2023 Senior Recreation Magazine

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Engage Move, Learn, & Socialize www.dentonparks.com SENIOR Recreation Denton 2023 Edition

American Legion Hall Senior Center (ALH)

629 Lakey St., (940) 349-8298

Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday evenings 6-9 p.m.

Denton Senior Center (DSC)

509 N. Bell Ave., (940) 349-8720

Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Aletha's Craft Store Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Rec Pass (standalone annual pass)

$10 Denton resident | $15 non-resident

A rec pass is required to use the senior and recreation centers for non-fee based activities, walking track, and leisure game tables, i.e. shuffleboard.

Gym Membership plus complimentary Rec Pass 1 month, $20 | 3 months, $40 | annual, $120

A gym membership includes rec pass activities and access to strength training and cardio equipment at rec centers, including the two senior centers. Equipment orientations are available by appointment.

Group Exercise Membership plus complimentary Gym Membership and Rec Pass 1 month, $30 | 3 months, $80 | annual, $299

A group exercise membership includes unlimited access to group-ex classes at all rec centers, including North Lakes and the senior center. Insurance program memberships include group-ex classes.

To verify eligibility, call your provider or visit their website. Participants must be Medicare eligible and have participating supplement insurance. www.myrenewactive.com www.silversneakers.com www.silverandfit.com


We offer program and/or membership enrollment assistance to eligible Denton residents through our partnership with the Denton Parks Foundation. Eligibility in the scholarship program gives low to moderate income residents as much as 50% off an enrollment not to exceed $150 per year. Scholarship funds are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. If you're interested in applying, please call (940) 349-7275.

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No-Cost Memberships For Eligible Adults Through Participating Insurance Plans OPERATING HOURS & HOLIDAY CLOSURES MEMBERSHIPS SENIOR CENTER FACILITIES January 16 Martin Luther King Jr. Day May 29 Memorial Day June 19 Juneteenth July
Independence Day Holiday Closures September 4 Labor Day November 23 & 24 Thanksgiving December 25 Christmas Day

Nicole Brasher

DSC Recreation Supervisor

Nicole.Brasher@cityofdenton.com (940) 349-8727

Cheylon Brown

ALH Recreation Supervisor

Cheylon.Brown@cityofdenton.com (940) 349-8576

Jane Riddle

DSC Recreation Coordinator

Jane.Riddle@cityofdenton.com (940) 349-8722

Yvonne Kendricks

ALH Recreation Coordinator

Yvonne.Kendricks@cityofdenton.com (940) 349-8296

Tyler Smith

DSC Recreation Coordinator

Tyler.Smith@cityofdenton.com (940) 349-7784

Lynda Leonard

DSC Recreation Specialist

Lynda.Leonard@cityofdenton.com (940) 349-8721

You’re invited to the best introduction to active adult and senior programs of the year! This year, Open House will be hosted at two locations – both American Legion Hall Senior Center and Denton Senior Center. Tour the facilities and learn about all the programs and activities Denton Parks and Rec has to offer those 50 years and better! There will be fitness class demos ranging from Yoga, Tai Chi to BollyX (new!) and many more. Class instructors will be onsite to give you a glimpse of what you could be learning! Wondering how you are going to get to and from each location? We’ve got you covered! A shuttle service will be rotating between facilities throughout the event.

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Chinese New Year Celebration

Jan. 20 | DSC


Valentine's Dinner and Dance

Feb. 14 | ALH

Pal-entine's Day Celebration

Feb. 17 | DSC

Madi Gras/Fat Tuesday Potluck Feb. 21 | DSC

Black History Month Program

Feb. 24 | ALH


Open House

Mar. 04 | DSC & ALH

Holi Celebration Mar. 08 | DSC


Health & Resource Fair Apr. 01 | DSC

Scavenger Hunt Apr. 06 | DSC

Everyone wears White Party Apr. 21 | ALH

MAY Cinco de Mayo May 05 | DSC

Mother's Day Brunch May 12 | DSC

National Smile Day May 31 | DSC & ALH


National Donut Day

June 05 | DSC & ALH

Juneteenth Picnic

June 19 | ALH

Chili Cook-off June 16 | DSC

National Bingo Day June 27 | DSC


Fourth of July Picnic

July 01 | DSC

National Gorgeous Grandma Day

July 21 | DSC Christmas in July July 26 | DSC


Game Show Day

Aug. 07 | DSC

National Senior Citizens Day Ice Cream Social Aug. 21 | DSC & ALH

70's Party Aug.25 | ALH


National Senior Center Month All Month | DSC & ALH

Grandparent's Day Sept. 09 | DSC

Tea with the Tea Sept. 15 | ALH Hispanic Heritage Month Sept. 22 | ALH


Thriller Dance Oct. 27 | DSC


Veteran's Day Program Nov. 10 | DSC Thanksgiving Luncheon Nov. 17 | ALH


A Cozy Christmas Dec. 8 | DSC Midnight in Spain Dec. 29 | DSC

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Food, Fun & Entertainment


Learn something. See something. Eat something. Buy something.

Local Trips 2023

Friends and Foodies welcome! Let’s get out and about and try some new cuisine. Join the Lunch Bunch each month to try a new local restaurant. Transporation is provided, but lunch is on your own. Registration is required and is $5.

Jan. 20 | 11 a.m. | Ernesto's Feb. 17| 11 a.m. | Old West Cafe

Mar. 10 | 11 a.m. | 407 BBQ

Apr. 14 | 11 a.m. | Fish City Grill More to come throughout the year!

Get Up! Get Going! Get Out! Let’s travel around the metroplex for a day trip. Grab your friends or make new friends. Whether you are interested in learning about history, seeing musicals and plays, or just eating and shopping with friends there is a trip to interest you! Spots are limited, so get your spots saved early!

Jan. 25 | Pretty Woman: The Musical at Broadway Dallas | $53

Feb. 22 | Perot Museum | $37

Mar. 22 | Cowgirl Museum | $31

Apr. 26 | Dallas World Aquarium | $45

May 10 | Dallas Zoo | $31

June 7 | Chickasaw Cultural Center | $28

July 12 | Dallas Holocaust & Human Rights Museum | $36

Aug. 23 | Frontiers of Flight Museum | $30

Sept. 28 | Fort Worth Stockyards | $20

Oct. 12 | State Fair of Texas | $20 *Cost includes transportation and admission

Extended Travel 2023

Denton Parks and Recreation has a partnership with the world-renowned travel company, Collette Travel. With this partnership, Denton and surrounding area residents can travel with a familiar group both domestically and overseas. Collette Travel takes care of every little detail and provides all-inclusive tours at a competitive price. Start checking off your bucket list destinations this year!

Interested in learning about the upcoming trips for 2023? Join us for a detailed and fun presentation from our Travel Representative, Karen Barclay, on January 23 at 1:30 p.m.

Aug. 14-23 | Tropical Costa Rica Register by Feb. 14 for $50 savings Dec. 4-8 | Holidays in New York City Register by June 27 for $200 savings For questions and reservation help, please contact Nicole Brasher at (940) 349-8727

Coming Soon!

Start planning for 2024 travel destinations. Final dates will be announced later this year. For details, attend the Travel Presentation on July 17 at 11 a.m.

Early Spring 2024 | Alaskan Northern Lights

Summer 2024 | Roaming Coastal Maine

Fall 2024 | Classical Greece

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Lets get musical

DSC Chorus

Sing in the Chorus to make a beautiful sound! This group is led by volunteer, Mary Rosenboom, and rehearses on Mondays at noon at the Denton Senior Center. After a month of rehearsals, the Chorus performs at a variety of community events and businesses. A new concert season starts in January and August.

Monday | Noon | DSC

Never give up on your passions!

ALH Chorus

This group is led by volunteer, Dianne Randolph, and rehearses on Mondays at the American Legion Hall. The group performs at a variety of special events that occur throughout the year. Open to all active adult participants.

Monday | 2:30 p.m. | ALH

Young at Heart Band

Young at Heart Band is known as the Denton Senior Center’s very own band! Ready to pick up your instrument once again? Audition for the group and get practicing to perfect your skill and contribute to the collective sound of the band. The group often performs for agencies around the local area.

Tuesday | 8:30 a.m. | DSC

New Horizons Band

New Horizon Band allows those who have always wanted to learn how to play an instrument the perfect opportunity to do so. This group is led by Debbie Rohwer. To join or for more information about New Horizon Band, contact Debbie at debbie.rohwer@unt.edu

Monday | 3 p.m. | DSC

Off the Arts classes!

Yes, even you can be an artist! Pick up that paint brush!

Social Painting

Social Painting focuses on watercolor painting, but any art form is welcome. Share your ideas and tips with the class and spend time working on your paint projects. A suggested watercolor supply list is available. Workshop is free, but a rec pass is required.

Monday |11 a.m. | DSC

Creating in Acrylics

Marlene's Makers

Volunteer and creative mastermind, Marleen Cordell, leads a fun doit-yourself craft class making a variety of crafts from home decor to personalized gifts. Some supplies provided. Each month is something different and requires specific supplies.

First Friday | 1 p.m. | DSC

Mandala Dot Art

Traditionally, a mandala is a geometric design or pattern that can give you a sense of peace while making your creation. Making mandalas are an effective form of art therapy, helping to calm and comfort people struggling with mental health issues. The fee includes class supplies.

Dates & Times vary | DSC

Experienced artist and instructor, Carmen Lax, brings the technique and the art of painting with acrylics to the Denton Senior Center. Each session will have a specific focus that builds with each week. Be sure to see the supply list of items that you need to bring to each class.

Tuesday | 5:30 p.m. | DSC


Beginner and experienced registrants come together in a relaxed atmosphere to use existing or handcraft from clay molds. Pottery wheel, slab roller, and kilns are provided. Artists are welcome to bring additional supplies as needed.

Thursday and Tuesday | 10:30 a.m. | DSC

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ComingSoon! Watercolor Class beginninginApril!

Find your Fit

Writer's Group

Interested in sharing your stories or perfecting your writing skills? Meet up with this group of passionate storytellers and creative writers of all skill levels. Workshop is free, but a rec pass is required.

First Thursday | 4 p.m. | DSC

Poetry Society

Poetry lovers and writers join together to learn and discuss the life and works of a renowned, or little known, poet. Plus, end with an inspiring writing prompt to take home and try your own hand at creating a "word" of art. Class led by center manager, Nicole Brasher.

Jan. 11 | 9:30 a.m. | DSC Feb. 8 | 9:30 a.m. | DSC Mar. 8 | 9:30 a.m. | DSC

Newcomer Meet & Greet

We invite all newcomers to the Denton Senior Center for a tour and a quick overview of all the things that we do here. Includes Q&A time with the center manager, Nicole Brasher and some of the members of our Advisory Council. Registration is required.

First Friday | 11:30 a.m. | DSC

Garden Club

Join together with passionate outdoorsy friends to tend the garden and patio at the Denton Senior Center. Getting outside and in the dirt has great health benefits!


Bring a sense of humor and expect to have a good time singing along to some of the greatest hits!

Travel Club

Share travel tips and experiences with other wellversed or want-to-be travelers.


Wanted: Seasoned Adventurers

Dialogue on Aging Resource Group

Passionate and expert volunteer, Kirsten Kaae RN, BSN, LPC, M.Ed, leads a support and resource group about all things aging. Come share you concerns, experiences, and resources in a friendly and supportive atmosphere.

First Thursday | 1 p.m. | DSC

Caregiver Support Group

Support groups create a safe, confidential, supportive environment or community and a chance for participants to develop informal mutual support and social relationships.

Second Wednesday | 11:30 a.m. | DSC

Sports Fanatics

Do you live, breathe and eat sports? Do you plan life around games? If so, this special interest group is tailored for you. This program is led by passionate sports fan, and staff member Jane Riddle.

March Madness Bracket Pick

After the conference tournaments are finished and the pool of 64 teams are selected, complete your bracket and each game winner will give you points up to Round 6 and the Championship Game. This year, we will only track game winners and not point spread. Download the ESPN app to get started. Mar. 15 - Apr. 3 | DSC

Other Perks and FUN!

Sewing Classes| Monday | 11 a.m. | ALH

Needlework | Tuesday | 8:30 a.m. | DSC

Adult Coloring | Wednesday | 2 p.m. | DSC Bingo | Thursday | 2 p.m. | ALH

Community Card Making | Friday | 10 a.m. | DSC Birthday Bash | First Friday | 11 a.m. | DSC

Adult Coloring | Friday | 1 p.m. | ALH

Thrifty Bingo | First & Third Friday | 1 p.m. | DSC Book Club | Friday | 1 p.m. | ALH

Join your fellow adventurers as they delve into the fantasy world of Dungeons and Dragons. First timers and seasoned veterans are welcome. Bring your dice bags, pencils, and snacks.

Wednesday | 6 p.m. | DSC


CPR/AED Certification

The blended learning or in-person course equips students to recognize and care for a variety of first aid, breathing, and cardiac emergencies involving adults, children and infants.

Mar. 24 | 10 a.m. | DSC

Aug. 8 | 4 p.m. | DSC

Teen Tech Tuesday

Get your tech questions answered. Students with the Denton Parks & Recreation Teen Council will be at the Denton Senior Center to help you with your phone, iPad, laptop, or software questions.

First Tuesday | 5 p.m. | DSC

City Circle Series

Each month a different department will help educate the community about who they are, what they do, and what might be available to Denton residents.

Second Thursday | 11:30 a.m. | DSC

Denton County Master Gardener Association

The Denton Senior Center has partnered with the Denton County Master Gardeners to offer educational programs about all things gardening.

Second Friday | 9 a.m. | DSC

Technology Classes

Come ready to learn and navigate technology easily with the help of Denton Public Library Staff.

Tuesday and Friday | Noon | ALH

Senior RAD

A Self-Defense and Readiness program tailored to the 50+ population, created and taught by our Denton Police Department.

Tuesday and Thursday | 3 p.m. | DSC

Dallas Area Parkinson's Society

Each month, an expert in the field of Parkinson’s disease presents helpful information from different types of treatment, care partner support, and more.

Legal Aid Community Education

Education from the industry’s finest to prepare our community for financial security, estate planning, taxes and more! Seminars hosted at ALH.


Falls are the leading cause of injury-related hospitalization for older adults. Join the Denton Senior Center and Medical City Denton for our Stay Active & Independent for Life (SAIL) program!

Lifelong learning is easier than ever. Denton Senior Center member discount: Join OLLI for just $85 a year with no additional course fees! olli.unt.edu OLLI at UNT offers fun, educational activities for adults age 50 and better Learn from university professors and other experts in non-credit courses offered online and in our 7 classrooms across North Texas CONTACT US olli@unt.edu 940-369-7293 The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of North Texas No tests No grades No limits "OLLI at UNT classes add a new dimension to my life." Sally A "OLLI at UNT is just what we need to keep our minds agile " Don V. Access to Exclusive Events & Local Trips Special Interest Groups & Travel Opportunities Discounted & Free Tickets to select UNT performances Access to selections from The Great Courses Checkout privileges at UNT's Willis Library Membership Also Includes: EDUCATION PROGRAMS 8 | Unite, Grow, Play

Movie Time!

ALH Movie Day

Every month, the Denton Black Film Festival Institutes hosts a Denton Black Film for viewing and discussion. Light refreshments provided.

Third Wednesday | 11:30 a.m. | ALH

Monthly Movie Matinee

Join with friends or fly solo to watch a popular choice movie with light refreshments. Yes, popcorn is included!

Second Friday | 1 p.m. | DSC

Woodshop Access & Workshops

The Senior Center woodshop is available for all 50+, regardless of experience level.

Open Project Hours

Monday-Friday | 9-Noon | DSC

Tuesday and Thursday |5:30-7:30 p.m.| DSC


Keep an eye out for information coming on some pop-up workshops!

Coming Soon!



Get your Head in the Games!


First and Third Tuesday | 5:30 p.m. | DSC


Interested in learning this game, register for the next Learn to Play Mahjong series. Mar. 8-29 | Wednesday | 1:30 p.m. | DSC

Mexican Train Friday | 10 a.m. | DSC

42 Domino Game

Learn to play 42 with some experts and people who love 42, including our very own Tyler Smith. Jan. 12-Feb. 23 | Wednesday | 1:30 p.m. | DSC

Duplicate Bridge

Wednesday| 12:30 p.m. | DSC

Party Bridge Thursday | 12:30 p.m. | DSC

Shuffleboard, Pool Tables, Putting Green, and lobby are always open for drop-in activities. Check the cabinets or ask staff for assistance in pulling out tables and card games.

Friday Night Music & Dance at DSC

Break out those dancing shoes or boots on the last Friday of each month! Come to dance or just listen and sing along to the sounds of the classics. There is a variety of music ranging from popular decades, swing, all the way to country! Bands like Danny Romo, Pete N Patti, Doc Gibbs, and many more! Do you have a favorite band you would like to see at the Denton Senior Center? Staff would love to hear from you!

January 27 | 6:30 p.m. | Danny Romo Band

February 24 | 6:30 p.m. | Pete & Patti

March 24 | 6:30 p.m. |Cowtown Ramblers

April 28 | 6:30 p.m. | Doc Gibbs Band

With Denton ISD implementing a half day of school each month during the school year, what better way to spend a weekday afternoon than with the grandkids! We invite all the grandparents with grandkids to the Senior Center for a craft, game, snack, and various fun planned memory-making activities. This is a time to spend with each other making sweet memories! Each month will be a different activity or craft and snacks are provided! Programs are designed to serve kids ages 4 - 12. Spring 2023, Wednesday | 1 p.m. | DSC Fall 2023, Friday | 1 p.m. | DSC

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Mrs. willie frances Champion smith

Willie Frances attended Fred Moore Elementary and High School and continued her education at Texas Woman’s University. She worked at Victor Equipment as well as a teacher’s aide in Denton ISD in the Ginnings Library, and was a Special Ed Aide. Mrs. Smith was one of DISD Library aides when technology was introduced, the six library aides installed computers at a elementary school and taught students, how to use the computers. She operated two computer labs. She was a member of the Denton Garden Club of Texas Federation and won numerous ribbons; her favorite is the African Violet Plant. She is a regular member of the American Legion Hall Senior Center and advisory board. Mrs. Smith is a member of Saint James AME Church and a self-taught storyteller. Mrs. Smith is a mother of six children, grandmother to seven children, and great grandmother to eleven beautiful children. After returning to Denton, she thought to herself “Welcome Home Lady.”


SHEILA MILLER---------------------------------------------

Sheila Miller has been participating in Denton Senior programs since 2013. She moved to North Texas from New Mexico and was looking for something to keep her active and healthy, plus she didn’t really know anyone here. Sheila knew she needed to get connected and thought, what better place than the local Senior Center? Sheila saw an ad in the newspaper for the Denton Senior Center and was immediately intrigued. Ever since she has been attending group exercise classes and especially loves chatting with other members before and after class. The fitness classes are a great motivator to get out for the day and get moving. Sheila fell in love with the many painting classes and is a talented artist, and you can view some of her artwork around the center or in Aletha’s Craft Gift Store. Early on in her time here, Sheila started volunteering at the Front Desk to meet and greet people every day. Through this opportunity, she made life-long friendships and she now serves as the Secretary of the Denton Senior Center Advisory Council and has been on the council for seven years. Shelia says, “The staff is so professional and personnel which makes it a joy to come to the center.” Plus, she is in awe of the wide variety of programs offered for the 50+ community! There is truly something for everyone – from fitness, to games, and education seminars.

“Come join me for the next exercise class offered for free [with a rec pass] on Tuesdays and Thursdays.”

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“I encourage Seniors to come to The American Legion Hall Senior Center and join me with activities planned weekly. It will keep you active and you won’t get old.”


The American Legion Hall Senior Center and Denton Senior Center are both affiliates of the National Council on Aging’s (NCOA) and the National Institute of Senior Centers (NISC). We know, that is a lot of acronyms, but this all means our facilities are connected to a nation-wide network of passionate agencies that are committed to supporting and strengthening senior centers. NISC is continually disseminating best practices and innovating program to its affiliates, but the organization also advocates for senior services and is a voice to the lawmakers.

The mission of NISC is to advance the quality of senior centers across the nation, and one way to accomplish that is by setting national standards of excellence for senior center staff, volunteers, and other stakeholders to follow. The organization established nine standards that serve as a guide to improve center operations and offer excellence on all levels to members of the public. The senior center staff have embarked on the path to National Accreditation and will begin a “Self-Assessment” process to truly evaluate our programs and operations. This process will reveal the things that are done well, or up to standard, and the things that need improvement.

We need your help! In order to go through the process successfully, we need a self-assessment committee made up of staff and members of the community from a variety of business, organizations, volunteer groups, and most importantly, regular participants!

This is a great way to provide meaningful feedback to make our senior centers the best they can be and to learn about the process it takes to get there. If you are interested in joining this committee and working with senior center staff to accomplish an exciting goal, please reach out to Nicole.Brasher@cityofdenton.com.

Achieving a major milestone of National Accreditation not only brings success to our department and community, but also opens the door wide open for amazing opportunities. Plus, who doesn’t like a good bragging right?

Interested in learning more about the organization mentioned above? Check out the amazing resources at https://www.ncoa.org/

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Line Dance Lessons

Tuesdays are for Line Dancing! Register for line dancing lessons for a variety of levels. Learn from the beginning or jump in an intermediate level. Instructors Suzanne Ashmore and Wayne Moore both bring their own style of teaching to their classes. Multiple classes, times, and locations vary.

Tai Chi

Tai Chi is a martial art that uses slow, fluid movements of the limbs and torso to move energy. Students learn slow motion warm-up, breathing exercises, and 24 basic movements. Benefits include stress reduction, mental awareness, and physical fluidity.

Multiple classes, times, and locations vary.

Middle Eastern Dance Lessons

Better known as “Belly Dancing,” this class teaches you to shimmy more than just your belly in subtle and new ways. Experienced instructor, Catherine Williams, teaches how to move in brand new ways, while teaching the art, history and nuances of the Middle Eastern culture.

Monday | 6 p.m. | Denton Senior Center

Social Dance Lessons

Feel the music and get jiving! Instructor, Henry Evans, teaches a different type of dance each month. Over the course of the month, you will learn the steps and routine to each dance and how to put it together to music. Dance styles taught include, Waltz, West Coast Swing, Cha Cha, Night Club 2-Step, Slow Blues, 3-Step, Jitterbug, Rumba. A great opportunity to learn something new and have fun while doing it!

Wednesday | 6:40 p.m. | Denton Senior Center

Did you know??

Active Adult Archery

Come learn (or refresh) the basics of internationalstyle archery with a USA Archery and National Archery in Schools Program certified instructor, with plenty of target practice. Archery aids in the development of micro and macro abilities, as well as listening and observation skills. Closed-toe shoes are required.

Jan. 19, Mar. 30, May 11 | 1 p.m. | Denia Rec Center

Dementia Friendly Nature Walk

Join Dementia Friendly Denton County as an Elm Fork Chapter Master Naturalist guides a group walk on paved trails through one of Denton's parks to meet the needs of exercise, education and sensory stimulation.

u Park locations will rotate each week u Group will meet at a pavilion to begin the walk u Caregiver must accompany loved one on walk


Come see the beauty of nature as we experience it first-hand! We will hike three miles and explore what the trail has to offer. Hiking boots, long pants, water, sunscreen and insect repellent are beneficial.

Feb. 24 | 10 a.m. | $5 | Cross Timbers/Lake Forest Trail May. 19 | 10 a.m. | $5 | Clear Creek Natural Heritage


Join American Canoe Association assessed instructor and American Red Cross lifeguard certified staff on a kayak adventure that tours a beautiful local waterway. Open to all skill levels. Paddling experience is not required. Bring a sack lunch and a bottle of water for an adventure picnic. The fee includes transportation, instructors, guides, sit on top kayaks, paddles, life jackets, and kayak instruction.

Apr. 21 | 10 a.m. | $25 May. 5 | 10 a.m. | $25

“ Improvements in mental health, emotional, psychological, and social well-being and cognitive function are also associated with regular physical activity. Despite these health benefits, physical activity levels amongst older adults remain below the recommended 150 min/week. The exercise recommendations from WHO include both aerobic exercise and strength exercise as well as balance exercises to reduce the risk of falls. If older adults cannot follow the guidelines because of chronic conditions, they should be as active as their ability and conditions allow. It is important to note that the recommended amount of physical activity is in addition to routine activities of daily living like self-care, cooking, and shopping, to mention a few. “ (National Library of Medicine)

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Andi Fitzgerald

• 5 years experience

• Yoga and Silver Sneakers® instructor

• Loves helping seniors move their bodies

Beth Wright

• 3 years experience

• Yoga and Mat Pilates instructor

• Enjoys the Senior Center and how every one is always excited and supportive

Grace Chalon

• 17 years experience

• Cycle Yoga and Classically Fit instructor

• Loves helping everyone improve their lives, health, and fitness levels


Average Age of Group Exercise participant!

Laura Kessler

• 9 years experience

• Zumba® instructor

• Loves teaching classes and connecting with participants

Penny Gee

• Senior Fitness instructor

• Loves using movement and music as mood boosters in motivating classes

*All classes cater to all levels and abilities with modified moves.

Classically Fit

Monday, Thursday | 9 a.m. | Denton Senior Center

Tuesday, Thursday | 10 a.m. | North Lakes Rec Center

Chair Yoga

Monday | 10 a.m. | North Lakes Rec Center

Monday, Wednesday | 1:30 p.m. | Denton Senior Center

Mat Yoga

Monday | 11 a.m. | North Lakes Rec Center

Wednesday | 6 p.m. | Denton Senior Center


Monday | 5:45 p.m. | North Lakes Rec Center

Mat Pilates

Monday | 6 p.m. | Denton Senior Center


Monday | 6 p.m. | Denia Rec Center


Monday, Wednesday, Friday | 8:30 a.m. | North Lakes Rec Center

Tuesday, Thursday | 5:30 p.m. | North Lakes Rec Center

Saturday | 8 a.m. | North Lakes Rec Center

Les Mills CORE™

Tuesday, Thursday | 8:30 a.m. | North Lakes Rec Center

Zumba® Gold

Tuesday | 5:30 p.m. | Denton Senior Center

Wednesday, Friday | 9 a.m. | Denton Senior Center


Tuesday | 6:45 p.m. | North Lakes Rec Center

Saturday | 9:15 a.m. | North Lakes Rec Center


Wednesday | 6 p.m. | North Lakes Rec Center

Cycle Yoga

Wednesday | 6:30 p.m. | North Lakes Rec Center


Thursday | 6:45 p.m. | North Lakes Rec Center

Friday | 9:45 a.m. | North Lakes Rec Center

Indoor Cycling

Saturday | 8 a.m. | North Lakes Rec Center


Monday, Friday | 10 a.m. | Denia Rec Center

Tuesday, Thursday | 10:30 a.m. | Denton Senior Center

Tuesday, Thursday | 11 a.m. | North Lakes Rec Center

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In partnership with the Alzheimer's Association, we are bringing in industry professionals to educate the community about the importance of physical activity, mental clarity, nutrition habits, and the benefits of cognitive and social interaction as it relates to those with dementia and their caregivers/supporters.


Come get your blood pressure and glucose checked during our health screenings every second Tuesday.

Second Tuesday | 10 a.m. | ALH


Move freely with less impact and natural resistance. These classes are designed for those who need to work out at a slightly slower pace, or enjoy low-impact aerobic exercise.

Denton Natatorium Pass Required

One Month | $20 Three Month | $45 One Year | $120 10- Puch Pass | $30

Strength Training

Strength training is a land class with guided instruction.

Monday, Wednesday, Friday | 9 a.m. | Natatorium

Aqua Cardio Fitness

This is a high-impact water aerobics class focusing on burning calories, core, and strength. Be prepared to move and get fit!

Monday, Wednesday | 10 a.m. | Natatorium

Aqua Fitness

This is a low-impact class focusing on balance, flexibility, strength, and coordination.

Monday, Wednesday | 11 a.m. | Natatorium

Cardio Dance Party

Get your groove on with music and moves designed to bring fun to fitness!

Friday | 10 a.m. | Natatorium


u Reduce feelings of depression and stress, while imprving your mood and overall emotional well-being

u Increase your energy level u Improve sleep u Empower you to feel more in control

In addition, exercise and physical activity may possibly improve or maintain some aspects of cognitive function, such as your ability to shift quickly between tasks, plan an activity, and ignore irrelevant information.

Here are some exercise ideas to help you lift your mood:

u Walking, bicycling, or dancing. Endurance activities increase your breathing, get your heart pumping, and boost chemicals in your body that may improve mood.

u Yoga. This mind and body practice typically combines physical postures, breathing exercises, and relaxation.

u Tai Chi. This "moving meditation" involves shifting the body slowly, gently, and precisely, while breathing deeply.

u Activities you enjoy. Whether it’s gardening, playing tennis, or kicking around a soccer ball with your grand children, choose an activity you want to do, not one you have to do.

The National Institute on Aging

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Unite, Grow, Play | 15 HEALTH FAIR & RESOURCE Saturday, April 1, 2023 Denton Senior Center 9 a.m.-Noon Interested in becoming a vendor to reach the Denton Community? For information contact Tyler Smith at Tyler.Smith@cityofdenton.com u Carter Blood Care Donation on site u Giveaways & Prizes u Relevant services for any stage of life ACTIVE ADULT

volunteers that have served in various capacities!

Volunteering in your community not only improves the world around you, but helps you feel good too! If you are interested in volunteering and making an impact in this little corner of Denton, please contact Yvonne Kenricks or Jane Riddle to see how you can serve!

Volunteer with Keep Denton Beautiful

We depend on the hard work of our volunteers to make a positive environmental impact in our community. Volunteers provide support in four primary program areas: beautification, litter cleanups, urban forestry, and youth education.

Keep Denton Beautiful Great American Cleanup

Each year, Great American Cleanup mobilizes more than 2,000 Dentonites to improve the beauty and health of the Denton community. Denton’s 35th Annual GAC begins with volunteers cleaning assigned locations citywide. Followed by a Volunteer Appreciation Party. Free lunch for volunteers will be provided along with music, educational activity booths, kids’ bounce houses, contest prizes, and more!

March 25, 2023

Cleanup: Citywide | 8-11 a.m.

Volunteer Party: Quakertown Park | 11-1 p.m. Free to attend

Advisory Board

Interested in being a part of the conversations to shape current and future programs within the senior centers? You can serve on one of our advisory boards and provide feedback for staff. Serving on an advisory board is a great way to give back to your community and get connected with new people!

American Legion Hall Senior Center Advisory Board Third Tuesday | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | ALH Denton Senior Center Advisory Board Third Wednesday | 9 a.m. | DSC

Benefits of Volunteering

g It's good for your mental health g It prevents loneliness and isolation g It gives you a feeling of purpose g It helps you meet new friends g It gives you and a loved one a way to reconnect g Volunteering for older adults increases physical activity g It bridges the generation gap g It helps you engage with old interests g It helps you learn new skills

Vantage Aging


The Denton Senior Center Systems work with a variety of service providers and organizations to better help our community. Some of our partners include: Assisted Living Facilities, Skilled Nursing, Home Health, Home Care, Residential Placement Services, Medicare, Insurance brokers, Financial Institutes, Companionship and so much more. We warmly welcome all to come out to our centers and meet with staff so you can find the best partners to meet your needs.

Denton Parks Foundation

When a community unites, parks get better. (940) 218-0270

Monsignor King Outreach Center & Our Daily Bread

Serve together as the junction. For shlter, call (940) 268-2968, and for meals, call (940) 566-1308.

Suicide Hotline

The lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you and your loved ones. (800) 273-8255

AARP Life Insurance

Empowers people to choose how they live as they age. https://www.aarp.org/

Special Programs for Aging Needs (SPAN) Meals

Span Inc. is a nonprofit organization in Denton County that provides hot meals for seniors in a congregate setting and to homebound citizens. The Denton Senior Center is a distribution site for Denton, Justin, and Northlake. Patrons also can participate in congregate meals at the center through this program. For more information and how to get signed up visit, https://span-transit.org/

Transportation: GoZone (DCTA)

Want to come to the senior center, but don’t have a way to get here? Catch a ride with GoZone! Denton County Transportation Authority (DCTA) works with an agency to provide affordable ride-share for citizens. It’s easy to create an account and book a ride all from your phone. If you would like to learn more about this service to help you get around town, visit www.dcta.net/getting-around/gozone-demand

1. Create 2. Book 3. Meet

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Parks and Recreation is seeking feedback for the future Active Adult Center!

Active Adult Center Vision Plan

The City of Denton Parks and Recreation Department manages two senior centers: American Legion Hall Senior Center and the Denton Senior Center.

The City of Denton adopted the Parks, Recreation, and Trails System Master Plan in Spring 2022. The plan identifies several improvements and significant investments needed for the Active Adult 50+ division. The Parks and Recreation Department is soliciting and gathering feedback on the community's needs, wants, and desires for a future center. g

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Scan QR code to register for a Discuss Denton Account g Give your feedback and ideas g Check out current projects and future plans g Help shape a future recreation center for our 50+ community For more information visit, www.discussdenton.com/active-adult-center-vision-plan

When is your next celebration and have you booked it at one of the senior centers? Denton Parks and Recreation offers amazing rental options for your next family gathering, memorial service, wedding anniversary, or surprise party. There are a variety of room sizes whether your event is intimate or large-scale. We’d love to host you and your loved ones. We’ve got the space – you bring the occasion!

American Legion Hall

629 Lakey St. Denton, TX 76201 (940) 349-8298

It features: g Multipurpose Room Half Multipurpose Room g Terrace g Kitchen g Small Classroom g After-hour Building Attendant

Denton Senior Center

509 N. Bell Ave. Denton, TX 76201 (940) 349-8720

It features: g Multipurpose Room g Medium Classrooms g Conference Room g Small Classroom g Kitchen g After-hour Building Attendant

Denton Parks and Recreation proudly works with registered non-profits and community organizations to provide no-cost rentals during regular business hours. If you need a space for your next meeting, give us a call!

All after-hour rentals require additional staffing fees. Type of event, number of attendees, and time of event determine building attendant fees for each individual rental.

All rentals require a $100 security deposit. Rentals and all cleanup must end by midnight. Tables and chairs are provided, and the renter is responsible for setting up, breaking down, and basic cleaning. Admission charges and alcohol are not permitted.

To reserve, visit dentonparkscatalog.com or stop by the centers for a tour and quote.

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City of Denton Parks and Recreation 321 E. McKinney Street Denton, TX 76205
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