A peek into Reynoldsburg's senior center on a Thursday afternoon reveals a number of seniors dancing to a lively Latin beat in new Zumba Gold classes.
Director Judy Doran said the classes began this month and are among a number of ways members of SCOR (Senior Citizens of Reynoldsburg) can exercise their bodies and minds.
Classes at the senior center, 1520 Davidson Drive, are open to those age 55 and older. In addition to Zumba, the list includes line-dancing, ballroom dancing, yoga and other activities, and crafts such as stained glass, woodcarving or quilt-making.
The center also has an active group that takes trips together, not only to local movies, malls or coffee shops, but also to Colorado, West Virginia, Alaska, or even to Paris, France.
Doran said members must be 55 "years young" to join, at a cost of $15 per year for Reynoldsburg residents and $20 per year for all others.
Some of the classes have an extra fee, including the Zumba Gold classes, at $5 a class or 10 classes for $40.
"It is a dance and exercise class with Latin-based music," Doran said. "It is a really free and flowing type of class. When you do an aerobics class, you do something like a certain number of knee lifts. But when I watch Zumba Gold, they are just dancing."
She said the class has a slower pace than a regular Zumba class, so it is low-impact.
"The beats on the music might be a little slower," she said.
A Silver Sneakers flex class began recently, offering strength and range-of-motion exercises. Doran said people can enroll in Silver Sneakers through their health insurance, or can pay $10 a month for the classes at the center.
Coming up in March will be a Lifeline Screening day, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. March 27.
Doran said representatives from Lifeline Screening come in for the day to provide carotid artery screening, heart rhythm, abdominal aortic aneurysm screening and other tests, at $149 for five tests or $60-$70 per test. People must pre-register with Lifeline, at 1-888-653-6440.
A new class coming up in April is a Writer's Workshop on Saturday afternoons.
"It is an open workshop for memoir- and creative nonfiction writing," she said.
The fee is $3 a class.
Doran said membership in the center last year was about 1,700. She said there almost always is a waiting list for the trips, which attract 150 to 200 people during trip season.
"We always fill up our bus and have waiting lists for the trips," she said. "They are really fun and you make great friends."
Town Hall meetings with Parks and Recreation Director Joe Brown began late last year and are continuing this year. Brown visits the center to talk to the staff and members about what's happening in the department and the city.
"He talks to us about issues that will affect us, such as a parking lot renovation and updates, such as maintenance and painting and other things," she said. "He is also there to answer questions people may have."
Information about the senior center is available on the city website at ci.reynoldsburg. oh.us, under the parks and recreation link, or by calling 614-866-5890.