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Programs & Updates

July 23, 2021





Parking at Tower Place Parking Ramp

The top three floors of the Tower Place Parking Ramp have been closed to the public since late June so that necessary repairs can be made.

Effective Thursday, July 15, 2021, hourly and permit parking have expanded to Levels 1 – 4, except where designated. No parking is allowed on Level 5 (top) to facilitate repairs.

The Senior Center skywalk has also reopened. Customers should use the designated pedestrian walkway on Level 3 to reach the skywalk. Patrons can also access The Center using the pedestrian ramp entrance in the Linn Street alley (on the north side of the building) or the Washington Street entrance.

Senior Center parking permit holders can enter the ramp via the left-hand lane when the ramp sign states that it is full. 

More information is available on the parking department's web page.


Programs are free and open to all unless otherwise noted. If fees or membership are required, details will be specified in the description.

Intro to Google Sheets

Thursday, July 22, 7:00 p.m.
Meets on Zoom
Register at the Library's website

  • Do you wish you were better at making spreadsheets?
  • Join staff from the Iowa City Public Library for an introduction to Google Sheets, free online software similar to Microsoft Excel. Learn the basics of navigation, formatting, and basic functions, with time for Q&A at the end.

Hike with Bur Oak Land Trust: Habitat Restoration for Threatened & Endangered Species in Eastern Iowa

Wednesday, July 28, 10:00 a.m.
Register online or call 319-356-5220

Presenter: Bur Oak Land Trust

Johnson County is home to six threatened or endangered species, some of which live on Bur Oak Land Trust properties. Join Bur Oak Land Trust to get a closer look at these properties and the resident wildlife while getting some fresh air and exercise. The location of each hike will be emailed to registrants the week of the program.


Queering Identities: LGBTQ+ Sexuality and Gender Identity

Tuesdays, August 3-31, 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Meets on Zoom
Register online or call 319-356-5220

Facilitator: Emily Edrington

In this course, we will broaden our understanding of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) identities, experiences, and activism. Drawing upon the curriculum of a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) taught by Jacob McWilliams and K. Mohrman from the University of Colorado, we’ll discuss terminology and definitions, explore the concepts of gender and sexual identity as social constructs, and introduce queer theory as a framework for analyzing the impact of norms about gender, sex, and sexuality on our lives and communities. Then we’ll take a look at some contemporary LGBTQ+ issues like transgender access to public restrooms, racism and whiteness in LGBTQ+ communities, reconciling with religion, queer parenting, and making sex education inclusive.

Along with course content, you will also learn how to access thousands of free Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) and have the opportunity to rewatch lectures and explore supplemental class materials on your own.


Get to Know ICPL’s General Research Databases

Tuesday, August 10, 10:30 a.m.
Thursday, August 19, 7:00 p.m.

Meets on Zoom

Whether the last time you wrote a paper was last week or 60 years ago, you should know about the Iowa City Public Library’s general research databases! If you're curious about a current topic or would like to do in-depth research on anything of interest to you, our access to journal, magazine, and newspaper articles can help. Join us for an overview of the most useful databases with some tips on effective searching.


Welcome to Medicare

Thursday, August 12, 4:00 p.m.
Meets at the Senior Center (Room 302)
Register online or call 319-356-5220

Presenter: Gary Schwartz

Will you be eligible for Medicare in the near future? Have you been on Medicare for a while and want to better understand what it offers? Do you help a family member with Medicare issues? This two-hour seminar, offered by The Center's SHIIP counselors, will cover Medicare Part A and Part B benefits, the prescription drug benefit (Part D), Medicare Advantage plans, and Medicare supplement insurance. SHIIP, the Senior Health Insurance Information Program, is a service of the State of Iowa. SHIIP counselors are trained by the state and do not sell or promote any insurance companies, policies, or agents. The Center is a local sponsor for SHIIP in Johnson County.


Line Dance

Mondays, July 12 - August 30, 3:00-4:30 p.m.
Meets at the Senior Center (Assembly Room)
Register online or call 319-356-5220

Instructor: Sherian Piper

Line Dance has entered the building! Join us in the Senior Center Assembly Room on Mondays in July and August to exercise your mind and your body, make new friends, and have fun! You may come to any or all class sessions.


Beginning Level T’ai Chi

Wednesdays, August 18 – September 22, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Meets at the Senior Center (Room G13)

Register online or call 319-356-5220
Instructor: Robin Ungar

T’ai Chi is an ancient Chinese exercise that combines relaxed, fluid movement with a calm, alert mental state. Often referred to as moving meditation, it builds endurance and enhances flexibility, balance, and coordination. T’ai Chi evolved from martial arts to a practice for cultivating health, energy, and concentration. Beginning students will learn and practice the fundamental movements and principles of the 37 posture Yang style form. Opportunity to join more advanced level practice will be available following this beginning level class. Any questions can be directed to Fee: $25 for 6 sessions; pay instructor at first class. Senior Center membership required.


Join for any session unless otherwise noted.

Lyrics Alive

Mondays, 1:00 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 beginning in August. Register to receive the Zoom link for remote gatherings and email updates about the transition back to the Senior Center. All are welcome!


Tech Help Drop-In Hours

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

Instructors: Brad Mowrey, Max Goldberg

These informal drop-in help sessions are centered around your personal and social technology questions. Stop by the Zoom room to learn more about the technology you carry with you every day, or ask questions about new and unfamiliar tech tools and services. All experience levels are welcome; no questions are too big or small. Additional one-on-one follow-up meetings can be scheduled for those who need more in-depth assistance. Let's talk tech!


50+ Singles Group

Meets on Zoom: Saturdays, 9:30 a.m.
Meets at Midtown Restaurant (West): Thursdays, 10:00 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 at either or both of these weekly gatherings.


Moving with Parkinson's

Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, 11:15 a.m.
Meets on Zoom
Register: or email

Instructor: Kristy 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 will meet on Zoom through July; beginning in August, the Monday classes will be held in-person at the Senior Center.


Bone Builders

Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, 1:00 p.m.
Meets on Zoom
Register: or email

Instructor: Kristy Cameron

A 45-minute strength training class for people who have osteopenia, osteoporosis, or concerns 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. This class will continue meeting on Zoom; Monday classes will be offered in-person at the Senior Center in August.


Walk It Off: Walk, Balance, and Stretch

Tuesdays, Thursdays, 12:30 p.m.
Meets on Zoom
Register: or email

Instructor: Kristy 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.


Yoga with Esther

Tuesdays, Thursdays, 11:00 a.m.
Saturdays, 8:30 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: $5/class (not to exceed $30/month); pay instructor.


Gentle BeMoved Dance

Mondays, July 26 - August 30, 10:30 a.m.
Meets on Zoom
Register: Email

Instructor: Hillary Granfield

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


BeMoved Dance

Tuesdays, July 27 - August 31, 10:30 a.m.
Meets at the Senior Center (Room G13)
Register: Email

Instructor: Hillary Granfield

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


The Center is using Zoom, a free video conferencing application, to host remote programs. Zoom allows you the option to see each other and join in live discussions through your desktop computer, laptop, tablet, or phone.

To receive Zoom meeting details for virtual programs, register online using the program-specific links or call The Center at 319-356-5220. Locate Zoom meeting details on your registration receipt, then join the meeting in one of the following ways:

Join by web browser (computer): 

Copy and paste the appropriate Zoom link into your internet browser, then click "Join from Browser" and follow the prompts. You can also go to and enter the meeting ID and passcode.

Join by app (smartphone, tablet, computer):

Download the free Zoom app to your device at Open the app, click "Join a Meeting," enter the Zoom meeting ID for the program, and click "Join."

Join by phone (audio only):

At the time of the program, simply call 312-626-6799. When prompted, dial the Zoom meeting ID for the program you want to join. Your phone will be automatically muted once the meeting starts. If you want to speak, press *6 to unmute.


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Date of publication

Wednesday, July 21, 2021