Is it SPRING yet?

Not really but you can stop by and enjoy the warm environment of the Shirley Senior Center. We have a number of great programs.

We have Senior Fitness, a class designed for seniors that includes weight training and Pilates and is geared towards each individual's needs. The classes are held on Tuesday nights at 5:30 p.m. or Wednesdays at 8:30 a.m.

Need something calmer? Well, we have a couple of good answers. On Mondays from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., we have Qigong. It is a relaxing, simple form of Tai Chi that helps your mind, body and spirit to relax and feel free. On Thursday mornings from 9-10 a.m., we have Chair Yoga. Have trouble getting up off the mat? No problem. We use chairs not mats. It's relaxing and helps with your flexibility. Stop by and try it for free.

Remember, we have expanded BINGO from once a month to three times/month. In addition to having BINGO after the monthly lunch, we are now playing on the second and fourth Thursday of each month at 2 p.m. Same rules, same games, same fun.

On the first and third Thursdays, we have RUMMIKUB, a card game played with tiles. It is fun and mentally stimulating. A nice mix to help you keep your mind sharp.

If you are the creative type, we have resumed the painting classes with a lot of flexibility for you. You can paint in oil or watercolor, you can have instruction or just use the time to paint on your own. It's your call.


Willa Desousa, a former high school art teacher, will work with you at whatever level of skill you have and help you attain a higher level of artistic capability.

The Pizza and Movie is on Wednesday. Feb. 5, (11 a.m.) and the movie is "Ghost."

As always, we have Wii bowling on Mondays from 1-4 p.m. and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to noon. Both start the week of Jan. 13. Card time is hot.

Every Monday from 1-4 p.m. stop by and play Rummy, Canasta or Cribbage with friends or make new friends. There is Bridge every Tuesday starting at 9:30 a.m. Forgot how to bid? No problem, stop by, watch, play, learn and enjoy.

We also have Mexican Train Dominos on Tuesday 10 a.m. A unique and fun way to play Dominos.

The Senior Lunch is on Wednesday, Feb. 15. It will be made-from-scratch and delicious. It starts at 11:30 a.m. Afterwards, relax with Bingo. Last month we had over 20 players enjoy themselves.

The Senior Breakfast is on Monday, Feb. 24. It is $2 and worth $10. Stop by enjoy the food and the warm company.

Don't forget the Choice Café on the second and fourth Wednesday of the month. Remember that these are lunches that you need to call ahead and make a reservation. We need to you call by the Monday morning of the week the lunch is being held.

We have a senior information session on Monday, Feb. 3. Anne Marie Rowse will be here to talk about legal and medical wellness. Some of you may remember her from the medical fair in November where she was one of the key speakers. There is something for everyone. See you at 10 a.m.

Seems like a busy time at the center. See you there?