The Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities offers a variety of programs and activities for Alexandrians ages 55 and over . For additional information, or to be placed on our mailing list, please call Senior Programs at 703.746.5575.
Click here to download the new Power-Plus Brochure! See all of the recreation programs provided for ages 55 and up, including: clubs, classes, trips, sports, and other opportunities available.
Power-Plus classes are scheduled through the Recreation Classes & Camps Office. Click here for registration information. Please call the Recreation Classes & Camps Office at 703.746.5414 for assistance.
Click here to view a full list of current class sessions, schedules and locations.
Aquatic Exercise for Seniors
Are you a senior looking to improve your muscular and cardiovascular strength and endurance? Would you like to eliminate joint aches and pains, improve balance and flexibility, and minimize your chances of falling? If so, come meet Candice Kaup, who has a Master Degree in Exercise, Fitness, and Health Promotion for this special class for senior citizens. This is the first time she will be featuring this class at Chinquapin, and you don’t want to miss it! Candice can help achieve your fitness goals without jumping, running, or swimming. Candice can also address other physical-related problems you may be experiencing and help you develop ways to manage them. Feel free to email email@example.com if you have any questions. No previous exercise experience required. Instructor Candice Kaup, M.S.
Candice's Land Exercise for Seniors
You are never too old to improve your posture and balance, strengthen your muscles, learn how to minimize or eliminate aches and pains, and increase your flexibility. There are many exercises that can be done while seated in a chair, leaning against a wall, or lying in your bed. Sign up and learn what they are and how YOU can do them. Don’t worry…you won’t have to get up and down off the floor. And, we will have chairs and other equipment available to use. Candice will also offer guidance and tips for folks who have arthritis, have undergone some type of surgery, or suffer from other musculoskeletal problems. If you have questions, email Candice Kaup directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. See you in class!
Muscular Strength & Endurance
This muscle strength and endurance class will challenge all the major muscles of the body. In this one hour class, you will perform compound movement patterns that will improve your overall strength, muscle endurance, body composition, and flexibility. This class, which utilizes the variable weighted barbell, free weights and other small functional equipment, is for everyone. It will complement your current weight training program or for those just getting started it will serve as an introduction to resistance training. Instructor Fitness For Older Adults, LLC.
Total Body Conditioning
This class entails body conditioning from your head to your toes utilizing dumbbells, body bars, and other equipment to help tone and trim your body. This total body workout includes strength and cardio training to burn fat, while also toning your muscles. The class will focus on all the major muscle groups of your body, even your core / abdominals. The certified instructor will help you focus on your postural alignment, form, breathing, and even your heart rate during the class. It does not matter how young or old you are, we can modify the workout if we need to for you. You'll feel energized and stronger after taking this class! Instructor Fitness For Older Adults, LLC.
Functional Fitness For Older Adults
Ages 50 & up. The goal of any older adults is to remain independent and functional as long as possible. This class will help each individual improve their independence and meet their functional goals. The exercises performed in this class will help improve upper- and lower-body strength, balance, flexibility, and coordination. By providing safe and effective physical activity, our trainers will help improve your physical health, enhance psychological well-being, and reap other benefits of physical activity. Instructor Fitness For Older Adults, LLC.
Gentle Karate for Seniors
This course is a very slow, graceful, very gentle exercise routine in basic karate. It's designed to increase strength, tone muscles, improve your body's range of motion and coordination, and enhance mobility, breathing and flexibility by making the body looser (muscles, joints, and ligaments). The regimen involves the entire body. It's suggested that enrollees have many long-unused, tired, sore muscles and aching joints. Instructor Ed Campana.
This is a beginner's class to learning Yang style Tai Chi and will cover the 24 positions of the short form. Tai Chi, sometimes called tai chi chuan, is a noncompetitive program that compliments participants of all ages by performing a series of postures or movements in a slow, graceful manner. Some benefits of Tai Chi are slowing bone loss in women after menopause, lowering blood pressure, reducing stress and improving balance and coordination. Instructor Picot Chappell.
Today's Technology for Boomers & Beginners
Confused about all the technology that society is using? Want to stay connected to your kids' or grandkids' everyday life utilizing today's technology? Want to explore the world and not leave your house? This informative, eight-week course will delve into cell / smart phones, social media (Facebook, etc.), computers, computer maintenance tips and sites to help save money. We also will discover interesting Websites / apps to make your life easier and which will allow you to interact with people who have like interests. Other topics we will cover include GPS and mapping technology, Apple products tips & great weather & travel websites, Skype / Webcam technology and the latest from Microsoft and Google and much more! Instructor Andy Livingston.
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Power-Plus Clubs are ongoing throughout the year, and are free unless otherwise noted. City Residents only. For more information and to confirm activity, contact the Recreation Center where the club is located. Recreation Center ID cards are required and are provided free with proper proof of City residency.
Neighborhood Recreation Centers:
|Chinquapin Park Recreation Center, 3210 King St.|
|Charles Houston Recreation Center, 901 Wythe St.|
|Cora Kelly Recreation Center, 25 W. Reed Ave.|
|Mount Vernon Recreation Center, 2701 Commonwealth Ave.|
|Nannie J. Lee Memorial Recreation Center, 1108 Jefferson St.|
|William Ramsay Recreation Center, 5650 Sanger Ave.|
Students begin with sketching and progress through the different mediums of the visual arts at their own pace with assistance from professional artists. $3 per class.
Mondays, 10 am-Noon, Mount Vernon
Know when to hold them.... Know when to fold them. Come play cards with your neighbors and friends in a relaxed and fun atmosphere. Beginners and experienced players are welcome to participate.
Wednesdays, 9:30 am-2 pm, Nannie J. Lee
Del Ray Seniors
Seniors who are 55+ meet weekly at the Mount Vernon Recreation Center to discuss ideas and topics that center on healthy living programs, exercise and fitness, health screening, and senior recreational and leisure opportunities. Quarterly luncheons at local restaurants, field trips and guest speakers are also part of the social experience. Please contact 703.746.5556 for additional information.
Tuesdays, 11 am-Noon, Mount Vernon
Dun Lo Arts
Seniors learn to paint in a group setting. Art exhibits scheduled each May and December. For more information call Rhoda Seligmann at 703.751.7924.
Tuesdays, 10 am-3 pm, Nannie J. Lee
Purchase a Fitness Pass and work out on your own schedule in a beautiful new fitness room with weight machines, treadmills, exercise bikes, and all the best fitness equipment for strength and conditioning.
Monday-Friday, 6 am-9 pm
Saturday, 9 am-6 pm
Sunday, 1-5 pm
Intermediate American Sign LanguageJewelry Club
Participants continue to learn ASL vocabulary and continue to explore ASL grammar and etiquette. Deaf Culture is explored, as well as opportunities to converse with native signers. Field trip opportunities are provided, both cultural and educational.
Thursdays, 10-11 am, Mount Vernon
Informal work group assists seniors with psychomotor skills by creating assorted jewelry items. Participants provide their own materials.
Mondays, 1:30-3:30 pm, Mount Vernon
Jewelry Creations Club
Instruction in various jewelry creations including earrings, bracelets, necklaces, key chains and more. Participants provide their own materials.
Tuesdays, 7-8:30 pm, Cora Kelly
Lunch Time Yoga
Practice posture and breathing techniques to reduce tension, improve circulation and learn to relax.
Mondays, Noon-1 pm, Cora Kelly
Senior knitters at various skill levels meet, socialize and knit beautiful scarves, hats, sweaters, blankets, etc., while socializing. The program is on-going and participants are responsible for providing their own materials and supplies.
Thursdays, 10 am-2 pm, Mount Vernon
Participants have the opportunity to learn the games of bridge and pinochle and play socially on a regular basis.
Mondays & Fridays, 10 am- 3 pm, Mount Vernon
Share lunch and listen to a special guest.
2nd Thursdays of the Month (confirm date with center), 10:30 am-1 pm, Cora Kelly
Stay healthy and have fun while exercising through the game of 3 on 3 half-court basketball. Come learn and sharpen your skills. Other senior players will be available to assist and provide scrimmage opportunities. Bring an indoor women's basketball and a light and dark colored shirt. Come ready to play.
Thursdays, 12:30-2:30 pm, Nannie J. Lee
Strength and Conditioning Club
A self-directed group activity to motivate individuals to continue a personal fitness plan & cardiovascular workout. Participants meet Mon, Wed or Fri. Program is on-going. A Recreation Center ID and Recreation Center Fitness Pass are required. Participants are encouraged to consult with their physician prior to participation.
Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays, 9:30 am-12:30 pm, William Ramsay
Square Dance Program
Beginners and experienced dancers are welcome to join the fun! Program led by a professional caller. $5 per class.
Wednesdays, 1-3 pm, Mount Vernon
Table Tennis Tuesdays
Join us for a few hours of table tennis as we Get Active to Stay Active. Play on two tables with balls & paddles provided. All skill levels are welcome. Beat the Center Director and win a one-month fitness pass! (One winner per household).
Tuesdays, 9 am-Noon, William Ramsay
Walk for the Health of It! / Robust Walking
Wear walking/running shoes and comfortable clothing suitable for indoor activity. No rain, snow, ice or other adverse weather concerns in a clean, comfortable gym. Bring a friend, make a new friend or plug in your radio and walk to better health and fitness.
Mondays, Tuesdays & Wednesdays, 10am-Noon, Charles Houston
West-End Billiards at Ramsay
Play It Up on two slate pool tables with cue sticks provided. All skill levels are welcome. Beat the Center Director and win a one-month fitness pass! (One winner per household).
Thursdays, 9 am-Noon, William Ramsay
Wii Video Games Learning Clinic and Competition
Want to get out and play a round of golf or maybe knock down a few pins in bowling without the hassle of getting a tee time or reserving a lane? Or maybe you just want to up your Wii skills for the next time you visit the grandkids. Join the FUN!
2nd and 4th Thursdays of the Month, 10 am, Charles Houston
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One Day Adventures
Springfest in Ocean City, Maryland
Thursday, May 2
8 am - 8 pm
$35 transportation fee (festival admission is free, meals and activities at your own expense)
See flyer for additional information and registration form
Registration Deadline: Thursday, April 18 (mail or walk-in to the Lee Center, or register online)
Celebrate spring and the upcoming summer season at Springfest 2013! Experience a vibrant day of delicious food, live entertainment and unique arts and crafts. Choose from over 30 food vendors, including famous Eastern Shore delicacies as well as a wide assortment of ethnic food. Enjoy a continuous variety of musical performances on two stages, all within the Inlet Lot of Ocean City's illustrious Boardwalk. Minimum 30 people.
Spirit of Washington
Wednesday, June 5
11 am - 4:30 pm
$60 includes transportation to DC, lunch, cruise and entertainment
See flyer for additional information and registration form
Registration Deadline: Wednesday, May 15 (mail or walk-in to the Lee Center, or register online)
All aboard the Spirit of Washington! Enjoy monumental views from the Potomac River, in addition to fine dining, music and dancing. After returning to the dock, spend time walking along the riverfront and shopping at DC's infamous Maine Avenue Fish Market. Minimum 20 people.
One Day Adventures are scheduled quarterly. To register, complete a Recreation Classes/Activity Registration Form and return or mail it to:
ATTN: Power-Plus Programs
1108 Jefferson St.
Alexandria, VA 22314
For additional information on One Day Adventures, please call 703.746.5575.
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Pickleball Open Play Days
Ages 55 & up. This open play program is for mixed doubles, men's and women's doubles. Clinics and classes are offered periodically for a fee.
Open Play Days: Thursdays & Fridays, Charles Houston
9 am- Noon
Contact: Jannie Wray, Recreation Manager, 703.746.5552 or email@example.com
Coed Senior Bowling League
Ages 55 & up. Teams play a seven game guaranteed schedule with awards presented to the first and second place winners.
Registration Period: Contact the Adult Sports Office, 703.746.5409
Game Days: Tuesdays
9 am- Noon
Location: U.S. Bowling Center, 100 S. Pickett St., Alexandria
Fee: $180 / team
Nonresident Fee: Additional $25 / player
For more information, visit the Adult Sports page, or contact Marvin Elliott, Adult Sports Supervisor, at 703.746.5409 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Recreation Center Fitness Passes
There are multiple pass options for the use of the fitness rooms at the following Neighborhood Recreation Centers: Charles Houston, Cora Kelly, Nannie J. Lee, and William Ramsay.
- Alexandria Residents*
- $3.20 per day
- $28 for 10 visits (anytime)
- $48 for 20 visits (anytime)
- $24 for a 3 month pass
- $40 for a 6 month pass
- $80 for an annual pass
*Fees include 20% discount for residents 55 and up. Contact your neighborhood recreation center for nonresident fees and further details.
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Chinquapin Park Recreation Center
Chinquapin Park Recreation Center provides a variety of services, including: an indoor 25-meter pool and diving well, outdoor basketball and volleyball courts, locker rooms, a nature trail, aquatic and fitness classes, lighted tennis courts, men and women saunas, a fitness room, facility rentals and racquetball courts. For more information, call 703.746.5553.
- Admission Fees and Passes for Residents 55 and Up
- $4 per day
- $61 for 25 visits (anytime)
- 1-month Unlimited Fitness Pass
- Single- $28
- 2 persons- $43
- 6-month Unlimited Fitness Pass
- Single- $152
- 2 persons- $217
- 12-month Unlimited Fitness Pass
- Single- $263
- 2 persons- $394
- Racquetball Play
- Non Prime Time- $8 per hour
- Prime Time- $11 per hour
Important Note: The Chinquapin Park Recreation Center will close for day-to-day operations from May 6 - September 23, 2013 to facilitate facility improvements. The scope of facility improvements is highly invasive to the structure and interior spaces, necessitating the full closure of the facility. The full closure during the improvement period will ensure public safety, reduce costs and shorten the improvement period. We apologize for the inconvenience, but we look forward to re-opening a much improved facility for your use in the fall. For additional information, please call 703.746.4343.
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Robust Walking is a wholesome pathway to successful aging that weaves low-intensity exercises into a walk. To learn more and/or to start a Robust Walking group in your neighborhood, call 703.746.5575, or contact Dr. Dan Kulund of the Commission on Aging at 703.850.0424 or email@example.com.
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Northern Virginia Senior Olympics
The Northern Virginia Senior Olympics Program is held annually and open to all residents ages 50 years and older. Compete in 25 indoor and outdoor events including track, swimming, golf, scrabble, bowling, basketball, table tennis, pickleball, cycling, and many more. The NVSO program promotes health, fitness and psychological well-being for older adults by providing opportunities for participation, competition, self-improvement and fellowship through various athletic and recreational events. NVSO is sponsored by the Northern Virginia Senior Olympics Committee which includes the cities of Alexandria, Fairfax and Falls Church and the counties of Arlington, Fairfax, Fauquier, Loudoun and Prince William. Registration required.
For additional information, visit www.nvso.us or call 703.746.5575.
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Other Services for Seniors
Successful Aging Committee
A group of program managers who collaborate to share information and provide several Citywide activities for older adults in Alexandria. For additional information, please call 703.746.5429 or 703.746.5676. SAC events include:
- Dance for All Ages - an intergenerational spring dance sponsored by the committee and the Student Government Association of T.C. Williams High School. DJ music, dancing, light refreshments and a very good time are the order of the evening.
- Senior Health & Fitness Fair - information tables, screenings, exercise demos and more in celebration of annual National Senior Health and Fitness Day. Last Wednesday in May.
- Holiday Luncheon - Fellowship, entertainment and holiday cheer including a delicious lunch.
Senior Services of Alexandria
A local non-profit organization that offers support and services to seniors living in the City of Alexandria, including Meals on Wheels, DOT Paratransit reservations, Companion Care Assistance, Senior Resource and Information Centers, monthly Speaker Series events and the new Friendly Visitor Program. For more information, call 703.836.4414 x10, or visit www.seniorservicesalex.org.
Department of Community & Human Services
Division of Aging & Adult Services
Provides a variety of services to residents ages 60 and over including transportation, an adult day health care facility, home visits and case management, home-delivered meals, health insurance counseling, and volunteer opportunities. For more information call 703.746.5999.
The Division of Aging & Adult Services also provides meals and recreation at the following senior centers. Call the center for additional information.
- Charles Houston Senior Center
901 Wythe St.
Operating Hours: Monday - Friday 8:30 am - 2 pm
Activities: Sharing Groups, Bingo, Wellness Training, Table Games, Faith Services, Shopping, Bowling, and Trips.
- St. Martin de Porres Senior Center
4650 Taney Ave.
Operating Hours: Monday - Friday 9 am - 2 pm
Activities: Sharing Groups, Exercise Classes, Bingo, Special Events, Dancing, Ceramics, Citizenship Class, and English Classes.
- Adult Day Health Care Center
1108 Jefferson St.
Operating Hours: Monday - Friday 7:30 am - 5:30 pm
The Alexandria Adult Day Services Center is a daytime program for older adults with physical and/or cognitive limitations. The program offers therapeutic recreation programs, leisure activities and nutritional meals for center participants to help increase their physical, mental, emotional and social abilities. It also provides respite and support for caregivers.
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