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Third Quarter 2017 Programs/Classes

Water Fitness Programs - Building B
July-September 2017


Water Fitness I

Water Fitness I
Monday and Wednesday, 9:15-10:00, 7/3-9/13
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

Water Aerobics II
Monday and Wednesday, 10:15-11:00, 7/3-9/13
Minute aerobic workout in the water followed by stretching and toning exercises. 


Water Aerobics II

Water Aerobics I
Monday and Wednesday, 11:15-12:00, 7/3-9/13
Tuesday and Thursday, 10:45-11:30, 7/6-9/14
10 minute warm-up, 15-20 minutes of aerobic exercise, cool down and toning exercises. 



Water Walking

Water Walking
Monday and Wednesday, 1:15-2:00, 7/3-9/13
10-minute warm-up with stretching followed by low impact water walking. 


Advanced Water Fitness

Advance Water Fitness II

Monday and Wednesday, 2:15-3:00, 7/3-9/13
A 25-minute advanced combination of water aerobics and toning using various equipment. 


Benson Center Arthritis Plus Class 

Arthritis Plus
Tuesday and Thursday, 9:30-10:15, 7/6-9/14
2:15-2:45 (Adult Day Participants Only)
15-20 minutes of non-impact aerobic exercises recommended by the Arthritis Foundation.


Arthritis Basic

Arthritis - Basic
Tuesday and Thursday, 10:00-10:30, 7/6-9/14
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, 7/6-9/14
An intense workout using flotation devices to keep your feet off the bottom of the pool. 

Water Fitness Room Orientation
Fridays 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
   7:00-9:15am and 3:00-4:45pm
-9:00am and 3:00-4:45pm
-9:15am and 3:00-4:45pm
-9:00am and 3:00-4:45pm
   7:00am-12:00pm a
nd 1:00-4:45pm
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 12:00pm-1:00pm

Land Fitness Programs - Building B
July-September 2017


Benson Center Cardio Strength Class

Cardio Strength (Aerobics )
Monday and Thursday, 10:00-10:45, 7/3-9/14
Wednesday, 8:30-9:15, 7/5-9/13
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

Benson Center Circuit Training Class

Circuit Training
Monday and Wednesday, 11:00-11:45, 7/3-9/13
Tuesday and Thursday, 10:00-10:45 and 11:00-11:45, 7/6-9/14
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


Benson Center Senior Strech (Chair Yoga)

Senior Stretch (Chair Yoga)
Monday, 11:00 - 11:45, 7/3-9/11
Thursday 2:30-3:15, 7/6-9/14
Instructor: Melissa Lawrence
A gentle form of yoga that is practiced sitting on a chair, and standing using a chair for support.
Location: MPDH

Benson Center Mind and Meditation Class

Mind & Meditation
Monday 11:15-12:00, 7/3-9/11
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 


Benson Center Ballroom Dance 

Ballroom Dance
Monday, 2:00-3:00, 7/3-9/11
Instructor: Wayne Zwick
A delightful aerobic exercise with flexibility, balance and gracefulness as side benefits.
No partner? No problem!
All levels welcome.
Location: MPDH 


Benson Center Soulful Strut Class 

Soulful Strut
Monday, 3:00-4:00, 7/3-9/11
Come learn the latest and Classic Soulful Line Dances, while gaining great cardio benefits!
Location: MPDH 


Benson Center Benson Tennis Club 

Benson Tennis Club
Tuesday and Thursday 7/6-9/14
Tuesday, 9:00-1:00, 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.


Benson Center Flexibility Class 

Tuesday and Friday, 9:00-9:45, 7/7-9/15
This exercise class consists of various stretching and strengthening exercises to improve flexibility, abdominal and lower back strength and posture.
Location: MPDH 


Benson Center Healthy Eating and Cooking Demonstrations 

Healthy Eating and Cooking Demonstrations (6 Weeks)
Tuesday, 10:00-11:00, 7/18-8/22
Learn step-by-step instructions on how to prepare a healthy meal using basic pantry ingredients. Sample delicious health promoting dishes and learn the latest nutritional information.
Location: Adult Day Lounge I   


Benson Center Theraband 

Tuesday and Friday, 10:00-10:45 and 11:00-11:45, 7/7-9/15
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 


Benson Center Yo-Chi-Ahh Class 

Tuesday, 2:15-3:00, 7/11-9/12
Yo-Chi-Ahh consists of physical movement and mental exercises. Yo-Chi-Ahh is a unique blend of Yoga and Tai Chi joined with “Brain Respirations” as an effective and easy way to diffuse the effects of stress and the accumulated tensions of every-day life.
Location: MPDH


Benson Center Ageless Grace Class 

Ageless Grace
Tuesday, 3:15 – 4:00, 7/11-9/12
Ageless Grace is a group exercise class based on everyday movements that focus on healthy longevity of the body and mind. The movements are designed to be performed seated in a chair and can help you improve balance, self-esteem, joint mobility, and more.
Location: MPDH 


Benson Center Line Dancing Class

Line Dancing
Wednesday, 9:45-10:45, 7/5-9/13
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.


Benson Center Bocce Class

Tuesday and Friday, 10:00-12:00, 7/7-9/15
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, 7/6-9/14
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
   7:00-11:00am and 1:00-4:45pm
   7:00-10:00am and 1:00-4:45pm
   7:00-11:00am and 1:00-4:45pm
   7:00-10:00am and 2:00-4:45pm
   7:00am-12:00pm and 1:00-4:45pm
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
July-September 2017
Benson Center Watercolors Class

Monday, 10:00-12:00, 7/3-9/11
Instructor: Mary Kapuscinski
Learn to paint using watercolors as a medium. Class size is limited to 12 students.
Location: Craft Room


Benson Center Independent Clay 

Independent Clay (LAB FEE $25.00)
Monday, 10:00-3:00, 7/3-9/11
Studio Class for experienced students to work independently.
Please note: there will be no instruction or advice by instructors.
The lab fee will cover the cost of material used.
Must register for class.
Location: Ceramics Room


Benson Center Book Club (Reading Group) 

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


Benson Center Advanced Watercolors Class 

Advanced Watercolors
Monday, 1:30-3:30, 7/3-9/11
Instructor: Mary Kapuscinski
Learn more advanced techniques using the medium of watercolors. Class size is limited to 12 students.
Location: Craft Room

Art and Craft Programs - Building B
July-September 2017
Clay Workshop

Clay Workshop (5 weeks)
Tuesday, 10:00-4:00
Session 1: 7/11-8/8,
Session 2: 8/15-9/12
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.
Location: Ceramic Room 


Benson Center Knitting Class 

Tuesday, 1:00-3:00, 7/11-9/12
Instructor: (Beginners) Meta Haupert
Instructor: (Intermediate) Joan Lee
Learn to knit or join this fun group to knit for charity. All levels welcome.
Location: Conference Room B


Independent Art Studio
Tuesday, 1:30-3:30, 7/11-9/12
No instructor
Students must provide own supplies.
Location: Craft Room


Benson Center Creative Writing Workshop 

Creative Writing – Workshop
Wednesday, 10:00-12:00, 7/12-9/13
Instructor: Alice Godbold
Coaching on your own projects. Read and discuss your stories.
Location: Craft Room 


Benson Center Card Making (Advanced) 

Card Making (Advanced)
You must have taken Beginner Card Making to register for this class (is given on Thursdays).
Wednesday, 10:00-11:30, 7/12-9/13
Instructors: Judy Schneible and Linda Korngold
Learn techniques to create your own unique greeting cards using rubber stamps, stencils and embossing (raised lettering). Supplies will be included. Class size is limited 8 students.
Location: Heavy Art Room 


Benson Center Painting Studio 

Painting Studio
Wednesday, 10:00-4:00,
Session 1: 7/5-8/2,
Session 2: 8/9-9/6
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.
Location: Painting Studio


Benson Center Beginning Piano Lessons 

Beginning Piano Lessons
Wednesday, 11:00-12:00, 7/5-9/13
Instructor: Lita Blake
Take beginning piano lessons in a small group setting.
Location: MPDH 


Benson Center Jewelry Making, Beading all levels 

Jewelry Making “Beading” (All Levels)
Wednesday, 1:00-3:00, 7/5-9/13
Instructor: Joan Lee
Learn to make beautiful jewelry using beads. For intermediate and advanced students only.
Location: Conference Room B


Benson Center Needlepoint Class 

Wednesday, 1:00-3:00, 7/12-9/13
Instructor: Carolyn Stovall
Beginners are welcomed.
Learn new needlepoint stitches in a fun setting. Class size is limited to 10 students.
Registration is Required.
Location: Craft Room


Benson Center Mosaics Class 

Wednesday, 1:30-3:30, 7/5-8/6
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.
Location: Heavy Art Room 


Benson Center Chorus 

Benson Chorus
Instructor: Alice Amerson
Wednesday, 2:00-3:00, 7/12-9/13
Make new friends with music. No experience needed, all voices welcome.
Location: MPDH


Benson Center Card Making Class 

Card Making (Beginners)
Thursday, 10:00-11:30, 7/13-9/14
Instructor: Judy Schneible & Linda Korngold
Learn techniques to create your own unique greeting cards using rubber stamps, stencils and embossing (raised lettering). Supplies will be included. Class size is limited 8 students.
Location: Heavy Art Room 


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.
Location: Painting Studio
Session 1: 5 weeks, 7/5-8/3
July 7th - will be a demonstration in the Painting Studio at Benson so please bring a sketch book and pen to each class.
The demonstration will take up the morning so please be on time, photos and videos are permitted. The afternoon will be setting each student up with a paint box and supplies. I will hand out a list of locations and we will meet at these each week. We will work with a model for 3 weeks out of the 5 so a model fee is required.
Session 2: 5 weeks, 8/10-9/7
August 10th - demonstration at the Benson Center at the Gazebo. Please be on time and bring a sketch book and pen.
Paint boxes will be given out in the afternoon. We will be painting outside on location for the term and a list of locations will be given out the day of the demo. We will be working with a model at each location so there will be a model fee required.


Benson Center Beginning Wheel Throwing Class 

Beginning Wheel Throwing
Thursday, 1:30-3:30, 7/6-9/7
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.
Location: Heavy Art Room


Benson Center Genealogy Class 

Friday, 10:00-12:00, 7/7-8/4
Instructor: 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.
Location: Conference Rooms A and B


Benson Center Drawing Studio Class 

Drawing Studio
Friday, 10:00-4:00,
Session 1: 5 weeks, 7/7-8/4
Session 2: 5 weeks, 8/11-9/8
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.
Location: Painting Studio


Benson Center Wheel Throwing Studio 

Wheel Throwing Studio (Lab Fee)
Friday, 1:30-3:30, 7/7-9/8
Instructor: Bea Feiman
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.
Locatio: Heavy Art Room

Computer Programs - Building B
July-September 2017

computer basics
Computer Basics (8 weeks)

Mondays, 10:00-12:00, 7/3-8/21
Instructor: Larry Furse
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.
Location: Computer Lab

iPhone Photography
iPhone-Photography (3 weeks)

Monday, 10:00-12:00, 7/31-8/14
nstructor: Morton Slutsky
Learn how to take pictures, photo edit, and send or print using your iPhone.
This class is not for Android or other phones, or point and shoot SLR Cameras.
Class size 12.
Location: Conference Room

Intro to Excel
Intro to Excel 2010 (6 weeks)

Tuesday, 10:00-12:00, 7/11-8/15
Instructor: Stephen Cole
Excel for beginners.
Students will create their own practice examples (spreadsheets) with suggestions from instructor. The course begins with “why do I want to use Excel?”, the students learn by in-theclass exercises. The goal is to provide a practical tool that you can use to build various at-the-home spreadsheets.
Students are encouraged to purchase a flash drive to save sample spreadsheets and for continuing with the same example from week to week.
Location: Computer Lab 

Special Computer Series (3 sessions)
Location: Computer Lab
Session 1: Facebook, Get Connected (4 weeks)
Thursday, 10:00-12:00, 7/6-7/27
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)
Thursday, 10:00-12:00, 8/3-8/10
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.
Location: Computer Lab
Session 3: Intro to Android Tablets: Beginner Workshop (4 weeks)
Thursday, 10:00-12:00, 8/17-9/7
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.

Open Computer Lab with Instructor
Every Friday, 1:00-3:00
All levels welcome.
"How does this thing work?” 
Bring your smartphone, cell phone, laptop, tablet, and questions to the Computer Doctor.
No appointment necessary, drop-ins are welcome!
Location: Computer Lab

Additional Programs - Building B
July-September 2017

AARP Defensive Driving 2017 Course

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 of the month, 4:00-6:00
Benson Adult Day
Call 404-612-2360 to register

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

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

Monthly Birthday Celebration
3rd Wednesday of the month, 12:30 Multi Purpose 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

“OPEN MIC with Sabrina”
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.


The 4th Quarter Class Schedule (Fall and Winter, October - December 2017) is out.

Class Registration begins Wednesday, August 30,
from 9:00am to 12:00pm,
break for lunch,
restart at 1:30pm to 3:30pm.
This process will continue until September 15, 2017.

Now Every “Current Participant" will be able to register for “all” classes offered during the Fall/Winter Session on computers set up in the Benson Multipurpose Center.  

Representatives will be available to answer questions and provide assistance.

SESSION 3 - Week of July 03 - Sept 11, 2017
August 30 to September 15 Registration for 4th Quarter classes.
WEEK - Sept. 25-29 - Down Week - Instructor’s Planning Open Swim & Open Gym Only

SESSION 4 - Week of October 02 - December 04, 2017
December ?? to December ?? Registration for 4th Quarter classes (to be anounced).
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

Download 3rd Quarter 2017 Program (v170630a)


Operating hours:
Monday through Friday, 7:00am to 5:00pm.

Adult Day Program Hours:
Business hours Monday through Friday, 7:00am to 6:00pm.