Center 4 Life continues island seniors’ mission
As the old saying goes, “A rolling stone gathers no moss.”
So with a motto of “Fit For Life,” the Island Seniors, Inc. – and their recently renamed Center 4 Life headquarters – aren’t slowing down for anyone!
“It seems like everybody is taking the word ‘seniors’ out of their name, mainly because it has become a negative connotation,” explained Sandi McDougall, administrator for the Center 4 Life. “We do program mainly for people over the age of 50, but anyone of any age is welcome to take part in our activities.”
Take their April schedule of events, for example, which includes outings and activities suited for almost any lifestyle.
For the sporting set, Island Seniors will embark on weekly Kayak Launchings, a non-competitive water-based activity perfect for people who enjoy the world and wildlife around them.
Taking place every Tuesday (April 6, 13, 20 and 27), the outing offers space for 16 people on their eight, two-person kayaks – and unlimited space for those with their own kayaks. Each outing has two leaders, who determine the location in which the kayakers will travel.
All participants must meet at the Center 4 Life. Supplies provided include the kayaks, paddles and required life jackets. Fees are $5 for members and $10 for non-members per trip.
“The Island Seniors decided that they wanted a new name, so they discussed the idea with the city’s Recreation Committee,” McDougall continued, adding that the City Council voted for the name change earlier this month. “(Center 4 Life) goes along with the city’s Rec Center motto, which is ‘Fit 4 Life,’ so it ties in well with their mission.”
Other activities offered this month includes:
Computer Class – Monday, April 12 from 1 to 3 p.m.
“Dessert & Discussion” Book Group – Tuesday, April 13
Florida Repertory Theater (“Trying” by Joanna McClelland Glass) – Saturday, April 17 at 2 p.m.
Leisure Lunchers and Thrift & Consignment Shop (Joe’s Crab Shack and Hope Chest in Fort Myers) – Tuesday, April 15 at 11:30 a.m.
Basket Making Cless – Monday, April 19 from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Necklace Beading – Tuesday, April 20
Discovering Florida Day Trips (Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens) – Thursday, April 22 at 7:30 a.m.
Dinner Train Theater (“Murder on the Menu”) – Sunday, April 25
Call the Center 4 Life at 472-5743 for further details (times, fees and space limitations) about all of their programs.
“Almost everything we have scheduled has a waiting list. There are so many popular programs,” said McDougall, who suggested calling in advance to make a reservation. “We are always coming up with new ideas for programs and activities. It’s a collaborative effort between myself, our board of directors and the members themselves.”
In addition to their special programs, outings and activities during April, the Center 4 Life also offers their regular lineup of classes to keep both body and mind in tip-top shape. They include H.A.P.P.Y. Hour Fitness (Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 8 a.m.), Power Hour Fitness (Tuesday and Thursday at 8 a.m.), Essential Total Fitness (Monday through Friday at 9:30 a.m.) and Gentle Yoga (Monday and Wednesday at 11 a.m.).
They also offer Hand & Foot, a predominately North American standard deck playing card game related to Canasta (Tuesday at 1 p.m.), Bridge For Fun (Monday and Wednesday at 1 p.m.), Mah Johngg (Thursday at 1 p.m.) as well as Meditation classes (Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 8:30 a.m.). Call 472-5743 for details.
And remember, people of all ages are welcome.