Island Senior: Ongoing Classes and Groups at the Mullis Center

Posted August 31, 2019 at 5:51 am by

Working on a Puzzle in the Mullis Center Library - Peggy Sue McRae photo

Island Senior is a reg­u­lar col­umn on the San Juan Update writ­ten by Peg­gy Sue McRae…

Even while we cher­ish our late sum­mer days there is a twist to the sea­sons this time of year.  Kids head back to school and while I’ve been out of school for a long time I still feel the urge to get some new clothes and sharp­en my pen­cils. Sep­tem­ber is a piv­otal month shift­ing from max­i­mum vis­i­tors and events to a lit­tle bit qui­eter and a lit­tle slow­er pace. What bet­ter way to enjoy local soci­ety than to take a class or join a group at the Mullis Center?

There are two well­ness class­es cur­rent­ly taught at the Mullis Cen­ter. Bal­ance Class, pre­sent­ed by San Juan Phys­i­cal Ther­a­py, is held on Wednes­days from 1 – 2 pm. (Sug­gest­ed dona­tion of $5 mem­bers, $7 non-mem­bers, all are wel­come regard­less of abil­i­ty to pay). Chair Yoga, taught by Kat­ri­na Wen, is taught on Tues­days from 1 – 2 pm. “every­thing is easy to learn and you will leave feel­ing taller and exu­ber­ant” (note: no Chair Yoga on Sep­tem­ber 3, class resumes Sep­tem­ber 10, $6 mem­bers, $7 non-mem­bers, $8 drop-ins).  There may also be a new Chi Gong class lat­er this fall.

Have you always want­ed to know how to play Mahjong? The Mahjong group meets at the Mullis Cen­ter on Wednes­days from 12:30 – 4:00 pm. Play­ers have offered to meet indi­vid­u­al­ly with new­com­ers to the game to help get them up to speed. Would you like a game of Bridge? The Par­ty Bridge group meets on Mon­days and Wednes­days at 1:00 pm. and wel­comes new play­ers. If you play Pinochle get in touch. There is grow­ing inter­est for a Pinochle group. The pos­si­bil­i­ties are end­less. Fun Fri­day Bin­go, a game fol­low­ing lunch on cer­tain Fri­days, will resume lat­er, in Octo­ber. A few vol­un­teers would be wel­come to keep this fun tra­di­tion going.

How about get­ting your cre­ative juices flow­ing with a con­vivial group of arti­sans? Paint­ing Group meets Wednes­days at 9:00 to 11:30 am, Sew and Quilt meets Wednes­days at 4:00 pm, and Knit­ters meet Thurs­day evenings at 7:00 ‑9:00 pm. Our new book club will meet on Sep­tem­ber 9 in the Mullis Cen­ter library at 1:15 pm. to dis­cuss this month’s book, The Ele­gance of the Hedge­hog by Muriel Bar­ber­ry. If you’ve read the book you are wel­come to join us. Our next book, to be dis­cussed on Octo­ber 14, is A Gen­tle­man in Moscow by Amor Towles.

Final­ly, The Mullis Cen­ter is host to sup­port groups. The Parkinson’s Sup­port Group meets at 4:00 pm on Sep­tem­ber 16, The Care­giv­er Sup­port Group meets on Tues­days at 11:00 am on Sep­tem­ber 17 and 24, and the Prostate Sup­port Group meets on Tues­day at 6:00 pm Sep­tem­ber 24.

These groups are open, wel­com­ing, and free; tak­ing up small dona­tions for the use of the facil­i­ty.  For more infor­ma­tion call The Mullis Cen­ter at 360–378-2677 or stop by the office at 589 Nash Street.

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