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The Palmer Center Classes and Activities for August
July 22, 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 50+ adults. For more information call 325-6200 or visit the website www.independencemo.org/parksandrec. Classes and programs offered in August include:

Of Scientific Nature Tour

Adults 50+ are invited to join Parks and Recreation on a day tour to Pleasant Hill, MO. For those of you who like science, this is the trip for you! We will visit the Pleasant Hill National Weather Service station which provides radar and forecasting for the local area news stations. After a lunch stop at Jason’s Deli (at your own expense), you will get a behind-the-scenes look at the International Animal Health and Food Safety Institute – a $28 million, 108,000 sq-ft. LEED-Silver Certified facility, part of the Kansas State University Olathe. The tour is scheduled for Tuesday, August 27. The deadline to pre-register is Tuesday, August 6, and the cost is $35. Please call (816) 325-6200 to register as soon as possible or for more information.

13th Annual Music Fest & Back Porch Jam

Adults 50+ are invited to join Parks and Recreation on a day tour to Lawson, MO. At Watkins Woolen Mill State Historic Site, take a unique glimpse into both industrial and domestic life in the 1870s as we enjoy the Visitor’s Center, a short film, and a tour of a 19th century textile mill. A boxed lunch will be provided during the Music Fest, where featured songwriters and musicians will perform original songs and folk music throughout the day on the front porch of the Watkins family home. Bring your banjo, fiddle, guitar, or harmonica and join the fun! Please bring a lawn chair with you. The tour is scheduled for Saturday, September 14. The deadline to pre-register is August 24, and the cost is $41. Please call 325-6200 to register as soon as possible or for more information.

Bingo Bonanza

The Palmer Center will host Bingo Bonanza at 10 a.m. Thursday, August 13. Adults 50+ can join the group for an afternoon of bingo at The Palmer Center, 218A N. Pleasant St. in Independence, MO. 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, August 6. 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, August 7. 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, August 7. The Palmer Center is located at 218A N. Pleasant St. in Independence, MO. For more information call 325-6200.

Monthly Grief Support

This support group will discuss any type of loss an individual may be experiencing such as loss of a loved one, driving abilities, independence, etc., as well as myths associated with grief. Sessions are from 1 to 2:30 p.m. the first and third Wednesdays each month with the next session starting Wednesday, August 7. 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 Check

Adults 50+ may come to The Palmer Center from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, August 14 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.

Blood Pressure Check ONLY

Adults 50+ may come to The Palmer Center from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, August 20 to have their blood pressure checked by the Visiting Nurses Association. 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 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, August 8 at The Palmer Center. This month’s topic is "Sleep Apnea." 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.

Cover to Cover

The Palmer Center’s book club "Cover to Cover" will meet at 2 p.m. on Thursday, August 15, at the Truman Memorial Building. August’s book is "The Devil’s Tickets" by Gary Pomerantz. 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, August 15. 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, August 29. The Palmer Center is located at 218A N. Pleasant St. in Independence, MO. For more information call 325-6200.

Monthly Activities

Palmer Center Advisory Council

The Palmer Center is accepting applications for Advisory Council members to fill two vacancies. Members must be a resident of Independence, have a strong interest in senior center and parks and recreation programs for older adults, and be able to commit to attendance at a meeting each month. Call 325-6200 to request an application.

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 and 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.

Wood Carving Club

Adults 50+ are invited to join in on the camaraderie and friendship of others as you try out your hand at wood carving from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. on Mondays and 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. on Wednesdays at the Sermon Center. *Sermon Center membership required. 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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