The Allen R. Baca Center offers a wide variety of programming designed to meet the needs of Round Rock’s active 50+ population. Programs focus on physical activity, social engagement, education, arts, creativity, and healthy lifestyles. These programs are designed to serve adults of all abilities – those who are physically active, those who are just becoming active, and programs for those who have age-related limitations. Many of our members boast about making meaningful social connections, losing weight, increasing flexibility and balance, and traveling to regional destinations.
Conveniently located in downtown Round Rock, the Allen R. Baca Center has been serving the community since 2005. The Center has a weight room, billiards room, aerobics/dance room, meeting rooms, patio and much more. In addition, the facility is available for rental for your next baby shower, wedding shower, business luncheon or reception.
Facility/Weight Room Hours
Monday – Thursday from 7:00am-9:00pm
Saturday and Sunday 8:00am-1:00pm
301 W. Bagdad Avenue, Building 2
Round Rock, Texas, 78664
Customer Service email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Join the Baca Center today for great member benefits. Members avoid the daily-use fee and enjoy the many daily activities at the Baca Center. The Baca Center has more than 1,300 members and you should join us!
|Adult 50+ without weight room||$30||$4.50||$1|
|Adult 50+ weight room included||$60||$9||$3|
|Adult 50+ CMRC & Baca Facilities||$110||N/A||N/A|
|Adult 50+ CMRC & Baca Combo for Couples||$185||N/A||N/A|
|Adult (21-49) weight room only||$80||$12||$5|
|Adult (21-49) CMRC & Baca weight room only||$160||N/A||N/A|
Come join the Baca Center today! Pick up a membership form at the front desk or call 512-218-5499 for more details.
See below for a brief description of the various programs offered at the Baca Center. NOT ALL PROGRAMS MAY BE OFFERED AT THIS TIME. PLEASE SEE CURRENT PROGRAM SCHEDULE.
Programs are offered on an ongoing basis, monthly, weekly or session based. Programs that have a fee associated are indicated. For more specific dates, times and fees for each program, please see the current Program Schedule.
ART CLUB: The Center Art Club of Round Rock exists to develop and explore the creativity of its members, provide social interaction among artists, promote member artists’ work through various exhibit opportunities, and to encourage skills growth through demonstrations by visiting artists. Membership is open to both new and experienced artists of all disciplines, who are 50 and over. Membership in the Center Art Club of Round Rock requires a nominal annual fee and a Baca Center membership. For more information, contact the Club at CenterArtClubofRR@gmail.com or attend one of our monthly events as our guest. The first Wednesday meetings are a business meeting and art show & tell. The second Wednesday meetings are open studio for those wishing to practice their skills. The third Wednesday meetings will be an artist demo.
BOOK DISCUSSION: Book Discussion group reads and then discusses a variety of classic and contemporary essays, short stories, dramas, and poetry that present ideas of enduring human significance. The group talks about the stories and their reading experiences. Participants are required to purchase their own reading material. Books can be obtained from Great Books Foundation: www.greatbooks.org.
GARDEN CLUB: The Round Rock Area Garden Club meets year-round. After a brief social and business meeting, the club provides gardening hints, plans field trips, and presents speakers who are knowledgeable about meeting the challenges of gardening in our particular soil and climate. Membership is free to Baca Center members and $1 walk-in for non-members.
ROUND ROCK PRESERVATION LUNCH AND LEARN: Join the group on a quarterly basis to learn historic information about Round Rock. The public is invited to this free educational event. Attendees bring their own brown bag lunch, and the preservation will provide water and a cookie for your enjoyment. Sponsors for the program are the City of Round rock, Allen R. Baca Center and Round Rock Preservation. For information, contact 512-373-3819.
WIDOWED WARRIORS: Life can be tough when you have lost a loved one. Join this group to keep up your spirits, make new friends and inspire others. This program is open to anyone that has recently lost a loved one and is struggling with grief or wishing to share their story. This group is not a grief recovery program but a program to meet others that are struggling after a loss. Age 50+.
WOODCARVERS CLUB: The Woodcarvers Club gets together to practice, learn and create wood carved objects. No experience necessary, however tools are needed to participate. Stop by the Baca Center to view some of the group’s recent carvings in our display case.
WRITING CLUB: Participants are welcome to share their writing and get feedback, read someone else’s work or just come to listen. View the club’s six anthologies on amazon.com by searching for Baca Writing Club. For more information, e-mail email@example.com.
CRAFTY CRITTERS: Crafters meet to socialize, sew, knit, craft and create their own items/crafts. Join the group to create your own crafts or learn from each other. This group makes beanies for preemies, quilts, scarves and many more items that are donated to non-profit groups or sold at various craft sales.
DANCE & MUSIC
GUITAR GROUP: This group plays a variety of popular music selected by the participants. The music is “by ear” generally using lyrics and chord charts. Acoustic and electrified instruments and those who only sing are welcome. This group is for experienced players and is not an instructional class.
KARAOKE PERFORMANCE GROUP: This program is open to those of all skill levels and talents that like to receive applause for their efforts. If you are not sure you are ready to perform in front of an audience, come in and enjoy listening. Music is provided by the group.
LATIN DANCING: This self-led group joins together to learn from each other and to dance, dance, dance. The group selects and plays mostly Latin music which allows participants an opportunity to learn Latin dances while socializing and exercising through dance.
LET’S DANCE: Have fun, exercise and socialize at the same time! Join your friends each month for a social dance. Bring your own refreshments, snacks and BYOB. Dances are moderated by a DJ except for December and May which will have live music. The cost is $10 for members and $5 for non-members.
SILVER SWANS®: Silver Swans® Ballet Class offers introductory senior 50+ ballet classes for those looking for a low-impact & fun way to stay active. The program incorporates beautiful classical music compositions with attainable ballet movement segments to inspire and challenge your inner ballerina. The tutu is optional! Silver Swans™ is developed by the Royal Academy of Dance. The ballet program is based on many years of research into dance practice for older learners and classes can only be taught by Silver Swans™ Licensees.
SING-A-LONG: The sing-a-long group and our famous piano player Walter Tibbits join together to sing show tunes, country and pop music from the 20th Century. No experience is necessary to join the singing. Song books are provided, and new singers are always welcome.
SING FOR JOY: Do you love singing Gospel songs or listening to Gospel music? Singers and non-singers are invited to participate and sing or just come to listen.
WINDJAMMERS: The Windjammers play Bluegrass, old country and traditional music. Acoustic and stringed instruments as generally used in Bluegrass and traditional music and folks who only sing are welcome. This group is for experienced players and is not an instructional class.
AARP SMART DRIVER COURSE: This course is designed especially for drivers 50+. You may be eligible to receive an insurance discount for up to 3 years upon completing the course, so consult your insurance agent for details. This does not dismiss tickets and not all insurance carriers provide a discount. Cost is $20 for AARP members and $25 for non-members. Fees are paid to the AARP instructor by CHECK ONLY. Registration is required in advance by calling the Baca Center. This course is also online at: www.aarp.org.
BENEFITS COUNSELING: Visit with a representative from the Area Agency on Aging, as they will provide one-on-one assistance with locating and accessing local support programs and resources. The assistance is free for older adults and family caregivers, to help you connect with the information, resources, programs, and education that will help you age successfully.
CONVERSATIONAL SPANISH: This is a relaxed, inclusive and fun class where people who know some Spanish can improve their conversation, grammar, reading and writing. Students enjoy occasional local field trips to various Mexican restaurants/venues, where they practice conversational skills. No textbook required.
CINEMA DAY: Join the Baca Center for our cinema day which will feature new run movies (when available) on the big screen in the Grand Room. Movies will be shown on the 4th Wednesday. No registration is needed, participants can bring their own drinks & snacks. For movie selections, see the Baca Center newsletter.
CARDS & GAMES
BRIDGE: The Baca Center offers several types of bridge games for all abilities. Our first President, George Washington enjoyed bridge and also wagering on the game. Stop by the Baca Center to play various types of bridge including duplicate, neighborhood, evening and bridge for fun. All groups get the opportunity to learn or improve their bridge playing skills.
CANASTA: The Baca Center offers three different types of Canasta for your card-playing enjoyment. Canasta is a rummy-like card game that can usually be learned in a couple of sessions. Participants can learn the game or improve upon their skills.
CRIBBAGE: This card game can be played with 2-4 players and utilizes a cribbage board that is used for scorekeeping. It has several distinctive features: the cribbage board and a separate hand counting for the dealer. It has been characterized as “Britain’s national card game” and the only one legally playable on licensed premises without requiring local authority permission. This program is open to those wishing to learn the game or those wishing to improve their skills.
HEARTS: Participants and their partner will want to get as few points as possible in this game. Hearts is structured to be played with four players and is not difficult to learn. Like other fun trick-taking card games the rules of the game are not complicated. Even though the rules are simple there is a righteous range of scientific sport in this “evasion type” card game.
PINOCHLE: Participants can improve their concentration skills while playing Pinochle in teams of 4. The game is a trick-taking game and partners want to be the first to score 500 points.
SPADES: Participants playing spades learn to estimate the strength of the cards in their hand for bidding. Partners bid on how many tricks they can take to win the game. This game is easy to learn and all skill levels are welcome.
AMERICAN CHINESE MAH JONG: This game can help improve your cognitive skills as well as offer socialization. Game sets of 166 Chinese tiles are used and the game will stimulate your mind. Previous knowledge of the game required or stop by to watch how it is played and learn from others.
BINGO: Bingo players acquire points with each bingo and can then cash-in those points for home products, grocery items or specialty items. Participants can choose up to 4 bingo cards for play and cost $2 for members and $3 for non-members.
BUNCO: This is a fun fast-paced dice game that anyone can learn and a game that is not about skill but what the dice want to offer each player. Participants can easily learn this game of chance and have a wonderful opportunity to socialize.
DOMINOES: The Baca Center offers various opportunities to play games of dominoes, including 42 and Mexican train. Participants can come to learn, improve their skills or just to socialize.
HONG KONG MAH JONG: Come play Mahjong with us! This is the Hong Kong version. Different than the American version. Don’t know it? Don’t worry, we’ll teach you!
OPEN GAME PLAY: Like to play various games but don’t have someone to play with? Meet up with others looking to play games. The Baca Center has chess, checkers, cards, scrabble, cribbage, rummikub, and many more fun games in the Music Room. Games are not permitted to be taken out of the Music Room.
FITNESS & WELLNESS
CHAIR YOGA: This weekly class is perfect for people who may have difficulty getting to the floor and back up in a regular yoga class. The chair provides support and stability, allowing the student to experience a yoga class where poses are easily accessible. A chair yoga practice will benefit students in many of the same ways as a mat practice, improving flexibility, strength, circulation, range of motion, balance, posture, breathing and a calming of the mind. This class is beginner friendly and suitable for people with limitations. Class ends with a 5-10 minute guided meditation.
GRANNY BASKETBALL®: This program is a gentle game for women of a certain age (50+). Team uniforms resemble the original girls’ basketball uniforms in the 1920s. The ladies play 1920s style, six-on-six Granny Basketball. The group will play four other Texas teams and may perform in public at local high school or college games. The team consists of 12+ players, 2 coaches and 3 referees. All training and strategies are provided with an emphasis on NO RUNNING OR JUMPING in the game. Weekly practices will be held at Clay Madsen Recreation Center and games with the other Texas teams will be in Georgetown or Harker Heights.
GROUP EXERCISE: The Baca Center values health, exercise, and an active lifestyle for everyone at every age. We provide a variety of group exercise classes through the day that are included in your weight room membership fees. Non-members must pay the visitor pass rate of $3/class. Class participation is limited based on space and equipment. Please go to www.bacacenter.com or the Baca Center front desk for the current group exercise schedule and class guidelines.
KAPUNA HULA: This program meets each Tuesday on a monthly basis and registration is required. Participants are required to have a binder and specific expectations will be given in class. Specific apparel needed for class and additional costumes required for those participating in shows. For more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
LIFESTYLE MOVEMENT CLASS: ACTIVE ASSISTED AEROBICS (A.A.A.): This class is designed for those wanting more advanced chair style aerobic exercise. Participants must stand and exercise, using chair for support and assistance. This class will feature more cardio, along with movement around the room.
LIFESTYLE MOVMENT CLASS: SITTERCIZE: This class is designed for the beginner and those with limited mobility. Participants must stay seated in their chair for the duration of the class.
LIFESTYLE MOVEMENT CLASS: BALANCE: This class is designed to improve your balance through strengthening exercises and by simply recognizing how we position ourselves, being aware and cognitive to the small things we can do to improve stabilization, control and remove fear of falling.
PERSONAL TRAINING: It’s time to get serious about becoming physically fit. Adults age 50+ can work with one of our nationally certified fitness professionals to help you get the results you want. Our trainers have a result driven philosophy that will push you to a level of fitness you never thought possible. Our trainers bring a wealth of knowledge, passion, and motivation that make every session interesting. We offer specialized one on one sessions in yoga, balance & stabilization, nutrition and of course weight training. Personal training, including one free consultation, is only available for Baca members. Schedule your consultation and register for personal training sessions with the Baca front desk or call 512-218-5499.
1 Personal Fitness Consultation FREE
1 Personal Training Session $28
3 Personal Training Sessions $75
5 Personal Training Sessions $115
10 Personal Training Sessions $225
15 Personal Training Sessions $315
20 Personal Training Sessions $400
SMALL GROUP: PAIRS TRAINING
If the large group classes and one-on-one training is not your thing, then grab a partner and give Small Group Training a try! Designed to provide participants a less intimidating environment by offering the structure of group exercise, with the individual experience of personal training. Groups choose their number of sessions. The meeting times and days are discussed between the small group and their personal trainer. RESCHEDULING IS PROHIBITED. Call 512-218-5499 or stop by the Baca Center for more information and get signed up today!
4 SESSIONS (30 Mins)
$50 / PERSON
COMPLETE IN 30 DAYS
8 SESSIONS (30 Mins)
$90 / PERSON
COMPLETE IN 60 DAYS
WEIGHT ROOM ORIENTATION-BACA
Are you new to working out or just interested in learning how to use the machines in the Baca weight room? Then this is the course for you! This class will teach you the general rules of the weight room along with weight room etiquette. You will also learn proper technique for our machines. Please see the front desk or call 512-218-5499 to schedule your orientation.
PICKLEBALL: Pickleball is a fun sport and great form of exercise that combines many elements of tennis, badminton and ping-pong. The game is played with a paddle and plastic ball with holes and can be played as doubles or singles. Play will be first come, first serve. Paddles and balls can be checked out to participants that do not have their own. See the Baca Center newsletter for more details on play levels.
TABLE TENNIS: Like to play table tennis? Come check out our table tennis program to play and hone your table tennis skills. This program is open to anyone interested in playing and will be on a first come, first serve basis to play. Paddles and balls can be checked out to participants that do not have their own. See the Baca Center newsletter for more details on play levels.
The Allen R. Baca Center offers many trips throughout the Central Texas area. We travel within 2.5 hours of the Baca Center. Please see the latest trip guide for all trip guidelines and procedures.
FALL TRIP REGISTRATION PROCEDURES
Here are the ways you can register for our fall trips:
ONLINE at www.roundrockrecreation.com—This is the easiest way and can be done beginning at midnight on August 24. As a Baca Center member, you already have an online account with Round Rock Parks and Recreation Department. Please do NOT create a new account, as it will not recognize your membership and you will be charged the additional $5 per trip.
If you have NEVER accessed your account online, we will need to send you a temporary password. Please request it at from the Baca Center Front Desk or call 512-218-5499 PRIOR to August 24.
If you have accessed your account online before, but don’t know your password, select Forgot Your Password and a temporary one will be emailed to you. The email address must match the one we have on file for you. If you are unsure of the email we have on file for you, please request it at from the Baca Center Front Desk or call 512-218-5499 PRIOR to August 24.
IN PERSON AT THE BACA CENTER—This will be first come, first served with numbers handed out at 7:00 am when the building opens. Registration will begin at 8:00 am sharp. Please have your trip registration sheet completed and your payment ready to expedite the process. There is no need to arrive at the center before 7:00 am.
PHONE IN REGISTRATION—Please only call ONCE and leave a short message with your name and phone number. Calls will be returned in the order they are received. Calling more than once will not get you registered any quicker, as we will not be answering the phone until all phone calls have been returned. Please have your trip sheet completed and your payment ready. Make sure you keep your phone and this information handy. If we call and you do not answer, you will go to the bottom of the list.
Full payment is due at the time of registration. We accept cash, check made to City of Round Rock, Visa or Mastercard. Only credit cards will be an acceptable form of payment over the phone. If you would like to register one other person and they are NOT on your account, we will need name, address, date of birth and phone number and signed waiver to complete their registration. Please remember, only those 50+ can travel with the Baca Center and non-members pay an additional $5/trip.
Participants in wheelchairs that are unable to use the restroom or participate on their own will need to bring along a companion, relative or personal care taker. You will also need to tell the Baca team of your condition when you register so proper arrangements can be made for use of the lift. Due to the configuration of the bus, only one wheelchair can fit on the bus however, persons in a wheelchair that can transfer to a seat can also be accommodated.
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. Participants must be 21 years or older to be eligible for a Baca Weight Room Membership.
Weight Room Hours:
Monday-Thursday: 7:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m.
Friday: 7:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday: 8:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
WEIGHT ROOM ORIENTATION
Are you new to working out or just interested in learning how to use the machines in the Baca Center weight room? Then this is the course for you! This 30-minute class led by a personal trainer will teach you the general rules of the weight room along with weight room etiquette. You will also learn proper technique for our machines. Please see the front desk or call (512) 218-5499 to schedule your orientation.
Adults age 50+ can get some one on one fitness with a certified personal trainer at the Baca Center. Our certified trainer will personalize a workout just for you and your physical limitations if needed. A Weight Room membership is required for personal training. Schedule your consultation and register for personal training sessions at the Baca Center Front Desk.
|1 Personal Fitness Consultation||FREE|
1 Personal Training Session
1 Personal Fitness Consultation FREE
1 Personal Training Session $40
3 Personal Training Sessions $75
5 Personal Training Sessions $115
10 Personal Training Sessions $225
15 Personal Training Sessions $315
20 Personal Training Sessions $400
PERSONAL TRAINING: PAIRS TRAINING
If the large group classes and one-on-one training is not your thing, then grab a partner and try Pairs Group Training! Pairs training is designed to provide participants a non-intimidating environment that has the structure of group exercise but the individual experience of Personal Training. Groups have their choice of number of sessions; the meeting times and days are discussed between the small group and their personal trainer. RESCHEDULING IS PROHIBITED. Call or stop by the Baca Center for more information and get signed up today!
|4 SESSIONS (30 Minutes)||$50 / PERSON||COMPLETE IN 30 DAYS|
|8 SESSIONS (30 Minutes)||$90 / PERSON||COMPLETE IN 60 DAYS|
*Sessions must be completed within the allotted days stated above. Any sessions not used will be discontinued. *
- 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday
- 4 p.m. to Midnight Friday
- 8 a.m. to Midnight Saturday
- 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday
|Room||1 Hr.||4 Hr.||Additional Hour||Security Deposit||Suggested Capacity*||Square Footage||Tables||Chairs, Color (Non-Folding)|
|Grand Meeting Room||$110||$330||$90||$350||150||3000 sq. ft.||24 – 6’ rectangular and 21 – 5’ round||150 cream|
|Dining Room||$75||$225||$65||$200||100||2596 sq. ft.||4 – 6’ rectangular and 12 – 6’ round||100 blue|
|Meeting Room #1||$35||$105||$25||$50||50||1155 sq. ft.||4 – 6’ rectangular and 9 – 3’ square||50 blue|
|Meeting Room # 2||$35||$105||$25||$50||50||1155 sq. ft.||4 – 6’ rectangular and 9 – 3’ square||50 blue|
|Meeting Room #3||$25||$75||$20||$50||36||750 sq. ft.||6 – 6’ rectangular||36 blue|
|Arts & Crafts Room||$25||$75||$20||$50||36||864 sq. ft.||2 – 6’ rectangular and 10 – 3’ square||36 blue|
- All rentals must include setup and clean up times in the reservation.
- Rental reservations require payment of deposit and fees at time of booking.
- Bookings can not be made more than a year in advance. Bookings may not be made less than 30 days in advance without approval from the building supervisor.
- Candles or any type of open flame are NOT allowed, per City Ordinance.
- Renter must be 21 years of age or older. Renter must stay on site at all times during the rental period.
- All rentals include parking in garage beneath the facility.
- Tables and chairs are provided but must be set up and torn down by the renter.
- The Grand Meeting Room is equipped with integrated sound system, cordless microphone projector and large screen, available upon request at time of booking. The rental includes use of the warming kitchen with microwave, refrigerator, stove and dishwasher.
- All other rooms do not have kitchen access. The Arts & Crafts room includes two small sinks.
- Reservation Refunds requested 30 calendar days or greater from the event date will receive a 100% refund, less a $25 administrative fee.
- Reservation Refunds requested 29-15 calendar days from the event date will receive a 50% refund of total rental fees and loss of deposit.
- Reservation Refunds requested 14 calendar days or less will forfeit all rental and deposit fees.
The Opportunities for Williamson & Burnet Counties (OWBC) Senior Nutrition Program offers nutritionally balanced, homemade lunches at a low cost for seniors (60+) at the Baca Center.
Lunch is served Monday – Friday at 12:00pm. To become a client and register for the congregate lunches, please visit the OWBC office between 9:30am & 1pm in the Dining Room. Clients pay a suggested $3 donation for meals.
For more information, visit www.owbc-tx.org or call 512-255-4970
Directions to the Baca Center
From IH 35, Exit FM 620/Main Street. Go East on 620/Main Street heading towards downtown Round Rock. Turn Right on N Brown St. Go two blocks and take a Right on W. Bagdad Ave. The Baca Center is the second building on the left. The parking garage is located underneath the Baca Center with an elevator in the center which leads up into the building.
Holiday Hours and Closures
- Friday, November 11, 2022: Veteran’s Day | Closed
- Wednesday, November 23, 2022: Open 7am – 5pm
- Thursday & Friday, November 24 & 25, 2022: Thanksgiving Holidays | Closed
- Friday – Monday, December 23 – 26, 2022: Christmas Holidays | Closed
- Sunday & Monday, January 1 & 2, 2023: New Year’s Holidays | Closed
- Monday, January 16, 2023: MLK Day | Closed
- Monday, February 20, 2023: President’s Day | Closed
- Sunday, April 9, 2023: Easter Holiday | Closed
- Monday May 29, 2023: Memorial Day | Closed