COA January activities in Dowagiac and Cass

Published 5:29 pm Monday, December 30, 2013


Health & Wellness

— New Year’s Resolution Class.  NEW! TOTAL FITNESS:  This class gets you moving with elements of step aerobics, Pilates and cardio. $20 a month. Mondays and Wednesday, 4:45 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., starting Jan. 6.

— On the Ball: Improve your muscular strength, balance and mobility in this fitness class using an exercise ball. Participants should be able to get down on the floor for mat work. Only $20 per month. Mondays and Wednesdays, 8:30 a.m. to 9:15 a.m.

Fitness Activity Class: People of all abilities can get moving and improve their fitness level with this class. Mondays and Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m. Free.

— Let’s Move: Everybody can use a good stretch. Combined with balance and range of motion exercises this class is designed to help improve mobility. Only $15 per month. Mondays and Wednesdays, 9:45 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.

— Yoga (Saturday): Enjoy the increased flexibility that yoga can provide. Registered instructor Margaret Filchak welcomes newcomers. Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. $8 per class.

— Yoga (Monday): Enjoy this additional yoga class taught by Karen Sommers. Mondays 5:45 p.m. to 7 p.m., $8 per class.

— Foot Clinics: Take good care of your feet – get toenails trimmed (except for people with diabetes), calluses filed, and a foot massage from the experts from Satori Salon and Spa of Jones. Cost is $20 for first visit, $17 for follow-up visits. By appointment only, Mondays, Jan. 13 and 27.

— Massage: Relax – Let massage therapist Roberta Donat work away aches and pains. Cost is $26 for 30 minutes, $45 for an hour, by appointment only. Tuesdays, Jan. 14 and 28.

— R.A.D. Practice Class: Donna Dominiak of the sheriff’s office will hold a practice class on Monday, Jan. 6, from 12 p.m. to 12:30 p.m. This is only for those who have completed the three-day R.A.D. course.

Care Services

— Legal Clinic:  Local attorneys volunteer their time to answer legal questions.  Appointments are required.  Wednesday, Jan. 15.

Institute for Lifelong Learning

— Movie Features a Hometown Twist.  Movies for Grown-ups:  January’s movie feature is
“Bernie.”  This PG-13 film has great fun in it twisted story about a rural Texas town, a wealthy widow and Bernie Tiede, the town’s beloved undertaker turned murderer. Free movie (closed captioned), popcorn and water at 1 p.m. Monday, Jan. 13.

— Discussion:  Keystone XL Pipeline.  Great Decisions:  This month’s discussion focuses on The Keystone XL Pipeline.  Join us for this discussion on updates about the initiative, along with safety issues, protests, policies and jobs for Americans.  You don’t have to agree with other members, but active participation and a commitment to stay informed on issues are required.  There is no charge to attend.  Friday, Jan. 10 and 24, 9:30 a.m. to noon.

-— Computer Use and Assistance: Several public-use computers are available for use during normal business hours. Get personalized assistance from volunteers Monday, Jan. 13 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. and Jan. 29 from 10:00 a.m. to Noon.

Story Circle is hibernating during January.  The next class series begins after the February thaw.

Active Living

— ALOHA!  “Hawaii Comes to You.”  Annual Luau:  Enjoy a Winter Time heat wave when you really need it!  We’re having a luau Hawaiian style at lunch – wear something tropical, enjoy non-alcoholic pina coladas and enjoy Hawaiian music.  The party is free, Hawaiian themed lunch will cost about $5. Thursday, Jan. 23 at Noon.

— Fruitbelt Wood Carvers: All types of woodcrafters are welcome to the group where sharing and learning are encouraged. Thursdays, Jan. 2, 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. and Jan 16, 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

— Book Club: The “Read & Share” club has selected “A Dog’s Purpose” by W. Bruce Cameron. Friday, Jan. 17 from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Read ahead for February is “Wild” by Cheryl Strayed.

— Bingo: Follow the lunch hour by playing for fun and prizes Wednesdays and Fridays from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., cost is $1.25, and birthday bingo is Friday, Jan. 24.

— Ceramics Made Easy: Learn and create ceramics with volunteer instructors Joyce Greenwood and Lorna Suits. Thursdays from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Cost is $8 per month plus firing fees.

— Chess Club: Chess is about strategy and thinking ahead.  It has been shown to enhance cognitive ability.  Club members will welcome and teach new players.  Tuesdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

— Cribbage Club: Open to Cribbage players of all skill levels.  Wednesdays at 1 p.m.

— Dance Club: The Dance Club is always looking for new members.  Join the group and dance to a variety of musical styles and enjoy the fellowship of friends.  Thursdays at 10:00 a.m.

— Euchre Club: Enjoy playing euchre. Tuesdays at 1 p.m.

— Groundhog Rummy: If you don’t know how to play, our players will be glad to teach you. Meets on the second Wednesday of each month. Wednesday, Jan. 8, 1 p.m.

— Knitting & Crocheting: This wonderful and social group creates lots of things from yarn, and they donate many items to local charities. Fridays, 10 a.m. to noon.

— Pinochle Club: Play your best cards and enjoy making friends on the first and third Wednesday of each month. Wednesdays, Jan. 15, 1 p.m.

— Quilting Club: All quilters are welcome to join. The group will create, learn, and share their wares by donating them to local charities. Monday, Jan. 6, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

— Red Hats: A great way to get out, make new friends, and simply have fun with women 50 and older. Open to new members. Call for date and location of the next meeting.

— Sing Along: Join volunteer leaders Bev Smith & George Purlee for a musical journey down memory lane Fridays at 11 a.m.



— Movies for Grown-ups: Movie Features a Hometown Twist. Free movie (closed captioned), popcorn and water at 1:00 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 14.

— Cardio Challenge: This class will be will be combined with Vim & Vigor starting at 9 a.m. through March.

— Drug Drop: Turn in expired or unwanted pills, capsules and tablet medications for proper disposal. Please note, no liquids or inhalers can be taken. Drugs are only accepted from 10 a.m. to noon, Thurs. Jan. 2. Drugs can be dropped off at the Cass County Sheriff’s Office at any time.

— S.E.A.T. (Sit, Exercise, and Tone): This chair-based fitness class is great for anyone concerned with balance and stability. The focus is on maintaining flexibility and strength. Cost is $25 per month or $5 for walk-ins. Meets every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.

— Tai Chi: Enjoy this gentle exercise and build strength and balance while building the mind-body connection. Mondays and Wednesdays at 11 a.m. Cost is $20 per month.

— Vim & Vigor Transitions: This class begins with a stand-up energizing aerobic workout and ends with a chair cool down and stretch. The focus is on heart health, strength, flexibility and balance. Meets every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9 to 9:45 a.m. Cost is $25 per month or $5 for walk-ins.

Institute for Lifelong Learning

Computer Use and Assistance:  Several public-use computers are available for use during normal business.  Get personalized assistance from volunteer Tim Wiggins on Fridays, Jan. 3 and 17 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Care Services

Veteran’s Affairs: Cass County’s Veterans Affairs representative Tom Green to help answer questions about veterans’ benefits, including medical prescription benefits.  Thursday, Jan. 9, from 10 a.m. to Noon.  No appointment required.