Programs Highlights for the 55+ Crowd
The North Liberty Community Center is home to a lot of community activity, and had offerings for those 55-and-up (many of these programs are open to all adults).
Coffee & Conversation
This drop-in conversation group meets each Monday at 10 a.m. for an hour of coffee and socializing weekly in the North Liberty Community Liberty’s lounge. It is free.
A gathering for people with dementia and their care partners to relax and enjoy socialization, refreshments, discussion and entertainment. This free drop-in program, hosted the fourth Friday of each month from 10 to 11 a.m., gives care partners time to focus on the relationship, not on care giving. Hosted in the North Liberty Community Library’s meeting room and facilitated by Marcie Durian and Anne Alms, it is brought to the community by the Alzheimer’s Association.
Senior Connections Lunch
Every Friday, we provide the chance seniors to get together for a catered lunch, to play an activity or just socialize with others at the North Liberty Community Center, just $5 per person. Call the North Liberty Recreation Department at (319) 626-5716 by noon on Thursday to make a reservation. The meal is served at 11:30 a.m., with a rotating activity beginning at noon. Program ends at 1 p.m. The meal rotates among five local restaurants: Pizza Ranch (first Friday), Zio Johno’s (second), Hy-Vee (third), Yang Chow Wok (fourth), Maribito’s (fifth).
Arthritis Aquatic Program
This is a popular recreational exercise program designed for men and women, regardless of age. This class will allow anyone to exercise without putting excess strain on joints and muscles while performing gentle range of motion exercising and stretching muscles. Participants enjoy physical benefits such as decreased pain and stiffness as well as increased muscle strength, flexibility and joint mobility. The class offers a fun, friendly supportive group with lasting friendships with leaders Suzy Richter and Verlee Lauderbaugh. Drop in for just $4 or register for a month at a time.
A cross between hand ball, tennis and badminton, this sport is easy to learn and lots of fun. It’s played in the Jones Gym in the Community Center weekdays from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., Mondays and Fridays from 1:30 to 3 p.m., Wednesdays from 6 to 9 p.m. and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Daily fees or membership applies.
Indoor Track & More
Our three-lane indoor track is perfect for moving even in the heat of summer, or cold of winter. We offer other programs, too, that help keep bodies active with low-impact movement. The indoor track is free for residents.
BeMoved Dance & Movement
A whole-body aerobics. Using the format of BeMoved, instructor Hillary Granfield is able to share the joy of dance with people of all movement abilities. With 18 unique dance genres, BeMoved inspires participants to embrace dance as a lifelong path to health, joy and fulfillment. Open to all ages; newcomers are welcome at any time. Register through the Recreation Department. Drop-ins welcome if the class has room. The class is hosted Wednesdays from 9 to 10 a.m. in the Recreation Department’s aerobics room.
Stanley Museum of Art
Amanda Lensing, of the University of Iowa Stanley Museum of Art, offers a a lively art appreciation presentation. On Thursdays Sept. 5, Oct. 3, Nov. 7, and Dec 5 from 1 to 2 p.m., Lensing will bring a new topic to discuss or project to complete, some connected with current museum exhibits, others of general interest. This class is hosted in the North Liberty Community Library. Register for free online or by calling (319) 626-5722.
This lecture series, hosted in the North Liberty Community Center, is adapted from a popular Iowa City/Johnson County Senior Center program. Coffee and snacks provided. The program is open to anyone over 18. Drop-ins welcome.
The Aging Brain
Learn the science behind the aging brain on Tuesdays Sept. 10, Oct. 8, Nov. 12 and Dec. 10 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Is “aging” a disease, or merely a natural occurrence that produces disease-like symptoms? If humans are biologically programmed to survive and thrive, why do we age at all? Is it possible (or even desirable) to “cure” aging altogether? Facilitated by LivWell Senior Living Specialist Marcie Durian and North Liberty Projects Coordinator Angela McConville. Register for free at online or by calling (319) 626-5722.
Law School for Everyone
In this program, you’ll examine pivotal Supreme Court cases to learn how interpreting the Constitution has radically affected American society on Tuesdays Sept. 17, Oct. 15, Nov. 19, Dec. 17 from to 2:30 p.m. You’ll consider the Supreme Court’s role in deciding—and sometimes avoiding—questions of constitutionality. And you’ll investigate how changes in public opinion can influence how the Supreme Court interprets the Constitution. Facilitated by local retired lawyer Jeff Milton. Register for free online or by calling (319) 626-5722.