Senior Programs (Spring/Summer)

As the days get longer and the weather gets warmer, we are excited to offer a wide range of events and activities for adults this spring and summer. From fitness classes to outdoor recreation opportunities, our programs are designed to help you stay active and engaged all season long.

Health and Wellness 

Zumba class at Senior Center

Shiip/SMP Assistance - Free

Do you have questions about Medicare benefits or protecting yourself from Medicare fraud? Call us to schedule an appointment with a SHIIP Volunteer. This year round program is offered for your convenience through the State of Iowa SHIIP (Senior Health Insurance Information Program). Counselors are trained by the state and do not sell or promote any insurance companies. policies, or agents. USRC is a local sponsor of SHIIP in Polk County. Please contact the USRC for an appointment at 515-278-3907. 

  

EveryStep Health Clinic (55+) - Free

Monthly health services includings: nail trim/foot care, blood sugar, and blood pressure testing. Appointments are free--this service is largely supported by grants. Donations to the program are accepted and may be given directly to the EveryStep Nurse. April-June appointments open for registration on Friday, March 1st at 8AM. You can register online, over the phone or in person. One appointment every three months, please. Registration Deadline: Appointments available until full Register Here 

  

Welcome to Medicare Seminar (55+) – Free

Are you going to be eligible for Medicare soon? Have you been on Medicare and want to better understand what it offers? This free, two-hour seminar is offered by SHIIP counselors. The program covers Medicare Part A and B benefits, the prescription drug benefit (Part D), Medicare Advantage plans, and Medicare supplement insurance. Call 515-278-3907 to register or sign up online. Registration Deadline: April 16

 

Mobility and Self Massage Workshop for Your Hands (55+) - $10

Learn integrated strategies using Yoga Tune Up© techniques and The Roll Model Method© to restore and repair the body, unlock tension, relieve pain and illuminate your bodies blind spots (weak areas that could become a catalyst for future injury.) When you stop to think about all of the ways we use our hands/wrists/fingers, you will want to give them some much needed (or is it “kneaded”) attention. This is especially true if you overuse them for holding phones, books, knitting needles or are spending too much time at the keyboard. You’ll learn how to mobilize joints in the hands/wrists and improve range of motion. Join us to learn how and get ready to roll. Registration Deadline: March 4 Register Here

  

Mobility and Self Massage Workshop for Your Feet (55+) - $10

Learn integrated strategies using Yoga Tune Up© techniques and The Roll Model Method© to restore and repair the body, unlock tension, and relieve pain. Your entire body alignment begins at your feet and can affect your body in many ways: plantar fasciitis, fallen arches, foot pain, tight hamstrings, unstable ankles, torn knee cartilage, pain in the hips and low back, and SI joint instability just to name a few. Join us to learn how and get ready to roll. Registration Deadline: March 18 Register Here

 

American Parkinson Disease Association: Parkinson's Roadmap for Education and Support Services (55+) – Free

Were you diagnosed with Parkinson's in the last 5 years? Do you have questions about Medication Management, Dealing with Physical Symptoms of PD, caring for family with PD, or Building your Healthcare Team? This 8-week program offers you and your loved ones PD support, education and resources to help you along your PD journey. Conducted in small groups, the format allows for in-depth and personalized discussions. To register, you must contact the APDA Instructor directly, at 515-782-4386. • Each group will consist of up to 10-12 participants. • The group is open to anyone with a diagnosis of PD, diagnosed within the last 5 years and their care partners. • Participants must commit to all sessions and make every effort to complete the program, engage and share. • All participants must be screened by the facilitator to participate. • Each session will be 1.5 hours each week for 8 weeks Registration Deadline: April 3. To register, you must contact the APDA Instructor directly, at 515-782-4386

 

USRC Spring Step Challenge (55+) - Free

Take the USRC Step Challenge to walk your way to better health! We’ll have individual and Center goals during the months of April and May, and prizes to keep you motivated along the way. This program is free of charge, but you must register to be eligible for prizes and special events! More information and tracking sheets will be distributed to registered participants closer to the start of this challenge. Registration Deadline: March 29 Register Here

  

Balance and Fall Prevention with Iowa Clinic Physical Therapists (55+) - $20

5-week group exercise class with assessment and reassessment by Physical Therapists to help you gauge your progress. Registration Deadline: April 30 Register Here

  

Volunteering

Derek Zarn at Urbandale Food Pantry Volunteering

Meals from the Heartland (55+) - Free

Join our group on April 2 (new date) as we head to Meals from the Heartland to package meals for a 2-hour volunteer shift. You can drive yourself, or join us for free in our 15-passenger van. Please note which transportation you will be taking when you register. Meals from the Heartland provides packaged meals to the hungry both in Iowa and around the world, distributing almost 14 million meals last year. The packaging shift lasts from 9:30-11:30 am. Transportation will load from the USRC at 9 am and return by noon. Register Here

  

Sneaker Drive (55+) – Free

We've all got a pair of old gym sneakers or hiking boots lying in the back of our closets. Drop off your used athletic shoes in May as we will collect and donate them to raise money for the Urbandale Food Pantry. Each pair will be evaluated by GotSneakers. Sneakers can be in any condition, excellent, fair, poor, or recyclable. Recycling your shoes is keeping them out of landfills and is much better for our environment!

  

Garden Group – June (55+) - Free

During the month of June, if you would like to help maintain the gardens and flower pots around the USRC, you can register to be a part of the garden group. We'll send you emails with opportunities to help out throughout the year.

  

Senior Fitness

Senior Fitness

Fitness Room (55+) 

Cardio equipment is available on a first-come, first-served basis for use during our open hours for everyone 55 and over. There is no charge to use the fitness room, you just need an annual waiver on file. Equipment includes 2 treadmills, 4 NuSteps, a recumbent elliptical, and a recumbent bicycle. No Registration Needed, Drop In Program 

  

Tai Chi Together (55+) - Free

Wednesday; 8:30 AM - 9:15 AM. Our Tai Chi Group meets every monday morning for a group-guided practice of this low-impact series of gentle, flowing movements. THis group welcomes people of all skill levels and experience to join their journey to a better health through the art of Tai Chi. This is a drop in program. Call the USRC for this groups current meeting schedule. No Registration Needed, Drop In Program 

  

Senior Fitness Classes (55+) 

The Urbandale Senior Recreation Center offers over 20 fitness classes of varying styles and intensity levels each week. Our fitness classes are very popular, and we think we can safely say we have something for everyone. Some classes include Chair Yoga, Cardio & Strength, Zumba, Line Dance, Yoga, Seated Exercise, Pilates, Cardio Dance, Kickboxing, and more. We also offer small group personal training experiences. Please see the Urbandale Senior Recreation Center Newsletter for a listing of current class offerings. Registration for classes in April – June opens on Friday, March 1, 2024; 8:00 AM. Register Here.


Social Programs

Arrow Academy Mini Music Makers Song Notes Music Sheet

“Bookies" Book Club (55+) - Free

Grab a copy of the monthly title from any public library or bookstore and get ready to discuss them with your fellow book club members. No Registration Needed, Drop In Program 

  • Wednesday, March 20, 2024; 10:00 AM - The School for Good Mothers by Jessamine Chan
  • Wednesday, April 17, 2024; 10:00 AM - A Circle of Wives by Alice LaPlante 
  • Wednesday, May 15, 2024; 10:00 AM - The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman
  • Wednesday, June 19, 2024; 10:00 AM - There by Tommy Orange


Music Mixers (55+) - Free

Tuesday 1 PM - 2 PM. Come play your instrument and find some friends to pay with, ir just listen to others share their talents. This drop-in program brightens the Center atmosphere and we always welcome new participants. Registration Deadline: No Registration Needed 

  

Timely Talkers (55+) - Free

Join this discussion group for some lively conversation on a variety of topics including current events, personal experiences, and local news. Everyone is welcome! Tuesdays 10:30 AM-12:00 PM. No Registration Needed, Drop-In Program.   

 

Podcasts and Pizza (55+) - Free

Tuesday, April 2 - 30, 2024; 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM. Come listen to a podcast once a week and stick around for further discussion afterward if you'd like! It's not necessary to attend every week, so if you are out of town once or twice, you can still enjoy the weeks you are here! Bring your own lunch if you’d like. The final week, we’ll provide pizza for everyone!

The Washington Post’s Lillian Cunningham journeys through the messy past and uncertain future of America’s national parks. In trips through five iconic landscapes, she ventures off the marked trail and beyond the parks’ borders to better understand the most urgent stories playing out in these places today. Along the way, she meets the people fighting to help these parks evolve – and survive. Registration Deadline: March 26 Register Here

  • April 2: Yosemite National Park
  • April 9: Glacier National Park
  • April 16: Everglades National Park
  • April 23: White Sands National Park
  • April 30: Gates of the Arctic National Park 

 

Cards and Games Groups

Senior Board Games

Monthly Game Day (55+)

If you enjoy, cards, games, or puzzles, you'll love this program. Once a month, we'll host a specific game. Bring your friends! Advance registrations are now required. Registration Deadline: Advance Registration Now Required Register Here

  

Skip Bo (55+) - Free

Thursday, March 21, 2024; 1 PM - 3 PM. Registration Deadline: March 19 Register Here

  

Bunco (55+) - Free

Thursday, April 18, 2024; 1 PM - 3 PM. Registration Deadline: April 16 Register Here

  

Rummikub (55+) - Free

Thursday, May 16, 2024; 1 PM - 3 PM. Registration Deadline: May 9 Register Here

  

Scattegories (55+) - Free

Thursday, June 20, 2024; 1 PM - 3 PM. Registration Deadline: June 18 Register Here

  

Learn to Play Mahjongg (55+) - $50

Thursday, April 4 - 25, 2024; 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM. Mahjongg is a game of Chinese origin, usually played by four players in which tiles bearing various designs are drawn and discarded until one player has an entire hand of winning combinations. It is similar to the game rummy. This class is here to get you up and running in this growing game of strategy! Class fee includes necessary instructional booklet for play. Registration Deadline: March 28 Register Here

  

Learn to Play Cribbage (55+) - $5

Monday, July 15, 2024; 2 PM - 3 PM. Come and learn the how to play the game Cribbage! This numbers game goes beyond pure mathematics and relies on the strategy and tactics to win. We will learn how to play, count, and score Cribbage and introduce you to this fast-paced game! Registration Deadline: July 18 Register Here

 

Learn to Play Cribbage (55+) - $5

Monday, July 29, 2024; 2 PM - 3 PM. 

Come and learn the how to play the game Cribbage! This numbers game goes beyond pure mathematics and relies on the strategy and tactics to win. We will learn how to play, count, and score Cribbage and introduce you to this fast-paced game! Registration Deadline: July 22 Register Here

  

Mahjongg (55+) - Free

Tuesday 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM, Thursdays 12:30 PM - 3 PM. Join our group of Mahjongg players for this fun game. Beginners are welcome. No Registration Needed, Drop In Program 

  

Cribbage (55+) - Free

Tuesday 1 PM - 3 PM. Are you crazy about cribbage? Join us every Tuesday afternoon to practice your skills and meet new players. No Registration Needed, Drop In Program 

  

500 Club (55+) - Free

Wednesdays; 12:00 PM-3:00 PM. Do you enjoy the card game 500? Stop in and join our 500 group every Wednesday afternoon. No Registration Needed, Drop In Program 

 

Bridge (55+) - Free

Monday 9 AM - 12 PM. Contract bridge, or simply bridge, is a trick-taking card game using a standard 52-card deck. It is played by four players in two competing partnerships, with partners sitting opposite around a table. Join us during our all-day cards and games time to play bridge, and more! No Registration Needed, Drop In Program 

 

Arts and Crafts

Soapmaking

Needlers Group (55+) - Free

Wednesday 12 PM - 2:30 PM. This thread based craft group gets together to work on knitting, crochet, or cross-stitch projects with a side of socialization. Share ideas of techniques with others. All skills levels welcome! No Registration Needed, Drop In Program 

  

JOPPA Mat Service Project (55+) - Free

Thursdays 9 AM - 12 PM. Once a week, our crafty crew gets together to crochet plastic mats for JOPPA (a local organization serving those experiencing homelessness) and they welcome more help! No Registration Needed, Drop In Program 

  

Dress A Girl (55+) - Free

Friday, April 19, 2024; May 17, 2024; June 21, 2024; 9 AM - 12:30PM. Make dresses that are hand-delivered world-wide to girls in need and at risk to show them they are loved. Even if you don't sew there are ways to get involved. We welcome anyone interested in working at the USRC, or wanting to take home dress kits and return them once completed. This group meets on the third Friday of each month. No Registration Needed, Drop In Program 

  

Padfolio (55+) - $15

Thursday, April 11, 2024; 1 PM - 2 PM. Learn to make these tablet folios with our papercraft instructor Joyce! Padfolios have a side pocket and a magnetic closure and are handy for shopping lists, notes in the car, school, meetings, and gifts. The tablet slides into the cover so it can be replaced as needed. We’ll use fun, colorful print cardstock as well as stickers and other embellishments to personalize the folios. All supplies included. Registration Deadline: April 4 Register Here

  

Floral Hoop Design (55+) - $20

Thursday, April 18, 2024; 1 PM - 3 PM. Celebrate the beginning of Spring by creating a beautiful dried floral wall hanging. Use it on your front door or as a fun accent to a room in your home. These were a hit during our Macramé Series in the fall and we decided to offer this as a course of its own! Registration Deadline: April 11 Register Here

  

Memorial Cone Workshop (55+) - $25

Thursday, May 9, 2024; 1 PM - 3 PM. In this workshop you will make two memorial cones with artificial flowers. Choose your own colors, ribbons, and accents to personalize in memory of your loved ones. You can always spot a plethora of these flower arrangements decorating cemeteries every Memorial Day. The registration fee covers the first 2 cones. Additional cones can be added for $10 each when you register. Registration Deadline: May 2 Register Here

  

Origami (55+) - $15

Monday, May 20, 2024; 1 PM - 3 PM. Learn the traditional art of paper folding. Step-by-step, we'll use fun and colorful papers to create a beautiful themed project. Check out our lobby in early May for an example of this craft. No experience necessary. Registration Deadline: May 13 Register Here

  

Tie Dye: Red, White and Blue! (55+) - $15

Thursday, June 10, 2024; 1-3 PM. Unleash your creativity with our Red, White, and Blue Tie-Dye Class – a vibrant journey into the art of self-expression! We will prep, design, and dye a new statement piece for your wardrobe. Participants must provide their own new, 100% cotton shirt. Shirts must be brought to the USRC by Fri, June 7 at 9 am for preprocessing. Registration Deadline: June 3 Register Here

  

Rainbow Lizard: Tie Roses (55+) - $25

Thursday, June 13, 2024; 1-2 PM. Get your upcycling going while learning how to make Necktie Roses.  Learn how to make Necktie Roses, which are a great gift to honor or remember someone. Bring your own ties if you have a favorite, or use provided supplies. You will be learning two versions in this hour class with Amanda Arthur-Struss with Rainbow Lizard Design. Each rose takes one necktie. Registration Deadline: June 6 Register Here

  

Rainbow Lizard: Detail Painting (55+) - $35

Thursday, July 18, 2024; 1-3 PM. Our painting instructor Amanda of Rainbow Lizard Design is back for our next level of painting class. In this Detail Painting course, you will delve deeper into acrylic painting in this two-hour class. Exploring shadows and highlights as you paint a beautiful rose and learning how to get into the details. Amanda will be breaking down the painting so you can go step by step to create your own masterpiece. This class opens for registration June 1st at 8 AM. Registration Deadline: July 11 Register Here

  

Jewelry Repair Workshop (55+) - $15

Monday, August 5, 2024; 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM. This workshop provides you with the opportunity to use our Jewelry making supplies to make small repairs to your favorite jewelry item. Some instructional materials will be available for use. Registration opens in June. Registration Deadline: July 29 Register Here

  

Origami (55+) - $15

Monday, August 26, 2024; 1 PM - 3 PM. Learn the traditional art of paper folding. Step-by-step, we'll use fun and colorful papers to create a beautiful themed project. Check out our lobby in early August for an example of this craft. No experience necessary. This class opens for registration in June. Registration Deadline: August 19 Register Here

  

Get Involved

Senior Ice Cream Social

Program Planning and Feedback Session (55+) - Free

Tuesday, April 16, 2024; June 18, 2024; 2 PM - 3 PM. Do you have an idea for a program you think others would enjoy? Want a sneak peek at the upcoming offerings? We'd love to have you join us at our bi-monthly planning session. Everyone is welcome! No Registration Needed, Drop In Program 

 

New Member Orientation (55+) - Free

Wednesday, April 10, 2024; 2 PM - 2:30 PM; Wednesday, May 8, 2024; 10:30 AM - 11 AM; Wednesday, June 12, 2024; 2 PM - 2:30 PM. If you’re new to the USRC or would like more information on what is offered and how to get started, drop by for a brief tour and time to ask questions with USRC staff. Q & A to follow. No Registration Needed, Meet in the Lobby

 

Gardening with Marcia 

Garden Produce

Epic Vegetables (55+) - Free

Monday, April 8, 2024; 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM. Have you been wondering how to up you veggie garden game? We'll learn about growing our favorite vegetables in containers and in the ground. This class will include a spotlight on that versatile veggie the tomato! Registration Deadline: April 1 Register Here

  

Save the Bees, Plant These (55+) - Free

Monday, May 13, 2024; 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM. This session is for all you pollinator pals. Marcia will provide information on plant choices and care to attract a variety of pollinator species including hummingbirds and butterflies! Registration Deadline: May 6 Register Here


Gardening as We Age (55+) - Free

Monday, July 8, 2024; 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM. Gardening is an excellent activity to lower you stress and slow down to appreciate the beauty of our natural world, but all the bending, kneeling and digging can add stress to the physical body. Marcia will share her best advice on how to lower the stress to your body, to keep you gardening and growing through the many seasons of life. Registration Deadline: July 1 Register Here

  

Educational Sessions  


AARP Safe Drivers Course (55+) - $20 for AARP Members, $25 for non-members

Learn defensive driving techniques, new traffic laws, rules of the road, and more in this 4-hour course. Find out how to adjust your driving to age-related changes in vision, hearing, and reaction time. Auto insurance companies in most states provide a multi year discount to graduates! (Consult your insurance agent, $5 discount with your AARP membership).

  • Friday, April 5, 2024; 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM Registration Deadline: March 29 Register Here
  • Friday, June 7, 2024; 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM. Registration Deadline: May 31 Register Here


CPR/AED & First Aid Training (18+) - $95

Are you prepared to make a difference in case of an emergency? Our CPR/AED & First Aid class equips you with the essential skills and knowledge to be a lifesaver when it matters most. Whether you're a concerned parent, teacher, student, caregiver, or simply someone who wants to be better prepared, this class is your gateway to confidence in the face of adversity. This course begins with a few hours of online, self-paced learning, followed by the in-person session listed below. Find this class under the Adult header on our registration site. April 18 class will be held at Lions Ralph Whitten Shelter.

  • Thursday, April 18, 2024; 6:30 PM - 8 PM. Registration Deadline: April 11 Register Here
  • Tuesday June 18, 2024; 6:30 PM - 8 PM. Registration Deadline: June 11 Register Here

 

Fall Prevention (55+) - Free

Monday, April 15, 2024; 2 PM - 3 PM. Did you know that falls are the leading cause of injury for seniors, and that most falls happen in the home? Join the Urbandale Fire Department to discuss fall prevention and safety. Registration Deadline: April 8 Register Here

  

ISU Extension: Final Arrangements (55+) - $5

Thursday, April 25, 2024; 2 PM - 3 PM. Thinking about mortality—your own or that of a loved one—is difficult. Making final arrangements involves more than planning a funeral. Get information about funeral/burial options and costs and related Iowa laws. Use a pre-planning checklist to consider end-of-life decisions that can be made now and how to organize documents to help the living. Registration Deadline: April 18 Register Here

  

Stop the Bleed (55+) - Free

Monday, May 6, 2024; 2 PM - 3 PM. With 3 quick actions, you can be trained to save a life. The number 1 cause of preventable death after injury is bleeding. Minutes count! Someone who is severely bleeding can bleed to death in as little as 5 minutes. That’s why bleeding control—keeping the blood inside the body—is the purpose of STOP THE BLEED® training. This program is for everyone! Lives have been saved from this training in all sorts of places, including schools, farms, and ski slopes. You never know when your training could save a life. Registration Deadline: April 29 Register Here

  

ISU Extension: Exercise Your Independence (55+) - $5

Thursday, May 23, 2024; 2 PM - 3 PM. Physical activity is an important part of any healthy lifestyle. Learn about tips to stay active when you are busy and strategies to fit physical activity into a busy schedule. Find this class under the Adult header on our registration site. Registration Deadline: May 16 Register Here

 

Isle Royale (55+) - Free

Tuesday, June 4, 2024; 1 PM - 2 PM. Isle Royale National Park is a remote island wilderness in the middle of Lake Superior. It is only accessible by ferry, seaplane, or private watercraft. It is one of the least-visited National Parks, due to the challenge of traveling there, and the fact that it is one of few parks that closes for the winter. Join a park ranger for this informative presentation. Registration Deadline: May 28 Register Here

  

ISU Extension: Preserve the Taste of Summer (18+) - $5

Thursday, July 18, 2024; 2 PM - 3 PM. Love that fresh garden produce but have more than you can eat? Preserve it! It’s not difficult, but you do need to follow safe methods. You’ll learn how to can, freeze, and dry foods safely at home in this introductory course. Registration Deadline: July 11 Register Here

  

ISU Extension: Cooking for One or Two (18+) - $5

Thursday, August 29, 2024; 2 PM - 3 PM. One and two-person households are the fastest-growing segment of the population. Learn to use MyPlate for meal planning and unpack our toolbox of tips for planning, shopping, and preparing well-balanced meals. Registration Deadline: August 22 Register Here

  

Lunch and Learn (55+)

Each month a different presentation is offered. The education is free and an options boxed sandwich meal is $5. Please indicate if you are ordering lunch when you register. 

 

Generation RX (55+) - Free (Optional Lunch $5)

Friday, April 12, 2024; 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM. Generation Rx is a nation-wide educational initiative to promote safe medication practices in an effort to prevent the misuse of prescription drugs. The initiative   presents on how to use, dispose of, and store prescription medications safely, to help decrease the risk for adverse drug events. Registration Deadline: April 5 Register Here

 

Human Trafficking in Iowa (55+) - Free (Optional Lunch $5)

Friday, May 10, 2024; 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM. Human trafficking can happen anywhere, at any time. Learn how you can help prevent and stop this crime at this community presentation. We will host Ray Fiedler the coordinator for the Iowa Office to Combat Human Trafficking in the Division of Intelligence - Iowa Department of Public Safety, will offer tips for identifying human trafficking situations and resources for responding. Registration Deadline: May 3 Register Here

 

Beyond the Books: Urbandale Public Library's Services and Resources - Free (Optional Lunch $5)

Friday, June 14, 2024; 1 PM - 2 PM. Libraries are vital community services with so much to offer! Join staff from the Urbandale Public Library to learn about several resources and services that you might not realize libraries offer! Registration Deadline: June 7 Register Here


Technology Assistance


One-on-One Technology Assistance (55+) – Free 

Various Fridays, Spring, 2024; 1:20 PM - 2:30 PM. Our high school students & tech experts from Waukee’s APEX program are back from February through April to provide one-on-one tech support at no charge to you. Bring your mobile device and a few questions about what is tripping you up. The students will help you get more comfortable with how to use your device. Appointments are limited based upon demand to ensure everyone has a chance to utilize this free service.

 

Understanding Your iPhone and iPad Settings (55+) – $5 

Monday, May 13, 2024; 1 PM – 2 PM. In this class we will go through many of the settings on the Apple iPhone and iPad. We will discuss what the settings do and what might be the appropriate settings based on how you use your iPhone and/or iPad. Registration Deadline: May 6 Register Here

 

Streaming Services (55+) - $10

Tuesday, May 14, 2024; 1 PM - 3 PM. Streaming services are companies that make TV shows and movies available over the internet. They are easy to sign up for across multiple devices in your home, and accessible anywhere you have an internet connection. This class will talk about the big names in streaming; Netflix, Hulu, Apple TV, Prime, Disney+. We'll also talk about how their selections of media change over time, and how to check if what you want is available. This class will not cover navigating a smart TV, or signing into these services on your devices. (Min 6/Max 15). Registration Deadline: May 7 Register Here

  

iPhone and iPad for Beginners Part 1 (55+) - $10

Monday, June 17, 2024; 1 PM - 3 PM. In this class, the basics of using your Apple device will be covered. Topics include Wi-Fi vs. cellular connections, keyboard, notes, apps, photos, etc. This class does not cover Android phones or tablets. Registration Deadline: June 10 Register Here

  

iPhone and iPad for Beginners Part 2 (55+) - $10

Monday, June 24, 2024; 1 PM - 3 PM. Come back for more! Learn about maps, the calendar, the calculator, and more about photos! We'll also learn about downloading eBooks and audio books. Registration Deadline: June 17 Register Here

  

Taking Photos with Your iPhone and iPad (55+) - $5

Monday, July 8, 2024; 1 PM - 2 PM. Learn how the camera and photo apps work on your Apple devices. Get an overview of how to take, edit, and organize photos on your iPhone or iPad. Registration Deadline: July 1 Register Here

 

Freeing Up Space on Your iPhone, iPad, and Mac Computer (55+) - $5

Monday, July 22, 2024; 1 PM - 2 PM. Trying to take a photo and your device is full again? This course will review some basic ways to free up space on your device in simple steps. Registration Deadline: July 15 Register Here

 

Sharing and Saving Photos on Your Apple Devices (55+) - $5

Monday, August 12, 2024; 1 PM - 2 PM. This class will overview how you can share photos with friends and family using an Apple iPhone, iPad, or MAC computer. Apple Shared Albums is one of the capabilities we will discuss and demonstrate. Registration Deadline: August 6 Register Here

 

Buying a Laptop/Smartphone (55+) - $5

Monday, September 9, 2024; 1 PM - 2 PM. When purchasing a new smartphone, tablet or computer, you should be aware of the various features and functionality of these devices. This class will overview many of these features and help you decide what is important based on how you plan to use a new smartphone, tablet or computer. Registration Deadline: September 2 Register Here

  

Special Events


Pi Day (55+) - $2

Thursday, March 14, 2024; 1:59 PM. Pie and ice cream are a great way to celebrate Pi(e) Day! Advanced registration is required to help us plan for this fun day celebrating everyone’s favorite mathematical constant. Registration Deadline: March 7 Register Here

 

Urbandale Open: Mini Golf Tournament (55+) - $10/team

Friday, March 29, 2024; 1 PM - 2:30 PM. Sign up as a team of 3-4 to try your hand at our Mini Golf Course that makes its way through the USRC. Prizes will be awarded to the top 3 finishing teams. Shotgun start at 1 pm. Registration Deadline: March 22 Register Here

  

5 Buck Bingo (55+) - Free

Thursday, May 2, 2024; 2 PM - 3:30 PM. Bingo is back, and now it’s easier to play! No registration required--just drop in and play. It’s fun and free! We’ll play 10 rounds, and winners from each round will take home their choice of  $5 gift card. Registration Deadline: May 2 Register Here

  

Ice Cream Social (55+) - Free

Friday, May 24, 2024; 1 PM - 2 PM. Stop by for ice cream, all the best sundae toppings, and time with friends. No need to register--this is a drop-in program.

  

Sports and Recreation 


Chair Volleyball (55+) - $1/person/day

Monday, March 4 - April 29, 2024; 2 PM - 3 PM. Check out this fun version of volleyball while seated! Great for upper body mobility and joint flexibility. You’ll play seated in a chair with a beach ball, using a lowered net. It’s sure to be lots of fun--bring a few friends to try it out! No Volleyball on April 8. Registration Deadline: No Registration Needed, Drop In Program

  

Drop-In Pickleball for Beginners (55+) - $3/person/day

Tuesday, April 2-30, 2024 2 PM - 4 PM and Wednesday, April 3-24, 2024 2 PM - 4 PM. Two courts are available for drop-in play at the USRC for beginner pickleball players. Balls and paddles are available or bring your own. The last day of Drop-In Pickleball will be April 30 for the Spring. (Max 16) Registration Deadline: No Registration Needed, Drop In Program 

  

UrbanTrail Walking Group (55+) 

Meet and walk together on Urbandale's amazing trail system. Walks will be low to medium intensity, approximately 2 miles, and meant to make exploring the trails safe and accessible for all. Please register in advance so we know to expect you and can notify you of any cancellations or changes. 

  • Urbandale Library (55+) - $1. Friday, April 19, 2024; 10 AM - 11 AM. Location: Departs from Urbandale Public Library. Registration Deadline: April 12 Register Here
  • Walnut Creek Regional Park (55+) - $1. Friday, May 10, 2024; 10 AM - 11 AM. Location: Departs from Walnut Creek Regional Park. Registration Deadline: May 3 Register Here
  • Urbandale Middle School (55+) - $1. Friday, June 7; 10 AM - 11 AM. Location: Departs from the Urbandale Middle School. Registration Deadline: May 31 Register Here


Over the Hill Hiking (55+) 

We'll meet at the trailhead of each hike before setting off together. Wear comfortable, protective footwear, bring water, sunscreen or a hat, and appropriate clothing. Let's get out there and start hiking! Meet-up information will be emailed 1-2 days prior to our hike. 

  • McFarland Park (55+) - $4. Thursday, June 27, 2024; 10 AM - 12 PM. Registration Deadline: June 20 Register Here
  • Brenton Arboretum (55+) - $4. Thursday, July 11, 2024; 10 AM - 12 PM. Registration Deadline: July 3 Register Here


Learn to Play Pickleball (55+) - $20

Thursday, April 25 - May 16, 2024; 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM. Come learn the rules of the game and skills needed to get started playing one of the fastest growing sports. Pickleball paddles and balls will be available if needed. The class will be held at Walker Johnston Park Pickleball Courts. Receive a $5 on our Pickleball Doubles League registration if you take our Learn to Play Pickleball class! Registration Deadline: April 18 Register Here

 

Learn to Play Bocce Ball (55+) - $5

Tuesday, April 30, 2024; 2 PM - 3 PM. If you’ve always wanted to learn how to play the game of Bocce Ball, this clinic is for you! We'll walk you through the rules of the game, with instructions and demonstrations. We'll also allow for a few rounds of play. We hope after this session, you'll join us for our league! Receive a $5 discount on your Bocce Ball League registration if you take this Learn to Play class! Registration Deadline: April 23 Register Here

  

Learn to Play Cornhole (55+) - $5

Tuesday, May 21, 2024; 2 PM - 3 PM. If you’ve always wanted to learn how to play the game of cornhole , this clinic is for you! We'll walk you through the rules of the game, with instructions and demonstrations. We'll also allow for a few rounds of play. We hope after this session, you'll join us for our league! Receive a $5 discount on your Cornhole League registration if you take this Learn to Play class! Registration Deadline: May 14 Register Here

  

Learn to Golf (55+) - $125

Tuesday and Thursday, July 16 - 30, 2024; 9 AM - 10 AM. Sugar Creek Golf Club in Waukee is hosting this 5-class introduction to the game of golf. We'll cover rules, etiquette, putting, pitching & chipping, irons, and woods. Clubs are available to rent from Sugar Creek at an additional cost. If you have your own clubs, please bring them. On the last day of class, we will play 9 holes of golf together to try out our new skills. Registration Deadline: July 9 Register Here

 

Learn to Play Bocce Ball (55+) - $5

Wednesday, August 14, 2024; 1 PM - 2 PM. If you’ve always wanted to learn how to play the game of Bocce Ball, this clinic is for you! We'll walk you through the rules of the game, with instructions and demonstrations. We'll also allow for a few rounds of play. We hope after this session, you'll join us for our league! Receive a $5 discount on your Bocce Ball League registration if you take this Learn to Play class! class opens for registration in June. Registration Deadline: August 7 Register Here

  

Sports Leagues  


Spring Bocce League

Come and see what all the rage is about and join one of our Spring bocce leagues! Teams of 4 will play a 6-week regular season followed by a single elimination tournament for the top 8 teams. Monday, May 27th is a league bye week as the USRC is closed for Memorial Day. An informational preseason league meeting will be held on Monday, May 6th at 2:00PM. Min 4 teams/Max 12 teams. 

  • Monday/Competitive (55+) - $24/team Monday, May 13 – July 1, 2024; 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM. Registration Deadline: May 3 Register Here
  • Tuesday/Recreation (55+) - $24/team Tuesday, May 14 - June 25, 2024; 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM. Registration Deadline: May 3 Register Here

  

Cornhole League (55+) - $20/team

Wednesday, June 12 - July 31, 2024; 9:30 AM - 12:30 PMBack by popular demand! Teams of 2 will play a 6-week regular season followed by a single elimination tournament. An informational preseason league meeting will be held on Monday, June 3 at 2 pm. Registration Deadline: May 31 Register Here

  

Pickleball Mixed Doubles League

These 6-week leagues will be played at the Walker Johnston Pickleball Courts, with a 7th week, optional single-elimination tournament. Games will be played on Thursdays at 10:30 AM or 11:30 AM. Bring your own paddles and balls, or check one out from the USRC for the season. An informational preseason league meeting will be held at the USRC on June 6 at 2 PM. Location: Pickleball Courts at Walker Johnston Park 

  • Novice (55+) - $24/team Thursday, June 13 - August 1, 2024; 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM. Players can enjoy friendly matches, improve their game, and connect with fellow enthusiasts. Registration Deadline: May 31 Register Here
  • Advanced (55+) - $24/team Thursday, June 13 - August 1, 2024; 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM. More skilled players (3.5 or above) looking for a recreational opportunity will enjoy this league. Registration Deadline: May 31 Register Here


Bocce Ball All Stars Tournament (55+) - $15/team

Tuesday, July 9-16, 2024; 8:30 AM - 3 PM. Brace yourselves for the ultimate bocce showdown at the first USRC All Stars Bocce Ball Tournament. Join the friendly competition where newcomers and seasoned pros alike come together for a day of skill, strategy, and camaraderie. Sign up your team of 2, 3, or 4 players for this two-day, double elimination-style tournament bracket! Registration Deadline: June 28.  Register Here

 

Pickleball All Stars Tournament (55+) - $15/team

Wdnesday , August 7-14, 2024; 8:30 AM - 3 PM. Get ready to smash, volley, and score at the Pickleball All Star Tournament—the pinnacle of pickleball excitement! Whether you're a pickleball enthusiast or a newcomer to the sport, this tournament is your ticket to a day of spirited competition and unmatched camaraderie. Sign your two-person team up for this double elimination bracket style tournament! Registration Deadline: July 26. Register Here

 

Fall Bocce League

Come and see what all the rage is about and join one of our Spring bocce leagues! Teams of 4 will play a 6-week regular season followed by a single elimination tournament for the top 8 teams. An informational preseason league meeting will be held on Monday, August 26th at 2:00PM. This league opens for registration in June. Registration Deadline: August 23 

  • Monday/ Competitive (55+) - $24/team Monday, September 9 - October 14, 2024; 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
  • Tuesday/Recreation (55+) - $24/team Tuesday, September 10 - October 15, 2024; 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM

 

Senior Trips  


World War 1 Museum (55+) 

The Liberty Memorial Association (LMA) was created shortly after World War I to create a lasting monument to the men and women who had served in the war. In 1919, The LMA and citizens of Kansas City raised more than $2.5 million in just 10 days. This is equivalent to more than $40 million today. Join us as we visit America’s official WWI Museum and Memorial, home to the most comprehensive collection of WWI objects in the world. Included in your fee are transportation via charter bus, a tour of the museum, and lunch. We’ll stop for dinner, please bring money for this stop. The Liberty Memorial Tower has a 217-foot-high, open-air observation deck where you can view Kansas City from up high. You have the option to climb the tower, or just enjoy the rest of the museum. To reach the top of the Tower, guests ride an elevator and climb 45 steps. Two trip options are available. Please note that the May trip leaves from Urbandale and the July trip will leave from Ankeny or Waukee.

  • Wednesday, May 15, 2024; 7 AM - 8 PM – $109 - Registration Deadline: April 12 Register Here
  • Wednesday, July 10, 2024; 7 AM - 8 PM – $119 - Registration Deadline: June 7 Register Here

 

I Cubs (55+) - $8

Wednesday, May 22, 2024. Cheer on the I-Cubs as they play the Indianapolis Indians (Pittsburg Pirates) and enjoy a beautiful day at Principal Park! This trip is open to all ages, so feel free to invite your younger friends and family to attend. Optional transportation in our 15-passenger van is available from the USRC for $12. Transportation will load at 11 am at the USRC and return after the game. Please select if you are planning to use our transportation when you register. Registration Deadline: May 15 Register Here

 

Strawberry Picking (55+) - $12 

Tuesday, June 11, 2024; 8 AM. Join us for strawberry picking at the Berry Patch Farm in Nevada. Wear sturdy shoes and comfy clothes. Due to strawberry plants being located low on the ground, expect to crouch, bend, reach, and kneel. After picking, we’ll head to Hickory Park in Ames for lunch. Registration covers transportation in a 15-passenger van. Bring money for the berries you pick and your lunch. The date is weather dependent. Registration Deadline: June 4 Register Here

 

Iowa PBS Headquarters Tour (55+) - Free

Wednesday, June 19, 2024; 1 PM - 2 PM. Iowa PBS is Iowa's only statewide television broadcasting network, creating quality, innovative media, and services that educate, inform, enrich, and inspire Iowans. They're the folks who bring you those unforgettable local programs, broadcast services, and innovative educational initiatives that shape the future of our communities. Come check out Iowa PBS! During your visit, we’ll have a full behind-the-scenes tour of the Iowa PBS studios in Johnston and you'll have a chance to visit with staff along the way. This tour will be conducted on foot, expect to spend most of the tour walking or standing. Optional transportation in our 15-passenger van is available to this program for a $12 fee. Transportation will load at 12:30 pm at the USRC and return at approximately 2:30 pm. Please select if you are planning to use our transportation when you register. Registration Deadline: June 12 Register Here

 

Classic Oldies Lunch Cruise (55+) - $129

Thursday, August 8, 2024; 7 AM - 6 PM. Board a bus on dry land and we'll get you safely to Moline to cruise down the Mississippi on the Classic Oldies Lunch Cruise on the Celebration Belle. While you’re cruising down the Mississippi, just sit back and reminisce to the songs that bring back all the memories of the Juke Box era--the magical songs that made the 50s and 60s the era to remember. Enjoy a show with the Oldies coming to life once again. Imagine Patsy Cline, Johnny Cash, Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, and a whole cast of others. Oh--and of course a little Elvis. This is a must-see Classic Oldies show cruise! Registration covers transportation, cruise tickets, lunch, and gratuities. Bring money if you want to visit the gift shop. Refunds are not available for cancellations after July 5. Registration Deadline: July 5 Register Here

 

Dining Club

Join us as we travel all over central Iowa for some amazing eats! We will visit those small town, hole-in-the-wall restaurants we've all heard about, but never tried. Registration includes transportation. Please bring money for your lunch.  

  • Beans and Beingets in Earlham, Iowa (55+) - $12 
    • Monday, April 29, 2024; 10:30 AM - 2 PM. Registration Deadline: April 22 Register Here
    • Thursday, May 23, 2024; 10:30 AM - 2 PM. Registration Deadline: May 16Register Here
  • Oasis Restaurant in Perry, Iowa (55+) - $12
    • Wednesday, June 12, 2024; 10:30 AM - 2 PM. Registration Deadline: June 5 Register Here
    • Monday, July 22, 2024; 10:30 AM -2 PM. Registration Deadline: July 15 Register Here
  • The Centennial in Jefferson, Iowa (55+) - $12                  
    • Tuesday, August 6, 2024; 10:00 AM - 2 PM. Registration Deadline: July 30 Register Here
    • Wednesday, September 18, 2024; 10:00 AM - 2 PM Registration Deadline: September 11 Register Here