Activities

50+ ADULTS (BACA CENTER) ARTS AND ENRICHMENT CLUBS

This list is a brief description of the various programs offered at the center. 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 Baca Buzz.

ART CLUB
The Center Art Club is for those 50+ who are enthusiastic about the visual arts. The club encourages active participation and involvement in making and exhibiting art at the Baca Center and at other venues in the area. They have demonstrations from professional artists that expand their knowledge and appreciation of various styles and media. New artists, photographers, and sculptors are always welcome. There is a nominal fee to join the Art Club, paid directly to the club to pay for activities. The club meets each 1st and 3rd Wednesday at 1 pm in the craft room.

BOOK DISCUSSION
Book Discussions group meets on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 1 pm. The group discusses a variety of classic and contemporary essays, short stories, dramas, and poetry that present ideas of enduring human significance. Contact the center for more information on the group and what the reading material will be for each meeting date. Participants are required to purchase their own reading material. Ages 50+.

GARDEN CLUB
The Round Rock Area Garden Club meets the 1st Monday of each month at 9 am throughout the year unless that Monday is a holiday. 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; others pay $1 walk-in fee. For information, contact club president Denny Schey at denny.schey@gmail.com.

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. The club meets Tuesdays at 9 am.

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 anthologies on amazon.com by searching for Baca Writing Club. Someone is always working on another book so stop by to critique or read it. The club meets on Mondays at 1 pm and Thursdays at 10 am. 
For more information ,e-mail bacawritingclub@gmail.com.

CRAFTS

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 mats for the homeless, beanies for preemies, hats, scarves, and many more items. This group sells their handmade items on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at the Baca Center. The critters meet each Tuesday 10 am-2 pm.

C.H.A.T. (CRAFTS HOBBIES ART TIME)
This group brings their own items to make/create or share. Socializing and crafting can be a great experience. If you sew, knit, paint, or do any type of creative item, bring it to work on or share. The group meets each Thursday evening at 6 pm.

DANCE & MUSIC

GOSPEL SING-A-LONG
This group sings traditional gospel songs on the 4th Tuesday of each month at 11 am. Song books are provided and new singers are always welcome.

KLUB KARAOKE
This program is for those who love to sing karaoke. The group meets every Tuesday at 1 pm for 2 hours, except for the 4th Tuesday. People of all skill levels can sing and 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. Songs from the 30’s to 90’s are provided by this fun 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. They dance every Wednesday, 1-3 pm.

LET’S DANCE
Have fun, exercise and socialize at the same time! Join your friends on the first Friday* of each month for a social dance. Lemonade and coffee will be provided. Bring your own refreshments, snacks and BYOB. Join the group for FREE line dance lessons at 6:30 pm. Dances in December and May feature a live band, with a cost of $5 for members and $10 for non-members. All other dances, moderated by a Baca member DJ, are FREE for members and $5 for non-members. Ages 50+. *Second Friday in December.

LINE DANCING, ULTRA BEGINNING
Join our instructor, Barbara Langham, as she teaches participants the basic steps of line dancing. Participants will learn and practice so they can move up to the beginning/intermediate line dancing class. Please see the most recent Baca Buzz for exact session dates. Classes are held on Tuesdays, 2-3 pm and cost is $9 for members.

LINE DANCING, BEGINNING TO INTERMEDIATE
This class is for those interested in learning new and traditional line dances. Line Dancing in Texas is very popular, but it is more than Country Music; we dance to many of the popular hits of today. Instructor approval required for this class. Classes are held on Mondays at 10:10 am and cost is $3 for members.

PERFORMANCE GROUP
If you would like to sing, dance, play an instrument, tell jokes, read poetry, read an original story or perform a skit, this is your chance. The group meets each Thursday at 1 pm. A “themed show” will take place on the last Thursday of each month. Come to entertain and be entertained. No experience necessary, just a desire to perform. If you are interested in participating, you must sign up at the Baca Center and attend a mandatory rehearsal on the Tuesday prior to the Thursday performance. For more details, check out the Baca Buzz. Ages 50+.

STRINGS
Music participants play and sing country, bluegrass and gospel. Any kind of string instrument is acceptable as long as it is in good condition and players are an intermediate or advanced player. Being able to sing is a plus but not required. New members must audition and be approved by the group and total participants in the group should not exceed six. The group meets every Monday 9:00-11:30 am.

TEJANO TIME
This award-winning group is self-led and meets to enjoy Tejano music and dancing. Group leaders provide the Tejano music for this multi-generational program. This group dances each Thursday, 1-3 pm. Youth age 7 and up are always welcome to come and participate.

SING-A-LONG
Spend your Friday afternoon singing show tunes, country and pop music from the 20th Century. Join this group each Friday, 1-2:30 pm. Song books are provided and new singers are always welcome.

SPANISH SING-A-LONG
This self-led and inspired group meets on the 1st Thursday of each month at 10 am to sing their hearts out in Spanish. A large selection of Spanish songs will be provided. Ages 50+.

EDUCATIONAL

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 $15 for AARP members and $20 for non-members. Fees are paid to the AARP instructor by check ONLY. Registration is required in advance by calling the Baca Center at 512-218-5499. Classes are held on various Tuesdays, 8:30 am-12:30 pm and Thursdays, 5:00-9:00 pm.

BENEFITS COUNSELING
Visit with Nancy Kind, Volunteer Benefits Counselor from the Area on Aging, or with a representative from Veteran’s Affairs. Counseling is available on the 1st Wednesday of each month, 9-11 am. Nancy will assist those that are new to Medicare or those with questions about Medicare and its programs. The VA representative will assist with their Caregiver Support Program and Health Care and Benefits for Veterans. Both programs are a one-on-one consultation and are offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

COMPUTER SUPPORT
Is your data backed up, your warranty over, want to fix your computer yourself? Join Scott Wheeler for “how to” classes which will cover cleaning up your Windows operating system, install/uninstall applications/drivers, troubleshoot diagnostics, manage viruses, and more. Bring your laptop to the class. If you have a PC, do a print screen of your issue. Class is limited to Baca Center members only, with a maximum of two members per class. Registration is required by 5 pm the Wednesday prior or the class will be cancelled and an instructor will not be present. This class DOES NOT teach computer skills. Classes are Saturday at 9:30 am.

CONVERSATIONAL SPANISH
This is a relaxed, inclusive and fun class where people who know some Spanish can improve their conversation, grammar, reading and writing. They meet each Thursday at 1:00 pm. They enjoy an occasional local field trip to a Mexican restaurant and/or fruit cups, where they practice their conversation skills. No textbook required.

ENTERTAINMENT & THEATER

CINEMA MOVIES
Join the Baca Center for our monthly cinema day on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 1 pm. Popcorn and lemonade will be provided to those watching the movie. Movies are always FREE and open to adults 50+. Featured movies will be listed in the “Baca Buzz” newsletter.

SPECIAL INTEREST

AARP
“AARP is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for all as we age. AARP leads positive social change and delivers value to members through information, advocacy and service.” Membership is open to persons age 50+. You must be a member of the National Chapter to join a local chapter. Monthly meetings feature a presentation of interest, refreshments and socialization. This group meets on the 2nd Wednesday at 1:15 pm.

WIDOW WARRIORS
Are you a widow that would like to share or inspire others or are you looking for inspiration? This group will meet on the third Friday of each month to make new friends, network and share their story of being a widow and how it has affected their lives. This group is meant to inspire and help each other through the hard times. The group will meet on the 3rd Friday, 4-5 pm.

ROUND ROCK PRESERVATION LUNCH AND LEARN
Join the Round Rock Preservation group for a quarterly lunch and learn free program. Meetings will include a speaker of interest. Attendees bring their brown bag lunch. They meet quarterly and dates can be found in the current issue of the Baca Buzz.

CARDS & GAMES
CARDS

BRIDGE
The Baca Center offers various types of bridge games for all abilities. Bridge was derived from the English game of Whist in the 18th Century. Cards originated in China as far back as the 9th Century. The duplicate and evening bridge are for ADVANCED players that have a partner. The neighbors and fun bridge are for all levels and no partner is needed. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to play time. Ages 50+. *Advanced players ONLY and MUST have a partner.
Mondays—Duplicate*                     1:00-4:30pm
Tuesdays—Evening*                        6:30-9:00pm
3rd Wednesday—Neighbors           9:30am-12:30pm
Thursdays—Fun Bridge                  12:30-4:00pm

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. Racehorse Canasta is our newest style of Canasta and is similar to the other forms of Canasta except you cannot go out until the last red 3 is played. Please arrive at least 10 minutes prior to start time to assure your place at a table. Latecomers may not get to play. Ages 50+.
Tuesdays—Texas                             12:45-4:00pm
Thursdays—Racehorse                   12:30-3:45pm          
Fridays—Hand/Foot                        12:30-3:30pm          

HEARTS
This fun group meets each Wednesday, 11:00 am-12:30 pm. Hearts is a very versatile game and can be played by 3-7 players. Please arrive early so tables can be created for the best play.

PINOCHLE
This group meets on Mondays at Tuesdays at 12:30 pm to play Pinochle, a trick-taking game that takes lots of concentration. Monday play is open to anyone wishing to play or learn pinochle. Experienced players meet Tuesdays to play at one of the several 4 player tables for advanced double-deck pinochle. New or inexperienced players are welcome to observe and learn from the advanced players and eventually serve as a substitute or new member of the foursome. Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to start time to assure your place at a table. Latecomers may not get to play.

SPADES
This group meets to play Spades, a trick taking game that is easy to learn. They meet each Wednesday at 12:45 pm. Newcomers are always welcome. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to start time so groups can be formed to play.

GAMES

AMERICAN CHINESE MAH JONG
This is an on-going group that meets weekly on Mondays at 12:30 pm to play the exciting game of Mah Jong. Game sets of 166 Chinese tiles are used and the game will stimulate your mind. Previous instruction required.

AMERICAN MAH JONG EXPERIENCED PLAYERS
Experienced players meet on the 3rd Wednesday at 12:30 pm. This group is for very experienced that meets weekly to play the exciting game of Mah Jong. Game sets of 166 Chinese tiles are used and the game will stimulate your mind. Previous instruction required. Ages 50+.

BINGO
This bingo group acquires points with each bingo and can then cash-in those points for home products, grocery items or specialty items. Each participant can choose up to 4 bingo cards for play. Bingo begins at 9:30 am and usually wraps up play by 11:30 am. Cost is $2 for members and $3 for non-members.

BUNCO
This is a fun fast-paced dice game that anyone can learn. Prizes are awarded for 5 different categories and winners receive either a $5 or $10 gift card to Walmart. Feel free to bring your own snack or snacks to share. This group plays each 1st and 3rd Tuesday at 6:30 pm and costs $3 for members.

DOMINOES
The Baca Center offers various opportunities to play games of dominoes. Dominoes “42” is a trick taking game while Chicken Foot and Mexican Train are played with double dominoes. Ages 50+.
Mondays—Dominoes “42”             12:45-3:30pm
Wednesdays—Dominoes “42”       12:15-3:30pm
Wednesdays—Mexican Train        10:00-11:30am        
Fridays—Mexican Train                  12:30-3:30pm          

OPEN GAME PLAY—NEW
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. Games are not permitted to be taken out of the Music Room. Open play takes place each Thursday 6:30-8:30 pm and each Friday 9:00 am-5:00 pm. Ages 50+.

RUMMIKUB
Rummikub is the third most popular game in the world. This group meets on Fridays at 1 pm in the lobby at the Baca Center. There are three game sets and 2-4 players per table. Newcomers are always welcome and can learn the basics in just 1 session. Ages 50+.

FITNESS

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. Visit monkeymonkeyyoga.com for more info. Instructor: Angela Richter-Gronross, E-RYT 500. Classes are held on Wednesdays at 9:00 am and fees are associated. Please see the current Baca Buzz for the session dates and fees.

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 the other three Texas teams and may at times perform in public at local college or professional games. The team consists of 12+ players, 2 coaches and 2 referees. All training is provided and there is no jumping or running required. The team practices Thursdays, 5-7 pm and are held at Clay Madsen Recreation Center and games with the other Texas teams will be in Georgetown or Harker Heights. Call the Baca Center at 512-218-5499 to register.

HULA – LEARN TO SWAY DA ISLAND WAY WITH KUMU ELLIE
Beginner/Intermediate:  In this relaxed class, students learn traditional Hula incorporated with language, history and culture of the islands. Intermediate/Advanced: Dancers will be challenged to the next level of their Hula experience in technique, language, history and culture of the islands. Instructor approval required. For more information, e-mail pahulaohana.rr@gmail.com.

Both levels will require a binder and specific expectations will be given in class. Specific apparel needed for class and additional costumes required for those participating in shows. No new students after the first 2 classes in a session. Classes are on Fridays and to view the sessions, please see the current issue of the Baca Buzz.

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. The first 1.5 hours will be for COMPETITIVE play and the last 1.5 hours will be for NON-COMPETITIVE play. Group leader will leave after 30 minutes if no players attend. Ages 50+.
Mondays                    11:00am-3:00pm     
Tuesdays                    6:15-8:45pm
Wednesdays              8:00-11:00am          

LIFESTYLE MOVEMENT CLASSES

Join Fitness Instructor Kathy K. for the below movement classes designed just for those 50+. Choose one of the 2 classes offered and obtain an exercise card 15 minutes prior to the start time at the front desk. For the safety of all, members will not be allowed to enter the room 5 minutes after the start of class. The first 5 minutes of class is designed for warming up the body and getting the body ready for exercise.

  1. A. A (Active Assisted Aerobics) is designed for those wanting a more advanced chair style aerobic exercise. Participants must stand and exercise, using chair for support and assistance. This class will feature cardio, along with movement around the room. This program meets Monday-Thursday, 9:45-10:15 am.                                                         

Sittercize is designed for the beginner and those with limited mobility. You must stay in your chair for the duration of the class. This program meets Monday-Thursday, 10:30-11:00 am.

TAI CHI
Tai Chi is a gentle form of exercise and stretching that can be done by people of all ages and conditions. You can learn the first few moves in a class offered by the Taoist Tai Chi Society™ at the Baca Center and taught by the nationally accredited volunteer instructors. First class is always FREE for newcomers. All ages are invited to attend any of our weekly classes offered at additional locations in Round Rock, Georgetown, Cedar Park and Austin, to learn the entire 20-minute set. For information e-mail texas@taoist.org. The Taoist Tai Chi Society™ is a 501c3 non-profit, charitable organization. The Baca group meets each Friday at 10:00 am and cost is $3 for Baca members.

TRAVEL

LOCAL TRIPS – BACA CENTER
Adults age 50+ can travel with the Baca Center throughout Central Texas to see local towns, museums, plays, restaurants, stores and more. Travel is within three hours of the center on these day trips. To view the current trips offered check out the latest Baca Buzz newsletter at www.BacaCenter.com.

SPECIAL EVENTS
The Baca Center offers many fun and exciting events throughout the year. For more information, call the center or view the latest newsletter at www.Bacacenter.com.