Activities

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 AND CRAFTS
ART CLUB

The art club includes artists age 50+ and all media such as oil, acrylic, pen and ink as well as watercolor and photography. You can find their artwork displayed throughout the center and many are available for purchase. There is a nominal fee to join the Art Club that you pay directly to the group and you MUST be a current Baca member to display and sell paintings. Meetings are held on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday, 1:00-3:00 p.m. and usually include a short business meeting followed by a presenter or bring what you are painting.

CRAFTY CRITTERS

Crafters meet to sew, knit and make crafts. Join the group to craft or learn from each other. This group also participates in various craft fairs. The group meets on Tuesdays, 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

CARDS AND GAMES
AMERICAN MAH JONG (Beginners)

This group meets to play American Chinese Mah Jong. The game originated in China and contains 166 tiles with Chinese characters and symbols. Play is for those that have had instruction or know how to play this specific style. This group meets on Mondays, 12:30-4:30 p.m.

AMERICAN MAH JONG (Experienced)
Experience is required for the 3rd Wednesday group that plays based on the Hands and Rules listed in the National Mah Jongg League 2017 card (this card is required in order to play). For more information, contact Pam at icdafs@gmail.com.

Experienced players can play American Mah Jongg with Cheryl on the 4th Wednesday. Bring the current card from https://nationalmahjonggleague.org/store.aspx. Beginners are required to contact Cheryl 2 weeks in advance of attending to receive reading material prior to training. RSVPs can be sent to clw25703@gmail.com. Play is casual and open to non-members but a $1 walk-in fee is required.

BINGO

Join the Baca Center for bingo and a chance to win points. Each participant can choose up to 3 bingo cards for play. Winners can cash-in their points for grocery/household items. Bingo takes place every Friday, 10:00-11:30 a.m. in the dining room and cost $2 for members.

BRIDGE

The Baca Center offers various types of bridge games for all abilities. Bridge was derived from the Russian game Whist. Cards originated in China as far back as 1120. The duplicate and evening bridge are for ADVANCED players that have a partner. The neighbors and fun bridge are for everyone and you do not need a partner. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to play time.

Duplicate                       Monday                       1:00-4:30 p.m.  (advanced players w/a partner)
Evening                         Tuesday                      6:30-9:00 p.m.  (advanced players w/a partner)
Neighbors                      3rd Wednesday           9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Bridge for Fun                Thursday                    12:30-4:00 p.m.

BUNCO

This is a fun fast-paced dice game that anyone can learn. Winners receive either a $5 or $10 gift card to Walmart. Bunco takes place on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday, 6:30 p.m.-8:30 pm, cost is $3. 

CANASTA
The Baca Center offers various types of Canasta for those that love to play cards. Canasta is a rummy-like card game that can easily be learned. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to play time.
Regular                         Monday                      12:45-5:00 p.m.
Texas                            Tuesday                      12:30-4:00 p.m.

Club                              Thursday                    12:45-4:00 p.m.

DOMINOES

The Baca Center offers various opportunities to play games of dominoes. Chicken Foot is a dominoes game of the “Trains” family, similar to Mexican Train. Chicken Foot is played in rounds, one round for each double domino in the set. The game is normally played by 2 to 8 players using any of the common sets (double-six, double-nine, double-twelve, double-fifteen or double-eighteen). Dominoes “42” is a trick-taking game played with a standard set of double six dominoes. 42 is often referred to as the “national game of Texas”. Mexican Train, also known as simply Trains, is a game played with dominoes. The object of the game is for a player to play all the dominoes from his or her hand onto one or more chains, or “trains”, emanating from a central hub or “station”. The game’s most popular name comes from a special optional train that belongs to all players.

Chicken Foot                 Wednesday                              10:00-11:30 a.m.
Dominoes “42”               Monday & Wednesday            12:45-3:30 p.m.
Mexican Train                Wednesday                              10:00-11:30 a.m.
Mexican Train                Friday                                       12:30-3:30 p.m.
 
PINOCHLE

This group gets together to play pinochle which is a trick-taking game for 2-4 players. MUST be an advanced player. Free for Baca members, others $1 walk-in fee. Please arrive 15 minutes early to play. Tuesdays, 12:30-4:00 p.m.

RUMMIKUB

This game is fun, exciting and a brain exerciser. The game is easy to learn and fast moving. It’s very 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 p.m.

SPADES

Join this group on Wednesdays for some fun times playing Spades whether you haven’t played in years or are a beginner. Snacks are provided by rotating members and coffee is 25₵. Please arrive 15 minutes early so groups can be formed to play. This group plays on Wednesdays, 1:00-4:00 p.m.

CLUBS AND SPECIAL INTERESTS

 

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. 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 on the 2nd Monday, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and the 2nd Thursday, 5:00-9:00 p.m. Please see the current Baca Buzz for exact dates.

BACA CINEMA DAY

On the 3rd Wednesday, 1:00-3:00 p.m. the center will show a movie. The movies are FREE for Baca members and $1 walk-in fee for non-members. During Spring Break and the summer months, grandchildren ages 7 and up are welcome to attend and a PG or PG-13 movie will be shown.

BACA PLAYERS CLUB

Join this group if you like to participate in comedy, skits or dramas. This group meets bi-weekly or weekly (during performances) to work on short skits, readings, demos and more. They also do a large production each year on 2 days for an audience of 100. This group meets on Wednesdays, 1:00-3:00 p.m.

BENEFITS COUNSELING

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 every 1st Wednesday, 9:00-11:00 a.m. with benefits counselor Nancy Kind. This is offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

BOOK DISCUSSION

Book Discussions group meets on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 1:00-2:00 p.m. The group discusses a variety of classic and contemporary essays, short stories, dramas, and poetry that present ideas of enduring human significance. Contact helensmith204@gmail.com for more information on what the reading material will be.

DAFFODIL DOLLS

This group is for all ladies 50+ that are interested in fun and fellowship. The ladies wear yellow and participate in fun activities. The group also chooses one non-profit organization each year to raise funds to help support the organization. Meetings are held on the 1st Wednesday of each month at 10:30 a.m.

GARDEN CLUB

The Round Rock Area Garden Club meets the 1st Monday of each month 9:00-10:30 a.m. throughout the year. 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.

HIKING CLUB

The Hiking Club is a self-led group for active participants age 50+ that like to hike with a group. Most hikes are between 3-5 miles; however some hikes are as long as 10 miles depending on the location. 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, contact the Baca Center at 512-218-5499.

WOODCARVERS CLUB

The Woodcarvers Club gets together to practice, learn and create wood carved objects. No experience necessary, however tools are needed to participate. The group meets every Tuesday, 9:00-11:00 a.m.

WORKSHOPS

The Baca Center offers workshops on various topics. Workshops are held on various Thursdays, 11:00-11:45 a.m.

WRITING CLUB

Participants are welcome to share their writing and get feedback, read someone else’s work; or just come to listen. View their six anthologies on amazon.com by searching for Baca Writing Club.  Another book is always in the works. This group meets each Monday, 1:00-2:30 p.m. and each Thursday, 10:00-11:30 a.m. For more information, e-mail bacawritingclub@gmail.com.

COMPUTER
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 operating system, install/uninstall applications/ drivers, troubleshoot diagnostics, manage viruses and more. MUST bring your laptop OR if you have a PC bring a print screen of your issue. MUST register the Wednesday prior to 5:00 p.m. and cost is $5 for Baca members. Classes are held Saturdays, 9:30-11:00 a.m.

Android Instruction–Did you get an Android tablet and are unsure how to operate it to its fullest capacity? If so, we have someone that will give instruction on the 2nd Thursday of each month, 3:00-4:00 p.m. Cost will be $5 for members and is only open to Baca members at this time. Space is limited so register early.

DANCE
BEGINNING AND INTERMEDIATE HULA
All Kupuna Hula will meet at 1:45 p.m. for basic instruction, technique, Hawaiian language and history. Intermediate will continue at 2:45 p.m. in the next class to learn more advanced techniques and dances. Dancers will wear black T-shirts and a pa’u skirt or wrap. You cannot join the program after the 2nd class due to missing critical information in the first two classes. Instructor approval is needed for the Intermediate class.
Beginning—Fridays, 1:45-2:30 p.m.                                                                
Advanced—Fridays, 2:45-3:45 p.m.
 
LATIN DANCING

This self-led group joins together to learn from each other and to dance, dance, dance. The group meets each Wednesday, 1:00-3:00 p.m.

LET’S DANCE
This self-led group meets on the 1st Friday of each month, 7:00-9:30 p.m. (unless noted in the Baca Buzz) to dance Ballroom, Country, Latin, Swing and more. The dances are FREE for Baca members and $5 for non-members. Participants are encouraged to register in advance so we can verify your membership. Two dances each year will have a live band and the cost will be $5 for Baca members and $10 for all others (50+).
 
LINE DANCING, ULTRA BEGINNING
Join our instructor Barbara Langham as she instructs participants on the basic steps of line dancing. Participants will learn and practice so they can move up to the beginning/intermediate line dancing class. Classes are offered as a 3 class session on during various months and held on Tuesdays, 2:00-3:00 p.m. Cost for the 3 session class is $9/members.
 
LINE DANCING, BEGINNING TO INTERMEDIATE
This class is for those interested in learning new and traditional line dances but does have some line dance experience. The classes take place each Monday, 10:10-11:10 a.m. Cost $3/members.
 
LINE DANCING, INTERMEDIATE
This class is for those that have learned most of the basic line dance steps in a beginner class and want to work on timing and perfecting their technique and learn some of the longer dances to a variety of music. Instructor approval required for this class. The classes take place each Monday and Friday, 11:20 a.m.-12:20 p.m. Cost $3/members.
 
LINE DANCING, ADVANCED

This class is for those that have successfully completed the intermediate class and want to learn the most difficult choreography which is longer and more intricate. Many of these dances are done to currently popular music. Instructor approval required for this class. The classes take place each Monday and Friday, 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m. Cost $3/members.

LINE DANCING, PRACTICE
This is a self-led group that gets together to practice their line dancing skills. The practice is for intermediate to advanced dancers and there is no instructor. The group meets to practice each Wednesday, 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
 
TEJANO TIME

This award winning group is self-led and meets to learn and practice Tejano dancing. Group leaders provide the Tejano music for this multi-generational program. Join this group meets each Thursday, 1:00-3:00 p.m.

LANGUAGE
CONVERSATIONAL SPANISH

Join this group if you wish to improve your Spanish skills or to learn conversational Spanish. This is an informal class but only Spanish is spoken every Thursday, 12:30-2:30 p.m.

MUSIC
DRUM FOR FUN

Looking for a reason to get out of the house? Come hum and drum with Art Prennace on Thursday mornings in the craft room/music room. No drumming or humming experience necessary. The program will be an entertaining, hands-on, and lively gathering. The group will explore innate rhythms that exist in all of us. The group will use drums, shakers, homemade instruments, voices, bodies and breath to synchronize energy in a positive, action oriented activity. Emphasis will be on having fun, building community, laughing, mild exercise and chasing away the doldrums. A variety of instruments will be provided or feel free to bring your own. Thursdays, 10:00-11:00 a.m.

GUITAR LESSONS FOR BEGINNERS

This class is for new guitar players and those with some experience but want to increase skill levels. Lessons will cover basic chord patterns, chord progressions, strumming patterns and left and right hand exercises. At the end of the class, we will have learned to strum two or three songs and be able to apply skills to learn new songs. Students should have access to instruments in good repair. Acoustic is preferred but electrics are welcome. Please see the latest Baca Buzz for current session dates.

KARAOKE KLUB

This self-led and inspired group meets weekly on Tuesdays, 10:15-11:45 a.m. to sing their hearts out using our karaoke machine. We have a large selection of songs from the 50’s up to current sound tracks.

KARAOKE KLUB IN SPANISH
This self-led and inspired group meets on the 2nd Thursday, 10:00-11:30 a.m. to sing their hearts out in Spanish. The group leader brings a large selection of songs.
 
PERFORMANCE GROUP ENTERTAINMENT

Have you ever wanted to perform in a stage show? Don’t let this opportunity pass you by. If you want to sing, dance, tell a story, do a skit, a comedy routine, etc., there will be a sign up sheet posted on the west side of the kiosk. Please give us your first & last name; how we can contact you and what you want to do for the show. No names can be added after the sign-up sheet is taken down and we are unable to take phone calls to add your name to the list. The Performance Group meets every Thursday at 2:00 p.m. It is open to all Baca members.

SING-A-LONG

The Sing-A-Long group sings show tunes, country and pop music from the 20th Century. The group sings every Friday, 1:00-2:30 p.m. Song books are provided and new singers are always welcome.

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 each Monday, 9:00-11:30 a.m.