Senior Programs (Summer)

Fitness Classes

For current fitness class offerings from the Urbandale Senior Recreation Center please consult our bi-monthly newsletter at www.urbandaleseniors.org

Zumba class at Senior Center

SHIIP/SMP Assistance (55+) - 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, of agents. The USRC is a local sponsor for SHIIP in Polk County. Please call 515-278-3907 to schedule an appointment. At the time of publication appointments at this location are being conducted over the phone. 

SHIIP - SMP Assistance

Dress a Girl (55+) - Free

If you enjoy sewing and need something to pick up to help you pass the time, sign up to pick up a kit to sew dresses for our Dress A Girl Program. The kit comes with everything you need to keep busy for a few quiet evenings. Once your dresses are completed, you can return them to the USRC. Call 515-278-3907 to schedule a time to pick up your kits. There is no fee to pick up kits.

Dress a Girl

Visiting Nurse Service (55+) - Free

Monthly health services including nail trim/foot care, blood sugar, and blood pressure testing. Appointments are limited, and you may come in every 3 months. Please call 515-278-3907 the first Thursday of the month to make your appointment for the following month. This program is provided free of charge through EveryStep, donations to support this program are accepted.   Visiting Nurse Service 2

Fitness Room (55+) - Free

Treadmills, Nu-Steps, recumbent elliptical, and recumbent bicycle are available. Capacity is limited in each of our 2 fitness rooms. To use the room in May, please call us at 515-278-3907 to make a reservation. In June, rooms will be available on a first-come, first-served basis to the posted room capacity. Social distancing is currently required at all in-person USRC programming. For the health and safety of all our participants, face masks are highly recommended. Please limit usage to 1 hour.

Urbandale Senior Center Mural

Garden Rocks (55+) - Free

We're launching an all-center art project that we hope you will help us with! The garden beds and patio areas around the exterior of the building are receiving updates, both through city funding as well as donations in memory of two long-time members, Clara Wyatt and Darlene Stuckle. During this time that we've all been apart, we want to create something beautiful together. Sign up to pick up a rock and painting supplies. Decorate your rock however you like. Return it to us and we'll seal it and place it in the garden beds. This art will demonstrate how even though we have been apart, the USRC still brings us together. We'd like to have as many people participate as possible--so please sign up regardless of your artistic skills. The beauty of the project is in the significance of us all coming back together. To register to pick up your kit, register online, call us at 515-278-3907, or email seniorcenter@urbandale.org. Staff will reach out to participants after registering to schedule a time to pick up their kit. Min 1/Max None  

Garden Rocks

Puzzle Check Out (55+) - Free

Puzzles are great for your brain and a fun way to keep busy. Our puzzle collection is available to our members via contact free pick up. We have puzzles of all sizes, shapes and difficulty! Just call or email to schedule a time to come and peruse our puzzles outdoors and pick out a few to take home. 515-278-3907 or seniorcenter@urbandale.org
 Puzzle Check Out

Brain Resilience (Ages 55+) - $23

Someone in the U.S. is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease every 68 second. Come learn about the groundbreaking new research on Alzheimer’s prevention, involving lifestyle choices you can make to protect and improve your brain.  You’ll learn a simple but powerful technique shown to improve memory, mood, and sleep, increase blood flow to the brain and decrease inflammation. If you can eat, move, and breathe you can learn to optimize your brain functions and prevent Alzheimer’s. Sign up for all 3 sessions and receive a $9 discount. Discount automatically applied online. Discount applied post registration. Taught by Beverly Westra Ph.D., psychologist and certified Brain Longevity Specialist. The zoom link for this class will be sent to registered participants 1-2 days before class. Min 10/ Max 25. Instructor: Beverly Westra. 

Session 1 - What is dementia? Who is at risk? You’ll get an overview of Alzheimer’s disease and the four pillars of prevention. We’ll discuss the latest research and the recent science behind an ancient meditation shown to improve your brain in just 12 minutes a day.

Session 2 - We’ll take a deep dive into food, nutrition, and the microbiome.  That does the gut have to do with the brain. Learn about this under-appreciated connection and the best foods and nutrients for brain health.

Session 3 - We’ll cover stress reductions along with physical, mental and spiritual fitness. All of these are essentials to brain health and wellbeing. Stress damages the brain but you will learn practical tools to build greater resilience. Registration Deadlines April 16, April 23, May 7
 Brain Resilience

Bookies (55+) - Free

Check out our monthly book selections and meet on Zoom to discuss these best-sellers. Min. 4/Max 25. See the monthly titles and register here.
 Bookies

Iowa History Series (55+) - Free

Our Iowa History Zoom Series will highlight some of the most famous places and people in Iowa. The zoom link for each class will be sent to registered participants 1-2 days before class. Min 5/Max 25. Iowa is known for its tall grass prairie beginnings, its rich history of transformative agriculture production and its Iowa-nice residents, but it’s what is below the surface that lifted Iowa to prominence in the late 1800’s. Coal played an important role in a rapidly expanding nation searching to connect the east with the west. It was Iowa’s plentiful coal fields that helped steam that along. Today, the Iowa abandoned mine land (AML) program works with private and public landowners to eliminate hazards left behind from mining and restore the landscape for over 13,000 acres across southeast Iowa. All aboard for a trip back in time to Iowa’s coal mining past and the modern-day disguise called reclamation. The zoom link for this class will be sent to registered participants 1-2 days before class. Register here.
 Iowa History Series

Docent Discoveries (55+) - Free

Join Maria Cochran, a Des Moines Art Center Docent, for these Zoom presentations about some the art of photography and the work of the Des Moines Art Center to showcase photography in their collection. The zoom link for these classes will be sent to registered participants 1-2 days before class.
SESSION 1: How did Photography Make it into Museums? What makes some photography timeless? Guests explore questions including, “Why are some photographic images considered art and what makes them timeless?” View some incredible images and learn about the key developments in the history of photography. The zoom link for this class will be sent to registered participants 1-2 days before class.
SESSION 2: What is Humanistic Photography and Why Does it Hold a Mirror to Us? This presentation is devoted to photography interested in people in their everyday environments, exploring what it means to be human. Guests will discuss works of 20th-century photographers and 21stcentury ongoing community projects like The Humans of New York. The zoom link for this class will be sent to registered participants 1-2 days before class.
SESSION 3: Women Photographers at the Des Moines Art Center. Discover female photographers exhibited at the Des Moines Art Center: Dorothea Lange, Sally Mann, Cindy Sherman, and Laurel Nakadate. Explore how their work helps us trace key steps in the development of photography over the 20th and 21st centuries. The zoom link for this class will be sent to registered participants 1-2 days before class. Registration Deadline one week prior to start of class.
 Docent Discoveries

Lunch and Learn (55+) - Free

Ready to learn something new? Each month will feature a different guest speaker and topic to help you feed your brain. So, grab your laptop and homemade lunch and sign up for these sessions today. The zoom link for each class will be sent to registered participants 1-2 days before class. Min 5/Max 25
The Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge, located 20 miles east of Des Moines, includes 6,000 acres of restored prairie and oak savanna, bringing back a piece of what Iowa looked like more than 150 years ago. The Fish and Wildlife Service manages the land to benefit wildlife, including a herd of about 55 bison. The refuge's Wildlife Biologist, Karen Viste-Sparkman, will give a presentation on the refuge, including its background and what it takes to rebuild prairie and maintain the bison and other wildlife that live there. The zoom link for this class will be sent to registered participants 1-2 days before class.
Nature Photography and Observations, Learn the basics of nature photography and writing with naturalist Brian Gibbs. Gibbs has worked in wild places such as Glacier National Park, the Northwoods of Wisconsin and Effigy Mounds National Monument. His work has been published in the Iowa Outdoors Magazine, Big River Magazine, Wapsipinicon Almanac and was on the 2020 Iowa state transportation map. During this session, Gibbs will share the stories behind his photography and adventures in the outdoors.  The zoom link for this class will be sent to registered participants 1-2 days before class. Registration Deadline one week prior to start of class.
 Lunch and Learn

Composting 101 with ISU Extension (55+) - Free

Learn the basics of setting up and maintaining a composting system at your own home. In this presentation you'll learn about composting ratios, various composting systems – and how to set yourself up for success. Learn to live more sustainably by reducing your food waste at home and composting the rest! The zoom link for this class will be sent to registered participants 1-2 days before class.  Min 5/Max 25. Registration Deadline: April 21  

Composting 101 with ISU Extension

Stress Management (55+) - Free

Stress can be sneaky, often affecting our daily lives before we realize what we're feeling is stress. This session will identify some of those stealth symptoms by reviewing the science of the stress response and its effect on health. We will also discuss stress management techniques, emphasizing on mindfulness and relaxation, and provide you with new strategies to help counteract stress in your life. The zoom link for this class will be sent to registered participants 1-2 days before class. Min 5/Max 25. Registration Deadline Monday, May 10

Stress Management

Spring Bocce League (55+) - $10/team

Come and see what all the rage is about and join our Spring Bocce League! Teams of two will play a 6-week scored season on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. We will not be hosting a tournament for this league; league standing will be based on points scored during regular season play. Registration opens on April 12th, so don't delay as this program fills quickly! For the health and safety of all our participants, face masks are highly recommended. Registration Begins April 12.

Spring Bocce League

Summer Cornhole League (55+) - $10/team

Come enjoy the sun and fun with our outdoor Summer Cornhole League! Teams of two will play a 6-week scored season on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. We will not be hosting a tournament for this league; league standing will be based on points scored during regular season play. Registration opens on April 12th, so don't delay as this program fills quickly! For the health and safety of all our participants, face masks are highly recommended. Registration Opens April 12.
 Summer Cornhole League

Garden Gnomes (55+) - Free

Did you gnome the Senior Recreation Center has three garden beds, including our Enabling Garden? You can call the Rec Center at 515-278-3907 and schedule a time to dig around and help our Pollinator and Memorial gardens grow beautifully this summer. We will provide the equipment for watering, digging, weeding, and planting, you just lend a hand! This program will be operated by appointment to ensure adequate space for participants to social distance. For the health and safety of all our participants, face masks are highly recommended. 

Garden Gnomes

Picnic Pick Up (55+) - $6/meal

There are so many ways to enjoy the beautiful scenery of summer, but picnics are one of the best! We'll provide the picnic; you just pick it up on the way to your favorite spot in the city. Pick up slots are every 15 minutes from 11:30AM-12:15PM. Min 8/Max 40. 

April Picnic - Thu. April 8
Chicken Caesar Salad or Roast Beef Deli Sub

May Picnic - Thu. May 13
Chicken Avocado on Ciabatta Bun or Cobb Salad

June Picnic - Thu. June 10
Turkey Bacon Club or Chicken Strawberry Romaine Salad

July Picnic - Thu. July 8
BBQ Sandwich Chicken or Basil, Tomato and Mozzarella Salad

August Picnic - Thu. August 12
Tuna Salad on Croissant or Chef Salad

 Picnic Pick Up

Zoom Coffee Hour (55+) - Free

This social hour on zoom is open for connection and conversation. No specific topics and this session is not led by staff. It's just time to chat with others. All USRC Code of Conduct expectations apply. Grab your coffee and join us! Registered participants will receive a Zoom link 1-2 days prior to the program Min 5/Max 20. Registration Deadline: April 21

Zoom Coffee Hour

Birthday Card Making Kits (55+) - $6

Each of these themed kits come with everything you will need to make two beautiful cards to share with a loved one to celebrate their birthday. Staff of the Urbandale Senior Recreation Center will reach out to you following registration to schedule a time for you to pick up your card making kits. Kits available through July 30th or until gone. Min 1/Max 8. Registration Deadline: July 30
 Birthday Card Making Kits

Wind Chime Kits (55+) - $12

Looking for the perfect accent for your garden or patio? Sign up to receive this kit with everything you need and then follow along to our step-by-step online video and you'll have your own custom, handmade wind chime in no time! Kit pickup will be scheduled after your registration processes. Kits available through July 30th or until gone. Min 1/Max 10. Registration Deadline: July 30
 Wind Chime

Ribbon Bookmark (55+) - $5

This kit includes supplies to make 3 adjustable bookmarks. It's a simple craft with just a few steps. These make great, inexpensive gifts for readers in your life. Kit pickup will be scheduled with participants after registration. Kits available through July 30th or until gone. Min 1/Max 10. Registration Deadline: July 30

Ribbon Bookmark

Storytelling Through Photojournalism (55+) - Free

Join WHO13 Chief Photojournalist Mike Borland in this Zoom session to learn about his career in photojournalism and how the work he does transitions to what you see on your tv.  He’ll talk about memorable stories and how technology has changed over time.  Mike has been covering news for WHO13 in Des Moines for over 40 years. His career has taken him to over 40 states and over a dozen countries. He has seen TV news change from film to video to live coverage, and newscasts expand for under 2 hours per day to over 6 hours per day. Mike says it has been a pleasure and a challenge.  He grew up In Humboldt, the hometown of Harry Reasoner, while the war in Viet Nam and the Watergate scandal changed journalism and the country.   The zoom link for this class will be sent to registered participants 1-2 days before class.  Min 5/Max 25. Registration Deadline: June 8 

Story Telling