for 6-week session, $12 for a single class; pay instructor.

Death Café

Monday, September 13, 2:00-3:00 p.m.
Meets at the Senior Center (Room 302)
Register online or call 319-356-5220

Facilitators: Michelle Buhman, Craig Mosher

A Death Café is a safe place for people to talk about death in order to make the most of life. New people are encouraged to join anytime. This is not a bereavement support group or grief counseling session. For more information on the purpose of this group, visit deathcafe.com or contact michellebuhman@iowa-city.org or 319-356-5222.

Anti-Racism I

Mondays, September 13 - October 25, 3:00-5:00 p.m.
Meets on Zoom
Register online or call 319-356-5220

Facilitator: Emily Edrington

Anti-Racism I is an introduction to the topic of race and racism in the United States, drawing upon the curriculum of a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) taught by Shawn O’Neal and Jennifer Ho from the University of Colorado Boulder. Using videos, podcasts, readings, and discussion, this course will help us build our understanding of our current moment of racial crisis and provide historical context for systemic racism, especially anti-Black racism in the US.

People feel that talking about race is hard. But it doesn’t have to be. Like everything else, talking about race takes practice. It’s a muscle. If we decide that talking about race can be simple rather than always difficult, it can help make people less afraid and more likely to exercise that muscle. (Anti-Racism I syllabus)

While race and racism have, in popular discourse, been understood to refer to non-white people, this course starts with an examination of whiteness and its central position within the ideology that dominated the formation of the United States, its laws, power structure, society, and culture. We'll become familiar with contemporary intersectional terminology, build skills for talking about race, and learn to distinguish between being not racist and being anti-racist.

Line Dance

Mondays, September 13 - October 25, 3:00-4:30 p.m.
Meets at the Senior Center (Assembly Room)
Register online or call 319-356-5220

Instructor: Sherian Piper

Exercise your mind and your body, make new friends, and have fun! You’re welcome to come to one class or come to all classes. Membership required.

BeMoved Dance

Tuesdays, September 14 - October 19, 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Meets at the Senior Center (Room G13)
Register: Email hillster2942@icloud.com

Instructor: Hillary Granfield

A dance fitness experience for people of all movement abilities; newcomers welcome anytime. Learn more at www.bemoveddance.com. Fee: $60 for 6-week session, $12 for a single class; pay instructor.

Intergenerational Creative Letter Writing Exchange: Home/Place, Memory, and Movement

Wednesday, September 15, 12:30-1:30 p.m.
Meets on Zoom
Register online or call 319-356-5220

Organizer: UI Dance Company

UI Dance Company invites Senior Center participants to collaborate on the development of a piece that will be performed as part of their concert and outreach tour next spring. The dance will include the entire UI Dance Company, a group of 11-14 talented, undergraduate, female-identifying dancers. The choreography will be generated in collaboration with the performers through a research process meditating on ideas of "home/place" and the stories, gestures, and sensory memories that construct these ideas.

Participants from the Senior Center are invited to join the dancers in a creative letter writing exchange this fall as we investigate these themes through written prose, drawings, and poems. These texts will be used as inspiration to create movement material for the final work. The piece, tentatively titled “Spacing Myself in Place or Placing Myself in Space,” will have original music composed by violinist David Schulman.

The project will kick off in September with an introductory Zoom meeting; all are welcome to attend and learn more. Letters will be exchanged for several weeks, and later this fall the dancers will present a work-in-progress performance of the choreography built from these exchanges to participants at the Senior Center. The completed work will premiere at the UI Dance Company concert in February 2022.

History of Local Elementary Schools

Friday, September 17, 1:00-2:00 p.m.
Meets at the Senior Center (Assembly Room)
Register online or call 319-356-5220

Presenter: Tom Schulein

When Iowa City was founded in 1839, were there public schools? What was the nature of early Iowa City elementary school buildings and for whom were they named? Tom will discuss these topics and the growth of Iowa City that necessitated the schools to be built.

Join The Center's Team! Walk to End Alzheimer's

Sunday, September 19, 2:00 p.m.
City Park (200 Park Rd, Iowa City)
Register: http://act.alz.org/goto/seniorcenter

The Iowa City Senior Center invites you to join our walk team, The Wayfaring Seniors, and/or make a donation to show your support for the important work of the Alzheimer's Association and all those affected by Alzheimer's disease. Whether you've encountered Alzheimer's as a patient, caregiver, health care provider, family member, friend, neighbor, or simply a concerned human, we can all take action to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support, and research. On the day of the walk, registration is at 12:30 p.m., ceremony at 1:30 p.m., and the walk starts at 2:00 p.m. Sign up, share, and see you on Sunday, September 19 for a walk in the park!

Water Management in Iowa City

Friday, September 24, 1:00-2:00 p.m.
Meets at the Senior Center (Assembly Room)
Register online or call 319-356-5220

Presenter: Tom Schulein

This presentation will focus on the three systems that manage water in Iowa City. First, where does our clear, safe and always available water come from, and how does it get to our homes? Secondly, what happens to the water that we use after it goes down our sinks and toilets? And, lastly, what happens to the storm water running down our streets, sometimes in torrents, and how is that managed?

UI Stanley Museum of Art Update

Thursday, September 30, 2:00-3:00 p.m.
Meets on Zoom
Register online or call 319-356-5220

Presenter: Lauren Lessing

The new UI Stanley Museum of Art building is nearing completion, with a scheduled public opening in 2022. We’re all eager to learn more about the new facility and plans for moving the UI’s magnificent art collection into its new home, and UISMA Director Lauren Lessing is eager to tell us all about it! Please join us for this special presentation, co-sponsored by TRAIL and the Senior Center.

Conversation Partner and Tutor

Meets by appointment; location to be determined
Register: Email mitchell.kathy5@gmail.com

Kathy Mitchell will offer one-on-one tutoring for English language learners. Meetings will last 1-2 hours per week. Conversation discussion topics will be the student’s choice. Kathy may also help students with GRE and TOEFL preparation, editing, mock interviews, homework, reading, and vocabulary. Email Kathy to make an appointment, or contact 319-356-5222 or michelle-buhman@iowa-city.org for more information.

Sports Forum

Mondays, 9:00-10:00 a.m.
Meets on Zoom
Register online or call 319-356-5220

Members are invited to join the Fall Sports Forum. At these informal gatherings of Hawkeye fans, we discuss Iowa sports and other sports, with occasional visits from guest speakers. The Sports Forum was started years ago by Al Grady, a sportswriter for the Press-Citizen. For more information on the Sports Forum, contact michelle-buhman@iowa-city.org or 319-356-5222.

Moving with Parkinson's

Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, 11:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Meets on Zoom
Register: www.renuyourlife.com/book-online or email kris@renuyourlife.com

Instructor: Kris Cameron

Moving with Parkinson's is a 45-minute exercise program designed to empower people with Parkinson's and other neurological conditions. Functional exercises include big movements, stretching, posture, balance, strength, gait, facial, and vocal exercises. This class is free thanks to the Parkinson’s Foundation Moving Day Community Walk.

Bone Builders

Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, 1:00-1:45 p.m.
Meets on Zoom
Register: www.renuyourlife.com/book-online or email kris@renuyourlife.com

Instructor: Kris Cameron

A 45-minute strength training class for people who have osteopenia, osteoporosis, or concerns about bone density or functional strength. The class requires the use of light to moderate weights (canned goods or similar household items can be substituted for dumbbells). Fee: $5/class; pay instructor.

Lyrics Alive

Mondays, 1:00-2:00 p.m.
Meets on Zoom
Register online or call 319-356-5220

Host: Rob Dietrich

The Center’s all-request singing group has been meeting on Zoom during the pandemic and is gearing up for a return to in-person singing soon (date to be determined). Register to receive the Zoom link for remote gatherings and email updates about the transition back to the Senior Center. All are welcome!

Walk It Off: Walk, Balance, and Stretch

Tuesdays, Thursdays, 12:30-1:00 p.m.
Meets on Zoom
Register: www.renuyourlife.com/book-online or email kris@renuyourlife.com

Instructor: Kris Cameron

Join Kris for 30 minutes of walking and stretching from the comfort of your living room! Get the benefit of aerobic, weight bearing exercise followed by total body stretching, all in 30 minutes. Fee: $25 for 8 classes; pay instructor.

Trailblazers Hiking

Wednesdays, 8:30-10:00 a.m.
Meets at Lower City Park

Hiking for exercise, fun, and great conversation! The Trailblazers hike up to 3 miles, or 1.5 to 2 hours each week. The group walks in all weather conditions except ice and heavy rain. Meet in the parking lot at lower City Park to carpool to each week's hike location. For more information, call Karen Sivitz at 319-337-8325.

50+ Singles Group

Meets at Midtown Restaurant: Thursdays, 10:00 a.m.
Meets on Zoom: Saturdays, 9:30 a.m.
Register online or call 319-356-5220

The 50+ Singles Group is currently getting together online on Saturday mornings and meeting for breakfast in-person at Midtown Family Restaurant (1069 Highway 1 West, Iowa City) on Thursday mornings. Join friends old and new for either or both.


COMMUNITY SERVICES

Visit icgov.org/senior or call 319-356-5220 to make an appointment for a virtual or in-person meeting.

SHIIP Medicare Counseling

A free, confidential service of the State of Iowa that helps Iowans make informed decisions about Medicare.

Honoring Your Wishes - Advance Care Planning

Find help discussing and documenting your health care preferences to ensure that your wishes are honored.

Visiting Nurse Association Community Clinics at the Senior Center (Room G03)

For a schedule of services and fees, or to make an appointment with VNA, call 319-337-9686, ext. 1155.


UPDATES FROM THE CENTER

This past year+ has taught us to expect the unexpected! We appreciate your flexibility and patience as we strive to safely operate The Center amid a pandemic. Please know that things are likely to change from day to day, and we will do our best to keep you updated.

    What to expect at the Senior Center this month:

    • The Senior Center is open Monday - Friday from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. At this time there will be no evening/weekend building access or programming.
    • We will offer virtual, in-person, and hybrid program options to accommodate the varied needs of our participants. Our schedule is subject to change.
    • Occupancy and time limits may be applied to certain spaces in the Senior Center to allow for extra distance between participants and more time to sanitize rooms.

    Something seems different about the building...

    • The Washington Street entrance is now the main public entrance to the Senior Center. Our reception desk and staff have relocated to the ground floor. The Skywalk entrance connecting to the parking garage remains an access point for the public. The Linn Street door is no longer a public entrance.
    • We renamed our floors! While the ground and 1st floors remain the same, the mezzanine is now the 2nd floor, and the top floor is now the 3rd floor.
    • The Senior Center library is undergoing some changes. You will now find fiction books on the 1st floor and soon will find non-fiction, large print, and mystery books on the 3rd floor. We are currently not accepting book donations.

    What's happening with the parking ramp?

    • The Tower Place parking ramp is currently open, but designated areas are temporarily closed to the public so that necessary repairs can be made. Repairs will take several months to complete.
    • The Center's Skywalk entrance at level 3A is open.
    • Parking in the ramp is available to permit holders. Permits allow entry into the ramp via the left-hand lane, even when signage indicates the ramp is full.
    • Due to capacity limits, The Center is not authorized to sell additional parking permits at this time.
    • Hourly public parking in the ramp is available, but limited. Please plan accordingly and consider alternative parking or transportation options when visiting the Senior Center this fall. Nearby parking ramps include the Dubuque Street ramp next to the public library and the Chauncey Swan ramp across the street from City Hall.
    • As a strategy to support the city’s Climate Action Plan, we encourage members to consider alternatives to single user car rides when visiting the Senior Center, such as utilizing the Iowa City Transit (bus) system, carpooling with trusted friends, biking, and walking.
    • Great (and timely) news from Iowa City Transit! Bus fares are now free for persons age 65+ and those who have a disabled bus pass card, Medicare card, and/or SEATS card. Find Transit information in English, Spanish, French, Arabic, and Chinese at www.icgov.org/transit.

    What are the Senior Center's COVID protocols?

    • Visitors to the Senior Center are now required to wear a face covering that covers the nose and mouth at all times while in the building. Masks and hand sanitizer are available at each entrance.
    • Many people prefer to maintain physical distance from others while visiting The Center. Please respect individual boundaries of other participants.
    • Clean fitness equipment after use with provided sanitizing wipes.
    • Stay home if you are sick or do not feel well.
    • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or the inside of your elbow; throw away used tissues.
    • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
    • The Senior Center cannot/will not require proof of vaccination as a condition of entry/participation.

    Need to renew or sign up for Senior Center membership? Here’s how:

    • Go online: www.icgov.org/senior/registration
    • Stop in: Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    • Call us: 319-356-5220
    • Mail a check: 28 South Linn Street, Iowa City, Iowa 52240

    Did you know? People who have a United Healthcare Medicare plan can receive their Center membership for free through Renew Active! No need to wait until it's time to renew—update your membership with us now, and United Healthcare will begin making monthly financial contributions to support The Center. Ask Center staff for details!


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    Date of publication

    Wednesday, September 01, 2021

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