The Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities offers a wide variety of programs and activities for Alexandrians ages 55 and up. For additional information, please call 703.746.5575 or 703.746.5414.
Register for Power-Plus classes at participating recreation centers, the Lee Center's Registration & Reservation Office, or online. Click here for additional registration information. Please call the Registration & Reservation Office at 703.746.5414 with registration questions.
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Aquatics Exercise for Seniors
Improve muscular and cardiovascular strength and endurance without jumping, running, or swimming. Eliminate joint aches, improve balance and minimize chances of falling. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 703.863.1898 if you have any questions. No previous exercise experience required. Instructor Candice Kaup, M.S.
Senior Workout with Ms. Lynn
Improve posture and balance, strengthen your muscles, learn how to minimize or eliminate aches and pains and increase your flexibility. There are many exercises that can be done while seated in a chair, leaning against a wall or lying in your bed.
Mi Ki Do Fitness Self Defense
Get a kick out of life! Improve or maintain stamina, flexibility and coordination while learning self-defense techniques. Receive instruction on punching and kicking techniques. All fitness levels welcome! Instructor Maria Hess, Black Belt in Mi Ki Do, Hess Fitness Inc.
Functional Fitness for Older Adults
Ages 50 and up. Improve your independence and meet your functional goals. Help improve upper and lower body strength, balance, flexibility and coordination. Safe and effective physical activity improves your physical health and enhances psychological well-being. Instuctor Fitness for Older Adults.
Today's Technology for Baby Boomers
Confused about technology? Delve into cell / smart phones, social media (Facebook, etc.), computers and gaming to keep active. Discover websites to make life easier and save money. Explore GPS and mapping technology, travel and digital coupon websites, Skype / Webcam technology, the latest from Microsoft, Google and more!
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Power-Plus Clubs are ongoing, and are free unless otherwise noted. City Residents only. For more information and to confirm activity, contact the recreation center where the club is located. Recreation Center ID cards are required (provided free with proper proof of City residency).
Neighborhood Recreation Centers:
- Charles Houston Recreation Center, 901 Wythe St., 703.746.5552
- Chinquapin Park Recreation Center & Aquatics Facility, 3210 King St., 703.746.5553
- Cora Kelly Recreation Center, 25 W. Reed Ave., 703.746.5554
- Mount Vernon Recreation Center, 2701 Commonwealth Ave., 703.746.5556
- Nannie J. Lee Recreation Center, 1108 Jefferson St., 703.746.5550
- William Ramsay Recreation Center, 5650 Sanger Ave., 703.746.5558
American Sign Language Club
Participants continue to learn ASL grammar and etiquette. Deaf Culture is explored, as well as opportunities to converse with native signers.
Thursdays, 10:15-11:30 a.m., Mount Vernon
Students begin with sketching and progress through the different mediums of the visual arts at their own pace with assistance from professional artists. $3 per class.
Mondays, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m., Mount Vernon
Art for Seniors
Seniors, learn, create and showcase your own artwork. Drawing, painting, jewelry making and other genres of art capture the imagination and creativity of the participant. Showcase your masterpiece at the Spring Art Show. $15 per quarter.
Thursdays, 10-11 a.m., Charles Houston
Know when to hold them.... Know when to fold them. Play cards with your neighbors and friends in a relaxed and fun atmosphere.
Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m. - 2 p.m., Nannie J. Lee
Del Ray Seniors
Weekly meeting to discuss ideas and topics that center on healthy living programs, exercise and fitness, health screenings, and recreational and leisure opportunities. Quarterly luncheons, field trips and guest speakers are also part of the social experience.
Tuesdays, 11 a.m. - 12 p.m., Mount Vernon
Dun Lo Arts
Learn to paint in a group setting. Art exhibits scheduled each May and December. Registration is encouraged. For more information call Rhoda Seligmann at 703.751.7924. This class is free because you bring your own supplies.
Tuesdays, 12-2:30 p.m., Nannie J. Lee
Informal work group assists seniors with psychomotor skills by creating assorted jewelry items. Participants provide their own materials.
Mondays, 1:30-3:30 p.m., Mount Vernon
Knitters at various skill levels meet to socialize and knit beautiful scarves, hats, sweaters, blankets, etc. The program is on-going and participants are responsible for providing their own materials.
Thursdays, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Mount Vernon
Line Dancing Club
Practice and learn a variety of line dances for that upcoming special occasion. Keep active and have fun while doing so!
Tuesdays, 10-11 a.m., Cora Kelly
Lunch Time Hatha Yoga For Men & Women
Practice posture and breathing techniques to reduce tension, improve circulation and learn to relax.
Mondays, 12-1 p.m., Cora Kelly
Participants have the opportunity to learn the games of bridge and pinochle and play socially on a regular basis.
Mondays and Fridays, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m., Mount Vernon
Senior Fellowship Luncheon
Share lunch and listen to a special guest.
2nd Thursdays of the month (confirm date with center), 10:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., Cora Kelly
Square Dance Program
Beginners and experienced dancers are welcome to join the fun! Program led by a professional caller. $5 per class.
Wednesdays, 1-3 p.m., Mount Vernon
Strength and Conditioning Club
A self-directed group activity to motivate individuals to continue a personal fitness plan and cardiovascular workout. A Recreation Center ID and Recreation Center Fitness Pass are required. Participants are encouraged to consult with their physician prior to participation.
Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., William Ramsay
Table Tennis Tuesdays
Join us for a few hours of table tennis as we 'Get Active to Stay Active.' Play on two tables with balls and paddles provided. All skill levels are welcome.
Tuesdays, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m., William Ramsay
West-End Billiards at Ramsay
Play it up on two slate pool tables with cue sticks provided. All skill levels are welcome.
Thursdays, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m., William Ramsay
Come out and join this low-impact Zumba class! This is a self-directed class for older adults. All skill levels are welcome.
Mondays and Wednesdays, 10-11 a.m., Cora Kelly
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Pickle Ball Open Play
What do you get when you combine badminton, tennis, and ping-pong? The sport known as Pickleball is a popular and quickly growing sports program for active adults. Meet new friends, socialize, enjoy weekly challenge games and quarterly workshops. Residents free, nonresidents $8.
Mondays and Tuesdays, 12-2:30 p.m., Nannie J. Lee
Thursdays and Fridays, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m., Charles Houston
Sundays, 3-4:30 p.m., Charles Houston
For information on pickle ball classes, clinics and tournaments, contact the Adult Sports Office at 703.746.5409.
Stay healthy and have fun while exercising in the game of 3 on 3 half-court basketball. Come learn and sharpen your skills. Other senior players will be available to assist and provide scrimmage opportunities. Bring an indoor women's basketball and a light and dark colored shirt. Come ready to play!
Thursdays, 12:30-2 p.m., Nannie J. Lee
Additional Adult Sports Leagues include:
For more information, visit the Adult Sports page, or contact Marvin Elliott, Adult Sports Supervisor, at 703.746.5409 or at email@example.com.
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Recreation Center Fitness Passes
There are multiple pass options for the use of the fitness rooms at the following recreation centers: Charles Houston, Cora Kelly, Nannie J. Lee, and William Ramsay.
- Alexandria Residents*
- $4 per day
$32 for a 3 month pass
- $60 for a 6 month pass
- $100 for an annual pass
*Fees include 20% discount for residents 55 and up. Contact your neighborhood recreation center for nonresident fees and further details.
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Chinquapin Park Recreation Center & Aquatics Facility
Chinquapin Park Recreation Center provides a variety of services, including: an indoor 25-meter pool and diving well, outdoor basketball and volleyball courts, locker rooms, a nature trail, aquatic and fitness classes, lighted tennis courts, men and women saunas, a fitness room, facility rentals and racquetball courts. For more information, call 703.746.5553.
- Admission Fees and Passes for Alexandria Residents*
- $6.40 per day
- 12-month Individual Fitness Pass (25 visits) - $120
- 1-month Unlimited Fitness Pass
- Single- $40
- 2 persons- $69.60
- 6-month Unlimited Fitness Pass
- Single- $200
- 2 persons- $350.40
- Family (includes up to 4)- $404
- 12-month Unlimited Fitness Pass
- Single- $360
- 2 persons- $630.40
- Family (includes up to 4)- $727.20
- Racquetball Play
- Non Prime Time- $8 per hour
- Prime Time- $11 per hour
*Fees include 20% discount for residents 55 and up. Contact Chinquapin Park Recreation Center & Aquatics Facility for nonresident fees and further details.
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Robust Walking is a wholesome pathway to successful aging that weaves low-intensity exercises into a walk. To learn more and/or to start a Robust Walking group in your neighborhood, call 703.746.5575, or contact Dr. Dan Kulund of the Commission on Aging at 703.850.0424 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Northern Virginia Senior Olympics
The Northern Virginia Senior Olympics Program is held annually and open to all residents ages 50 years and older. Compete in 25 indoor and outdoor events including track, swimming, golf, scrabble, bowling, basketball, line dancing, pickle ball, table tennis, cycling, and many more. The NVSO program promotes health, fitness and psychological well-being for older adults by providing opportunities for participation, competition, self-improvement and fellowship through various athletic and recreational events. NVSO is sponsored by the Northern Virginia Senior Olympics Committee which includes the cities of Alexandria, Fairfax and Falls Church and the counties of Arlington, Fairfax, Fauquier, Loudoun and Prince William. Registration is required.
For additional information, visit www.nvso.us or call 703.746.5575.
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Other Services for Seniors
Successful Aging Committee
A group of program managers who collaborate to share information and provide several citywide activities for older adults in Alexandria. For additional information, please call 703.746.5429 or 703.746.5676. SAC events include:
- Dance for All Ages - an intergenerational spring dance sponsored by the committee and the Student Government Association of T.C. Williams High School. DJ music, dancing, light refreshments and a very good time are the order of the evening.
- Senior Health & Fitness Fair - information tables, screenings, exercise demos and more in celebration of annual National Senior Health and Fitness Day. Last Wednesday in May.
- Holiday Luncheon - Fellowship, entertainment and holiday cheer including a delicious lunch.
Senior Services of Alexandria
A local non-profit organization that offers support and services to seniors living in the City of Alexandria, including Meals on Wheels, DOT Paratransit reservations, Companion Care Assistance, Senior Information Corners, monthly Senior Speaker Series events and the new Friendly Visitor Program. For more information, call 703.836.4414 x10, or visit www.seniorservicesalex.org.
Department of Community & Human Services
Division of Aging & Adult Services
Provides a variety of services to residents ages 60 and over including transportation, an adult day health care facility, home visits and case management, home-delivered meals, health insurance counseling, and volunteer opportunities. For more information call 703.746.5999.
The Division of Aging & Adult Services also provides meals and recreation at the following senior centers. Call the center for additional information.
- Charles Houston Senior Center
901 Wythe St.
Operating Hours: Monday - Friday 8:30 am - 2 pm
Activities: Sharing Groups, Bingo, Wellness Training, Table Games, Faith Services, Shopping, Bowling, and Trips.
- St. Martin de Porres Senior Center
4650 Taney Ave.
Operating Hours: Monday - Friday 9 am - 2 pm
Activities: Sharing Groups, Exercise Classes, Bingo, Special Events, Dancing, Ceramics, Citizenship Class, and English Classes.
- Adult Day Health Care Center
1108 Jefferson St.
Operating Hours: Monday - Friday 7:30 am - 5:30 pm
The Alexandria Adult Day Services Center is a daytime program for older adults with physical and/or cognitive limitations. The program offers therapeutic recreation programs, leisure activities and nutritional meals for center participants to help increase their physical, mental, emotional and social abilities. It also provides respite and support for caregivers.
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