June 23, 2011


Senior Centers Offer Something For Everyone

When you hear the phrase “something for everyone,” most of us are hesitant to believe it. But in the case of Arlington’s two senior centers, it really is true.

Ranging from recreational activities to volunteer work to fitness classes and educational courses, the senior centers offer something of interest for every independent adult age 50 and up.

James Turner, Arlington’s senior facility manager, was able to take a few minutes between activities to talk with us about the centers’ highlights.

“Our trip and destination travel programs are very popular and well attended,” said Turner. “These trips span the Metroplex as well as go out of Texas to nearby casinos every other month. We do trips to museums, plays, theater, and shopping. You name it, we have it. They’ve even gone as far as Alaska.”

Arlington is organizing a visit to the Dallas World Aquarium on July 14 for $29. Another upcoming excursion includes a tour of the American Airlines Museum and lunch at Cracker Barrel on July 21 for $12.

All of the activities are listed on a calendar, which can be found online at the Parks Department website and in Funtimes magazine, a quarterly publication available at the senior centers, Arlington libraries and City Hall. If you’d like one mailed to you, you can call one of the centers and they will happily send one to your residence.

Turner, who sees retirement as a chance to “recreate your life,” has an open invitation to all Arlington seniors. “If nothing else, come and find out what’s going on,” Turner said. He noted that a visit usually “turns on a bright light [for people] when they realize what’s here.”

STAYING ACTIVE: Besides travel activities that provide the opportunity for fellowship, the next most popular classes are the dance and fitness programs, according to Turner. Participants have their choice between line dancing, beginning tap, yoga, Pilates, tai chi, strength training and more. Most classes cost $12 per month.

DANCE NIGHT: If you want to put the newly learned dance moves into action, stop by for the weekly Friday night dance with a live band at Senior Center Eunice from 7 to 9:30 p.m. for $6. If you’re not a night person, check out the Tuesday afternoon dance at the New York location beginning at 12:30 p.m.

LEARN THE LATEST TECHNOLOGY: Seniors can also take Internet 101 classes to learn how to communicate and share pictures with family and friends through email. There is also a class for those who have never touched a computer before.

For more information on trips, classes and free events, visit or call one of the centers through their contact info below.

1815 New York Avenue, 76010

1000 Eunice Street, 76010


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