Programs & Activities

Monthly Program Calendar


A calendar of programs, activities and special events is made available on a bi-monthly basis. You may pick up a hard copy of the schedule at the Center's front desk or view online.

November and December

Complete Listing of Programs and Activities


The Senior Center offers a large variety of different programs and activities each week to meet the diverse needs of those 50 years of age and older.

Complete Listing of Programs and Activities

Exercise Classes


There is an exercise class for any fitness level and classes are free of charge.

Exercise Class Descriptions and Schedule
 

Crafts


Drop-In Arts & Craft Groups


Come enjoy the fellowship of others who enjoy arts and crafts and meet new and old friends each week. Be sure to bring your current project or try something new. There’s no fee to participate. Join us! 
Art Group                            Mondays 2 - 5 pm
Tuesday Evening Crafts     Tuesday 5 - 8 pm
 

Beginner Quilting


Thursdays 1 - 3 pm, No Fee
Instructor: LaLe Lindley
Learn the basics of quilting with our volunteer instructor. Sewing machines and basic equipment are available for use to help you delve into the art of quilting.

Advanced Quilting


Fridays 10 am - noon
Join quilt enthusiasts as they explore more difficult and challenging quilting patterns and techniques.

Beginner Greeting Card Techniques


Tuesday, January 9, February 6, 10 am - noon
Instructor: Vicki Young, Fee $10 per class
Learn to make the perfect greeting card for every occasion by learning basic stamping techniques, embossed textures and more.

Advanced Greeting Card Techniques


Tuesday, January 9, February 6, 1 - 3 pm
Instructors: Jan McCord & Carmel Mosley, Fee: $8 per class
Prerequisite: Beginner Greeting Card Class or the equivalent


Mug Rug a Month

Friday, January 19, February 16, 1 - 3 pm
Instructor: Bettie Smith, fee: $5 each class
Bring your favorite fabric scraps and make a seasonal mug rug (coaster) that is great for snacks and gifts. Basic sewing skills are needed.



Beginning Polymer Clay


Tuesday, January 23, 9 am - noon
Instructor: Nancy Lotzer, Fee: $10
Learn various methods and techniques for working with polymer clay to produce beautiful pieces. All materials and tools are included.

Beaded Sun Catcher


Friday, February 2, 1 - 3 pm
Instructor: Carol Slawson, Fee: $12 - $15
Pick a project from the assortment of patterns and create a beautiful sun catcher for your window or to give as a gift.

Intermediate Polymer Clay


Tuesday, February 27, 9 am - noon, Fee: $5
Instructor: Nancy Lotzer
Learn more advanced techniques using various ways to embellish and create surface designs. Easy to 
     

Special Events


Monthly Breakfast

 
Monday,  January 8 and February 5,  8:15 - 9 am   
Fee: $2 
Menu: sausage, gravy, biscuits, eggs, fruit, juice & coffee 
Come meet old friends and make new ones at the monthly breakfast. The Senior Advisory Board prepares and serves a great menu and there is great entertainment for you to enjoy.  
Entertainment Schedule:
January: Ron Jones, Musician 
February: Russ Warman, Vocals and Guitarist 

Birthday Lunch


Wednesday, January 17 and February 21,  noon 
Fee: $2 or free if it’s your birthday month.  
Join us as we celebrate those with birthdays each month with a great meal and fun. Cake donated by Brookdale Assisted Living in Farmers Branch and gifts donated by United Financial Services. 
Menu Schedule:
January: Brisket Tacos 
February: Turkey Vegetable Soup and Corn bread

Spud and Show: Glass Castle

 
Tuesday, January 23, 11:30 am Fee: $2  
Come enjoy a baked potato and the movie, The Glass Castle. This movie, based on a memoir, is the story of a young girl who comes of age in a dysfunctional family of nonconformist nomads with a mother who's an eccentric artist and an alcoholic father who stirs the children's imagination with hope as a distraction to their poverty. Purchase movie ticket at the front desk before Friday, January 19. 

Valentine Tea Party: Once Upon a Time


Friday, February 9, 1 pm Ticket Fee: $8 
Our annual tradition returns with a delicious selection of savories and sweets, paired with tasty hot teas. Participants are asked to bring in a childhood photo by February 1 to be used for a special slide show during the event. Bring your own tea cup for a chance to win a prize. 
Ticket Sale Schedule:
Residents: January 12,  9 am  - January 18
Open ticket sales begin Friday, January 19,  9 am 

Special Interest Groups


Random Acts of Kindness: Hope Supply Company

Thursday, December 14, 10 am, No Fee
Sponsoring Hope Supply Company, formerly known as Captain Hope, who serves children in homeless shelters. Please bring new toys, children's clothes and shoes.

Sponsoring the Farmers Branch Animal Adoption Center


January 11, Collecting kitty litter, cat & dog food, blankets, towels, treats & toys.

Texas Hold ‘em Tournament


Thursday, December 14, January 18, February 15, 1 pm, No Fee
Snack sponsor: Acadia Estates Assisted Living and Memory Care.

Conversations in Neglected History


Fridays at 9:30 am, No Fee
Join this weekly class that explores past events and topics and discovers new ways of viewing history. Special guest speaker and book author, Dr. Richard McCaslin from UNT will speak:
  • December 15: Texas Rangers on the Border 1915-16
  • January 26: Regulars in Gray: Edward Ingrahan and Company A
  • February 16: Reconstructing Texas: Hill County in 187

Talks


New Perspectives On Aging Series


Instructor: Ben E. Dickerson, PhD, Gerontologist
Well known in Texas for his involvement in issues regarding the aging population, Dr. Dickerson served as the Director of Baylor Institute for Gerontological studies and was appointed by a former Texas Governor to the Legislative Committee on Aging. He graduated from Texas A&M and received his PhD from LSU in Baton Rouge and is a retired Colonel with the US Army Reserves. He participates in the White House Conference on Aging and currently teaches at North Central Texas College and Weatherford College.

Eat Smart for Cancer Prevention - Fruits and Vegetables


Friday, December 15, 10 am, No Fee
Texas A&M AgriLife Series with Brittany Martin
The focus of this class is on the importance of including fruits and vegetables in the diet in order to lower the risk of certain types of cancer. 
 

Food Safety Basics


Friday, January 19, 10 am
Brittany Martin, Texas A&M AgriLife 
Discussion and demonstration on the 4 - C's of food safety: clean, cross-contamination system, cook and chill.

Emergency Preparedness with the Farmers Branch Fire and Police Departments


Wednesday, January 24, 11 am, No Fee
Learn about home safety and security, family and pet emergency kits, disaster preparedness, Branch Alert, the free public emergency notification system and much more.
 


Free Telephones from the State of Texas


Friday, January 26, 11 am, No Fee
Learn about the Specialized Telecommunications Assistance Program and how Texas residents with a vision, hearing or mobility problem can receive a free phone with a medical alert button.
 

The Basics of Memory Loss and Dementia


Friday, February 2, 10 am, No Fee
Presenter: Alzheimer's Association
Are you concerned about memory loss or have a loved one who has been diagnosed with dementia? Learn the difference between Alzheimer's disease, other dementias and normal memory loss due to aging.

Eat Smart and Safely for Celebrations


Friday, February 16, 10 am, No Fee
Brittany Martin, Texas A&M AgriLife
Birthday parties and family gatherings can be a hot bed for food borne illnesses. Learn to keep your celebrations safe and healthy.

Medicare Fraud


Wednesday, February 21, 10 am, No Fee
Presenter: Senior Source and Texas SMP
Learn about the new Medicare card, how to prevent , detect and report Medicare fraud and what scams to look for.