About the Program

Greetings from Senior Services for South Sound’s Activities team. If you have made it to this page on our website, you are undoubtedly curious about our virtual offerings. You have come to the right place. Please check out the links to our new, weekly Senior Virtual Café, Virtual Senior Academy, and the upcoming Aging Mastery Program.

Please visit this page often, as additional links to classes/interest groups will be added as we move forward. Also, be sure to check out the external links to some other opportunities, that, while not officially sponsored by Senior Services for South Sound, may strike a chord for you.

We miss seeing your faces, and look forward to the day we will see you back at our Centers. We still don’t know when that will be, but you can find the most recent status update on our home page. Thank you, stay safe, and happy learning!

Have a technology question? Call the National Tech Hotline hosted by Senior Planet: 920-666-1959
Open from 9am – 5pm EDT, Monday – Friday
Visit the Senior Planet website for more information.

Click here for a short Youtube tutorial on how to join a Zoom call.

Virtual Senior Academy – Spring Quarter Registration is Open!

Spring Quarter registration for our Virtual Senior Academy is open! This quarter we have 8 fantastic online courses to choose from.

Browse this quarter’s course offerings, here!
To register, call 360.586.6181 x 103

Virtual Speaker Series

Special talks from authors, travelers, legends, historians – all sorts of individuals who wish to impart their knowledge, wisdom and experience about a specific topic. The talks are free and open to the public. Click here to view this month’s speakers.
Wednesdays from 10:00 – 11:30 am on Zoom

Virtual Senior Cafe

Every Monday at 10 am join us and connect with other seniors in a virtual café. This is primarily a social visit, and from time to time may involve a special speaker or topic, trivia, or other activities; driven by interest of the participants. We will meet via Zoom. If you can’t connect via computer, but wish to participate by phone, you can call 1.253.215.8782, at the meeting start time.
Mondays, 10:00 -11:00 am

 

Hobnobbers Meet-Up

Come HOBNOB with us!  Every Wednesday and Thursday, we will be hosting a Hobnobber Meet-Up; a chance for you to come together with members of the community, in a casual online space to check-in, play trivia, hear about upcoming events, and maintain connection and kinship.
Microphones and video cameras are not required. If you would like to join the group and simply listen to the chatter of familiar voices, you can do that too. Everyone is welcome to join at their own comfort level.

Meet-Ups are free and open to all supporters of Senior Services. If you are interested, please email both Jill Rector (jill@SouthSoundSeniors.org) and Jay Wallerstedt (jay@SouthSoundSeniors.org). Once they receive your email, you will be added to the list, and sent the Google Meet link to join about 10 minutes before the meeting starts.

Wednesdays 5:30 pm and Thursdays 9:00 am, for about 30 min, give or take!
via Google Meet

 

Additional Resources:

Zumba Gold

For many years, Senior Services has held Zumba Gold, a popular dance fitness program, at the

Virgil Clarkson Lacey Senior Center. It is an easy-to-follow, low-impact dancing class to Latin music and other world rhythms. Before the pandemic, instructor Diana Yu taught these classes both standing and seated. Now, she is offering them virtually on Zoom and through zumba.dance! Classes are offered 5 days a week.

If you are interested, please contact Diana directly at zumbayu@gmail.com for information on class times. Classes are free, and donations are accepted to benefit Senior Services of South Sound.

Chair Yoga with Sharon Hong Maurmann

Sharon Hong Maurmann, who has taught our Senior Center yoga classes since 2014, now teaches chair-based yoga classes on Zoom! Classes are offered on an optional donation basis, with a portion of class fees to benefit South Sound Senior Services and the Thurston County Food Bank.Classes are chair-based, with standing and mat options, as well as the option to stay seated for the entire class. If you are interested, please contact Sharon by email:  shmaurmann@gmail.com. She will email the Zoom links weekly, along with a poem to share with the class.

For those who do not have Zoom, Sharon has uploaded recordings of her classes on YouTube!

Class Schedule:
Mondays: 10:30 – 11:30 am
Thursdays: 10:30 – 11:30 am

Tai Ji Quan with Brian Weaver

Tai Ji Quan: Moving for Better Balance® (TJQMBB) is a research-based balance training
regimen designed for older adults to prevent falls and improve balance and mobility. Instructor
Brian Weaver has been teaching this program along with the traditional Tai Ji and Qigong that it
is based upon since 2019 throughout Olympia and Lacey. Exercises include a variety of
balance-oriented forms and therapeutic movements with variations for standing, chair-assisted,
and seated exercise. Coordinated breathing also strengthens the lungs and relaxes both the
body and mind.

For more information, please contact Brian by email at bweaver4706@gmail.com. Online
classes are offered both live and for later viewing using YouTube which you can open directly
from your email. All classes are free/donations.

Class Schedule:
*Classes begin Monday, March 22nd
Mondays: 2:00 – 3:00 pm
Wednesdays: 12:00 – 1:00 pm