EVRPD April Senior Services Programs

Estes Valley Recreation and Park District (EVRPD), provider of numerous recreational and community activities in the Estes Valley, is pleased to offer a variety of weekly social opportunities for seniors at the new Estes Valley Community Center.

Senior services operates Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the lower level of the Estes Valley Community Center, 660 Community Drive. The coffee bar, lounge, game room, and many social opportunities are free to seniors. Apart from the following scheduled activities, seniors are invited to drop in anytime for coffee and socialization.

Ongoing Social Opportunities

Tuesday Social Hour: Drop in on Tuesdays at 10 a.m. and enjoy chatting with friends over fresh baked goods and coffee.

Mahjong Games: Drop in on Mondays and Fridays between 12:30 and 4 p.m. to play this popular four-player, tile-based game. Don’t know how to play? Free lessons will be offered every Tuesday in March from 1 to 3 p.m. (Advanced sign-up is required for lessons.)

Community Bridge: Free drop-in lessons are offered on Thursdays at 11:15 a.m. and games are played on Thursdays between 12:30 and 4 p.m. To play, call facilitator Lloyd Parker at 970-581-3505.

Rocky Rollers Wii Bowling: Drop in on Mondays at 10 a.m. to bowl electronically with the Wii video game.

Palette Pals Open Art Studio: Bring your own materials and projects; get inspired by others! Drop in on Mondays between 9 a.m. and 12 p.m.

Great Courses Series: Achieving Optimum Well-Being at Any Age

The 18-week course will be held on Fridays beginning March 2 from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Estes Valley Community Center, 660 Community Drive. The course is free and open to the public. Participants may attend any or all sessions; no registration is required. A complete list of each week’s course topics is available online at evrpd.com. Go to the “Seniors” tab, click on “Programs, Classes, and Travel,” and then scroll down to click on “Lifelong Learning.” 

Video lectures will be taught by Anthony A. Goodman, an Adjunct Professor of Medicine at Montana State University and Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He spent 20 years as a general surgeon in South Florida and worked aboard the hospital ship for Project HOPE and with the U.S. Army Medical Corps.

According to Professor Goodman, “60 to 65 percent of longevity is within your control. My overall objective in this course is to help you see your options and make educated health-related decisions for a lifetime of good health and well-being. This course will present an accessible, science-based program to help preserve your health and enhance your quality of life at any age. The lectures explain how and why the body and mind age and how you can build the pillars of a health-maintenance program: good nutrition, beneficial exercise, stress-relieving relaxing and restorative activities, and more and varied healthful lifestyle choices.”

This DVD lecture series is produced by The Great Courses, a twenty-seven-year-old educational company dedicated to producing engaging audio and video lectures by professors from leading universities.

Health and Wellness

Blood Pressure Clinic

EVRPD is pleased to offer monthly blood pressure clinics sponsored by the Estes Park Medical Center (EPMC).

Clinics are offered on the third Monday of each month. The clinics this spring will be held on March 19, April 16 and May 21 at 12:30 p.m. No sign-up is needed; just drop by the Estes Valley Community Center and get checked by a registered nurse from EPMC’s Home Health Care/Hospice team.

Medicare Counseling

EVRPD is pleased to collaborate with UCHealth Aspen Club to offer free Medicare counseling. All counseling sessions are conducted by trained State Health Insurance Program Counselors from the UCHealth Aspen Club.

Counseling sessions will be held at the new Estes Valley Community Center. The individual 45-minute appointments are offered between 9:15 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on the fourth Wednesday of each month, January through October. Registration is now open for the March 28, April 25, and May 23 dates.

These sessions are useful for those new to Medicare, those with questions or problems with coverage, or anyone needing good information on Medicare services and plans.

For more information about Aspen Club, please visit their website at www.uchealth.org/aspenclub or call (970) 495-8560 in Fort Collins or (970) 624-1860 in Loveland.

Full-body Senior Fitness Classes

EVRPD is excited to offer full-body senior fitness classes at two levels. Both classes are offered at the Estes Valley Community Center, 660 Community Drive.

“Get Fit” meets weekly on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:30 to 11:20 a.m. This level 1 class is designed to gently help seniors stay mobile and moving, whether standing or seated in a chair. It is ideal for individuals with limited mobility or those who have mobility but want to improve strength, range of motion, and balance. A wide variety of exercise equipment will be available and utilized including stretch bands, therapy balls, and light hand weights.

“Stay Fit” meets weekly on Mondays and Wednesdays from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. This level 2 class is designed for active seniors who want to increase muscular strength, range of movement, and balance. Hand-held weights, elastic tubing with handles, or balls are offered for resistance. Both standing and seated movements and exercises will be used in this no-impact class. The exercise room will be set to meet the needs of folks who are able to move freely without balance support as well as those needing a bit of balance support (in the form of a chair).

Both classes are included with daily admission or community center annual membership.

Self-Care Massage Series

EVRPD is pleased to offer a self-care massage class series at the new Estes Valley Community Center.

Classes will be held from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Wednesdays: April 16 and May 21. The cost for each class is $10, and participants can register and pay for each class individually. The registration deadline is one week prior to each class, and a minimum of six participants is required. Participants are welcome to attend any or all classes; no prior experience is necessary. Registration can be done online at evrpd.com/recguide, over the phone at 970-586-8191, or by visiting the community center at 660 Community Drive.

Xiang, the instructor for the series, is a certified Tai Chi, Qi Gong, and meditation instructor and healer. She has been teaching individuals and groups since 2001 and continues to advance her studies in the Daoist self-healing arts. According to Xiang, “Being proactive, achieving quality longevity, joy, and prosperity are aspects of life that Daoism teaches and strives to achieve.”

Xiang describes the class series: “For thousands of years, self-massage has been used as a means to stay healthy and beautiful. Self-care massage is easy and relaxing; massage away muscular tension from your face and body to promote increased blood circulation and healing from the inside out. Benefits may include increased joint flexibility, relief from arthritis, bursitis, back problems, insomnia, improved immune system, emotional uplift, and so much more.”

Monthly Group Meditation Program

EVRPD is pleased to offer free group meditation on the first Thursday of each month.

Meetings will be held from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Estes Valley Community Center, 660 Community Drive. The next meeting will take place on Thursday, March 1. No advanced registration is required; just drop in. The group is open to all those interested, and no prior meditation experience is necessary. Each class will include an exploration of issues and challenges that may arise in developing one’s own practice, a guided meditation, as well as silent meditation.

The group will be led by local meditation and dream teacher Mary Jo Heyen. For more information on Mary Jo’s background and training, please visit her website, Dreams: The Sacred Experiment, at www.maryjoheyen.com.

Day Trips

Candlelight Dinner Playhouse

Join friends and other Estes Valley residents to see Man of La Mancha at the Candlelight Dinner Playhouse in Johnstown, Colo.

The trip will take place on Sunday, April 29. The van will depart the Estes Valley Community Center at 11 a.m. and return at approximately 6 p.m. The trip fee is $84 and includes round-trip transportation, a ticket to the show, full dinner, tax and tip.

One of the most heralded musicals of all time, the Candlelight Dinner Playhouse describes Man of La Mancha as “a glorious affirmation of the unyielding resilience of the human spirit that will leave you breathless.” Man of La Mancha enters the mind and world of the “mad knight,” Don Quixote, as he pursues his quest for the impossible dream. In a tale told by Cervantes himself in defense of his life’s work, Quixote is, against all odds, a man who sees good and innocence in a world filled with darkness and despair. Featuring stirring classic songs like “The Impossible Dream,” Man of La Mancha is a multi-Tony Award®-winning theatrical masterpiece that blurs the line between dreams and reality.

Weekly Pilot Lunch Program

EVRPD is excited to continue the weekly lunch program into April with a warm and friendly atmosphere for the community to enjoy lunch each Thursday. The April menu is now available at evrpd.com.

Lunches will be served at the new Estes Valley Community Center, 660 Community Drive, in the lower level community room. This pilot program, available through a generous grant from SupplyWorks, will be offered each Thursday from March 8 through May 31 at 12 noon. The fresh and healthy lunches are catered by Jubliations Catering and include a hot main dish, salad, drink, and dessert. The meals provide nourishment for the body, and the socialization provides nourishment for the soul!

The cost is $5 per person for seniors 55 and older or $7 per person for those under 55. Reservations are required no later than 2 p.m. the Monday before, and can be made by calling 970-586-8191. The monthly menu is available online at evrpd.com.

Once per month, the luncheons will have a special theme. The next special themed luncheon will be on Thursday, April 12 with the theme of Spring Fling.


EVRPD is pleased to collaborate with AARP Elderwatch to offer a program on scams and fraud.

The program will take place on Tuesday, April 17 from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Estes Valley Community Center, 660 Community Drive. The program is free, but advanced registration is required. To register, visit evrpd.com/recguide, call (970) 586-8191, or stop by the community center at 660 Community Drive.

The program will be presented by Mark Fetterhoff, Senior Program Specialist for AARP Elderwatch. During this interactive session you will learn about the most common scam and fraud attempts hitting Coloradans and other vital tips to help keep your personal and financial information safe. Don’t be the next victim of a scam. Learn how to recognize the scam, when to refuse it, and where to report it.  


For more information about the new community center, to purchase a membership or inquire about senior services, visit evrpd.com or call 970-586-8191.