Good morning, Shawnee! It is great to have all our building remodeling projects completed and to be back in the Senior Center. Last Wednesday we had over 100 people brave the cold weather and attend our Open House held here at the Shawnee Senior Center, located at 401 N. Bell.

Good morning, Shawnee! It is great to have all our building remodeling projects completed and to be back in the Senior Center. Last Wednesday we had over 100 people brave the cold weather and attend our Open House held here at the Shawnee Senior Center, located at 401 N. Bell. Thank you to all who participated, as you made the day extra special. We want to give a big shout out to Chick-fil-A for the delicious Chick-n-Minis and to Don Woolery and Clayton Lewis for providing the awesome music!

Yes, the Center now has lots of “new” features to list: luxury vinyl tile flooring, baseboards, painted door trim, reconstructed front desk complete with ADA accessible counter, coffee and beverage station in the lobby, a filtered water fountain with bottle filling capability, three large screen TV’s with cable, padded multipurpose seating, lobby furniture, recreation room furniture, décor, ice machine, updated lighting, and WiFi access to be installed soon. We are very happy with the result, and we appreciate the positive feedback from patrons and guests.

The Healthy Living Senior Fair took place yesterday morning, and over 30 vendors joined us to provide health-related information and services in our community. We want to thank Belfair Memory Care Center for providing breakfast, as wall as all our community partners who participated. Shawnee Forward assisted us by preparing gift bags for the first 150 folks through the doors. This annual event will continue in the future with plans to make next year’s even larger.

This Tuesday the Diamond K Kiwanis group will be holding their famous Bake Sale, from 8:30 a.m. “until sold out!” Stop by early if you want to purchase a tasty treat!

Remember our latest Fitness Class Schedule will begin on Monday with three new classes and one new class time. The Enhance Fitness Class will continue to meet on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings with Beth 8:30-9:30 a.m. Cyndi’s Tai Chi for Better Balance will continue to be offered on Tuesday and Thursday mornings with the new time of 8:15-9:15 a.m.

Our first new class with Angie is Restorative Stretching, which will meet at the Senior Center on Monday and Wednesday mornings at 11:00 a.m. Incorporating very gentle poses and stretches through deep breathing, participants can enhance relaxation, balance and flexibility. It is perfect for any senior aged 55+ who is looking to de-stress and improve heart, soul and mind.

The second new class will meet at the Senior Center on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday afternoons, 1:30-2:30 p.m. It is called Forever Strong, and Angie will be leading a lite cardio session with additional beginning strengthening and flexibility exercises. All fitness levels are welcome to this overall body conditioning class, as progressions will be slow and safe.

We are happy to announce Angie’s third new class will meet at the Community Center on Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 11:00 a.m. This class is called Chair Fitness, and as the name says, all exercises can be completed while sitting in a chair. Come join Angie as she guides you through a simple exercise program designed to enhance circulation and basic movement patterns. The Community Center is located at 804 S. Park, on the corner of Park and Dunbar.

All our regular activities will continue at both the Senior Center and the Community Center, so be sure to come join us for some fun! Bingo is happening on Fridays at both locations, with the Community Cente’s starting at 10:30 a.m. every Friday, while the Senior Center hosts it on the second and fourth Fridays at 1:00 p.m. The cost is the same either place, with the first card being free, and all others going for just 25 cents each. To keep things fair, the maximum Bingo cards you can play at one time is nine, but that’s enough for anyone!

You can also stop by to get your blood pressure checked by the super Heartland Home Health and Hospice volunteers Pam and Nancy at either the Senior Center every Tuesday 9:30-11:30 a.m., or at the Community Center on the second and fourth Wednesdays 10:00 a.m.-12:00 noon.

The afternoon card game players have some new digs to enjoy, as we’ve transitioned their comfortable card playing chairs and round tables into an updated space, plus we supplemented those with new décor and optional padded multipurpose seating. Come join them on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 12:30 p.m., or on Thursdays for Pinochle at 1:00 p.m. And if Dominos is more your style, you can usually find a game going on most afternoons in the Recreation Room. Last, but not least, our three pool tables are always ready for more hot-shooting billiards players!

The new November calendar is ready, so stop by to pick up your copy. Or give us a call at 405-878-1528 and we can drop one to you in the mail. Just a sneak peak of what’s coming in November: Birthday Celebration, Pie Bake-Off, a Wellness Workshop sponsored by the Shawnee Public Library called “Consumer Health 101,” a Medicare Assistance Presentation by the Oklahoma Insurance Company, and Lifeline Screening at the end of the month. We will close both Thanksgiving Day and the Friday after Thanksgiving to give our staff time with their families.

Plan now to tune in to the “Mike in the Morning” show with Mike Askins on KGFF at 1040AM or 100.9FM. Each Wednesday at 8:35 a.m. Mike spotlights senior activities and programs with a staff person, so listen in for the latest.

And, as always, be sure to join us in person so we can see you at the center!