Edna McDonald, 90, tried out the tai chi class at the Langley Seniors Resource Centre open house on Jan. 16. A centre member, she started with the knitting group a few years ago and now takes several programs at the centre as well as volunteering at Langley Memorial Hospital. The open house Jan. 15 to 19 is to allow people to see all the centre has to offer. (Heather Colpitts/Langley Advance)

Langley’s biggest seniors centre hosts open house this week

The Langley Seniors Resource Centre spotlights its many programs and services.

The Langley Seniors Resource Centre ain’t your grandmother’s seniors’ centre.

But it could be.

The centre is a busy place, and has its Active Living 50+ Open House Jan. 15 to 19 when people can find out all about its many programs and services.

“This is our second annual open house, and we’re excited to welcome the community to see all of the great programming and services that we have to offer for the 50+,” said LSRS recreation director Sandy Lucas. “We are often told by our members and community partners that we are the best kept secret in Langley, and we want to break down that barrier by inviting all to learn about what we do here and the fun that we have.”

What’s on offer? Tai chi, yoga, workshops, storytelling, how to use a health tracking app, artificial intelligence, and much more.

Some of the highlights of the LSRS Open House will include complimentary cake & coffee, swag bags with a tour of the Langley Seniors Recreation Centre, door prizes, $5 off a new membership, free exercise program try-its, as well as a free showing of the Christopher Nolan film Dunkirk, taking place on Wednesday, Jan. 17, from 1 to 3 p.m.

On Tuesday at 1 p.m., learn about the community interfaith program One World. The course starts in mid-February.

Try tai chi for free on Tuesday from 11:35 a.m. to 12:35 p.m. Gentle flow yoga’s free session is Thursday at 5:30 p.m. and is open to anyone 30 and older.

There’s also free storytelling workshop 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Friday.

The centre offers activities and events for every fitness level and topic. Groups will take bus tours ranging from day trips to longer excursions. Mellow Yellow is the centre’s table tennis team. Throughout the year the centre holds theme dinners and entertainment evenings, craft groups, health presentations, and guest speakers.

It is also contracted by Fraser Health to offer such things as the bathing program. Better At Home provides non-medical supports to help seniors stay in their homes. The centre’s outreach programs include telephone buddies, volunteer drivers to get seniors to medical appointments, housing counselling, and more.

Information about the centre is available at the front desk, 20605 51B Ave., online at lsrs.ca by calling 604-530-3020.

SCHEDULE

Tuesday, Jan, 16

Pure Stretch Yoga—Try it! 10:00am – 11:00am

Enjoy a gentle class for those who want to maintain or achieve a healthy range of motion. Well suited for people who would not necessarily go to a traditional yoga class. If you have a yoga mat, please bring it!

Line Dancing—Try it! 11:30am – 12:30pm

Come join the fun, increase your energy, and get some exercise at the same time! Everyone is welcome!

Get Up & Go—Try it!—11:15am – 12:15pm

Try out this safe exercise class specifically designed to improve strength, balance and coordination, functional ability, independence, and quality of life. The majority of the class is taught while sitting.

Tai Chi—Try it!—11:35am – 12:35pm

This class uses flowing, meditative poses, and is designed to build stronger bones, improve your balance, and give you better health.

Introduction to “One World” Course

1:00pm – 1:30pm

Join Harold Rosen, a community interfaith educator, as he introduces the next course he will be teaching at the Centre, “One World”. This course will explore the question: How has humanity envisioned ‘One World’?

Wednesday, January 17

Qigong—Try it!—10:30am – 11:30am

Try this Chinese traditional exercise class based on flowing and stationary postures, deep breathing, and mental focus.

Free Reflexology Facials

Book your free 15 minute reflexology facial appointment between 9:30am – 12:30pm to try out Reflexology with Helga. Limited space so please register early!

Reflexology Information Session

12:30pm – 1:00pm

Learn about the benefits of reflexology for your health. Reflexology is a gentle touch for overall wellness, pain management, fatigue, stress, improved balance, and more!

Movie Afternoon: Dunkirk—1:00pm – 3:00pm

Join us for this free showing of the movie, Dunkirk. Refreshments will be available for sale before the movie.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Fit & Fabulous—Try it!—11:00am – 12:00pm

Check out our advanced fitness class. Classes include a warm up, intermediate cardio, weights, and occasional floor and stability ball work. Appropriate footwear is required.

Mah Jong Club—Try it!—9:00am – 11:30am

Join our Mah Jong Club to see and begin to learn how this ancient Chinese game is played.

Evening Class: Gentle Flow Yoga—30+ —Try it!

5:30pm – 6:30pm

Come try our evening Gentle Flow Yoga class. Everyone welcome! This session has classic yoga postures, a mini mediation, and focus on the Yogi breath. Great for all levels; however, you must be able to lower yourself onto the yoga mat. Please bring a yoga mat if you have one!

Friday, January 19, 2018

Free Story Telling Workshop

9:00am – 10:00am

Dean Broughton, of Living Legacy, is hosting a free workshop to help you tell your story to future generations. A free workbook will be provided that helps you capture the moments of your life.

Health Tracking Apps Presentation

10:30am – 11:30am

This one hour presentation dives into the top Android and Apple health apps to help you achieve your health goals this new year!

Oil & Acrylic Painting Art Exhibit

10:00am—12:00pm or 1:00pm—3:00pm

Come and check out our Oil & Acrylic Painting class. Meet the instructor and current participants. See their works of art on display and ask questions!

7 Artificial Intelligence Things You’re Already Using Presentation—11:45am – 12:45pm

Artificial Intelligence (AI) may seem like science fiction, but it might already be making your life flow a little smoother. During this fun one-hour presentation we will look at seven examples of AI that you might already be using!

Free Guided iPad Tour—1:00pm – 2:00pm

A free class for older adults who want to try an iPad. During this hour class, a Gluu Technology Society Coach will take you on an easy-to-follow tour of a brand new iPad. Learn what makes this device so easy to use!

 

Gerry-Lou Christianson was among those who took part in the Langley Seniors Resource Centre open house free classes. During a tai chi class, she did an exercise about chi energy releasing. (Heather Colpitts/Langley Advance)

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