BG Parks & Recreation continues to offer activities for seniors

Are you a senior community member looking for something fun to do in the Battle Ground area? Check out these different events, activities and outings offered for seniors through the Battle Ground Parks & Recreation Department!\

This information is from the Senior Scene newsletter, which can be found on the city of Battle Ground website, www.cityofbg.org.

BATTLE GROUND — The days may be continuing to get shorter as the chillier, and usually rainier, months of fall rapidly approach. Senior citizens in Battle Ground, however, will not see a decrease in activities offered each month by the Battle Ground Parks & Recreation Department.

Senior activities offered by Parks & Recreation can be found in The Senior Scene, a quarterly publication of the Battle Ground Senior Advisory Board and the Battle Ground Parks & Recreation Department. This publication highlights activities, events and items of interest in the Battle Ground area. Activities are open to any senior who wants to participate, and most activities are offered on an ongoing basis.

The most current edition of The Senior Scene can be found on the city of Battle Ground website, www.cityofbg.org. Once on the website, go to “Departments,” “Parks & Recreation,” “Recreation Programs,” “Senior Programs.”

Here are some upcoming activities that will be offered during the next few months.

The Mad Hatters Club

The Mad Hatters Club meets on the second Friday of each month. There are no membership fees or red hats required. The only requirement is that you join the others for an enjoyable lunch outing when you can and have some fun.

Here are upcoming outings of The Mad Hatters Club:

  • Lunch at Red Robin, Friday, Oct. 4, 11:30 a.m.
    Join other Mad Hatters Club members as they check out one of the newest lunch spots in town — Red Robin, located at 1112 SW Scotton Way, Battle Ground. They are famous for gourmet burgers and a boat load of French fries. Meet at the restaurant at 11:30 a.m., lunch is Dutch treat (everyone buys their own).
  • Lunch at Silver Dragon, Friday, Nov. 11, 11:30 a.m.
    Check out the newly reopened Silver Dragon Chinese restaurant, located at 403 W. Main St., Battle Ground. They boast an expansive buffet from pot stickers, chow mein and fried rice to all your favorites in between. Meet at the restaurant at 11:30 a.m., lunch is Dutch treat (everyone buys their own).

Senior Potluck Day

Senior Potluck Day is held on the second Monday of each month, and takes place at the Senior Center, 116 NE 3rd Ave., Battle Ground. Doors open at 10 a.m. and potluck lunch is served at noon. Suggested donation is $1 per person.

Join others at the monthly senior potluck, meet new friends and enjoy a hearty meal. Bring a main entree, salad, appetizer or dessert to share.

Senior Lunch Program

Seniors, age 60 and over, are invited to join the Meals on Wheels People on weekdays for a hot and nutritious lunch. Typically there are two entrees offered each day. A monthly newsletter, which includes a complete menu, is available at the Battle Ground Community Center, 912 E. Main St., Battle Ground. Younger guests can also join the lunch crowd for a small fee of $6.30 per person.

Lunches are served weekly, Monday-Friday, at noon. There is a $3 suggested donation for seniors older than age 60. Senior lunch will not be available on the following dates in observance of major holidays: Friday, Nov. 11; Thursday, Nov. 24; and Friday, Nov. 25.

Bunco

Bunco is offered on the third Friday of each month, noon-3 p.m., at the Battle Ground Senior Center, 116 NE 3rd Ave. Cost to play is $5 per person, per day. Roll the dice and play bunco. This game is fun and fast-paced. Anyone can play, no previous game experience or partner required. It’s easy and fun to learn and play.

Pinochle

Pinochle is offered every week on Tuesdays and Thursdays, noon-4 p.m., at the Battle Ground Senior Center, 116 NE 3rd Ave. There is a nominal fee per game. Are you a pinochle card player? If yes, then join others for either single deck or double deck games. Having a partner is not a requirement to play. Potluck served at noon prior to game, so bring a dish to share with the group. No pinochle on Thanksgiving Day.

Fitness & Wellness

There are several popular fitness classes available for adults and seniors in the Battle Ground area. Find one that fits your lifestyle and fitness goals, or participate in all of them.

Pilates Fitness Class

Pilates helps to build flexibility, strength, endurance, coordination and increases circulation. People who do Pilates say they have better posture, are less prone to injury and experience better overall health.

Classes are offered Tuesday and Thursday mornings, 8:30-9:30 a.m., at the Battle Ground Community Center, 912 E. Main St. Cost is $40 for a six-week session, $45 for a seven-week session and $50 for an eight-week session. Registrations accepted through the Battle Ground School District Community Education Program at (360) 885-6584 or www.battlegroundps.org.

Yoga Class

Yoga has proven to have profound healing benefits such as increased flexibility, stamina, strength, muscle tone and range of motion, and an overall well being and ease in daily life. Classes are offered Monday mornings, 9-10 a.m.; Monday evenings, 6-7 p.m.; and Thursday mornings, 10-11 a.m., at the Battle Ground Community Center. Cost is $25 per four-week session.

Registrations accepted through the Battle Ground School District Community Education Program at (360) 885-6584 or www.battlegroundps.org.

Senior Enhanced Fitness Program

This course is a group exercise program for people 60 years of age and older. This program helps to improve your balance, flexibility, bone density, endurance, coordination and mental sharpness, and decreases your risk of falling.

Classes are offered Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, 8:30-9:30 a.m. or 9:45-10:45 a.m., at the Battle Ground Community Center. Fee is $1 per person, per day.

Free BG community 35th Annual Halloween Fun Fest

The annual Battle Ground community Halloween Fun Fest will be held Monday, Oct. 31, 4-6 p.m. The event will feature Trick-or-Treat Street on Main Street, east of SR-503, from Parkway to Fairgrounds Avenue. Fright Night, a free community Halloween party for kids, will also be going on at the Battle Ground Community Center, 912 E. Main St.

Come in costume and bring the whole family.

For more information on any of these programs, contact the Battle Ground Parks & Recreation Department at (360) 342-5380.

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About The Author

Joanna Nicole Yorke is a 2010 graduate of the Edward R. Murrow School of Communication at Washington State University in Pullman. She has a bachelor's degree in journalism with a minor in political science. Yorke is a Clark County native, growing up on her family's 12-acre farm in La Center where her family still resides today. She was previously a reporter at The Reflector Newspaper, covering the city of Battle Ground, the Battle Ground School District and a variety of other areas and topics.

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