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Posted January 23, 2017 | 10:35 AM

Black History Month Comes to Life at Senior Centers in Feb.

Hillsborough County, Fla. (Jan. 23, 2017) - Hillsborough County Aging Services offers a variety of activities for adults 50 and over. Visit the Aging Services website to view activity calendars and additional center information, or call Aging Services at (813) 272-5250.

Black History Month
All centers will celebrate Black History Month throughout February with an array of events. Centers will have special performances, fashion shows, documentaries, and discussions focusing on contributions made by African-Americans in the United States and African customs around the world. Please contact your local center for specific programs, dates, and times.

Flu + You Expo
Hillsborough County's annual Flu + You drive is a partnership with the National Council on Aging that provides flu education and emphasizes the importance of immunizations, especially for older adults. All centers have free brochures on this important immunization program. For more information, contact Lori Radice at 813-274-6852.

Benefits/Economic CheckUp
Having trouble paying bills, buying food or paying for medications? Millions of older adults are missing out on an estimated $20 billion in free and low-cost support. Hillsborough County Senior Centers can help you find benefits to which you might be entitled. Call one of the centers listed below to set up your appointment.

Volunteer Opportunities
Looking to volunteer? Aging Services Nutrition sites located throughout Hillsborough County are seeking Food Service Assistant Volunteers to assist in serving hot, nutritious midday meals to residents 60 and older. Volunteer benefits include flexible schedule, engagement with seniors in a fun, social environment, and the opportunity to impact the community in a positive way. For more information, contact Maria Bridgewater at (813) 635-8066 or apply online.

Brandon Senior Center - 612 N. Parsons Ave. in Brandon; (813) 635-8066

  • Feb. 2 at 11 a.m. - USF Pharmacy Students: Osteoarthritis - Learn the signs and ways to combat its effects
  • Feb. 2 at 1 p.m. - The Day the Music Died: Join us and dance to the music of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and the Big Bopper
  • Feb. 3 at 10:30 a.m. - National Red Day for Women's Heart Health: Wear red and find out how to protect your heart
  • Feb. 3 at 1 p.m. - Super Bowl Party: Wear your favorite team jersey, play indoor games, and enjoy refreshments
  • Feb. 6 at noon - Love Your Heart: Show your heart love with proper exercise and nutrition
  • Feb. 10 at 12:30 p.m. - Celebrating Black History: Join us for African Apparel Fashion Show and Soul Food (Call for details)
  • Feb. 14 at 12:30 p.m. - Valentine's Day Party: Join our Love is in the Air dance with prizes and refreshments
  • Feb. 17 at 12:15 - Hillsborough County Master Gardeners: Growing and Caring for Bromeliad plants
  • Feb. 20 at noon - Heart Healthy Shopping Tips: Make heart healthy food choices
  • Feb. 27 at 1 p.m. - Young at Heart: Acting and feeling youthful
  • Feb. 28 at 1 p.m. - Celebrate Mardi Gras Celebration: Wear your purple, green, and gold and enjoy dancing and refreshments
  • Tuesdays at 10 a.m. - Color Me Calm: Learn popular and therapeutic adult coloring techniques

Gardenville Community Center- 6215 Symmes Road in Gibsonton; (813) 671-7601

  • Mondays and Tuesdays at 12:30 p.m. - Rummikub Club: A board game everyone loves (Beginners welcome)
  • Mondays at 3 p.m. - Movie Matinee: Enjoy a family friendly movie with buttery popcorn
  • Monday and Thursdays at 3:30 p.m. - Intergenerational Activities with Parks and Recs Kids (Call for details)
  • Tuesdays at 9:30 a.m. - Mexican Train: Join us for this fun dominoes game (Beginners welcome)
  • Tuesdays at 10 a.m. - Zumba Gold: A workout designed for active seniors. Bring your water bottle
  • Tuesdays at 2:30 p.m. - Sit N Be Fit: Gentle exercise while seated
  • Tuesdays and Fridays at 3:30 p.m. - Gardens 2 Go Project: Intergenerational activity (Call for details)
  • Wednesdays and Fridays at 9:30 a.m. - Sit N Be Fit: Gentle exercise while seated
  • Wednesdays at 12:30 p.m. - Wii Games: Tennis, racquetball, golf, and dance
  • Wednesdays at 1:30 p.m. - Walking Club: Bring your sneakers to walk indoors and step to the music
  • Thursdays at 2:30 p.m. - Inspirational Hour: Lift your spirits (Volunteer-led)

Lutz Senior Center - 112 First Ave. NW in Lutz; (813) 264-3804

  • Feb. 2 at 11 a.m. - USF Pharmacy Students: Osteoarthritis - Learn the signs and ways to combat effects
  • Feb. 2 at 1 p.m. - Women in Sports: Test your knowledge of famous female athletes
  • Feb. 3 at 1 p.m. - Super Bowl Party: Join us for a fun Super Bowl party game with snacks
  • Feb. 6, 20 at 11 a.m. - Diabetes Prevention: What should you do? (Materials provided)
  • Feb. 7 at 11 a.m. - American Heart Month: Wear red and walk with us for a healthy heart
  • Feb. 10 at 11 a.m. - Love Your Heart: Show your heart love with proper exercise and nutrition
  • Feb. 11 at 5 p.m. - Valentine's Dance: Wear your dancing shoes for this evening's music, food, and fun
  • Feb. 14 at 9:45 a.m. - Lutz Prep School: Elementary students perform Valentine's Day program
  • Feb. 15 at 1 p.m. - Heart Healthy Shopping Tips: Make heart healthy food choices
  • Feb. 17 at 10 a.m. - Florida Department of Health: Immunizations and information given (Call for details)
  • Feb. 17 at 1 p.m. - Black Heritage Celebration: Learn the history and enjoy refreshments
  • Feb. 24 at 12:30 p.m. - Monthly Birthday Celebration: Members enjoy cake and ice cream (Call to join)
  • Mondays at 10 a.m. - Beginning Ukulele Class: Learn with us (Bring your own ukulele if you have one)
  • Monday, Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. - Inspirational Discussion: Volunteer-led Bible Study in Spanish
  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday at 12:30 p.m. - Walking Club: Bring your sneakers and walk with us
  • Mondays at 1 p.m. - Basic Jewelry Making: Necklaces, bracelets and earrings (Bring supplies; tools provided)
  • Wednesdays at 10 a.m. - Tai Chi: Learn basic forms of gentle Chinese exercise (Beginners welcome)
  • Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. - Advanced Jewelry Making: Advanced techniques (Bring supplies; tools provided)
  • Wednesdays at 1 p.m. - Conversational English for Beginners: Easy and basic (Materials provided)
  • Fridays at 10:30 a.m. - Sewing Club: Learn sewing machine basics (Machines provided)
  • Fridays at 11 a.m. - Inspirational Study: Volunteers lead activity in Spanish
  • Fridays at 12:30 p.m. - Conversational Spanish: Easy and basic Spanish (Materials provided)

Oaks at Riverview Senior Center - 101 E. Kirby St. in Tampa; (813) 272-6829

  • Feb. 2 at 11 a.m. - USF College of Pharmacy: Osteoarthritis - Learn the signs and ways to combat effects
  • Feb. 3 at 11 a.m. - Super Bowl Party: Join the party in your team's colors (Pre-registration required)
  • Feb. 6 at 11 a.m. - Valentine's Day: Create a card for your valentine
  • Feb. 8 at 10 a.m. - Morfitt Cancer Center: Cancer prevention in Spanish
  • Feb. 9 at 11 a.m. - Heart Healthy Shopping Tips: Make heart healthy food choices
  • Feb. 11 at 5 p.m. - Valentine's Day Dance: Love is in the air (Pre-registration required)
  • Feb. 15 at 11 a.m. - Love Your Heart: Show your heart love with proper exercise and nutrition
  • Feb. 20 at 11 a.m.- Presidential Trivia: Learn fun facts about U.S Presidents
  • Feb. 21 at 11 a.m. - Asthma and Aging: Get educated about Asthma
  • Feb. 22 at noon - Black Heritage Festival: Celebrating a Harmonious History
  • Feb. 23 at 10 a.m. - Modern Meal Cuisine: Mexican-style, low-fat Chicken Parmesan (Pre-registration required, materials provided)
  • Feb. 24 at 12:30 p.m. - Monthly Birthday Celebration: Root beer floats (Members only, call to join)
  • Feb. 27 at 10 a.m. - Wellness Walk Countdown: Monthly winner announced
  • Feb. 28 at 1 p.m. - Karaoke: Show us what you've got
  • Mondays at 10:30 a.m. - Gentle Exercise: Let's work out together
  • Mondays at 12:30 p.m. - Rummikub Club: A board game everyone loves (Beginners welcome)
  • Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. - Tri-Level Fitness Class: Work it
  • Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. - Ageless Grace Movement: Light and easy chair exercises
  • Fridays at 11 a.m. - Bridge Club (Experienced players only)

Progress Village Nutrition Dining Center - 8701 Progress Blvd. in Tampa; (813) 671-7773

  • Feb. 1 at 11 a.m. - Pursuit of Knowledge: Monthly winners compete for championship
  • Feb. 2 at 11 a.m. - USF Pharmacy Students: Osteoarthritis - Learn the signs and ways to combat effects
  • Feb. 8 at 10 a.m. - Dainty Tea Party: Join us for tea tasting (Pre-registration required)
  • Feb. 9 at noon - Love Your Heart: Show your heart love with proper exercise and nutrition
  • Feb. 15 at 11 a.m. - Advisory Council Meeting (Members only; call to join)
  • Feb. 15 at 12 p.m. - Black History: Pursuit of Knowledge (all welcome)
  • Feb. 16 at noon - Heart Healthy Shopping Tips: Make heart healthy food choices
  • Feb. 16 at noon - Heart Healthy Shopping Tips: Make heart healthy food choices
  • Feb. 22 at noon - Monthly Birthday Celebration (Members only; call to join)
  • Mondays and Wednesdays at 10 a.m. - Zumba Gold: Let's get moving
  • Mondays at 11 a.m. - Ceramic Class: Learn to paint and sculpture
  • Mondays at 11 a.m. - Shuffleboard: Compete and have fun
  • Mondays at 11 a.m. - Book Club: Discuss assigned book (Call for details, genre varies)
  • Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 11 a.m. - Pursuit of Knowledge: Test your knowledge and memory
  • Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 11 a.m.- Sit N Be Fit: Gentle exercise while seated
  • Fridays at 11 a.m. - Bingo: Join us for fun (Free, prizes awarded)
  • Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 9:20 a.m. - Inspirational Study: Volunteer-led activity

Ruskin Senior Center - 905 6th Street SE in Ruskin; (813) 672-1107

  • Feb. 2 at 10 a.m. - African Dancing Class: Learn the art and get fit
  • Feb. 2 at 2 p.m. - 90-Day Fitness Challenge: Where are we and where are we going
  • Feb. 3 at 1 p.m. - Senior Connection Center's Diabetes Management (Final Spanish class, call for details)
  • Feb. 3 at 1 p.m. - Super Bowl Bash: Wear your team's gear and enjoy fun food (Pre-registration required)
  • Feb. 6 at 10 a. m. - Senior Connection Center's Diabetes Management (Pre-registration required; series of six)
  • Feb. 7 at 10 a.m. - Aerobics Class: Join us and get moving
  • Feb. 7 at 1 p.m. - Karaoke: Sing along to your favorite tunes
  • Feb. 9 at 7:30 a.m. - Port Tampa Bay's Educational Harbor Tour (Pre-registration required)
  • Feb. 11 at 4 p.m.-7 p. m. - Sweetheart Dance: Join us for music, fun, and food (Pre-registration required)
  • Feb. 14 at 1 p.m.- Ruskin Library: Book bytes with the librarian
  • Feb. 16 at 10:30 p.m. - Black History Dance: Volunteers perform for us
  • Feb. 16 at 11:30 a.m. - Book Club: Join us and exercise your mental muscle (Call for details)
  • Feb. 20 at 10 a.m.- Senior Connection Center: Diabetes Management (second of six series, call for details)
  • Feb. 22 at 1 p.m. - NEW - Tai Chi: Join us and learn from a certified instructor
  • Feb. 23 at 10 a.m. - Ceramics Class: Select and paint your own pieces (Pre-registration required)
  • Feb. 23 at 1 p.m. - Heart Healthy Shopping Tips: make heart-healthy food choices
  • Feb. 24 at 1 p.m. - Love Your Heart: Show your heart love with proper exercise and nutrition
  • Feb. 27 at 10 a.m. - Senior Connection Center: Diabetes Management (third of six series, call for details)
  • Feb. 27 at 1 p.m. - Gulf Coast Jewish Family & Community Services: Grief Management - Learning to cope
  • Mondays at 9:30 a.m. - Active Seniors Gym Walk: Set your own pace in the gym (Appropriate gym footwear)
  • Mondays, Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. - 50+ Basketball Pick-up games: Low impact in the gym (Appropriate gym footwear)
  • Tuesdays at 10 a.m.- Aerobic Exercise at Parks (Appropriate footwear)
  • Tuesdays, Thursdays at 1 p.m. - Bingo (No charge)
  • Wednesdays at 10 a.m. - Gardening Club: Caring for plants and planning the garden (Call for details)
  • Wednesday at 11 a.m. - Jewelry Making and Creative Crafting (Pre-registration required; call for details)
  • Thursdays at 9:30 a.m. - Library Cybermobile: The library comes to us with books, videos, computer training, etc.
  • Fridays at 1 p.m. - Chess Club (All levels welcome)

Sterling Heights Nutrition Dining Center - 11706 Williams Road in Thonotosassa; (813) 914-4016

  • Feb. 2 at 10:30 a.m. - Women Sports Day: Join us for team challenge trivia
  • Feb. 3 at 10:30 a.m. - Super Bowl Party: Food, fun, and games (Members only, call to join)
  • Feb. 9 at 11 a.m. - African American Jeopardy: Call it first! (Free)
  • Feb. 9 at 3 p.m. - Sweetheart Bingo: Bring a loved one with you (Refreshments and prizes)
  • Feb. 9 at 3 p.m. - Sweetheart Bingo: Bring a loved one with you (Refreshments and prizes)
  • Feb. 10 at 11 a.m. - Heart Healthy Shopping Tips: Make heart healthy food choices
  • Feb. 14 at 10:30 a.m. - Valentine's Dance: Food, fun, and music with Valentine exchange (Members only, call to join)
  • Feb. 16 at 11 a.m.- African-American Jeopardy: Join us for fun, team challenges
  • Feb. 17 at 11 a.m. - African-American Bingo: Call it first (Free)
  • Feb. 21 at 10:30 a.m. - Inspirational Discussion: Volunteer-led
  • Feb. 22 at 10:30 a.m. - Love Your Heart: Show your heart love with proper exercise and nutrition
  • Feb. 24 at 11 a.m. - Monthly Birthday Celebration: Lunch in formal attire (Members only, call to join)
  • Feb. 28 at 11 a.m. - Safari Fashion Show: Wear your wild and most impressive animal print
  • Mondays at 9 a.m. - Bingo: Join us for fun (Free; prizes awarded)
  • Wednesdays at 9 a.m. - Knit and Crochet: Bring your project and learn from others (Volunteer-led)
  • Fridays at 9:30 a.m. - Inspirational Discussion: Volunteer-led (Pre-registration required)
  • Fridays at 11 a.m. - Cinema Time: Enjoy a movie and refreshments (Members only, call to join)
  • Daily at 11 a.m. - Morning Walk: Healthy walk before lunch (Wear appropriate footwear)

Town 'N Country Senior Center - 7606 Paula Drive in Tampa; (813) 873-6336

  • Feb. 1 at 8:30 a.m. - Walk into Wellness: Let's get moving outdoors
  • Feb. 1 - 28, times vary - 12 Weeks to a Healthier You Challenge (Runs through March; call for details)
  • Feb. 2 at 11 a.m. - USF Pharmacy Students: Osteoarthritis -Learn the signs and ways to combat effects
  • Feb. 3 at 1:30 p.m. - Super Bowl Party: Popcorn and intergenerational movie. (bilingual)
  • Feb. 8 at 9 a.m. - AARP Smart Driver Course: $15 member/$20 non-member (Pre-registration required, six hours)
  • Feb. 8 at noon - Center Manager's Roundtable: Center updates and information
  • Feb. 9 at 9:30 am - Florida Hospital of Carrollwood: Healthy eating and living (seven Weeks through March 23; $10 produce voucher each week; call 813-607-8071 ext. 7111 to register)
  • Feb. 9 at 8:30 a.m. - Go Red Heart Walk: Wear Red for a brisk outdoor walk and talk about heart health
  • Feb. 9 at 2 p.m. - Book of the Month Club: Book provided (Call for details)
  • Feb. 10 at 11:30 a.m. - Love your Heart: Show your heart love with proper exercise and nutrition
  • Feb. 10 at 5:30 p.m. - Valentine's Day Dance: Join us for music, food, and fun ($2 fee at the door)
  • Feb. 14 at noon - Advisory Council Meeting: Members meet in library conference room
  • Feb. 14 at 1:30 p. m. - Valentine's Day Heart Swap: Join us for group crafts and fun
  • Feb. 15 at 11:30 a.m. - Heart Healthy Shopping Tips: Make heart healthy food choices
  • Feb. 21 at 9 a.m. - Modern Cuisine Class - Cook a healthy breakfast (Registration required, $3 ingredient fee)
  • Feb. 24 at 1:30 p.m. - Monthly Birthday Celebration: Dancing and birthday treats (Members only; call to join)
  • Feb. 28 at 1:30 p.m. - Black Heritage Celebration: Join us for history, music, and refreshments
  • Mondays at 9 a.m. - Ageless Grace Movement: Light and easy chair exercise for mature adults (bilingual)
  • Mondays, Fridays 9:30 a.m. - Tai Chi Qigong: Gentle Chinese exercise ($2 instructor fee; bilingual)
  • Mondays at 1:15 p.m. - Beginning Spanish (Call for details)
  • Tuesdays, Fridays at 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. - Bingo (Free; bilingual)
  • Tuesdays, Thursdays at 9 a.m. - Stretch and Tone: Joint friendly movement
  • Wednesdays at 9 am - 2:30 p.m. - Quilting, Sewing, Crocheting and More: Learn from others
  • Wednesdays at 8:30 am - Line Dancing: Learn today's most popular dances (bilingual)
  • Thursdays at noon - Acoustic Guitar Basics: Come strum with us (bilingual)
  • Thursday at 1 p.m. - Basic Sign Language: Join us for beginner's lessons
  • Fridays at 11:15 a.m. - 2:15 p.m. - Draw and Paint: Create a masterpiece (Pre-registration required, $6 instructor fee)
  • Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays - Zumba (Multiple times; $2 instructor fee)

Wimauma Senior Center - 5714 North Street in Wimauma; (813) 671-7672

  • Feb. 1 at 10 a.m. - Health Challenge: Weight loss weigh-in
  • Feb. 2 at 11 a.m. - NEW - Walking Club with step tracking
  • Feb. 3 and 10 at 10 a.m. - Craft: Let's make heart throw pillows
  • Feb. 6 at noon - Love Your Heart: Show your heart love with proper exercise and nutrition
  • Feb. 7 at 11 a.m. - English and Spanish basics: Group activity for easy learning
  • Feb. 8 at 9 a.m. - Fitness Workout Video: Gentle exercises
  • Feb. 9 at 8 a.m. - Boat Tour on Tampa Bay (Pre-registration required; call for details)
  • Feb. 10 at 10 a.m. - Brain Challenge: Group activity to stay sharp
  • Feb. 13 at noon - Heart Healthy Shopping: Make heart healthy food choices
  • Feb. 14 at 11 a.m. - Valentine's Day Celebration - Join us for food and fun (Members only; call to join)
  • Feb. 24 at 9 a.m. - Gardening: Come play in the dirt, grow some vegetables
  • Feb. 28 at 11 a.m. - Monthly Birthday Celebration (Members only; call to join)
  • Feb. 28 at Noon - Hispanic Services Council: Diabetes empowerment education
  • Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 10:30 a.m. - Bingo (Free)
  • Mondays at 2 p.m. - Gardening: Children join us to work the garden (Call for details)
  • Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 2:30 p.m. - Hope Fund: Children join us for fun (Call for details)
  • Tuesdays and Thursdays at 1 p.m. - Domino Club: Join us for friendly competition
  • Fridays 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. - Classic Movie: Join us for feel-good movie

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