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
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.”
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.