To register for programs at the Lowcountry Senior Center, 865 Riverland Drive, next to James Island County Park, call 762-9555. Hours are 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday. The center is managed by Roper St. Francis Healthcare.
Brain Fitness and InSight: Lowcountry Senior Center offers an opportunity to improve memory functioning with two scientifically based computer programs, Brain Fitness and Insight. Participants may begin the program at any time. Participants must be comfortable using a computer mouse. $40 per series for members, $60 for nonmembers. Call 732-9555 to register.
Lunch with Dr. Lutz: Bring a lunch and enjoy straightforward conversations on various health topics with Dr. Myron Lutz at 12:30 p.m. Aug. 27. This talk will focus on diseases associated with abnormal bleeding. Free for members and $5 for nonmembers. Lutz with be discussing "The Aging Brain: What are the Effects?" Lowcountry Senior Center. Call 762-9555 to register.
Men's Breakfast Club: This program features local speakers on current events and breakfast. Free for members and $7 for nonmembers. 8:30-9:30 a.m. Aug. 11. Maritime historian Bill Thomas-Moore presents "Maritime History in Miniature." Lowcountry Senior Center. Call 762-9555 to register.
Alzheimer's Project: Alzheimer's is the nation's sixth leading cause of death in America. The Alzheimer's Project consists of five different films that show how the disease affects those who have it, how it affects their friends and families, and what advances are being made to treat the disease. Lowcountry Senior Center, 10 a.m.-noon Mondays, Aug. 17-Sept. 21. Free for members, $5 per session for nonmembers. Lowcountry Senior Center. Call 762-9555 to register.
Social Internet-Online Instant Messenger: The Internet continues to amaze with its capabilities to connect people. Learn more about how to set up an online instant messenger program and profile for quick online communication with family and friends. Tips for safeguarding your privacy also will be addressed. 10-11 a.m. Aug. 20. Free for members and $2 for nonmembers. Lowcountry Senior Center. Call 762-9555 to register.
AARP Driving Course: This two-day defensive driving course is designed specifically for older adults. Brush up on your driving skills, gain a better understanding of the effects aging has on driving and get a discount on your insurance. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Aug. 10 and 11. $12 for AARP members and $14 for nonmembers. Lowcountry Senior Center. Call 762-9555 to register.
Healthy Living with Diabetes: This six-week workshop is for people with type 2 diabetes. Learn how to live a healthy life with diabetes. Benefits from participating include learning to better manage your symptoms and blood glucose (sugar), learning ways to balance food, exercise, medication and stress, gaining tips to manage day-to-day activities and gaining support from others. 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Aug. 4- Sept. 8. $15 for members and $25 for nonmembers. Lowcountry Senior Center. Call 762-9555 to register.
I-CARE Counseling: Have questions about Medicare? Speak to a trained I-CARE counselors. I-CARE volunteer counselors have been trained to help with Medicare, Medicaid, prescription drug plans, and Medicare and insurance fraud issues. Appointments are available on 10 a.m.-noon. Tuesdays in August. Free for members and nonmembers. Lowcountry Senior Center. Call 762-9555 to register.
Lunch & Learn: Gardening in the Lowcountry. Bring your lunch and learn about different gardening topics. Offered in partnership with the city of Charleston. Jenny Bloom presents community gardening. Noon-1 p.m. Aug. 27. Lowcountry Senior Center. Free for members, $5 for nonmembers.
Very Basic Computer Workshop: This is a great class for beginners. No experience necessary. 9-10 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, Aug. 3, 5, 10 and 12, or Saturdays, Aug. 8-29. $5 for members and $10 for nonmembers for entire class. Lowcountry Senior Center. Call 762-9555 to register.
The Writing Circle: A fun monthly group that supports writing for all levels. Led by author Kathleen Fox. 2-4 p.m. Aug. 12. Free for members, $5 per session for nonmembers. Lowcountry Senior Center. Call 762-9555 to register.
Writing Your Memoirs: Looking back can be pleasurable and therapeutic. Learn the techniques of recording these precious memories. 10 a.m.-noon Wednesdays, Aug. 19-Sept. 9. $22 for members, $25 nonmembers. 762-9555.
The Act Out Club: Actor Nick Smith, member of the Actors' Theatre of S.C., leads the troupe. 12:30-2 p.m. Aug. 10 and 24. $10 per month for members, $15 nonmembers. 762-9555.
Watercolors: Learn new techniques or brush up skills you already have. New or experienced artists welcome. 1-2:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Aug. 4-25. $19 for members, $23 nonmembers. 762-9555.
Beginning Drawing III: This is a continuation of the Beginning Drawing courses, but is open to newcomers with an understanding of the fundamentals of drawing. 10-11:30 a.m. Mondays, Aug. 3-24. $17 for members, $20 nonmembers. 762-9555.
Acrylic Drip Painting: Learn techniques famously used by artist Jackson Pollock. 10 a.m.-noon Saturdays, Aug. 8, 15 and 22. $28 for members, $32 nonmembers. 762-9555.
Basketry: Learn coiling techniques to begin your basket in the first session, create sides in the second, wrap up and ask questions in the third. A supply list is available. 1:30-3 p.m. Thursdays Aug. 6-20. $17 for members, $20 nonmembers. 762-9555.
Level II Recorder: Level II recorder class is for those who have some knowledge in recorder playing. Noon-1 p.m. Mondays. Free for members, $2 per class nonmembers. 762-9555.
Clubs & Social
Crafters Corner: Get together with friends, or meet new ones and craft together at the center. 2-4 p.m. Tuesdays. Free for members, $2 nonmembers. 762-9555.
Book Club: Offered in partnership with the James Island Branch Library. The club is reading "Leisure Seeker" by Michael Zadoorian at 2 p.m. Aug. 11. Free for members, $2 nonmembers.
Lowcountry Investment Club: The Investment Club studies and invests $30 per month in stocks that are voted on by the club. Nonclub members may attend as observers. 4:30-5:30 p.m. Aug. 19. Free for members, $2 nonmembers. 762-9555.
Parlez-Vous Francais?: Test your French or simply enjoy discussing a topic in a foreign language. 1-2 p.m. Aug. 12. 762-9555.
Diabetes Support: Roper St. Francis Healthcare and the Senior Center facilitate two diabetes support groups open to members of the community. Group meets at 3-4 p.m. Tuesdays in August at Roper Hospital, Conference Room 1. 762-9555.
Gentle Yoga: This class is a restorative relaxing yoga class. Designed for the senior adult who needs to improve flexibility, balance and core strength. Yoga is a good form of exercise to manage the effects of fibromyalgia, stress and Parkinson's. Bring your own mat. $20 per month for members, $25 nonmembers. 5:30-6:30 p.m. Mondays or 12:30-1:30 p.m. Fridays. 762-9555.
T'ai Chi: This class focuses on a system of movements designed to improve your health, increase flexibility and decrease your risk for falls through gentle movements. Exercises are arthritis friendly. 9-9:45 a.m. Thursdays. $35 for members, $45 nonmembers per month. 762-9555.
Sit & Fit/Enhance Fitness Level I: 11 a.m.-noon. Monday-Friday. This seated class includes warm-up, aerobics, cool-down, strength training and flexibility exercises. Classes are free for members and adults ages 60+. Donations are appreciated. A $2 fee applies for nonmembers under 60. 762-9555.
Enhance Fitness Level II: 2-3 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. A very low- intensity, nonimpact class. Thirty minutes of very basic aerobic movements with balance and coordination movements incorporated. 20 minutes of toning exercises using ankle and wrist weights. The class ends with abdominal exercises and stretching. This is the easiest of the Lifetime classes. Classes are free for members and adults age 60+. Donations are appreciated. A $2 fee applies for nonmembers under 60. 762-9555.
Fit & Firm/Level III Enhance Fitness: 9-10 a.m. and 3:15-4:15 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. Thirty minutes of high- to moderate-intensity, low-impact aerobics and 20 minutes of toning exercises using ankle and wrist weights. The class ends with abdominal exercises and stretching. This is the most vigorous of the Lifetime classes. Good for participants who are accustomed to exercise. Classes are free for members and adults ages 60+. Donations are appreciated. A $2 fee applies for nonmembers under 60. 762-9555.
Beginner Line Dancing: Learn the basics in this beginner class. 5-5:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Aug. 4-Sept. 8. $10 for members, $15 nonmembers. 762-9555.
Line Dancing: This class has people moving and forming lines. 5:45- 6:45 p.m. Tuesdays, Aug. 4-Sept. 8. 762-9555.
Shag: Learn how to dance the shag. 5:45-6:45 p.m. Thursdays in August. $29 for members, $34 nonmembers. Partners not required. 762-9555.
Ballroom Dancing: Learn the great ballroom dances. Partners are not required. 9:30-10:30 a.m. Tuesdays or 5:45-6:45 p.m. Wednesdays in August. $29 for members, $34 nonmembers per month. 762-9555.