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, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday. The center is managed by Roper St. Francis Healthcare. Unless otherwise noted, events are free for members and $5 for nonmembers.
The Tams Concert: The Senior Center celebrates its 10th anniversary with dancing to the beach music of The Tams at 3 p.m. May 6 (doors open at 2 p.m.). Tickets $10 per person, can be purchased in advance at the center.
Lowcountry Scholars: 10 a.m.-noon. Johns Simpkins, Charleston School of Law, discusses “Government Reform in SC,” followed by Michael B. Barrett, Citadel professor of history.
Men’s Breakfast Club: 8:30-9:30 a.m. May 10. Ben Moise, author and retired game warden with S.C. DNR Law Enforcement Division and recipient of the Order of the Palmetto, speaks. $2 for members, $5 for nonmembers. Breakfast by Chick-fil-A of James Island.
Home & Garden: Homer Mitchell Jr., Clemson Master Gardener and landscape gardener, “Weeds: What they tell you about your landscape,” 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. May 10.
Afghanistan Experience: Penny Travis, who taught chemistry for nine months at the American University of Afghanistan in Kabul, will talk about her experiences in what she calls “a life-changing adventure.” 10-11 a.m. May 17.
Estate Planning and Veterans’ Benefits: This seminar will cover topics about preserving your assets and income, Medicaid planning opportunities and the monthly benefits you may be entitled to if you are a wartime veteran or spouse. 1:30-3 p.m. May 30.
Storytelling: Author Margie Willis Clary will speak 1:30-3 p.m. May 3 at the request of the Women’s Writing Group. She will chronicle her writing and discuss her books, including “A Sweet, Sweet Basket” and “Spirits and Legends of the South Carolina Sea Islands.”
Tech Tuesdays: Miller Wilson Consulting will talk about “cell phone basics” 10 a.m.-noon May 15. $5 for members, $10 for nonmembers.
Social Technology: Learn how to use Facebook 1:30-3:30 p.m. May 15. $5 for members, $10 for nonmembers.
I-CARE Counseling: I-CARE volunteer counselors have been trained to help with Medicare, Medicaid, prescription drug plans and Medicare and insurance fraud issues. Appointments are available 10 a.m.-noon on Tuesdays in May. Free.
The WRITING CIRCLE: No experience necessary. Author Kathleen Fox leads the second Wednesday; group members lead the fourth Wednesday. 2-4 p.m. May 9 and 23.
The Poetry Hour: Poet Richard Garcia, National Endowment for the Arts fellow, 1-2 p.m. May 2.
Women’s Writing Group: Members share stories in a respectful and supportive environment. Led by authors Joyce A. Newberry and Linda Cantey Slonim. 1-3:30 p.m. May 3 and 17.
Art Journaling: Participants will learn to capture a moment in time and bring back the memory for years to come. No writing or art experience necessary, for all levels. 2-3:30 p.m. Tuesdays, May 15-June 12 (no class May 29). $40 for members, $45 for nonmembers per class.
Photography: Instructor Matthew Lipton will explain the properties of exposure, composition and lighting in this four-week course. First class 10 a.m. May 22. Participants will need their own digital camera. $100 for members, $115 for nonmembers per class.
Watercolors: Artist Charles Parnelle will teach basic watercolor technique and explore light, shadow and color. A supply list is available at the front desk. 1-3 p.m. Mondays, May 7-June 18 (no class May 18). $50 for members, $55 for nonmembers.
Beginner Acrylic Painting: Artist Kim McDermott will teach basic drawing, perspective and acrylic painting techniques for landscapes and/or beachscapes. Supply list available. 9:30-11:30 a.m. Wednesdays. $40 for members, $45 for nonmembers.
Oil Painting: Artist Charles Parnelle will teach oil painting with limited and wide range palette color mixing, blending color balance, and color theory perspective. A supply list is available at the front desk. 10 a.m.-noon Fridays, May 11-June 15. $50 for members, $55 for nonmembers.
Wine Club: Italian wine from the Piedmont region will be featured. 5:30-7 p.m. May 31. No charge, however, participants take turns purchasing the wines to be tasted each month, as well as snacks. Please register in advance.
Lowcountry Investment Club: The Investment Club studies and invests $30 per month in stocks that are voted on by the club. Non-club members may attend as observers. 4:30-5:30 p.m. May 16. An initial investment of $50 is required for all new participants.
Veterans Social Group: This group is for veterans from all branches of the military to get together and socialize. 2:30-3:30 p.m. May 25. Free for members. Nonmembers must accompany a member.
Afternoon Tea and Desserts: Hot tea is provided and participants bring a dessert to share. 3-4 p.m. May 1 and 15. Free for members. Nonmembers must accompany a member.
Powerful Tools for Caregivers: Learn tools to manage your role in caring for family members, locate resources, and meet others facing these same challenges. Improve the care you give with this six-week workshop. Free for members and nonmembers. A $10 donation is appreciated to cover the cost of the book you keep. 12:30-2 p.m. Wednesdays, June 13-July 18.
Matter of Balance: This program features exercises for strength and balance, tools to screen your environment for fall hazards, safety tips on how to manage yourself if you fall. 10 a.m.-noon Thursdays, July 12-Aug. 30. A $10 donation is appreciated but not required.
Living Well: This workshop is designed for people with diabetes, arthritis, asthma, heart, back or other ongoing health conditions. Participants will learn new ways to take charge. This six-week workshop is free for members and nonmembers. A $15 donation is appreciated to cover the cost of the book you keep. 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Mondays, May 14-June 25.
A Pain Free Body: Participants will learn to treat muscular skeletal pain without drugs, surgery or manipulations. Certified Postural Alignment Therapist Judy Cox covers a series of stretches and gentle exercises designed to strengthen muscles and proper alignment. 10-11 a.m. May 31.
Chair Yoga: Participants enjoy the benefits of yoga while seated in a chair, improving mind, body and soul with gentle stretching and breathing techniques. Noon-1 p.m. Thursdays in May. $20 per month for members, $25 for nonmembers.
Relaxation Yoga: Improve mind, body and soul combining gentle movements, relaxing positions and breathing techniques. Please bring your own mat. 11 a.m.-noon Saturdays in May. $15 20 per month for members, $25 for nonmembers.
Yoga: Focuses on flexibility, balance and core strength. Please bring your own mat. 12:30-1:30 p.m. Fridays in May. $20 per month for members, $25 for nonmembers.
Tai Chi: This class focuses on a system of movements to improve health and increase flexibility through gentle movements. 9-9:45 a.m. Thursdays in May. $35 per month for members, $45 for nonmembers.
Zumba: Latin-inspired exercise class combines simple dance steps and zesty music. 9-10 a.m. Saturdays or 5:45-6:45 p.m. Thursdays in May. Members $10 per month for Thursdays or Saturdays or $15 per month for both days. Nonmembers $25 a month for either day.
Zumba Gold: Zumba Gold modifies the Zumba moves and pacing for active older adults, as well as beginners. 10:10-10:50 a.m. Saturdays, 12:10-12:50 Tuesdays in May. $10 a month for members, $25 for nonmembers. Please register in advance. Space is limited.
Early Bird Hooping: Hula-hooping for exercise. 8:15-9 a.m. Thursdays in May. Free for members, $2 for nonmembers per class. Hula-hoops are provided.
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. Free for members and adults age 60+. Donations are appreciated. A $2 fee per class applies for nonmembers under 60.
Enhance Fitness Level II: 2-3 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. This is a very low-intensity, non-impact class that includes 30 minutes of very basic aerobic movements with balance and coordination movements and 20 minutes of toning exercises using ankle and wrist weights. The class ends with abdominal exercises and stretching. Good for people with low endurance and balance limitations. Classes are free for members and adults age 60+. Donations are appreciated. A $2 fee per class applies for nonmembers under 60 years of age.
Fit & Firm/Level III Enhance Fitness: 9-10 a.m. and 3:15-4:15 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. This class includes 30 minutes of high- to moderate-intensity low-impact aerobics and 20 minutes of toning exercisess. This is the most vigorous of the fitness classes. Classes are free for members and adults age 60+. Donations are appreciated. A $2 fee per class applies for nonmembers under 60.
Core Workout: Designed to strengthen core and improve functional fitness. Not recommended for people with chronic low back pain, carpal tunnel or shoulder injuries. Exercises are executed with an exercise tube for resistance. 10:15-10:45 a.m. Wednesdays, April 11-25. $10 for members, $15 for nonmembers.
Laughter Aerobics: A well-being workout for the mind, body and spirit. A mixture of deep breathing, playfulness and aerobic laughter exercises. Wear comfortable clothing, bring water and a towel and get ready to release stress and lighten up, because laughter really is the best medicine. All levels welcome. 9:30-10:30 a.m. May 29.
Arthritis T’ai Chi: The Arthritis Foundation’s T’ai Chi Program uses Sun style T’ai Chi. This six-week class consists of agile steps and exercises that may improve mobility, balance and relaxation. 3:30-4:30 p.m. May 15-June 19. $20 for members, $25 for nonmembers.
Beginner Shag: Learn the history of the dance and numerous steps. Partners not required. This class is for beginners and all levels who want to brush up on the basic steps. Instructor Normandie Updyke. 2-3 p.m. Fridays in May. $15 per month for members, $20 for nonmembers.
Shag: Learn more advanced and progressive steps. Partners not required. Instructor Normandie Updyke. 4:30 -5:30 p.m. Thursdays in May. $20 per session for members, $25 for non members.
Clogging: Learn more advanced and progressive clogging. Flat leather-soled or tennis shoes suggested. Instructor Carol Wiggins. 5:15-6 p.m. Mondays in May. $5 for members, $10 for nonmembers.
Intro to Movement: Learn introductory clogging, simple line dances and gentle hula hooping. Instructor Carol Wiggins. Flat leather-sole or tennis shoes suggested. 4:30 5:15 p.m. Mondays in May. $5 for members, $10 for nonmembers.