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July Activities and Classes at The Palmer Center
June 21, 2013

(INDEPENDENCE, Mo.) Friday, June 21, 2013 – The Palmer Center at 218A N. Pleasant St. in Independence, MO is operated by the City of Independence and is dedicated to the mission of improving the overall health of adults 50+. For more information call 816-325-6200 or visit the website www.independencemo.org/parksandrec. Classes and programs offered in July include:

The Bikinis at American Heartland Theatre
Adults 50+ are invited to join Parks and Recreation on a day tour to Kansas City, MO to put on your tropical outfits and swim along with us to this beach party musical! In 1964 the rage of Jersey shore was The Bikinis, a 4-girl band belting out top-40 hits in 2-piece swimsuits. Time warp to 1984! The Bikinis are back! But have they still got what it takes? Well the nightclubs aren’t interested, but they’re killing them at the Sandy Shores Mobile Home Beach Resort! There will be time to explore the shops of Crown Center and eat lunch (at your own expense). The tour is scheduled for Wednesday, July 24. The deadline to pre-register is July 2 and the cost is $41. For more information, please call (816) 325-6200 and register as soon as possible.

Historic Garment District & City Market Tour
Adults 50+ are invited to join Parks and Recreation on a day tour to Kansas City, MO to learn all about the Garment District, when Kansas City was home to leading manufacturers of clothing after WWI and during the 1940s. Our step-on guide, Ann, was a designer during that era and will be able to share first-hand knowledge as we drive through the District and visit the museum. Please note the museum site cannot accommodate walkers or wheelchairs, so you must be able to navigate stairs. Afterwards, we will visit the River market area for lunch (at your own expense) and take time to explore unique shops and purchase fresh produce to take home. The tour is scheduled for Tuesday, August 20. The deadline to pre-register is July 30 and the cost is $33. For more information, please call (816) 325-6200 and register as soon as possible.

Grief Recovery Outreach Session
Adults 50+ get together with others grieving over the loss of a loved one. The Grief Recovery Outreach session is co-sponsored by Crossroads Hospice. Next session starts 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 25. The last day to join is Tuesday, July 9. For more information call 325-6200.

5-A-Day Bingo
The Palmer Center will host 5-A-Day Bingo at 12:15 p.m. Tuesday, July 2. Fruits and vegetables are contributed by Hy-Vee on 23rd Street to use as prizes during this nutrition-education bingo game. The Palmer Center is located at 218A N. Pleasant St. in Independence, MO. This program is free and no pre-registration is required. For more information call 325-6200.

Intermediate Senior Tap Dance
Have you always loved watching a tap dancer? Listen as your feet rhythmically strike the floor to the tunes in this intermediate tap dance class and experience a whole new way to have fun! Please bring your own tap shoes. The next Intermediate Senior Tap Dance class will start on Wednesday, June 5. The class will meet for four weeks at 11 a.m. Pre-registration is required; the fee is $20. Call 325-6200 to register at least three days in advance or if you have any questions. The class will be held at The Palmer Center, located at 218A N. Pleasant St. in Independence, MO.

Diabetic Foot Screening
St. Mary’s Hospital will provide adults 50+ free diabetic foot screenings, blood sugar and blood pressure checks from 10 to 11:15 a.m. Wednesday, July 3. The Palmer Center is located at 218A N. Pleasant St. in Independence, MO. For more information call 325-6200.

Grief Recovery Outreach Session
This support group will discuss loss of a loved one. Sessions are from 1 to 2:30 p.m. with the next session on Tuesday, July 2. Sessions will continue until August 27, but you must sign up by Tuesday, July 9. This support group is co-sponsored by Crossroads Hospice. The Palmer Center is located at 218A N. Pleasant St. in Independence, MO. For more information call 325-6200.

Blood Pressure and Blood Sugar Checks
Adults 50+ may come to The Palmer Center from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, July 16 to have their blood pressure and blood sugar checked by Visiting Nurses Association. The Palmer Center is located at 218A N. Pleasant St. in Independence, MO. For more information call 325-6200.

Blood Pressure Check
Adults 50+ may come to The Palmer Center from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, July 10 to have their blood pressure checked by Dr. John Chapman. The Palmer Center is located at 218A N. Pleasant St. in Independence, MO. For more information call 325-6200.

Health Education and You
Adults 50+ are invited to a free Health Presentation at 11 a.m. on Thursday, July 11 at The Palmer Center. This month’s topic is "Heart Health and Wellness." The program is co-sponsored with Heritage Physician’s Group. The Palmer Center is located at 218A N. Pleasant St. in Independence, MO. For more information call 325-6200.

Red Hat Pokeno
Red Hat Chapter members are welcome to play Pokeno at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 11 at The Palmer Center. The Palmer Center is located at 218A N. Pleasant St. in Independence, MO. For more information call 325-6200.

Cover to Cover
The Palmer Center’s book club "Cover to Cover" will meet at 2 p.m. on Thursday, July 18, at the Truman Memorial Building. July’s book is "Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons" by Lorna Landvik. Copies are being made available at the North Independence Mid-Continent Public Library. Please call 325-6200 for more information. The Truman Memorial Building is located at 416 W. Maple in Independence, MO.

The Write Place Poetry Society
Adults 50+ are invited to read their individual poetry writings or reflect upon the work of others during the next Write Place Poetry Society meeting to be held at The Palmer Center at 3 p.m. on Thursday, July 18. The Palmer Center is located at 218A N. Pleasant St. in Independence, MO. For more information call 325-6200.

White Elephant Bingo
Join friends at The Palmer Center for a game of White Elephant Bingo. Bring a wrapped, white elephant gift to use as a prize at 12:15 p.m. on Thursday, July 25. The Palmer Center is located at 218A N. Pleasant St. in Independence, MO. For more information call 325-6200.

AARP Defensive Driving Course
Tune up your driving skills and update your knowledge of the rules of the road, learn defensive driving techniques and discover ways to handle left turns, right-of-way, highway traffic and blind spots. The course is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m on Monday, July 29. Pre-registration is required by July 22, with payment due to instructor on day of class. Payment is $12/AARP member, $14/Non-member. This event is co-sponsored by AARP. The Palmer Center is located at 218A N. Pleasant St. in Independence, MO. For more information call 325-6200.

Wake-Up Workout
Wake-Up Workout is offered at 9 a.m. every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at The Palmer Center. This low impact aerobics class for adults 50+ benefits the cardiovascular system. No pre-registration is required. A $2 per class fee applies. The Palmer Center is located at 218A N. Pleasant St. in Independence, MO. For more information call 325-6200.

Sittin’ Fit
Sittin’ Fit is held at 10:30 a.m. every Tuesday and Thursday at The Palmer Center. These gentle chair exercises are beneficial for the beginning, older exerciser. No pre-registration is required and classes are free. For more information call 325-6200. The Palmer Center is located at 218A N. Pleasant St. in Independence, MO.

TRX Essentials Flexibility Class
Adults 50+ are welcome to try out the TRX Essentials Flexibility Class from 1 to 1:45 p.m. every Monday. Improve your posture, increase range of motion and build greater stability from head to toe with the Essentials Flexibility workout. This class is designed for those who are fairly active and fit. No pre-registration is required; $3 fee per class. Classes will be held at the Truman Memorial Building, 416 W. Maple in Independence, MO. For more information call 325-6200.

Gentle Tai Chi
A "Gentle Tai Chi" class is offered at The Palmer Center for adults 50+ at 6 p.m. every Monday. This video class is beneficial to those who are new to Tai Chi. Some exercises will be performed sitting down, while others will be done while standing. Pre-registration is not required and there is no fee to participate. The Palmer Center is located at 218A N. Pleasant St. in Independence, MO. For more information call 325-6200.

Stretch & Tone
Stretch & Tone is held at 9 a.m. every Tuesday and Thursday at The Palmer Center. Maintain and improve your current muscular strength, using a variety of hand-held equipment. No pre-registration is required. A $1 fee per class applies. The Palmer Center is located at 218A N. Pleasant St. in Independence, MO. For more information call 325-6200.

PEPPI
Adults 50+ are invited to participate in PEPPI, a nationally-recognized exercise program to work on core strength in order to balance effectively and prevent falls. The class, co-sponsored by Independence Health and Parks and Recreation departments, meets at 10 a.m. every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at The Palmer Center. The Palmer Center is located at 218A N. Pleasant St. in Independence, MO. Call 325-6200 for more information.

Zumba Gold
The Palmer Center is offering ZUMBA GOLD classes for adults 50+ from 10 to 10:45 a.m. every Wednesday at the Truman Memorial Building, 416 W. Maple in Independence, MO. This class fuses hypnotic Latin and International rhythms with easy-to-follow moves to create a dynamic workout. The cost is $2 per class and no pre-registration is required. Call 325-6200 for more information.

Open Line Dancing
Adults 50+ are invited to receive simple beginner’s instruction in line dance from 11 a.m. to noon and participate in open line dance from 12:05 to 2 p.m. every Monday. The cost is $1 per person. There is also instructed line dancing from 12:05 to 2 p.m. every Friday; the cost is $2 per person. All classes are held at The Palmer Center, located at 218A N. Pleasant St. in Independence, MO. Call 325-6200 for more information.

Afternoon Dances
Afternoon dances are held at 1 p.m. every Wednesday at The Palmer Center. The Ed Smith Band provides music and dancers are allowed to bring commercially-prepared finger foods. The entry fee is $3. The Palmer Center is located at 218A N. Pleasant St. in Independence, MO. Call 325-6200 for more information.

Learn to Belly Dance
Belly dancing is an enlivening dance that helps tone the body through a low-impact workout. Adults 50+ are invited to join friends at 2 p.m. on Thursdays for this fun class, held at the Truman Memorial Building, 416 W. Maple in Independence, MO. Come prepared for some learning, fun and fitness. The cost is $2 per class and no pre-registration is required. The Palmer Center is located at 218A N. Pleasant St. in Independence, MO. Call 325-6200 for more information.

Pickleball
Adults 50+ are invited to play Intermediate Pickleball at The Palmer Center from 1 to 5:30 p.m. each Tuesday and Thursday and from 1 to 5 p.m. on Saturdays. This exciting competitive game focuses on agility, shot placement and strategy, as opposed to power. Beginner play is offered from 12-1 p.m. each Thursday, so come try it – it’s free for all. The Palmer Center is located at 218A N. Pleasant St. in Independence, MO. Call 325-6200 for more information.

Bare Bones Art
Are you creative; do you have an art project or idea you would like to share? At 12:30 p.m. each Monday you can gather with other artists – bring your own project, create together and help each other. This program is hosted by volunteers of The Palmer Center. The Palmer Center is located at 218A N. Pleasant St. in Independence, MO. Call 325-6200 for more information.

Crochet 101
Learn some basic crochet stitches or pursue a new hobby with new friends at 10:15 a.m. each Friday. No pre-registration is required. The cost is $1 per class. The Palmer Center is located at 218A N. Pleasant St. in Independence, MO. Call 325-6200 for more information.

Pinochle
Adults 50+ are invited to play Pinochle at 12:30 p.m. on Mondays at The Palmer Center, 218A N. Pleasant St. in Independence, MO. Call 325-6200 for more information.

Game Time!
Adults 50+ are invited to play a variety of games at 12:15 p.m. every day at The Palmer Center, 218A N. Pleasant St. in Independence, MO. Games consist of Hand in Foot Canasta, Card Golf and Mexican Dominoes. For more information call 325-6200.

Caring Communities Resource Center
Adults 50+ are welcome to drop by to discuss any issues or questions they might have about remaining independent or the care-giving role. A case manager will be available from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. the first and third Tuesday of each month at The Palmer Center. This program is co-sponsored with Catholic Charities of KC/St. Joseph and no appointment is necessary. The Palmer Center is located at 218A N. Pleasant St. in Independence, MO. For more information call 325-6200.

Monthly Grief Support Group
The Palmer Center and Crossroads Hospice are offering a monthly grief support group the first and third Wednesday each month at the Truman Memorial Building. Any type of loss will be discussed, whether its loss of a loved one, driving abilities, independence, etc., as well as myths associated with grief. The Truman Memorial Building is located at 416 W. Maple in Independence, MO. For more information call 325-6200.

Centennial Birthday Party Package
Adults celebrating their 100th birthday are welcome to celebrate this milestone by having their special day at The Palmer Center, 218A N. Pleasant St. in Independence, MO. A complimentary room will be made available on Saturday afternoons, based on space availability. Proof of Independence residency is required. Call 325-6200 for more information.

Tagilima Crafts
Adults 50+ are welcome to join others for a time of crafts and socializing from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. every Thursday at The Palmer Center. The Palmer Center is located at 218A N. Pleasant St. in Independence, MO. For more information call 325-6200.

Vital Volunteer Program
The Palmer Center is currently accepting applications for volunteers who would like to teach a special skill to older adults or be a general program leader. Please call 325-6200 to request an application.

Lowery’s Music Magic Classes
Adults 50+ are invited to learn to play the organ at The Palmer Center, 218A N. Pleasant St. in Independence, MO. Three different levels of classes are offered for 10-week sessions on Tuesdays. Call 325-6200 for more information on class start dates and pricing.

Palmer Center Fitness Center Memberships
Adults 50+ are invited to tour The Palmer Center Fitness Room and consider joining as a member for a nominal annual fee. The Fitness Room includes several cardiovascular and weight-training machines. Each new member will complete a fitness assessment and receive an orientation to the equipment. Call 325-6200 for more information about becoming a member.

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