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Posted on: August 16, 2019

[ARCHIVED] September Parks & Recreation 50+ Programming

San Marcos Parks and Rec

50+ Facebook for Seniors Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Join us for a Free Facebook for Seniors Workshop and learn how to sign up for Facebook and stay connected with friends and family members! The City of San Marcos Parks and Recreation and the San Marcos Public Library are partnering up to bring you Facebook for Seniors on Wednesday, September 4, 2019 from 10:00am-12:00pm at the San Marcos Activity Center. Join Deborah Carter, Public Service Librarian, and staff from the San Marcos Public Library, for a FREE onsite Facebook Workshop. Find long lost friends and relatives, learn how to share pictures, get involved with people and groups around you and follow your interests and hobbies. Space is limited to 40 participants and registration is required. Twenty computers will be provided, but you are welcome to bring your own.  To REGISTER or for more information 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 and search Facebook.


50+ Two-Stepping Around Texas Walking Program – Second Leg – Big City Tour

Kickoff Event - Wednesday, September 4, 2019 at 4:00 PM 

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 fourth “step” of this program is the second leg of our Big City Tour. It will start on Wednesday, September 4, 2019 and will run for 16 weeks.  The first leg of the tour we walked the distance from San Marcos to Dallas, 226 miles.  Now, we will walk from Dallas to Houston totaling 240 miles. We are going to increase our daily number of steps for this leg.  It can be done by walking 5,000 (up from 4,000) steps per day (2.5 Miles) or 17.5 miles per week for 14 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, September 4, 2019 at 4:00 PM. 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 Holiday celebration on Wednesday, December 11, 2019 from 2-4 PM 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 and visit the 50+ page under Park and Recreation - Activities.

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 12:30-4 PM.  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.

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 10:00 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 or contact the local TCBA club director, Harry Ingham at 512-392-7612.

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 9:00 AM– 12:00 Noon and 9:00 – 11:30 AM 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 $3.00 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, September 5, 2019

Come have your blood pressure and pulse checked for FREE! Everyone needs to keep up with this important information!  Angles for Elders/Wimberley Home Health is hosting this FREE blood pressure clinic at the Activity Center before Bingo.  The Clinic will be from 1:00-2:00 PM at the Activity Center.  There is no registration required. Please call 393-8400 if you have any questions. 

50+ Monthly Bingo: Thursday, September 5, 2019

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 2-3 PM.  FREE!  For more information, call 393-8400.

50+ SMASH Sack Lunch Social and Bingo Thursday, September 12, 2019

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 12-2 PM.  FREE!  For more information, call 393-8400. 

Finding Balance:  Tuesday, September 17, 2019

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 2:00 PM at the Activity Center Participants need to wear loose/ stretchy comfortable clothing with rubber soled shoes. Sponsored by Comfort Keepers!

50+ S.M.A.S.H.  Bowling Social – September 19, 2019

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 2-4 PM at Sunset Bowling Lanes, 1304 HWY 123, San Marcos, TX.  The fee for this event is $5.00/ person and includes shoe rental and 2 games of bowling.  We do ask that you RSVP to 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 Self Defense Workshop: Tuesday, September 24, 2019

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, September 24, 2019 at 2:00 PM 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.

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 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 and search LLL for Life Long Learning courses.  A minimum number of registrants is required for these classes to make.


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Tuesdays: September 3, 10, 17, and 24 from 10:00 to 11:30 AM at the San Marcos Activity Center. Cost is $40.00 and is presented by Cindy Foreman.                                          

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