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

Kickoff Event - Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at 6:00 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 third “step” of this program is our Big City Tour. It will start on Wednesday, May 1, 2019 and will run for 16 weeks.  This is the first leg of the Big City Tour, a “virtual” walk to Dallas totaling 226 miles. This can be done by walking a little over 4,000 steps per day (2 Miles) or 14 miles per week for 16 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 at the San Marcos Activity Center, so we can encourage each other and update our mileage logs. These can be done in the morning or evening, depending on when the group would like to meet.  You can keep track of your miles and steps with a smartphone, Fitbit or other simple pedometer. We may also schedule other group walks led by volunteer group leaders. These will occur outdoors at places like CTMC Creation Health Trail, Crook Park or Five Mile Dam. 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, May 1, 2019 at 6:00 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 celebration of National Senior Citizens Day on Wednesday, August 21 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 http://sanmarcostx.gov and visit the 50+ page under Park and Recreation - Activities.

l 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.

l  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. 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.

l 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 www.austinbridge.org or contact the local TCBA club director, Harry Ingham at 512-392-7612.

l Free Blood Pressure Clinic: Thursday, May 2, 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. 

l 50+ Monthly Bingo: Thursday, May 2, 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.

l  50+ SMASH Sack Lunch Social and Bingo Thursday, May 9, 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. 

l 50+ S.M.A.S.H.  Bowling Social – May 16, 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 every 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 nriali@sanmarcostx.gov 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.  This specific Bowling Social is sponsored by United Healthcare. You will be able to attend at no charge to you! Bring a friend, it will be a SMASH!

l Finding Balance:  Tuesday, May 21, 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!

l Pickleball Drill and Play Day: Mondays in May   

The first 45 minutes will cover one skill of Pickleball where players will be put through repetitive drills and developmental games geared toward that skill. The last 45 minutes will be devoted to fun game play to work on the skill in open game situations. Drill and Play Day, When: Mondays from 8:30-10am in May. Where: San Marcos Activity Center Gym with Amy Yarbrough and Randall Wood (Certified Pickleball Instructors). Cost: $10 per person.  To register visit www.pickleballsanmarcos.com

l Pickleball Group Lessons: Mondays in May   

Taking a group lesson is an economical way to receive more personal instruction and or strategy. The group can also benefit post lesson by meeting with each other to practice and drill what was covered in the lesson.

Small group lesson (1.5 hours) designed for a group of 3-4 people, When:

Mondays 10:00-11:30am, in May. Where: San Marcos Activity Center Gym.  This is an economical way to receive more personal detailed instruction and strategy with Amy Yarbrough and Randall Wood (Certified Pickleball Coaches)

Cost: $25 per person. To register visit www.pickleballsanmarcos.com

l Pickleball Clinics: Wednesdays in May   

Participating in our Pickleball clinics provides a group learning environment that is inclusive, friendly, and fun. Besides making new friends and getting exercise, you will also be taught stroke development and strategies that will improve your Pickleball game. Players will be placed in groups with others of similar skill level. Pickleball Clinics When: Wednesdays from 9-11am, in May. Where: San Marcos Activity Center Gym with Amy Yarbrough and Randall Wood (Certified Pickleball Instructors) Cost: $35 per person. To register visit www.pickleballsanmarcos.com.

l  Life Long Learning:  Classes start In May – 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 beginning in May. 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 www.sanmarcostx.gov/activeSMTX and search LLL for Life Long Learning courses.  A minimum number of registrants is required for these classes to make.

1.  Drawing with Watercolor and Ink – Art Class

Develop your expressive voice with watercolor and ink. This experimental drawing class will encourage you to be loose in style, technical in drawing,

and playful in your designing. We will look at contemporary drawing done with watercolor and ink. We will talk about design and how to come up with interesting compositions. There will be demonstrations on using watercolor, pen and ink techniques and building designs. There will be lots of studio work time to create your work in a setting where you can enjoy feedback and artistic interaction.

When: Fridays, May 17, 24 & 31 and June 7 & 14 from 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM at the Cephas House. Cost is $50.00. It is presented by Roxana Tuff, a metalsmith and illustrator who holds a BFA in Painting and Drawing and a MFA in Painting. She has taught in the art studio area at Texas State for 14 years and for Life-Long Learning since its inception.                          

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