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 Allen R. Baca Programs and Clubs
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Organizations | Exercise | Fun and Games | Art
 Educational Classes & Seminars 

Allen R. Baca CenterThe Allen R. Baca Center offers a variety of programs for the benefit of its members, from exercise to recreation to education. All classes are at the Allen R. Baca Center unless otherwise noted. No fee for program unless noted.

Interested in new programs? The office staff wants to hear from you! Put a suggestion in our suggestion box or stop by the front desk.

All of our programs that cost a fee will need a MINIMUM of 5 people to participate on a continual basis to continue the program.

Organizations 

AARP: The AARP local chapter business’ meeting is followed by a program. Members are kept informed of matters both local and national that are of concern to senior citizens. Social hour and refreshments follow. Visitors welcome.  AARP is dedicated to enhancing quality of life for all as we age. We lead positive  social change and deliver value to members through information, advocacy and service."  Membership in AARP is open to any person age 50 or above.  You must be a member of the National Chapter to be a member of the local chapter. See below for more information.

COMMUNITY GARDENING CLUB: This group meets to discuss local gardening tips. Also, don't forget about the city's free mulch program at the Brush Recycling Center while preparing your gardens for spring! The topic for September is "The Demise of Bees and How We Can Help Save Them."

Days: First Monday of each month at 9 a.m.
For directions to the Baca Center, call 218-5499

DAFFODIL DOLLS: Fun, Food and Fellowship will be the order of our gatherings. On the 1st Wednesday we meet at the Baca Center for fun and fellowship. We also meet on the 3rd Tuesday of the month for fabulous food and fellowship at all sorts of restaurants and cafes. We want to gather together to lift each other up, have fun and get to know one another. Our gatherings will be about taking care of ourselves, expanding our horizons and learning to enjoy life each day as we gracefully glide into our Golden Years.

If you want to be a part of a gathering of ladies that believe life is to be enjoyed and lived to the fullest with friends, then the Baca Center Daffodil Dolls just might be the group for you!  All that is required is an active Baca Membership and an attitude for fun! First time guests are free, after the 1st visit attendees are required to obtain a Baca Membership or pay a walk-in fee.

SITE COUNCIL: An advisory board that provides advice and support concerning the operation of the Baca Center.  Open to the public.  Members encouraged to attend.

Days:  First Thursday of the month
Time:  9:00 a.m.  

WBCO SENIOR LUNCH ROOM: The Williamson-Burnet County Opportunities (WBCO) Senior Lunch Room meets weekdays and provides a well-balanced, nutritious lunch for senior citizens. Call 255-4970 to make reservations before 9 a.m. Reservations are preferred one day in advance. $2 donation is accepted for persons ages 60+ and $6 is required for persons under 60. Registration is now required for this WBCO program, so first-time guests will be asked to fill out paperwork. Call for more information.

Exercise

BACA CENTER WEIGHT ROOM: Come check out the most up-to-date equipment at the Baca Center Weight Room!  The weight room contains treadmills, ellipticals, bikes, machine weights, and free weights and is open during the Baca Center’s regular business hours.  Participants must be 21 years or older to be eligible for a Baca Weight Room Membership.

Days: Monday-Sunday
Monday & Wednesday: 8 a.m. to 7:15 p.m.
Tuesday & Thursday: 8 a.m. to 8:45 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday: 9 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. (begins January 2, 2013)

Fee:  See Baca Center Membership Information
Where:  Baca Center Weight Room

WEIGHT ROOM ORIENTATION: The Baca Center requires NEW memberships with weight room to take our weight room orientation class. You MUST schedule an orientation with our personal trainer before utilizing the weight room if you are a new member to the weight room. You can schedule your orientation by calling 512-218-5499 AFTER you purchase your membership.

HIKING CLUB: The hiking club hikes at various Round Rock parks and throughout the Hill Country. If you are a serious hiker 50+ that can hike at least 4 miles on various types of terrain, call the Baca Center Program Coordinator at 512-671-2798 to get on the list. You must have e-mail to receive hiking information.

PERSONAL TRAINING: Available at the Baca Center.  Call 512-218-5499 for more information.

LINE DANCING: These classes are for both beginners and experienced dancers.  An instructor teaches the popular line dances of today. There is also line dance practice time on Wednesdays, 11 am-1 pm which is free for members.

Days: Mondays
Time: 10:15 a.m. Beginners/Intermediate
11:20 a.m. Intermediate
12:30 p.m. Advanced

Days: Fridays
Time: 12:30-1:30 pm Intermediate
Fee: $3 per class*

PICKLEBALL: A tennis-like game using a plastic perforated ball and paddle. It’s easy to learn and fun to play! The game began with bored children and 2 intelligent dads on Brainbridge Island. The dads had to take drastic measures when they became tired of the children whining about boredom. The game started with a wiffle-type ball and homemade wooden rackets that resembled ping pong paddles. For the games at the Baca Center, equipment can be checked out by members with their membership card at the front desk. This program is FREE for Baca members.
Mondays—1:00-3:00 pm
Wednesdays—9:00-11:00 am
Grand Meeting Room

SITTERCIZE: This workout is for individuals who need a less strenuous exercise class.  Participants do low-impact chair exercises with hand weights while working on increasing flexibility, endurance and strength. Free for Baca Members. Mondays - Thursdays, 10:30 to 11 a.m.

TAP DANCING FOR FUN: Tapping and getting a workout.
When: Thursdays
Time: 1 to 2:30 p.m.
Fee: FREE for members; otherwise $1/walk-in.

TAI CHI: Exercise and meditation will improve balance, posture, strength and concentration at Baca Center.

When: Fridays  
Time: 9 a.m. beginners & 10 a.m. experienced
Fee: $4 per class*

Fun & Games

BACA SING-A-LONG: Come enjoy us for an afternoon of singing all kinds of oldies but goldies. (1930s, 1940's popular tunes). This program is free for Baca members*. Every Friday at 1 p.m.

BINGO: Try your luck at the weekly bingo game.  
Time: 10 a.m.  to 11:30 a.m. Fridays 
Fee:  $2 per class for members*

BILLIARDS: The pool sharks gather each day from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. with no fee. Challenge Match 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday. Free to members*.

BRIDGE FOR FUN: This group plays for the love of the game.  Newcomers are always welcome. New players call 337-7408 for a reservation. Free to members* and meets each Thursday 12:30 to 4:00 p.m.

BUNCO: If you like Bunco and like to have a good time, this is for you! Knowledge of the game is optional but having a good time is mandatory! Newcomers are always welcome, but please call the office to reserve a spot. Bring a finger food to share with the group. Fee will cover the cost of prizes.

Time: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. First and Third Tuesdays
Fee:  $3 each game for members*

CANASTA CLUB: The Canasta Club gathers every Monday and Thursday to play.  New players are always welcome but please show up 15 minutes before the start time. Free for members*. 12:30 to 4 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays.

CHICKEN FOOT: A fun game played with dominoes. It is easy to learn to play.  Free for members*.
10 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesdays

CUISINE CRITICS: This group will go to local restuarants from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the 3rd Wednesday of each month unless noted in our newsletter. The group will write a column about the restaurants for the Baca Buzz Newsletter. Free to members*.

DOMINOES: Beginner and experienced players are welcome.  "42" and "88" are played.  Free to members*. 12:30 am to 4:00 pm Mondays and Wednesdays.

DUPLICATE BRIDGE: If you enjoy playing bridge in a relaxed and friendly environment, this is the group for you. New players call 578-5216 for a reservation. Free to members*. 1 to 5 p.m. Mondays.

KLUB KARAOKE: Join the excitement and come sing your favorite songs or be part of the audience every Tuesday, 12:30-2:30 pm in the Music Room. Free for Baca members.

TUESDAY NIGHT DUPLICATE BRIDGE: If you enjoy playing bridge and can’t attend during the day, this is the group for you. New players call 578-5216 for a reservation. Free to members*. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays.

TEJANO TIME: An informal dance get together from 1 to 3 p.m. Thursdays in the Baca Center Aerobics Room. Free to center members*.

TEXAS CANASTA: Texas Canasta will gather every Tuesday to play.  New players are always welcome. Free to members*. 12:30 to 4 p.m. Tuesdays

PINOCHLE:  Come play 12:30 to 4 p.m. Tuesdays. Free to members*.

PUB CLUB: This club will be the hit of Austin as we hang out at a different pub each month. Cover and meal are on your own. The fee is $6-$7 per month for Baca members*. See the newsletter for the current trips.

Art

CRAFTS CORNER: Group and individual projects are encouraged.  Supplies are provided. Registration is not necessary.  Members participate in craft shows and sales. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays.*

ART CLUB: The club includes artists of all media such as oil, acrylic, pen and ink as well as watercolor.  New artists are welcome to attend. Free to members*. 1:30 p.m. First and Third Wednesdays each month


Educational Classes

COMPUTER HELP: Do you have computer-related problems? Our computer expert will be available to help. Call 218-5499 to make a reservation. FREE for Baca members ONLY.

Beginners: 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesdays
Intermediate: 1 to 3 p.m. Thursdays

COMPUTER BASICS 101: A computer class to learn computer operation, email, internet surfing and more. Class is a six week session and reservations must be made by calling the Center. RSVP necessary to reserve computer space. RSVP required due to limited amount of computers available. See the current newsletter for class dates/times, this class is for current Baca members ONLY.

VOLUNTEER BENEFIT COUNSELOR: Nancy Kind, is available from 9 to 11 a.m. on the first Wednesday of each month at the Baca Center. Nancy works with individual seniors to help them understand and apply for entitlements such as Medicare, Medicare Advantage Plans, supplemental insurance, prescription drug plans, Medicaid, and food stamps.

DRIVER SAFETY PROGRAM: The program is held for those 50+. While this course does not meet the requirements for those with traffic violations, seniors who complete the course will qualify for a 10% discount for three years with most auto insurances. The $12 fee covers instruction plus workbook and must be paid to AARP at the class. Register in person at the Baca Center or by calling 512-218-5499. Fees are paid at the class to AARP.

Classes are held:
2nd Monday, 8:30 a.m.-noon in January, March, May, July, September, November
3rd Tuesday, 5:00-9:00 p.m. in February, April, June, August, October

BOOK DISCUSSIONS: This group meets the second Tuesday of each month. Participants discuss short readings in fiction, drama, poetry and essays. The meeting is free to Baca members*. Visitors welcome. For information about the group and how to purchase the readings, e-mail helensmith204@gmail.com.

Time: 1 to 2 p.m. Second Tuesday each month
Fee: Cost of materials only
 
SPANISH FOR FUN: Come practice and learn Spanish in an informal setting. Free for Baca members*. Group meets on Thursdays 12:30-2:30 p.m.

WOODCARVERS CLUB: Come join in some carving fun. This is a self-led group, no experience necessary but tools are required. Group meets on Tuesdays at 9:00 a.m. Free to Baca members.*

WRITING CLUB: Self-led group that discusses writing ideas, get support or ask questions. The group will meet each Monday, 1-2:30 p.m. and Thursday, 10-11:30 a.m. at the Baca Center. Free for Baca members*. For more information, contact Serena Guin at bacawritingclub@gmail.com.

*Non-members pay additional fees.


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