Ways to Participate - Programs & Activities
 

Line DanceIn an effort to meet a wide variety of recreational needs, the RSC offers both free and fee-based programs. In addition to specific programs, the RSC also has many opportunities that are available whenever the RSC is open.


Opportunities 

Please feel free to drop by during business hours to take advantage of the following: Bridge
  • Card & Game Playing - The tables in the lobby are available for drop-in play. Table space is first-come, first-served; tables may not be reserved or saved. Decks of cards are available at the Front Desk.

  • Beverage Bar and Lobby - The lobby has a welcoming atmosphere. Stop in and enjoy a cup of coffee or glass of iced tea while you relax and read a magazine; or meet friends, old and new, and participate in lively conversation.

  • Computer Corner – the RSC has free, unsecured Wi-Fi, and four networked computers with internet access for participant use. Computer use is free. Prior experience is required. Authorized Users must be age 50 or better. 

  • Garden Plaza – our beautiful “backyard” boasts lots of flowers, a stream-like fountain, two covered areas, exercise equipment, a horseshoe pit, pickle ball courts, and an expansive lawn.

  • Greenhouse - Participants are allowed to store plants during the winter months. Each gardener is responsible for the care of their own plants while housed at our facility.
  • Library – The library is self-serve and functions on the honor system. Participants are welcome to borrow three books at a time. Donations of current fiction are accepted – please, no Reader’s Digest Condensed Books or non-fiction. Please return books to the cart for our library assistants to re-shelve in proper order. Pool Room

  • Pool (Billiards) – The RSC has one of the best pool halls in town, with three tables available for drop-in play. Play is open to everyone age 50 or better, with players rotating as needed to allow everyone to play. Tables may not be reserved. 

  • Puzzles – A large collection of jigsaw puzzles are available for use at home. The puzzle exchange is self-serve and on the honor system.  No room to work a puzzle at home? Feel free to join in on the communal puzzle that is always set up near the card room.

  • Television Viewing & Game Consoles– a wide screen television, Nintendo Wii, and Xbox Kinect is located in the fireplace lounge. Participants are welcome to check out the controls and enjoy whenever the RSC is open.

 

Free Interest Groups  

Table TennisOn-going interest groups are a major part of the RSC’s programs. Led by volunteers, these groups bring together like-minded people to pursue a wide variety of activities. Most groups meet weekly, however some meet monthly. There is no fee to participate. Participation is limited to those age 50 or better. Meeting days and times occasionally change, so be sure to check the current Encore! for the latest information on the groups that interest you.         


Below is the Interest Group weekly schedule.  For a description of the Interest Groups, click here.  For a printer-friendly version of the Interest Group Schedule, click anywhere on the schedule.
Interest Groups
    We are always looking for new and interesting activities. If you have expertise in a topic that we do not offer, and would be willing to lead and organize a new group, please contact the Program Coordinators.

 

Special Events

Throughout the year, the RSC offers many special events. Watch the RSC News for detailed information on:    

  • Special Lunches celebrating - Springtime, Thanksgiving, Winter Holidays  
  • Afternoon Delight Concert Series  
  • Holiday Craft Market in December as part of Redmond Lights  
  • Annual BBQ and Concert Lunches in the summer   
  • First Friday Coffee Chats  
  • Whiskers, Wings, & Wagging Tails Pet Fair  
  • Walkin’ Redmond 5 K walking events each quarter
      

Diversity Programs

CaligraphyIn an effort to better meet the needs of our community the RSC offers programs to encourage participation from all populations.

Seniors from India - on the second Thursday of every month join seniors from India for an informative and interesting program, and a catered lunch of vegetarian Indian food; co-sponsored by the Indian Association of Western Washington

Seniors from China - every Friday morning seniors from China have an opportunity to participate in social, recreational, educational, and cultural activities; co-sponsored with Chinese Information and Services Center 

Classes - Fee Based 

Senior Fitness Classes where an instructor is paid to teach a specific skill make up the bulk of our fee-based programs. These classes are run in sessions of four, six, or eight weeks, or by the number of opportunities to participate each month. The fee is based on the instructor’s salary, plus supply costs and a small administrative fee. Every attempt is made to keep costs low and affordable for participants on fixed incomes. Class offerings vary each session. Complete details on all fee-based classes are found in the Parks and Recreation Brochure and Encore!.

Classes are offered in the areas of: 

* Arts & Crafts *Lifelong Learning
* Dance * Music
* Fitness * Yoga & T'ai Chi Chuang 
* Hobbies & Interests  

 

Click here to register on-line

Interested in Teaching a Class?

The RSC is always looking to expand and improve the classes that we offer. We are interested in skilled, qualified instructors in all topic areas. If you, or someone you know, is available and interested in teaching at the RSC, please contact the Program Coordinators for information on making a course proposal.

Bus

Trips

The RSC currently offers day trips, usually on Tuesdays and a variety of special interest trips, typically on Wednesdays. Transportation is on the RSC’s bus and the trip is led by our drivers. Destinations vary each quarter, with more indoor activities in the winter and more outdoor activities in the summer. We attempt to offer at least one trip in each of the following categories each quarter:

  • Culture and the arts, such as an art museum or a play.  
  • Gaming at local casinos or on horse races.  
  • Nature and wildlife; with our many zoos and gardens, we have great choices.  
  • Scenic drives to many of the beautiful areas of our state such as Mt. Rainier.  
  • Shopping and sightseeing.  
  • Current attractions, such as the fairs and other events.

Complete details for all trips are found in Encore!.

How Much Walking Will There Be?

The amount of walking involved in each trip can be a major factor in your decision to participate. Terrain, as well as distance, can make a difference in how much you enjoy the experience. The following rating system was developed to help you choose trips that are a good match for your walking abilities. 

  • MinimalMinimal walking, smooth and level surfaces (e.g. across paved parking lot)
  • twoMinimal walking, rough yet level surfaces (e.g. across gravel parking  lot)
  • 3 shoesModerate walking, variable level surfaces
  • 4 shoesLots of walking, smooth surfaces, some hills and/or stairs*
  • fiveMostly walking, rough surfaces, hills and/or stairs*

In short, the more shoes you see next to a trip, the more rigorous the walking.
 
*Keep in mind that trips which indicate rigorous walking may have options for those who have mobility difficulties. Check with staff to see what accommodations might be available. With prior notification, the RSC will make every effort to provide reasonable, appropriate accommodations for individuals with disabilities.

Please click here to see Registration Policies and Procedures.

    

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   Contact Information:

    Physical Address:
    Redmond Senior Center
    8703 160 Ave NE
    Redmond, WA  98052

    Mailing Address:
    Redmond Senior Center MS: CHSC
    PO Box 97010
    Redmond, WA  98073-9710


    Phone:  425-556-2314
    Email:  rsc@redmond.gov