Senior Activities

 
Broadway Dance
ACTIVITIES with Ashland Senior Services Division
View our current Playguide and register for programs at ►ashland.or.us/register, or call 541.488.5342 for assistance. Please note that registration for some programs is by phone only, as indicated below.  Registration closes at noon on the business day before the start of a session. For virtual classes, the Zoom link will be emailed the preceding business day. Scholarships available. ​Indoor activities are subject to change if public health conditions change. Please check back or call 541.488.5342 to confirm current status.

►Arts & Culture
►Education & Enrichment ►Fitness & Movement ►Friends & Fun

ARTS & CULTURE
Young at Art / Indoor Class
Young at Art
Photo by Bob Palermini, palermini.com

Enjoy a monthly art class open to all skill levels, no experience required! Each session will explore a different medium and subject. All supplies will be provided. Sponsored by ATRIO Health Plans.
Ages 50 & Better
1st Wed of each month, excluding holidays
Sept 6 | Oct 4 | Nov 1 | Dec 6 
2-3:30pm
Ashland Senior Center, 1699 Homes Ave
$5
Instructor: Shea Cathey has been creating and teaching art since 2000


EDUCATION & ENRICHMENT
Technology Basics Classes / Indoor ClassJackson County Library System logo
Experts from Jackson County Library Services (JCLS) hosts monthly classes covering the basics of phones, computers and other digital devices in
your life. Separate registration is required for each session: 541-488-5342.
Ages 50 & Better
One Wednesday each month, 2-3:30pm
September 20: Windows Basics for PC computers
October 25: Mac Basics for Apple computer
November 15: Android Phone & Tablet Basics
December 20: iPhone & iPad Basics
Ashland Senior Center, 1699 Homes Ave
FREE
Instructor: JCLS staff

NEW! Book A Librarian / Indoor Class  
One-on-one tutoring to learn about library services such as free research and leaning tools, reserving meeting rooms, using the online catalog and placing holds, how to access reference assistance and websites with helpful information for older adults. 
Ages 50 & up
By appointment
Ashland Senior Center | 1699 Homes Ave
FREE
Instructor: Ken Loders is an Adult Services Librarian with Jackson County Library Services.
 
AARP Smart Driver Course / Indoor ClassAARP Smart Driver
This classroom-based program will teach you proven safety strategies, current rules of the road and defensive driving techniques. You may be eligible to receive an insurance discount upon completing the course; consult your insurance agent for details. Pre-registration required: 541-488-5342.
Ages 50 & Better
Wednesday & Thursday, 1-4:15pm (both days)
October 18-19
Ashland Senior Center, 1699 Homes Ave
$20 AARP members | $25 Non-members
Instructor: Jim Nagel, AARP Volunteer

 
FITNESS & MOVEMENT
Gentle Yoga / Indoor Class
The focus of this one-hour hatha yoga class is to increase strength, flexibility and balance while simultaneously alleviating stress and fatigue. Additional benefits of regular yoga practice include an overall sense of well-being and an increase in self-awareness and self-acceptance. Participants must be aware of their own capabilities in order to participate safely. Ability to get up and down from the floor is required. Each class will conclude with deep relaxation. Please bring your own yoga mat; other props will be provided. If public health guidelines change and indoor, in-person classes are not possible, this class will move to Zoom.
Ages 50 & Better
Mondays and Wednesdays
Ashland Senior Center (1699 Homes Avenue)
$15-25 per month-long session ($5/class)
Instructor: Cheri Theobald is a certified and registered yoga instructor
*no classes in December

Mondays (10:30-11:30am)Gentle Yoga
Session 9A:  Sept 11, 18, 25 ($15) no class Sept 4
Session 10A:  Oct 9, 16, 23, 30 ($20) no class Oct 2
Session 11A: Nov 6, 13, 20, 27 ($20)
Wednesdays (9:15-10:15am)
Session 9B: Sept 6, 13, 20, 27 ($20) 
Session 10B: Oct 11, 18, 25 ($15)  no class Oct 4
Session 11B: Nov 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 ($25)
Wednesdays (10:30-11:30am)
Session 9C: Sept 6, 13, 20, 27 ($20) 
Session 10C: Oct 11, 18, 25 ($15)  no class Oct 4
Session 11C: Nov 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 ($25)
 
Line Dancing 1* / Indoor Class
Line Dancing is a great way to keep your brain on its toes! It enhances balance, provides fitness and strength and improves mental acuity through complex movement. No partner is required. * Line Dancing 1 is an ongoing class for newcomers and beginners. 
Ages 50 & Better
Photo by Bob Palermini
Photo by Bob Palermini,  palermini.com

Mondays, 1-2:30pm
The Grove, 1195 E Main St
$9-12 per month-long session ($3/class)
Instructor: Lynn Roberts is an experienced Line Dancer who shares her joy of this activity through teaching
Session 9: Sept 11, 18, 25 ($9)  no class Sept 4
Session 10: Oct 9, 16, 23, 20 ($12) no class Oct 2
Session 11: Nov 6, 13, 20, 27 ($12)
Session 12: Dec 4, 11, 18 ($9) - no class Dec 25

NEW! Line Dancing 2* / Indoor Class
Line Dancing is a great way to keep your brain on its toes! It enhances balance, provides fitness and strength and improves mental acuity through complex movement. No partner is required. *Line Dancing 2 is an ongoing class for more experienced line dancers who want to practice more advanced moves and choreography.
Ages 50 & Better
Thursdays, 1-2:30pm
The Grove, 1195 E Main St 
$15-20 per month-long session ($5/class)
Instructor: Risa Lewellyn has been dancing since the 1970s and enjoys learning new moves through teaching.
Session 1: Sept 7, 14, 21, 28 ($20)
Session 2: Oct 12, 19, 26 ($15) - no class Oct 5
Session 3: Nov 2, 9, 16, 30 ($20) - no class Nov 23
Session 4: Dec 7, 14, 21, 28 ($20)

NEW! We Keep Dancing / Indoor Class
Uplift your spirits and body with Jazz and Broadway-style dances to Oldies music. Who says we can't learn to dance as we age? Students will learn several beginning-level fun dances with safe, gentle, easy and upbeat steps to some of your favorite songs from the 60's, 70's and 80's. For those who want to keep going, there will be opportunities for joining the Broadway Boomers for Halloween and Christmas flash dance performances. Whether you haven't danced in years, or just want to start, this is the most fun way to exercise. This class is taught at the beginning level. 
Ages 50 & up
Thursdays, Oct 5 Nov 9, 11:15am-12:15pm
Hybrid: Choose in-person at The Grove (1195 E Main Street) or Zoom
$50/6 classes
Instructor: Audrey Flint

NEW! Personalized Strength & Balance Training / Indoor Class
Enjoy small group personal training that helps prevent and reverse physical declines associated with aging. Each session meets twice a week for a month, excluding holidays. This program focuses on muscle, cardio and bone health, plus incorporates cognitive sharpness, proprioception (body awareness) and optimal nutrition. Beyond the small-group instruction, each participant will get a customized plan and several breakout one-on-one sessions, to review goals and progress. While designed for most fitness levels, participants must be able to get up off the floor unassisted. Please bring a water bottle and yoga mat; instructor will provide other equipment. Add life to your years and years to your life! 
Ages 50 & up
Mondays & Thursdays, 9-10am (October), 8:30-10am (November & December)
Ashland Senior Center, 1699 Homes Ave
$80/month (8 classes) (December $70/7 classes)
Instructor: Beth Morris has worked as a coach since 2019, with certifications in Functional Aging, Tai Chi and Nutrition.
Session 1: October 5, 9, 12, 16, 19, 23, 26, 30 ($80)
Session 2: November 2, 6, 9, 13, 16, 20, 27, 30 ($80) - no class Nov 23
Session 3: December 4, 7, 11, 14, 18, 21, 28 ($70) - no class Dec 25

Tai Chi / Indoor Class
Tai Chi is a moving meditation that strengthens bones and muscles, improves balance and increases flexibility. Qi Gong, the movement of energy through the body, is also incorporated. Join the class to learn or continue practicing Tai Chi!
Ages 50 & Better
The Grove, 1195 E Main St
$6-15 per month-long session ($3/class)
Instructor: Char Hersh has been practicing and teaching Tai Chi since 1997
 
Please sign up for the appropriate level class for your ability and experience:
  • Tai Chi 1 (Tuesdays): This class is for newcomers to Tai Chi.
  • Tai Chi 2 (Thursdays): This class is for those continuing to learn forms and continuing practice of Tai Chi. It is not appropriate for newcomers.
  • Tai Chi 3 (Mondays): This class is for continuing practice of Tai Chi for students who are well-versed in Tai Chi forms. Prior Tai Chi experience is required.
Tai Chi 1
Tuesdays, 9:30-10:30am
Session 9: Sept 5, 12, 19, 26 ($12) 
Session 10: Oct 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 ($15)
Session 11: Nov 4, 14, 21, 28 ($12)        
Session 12: Dec 5, 12 ($6) - no classes Dec 19 & 26
Tai Chi 2
Thursdays, 9:30-10:45amTai Chi
Session 9: Sept 7, 14, 21, 28 ($12) 
Session 10: Oct 5, 12, 19, 26 ($12)
Session 11: Nov 2, 9, 16, 30 ($12) - no class Nov 23
Session 12: Dec 7, 14 ($6) - no classes Dec 21 & 28
Tai Chi 3
Mondays, 9:30-10:45am
Session 9: Sept 11, 18, 25 ($9) no class Sept 4
Session 10: Oct 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 ($15) 
Session 11: Nov 6, 13, 20, 27 ($12)
Session 12: Dec 4, 11 ($6) - no classes Dec 18 & 25
 
Senior Walkabouts / Outdoor Activity
Come enjoy some fresh air, exercise, and good company! A volunteer guide will lead this 8-week walking group in and around North Mountaiin Park. Walks will be held at a gentle pace and will take approximately 45 to 60 minutes. Routes will stay on accessible paths. Please meet in front of the Nature Center in North Mountain Park five minutes before start time. Walks will take place rain or shine; please dress accordingly. No dogs as leashes are a tripping hazard.
Ages 50 & Better
Mondays, 10-11am
Oct 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 & Nov 6, 13, 20 
Meet at Nature Center in North Mountain Park
$16 (8 walks)
Leader: Rosalie Rybka
 

FRIENDS & FUN - All at Ashland Senior Center, 1699 Homes Ave
American Mah Jongg / Indoor ActivitySeniors Playing Mah Jongg
Come enjoy an afternoon playing Mah Jongg with new and old friends.  Experienced players and beginners welcome. Sponsored by Right at Home: In-Home Care and AssistanceSign up at 541.488.5342. 
Ages 50 & Better
Thursdays, 1-3:30pm
Free

Cribbage / Indoor Activity
If you love playing Cribbage or want to learn, join our welcoming environment, where there is lots of laughter, plenty of counting and tons of fun!  All levels of play are welcome. Sponsored by Right at Home: In-Home Care and Assistance. Sign up at 541.488.5342.
Ages 50 & Better
Tuesdays, 1-3:30pm
Free

Discussion Group / Indoor Activity
Make new friends and enjoy chatting with others! Discussion group topics are decided by participants. Sign up at 541.488.5342. 
Ages 50 & Better
Tuesdays, 9:30-11:30m
Free
 
Go / Indoor Activity
Learn to play Go, an ancient Chinese game played with black and white stones on a square board.  It has simple rules but challenging strategy. Experienced players and beginners welcome. Sponsored by Right at Home: In-Home Care and Assistance. Sign up at 541.488.5342.
Ages 50 & Better
1st and 3rd Thursday of the month, 1:15-3:30pm
Free

Spades / Indoor ActivitySpades
Join us for a fun afternoon of cards, friendship and laughter.  All levels of play are welcome. Sponsored by Right at Home: In-Home Care and Assistance. Sign up at 541.488.5342.
Ages 50 & Better
Thursdays, 1-3:30pm
Free
 
Weekly Movie / Indoor Activity
Specially selected films are screened weekly with free popcorn served! Closed captioning always offered when available. See current newsletter for film selections. Sponsored by Weatherly Senior Communities. Sign up at 541.488.5342. 
Ages 50 & Better
Tuesdays, 1pm
Free
 
See also the ►Events page for current educational and social events for seniors.
View the ►Ashland Parks & Recreation Playguide for more community events and classes.

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Ashland Senior Services Division | Ashland Senior Center
1699 Homes Avenue, Ashland, OR 97520 | 541.488.5342 | seniorinfo@ashland.or.us
Hours: Monday-Thursday, 8:30am-3:30pm
 
 

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