Allen R. Baca Center Programs/Activities
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.
ARTS & CRAFTS
CENTER ART CLUB
The Center Art Club includes artists age 50+ with interests in all media such as oil, acrylic, pen & ink, watercolor, 3D art and photography. You can find their artwork displayed throughout the center and many pieces of art are available for purchase. New artists are always welcome to join the club or visit the group for inspiration. There is a nominal fee to join the Center Art Club that you pay directly to the group and it helps pay for monthly demonstrations by outside artists. Participants learn from each other and at select meetings critique each other’s artwork. The group meets on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month at 1:00 pm and the club hosts an annual Wine & Cheese Art Gallery in which artists display their masterpieces.
Crafters meet each Tuesday at 10:00 am to 2:00 pm to sew, knit and make their own items/crafts. The group makes mats for the homeless, beanies for preemies and comfort pillows for the breast cancer society. Join the group to create items for those in need or come create your own projects. The group learns various crafting skills from each other and gives back to the community through their creations. The group participates in the Clay Madsen Holiday Bazaar in November each year.
CLUBS & SPECIAL INTEREST
“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. Various topics which are of interest to those 50+ will be presented at the meetings which take place on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 1:15 pm except in July and August.
AARP DRIVER’S SAFETY COURSE
This course is offered to drivers 50+ that would like to get a 10% discount on their auto insurance. This does not dismiss tickets and not all insurance companies offer a discount. Cost is $15 for AARP members and $20 for non-members. Fees are paid to the AARP instructor by check ONLY. This program is offered monthly on selected Monday, 8:30 am-12:30 pm or Thursday, 5:00-9:00 pm. Please see the current Baca Buzz for exact dates.
Benefits Counseling is provided for those over 50 and in need of information on Medicare, prescription plans, Medicaid and food stamps. This is a one-on-one consultation with benefits counselor Nancy Kind and you can meet with her on the 1st Wednesday of each month at 9:00 am. This is offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Location: Allen R Baca Center.
Book Discussions group meets on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 1:00 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 Baca Center for more information on the group and what the reading material will be for each meeting date. Reading materials are provided by participants.
The Round Rock Area Garden Club meets the 1st Monday of each month at 9:00 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 provides 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, email@example.com.
The Woodcarvers Club gets together every Tuesday at 9:00 am to practice, learn and create wood carved objects. No experience necessary, however tools are needed to participate. Stop in and visit with the group to learn about woodcarving or just to watch the group make some great creations.
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; another book is always in progress so it is not too late for you to have your work published. You must be a member of the writing club for six months to get published. For more information, e-mail Bacawritingclub@gmail.com. Location: Allen R Baca Center. Age: 50+.
Regular Meeting Mondays 1:00-2:30pm
Regular Meeting Thursdays 10:00-11:30am
CARDS & GAMES
AMERICAN CHINESE MAH JONG
This group is an on-going group that meets each Monday 12:30-4:30 pm and provides challenging play and socialization. Game sets of 166 Chinese tiles are used. This style offers a new and exciting game which will stimulate your mind. Previous knowledge and instruction required.
AMERICAN MAH JONGG EXPERIENCED PLAYERS
Experienced players meet on the 3rd Wednesday 9:30 am-12:30 pm to challenge each other and perfect their skills. Contact Terry at firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to the players list.
Join the Baca Center every Friday at 10:00 am for bingo and a chance to win points that can be used to cash-in for grocery/household items. Each participant can choose up to 3 bingo cards for play. Cost is $2 for Baca members and $3 for non-members.
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 players that have a partner and that have advanced skills to play bridge. The neighbors and bridge for fun are for all skill levels that want to learn how to play, improve their skills and socialize. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to play time. *Advanced players ONLY and MUST have a partner.
Duplicate* Mondays 1:00-4:30pm
Evening* Tuesdays 6:30-9:00pm
Neighbors Bridge 3rd Wednesday 9:30am-12:30pm
Bridge for Fun Thursdays 12:30-4:00pm
This is a fun fast-paced dice game that is easy to learn and a game that is not about skill but what the dice want to offer each player. The game is played on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays at 6:30 pm. Tables of 4 are drawn at 6:30 so please arrive early to draw your table. Winners receive either a $5 or $10 gift card to Walmart. Cost to play is $3 for Baca members and $4 for non-members.
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. Come to learn, play and socialize. Please arrive at least 10 minutes prior to start time to assure your place at a table. Latecomers may not get to play.
Texas Tuesdays 12:45-4:00pm
Racehorse Thursdays 12:30-3:45pm
Hand & Foot Fridays 12:30-3:30pm
Cribbage is easy to learn for those that have not played and for those who haven’t played in years. The group plays on Thursdays at 12:30 pm. The group plays for fun, laughs and getting to know each other. Supplies will be provided. Location: Allen R Baca Center. Age: 50+.
The Baca Center offers various opportunities to play games of dominoes. Participants can come to learn, improve their skills or just to socialize.
Dominoes “42” Mondays 12:45-3:30pm
Mexican Train Wednesdays 10:00-11:30am
Mexican Train Fridays 12:30-3:30pm
This group meets on a weekly basis to play Pinochle which is a trick-taking game that takes lots of concentration. Monday play is open to anyone wishing to play and improve their skills or learn how to play while Tuesday is for ADVANCED players only. Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to start time to assure your place at a table. Latecomers may not get to play.
Open Play Mondays 12:30-4:00pm
Advanced Play Tuesdays 12:30-4:00pm
This game is fun, exciting and a brain exerciser. The game is easy to learn and fast moving. It’s different every time it is played and combines your luck and strategy so every player has a chance to win until the very end. This group meets in the lobby on Fridays, 1:00-3:00 pm.
This group meets every Wednesday at 1:00 pm to play Spades and other fun card games. Join this group to learn to play Spades, improve your skills or socialize. Please arrive 15 minutes early so groups can be formed to play.
KUPUNA HULA FOR BEGINNERS & INTERMEDIATE
Open to men and women 50+. All dancers will meet at 1:45 for basic instruction, technique, and Hawaiian language and history. The intermediate group meets at 2:45 to learn more advanced techniques and dances. Ladies will wear black t-shirts and a wrap or pa’u skirt; men will wear black shorts or pants and black t-shirt. Dancers who want to continue and to perform will need the class pa’u (purchased through the kumu) and class t-shirt. Also, dancers should bring three-ring notebooks to class. No new students after the first 2 classes in a session. To view the session dates, please see the current Baca Buzz.
This self-led group joins together every Wednesday at 1:00 pm to learn from each other, socialize and to dance, dance, dance to various Latin music provided by the group leader.
Have fun, exercise and socialize at the same time! Join your friends on the 1st Friday of each month at 7:00 pm for a social dance. Lemonade and coffee will be provided. Bring your own refreshments, snacks and BYOB. No guests, under age 50. Please register in advance. Join the group for FREE line dance lessons at 6:30 pm. The May and December dances will have live music by Whitestone and the cost is $5 for members and $10 for non-members. All other dances, moderated by our own DJ, are FREE for members and $5 for non-members.
LINE DANCE PROGRAM
The Baca Center offers five levels of line dance classes from Ultra Beginner to Advanced that helps participants move up and improve their skills. The beginner dancers perform at various senior living communities and/or nursing homes. All classes are instructed by Barbara Langham and cost is $3 for members and $4 for non-members. Not sure which class is for you? Stop in and visit with Barbara before one of her classes to discuss your skills and which class is the best fit for your level.
ULTRA BEGINNER LINE DANCING
Students will learn the very basic steps including the grapevine, kick-step and more. The 3-class program takes place on Tuesdays at 2:00 pm. This program does not require any previous dancing experience and will help you move up to the beginner and/or improver line dance classes with approval. It may take more than one Ultra Beginner session to meet the skill level of the beginner and improver classes. To see the latest sessions, check out the current Baca Buzz.
BEGINNER LINE DANCING
This program requires at least one Ultra Beginner session and instructor approval to take this class which meets on a weekly basis. This class meets on Mondays at 10:10 am and cost $3 for Baca members.
INTERMEDIATE LINE DANCING
This program requires instructor approval to take this class which meets on Mondays at 11:20 am and cost $3 for Baca members.
ADVANCED LINE DANCING
This program requires instructor approval to take this class which meets on Mondays at 12:30 pm and cost $3 for Baca members.
IMPROVER LINE DANCING
This program requires previous knowledge or at least 3 months of beginner line dance and instructor approval to take this class which meets on Fridays at 11:00 am and cost $3 for Baca members.
This award-winning group is self-led and meets to enjoy Tejano dancing every Thursday at 1:00 pm. Group leaders provide the Tejano music for this multi-generational program in which participants learn to dance or come to socialize. The program is open to ages 7+ during the summer.
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. Classes take place on Saturdays at 9:30 am and costs $5 for Baca members only. Bring your laptop to the class or if you have a PC do a print screen of your issue. MUST register by 5 pm the Wednesday prior and if no registrations, instructor will NOT show up.
Join the Baca Center and local businesses on various Thursdays at 11:00 am for workshops which provide important information related to adults 50+. To view the latest workshops, check out the Baca Buzz.
This program is perfect for persons who may have difficulty getting to the floor and back up. The chair provides support and stability in standing and seated positions, allowing the student to experience a yoga class where gentle backbends, forward bends, lateral stretches and twisting postures are easily accessible. Participants will benefit by improving flexibility, strength, circulation, range of motion, balance, posture and breathing. Suitable for people with limitations. The program is offered each month on Wednesdays at 9:00 am and cost is $38 for 4 classes. To view the current sessions, check out the Baca Buzz.
Do you like basketball and low impact exercise or are you looking for a team to support? Join the Round Rock Rockettes on Thursdays 5:00-7:00 pm for Granny Basketball. This program is a gentle game for women of a certain age. There is no running or jumping (hurrying is allowed); no physical contact; and the court is divided into three courts. The team meets year-round at Clay Madsen Recreation Center. Games are played in Round Rock, Georgetown and Harker Heights. First year participants will need to purchase their uniform and the Baca Center will pay your team fee.
Pickleball is a fun sport that combines many elements of tennis, badminton and ping-pong. It can be played indoors or outdoors and is played with a paddle and plastic ball with holes. Games can be played as doubles or singles. All levels of players are welcome to come and learn the game, get exercise and/or improve your skills.
Ongoing Monday 1:00-4:00pm
Ongoing Wednesday 8:00-11:00am
Ongoing Tuesdays 6:00-8:00pm
This workout is designed for individuals 50+ who need a less strenuous exercise class. Participants do low-impact chair exercises with hand weights while working on increasing flexibility, endurance, and strength. The program meets every Monday-Thursday at 10:30 am.
A Chinese martial art and meditative movement class designed to increase your sense of balance, cardiovascular fitness and joint flexibility. First class is free and is offered by the Taoist Tai Chi Society at the Baca Center for adults 50+. Classes are every Friday at 10:00 am and costs $3 for Baca members and $4 for non-members.
LANGUAGE & MUSIC
This is an informal, inclusive, and fun group for persons who already know/speak some Spanish and want to improve their conversational and reading skills. Classes take place every Thursday at 1:00 pm and will include grammar, conversation, writing exercises, reading aloud, and more. No textbook required.
This program meets every Tuesday at 1:00 pm and sing until 3 pm. 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 and the group has FUN!!
The Performance Group rehearsals are going on every Thursday at 1:00 pm in the Music Room. If you would like to sing, dance, play an instrument, tell jokes, read poetry, read an original story, perform a skit, this is your chance. An entertainment “show” will take place on the last Thursday of each month. 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 show. For more details, check out the Baca Buzz. Come to entertain and be entertained. No experience necessary just a desire to perform.
The Sing-A-Long group sings show tunes, country and pop music from the 20th Century. Song books are provided and new singers are always welcome. Join the group every Friday at 1:00 pm to sing or just come to be entertained.
SING FOR JOY
Do you love singing Gospel songs or listening to gospel music? This group meets on the 4th Tuesday of each month at 11:00 am to sing gospel songs. Singers and non-singers are invited to participate or just come to enjoy the gospel music.
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.
This self-led and inspired group meets on the 1st Thursday of each month at 10:00 am to sing their hearts out in Spanish. Join the group to sing-a-long and learn new songs or to be entertained. The group leader brings a large selection of Spanish songs.
Adults age 50+ can travel with the Baca Center throughout Central Texas to see new places, museums, plays, sporting events, movies, concerts and restaurants. Travel is within three hours of the center and there are no overnight trips. To view the current trips the Baca Center offers, check out the latest newsletter at www.Bacacenter.com.
The Hiking Club is a self-led group for active participants age 50+ that like to hike with a group. Most hikes are between 3-4 miles; however, some hikes are as long as 10 miles depending on the location of the hike. The group hikes in the spring and fall at various parks/trails in the Central Texas area. Trips are also planned for hikes in state parks in which the group pays a fee for travel on the center’s bus. To get on the list or for up-to-date hikes, check out the latest Baca Buzz.
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.