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First Quarter 2017 Program

Water Fitness Programs - Building B
January-March 2017

Water Fitness I
Monday and Wednesday, 9:15-10:00, 1/4-3/15
A beginner class for those who have never explored water aerobics or just need some refreshing on the basics. Equipment is used for strength training. 

Water Aerobics II
Monday and Wednesday, 10:15-11:00, 1/4-3/15
Minute aerobic workout in the water followed by stretching and toning exercises. 

Water Aerobics I
Monday and Wednesday, 11:15-12:00, 1/4-3/15
Tuesday and Thursday. 10:45-11:30, 1/3-3/16
10 minute warm-up, 15-20 minutes of aerobic exercise, cool down and toning exercises. 

Water Walking
Monday and Wednesday, 1:15-2:00, 1/4-3/15
10-minute warm-up with stretching followed by low impact water walking. 

Advance Water Fitness II
Monday and Wednesday, 2:15-3:00, 1/4-3/15
A 25-minute advanced combination of water aerobics and toning using various equipment. 

Arthritis Plus
Tuesday and Thursday, 9:00-9:45, 1/3-3/16
2:15-2:45 (Adult Day Participants Only)
15-20 minutes of non-impact aerobic exercises recommended by the Arthritis Foundation.

Arthritis - Basic
Tuesday and Thursday, 10:00-10:30, 1/3-3/16
11:30-12:00 (Neighborhood Participants Only)
30 minutes of stretching & toning exercises recommended by the Arthritis Foundation. 

Suspended & Weightless Aerobics
Tuesday and Thursday, 1:15-2:00, 1/3-3/16
An intense workout using flotation devices to keep your feet off the bottom of the pool. 

Water Fitness Room Orientation
Friday 9:30
Required for all new participants in the water fitness program. One-hour orientation to learn how to properly use the therapeutic water program. (By Appointment Only) 

Open Water Fitness
Monday, 7:00-9:15 am, 3:00-4:45 pm
Tuesday, 7:00-9:00 am, 3:00-4:45 pm
Wednesday, 7:00-9:15 am, 3:00-4:45 pm
Thursday, 7:00-9:00 am, 3:00-8:00 pm
Friday, 7:00-9:00 am, 10:30-12 noon, 1:00-4:45pm
Saturday, 8:00 am-12:00 noon
Pool is open for use by registered participants. Lifeguard is on duty but no instruction is available.

NOTE: The Pool is closed every day from 12:00-1:00

Land Fitness Programs - Building B
January-March 2017

Cardio Strength (Aerobics )
Monday and Thursday, 10:00-10:45, 1/5-3/16
Wednesday, 8:30-9:15, 1/4-3/15
Trainers: Phyllis (Monday) and Melissa (Wednesday and Thursday)
45 minutes of easy paced low impact movement and body sculpting.  Silver Sneakers Members are encouraged to participate.
Location: MPDH

Circuit Training
Monday and Wednesday, 11:00-11:45, 1/4-3/15
Tuesday and Thursday, 10:00-10:45 and 11:00-11:45, 1/3-3/16
15 minutes cardiovascular exercise (using treadmills, exercise bikes, or elliptical machine); 15 minute strength training exercises (using universal weight machine) and 15 minute stretching/floor exercises. Participation is required in each phase of the class.
Location: Fitness Center 

Senior Stretch (Chair Yoga)
Monday, 11:00 - 11:45, 1/9-3/13
Thursday 2:30-3:15, 1/5-3/16
Instructor: Melissa Lawrence
A gentle form of yoga that is practiced sitting on a chair, and standing using a chair for support.
Location: MPDH

Mind & Meditation
Monday 11:15-12:00, 1/9-3/13
Instructor: Sheila Ficco
Are you seeking calmness, peace of mind, vibrant health, and greater energy? Come and experience these benefits through simple yet powerful Meditation Techniques.
Location: Adult Day Lounge I 

Ballroom Dance
Monday, 2:00-3:00, 1/9-3/13
Instructor: Wayne Zwick
A delightful aerobic exercise with flexibility, balance and gracefulness as side benefits. No partner? No problem! All levels welcome.
Location: MPDH 

Soulful Strut
Monday, 3:00-4:00, 1/9-3/13
Come learn the latest and Classic Soulful Line Dances, while gaining great cardio benefits!
Location: MPDH 

Benson Tennis Club
Tuesday and Thursday 1/3-3/16
Tuesday, 9:00-11:00, players will only have access to ONE court on Tuesday.
Thursday, 9:00-11:00, players will have access to both courts on Thursday.
Tennis requires the use of a racquet to strike a ball over or around a net and into the opponent's court. This Olympic sport is a fun way to exercise and socialize.
The Mt. Vernon Community Tennis Court is located in front of Benson Building B, Vernon Woods HOA Tennis Court.

Tuesday and Friday, 9:00-9:45, 1/3-3/17
This exercise class consists of various stretching and strengthening exercises to improve flexibility, abdominal and lower back strength and posture.
Location: MPDH 

Tuesday and Friday, 10:00-10:45 and 11:00-11:45, 1/3-3/17
This exercise class includes basic stretching, flexibility and balance exercises to improve or maintain functional ability. Mild resistance applied by using rubber tubing, hand or ankle weights.
Location: MPDH 

Line Dancing
Wednesday, 9:45-10:45, 1/4-3/15
Trainer: Sylvia Horne
A fun way to exercise, increase balance, strength, and aerobic endurance. All levels are welcome.
Location: MPDH

Fitness Room Orientation
Thursday, 1:00-2:00
This class is required for all new participants in the Fitness Center: One-hour orientation on how to use various pieces of equipment and how to set up your own personal exercise log.
By appointment only.

Tuesday and Friday, 10:00-12:00, 1/3-3/17
Ancient game, whose modern adaptation most closely resembles bowling. The game requires skill, strategy and just a little luck. Want to play but don’t know how, then come and join us for a few hours of fun, exercise and socialization.
Game Location: Bocce Court 

Tai Chi Beginning - Level 1
Thursday, 11:00-11:45, 1/5-3/16
Trainer: Sheila Ficco
"Chi" is your internal energy, your life force. Tai Chi is an ancient practice that helps move the energy throughout the body. This class is designed specifically for older adults at all levels of ability. These exercises can be performed standing or seated. The goal of this class is to introduce students to the basics of how to breathe, move and improve the your body's functions. Cultivating Chi works on the mind, body and spirit.
Location: MPDH 

Opening times Fitness Room
7:00-11:00 1:00-4:30, Monday
7:00-10:00 1:00-4:30, Tuesday
7:00-11:00 1:00-4:30, Wednesday
7:00-10:00 2:00-8:00, Thursday
7:00-12:00 1:00-4:30, Friday
8:00-12:00, Saturday
The Fitness Center is open for use by registered participants. No instruction is available. 

NOTE: The Fitness Center is closed every day from 12:00 - 1:00


Art Programs - Building B
January-March 2017

Monday, 10:00-12:00, 1/9-3/13
Instructor: Mary Kapuscinski
Learn to paint using watercolors as a medium. Class size is limited to 12 students.
Craft Room

Independent Clay (LAB FEE $25.00)
Monday, 10:00-3:00, 1/9-3/13
NO INSTRUCTOR: Class will resume as usual for the remaining weeks of the session. Class size 12. Charles will resume classes upon his return.
Ceramics Room

Benson Book Club (Reading Group)
Mon. 1:00-2:00 3rd Monday of each month Discussion of books suggested by reading group participants.
Conference Room A

Advanced Watercolors
Monday, 1:30-3:30, 1/9-3/13
Instructor: Mary Kapuscinski
Learn more advanced techniques using the medium of watercolors. Class size is limited to 12 students.


Art and Craft Programs - Building B
January-March 2017

Beginner Calligraphy
Tuesday, 10:00-12:00, 1/3-3/14
Instructor: Sharon Smith
Basic learning techniques to improve on shapes, form and spacing of the italic alphabets. Class size is limited to 10 students.
Heavy Art Room 

*Clay Workshop (5 weeks)
Tuesday, 10:00-4:00
Session 1: 1/3-1/31,
Session 2: 2/7-3/7
Instructor: Charles Scogins
Workshop is for the beginning to advanced participants who want to further their skills in hand building and sculpting. Class size is limited to 12 students.
Ceramic Room 

Digital Photography “Elementary Level” (6 weeks)
Tuesday, 10:00-12:00, 1/3-2/14
Instructor: Tom Hughes
This course teaches the student how to take better digital pictures -focusing on composition, form, color.
Conference Room

Intermediate Calligraphy
Tuesday, 1:00-3:00, 1/3-3/14
Instructor: Sharon Smith
This class is designed to teach how to improve shape, form and spacing of letters to form greeting cards, poems and quotes. Class size is limited 10 students
Heavy Art Room 

Tuesday, 1:00-3:00, 1/3-3/14
Instructor: (Beginners) Norma Brown
Instructor: (Intermediate) Joan Lee
Learn to knit or join this fun group to knit for charity. All levels welcome.
Conference Room B 

Independent Art Studio
Tuesday, 1:30-3:30, 1/3-3/14
No instructor
Students must provide own supplies.
Craft Room 

Creative Writing – Workshop
Wednesday, 10:00-12:00, 1/4-3/15
Instructor: Alice Godbold
Coaching on your own projects. Read and discuss your stories.
Craft Room 

*Painting Studio
Wednesday, 10:00-4:00,
Session 1: 1/4-2/1,
Session 2: 2/8-3/8
Instructor: Charles Scogins
This workshop will explore a variety of painting techniques in Acrylic and Oil Painting. It is a good introduction to beginning painters and encourages experimentation with combining media and working in a mixed media approach. Abstract as well as representational work will be explored. Students need a sketchbook, pen and three 11x14 inch canvases. Class size is limited to 20 students.
Painting Studio 

Beginning Piano Lessons
Wednesday, 11:00-12:00, 1/4-3/15
Instructor: Lita Blake
Take beginning piano lessons in a small group setting.

Jewelry Making “Beading” (All Levels)
Wednesday, 1:00-3:00, 1/4-3/15
Instructor: Joan Lee
Learn to make beautiful jewelry using beads. For intermediate and advanced students only.
Conference Room B 

Wednesday, 1:30-3:30, 1/4-3/15
Instructor: Marilyn Porter
Make an art piece from broken bits of ceramic or glass. There will be work on cutting techniques and use of various materials, as well as, discussions on such topics as adhesives, substrates, tools, framing and hanging, etc. We will all learn from others in the group. Class size is limited to 12 students.
Heavy Art Room 

Wednesday, 1:00-3:00, 1/4-3/15
Instructor: Carolyn Stovall
Beginners are welcomed. Learn new needlepoint stitches in a fun setting. Class size is limited to 10 students.
Craft Room, Registration is Required.

* Life Painting
Thursday, 10:00-4:00
Instructor: Charles Scogins
Participants will gain the experience of painting from life using a model, as well as, painting on location. Media is open so the use of Oil, Acrylic or Watercolor will be encouraged. Oil paint and paint boxes will be provided, the use of other materials are at the discretion of the student. Class is limited to 15 students and there is a $25 model fee.
Session 1: 5 weeks, 1/5-2/2
We will work with a live model and focus on painting heads, hands and feet and capturing a likeness of the model. Students will need a sketch book, pen and four 11x14 canvases.
Drawing and Painting Studio
Session 2: 5 week), 2/9-3/9
We will work with a live model and focus on capturing movement and a life like feel to the painting. Students will need a sketch book, pen and four 11x14 canvases.
Drawing and Painting Studio

Beginning Wheel Throwing
Thursday, 1:30-3:30, 1/5-3/16
Instructors: Bea Feiman and Gayle Land
Beginner students only. 105G white clay can be purchased if needed from the Administrative office for $10 per 25 lb. bag.
Heavy Art Room

Friday, 10:00-12:00, 1/6-3/17
Instructors: Dee Notaro
Providing a free computer program and instruction to access records that will put you onto a road of discovery as to who you really are. This class will help you to organize family records and pictures. Discover and document your family history and leave a record for your children. Recording can also be done by hand rather than computer.
Conference Rooms A and B

Drawing Studio
Friday, 10:00-4:00,
Session 1: 5 weeks, 1/6-2/3
Session 2: 5 weeks, 2/10-3/10
Instructor: Charles Scogins
Participants will explore different drawing media and approaches to drawing. We will work with a live model as a source of inspiration focusing on proportion, weight and movement. There will be a $25 model fee for this class. Class size 20.
Painting Studio

Wheel Throwing Studio (Lab Fee)
Friday, 1:30-3:30, 1/6-3/17
No instructor
This class is for intermediate and advanced students only. 105G white clay can be purchased if needed from the Administrative Office in Benson $10 per 25 lb. bag.
Heavy Art Room


Computer Programs - Building B
January-March 2017

Computer Basics (8 weeks)
Mondays, 10:00-12:00, 1/9-2/27
Instructor: Lori Enright
This course is designed for those with little to no computer experience. Students should have access to a computer for practice and study. This course will be a slow-paced relaxed course that teaches students about computers including; Microsoft operating system (Windows 7), keyboard and mouse use, email, Internet, file storage, and security.

Apple Devices -iPhone/iPad (4 weeks)
Mondays, 10:00-12:00, 1/23-2/13
Instructor: Alice Wood
Settings for efficient use, security and privacy; Apps – how to download and use, including checking out electronic books and movies from the library; tips for using calendar, email and text. You are encouraged to bring any questions regarding Apple iPhone and iPad devices to class. Limited Seating (12). Participants are asked to bring their own devices to class.
Conference Room

Extra Practice Lab with Instructor
Every Monday, 1:00-3:00, 1/23-2/13
Extra Practice Lab is available by appointment to those registered in one of the computer classes. It is designed to answer questions regarding computer operation, maintenance, programs, software. It is NOT designed for personal instruction, although some instructors and coaches may be open to individual appointments. For help with smartphones or tablets you must bring your own smartphone or tablet.

Computer Courses (4 weeks)
Instructor: Lori Enright
Wednesdays, 10:00-12:00
Session 1: Facebook, Get Connected, 1/4-1/25
Stay connected with friends and family and find out what all the hype is about. In this class, students will learn how to sign up for Facebook, create posts, upload pictures, and communicate with friends and family. Students will need a basic understanding of computers.
Session 2: Intro to Android Phones: Beginner Workshop (2 weeks)
Wednesday, 2/1-2/8
Learn how to get more from your phone and wow your friends. In this class students will learn how to adjust settings on their Android phone, set up and use email, download and use apps, text and more. Students must bring their own phones to class.
Session 3: Intro to Android Tablets: Beginner Workshop (2 weeks)
Wednesday, 2/15-2/22
Are you new to mobile technology, and ready to discover the power of apps? Join us for a hands-on workshop covering Touchscreen Basics, Texting. Taking and sharing Photos, Downloading apps, and more. Students must bring their own tablets to class.


Additional Programs - Building B
January-March 2017

AARP Defensive Driving 2017 Course

January 26, Jerry
February 23, Warren
March 30, Jerry
April 27, Warren
May 25, Jerry
June 29, Warren
July 27, Jerry
August 31, Warren
September 28, Jerry
October 26, Warren
November 16, Jerry
December 7, Warren

Benson Caregiver’s Support Group
4th Tuesday, 4:00-6:00
Benson Adult Day
Call 404-612-2360 to register

Council on Aging Meeting
1st Wednesday, 10:30
Conference Rooms A and B 

Friends of Benson Meeting
2nd Wednesday, 10:00-12:00
Conference Rooms  A and B

Monthly Birthday Celebration
3rd Wednesday, 12:30 Multi. Dining Hall 

Chess with Tony Shibona
Every Friday, 9:30 –12:00
Game Room

Chess with Sophia Lozinskaya
Every Friday, 12:00–1:00
Conference Room A


Other Life Enrichment Programs

First Wednesday of the month,
1:00 - 2:00 pm, in the Multipurpose Dining Hall.
What’s Happening at Benson? Join us on the first Wednesday of each month in the Multipurpose Dining Hall. Ask questions or make suggestions.

In addition, Ms. Nettie Douglass from Watershed Management will join us to assist you with your water billing concerns. 


 (January 2017– December 2017)

SESSION 1 - Week of January 03 - March 13, 2017
WEEK - Class Registration (Mon.-3/20 Aquatics, Tues.-3/21 Fitness, Thurs.-3/23 L/E)
(2nd Chance Registration- Fri.-3/24) Open Swim & Open Gym Only
WEEK - March 27-March 31 - Down Week - Instructor’s Planning Open Swim & Open Gym Only

SESSION 2 - Week of April 03 - June 12, 2017
WEEK - Class Registration (Mon. - 6/19 Aquatics, Tues.-6/20 Fitness, Thurs.-6/22 L/E)
(2nd Chance Registration - Fri. 6/23) Open Swim & Open Gym Only
WEEK - June 26-June 30 - Down Week - Instructor’s Planning Open Swim & Open Gym Only

SESSION 3 - Week of July 03 - Sept 11, 2017
WEEK - Sept. 18-22 - Registration Week (Mon. - 9/18 Aquatics, Tues.-9/19 Fitness, Thurs.-9/21 L/E)
(2nd Chance Registration - Fri. 9/22) Open Swim & Open Gym Only
WEEK - Sept. 25-29 - Down Week - Instructor’s Planning Open Swim & Open Gym Only

SESSION 4 - Week of October 02 - December 04, 2017
WEEK– Dec.11-15 - Registration Week (Mon.-12/11 Aquatics, Tues.-12/12 Fitness, Thurs.-12/14 L/E)
(2nd Chance Registration - Fri. 12/15) Open Swim & Open Gym Only
WEEK - Dec. 18-21 - Down Week - Instructor’s Planning Open Swim & Open Gym Only
WEEK - Dec. 26-29 - Down Week - Instructor’s Planning Open Swim & Open Gym Only

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