Aggie brings Food Safety 101 tour to College Station

Aggie brings Food Safety 101 tour to College Station

Older adults can be more susceptible to foodborne sicknesses and related illnesses, which can have serious complications. The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is hosting a free Food Safety 101 for Older Adults program in College Station on Wednesday, June 8 at 10 a.m. at the Southwood Community Center. Join us to learn some great food safety information just in time for summer! Continue reading Aggie brings Food Safety 101 tour to College Station

Community programs help all ages expand horizons

Community programs help all ages expand horizons

By Dana Albrecht, Southwood Community Center Recreation Supervisor

6261317927_b8b671c4cf_bEvery day offers us a fresh opportunity to discover and learn.

That’s the appeal of a new series of Community Programs for all ages offered this spring by College Station Parks & Recreation Department. We’ve created a full range of creative and educational activities for the young — and the young at heart.

Preschool adventures

The building blocks of learning begin by experiencing the world first hand. Our Preschool Science Adventure Series introduces young children ages 3-5 (with parents) to the marvels of the world of science.

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Traveling South Koreans to teach senior fitness class

institutelogoeng-1The monumental success of the Brazos Valley Senior Games in February opened a lot of eyes in the Brazos Valley. With more than 400 athletes above the age of 50 participating, the College Station Parks and Recreation Department also needed plenty of volunteer help to make the event succeed.

Among the dozens of enthusiastic volunteers were Dr. Jinmoo Heo and many of his students from Texas A&M’s Recreation, Parks and Tourism Sciences Department. The games’ participation numbers prompted Dr. Heo to approach the city about a traveling fitness program sponsored by South Korea’s Global Senior Health Promotion Institute.

With Dr. Heo’s assistance, we reached out to the institute and it graciously added a stop in College Station to its busy schedule. A four-member team will lead a free one-hour senior fitness class on Tuesday, April 22 at 10 a.m. at Southwood Community Center, focusing on grace, balance and control.

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Meyer’s generosity only part of his legacy to local seniors

Robert Earl “Bob” Meyer
Robert Earl “Bob” Meyer

What can you say about a man who names his favorite city program as a beneficiary in his will?

If the man was Robert Earl “Bob” Meyer, then you can say a lot. The City of College Station staff members he regularly worked with knew him as Mr. Meyer or Bob — a citizen who truly loved his town and the senior programs available through the Parks and Recreation Department.

Bob passed away in October at the age of 81 after more than 50 years as a College Station resident. As part of his will, Bob bequeathed 25 percent of his sizable estate to the Parks and Recreation Department, specifically for programs that benefit our senior citizens. What an incredible gesture and gift!

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Annual pageant allows seniors to strut their stuff

Brazos Valley Senior PageantTwo years ago, a group of local seniors was looking for ways to let people know that a growing population of people 55 years and older thrives in College Station. That led to the idea of a pageant that would allow seniors an opportunity to socialize while being entertained by our peers.

Like most great ideas, this one came with its share of challenges. A successful event would obviously take money, but it would also take good planning. Since I had been involved in fashion shows Brazos Valley Senior Pageantwith my local mission sisters from First Church, we decided to develop the pageant as a fashion and talent show that would honor and recognize older adults with a memorable seniors’ night out. 

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