50+ ADULTS (BACA CENTER) ARTS AND ENRICHMENT CLUBS
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.
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.
Book Discussions 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.
DAFFODIL GUYS AND DOLLS
This group virtually travels to many local treasures each month. A new location is featured each meeting for pleasure and group discussion. Check the current Baca Center Newsletter for travel locations.
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 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 meet 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. Some pieces are displayed in our lobby.
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. For more information, e-mail Bacawritingclub@gmail.com.
Crafters meet weekly 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.
DANCE & MUSIC
This self-led group joins together 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! Lemonade and coffee will be provided. Bring your own refreshments, snacks and BYOB. No guests, under age 50. Please register in advance. The May and December dances will have live music and the cost is $5 for members and $10 for non-members. All other dances, moderated by the group’s 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 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.
BEGINNER/INTERMEDIATE LINE DANCING: This program requires at least one Ultra Beginner session and instructor approval to take this class which meets on a weekly basis.
INTERMEDIATE LINE DANCING: This program requires instructor approval to take this class.
IMPROVER LINE DANCING: This program requires previous knowledge or at least 3 months of beginner line dance and instructor approval to take this class.
ADVANCED LINE DANCING: This program requires instructor approval to take this class.
This award-winning group is self-led and meets to enjoy Tejano dancing. Group leaders provide the Tejano music for this multi-generational program in which participants learn to dance or come to socialize.
This program is open to those of all skill levels and 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 rehearses weekly. 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. 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.
SING FOR JOY
Do you love singing Gospel songs or listening to gospel music? This group meets 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.
This self-led and inspired group meets 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.
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. Fees are paid to the AARP instructor by check ONLY.
BENEFITS COUNSELING AND VA PROGRAMS
Benefits Counseling is provided for those over 50 and in need of information on Medicare, prescription plans, Medicaid, and food stamps. Veteran’s Affairs will assist with their Caregiver Support Program and Health Care and Benefits for Veterans. Both programs are a one-on-one consultation.
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.
Join the Baca Center and local businesses for workshops which provide important information related to adults 50+.
COMMUNITY COOKING WORKSHOP
If you are interested in weight loss and beginning a mindful, healthy eating program, or have recently had or are considering bariatric surgery, we invite you to attend our free Community Cooking Classes. Our staff will teach you how to cook simple, quick and nutritionally balanced dishes. Each class also includes a Q&A session with our wellness staff. Bon Appetit! For class dates and to register go to: ascn.io/cookingclasses.
ROUND ROCK PRESERVATION LUNCH AND LEARN
Join this group on a quarterly basis to learn historic information about Round Rock. The public is invited to this free educational event. Attendees are invited to 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 call: 512-373-3819.
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 include grammar, conversation, writing exercises, reading aloud, and more. No textbook required.
ENTERTAINMENT & THEATER
Join the Baca Center for Cinema Days. Movies are always FREE and open to adults 50+. Participants are welcome to bring their own snacks and drinks
“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.
Are you a widow or widower that would like to share or inspire others or are you looking for inspiration? This group gets together to make new friends, network and share your story of being a widow or widower and how it has affected your life. This group is meant to inspire and help each other through the hard times.
CARDS & GAMES
AMERICAN CHINESE MAH JONG
This group is an on-going group that 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.
This game is a partnership trick-taking game that is fun and easy to learn. It is played with a standard 52 card deck plus 2 jokers, for a total of 54 cards. There are 4 players consisting of two teams of two.
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 see the current Baca newsletter for exact games and times.
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 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.
Cribbage is easy to learn for those that have not played and for those who haven’t played in years. The group plays for fun, laughs and getting to know each other. Supplies will be provided.
The Baca Center offers various opportunities to play games of dominoes. Participants can come to learn, improve their skills or just to socialize.
EAST ASIAN MAH JONG
This group is an on-going group that meets and provides challenging play and socialization. Game sets of 166 Chinese tiles are used. No experience necessary, instruction provided. This program is sponsored by the Taoist Tai Chi Society.
Hearts is an “evasion-type” trick-taking playing card game for four players, although most variations can accommodate between three and six players. It was first recorded in America in the 1880s and has many variants, some of which are sometimes referred to as “Hearts”.
Game sets are provided and the game will stimulate your mind. The group requires some previous play.
Open play is an opportunity for those wishing to play cards or games on their own. No reservation required and no supplies are provided.
This group meets on a weekly basis to play Pinochle which is a trick-taking game that takes lots of concentration.
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 to play Spades and other fun card games. Join this group to learn to play Spades, improve your skills or socialize.
FITNESS & WELLNESS
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.
Do you like basketball and low impact exercise or are you looking for a team to support? Join the Round Rock Rockettes 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 time participants will need to purchase their uniform and pay a participant fee to the Granny Basketball Organization.
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.
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.
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 cost $3 for Baca members and $4 for non-members. See Program Schedule for days & times.
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. This class is open to all membership types.
LIFESTYLE MOVEMENT 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. This class is open to all membership types.
The Baca Center believes that a healthy and active lifestyle is for everyone at every age. The Baca Center offers classes for their members throughout the day that are included in the weight room membership fees. Non-members must pay the visitor pass rate of $3/class. Please see the Baca Center front desk for current group exercise schedule and class guidelines.. Class participation is limited based on space & equipment.
The Baca Center offers many trips throughout the Central Texas area. We travel within 2.5 hours of the Baca Center. We do NOT offer overnight trips.
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.