Virtual Programs

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These courses are offered via Zoom, an online video conferencing platform. Advanced registration is required. Programs are subject to meeting minimum registrations. Information on how to access the program will be sent no later than 9:00 am the day of the program to those who register/RSVP. Please register/RSVP for all programs at least 24 hours in advance.

Explore with JCPRD 50 Plus here, “there," or anywhere! We welcome participation in our virtual programs from all, regardless of your geographic location. Come connect with us!

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Enrichment & Special Interest

Crafts: Craft Savvy – DIY Vintage Valentine’s Day Cards

Let's craft together, virtually!  Revive the lost art of the hand-made sentiment with vintage looking cards to share with friends and family.  All supplies included.  Live step-by-step guidance will be available on Zoom! Pick up supplies at Meadowbrook Park Clubhouse between January 28th and 29th.

1 - 1 hr. session - $20 / $22 nonresidents

7912               Virtual                2/2       Tue      1:30 pm


Cooking: Making Macarons

Delicate and delightful, macaroons are becoming a popular dessert for the home baker to attempt. In this virtual class, a member of the 50 Plus Department will show you her tips and tricks to making a successful macaron. And of the course the best part is included, a box of these delicious treats for you to enjoy at home while watching the program! Macaron pick up is March 19th from 8am to noon at Roeland Park Community Center.

1 - 1 hr. session - $15 / $17 nonresidents

8924     Virtual                 3/19                   1:30 pm


Meditation: Building a Meditation Practice in the New Year

Many of us are feeling the need for a reset in the new year. Taking a few minutes to focus your mind each day can reduce stress, pain, depression, and more. Meditation is a simple, cost effective solution to a great number of health concerns. It helps with a person's physical, mental, and spiritual well-being. this introductory class is offered by certified meditation leader Whit Welch. The health benefits of meditation will be discussed as well as how to practice and create a sustainable practice. There will be time for a meditation session to get everyone started on the right path. Welch "believes just the benefits to an individual's physical health are reason enough to start a meditation practice. The fact that meditation also strengthens a person's mental and spiritual abilities is miraculous."

1 – 50 min session- $5/ $6 nonresidents             

8926     Virtual                3/10     Wed      10 am


Reading: Wanderlust Virtual Book Club

Intertwine your love of travel and a good book with a travel-themed book club.  Each month enjoy the selected book from the list and conclude the month in a group virtual discussion about the read, how it relates to your travel, and how it may inspire your wanderlust.

8073    4 - 1 hr. classes -  $10

Book List:

Wild:   From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail                    

1/27 Wed     1:30 pm

The Year of Living Danishly:  Uncovering the Secrets of the World’s Happiest Country

 2/24 Wed      1:30 pm           

Turn Right at Machu Picchu:  Rediscovering the Lost City One Step at a Time   

 3/30 Tue      1:30 pm

 Bowing to Elephants

 4/27 Tue      1:30 pm


Special Interest: Lunch and Learn Armchair Travel to St. Joseph Museums

Itching to travel?  Join us from the comfort of your armchair as we take you to St. Joseph, Mo.  Hear from Sara Parks, with the St. Joseph Museum, as she talks about the development of modern psychiatry, the Eckle Architecture Collection, and the Missouri Music Hall of Fame.  

1 - 1 hr. session - $20/ $22 nonresidents (includes $15 lunch gift card)

8090    Virtual Program    1/14     Thu     1:30 pm        CANCELLED


Special Interest: Lunch and Learn- Armchair Travel Lindsborg 

Itching to travel? Join us from the comfort of your armchair as we take you to Lindsborg, KS. It's a small town with big culture.  Come learn why Lindsborg is known as "Little Sweden", as we hear from Holly Lofton, Director of the Convention and Visitors Bureau. (Includes a $15 lunch gift card)

1 - 1 hr. session - $20/ $22 nonresidents (includes $15 lunch gift card)

8591    Virtual Program    2/19     Fri     11:30 am        

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Fitness & Health

Exercise: AEA Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program (AFEP) – Virtual 

LOW INTENSITY: AFEP has now gone virtual! Enjoy this low intensity, chair-based exercise from the comfort of your own home.  

 Virtual courses are offered via Zoom, an online video conferencing platform. Advanced registration is required. Programs are subject to meeting minimum registrations. Information on how to access the program will be sent no later than 9:00 am the day of the program to those who register/RSVP. Please register/RSVP for all programs at least 24 hours in advance.

1 – 45 min. workout - FREE

8899   Virtual AFEP                Wed         11 am

8898    Virtual Tai Chi             Wed         12:15 pm


Exercise: Virtual Chair Yoga 

Take yoga off the mat and onto the chair, incorporating breathing with movement while retaining all the benefits of yoga. Use the chair for support if needed during standing poses. This class will take place every Tuesday for 4 consecutive weeks. If you are unable to attend class at the scheduled time, you will receive a link to watch the recorded class at your convenience within 48 hours.     

 6- 50 min. sessions - $35 / $37 nonresidents                    

7957               Virtual Program   2/23     Tue    9:30 am

7958               Virtual Program   4/6       Tue    9:30 am


Exercise: Virtual Strength and Stretching 

A stretching and strengthening class designed to increase strength and range of motion helping with activities of daily living. This class will take place on Zoom every Thursday. If you are unable to attend class at the scheduled time, you can request a link to watch the recorded class within 7 days.

7 - 50 min. sessions - $41 / $43 nonresidents

8578       Virtual Program         1/7         Thu        11:30 am

 6- 50 min. sessions - $35 / $37 nonresidents     

8579       Virtual Program         2/25       Thu        11:30 am

8580       Virtual Program         4/8         Thu        11:30 am

 

Exercise: Virtual Zumba Gold-Sweatin’ to the 90s

Pull out those neon leg warmers and get ready to throwback your workout to the 90s!  Maximize calorie output and total body toning by following upbeat and easy to follow dance steps to the beat of Latin rhythms…with a little 90s tunes mixed in! No dance experience necessary.  

 1 – 45 min session- $10/ $11 nonresidents        

 7941                      Virtual Program   3/10        W              2 pm

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Complimentary Virtual Programs

GamesBingo Virtual

BINGO!  Join us online for virtual Bingo.  Join in with friends as we play for pride, not prizes, at our themed virtual bingos.  

1- 1hr  Class  - Free

8068    Fireside                    1/20 Wed  1:30 pm

8069    Winter Woodland    2/23 Tue      1:30 pm

8070    Hollywood               3/16 Tue      1:30 pm

8071    Earth Day                 4/1   Thu      1:30 pm


Games: Virtual Scattergories

Think fast and write faster in this quick-paced game of words!

1 - 1 hr. class -Free

8835  Virtual Program         2/10    Wed   10 am


GamesVirtual Trivia- Totally 90s

Where were you in the 90s?   Better yet, can you recall these famous stars, movies, events, chart busters, products, and fashion trends from this totally fly decade?!  Test your knowledge in this virtual trivia flashback. 

1 - 1 hr. class -Free

7914 Virtual Program      4/14  Wed     1:30 pm

           

Special Interest: Arthritis in a Pandemic 

Join Rheumatologist, Dr. Mark Box, as he discusses arthritis, diagnosis, treatment and prevention, and how people are affected during the pandemic.  

1 - 1 hr. class - FREE  

7916    Virtual Program            1/28      Thu      12 pm

 

Special Interest: Asset Protection

Join KC Elder Law lawyers as they discuss how to protect your assets as you age.  Learn which documents every adult should have.

1 - 1 hr. class - FREE  

7917    Virtual Program            3/23      Tue      1 pm

                 

Special Interest: Balance and Fall Prevention and Fall Recovery

Join specialists from Empower PT Kansas City and learn how to strengthen your balance to prevent falls.  Hear tips on recovering in the event of a fall.

1 - 1 hr. class - FREE  

7918    Virtual Program            2/4        Thu      10 am


Special Interest:  Commemorating the Holocaust-A Tour of the St. Louis Holocaust Museum

Six million people perished in the Holocaust and their memory must not be forgotten. Join us as we hear a presentation from Amy Lutz with the St. Louis Holocaust Museum. Come along on a tour of some of the museum's exhibits and hear about the history of the Holocaust through photos and stories.

1 - 1 hr. session - FREE

8590    Virtual Program    4/6     Tue     9:00 am        


Special Interest: Common Sense Budgeting 

Denise Dias with the K-State Extension will talk about ways to make budgeting easier and more successful for you and your household.  Learn how to develop a budget, manage money, credit repair, large purchases, insurance and more.

1 - 1 hr. class - FREE  

7920    Virtual Program            4/15      Thu      10 am

 

Special Interest: Container Gardens

It is the instant gratification of the gardening world.  Learn the tips and tricks from Merle Sharpe, who has put together hundreds of container gardens during her time at Chicago Botanic Garden.  Let’s expand beyond Spikes and Red Geranium!

1 - 1 hr. class - FREE

7921    Virtual Program             2/9     Tue      1 pm 


Special Interest: Estate Planning During COVID-19 

Don’t let COVID stop you from planning your future.  Join KC Elder Law as they discuss ways to navigate essential estate planning during the pandemic.

1 - 1 hr. class - FREE  

   Virtual Program            2/16      Tue      1 pm

 

Special Interest: Garden Pruning 

Sharpen those sheers and get ready to hear from Horticulture Specialist, Dennis Patton, as he gives us tips and tricks to keep plants thriving with proper pruning techniques.

1 - 1 hr. class - FREE  

    Virtual Program            1/26      Tue      1 pm

 

Special Interest: GMOs - What Are They?  Why Should I Care? 

Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) have become a pervasive part of our food system.  Today, Earth Day, join Harley Herd, Nutritional Health Coach, speak about the use of GMOs and their result in severe economic, environmental, and health consequences.  

1 - 1 hr. class - FREE  

    Virtual Program            4/22      Thu      11 am


Special Interest: How to Pay for Long Term Care Without Going Broke

Join KC Elder Law to learn basic strategies for planning for long term care, without breaking the bank.

1 - 1 hr. class - FREE    

    Virtual Program            1/12      Tue       1 pm 

 

Special Interest: Immune Support 101

Join Nutritional Health Coach, Harley Herd, from Natural Grocers as he explains optimal nutrition for a strong immune system.  Be ready for whatever winter throws your way! 

1 - 1 hr. class - FREE  

    Virtual Program            2/11      Thu      10 am 

 

Special Interest: Perennial Gardening 

Spring is in the air and so is the smell of blooming perennials, or at least they will be, with the help of K-State Extension Horticulture Specialist, Mae Christenson.  Join in the discussion on varieties and tips on how to care for them.

1 - 1 hr. class - FREE  

    Virtual Program            3/9        Tue      1 pm

 

Special Interest: Pest Control

Join Agriculture and Natural Resource Specialist, Jessica Barnette with the K-State Extension, as she sheds some light on those pesky pests, inside and out.

1 - 1 hr. class - FREE  

   Virtual Program            4/29      Thu      10 am

 

Special Interest: Relief from Back Pain

Do you suffer with back or leg pain when you stand or walk?  Can’t sit for long periods of time?  Experience numbness?  Join specialists from Empower PT Kansas City and learn common causes for back pain, how back pain can cause leg pain, and treatment options. 

1 - 1 hr. class - FREE

    Virtual Program             1/21     Thu      10 am 

 

Special Interest: Sleep-Want It, Need It, How to Get It!

Waking in the morning feeling refreshed, renewed and invigorated is a good indicator of an adequate quality and quantity of sleep.  Denise Dias with the K-State Extension Office will explore the topic of sleep and why it is so important for your health to get your “Zs”.

1 - 1 hr. class - FREE  

   Virtual Program            3/18      Thu      10 am

 

Special Interest: Sprucing Up Landscaping

Do you want to be the envy of the neighborhood?  Maybe you just want to have a manicured yard!  Either way, join in the discussion with Horticulture Specialist, Merle Sharpe, as she shares ways to spruce up your landscape!

1 - 1 hr. class - FREE  

   Virtual Program            4/20      Tue      1 pm


Special Interest: Staying Fit with Pickleball 

Are you a seasoned player or just getting started?  Either way, you won’t want to miss this presentation by Empower PT Kansas City, as they talk about the benefits of playing Pickleball.

1 - 1 hr. class - FREE  

    Virtual Program            4/13      Tue      1 pm

 

Special Interest: Strength and Aging

Are you strong enough?  Strength is diminished through aging, but it is trainable and preventable!  Join specialists from Empower PT Kansas City and learn how strength training enhances longevity, stamina, balance and mental health.   Hear myths and mistakes of strength training for older adults. 

1 - 1 hr. class - FREE  

    Virtual Program            3/2        Tue      1 pm


Special Interest: Wintertime Blues

Many people suffer emotionally from the seasonal shifts in temperature, time change, and isolation that winter brings.  Join Katherine Melton, from Rediscovering You, for some tips on how to beat the wintertime blues.  The second half of the presentation will be an open discussion, facilitated by Katherine. 

1 - 1 hr. class - FREE  

   Virtual Program        12/15    Tue    3:00 pm


Special Interest: Wise Credit

Credit reports affect many aspects of your life, including your ability to get a loan, rates for loans and insurance, and more.  Join Denise Dias with the K-State Extension Office and learn wise strategies to improve your credit score.  

1 - 1 hr. class - FREE  

   Virtual Program            2/25      Thu      10 am