50+ Two-Stepping Around Texas Walking Program – Third and Final Leg – Big City Tour – Houston to San Antonio to San Marcos
Kickoff Event - Wednesday, January 8, 2020 at 4 p.m. at the San Marcos Activity Center
The San Marcos Parks and Recreation Department is continuing their free walking program for the 50+ community. Our goal is to get people up and exercising in a fun, healthy and interesting way and to create a social community to help motivate you in your walking. The fifth “step” of this program is the Third and Final leg of our Big City Tour. It will start on Wednesday, January 8, 2019 and will run for 13 weeks. The first leg of the tour we walked the distance from San Marcos to Dallas, 226 miles. The Second leg we walked from Dallas to Houston totaling 240 miles. Now, we will walk from Houston to San Antonio and back to San Marcos totaling 234 miles It can be done by walking 5,000 steps per day (2.5 Miles) or 17.5 miles per week for 13 weeks. Participants who complete the entire virtual tour will receive a special item of recognition. Walk on your own, with a friend or with a group, inside, outside or on a treadmill. We encourage you to sign up and invite your family and friends to join you!
We will try to have group walks every Monday morning at the San Marcos Activity Center, so we can encourage each other and update our mileage logs. You can keep track of your miles and steps with a smartphone, Fitbit or other simple pedometer. Membership to the San Marcos Activity Center is not required for this program, however if you would like to walk on the indoor track at times other than our scheduled group walks, then you will need to become a member.
The kickoff event will be on Wednesday, January 8, 2020 at 4 p.m. The kickoff event and this program is sponsored in part by CTMC Creation Heath. If you would like to participate but are unable to attend the kickoff event, you can stop by the San Marcos Activity Center, pick up a registration packet, and receive all of the information you will need to join. We will have a wrap-up celebration during the CTMC Creation Health Social Spin on Wednesday, April 8, 2020 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the San Marcos Activity Center. The Walking Program is free and open to ages 50 and up. For more information, call Nick Riali at (512)-393-8275 or visit http://sanmarcostx.gov and visit the 50+ page under Park and Recreation – Activities
50+ Duplicate Bridge:
The City of San Marcos Parks and Recreation has partnered with the Texas Capital Bridge Association to offer Duplicate Bridge every Friday from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the San Marcos Activity Center. The San Marcos club is a member of the American Contract Bridge League (ACBL), which has over 167,000 members who play duplicated bridge in 3200 clubs across the United States, Canada and Mexico. To find out more information about the Texas Capital Bridge Association, visit www.austinbridge.org or contact the local TCBA club director, Harry Ingham at 512-392-7612.
50+ San Marcos Game Day Club: Meets every Monday- except City Holidays!
Join the San Marcos Game Day Club. This social club meets every Monday at the San Marcos Activity Center, Meeting Room 1, from 12:30 to 4 p.m. Game materials for Bridge, Mexican Train Dominoes, Hand & Foot, and 42 are provide. New members are welcome. Pre-Registration is required, same day registration is not allowed. Members, make sure you arrive on time to get in on a game! Call Parks & Recreation at 393-8400.
Adult Pickleball: Every Tuesday, Thursday and Friday
We have extended the hours for Adult Pickleball Open Play! It is now offered on Tuesdays, and Thursdays from 9 a.m.– 12 Noon and 9 – 11:30 a.m. on Fridays, at the San Marcos Activity Center for ages 18 and up. We have six courts for Pickleball, which has allowed us to designate three courts as competitive courts and three courts as recreation courts. Pickleball is free for Activity Center members. Nonmembers will be charged the daily use rate of $3 for residents and $4.00 for nonresidents. Paddles and balls are available for those who do not have their own. If you would like to learn more about the sport, you are welcome to attend a session to observe and give it a try, free of charge. For more information, call (512) 393-8275.
Free Blood Pressure Clinic: Thursday, January 9, 2019
Come have your blood pressure and pulse checked for FREE! Everyone needs to keep up with this important information! Encompass Health - Home Health is hosting this FREE blood pressure clinic at the Activity Center before Bingo. The Clinic will be from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Activity Center. There is no registration required. Please call 393-8400 if you have any questions.
50+ Monthly Bingo: Thursday, January 9, 2020
Experience the thrill of winning and the joy of getting together with others! Each month we provide Bingo with great prizes, and light refreshments. Come join the fun B-4, during, and after! If you would like to play more games, please help us by bringing some prizes we can use. Thank you to everyone who has brought prizes. Location: San Marcos Activity Center from 2 to 3 p.m. FREE! For more information, call 393-8400.
Senior Citizen Self Defense Workshop: Wednesday, January 15, 2020
Senior Citizens should never be vulnerable to criminals who target them because of their age, so join us for this Senior Citizen Self Defense Workshop conducted by Damsel in Defense. The Damsel Self Defense Workshop is for all seniors, male and female, and will take place on Tuesday, January 15, 2020 at 1 p.m. at the San Marcos Activity Center. Damsel Self Defense Workshops train Senior Citizens to develop Situational Awareness making them more alert to potential danger. The Workshops develop Senior Citizens to become less vulnerable, overcoming their age disadvantage and teach Senior Citizens to respond to threats and situations without panic through muscle memory. The Workshops also engage Senior Citizens in true to life situations and role-play effective and efficient means of survival. They equip Senior Citizens to be confident, aware, alert, prepared and win. A Damsel Prepared Senior Citizen is better able to keep themselves and their grandchildren safe when out and about.
50+ SMASH Sack Lunch Social and Bingo Thursday, January 16, 2020
Join us for our new luncheon program, SMASH Sack Lunch Social and Bingo! Each meeting, participants will need to bring their own sack lunch to eat while socializing with friends before we play Bingo. Beverages will be provided as well as bingo prizes. Location: San Marcos Activity Center from 12 to 2 p.m. FREE! For more information, call 393-8400.
Finding Balance: Tuesday, January 21, 2020
Don’t miss this great monthly program brought to you by the City of San Marcos Parks and Recreation in coordination with Comfort Keepers. This is an exercise class with a focus on balance activities. There are new exercises and activities every class meeting. The purpose of this program is to optimize safety & decrease the risk of falls in the community of retirees. This will improve confidence, improve strength & flexibility, boost your immune system and maintain/ increase mobility for ages 50+ for those of all activity levels. Finding Balance is offered on the third Tuesday of every month at 2 p.m. at the Activity Center Participants need to wear loose/ stretchy comfortable clothing with rubber soled shoes. Sponsored by Comfort Keepers!
Brain Training with Aging is Cool, Sponsored by WellMed:
Wednesday January 22, 2020
Aging is Cool believes that no matter how old you are, you can still learn, be healthy, have fun and make a difference in the world. Whether you just turned 50 or even 90 years old, it’s important to keep your brain healthy and active. Aging is Cool’s Stay Smart series brings together brain training, physical movements and memory techniques to help you maintain and improve mental functioning.
Enjoy fun and challenging classes that will keep you mentally sharp no matter your age. We invite you to join us for our first meeting on Wednesday, January 22 from 2 to 3 p.m. at the San Marcos Activity Center. Brain Training is a Free event that will be held every quarter and is sponsored by WellMed.
50+ S.M.A.S.H. Bowling Social – January 23, 2020
Join us every month for a SMASH Social Club, Bowling Social. The City of San Marcos Parks and Recreation and Sunset Bowling Lanes are hosting a Bowling Social each month. These bowling events are for ages 50 + and will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. at Sunset Bowling Lanes, 1304 HWY 123, San Marcos, TX. The fee for this event is $5/person and includes shoe rental and 2 games of bowling. We do ask that you RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or call (512) 393-8275 so we can get a head count to reserve enough lanes. The $5.00 cost will be paid to Sunset Bowling on the day of the event. For more information call 393-8400. Bring a friend, it will be a SMASH!
Senior Citizen EXPO: Thursday, January 30, 2020
You are invited to the 9th Senior Citizen EXPO brought to you by San Marcos Parks and Recreation and the Senior Advisory Board. It will be held on Thursday, January 30, 2020 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the San Marcos Activity Center. This FREE event will connect you with goods, services, organizations, discounts, clubs and more in the San Marcos area that serve your needs. There will be vendor booths, freebies, light lunch refreshments, a vendor booklet and door prizes! Come out to discover what our community has for you. For more information or to get a vendor space, call Nick Riali at (512) 393-8275 or email email@example.com .
We would like to thank our 2020 Senior Expo Gold Sponsors at time of printing: Advanced Home Health Services, Advanced Imaging, Bois D’arc Assisted Living, Brookdale Senior Living, Caring Senior Services of New Braunfels, Clear Captions’ Connect Hearing, Hope Hospice, Howerton Eye Clinic, Mariposa Apartment Homes, MedPost Urgent Care, Oasis Senior Advisors Austin/Central Texas, Orchard Park of Kyle, San Marcos Air – Air Conditioning and Heating, StoneBrook Seniors, Texas Home Health, WellCare
Life Long Learning: – Register Now!
San Marcos Parks and Recreation in cooperation with Life Long Learning of San Marcos is once again offering new Life Long Learning courses for the greater San Marcos area. The classes are primarily for those age 50 and above, but adults of any age are welcome to register. To REGISTER or for more information on the classes, please stop by the Activity Center at 501 East Hopkins, The Parks and Recreation Main office at 401 East Hopkins, Call 512.393.8400 or visit www.sanmarcostx.gov/activeSMTX and search LLL for Life Long Learning courses. A minimum number of registrants is required for these classes to make.
1. Survival Spanish
Mondays and Wednesdays: Jan 13, 15, 22, 23 (Thursday,) 27, 29, Feb 3, and 5 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at the San Marcos Activity Center. Cost is $40 and is presented by Seth Worley
2. Painting an Allegory in Oil – Art Class
Fridays: January 10, 17, 24, 31 and February 7 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Cephas House. Cost is $5 and is presented by Roxana Tuff
3. Your Personal Universe: Learn to See the Universe Differently - Part One: A Jaunt Through Physics to 1913
Tuesdays: January 14, 21, 28 and February 4 & 11 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the San Marcos Activity Center. Cost is $25 and is presented by Russell Doescher.
4. Genealogy: Learn How to Research Your Ancestors Using Maps & Land Records
Wednesdays: January 15, 22, 29 and February 5 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the San Marcos Activity Center. Cost is $40 and is presented by Cindy Foreman
5. Chemistry in the Kitchen
Thursdays: February 6, 13, 20, 27 March 5 and 12 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the San Marcos Activity Center. Cost is $25 and is presented by Marianne Reese.
6. “Remember the Ladies” A Brief History of Women in America Before 1920
Wednesdays: March 4, 11, 18, and 25 from 2 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. at the San Marcos Activity Center. Cost is $40 and is presented by Jo Snider.
7. Your Personal Universe: Learn to See the Universe Differently - Part Two: Modern Physics
Tuesdays: March 3, 10, 17, 24, and 31 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the San Marcos Activity Center. Cost is $25 and is presented by Russell Doescher
Tickets on sale for the 21st Annual Golden Sweethearts Ball: Friday, February 14, 2020
San Marcos Parks & Recreation invites you to come to the 21st Annual Golden Sweethearts Ball from 6 p.m. - 10 p.m. on Friday, February 14, 2020 at the San Marcos Activity Center. This is a special Valentine’s Celebration for couples and singles in San Marcos and surrounding communities. It will include an elegant dance with music by Sound Experience, a catered dinner and great door prizes. Dinner will be served at 7 p.m. Attire is dressy to semi-formal. Advance tickets ONLY! They are available at the San Marcos Activity Center at 501 East Hopkins, The Parks and Recreation Main office at 401 East Hopkins, by calling 512.393.8400 or visit https://apm.activecommunities.com/sanmarcostx and search “Golden”. You can start purchasing your tickets today. If you purchase your tickets before February 10, the price is $16. From February 10-12, the price will be $20, so buy your tickets early. All ticket sales are final. Seating is limited, so do not wait! The deadline is Wednesday, February 12, 2020. Call 393-8400 for more information.